University songsmiths set to rock Summer Sundae
We are very lucky to have the Summer Sundae Weekender - Leicester’s biggest music festival - right on our doorstep.
The event, which runs from August 17 to 19, will feature big names Public Image Limited, Katy B and Adam Ant, but will also be a great chance to hear some first-class musical talent from our own alumni and staff.
Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cornish, a Leicester graduate who currently works in our Student Support and Development Service, is playing Summer Sundae for the second year in a row. She will perform at the Watering Hole Stage on the Friday night as well as at the Crumblin' Cookie for the Fringe Thursday evening.
Elizabeth, 23, has been a fixture on Leicester's music scene since she came here to start her BA in American Studies in 2007. Her folk-tinged show originally consisted of just her and her guitar, but has recently grown to include a three-piece backing band. Last year she won the city's Acoustic Original Bands Showcase, gaining a place at the weekend festival. She is currently recording an album for release next year, look out for news on this on her Facebook page.
Before coming to University, Elizabeth lived in many places around the world, including Pennsylvania, USA where she first started writing songs aged 12, and Basel, Switzerland, where she began performing her own songs live aged 16. Elizabeth spent the third year of her degree studying abroad at Colorado State University in the United States, and took an internship with the Student Welfare Service after graduating.
Her band includes bass player and physics graduate Jason Smith and guitarist Mark Riley Cardwell, an English graduate who now does freelance writing for the University.
Stick around until Sunday though and you’ll get the chance to see the Simpletones, featuring the Department of Genetics’ Dr Pete Freeman. This five part male voice a’capella vocal group specialises in barbershop and a’capella arrangements of modern songs, with an occasional twist of doo-wop.
The Simpletones have been making a name for themselves around Leicester with appearances at the Clarendon Park Christmas fair and the Walkers Stadium Christmas event, where they performed to fans and also to the directors of Leicester City Football Club. This year, locals may well have spotted them at the Jubilee celebrations in the Knighton Hall gardens and the Clarendon Park Summer Fair as well as a session on BBC Radio Leicester’s Tony Wadsworth show.
As one of the winners of the Leicester Original Bands Showcase Unplugged competition, they won the opportunity to play at the Summer Sundae Weekender on the Sunday at 10.30am in the Watering Hole Tent. If you don’t get the chance to catch Pete with the Simpletones on the day, you can also see them at the regular open mic night at the Craddock Arms pub in Knighton on the second Wednesday of each month.
The week leading up to the festival will see a host of Leicester's local talent performing in venues across the City Centre, in the Leicester Fringe Festival organised by Stephen Jones in the Development and Alumni Relations Office - more than enough to keep you entertained this August, whatever your taste!