The Bootleg Green

Bedford Green Party benefit gig for Prebend Day Centre

Saturday 16th April was a busy day for members of Bedford Green Party. First job was to get down to London for the March for Jobs, Health, Homes and Education, before heading back to Esquires in Bedford for a monster benefit show to support Prebend Day Centre, who have faced cuts in funding. I don’t need to spell out who instigated the cuts.

Organised by one of Bedford Green Party’s activists, the night turned into a marathon event enjoyed and supported by the crowd inside Esquires. Running gigs in the Esquires Bar and Esquires Holy Moly’s venue, the music was varied and excellent.

In the bar were, in no particular order:

Amy Mason

Amy Mason

Amy Mason, whose varied and beautiful acoustic set was a delight for the crowed.

Jamie Gilman Lewis

Jamie Gilman Lewis

Opening the evening in the bar was Jamie Gilham Lewis, whose set included of his own compositions.



Mark Wingfield took us in a completely different direction with some highly original music, a one man soundscape.

Mark Wingfield

Mark Wingfield

Rounding off the evening was Paul

Jackson with an amazing performance on sitar.

Like many on the night, I’d never before heard the sitar performed live on stage. As the sound of Paul’s playing spread through the venue, people were rushing into the bar to find out what that sound was. An amazing performance.


Paul Jackson 2

Paul Jackson

Stephen Hinds

Stephen Hinds

Between the 30 minute performances in the bar, and between bands setting up and sound checks, we were able to shoot over to Holy Moly’s and catch an equally tantalising group of performances, starting with Stephen Hinds, and then followed by Delsyn Drive, The Ivories and finished off by Easy Dread.



Easy Dread

Easy Dread


Thanks to everyone who played and helped raise money.

The Ivories

The Ivories

Delsyn Drive 2

Delsyn Drive


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This entry was posted on April 17, 2016 by in Bedford Green Party, Music.

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