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Spring Festival
Kings Heath, King's Heath Cricket Club, Birmingham 

Saturday - May 10th 2008
10am - 11pm

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A Day and Evening of Enjoyment and Learning

Back to this year's Spring Festival

Last years Spring Festival 2007

Another great Spring Festival in 2008.
Check out some video footage from the day:

This year’s event has followed the popular format of previous years, a full day of workshops followed by an evening concert and jam session. It offers you the chance enjoy a great day out in the company of fellow enthusiasts, to meet old friends and make new ones, in addition to providing many opportunities to play, and to learn from our guest workshop presenters. We have, as always tried to cater for all musical tastes and abilities.

This year we have: Giles King, resident UK harp player with Lightnin’ Willie and the Poor Boys; the well respected and talented chromatic player Gerry Ezzard; Paul Gillings, former World Diatonic Champion, who will be demonstrating to diatonic players what can be achieved on the chromatic; the ever popular Keith Parker, front man of Blues With a Feelin’, and an expert on amplification; Ben Hewlett, full time professional harmonica teacher; and Laurie Garman whose musical biography includes a three year stint with the legendary Yardbirds. All of these guys will be on hand to present workshops covering a wide range of topics, and to answer your questions and offer advice and guidance.

The trade stand will be provided courtesy of Steve and Joan Noon of Eagle Music, displaying their extensive range of harmonicas , related accessories, and other instruments.

After a short break , the evening concert and jam session will begin. Ricky Cool and his band will be there, with the talented and versatile Chris Collis on keyboards, to support the workshops, concert, and jammers.

All this for the princely sum £10.00 for NHL members , and £12.50 for non-members, including the evening concert. Non-members who join on the day will pay the reduced ticket price. If you wish to book in advance, send a cheque made out to the 'National Harmonica League' to:

Tony Stokes
196, Ralph Rd.
West Mids.
B90 3LB.

For more information contact Tony Stokes on 0121 682 6704, or email to

How To Get There

The venue is best reached via the M42 up the A435. Avoid travelling through Birmingham city centre! Leave the M42 at junction 3 and take the A435 Alcester Rd, signposted Birmingham, and follow the signs for Kings Heath.

After about 5 miles look out for a big pub on the left called The Kings Arms. The entrance to the Cricket Club is approximately 150 yards past the pub on the right hand side of the road, opposite Livingston Rd. If you travel by public transport from Birmingham city centre, take the number 50 bus from the stop opposite Moor Street railway station. The bus stops right outside the venue. The entrance is round the back by the cricket field.

Kings Heath Cricket & Sports Club
Charlton House
247 Alcester Road South,
Kings Heath,
Birmingham B14 6DT
Telephone 0121 444 1913

How Much Does It Cost?

The tickets are £10 for members and £12.50 for non-members. This includes the evening concert.

Food will be available.
If you have any questions or want prebook your tickets, contact Tony Stokes on 0121 682 6704, or email to

View details of the Spring Festival 2007:

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