21 February 2024

St. Patrick’s Day: Get jiggy with Ribble for Salisbury Hospice Charity 

St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday 17th March 2022) is just around the corner and to celebrate local folk duo Ribble will be playing multiple venues across the city in aid of Salisbury Hospice Charity.

Made up of Adam Pounder and Pete Sladen, this Salisbury-based duo play a unique blend of jigs and reels on the fiddle and guitar which are guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

From Thursday 17th March until Sunday 20th March, the band will be playing across multiple venues in the city including Brown Street, The George and Dragon, Nole, and The Winchester Gate.

See the full list below:

Speaking to Love Salisbury, Adam said, “This year is the first St Patrick’s Day we could celebrate so we decided to try and play in as many pubs as possible. We are playing 11 venues in total and we hope to squeeze in some busking here and there as well.

“It’s nice to bring the spirit of the music that we play and there is only one time of the year that this kind of music is very relevant and it is around St. Patricks Day.

“We thought this would be a nice opportunity to go and play in a load of pubs and raise some money for a good local cause.”

All of the gigs are free to attend and there will be Salisbury Hospice Charity buckets for donations.

“The first gig on Thursday is exceptionally nice as it is for a care home in Warminster.

“When we announced we were first doing this The Wiltshire Music Centre jumped on it very quickly and said they had a care home with residents who like to have some live music at this time of year. They said they struggle to find something relevant so to play for them is a nice touch,” added Adam.

At the George and Dragon, the bar will be serving up a Ribble-themed cocktail, with all the proceeds also going to Salisbury Hospice Charity.

Originally from Lancashire, Ribble’s genre reflects the music they grew up listening to.

“The music we play is very much the music that we grew up with in the pubs and clubs of the North. It’s the music that we have always known and played.

“We play music that most people don’t have an immediate association with but it is very pleasant music so we do find ourselves winning audiences over as the set progresses.

“You start with some foot-tapping, and then people start clapping along and eventually you get people jigging along to the whole thing. It is really feel-good, atmospheric music and we do get a good reaction.”

See Ribble play next at The Chapel Live on Friday 1st April where they will be supporting Mad Dog Mcrea. Get tickets here.

You can also see them later in the year at Chalke Valley History Festival, Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, and the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Written by
Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty