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Nantwich’s Abbie Ozard Returns to Open ‘Words & Music 2021’

Nantwich’s own Abbie Ozard makes a triumphant return to her hometown on Tuesday 12th October as one of the headliners at this year’s Words & Music Festival.

Abbie Ozard

Abbie first came to prominence in 2017, with her track ‘Average Disguise’ taking top spot in Words & Music’s inaugural song writing contest, before going on to feature on national BBC radio, earning support from such notables as Mark Radcliffe, Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson.

Signing shortly afterwards to Liverpool based Modern Sky Entertainment UK, Abbie’s stock has continued to grow. Teaming up with Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Vistas), the resulting singles ‘Growing Pains,’ ‘Heartbreak Radio’ and ‘On A Low’ all received national airplay, with Abbie appearing at the Bluedot Festival in 2019, as well as supporting indie high-flyers Whenyoung.

Abbie returns home for an appearance at the Crown Ballroom, Nantwich on Tuesday 12th October, with doors at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 each and are available from the Words & Music website.

Now in its 14th year, Nantwich’s popular Words & Music festival took an enforced break last year due to the pandemic but is back next month, with a host of leading performers from the world of music and poetry performing around the Cheshire town. Joining Abbie on this year’s bill are:

  • CEEOW with special guest Superlative and Karis Jade – Wednesday 13th October, The Granary (doors 7.30pm): Raised in Birmingham to an Irish mother and Jamaican father, Manchester based Ceeow has been steadily building an avid fan base with his highly personal combination of hip-hop and jazz
  • Martin Carthy – Wednesday 13th October, Crown Ballroom (doors 7pm): For more than 50 years, Martin has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it
  • Bob Harris and Danny Baker – Thursday 14th October, Nantwich Civic Hall (doors 7.30pm): Two of the nation’s best broadcasters, Bob and Danny have been back-stage, front-stage, at home and on the road with virtually every legend in the business. Fortunately, they both have great memories (in both senses of that phrase). Make no mistake – rock and soul music really did have a golden age and here’s two storytellers who were there all along the way!
  • John Cooper Clarke – Friday 15th October, Nantwich Civic Hall (doors 7.30pm): The ‘Bard of Salford,’ John Cooper Clarke is one of Britain’s most beloved and influential writers and performers, whose appearance at this year’s festival coincides with the release of his new autobiography ‘I Wanna Be Yours.’
  • Eddi Reader – Saturday 16th October, Nantwich Civic Hall (doors 7.30pm): Celebrating 40 years in the business (including a UK no 1 with Fairground Attraction and ‘Perfect’), Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers and makes a welcome return to the festival
  • Sarah Jane Morris – Sunday 17th October, Crown Ballroom (doors 1.30pm): A singer with an astonishing vocal range, during her 30-year career, Sarah Jane has garnered a loyal following and her rich contralto voice goes from strength to strength
  • Merry Hell – Sunday 17th October, Crown Ballroom (doors 7.30pm): The eightpiece North West based folk rockers have long been favourites of the national festival scene. Originally formed from the ashes of The Tansads, the band have seen their albums hit No 1 on the folk chart and have shared stages with such notable artists as Bellowhead, the Oyster Band and Fairport Convention