Bury St Edmunds Festival organisers have launched a last-minute appeal for a ‘large farm barn’ as a venue for a unique music event after the one they were planning to use burned down.

Acclaimed Finnish accordionist and composer Kimmo Pohjonen is due to launch his Earth Music Machine UK tour by performing new music inspired by agricultural machinery on the opening weekend of this year’s Festival, which runs from 9-25 May.

The innovative musician visited a farm at Nowton, near Bury St Edmunds earlier this year to record vintage tractors and farm machinery to inspire his new work –  but the old Dutch barn was destroyed recently in an arson attack.

Festival Manager Nick Wells has only a few weeks to find a replacement barn suitable for the premiere performance on Sunday 11 May, which is already attracting national interest and is supported by the Finnish Institute.

“We need a large barn within easy access of Bury St Edmunds that will hold up to 200 people and an open-minded owner who is happy to host this extraordinary event featuring new music using the sounds of farm machinery.

“Bury St Edmunds Festival has a reputation for supporting new music, so I was delighted when we got the chance to include Kimmo in our programme as he has performed all over the world, including The Proms in London, and is known as the ‘Hendrix of the accordion’,” he said.

If you can offer a barn or farm building for this unique Festival event, please contact Nick Wells on 01284 757630.

For more information about Bury St Edmunds Festival events and ticket sales visit the Bury festival website.

See also:

How Kimmo makes his farming music