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Ginger Baker to play Rhythmtree

Thu 9 May 2013

Ginger Baker to play Rhythmtree

Drum legend and former member of iconic '70s rock group Cream Ginger Baker is set to pick up the sticks and hit the skins once more at this year's Rhythmtree Festival.

Set to take place in July, the event will see Isle of Wight visitors treated to an array of world music experiences, with Baker's Jazz Confusion set to take to the main stage as one of the highlights of the 2013 line-up.

In addition to performing with his own band, Baker will also join Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Orchestra for the Rhythmtree tribute to the music of Fela Kuti.

Probably best known for his collaboration with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, Cream had some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, including Strange Brew, I Feel Free, Born Under a Bad Sign and White Room.

The original superstar drummer of rock 'n' roll, Baker built a reputation for hard partying and his unique playing style.

Festival organiser Gerry Priddle said: "When we first made enquiries about the booking we were expecting to just get the Jazz Confusion on the bill.

"When Ginger's management informed him of our approach, and he looked at the Rhythmtree Sunday line-up, there was an immediate request that he also join the Fela tribute."

Other acts that will be taking part in Rhythmtree 2013 include King Porter Stomp, Son of Dave, AJ Holmes and the Hackney Empire, Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Vibration, Cable Street Collective, Elvis Fontenot and the Sugarbees, The Tony Mann Trio and more.

Running from July 19th to 21st, tickets for the festival cost £70 to £75 for an adult weekend pass and teens (13 to 17-year-olds) can get in for £40. Meanwhile, children 12 and under can gain access for free. Day admission is also available for the event, with prices ranging from £15 to £30.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801583324-ADNFCR

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