Friday, August 26, 2011 - 11:01

The Eden Project’s Arts Café will return for one night this autumn with a “hoedown showdown” in aid of the unique support programme, People and Gardens.

Headlining the special event, which starts at 7pm on Friday, October 7, will be Bristol-based folk and jazz group, Sheelanagig.

The instrumental five-piece featuring violin, flute, guitar, drums and double bass are regular festival favourites and have been pleasing crowds around the country with their high energy, foot-thrashing sounds at festivals such as Bournemouth Folk Festival, Somerset’s Sunrise Celebration and the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain.

They’ve released three highly acclaimed albums since forming in 2005 - Uncle Lung, Baba Yaga’s Ball and Freaks, Fools and Ghouls - Live - and they’ll be showcasing their floor-filling, electric blend of folk, jazz and world music in Eden’s arts and education centre, the Core.

Sheelanagig will be joined on the night by traditional Cornish folk act Dalla, who will perform their timeless collection of Celtic melodies. Eden’s very own resident DJ, Mr Champ, will also be playing throughout the evening.

The evening will raise funds for People and Gardens, a unique therapy and support scheme run by and for people whose lives have been affected by disability. Based at Eden’s plant nursery near Pentewan, it gives those with physical and emotional impairments the opportunity to learn all aspects of growing and selling vegetables, from sowing seeds and potting on, to planting and harvesting, weighing and packing.

Beth Lewitt, Arts Café organiser, said: “Harvest is the perfect time to celebrate the best of the West, including a selection of funky, folk-filled beats guaranteed to get people on the dance floor. Arts Café is the perfect excuse to let your hair down and support the great work done by People and Gardens.”

The event is part of a Harvest Festival Eden is staging from October 1-9, featuring displays of harvest produce, cooking demonstrations, apple pressing, pickling and preserving.

Doors open at 7pm and party-goers can jig the night away until 12.30am.

Tickets for the event are £15 including a seasonal supper prepared with food grown by the members of People and Gardens. Tickets are available from the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or through