Monday, February 13, 2012 - 09:00

On Friday February 17, the Eden Café will be celebrating its first birthday with an evening of musical delights.

Singer songwriter Megan Henwood will kick off the night’s entertainment. Since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award for 2009, she has polished her skills to perform at festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Secret Garden Party, as well as creating her debut album Making Waves.

Making Waves is a collection of imaginative work inspired by Megan’s travels across Europe and Asia, recording in Kathmandu, touring with acoustic blues singer Eric Bibb and working with people with learning difficulties through music therapy.

The album features an impressive array of guest contributors, including former Jethro Tull member Barrie Barlow, Steeleye Span violinist Peter Knight and Megan’s saxophonist brother Joe Henwood.

Megan will be joined by nu-folk band Son of Eagle. Hailing from Derby, the five-piece collective has grown organically over time, with each member contributing to the ebb and flow of the music.

Son of Eagle, who released their debut album From the Ground last year, have drawn on influences such as Bob Dylan and James Taylor, as well as the work of contemporary artists Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. They have been featured on BBC Introducing and have been well received at a variety of music festivals.  

Dan Ball, Eden Café Manager, said: “It’s been a great year for the café. Thanks to everyone’s support, the gigs have gone from strength to strength, and are becoming well established in Cornwall’s music calendar.

“We’re looking forward to a great programme of gigs, workshops and community events continuing throughout 2012.”

The gig takes place from 8pm until midnight. Tickets cost £4, or £3 for concessions and tickets bought from the café beforehand.

A selection of locally sourced beverages will be on offer throughout the night. Bread, dips and a choice of seasonal hot food will be available until 9:30pm.

The Eden Cafe, situated in White River Place in the heart of St. Austell, provides space for community events, workshops and regular music events.

It hosts a produce exchange, where people can bring in home-grown fruit and vegetables to sell at the café at wholesale prices.

In addition, visitors can take part in the book swap scheme, where they’re encouraged to leave a copy of their favourite book with a personal recommendation, and try something new.

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