Friday, September 14, 2012 - 14:00

After the storming success of last year’s Hoedown Showdown event at the Eden Project, the big autumn bash returns for an evening of beats and bedlam on Friday October 5 in aid of the People and Gardens programme.

The 15 piece mega-band The Destroyers will be squeezing themselves on stage to headline the night, which will take place in the Core, Eden’s education, arts and events hub.

The self-proclaimed ‘anarchic orchestra’ of gypsy punk emerged from Birmingham’s Balkan Brass genre in 2006 creating their own radical style. Fronted by songwriter and beat-poet Paul Murphy, The Destroyers explore tales of love, death, laughter and chaos.

The band released their second album Hole in the Universe earlier this year, which followed the 2009 offering Out of Babel. Their music is created with input from all 15 members, producing albums full of dizzying energy and searing lyrics.

The Destroyers will be supported by the local talent of bluegrass and folk band Blue Horyzon and the up and coming duo Ukeladies. DJ Big Jon, The Salter of Swing, will also be there, keeping the tunes flowing throughout the night.

The event will raise funds for People and Gardens, a unique therapy and support scheme that helps people who have been affected by disability and mental health issues to develop work and social skills.

The scheme, which is based at Eden’s Watering Lane Nursery near Pentewan, gives people the opportunity to learn all about growing and selling vegetables, from sowing seeds to harvesting and packing them for sale.

Ken Radford, Founder of People and Gardens, said: “Everyone at People and Gardens is really looking forward to this year’s Hoedown Showdown after such a success last year.

“The event is not only a great way to raise money and awareness for the programme, but it gives members a chance to let their hair down and display their best moves.”

Party-goers will be able to find out more about People and Gardens as well as Eden’s growing projects at the Marketplace of Ideas. Community groups will also be there to show people how they can get involved in inspirational projects in the local area.

Tickets for the event are £15 including a seasonal supper prepared with food grown by the members of People and Gardens. Doors open at 7pm and the fun continues until 12.30am.

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