Wells Contemporary Music Centre features in BHF’s HeartFest

The newly established community music centre in the Portway Annexe served as the setting for an interview and performances by local artist Rick Payne in June. The event was broadcast online as part of the British Heart Foundation team’s HeartFest 2022. The insightful video of it, “In conversation with Rick Payne”, can be seen on YouTube. His performance of his song “Bluebird” is particularly moving. In the interview Rick recounts how he suffered a cardiac arrest while performing on The Pilton Stage and how the quick actions of those present, and the use of a defibrillator that had recently been donated by Michael Eavis, helped to save his life.  Rick will be returning to the Portway Annexe from the 28th of September to run a series of workshops for blues guitarists. More information on this may be found here: www.rickpayne.co.uk/blues.html
 
Photo credit Nigel Fraser: Rick Payne in action for HeartFest 2022