Goldheart Assembly and The Quill to return to Forncett for special concert

10:22 07 August 2012

Nicky Francis and his band The Quill.

Nicky Francis and his band The Quill.

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A Norfolk steam museum and a community church will become the unlikely venues for an inaugural music festival next month.

London-based Goldheart Assembly, which recorded its first album in Forncett Industrial Steam Museum three years ago, will return to play a concert at the museum, near Long Stratton.

Spin-off band, The Quill, will also play at St Mary’s Church in Forncett St Mary as part of the Forncett Music Festival after recording their debut album at the redundant church in 2010.

The music weekend, which will take place on Friday, September 28 and Sunday, September 30, will help raise funds for the church and museum.

The festival was established by Nicky Francis, drummer of Goldheart Assembly and frontman of The Quill, whose parents own the steam museum at Forncett.

“Since we recorded The Quill album, the owners have wanted us to come back and do a live performance and we decided to bring a few bands with us and make a weekend of music.”

“It has been two years since we recorded that album in the church and because The Quill is a super group and has 15 members in total, we do not perform that often and everyone has been working with their own bands.”

“It is an inspiring space and we were lucky to get a free recording space for two weeks. They are such great venues and the atmosphere is amazing. They are going to be quite intimate concerts,” he said.

The Goldheart Assembly concert at 7.30pm on September 28 at the museum has been billed as a night of “heartache pop and industrial harmony” and will be supported by Binko Swink. Goldheart Assembly, who have played Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and V festivals, have recently recorded a second album and will be playing new material at the music festival.

A night of “cosmic folk and psychedelic drive” will be served up by The Quill from 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Forncett St Mary, on September 30 with support from The Pearl Handled Revolver. The Grade I listed church is being brought back into community use and being restored after being shut by the Diocese of Norwich in the 1980s because of a dwindling congregation.

Tickets are £12 or £20 for both concerts and available at


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