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Organisers working towards next year's Bands on the Beacon are hoping to strike a chord with budding sponsors - and ensure the live music event can continue.

The popular event has attracted more than 5,000 visitors of all ages at its peak but funding for it, the majority of which came courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund, ended this year.

Now a plea is going out to potential sponsors to help keep Barr Beacon alive with the sound of music into 2015.

Hopes are high that if sufficient sponsorship is established, the event can run over two days and a headline act could be secured.

Fans of fine fiddling and a jolly jig should book tickets for Wild Irish - back in Walsall by popular demand this week.

Forest Arts Centre will host the band on Friday 5 October and the audience will be treated to a blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music.

The band features the legendary fiddle playing of Donegal's Brian Patton, the velvety vocals and guitar work of Peter Kelly and the foot-stomping rhythms of bass player Simon Hayward.

Walsall couple Tony and Marie Newton will be showing people exactly how their award-winning garden grows while giving a blooming marvellous boost to the Mayor's charity appeal.

The green-fingered pair are opening their 'Four Seasons' garden to the public on Sunday 23 September 2012, from 10am until 5pm.

And they have offered to donate the proceeds to Councillor Dennis Anson's chosen charity - Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

'Four Seasons' can be found in Buchanan Road, Walsall, and looks particularly spectacular in late September when the Virginia creeper on the Newtons' home turns red.

Live music fans will be well catered for in 2012 thanks to a series of gigs at popular venue Bookmark Bloxwich over the coming weeks.

Steve Hayes and Lester Hunt will be taking the stage on Saturday 4 February with their take on classics by Sting, Gerry Raferty and Jimi Hendrix to name just a few.

The talented pair have become regulars on the international music scene and are set to make their mark in Walsall.

Many people will know Steve as the lead singer/guitarist with the highly acclaimed Nearly Dan whose live show of Steely Dan songs has a faithful following.

A January musical treat is being served up by borough organist Peter Morris who is starting his 2012 programme later this week.

Peter will stage his popular lunchtime organ recital at Walsall Town Hall on Thursday 19 January at 1pm.

His programme features Chorale Preludes by JS Bach, including Christus, der uns selig macht and Wachet Auf.

Nigel Ogden's Penguins' Playtime will also delight, along with Trois Pieces by Gabriel Pierne.

Julie Simmonds, Walsall Council programming and operations officer, said: "As usual the audience will be able to see Peter's skills close up as a giant screen will be used in the performance to add to people's enjoyment.