Vintage Wurlitzer concert to help save Tenby’s history

Posted by Tenby Museum on May 30, 2016 Blog No Comments

Folly Farm will soon play host to an entertaining evening of toe-tapping music from across the decades played by Paul Kirner on the Mighty Wurlitzer. There will also be the chance to join in with a jolly old-time sing-a-long. All proceeds from this event will go to Tenby Museum.

Due to funding cuts, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is now, more than ever, reliant on visitors to ensure its continued existence. The Museum is an independent charitable trust that has been open in the town since the 1870’s and every effort is being made to keep this important museum and tourist attraction open. It is a place that records the heart and soul of Tenby and surrounding communities, with displays on the story of Tenby, Tenby and WWI, the prehistory of the county, pirates and maritime and also two art galleries. The museum is grateful for all the support it has so far received and continued support is required to maintain its high standard of display and activity.

With a rich history all of its own, Folly Farm houses one of the country’s finest Wurlitzer organs and the largest in Wales. The Wurlitzer is actually owned by Paul Kirner and was built in 1935 for the Gaumont Manchester and spent many years at the Granada Studios tour complex before moving to Wales in 2009. The organ is installed in the vintage funfair at Folly Farm, above the entrance to the Follies Theatre.

Paul Kirner, the man tasked with bringing ‘history to life’ on this very special evening, has been in the entertainment business for fifty-two years and started his career playing for Granada Theatres in 1964. He has acted as organist/musical director for pantomime and revues at leading Variety theatres and also toured the club and bingo circuits with his own cabaret trio. Paul has played in concert at top venues including The Gaumont State, Kilburn; Granada Theatres at Slough, Harrow and Clapham Junction plus the Opera House and Tower Ballroom, Blackpool to name but a few. He keeps busy with summer season engagements at Aberystwyth, Skegness and on the Isle of Man. Paul is a prolific recording artiste with many albums to his credit.

Paul will perform on the Mighty Wurlitzer at Folly Farm, Begelly, Pembrokeshire on Saturday 18th June 2016. Tickets are £8.00 per person and the concert begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door, from the park reception or by phoning 01834 812731. You can also buy tickets direct from Tenby Museum or by calling them on 01834 842809.

Paul Kirner at the Mighty Wurlitzer2[1]