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This award-winning Modern Blues power trio are fast becoming one of the must see Blues/Rock acts on the UK circuit today!
Known for their high energy shows and featuring three top musicians including both an award winning guitarist and drummer, this is a concert not to be missed! "The best thing I've seen and heard for many years!"
Releasing their debut album “Issues” on Blues Matters Magazine’s label; KrossBorder Rekords, they have also released a live album “Live From The Front”. A second studio album is slated for a summer 2014 release.
Absolution are thrilling audiences across the UK, including a blistering set at the Great British Rock & Blues festival and repeat bookings at London’s prestigious 100 Club and Embassy Clubs. The band has also shared stages with Dr Feelgood, Larry Miller, Danny Bryant, King King and Simon McBride amongst others!
Absolution romped away with two prizes at the 2013 WRC Awards;
‘Ones To Watch’ and ‘Best Guitar Solo’.
"Exceptional Musicianship!" R2 Magazine
"Blues flawlessness. These guys are incredible musicians!” Blues Rock Review (USA)
"Great blues-rock band. Well worth catching!" BBC Radio
“Exceptional Set!” Cambridge Rock Festival
"A Blues band for the 21st Century! Blues Rock as it should be - high octane with a real kick!" FATEA Magazine
"The real deal!" Rock Society
Matthew Preston (BA), a flourishing musician in the art of classical music, has recently completed his studies at Leeds College of Music, graduating with a first class honours in Classical Composition. He started playing piano at the age of eleven and passed his Grade Five Theory and Grade Eight Practical (ABRSM) exams within the next five years. Matthew’s interests would include analysis in Russian music from the late 19th to early 20th century, particularly in the works of Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. As part of his composition course at LCoM he organised a portfolio of arrangements for piano duet, (four hands and two pianos) including the first movements of Antonin Dvořák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments, Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No.4 and Michael Tippett’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra.
The evening will consist of some of the most well-known classical pieces in the piano repertoire. Expect to hear works from Mozart and Chopin through to Janáček and Rachmaninoff, plus many more. This unique selection of piano works will introduce the light-hearted music of Mozart, with its humorous and playful nature, through to the heart-wrenching music of Rachmaninoff, with its luscious harmonies and painstakingly beautiful melodies. Along the way I will be diving into the characters behind the music, sharing their life stories as well as their compositional styles. You don't want to miss what is going to be a truly exciting evening of some of the greatest piano music ever
A fourth performance at The Granary Theatre for this highly original fiddle, flute and guitar trio. Pennyless will take you from Olde England, through Ireland, Scotland and across the water to Old Timey America, with lively traditional tunes on a variety of acoustic instruments.
Sprinkled in amongst the instrumentals are original songs from their three albums with touches of medieval minstrel beat, and quirky tales of pirates, moths and tree spirits.
Pennyless have recently released their third album "Tales from the Tulgey Wood" to critical acclaim. Inspired by Jabberwocky and introducing new and mysterious characters from English folklore, they have been likened to Incredible String Band meets Mike Oldfield in psych-folk style. Penny Stevens on fiddle, Les Woods on guitar and Graham Dale on a bewildering array of instruments from whistle to xaphoon, melodica to flute, cajon to caval.
"Fabulous! Very charming and enchanting" Sue Marchant BBC radio
Following on from their highly successful touring show “A Victorian Christmas”, acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast from the Past now delve further back in time to bring you “A Medieval Christmas”. Featuring long-forgotten festive songs (plus some surprisingly familiar carols!) played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, this celebration of Yuletide Past is sure to warm the hearts of young and old.
Christmas in the Middle Ages was very different from the celebration that we know today – yet many of our Yuletide customs stem from this period, such as carol singing and kissing under the mistletoe. “A Medieval Christmas” explores the origins of some of these practices. It also sheds light on some slightly less pleasant Christmas customs such as the festive game of ‘The Smoking of the Fool’ not to mention the annual ‘Beating of the Children’!
The medieval period is also famous for its tales of magic and adventure, and “A Medieval Christmas” pays homage to this tradition by presenting two of Geoffrey Chaucer’s best-loved Canterbury Tales in all their finery – one of them complete with animal masks and costumes!
“The ideal festive show” Exeter Daily
“Brilliant!” The York Press
“A memorable and atmospheric start to the festive season…. wonderful!’” Lichfield Arts
“A Medieval Christmas” is the ideal festive show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yuletide pleasures of music, song, tales, mirth and fellowship.
Roll up and join host Bunny Morethan for a Christmas cabaret of music, games, comedy and special guests!
Expect comedy sketches and stand-up; songs and magic; audience participation and festive giveaways for all.
Scary Little Girls invite you to stay up late and wait for Santa, join in all their reindeer games, enjoy them under the mistletoe, and immerse yourself in the bosom of Christmas – because too much of a festive thing can be wonderful!
Scary Little Girls Productions
To be held in the Maltings Hall
Jingle Belles! Christmas Cabaret
Tickets: £10 per person to include a buffet
With 6 critically-acclaimed albums to their name, Winter Wilson are known across the UK acoustic music scene for their fine original songs, stunning harmonies and off-the-wall humour.
Kip Winter’s voice is simply one of the best in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure (described by one promoter as “from melting to belting”). In the past she has sung everything from jazz to opera, but is at her best and happiest when singing folk and blues.
Described by the great John Tams (Sharpe, Warhorse) as a “magnificent” songwriter, Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the best on the English acoustic scene, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats” including Vin Garbutt. Add to this a mellow, relaxed singing style and some mean guitar playing.
Put these two together and you get great songs, beautifully sung and much laughter – a performance guaranteed to deliver superb entertainment.
“In 30 years of listening to folk music, I have never heard two voices blend so perfectly together”
David Aird Chairman Glenfarg Folk Club
"Your writing is magnificent, your settings and playing equal to that and the both of you sing with rare assured passion that I oft think has gone. It's a rare gift you have - cherish it mightily." John Tams
Director, Gate to Southwell Folk Festival "Two people in perfect harmony, vocally, musically and emotionally....a festival organiser's dream."
"Not just another duo - Winter Wilson really are something special" Chris Hawkins BBC Radio 6 Music
Clamber Up the Crucifix begins at the end: midday, 11th November 1918. To the officers, Parker was invisible, hardly more human than the telegraph key he operates.
Earlier that day, and privy to certain information, Parker had caused serious offence. His sentence is due, footsteps approach.
Clamber Up the Crucifix explores the life of a telegraph key operator in the trenches and the mind of an ordinary soldier caught up in the long waits interspersed with the terrifying bombardments of life at the Front. This is a play with one actor playing five different roles , a gritty and emotional reminder of what life was like for millions of young men a century ago.
“Jonny McClean (Parker) … is sincere and believable from the start, with an attention to detail shown in each individual character… The play also shows director Gary Phillpott’s gifted eye for keeping the performance authentic and perceptive.” 5* The Public Reviews
One hundred years after his death, and World War 1, the poet and road worker Francis Ledwidge still haunts Irish literature. A determined Irish Nationalist he fought for Great Britain in the hope of securing Home Rule for Ireland after the war. Like other Great War poets he looks from old photographs, condemned to the limbo of being forever young. But like thousands of fellow Irishmen who died in that war he was condemned to another limbo, the limbo of being written out of Irish History. Walking the Road is one poet’s re-imagining of another poet’s life. Hovering in the half-light of memories, it vividly follows Ledwidge on one final journey through the landscape of WW1. We are drawn into this world accompanied by the laughter of his younger self and countless people from his childhood who walk alongside him, but will any of them ever reach home?
Jim Rymer Productions
By Popular Demand
Two critically acclaimed one act Plays
Celebrating the Love’s triumph over war
It's a while since I was close to tears at lunchtime. … Jim Rymer's beautiful production had many superb moments – the pub urinal, the purgatory of No Man's Land, and the powerful closing moments, A pint of Hope and Glory… a memorable 70 minutes of theatre.. The Times Michel Grey Arts Blog.
The UK revival of this highly acclaimed play set during the 1689 Siege of Derry. At the heart of Sea Lavender is a love triangle, but an unusual one. A Yorkshire cobbler awaits execution after being captured trying to gain entry into the besieged city disguised as a woman... As his story unfolds, the reality of the Siege, and the consequences of obsessive love swept up in the tide of history come vividly alive.
'A brilliant must-see.' Irish News‘
‘A lyrical evocation of the sustaining power of love. Highly recommended.' Irish Times
‘Passionate... moving...mesmeric... a torrent of beautifully imagined writing.' Sunday Independent
‘Smile! Smile! Smile!‘, the latest show by acclaimed historical musicians Blast from the Past has been especially created to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Blast from the Past use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’.
‘Smile! Smile! Smile!‘ is a scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. The show does not flinch from conveying the full horror of the first global conflict but also celebrates the courage and humour of the tommies under fire and the folks at home.
Featuring a host of singalong wartime standards such as ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ’Tipperary’ and ‘Goodbye-ee’ as well a host of other great songs – ‘Smile! Smile! Smile!‘ is the perfect way of remembering the sacrifice of our forebears while enjoying a great evening out!
An Evening with
Mervyn Stutter is an actor, comedian, satirical songwriter, scriptwriter and has been touring the village halls of England for over 10 years now and audiences love him. He's written and starred in his own long running comedy series on both Radio 2 and Radio 4 as well as performing for many years in theatre and cabaret. This year he celebrates his 28th year at the Edinburgh Fringe where his Pick of the Fringe show has become a Fringe institution. His sometimes wicked but always affectionate sense of humour brings warmth and joy to audiences who are happy to laugh both at his life and their own as he tells stories, sings songs and pokes fun at himself and the Baby Boomer generation in a joyous 90 minute show of life affirming fun.
Non-stop laughter and applause for the whole show, great music and hilarious comedy ideally suited to an audience of “a certain age” but the younger members of the audience were drawn in by his talent and were laughing along with the rest of us. I certainly had tears of laughter more than once during the evening. Very funny, very talented and no bad language, a superb evening’s entertainment. Granary Theatre 2013
“Mervyn arrived a stranger to all of us but by the end of the show he felt like an old friend. Lovely personable man. Can we have him back soon?” Elmbridge
“We often say ‘the best show yet’. But this really WAS the best show yet” Peatling Magna
“Celebrating the trivial and attacking the absurd he gives us a seriously funny show” The Scotsman
“All of his songs have one thing in common - they are astute, funny, often gentle but always jam-packed with clever lyrics.” BBC Radio Times
“Stutter is a sharp as any, as funny as any and more informed than most.” The Times
“For comedy straight from the heart they don’t come much better than Mervyn” Edinburgh Post
Friday, 7th & Saturday, 8th November
Seen through the eyes of Dr. Watson, literature’s favourite quirky detective is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in this festive Victorian theatrical treat.
After failed attempts by Dr. Watson to cheer Holmes into celebrating the holiday season, the unrepentant, ill-tempered detective is forced to deduce the facts and solve the most important mystery of his life – past, present and future. Experience a magical mix of Dickens and Doyle …
You won’t want to miss this cheery, insightful and hilarious journey with some of literature’s best.
Audience and Reviewer Quotes:
“Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Christmas Carol is simply breath-taking. The superb quality of the acting, backed up with an incredible array of technical sound and lighting and top notch Direction make this one a 'must see' show”.
“I cannot recommend this show highly enough.”
“I can only highly recommend that you give this show a visit yourself. It is a very enjoyable play, fantastic dialogue, a strong cast and some of the finest moments I have ever enjoyed in a theatre.”
What can be better for Valentine’s Day than the romantic
With his Medieval & Spanish blues guitar
Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.
The unique Monsieur Bourbon is a formidable performer. He may have his roots in the blues, but he is inspired by music and song from all around the world, taking these sounds and weaving them into a performance of blues, rock, jazz, songs and melodies that defy a label, all delivered with a gravely voice.
Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur.
“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC
Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.
Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale, Monty Python; JS Bach and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks….
A chance to see the great
In an intimate venue.
Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo,
Show of Hands, With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.
An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show.
A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer – Iain Hazlewood, Spiral Earth
Phil Beer seems able to play anything with strings, and the back drop of instruments lining the stage barely leaves room for him…a highly accomplished musician, a very funny man, and a night to remember - Froots Magazine
A Phil Beer solo gig is far more than a folk concert. As well as a raft of fantastic anecdotes, he dropped in on a range of American musical greats: Hoyt Axton, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and blues legends, Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Willie Dixon - Nottingham Post
Adventures in Monahanland
Energetic, refreshingly clean stand-up show from the charming Irish/Iranian favourite renowned for his superb anecdotes and playful audience interaction. One of the Granary’s best sellers so be sure to book early!
Patrick Monahan is an award winning Comic that has recently been on ITVs Celebrity squares and Splash, Fake Reaction, Fox’s Man up, BBC 1's Dance for Sports Relief and is also the Winner of ITV's Show Me The Funny!
'Hilarious without being outrageous' ThreeWeeks
'There isn't a comic quite like him' TheNewCurrent.co.uk
'The same mix of control and on-stage charisma as a young Alan Davies’ Herald
'Supremely engaging performer, adored by his audiences' (Scotsman).
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