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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
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).
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
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