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Marina Florance's EP 'my own little piece of the sky' has been receiving lots of attention with 'The Moon' from the EP being played BBC 6 Music. The EP has also been nominated for various awards.
Marina's song 'Cry' won the oldie composers song writing comp and the song sung by actor Anthony Head, was voted in to the top 4 by Radio 2 DJs including Sir Terry Wogan, Bob Harris & Ken Bruce.
"a wonderful singer songwriter, Marina's original version of 'Cry' was beautiful, she has got an amazing voice." Anthony Head (Buffy/Merlin Actor)
“Marina can turn her voice from an almost deep south growl to torch singer, flooding a song with a real sense of personality as though each song has a voice of its own” Neil King FATEA magazine
She is becoming increasing popular with her live performances, including the London Folk and Roots Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Reepham Folk Festival.
Make sure you get your tickets early!
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Ben started playing the guitar when he was nine years old. He actually wanted to play the banjo, but due to the lack of banjo teachers in rural Hertfordshire he started to learn the guitar, with the intention of switching to the banjo at a later date. That still hasn't happened...
Shortly after starting to play he was introduced to the sounds of B.B King, and never looked back.
With a style that is influenced by the greats of the blues, funk, country, folk and beyond, Ben plays a pretty mean acoustic or electric guitar, and has a big voice to match. After years playing many gigs and sessions in many styles, with many different bands and people, Ben was inspired by a 3 month stay in New Orleans, (where he got a chance to play with a host of internationally renowned musicians.) to go out on his own, (or at least under his own name) with a line up of co-conspirators, including some old faces and some new ones, playing funky acoustic shows and full blown electric get downs. He also finally got round to doing some solo gigs.
Things are going pretty well, recently Ben has supported blues legend Robert Cray, country icon Albert Lee, Joan Armatrading, Royal Southern Brotherhood and Matt Schofield.
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
Lots more to come - keep checking back with us
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.
Scary Little Girls bring a seasonal cabaret cornucopia bursting with audience games, music, comedians and magicians!
Born out of their sell out Edinburgh show and regular nights in London, Cardiff and the South West, this Christmas cracker has been a hit with rural audiences all over the UK.
Get into the spirit as compere 'Bunny Morethan' invites you to fill your stocking, nestle under the mistletoe and wrap yourself in the bosom of Christmas with this fun-filled romp - 'tis the season after all!
Scary Little Girls Productions
To be held in the Maltings Hall
Jingle Belles! Christmas Cabaret
A glimpse of what’s on in 2015
Adventures in Monahanland
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
‘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.
“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
Some of the funniest songs to be heard on the Fringe this year or any year for that matter” Edinburgh Evening News
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.”
based on the marvellously macabre tale
by Charles Dickens
The well-to-do gentleman of the title is a serial wooer … but all his brides come to a deliciously sticky end. When he turns his attentions to twin sisters, however, he finds the tables turned on himself in a fiendish act of revenge!
Last Autumn's THE GHOST SHIP! was “masterly … an evening to send shivers up your spine and a chill to your bones” Derbyshire Times while THE HAUNTED BRIDE was “ fantastic … the audience jumped out of their skin” The Public Reviews ... CAPTAIN MURDERER guarantees another generous helping of the same!
“Rumpus know better than many how to please an audience” Times
Rumpus Theatre Company
A chilling new play .....
“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved. Now they were as strangers.”
Once upon a time, Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth were hopelessly in love. Persuaded by her family that he is not of her standing, she reluctantly ends their engagement and he leaves for the sea, his heart broken. Anne soon realises her mistake and spends the next eight years as the ignored middle child of a vain, spendthrift father, quietly fading into the background and forever regretting her decision.
The Ash Mandrake act incorporates loop machines, stories and comedy. He designed the double-neck guitar, hats and costumes.
This is folk rock, but many styles are used. He has been described as imaginative; an incredibly skilled musician and songwriter; unique, brave, and completely naturalistic.
“It’s as if a woodland sprite has come to life, or an oak tree has walked in, tuned up and started sharing its mysteries. Collectively you are hypnotised.” The Tower of Song : Birmingham 2008.
“An intense performance from a man with the vocal range of Tim Buckley… Folk infused with influences from around the globe, with unique arrangements and flashes of theatrical
genius… A modern day troubadour” Rachel Wild 2006: Free lance journalist
Music, Stories, Hats, Mischief, Innovation;
Originals and Covers Performed in Original Ways
“Twice he brought tears to the eyes of the audience, once through the sheer beauty and emotion of his rendition of Vincent, and second, through total and uncontrollable tears of laughter. It was as though the whole audience had been mass hypnotised. Nobody could stop laughing.” Folk At The Oak: Bishop’s Cleeve 2011
People look at Ash and it’s always “What’s he got there?” or “what on earth is he doing now?” (he’s that sort of performer). It adds to the attraction; makes it more memorable.” Steve Henwood - Bath Fringe 2007
Rory Ellis is an Australian Alt Country artist, with heaps of stories to tell and almost impossible to pigeonhole.He’s one of that group of musicians that just are.
He is neither blues/folk nor country, instead, an amalgam of the best of all three, fused together by one special ingredient, Rory Ellis.
He is the quintessential Australian Alternative Country artist, with buckets of talent, heaps of stories to tell, and almost impossible to pigeonhole. He's got blues man in him,soul belter, red-dirt country, home-grown folkie and a voice that can raise the dead. Rory has performed at major festivals Australia wide for many years and internationally in Europe and the UK having done 9 massive tours there. 6 media acclaimed albums, a wealth of road smarts and having performed
alongside greats like Richie Havens, Eric Bibb and the Robert Cray Band you will leave knowing you just made an important visit.
"Ellis was another standout of 2008’s line-up, wrapping shades of Satchmo, Springsteen, Tom Waits and Chris Smither in his epically rugged voice" - The Scotsman
"He has a deep growl of a voice that seems to come out of the very ground itself. Think of Chris Rea, but a lot deeper voiced" - Scotland Blog
"one of those quintessential Australian singer-songwriters with buckets of talent, heaps of stories to tell, and impossible to pigeonhole" - Jeff Glorfeld, The Age (Melbourne)
"Salt-of-the-earth country blues" - Time Out London 2008
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
Paul Carroll (Accordion), Jack Burge (Guitar/Violin/Vocals), Andy Lawrenson (Violin/Guitar/Vocals).
Paul is a highly qualified and award winning musician who has completed such diverse projects as touring with Les Dawson, writing music for Tommy Docherty, Chrysalis, Hodder & Stoughton, BBC2, many Edinburgh Fringe shows and performed from the Blackpool Opera House, British Forces Abroad to all the major Park Lane Hotels.
Jack is the youngest member of the band, whose prodigious talent was recognised and developed early, He was trained by Bradley Creswick, leader of the Royal Northern Sinfonia before studying at the Royal Northern Music College.
Andy is a veteran of the North East music scene, and has worked with guitarist Ian Carr, Celebrated Jazz composer and musician Keith Morris, and has trod the boards with such artists as Richard Thompson, Ali Bain, Elvis Costello, in addition to being a celebrity on Bulgarian national TV!
Together, TRIO GITAN create a world class show of dynamism, poignancy, outrageous skill and down to earth good fun that is second to none!
TRIO GITAN will take you on a journey like no other: from Classical Music to Klezmer, Poignant Russian songs to Parisian Swing, compositions new to Celtic Fiddling - this band has it all! Sizzling violin duets that will have you on the edge of your seat if you are not already up and dancing. Crafted improvisations, complex and accomplished, yet full of bubbling life with spontaneous dynamic interplay between violin, guitar, accordion and vocals from these maestro musicians.
Highly regarded Scottish songwriter and leading fingerstyle guitarist. An award-winning songwriter and an inspiring, poetic lyricist, his distinctive guitar playing is steeped in the history of the folk, blues and celtic traditions and is complemented by a rich, powerful and compelling vocal. Having performed to critical acclaim in esteemed venues and festivals all over Europe, Simon’s recorded output has received rave reviews nationwide. An intense performer, and an incredibly talented musician Simon’s beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs transport the listener on a uniquely Scottish journey.
'Intelligent, passionate and highly original.' - fROOTS magazine
'Highly Recommended' - Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland
The show takes a chronological journey through the career and friendship of Simon and Garfunkel. From their first hit as 'Tom & Jerry', through to their breakup the show features all the greatest hits such as, Mrs Robinson, Homeward Bound, Bridge Over Troubled Water and many many more.
'The show is most authentic sounding show of it’s kind. With incredible live performances bound together with video clips, audio snippets and imagery the show is both powerful and moving. With narration taken from the Victoria Kingston book ‘Simon & Garfunkel – The Definitive Biography’, the show touches on the highs and lows of an incredible friendship and career. “Unique and slick! A must see show” - BBC Radio, Suffolk
Hear first hand from people who have been to see the show:
“I found myself listening to hypnotic and note perfect guitar playing two voices that blend so perfectly that you get lost trying to follow one or the other and find yourself totally immersed in the music” Sarah-Jane, Bath
“Tonight I felt as though I was really hearing Simon & Garfunkel. A great performance of those exquisite songs.” Lesley, Chester
“I must say I was pretty much blown away. It was absolutely spellbinding.” Eoin, Chester
Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years
Tickets: £10 , £9 Concessions, £8 Friends
Wednesday, 17th September
Must Close Productions
The perfect antidote to all those mega-musical hits, all those ‘Best of Broadway’
shows, and bringing a smile to the face of that sourpuss Mr Les Miserables …
FLOPSICAL!!! is written by the acknowledged flop expert Adrian Wright, who
stars with Anglia TV Legend Helen McDermott in this fast-moving and funny
cavalcade of great songs that got away!
From the team whose Cowards in the Wings played at the Theatre Royal Drury
Lane … professional musical theatre at its intimate best.
read more about the show at:
Tickets £12.50 full - £11 Friends
Tickets £12 full - £10 concessions and Friends
With a heady infusion of soaring vocals set against a backdrop of expressive, lively music, folk-pop extraordinaire Jake Morrell and his quartet have a unique sound that brings new meaning to the words singer-songwriter.
Hailing from the beautiful fields of East Anglia, Jake Morrell is a talented acoustic guitar player with a soulful, delicate and yet powerful voice. With ten years of writing experience under his belt and a gig history that reads like a road atlas, he has truly honed his craft and does credit to the music that inspires him. He is dedicated to his passion and continues to spread his music across the country. But he doesn’t do it alone.
Morrell is backed by a 4-piece band of the UK’s finest up and coming instrumentalists, a match that leads to a broad spectrum of compositions and well-crafted arrangements that transcend any one genre. Together they find themselves writing about a diverse range of subjects, with influences ranging from James Taylor to Dire Straits and many more. Blending unquestionable talent and expression with professionalism and energy, these gifted musicians have achieved a winning combination that delivers time and time again.
“At times the music can be a glorious lament to life, poignant and moving, soul soothing and beautiful; and at others an upbeat and joyful tribute to love lost and found...” Eleanor Goold (Freelance journalist).
Their music has been performed to thousands as Jake and the band continue to ply their trade, having shared the stage with acts such as The Hoosiers, Twin Atlantic, Professor Green and Greg James. They have released their latest E.P ‘Homegrown’ this summer showcasing a selection of their latest work.
This new play about the impact of World War One on a small Norfolk village is performed by actors from the actual location. Rich in comedy, tragedy, and the music of the period, it is a heartfelt and memorable evocation of the "war to end all wars".
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