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An artist whose music crosses genres is hard to categorise and though Angie’s music was initially classified as Americana, this only tells half a story. The Americana/Lucinda Williams tag is understandable, as are the comparisons with Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. In particular, the narrative approach to songwriting of both these artists were an early influence on Angie’s songwriting.
Other early musical influences were as diverse as Carole King, Big Mama Thornton, Hank Williams and John Maryn. But Angie’s music is equally influenced by the musical storytelling she encountered on European travels. Thus her last CD Meanwhile, as Night Falls, now mixed her Britishfolk and American roots with narrative songs based on Russian folk tales and dark European fairy stories and was written and partly recorded in a forest in France.
Put these two together and you get great songs, beautifully sung and much laughter – a performance guaranteed to deliver superb entertainment.
One of Britain's greatest Singer-Songwriters...”
Bob Harris BBCR2
“atmospheric country-folk-rock ....Worth turning the lights down low for”
The Sun ****
“strong on haunting lyrics and atmospherics”
"Has a delicious hair-in-the-voice approach that gives her a tough edge over more fey contemporaries...Impressive"
Rob Hughes *** Uncut magazine
The Canada Boys by Rob John
Set in Norwich in 1912, The Canada Boys by Rob John is based on the true story of a group of workers at the world famous Colman’s mustard factory. Concerned by rising unemployment in Norwich, the company offered some of its employees the opportunity of a new life on the other side of the Atlantic.
'The Canada Boys’ is the story of Jack and Eddie Craske two brothers who’d never traveled west of Wymondham but whose lives are about to change for ever. This funny, sad and thought-provoking play which resonates with Norfolk voices and Norwich locations asks searching questions about love, labour, duty and family.
Rob John’s play has taken a little known piece of local history and universalised it with humour and poignancy in a fine piece of writing which not only speaks to Norfolk but has something to say to us all.
Jayne Morgan, North Norfolk News
A welcome return next year with a new stand-up show from the comedian who likes hugging and eating cake but not simultaneously!
Hosts Sky TV's Jongleurs Live! Seen on ITV2 Fake Reaction, CBBC 12 Again, BBC1 Let's Dance.
with Lesley Curtis
The Life and Songs of Eva Cassidy
“Murder is always a mistake: One should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner....”
A gripping tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder! Lord Arthur takes his marriage vows extremely seriously, but when he has his fortune told just weeks before the wedding, his destiny simply cannot be ignored… This hilarious retelling of a classic story revels in the wit of Wilde, while borrowing (rather cheekily) from Wodehouse, to create a wicked black comedy that positively fizzes with fun. Join Lord Arthur and his valet, for an evening of ludicrous indulgence.
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
LAUGH as Lord Arthur regales you with his astounding anecdotes!
MARVEL at the versatility of his man-servant!
GASP as his Lordship reveals dark secrets that will have you squirming in your seat!
Dare you spend time in the company of Lord Arthur Savile?
“The story is good, peppered with Wildeian wit, and vividly told by two charismatic actors who clearly have a great rapport with one another and their audience. A thoroughly enjoyable evening’s entertainment in every sense. **** 4 stars -The Public Reviews
“Lord Arthur Savile invited us into his dining room for a delicious meal and delectable tales of his crimes, set into motion by a party favour and skillfully reenacted by Lord Arthur and his rather talented valet. This was a rich, delicious, glorious evening.” **** 4 stars - Latest 7
in association with Creative Arts East
Elvis Presley’s outstanding voice, good looks, and breathtaking performance, endeared him to millions, and never before, or since, has any performer captured the world’s attention in such a way.
Globally Elvis sold in excess of 1 billion records, making him the highest selling artist of all time. Despite this, he is still most fondly remembered for his record breaking live concerts in Las Vegas, a staggering series of 837 consecutive sell-out concerts between 1969 and 1976.
Gary Jay’s charismatic performance reproduces a “live” Vegas Concert with awesome accuracy, both vocally, and characteristically. He has made numerous television appearances and is one of the most highly endorsed and respected tributes to have worked in the UK, continuing to captivate audiences nationwide, and receiving stunning reviews from many of Elvis’ closest associates. Gary has appeared alongside many international celebrities, including Elton John, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey.
“He sounds great and will certainly bring back some memories of yours about Elvis”
Sonny West (Elvis’ friend and bodyguard, and member of The Memphis Mafia for 16 years)
“I enjoyed listening to Gary, he does a fantastic job”
DJ Fontana (Elvis’ drummer 1955 – 1968)
“Undoubtedly the leader in his field”
The Stage and Television Today
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND YOU WILL THINK THE KING IS ALIVE!
OPEN THEM AND YOU WILL REALISE THERE IS NO BETTER TRIBUTE AROUND!
Medieval & Spanish blues
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….
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.
An illustrated talk by Roger of his trip from Tokyo to Moscow visiting the islands between Japan and Russia. The slide show covers the flora and fauna of this geologically active area of the Pacific.
Islands of Japan and Russia
Wednesday, 19th February
2.30pm and 7.30pm
Suitable for 10 years and over
Through a remarkably faithful, award-winning adaptation of this classic work, Box Tale Soup will transport you into a world of beautiful paper puppets and gothic romance.
With just two performers, seven puppets and a vintage trunk, this unique version of Northanger Abbey ignites the imagination and brings out every last drop of Austen's wit, playfulness and humour.
“I was completely mesmerised by this enchanting production” Joanna Lumley
“...Austen must be smiling down.” **** The Times
“...brilliant, dynamic and laugh-out-loud.” ***** ThreeWeeks
“...note perfect...brilliantly portrayed.” Must See! The Stage
A fun show full with catchy songs that you are guaranteed to be singing for days afterwards!
Full of comedy songs about growing your own vegetables, including a powerful love song to Alan Titchmarsh, and a virtuoso performance on a cucumber trumpet, Can You Dig It? will appeal to gardeners and non-gardeners alike!
Starring the musical comedians (and real-life allotment holders) Jo Stephenson and Dan Woods, the audience will delve into the mysterious and competitive world of vegetable shows, and hear the story of an evil pigeon called Derrick who takes over the world and ask: John Innes – who is he? There's even a song for people who don't like vegetables, poor things.
As heard on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time.
No filth (except mud).
"Highly entertaining" ★★★★The Daily Telegraph
"A riot" ★★★★Whatsonstage
"Inspired Wordsmiths" ★★★★ThreeWeeks
In association with Creative Arts East
Friday, 11th & Saturday, 12th April
Inspired by the tragic events of a true story, 'Blood Wedding' is a haunting tale of love, deceit, fate and vengeance. A mother still grieving for the loss of her husband who was stabbed and killed during a feud with the rival Felix family, finds that her son is due to marry an ex-lover of Felix, But she is happy to let the past rest, for love---for now.
On the wedding night two lovers ride off on horseback. The Moon and Death, the puppet masters of the piece, overlook it all and ensure the protagonists meet their final destiny.
Spooky Kid Productions
by Jim Blythe
A tale of love, lies and football stickers
Simon runs the lousiest pub in Britain – a place populated by a cast of pathetic losers who all have something to hide. Sappy Will is in love with ice queen Vicki but she’s just got married to someone else. Sadly for Vicki her new husband is fooling around with her best friend Susan. That is, when Susan isn’t with her boyfriend, Will’s best mate Jon. But then, Jon’s married to Holly and his carefully constructed world of dangerous liaisons is about to come crashing down around his ears.
” …won’t radically alter your view of life, the universe and everything, but it’ll certainly put a smile on your face… had me chortling from start to finish”
- The Scotsman
- Broadway Baby
“quick humour and more twists and turns than a Grisham novel”
“Hugely funny…had the audience laughing out loud throughout”
“…a well-written piece…plenty of surprises and plot reversals in the fast-moving narrative”
- Samuel French Ltd
The Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company
The Bricks of Burston
A new and original play by Emma Struthers and Ant Cule
Written specifically for Stuff of Dreams, this play commemorates the centenary of the Burston School Strike and will premiere as part of the official celebrations of the strike.
The famous story of Burston school teachers Tom and Annie Higdon, whose fight after their unfair dismissal triggered the subsequent strike by generations of pupils which lasted over 25 years, is well known. The Bricks of Burston will focus on the couple at the heart of these astonishing events and explore the themes of relationships, loss and memory.
MIRANDA SYKES & REX PRESTON have a unique connection - which is a pleasure to listen to and plain to see when they share a stage together.
MIRANDA SYKES is well known as the third member of SHOW OF HANDS. She is one of the few female double bassists in England & is an accomplished singer in her own right. Miranda holds her audience spellbound: it is the emotional quality of her voice that makes her musical partnership with Rex so engaging, rather than the novelty of such an unusual musical pairing as the double bass & mandolin.
REX PRESTON has a reputation as a ﬁne & imaginative mandolin player and is a leading light in a new wave of British Bluegrass musicians. He is a rising star in mandolin-playing circles and with 20 years of playing behind him, he possesses a wonderfully sensitive musicality and a dexterous, ﬂamboyant playing style.
The rare fusion of double bass & mandolin makes for one of the most exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene. Miranda & Rex interweave timeless, well chosen covers with one or two Preston originals. Their backgrounds, as well as skilful instrumentation & warm engaging vocals have shaped their unique sound.
Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
"A real cracker." – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
"A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant." - fROOTS
"Rex Preston is one of the new generation of brilliant virtuoso instrumentalists raising the bar. A tremendous player." PHIL BEER, SHOW OF HANDS
"From the first few notes you know that this is something special." - FOLKING.COM
Recreating the look and the sounds of the sixties with songs by the Beatles, Stones, Who, Spencer Davis, Kinks ,Small Faces, Elvis, Cliff, Ben E King, Searchers, Brian Poole, Booker T, Monkees,
Troggs, Wilson Pickett, Dion, Deep Purple, Eddie Cochran, Equals, Nancy Sinatra, Dave Clark Five, Manfred Mann, Chris Montez, Animals, Chris Beck plus a little Rock n Roll.
It’s sure to be a rockin’ evening!
The 6T’s played to a full house in 2012 so make sure you book early for 2013!
East Anglia’s Premier 60’s Band
In the Maltings Hall, next to the Granary Theatre
Lesley spent a number of years working in a variety of rock and pop bands touring Europe and the UK, including the challenging North East and Yorkshire club circuits.
She has worked as a sessions singer both in live and studio environments and has recorded for The Real World, Comstock Records, Martin Knott & the Old School Recording Studio, Rhythm Academy, Slick City Music Productions, Paradigm Productions, Simon Sumner, BBC local radio and BFBS radio amongst others.
Always driven to push herself further creatively, Lesley turned to song-writing. This focus really ignited a hitherto undiscovered skill and passion and she released her debut album "Shock Delayed" to critical acclaim.
Building on the success of this debut album, Lesley has now released her keenly awaited follow up album "Naked", and her new single “Before She Walked A Mile” is proving really successful, being played in over 30 radio stations worldwide. Lesley and her band will performing a selection of songs from her new album which is a dynamic blend of original folk, country and bluesy rock - a tasty slice of America plus a few covers by bands such as Fleetwood Mac.
Her music is an original blend of English folk, country and bluesy rock.
In Voice and Verse are actor Lance Pierson with soprano Belinda Yates (accompanied by pianist Heather Chamberlain). They have been touring regularly for the last couple of years with shows similar to the "Flanders and Swann" and "Newhart and Lehrer" revivals.
2014 is Shakespeare's 450th birthday and the show brings together a highlights package of his best work (his greatest hits). It's a similar concept to the Reduced Shakespeare Company but with the addition of the wonderful music his words have inspired including popular hits (Somewhere - "West Side Story" and "I Hate Men" - Kiss Me Kate).
In Voice and Verse
Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
Lots more to come - keep checking back with us
Steve Barclay’s “One Man”
Variety Music Hall Show
DANNY LA RUE knew a thing or two about show business, and STEVE BARCLAY spent many years working alongside the legendary star. Steve's personal experiences of teaming up with Danny - and a host of other top-line performers - has seen him hone his craft in comedy, cabaret and variety and as a corporate and cruise-liner entertainer. Steve Barclay worked with the legendary star for many years as Danny’s supporting comedian on his many summer seasons and UK tours working in Danny’s long running show Danny’s Dazzling Music Hall Show, The Good Old Day’s and ‘Four for the road’. Whilst Steve was working with Danny he made his first appearance at the Leeds City Varieties home of the famous ‘Good Old Days’.
Since then of course Steve has been a regular feature at the venue paying tribute to MAX MILLER, GEORGE FORMBY, KEN DODD and TWO TON TESSIE O’SHEA, working with Ted Rodgers, Jimmy Cricket, Ray Allen, and as many a music hall chairman has said ’ a melange of Music Hall favourites’.
The Granary Theatre is very pleased to welcome back the superb talent that is Kim Richey
As Duke Ellington said, "There are only two kinds of music: good and bad." At a time when music is all about labels, it's refreshing to find an artist who doesn't easily fit into a box, who is broader than just one category, who is simply "good". Kim Richey is just such an artist.
Her voice gives you goose bumps.
Those artists who find themselves stuck in the deepest of ruts two decades into their careers could learn a thing or two from veteran singer-songwriter Kim Richey. She’s never been afraid to go where the inspiration is.
Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul.
And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they’d be streaming in rainbow colours from your iPod.
Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 25-year old Gareth Dunlop was hailed “One to Watch” by BBC Radio Ulster and named named 2011 Young Songwriter of the Year at the Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.
Dunlop’s songs have been featured in numerous hit television series including “Cougar Town,” “One Tree Hill,” “Private Practice,” “Army Wives,“Life Unexpected,” and more.
He has opened for Jeff Beck, Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith, Angus & Julia Stone, Paul Carrack, The Steeldrivers, Imelda May and more.
Snow Patrol performed Dunlop’s song, “Firefly,” with a full orchestra and invited him to join the band on stage as the lead vocalist for their special homecoming performance in Belfast.
Since the age of 16, Dunlop has made his living performing live music. He recently finished an acoustic tour in the U.S., with Kim, that included stops in such major markets as Los Angeles, New York and Nashville.
“At a time where originality has reached a road block, Gareth Dunlop has managed to find an escape route with a musical approach that is fresh, emotionally charged, and addressing issues that become personal to the listener.” - Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio Ulster
“The depth and maturity of his writing shine through…and melt the heart of the harshest critic.” - Robert McNamara, Red Press
“Gareth is one of our finest young talents and his repertoire has style, soul and substance.” - Lisa Flavelle, U105
A modern day string band with a sound like no other.
You may have seen them performing on streets, at festivals, in beer gardens, at weddings, in pubs, in gardens, at parties. Some of their influences include but are no way limited to the following artists:
Johnny Cash, The Specials, The Pogues, The Waterboys, Van Morrison, Free, Steve Earle, Crooked Still, Bill Monroe, Bad Company, The Buzzcocks, Bad News, The Dublinners, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Tiger Lillies, Bad Manners, The Stranglers, The Clash, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bob Seger, Alison Krauss, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and Kasey Chambers.
A fundraising event in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices
School for Husbands
"The School for Husbands" is a satirical comedy by Molière, a French playwright who is often considered to be one of Western literature's great masters of comedy, and originally performed in Paris in 1661.
The story is comical, with plotlines following sisters, suitors, and unrequited love.
The plot centres around the suitors of two sisters. One suitor, Sganarelle, is controlling and overbearing of his intended wife, Isabella. The other suitor, Ariste, treats his intended wife, Léonor more as an equal. Ariste finds success in his pursued relationship, while Sganarelle fails miserably. So much so, in fact that that he is unwittingly used by Isabella in seeking her preferred courter, Valère.
Brooks Williams is the proverbial triple threat. He plays a fiery guitar, has a rich and silky voice, and writes hook-laden songs. He is one of the most commanding performers on the acoustic roots scene, walking the line between Blues and Americana, he is ranked one of the world’s Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists.
The San Antonio Light says that Williams is a “fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!” For 25 years he has been wowing audiences worldwide, every night delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues to inventive covers to his own recent original compositions. Dirty Linen calls him one of “America’s musical treasures.”
Named one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, with over 17 recordings to his name and 23 years on the road, this Statesboro Georgia (USA) native and Cambridge (UK) resident is one of the premier singer/guitarists on the Roots n’ Blues scene. From Belfast to Boston, London to Austin, Toronto to Istanbul, Brooks Williams has been wowing audiences worldwide with his silky voice and rockin’ acoustic and resonator slide guitars, every night delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions.
“Definitely one of the best things I have heard this year.” Blues In The Northwest
“…classy, tasteful, bright, and hugely enjoyable!" Blues Matters
"How soulful a solo guitarist can be when he has
talent, taste and astonishing technique." Blues Revue
A fundraising concert in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices
A new chiller to look forward to (in the usual Rumpus Gothic horror style) based on a great Charles Dickens’ story.
More details to follow
Blast from the Past
A Victorian Christmas
'A Victorian Christmas’ is a fun and festive celebration of the Yuletide our ancestors would have known.
Following highly successful tours in 2011 and 2012, acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast From The Past invite you to join them in 2013 for an evening of music, song, stories and drama from the time of Dickens and Hardy.
The cast of musicians and actors invite you to join them for some of your favourite carols (with songsheets provided) as well introducing you to some more obscure but no less beautiful festive songs from the 19th century. They also perform a festive masked play based upon a traditional English folk tale.
Finally, there’s a Christmas tale of the court of King Arthur – a figure revived in the Victorian era by authors and poets such as Scott and Tennyson. Featuring damsels in distress, deeds of chivalry, an epic quest and of course a happy ending. The tale is told in two parts across the two halves of the show.
“A Victorian Christmas” is a show guaranteed to delight and enthral audiences from young to old. Veering effortlessly from high drama to low comedy, from delicate melodies to full-throated harmonies – join Blast from the Past this winter and let them recapture for you the simple delights of “A Victorian Christmas”.
Absolution formed in May 2010 and have been steadily writing, playing and growing as a band ever since. With three musicians from different backgrounds and different styles, Absolution create a fresh and exciting sound.A British blues-rock power trio, they sound like a souped-up Cream, with elements of early ZZ Top and Joe Bonamassa thrown in for good measure!
Having already secured support slots with blues legends Dr Feelgood, Absolution have also performed two gigs at London’s exclusive Embassy Club and the iconic 100 club! They are about to begin playing headline dates across the uk and festivals such as the british rock & blues festival in january 2013!
Absolution are a fantastic live act, bringing energy and enthusiasm to every gig they play. Not only playing their own material flawlessly and with tremendous attack, they also throw in a few classics for good measure, keeping the feel of the original intact while still putting their own unique stamp on everything they play!
Blues purists and music lovers everywhere have never been disappointed yet by an Absolution concert!
Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails
Our Storyteller is on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three.
Are you really sure what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks? Why was she walking in those woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll?
All will be revealed when our storyteller unfolds this beautiful show using puppets and props. It's full of fun and laughter and has an exciting gypsy soundtrack that you won't be able to stop singing long after the show has finished.
Helen Fraser has been a professional actress for more than fifty years. There was never any question about her going into the theatre, her obsessively ambitious stage mother sent her to a theatre school as a boarder at the age of nine. She acquired her Equity card at fifteen in pantomime, and after two years at drama school has worked consistently with never a year out.
Working with some of the biggest names in show business she also shared some of the glamour of Hollywood with her Oscar-winning husband.
Helen’s show traces her theatrical journey and features some of the music which has played an important part in her life.
Helen plays Barbara opposite Tom Courtenay’s Billy in “Billy Liar” (1963)
A miscellany of memories from stage and screen ....past and present