MUSIC | MERRY HELL | SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

Saturday night is party night of Lyme Folk Weekend with the exuberant sound one of the most exciting live bands to have emerged in recent years.

Winners of both the Best Band and Best Live Band at the 2018 Folking.com awards, Merry Hell have been blazing a trail in the north of England with their high-energy, foot-stomping folk-rock, and are making a rare visit to the South West especially for Lyme Folk Weekend.

The sound of dreams realised, joy unconfined, your favourite yesterdays returning and the promise of tomorrow. Merry Hell are all this and more.

Founded in their native North West of England, Merry Hell is an eight-piece folk-rock band with a history, a pedigree and a bright future. In four short years they have risen to become festival favourites, their first two albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike. They are continuing to develop an enviable reputation for the quality of their song writing, recorded work and live performances.

The band was forged in the smouldering embers of 90s Folk-punk band, The Tansads. Following an emotional series of reunion concerts in 2010, its members chose to tread the boards under a new name, ‘Merry Hell’, in order to reflect their new impetus, new hopes and, most importantly, new songs.

 

Support comes from Ranagri.

 

£18 seated and £10 standing, advance and on the door.

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

Seated and Standing 

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

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Booking Fee may apply

 

MUSIC | SHOW OF HANDS | SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

Lyme Folk Weekend culminates with the South West favourites presenting a special one-off retrospective filled with songs from their early years together.

Show of Hands began their musical journey 25 years ago here in West Dorset. The band’s first CD was recorded live in Bridport at the Bull hotel, while Steve Knightley has written a host of songs about the people, stories and landscape of this area.

Show of Hands have become one of the leading forces in South-West folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and one of its finest multi instrumentalists. Without frills or fanfares they have carved a unique niche built on a carefully constructed cottage industry and become one of the most in-demand bands on the circuit.

Saskia Griffiths-Moore and Steve Dagleish are the support acts.

 

£25 advance and on the door.

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

SCREENING | NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE : JULIE | THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

A new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to the Marine.

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

£11 advance / £13.50 on the door. 10% off  for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

 

MUSIC | THE SUNDAY SESSIONS | SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

A post-roast music session in our lovely bar overlooking the Cobb 

 

This is a relaxed Sunday afternoon event with the best in local musical talent. The launch is hosted by Street & Matthews, an acoustic duo who are one half of popular local band DeltaTango7. They play a selection of blues and classic songs, and will be presenting a line-up of other local surprise guests.

Come down after your Sunday Lunch and enjoy a pint of local brew and read the papers while listening to some charming acts.

 

Free entry, no tickets (donations to musicians gratefully received).

Bar opens and starts at 3 P.M.

Standing and unreserved seating

SCREENING | RSC LIVE: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR | WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

The only way is Windsor in this new production of Shakespeare’s merry comedy.

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. David Troughton returns to the Company as John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus and Gloucester in King Lear.

Duration 120 minutes, certificate 12A

Screened live from Stratford

£11 advance / £13.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

MUSIC | DUOTONE | FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

 Duotone weaves a plethora of instruments with orchestral power – including his pioneering cello playing and vocal loops.

Duotone by Ian Wallman

This concert marks a new album – A Life Reappearing – released on 4 May, which was inspired by a book of paintings by Victoria Crowe, which charts the life of Scottish shepherd Jenny Armstrong.

Duoton learnt the cello at age six, he went on to study at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and to win a scholarship in baroque cello at the Royal College of Music. He has been mesmerising audiences around the UK and further afield since releasing his first album in 2009 including standout performances at Union Chapel, Birmingham Town Hall and End of the Road Festival.

In addition to his solo work as Duotone, Barney has performed and recorded with high-profile musicians including Syrian Qanun player Maya Youssef, folk illuminati Jackie Oates, The Imagined Village, Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood and multi-platinum award-winning artist Birdy, with whom he toured all over the world.

A Life Reappearing was written and recorded by Duotone at home, Borth-Y-Gest, North Wales and at Starling Audio, Oxford. Additional recording and mixing by Richard Neuberg at Strawhouse. Duotone performs vocals, cello, guitar (acoustic, classical and electric), percussion and bass; alongside Jane Griffiths on viola, violin and piano (on A Life Disappearing, Hear You Whisper, The Faintest and The Room respectively) and Adam Falkner on drums (The Faintest). Pete Thomas also guests on bass on Marta and award-winner folk artist Kris Drever sang guest vocals on The Faintest. 

£10 advance / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

COMEDY | LYME REGIS COMEDY CLUB WITH ANDY ASKINS | SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Star of the John Bishop show, Andy’s routine includes offbeat original comic songs and parodies.

 

A talented musician with a captivating voice, popular songs have been re-written and given a perverse twist to tremendous comic effect. With a wickedly dry sense of humour, Andy’s darker material is sweetened by his innocent and impish demeanour which never fails to leave audiences in the palm of his hand. 

Andy appeared on The John Bishop Show at the Hackney Empire on primetime Saturday night slot on BBC One. He has performed on The Comedy Store for Comedy Central, and two series of The World Stands Up.

Andy has delighted comedy audiences as far and wide as Switzerland, Belgium, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, Dubai, Mumbai and the Caribbean. He is also a firm favourite with the Armed Forces, performing several tours on Naval ships in ports around the world, as well as Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands.

Andy was also one of a very select group to be awarded the Afghanistan campaign medal from General Sir David Richards Chief of Defence staff in 2012 for his contributions which included several tours to soldiers operating on the frontline.

Two other comedians warm-up alongside resident compere Tom Glover in this great value night out.

For ages 16 and over

 

 

Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

£8 advance / £10 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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Over the phone:  01297 442138

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MUSIC | JAZZ IN THE BAR WITH JADE GALL | SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Our regular jazz night overlooking Lyme Bay from our terrace bar: Jade Gall plays Blue Note’s Stanley Turrentine 

Jade Gall is a classically trained saxophonist who has studied both at Dartington and the Royal Welsh College of Music. She has also rapidly become the go-to choice for jazz, swing, soul and ska bands, including ‘The Simmertones’ who have recently had many plays on Radio 2 with their single ‘Perhaps’ which features Doris Day, and ‘Michael Campari and the Solar System’ with whom she played at Glastonbury Festival.

She will be focusing on the music of Stanley Turrentine, accompanied by Philip Clouts at the piano. Pittsburgh saxophonist Turrentine was a pioneer of the Blue Note soul jazz style, playing with many of the greats including Ray Charles, Max Roach and Jimmy Smith. He also played with his wife, Hammond organist Shirley Scott, on such recordings as Soul Shoutin’ and The Soul Is Willing.

 

£8 advance / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

COMEDY | JETHRO: THE COUNT OF CORNWALL | WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

Not for the faint-hearted, the bawdy legend visits Lyme on his new tour.

An ex-miner and carpenter, Jethro is famous for his proud heritage as Cornwall’s best-loved comic. His career has been a long one of over 40 years, first appearing on television in 1990 on the Des O’Connor show, with other appearances on Jim Davidson’s Generation Game, The Jethro Junction, and for the Queen at The Royal Variety Show.

With support from Shaun Perry

 

 

£21 advance / £25 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply

MUSIC | INVISIBLE MUSIC | FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

Invisible Music is an unforgettable, immersive, gig- theatre experience

What happens when the soundtrack to your life changes; when you are listening but hearing differently?

Pete Flood (arranger/percussionist with Bellowhead) and Jules Bushell, P4’s long-term sound designer, have created a 5- piece band full of acoustic delights; supported by stunning projections, this is music, and verbatim audio clips, that are mesmerising, evocative, celebratory and profoundly moving.

This Platform 4’s first major project since the acclaimed Memory Points (The Guardian’s Top 10 shows of 2015). Pete Flood (arranger/percussionist with Bellowhead) and Jules Bushell, P4’s long-term sound designer, collaborate to create a 5- piece band full of acoustic experimental delight.

A concert with a difference, an immersive, celebratory event – think live concept album layered with exquisite audio snippets. This sound- piece is inspired by a series of interviews the company made with members of Winchester’s lip reading group and describes their experiences and stories through a loose narrative of six musical movements: From setting sail into unknown waters, to sinking underwater, to surfacing and eventually finding land. All told through a variety of musical instruments and sampled voices.

This is Platform 4’s most personal project to date, Platform 4’s Artistic Director, Catherine Church says: “This piece was inspired by my mother who initially started me thinking about this project because she showed me a poem she had written called ‘Surreal Existence’ about her own experiences of gradually losing her hearing. That was the starting point, and from there I started going to Mum’s lip reading class and meeting more people. I asked myself: Could I make a sound-piece about the loss of sound?”

Download programme here.

“I was blown away – Beautiful.” BBC South Today.

★★★★“Platform 4 make remarkable work” The Guardian

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to support Platform 4 through our National-Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme to tour Invisible Music. By putting those who experience hearing loss at the centre of the creative process, Platform 4 present a unique and often unexplored perspective which makes a fantastic contribution to the Arts Council’s commitment to embedding and promoting diversity and will ensure more people in more places can experience and be inspired by the arts.”
Editors Note: Platform 4 is an artist-led company that creates playful and unexpected worlds in which performers and participants can explore their creativity and the things that matter to them. The work is highly visual, often intimate in scale and process, connects people and puts human relationships at the heart of the event.”

 

£10 advance / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.

Seated

Tickets:

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In person:  Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres

Over the phone:  01297 442138

Booking Fee may apply