MUSIC | GIGSPANNER BIG BAND | WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER

Formed by Steeleye Span’s fiddle player Peter Knight, this band has built a reputation for dismantling traditional folk music and ‘reshaping it in fascinating ways’ fRoots Magazine. This Big Band five piece line-up features the acclaimed duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

“They don’t play together often, but when they do, it’s spectacular”
5***** R2 Magazine

Periodically, a collaboration between two sets of musicians with their own unique identities produces an electrifying musical force that is even greater than the impressive sum of its parts.

Gigspanner, formed by (ex-Steeleye Span) legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, has built a massive reputation for dismantling traditional music and song and “reshaping it in fascinating ways” fRoots Magazine

BBC Folk Award winners (Best Duo) Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are described by The Guardian as being “Subtle, bravely original…a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma”

Their appearances together as the Gigspanner Big Band are a rare but highly sought after affair, thanks to performances of dazzling musicianship and arresting on-stage chemistry.

With an eclectic mix of self-penned material and traditional music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, the Gigspanner Big Band produces richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”.

“The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique musical proposition; they are taking folk music down new and enthralling paths. They are also one of the most exciting live bands you are likely to see this year (or any year, for that matter”

Folk Radio UK

£19 early bird / £21 standard advance / £23 on the door

10% off for Theatre Friends

Includes restoration levy

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

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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MUSIC | THE SIMMERTONES | FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER

One of the UK’s leading authentic ska and reggae bands.

During 2016/17 The Simmertones’ live shows reached new heights, with appearances at The London International Ska Festival, Madness’ House of Fun Weekender, The Looe Music Festival, Bestival and Camp Bestival.

The band are frequently played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, particularly by Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq, who have playlisted their songs ‘Run For Your Life’, ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ and ‘Dr Who’. The Simmertones’  album ‘Something For The Weekend?’ won ‘Best Album’ at the South West Music Awards in 2013. The album received worldwide airplay, as well as rave reviews from Ruby Turner and members of The Specials and Madness.

One of the albums’ singles provided The Simmertones with their biggest hit to date, with a release of a cover version of the well-known classic ‘Perhaps, Perhaps,  Perhaps’ . This had airplay on BBC radio stations, and was produced by esteemed veteran Richard Digby Smith (Island Records, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Sparks and Free), with the finishing touches applied by Dave Eringa, of Manic Street Preachers fame. These elements combined with an incredible recorded performance by the band, merged to create the authentic sound heard on the finished recording.

The bands’ first EP “Presenting the Simmertones, Volume 1” is best known for a wild ska reworking of the Doctor Who theme tune, which continues to receive regular national airplay on BBC Radio 1, 2 and most recently on a BBC 6 Music Dr Who special in 2017.

Their second EP “Everything’s Comin’ Up Ska”, features actor Phil Daniels (Blur ‘Parklife’, Quadrophenia).

Support from DJ Ska Au Go Go

“This Simmertones album is so uplifting! Hypnotic, thirst inducing tunes.” Lee Thompson, Madness

 

 

£7 advance /  £9 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens and starts 7:30 P.M.

Standing

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MUSIC | CHRIS WOOD | SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER

A concert from the uncompromising guitarist and singer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people.

With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.

A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”. His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society. Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he’s won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England. 

He has collaborated with Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others.  

On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem. 

“The title track alone is a masterpiece” The Independent ***** 5 Stars

Support from Jess McAllister.

£14 advance / £16.50 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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MUSIC | JAZZ IN THE BAR: MAGGIE REEDAY SINGS STEVIE WONDER | SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER

Maggie Reeday brings her impeccable vocal style to the songs of Stevie Wonder, with Philip Clouts at the piano.

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Stevie Wonder is a massive figure in pop and soul music and his songs have always had a strong influence of jazz; his debut album was even called The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie. Great jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald have sung his music. Maggie will be covering a wide range of his songs, including many classics Isn’t She Lovely, My Cherie Amour and You are the Sunshine of My Life.

Maggie is one of the country’s finest vocalists, and has worked in both television and radio over the years, also with some of the greatest international jazz musicians. She has an engaging style with the audience, and a wonderful sense of fun.

“Ms Reeday has all the ingredients that a jazz singer requires; good intonation, and a powerful voice with plenty in reserve if necessary.” ~ Jazz Journal International

 

 

£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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THEATRE | POP MUSIC | TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

A theatre and music show by the acclaimed company Paines Plough

A wedding. A free bar. A blast from the past.

G and Kayla’s lives are a mess but tonight they’re determined to Have It Large. As their veins course with adrenaline and cheap prosecco we follow them on an epic journey through thirty years of Pop.

Can the DJ save them as they become Dancing Queens, reliving their Teenage Dream, Staying Out For The Summer and Spicing Up Their Lives? Pop makes promises it can’t keep, and soon they’ll discover they have more in common than their taste in tunes.

Pop Music is an emotionally contagious rollercoaster by Bruntwood Prize winner Anna Jordan. A night at the theatre like no other.

The latest gig-theatre extravaganza from the producers of WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED and WASTED by Kate Tempest.

A Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production in association with Latitude Festival

 

 

£10 adults / £7 under 18s advance, £12 adults / £9 under 18s on the door

£5 advance for pupils of Woodroffe School

10% off for Theatre Friends

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

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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MUSIC | MARTIN TAYLOR AND MARTIN SIMPSON | SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER

Award winning Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor teams up with acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson. The pair shares the stage throughout the performance – adding to each other’s songs and instrumental pieces, taking them to new areas of creative inspiration.

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Martin Taylor was name-checked on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show as being considered the best guitarist by no less than Jeff Beck – leading to a live session on the show the next morning. Completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across four decades and during that time has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired by guitarists all over the world. He is also a master concert performer, with his solo shows that combine virtuosity, emotion, and humour. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia. He has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Bryn Terfel and Jamie Cullum. In 2002, he was appointed MBE “For Services To Jazz Music”.

There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin Simpson is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. Martin has been nominated an astounding 23 times in the eleven years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

This is an unmissable evening with two guitar playing legends working in harmony.

“Martin Simpson’s performances elicit powerful emotions and subtle, understated beauty” Guitar Player

“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable” Pat Metheny.

With support

 

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£12 advance, £14.50 door. 10% discount for Theatre Friends

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

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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MUSIC | THE SUNDAY SESSIONS | SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER

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

MUSIC | FLEETWOOD BAC | THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY

The world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band: endorsed by Mick Fleetwood and the only one to replicate the ‘Rumours’ line-up.


Over the last few years they have received rave reviews from ‘The Stage’, Fleetwood Mac fansites, Stevie Nicks’ website; and from audiences as far afield as Dubai, St. Tropez, the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo. They recently sold out the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

 

Fleetwood Bac have also been rated by The Times newspaper as one of the U.K.’s top 5 tributes. Fans include original Mac bassist and biographer Bob Brunning, who joined the band several times on stage, and Peter Green’s official biographer Martin Celmins. The sound, the look, the mystical atmosphere and on-stage chemistry are all portrayed with the passion and energy that got the seal of approval from ‘Big Daddy’ Mick. The Fleetwood Bac show focuses on the ‘Rumours’ era of the band (still the 5th biggest-selling album of all time). You can expect to hear all the best songs, including Dreams, Don’t Stop, and Go Your Own Way.

‘Keep up the good work! Much luck.’ Mick Fleetwood

‘Loved the show, really enjoyed playing with you.’ Bob Brunning, Fleetwood Mac bass player

‘Stevie looks fabulous… Lindsey’s act is well sussed… Mick is entertaining to watch throughout… Christine is unbelievably accurate… first-rate.’ Martin Celmins, Peter Green’s official biographer

‘Musical archaeologists reconstruct their favourite rock mammoth with painstaking accuracy.’  The Times

 ‘Spot on. A thoroughly professional and entertaining evening. Fans of the real thing will certainly not be disappointed.’  The Stage

£16.50 early bird / £19 standard / £21 on the door. 10% off Theatre Friends.

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

Seated

Tickets:

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Over the phone:  01297 442138

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