MUSIC | THE CUBAN BROTHERS | FRIDAY 24 AUGUST

Music and comedy from the festival favourites

 

The Cuban Brothers’ unrivalled funk soul review blends soulful music with b-boy action and riotous comedy. From humble beginnings, Miguel Mantovani, Archerio Mantovani, Kengo Sanand Domenico have built Los Hermanos Cubanos – The Cuban Brothers – into a legendary outfit that continuously sells out shows across the globe. Mike Keat (Miguel) started The Cuban Brothers after ‘watching dance music disappear’ in the mid to late 90s. His love of b-boying, Latin music and character comedy inspired him to create an irreverent music-driven show to help him showcase his burgeoning talents as a singer, MC and dancer. After enrolling Archie ‘Archerio’ Easton (a former champion b-boy and ex-Prodigy dancer), Kengo ‘Kengo San’ Oshima (a dance student and earnest wrong-man) and most recently Domenico, the four-piece has blurred historic fact and hilarious fiction with the three elements of entertainment –music, comedy and dancing –journeying on an endless foray into fun and funky action.

Not only the entertainment of choice for Elton John, Richard Branson and Robbie Williams, the band has also supported James Brown, Chuck Berry, Fatboy Slim, De La Soul, Talib Kweli,and performed with the likes of The Prodigy, Q-Tip, Chic, Roy Ayers and Jocelyn Brown, as well as touring the world in their own right. Their residency at Rob da Bank’s celebrated Sunday Best parties led to the band hosting the main stage at Bestival, with their delirious rhythms, lightning wit, and gentle ribbing of world famous artists, plus a lot of inappropriate touching, endearing them to a constant stream of new fans. Taking the contagious dynamic of their live show into the studio the band’s debut album ‘Yo Bonita!’ features guest vocals from Mica Paris, Omar Kurtis Blow, Jungle Brother Mike Gee, Yolanda Quartey (Massive Attack) and KT Tunstall.

 

£15 advance / £17.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Bar opens and starts 7:30 P.M

Standing

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MUSIC | NINEBARROW & FRIENDS | FRIDAY 31 AUGUST

Part of Lyme Folk Weekend, the multi-award winning duo, otherwise known as Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere, will perform along with three of their own favourite acts – the brilliant Dorset trio Kadia, virtuoso guitarist Will McNicol, and superb a capella group The Teacups.

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding ‘like two halves of one voice’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way.

In 2017, the duo were nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ’Horizon’ category for ‘Best Emerging Artist’. One of the highest accolades in their genre, it was made even more exceptional because it was only a few months prior to this that Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere relinquished their jobs as a teacher and GP in favour of a full-time music career.

Named after Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills, their first release While the Blackthorn Burns was voted FATEA Magazine’s Best Debut Album of 2014, while their last album Releasing the Leaves (2016) saw a volley of critical acclaim including five-star reviews in Maverick and EDS Magazine as well as Best Duo nominations in the FATEA and Folking.com Awards.

Ninebarrow have continued this upwards trajectory with their new record, The Waters and the Wild. The 11-track album highlights how their inspired songwriting is ever evolving and displays the duo’s incredible vocal harmonies through original songs mixed with innovative arrangements of folk standards, all wrapped in lush, sensitive arrangements and flawless musicianship. Awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, the album has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. In June 2018, the album reached Number 2 in Amazon’s Folk Best-Seller chart.

It is the multi-award-winning duo’s modern and inventive take on the folk tradition that seems to be captivating audiences across the country.  Not only exceptional singers and musicians, they are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs. A live session on BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show, described by presenter Mark Radcliffe as ’immaculate’, has lead to a string of sell-out shows across the UK.

Engaging, charismatic and humorous – Ninebarrow are winning new fans wherever they go. See them live, and you’ll quickly understand why.

‘Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ The Telegraph.

Toby Noble is warming up.

£18 advance and on the door.

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

Unreserved seating

Tickets:

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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 

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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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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

TALK AND CINEMA | THE MAN FROM MO’WAX | THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

This is a South-West exclusive: the brand new BFI film, with a talk and questions from its star James Lavelle.

The Man From Mo’Wax is the energetic and phenomenal journey, charting the life and career of DJ icon, music producer and global trip hop mogul, James Lavelle, his pioneering record label Mo’Wax and his phenomenal rise to fame with the genre defining UNKLE album, Psyence Fiction.

The film gives audiences a remarkable ‘behind the curtain’ look at the music industry and a rare opportunity to experience never before seen personal archive and exclusive home videos from both James Lavelle & DJ Shadow (one of UNKLE’s many collaborators). The film also stars Joshua Homme, Ian Brown, Thom Yorke, Badly Drawn Boy, Futura. Grandmaster Flash and 3D of Massive Attack.

Duration of film 109 minutes

£6 advance / £8 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

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

Tickets:

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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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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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MUSIC | CHANTEL MCGREGOR | TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

A female guitar prodigy, at fourteen Chantel was told by major labels that she had a “great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that!” 

Wisely ignoring the comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 distinctions.  Chantel left with the college’s musician of the year award.

 In previous years, Chantel stepped out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity.  Since then, she has built a loyal fan base.

 

Chantel’s album, Like Control, whose production credits include Ed Sheeran, Robin Trower, and Shakira, produced by Livingstone Brown, was released in October 2015 to critical acclaim.

 

£14 advance / £16 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Unreserved seating 

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

Tickets:

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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