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Music

Thursday 12th March 8:00pm
Theatre

Liz Lochhead: Somethings Old, Somethings New

From the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Scotland’s Makar, LIZ LOCHHEAD, weaves a spellbinding and beguiling show, mixing poems, monologues and music.  Accompanied by the soulful sax of STEVE KETTLEY she presents an intoxicating mix of some of her best work over the past 45 years.

‘brilliant, raucous and scabrously funny’ (Sunday Times)

 

Friday 20th March 7:30pm

People’s String Foundation Trio

The People’s String Foundation Trio mix passionate theatrics with an Urban Gypsy sound. Led by Ben Sutcliffe (Musical Director for Rogue Theatre and Trebbigan Productions) who’s virtuoso violin styles have landed him to play with the likes of Ralph McTell, The Levellers, The Stranglers, The Yardbirds, The 3 Daft Monkeys, and Gary Stringer from Reef. Mixing artisan flavours with world grooves and a band that expands into a 24 piece Orchestra, The People’s String Foundation are fast being recognized as the heavyweights of the South West. As well as touring the Festival and Theatre circuits as a dynamic Trio they encompass a grass roots philosophy, working with the community and schools alike to promote local music and arts.

In early 2014 they released an album of their newest musical journey “The Lost Dreams Of Gilgamesh” based on The Epic of Gilgamesh from 3000BC. In the original writing, King Gilgamesh (“He who saw the deep”) goes on an epic quest for immortality but has five nightmares depicting his own demise and the destruction of his lands. Four of these visions have survived to this day etched forever in stone, but the fifth has never been recovered. This is The Lost Dreams Of Gilgamesh.

“Thoughtful and moving melodies… a diverse exploration of a fearless modern sound” Jim Carey – Kneehigh, Miracle Theatre, Bragatanga

“The Heavy Hitters!” Hew Stephens – BBC Radio 1

“The vocal performances on this record are remarkable and the orchestrations are inventive, exploratory and beautifully performed” Ralph McTell

Friday 10th April 8:00pm

Jonny and the Baptists Rock the Vote

The UK’s hottest musical comedians tackle the big issues ahead of the May 2015 General Election, bringing their acclaimed blend of songs, satire and silliness to the nation. And with politicians now officially ranked below estate agents in the public’s trust, ROCK THE VOTE is a desperate bid to find at least one good reason to vote.

From the multi-award-nominated stars of Radio 4’s Now Show and Infinite Monkey Cage. 2014 British Comedy Award and Leicester Comedy Festival Award nominees.

‘Politically energised… raucously silly… triumphant piss-taking’ (Guardian)

‘Uproarious rock’n’ROFLing’ (Independent on Sunday)

‘The political edge of 80s alternative comedy… a pop soul voice to win X Factor’ (Stewart Lee, Observer)

 

SPECIAL OFFER!  Are you a first time voter, aged between 18-23?  We’ve got a limited number of tickets for you, at just £5.00 (+ £1 Poly Fund).  You will need to show proof of your age when collecting your ticket.

Friday 17th April 8:00pm

The Songs of Nick Drake

Keith James’ unique concert. Haunting and hugely dedicated.

Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure.

An important book Remembered for a while has just been released, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This expansive volume throws light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition.

A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure, live concert form. The end result was almost a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.

This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list and will include an interpretation of a Molly Drake composition, a transcription of a poem by William Blake (Nick’s greatest influence) and a song by Sixto Rodriguez – an unusually similar songwriter from the exact same era, but from a parallel universe.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times

‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’   The Guardian

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’  Acoustic Magazine

‘an absolute must’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio

Wednesday 29th April 8:00pm
Theatre

Sam Lee

Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector, the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, and founder of a burgeoning song collectors’ movement that inspires a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers rather than books and records.

Same is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep history.

“The most unpredictable and inventive young traditional singer on the British folk scene” (The Guardian) heads out on tour in advance of the release of his latest album, The Fade In Time. It is the hotly anticipated follow-up to his Mercury Music Prize-nominated effort, Ground Of Its Own – “an album of unusual dignity and immense beauty” (Mojo) and “a perfectly executed attempt to modernise staple motifs with originality” (The Guardian). Record producer Joe Boyd calls the Chelsea School of Art alumnus “a wonderful singer and fascinating character … [whose] arrangements are unlike anything anyone has ever really heard before”.