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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

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.

Sam 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”.