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Friday 26th February 8:00pm

People’s String Foundation

They’re back!  The fabulous People’s String Foundation are back for one night only at The Poly, with their dynamic trio, led by virtuoso violinist Ben Sutcliffe (Musical Director for Rogue Theatre and Trebbigan Productions).  With their eclectic mix of artisan flavours, world grooves and their amazing grass roots philosophy, this promises to be a great evening of great music.

Leader Ben Sutcliffe has played with the likes of Ralph McTell, The Levellers, The Stranglers, The Yardbirds and Cornwall’s very own The 3 Daft Monkeys.  In 2014 they released an album of their newest musical journey, “The Lost Dreams of Gilgamesh”.

“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

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

 

Friday 11th March 7:30pm

The Jive Aces

The Jive Aces are the UK’s top Jive & Swing band and are probably best known for being the first live group to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent” and for their award-winning viral video “Bring Me Sunshine”, which is so uplifting it’s been prescribed by a doctor!

The new show features the band’s inimitable take on such classics as Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”; swing anthem “In The Mood”; Nat King Cole’s “L.O.V.E.”; and “Spread a Little Happiness” (from their new album of the same name), as well as Jive Aces favourites “Bring Me Sunshine”; I Wanna Be Like You” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”. The show is suitable for all ages and as well as amazing music it also has a healthy dose of humour.

As “The Stage” put it:
“Jazz, jive and swing band The Jive Aces have to be one of the most entertaining and multi-talented acts around. Sporting seriously baggy suits in a luminescent yellow that would make even a cat’s eye blink, this was the perfect musical and visual treat too. What you get with this act is brilliant musicianship combined with a madcap sense of fun on stage, and the definite impression that no two performances by The Jive Aces is ever likely to be the same. Simply sensational!”

Or as a grumpy Simon Cowell famously said after being cheered up by the band:
“I thought that was absolutely brilliant. That has really put me in a good mood!”

Wednesday 27th April 8:00pm
Poly Bar

Keith James sings The Songs of Leonard Cohen

An intimate candle lit concert in the Poly Bar

Each song stripped back – desolate, naked and sensual

www.keith-james.com      

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen is an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.

His recent spectacular world tour of stadium venues during his 70s has been successful beyond belief but has not, with regret, exposed the solitary inner strength of his greatest earlier songs in their original perfect form.

Keith James; with a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the pure song gives you a concert of this amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable.

Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca that Keith has set to music; said to be Cohen’s greatest influence.

‘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

‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’  BBC Radio Scotland

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

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’  Times Literary Supplement

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

 

Saturday 30th April 8:00pm
Falmouth Wharves

Ruby w/ Fiona Soe Paing + Hockeysmith

NB: THIS IS AN EXTERNAL EVENT AT FALMOUTH WHARVES

Shooting Star Productions and Astir Echo present a very special evening of experimental and electronic music from innovative female artists as RUBY launches her UK tour here in Falmouth.

RUBY / LESLEY RANKINE started out in London as lead singer for indie punk band Silverfish, before going solo as ruby from ’94. Electronic, jazz, industrial, rock and just out-there experimental; ruby pushed boundaries in music, with Lesley working alongside producer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Walk (Skinny Puppy, ohGr). Reaching a wide audience and critical acclaim with the album “Salt Peter”, the single “Tiny Meat” became an alternative radio staple. Lesley draws from all the parts of her divergent musical career in ruby’s new music. Eclectic as ever, she continues to progressively use technology in song-crafting. Her live performance promises to be an engaging experience for fans and lovers of original alternative music.

Ruby will be supported by FIONA SOE PAING; a Scottish/Burmese producer and vocalist working in experimental electronic music, extending traditional song structures into unsettling and seductive soundscapes. Using her voice texturally as well as melodically, and alternating between phrasebook Burmese, English and abstract vocal improvisations, her work extends into the audio-visual with surreal 3D animations by collaborator Zennor Alexander.

Followers of the Cornish music scene will be familiar with the elusive sisters who have spent most of the last 18 months making music as HOCKEYSMITH, while splitting their time between a bus on a farm in Falmouth, Cornwall and Copenhagen, Denmark. Their debut EP ‘But Blood’ came out in 2014 and saw them making a name and piquing interest for their exploratory sonic palette, hauntingly idiosyncratic songs and pulsing, strobing live shows, which has led to features and profiles by outlets ranging from The Fader and Interview Magazine to Dazed And Confused, SPIN and The Guardian. Hockeysmith now have a full band line up with musicians from Copenhagen and will be performing songs from their forthcoming EP.

Please contact nicholas.heartland@gmail.com for enquiries.

Thursday 5th May 7:30pm

Bookends present: Simon and Garfunkel – Through The Years

‘Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years’ is the world’s most authentic sounding theatre show of its kind. With moving and powerful live performances and multimedia, the show takes a chronological journey through the friendship and behind the scenes of the greatest ever folk-rock duo.

Featuring interviews with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, original movie footage and mind blowing live performances, the show features hits like Mrs Robinson, The Boxer, Homeward Bound and the incredible Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Come along and relive the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel in what the BBC described as ‘a must see’ show.

“Not just your average tribute” – BBC Radio WM

“That could really be Simon & Garfunkel” – BBC Radio Nottingham

http://simonandgarfunkelbybookends.com/

Thursday 26th May 8:00pm

Jonny & The Baptists: The End Is Nigh

 

A musical comedy about family, friendship and environmental disaster.

Last year, Jonny accidentally told his four-year-old niece that climate change would end the world. To stop her crying, he and Paddy promised to fix it. They really tried very hard…

The new show from the UK’s hottest musical comedians, THE END IS NIGH offers their most personal – and apocalyptic – venture to date. Featuring all the hallmarks of their success from barnstorming satirical rock to flights of brilliant silliness, the show blends comedy, theatre and rock gig in a captivating story of family, friendship and environmental disaster.

With ever-increasing live audiences from several hit tours and festivals, Jonny & the Baptists have been regulars on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, topped the iTunes Comedy Chart with single ‘Farage’, supported Mark Thomas on tour and recently appeared on the BBC’s Live at Television Centre.

 ‘Superbly crafted… as witty as they are clever’ Metro

 ‘Beautifully written & expertly crafted’ ThreeWeeks

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