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Astrid Williamson

Astrid Williamson

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Friday 9 Dec 201620:00 Book Now

Seann Walsh

Seann Walsh
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Saturday 10 Dec 201620:00 Book Now (Low)

The Breath

The Breath
Born out of the ferment of Manchester's thriving music scene, The Breath is the new band project of former Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer and lyricist Rioghnach Connolly. Along with McCallum's fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers, The Breath mix Irish folk influences with mesmerising guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Building on McCallum's distinctive soundscapes, Connolly's immensely powerful and soulful vocals deliver epic, lush and powerfully raw songs that are hypnotic and heart-achingly beautiful in equal measure.

Occupying an intriguing space somewhere between anthemic rock, chilled ambient and nu-jazz, McCallum's music allows Connolly to draw on her Irish folk influences with songs of birth and death, social struggle, motherhood and broken hearts. All delivered with a compelling emotional honesty and raw urgency against McCallum's sublime electronic textures.

Recorded in Manchester and at Real World Studios and mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake, The Breath's debut album Carry Your Kin was released on Peter Gabriel's Real World Records in April 2016.

"Ambient, rocking, multi-layered soundscapes" fRoots

"Cool, drifting ambient folk soul" The Guardian

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Friday 16 Dec 201620:00 Book Now

Christmas Carol

Christmas Carol

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Saturday 17 Dec 201619:30 Book Now

Santa's Little Helper

Santa's Little Helper

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Sunday 18 Dec 201611:00 Book Now
Sunday 18 Dec 201614:00 Book Now

Suspicions (standing gig)

Suspicions (standing gig)

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Friday 30 Dec 201620:00 Book Now (Standing gig)
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John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth

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Monday 16 Jan 201720:00 Book Now (Sold Out)

Burden of Paradise 3

Burden of Paradise 3
With breathtaking skill, warm co-operation and witty anarchic banter, Burden Of Paradise invites its audience into a world of tenderness, virtuosity and human frailty.

No drums. Just voice, saxophone and double bass. BoP's unique interpretations of evocative songs from Dylan to Dowland are spell-binding.

Helen Watson sings like an angel, and Snake Davis's saxophone has played a key role for a huge number of bands from M People to Eurythmics.

See www.burdenofparadise.co.uk

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Friday 20 Jan 201720:00 Book Now

Barnstormers Comedy Club 2017

Barnstormers Comedy Club 2017

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Friday 27 Jan 201720:00 Book Now
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Young Folk Showcase 17

Young Folk Showcase 17

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Saturday 28 Jan 201720:00 Book Now

Lindsey Lou & Flatbellys

Lindsey Lou & Flatbellys
One of the top bands on the American roots music circuit, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys have made a huge impact on this side of the Atlantic too, following appearances at various festivals here. With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, and now based in Nashville, there is something to please all tastes in their live performances - praised as real passionate affairs that stir the blood and exhilarate - from bluesy works of wonder to blistering bluegrass beauty. Renowned for their fresh approach to the American roots genres which are explored and confidently conquered, the media got excited when they began to release their albums in Europe. Maverick magazine said they played "uplifting rootsy acoustic music of the finest quality," while Folk Radio UK said: "There's plenty to be shiny and happy about here." AmericanaUK declared they were "exciting - with a pulse and rhythm that sets them apart."

Filmed 'live' while recording their Ionia album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lrsnWdaT-Y

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Thursday 2 Feb 201720:00 Book Now

Justin Moorhouse

Justin Moorhouse
From Live at the Apollo, The News Quiz and Fighting Talk, a little slimmer but still as "belly laugh funny" (Manchester Evening News), everyone's favourite northern charmer is back on the road and better than ever. After touring last year's show, of which The Guardian said "the amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration" he's had a think about people. And feelings. About people Justin knows, their feelings and how he feels about them. And they about him. It'll be a (very) funny show. Promise.

"He charms the pants off the crowd" The Sunday Times "Comedic tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical glass eye" The Herald "Simultaneously down-to- earth and out of this world" The List

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Friday 3 Feb 201720:00 Book Now
Friday 10 Feb 201720:00 Book Now (Not Open for Sale)

Sax Sunday: Simon Goulding

Sax Sunday: Simon Goulding
The first in a new season of shows on the first Sunday of the month featuring sax virtuoso Snake Davis and an invited guest. Expect anecdotes, conversations and exceptional musicianship.

February's guest is bass virtuoso Simon Goulding. Simon has been working as a professional session musician since the age of 16 and has performed, toured and recorded with a range of major artists including The Bee Gees, Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating, The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Three Degrees, The Snake Davis Band, Neil Sedaka, Clare Teal, and The Joe Loss Orchestra, among many others.

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Sunday 5 Feb 201719:30 Book Now

Houdini

Houdini
Newport, South Wales: A tenacious young dockworker's son, smitten by Harry Houdini's amazements, dreams of a life of magic - to "escape" a suffocating, impoverished future and unlock his shackles; the brutal Welsh working-class reality of Edwardian Britain. With his head full of folly, his parents struggle with their son's eccentricity, but, he doggedly trains himself to emulate his hero on the industrial detritus in the bustling docks, and his relentless ambition finally brings him face-to-face with the world's greatest showman - along with one of the most terrifying events in British industrial history. Is it possible to follow one's dreams in a world where poverty weighs you down like mud? An enchanting story that blurs the lines between childhood imagination and the cynicism of adulthood. An extraordinary tale of hope, determination & magic! A multi-award winner at Hollywood & San Diego Fringes. An Edinburgh Sell Out. "A cracker!" Western Mail. "Spellbinding" San Diego Union Tribune.

Winner of Four International fringe Festival Awards Winner - Best Solo Show - San Diego International Fringe Festival Winner - Best Performance by an actor - TheTVolution, Hollywood Fringe Festival Winner - Artistic Excellence - Sponsored by Rogue Shakespeare, Hollywood Fringe Winner - Producers Encore Awards

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Friday 10 Feb 201719:30 Book Now

Pat McCarthy & Shannon Reilly

Pat McCarthy & Shannon Reilly
Shannon is a vocalist of exceptional quality and her spellbinding performances have captivated audiences across the UK, and occasionally Japan and Paris. She has been singing since the age of five and grew up listening to Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee. Although she developed her style listening to these iconic singers, she is very much her own woman.

Pat McCarthy has been a professional player since 1981, and had the great good fortune to play with some of the UK's top musicians, plus a handful of visiting Americans. Playing with bands such as the Paul McGrath Quintet, the Pat McCarthy/Rick Woolgar group, and the Pat McCarthy Quartet. At the moment he is enjoying playing with the Shannon Reilly Trio,

Since graduating from Newcastle College of Music in 1989, Warren Jolly has been in constant demand as a session player and side man with some of the best known names in jazz and pop: including Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, and Jim Mullen. He has also toured with Blur, Simon Webb and the Drifters.

Thom Whitworth has won various accolades which include being the Perrier Jazz Awards semi-finalist and winner of the Kenny Baker Memorial Competition. It's very unusual to find a player who is creative and fluent on two very different instruments: the trumpet and guitar. Undoubtedly a rising star on the jazz club and festival circuit. His influences include Miles Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Wes Montgomery, and Pat Metheny.

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Saturday 11 Feb 201720:00 Book Now

Poetry on Fire

Poetry on Fire
Poets Jane Sudworth and Felix Hodcroft and poet/musician Sarah Dew believe that performance poetry can be moving and mesmerising in a way few other creative endeavours can match. Join three of North Yorkshire's finest poets and performers as they pioneer a new way of encountering poetry. Poetry on Fire is intense but never strident. It is intelligent, moving, beautiful and funny but always - and above all - it's accessible and entertaining.

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Wednesday 15 Feb 201719:30 Book Now

Chesney & Chip Hawkes

Chesney & Chip Hawkes
Father & son, Chesney and Chip Hawkes, are finally fulfilling a long-held ambition to go on tour together. Along with Chesney's brother Jodie and long-time Robbie Williams band guitarist, Gary Nuttall, Chesney and Chip will lead you through their long musical history, which started with Chip joining the Tremeloes in 1966 and extends beyond Chesney's 1991 UK No1 The One and Only. Expect to hear Tremeloes songs, alongside Hawkes family favourites and of course, Chesney's own songs, including 'that' big hit from the 90s. There will be a Q & A with the audience and some great rock 'n' roll stories thrown in for good measure. This will definitely be an evening to remember.

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Friday 17 Feb 201720:00 Book Now

Mark Nevin

Mark Nevin
Mark Nevin came to prominence in the late 80s as the founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Fairground Attraction, with whom he enjoyed the Number One single, Perfect, and multi-platinum album, First of a Million Kisses with both receiving a Brit award.

He went on to collaborate as co-writer to Morrissey (scoring four top 20 singles), Kirsty MacColl and Lloyd Cole. His songs have been covered, among many others, by David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. In 1999 he made the move to centre stage and has since producing his solo albums, Insensitive Songwriter (1999), The Mighty Dove (2002), Stand Beside Me In The Sun (2011) and his latest, Beautiful Guitars (2014). Each album marks a milestone in the growth of his confidence and the honing of his unique narrative style. This year sees the release of his brilliant new album Everything is Relatives.

His live shows are a master-class in storytelling, song-writing and musicianship which feature his former Fairground Attraction band-mates, Roger Beaujolais on the vibraphone, Simon Edwards on bass and Richard Marcangelo on drums.

"Mark Nevin is definitely still here, writing and singing better than ever... ?whisper it but 'Beautiful Guitars' is indeed 'perfect' ...and then some" (Acoustic)

"Beautiful Guitars is a fabulous album, full of original ideas and equally original execution, what more do you want?" (Folking.com)

"Spirited, solidly crafted and warmly conceived" (Uncut)

?"A gem... absolutely lovely" (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2)

"Nevin deserves much wider recognition" (Q ****)

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Saturday 18 Feb 201720:00 Book Now

Christopher Nibble

Christopher Nibble
Written and illustrated by Charlotte Middleton and adapted for the stage by Claire Alizon Hills, Topsy Turvy Theatre, the company who brought you Ruby Flew Too! and Isabel’s Well, proudly present the charming Christopher Nibble in a tale of dandelion daring-do!

The guinea pigs of Dandeville love munching dandelion leaves so much that slowly but surely dandelions are disappearing from all over town.

Christopher Nibble knows that crunch time has come when there is just one dandelion left – but will this plucky little guinea pig have the flower power to save the day?

Written especially for children aged 2-7 (and their big people too) and told with Topsy Turvy Theatre’s own blend of energetic storytelling, handmade puppets, original music and stunning scenery, Christopher Nibble is an uplifting story of one guinea pigs selfless undertaking to help halt the disappearance of the delicious

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Thursday 23 Feb 201711:00 Book Now
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Alasdair Roberts Trio

Alasdair Roberts Trio
Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwriter/composer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreter/arranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond. His most recent Drag City release was 2015's Alasdair Roberts LP/CD; early 2017 will see the release of a new Drag City album, Pangs, recorded with bassist Stevie Jones and drummer Alex Neilson. A tireless gigging musician, Alasdair has toured extensively throughout Scotland, the rest of the UK, Ireland, continental Europe, North America and Australia, both alone and with various bands and collaborators. He will be touring with Alex and Stevie in early 2017 to promote the new Drag City release Pangs.

Over the years, Alasdair has collaborated with a wide variety of fellow musicians as well as with other artists, including poet Robin Robertson (on Hirta Songs, an album about the archipelago of St Kilda), puppeteer Shane Connolly (on a revival of the Scottish folk play 'Galoshins') and film-makers Luke Fowler (on the soundtrack to his film All Divided Selves about the Glaswegian 'anti-psychiatrist' RD Laing) and Nick Higgins (on the soundtrack to his film Hidden Gifts about the South Uist artist Angus McPhee).

In 2013 Alasdair became a member of the Scottish/English folk group The Furrow Collective, along with Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton and Emily Portman. The Furrow Collective has released one album, 2014's At Our Next Meeting. October 2016 will see the release of the group's second album. The Furrow Collective was nominated in the 2015 and 2016 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards and Alasdair was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year in the 2013 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

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Saturday 25 Feb 201720:00 Book Now

The Hero Light

The Hero Light
Dominic Kelly is a performance storyteller with an international reputation for dynamic, powerful and entertaining work playing venues such as The Barbican, National Theatre, Soho Theatre, York Theatre Royal, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The British Museum and festivals around the world from India to the Arctic Circle.

Several years in the making, The Hero Light is a performance storytelling show that delves into the stories of The Ulster Cycle, one of the great cycles of Irish mythology. Dominic Kelly masterfully weaves stories from more than a thousand of years of Irish mythology and presents them to the audience with his trademark wit and energy. Set against a backdrop of the wild Irish landscape, the story is huge in scale, with a cast of thousands, all conjured by a single storyteller on an almost bare stage.

The show is an epic immersive experience for the audience, over two halves of 60 minutes each. The audience are swept along in the energetic storytelling, the rhythmic drumming, the intoxicating drama of the story and the continually changing dynamics of the performance. Battles and bloodshed and epic feuds are interspersed with moments of laughter, romance and pure magic.

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Wednesday 1 Mar 201719:30 Book Now

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album, was recorded in Nashville in collaboration with Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) on upright bass.,

frees you up to experiment with the arrangement and the dynamic of a song." Live at Southern Ground follows on from Martin's five previously acclaimed albums, most recently Mojo Fix in 2012. Along with many years of international touring and countless festivals Martin has built a strong international fan-base across the globe.

Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he's absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

In the US, Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville and toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron and Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others.

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Saturday 4 Mar 201720:00 Book Now

Sax Sunday: Helen Watson

Sax Sunday: Helen Watson
World class singer Helen Watson first worked with Snake back in the 80s when she had a major record deal and Snake recorded and toured with her.

More recently they teamed up again in Burden of Paradise.,

"There's no arguing with claims citing Helen Watson as one of the country's premier jazz blues singers." - Live review from RONNIE SCOTTS

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Sunday 5 Mar 201720:00 Book Now

Chekhov's Shorts

Chekhov's Shorts
European Arts Company returns with a hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, including The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear, Swan Song and The Proposal. This is Chekhov as you've never seen him before - funny! Originally performed in Russian vaudeville theatres, these bittersweet plays are Chekhov at his comic best - before The Seagull got stuffed, Uncle Vanya fired blanks, The Three Sisters started moaning and The Cherry Orchard was 'car-parked'.

"Chekhov wasn't all doom and gloom! European Arts Company's production of Chekhov Shorts is fast-paced, witty and engaging" - The Stage

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Saturday 11 Mar 201719:30 Book Now

Richard Herring

Richard Herring
Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK's Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation. From his deconstruction of the genealogy of Christ to him proving that racists are less racist than liberals, via some of the best knob jokes in the business. Will your favourite routine make the cut? A great introduction to this influential cult comedian for the newcomer and a welcome greatest hits for long term fans. ("a gloriously infantile delight in mischief, provocation and inspired rudeness" The Guardian)

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Sunday 12 Mar 201720:00 Book Now

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed
A story of strikes, dinner ladies, and commies. Crap beer, great beer, burgers, and burger slingers. Pickets, placards, friendship, love, history, dreams, and above all remembering.

Part theatre, stand up, journalism, activism, it's the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community. The Guardian

This is slick, crafted, compelling, poignant and bloody funny, capped off with a singalong TW

16+

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Friday 17 Mar 201718:55 Book Now (16 + only)
Friday 17 Mar 201721:00 Book Now (16+ only) (Not Open for Sale)

Beyond the Water's Edge

Beyond the Water's Edge
Hear voices from around the world, distilled into poetry in this unique performance. Midland Creative Projects take the words of the world's poets and present them on stage with live music to create a celebration of our lives in all their forms.

Drawing from every continent we are given stories that move and inspire - from Sweden to Chile and all points between. The drama of love, loss, and re-birth mingle with the comedy of daily life, resulting in a captivating series of portraits presented through the words of some of the world's best poets.

Directed by Steve Byrne from Interplay Theatre, Beyond the Water's Edge uses poems published by Bloodaxe Books with music and original set design by Talking Birds.

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Saturday 18 Mar 201719:30 Book Now

The James Brothers

The James Brothers
The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James.

They come from the lands down under - Australia and New Zealand to be precise; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it's these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play.

The James Brother who is called James is Sydney-born James Fagan while the James Brother who isn't called James is Jamie McClennan. Both men work primarily with their wives but The James Brothers allows them to be centre stage - playing the music of their roots and telling jokes without fear of being told off.

For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians. And that's the James Brothers. Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments… No Sheilas

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Saturday 25 Mar 201720:00 Book Now

Sax Sunday: Paul Birchall

Sax Sunday: Paul Birchall
Keyboard player Paul is a force to be reckoned with, king of many styles, technically brilliant and creatively inspired. Co-writer of many of Snakes tunes, producer of most of the albums, this pair have been inseparable since M-Peoples infancy in the early 90s.

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Sunday 2 Apr 201719:30 Book Now

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan
It's the 1980s and Patrick Monahan's Irish Iranian family arrives in Teesside escaping from the Iran war. Patrick's memories and reminiscences of being an immigrant to Great Britain make for a unique stand-up show! 'That 80s Show', directed by Phil Nichol, is the sequel to Patrick's hit 2015 show 'The Disco Years' and takes us through his youth with anecdotes that are both hilarious and thought provoking.

Much-loved festival favourite Patrick Monahan is adored by his audiences everywhere! Patrick performs all over the UK and Europe and has appeared in far-flung hotspots including Dubai, Bahrain and Costa Rica! He is very much in demand, performing literally hundreds of shows a year and was the winner of the 2015 www.Ents24.com 'Hardest Working Comedian of the Year Award' for playing the highest number of venues in the UK!

Patrick is a regular MC and headlining act at the top London and UK comedy clubs and very popular on the corporate circuit as an after dinner speaker and awards host. He is also a keen marathon runner fundraising for the charity Zoe's Place Baby Hospice. His most recent TV appearances include 'Weekend' (ITV) 'Safeword' (ITV2) 'Celebrity Squares' (ITV) 'Fake Reaction' (ITV2) and 'The One Show Festival 2015' (BBC1).

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Friday 7 Apr 201720:00 Book Now

John Reilly

John Reilly
A John Reilly concert is almost a spiritual event. An evening where every emotion is touched & unleashed in a uniquely intimate atmosphere created by his intensely profound lyrics and stunning vocals. Joined by Canadian long term writing partner Lewis Nitikman on piano.

Liverpool born Singer songwriter John Reilly & now Sheffield’s adopted musical son, has followed his success in The US and Canada with his band Boy on a Dolphin by returning to begin a solo career which is growing with the emergence of his powerful and moving album ‘Zebulon’. He has just helped with the raising £170,000 with his performances and song ‘Women of Steel’ co written with John Parr and Grammy Award Winning producer Eliot Kennedy which culminated in a major statue in the centre of Sheffield honouring the women who worked in the steel Industry during both wars. Reilly performed the song on the BBC1 show ’The People Remember’ on November 9th followed by the exciting release of his spiritually uplifting Christmas single ‘PEACE SIGN’ co written with Canadian writer and pianist Lewis Nitikman

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Saturday 8 Apr 201720:00 Book Now

Snake Davis Classic Sax Show

Snake Davis Classic Sax Show
An instrumental solo can break hearts, lift spirits, even change lives in extreme cases. Sax is the favourite instrument for many folk, and for good reason. Saxophone, in the right hands, is so emotional, so passionate; it sings, screams, whispers. Snake gives us 25 classics, including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Will You, Still Crazy after all these Years, Respect, Yakety Yak, and his own solos from Million Love Songs, Moving on Up, Search for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfield's Change.

Snake reveals their background and history as well as playing them in context. Sultry sax, searing sax, screaming sax, sexy sax, soulful sax, this show has it all.

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Friday 14 Apr 201720:00 Book Now

Roberts & Lakeman

Roberts & Lakeman
Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener.

Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. After almost a decade, 2012 saw a spectacular return in conjunction with their critically acclaimed album ‘Hidden People’. Awards and much praise followed and the couple swiftly re-established themselves as one of the top British folk duos working today.

Winners – ‘BEST DUO’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016

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Saturday 15 Apr 201720:00 Book Now

Stand up and Spit

Stand up and Spit
Back before hip hop made its way from across the pond, young, angry, working-class youths took to poetry to address politics, fascism and boredom. Accessible, protesting, diverse, inclusive, political, working-class, humorous, yet also deadly serious, Ranting poetry appeared in the late 1970s and early '80s. Platforming young rowdy writers with something to shout about, it was closely allied with punk and reggae and was the vibrant precursor of today's spoken word. Far from the literary establishment, ranting was beer-soaked, spit-stained and real ... and Stand Up and Spit is bringing it back, inspired by poet and original ranter Tim Wells along with Kate Fox and Nick Toczek

https://standupandspit.wordpress.com/ www.speaking-volumes.org.uk/sus

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Thursday 20 Apr 201719:30 Book Now

Northsyde

Northsyde
Founded in 2005, Northsyde began life as Funkydory with its debut album "Still" releasing a year later to fine reviews

Fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter, who has a dynamic and powerful vocal style, sometimes described as "Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis”, she is joined by husband Jules Fothergill on guitar and old friends Ian Mauricio and Hayden Doyle on bass and drums. Their music combines to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the modern Blues and Rock circuit.

Through a consistent approach to gigging around the country, Northsyde have grown into a well-oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals to playing smaller support slots: from Guilfest to Maryport Blues Festival, London's Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival.

. The band was nominated and shortlisted in the 2016 Blues Award for the best band award, with each member of the band also being shortlisted in their individual category as musicians.

"The best band we’ve had this year... I defy anyone who loves and appreciates great talent and good musicianship to find fault with them..." The Tuesday Night Club

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Friday 21 Apr 201720:00 Book Now

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi
Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She's reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome).

‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency.’ The Guardian

Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, she is back with a brand new show for 2016. She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.

Shappi Khorsandi is also the best selling author of ‘A Beginners Guide to Acting English’ and her debut novel ‘Nina is not OK’ is published by Ebury in July 2016. Shappi was also recently elected president of the British Humanist society.

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Saturday 22 Apr 201720:00 Book Now

Rachel Newton

Rachel Newton
Founder member of The Furrow Collective, The Emily Portman Trio and The Shee, singer and harpist Rachel Newton also writes and performs her own solo material, releasing albums The Shadow Side in 2012 and Changeling in 2014.

Both solo and with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion, Rachel performs songs in English and Scottish Gaelic alongside original instrumental compositions. As well as voice and harp, Rachel also plays fiddle and viola and has worked across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. A skilled collaborator, Rachel also recently started working with Scottish/Norwegian band Boreas and was one of the eight musicians to work on The Elizabethan Session project.

Rachel released her mighty new album "Here's My Heart Come Take it" in April 2016.

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Saturday 29 Apr 201720:00 Book Now

Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell

Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell
Suzi returns to the road with her third show 'Common' in which she explores her dodgy family history, her working class roots and makes you laugh a lot! Official tour support for Alan Carr and Josh Widdicombe.

'Impressively accomplished, innate stage presence and quality material, a classy set' Chortle

Fresh from supporting Sarah Millican on her sold out UK tour and as seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Just a Minute and The John Bishop Show - Tom Allen brings you a new show from his always hilarious, slightly acerbic, totally unique point of view.

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Saturday 6 May 201720:00 Book Now

Sax Sunday: Chris Parkinson

Sax Sunday: Chris Parkinson
One of Snake's favorite collaborators, Chris is an incredibly gifted multi-instrumentalist, piano, guitar, concertina, melodeon, piano accordion. Known more for his work in the folk world but equally at home and adept with jazz world and soul, his credits include Ralph McTell, Billy Connelly, Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson, Mike Harding, Steve Tilston, Martin Simpson, Steve Phillips.

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Sunday 7 May 201720:00 Book Now

Daphne's Flight

Daphne's Flight
Christine Collister (Gregson & Collister, The Richard Thompson Band)

Melanie Harrold (Harrold & Blanchflower, The Hank Wangford Band, Joanna Carline)

Julie Matthews (While & Matthews, St Agnes Fountain)

Helen Watson (Burden of Paradise, The Love Notes)

Chris While(While & Matthews, St Agnes Fountain, Chris & Kellie While)

Twenty one years after their debut self titled album and one and only UK tour, the tour de force that is Daphne's flight is set to return to the stage in 2017.

Daphne's Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boy's 'God Only Knows' and Elvis Costello's 'Ship Building'. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion. An evening with DF will be filled with energy, humour and passion.

With a complete line-up of all five original members and a brand new studio album, this is the tour that fans have been waiting for since their first impromptu performance at Cambridge festival in 1995, when they took a packed club tent by storm and decided the time was right to join forces. Drawing on their collective wealth of talent and varied styles, each of them accomplished songwriters, musicians and renowned singers, it was the combination of all five voices, a powerhouse of harmonies, that left audiences breathless and brought them much critical acclaim.

With as much energy and enthusiasm as they ever had, Daphne's are truly excited to be reuniting again and hope you will join them in the next leg of the flight for what promises to be a memorable year. Chocks away!

The new album, as yet untitled, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2017 and will be on the Fledg'ling Record label.

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Saturday 27 May 201720:00 Book Now

Mitch Benn

Mitch Benn
It's been a morbid time for "the country's leading musical satirist" (The Times); he's turned 46 - over the hill by anyone's standards - his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!) Mitch confronts his - and YOUR - mortality with hilarious (and tuneful) consequences. Join him! It's time you're not getting back!

"Intelligent and funny writing both of music and gags... a must see show" One4Review

"Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny" The Guardian

"Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire" The Scotsman

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Thursday 29 Jun 201720:00 Book Now