Saturday 7th December 5:30pm Port Navas Village Hall
Lighting the Christmas Tree
Mulled wine and mince pies, followed at 6pm by the lighting of the Christmas tree and singing of carols led by Constantine Silver Band.
Monday 9th December
Venue to be decided
Bring Christmas Gifts
Wednesday 11th December 7:30pm CAFE TOLMEN OPEN
Bringing up Baby
Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn sparkle as madcap heiress meets absentminded paleontologist.
Wednesday 25th December 9:30am Port Navas Village Hall
Christmas Day Service
Once again led by our Methodist friends. All welcome.
Monday 6th January 6:00pm Port Navas Village Hall
Join us to celebrate Epiphany, turn off the Christmas tree lights, and enjoy a drink with friends. Please bring a plate of food to share.
Monday 13th January
My Fish Kitchen – Annie Sibbert
Competition: A Funny Wine Stopper
Thursday 16th January 7:00pm Port Navas Village Hall
Home Security, Local Crime and Operation Kraken
Ben Gardiner, Police Community Support Officer
£7 to include a pasty. To book a place ring Roger on 340718
Constantine History Group
Friday 17th January
Historical sites on the Continent – Ronnie Rashleigh
Saturday 18th January 7:30pm
Feast of Fun II
Another hilarious variety show by our amazing local talents, led by Tod Welch with a terrific supper and music to follow.
Friday 31st January to Saturday 1st February
The Ballad of The Burning Star
Probably our most ambitious offering ever – “a theatrical hand grenade” said Lyn Gardner, multi award winning and garlanded with glittering reviews. Absolutely unmissable, mindblowing cabaret/theatre from the company who brought us the unforgettable Translunar Paradise. With a cast of seven including a chorus of international dancers and live on stage music, this took last summer’s Edinburgh fringe by storm – voted by many as the top show there. For two nights only in Cornwall before touring nationally to Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Quotes, notes, and awards:
“Multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum (Translunar Paradise, Odyssey) presents an explosive tale. Armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas an enraged Israeli executes a story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love. With shrapnel sharp voices and moves as smooth as an oiled tank chain, this cabaret troop invites you on a journey into the core of the conflicted Jewish State.”
“With shades of a far more visceral Cabaret, The Ballad of the Burning Star is a welcome and audacious reminder of how ground-breaking the theatre can really be. This is a play that doesn’t shy away from the controversy and complexities of an issue that many are still afraid to even approach. Truly haunting and admirable in its boldness”
“A theatrical hand grenade” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****
“Breathlessly inventive” Tom Lamont Observer *****
“A thrillingly edgy piece of entertainment” – The Scotsman *****
“Bold and Inventive” – The Stage, a MUST SEE! Show
More on www.theatreadinfinitum.co.uk
TICKETS CAN BE RESERVED ON 01326 341353
£12 (£10 concessions)
Wednesday 5th February 12:30pm
Soup and Crusty bread. £3. Booking not required
If you can help please ring Pat Cross on 340123
Friday 14th February 7:30pm
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he is at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians. In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album ‘Sweet England’ and the success of his 2012 career best ‘Skulk’. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best.
Recording his first album ‘Sweet England’ while still studying classical composition at Birmingham Conservatoire in the day and playing drums in power-pop bands by night, Jim Moray emerged onto the UK folk scene seemingly fully formed in 2003. His provocative reimagining of English traditional music blended with orchestral flourishes, guitars and electronics soon found him awarded the unprecedented combination of ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Album’ at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. After notching up a live reputation with performances at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and WOMAD, and alongside Richard Thompson and Oysterband, Jim followed this with ‘Jim Moray’ in 2006, ‘Low Culture’ in 2008 (fRoots critics poll best album award and Mojo folk album of the year), ‘Modern History in 2010, and ‘Skulk’ in 2012.
Jim has also branched out as producer of his sister Jackie Oates’ award-winning ‘Hyperboreans’ album and been awarded Honorary Life Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire for outstanding achievement in music.
Thursday 20th February 7:00pm Port Navas Village Hall
A talk by Dr Ryya Bread, Curatorial Director, Kestle Barton
£7 to include a pasty. To book a place ring Bernice on 340718
Constantine History Group
Friday 21st February
Richard Lander – Tracey Clowes
Monday 10th March
Digging up the family tree – Peter King
Competition: A family heirloom or photo.
Monday 10th March 7:30pm
Spiers and Boden
Twice winners of the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo
Spiers and Boden gave a storming performance at the Tolmen Centre in Spring 2013, and we are delighted to welcome them back a year later, when we expect another sell-out show. Their spring tour will be their last for the forseeable future, so this is one not to miss.
Described by The Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene” and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Duo, Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground. Loud, proud, and with just a few acoustic instruments, they create a multitude of textures upon which they present traditional stories and dance music which have taken them on to the main stages of major festivals.
“Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation…Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that’s utterly compelling and sings in a frantic breathless manner as if the hounds of hell are taking lumps out of his backside, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon to a very high standard indeed…halfway to reinventing the style without even realising it…” fRoots Magazine
“Dynamics, drive and passion” BBC Radio 2 folk website
Winners of the Best Duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both 2004 and 2006, and a Critic’s choice nomination at the BBC World Music Awards, and nominees for the same award in 2009, John & Jon are also founding members of the wildly ambitious eleven piece big-band folk phenomenon, Bellowhead (BBC Folk Awards for Best Live Act in 2005, 2007, 2008, Observer Top 20 albums of 2007).
Jon Boden (singer, fiddle, guitar, stomp-box) follows in the footsteps of many of the great folk-singers with his theatrical style. Born in 1977 in Chicago, he grew up in Winchester and graduated in Medieval Studies from Durham and Composition for Theatre from the London College of Music. As well as forming half of Spiers & Boden and singing lead vocals in Bellowhead, Jon has also found time to release his own, self-penned album of contemporary indie rock songs, ‘Painted Lady’.
John Spiers (melodeon, concertina) was born in Birmingham and grew up in Abingdon (home to one of the few truly traditional morris sides) with a morris dancing father. He has a Masters degree in Natural Sciences from King’s College Cambridge and has carved his own space in the folk scene with his unique blending of traditional squeezebox styles with his knowledge of contemporary dance music to create an infectious acoustic groove which provides the infectious rhythm of Spiers & Boden.
“Anyone who needs convincing that the current folk revival is becoming as intriguing, varied and experimental as it was back in the 1960s should check out the remarkable career of John Spiers and Jon Boden. In just a few years, they have established themselves as the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene, and the contemporary equivalent of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick….” The Guardian
Spiers & Boden’s retrospective album ‘The Works’ was released July 2011 to mark their 10 year anniversary. Spring 2014 marks their final tour together for the foreseeable future.
£13 (no concessions)
Wednesday 12th March 7:00pm Port Navas Village Hall
The Annual General Meeting
Refreshments after the business!