Constantine Cornwall

Madison Violet

Tickets £12, £6 (16 and under)

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THE RAT AFFAIR

with support from Men Are Singing

Start the New Year with a rambunctious and soulful musical experience brought to you by The Rat Affair; a band of musicians, theatre makers and visual artists.

Shifting between sensationally boisterous Eastern European folk and sparse reflective piano works, join The Rat Affair and their unique sound as it enraptures the listener like a rallying call.

“That’s what being in love sounds like – dramatic and blistering and gorgeous”
Sarah Gosling, BBC Introducing

With support from Men Are Singing, a Cornish, all-inclusive, cross-generational male voice choir. Singing songs by Ivor Cuttler, Björk, Talking Heads and some of their own.

It’s the perfect night to shake those New Year’s blues!

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Chris Garrick and John Etheridge

John Etheridge and Chris Garrick have been associated for many years. The duo provides a feast of interplay, improvisation and eclectic repertoire. Both players make extensive use of looping and other effects-creating exotic tapestries of sound, almost orchestral at times, yet can seamlessly switch to the most acoustic sound. They can evoke Reinhardt and Grappelli and then summon up the spirits of the electric avant-garde, atmospheric and hypnotic. They can roar, seduce, whisper. Jazzwise described their relationship as “one of the most potent in European Jazz”.

Tickets £12

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IMS Prussia Cove

In association with Carn to Cove

Appealing to all ages, world class musicians are bringing an accessible programme of classical music to Constantine. This will include Weber’s exuberant Clarinet Quintet alongside works by Dvorak, Schumann and the hugely entertaining work Steamboat Bill Junior written by contemporary Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg in homage to Buster Keaton’s silent film of the same name.

Tickets £9, Child £7, Family £25
Free for 8 to 25 year olds – telephone bookings only – quote ‘Cavatina’.

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Talisk

The eagerly anticipated return of this powerhouse trio from Scotland – concertina, guitar and fiddle combine to amazing effect. Their appearance last year earned the band a standing ovation from a packed auditorium, and we expect the same this time round.

Tickets £12 (£6 under 16)

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DLM

DLM are Andrew Cresswell Davis, Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan. They play guitars, cello, violin and ukuleles, and use three part harmonies to create a sound full of warmth and rich in dynamic contrast. Strong writing, beautifully arranged, and performed by three highly accomplished musicians.

Tickets £10.

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Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair

‘Diamonds, Gold & Mobile Phones’ is the second, self- produced album by Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair. The new release is a true romance of cross continental culture and an expression of concern, told in songs of lust for natural resources and longing for a better life by its people. Now with a new lineup back from touring Uganda with Kanda Bongo Man, the story is underpinned by the live dynamite trio of Jeannot Bel’s waterfall style Soukous guitar licks, Felix Ngindu’s hereditary Folklore drum beat and Edd’s omniscient Afro bass.

Expect to dance until you can’t stand.

Tickets £11.

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Flats & Sharps

Flats & Sharps, Cornwall celebrated bluegrass band, will be making their welcome second appearance at the Tolmen Centre on Sunday February 16th 2020.

Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.

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Lau

Lau will be coming to the Tolmen Centre on Saturday May 30th 2020.  Their ‘Unplugged’ concert tour will feature two sets: the first will be stripped down and all-acoustic, while the second will feature their electronics, loops and wild effects, giving us the best of both worlds.

“…the most musically adventurous trio in British folk – exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best” ***** (Guardian). 
We are expecting high demand for tickets, which are now available and already selling, online only.

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Twelfth Day

Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and harpist Esther Swift have played together for over 10 years, bringing an adventurous mix of folk, jazz,pop and classical influences to their compositions and arrangements. Their last album, ‘Cracks in the Room’ was described in fRoots as “a boldly brilliant record, suffused with dark humour and wildly inventive musicianship”.

Tickets £11

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Andy Irvine

A rare chance to see one of the greatest of all Irish singers and musicians, in an intimate solo show. Andy has been hailed as “a tradition in himself ”, and has spent a 50+ year career playing in a dazzling variety of bands, notably Planxty and Patrick Street, and with such names as Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Dick Gaughan.

Tickets £12.50 Children half price

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Budapest Café Orchestra

We are delighted to welcome back the Budapest Café Orchestra, led by leading violinist and composer, Christian Garrick., playing traditional folk & gypsy music with jazz and swinginflections whilst Klezmer, Romanian Doinas andHungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments.

”The music is magic in their hands”… Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

Tickets £12

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Martin Simpson

We welcome a return visit from the virtuoso folk/blues guitarist and singer, nominated Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2Folk Awards 2018, and listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 acoustic guitarists of all time. His last appearance was a sell-out so we recommend booking early.

“One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene”

‘Sounds better than ever’ **** 4 Stars The Guardian

Tickets £15

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London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra

The LPSO are much morethan a skiffle band! Theyare a musical/comedy showband following in the tradition of Spike Jones and his City Slickers but with a modern slant.

To the LPSO skiffle means “anything goes” as long as it is musical, entertaining and fun. Their performances are energetic, colourful, bizarre, tuneful, virtuoso and hilarious.

Tickets £11

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Medical Maelstrom

Presented by Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust

We are thrilled to welcome back the hilarious Medical Maelstrom in an evening of musical entertainment in aid of HRCST. Medical Maelstrom are three doctors, who also happen to be rather good at music. Expect an evening of song,reflections on the humancondition and a large dose of humour to lift the spirits.

Tickets £12, Children £5

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MacQuarrie and Toms

MacQuarrie and Toms formed in 2014. Since then they have played throughout the UK and Europe. In 2018 the duo were featured artists at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the same year that they also supported Fairport Convention as part of their 50th anniversary tour.

Most recently the duo played with Welsh Folk Group Jamie Smith’s Mabon, to perform a commission piece to mark the 40th year of the Lowender Peran Festival in Cornwall.

Since their formation the duo have released 2 EPs, both of which have featured on BBC Introducing and in 2017 they won the International Pan Celtic Instrumental Duo competition in Ireland.

MacQuarrie and Toms aim to bring Celtic Folk music to a wider audience by combining traditional playing techniques with modern effects.

Tickets £9 – Under 12s £4.50

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Kim & Andrew Lowings

Daughter and Father duo Kim and Andrew Lowings have been writing and collaborating together since 2011. The pair have become well established on the British folk circuit and together form half of the band Kim Lowings and The Greenwood. As a duo they are able to showcase their songwriting skills and the intricacies of their acoustic sound with a warm and captivating stage presence. The sound draws together mountain dulcimer, guitar, bouzouki and piano to resonate with Kim’s lyric writing and arrangements of traditional folk song.

Tickets £9 – Under 12s £4.50

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Talisk

Sottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK.

Appearances at world-leading festivals – including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, WOMAD UK and Las Palmas, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Milwaukee Irish Festival and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections – have amassed a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their hotly anticipated second album, Beyond, in October 2018 was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.”

Tickets £11 – Under 12s £5.50

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Pete Oxley and Nick Meier

These are two masterly guitarists, although very
different in style. Oxley has been playing on the British jazz scene since 1997, with everyone from Stacey Kent to Gilad Atzmon, while Meier, originally from Switzerland, has toured the world, absorbing musical idioms en route. In the course of a dozen pieces the array of changing sounds, moods and textures they create is gorgeous, fascinating and apparently endless.

Tickets £11

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Sam Carter

Named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a tremendous performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Described as the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation by Jon Boden (Remnant Kings, ex- Bellowhead), Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists.

Tickets £11

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Sarah Gillespie

Sarah Gillespie is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter renowned for mixing elements of blues, folk and jazz with her distinctive streetwise lyricism.

She is joined by Mercury nominated Kit Downes (piano), Ruth Gollar (bass) & Chris Montague

Haunting tunes and striking lyrics…yearningly pretty and bitter sweet The Independent

Tickets £11

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Flamenco Loco with Jaime Cantera

Jaime Cantera (vocals & percussion) and Cuffy Cuthberson (guitar) are joined by dancers Aneta La Polaca & Claudia Caholin for an unforgettable evening of passionate, fiery flamenco music and dance.

Pre-show meals from 6pm must be pre-booked via 01326 341353

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Moscow Drug Club

1930’s Berlin cabaret, Hot Club of Paris, Nuevo Tango, Gypsy Campfire and a range of originals and covers: the Moscow Drug Club have it all, and promise an intoxicating evening. Their last appearance was a sellout so it is advisable to book early.

Pre-show meals available from 6pm but MUST be pre-booked via 01326 341353.

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Ye Vagabonds

Young Irish folk duo, brothers Brian and Diarmuid MacGloinn, play original songs and material from England, Ireland, Scotland and America.

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Me And My Friends

Me And My Friends play soulful, poignant and gloriously danceable music, subtly referencing many styles, including vintage Ghanaian highlife, Jamaican roots and Afro-Brazilian folk. The UK-based quintet create a timeless sound with a global outlook, performed with an infectious energy, and the result is instantly recognisable, highly original and truly genre-defying.

We will be holding this event in our downstairs space to encourage you to dance!

£11/£10/£5 (16 and under)

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Me And My Friends

Me And My Friends play soulful, poignant and gloriously danceable music, subtly referencing many styles, including vintage Ghanaian highlife, Jamaican roots and Afro-Brazilian folk. The UK-based quintet create a timeless sound with a global outlook, performed with an infectious energy, and the result is instantly recognisable, highly original and truly genre-defying.

We will be holding this event in our downstairs space to encourage you to dance!

£11/£10/£5 (16 and under)

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Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe

Two of the UK’s acoustic/folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for an evening filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck to neck (guitar necks that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living room song swaps.

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Jane Darke & Jim Causley

Acclaimed film-maker Jane Darke most recent work celebrates the life of the well-loved Cornish poet Charles Causley who was born 100 years ago. It features interviews with many well-known contemporary poets including Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage and Roger McGough as well as intimate conversations with family and friends. Filmed on location in North Cornwall and Causley ancestral Dartmoor village of Trusham, it also features musical settings of Charles poems throughout by acclaimed folk singer and relative Jim Causley. There will be a Q&A after the 90 minute film.

Pre-show meals available from 6pm ONLY if pre-booked on 01326 341353.

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KEVOS: From this World to the Next

Kevos is dedicated to performing contemporary music by new and established composers to audiences curious about the classical music of today.

From this World to the Next is an intriguing programme of live music and electronics that explores mortality and our sense of other worlds. Featuring works by Jonathan Harvey and newcomers Joanna Baillie, Missy Mazzolli and Jonathan Woolgar, the concert ends with a performance of Steve Reich life-affirming Double Sextet.

Promoted with CAST as part of the Groundwork programme

Tickets £10 | £5 (Under 18s, students)

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Will Keating and Friends

Following two sell out Cornish Folk Concerts held in recent months, Will Keating, one of The Oggymen, brings his talented musician friends to The Tolmen Centre for the first time. Award winning Banjo player John Dowling will be joining Will, along with veteran musician Claudia Colmer on her 300yr old Double Bass. Will Keating will be performing songs from his highly acclaimed debut solo album, Cornwall My Home, and other Cornish folk favourites. Other guest performers will be announced, for what will be a fun filled evening of Cornish Folk.

Pre-show meals available from our cafe from 6pm but ONLY if pre-booked via 01326 341353.

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