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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Wurlitza

Wurlitza are a critically acclaimed five piece band from South East Cornwall who add live soundtracks to silent films in a way that is completely unique.

Their wide ranging repertoire includes original, pop, contemporary, classical, jazz and klezmer music.

Expect the unexpected!

Wurlitza add a modern twist to silent film accompaniment by adding music that will be familiar, but arranged in a way that is novel and fresh.

The soundtrack to A Cottage in Dartmoor includes classical pieces by Mozart, Chopin and Villa Lobos, alongside jazz and pop songs from Serge Gainsbourgh, Blondie, Buddy Holly and Coldplay.

A Cottage on Dartmoor is a thriller of love, jealousy and hairdressing.

Made in 1929 by the young Anthony Asquith, this film explores the latest craze to have been hitting the cinemas; the talkies.

One of the last silent films to be made, this is early British cinema at its best.

Tickets £10 (concessions £8) from 01326 341353 or online from www.tolmencentre.co.uk

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick, the BCO evokes vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy camp fires. As fantastically exciting as they are musically impressive, they journey far and wide across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas.With immense skill and profound musicianship, they have won acclaim from fans, fellow musicians and critics alike for their electrifying and entertaining shows.

Tickets £11, £10

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Edd Bateman West African Love Affair

Edd Bateman joined his first African band at 14, playing bass, and went on to work with Senegalese and Congolese musicians around Europe and in Africa. Now he draws together 15 years of musical experience into this African group of musicians and a set of original music re ecting the joyful heartbeat of West African dance music.

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Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair

Edd Bateman joined his first African band at 14, playing bass, and went on to work with Senegalese and Congolese musicians around Europe and in Africa. Now he draws together 15 years of musical experience into this African group of musicians and a set of original music re ecting the joyful heartbeat of West African dance music.

Tickets £11, £10

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Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston, Penryn-based singer-songwriter, has a big local following, as well as an international reputation. With seven albums to her name, Martha will be playing material from her latest, ‘Nomad’, as well as old favourites. Backed by her superb band, Martha’s crystal-clear vocals will inspire and captivate, and her charismatic stage presence will delight her audience.

“Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life” – Guardian

Tickets £11, £10 (concessions), £5 (children)

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Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan

Every Grain of Sand

On the release of the Barb Jungr Linn Records Vinyl Celebratory collection of Every Grain of Sand, the cult classic CD released in 2002 which launched her career in the USA and later, in Australia, Jungr returns to her fabulous original arrangements live, cementing her status as “one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today. (The Village Voice USA)

In 2013 The Wall Street Journal called the album ‚ the most significant vocal album of the twenty first century thus far.”

At its original release the album was in the Top Ten Jazz Albums Of The Year in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Washington Paper (USA).

Barb Jungr has wowed audiences and critics worldwide with her powerful reinterpretations of Bob Dylan work. Known for her passionate singing, minimal and subtle arrangements, and great humour, Barb Jungr is the definitive performer of one of the great musical icons of the 20th century, Bob Dylan.

Variously described by critics as magnificent, mesmerizing and magical, Barb Jungr has built a formidable reputation as an international live performer and recording artiste. She has perfected the art of interpretation to such a level that listeners are often astonished to discover that well-known songs that they thought they knew, have been wonderfully transformed and very often elevated when Barb weaves her magic spell. Her repertoire includes songs by Jacques Brel, Nina Simone, Jimmy Webb, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen (to name a few) and she has attracted particular acclaim for her work on the songs of Bob Dylan, which produced two critically-acclaimed albums and a series of sell-out, award-winning transatlantic shows. For four consecutive years (2008 through to 2011) Barb has ranked at the top of Time Out, New York best cabaret awards, for her mesmerizing shows, and in 2008 she also received the Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist.

Barb Jungr first album of Bob Dylan songs has deservedly become a cult classic and has won her a dedicated fan base from around the world. The album even boasts celebrity fans, with Jeremy Irons naming it as one of the must-have albums on BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs.

All tickets £12.50

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Rough Island Band

Contemporary folk quartet playing original music inspired by the landscapes, people and stories of the Isles of Scilly.

Incorporating a wide range of instrumental and vocal textures, RIB craft a personal and contemporary sound, firmly rooted in the folk tradition. The individual members bring together a variety of influences and experience: from performing as members of Bellowhead, The Spooky Men Chorale and the Maddy Prior Trio; to their own solo projects such as The Little Unsaid and Full of Noises; as well as running folk festivals and events across the Scilly Isles and throughout the UK.

RIB are: John Elliott, Joe Keelan, Piers Lewin, James Sills. Contributing musician: Giles Lewin.

This Island of Yours… is RIB fourth studio album and charts a deeply personal response to the islands. Submissions of poetry, photographs, stories and spoken word have been woven into the fabric of the album by RIB and collated as a physical scrapbook to accompany the recordings. Musically, this is RIB most ambitious and idiosyncratic to date, expanding their contemporary folk sound with echoes of electronica, jazz and ambient music. Recorded in their home studio on St Agnes over ten days in April 2017, the album captures a tangible sense of place and sense of space. The album will be released to their Pledge Music supporters on 31st August, with a general release on 13th October.

Praise for 2014 album On All Sides:

Fresh, energetic and blessed with a light touch (Spiral Earth)
A real cracker (Mike Harding)
A band that is totally happy within its own skin (Fatea)
Great band! (Dustin Hoffman ‚ yes that Dustin Hoffman!)
Thank you. You are wonderful (Judi Dench ‚ yes that Judi Dench!)

Tickets £11/£10/£5(children)

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John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe

We are delighted to welcome back legendary guitarist John Etheridge, this time accompanied by extravagantly talented singer Vimala Rowe. They will be featuring numbers from their much-lauded album, Out of the Sky, as well as other pieces. A fortuitous meeting in North London brought them together and they have developed a highly personal repertoire from an eclectic mix of music, original and traditional. Both performers have taken from a wide range of influences. Etheridge has over the years worked in classical, jazz and progressive rock, from Soft Machine to joining forces with such names as Stephan Grapelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams and Chris Garrick. Rowe span seems almost instinctive, effortlessly absorbing and blending the worlds of all the great soul and jazz singers into a personal mix, including Indian classical, African folk, and Syrian Aramaic. She has performed as Billie Holliday in the musical Cafe Society, worked with Paco Pena flamenco troupe, and has many original compositions to her name.

One of the defining features of the duo work is the commitment and passion of their delivery. Rowe is a fiery performer by any standards, yet the paring down to just two brings intimacy as well as drama, from the big effect to the delicate gesture. The pieces are carefully chosen to surprise, but above all to take the audience on an emotional journey through joy and pain, sombre and swinging, dark and light: a real musical journey.

‚ John Etheridge has explored many genres, styles and legacies in his career, but his curiosity never dimmed, and in Vimala Rowe he has found a singer of quite astonishing versatility and adaptability – London Jazz News

Out of the Sky review: ‚ A recording that simmers with a quiet intensity. The performances are emotive and tightly focussed, often beautiful but infused with a gentle, almost spiritual power. – The Jazz Man

Tickets £12.50 (no concessions)

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Martin Simpson

The Tolmen Centre is thrilled to be presenting world renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson. The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing. In this show, he will be playing songs from his brand new album, Trails and Tribulations, to be released on September 1st, as well as older material.

40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. He is listed in Gibson Guitars Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him number 12 guitarist in the world in 2005.

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant Never Any Good, from Prodigal Son, 2007 Folk Album of the Year.

Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Dan√∫, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great musicians he has worked with.

He has had the most nominations of any performer in the 15 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, an astonishing 31 times, 12 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that particular accolade twice.

A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty. A true master of his art.

‚ Martin is in a class of his own. He is such an expressive player; he is ingenious in his use of the guitar. You can listen to one of his songs and three or four minutes in, he has only used the top four strings and not even played a bass note yet, and when he does, it feels like an orchestra coming in. His clarity of playing is just amazing. Jackson Browne

‚ One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene Sounds better than ever **** 4 Stars The Guardian

‚ Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own. The Times

Simpson latest is a potent blend of the highest calibre‚Simpson has never sung or played better Acoustic Magazine

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Carmina

A superb mix of jazz, folk and celtic crossover music – taking the audience on a bewitching journey full of melodic grace and inventiveness The line-up features award-winning songwriters Pippa Marland and Rob King and London jazz piano legend Geoff Castle, inspirational Irish guitarist and vocalist Paul Bradley and virtuoso ddle player Gina Griffin.

Glorious… gorgeously haunting – Time Out (London Celtic jazz which mesmerises and bewitches – Irish Times

Tickets £11, £10

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Hunter Muskett

Hunter Muskett is an acoustic/electric 4-piece playing distinctive original songs in a folky, bluesy sometimes Americana vein. Great multi-part harmonies and strong songs with a rustic vibe and twist of West Coast rock.

Tickets £11, £10

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Rackhouse Pilfer

Rackhouse Pilfer are a fiery and exciting 6-piece band, and have been getting rave reviews with their roots blend of Irish Americana. They have been selling out shows and wowing festival crowds all over the UK, Ireland, the EU, and Nashville USA – where they recorded their album Love and Havoc. Dont miss out on this incredible live act!

Love and Havoc is an excellent, almost flawless album with a set of fantastic songs, great singing and outstanding musicianship – Maverick

Tickets £11 £10 (concessions)

Clive Carroll

1000 Years of Music

An inspirational evening of medieval lute music, Spanish guitar classics, Delta blues & hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt through to the Beatles, all played by the world-class guitarist.

“Stunning!” – MOJO

“…total mastery of just about every guitar technique imaginable” – Guitar Techniques

“…probably the best and most original young guitar player and composer in Great Britain.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)

Tickets £11/£10/£5(children)

Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today most admired and respected guitarists.

Essex born guitarist Clive Carroll made his musical debut at age two as a banjo-strumming cowboy singing nursery rhymes. Clive went on to earn a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition and Guitar from the famed Trinity College of Music in London, all the while balancing his classical work with forays into the world of the steel string guitar. A chance meeting with the late John Renbourn changed the course of Clive musical career and the two toured the U.K. and North America together, with Renbourn encouraging Clive to release his first solo album in 2000.

Since then Clive has gone from strength to strength, touring solo around the world and alongside lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. Clive has also composed music for major films and has been awarded an array of awards and accolades, such as inclusion in Total Guitar Magazine ‚ Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time. Clive newest CD, ‚ The Furthest Tree, was released in May 2016 and is already being hailed as some of his finest work to date. See www.clivecarroll.com

Clive Carroll has a vast musical palette and a sweeping creative vision…Equally at home playing fingerstyle or wielding a flatpick, Carroll creates music that defies categorization…It not easy to artfully mix altered tunings, renaissance and classical harmony, Delta blues, odd-meter riffage, body percussion and even jazz manouche, but Carroll makes it sound natural and effortless – Guitar Player

Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones

In 1966 Wizz Jones brought his friend Ralph McTell down to Cornwall busk and to play at the Folk Cottage. Nearly half a century later, now both legends in the folk/blues world, they finally got together to record their first album, appropriately called About Time, and gathering 5-star reviews in the press. This is a rare and truly unmissable chance to hear these two master performers together, back in Cornwall, singing and playing a wide range of tunes and songs. Book now!

Tickets £17.50 (no concessions)

Graffiti Classics

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with one aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! From Beethoven to Bluegrass, Baroque to Pop, Mozart or Offenbach to Elvis, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, there really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fail to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

Tickets £11/£10 (concessions) £5(children 16 and under)

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – with a few surprises along the way, the Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia.

Tickets £10, £8
In association with Carn to Cove

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The Changing Room

Tanya Brittain and Sam Kelly created The Changing Room just over two years ago, and have never looked back since. The band won all three categories of the 2015 International Pan Celtic Song Contest: Best Original Song (for Tanya shanty-style composition Row Boys Row), Best Traditional Song in a Celtic Language (for their rendition of Delyow Sevi which is on their new album), and Overall Winner.

Sam and Tanya are the two constant members of The Changing Room, and the door is left open for the line-up of other musicians to change and evolve. The band five-piece touring line-up includes Jamie Francis on banjo, Evan Carson on percussion and Morrigan Palmer Brown on harp. They are now touring with their second album, Picking up the Pieces.

£11/£10

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Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie Show

Hard Times and Hard Travelin

The world leading expert on Woody Guthrie…as good an interpreter of Woody music as youll find. Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin sets Guthrie songs in the context of the American 1930s – the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself.

Such hard-hitting songs as “Vigilante Man”, “Pretty Boy Floyd” and “I Ain’t Got No Home” are brought into conversation with other relevant songs – from Joe Hill’s “The Preacher and the Slave” to “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”. Altogether the show highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie’s most powerful work.

£11/£10

willkaufman.com

Ten Strings And A Goatskin

Hailed on two continents as” infectious” and “the best of contemporary/traditional Celtic music” Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is a bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio, playing Irish, Acadian, French and original creations infused with modern and world rhythms. The band creates a fiery, contagious and unique sound which leaves audiences wanting more.

£11/£10

tenstringsandagoatskin.com

Flats & Sharps

Flats & Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk and Country, and have gained recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics.

‚ …effortlessly entertaining …sublime five part harmonies …the pace of their performance is breathtaking – I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity. Mark Ellen Radio 2 magazine.

Tickets £11, £10

flatsandsharps.co.uk

Chris Wood

We are thrilled to welcome back Chris Wood, touring his new album. Chris gave a superb performance at his last appearance with us, and we expect the same combination of original songs – both biting and tender – superb guitar work, and his uniquely engaging, and at times challenging, stage presence.

Tickets £11/£10

chriswoodmusic.co.uk

Moulettes

“Welcome to the world of prog folk… Moulettes are among the current leading practitioners of the sub-genre. They are like a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett” – Reuters.

Sounds intriguing? Book early to avoid disappointment as this band is wildly popular on the festival circuit and we expect high demand for tickets.

Tickets £11/£10/£5 (children)

moulettes.co.uk

Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra

The band play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or ‚ North Eastern Swing as they’ve coined it. Influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of ‚ razor-sharp solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern.

The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin! With thousands of touring miles under their belts, they have earned themselves a strong fan base in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Their debut album, Money Isn’t Everything, caused a sensation when it was released in 2012, winning a host of rave reviews ‚ many of them 5-star. Their follow up album, “Talk About The Weather” in 2014 also received great radio play and reviews.Throughout 2015 the band have continued to show their passion for touring and playing live with multiple SELL OUT shows across the UK and beyond. Most recently the band played a spectacular performance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. With plenty more incredible shows lined up for the rest of the year, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are best experienced live!

Tickets £11/£10

Directed by Sam Campbell and produced by Nick Hayes. This video was filmed on one of the oldest railways in the world, Tanfield Railway, built in 1725.

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Gabby Young Duo

A pared-down version of her 8-piece band Gabby Young and Other Animals, the duo consists of Gabby Young and guitarist Stephen Ellis, who present their unique blend of jazz, burlesque, gypsy folk and swing. Gabby says ‚ we call it circus jazz, but you have to come and see us to know what that means. Gabby quirky and colourful couture is as daring and different as her music.

They have a collection of memorable songs written between them, and Stephen produced the two highly rated albums The Band Called Out for More and One Foot in Front of the Other.

The Duo has toured the Middle East. Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. They have recently supported top international French stars Bridget and Zaz, and the girl band Katzenjammer from Norway. Now working together on their third album, they are engaged to be married in Spring 2016.

‚ Elements of music hall, opera, big band jazz and foot-stomping folk are all poured in to the mix with Gabby incredible vocal gymnastics holding it all together (The Sun)

‚ Words cannot describe the plethora of varying sensations Gabby bestowed upon her salivating audience. Gabby Young must be seen live and in full technicolour. (Kentishtowner)

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Tickets £11/£10

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Resonate Strings

Five gifted musicians, each representing one of the five string sections of the BSO. This engaging concert reflects a wonderful diversity from Vivaldi to Brahms, Mozart to Puccini and Handel to Scott Joplin.

This will be the third visit of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to the Tolmen Centre. The previous two produced performances of wonderful quality, first their Brass Section and last year the Wind Ensemble. To have the String Serenade (BSO Resonate Strings) is a perfect way to celebrate a ‘hat-trick’ of visits, and promises an unmissable prospect of top class musicianship

It is worth noting that the BSO themselves wished to return to the Tolmen Centre as a venue of choice – they love our performance space, our enthusiastic audience, and are appreciative of the way we welcome performers.

The planned programme is set out below, but there may be additions or changes – the BSO love to surprise their audiences!

In association with Carn to Cove

Tickets £10, £8
Accompanied children are free, to give an opportunity for the youngsters to see this fine group of musicians ‘live and in the flesh’ with a readily accessible mixed programme.

Lynched

Lynched are a four-piece folk group from Dublin who combine four-part vocal harmonies, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.

Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, dance tunes, and their own original material.

Tickets £11, £10

Gren Bartley Band

Immensely talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, Gren Bartley with three accompanying musicians on strings and percussion. His new album Magnificent Creatures was released in May 2015 and received rave reviews. He blends both British and American folk influences and his beautiful finger-picking guitar technique has been much praised, while his songwriting ‚ is continually outstanding in the best poetic lyrical tradition.

Tickets £11, £10

grenbartley.com

Modou NDiaye Cissokho & the Golden Kora Band

Celebrated Senegalers composer and praise singer Modou NDiaye with the Golden Kora Band plays his own personal blend of Afro Mandingue music.

In association with Carn to Cove

Tickets £8, £6 Family £22

Modou N’Diaye Cissokho & the Golden Kora Band

Celebrated Senegalers composer and praise singer Modou N’Diaye  with the Golden Kora Band plays his own personal blend of Afro Mandingue music.

In association with Carn to Cove

Tickets £8, £6 Family £22

The Busquitos

A quartet of madcap musical Dutchmen, the Busquitos music is rooted in trad jazz but may include rocknroll, pop and classical tunes. They describe themselves as a ‚ jazzy jivin funky funny fiddle super saxy mental mobile great guitar singin swingin buskinband. This event will be downstairs and as the band always aims for some audience participation it promises to be a lively night.

Tickets £11, £10

busquitos.com

Carrivick Sisters

Twin sisters Laura and Charlotte Carrivick are widely known throughout the UK folk scene. Their years of experience performing all over the UK and abroad have gained them a strong reputation for engaging live performances, multi-instrumental dexterity (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and dobro), tight sibling harmonies and finely crafted original songs. They have a unique sound incorporating their musical background of American bluegrass and old-time but also being influenced by English folk lore, having grown up in South Devon.

‚ Comparisons to Alison Krauss & Union Station would not be out of place, for they are that good, swapping lead vocals and playing Dobro, mandolin and the rest like hardened veterans, but it the English folk influences they bring to their music that give them a unique sound. R2 Magazine (Rock N Reel) 4 **** review

‚ Formidable multi-instrumental skills and songwriting, maturing at such a steep curve theyll soon be orbiting far beyond anyone else Q Magazine 4 **** review

thecarrivicksisters.co.uk

Serenade

Bournemouth Symphony Wind Ensemble will perform Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind instruments conducted by Maxime Tortelier. They will also be joined by young wind players from Cornwall, who will perform alongside the BSO

Two wind ensembles from the county – Sax is our Business and Flautistas will also be performing in the concert.

Tickets £10/£8, Children Free

Bella Hardy

With The Dawn Tour 2015 – supported by Routes South West, Bristol Music Centre and Arts Council England.

Bella Hardy, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014, tours her eagerly anticipated new album ‘With The Dawn’; a heartfelt collection of self-composed songs which tell a story of travel, of choices, of lessons unlearned, and also of hope. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and spins her narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity.

The ‘With The Dawn’ Band complement Bella’s breath-taking vocals and narrative fiddle with a powerful and evocative mix of banjo, piano, electronics and drums. With roots firmly within the folk tradition, songs written straight from the heart, and bold steps into a new world of sound and expression, this is a performance not to be missed.

‚ …unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful” ‚ Colin Irwin, fRoots

£11/£10

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Extremely Compelling – The Independent

Gorgeous – The Daily Telegraph

Becoming one of the hottest tickets in folk – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 folk show

Seeps almost imperceptibly into your psyche – fRoots

The green shoots growing from the very top of the English folk family tree – PRS Magazine

Double BBC Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.

Josienne was born in Sussex and Ben, in Evesham. It was after studying in London, and utterly by chance, that they met in July 2009. Together they have resolutely forged their own path through traditional music.

Critical recognition soon followed, along with the Isambard Folk Award, and the FATEA Awards for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Spiral Award for Best Duo, as well as coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for Best Newcomers and Best Duo. The live performance is a thing of delight – enchanted reviewers have spoken of shimmering cathedrals of sound – and its purity will stay with you long after the last note fades.

Their first major album together ‚Äê Fire and Fortune ‚Äê confirmed their place among the very best musicians of their generation and reached No. 1 on the UK Amazon folk chart.

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker’s next album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and is due for release autumn 2015.

Tickets £11

Stefan Grossman

Known to many an aspiring guitarist for his tutorial books, CDs and DVDs, Stefan Grossman began his own studies aged 15 at the feet of bluesman Rev.Gary Davis. Since then he has played with many of the biggest names in business, and has never stopped learning, teaching, recording and performing all over the world. This is a rare chance to catch one of the world greatest acoustic blues, fingerpicking and ragtime guitarists. Dont miss it!

Tickets £11

LEVERET

ANDY CUTTING • SAM SWEENEY • ROB HARBRON

Leveret features three of England’s finest musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Andy Cutting is a unique player of the melodeon, known for his work with Martin Simpson, Blowzabella, Chris Wood, June Tabor, Kate Rusby, and many more. Sam Sweeney, the fiddle player in Bellowhead, is also in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, working with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, The Full English, Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party, and his own project Made in the Great War. Rob Harbron has reinvented the English concertina and is known for his work with The Full English, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, Fay Hield, Emma Reid and the English Acoustic Collective.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but is fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Sophisticated and honest, considered and spontaneous, there is nothing else that sounds quite like this trio.

‘Sublime, exquisite music ‚ don’t miss them’

Martin Simpson

Tickets £11

Steve Knightley

The songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic duo (now trio) Show of Hands, Steve continues his solo Grow your own tour of village venues with this appearance at the Tolmen Centre. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but of those beyond, and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. Worth the ticket price just to hear the Cornish anthem Cousin Jack performed by the Devonian who composed it, but expect an intense and engaging evening with a great musician.

Tickets £16

Jim Causley and Lucas Drinkwater

‘The Poetry of Charles Causley’

Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Previous incarnations include The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley and he has recorded with the likes of Waterson:Carthy, Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby.

Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley poems to give the audience a taster of the poet great body of work. The album Cyprus Well was recorded live in Causley house in Launceston, Cornwall and many of the tracks feature Causley own piano. Jim aims to bring wider attention to Causley poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley house as a writers retreat. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.

He is renowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ciders!

Male Singer of The Year ‚ Spiral Earth Awards 2014

Top 10 Folk Albums of 2013 ‚ The Telegraph

Jim Causley and his fellow folk musicians bring it to life with real zest, his deep baritone voice soaring as he sings. **** 4 stars The Telegraph

www.jimcausley.co.uk

Tickets £11, £10

Lady Maisery

Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explores vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads.

The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, Weave and Spin in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an Album of the Week by The Independent. Their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards.

Lady Maisery breaks new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp, banjo and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.

‚ ‚they get the biggest ovation of the festival and loud requests for encores from a crowd that wont take no for an answer. eFestivals (reviews of Shrewsbury Folk Fesitval 2013)

‚ Tremendously captivating, spellbinding singers; expert musicians. fROOTS

‚ Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. Theyve packed these into Mayday and created a powerful, enthralling work. Songlines

‚ Mayday sees the triumvirate of talent negotiate uncharted waters with ease ‚ singing remains the main ingredient but Hazel harp, Hannah accordion and Rowan fiddle and banjo are taken to new heights of skill and applied with passion to this strikingly beautiful collection Spiral Earth

‚ The multi-skilled Lady Maisery; just three of them but they sound like an orchestra. Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

NOT ONLY WILL LADY MAISERY BE PERFORMING ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT BUT ON SUNDAY MORNING FROM 11.00-12.30 THEY WILL BE RUNNING A SINGING WORKSHOP DOWNSTAIRS AT THE TOLMEN CENTRE. This will be suitable for singers of all ages and abilities, and will offer the chance to sing in harmony and to learn about the mysterious art of diddling.

Tickets £11, £10 (£5 for children): advanced booking is advised.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

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. Now the Dartmoor based couple have enjoyed a noteworthy return to the fray with their highly acclaimed album, Hidden People, bringing their own mix of traditional, self-penned songs and covers to the stage.

Two of the British folk scene 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 eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat.

With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

On latest album ‚ Hidden People Kathryn says; ‚ These are stories, first and foremost, but she warns: ‚ My home-life is so roses round the cottage door, that I tend to prefer music with an edginess, so some of the tracks on the album are quite dark and brooding, to say the least. The messages and meanings behind these songs belong to the ‚ hidden people.

For further details and a taste of their music see their website kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

Tickets £11, £10

Moscow Drug Club

In association with Carn to Cove

Moscow Drug Club….is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930 Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam with the local Tziganes.

Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club‚..this way please & mind the stairs!

‚ The best entertainment we have ever had!
‚ The music, songs and your voice were amazingly evocative, beautiful and inspiring, such originality just like the band name.Rural touring audiences

FROM THEIR WEBSITE

In the darkness of late winter,
In a shady watering hole South of the river, in Bristol‚
North American chanteuse & purveyor of lyrical adventures, Katya Gorrie
And International guitar virtuoso Denny Ilett were having a quiet drink.
A good excuse to come in from the cold.
Through the door walked an old friend who also happens to be a fantastic jazz trumpeter.
The three of them found themselves chatting about the swing music of the 1930 & 40, German Cabaret Songs, and the Parisian songwriters of the 50. An idea had started‚
Not long after this fateful meeting, the three friends met a young classically trained accordionist from Poland, whose passion for French musette and Argentinian tango was infectious and inspiring. The four musicians started to create a small set of music derived from these ideas. Finally, long time comrade and exceptional double bassist Andy Crowdy was called in to complete the quintet, and Moscow Drug Club was formed.

Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy‚.

‚ Moscow Drug Club‚.brilliantly rendered, crowd pleasing cabaret tuneage raised to the level of magnificence by virtuosic playing!
‚ Moscow Drug Club played a beautiful set consisting of musical talent beyond technology, fx pedals and amp make, reminding us all of where music came from and what it is about.
‚ Moscow Drug Club amazing talent left me and all of those around me baying for more‚

£8 (concessions £6 Children £5)

Chris Wood

‘None The Wiser’

Nominated Best Original Song None the Wiser BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song Hollow Point BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011

Criticised by an art school lecturer as having ‚ a remarkable eye for trivia Chris Wood love of small things has made him one of England most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood’s feel for the sheer “one thing after another-ness” of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. They played 51 cities and Wood found himself eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting the poetry of recession. His response is, None The Wiser, a fourth solo album released in Summer 2013. With humble hymns and sweeping statements from Alzheimers to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland in what could be his best album yet.

Wood has worked and collaborated with a long list of artists, most recently Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Eliza and Martin Carthy in Simon Emerson’s Imagined Village. His duet with Eliza added to the “Villager’s” winning another Folk Award for “Best Traditional Song”.

The Irish Times dubbed him the renaissance man of English folk because his work extends beyond song writing into commissions for Radio 3 Between The Ears, Late Junction and The Essay. He has written for The Times and lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities. His setting of Blake’s Jerusalem features in Paul Gilroy’s lecture on poetry and music at Kings College London and Wood’s lyric Walk This World With Music is included in Michael Morpurgo’s latest collection.

Praise for ‘None The Wiser’:

INDEPENDENT ✰✰✰✰✰
“The title track alone is a masterpiece”

EXPRESS ✰✰✰✰✰
“Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here‚ heartbreaking purity.”

THE GUARDIAN ✰✰✰✰
“Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”

THE IRISH TIMES ✰✰✰✰✰
“Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird-eye-view”

MOJO ✰✰✰✰
“a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”

SONGLINES
“a quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs‚A folk‚ soul album”

£12 with £11 concessions.

Visit chriswoodmusic.co.uk

Sarah Gillespie Trio

Anglo-American singer songwriter Sarah Gillespie has received critical acclaim for her 3 albums that mix elements of jazz, folk and blues with her trademark poetic lyricism. The Guardian jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as “(joining) Bob Dylan lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.”

Playing tonight with renewed jazz composer Tom Cawley on piano and Ben Bastin on double bass, Gillespie will be performing a mix of songs from her new album ‘Glory Days’ as well as revisiting her back catalogue.

Tickets £9, £8

Visit Sarah’s website

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Is she the new Joni Mitchell? PJ Harvey? Bob Dylan even? Mixing jazz-folk artistry and punk attitude, third album Glory Days (Pastiche) recalls all three in places but Gillespie spiky lyrical gift is utterly distinctive.
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Jim Moray

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.

Tickets £11/£10

Spiers and Boden

The Founders of Bellowhead

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 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 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.

www.spiersandboden.com

£13 (no concessions)

John Etheridge

Guitar legend, John Etheridge career spans four decades, and a range of styles from Soft Machine to hot club jazz with Stephane Grapelli and more recently playing with the eminent classical guitarist John Williams. He plays with awesome dexterity and his solo gigs are famed for their intimacy and warmth.

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Dalla Dance Band

Their aim is simply to provide wall-to-wall music for dancing. Put on your dancing shoes.

In Aid of the Heritage Centre
Tickets £10, £6 Children (includes a pasty)

Lutes and Voices

A concert of ancient music with Friends in Harmony, United Cornish Lutenists and Jeni Melia.

Pre-show supper available. Pre -booking essential.

Tickets £9, £7 concessions

Steve and Martha Tilston

We open our autumn season with an unusual treat from the world of contemporary folk music, with the father-and-daughter line-up of Steve and Martha Tilston. Both of them are well-known and popular performers, but it is rare that they appear on the same stage so this is a chance not to be missed. They will perform separate sets but will also perform a few numbers together.

Steve Tilston has been described as ‚ a complete guitarist, ‚ a singer songwriter of rare talent and ‚ absurdly accomplished. He the writer of the classic The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here to Tom Paine and his songs have been covered by a who who of the folk scene. His career was marked by the release in 2010 of Reaching Back, a 5-CD boxed-set retrospective, and he also published a powerful historical novel. Celebrating 40 years in the business, he on as great form as ever. His last album The Reckoning garnered him the ‚ Best Original Song accolade at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards last year, plus invitations to appear on Later with Jools Holland and BBC4 Songwriters Circle. Perhaps best known for his song-writing prowess, Steve is also a blinding, dazzling guitarist with a style echoing the elaborate rhythmic ‚ folk baroque of Bert Jansch and Davy Graham, but also drawing from classical, roots and the tradition to create a sound that has been called quintessentially Tilston.

  • A great narrator on top form. The Observer ****
  • ‚dominated by Tilston exquisite guitar workThe Guardian ****
  • ‚songs of great heart, delivered with authority and instrumental panache. The Scotsman
  • Another superb set from the good Mr Tilston, who just cant seem to put a finger wrong. FROOTS

STOP PRESS: Steve latest album Happenstance is due for release on September 3rd and should be available for you to buy at the venue.

Martha Tilston displays a comparable originality with lyrics and an equally compelling stage presence as her father, but her musical style is totally different. She originally trained as an actor, but the tug of her musical lineage set in, and by her late teens, she had taken up the acoustic guitar and taught herself the fine art of fingerpicking, finding her voice — a shivering, autumnal bird-song evocative of a young Joni Mitchell — along the way.

She released her lo-fi debut, Rolling, in 2003, while touring Ireland as support for troubadour Damian Rice. Tilston’s earthy compositions and delicate melodies earned her a growing audience, but she declined the lucrative offers from established record labels, choosing instead to set up her own label, Squiggly Records. She funded the pressing of her next record, 2005’s Bimbling, through the sale of the album’s canvas-painted artwork. By 2007, she was opening the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury with songs from her album Milkmaids and Architects, garnering a nomination for Best New Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Her songwriting eschews the hoary ‘moors and maids’ folk imagery of old for gentle, probing meditations on modern concerns such as consumerism, urbanization and unheard voices, but she also finds space for haunting love songs, and one-off originals such as Old Tomcat, her sensual personal paean to Leonard Cohen. She’s performed at demos and marches, and played a set at Climate Camp in 2009, but Tilston considers herself too nomadic to hitch her star to any wagon. “I feel strongly about not getting stuck in any one scene; I try to weave my music through the world without becoming ingratiated to any one group.” And as her latest album, Machines of Love and Grace confims, it’s a creative independence that pays off.

From reviews of Machines of Love and Grace:

  • ‚ eloquently explores the relationship between technology and the human condition BBC
  • ‚ her voice is as lovely as ever…a fine and evocative album Folk Radio UK
  • ‚ Tilston tough personal approach makes for an engaging, unusual album Guardia

We can safely expect an engaging, unusual evening from the two Tilstons.

Tickets £10/£9 concessions

Pre-concert meals available at our cafe, pre-booking essential.

Further information:
tolmen@constantinecornwall.com
01326 341353

Andy Sheppard

Andy Sheppard, solo tenor and soprano saxophonist.

Dont miss this! A real treat and not just for jazz lovers, this is a chance to get up close and personal with one of the UK leading jazz musicians and composers. For those who think they arent into jazz, come and be entranced by Andy lyrical, weaving tunes and soulful playing, enhanced by his subtle use of live backing loops. Andy will play a single 75 minute set, to be followed by an informal question and answer session chaired by a local jazz enthusiast.

The man who has emerged as one of Britain foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists was introduced to the music of John Coltrane at the age of nineteen and immediately went out and bought his own saxophone. A successful recording artist, bandleader and composer (for film, TV and theatre), Andy Sheppard is one of a very few British jazz artists to have made a significant international impact. He has worked with an astonishing range of musical partners and is remarkably, one of a very few soloists to have played in the big bands of all three of the greatest post-war jazz composers, Carla Bley, George Russell and Gil Evans. Other collaborators have included Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell, and eclectic pianist Joanna MacGregor. Andy has a string of albums to his name, including Learning to Wave (1998), Nocturnal Tourist(2001), Movements in Colour (2009) and his latest collaboration with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford, Trio Libero (2012).

Sheppard is always a compelling voice…, Time Out

Romanticism, carefully managed anarchy and accessibility subtle, elegant jazz‚ The Guardian

Tickets £10/£9 concessions.

Gigspanner

A welcome return of Steeleye Span violinist Peter Knight and his band with their unique brand of high energy folk.

Tickets £10

Spiers and Boden

Founder members of modern folk icons Bellowhead, Spiers and Boden are described by the Guardian as ‚ the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene.

Together they have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground.
‚ Joyousness reigns. …The Observer
Tickets £12, £10

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Section

In association with Carn to Cove

A very special opportunity to enjoy a variety of classical music from the brass section of the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets £10, £8 and Family £25

Jackie Oates with Tristan Seume

‚ Oates has emerged as a frontrunner among the new generation of Brit folkies, marked out by the purity of her voice…The Observer

Tickets £10, £8, Children £4

Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival.

Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.

The end of 2009 saw her album Hyperboreans receive a nomination for the Roots Critics Poll Album of the Year, and nominations for the 2010 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Track for Isle Of France.

In September 2011 Jackie Oates released her fourth studio album titled Saturnine, featuring contributions from Jim Moray, Karen Tweed and The Claque. Now a major name in the English folk scene, Jackie followed the release with a major round of touring in the UK and abroad and a packed season of festival appearances, with sales of Saturnine eclipsing those of her previous albums.

In 2012 she began an extensive period of research into an area of song that is particularly close to her heart: lullabies. The album Lullabies will be released on 18th March 2013 by ECC Records and followed by two Lullabies tours in April and October 2013.

Standing out from English folk remarkable new wave, Oates has the finest voice of them all‚Saturnine shows Oates at the top of her game Independent On Saturday (album of the week).

Tristan Seume is one of the UK leading acoustic guitarists as a soloist, accompanist and session musician. As well as currently touring with Jackie, he performs at arts centres and festivals all over Europe. He is also a respected tutor, lecturing at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, and is a regular columnist for international publications, Guitarist and Guitar Techniques.

Delighting audiences up and down the UK with his blend of folk, country, Celtic and neo-classical styles, and with his cheerful stage presence, he has been likened to players such as John Renbourn and Gordon Giltrap ‚ A spectacular player ‚ Neville Marten, Guitarist Magazine

Aperol Quartet

We welcome back Edward Shaw with a newly formed classical quartet. The program will include Mendelssohn String Quartet Op 80 in F.

Tickets £7.50

Jake Walton and Tinkers Cuss

An evening of modern English folk music in aid of GNHCT, supporting orphan children in Africa.

Tickets £7.50, Children £4

Based in Cornwall Jake Walton is a unique singer songwriter who has toured extensively. Famed as a Celtic music pioneer he plays the guitar and hurdy gurdy. His music reflects both Cornish and Breton influences of Celtic myth and legend. Together with Tinker Cuss there will be a wide range of instruments and voices, both traditional and contempory. This will range from the slow and gentle to the more upbeat bluegrass.

This performance is in aid of GHNCT, a charity founded by Annette Montague-Thomas, a Cornish herbalist and qualified pharmacist.

The charity which is run from Truro, runs a clinic on a settlement in South Africa where the inhabitants live in abject poverty. This was started in 2000 after Annette saw a programme about the suffering caused by the Aids/HIV pandemic in sub Saharan Africa. She was so moved that she felt that she must do something about it and flew out and met officials from the Department of Health.

Following this she set up a clinic and an orphan reception centre to try to alleviate some of the suffering in one of the most impoverished areas in the world.

This is a free clinic in an area of 2,000,000 plus people. There are now 15,000 patients and 13,000 babies and children being looked after in a foster care system.

By supporting this event not only will you be entertained but you will be supporting a worthwhile charity.

Peter Knight of Steeleye Span presents Gigspanner

Peter Knight Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as ‚ another milestone in folk rebirth of cool moment, but those in the know will tell you that there is far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.

Fine British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span legendary fiddle player, but Gigspanner musical reach probes into Eastern European, French, African and even Aboriginal influences. It is no surprise that author Terry Pratchett wrote that ‚ Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow. It is music played with a potency and love that leaves audiences spellbound.

Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar, and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe, both intelligent and powerful musicians in their own right. Together they promise ‚ a blistering pace of a flamboyant musical world tour (Lancashire Evening Post).

Gigspanner Debut Album Lipreading the Poet was named as one of the best 15 Global Albums of 2009. But leave any pre-conceived ideas at the door, and ditch the pigeonholes. If you have a taste for ‚ music of intelligently crafted brilliance (Songlines magazine) there is something here to nurture your soul.

Tickets £10

gigspanner.com

Endless Journey

Endless Journey brings together four musicians from two of Niger leading internationally known music groups, Mamane Barka and Etran Finatawa. Their swirling strings, driving rhythms and haunting vocals evoke the vast open spaces of the desert and the very soul of nomadic life.

Tickets £10, £8, Children £4

Dalla

An evening of Cornish based folk music from the inimitable Dalla, famous for their compelling dance rhythms and new and traditional singing.

Tickets £8, £7, £4

Third International Tolmen Guitar Festival 2011

The Third International Tolmen Guitar Festival will run for three full days October 14th 15th and 16th 2011. There will be 5 major recitals/concerts covering Classical, Jazz, World Music, Flamenco, Early Music and many more other events, workshops, masterclasses and even film. The Festival will cut across genres ‚ headline acts vary from Martin Carthy ‚ one of folk music greatest innovators ‚ to Vladislav Blaha the Czech classical maestro ‚ to the amazing 6 piece TG Collective who play mixed jazz, gypsy and flamenco ‚ to a Polish Guitar ensemble who will bring a string quartet to play with them!

Check out the 2011 Guitar Festival Website for more details.

Steven Sogo and Hope Street

We are delighted to welcome back the amazing band Hope Street from Burundi led by Steven Sogo. No-one who attended last year concert by this band ‚ their first ever outside their home country ‚ will forget the scenes as a full house of all ages simply stood up and danced ‚ in the aisles, on the seats, and on stage ‚ to the intensely natural but pulsating music delivered by Steven and Hope Street. The tour went on to Womad and beyond, but we doubt if the atmosphere of that night could have been equalled!

They are back in UK for another visit to Womad and an extended tour ‚ and their return visit to the Tolmen Centre promises another night to remember. Tickets are still only ¬£9 and ¬£8 with children – and it was the kids who set it all going last year – welcome at ¬£4.

Peggy Seeger

American Folk legend Peggy Seeger has written hundreds of songs, many now folk standards. Her partner Ewan Macoll song ‚ The first time ever I saw your face was inspired by her. She is a multi instrumentalist and a mesmeric performer. We are proud to present her at the Tolmen Centre.

Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

Kit Downes Trio

Mercury Award nominated jazz pianist Kit Downes with bassist Calum Gourlay and James Maddren on drums.

A breathtaking improviser, and weaver of magical piano soundscapes, Kit Downes is world class ….Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

Magenta

Following sell out concerts at Blakehay Theatre, Magenta hit Cornwall for one night only. Using acoustic instruments, five voices and a generous sprinkling of humour, they play a range of traditional, contemporary and original songs.

In aid of the Heritage Centre

Tickets £9

Umdumo Wesizwe

Soaring harmonies and tip toe dance by eight young men from Bulawayo. Unique vocals laced with Afro pop, RnB and Reggae tell of love, hope, worship and social commentary. ‚ Only eight men, but with enough charisma and energy to light up a continent.

The Herald Scotland

Tickets £8, £7 Children £4
In association with Carn to Cove

Hank Wangford and Reg Meuross

Hank Wangford is an authentic country singer/songwriter with a wide emotional range. Hank is renowned on both sides of the Atlantic for his originality and long years on the country music scene.

Reg Meuross is a modern day troubadour with some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written.

Together Hank and Reg have embarked on the ‘No Hall Too Small’ tour playing in two hundred and twenty village halls throughout England and Scotland.

TG Collective

An intriguing mix of gypsy jazz, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences, TG Collective was born in Autumn 2006, built around the core of guitarists Jamie Fekete and Sam Slater, alongside the unusual combination of flutes, violin, double bass, trumpet, clarinet, cajón and percussion.

Creating an exciting, sensuous sound, TGC perform original music and arrangements, touching on influences as varied as Paco de Lucia, Django Reinhardt and JS Bach, and have built up a strong following with their intense live performances. The band is completed with the double bass and trumpet of Percy Pursglove; flautist Holly Jones; Louis Robinson on violin, Lluis Mather clarinet, and cajón/percussionist Joelle Barker, with interchanging shapes of ensemble within a performance.

tgcollective.com

Larry Stabbins – Stonephace

Larry Stabbins is a British jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer. Larry Stabbins learned clarinet at school from the age of eight, when his musical idol was Acker Bilk. He started playing saxophone at the age of eleven. He was soon playing in local dance bands, doing his first paid gig aged twelve, and later also playing in soul bands such as Bristol group The Strange Fruits, particularly the music of Junior Walker and James Brown.

He started working with pianist Keith Tippett when he was sixteen and later contributed to various Tippett projects such as Centipede, Ark, Tapestry and the Keith Tippett Septet.

Stonephace is a new jazz combo featuring Larry Stabbins and Adrian Utley from Portishead.

“One of the true greats of British music” – Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio1

“a consummate saxophonist who has been at the cutting edge of jazz for much of his career” – Ian Carr, Rough Guide to Jazz

“One of the most innovative saxophonists in Britain” – Anthony Wood, The Wire

Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy is an English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music, inspiring contemporaries such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon and later artists such as Richard Thompson since he emerged as a young musician in the early days of the folk revival.

He was born in Hatfield on May 21, 1941 and grew up in Hampstead, London. After training as an actor he sang in coffee bars. He became a resident at the Troubador folk club in Earls Court in the late 1950s. He joined Redd Sullivan’s Thameside Four in 1961. He is a renowned solo performer of traditional songs in a very distinctive style, accompanying himself on his trusty old Martin Guitar; his style is marked by the use of alternate tunings, and a strongly percussive picking style that emphasizes the melody. His debut album, Martin Carthy, was released in 1965, and also featured Dave Swarbrick playing fiddle on some tracks, although he was not mentioned in the album’s sleeve notes.

He has also been involved with many musical collaborations. He has sung with The Watersons since 1972, was an early member of the UK folk rock group Steeleye Span, and was part of the innovative Brass Monkey ensemble, which mixed a range of brass instruments with Carthy’s guitar and mandolin and John Kirkpatrick’s accordion, melodeon and concertina.