Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years is a unique concert, which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’.
“One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world”
- Stuart Cameron, BBC and ITV Broadcaster
Performing the songs in a truly captivating way, Bookends’ delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo is something of a masterpiece. Bookends have been performing their world-class concert to audiences in some of the finest theatres and concert halls across the UK, Europe and the United States.
- BBC Radio
Hear many of the hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and Bookends’ own beautiful rendition of the unforgettable Bridge Over Troubled Water. This is without doubt the closest thing to Simon & Garfunkel touring the world today.
Tickets: £15 in advance/£17 on the door (seated)
Accessible seats are available by calling the box office 01404 384050
+ Special guest Jake Morrell
Worry Dolls are a compelling duo born out of the joint talents of multi-instrumentalists Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones. Serendipity brought them together at an open mic night when they were 18, both studying music in Liverpool. Both redheads with guitars, on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Paired by their teachers for an opportunity to have their songwriting critiqued by Paul McCartney, they were inspired to start co-writing, and could now be described as an almost telepathically linked songwriting force.
They set off from University together, making music as Worry Dolls. It was a new sound, blending the tender urgency of Zoe’s Irish-influenced voice with the fiery integrity of Rosie’s vocals and rhythmic guitar. Zoe transferred her fingerpicking skills to ukulele, followed by Earl Scruggs-style banjo, motivated by players like Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks). These days playing piano has been added to the live performances and Worry Dolls frequently perform with a band. They have also started touring in Europe spreading the special blend of UK Americana folk rock.
The duo signed to Bread & Butter, who released their debut LP, Go Get Gone, 2017. A ‘Song of the Year’ nomination lead to them performing at London’s historic Hackney Empire with Ethan Johns at the UK Americana Awards earlier this year, alongside Robert Plant and Mumford and Sons. The duo will flying back to Nashville to showcase at AmericanaFest this September in support of their album release Stateside this summer 2018.
“Brilliantly quirky” – The Huffington Post
“Worry Dolls combine a great sensibility of American Country music with their own English folk influences to create a warm and infectious sound” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“London duo Worry Dolls lit up the main stage with their harmony driven indie-pop in their most prestigious performance to date” – Rob Bridge (Folk Radio UK), Cambridge Folk Festival
“Worry Dolls are going places” – The Bluegrass Situation
Tickets: £12 in advance, £14 on the door (seated)
Accessible seats are available by calling the box office
Note: this is a standing gig with some seating around the edge
Tankus the Henge is the London based, five wheeled, funk fuelled, open top, custom paint job, rock‘n’roll jalopy that comes careering round the corner on a tranquil summer’s day. Ruining the silence and disturbing the bats.
With their charismatic frontman, Jaz Delorean, looking like a lost character from a Terry Gilliam film, Tankus the Henge launch into their live show like a band possessed, leaving audiences breathless.
Since the release of their first album in 2013 the band has toured extensively across Europe and also become veterans of the festival circuit (Glastonbury, WOMAD, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party).
“Reminds me of a mixture of early Kinks, Squeeze and a bit of Blur mashed in … I love it” Dave Davies, The Kinks
"....a virtual carnival of sound that’s high on energy and deep on soul. With copious helpings of R&B blues, funk, disco, Django, a dose of Dexy’s, a drop of Ray Davies and a pinch of Madness emerging throughout the eleven tracks – it’s an exciting mélange of sound." Simon Wells, The Guardian
"A Tankus the Henge live experience is something to behold. Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs tell stories of wonder and woe. High on energy, and deep on soul, Tankus the Henge launch into their live show like a band possessed." Looe Music
Support: Psychadelephant (Grace Gillan and Jake Miller)
Tickets £11 in advance / £14 on the door (standing)
Join us for an unforgettable evening with the King in this special Christmas show!
Darren Boyce is a truly talented performer with vocals to match and that unmistakable Elvis tone. His sound, moves and authentic costumes (made by none other than B & K Enterprises and The Lansky Brothers, tailors to the King himself) are guaranteed to transport you back to some of the greatest moments of the Elvis’s career. Performing with his live band ‘Trouble’, he performs all the classic tracks to 100% authenticity.
Having performed on stage at festivals and theatres, Elvis In Trouble love to engage with the audience and try to keep the experience at a more personal level. Darren has appeared on International Television for IMG Media, interviewed and presented on Local Radio and performed in many charity shows for great causes.
The band cover the 1950s through to Elvis's most notable performances from the 1970s... and of course the Vegas shows.
"Trouble are a genuine tribute act who have gone to extremes to get the right look and sound and to really tell the story of Elvis Presley in and through his music. This places them far above the Elvis "impersonators" who perform with backing tracks. If there is a better Elvis tribute out there I have not seen it."
“It was absolutely amazing and wish I hadn’t waited so long to get up and dance, best money we have spent in a long time, better than I could have imagined. I particularly enjoyed the vocals on In The Ghetto, Kentucky Rain and Burning Love, oh and Way Down. The whole show was more authentic and the band and backing vocals lift it above anything else I have seen. I enjoyed that you talked like Elvis between songs too.”
“You were amazing you did a fantastic job, the look, moves everything, the backing vocalist had a great voice and the musicians all looked the part, TROUBLE had it all and I am sure will be in demand. Don’t cry Daddy did it for me and I loved American Trilogy, you sang it perfectly.”
Tickets: General Admission £19.50, Premium £25.50 (seated)
(Accessible seats are available by calling the box office 01404 384050)
Enjoy your Elvis experience from the best seats in the house. These premium seats are at cabaret tables of eight right at the front of the auditorium. Included in this package is...
A glass of bubbly (Prosecco)
A photo with Elvis in an exclusive suit not used for the show
A preshow meet with the band and Elvis
A small gift from Elvis
Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. For All Our Sins is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital.
Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. They have played a number of shows & festivals over the last few years garnering fans in the UK and Europe as well as supporting Rick Astley and Kiefer Sutherland on their UK tours.
2018 will see them play a number of shows and giving fans a taste of new material as they plan towards releasing a new album in 2019.
Support act: Samantics
"Multi-instrumental, nerdy hip-hop" Samantics is a next generation one man band. Using a loop-station and a sh*t load of instruments he creates live, multi-instrumental spoken word. He's not a stereotypical rapper, he's not into maiming and murking Gs but he does like gaming a slurping tea. http://www.samantics.co.uk
Tickets: £11 (seated)
doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start
The Standing Waves Released their Debut Album “early reflectionsʼ in JUNE 2017.
Recorded in the South West with a line up of musicians from Bristol Brighton and Exeter, the record brought to life material written by singer Will Odgers, Producer Jolyon Holroyd and Guitarist Andrew Claridge. The album was completed with the additional contributions of drummer Damo Waters (British Sea Power) and importantly Debbie Brown who delivered the perfect elegant counterpoint to Odgersʼs vocal.
Q Magazine gave the record a four star review saying ‘ From Muscular and melancholy to slow country grace, this is a band that touch a lot of bases but never stay on them for too long. A remarkable, assured and gorgeous collection.ʼ
RNR Magazine also awarded four stars and said ‘Pounding…Haunting…Elegant.Sometimes a record is worth persevering with. This is just such a record.'
Americana UK said ‘These ten songs are a tidal wave of pleasure, polished and charming examples of a subtle mix of Americana genres, Theres Intensity, theres bravery too while maintaining a contemporary feel and universal appeal. Like a feverish dream you might never have had.ʼ
Spurred by this success, the band recruited musicians Jonny Cook and Miranda Sykes (bass) and Bruce Whiteley (drums) to play a sold out debut/album launch show in Exeter, and then a rapturously received set on the bill between Kate Rusby and Laura Marling at Moseley Folk Festival 2017, this was followed a capacity show at The Dart Music Festival.
The Standing Waves are currently midway through recording their second album which is expected to be ready sometime next year.
The band will be supported on the 14th December at The Beehive by the excitingly original West Country siren Sadie Horler in a rare show with her full band. Expect a spell binding evening.
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door (seated)
Here to get your Christmas off to a great start.
From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea. are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – encapsulates that – and so much more.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!
“This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine
“It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding
“A sound mixed, mashed and finely honed through years of live gigs” – Rock ‘n Reel Magazine
“This is rowdy, heartfelt, room shaking and spirit-stirring music that only the dead can’t enjoy.” - ltdstate.com
“Musical magicians Mad Dog Mcrea are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also quality musicianship and the odd surprise” – Talk Torbay
Support: Beans on Toast
Tickets £16.50 in advance, £18 on the door (standing)
When Google book an artist for their event, someone described as ‘changing the perceived boundaries of the acoustic guitar’, you know you aren’t talking about your average musician.
A UK based instrumental phenomenon – guitarist Chris Woods, recording as ‘Chris Woods Groove’ and ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’.
Chris began his career as a solo guitarist, originally catching the eye of the music industry for his creative approach to playing; using revolutionary techniques and a hugely individual approach to composition. Endorsed by the most acclaimed brands he honed his skills performing at prestigious guitar festivals across the globe. Approached by Hal Leonard to write a comprehensive guide on the percussive style, which quickly became the standard ‘how to play’ percussive guitar publication, Chris’ reputation became international and highly regarded.
Since then his focus on creative playing has led him to branching out his compositional style to orchestra’s of all shapes and sizes. Recent projects for his ‘groove orchestra’ include Guitar Revolution (a national tour creating pop-up guitar orchestras) or Orchestral Evolution (a recent commission to create a contemporary and evolved orchestra for young people). A spontaneous creator and an emotive player...
Headliner magazine described a recent performance at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios: ‘tremendous – to say Chris Woods feels this music is a wild understatement, and it’s a genuine privilege to witness them perform’
Tonight Chris will be performing a collection of solo pieces ranging from spacey improvisational solos to explosive percussion-driven grooves.
Creative Acoustic Guitar Workshop with Chris Woods 4.30pm - 6pm (max. participants 20)
A workshop for all abilities and style of guitarists. A relaxed and inspiring workshop, offering new and fresh approaches in playing and thinking for all. The focus is to breathe new life into your acoustic playing whatever level you play at. Participants will leave having learned a range of exciting percussive techniques, enjoyed being part of a guitar orchestra and a whole lot more...
Chris Woods is one of our countries finest players and just so happens to be a world class educator; his book percussive acoustic guitar, published by Hal Leonard is sold internationally and is the 'go to' guide for percussive playing. He writes for various guitar magazines including Guitar Techniques and is regularly invited to the likes of the London College of Music to talk Creative Guitar. He's a friendly, supportive and inspirational tutor and this is an amazing opportunity to work with him before the concert.
Show only - Adult £12 in advance, £15 on the door. Student £5
Workshop 4.30pm and Show 7.30pm - Adult £20, Student £15
Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly both grew up in the same part of Texas. They recorded their earlier work in the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, even at one point recording the same songs ‘An empty cup’ (and a broken date) as well as ‘You’ve Got Love’ both written by Roy Orbison.
The two Artists brought a unique Texas influence into their music and through their creative writing for both an individual sound was born. Roy Orbison went on to write so many songs including ‘Only the Lonely’ & ‘Crying’. Buddy Holly in his short Career showed his writing talents, which earned him 13th place in ‘The Rolling Stone’ ‘100 Greatest Artist of all Time’, an amazing achievement given his tragically short career.
Darren Page teams up with Marc Robinson who both have careers dedicated to Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly, performing all over Great Britain and around the world. They have come together to create a spell-binding two hour show, that will entertain and uplift you with pure nostalgia. The authentic show, backed by a live band, is packed full of all the massive hits of both artists, with the addition of a few early tracks and rarities for good measure!
Will Rock n Roll ever Die? That’ll be the Day!
Accessible seating available by calling the box office
As the frontman and songwriter of British folk heavyweights Show of Hands, Steve Knightley boasts an impressive back catalogue. He’s regularly cited by emerging artists as a source of inspiration. But who has ignited and fuelled Knightley’s creative spark throughout his decades of craftsmanship?
His solo tour seeks to answer that question. Of course the set list will be peppered with his now-classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’. But in a rare glimpse into his personal playlist, Knightley will also be paying tribute to artists such as Dylan, Carthy, Bowie, Springsteen, Tull and Radiohead, all of whom have influenced him greatly along the way.
Steve Knightley’s enduring appeal is perhaps in some part due to the fact that he is as at home in a folk club in East Devon as he is gracing the stage of a sell-out Royal Albert Hall concert. The Show of Hands fan base extends to luminaries such as Peter Gabriel, who has described them as ‘one of the great English bands’. With his song-writing and commentary more razor-sharp and relevant than ever, Knightley continues to remain at the cutting-edge of folk, roots and acoustic music.
Steve says, “The solo tour gives me an excuse to bring out songs from some of my favourite artists, and also to share plenty stories of life on the road – both usually reserved for late nights around a campfire.”
Tickets: £18 (seated)
(includes an admin fee of 30p)
Accessible seating available by calling the box office
“folk-hewn pop, with gliding guitars and a strident vocal” Clash Music
If anyone ever doubted the ability of music to re-route people’s lives, a page from the formative days of Coco and the Butterfields will soon turn that around.
It’s 2012 in the historic city of Canterbury, where Songwriter Tom Twyman has a plane ticket in his hand, for the journey to a new life he’s mapped out for himself in Australia. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Dulcima Showan, meanwhile, has just left sixth form and is all set for art school in Dublin. Neither of them ever makes it though, because by now they’re in the early stages of a band that has very different plans for them.
The decision to stay was difficult at the time and yet so simple in hindsight, it saw the pair lead Coco and the Butterfields on a steady and unmistakable upward incline, developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live shows as their inclusive, acoustic-based sound has ripened to maturity. During the ride, they’ve played to enthusiastic audiences all over the UK and Europe, selling out thousand capacity venues, touring the island’s o2 Academy’s and appearing at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival! On top of this, the band have played numerous support shows for the likes of Bastille, King Charles, Scouting for Girls and Wheatus to name a few.
In recent years Coco have literally lived in their recording studio, taking the time to create a collection of songs that offer an honest and intriguing insight into their lives both together and personally. Starting with an exclusive premiere on Clash Music for their brand new single Monsters, within that description lies a tangible sense of triumph over adversity, and how a negative can be deftly orchestrated into a positive, in the story of Twyman’s tumultuous upbringing.
Constantly touring, constantly writing and never quitting, Coco and the Butterfields will be making music for a long, long time.
Support: Gentlemen of Few
Gentlemen of Few play an eclectic blend of old-time bluegrass and classic rock with skilful vocal harmonies and powerful lyrics.
Tickets: £12 in advance, £14 on the door (standing)
(includes a 30p booking fee)