This event is a fundraiser for Honiton Dementia Action Alliance and is sponsored by The Beehive so come and support this worthy cause.
Join us for a very special evening of fabulous nostalgia and hilarity. The mood and events of the 1950s and 60s are revisited with the songs of Flanders & Swann. We ask if people could wear evening dress for the occasion, however this is optional. A complimentary glass of fizz will be served on arrival.
Flanders and Swann were a British comedy duo. Actor and singer Michael Flanders and composer, pianist, and lyricist Donald Swann collaborated in writing and performing comic songs. They first worked together at a school revue in 1939 and eventually wrote over a hundred comic songs together.
Two Blokes and a Piano, acknowledged as leading exponents of Flanders & Swann, bring you such favourites as The Hippopotamus Song, The London Omnibus, The Gnu and many others. With additional songs by Stilgoe and Skellern plus Kit and the Widow.
The dementia specialist nurses recruited, trained and supported by Dementia UK are called “Admiral Nurses”, a name coined by the family who first set the charity up following the experience they went through with a close family member who was known as “Admiral Joe” due to his love of sailing. Honiton has identified a real need and is working towards raising £150K for its own Admiral Nurse. Admiral Nurses are highly skilled registered nurses who have specialised in dementia care. Their unique background and experience enables Admiral Nurses to work together with families and complimentary to local health and social care services. Please support the cause by joining us for this fabulous show.
Tickets £10 (seated)
Supported by Nick Hart - English folk singer, guitarist, melodeon and concertina player
Mawkin is one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe.
Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) all underpinned by the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on Drums.
**** Invigorating, Highly Inventive – Q Magazine
**** Unapologetically Energetic – Songlines Magazine
**** Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite – The Guardian
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door (seated)
Police Dog Hogan, first formed in 2009, has evolved over the years into a tight-knit eight-piece band combining guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, bass and drums to create an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk and rocking bluegrass.
The band regularly plays to sell-out audiences up and down the country. After more than 300 live shows they’ve become a serious and ambitious musical venture that marries a devotion to touring and the presentation of consummate live performances with an utter dedication to song writing and recording.
Police Dog Hogan are:
"One of our favourite new bands" The Telegraph
“Wonderful!” BBC Radio 2
"Police Dog Hogan were good – actually, they were excellent." The Sunday Times
“One of my bands to watch – great songs, great musicians, and their live shows are really, really good fun.” DJ Johnnie Walker
Tickets: £15 (seated) Doors open 7.30pm
Specially formed for the festive period and featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention), this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain: an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration.
'The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas' (The Guardian)
'The Albion Christmas Band take the audience deep into Britain's winter festival with visions of frosty mornings, a rejoicing Earth, burning logs and berries' (Reuters).
See more info at albionchristmas.co.uk
Tickets: £19 (seated)
Accessible seating available by calling the box office
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: The Leylines
West-country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines are: Dan Thompson (electric guitar); Dave Burbidge (drums); Hannah Johns (violin); Matthew Wilkins (acoustic guitar); Sean Booth (bass); and Steve Mitchell (vocals/guitar).
“A helter skelter musical maelstrom” – Rhythm & Booze Magazine
“The love child of The Levellers and Liverpool’s glorious Amsterdam” – Liverpool Sound & Vision
“High-energy, gutsy sound and scythe-sharp lyrics” – FolkWords Reviews
Tickets (Standing): £15 in advance, £17 on the door
After many years of playing together John Williams and John Etheridge are joined by classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan in a wonderful, varied programme of solos, duos and trios. All pieces will be introduced by the players.
Legendary classical guitar maestro whose repertoire ranges from the standard Baroque and Spanish classics to more innovative contemporary works. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he was taught the instrument by his father and went on to study music at the Royal College of Music in London. He has since toured many countries playing solo and with orchestras. He has also appeared regularly on radio and television - and his music is familiar to many film-goers, most notably The Deerhunter (Cavatina). He has collaborated with many outstanding musicians, including Julian Bream, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. The complete collection of his 58 CD’s (and one DVD) for Sony/CBS was issued in 2016. In 2007 he was presented with an Edison lifetime achievement award.
'John Williams is the undisputed king of the classical guitar' (The Times).
One of the world's most respected guitarists, John Etheridge's music spans a myriad of styles and influences. The guitarist for the celebrated jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, Etheridge has performed as one half of a duo with the eminent classical guitarist, John Williams and has also performed with Soft Machine, Pat Metheny, Andy Summers and Nigel Kennedy.
'I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge' (Sting in The Guardian).
Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to international critical acclaim for over twenty years, winning praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and entertainingly diverse programmes.
In 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument, and only the fourth guitarist ever to receive this honour - other recipients being Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream.
His celebrated guitar compositions (regularly broadcast on Classic FM) have broadened the instrument’s appeal by combining traditional classical guitar technique with more contemporary styles and a rich variety of musical influences from around the world. His solo work, Benga Beat, was premièred to great acclaim in 2011 and can be seen on YouTube in HD, alongside other performances of his own compositions and works by Dowland, Bach, and Piazzolla.
Tickets: £25 (seated)
Accessible seating is available by calling the box office 01404 384050