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Chris Woods Groove

Chris Woods Groove

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.



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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.


Tickets


Show only - Adult £12 in advance, £15 on the door. Student £5


Workshop 4.30pm and Show 7.30pm - Adult £20, Student £15

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Saturday 2 Feb 20197:30pm Book Now

Through The Decades: Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly

Through The Decades: Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly

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!


www.facebook.com/throughthedecadeswithroyandbuddy

www.amptheatreagency.co.uk

www.marcjrobinson.com

Twitter: @AMPRODUCTIONS4


Tickets £17


Accessible seating available by calling the box office

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Friday 8 Feb 20197:30pm Book Now

Richard Digance - The Platinum Tour

Richard Digance - The Platinum Tour

2019 sees Richard Digance reach his 70th year, 52 of which have been spent on the road.


Spend an evening with comedy songwriter Richard and see for yourself how he has managed to retain the respect of fellow-performers and the general public alike.


‘Richard Digance is brilliant’ Bill Bryson.


‘A National Treasure’ Bob Harris.


‘He should sling it in’ Richard Digance.



Special guest; Eric Sedge, back with him by popular demand.


Tickets: £15.50 in advance, £17 on the door (seated)

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Friday 1 Mar 20197:30pm Book Now

Steve Knightley: Roadworks

Steve Knightley: Roadworks

As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way.


Best known for his work with the award-winning acoustic roots group Show of Hands, Steve has performed in venues from the Albert Hole in Bristol to the Albert Hall in London. His impressive back catalogue of songs are modern classics, still filling the folk clubs and festival fields, and forever influencing the next generation of folk artists.


In 2019, Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience. Anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to be a touring musician will love this rare insight into life on the road.


Steve says, “A life on the road certainly has its challenges, but I can’t say I’d do it differently if I had to start all over again. The format of ‘Songs and Stories’, and now ‘Roadworks’ allows me to share the stories I’ve collected over the years, along with plenty of observations along the way. It’s just me, a radio mic and a couple of guitars which is daunting and liberating in equal measures, and it’s enabled me to build elements into my shows which I’ve never been able to before. The reception from the 2018 tour was fantastic – it really seemed to strike a chord with people – so I’m looking forward to 2019’s tour.”



2018’s tour was a sell-out, so early booking is advisable.

www.showofhands.co.uk


Tickets: £18 (seated)

(includes an admin fee of 30p)

Accessible seating available by calling the box office

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Thursday 7 Mar 20197:30pm Book Now

The Phil Beer Band

The Phil Beer Band

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.


The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Emily Slade, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues.


The Phil Beer Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucesteshire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song. Over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates.


“An evening with The Phil Beer Band is fast, frenetic, feel-good and leavened with a good helping of humour!” fRoots Magazine


“Always worth a trip to see musicians of this quality - but it is the repertoire that makes a Phil Beer Band gig extra special!” Folk Radio UK


www.philbeer.co.uk


Tickets: £21 (seated)

Accessible seating available by calling the box office

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Saturday 16 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now

Coco and the Butterfields + Support

Coco and the Butterfields + Support

“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)

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Saturday 6 Apr 20198:00pm Book Now (Call Box Office)
Friday 11 Oct 20198:00pm Book Now