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
One of the most exciting and stylish new wave bands on the circuit, Bournemouth based The Producers are among the leaders of the the current Blues phenomenon topped by Joe Bonamassa and John Mayer.
It was 25 years and thirteen albums ago that the Producers first appeared on the UK music scene and since then they have gigged their version of the blues in clubs, theatres and on major festival stages worldwide and they continue to do so.
The Producers are something really special, playing the freshest live blues in Britain today. Concerned with feel and attitude rather than slavishly copying ‘hand me down’ American music, The Producers move effortlessly between their own well crafted material and seriously reinvigorated classics stamped with their own characteristic identity. By not treating the music as some kind of museum piece The Producers are likely to incur the displeasure of a section of the blues hierarchy, however, at the same time they are barnstorming across the country building a massive audience at sell-out club dates and developing an equally impressive reputation that no one can ignore.
The new music is unashamedly raw and gutsy, it offers a response to the sophistication of London Blues and above all it re-connects the band to its past.
Tickets: £12 advance, £14 on the door (seated)
Accessible seating available by calling the box office
Genre: Folk, Rock, Reggae and Roots.
Meet Echo Town, a duo consisting of brothers Ric and Robert Harrison who achieve a full band sound with just two pairs of hands. Transplanted from Yorkshire to Cornwall their fanbase is divided between the two places and where ever they’ve played along route between the two locations. Instantly recognisable for their multi-instrumental performances and eclectic sound they mix the culture of the surf soaked South West with contemporary freedom songs.
A live performance sees the brothers adeptly using guitar, lap-slide, stomp box, harmonica, didgeridoo and percussion with soul full singing and harmonies all full of energy. In the 3 years since the conception of Echo Town they’ve toured the UK playing festivals and venues including the support slots to Land of the Giants, Tankus the Henge and The Undercover Hippy plus filmed for the ‘Harbourside Sessions‘ websites and appearing on various BBC Introducing shows.
Support act: True Strays - Rhythm and blues fuelled, good time vintage roots rock and roll.
Tickets: £10 (standing with some seating around the edge)
Sometimes folk, sometimes not. This immensely talented Devonian Duo, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe have been included in the top 10 artists of the last 10 years of BBC Introducing by the great Tom Robinson. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see them before, then grab a ticket now!
India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” (Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3). Their recently released EP ‘Seven Sisters’ launched at Cecil Sharpe house in November has had some rave reviews and comments. The EP is the second part of a series of releases exploring contrasting themes between the country and the city, focusing on traditional music of England and Scotland and folk songs that have been collected there. In association also with the EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society), Seven Sisters is a body of work that is built around using traditional instruments and tunes in contemporary ways.
“This is sublime! If your troubles don’t melt away when you hear IEC then nothing will shift them. Beautiful, magical” - Jeremy Vine
“Exceptional! Wonderful, atmospheric arrangements.” - BBC Radio Wales
“A superb showcase of the duo’s talents which has them at their most inventive” - FRUK
“Exceptional talents”- Songlines Magazine
“A landmark release for the duo” - Northern Sky Magazine
“They do remarkable things” - Folking.com
Support: Jack Cookson
A multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. He has shared the stage with the likes of Franz Nicolay, Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.
Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door (seated)
Accessible seats available by calling the box office.
‘Where We’re Bound”
Show of Hands Duo Tour 2018 with guest Geoff Lakeman
It’s a rare treat when a multi-award-winning band, renowned enough to sell out the Royal Albert Hall five times over, offer the chance to be enjoyed in smaller, more intimate settings. But Show of Hands are known for doing things differently so that’s exactly what they’re up to with their 2018 duo tour, Where We’re Bound.
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Usually joined by ‘third member of the duo’ Miranda Sykes, this tour puts the magic of the original duo format firmly back into the spotlight.
Steve said, “Big shows like the Royal Albert Hall and festivals offer us the chance to make a big sound, often bringing in talented friends to add to the experience. But there is something about playing as a duo that offers something different and more personal, both to ourselves and to our audiences. Phil and I can’t wait; it’ll be like the old days, but with more reliable transport!”
Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. This is an unmissable celebration of Steve and Phil’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. The 2018 duo tour won’t just be focusing on nostalgia though. A raft of new songs will be showcased, reminding us that Steve Knightley’s razor-sharp song writing and commentary is more relevant than ever.
Steve and Phil’s special guest is fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe. A compelling musician in his own right, the release of his debut album ‘After All These Years’ has seen festivals and concert venues clamouring to book him, suggesting retirement might be off the cards for some time.
'After a triumphant two sets, a standing ovation was rewarded with one last number: the stone-cold Show of Hands classic Santiago. We were about to make an enforced exit, but my wife turned to me and said, ‘We’ve got to stay for this…’ (folkradio.co.uk)
'Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act' (The Independent)
Tickets for this unmissable tour will be in high demand, so get your tickets soon.
Accessible seats are available by calling the box office.
After Kytsun Wolfe’s hugely successful appearance portraying Cliff at the famous London Palladium, he is touring throughout the UK. Kytsun and his band The Sounds of The Shadows are loved and supported all across the country, not only because of their exceptional talents, but also, because no other act can recreate the illusion with such amazing accuracy.
Their performance is so uncanny that fans all agree that the experience is so magical, that they truly feel when watching this show that they are back in the 60’s at an actual CLIFF & THE SHADOWS concert. Whether you are a fan or not, it cannot be denied that CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS are the most iconic ‘ Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘ act ever produced in the UK, and their music is still as popular today as it was back in the fabulous 50’s and 60’s.
Accessible seating available by calling the box office.
John Brunsdon - Guitars and vocal
Mark Dryden - Keyboards
Gaz Keenan - Rhythm Guitar
Eoin McQuone - Bass Guitar
Dik Chandler - Drums
Plus Special Guest Steve Wiltshire on Saxophone and Flute
Dire Streets perfectly capture the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time.
Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians, they play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK.
Dire Streets cover tracks from early classics like Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer, through to the mega-hits of the 80s and Brothers in Arms, taking in all the classic album and live versions from the legendary Alchemy, Live Aid and Mandela concerts.
The band has been described by one popular venue as "very close to the real thing", while another declared "at last, a decent tribute to Dire Straits!"
Tickets: £16 (seated)
Accessible seats are available by calling the box office.
“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill.
Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.
Reviewers of the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter’s previous albums have repeatedly alluded to her “relative obscurity” (The Big Takeover) and “under-the-radar” (The Vinyl District) profile. With her new album – on which she expands her battery of instruments to include piano and electric guitar – she looks set to change that.
“One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” – The Huffington Post
“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry.... And it’s all lovely.” – R2/Rock 'n' Reel
Tickets: £10 advance, £12 on the door (seated)
Accessible seating available by calling the box office
Photo by Phil Nicholls (www.philnicholls.co.uk).
Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".
Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album "Wanderer" which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman.
Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara's warm and natural stage presence something to savour.
Support (7.30-8pm) - Local singer, songwriter Adam Sweet.
Tickets: Adult £20, Student £10 (seated)
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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