The Eskies have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.
Their debut album ‘After The Sherry Went Round’ is in shops now and is also available for download from iTunes.
“Like a wagon storming the citadel, The Eskies’ brand of gothic-tinged gypsy-folk swaggers out of the speakers with intent.” – Hot Press Magazine
“From the sinister sway of ‘Eloise’ through to the jaunty ‘Jesus Don’t Save Me’ and the driving ‘Jailhouse Sun’, The Eskies have delivered a fascinating blend of fun-fuelled folk.” – The Independent
''Think Gogol Bordello if they'd stumbled, naked and raving, out of the Dublin mountains rather than Eastern Europe.'' - Craig Fitzpatrick, Hot Press
Support: The Leylines
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door (Standing with some seating available)
The Neil Maya Quartet
Let this superb quartet, immerse you in the cool sounds of one of the world’s greatest Jazz bands - The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
For many people, the sound of Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take 5’ is the sound of jazz. This popular American pianist and composer who died just a few years ago did more than perhaps anyone, to bring jazz into the popular mainstream.
The Totnes based musician Neil Maya is collaborating with some of the finest musicians in the South West to authentically reproduce the best known Dave Brubeck recordings such as ‘It’s a Raggy Waltz’, ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’, ‘Unsquare Dance’ and of course ‘Take 5.
The band, features the outstandingly talented young jazz pianist Matt Carter, from Honiton, playing Dave Brubeck’s challenging compositions, along with Nick Carter on drums, Kevin Sanders on double Bass and Neil himself on alto saxophone.
This dynamic quartet has been touring to packed venues with this fantastic project for the last eighteen months and has now recorded an excellent live CD and DVD of ‘The Brubeck Project’ which is also available for purchase.
Performing mainly Dave Brubeck Quartet originals the band will also play one or two of their own compostions and standards.
So expect a great night of some of the best known and coolest jazz on the planet. You won’t be disappointed.
To find out more about the quartet check out www.neilmayaquartet.co.uk
Tickets: Adult £8 in advance, £10 on the door, Student/U16 £5 (seated)
Keith James - The Songs of Leonard Cohen
His wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual
This concert forms part of a highly successful and critically acclaimed tour of 350 venues and has been performed to over 100,000 people.
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.
The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility.. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much!..
With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.
Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released just weeks before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times
‘An elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland
‘Certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian
‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement
‘A sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
"A completely top night out" – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
"The musicianship is tight and intense" – Songlines
"High octane stuff…Would liven any party and keep the floor full" – fRoots
Sheelanagig have become something of a West Country institution for the past decade. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys sure know how to get a party started.
Putting both groove and stomp into a selection of traditional and original European folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight.
The fact that they’ve often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, virtuoso-standard ability that raises the roof in every place they play. Expect fun, a lot of laughs and some great music.
Tickets: £12.50 in advance, £15 on the door (standing with some seating)
“Without doubt Ferocious Dog are one of the best bands on the UK folk punk circuit as they brought Rock City to life with their stomping, energetic sound. Not only are they one of the most hardworking bands around, but as their fans will testify, they are also one of the most approachable” – Nottingham Post. Kevin Cooper
Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. The songs are deeply personal and their fans can really identify with the words.
Dan Booth, on fiddle, and John Leonard, playing just about everything with strings, bring a huge amount of intricacy to the breakneck pace of their songs. Les Carter (ex Carter USM) on guitar and the rhythm section of Alex Smith and John Alexander hold things together brilliantly, and with Ken Bonsall’s lyrics and sheer likability, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances.
"Ferocious Dog are the new noise on the block – and are surprising everyone with their rapid ascent. There is no way they’re following any hipster templates – fronted by a big burly man with a mohican who sings impassioned political songs of broken Britain whilst his band seethes like a punky Levellers – they are the music business’s worst nightmare – a great band who are going to make it without anyone’s permission”. (John Robb, Louder Than War, Glastonbury, 5th July 2016).
Support band: Black Water County
Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face
Tickets: £15 in advance, £17 on the door (standing)
Tankus the Henge play music that draws influence from rock 'n roll, gypsy jazz, ragtime, New Orleans music, and theatre. A unique blend of reggae, ska and funk to ragtime and gypsy punk. Front man Jaz Delorean boasts not only an incredible voice, but also some supreme ragtime piano skills and more than a few belting trombone solos.
The world of Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt. A six-piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time fairgrounds to modern day circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.
The band was a 'PRS for Music' featured artist in 2010, and in 2011 was named by Metro as one of their "Top 10 Acts To See" at Glastonbury Festival. The band has also performed at the Wickham Festival and Isle of Wight Festival.
"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
Tickets £10 in advance / £12 on the door (standing)
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