The Annika Skoogh Quartet are an exciting project led by multilingual Swedish singer Annika Skoogh. Annika has made a name for herself on the jazz scene as a vibrant and soulful singer with a natural talent. She brings a special blend of Scandinavian charm and Latin flavour to her performances in her own playful style.
Her band's music includes fresh interpretations of timeless jazz standards, material by other composers, and original compositions boldly arranged in their own unique way. Annika's quartet of highly accomplished musicians are -
Matt Carter (keys) - performed here recently to great acclaim with Neil Maya Quartet's Brubeck Project
Al Swainger (bass) - plays with Pointless Beauty, Snow Giants, Gary Bamford Trio and The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club house band
Coach York (drums) - Honiton based drummer who performs with numerous ensembles including The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club house band and The Mike Westbrook Big Band
Together they provide the perfect anchor for Annika's assured and soulful vocals with a passionate and exciting sound.
The band have been busy recording their first debut album which will be available to purchase at this performance. This promises to be a great evening so don't miss this opportunity to catch the Quartet live.
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door (seated)
Accessible seats are available by calling the box office
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
“Ensemble is watertight and there is a real rhythmic élan to the playing which keeps you listening.”
— BBC Music Magazine
The Girls with their Harps came to The Beehive two years ago and we are particularly pleased that they are playing the first concert of the new East Devon Music Festival. More poignantly, this is a memorial concert to Jean Price, harpist and a keen supporter over many years of the Honiton Festival, which would be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Harriet Adie has transcribed the majority of the music which is ‘Celebrating Dance’ in its various guises. With works by Handel, Ravel, Khachaturian, Piazzola, Borodin, Prokofiev, Debussy and Manuel de Falla, the programme is set to give us a foot-tapping evening and make the Beehive buzz!
Tickets: Adult £16 (Student £5 only on the door on the night)
Accessible seating available by calling the box office 01404 384050
East Devon Music Festival 2018
Chris Gradwell, well known local saxophonist & clarinetist, commissioned Alfie Pugh to compose a jazz or light music work, which will be receiving its 1st performance. Music Deco is a trio - Kate Walker, soprano, Andrew Daldorph, piano, and Chris Gradwell. They will be performing with the strings and brass of the ISCA Light Orchestra conducted by Roger Hendy. Roger will also be acting as MC for the evening's musical amusements. Among other instruments, Alfie Pugh will feature on sandpaper!
The programme, apart from Alfie’s piece, includes compositions by Richard Rogers, Francis Poulenc, Giacomo Puccini, Dimitri Shostakovich, George Gershwin and Leroy Anderson. The whole illustrating a predominately light music repertoire rarely, if at all, found in British music festivals today.
Tickets: Adult £16 (Student £5 only on the door on the night)
Accessible seating available by calling the box office 01404 384050
Over the years Sweet Honi, Honiton's rocking community choir, has entertained huge audiences and raised thousands for local and national charities.
Now led by Kathy Rufulo, Sweet Honi sing original arrangements of familiar pop, rock and soul numbers so you'll leave with a smile on your face.
Their special guests for this concert are "The Awesomes". Ida (piano & percussion) and Tony (guitar & percussion) play a whole bunch of interesting and fun pop and rock covers their own special way.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the mental health charities Mind and The Project.
Tickets: Adult £10, Under 16 £6 (seated)
Accessible seats available by calling the box office
**Postponed due to unforseen circumstances. The show is rescheduled for Friday 8th February 2019. Please contact the box office for a refund**
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 a place (13th) in ‘The Rolling Stone’ ‘100 Greatest Artist of all Time’!
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 bring you a two hour uplifting show, that will entertain you with pure nostalgia with all their hits, and few earlier ones too!
Will Rock n Roll ever Die? That’ll be the Day!
"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).
Ferocious Dog's 3rd studio album, The Red Album, was released in November 2017 to rave reviews. The Enemy Within tour will feature tunes from this album as well as old favourites from previous releases.
2016 was a defining year for Ferocious Dog. From playing Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour in November and December and many sold out shows in-between. Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on to dominate the folk/punk music scene.
With European and UK tours completed, and slots at some of the UK’s and European favourite festivals, 2017 was another exciting year so far in the ascent of this exceptional band.
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 likeability, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances.
Tickets: £16.50 in advance, £18 on the door (standing)
Always engaging and far from predictable these 'Two musicians at the top of their game' (Music Riot) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on Slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows.
Between them they are very much on the world stage and have performed at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert hall, the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Bottle Rock,The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Cognac Blues festival, Cayamo and many more. Most recently Daniel toured the US with the Transatlantic Sessions.
The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack's music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, they took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his upright bass to create and unexpected array of sounds.
"Quite simply a great live act" –Time Out London
Tickets: £15 in advance, £17 on the door (seated)
with Clare Hirst ~ Sax (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie)
Sarah Fisher ~ Keyboards (Eurythmics)
“They were absolutely fantastic, bringing the entire audience roaring to its feet.” Daily Telegraph
A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, joined here by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. The superb blend of the three voices and stunning musicianship adds a sweet touch of class to their vibrant performance. Live onstage her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, If Only and more seem even more relevant in our present times.
Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's stunning portfolio, the old and the new. A sumptuous night of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century delivered with passion and fire. With a special Meet & Greet immediately after the show you're in for a treat! Unmissable, book early!
Accessible seats are available by calling the box office 01404 384050
Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album “And Don’t Spare The Horses” on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging bands from Ireland.
Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. They have just finished a tour of Australia which took them to Port Fairy Festival who invited them half way around the planet before they had released a single song!
“A Melting Pot of sounds that screams ‘get up and dance!'” – RnR Magazine
Support: 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.
Doors Open 8pm
Tickets: £12 in advance, £14 on the door (standing)