Roving Crows in Concert

Ma Bessie & The Pigfoot Band - Ma Bessie's Prohibition Party

Saturday 25th January 2020 – 7:30pm (Doors open 6:30pm)

The ‘Empress of Blues’, Bessie Smith, is given the royal treatment in this foray into the 1920s and ’30s prohibition-era blues and jazz. Widely agreed to be the greatest female blues singer ever, Smith lived fast, drank hard and died (relatively) young, in a car crash , aged 43. Here, blueswoman Julia Titus teams a phenomenal vocal power with her live band’s tremendous dynamism to chronicle Smith’s life and musical canon, charting her rise from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, Tennessee, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time.

“It’s safe to say that an evening with Ma Bessie proves that jazz is good for the soul” Get Reading.

Tickets £12 via the link below, Age 18+

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

Creative Writing Workshop with Author Ros Rendle

Saturday 15th February 2020 – 1.30 – 3.00 p.m. (Doors open 1.00 p.m.) 20 places available

Write A Great Story – Creative Writing Workshop

The workshop will cover aspects relating to:

  • Characters and dialogue
  • Plot and conflict
  • A sense of place
  • Show not tell
  • Rich language

The session will be full of information and practical activities.

Ros Rendle was a Head Teacher previously but is now a local award-winning author of contemporary and early 20th century fiction. She has six published novels and her inspiration comes from living in France as well as a myriad of ideas from time spent with family and friends.

Tickets £7.50 Age 16+

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

"Read Dating" - Meet & Chat with Local Authors

Saturday 15th February 2020 4.00-5.30 p.m. (Doors open 3.45 p.m.)

Read all of your favourite authors? Wondering what to read next and want to find a new book to enjoy?

This is a unique opportunity to find new writers and books to love.
Based on the popular speed dating format, the session features a get together of approximately ten local authors. You are invited to spend ten minutes with each author, finding out about their books, their writing, their latest works and their inspirations.
There will be the opportunity to buy your favourite books during the session. Come back soon for an update on authors attending this event.

Tickets £2.50 to include a cup of tea/coffee

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

Sunjay in Concert

Saturday 22nd February 2020 7.30 p.m. (Doors open 6.30 p.m.)

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee 2012 and British Blues Awards nominee 2014.

With talents way beyond his years, Derby-born blues-folk troubadour Sunjay has been hailed for his exquisite and seemingly effortless guitar mastery and graceful bass voice, with a mature stage presence and captivating anecdotes. Superb twenty-first century ‘new generation’ blues music.

Reminiscent of Ralph McTell, John Martyn and early Tim Buckley and well known on the UK folk scene, Sunjay is an artist with a rare mix of youth combined with a superb, experienced and intricate acoustic guitar style.

Tickets £12.00 (Adults/Older Children 10+)

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

Gilmore & Roberts in Concert

Friday 27th March 7.30 p.m. (Doors open 6.30 p.m.)

‘Gilmore & Roberts take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama’ – Q Magazine

‘Capable of making you dance, cry and think…a masterclass in songwriting and a lesson in how to present songs’ – FOLK RADIO UK

Witness the visually astonishing lap-tapping percussive guitar, fiery fiddle and delicate mandolin of Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts (brother of respected folk singer Kathryn Roberts) combine astounding musicianship, swapped lead vocals and trademark harmonies to create a powerful live show.  Their mesmerising material sees the duo using the full scope of sounds at their fingertips – from an enormous wall of sound, down to the most intimate and delicate of acoustic moments.

Gilmore & Roberts are multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees and a perennial ‘hot property’ duo, rooted firmly in the English folk tradition, but encompassing elements of Americana, bluegrass and rock.

Tickets £12 (Adults/Older Children 12+)

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

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