Ma Bessie & The Pigfoot Band - Ma Bessie's Prohibition Party (Live and Local)

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+

Please note that there is no wheelchair access or lift to this first floor event.

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

Saturday 1st February 2.00 p.m. (doors open at 1.30 p.m.)

(Please note that there is no wheelchair access or lift to this first floor event)

Disney’s much-loved  “The Lion King” has been transformed into a live action remake of the original 1994 film. After the loss of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery with the aid of the courageous Nala and his hilarious friends Timon and Pumbaa.

The film stars the voices of Donald  Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Alfre Woodward, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyonce Knowles-Carter.

Come and enjoy the opportunity to see a great film in The Old Courtroom.  Soft drinks, and of course .. popcorn and ice-cream, will be available in the Shambles, and the Bar will be open for the evening screenings, so arrive early!

The Lion King (2019) PG

Saturday 1st February 7.00 p.m. (doors open from 6.15 p.m.)

(Please note that there is no wheelchair access or lift to this first floor event)

The worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives.  A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.  Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.

Come and enjoy the opportunity to see a great film in The Old Courtroom.  Soft drinks, and of course .. popcorn and ice-cream, will be available downstairs in The Shambles, and the Bar will be open for the evening screenings, so arrive early!

Downton Abbey (PG)

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 (Live and Local)

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 (Live and Local)

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.

Eduardo Niebla Duo (Live and Local)

Friday 1st May – 7.30 p.m. (Doors open at 6.30 p.m.)

Hailed by The Guardian for his ‘exquisite guitar playing’, the formidable virtuoso guitarist Eduardo Niebla presents his amazing repertoire of stunning flamenco jazz with his internationally acclaimed guitar duo. A master of today’s generation Eduardo has traversed the worlds of jazz, classical, world and pop music.

Eduardo’s concert appearances have included the Cairo and Tbilisi International Jazz Festivals, the Jaipur Festival India, the Queen Elizabeth Hall London, the Odessa Jazz Carnival, the Olympic Games Greece, the San Isidro Fiesta Madrid, Celtic Connections Glasgow and Glastonbury, as well as concert tours to Europe, the Baltic States, the Middle East and South Africa.

It’s a journey which has led to many collaborations with artists across the globe including Indian maestros Nishat & Wajahat Khan (sitar, sarod), Deepak Ram (bamboo flute), Kala Ramnath (Indian violin), Purbayan Chatterjee (sitar), as well as flamenco bass player Carles Benavent to name a few.

‘Astonishing interplay between the principals who wed technical fluidity and virtuosity to an unashamedly secular passion.’ Q Magazine

‘The versatility with which he imbues his guitar is truly breathtaking, whether performing his poignantly poetic melodies or accompanying a truly fabulous transcontinental performance.’ The Scotsman

‘A formidable guitarist… a musically fluent master of todays’ generation… hugely enjoyable… experimental with many stunning moments. Unbelievably invigorating.’ Songlines Magazine

Tickets £12.00 (Adults/Children 10+)

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

Ian McMillan
To Fold The Evening Star - New and Selected Poems

Friday 12th June 7.30 p.m. (Doors open 6.30 p.m.)

Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan, is among the UK’s most popular living poets. His books of poems, stories, and non-fiction have drawn audiences for almost forty years. He is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s weekly poetry programme The Verb and has written comedy for radio and plays for the stage, and has worked extensively for BBC radio and television. He writes weekly columns for The Yorkshire Post and The Barnsley Chronicle. Ian has been the poet-in-residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism, Humberside Police and Barnsley FC. His many books of verse include The Changing Problem (Carcanet, 1980), Dad, the Donkey’s On Fire (Carcanet, 1994), Perfect Catch (Carcanet, 2000), Talking Myself Home (John Murray, 2008), and Jazz Peas (smith|doorstop, 2014). He is a regular on BBC Breakfast, Pointless Celebrities, Coast and Countryfile.

“one of the finest broadcasting voices currently gracing the airwaves” Radio Times

“inching towards the status of a National Treasure” Andy Kershaw

Tickets £13.00 

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project

Bomber Command Heroes - A Celebration in Song and Spoken Word

Friday 17th July Musical Entertainment from 7.00 p.m. and Talk at 7.30 p.m. (Doors open from 6.30 p.m.)

Bomber Command Heroes: A celebration in song and spoken word of the bravery of those who flew from Lincolnshire’s airfields. To mark 75 years since VE Day we are proud to host an evening of spoken word and song to celebrate the heroism of the fearless flying aces who helped to secure peace in Europe. (AVM Ret.) Canon Paul Robinson will be giving the talk.

Ticket Price £12.00

Proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project

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