August/September 2018

We’re fast approaching our new season of events!

With festival season in full swing, we’re currently on our annual break from live events – although our staff are still hard at work in this wonderful weather (we’re not at all bitter about all you holiday and festival-goers) – giving the venue a lick of paint and ensuring we’re fresh for our Autumn/Winter 2018 season.

We’re not quite sure how it’s August already but it is and that can only mean one thing:

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band | Thursday 23 August | 8pm | £17 | Blues

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are the greatest country-blues band in the world. Led by Reverend Peyton, who most consider to be the premier finger picker playing today. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy, country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

Now The Big Damn Band is back at Arlington for the fourth year in a row and it’s always the perfect party to start off our season!


That’s our only performance in August 🙁 🙁 🙁

But September is STACKED with a little bit of something for everyone!

The NewGrass Cutters | Friday 07 September | 8pm | £16.50 | Bluegrass

NewGrassPlaying all your favourite songs, from the glory days to the modern, in the style of Bluegrass are The NewGrass Cutters.

Pete Brown and Phil Capaldi are the lead singers and, with Richard and Andy joining in, the four-part vocal harmonies are one of the real strengths of the band. The arrangements are imaginative, too. They have received some great testimonials from other artists:

Dave Pegg – “Triffic playing and tasty arrangements with vocals and energy to match.”

Andy Fairweather Low – “New…you bet! New life into great songs, with great playing and singing.  Fabulous choice of songs, its music doing only what music can…. what a great idea…what a great band.”

Ian McNabb | Saturday 08 September | 8pm | £12.50 | Rock

Ian McNabb

Founder/lead singer with the chart toppers The Icicle Works, famous for the UK and US Top 40 hits “Love Is A Wonderful Colour” and “Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)”, Ian McNabb has gone on to enjoy a critically-acclaimed solo career and is one of the great singer/songwriters to emerge from the 80s Liverpool music scene. . The Mercury Music Prize nominated artist continues to write stunning songs with warmth, humour, cynicism and grandeur.

He will playing some the fantastic tracks he’s already known for as well as songs from his latest album ‘Our Future In Space’.

Jawbone | Thursday 13 September | 8pm | £12.50 | Rock


Jawbone are Paddy Milner, Marcus Bonfanti, Rex Horan & Evan Jenkins; A 4-piece band formed in London, 2018 sees the release of their long awaited self-titled debut album. A sound sitting somewhere between the southern drawl of little feat and the classic London blues of the Rolling Stones, Jawbone create a unique blend of sounds from both sides of the pond that is entirely their own.

Appreciation and hype for this band has really kicked on since their trailer release which you can find in the Youtube playlist at the bottom of this page.

Jawbone are striking out on their own and it all starts here.

Clearwater Creedence Revival | Friday 14 September | 8pm | £18

Relive the glory days of Creedence Clearwater Revival with this smashing tribute to the band!

This band was like  a breath of fresh air. I was transported back to my youth.  They had the full audience singing along. Finishing off with the classic Have you ever Seen The Rain, Without doubt the highlight of the festival. Andy Numark

Sam Carter | Saturday 15 September | 8pm | £12.50

Sam Carter

Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention-grabbing appearance on Laterwith Jools Holland. Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, or to collaborate with other artists. One such collaboration, Sweet Liberties, toured major UK venues, spawned an album and featured on BBC Radio 3 in late 2016.

Sam continues to work with groundbreaking band False Lights: featuring songs premiered in a rip-roaring live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show in January 2018, their second album Harmonograph is due for release in February and looks set to build on the success of their Folk Award-nominated debut Salvor which fRoots hailed as ‘A game changer for all involved, and perhaps even the scene in general’.

Shackleton’s Carpenter | Thursday 27 September | 8pm | £12.00/10/8


TV and West End Actor Malcolm Rennie brings his one-man play to Arlington Arts, telling the heroic story of Shackleton’s carpenter.

When the Endurance sank leaving the captain and crew of 27 stranded in Antarctica, Shackleton’s carpenter Harry McNish played an absolutely vital role in ensuring all 28 were saved. For all his bravery and ingenuity, he was one of the very few who were never awarded the Polar Medal. Now, again, alone and destitute, one still night on the dockside, he challenges Shackleton one last time.

Actor Malcolm Rennie has appeared in over 20 West End shows and has also toured internationally with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob, father to Philip Schofield’s Joseph, and with the RSC world tour of Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

TV and film appearances include Midsomer Murders, Pride and Prejudice, Coronation Street, Sherlock, and Mr Selfridge.

Ange Hardy | Friday 28 September | 8pm | £12.50


Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and celebrated by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel.

Her rapid rise in the folk world began when her 2013 debut folk album Bare Foot Folk was played on BBC Radio 2 and gained the attention of veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding. Her 2014 album The Lament of The Black Sheep subsequently received 5 stars from The Telegraph which led to Arts Council England funding her 2015 album Esteesee – an album of music based on the life and work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Ange’s 2016 album Findings with Lukas Drinkwater was launched during a live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, and was toured nationally at venues including The Sage Gateshead and The Regal Theatre. Her sixth studio album, Bring Back Home, released in November 2017, was equally well received.

Curved Air| Saturday 29 September | 8pm | £16.00

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Curved Air is a unique band, synthesizing an eclectic blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Hits include “It Happened Today”, “Vivaldi”, “Marie Antoinette” and “Backstreet Luv”.
Curved Air founder members vocalist Sonja Kristina and drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa lead a skilled and talented new line-up bringing their unique music to an existing and new fanbase in the 21st Century.
Curved Air’s concerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide.
Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship.
Considered (according to AllMusic) “one of the most dramatically accomplished of all the bands lumped into Britain’s late-’60s prog explosion”, Curved Air is a pioneering British progressive rock group of musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds.

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