JLD Summer Showcase

The students of JLD School of Dance present their Summer Show of 2019. Choreographed by resident and guest teachers, expect a variety of Dance and Musical theatre in a family friendly performance. JLD is has been established for 28 years and is based in Kingsclere, Hampshire. They take students from 2yrs old and hold classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary and more. Come and see what these talented young individuals have to share.

Live/Wire: The AC/DC Show

Live/Wire is The AC/DC Show. The hugely successful and unique six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls’ and over two hours of High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll in a show critically acclaimed for its closeness in look and sound to the real thing. Both Bon (Dave) and Brian (Podge) are present on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember and with the Rhythm section ‘locked in’ the freedom of the stage and the music is given to Simon as Angus Young who gives an uncanny performance with meticulous detail in appearance, energy and playing.

The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and you are expected to join in ! There’ll also be one or two gems thrown in for the aficionados!

We’d be hung, drawn and quartered if we didn’t play all the classics, Back in Black, Rosie, Highway to hell are all there, and the songs keep on coming until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo. If by this time you are still standing…we salute you! Long Live AC/DC, Long Live LIVE/WIRE Visit the website on www.livewire.website and follow links to our social media platforms like FB, Twitter and Instagram after having a jolly good look !

ON SALE FRIDAY 05 JULY at 10am

Paul Jones & Dave Kelly

Ruggedly durable and timeless, the Blues is perhaps more popular today than it has ever been. Young musicians still cut their teeth on its enticing, 12-bar appeal, but its real rewards, true virtuosity, poise and knowledge, only come with age.

Founder members ofThe Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots go way back into the true undergrowth of the tradition. As well as their own original material, they not only know and perform the work of the greats, ranging from Howling’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson – they actually played alongside them, and enjoyed their friendship. After over a quarter century as presenter of his BBC Radio 2 R&B show, as a thrilling singer and harmonica maestro, what Paul Jones doesn’t know about the Blues can be written on a pinhead. The same can be said about Europe’s leading bluesman, Dave Kelly. He’s played with them all, including legends such as James Burton and Buddy Guy. Superb blues vocals combined with guitar virtuosity have elevated Dave Kelly into the higher echelon of international blues performers, where he truly belongs.

A live acoustic set by this dynamic duo is an occasion you’ll remember. If you’re a true Blues fan, everything you need is here.

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman takes a break from the Robert Plant musical juggernaut in Autumn 2018 to release his ninth studio album ‘The Well Worn Path’ and head out on tour around the UK with a new band line-up.

The charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist found time at the beginning of the year, in between charging around the globe with Robert Plant and his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, to record his new studio album The Well Worn Path.

It’s a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg – plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals.

Seth brought in top producer Ben Hillier and along with long-time collaborator Ben Nicholls on upright and electric bass, he was joined by new boys Kit Hawes on electric and acoustic guitar and drummer Evan Jenkins. One of the finest female folk voices Kathryn Roberts (Seth’s sister-in-law) also contributes sublime backing vocals to the album.

Seth has performed everywhere from Libya to Texas, as well as featuring on just about every major festival bill across the UK. In addition, Seth has toured extensively around Europe too where he’s also performed with Tori Amos and Clannad and has toured with other artists including Jools Holland, Runrig and Billy Bragg.

Since the Mercury Prize nominated “Kitty Jay” (recorded in his kitchen for £300), the follow-up gold selling “Freedom Fields” and his last, highly acclaimed offering, “Word of Mouth”, a deft collection of mini musical biographies of colourful West Country characters, Seth Lakeman has relentlessly pushed his musical boundaries and those of folk and roots music. With ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’ Seth demonstrated yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths.

PP Arnold featuring Steve Cradock

Five decades after she became a ’60s icon with the timeless pop hits ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’ and ‘Angel Of The Morning’ on Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham’s ultra-hip Immediate label, soul singer P.P. Arnold is set to release a double-album of stunning new material featuring contributions from, among others, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock, The Specials and P.P’s songwriter son, Kodzo.

Titled ‘The New Adventures Of… P.P. Arnold’ and released via earMUSIC on August 9th , the album crowns an extraordinary career that has seen the singer back Ike & Tina Turner as one of The Ikettes, record with Mick Jagger, the Small Faces, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Barry Gibb and Primal Scream, and provide her distinctive backing vocals for Billy Ocean, Peter Gabriel, the KLF, Paul Weller and, most recently, Roger Waters.

‘The New Adventures Of PP Arnold’ was recorded and produced by life-long P.P. enthusiast, OCS star and Paul Weller band guitarist Steve Cradock at his Kundalini Studio in Devon, and follows on – after a 51-year gap – from the singer’s two legendary solo albums on Immediate Records, ‘The First Lady Of Immediate’ (1967) and ‘Kafunta’ (1968), as well as a more recent compilation of previously unreleased material from the late ’60s and ’70s, ‘The Turning Tide’ (2017).

“It’s great that I’m coming back with this record,” says P.P. “Even now, I’m still finding my way, because the industry changes every decade, and you’re sometimes out of the loop. For me it’s all about faith, meditating, love, praying… try to be ready and don’t give up the fight. That’s the message.”

Cradock formed Ocean Colour Scene with fellow band members Simon Fowler, Oscar Harrison, and Damon Minchella 21 years ago. After releasing “Moseley Shoals” and “Marchin Already” they were set in stone in the British music scene, selling millions of records worldwide. Thirteen albums later, they are still going as strong as ever. OCS are about to embark on a huge 2013 Tour to coincide with the release of their 10th studio album.

Steve has a reputation of being one of the hardest working musicians in the industry. Obviously OCS was his first band, but he since joined Paul Wellers band in 1992. Steve has played and made written contributions on many of Paul’s albums, such as Wild WoodStanley RoadHeavy SoulHelliosentricIlluminationStudio 150As Is Now22 DreamsWake up The Nation and his latest work Sonik Kicks, as well as extensively touring the world with Paul over the years.

Cradock’s side projects have included 2 solo albums Kundalini Target and Peace City West which he has also taken on the road with the Steve Cradock Band since 2008, supporting the likes of Amy Mcdonald, Beady Eye and Miles Kane. Many great musicians have joined him on stage during these gigs including Mani from the Stone Roses, Andy Crofts from the Moons/Weller Band, and James Buckley from the Inbetweeners.

Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show.

At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.

Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.

‘A treat from start to finish’ – The Herald

‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful‘ – The Telegraph

Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.

ACE Winter Showcase

ACE return to share this season’s repertoire, which includes work created by professionals and teachers. The company was established in 2001 and offers trained dancers and aspiring dancers alike the opportunity to work and perform in a professional environment.

This new evening of dance, hosted by ACE Dance studios, is a celebration of the diversity and skill that is abundant across Berkshire.

Here, the Newbury-based ACE invites the best young performers to present their latest and finest repertoire.

Kennet Opera: The Magic Flute

On sale on Monday 17 June at 10am.

Join Prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno on their quest to rescue the Princess Pamina, and on the way seek truth, reason and enlightenment. For their 25th anniversary, Kennet Opera are proud to present Mozart’s classic.

Ranking among the top ten most performed operas, The Magic Flute is no tedious tragedy, but a tune-packed pantomime. Who are the goodies – is it the mysterious Queen of the Night or the High Priest Sarastro? Who are the baddies? All will be revealed as our heroes plumb the depths of a mysterious temple, aided by a magical flute and a set of bells… Sung in English, with a chamber orchestra.

Kennet Opera: The Magic Flute

Join Prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno on their quest to rescue the Princess Pamina, and on the way seek truth, reason and enlightenment. For their 25th anniversary, Kennet Opera are proud to present Mozart’s classic.

Ranking among the top ten most performed operas, The Magic Flute is no tedious tragedy, but a tune-packed pantomime. Who are the goodies – is it the mysterious Queen of the Night or the High Priest Sarastro? Who are the baddies? All will be revealed as our heroes plumb the depths of a mysterious temple, aided by a magical flute and a set of bells… Sung in English, with a chamber orchestra.