Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash
Fresh from 2017/18 shows which have featured Wishbone Ash’s seminal albums Argus, There’s the Rub and Wishbone Ash in their entirety, Martin Turner and his band return to the concert stages in Spring 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the original Wishbone Ash and perform another classic album – 1976’s New England.
Released in October 1976 and featuring the celebrated Wishbone Ash “Mark 2” line-up of Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Andy Powell and guitarist Laurie Wisefield (who had joined Wishbone Ash in 1974 replacing original member Ted Turner), New England marked a return to form for Wishbone Ash after the relatively disappointing response to its predecessor Locked In. Recorded using mobile equipment, New England was written and recorded in the loose environment of a basement rehearsal facility set up at Martin Turner’s Connecticut home, resulting in an album that was brimming with live energy. With a mix of powerful rock numbers such as “Runaway” and “Mother of Pearl”, alongside melodic cuts like “Lorelei” and “You Rescue Me”, the album was an instant crowd-pleaser. The band’s twin-guitar hallmark had never sounded so vibrant as on the album’s instrumental showcase “Outward Bound” and New England highlighted all that was great about this much-loved band.
Martin Turner’s Spring 2019 shows will mark the very first time New England has been performed in its entirety on stage and this tour is an event that no Wishbone Ash aficionado will want to miss.
Lucy Porter: Pass It On
A brand new stand-up show from the TV favourite Lucy Porter. As seen on QI, Room 101, Live at the Apollo. As heard on Radio 4s News Quiz and The Now Show. Always warm, witty and thought-provoking, this is Lucy’s best show yet. She muses on what we receive from our ancestors and what we pass on to future generations. Lucy’s inherited dodgy knees and global warming from her parents, but can she leave a better legacy for her children?
“Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes … Genuinely delightful” Telegraph
“A treat from start to finish” Herald
Tickets on sale Monday 09 July at 10am
Event is 16+
Join the children of Enborne Primary as they take you on a journey through musicals past and present. There will be singing, dancing and acting as ‘The Anthology of Musicals’ entertains and delights all ages!
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.
Step into the Grimm Wood, where devils, bears and witches lurk; where trapped princess hide or sleep and young people come to spook each other in its darkest corners. Mary Hare Students re-interpret classic and less well known Brothers Grimm tales through music, dance and theatre.
Brought together using works from curriculum classes and after-school clubs, this fantastic annual showcase of our students’ creativity and hard work, it promises to be another uplifting and enjoyable production from the Mary Hare Performing Arts Department.
Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 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.
“one of Britain’s top folk musicians” – The Telegraph
Formed in 1981 by guitar-playing founder members, the late Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson, Big Country were initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric. Their sound was further enhanced by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the line-up that recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.
Their classic singles ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and ‘In A Big Country’ went on to become huge worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and three prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.
Their success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and their second album ‘Steeltown’ which debuted at Number One in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where the Rose is Sown’.
“Big Country almost blew the roof off on Saturday night. Hough was a revelation and a more charismatic vocalist is hard to visualise. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand from start to finish – no wonder Bruce Watson singled him out for a special mention”. – (Ian Russell, Daily Record)
Give Me Your Love
Theatre legends Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus are back with a funny, fragile and profound fable based on groundbreaking medical research and real-life war testimonies.
Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery – in the form of a capsule containing 3.4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress.
Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment via a head-warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.
As one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’, Stevie Nimmo has toured extensively with the critically acclaimed blues-rock outfit over the last few years, as well as taking to the road in a stripped back, acoustic format to promote his debut solo project ‘The Wynds of Life’, He is now in full stride with his full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio format.
Although he says that the acoustic project is extremely satisfying and allows him to showcase his voice and songwriting talents in the perfect environment, sometimes “…you just want to break out the Les Paul or Strat, crank up the old orange amp and make some noise!” Which is exactly what he plans to do.
Stevie is currently awaiting surgery on the broken arm but is writing material for a new album which he is hoping to release at the end of the year after he has been put back together!
Don’t miss this chance to catch an artist at the top of his game doing what he does best – standing on stage playing his own music in his own passionate, inimitable fashion.
You will not be disappointed!
A Hundred Different Words For Love
Three years ago, James met the love of his life. A year ago, they broke up. This is James’s story of falling in love and landing, broken-hearted. It’s also about him being Best Man of Honour at Sarah and Emma’s wedding. And it’s the story of a quest: to find the right words to make sense of love.
A hilarious, heart-lifting story of romance, despair, and friendship – from one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers.
Featuring live music, original songs and unoriginal emotions expressed through all the wrong words, A Hundred Different Words for Love is set to break hearts and put them back together across the country.
Winner of the VAULT Festival Best Show Award 2017, this isthe follow up to James’s acclaimed, national sell-out tour Team Viking.
**** ‘A master storyteller’ WhatsOnStage
**** ‘Bittersweet – beautifully written’ The Stage
***** ‘A triumph – will find a way to break (and mend) your heart’ Broadway Baby