July & August 2021

wille and the bandits
friday 16 july
£12 *sold out*

Essentially, Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock four piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.

They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.

The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

“Wille is a suberb slide player, I love what these guys are doing” – Joe Bonamassa

If Cream had spent more time on a beach in Newquay they might have sounded like this.” – Blues Matters Magazine

catfish (support: dan burnett)
friday 23 july

International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe.  In 2018 they won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award. They have recently been nominated for three UK Blues Awards for 2020 – Band of the Year, Blues Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long) and album of the year for Burning Bridges.

In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene.  They now tour regularly in Europe.

Their first two albums ‘So Many Roads’ and ‘Broken Man’ both reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts.  The second of these, ‘Broken Man’,  was also nominated for a UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA.  Their current album ‘Burning Bridges’ was released in May 2019 and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European music press.  It was the third most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in 2019 and has been nominated for a UK blues award for 2020 as album of the year.

‘Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today…’Blues Matters Magazine.

Double British Blues Award nominee Dan Burnett is not only a phenomenal keyboard player – he has a voice to die for and writes songs that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.  Truthful, exposing, honest lyrics about his own life experiences that cut straight to the core of your emotions.

Dan was nominated as a finalist in The British Blues Awards 2015 & 2016.  In 2015 he launched his band’s ‘E.P.’ in New York City, and in November 2017 released ‘Small World E.P.’ which is his first entirely solo production. Both releases have received international acclaim, reviews, and airplay, and Small World reached no 5 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association charts. 

But it is as a live performer that Dan really shines, and he often holds a room captivated and completely silent during his songs.  He also has a wicked Yorkshire sense of humour and often tells stories about the writing of his songs before each one.

Totally spellbinding – this guy really is world class.

puss in boots
Tuesday 10 august
£10 full price, £7 concessions

Would you trust a talking cat? You never know, he might turn you from a pauper to a prince just like the hero of this story, brought to vivid life on Lyngo Theatre’s incredible sloping stage.

Using smoke and mirrors and hidden trapdoors we’ll show you how this sure-footed feline fools both the King and the Ogre to take his master all the way to the top. With a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts come and see this classic furry tail, it’s the cat’s whiskers!

A show by Marcello Chiarenza 

Adapted by Patrick Lynch 

Music by Carlo Cialdo Capelli

Design assistant Elena Marini

Ages 4+

Aynsley lister
saturday 21 august

Aynsley Lister is one of the UK’s hottest contemporary blues guitarists – many consider him to be among the best in the world. His unique brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fueled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows, one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.

In hindsight, it’s clear Aynsley was born to be a musician. As a child he was hypnotised by his dad’s old guitar and at the age of eight was finally gifted his very own.The moment he held that first six-string the outcome was inevitable; he was going to be a guitarist. Blessed with the coolest dad in town, regularly spinning Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac and a whole host of bewitching blues for his spellbound son, Aynsley taught himself to play with relentless dedication and a precociously attuned ear, spending hours copying his favourite records note for note. Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff weren’t just his heroes; they became his teachers.

“Superb” – The Times

“His guitar playing is a fire hazard” – MOJO

Total who show
saturday 28 august

Catch the Total Who Show by Johnny Warman’s Magic Bus – featuring musicians who have performed with Roger Daltrey and Simon Townshend from the band itself.

Get ready for two hours of hits and classics by The Who, songs from Tommy, Live at Leeds and Quadrophenia including all their greatest hits Won’t Get Fooled Again, My Generation, Pinball Wizard, Who Are You, Substitute, Can’t Explain, The Seeker, I Can See For Miles and so many more.

And all performed by top musicians who have worked with The Who, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters and Humble Pie.

“Well worth checking these guys out. Not to be missed.” The Who 

“Magnificent entertainment and great rapport with the audience throughout and they received a standing ovation at the end” The Herald

“Best 60’s Tribute Band ever with so much passion, energy and commitment” TimeOut