Spring/Summer 2022

As with every year, the number of public events at Arlington Arts Centre decreases during the Spring going into the Summer as local schools and community groups perform their years work to show to their families.

However, there is still plenty for us to shout about before Summer is finished. The full July-December programme will be announced and on sale in June.

Sonicbond promotions presents magenta – angels and damned show with special guests
Saturday 21 May 7pm

Following their sell out 20th anniversary show in 2019, award winning Welsh rock Magenta return to Arlington Arts with their special, rarely-performed Angels and Damned show. The concert features an expanded band, specially-created projections, an enhanced light show and several other surprises along the way. This unique production is not to be missed.

The band features inspirational vocalist Christina Booth, multi-instrumentalist and composer Rob Reed, versatile guitarist Chris Fry and a talented rhythm section in Dan Nelson (bass) and Jiffy Griffiths. The band’s 8th studio album will be released in the Spring of 2020.

“… a triumph in both musical and production terms. Magenta continue to set the bar very high. Not just for themselves, but for all of Prog.”
Prog Magazine

Paul james and the drowned lovers (Support: hendrickxroy)
thursday 26 may 8pm
over 25s £12, under 25s £6

Paul James is a singer and musician from Newbury, England. He also plays with folk legends Blowzabella. He composed and performed the music for the critically acclaimed “Comus” at Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre, London in 2016 and you occasionally hear his music on TV and in film documentaries. 

Paul’s solo album The Drowned Lover and Other Dark Tales draws on his love of traditional folk songs with strong stories and his ability to bring all kinds of musicians and influences together in striking ways. The band build on that, drawing on folklore, world music, indie rock, funk and jazz to make a glorious sound that veers from quiet acoustic textures to full-blooded rock and electronica. Live they play everything on the album and a few surprising cover versions about life, death, joy and disappointment. 

“Transcending time, culture and genre, Paul James and the Drowned Lovers stretch folk music to the edges of definition; fusing samples, blistering rock, prog, jazz, indie, Baltic, klezmer, and traditional song in a white-hot melting pot of songs about death, love and death caused by love” – Newbury Today 

Bootleg blondie
saturday 28 may 8pm

Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie bombshell and like her heroine is typically outrageous on stage, wearing dustbin liners, thigh length boots and t-shirts with more holes than t-shirt! Debbie’s pride & joy is her guitar which she plays at every show, signed by all the Blondie band members.  

She appeared in the Mail On Sunday Magazine and performed on two tv shows for BBC1 when she was picked out of 15,000 applicants to represent Debbie Harry on ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ hosted by Paddy McGuinness which attracted an audience of 10 million viewers. 

Debbie Harris is the niece of the celebrated singer and actress Shani Wallis who is best remembered for her performance as Nancy in the Oscar winning musical film ‘Oliver’. 

Established in 2001, this band is the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB in New York City and have had the honour to be thanked on Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator’. In 2019, to celebrate 40 years since the release of Blondie’s iconic album Parallel Lines, Bootleg Blondie played two UK tours with Blondie’s legendary drummer Clem Burke, under the band name CBBB (Clem Burke & Bootleg Blondie). 

Friday 10 June 8pm

Striking six-part harmonies, energetic rhythms, catchy songs and a fiercely formidable live act – Morganway have made quite the impression on the UK’s rising Americana scene. Part country, part rock, with sprinklings of folk and something else entirely, it’s not easy categorising the band’s “delightfully unconventional sound” (Desperately Lost City).

Founded by twin brothers Callum and Kieran Morgan, the shared lead vocals of Callum and SJ Mortimer, along with the band’s love of ‘70s west coast rock, have drawn comparisons to Fleetwood Mac. SJ’s powerhouse voice is at the centre, part-angel, part-banshee, while Nicole Terry’s stomping fiddle creates darker, folkier undercurrents coupled with Kieran’s distinctive guitar sound. Matt Brocklehurst (keys) and ‘Steady’ Eddy (drums) complete the lineup.

The band released their self-titled debut album in August 2019 to widespread acclaim. With a summer of festivals including Glastonbury, Black Deer and Millport Country, sell-out shows in London, a national tour with CC Smugglers and praise from Whispering Bob, they were described by Maverick Magazine as “One of the best and most exciting prospects to emerge in a long time.”

The Coronavirus pandemic saw the band take stock and focus on writing. However, the live scene is their forte and during lockdown they signed with booking agent Midnight Mango.  As the world opened up the band followed a vibrant festival season with a headline UK tour in the autumn.

Capping off a successful year, they won the ‘Best Duo/Group’ at the 2021 British Country Music Awards.

With the release of brand new music and their most extensive UK tour yet, 2022 promises to be an even bigger year for Morganway, joining and celebrating the resurgence of a live music scene we’ve all been waiting for.

“One of the best and most exciting prospects to emerge in a long time” – Maverick Magazine

“Takes the breath away” – RnR Magazine

“A real one to watch” – Belwood Music

Support comes from Jack Francis.

Louise thomson
Sunday 12 June 3pm

A versatile and experienced musician, Louise’s playing has taken her to prestigious concert venues around the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall in Cardiff and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. It has also given her the opportunity to perform with some of the country’s most respected ensembles: the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Concert Orchestra.

She has been invited to perform live on BBC Radio 3, and made her television debut performing live on BBC 1 for the Heaven and Earth show with soprano Katherine Jenkins. Some of Thomson’s early notable successes included winning the Harp Finals at the world renowned Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales Competition in 2003 and performing as a Finalist in the London International Harp Competition in 2005. In April 2007 she was short-listed to audition for HRH The Prince of Wales for the position of Royal Harpist at Clarence House and performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at The Royal Variety Performance in the same year.

“Louise Thomson is a consummate performer. Fluid technique combined with beautiful artistry, compelling programmes, excellent and clear spoken introductions and a personality that audiences love.” 
– Craig Ogden

Gary Delaney: gary in punderland
Friday 01 july 8pm
sold out

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world – star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. If you’re hunting for snark, Gary’s got it covered!

★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’  Guardian

★★★★ More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers…Quite brilliant’  Scotsman

★★★★ ‘A master craftsman  Times 

★★★★ ‘One of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner’’ Chortle


The cinelli brothers
saturday 20 august

The Cinelli Brothers is a project born out of a common passion for the electric Chicago and Texas blues from the 60s and 70s, when brothers Marco (guitarist and lead singer) and Alessandro (drummer) decided to form an explosive team showcasing original repertoire in the style of Chess, Stax and Motown. Joining the two brothers on stage, Tom Julian-Jones on harmonica, guitar and vocals and Stephen Giry on bass, guitar and vocals.

Their debut album Babe Please Set Your Alarm was recorded at the Soup Studio in London and the full live and analog recording was released in May 2018 on vinyl and digital format. The record went number 2 in the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters’ Association) in June 2018.

Recorded at home with only 1 microphone, the record has a unique vintage and retro feel typical of the ‘50s and earlier ‘60s! February album of the month for the IBBA, which broadcasted a different song each week, the records has been featured magazines in the UK, Spain, and in the Netherlands, with fantastic reviews.

In 2020, 2021 and 2022 the band has been nominated for the UK Blues Awards as “Blues Band Of the Year”. In January this year the record “Villa Jukejoint” was nominated for the UK Blues Awards as “Blues Album Of the Year”.

The Cinelli Brothers champion a new generation of passionate musicians sharing in the love of Blues, Soul, R&B and the true authentic sounds that have made the blues a cornerstone of music history.