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Mar
21
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2019
Knight & Spiers @ Arlington Arts
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm

On a summer’s day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today’s folk scene. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.

With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.

The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, Improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.

These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. https://soundcloud.com/user-444337706/the-cuckoo-medley

“Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making”

Review of Cambridge Folk Festival’s ‘City Roots’

“John’s elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easy-going folk club banter is a quiet triumph!”

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Paul Lamb & The King Snakes @ Arlington Arts
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm

Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, quite simply they are the best U.K. Blues band. They have been at the top of the British Blues tree for over thirty years & the release of their latest album “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” simply confirms this status. Consistently rated, as being one of the greatest harmonica players in the world, Mr Lamb leads the way as a Blues entertainer. The band delivers outstanding Blues with an amazing on stage performance, to delight one & all. Expect a wonderful mix of real blues, boogie & swing..

So be sure to catch Paul Lamb & the King Snakes blowing up a storm at the Arlington Arts.

Mar
29
Fri
2019
Newbury Youngstars: Legally Blonde Jr @ Arlington Arts
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm

Legally Blonde Jr is the latest production from the acclaimed Newbury Youngstars group. The group’s previous shows have included Fame, Camp Rock and Alice in Wonderland. Legally Blonde Jr promises to be another hit, showcasing some of Newbury’s best and brightest young performers. Newbury Youngstars is a charitable musical theatre group for children aged 9 to 16. We help children develop dance, drama and singing skills, growing in confidence in a fun, safe and entertaining way.

Mar
30
Sat
2019
Newbury Youngstars: Legally Blonde Jr @ Arlington Arts
Mar 30 @ 3:30 pm

Legally Blonde Jr is the latest production from the acclaimed Newbury Youngstars group. The group’s previous shows have included Fame, Camp Rock and Alice in Wonderland. Legally Blonde Jr promises to be another hit, showcasing some of Newbury’s best and brightest young performers. Newbury Youngstars is a charitable musical theatre group for children aged 9 to 16. We help children develop dance, drama and singing skills, growing in confidence in a fun, safe and entertaining way.

Newbury Youngstars: Legally Blonde Jr @ Arlington Arts
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm

Legally Blonde Jr is the latest production from the acclaimed Newbury Youngstars group. The group’s previous shows have included Fame, Camp Rock and Alice in Wonderland. Legally Blonde Jr promises to be another hit, showcasing some of Newbury’s best and brightest young performers. Newbury Youngstars is a charitable musical theatre group for children aged 9 to 16. We help children develop dance, drama and singing skills, growing in confidence in a fun, safe and entertaining way.

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Jo Harman @ Arlington Arts
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm

Soul. Blues. Gospel. Beatles-worthy pop. These are the core ingredients of Jo Harman’s People We Become, a modern album rooted in the classic, timeless music of past generations.

Wildly successful for a debut independent record, Dirt On My Tongue was embraced with particular devotion by the blues community in the UK, with Harman racking up more than a half-dozen nominations from the British Blues Awards.

“Sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless”Huey Morgan, Fun Loving Criminals on his BBC Radio 2 Show

“Jo mines pop, soul and gritty blues with conviction”Daily Mirror

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash @ Arlington Arts
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm

Wishbone AshMartin 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.

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Apr
6
Sat
2019
The Jigantics @ Arlington Arts
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm

David Bowie, Lou Reed and Steve Winwood are just three of the many artists connected with this energetic four-piece band who swap instruments, share lead vocals and display stunning four part harmonies in a live show that’s guaranteed to send audiences home with a satisfied smile.

Never afraid to mix musical styles but always with a touch of class, The Jigantics combine original material with their own interpretation of classic songs by songwriters such as Steve Earl and Tom Waits.

“One of Roots musics “super groups” and must see live acts”Daily Telegraph

Apr
10
Wed
2019
Nick Heyward @ Arlington Arts
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Nick Heyward

Following the success of his most recent album, Woodland Echoes, and tours of the UK and Japan, singer-songwriter Nick Heyward returns in April 2019 with a series of intimate acoustic dates around the UK.

And the tour kicks off with Arlington Arts!

Audiences will be treated to hits from across his entire career from Haircut 100 to today, such as ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’, ‘Love Plus One’, ‘Fantastic Day’, ‘Kite’ and ‘Whistle Down the Wind’. Peppered in the set will be album tracks, b-sides and maybe even a teaser from his next album.

Nick Heyward was born in Beckenham, Kent, on May 20th 1961. On leaving Kelsey Park School in 1977, he went to work as a commercial artist, but he had dreams of becoming a pop star. “I got into music because my girlfriend chucked me and because of Paul McCartney’s beard when he sung in ‘Let It Be’,” Nick told Paul Gorman in Music Week in 1995. And soon, Heyward and his friends were ditching names such as Boat Party and Captain Pennyworth left, right and centre and became Haircut 100.

They played the pop game perfectly, tucking their Aran jumpers into their trousers, riding the post-new romantic funk wave, marrying Chic with the Monkees and opening their shows with a blistering cover of Low Rider by War. Haircut 100 burnt briefly and brightly – the ultimate group of pals who, within a year, had hit the big time – their debut, Pelican West, peaked at No. 2 in the UK album charts, No. 31 in the Billboard 200 and was Certified Platinum by the BPI. The album featured three Top 10 singles “Love Plus One”, “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)”, and “Fantastic Day”.

Nick’s career continued through the next decade and a half – supporting Wham! at Wembley at their farewell shows; releasing more hit singles like “Warning Sign” and “Laura”, shaving his moustache off on live TV; releasing more hit records, of which his first two of the nineties From Monday To Sunday and Tangled chimed with Britpop, featuring hit pop singles “Kite”,  “Caravan”, “The World”, and “Rollerblade”.

He played the record company game across the years – and he has great experience of major labels and sizeable Indies; Arista, Warner and Sony have all sought him out; when Alan McGee was flush with Oasis cash in the late 90s and wanted to sign his personal favourites, Nick Heyward was at the top of that list, and 1998’s The Apple Bed was released by the iconic Creation Records and featured singles “Today”, “The Man You Used to Be” and “Stars in her Eyes”.

Apr
11
Thu
2019
Ballet Theatre UK: Swan Lake @ Arlington Arts
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm

Ballet Theatre UK: Swan Lake

Swan Lake remains as one of the most enduring, moving and irreplaceable classical ballets due to its fantastical plot filled with romance, sorcery, and betrayal.

Join Ballet Theatre UK with their spectacular new production of this timeless classic. This immortal tale tells of a princess held captive as a swan by the spell of an evil magician, a spell that can only be broken if a prince swears true love to her.

Featuring new choreography by Artistic Director Christopher Moore and over 120 new costumes and stunning sets this production promises to provide you with a new look at the classic tale and leave you with a new love for Swan Lake.