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Oct
19
Fri
2018
Crowd Company @ Arlington Arts
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm

Crowd CompanyCrowd Company

Crowd Company are an 8-piece modern take on vintage soul funk, brimming with energy and a raw edge, catchy hooks, and tight grooves. The band combines a retro Hammond organ-based sound with a virtuoso horn section, soulful lead, and harmony vocals, evoking the spirit of ‘60s and early ‘70s funk, as well as modern-day funk jam bands whilst also focusing on strong, soulful songwriting.

Crowd Company are renowned for dynamic, engaging live performances. They have drawn accolades from their musical peers and have shared the stage with the likes of George Porter Jr from The Meters, Saun & Starr, The New Mastersounds, and Monophonics.

Crowd Company released their new album ‘Stone & Sky’ in September 2017 on vinyl, CD and  online.

“A delicious album. a must listen. exceptional”The Huffington post (USA)
“An absolute gem **** 4/5 stars” – Blues & Soul (UK) “At the forefront of British funk **** 4/5 stars”Music news (UK)

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Oct
20
Sat
2018
Whole Lotta Led @ Arlington Arts
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm

Led ZeppelinCelebrating 50 years of Led Zeppelin 1968 – 2018

In August 1968 four young musicians convened in a small rehearsal room in London and performed an old Johnny Burnette song ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’; this was the birth of Led Zeppelin.

Little did Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant or John Bonham realise at the time what the future held for them but within a very short period of time they were the biggest band in the world and despite disbanding in 1980 they still are.

Throughout 2018 Whole Lotta Led will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Led Zeppelin with a show that will include songs from all of their studio albums, ranging from their beautiful acoustic songs to the huge anthems we have come to know and love.

Now in their 22nd year, Whole Lotta Led are widely regarded as the closest to the original that you will ever hear with their five piece line-up reproducing the songs as near to the album versions as possible.

50 years on Led Zeppelin’s influence and importance is as strong as ever, Whole Lotta Led are here to demonstrate why.

“You’re getting great reviews, I wish you all the best” Jimmy Page

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Oct
25
Thu
2018
Rachel Harrington @ Arlington Arts
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm

Rachel HarringtonRachel Harrington

From the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been a Bob Harris favourite for some time now. Her fifth studio album (out September 2018) is a home-coming of sorts.  Hush The Wild Horses is the result of five years largely off the road, homesteading in Oregon, being with family.

The stories behind this harvest of songs include a brother with a meth addiction, a Vietnam veteran uncle who committed suicide at age 40, and a grandmother who died while holding Rachel’s hand.

“It’s definitely my most personal record,” she says.

Harrington has played major festivals throughout Europe and the US, made four live appearances on BBC’s legendary Bob Harris Show, and reached millions of listeners through airplay at Starbucks. A 2011 winner in Merlefest’s esteemed songwriting contest (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt), this is Rachel’s much-anticipated return to recording and touring.

****  “Ancient-sounding country noir.”  ~  Q Magazine.

**** “Songs that capture the ghosts of old America.”  ~  Mojo.

**** “Like tuning in to some obscure backwoods American radio station from sepia-tinted days of yore.”  Top Ten Albums of the Year  ~  The Irish Times.

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Oct
30
Tue
2018
John Smith @ Arlington Arts
Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm

John SmithJohn Smith

John Smith has been compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song.

Born in Essex and raised in Devon, John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. With five album releases in 11 years, his reputation now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits including Joan Baez, David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and Lianne La Havas.

“The future of folk music”John Renbourn
“He’s a magician”Ben Howard
“Spellbinding”Time Out

Support comes from Rose Cousins: http://rosecousins.com/

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Nov
1
Thu
2018
Sam Avery: The Learner Parent @ Arlington Arts
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm

ParentSam Avery: The Learner Parent

Parenthood is a crafty beast. The second you master something it changes the game so you’re rubbish at it again.

Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.

Sam’s honest, messy account of wrestling with sleep deprivation and breast pumps – right through to his botched attempts at discipline and pathetic bids to stifle various toddler tantrums that definitely registered on the Richter scale – will have you testing your pelvic floor with laughter.

‘Quick wit and painfully funny’ METRO

‘A gifted storyteller’ THE LIST

Nov
2
Fri
2018
Electric Swing Circus @ Arlington Arts
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm

Swing Electric Swing Circus

The Electric Swing Circus is a live six-piece fusion of classy ‘20s swing and stomping electro beats. Drawing influence from 1920s swing and jazz, the explosive sound of the Electric Swing Circus reverberates back through time, re-inventing the genre of electro-swing for an ever expanding, multi-generational audience.

The ESC’s sound is an exciting combination of vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, electric double bass, keys, live drums, dirty synths and electro beats. Fronted by a powerful female double-act, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show.

The band are active in the electro-swing scene, running their own annual festival, Swingamajig, and regular club night, Hot Club de Swing.

The band first formed in 2011, and have since toured four continents, playing major festivals and headline shows all over the world. They’ve released two genre-defining albums on Ragtime Records: ‘Electric Swing Circus’ and ‘It Flew By’.

Ladies and Gentlemen, hold onto your hats. The circus is coming to town!

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Nov
3
Sat
2018
The Bongolian @ Arlington Arts
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm

BongolianDrawing on influences of Funk, Latin, Soul and Jazz, Bongolian Nasser Bouzida blends elements of grinding percussion and heavy bongo rhythms.

His fifth album, ‘Moog Maximus’ takes us through the fractures of time like fellow traveller H. G. Wells. Nasser has now landed in ancient Rome, or is it on a set of Westworld? All we know is our hero is armed with a bank of vintage synthesizers and a legion of heavy grooves in this wildly eclectic fusion of Funk, Soul, B-Boy Breaks, Jazz and Sci-Fi Boogaloo.

Radio support for Moog Maximus includes Gideon Coe, Cerys Matthews, Nemone & Chris Hawkins on BBC 6 Music, featuring twice on the station’s ‘ Recommends Day’. Gary Crowley (XFM, 6 Music, Amazing) is also a big fan.

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Nov
8
Thu
2018
Kennet Opera: Dido & Aeneas/The Zoo @ Arlington Arts
Nov 8 @ 7:45 pm

OperaKennet Opera

Kennet Opera offer two productions for the price of one – and what a bill! Though both by English composers, it would be hard to find more contrasting pieces. Purcell’s unspeakably moving Dido and Aeneas chronicles the doomed affair of the queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero. With some of the most heart-rending arias in all opera, including the famous lament, it also presents sorcerers and spirits, sailors and courtiers, in a succession of pulsating, passionate choruses.

From the sublime… to Arthur Sullivan. A real rarity, The Zoo is an early work, with a ludicrous plot set to a rollicking and charming score. Aesculpius, hopelessly in love with the lovely Laetitia, determines to hurl himself into the bear pit at London Zoo. With interventions from the virtuous Eliza, a disguised peer of the realm, Laetitia’s overbearing father, and the appalled crowd, will love prevail? I think we all know the answer.

Nov
9
Fri
2018
Kennet Opera: Dido & Aeneas/The Zoo @ Arlington Arts
Nov 9 @ 7:45 pm

OperaKennet Opera

Kennet Opera offer two productions for the price of one – and what a bill! Though both by English composers, it would be hard to find more contrasting pieces. Purcell’s unspeakably moving Dido and Aeneas chronicles the doomed affair of the queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero. With some of the most heart-rending arias in all opera, including the famous lament, it also presents sorcerers and spirits, sailors and courtiers, in a succession of pulsating, passionate choruses.

From the sublime… to Arthur Sullivan. A real rarity, The Zoo is an early work, with a ludicrous plot set to a rollicking and charming score. Aesculpius, hopelessly in love with the lovely Laetitia, determines to hurl himself into the bear pit at London Zoo. With interventions from the virtuous Eliza, a disguised peer of the realm, Laetitia’s overbearing father, and the appalled crowd, will love prevail? I think we all know the answer.

Nov
10
Sat
2018
Kennet Opera: Dido & Aeneas/The Zoo @ Arlington Arts
Nov 10 @ 2:30 pm

OperaKennet Opera

Kennet Opera offer two productions for the price of one – and what a bill! Though both by English composers, it would be hard to find more contrasting pieces. Purcell’s unspeakably moving Dido and Aeneas chronicles the doomed affair of the queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero. With some of the most heart-rending arias in all opera, including the famous lament, it also presents sorcerers and spirits, sailors and courtiers, in a succession of pulsating, passionate choruses.

From the sublime… to Arthur Sullivan. A real rarity, The Zoo is an early work, with a ludicrous plot set to a rollicking and charming score. Aesculpius, hopelessly in love with the lovely Laetitia, determines to hurl himself into the bear pit at London Zoo. With interventions from the virtuous Eliza, a disguised peer of the realm, Laetitia’s overbearing father, and the appalled crowd, will love prevail? I think we all know the answer.