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Sep
27
Thu
2018
Shackleton’s Carpenter @ Arlington Arts
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Shackleton'sShackleton’s Carpenter

When the Endurance sank leaving the captain and crew of 27 stranded in Antarctica, Shackleton’s carpenter Harry McNish played an absolutely vital role in ensuring all 28 were saved. For all his bravery and ingenuity, he was one of the very few who were never awarded the Polar Medal. Now, again, alone and destitute, one still night on the dockside, he challenges Shackleton one last time.

In his fevered mind he relives the Endurance expedition, pitting himself against Shackleton and plagued by the ghosts of his past. How did he antagonise the hero of Antarctica?  How does he come to terms with it?

Actor Malcolm Rennie has appeared in over 20 West End shows and has also toured internationally with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob, father to Philip Schofield’s Joseph, and with the RSC world tour of Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

TV and film appearances include Midsomer Murders, Pride and Prejudice, Coronation Street, Sherlock, and Mr Selfridge.

Sep
29
Sat
2018
Curved Air @ Arlington Arts
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Curved AirCurved Air

Curved Air is a unique band, synthesizing an eclectic blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Hits include “It Happened Today”, “Vivaldi”, “Marie Antoinette” and “Backstreet Luv”.
Curved Air founder members vocalist Sonja Kristina and drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa lead a skilled and talented new line-up bringing their unique music to an existing and new fanbase in the 21st Century.
Curved Air’s concerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide.
Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship.
Considered (according to AllMusic) “one of the most dramatically accomplished of all the bands lumped into Britain’s late-’60s prog explosion”, Curved Air is a pioneering British progressive rock group of musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds.
They are famed for their unforgettable live performances and ‘Art Rock’ music – quasi classical imprints hooked onto beautiful and demonic violin combined with electronic adventurous synths interwoven with brilliant guitar wizardry mesmerisingly embroidered by the subliminal and exotic presence of a unique lead singer Sonja Kristina. All these elements elevated them to top the album charts in the early ’70s.

Quotes

“CURVED AIR, with a real band attitude and a zest for life; this is a band you want to see live for the sheer artistry of how to deliver the musical goods.” (Lee Dorian, Classic Rock)
“All of the players impress – some stunning new instrumentalists who immerse the audience in a set of swirling, whirling solos that emphasize moods and nuances and floating waves of sound that act as a counterpoint to Sonja’s dramatic sense of theatricality”. (Classic Rock Society Magazine)
“Sonja Kristina prowls the front of the stage expertly playing off the energy of all the performers with her. Violinist Paul Sax pulling sounds from his instrument like a mad scientist. There’s no denying they remain formidable live!” (Prog Magazine)
“While women in UK progressive rock were relatively few and far between its Sonja that wore the crown. Well the undisputed queen of British Prog is on tour again and what a joy it is to see her and Curved Air back in action. Violinist Paul Sax sweats for his art right from the off and with virtuoso wizardry sears through the set like a man possessed. The whole group of assembled musicians are perfectly qualified to recreate the band’s uniqueness authentically. Catch them while you can”. (Classic Rock)

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Oct
4
Thu
2018
Big Country @ Arlington Arts
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Big CountryBig Country

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)

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Oct
5
Fri
2018
Sons of Pitches @ Arlington Arts
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

PitchesSons of Pitches

The multi-award-winning British vocal group Sons of Pitches will embark on a 26-date UK tour in October and November 2018 with their brand new show: ‘100 Number One Hits’.

Expect fast-paced medleys and mind-bending mashups as The Sons of Pitches attempt to hit their target of 100 legendary tracks in just one evening. From Michael Jackson to The Beatles, ABBA to Eminem, the show caters to audiences of all ages and is not to be missed.

With over three million YouTube hits and a growing international reputation, it’s fair to say that ‘The Sons’ have “given a cappella a kick up the backside”.

Since their formation in 2010, the Sons of Pitches, which is made up of Joe Novelli, Joe Hinds, Jamie Hughes, Joe Belham, Josh Mallett and Midé Naike, have established themselves as one of the premiere vocal groups currently working in the UK.

The Sons of Pitches shot to fame in November 2015 when they were crowned winners of the BBC2 singing contest The Naked Choir, hosted by Gareth Malone, as their combination of soaring solos, impeccable harmonies and stunning beatboxing – mixed with a large dose of comedy – captivated the viewing public’s imagination.

Looking ahead to their ‘100 Number One Hits’ tour, the Sons of Pitches said: “100 Number One Hits is going to be our biggest, best and most ambitious show yet. We wanted to create a spectacle that would pay homage to some legendary artists while blowing away anyone who came to see it.

“Expect all kinds of genres, a bit of comedy and the odd tear jerker. We’ll be singing iconic songs from start to finish as well as juggling numerous hits in massive medleys. The audience will have to keep an eye on the counter clock to see how many we’ve got left to sing. Come along and count the hits!”

VIP Tickets

Only 20 available and must be bought by calling the box office on 01635 244 246.

The Sons of Pitches Meet & Greet

Become the 7th member of the Sons of Pitches by getting the chance to have a photo taken of yourself with the full group. You’ll also get the opportunity to chat and have a laugh with the guys before they hit the stage.
Guaranteed front row seating
For the best seat in the house, you will have guaranteed front row seats getting the best view of the show.
Signed group poster
For the ultimate show souvenir, you’ll get to take home a VIP exclusive Sons of Pitches poster signed by each member of the group.

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Oct
10
Wed
2018
Give Me Your Love @ Arlington Arts
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm

Give Me Your LoveGive 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 appall you in equal measure.

BSL Interpreted.

Oct
11
Thu
2018
Stevie Nimmo @ Arlington Arts
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NimmoStevie Nimmo

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!

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Oct
12
Fri
2018
Elles Bailey @ Arlington Arts
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Elles BaileyElles Bailey

Elles Bailey brings her ‘Road I Call Home’ Tour back to The Arlington Arts Centre.

Rising star Elles Bailey continues her onwards and upwards ascent of the mountain of country rock heading for the high ground and peak, and is announcing ‘The Road I Call Home Tour’ that will hit the road itself this Autumn 2018.

Prior to this, Elles will be playing festivals, HRH Crows and The Carlisle Blues Festivals, in September, but is looking forward to undertaking her own headline tour thereafter.

‘The Road I Call Home Tour’ is my biggest headline tour to date,” says Elles herself, “and I am so excited to play some brand new cities, some old favourite places and share this new album I’ve been working so hard on.”

Elles’ new material follows on from her successful and critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Wildfire’. Maverick Magazine awarded ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) and predicted that “If Bailey can follow this album up with something equally as good as ‘Wildfire’, there’s no reason why she can’t hit the heights (Taylor) Swift did” With her new material, Elles proves that she can successfully continue that climb.

Live venues and performance are important to Elles Bailey, crowned “The Blues Princess” by Blues in Britain. She’s brought her genre-crossing music to fans in her own headline tours before, and also played festivals and toured with other artists, like Jo Harman, Wille & The Bandits, and Eric Gales. She’s also, this year, been promoting the work of small, independent music venues, like Little Rabbit Barn, for whom Elles recorded a special set of downloadable tracks to support them.

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Bristol-based Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. Her music draws on these roots and Ingredients, blending and transcending them, with each song given a unique flavour and texture by Elles’ unique, super-smoky, utterly unforgettable voice. Bluesdoodles dubbed her “The Voice of the Blues”, whilst Music News observed that “A childhood illness gave her a remarkable tool and she uses it to its very best effect. One of the best things I’ve heard.”

For more information on Elles, check out www.ellesbailey.com.

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Oct
13
Sat
2018
Sir Reg @ Arlington Arts
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sir RegSir Reg

Sir Reg are an energetic six piece from Sweden playing Celtic punk. On vocals is Brendan, an Irishman who left his hometown of Dublin to come to Sweden to fulfill his dream of putting together the most kick-ass band possible. Karin, the violinist, is a tiny and fiery redhead from Sweden who has a tendency to leave jaws open with her fiddle skills. The other members Mattias L (drums), Mattias S (bass), Filip (mandolin) and Chris (electric guitar) all have diverse musical backgrounds, and together as SIR REG they are having the time of their lives – making and playing music they all love.

With songs about everything from the issues of modern day society to finding the right bar on a Saturday night, combined with strong melodies and explosive live shows, SIR REG have made a name for themselves in the Celtic punk and rock scene.

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Oct
18
Thu
2018
A Hundred Different Words For Love @ Arlington Arts
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A Hundred Different Words For LoveA 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

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Oct
19
Fri
2018
Crowd Company @ Arlington Arts
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 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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