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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.
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)
Sons 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!”
Only 20 available and must be bought by calling the box office on 01635 244 246.
The Sons of Pitches Meet & Greet
Give 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.
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!
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.
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.
A 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
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)