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Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey

Elles Bailey first stepped onto the stage at Dorchester Arts.  She impressed audiences so much, she now makes a welcome return with her own show. Elles has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music.  

Friday 31 Aug 20188:00pm Book Now
My Sweet Patootie and FB Orchestra

My Sweet Patootie and FB Orchestra

The FB Pocket Orchestra deliver a diverse palette of sonic landscapes that hint at New Orleans, tea dances, Paris cafés, smoky nightclubs, hotel foyers and garden parties.


All the way from Canada, co-headliners My Sweet Patootie bring together vintage swing, country blues, folk and ragtime in an uplifting vaudeville-style show performed with tight vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and humorous storytelling.


Come along and enjoy a double-bill of music from a time when life appeared much simpler!

Wednesday 12 Sep 20188:00pm Book Now
Sam Kelly's Station House

Sam Kelly's Station House

Sam Kelly's Station House have been regular visitors to Dorchester Arts over the years. A “groove” band with dancing very much in mind, their musical catalogue includes Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Little Feat, to name but a few.


The band’s sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk. With three ‘lead’ singers supported by percussionist and internationally acclaimed drummer, the result is an eclectic fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues.


Saturday 15 Sep 20188:00pm Book Now
Kokoro: A Night in Vienna
Wednesday 19 Sep 20188:00pm Book Now
Music at Ashton Barn: The Music of Rick Birley

Music at Ashton Barn: The Music of Rick Birley

Following the success of last year’s Music at Ashton Barn, Richard Hosford and Marieke Blankestijn bring together a 12-piece ensemble of eminent international musicians to present a selection of works by Dorset composer Rick Birley.


Much of Rick’s music is inspired by folksong - local, national or international - and soprano Abbi Temple will join the ensemble in a performance of Seven Folk Ballads. There will also be a musical nod towards the winter season to come, with a Christmas Exultation based on ancient carol melodies.


Tea and cakes will be provided in the interval and there will be an opportunity to meet the musicians. All the performers are giving their services for free. Proceeds from this concert will go to support Parkinson’s Dance, run by Dorchester Arts.

Sunday 23 Sep 20183:30pm Book Now
Gabrielle Ducomble

Gabrielle Ducomble

Tonight, a little bit of Paris comes to Dorchester… On her third UK tour, Gabrielle is delighted to bring her special blend of Gallic charm and musicality to new audiences and old friends. Singing in English and French, she performs iconic songs by the likes of Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Legrand, Jacques Brel and Astor Piazzolla, plus her own original numbers. With an authentic band including accordion and guitar, her music is elegant, emotional and wonderfully evocative. 'An astonishingly beautiful voice' - Emma Freud, BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends
Thursday 4 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Ninebarrow Trio

Ninebarrow Trio

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 nominees Ninebarrow impressed audiences here last year with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.


The duo have now joined forces with cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee Cuff, to produce an evening unlike any other. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, the trio are winning new fans wherever they go. See them now to find out why.

Friday 5 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Blue Rose Code plus support Adam Sweet

Blue Rose Code plus support Adam Sweet

Blue Rose Code is Scottish-born, London-based Ross Wilson. His music addresses the themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future and are painted with colours of folk, jazz, soul and pop. This eclectic mix has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.


Live performance is where Blue Rose Code connects most strongly with audiences. He has toured the length and breadth of the UK selling out venues wherever he goes and leaving a trail of fans in his wake. Come along and find out why.


Friday 12 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Folk duo Hannah and Ben share musical passions and sympathies that have developed into an intimate show distilling influences from both sides of the Atlantic.  Their duets require nothing more than a mountain ducimer, dobro and guitar to produce music that gives their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs' emotion and narrative.


While evoking memories of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey, or Gillian and David, their sound remains decidedly their own. Their natural ease and connection is a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.

Friday 26 Oct 20188:00pm Book Now
Cloudbusting 40 years of Kate

Cloudbusting 40 years of Kate

It’s 40 years since The Kick Inside announced to the world the genius of Kate Bush. Who better to celebrate this musical landmark than five-piece band Cloudbusting?  Performing the music of Kate Bush with authenticity and passion they put on a superb show at the Corn Exchange in 2017 and return this autumn with a brand new show, 40 Years of Kate.


A celebration of The Kick Inside, the show includes Wuthering Heights, The Saxophone Song and The Man with the Child in his Eyes, plus a vibrant choice of classics that could leave no Kate Bush fan disappointed.



Friday 2 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Green Mathews: The Men Who Marched Away

Green Mathews: The Men Who Marched Away

Created to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘Te War to End All Wars’. A scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. Featuring a host of wartime standards such as ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘Tipperary’ and ‘Goodbyeee’ as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith.

Wednesday 7 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Lucy Parham, Debussy

Lucy Parham, Debussy

Last year Lucy Parham brought us the extraordinary Nocturne, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul. She returns with another brilliant narrator, Henry Goodman, in Rêverie, The Lives and Loves of Claude Debussy – a fitting programme for the centenary year of the composer’s death.  


Rêverie evokes Debussy’s complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal, illuminated by a sequence of his most famous and atmospheric solo piano works.

Sunday 18 Nov 20187:00pm Book Now
King for a Day: NKC Story

King for a Day: NKC Story

King for a Day celebrates one of the most iconic voices of the Twentieth Century Nat ‘King’ Cole. Featuring live music from jazz singer Atila and his stellar group of musicians, alongside narration and projected archive images and footage, this new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of Nat King Cole - whose vocals in songs such as Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music.

Friday 30 Nov 20188:00pm Book Now
Mad Dog Mcrea 18

Mad Dog Mcrea 18

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their

audience with their infectious songs.


Mad Dog’s will be sharing songs from their most recent album, Almost Home , produced by Sean Lakeman. It is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for.


Friday 7 Dec 20188:00pm Book Now
Tankus the Henge 2019

Tankus the Henge 2019

Created to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’. A scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. Featuring a host of wartime standards such as Pack Up Your Troubles, Tipperary and Goodbye-ee as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith.

Saturday 16 Feb 20198:00pm Book Now
Clare Teal and Trio

Clare Teal and Trio

Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio feature the very best of popular music from the golden age of song in this upbeat and uplifting new show.


The evening will feature standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book and witty urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck. There's always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.


Clare and her Trio's fabulous arrangements interspersed with warm and witty storytelling guarantee a night to be remembered.


Saturday 23 Mar 20198:00pm Book Now