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Skimmity Hitchers + Support

Skimmity Hitchers + Support

Since 2010 the Skimmity Hitchers have been ploughing a furrow through the West Country music scene unlike any other band. Their gigs are the stuff of legend - part hoedown, cabaret and folk-punk free-for-all - but always entertaining.

These cider-drinkin', badger-botherin' reprobates are regulars on the festival circuit and we're delighted to bring them back to Dorchester Arts to see if they can top last February's sold-out show.

Support comes from Dorchester's returning ska-reggae heroes Bluetown Rumble and apocalyptic surf outfit Palooka 5.

Sponsored by Hall & Woodhouse
Friday 28 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now


Kokoro is the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, committed to bringing contemporary music to the South and South West.

We are delighted to announce that this very special performance will feature the premiere of a new work by Hywel Davies, inspired by the county of Dorset, along with the following: Darius Milhaud - Trio Arvo Part - Mozart's Adagio Arvo Part - Fratres Shostakovich Piano Trio No 2.

Sunday 7 May 20172:30pm Book Now


In a world where would be starlets cry on talent shows and ex boy band members are considered credible, Ezio do what they do.

They deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs today with a skill that can only come from having toured and recorded constantly for many years. Ezio's style has always been nearly impossible to describe. Their music can range from the highly rhythmical almost manic Latin feeling rock to delicate dreamy ballads that are heartbreakingly honest and deeply poetic.

An ex manager once proudly announced Ezio cannot be killed with conventional weapons and true to form they have come back with the strongest collection of songs Lunedei has ever written on their new album Daylight Moon.

"Lyrics like Morrison or Dylan but somehow more in the real world". The Scotsman

Friday 12 May 20178:00pm Book Now
The Phil Beer Band

The Phil Beer Band

A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil's beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique 'folk n roll' sound. Throw in Phil's blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you're in for a cracking night.

Completing Phil's lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums).

Thursday 25 May 20178:00pm Book Now
Dowland Works - The Consent of Speaking Harmony

Dowland Works - The Consent of Speaking Harmony

An intimate evening based around the music of John Dowland, in the company of the UK’s foremost early-music soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby, and a group of talented young singers and musicians, including the hugely talented lutenist Sam Brown.

Friday 2 Jun 20178:00pm Book Now
Jay Phelps Quartet

Jay Phelps Quartet

Trumpeter Jay Phelps came to our attention playing superbly in the Miles Davis role in Kind of Blue – Revisited (Sept 2016) and he now returns with his own Quartet.

This group of young musicians dedicated to contemporary jazz play with a clear understanding of what is both modern and traditional. The fresh and exciting band plays a mixed set of original compositions from the band leader and arrangements of jazz standards.

Friday 16 Jun 20178:00pm Book Now
Stompin' Dave Allen

Stompin' Dave Allen

Stompin’ Dave, described by Blues In Britain as “a

downright genius”, is an astounding performer whose

reputation has spread far and wide from his home town

of Bridport. Master of the guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica

and piano he is perhaps best-known for his old-time, flatfooting

style of tap-dancing – hence his stage name.

Dave was nominated for a British Blues Award in the

acoustic act category 2014 and was winner of the

FOAOTMAD old-time banjo competition 2011 and 2013.

Thursday 29 Jun 20178:00pm Book Now
Maria Kesselman

Maria Kesselman

End leading lady’s range with a wonderful cavalcade of

songs, anecdotes and marvellous memories spanning the

musical stage, cabaret and even a touch of opera. It is a

magical musical tour-de-force through the Great American

Song Book of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein,

Sondheim, Bernstein and many more, with stops along the

way to explore the musical magnificence of Lloyd Webber,

Jacque Brel and Franz Lehar, to name but a few.

At the end of the concert Maria will be hosting a post

show talk during which you will have the opportunity

to discuss any aspect of her amazing career. A rare

opportunity to engage with one of the world’s greatest

leading ladie

Friday 30 Jun 20178:00pm Book Now
Cloudbusting - Kate Bush

Cloudbusting - Kate Bush

There can only be one Kate Bush! But those who missed

out on her live shows will love Cloudbusting, the UK’s

longest running and most highly-rated tribute.

Cloudbusting recreates Kate’s distinctive sound palette with

the most authentic emulations available: the electric grand

from the Tour Of Life, the chugging cellos from Hounds of

Love, the sublime fretless bass from Babooshka.

Whether you sit back and absorb the full audio/visual

experience or get up and dance along to your favourite

Kate song, their show is for you...

Friday 7 Jul 20178:00pm Book Now
Nick Capaldi

Nick Capaldi

Local boy Nick Capaldi is proving that, when it comes to

innovative rock/pop, he’s producing some of the freshest,

most relevant sounds on our musically creative shores,

and his debut single stayed in the Amazon Top 20 Best

Selling New Release list for five weeks.

Radio 2’s Bob Harris is a big fan, and a track from his debut

EP made a highly acclaimed appearance on the MOJO

Songs In The Key of Paul album. Nick has come a long way

since his early days gigging in local pubs and picking up

local ‘Best Band’ awards with his first band Emphasis.

Saturday 8 Jul 20178:00pm Book Now
The Swingles

The Swingles

For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed

the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers

that make up today’s London-based group are driven by

the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time

Grammy winners since they first made waves in the 1960s.

At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever,

The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft.

Friday 14 Jul 20178:00pm Book Now
Craig Ogden & Jacqui Dankworth

Craig Ogden & Jacqui Dankworth

Jacqui is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the

UK, whose unique musical palette draws on jazz, folk,

soul, classical and blues. Craig Ogden is a Dorchester Arts

favourite and one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.

With a string of No. 1 CDs to his name he is instantly

familiar to listeners of Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.

Jacqui heard Craig on Classic FM recently and was so

moved by his playing that she asked if they could record

an album together. Together their sound is classic,

timeless, and delicately beautiful, and their programme

includes songs by everyone from Paul Simon and James

Taylor to Henry Mancini and Michel Legrand.

Thursday 20 Jul 20178:00pm Book Now
Addictive TV: Orchestra Of Samples

Addictive TV: Orchestra Of Samples

In association with the One World Festival, Dorchester

welcomes Addictive TV with their project Orchestra of

Samples. The group have spent the last five years filming

improvised sessions with more than 200 artists playing

all manner of instruments in over twenty five countries,

from singers in Bhutan to musicians playing bagpipes

made from whole goats, via Stereolab singer Laetitia

Sadier, and Motörhead’s original drummer Lucas Fox.

The project comes together to make an unforgettable

live audio-visual event, for which they will be joined by

Dorchester’s own Glyn “Bigga” Bush.

Friday 4 Aug 20178:00pm Book Now
Spooky Men's Chorale

Spooky Men's Chorale

The Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on

giving…thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, sly as a

wagonload of Spike Milligans and sonorous as a cloister

of monks. They emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue

Mountains of Australia fifteen years ago and armed with

no more than their cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in

deadpan and improbable facial hair, have been gleefully

wooing audiences around the world ever since.

For their 2017 UK tour, they revisit their much loved

b(l)ack-catalogue, alongside forays into immense

Georgian anthems, tender arrangements of traditional and

contemporary classics, and their own uniquely entertaining

songs and choreography.

Wednesday 30 Aug 20178:00pm Book Now