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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
Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Michael McQuaid

Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Michael McQuaid

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the second of his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2018. Mike's guest this time around is the excellent Australian musician Michael McQuaid.  Michael has toured the world as a featured artist and bandleader, and has established an international reputation.  A mere youngster (in his 30s!) he plays 1920s/30s jazz and swing with remarkable energy and originality.  


McQuaid is a multi-instrumentalist, regularly performing on clarinet, saxophones, trumpet and even occasionally piano.


Wednesday 21 Nov 20188:00pm 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
Steve Knightley 'Roadworks'

Steve Knightley 'Roadworks'

Best known for his work with the hugely popular acoustic roots group Show of Hands, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley invites you on a musical journey. Roadworks charts the winding roads of his unrivalled career. It builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. A stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit and warmth, beautifully illustrated by songs of history, love and conscience.


The setlist is peppered with classic gems and in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.


Wednesday 23 Jan 20198:00pm Book Now
Phil Beer: String Theory

Phil Beer: String Theory

As one-half of one of the finest folk bands in the country, Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene and  is equally as in demand for his solo shows. 'String Theory' sets out to share some of Phil's most-loved songs. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

Wednesday 6 Feb 20198:00pm 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