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Mike Denham & Spats Langham

Mike Denham & Spats Langham

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham  for the second of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2017 where he will be joined on stage by renowned banjo and guitar player Tom ‘Spats’ Langham. ‘Spats’ has performed 1920s and ‘30s jazz all over the world, as a soloist and with top bands including The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.  His trio Hot Fingers has toured Dorset on several occasions, playing to sell out audiences.


Mike and Spats first performed together on a hotel cruise boat on the River Seine, and since then they’ve created many a memorable musical evening together.

Wednesday 22 Nov 20178:00pm Book Now
The Enchantress of Seville

The Enchantress of Seville

Following their visit to Dorchester last Christmas, Joglaresa, Belinda Sykes’ groundbreaking medieval music ensemble, return to explore the roots of Iberian song - motets from the Convent of Las Huelgas, Arab-Andalusian ballads and Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.

Sunday 26 Nov 20172:30pm Book Now
Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo and mandolin, bass and drums, accordion, trumpet and acoustic guitar.  Add in knockout four-part harmonies and it makes for an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking bluegrass. With a line-up that includes banjo player and much-loved columnist for The Guardian, Tim Dowling, their literate and carefully crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and condemned Victorian scoundrels.

Saturday 9 Dec 20178:00pm Book Now
Ligeti Quartet: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Ligeti Quartet: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Stef Conner - A Young Person’s Guide to the String Quartet


Fodé Lassana Diabaté - Sunjata‘s Time


Adam Caird and Charlotte Caird - A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, with narrator Mark Tattersall


A festive musical treat from one of the UK’s leading contemporary string quartets. This wonderful adaptation for strings and narrator of A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas’s own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. Stef Conner’s new piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s much-loved work of a similar name. In the extraordinary Sunjata’s Time Malian composer Diabaté magically blends the rich musical heritage of West Africa with the sounds of the western string quartet.  

Sunday 17 Dec 20173:00pm Book Now
The Surfin' Birds

The Surfin' Birds

The Surfin' Birds have earned a reputation for being one of the most exciting live acts in the area. They appeal to fans of rockabilly, surf, psychedelic and good

old fashioned rock 'n' roll music, without ever being constrained by any one genre.

With support from Amy Brown and The Hawkmen plus guest performers and poetry from James Askew. All this combined promises to be more than your average Friday night out.

Friday 19 Jan 20188:00pm Book Now
A Viennese Whirl SCO

A Viennese Whirl SCO

Following their acclaimed visit last year, Swansea City Opera returns with a captivating production. A Viennese Whirl evokes the magic and music of Vienna and transporting audiences to the banks of the dreamy Danube River.  The evening is hosted by the charismatic Artistic Director of SCO, Brendan Wheatley, who introduces the music of the Viennese greats in his own inimitable style.  


A Viennese Whirl is certain to delight and enthral its audiences.


Saturday 20 Jan 20188:00pm Book Now
Sultans of String

Sultans of String

Three time Canadian JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting band Sultans of String creates “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” according to Maverick Magazine. Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms, the group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.

Wednesday 24 Jan 20188:00pm Book Now
Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s and was a major influence on other jazz singers.


Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie's songs. The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.


Saturday 27 Jan 20188:00pm Book Now
Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe.  After living in a shack in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK to tour with American legend Don McLean and make her third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, with two singles playlisted on Radio 2.

Friday 9 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

Saturday 10 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
John Hudson, Mario Lanza & Me

John Hudson, Mario Lanza & Me

A chance encounter in 1973 with a gramophone and a Mario Lanza LP was a life changing moment for internationally acclaimed Tenor John Hudson. In this loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest voices, John shows us how Mario changed not only his life, but the lives of many more.  Stolen from the opera world by Hollywood, he became the world's first “crossover” artist. With songs such as Be My Love, Serenade, Because and I'll Walk With God, he captured the hearts of a generation.

Wednesday 14 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
The Wildes

The Wildes

Two of the UK's finest blues artists come together at the Corn Exchange for a special ‘Live and Unplugged’ show. The blues siblings Dani Wilde on vocals and guitar and Will Wilde on harmonica will be sharing songs from each of their respective new albums as well as visiting material from their extensive back catalogues. Will’s soulful blues-rock style combined with Dani’s country and gospel tinged approach to the blues makes for a heartwarming and foot-stomping show.

Saturday 24 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
Mike Dehnam w. Mike Snelling

Mike Dehnam w. Mike Snelling

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the first of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2018 where he will be joined on stage by Clarinetist and Saxophonist Mike Snelling. Mike spent many years combining his love of music with a teaching career before turning to music full-time.  He was a member of the Big Chris Barber Band for three years and has worked with some of the world's finest players. Prepare to hear some mesmerising playing influenced by the likes of Ed Hall, Artie Shaw, Archie Semple, Omer Simeon, Benny Goodman and Coleman Hawkins.

Wednesday 28 Feb 20188:00pm Book Now
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.  

Saturday 3 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now
Martin James Bartlett 2018

Martin James Bartlett 2018

Martin James Bartlett wowed us with this superb talent in 2016 at the Corn Exchange.  He returns by popular demand this spring with a new programme.  Having won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, Bartlett has gone on to perform with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017 Bartlett was one of the thirty competitors at the finals of the Van Cliburn Competition, held in Fort Worth, Texas. There will be a pre-show performance by solo Cellist Hanna McFarlane.

Wednesday 14 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now
The Ronnie Scott's Songbook

The Ronnie Scott's Songbook

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, ‘The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars’ return by popular demand to combine world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images for a unique evening celebrating ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’. Featuring classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’ is a glimpse into this unique world and its incredible history. This is a unique evening celebrating the music and history of Ronnie Scott’s and is a must for any music fan.

Friday 16 Mar 20188:00pm Book Now