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Mike Denham SpeakEasy With Enrico Tomasso

Mike Denham SpeakEasy With Enrico Tomasso

We are delighted to welcome pianist Mike Denham to the Corn Exchange as he kicks off his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2017 with Enrico Tomasso, three times winner of the British Jazz Award for Best Trumpeter.
As a boy in the 1960s he met and played with trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, and has gone on to play with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ray Gelato's Giants and Acker Bilk. Now established as one of Britain's truly world-class players, Enrico's previous appearances as Mike's guest have been very special occasions, and this one promises to be no exception.
Wednesday 22 Feb 20178:00pm Book Now
Steve Knightley - Landlocked

Steve Knightley - Landlocked

Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley returns with his latest live show 'Landlocked'

. Inspired by the 2015 'Grow Your Own Gig' tour of rural venues, which came to Dorchester Arts, the first half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land. The second half will draw on nautical themes from his 2015 'All At Sea' tour of maritime venues.

Knightley has been rated as "one of England's greatest singer songwriters" and has a prolific back catalogue of inspired songs including the rousing Country Life (about the demise of rural living) and Tall Ships (set in a West Country fishing village).

Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Wednesday 8 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Beverley Craven - Live In Concert

Beverley Craven - Live In Concert

BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven is back on the road performing a handful of select venues in 2017 as she continues to promote her acclaimed latest album ‘Change of Heart’.

Beverley is looking forward to performing her new songs live alongside timeless classics Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman, Love Scenes and many more.

With a witty narrative and unforgettable melodies, her poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear.

Saturday 11 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Swansea City Opera: A Night of Romantic Opera

Swansea City Opera: A Night of Romantic Opera

A third visit to Dorchester for the acclaimed Swansea City Opera with a captivating show transporting audiences into the world of Romantic Opera. This enchanting evening of arias and ensembles accompanied by piano is performed by a carefully selected cast of singers from the major national and international opera houses, with music from some of the best-loved romantic composers including Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and Mozart.

As ever, Artistic Director of SCO Brendan Wheatley will introduce the music and compère the evening in his own inimitable style.
Saturday 18 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
The Ronnie Scott's All Stars

The Ronnie Scott's All Stars

Direct from London's world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott's All Stars, led by the club's musical director, take to the stage to celebrate 'The Ronnie Scott's Story'.

Combining world class live jazz from the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, narration and rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott's Story is a visual and musical celebration of the club. Charting the club's rise from a basement bar where local musicians would jam, through its trials and tribulations and landmark performances from now-legendary jazz icons, to become the internationally acclaimed jazz venue it is today.

Mixing classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott's, alongside tales of old Soho, miscreant musicians and police raids, this is unique evening celebrating one of the world's most famous jazz venues, it's music, and history.

'Outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they're a joy to listen to' The Observer

Friday 24 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

Supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist Martin Harley and stand up bass player Daniel Kimbro hit the road following the success of their acclaimed album Live At Southern Ground, an album described by The Observer as "…a spellbinding 50 minutes".

Martin's 'British Americana' sound is influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy Swing. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he has honed his craft into a road-worn style of song writing that Guitarist Magazine describes as "…staggeringly good - no one is making music like it".

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Saturday 25 Mar 20178:00pm Book Now
Richard Digance

Richard Digance

Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard Digance has.

Richard is a rare performer in that he is respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer and guitarist. Join this BAFTA nominated TV entertainer, award-winning composer, songwriter, poet, author and artist for a wonderful evening of music and humour.

'Richard Digance, hilarious, sentimental, irreverent and, above all, ours' - Mike Atherton.

'Richard Digance is simply a national treasure' Bob Harris.
Thursday 6 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow are building a huge reputation for their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.
Described by Mike Harding as 'sounding damn fine' and by Seth Lakeman as 'a fantastic duo', Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies with songs that are rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.

Their latest album Releasing the Leaves was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, and was listed in The Telegraph's Top Folk Albums of 2016.

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Saturday 8 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent

The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, comes to Dorchester with a brand new concert, featuring music from her latest album TENDERLY (Sony Music / Okeh Records). TENDERLY sees Stacey return to familiar ground with her first album of standards and jazz-classics since the release of her breakthrough album of 2003, 'The Boy Next Door' - featuring tracks such as 'The Very Thought of You', 'Tangerine', 'In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning' and 'Embraceable You'

For Stacey, whose international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, this visit provides a rare opportunity for UK fans see her live in concert.

"She has charm to burn, a smile that could give you hope in February and sings like nobody's business" The Wall Street Journal

"Stacey Kent has been quietly sitting on top of the world of jazz vocals, for many years" Jamie Cullum

Saturday 22 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships.
Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo - 2013 & 2016 - the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as 'Songwriters par excellence' (fRoots).

Don't miss this chance to see and hear two of the pillars of modern British folk, live on your doorstep.

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Sunday 23 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
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.

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Friday 28 Apr 20178:00pm Book Now
Kokoro

Kokoro

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
Ezio

Ezio

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