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7:30pm
Sunday 29th October

John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe

We are delighted to welcome back legendary guitarist John Etheridge, this time accompanied by extravagantly talented singer Vimala Rowe. They will be featuring numbers from their much-lauded album, ‘Out of the Sky’, as well as other pieces. A fortuitous meeting in North London brought them together and they have developed a highly personal repertoire from an eclectic mix of music, original and traditional.

“John Etheridge has explored many genres, styles and legacies in his career, but his curiosity never dimmed, and in Vimala Rowe he has found a singer of quite astonishing versatility and adaptability”  – London Jazz News

Tickets £12.50 (no concessions)

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7:30pm
Friday 10th November

Rough Island Band

Contemporary folk quartet playing original music inspired by the landscapes, people and stories of the Isles of Scilly.

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7:30pm
Thursday 7th December

Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan

Every Grain of Sand

On the release of the Barb Jungr’s Linn Records Vinyl Celebratory collection of Every Grain of Sand, the cult classic CD released in 2002 which launched her career in the USA and later, in Australia, Jungr returns to her fabulous original arrangements live, cementing her status as “one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today.” (The Village Voice USA)

In 2013 The Wall Street Journal called the album “the most significant vocal album of the twenty first century thus far.”

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Past Performances

The Tolmen Centre has a great reputation for hosting outstanding performers representing every musical genre from classical to country. These are some of the artists that have appeared in recent years:

  • Sunday 17th September 2017

    Martin Simpson

    The Tolmen Centre is thrilled to be presenting world renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson. The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing. In this show, he will be playing songs from his brand new album, ‘Trails and Tribulations’, to be released on September 1st, as well as older material.

    40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. He is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him number 12 guitarist in the world in 2005.

    Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant ‘Never Any Good’, from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.

    Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great musicians he has worked with.

    He has had the most nominations of any performer in the 15 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, an astonishing 31 times, 12 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that particular accolade twice.

    A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty. A true master of his art.

    “Martin is in a class of his own. He is such an expressive player; he is ingenious in his use of the guitar. You can listen to one of his songs and three or four minutes in, he has only used the top four strings and not even played a bass note yet, and when he does, it feels like an orchestra coming in. His clarity of playing is just amazing.” Jackson Browne

    “One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene” ‘Sounds better than ever’ **** 4 Stars The Guardian

    “Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own.” The Times

    ‘Simpson’s latest is a potent blend of the highest calibre…Simpson has never sung or played better’ Acoustic Magazine

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  • Saturday 1st July 2017

    Carmina

    A superb mix of jazz, folk and celtic crossover music – taking the audience on a bewitching journey full of melodic grace and inventiveness The line-up features award-winning songwriters Pippa Marland and Rob King and London jazz piano legend Geoff Castle, inspirational Irish guitarist and vocalist Paul Bradley and virtuoso ddle player Gina Griffin.

    ‘Glorious… gorgeously haunting’ – Time Out (London ‘Celtic jazz which mesmerises and bewitches’ – Irish Times

    Tickets £11, £10

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  • Saturday 6th May 2017

    Hunter Muskett

    Hunter Muskett is an acoustic/electric 4-piece playing distinctive original songs in a folky, bluesy sometimes Americana vein. Great multi-part harmonies, uid electric guitar and strong songs with a rustic vibe and twist of West Coast rock.

    Tickets £11, £10

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  • Sunday 2nd April 2017

    Rackhouse Pilfer

    Rackhouse Pilfer are a fiery and exciting 6-piece band, and have been getting rave reviews with their roots blend of Irish Americana.  They have been selling out shows and wowing festival crowds all over the UK, Ireland, the EU, and Nashville USA – where they recorded their album ‘Love and Havoc’. Don’t miss out on this incredible live act!

    Love and Havoc is an excellent, almost flawless album with a set of fantastic songs, great singing and outstanding musicianship”  – Maverick

    Tickets £11 £10 (concessions)

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  • Saturday 11th March 2017

    Clive Carroll

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    An inspirational evening of medieval lute music, Spanish guitar classics, Delta blues & hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt through to the Beatles, all played by the world-class guitarist.

    “Stunning!” – MOJO

    “…total mastery of just about every guitar technique imaginable” – Guitar Techniques

    “…probably the best and most original young guitar player and composer in Great Britain.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA)

    Tickets £11/£10/£5(children)

    Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists.

    Essex born guitarist Clive Carroll made his musical debut at age two as a banjo-strumming cowboy singing nursery rhymes. Clive went on to earn a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition and Guitar from the famed Trinity College of Music in London, all the while balancing his classical work with forays into the world of the steel string guitar. A chance meeting with the late John Renbourn changed the course of Clive’s musical career and the two toured the U.K. and North America together, with Renbourn encouraging Clive to release his first solo album in 2000.

    Since then Clive has gone from strength to strength, touring solo around the world and alongside lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. Clive has also composed music for major films and has been awarded an array of awards and accolades, such as inclusion in Total Guitar Magazine’s “Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time”. Clive newest CD, “The Furthest Tree”, was released in May 2016 and is already being hailed as some of his finest work to date.  See www.clivecarroll.com

    Clive Carroll has a vast musical palette and a sweeping creative vision…Equally at home playing fingerstyle or wielding a flatpick, Carroll creates music that defies categorization…It’s not easy to artfully mix altered tunings, renaissance and classical harmony, Delta blues, odd-meter riffage, body percussion and even jazz manouche, but Carroll makes it sound natural and effortless” – Guitar Player

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  • Thursday 9th February 2017

    Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones

    In 1966 Wizz Jones brought his friend Ralph McTell down to Cornwall busk and to play at  the Folk Cottage.  Nearly half a century later, now both legends in the folk/blues world, they finally got together to record their first album, appropriately called ‘About Time’, and gathering 5-star reviews in the press.  This is a rare and truly unmissable chance to hear these two master performers together, back in Cornwall, singing and playing a wide range of tunes and songs.  Book now!

    Tickets £17.50 (no concessions)

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  • Thursday 19th January 2017

    Graffiti Classics

    16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with one aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! From Beethoven to Bluegrass, Baroque to Pop, Mozart or Offenbach to Elvis, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, there really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fail to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

    Tickets £11/£10 (concessions) £5(children 16 and under)

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  • Thursday 1st December 2016

    The Changing Room

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    Tanya Brittain and Sam Kelly created The Changing Room just over two years ago, and have never looked back since. The band won all three categories of the 2015 International Pan Celtic Song Contest: Best Original Song (for Tanya’s shanty-style composition Row Boys Row), Best Traditional Song in a Celtic Language (for their rendition of Delyow Sevi which is on their new album), and Overall Winner.

    Sam and Tanya are the two constant members of The Changing Room, and the door is left open for the line-up of other musicians to change and evolve. The band’s five-piece touring line-up includes Jamie Francis on banjo, Evan Carson on percussion and Morrigan Palmer Brown on harp. They are now touring with their second album, Picking up the Pieces.

    £11/£10

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  • Sunday 6th November 2016

    Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie Show

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    Hard Times and Hard Travelin’

    The world’s leading expert on Woody Guthrie…as good an interpreter of Woody’s music as you’ll find. Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ sets Guthrie’s songs in the context of the American 1930s – the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself.

    Such hard-hitting songs as “Vigilante Man”, “Pretty Boy Floyd” and “I Ain’t Got No Home” are brought into conversation with other relevant songs – from Joe Hill’s “The Preacher and the Slave” to “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”. Altogether the show highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie’s most powerful work.

    £11/£10

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  • Friday 23rd September 2016

    Budapest Cafe Orchestra

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    Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – with a few surprises along the way, the Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia.

    Tickets £10, £8
    In association with Carn to Cove

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  • Saturday 3rd September 2016

    Ten Strings And A Goatskin

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    Hailed on two continents as” infectious” and “the best of contemporary/traditional Celtic music” Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is a bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio, playing Irish, Acadian, French and original creations infused with modern and world rhythms. The band creates a fiery, contagious and unique sound which leaves audiences wanting more.

    £11/£10

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  • Saturday 16th July 2016

    Flats & Sharps

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    Flats & Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk and Country, and have gained recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics.

    “…effortlessly entertaining …sublime five part harmonies …the pace of their performance is breathtaking – I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity.” Mark Ellen Radio 2 magazine.

    Tickets £11, £10

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  • Saturday 21st May 2016

    Chris Wood

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    We are thrilled to welcome back Chris Wood, touring his new album.  Chris gave a superb performance at his last appearance with us, and we expect the same combination of original songs – both biting and tender – superb guitar work, and his uniquely engaging, and at times challenging, stage presence.

    Tickets £11/£10

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  • Saturday 7th May 2016

    Moulettes

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    “Welcome to the world of prog folk… Moulettes are among the current leading practitioners of the sub-genre.  They are like a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett” – Reuters.

    Sounds intriguing?  Book early to avoid disappointment as this band is wildly popular on the festival circuit and we expect high demand for tickets.

    Tickets £11/£10/£5 (children)

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  • Sunday 27th March 2016

    Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra

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    The band play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it. Influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern.

    The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’! With thousands of touring miles under their belts, they have earned themselves a strong fan base in the UK, Europe and beyond.

    Their debut album, ‘Money Isn’t Everything’, caused a sensation when it was released in 2012, winning a host of rave reviews – many of them 5-star. Their follow up album, “Talk About The Weather” in 2014 also received great radio play and reviews.Throughout 2015 the band have continued to show their passion for touring and playing live with multiple SELL OUT shows across the UK and beyond. Most recently the band played a spectacular performance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. With plenty more incredible shows lined up for the rest of the year, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are best experienced live!

    Tickets £11/£10

    Directed by Sam Campbell and produced by Nick Hayes. This video was filmed on one of the oldest railways in the world, Tanfield Railway, built in 1725.

  • Saturday 20th February 2016

    Gabby Young Duo

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    A pared-down version of her 8-piece band Gabby Young and Other Animals, the duo consists of Gabby Young and guitarist Stephen Ellis, who present their unique blend of jazz, burlesque, gypsy folk and swing. Gabby says “we call it circus jazz, but you have to come and see us to know what that means”. Gabby’s quirky and colourful couture is as daring and different as her music.

    They have a collection of memorable songs written between them, and Stephen produced the two highly rated albums The Band Called Out for More and One Foot in Front of the Other.

    The Duo has toured the Middle East. Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. They have recently supported top international French stars Bridget and Zaz, and the girl band Katzenjammer from Norway. Now working together on their third album, they are engaged to be married in Spring 2016.

    “Elements of music hall, opera, big band jazz and foot-stomping folk are all poured in to the mix with Gabby’s incredible vocal gymnastics holding it all together” (The Sun)

    “Words cannot describe the plethora of varying sensations Gabby bestowed upon her salivating audience. Gabby Young must be seen live and in full technicolour.” (Kentishtowner)

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    Tickets £11/£10

  • Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Five gifted musicians, each representing one of the five string sections of the BSO. This engaging concert reflects a wonderful diversity from Vivaldi to Brahms, Mozart to Puccini and Handel to Scott Joplin.

    This will be the third visit of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to the Tolmen Centre.  The previous two produced performances of wonderful quality, first their Brass Section and last year the Wind Ensemble.   To have the String Serenade (BSO Resonate Strings) is a perfect  way to celebrate a ‘hat-trick’ of visits, and promises an unmissable prospect of top class musicianship

    It is worth noting that the BSO themselves wished to return to the Tolmen Centre as a venue of choice – they love our performance space, our enthusiastic audience, and are appreciative of the way we welcome performers.

    The planned programme is set out below, but there may be additions or changes – the BSO love to surprise their audiences!

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    In association with Carn to Cove

    Tickets £10, £8
    Accompanied children are free, to give an opportunity for the youngsters to see this fine group of musicians ‘live and in the flesh’ with a readily accessible mixed programme.

  • Wednesday 25th November 2015

    Lynched

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    Lynched are a four-piece folk group from Dublin who combine four-part vocal harmonies, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.

    Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, dance tunes, and their own original material.

    Tickets £11, £10

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  • Saturday 24th October 2015

    Gren Bartley Band

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    Immensely talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, Gren Bartley with three accompanying musicians on strings and percussion. His new album ‘Magnificent Creatures’ was released in May 2015 and received rave reviews. He blends both British and American folk influences and his beautiful finger-picking guitar technique has been much praised, while his songwriting “is continually outstanding in the best poetic lyrical tradition.”

    Tickets £11, £10

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  • Sunday 11th October 2015

    Modou N’Diaye Cissokho & the Golden Kora Band

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    Celebrated Senegalers composer and praise singer Modou N’Diaye  with the Golden Kora Band plays his own personal blend of Afro Mandingue music.

    In association with Carn to Cove

    Tickets £8, £6 Family £22

  • Friday 25th September 2015

    The Busquitos

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    A quartet of madcap musical Dutchmen, the Busquitos’ music is rooted in trad jazz but may include rock’n’roll, pop and classical tunes. They describe themselves as a “jazzy jivin’ funky funny fiddle super saxy mental mobile great guitar singin’ swingin’ buskin’band”. This event will be downstairs and as the band always aims for some audience participation it promises to be a lively night.

    Tickets £11, £10

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  • Saturday 4th July 2015

    Carrivick Sisters

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    Twin sisters Laura and Charlotte Carrivick are widely known throughout the UK folk scene. Their years of experience performing all over the UK and abroad have gained them a strong reputation for engaging live performances, multi-instrumental dexterity (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and dobro), tight sibling harmonies and finely crafted original songs. They have a unique sound incorporating their musical background of American bluegrass and old-time but also being influenced by English folk lore, having grown up in South Devon.

    “Comparisons to Alison Krauss & Union Station would not be out of place, for they are that good, swapping lead vocals and playing Dobro, mandolin and the rest like hardened veterans, but it’s the English folk influences they bring to their music that give them a unique sound.” R2 Magazine (Rock ‘N’ Reel) 4 **** review

    “Formidable multi-instrumental skills and songwriting, maturing at such a steep curve they’ll soon be orbiting far beyond anyone else” Q Magazine 4 **** review

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  • Tuesday 19th May 2015

    Bella Hardy

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    With The Dawn Tour 2015 – supported by Routes South West, Bristol Music Centre and Arts Council England.

    Bella Hardy, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014, tours her eagerly anticipated new album ‘With The Dawn’; a heartfelt collection of self-composed songs which tell a story of travel, of choices, of lessons unlearned, and also of hope. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and spins her narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity.

    The ‘With The Dawn’ Band complement Bella’s breath-taking vocals and narrative fiddle with a powerful and evocative mix of banjo, piano, electronics and drums. With roots firmly within the folk tradition, songs written straight from the heart, and bold steps into a new world of sound and expression, this is a performance not to be missed.

    “…unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful” – Colin Irwin, fRoots

    £11/£10

  • Thursday 23rd April 2015

    Serenade

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    Bournemouth Symphony Wind Ensemble will perform Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind instruments conducted by Maxime Tortelier. They will also be joined by young wind players from Cornwall, who will perform alongside the BSO

    Two wind ensembles from the county – Sax is our Business and Flautistas will also be performing in the concert.

    Tickets £10/£8, Children Free

  • Saturday 4th April 2015

    Stefan Grossman

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    Known to many an aspiring guitarist for his tutorial books, CDs and DVDs, Stefan Grossman began his own studies aged 15 at the feet of bluesman Rev.Gary Davis. Since then he has played with many of the biggest names in business, and has never stopped learning, teaching, recording and performing all over the world. This is a rare chance to catch one of the world’s greatest acoustic blues, fingerpicking and ragtime guitarists. Don’t miss it!

    Tickets £11

  • Saturday 14th March 2015

    Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

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    ‘Extremely Compelling’ – The Independent

    ‘Gorgeous’ – The Daily Telegraph

    ‘Becoming one of the hottest tickets in folk’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 folk show

    ‘Seeps almost imperceptibly into your psyche’ – fRoots

    ‘The green shoots growing from the very top of the English folk family tree’ – PRS Magazine

    Double BBC Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.

    Josienne was born in Sussex and Ben, in Evesham. It was after studying in London, and utterly by chance, that they met in July 2009. Together they have resolutely forged their own path through traditional music.

    Critical recognition soon followed, along with the Isambard Folk Award, and the FATEA Awards for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Spiral Award for Best Duo, as well as coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for Best Newcomers and Best Duo. The live performance is a thing of delight – enchanted reviewers have spoken of shimmering cathedrals of sound – and its purity will stay with you long after the last note fades.

    Their first major album together ‐ Fire and Fortune ‐ confirmed their place among the very best musicians of their generation and reached No. 1 on the UK Amazon folk chart.

    Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker’s next album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and is due for release autumn 2015.

    Tickets £11

  • Saturday 28th February 2015

    LEVERET

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    ANDY CUTTING • SAM SWEENEY • ROB HARBRON

    Leveret features three of England’s finest musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

    Andy Cutting is a unique player of the melodeon, known for his work with Martin Simpson, Blowzabella, Chris Wood, June Tabor, Kate Rusby, and many more. Sam Sweeney, the fiddle player in Bellowhead, is also in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, working with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, The Full English, Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party, and his own project Made in the Great War. Rob Harbron has reinvented the English concertina and is known for his work with The Full English, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, Fay Hield, Emma Reid and the English Acoustic Collective.

    Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but is fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Sophisticated and honest, considered and spontaneous, there is nothing else that sounds quite like this trio.

    ‘Sublime, exquisite music – don’t miss them’

    Martin Simpson

    Tickets £11

  • Friday 16th January 2015

    Steve Knightley

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    The songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic duo (now trio) Show of Hands, Steve continues his solo ‘Grow your own’ tour of village venues with this appearance at the Tolmen Centre. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but of those beyond, and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. Worth the ticket price just to hear the Cornish anthem ‘Cousin Jack’ performed by the Devonian who composed it, but expect an intense and engaging evening with a great musician.

    Tickets £16

  • Friday 21st November 2014

    Jim Causley and Lucas Drinkwater

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    ‘The Poetry of Charles Causley’

    Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Previous incarnations include The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley and he has recorded with the likes of Waterson:Carthy, Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby.

    Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. The album ‘Cyprus Well’ was recorded live in Causley’s house in Launceston, Cornwall and many of the tracks feature Causley’s own piano. Jim aims to bring wider attention to Causley’s poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley’s house as a writers’ retreat. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.

    He is renowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ciders!

    Male Singer of The Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014

    Top 10 Folk Albums of 2013 – The Telegraph

    Jim Causley and his fellow folk musicians bring it to life with real zest, his deep baritone voice soaring as he sings. **** 4 stars The Telegraph  

    www.jimcausley.co.uk

    Tickets £11, £10

  • Saturday 25th October 2014

    Lady Maisery

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    Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explores vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads.

    The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, Weave and Spin in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent. Their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards.

    Lady Maisery breaks new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp, banjo and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.

    “…they get the biggest ovation of the festival and loud requests for encores from a crowd that won’t take no for an answer.” eFestivals (reviews of Shrewsbury Folk Fesitval 2013)

    “Tremendously captivating, spellbinding singers; expert musicians.” fROOTS

    “Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They’ve packed these into Mayday and created a powerful, enthralling work.” Songlines

    “Mayday sees the triumvirate of talent negotiate uncharted waters with ease – singing remains the main ingredient but Hazel’s harp, Hannah’s accordion and Rowan’s fiddle and banjo are taken to new heights of skill and applied with passion to this strikingly beautiful collection” Spiral Earth

    “The multi-skilled Lady Maisery; just three of them but they sound like an orchestra.” Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

    NOT ONLY WILL LADY MAISERY BE PERFORMING ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT BUT ON SUNDAY MORNING FROM 11.00-12.30 THEY WILL BE RUNNING A SINGING WORKSHOP DOWNSTAIRS AT THE TOLMEN CENTRE. This will be suitable for singers of all ages and abilities, and will offer the chance to sing in harmony and to learn about the mysterious art of ‘diddling’.

    Tickets £11, £10  (£5 for children): advanced booking is advised.

  • Saturday 6th September 2014

    Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

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    Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the Dartmoor based couple have enjoyed a noteworthy return to the fray with their highly acclaimed album, ‘Hidden People’, bringing their own mix of traditional, self-penned songs and covers to the stage.

    Two of the British folk scene’s most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat.

    With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

    On latest album “Hidden People” Kathryn says; “These are stories, first and foremost,” but she warns: “My home-life is so ‘roses round the cottage door’, that I tend to prefer music with an edginess, so some of the tracks on the album are quite dark and brooding, to say the least.” The messages and meanings behind these songs belong to the “hidden people”.

    For further details and a taste of their music see their website kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

    Tickets £11, £10

  • Saturday 7th June 2014

    Moscow Drug Club

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    In association with Carn to Cove

    Moscow Drug Club….is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam with the local Tziganes.

    Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

    You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!

    “The best entertainment we have ever had!” 
    “The music, songs and your voice were amazingly evocative, beautiful and inspiring, such originality just like the band’s name.“ Rural touring audiences

    FROM THEIR WEBSITE

    In the darkness of late winter,
    In a shady watering hole South of the river, in Bristol…
    North American chanteuse & purveyor of lyrical adventures, Katya Gorrie
    And International guitar virtuoso Denny Ilett were having a quiet drink.
    A good excuse to come in from the cold.
    Through the door walked an old friend who also happens to be a fantastic jazz trumpeter.
    The three of them found themselves chatting about the swing music of the 1930’s & 40’s, German Cabaret Songs, and the Parisian songwriters of the 50’s. An idea had started…
    Not long after this fateful meeting, the three friends met a young classically trained accordionist from Poland, whose passion for French musette and Argentinian tango was infectious and inspiring. The four musicians started to create a small set of music derived from these ideas. Finally, long time comrade and exceptional double bassist Andy Crowdy was called in to complete the quintet, and Moscow Drug Club was formed.

    Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy….

    “Moscow Drug Club….brilliantly rendered, crowd pleasing cabaret tuneage raised to the level of magnificence by virtuosic playing!”
    “Moscow Drug Club played a beautiful set consisting of musical talent beyond technology, fx pedals and amp make, reminding us all of where music came from and what it is about.”
    “Moscow Drug Club’s amazing talent left me and all of those around me baying for more…”

    £8 (concessions £6   Children £5)

  • Saturday 10th May 2014

    Chris Wood

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    ‘None The Wiser’

    Nominated Best Original Song ‘None the Wiser’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

    Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song ‘Hollow Point’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011

    Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia” Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood’s feel for the sheer “one thing after another-ness” of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

    Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. They played 51 cities and Wood found himself eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting the poetry of recession. His response is, None The Wiser, a fourth solo album released in Summer 2013. With humble hymns and sweeping statements from Alzheimers to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland in what could be his best album yet.

    Wood has worked and collaborated with a long list of artists, most recently Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Eliza and Martin Carthy in Simon Emerson’s Imagined Village. His duet with Eliza added to the “Villager’s” winning another Folk Award for “Best Traditional Song”.

    The Irish Times dubbed him ‘the renaissance man of English folk’ because his work extends beyond song writing into commissions for Radio 3 Between The Ears, Late Junction and The Essay. He has written for The Times and lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities. His setting of Blake’s Jerusalem features in Paul Gilroy’s lecture on poetry and music at Kings College London and Wood’s lyric Walk This World With Music is included in Michael Morpurgo’s latest collection.

    Praise for ‘None The Wiser’: 

    INDEPENDENT  ✰✰✰✰✰
    “The title track alone is a masterpiece”

    EXPRESS  ✰✰✰✰✰
    “Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here… heartbreaking purity.”

    THE GUARDIAN  ✰✰✰✰
    “Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”

    THE IRISH TIMES ✰✰✰✰✰
    “Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird’s-eye-view”

    MOJO ✰✰✰✰
    “a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”

    SONGLINES
    “a quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs…A folk–soul album”

    £12 with £11 concessions.

    Visit chriswoodmusic.co.uk

  • Friday 28th March 2014

    Sarah Gillespie Trio

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    gillespiejeansAnglo-American singer songwriter Sarah Gillespie has received critical acclaim for her 3 albums that mix elements of jazz, folk and blues with her trademark poetic lyricism. The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as “(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.”

    Playing tonight with renewed jazz composer Tom Cawley on piano and Ben Bastin on double bass, Gillespie will be performing a mix of songs from her new album ‘Glory Days’ as well as revisiting her back catalogue.

    Tickets £9, £8

    Visit Sarah’s website

    ‘Humorous impressionistic lyrics oscillate between the intimate and the infinite’
    The Independent ★★★★
    ‘Vividly powerfully lyrics and  glorious melodies.
    Rock n’ Real Magazine ★★★★★
    ‘Glory Days.. her best mix yet of hooky tunes and smart lyrics’.
    Mojo ★★★★
    ‘Joni Mitchell/Melanie-esque voice, foot-tapping music, and captivating lyrics.’
    BUZZ Magazine ★★★★★
    ‘The interplay between her acoustic guitar and Gilad Atzmon’s clarinet sparkles, and the words tumble out unstoppable and direct.’
    The Financial Times ★★★★
    ‘Glory Days reveals Gillespie’s song writing to be as sharp and astute as ever and her poetic muse undimmed. It also charts her rise to prominence as an instrumentalist’.
    The Jazz Mann ★★★★
    Is she the new Joni Mitchell? PJ Harvey? Bob Dylan even? Mixing jazz-folk artistry and punk attitude, third album Glory Days (Pastiche) recalls all three in places but Gillespie’s spiky lyrical gift is utterly distinctive.
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  • Monday 10th March 2014

    Spiers and Boden

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    The Founders of Bellowhead

    Twice winners of the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo

    Spiers and Boden gave a storming performance at the Tolmen Centre in Spring 2013, and we are delighted to welcome them back a year later, when we expect another sell-out show. Their spring tour will be their last for the forseeable future, so this is one not to miss.

    Described by The Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene” and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Duo, Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground.  Loud, proud, and with just a few acoustic instruments, they create a multitude of textures upon which they present traditional stories and dance music which have taken them on to the main stages of major festivals.

    “Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation…Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that’s utterly compelling and sings in a frantic breathless manner as if the hounds of hell are taking lumps out of his backside, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon to a very high standard indeed…halfway to reinventing the style without even realising it…” fRoots Magazine

    “Dynamics, drive and passion” BBC Radio 2 folk website

    Winners of the Best Duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both 2004 and 2006, and a Critic’s choice nomination at the BBC World Music Awards, and nominees for the same award in 2009, John & Jon are also founding members of the wildly ambitious eleven piece big-band folk phenomenon, Bellowhead (BBC Folk Awards for Best Live Act in 2005, 2007, 2008, Observer Top 20 albums of 2007).

    Jon Boden (singer, fiddle, guitar, stomp-box) follows in the footsteps of many of the great folk-singers with his theatrical style.  Born in 1977 in Chicago, he grew up in Winchester and graduated in Medieval Studies from Durham and Composition for Theatre from the London College of Music.  As well as forming half of Spiers & Boden and singing lead vocals in Bellowhead, Jon has also found time to release his own, self-penned album of contemporary indie rock songs, ‘Painted Lady’.

    John Spiers (melodeon, concertina) was born in Birmingham and grew up in Abingdon (home to one of the few truly traditional morris sides) with a morris dancing father.  He has a Masters degree in Natural Sciences from King’s College Cambridge and has carved his own space in the folk scene with his unique blending of traditional squeezebox styles with his knowledge of contemporary dance music to create an infectious acoustic groove which provides the infectious rhythm of Spiers & Boden.

    “Anyone who needs convincing that the current folk revival is becoming as intriguing, varied and experimental as it was back in the 1960s should check out the remarkable career of John Spiers and Jon Boden. In just a few years, they have established themselves as the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene, and the contemporary equivalent of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick….” The Guardian

    Spiers & Boden’s retrospective album ‘The Works’ was released July 2011 to mark their 10 year anniversary.  Spring 2014 marks their final tour together for the foreseeable future.

    www.spiersandboden.com

    £13  (no concessions)

  • Friday 14th February 2014

    Jim Moray

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    Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he is at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians. In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album ‘Sweet England’ and the success of his 2012 career best ‘Skulk’. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best.

    Recording his first album ‘Sweet England’ while still studying classical composition at Birmingham Conservatoire in the day and playing drums in power-pop bands by night, Jim Moray emerged onto the UK folk scene seemingly fully formed in 2003. His provocative reimagining of English traditional music blended with orchestral flourishes, guitars and electronics soon found him awarded the unprecedented combination of ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Album’ at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. After notching up a live reputation with performances at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and WOMAD, and alongside Richard Thompson and Oysterband, Jim followed this with  ‘Jim Moray’ in 2006,  ‘Low Culture’ in 2008 (fRoots critics poll best album award and Mojo folk album of the year), ‘Modern History in 2010, and ‘Skulk’ in 2012.

    Jim has also branched out as producer of his sister Jackie Oates’ award-winning ‘Hyperboreans’ album and been awarded Honorary Life Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire for outstanding achievement in music.

    Tickets £11/£10

  • Sunday 17th November 2013

    John Etheridge

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    Guitar legend, John Etheridge’s career spans four decades, and a range of styles from Soft Machine to hot club jazz with Stephane Grapelli and more recently playing with the eminent classical guitarist John Williams. He plays with awesome dexterity and his solo gigs are famed for their intimacy and warmth.

  • Saturday 26th October 2013

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    Dalla Dance Band

    Their aim is simply to provide wall-to-wall music for dancing. Put on your dancing shoes.

    In Aid of the Heritage Centre
    Tickets £10, £6 Children (includes a pasty)

  • Saturday 21st September 2013

    Lutes and Voices

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    A concert of ancient music with Friends in Harmony, United Cornish Lutenists and Jeni Melia.

    Pre-show supper available. Pre -booking essential.

    Tickets £9, £7 concessions

  • Saturday 7th September 2013

    Steve and Martha Tilston

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    Martha Tilston resizedST promo - photo 11 8620 (c) Paul Floyd Blake-2We open our autumn season with an unusual treat from the world of contemporary folk music, with the father-and-daughter line-up of Steve and Martha Tilston.  Both of them are well-known and popular performers, but it is rare that they appear on the same stage so this is a chance not to be missed.  They will perform separate sets but will also perform a few numbers together.

    Steve Tilston has been described as “a complete guitarist,” “a singer songwriter of rare talent” and “absurdly accomplished.”  He’s the writer of the classic The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine and his songs have been covered by a who’s who of the folk scene. His career was marked by the release in 2010 of Reaching Back, a 5-CD boxed-set retrospective, and he’s also published a powerful historical novel.  Celebrating 40 years in the business, he’s on as great form as ever. His last album The Reckoning garnered him the “Best Original Song” accolade at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards last year, plus invitations to appear on Later with Jools Holland and BBC4’s Songwriters’ Circle. Perhaps best known for his song-writing prowess, Steve is also a blinding, dazzling guitarist with a style echoing the elaborate rhythmic “folk baroque” of Bert Jansch and Davy Graham, but also drawing from classical, roots and the tradition to create a sound that has been called quintessentially Tilston.

    • A great narrator on top form. The Observer ****
    • …dominated by Tilston’s exquisite guitar workThe Guardian ****
    • …songs of great heart, delivered with authority and instrumental panache. The Scotsman 
    • Another superb set from the good Mr Tilston, who just can’t seem to put a finger wrong. FROOTS

    STOP PRESS: Steve’s latest album Happenstance is due for release on September 3rd and should be available for you to buy at the venue.

    Martha Tilston displays a comparable originality with lyrics and an equally compelling stage presence as her father, but her musical style is totally different. She originally trained as an actor, but the tug of her musical lineage set in, and by her late teens, she had taken up the acoustic guitar and taught herself the fine art of fingerpicking, finding her voice — a shivering, autumnal bird-song evocative of a young Joni Mitchell — along the way.

    She released her lo-fi debut, Rolling, in 2003, while touring Ireland as support for troubadour Damian Rice. Tilston’s earthy compositions and delicate melodies earned her a growing audience, but she declined the lucrative offers from established record labels, choosing instead to set up her own label, Squiggly Records. She funded the pressing of her next record, 2005’s Bimbling, through the sale of the album’s canvas-painted artwork.  By 2007, she was opening the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury with songs from her album Milkmaids and Architects, garnering a nomination for Best New Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

    Her songwriting eschews the hoary ‘moors and maids’ folk imagery of old for gentle, probing meditations on modern concerns such as consumerism, urbanization and unheard voices, but she also finds space for haunting love songs, and one-off originals such as Old Tomcat, her sensual personal paean to Leonard Cohen. She’s performed at demos and marches, and played a set at Climate Camp in 2009, but Tilston considers herself too nomadic to hitch her star to any wagon. “I feel strongly about not getting stuck in any one scene; I try to weave my music through the world without becoming ingratiated to any one group.” And as her latest album, Machines of Love and Grace confims, it’s a creative independence that pays off.

    From reviews of Machines of Love and Grace:

    • “eloquently explores the relationship between technology and the human condition” BBC
    •  “her voice is as lovely as ever…a fine and evocative album” Folk Radio UK 
    • “Tilston’s tough personal approach makes for an engaging, unusual album” Guardia 

    We can safely expect an engaging, unusual evening from the two Tilstons.

    Tickets £10/£9 concessions

    Pre-concert meals available at our cafe, pre-booking essential.

    Further information:
    tolmen@constantinecornwall.com
    01326 341353

  • Sunday 14th July 2013

    Gigspanner

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    leaflet spring 2013 FOR EXPORT-4A welcome return of Steeleye Span violinist Peter Knight and his band with their unique brand of high energy folk.

    Tickets £10

  • Friday 28th June 2013

    Andy Sheppard

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    Andy Sheppard, solo tenor and soprano saxophonist.

    Don’t miss this! A real treat and not just for jazz lovers, this is a chance to get up close and personal with one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians and composers. For those who think they aren’t into jazz, come and be entranced by Andy’s lyrical, weaving tunes and soulful playing, enhanced by his subtle use of live backing loops. Andy will play a single 75 minute set, to be followed by an informal question and answer session chaired by a local jazz enthusiast.

    The man who has emerged as one of Britain’s foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists was introduced to the music of John Coltrane at the age of nineteen and immediately went out and bought his own saxophone. A successful recording artist, bandleader and composer (for film, TV and theatre), Andy Sheppard is one of a very few British jazz artists to have made a significant international impact. He has worked with an astonishing range of musical partners and is remarkably, one of a very few soloists to have played in the big bands of all three of the greatest post-war jazz composers, Carla Bley, George Russell and Gil Evans. Other collaborators have included Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell, and eclectic pianist Joanna MacGregor. Andy has a string of albums to his name, including Learning to Wave (1998), Nocturnal Tourist(2001), Movements in Colour (2009) and his latest collaboration with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford, Trio Libero (2012).

    Sheppard is always a compelling voice…’, Time Out

    ‘Romanticism, carefully managed anarchy and accessibility subtle, elegant jazz…’  The Guardian

    Tickets £10/£9 concessions.

  • Tuesday 21st May 2013

    Spiers and Boden

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    Founder members of modern folk icons Bellowhead, Spiers and Boden are described by the Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene.”

    Together they have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground.
    “Joyousness reigns.” …The Observer
    Tickets £12, £10

  • Thursday 25th April 2013

    The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Section

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    In association with Carn to Cove

    A very special opportunity to enjoy a variety of classical music from the brass section of the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
    Tickets £10, £8 and Family £25

  • Saturday 16th February 2013

    Jackie Oates with Tristan Seume

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    “Oates has emerged as a frontrunner among the new generation of Brit folkies, marked out by the purity of her voice”…The Observer

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £4

    Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival.

    Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.

    The end of 2009 saw her album Hyperboreans receive a nomination for the fRoots Critics’ Poll Album of the Year, and nominations for the 2010 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Track for ‘Isle Of France’.

    In September 2011 Jackie Oates released her fourth studio album titled ‘Saturnine’, featuring contributions from Jim Moray, Karen Tweed and The Claque. Now a major name in the English folk scene, Jackie followed the release with a major round of touring in the UK and abroad and a packed season of festival appearances, with sales of Saturnine eclipsing those of her previous albums.

    In 2012 she began an extensive period of research into an area of song that is particularly close to her heart: lullabies.  The album ‘Lullabies’ will be released on 18th March 2013 by ECC Records and followed by two Lullabies tours in April and October 2013.

    ‘Standing out from English folk’s remarkable new wave, Oates has the finest voice of them all…Saturnine shows Oates at the top of her game’ Independent On Saturday (album of the week).

    Tristan Seume is one of the UK’s leading acoustic guitarists as a soloist, accompanist and session musician. As well as currently touring with  Jackie, he performs at arts centres and festivals all over Europe. He is also a respected tutor, lecturing at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, and is a regular columnist for international publications, Guitarist and Guitar Techniques.

    Delighting audiences up and down the UK with his blend of folk, country, Celtic and neo-classical styles, and with his cheerful stage presence, he has been likened to players such as John Renbourn and Gordon Giltrap     “A spectacular player” – Neville Marten, Guitarist Magazine

  • Saturday 3rd November 2012

    Aperol Quartet

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    We welcome back Edward Shaw with a newly formed classical quartet. The program will include Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op 80 in F.

    Tickets £7.50

  • Friday 28th September 2012

    The Rua Macmillan Trio

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    Awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2009, Rua Macmillan is one of the rising stars in the highly competitive world of Scottish traditional music.

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4
    Café Tolmen will be open for pre show suppers for this event – booking essential.

  • Saturday 1st September 2012

    Jake Walton and Tinkers Cuss

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    An evening of modern English folk music in aid of GNHCT, supporting orphan children in Africa.

    Tickets £7.50, Children £4

    Based in Cornwall Jake Walton is a unique singer songwriter who has toured extensively. Famed as a Celtic music pioneer he plays the guitar and hurdy gurdy. His music reflects both Cornish and Breton influences of Celtic myth and legend. Together with Tinker’s Cuss there will be a wide range of instruments and voices, both traditional and contempory. This will range from the slow and gentle to the more upbeat bluegrass.

    This performance is in aid of GHNCT, a charity founded by Annette Montague-Thomas, a Cornish herbalist and qualified pharmacist.

    The charity which is run from Truro, runs a clinic on a settlement in South Africa where the inhabitants live in abject poverty.  This was started in 2000 after Annette saw a programme about the suffering caused by the Aids/HIV pandemic in sub Saharan Africa.  She was so moved that she felt that she must do something about it and flew out and met officials from the Department of Health.

    Following this she set up a clinic and an orphan’s reception centre to try to alleviate some of the suffering in one of the most impoverished areas in the world.

    This is a free clinic in an area of 2,000,000 plus people.  There are now 15,000 patients and 13,000 babies and children being looked after in a foster care system.

    By supporting this event not only will you be entertained but you will be supporting a worthwhile charity.

  • Friday 20th July 2012

    Peter Knight of Steeleye Span presents Gigspanner

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    Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool moment”, but those in the know will tell you that there is far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.

    Fine British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player, but Gigspanner’s musical reach probes into Eastern European, French, African and even Aboriginal influences. It is no surprise that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow”. It is music played with a potency and love that leaves audiences spellbound.

    Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar, and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe, both intelligent and powerful musicians in their own right. Together they promise “a blistering pace of a flamboyant musical world tour” (Lancashire Evening Post).

    Gigspanner’s Debut Album ‘Lipreading the Poet’ was named as one of the best 15 Global Albums of 2009. But leave any pre-conceived ideas at the door, and ditch the pigeonholes. If you have a taste for “music of intelligently crafted brilliance” (Songlines magazine) there is something here to nurture your soul.

    Tickets £10

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  • Wednesday 27th June 2012

    Endless Journey

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    ‘Endless Journey’ brings together four musicians from two of Niger’s leading internationally known music groups, Mamane Barka and Etran Finatawa. Their swirling strings, driving rhythms and haunting vocals evoke the vast open spaces of the desert and the very soul of nomadic life.

    Tickets £10, £8, Children £4

  • Friday 20th April 2012

    Dalla

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    An evening of Cornish based folk music from the inimitable Dalla, famous for their compelling dance rhythms and new and traditional singing.

    Tickets £8, £7, £4

  • Friday 14th October 2011

    Third International Tolmen Guitar Festival 2011

    The Third International Tolmen Guitar Festival will run for three full days October 14th 15th and 16th 2011.  There will be 5 major recitals/concerts covering Classical, Jazz, World Music, Flamenco, Early Music  and many more other events, workshops, masterclasses and even film.   The Festival will cut across genres – headline acts vary from Martin Carthy – one of folk music’s greatest innovators – to Vladislav Blaha the Czech classical maestro – to the amazing 6 piece TG Collective who play mixed jazz, gypsy and flamenco – to a Polish Guitar ensemble who will bring a string quartet to play with them!

    Check out the 2011 Guitar Festival Website for more details.

  • Saturday 25th June 2011

    Steven Sogo and Hope Street

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    We are delighted to welcome back the amazing band Hope Street from Burundi led by Steven Sogo.   No-one who attended last year’s concert by this band – their first ever outside their home country – will forget the scenes as a full house of all ages simply stood up and danced – in the aisles, on the seats, and on stage – to the intensely natural but pulsating music delivered by Steven and Hope Street.   The tour went on to Womad and beyond, but we doubt if the atmosphere of that night could have been equalled!

    They are back in UK for another visit to Womad and an extended tour – and their return visit to the Tolmen Centre promises another night to remember.    Tickets are still only £9 and £8 with children – and it was the kids who set it all going last year –  welcome at £4.


  • Friday 13th May 2011

    Peggy Seeger

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    American Folk legend Peggy Seeger has written hundreds of songs, many now folk standards. Her partner Ewan Macoll’s song “The first time ever I saw your face” was inspired by her. She is a multi instrumentalist and a mesmeric performer. We are proud to present her at the Tolmen Centre.

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4

  • Friday 4th March 2011

    Kit Downes Trio

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    Mercury Award nominated jazz pianist Kit Downes with bassist Calum Gourlay and James Maddren on drums.

    A breathtaking improviser, and weaver of magical piano soundscapes, Kit Downes is world class’ ….Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

    Tickets £9, £8 Children £4