The Tolmen Centre is at the heart of village life in Constantine, Cornwall. Many residents and friends enjoy events here; a wide and loyal audience has developed for the varied arts programme, and the Centre has built up an excellent reputation in the Cornish arts community.
Miracle, Cube, Cscape, and Pipeline theatre companies are regular visitors both to perform and to develop new work.
Look for the Café Tolmen sign. We’re usually open for meals from 6pm when there’s an event at the Centre. Please call us on 01326 341353 to pre-book your meal.
The Tolmen Centre is a not-for-profit organisation entirely run by volunteer help – no-one gets paid for their time. This creates a rather special ethos around the place – and allows us to be ambitious in what we promote and undertake.
The Tolmen Centre is gearing up for re-opening! If all goes according to plan, our first event will be Kitty Macfarlane on May 29th, when capacity will still be restricted and Covid precautions in place. After June 21st the government is hoping to remove these restrictions, and we have two more gigs planned before our usual summer closure: Martha Tilston and band on Saturday July 3rd, and the Blackheart Orchestra on July 17th. Tickets on sale when we are more confident about the continuing retreat of the virus. We look forward to the return of live music and a live audience.
Saturday May 29th
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her trademark lies in remarkably mature songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. Carried by a clear voice ‘controlled yet wild’ (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic transatlantic migration, the coasts and estuaries of the South West and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. Cerebral and topical, honest and immediate, these are not throwaway lyrics or everyday melodies but thought-provoking and evocative compositions with wonderfully crafted soundscapes.
Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of 2018, and has seen airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music. Last year she was invited to guest-present two episodes of BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day and Kitty performed live in session on BBC Radio 2 at the beginning of 2019.
Tuesday November 9th
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dynamic Scottish modern folk trio make their welcome return: their last appearance here was a roof-raising triumph: don’t miss them.
One of Scotland’s most popular folk-based groups to emerge in the last decade, chart-toppers Talisk have toured the world stacking up major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation.
Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong fuse concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a ground-breaking, multi-layered and instantly enthralling signature sound that has captivated audiences around the globe.
Tickets £14 (16 & under £7)