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 including music, theatre and cinema, 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.

The Café Tolmen is often open for meals when there’s an event at the Centre. Please call us on 01326 340630 to pre-book your meal from 6pm.

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.


 

Early announcement: a very special gig coming in our autumn season…

We are thrilled to announce that on October 5th the Tolmen Centre will be presenting Catrin Finch and Aoife Ní Bhriain in concert, touring their sensational new album Double You. Both musicians have their roots in their native traditions, but both share a rigorous classical training and are complete virtuosi of their instruments: the harp and the violin respectively.  Their album has received rave reviews from all quarters, such as: 
‘Both astonishing musicians individually, as a duo they connect on an almost transcendent level, bringing their classical knowledge and folk heritage together to create a work of breadth and beauty, inspired by Bach, bees, mathematics and wanderlust’
Ellen Cranitch, RTÉ

For more details and samples of the music see www.catrinfinch.com

Tickets for this exceptional high profile concert will come on sale on June 1st.  We expect demand to be high so you may wish to book well in advance to secure them.


UPCOMING MUSIC PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

  • BROOKS WILLIAMS
  • LINDE NIJLAND AND BERT RIDDERBOS
  • THE MYSTERY GUEST TOUR
  • BLACK UMFOLOSI

Tolmen Building Fund

The Tolmen Centre is housed in a beautiful building, which is old and listed, and requires constant maintenance and renovation. While our regular activities bring in enough money to keep the centre safe and in running order, there are inevitably larger amounts of expenditure that need to be prepared for. We have therefore decided to set up a special fund, to be known as the Tolmen Building Fund, which we hope will provide some reserve of cash which we can call on when required. Our supporters will be invited – but not pressurised – to contribute to the Fund when they purchase tickets online. Of course we would also welcome donations outside this route at any time. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Discounted tickets

As a response to the cost-of-living crisis, we are trialling a new discounted ticket option for some events, starting in our summer season. This will be labelled as “students, low-waged and unwaged”. No proof of eligibility will be required, and we rely on the honesty of our audience to use this option in the spirit in which it is intended. To put it simply, if you feel you cannot afford a full price ticket but can manage the discounted one, that’s fine: there is no age limit or other qualification.

 

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Saturday May 25th
7:30 pm

THE MYSTERY GUEST TOUR

A Celebration of Collaboration, Togetherness and Community.”

The In The Round Mystery Tour, featuring Daisy Chute, Hollie Rogers, and Lady Nade, is set to bring a unique experience to venues across the UK. Daisy Chute, Hollie Rogers, and Lady Nade are dynamic artists leaving a lasting impact on the music scene, uniting to celebrate collaboration in music, paying homage to community strength and creativity.

Performing on stage in turns, each show “ Songs In The Round” includes a mystery local guest for an uplifting, emotional, and unexpected experience at every stop.

More about the artists:

Daisy Chute

Scottish/American artist Daisy Chute, known for her award-winning songwriting and captivating vocals (and the occasional banjo number) is making waves touring her folk/americana music at sold-out shows around the world and at festivals like Glastonbury and Black Deer.

Hollie Rogers

Hailing from Cornwall, singer-songwriter Hollie Rogers, celebrated for powerful vocals, graced stages at festivals like Glastonbury. Her unique blend of humor and sincerity shines through, with critical acclaim for her album, “Criminal Heart.”

Lady Nade

Recently honored at Bristol Beacon, Lady Nade secured a 2022 UK Americana Awards Song of the Year win and a 2023 nomination for AMAUK Artist of the Year. Her genre-defying music resonates globally, with hits like ‘Willing.’

 

MYSTERY GUEST

Joanna Cooke

Described by Motown legend Martha Reeves as “the baby girl singing the blues,” Joanna Cooke has a soulful essence reminiscent of Joss Stone, breaking free from conventional boundaries of color & creed in her music. Her recent ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP, produced by acclaimed musician Mark Edwards (who tours extensively with Katie Melua), took Joanna’s self-composed songs into the UK Soul Music Charts Top 30.

 

https://www.daisychute.com
https://www.hollierogers.com
https://www.ladynade.co.uk

Tickets £15
£12 (discount)
£7.50(children)

 

Venue Opens: 18:00
Event Starts: 19:30

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Wednesday June 5th
7:30 pm

And then Come the Nightjars

South Devon, 2001. Local dairy vet Jeff and curmudgeonly farmer Michael are old friends, But when the Foot and Mouth pandemic strikes the countryside their friendship – and the resilience of the whole community – is tested to its limits.

 

Venue Opens: 18:00
Event Starts: 19:30

Tickets £5 on the door

Friday June 7th
7:30 pm

LOST SONGS OF SCILLY

Piers Lewin & John Patrick Elliott

Contemporary folk music from the Isles of Scilly
Lost Songs of Scilly is a unique collaboration that seeks to capture the stories and essence of the Isles of Scilly in music. Foot-stomping reels blend into timeless songs and ambient immersive instrumentals – this is music infused with an unshakeable sense of place. Expect evocative island soundscapes, with samples of field recordings woven through songs of the sea, celebrating the resilience of a creative, independent island community and transporting audiences to this truly beautiful place.
Piers Lewin has lived on the tiny island of St Agnes, Isles of Scilly for twenty five years. Following the disappointing realisation that his island home (unusually for a Celtic outpost) has no surviving indigenous music, he has made it his personal mission to compose and perform music that reaches the very heart of the place. Early on in this quest, he began collaborating with award-winning composer and producer John Patrick Elliott, a regular visitor to the islands.
Having worked together on numerous Scilly-based musical projects over the years, the duo conceived Lost Songs of Scilly in 2023 to create and share a new and vibrant version of the island sound, drawing on all this experience of setting Scilly to music. The result: a unique album and live experience, touring the UK in summer 2024.
Much of the music is created and recorded outside in the landscape – the ambience of wind and wave reflecting Scilly’s unspoilt soundscape. Many of the dance tunes draw inspiration from the powerful traditional Celtic music of neighbouring Cornwall, while the songs distill the rich stories and complex traditions of a remarkable, resilient maritime community.

Every note of this music is saturated in a profound sense of place – the aim of each performance is to take everyone in the audience, just for a night, to this unique and magical island.

www.lostsongsofscilly.com

*New music from Lost Songs of Scilly due for release January 2024*

A selection of music Piers Lewin and John Patrick Elliott have collaborated on for other projects can be found on the above website.

Various Press for Piers & John’s other musical projects:

“Bold and different…stretches boundaries.”
The Guardian

“Entrancing…deeply atmospheric…songwriting of a real rich quality.”
Clash

Tickets £14
£10 (discount)
£7 (children)

 

Venue Opens: 18:00
Event Starts: 19:30

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Saturday June 29th
7:30 pm

BLACK UMFOLOSI

Black Umfolosi is an award Winning Acapella singing and traditional dance group that was formed in 1982 by students who wanted to develop themselves and contribute to their communities, in a positive way.

The main reason for this initiative was to preserve and revive the Imbube Culture which was at the time invaded by Break Dance and Western Culture, in which it was now facing elimination from African Dance Culture.

Black Umfolosi is the best traveled Group in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, hence having toured extensively nationwide and internationally; Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia.

They have represented Zimbabwe at International events such as Universal Expo 1992 in Spain, Universal Expo in Portugal 1998 and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada among many more.

Venue Opens: 18:00
Event Starts: 19:30

Tickets £15/12(discount)/7.50(children)

 

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Saturday July 6th
7:00 pm

Larry Stabbins ‘245’

“A Rough Guide to the History of Modern Jazz”

During a long and varied musical career saxophonist Larry Stabbins has worked with most of the important figures at the cutting edge of European Jazz and Improvisation from Mike Westbrook to Keith Tippett and Germany’s Peter Brotzmann as well as working with Robert Wyatt and Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA.

Alongside this he played in the seminal pop group Weekend and formed a key writing partnership with its guitarist Simon Booth. This became the basis for Working Week, a project that took  a melange of latin, soul and jazz into the world of pop and dance music.  Born out of the burgeoning Latin Jazz Dance scene in London clubs such as the Electric Ballroom and the Wag, the new band mixed jazz with modish Latin dance rhythms and vocals by singers such as Juliet Roberts, Julie Tippetts ne Driscoll, Robert Wyatt and Tracy Thorn. They became a dominating force in the 80s British jazz revival, the movement that made jazz fashionable again, introducing it to a new young audience and instigating a great upsurge in new talent onto the British Jazz Scene. The band toured extensively in Europe and Japan, performing at most of Europe’s major Jazz Festivals, recording five albums for Virgin Records.
Since then he has  had different projects of his   own across the range of his  interests from totally improvised small groups and solo performances to “Jazz Rap” ( QRZ?) in the early 1990s, “FreeJazz TechnoFunk” (Game Theory) early 2000s, “Psychedelic Hip Hop” ( Stonephace) ( which stormed the Tolmen Centre  in the mid 2000s) and freeish “Spiritual Jazz” (Stonephace Stabbins with Zoe Rahman)  around 2010.
He appears at the Tolmen playing saxophones, flute and bass clarinet with a new version of the classic acoustic  jazz trio improvising on  tunes from across the post war years, with  the cream of new young Cornish jazz musicians,  Tom Dauncey on  Bass and Taylor Daley on  Drums.
One of the true greats of British music ……..Gilles Peterson BBC Radio 1
“One of the most innovative saxophonists in Britain”
Anthony Wood — The Wire Magazine
“Larry Stabbins is a consummate saxophonist who has been at the cutting edge of jazz for much of his career”
Ian Carr -Rough Guide to Jazz
Venue Opens: 18:00
Event Starts: 19:30

Tickets £12/10(discount)

 

We will be holding this event downstairs, providing more of a jazz-club feel. The bar will be open throughout.

 

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Saturday October 5th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

CATRIN FINCH AND AOIFE NI BHRIAIN ‘DOUBLE YOU’

Catrin Finch and Aoife Ni Bhriain

A Mwldan Production

A spellbinding collaboration between two musical powerhouses.
Dublin native Aoife Ní Bhriain is one of Ireland’s foremost traditional fiddle players and a classical violinist of international stature who commands both the classical world and her Irish traditional heritage. From across the Irish Sea and the west coast of Wales, harpist Catrin Finch has also built an impressive classical career and ventured into uncharted musical territory, most notably through her award-winning international collaborations. Finch and Ní Bhriain create a spellbinding musical dialogue where traditional and contemporary elements converge in a breathtaking celebration of musical synergy, taking listeners on a captivating journey on the wings of the bees across the Irish Sea, inspired by the cultures of their home countries.
Their debut album Double You hit Number 1 in the iTunes Classical Charts and the World Music Charts Europe, and is nominated for Best Album in the 6th RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

Pre-show cafe meals must be booked via Barbara on 01326 340630

Limited number (30) of discounted tickets available.

Venue Opens: 18:00
Event Starts: 19:30

Tickets £20/17(discount)

 

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