Nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize the Portico Quartet play melodic, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of Philip Glass and Steve Reich with a very contemporary kind of improvisation – engagingly chiming themes delivered by steel pan-like Hang drums, saxophone and bass. “A singular talented outfit, pivoting on a beautifully lithe rhythm section and foregrounding Jack Wyllie’s fluent saxophone to a meditative and mesmerising effect ” Time Out Tickets £8, £7 Children £4
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
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
Following the success of last year’s Guitar Symposium a return visit by Ben Salfield, Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the wonderful Cristofaro/ Ramelli Duo.
Tickets £9, £8 Children £4
Daughter and Father duo Kim and Andrew Lowings have been writing and collaborating together since 2011. The pair have become well established on the British folk circuit and together form half of the band Kim Lowings and The Greenwood. As a duo they are able to showcase their songwriting skills and the intricacies of their acoustic sound with a warm and captivating stage presence. The sound draws together mountain dulcimer, guitar, bouzouki and piano to resonate with Kim’s lyric writing and arrangements of traditional folk song.
Tickets £9 – Under 12s £4.50Book Online
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.
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. Both performers have taken from a wide range of influences. Etheridge has over the years worked in classical, jazz and progressive rock, from Soft Machine to joining forces with such names as Stephan Grapelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams and Chris Garrick. Rowe’s span seems almost instinctive, effortlessly absorbing and blending the worlds of all the great soul and jazz singers into a personal mix, including Indian classical, African folk, and Syrian Aramaic. She has performed as Billie Holliday in the musical Cafe Society, worked with Paco Pena’s flamenco troupe, and has many original compositions to her name.
One of the defining features of the duo’s work is the commitment and passion of their delivery. Rowe is a fiery performer by any standards, yet the paring down to just two brings intimacy as well as drama, from the big effect to the delicate gesture. The pieces are carefully chosen to surprise, but above all to take the audience on an emotional journey through joy and pain, sombre and swinging, dark and light: a real musical journey.
“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
‘Out of the Sky’ review: “A recording that simmers with a quiet intensity. The performances are emotive and tightly focussed, often beautiful but infused with a gentle, almost spiritual power.” – The Jazz Man
Tickets £12.50 (no concessions)Book Online