On August 14th (yes it’s the middle of the holidays but that’s when they could all get here!) at 7.30 we welcome back Edward Shaw and his “string quartet plus clarinet” STRINGENDO for a gala classical concert. This is to raise funds for the land purchase, and the Shaw family, to whom we extend grateful thanks – are arranging for this to be an evening to remember – classical music, chilled wine, light refreshments – and if we’re lucky a chance to view the newly acquired garden to the rear of the Tolmen Centre.
‘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.
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.
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.
Tickets £10, £9
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)
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
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