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
‘Diamonds, Gold & Mobile Phones’ is the second, self- produced album by Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair. The new release is a true romance of cross continental culture and an expression of concern, told in songs of lust for natural resources and longing for a better life by its people. Now with a new lineup back from touring Uganda with Kanda Bongo Man, the story is underpinned by the live dynamite trio of Jeannot Bel’s waterfall style Soukous guitar licks, Felix Ngindu’s hereditary Folklore drum beat and Edd’s omniscient Afro bass.
Expect to dance until you can’t stand.
Tickets £11.Book Online
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.
The well-known Loveny Male Voice Choir is coming to the Tolmen Centre.
Melanie Uren will be their guest soloist.
In aid of the Twinning Association
Tickets £7.50. Phone 01326 250769.