Following two sell out Cornish Folk Concerts held in recent months, Will Keating, one of The Oggymen, brings his talented musician friends to The Tolmen Centre for the first time. Award winning Banjo player John Dowling will be joining Will, along with veteran musician Claudia Colmer on her 300yr old Double Bass. Will Keating will be performing songs from his highly acclaimed debut solo album, Cornwall My Home, and other Cornish folk favourites. Other guest performers will be announced, for what will be a fun filled evening of Cornish Folk.
Pre-show meals available from our cafe from 6pm but ONLY if pre-booked via 01326 341353.Book Online
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.
We are thrilled to welcome back Chris Wood, touring his new album. Chris gave a superb performance at his last appearance with us, and we expect the same combination of original songs – both biting and tender – superb guitar work, and his uniquely engaging, and at times challenging, stage presence.
‘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.
Michael Timothy ‘Mick’ Abrahams is a guitarist and band leader, best known as being the original guitarist for Jethro Tull. Abrahams was born in Luton, Bedfordshire. He played on the album This Was recorded by Jethro Tull in 1968, but left the band after he’d clashed with Ian Anderson over their musical direction.
Abrahams went on to found Blodwyn Pig and recorded two albums, Ahead Rings Out (1969) and Getting to This (1970) before leaving in 1970 to form the Mick Abrahams Band. Abrahams has continued to release albums by himself and with reunited versions of Blodwyn Pig. His Tolmen Centre concert will be a solo acoustic set.
An intriguing mix of gypsy jazz, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences, TG Collective was born in Autumn 2006, built around the core of guitarists Jamie Fekete and Sam Slater, alongside the unusual combination of flutes, violin, double bass, trumpet, clarinet, cajón and percussion.
Creating ‘an exciting, sensuous sound’, TGC perform original music and arrangements, touching on influences as varied as Paco de Lucia, Django Reinhardt and JS Bach, and have built up a strong following with their intense live performances. The band is completed with the double bass and trumpet of Percy Pursglove; flautist Holly Jones; Louis Robinson on violin, Lluis Mather’s clarinet, and cajón/percussionist Joelle Barker, with interchanging shapes of ensemble within a performance.