Bob Brozman is a guitarist like no other: an established and prolific recording artist, performer, producer, and author, Bob is a non-stop world traveler and tireless researcher in ethnomusicology. His work with musicians from around the world in the past several years has marked him as not only a virtuoso musician and slide guitarist, but also as a pioneer in finding a common thread among global musical cultures.
‘The Poetry of Charles Causley’
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Previous incarnations include The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley and he has recorded with the likes of Waterson:Carthy, Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby.
Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. The album ‘Cyprus Well’ was recorded live in Causley’s house in Launceston, Cornwall and many of the tracks feature Causley’s own piano. Jim aims to bring wider attention to Causley’s poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley’s house as a writers’ retreat. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.
He is renowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ciders!
Male Singer of The Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014
Top 10 Folk Albums of 2013 – The Telegraph
Jim Causley and his fellow folk musicians bring it to life with real zest, his deep baritone voice soaring as he sings. **** 4 stars The Telegraph
Tickets £11, £10
We are delighted to welcome back the amazing band Hope Street from Burundi led by Steven Sogo. No-one who attended last year’s concert by this band – their first ever outside their home country – will forget the scenes as a full house of all ages simply stood up and danced – in the aisles, on the seats, and on stage – to the intensely natural but pulsating music delivered by Steven and Hope Street. The tour went on to Womad and beyond, but we doubt if the atmosphere of that night could have been equalled!
They are back in UK for another visit to Womad and an extended tour – and their return visit to the Tolmen Centre promises another night to remember. Tickets are still only £9 and £8 with children – and it was the kids who set it all going last year – welcome at £4.
“Oates has emerged as a frontrunner among the new generation of Brit folkies, marked out by the purity of her voice”…The Observer
Tickets £10, £8, Children £4
Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival.
Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.
The end of 2009 saw her album Hyperboreans receive a nomination for the Roots Critics’ Poll Album of the Year, and nominations for the 2010 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Track for ‘Isle Of France’.
In September 2011 Jackie Oates released her fourth studio album titled ‘Saturnine’, featuring contributions from Jim Moray, Karen Tweed and The Claque. Now a major name in the English folk scene, Jackie followed the release with a major round of touring in the UK and abroad and a packed season of festival appearances, with sales of Saturnine eclipsing those of her previous albums.
In 2012 she began an extensive period of research into an area of song that is particularly close to her heart: lullabies. The album ‘Lullabies’ will be released on 18th March 2013 by ECC Records and followed by two Lullabies tours in April and October 2013.
‘Standing out from English folk’s remarkable new wave, Oates has the finest voice of them all…Saturnine shows Oates at the top of her game’ Independent On Saturday (album of the week).
Tristan Seume is one of the UK’s leading acoustic guitarists as a soloist, accompanist and session musician. As well as currently touring with Jackie, he performs at arts centres and festivals all over Europe. He is also a respected tutor, lecturing at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, and is a regular columnist for international publications, Guitarist and Guitar Techniques.
Delighting audiences up and down the UK with his blend of folk, country, Celtic and neo-classical styles, and with his cheerful stage presence, he has been likened to players such as John Renbourn and Gordon Giltrap “A spectacular player” – Neville Marten, Guitarist Magazine
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.