Music

Saturday May 29th
7:30 pm

Kitty Macfarlane

Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with  visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her trademark lies in remarkably mature  songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place.  Carried by a clear voice ‘controlled yet wild’ (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention  and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles  and the land, and the changing face of the natural world. From the starling  murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic transatlantic migration, the  coasts and estuaries of the South West and the small part we ourselves play in a much  bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind’s relationship  with the wild. Cerebral and topical, honest and immediate, these are not throwaway  lyrics or everyday melodies but thought-provoking and evocative compositions with  wonderfully crafted soundscapes.  

Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of  2018, and has seen airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music. Last year she was  invited to guest-present two episodes of BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day and Kitty performed live in session on BBC Radio 2 at the beginning of 2019.  

The gig will be held under the current Covid rules: online booking only, socially distanced with a maximum of 64 tickets, no cafe, masks to be worn, doors 7pm.

Book Online kittymacfarlane.com

Saturday July 3rd
7:30 pm

Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston has gathered a large and loyal following with her fine voice, inspiring lyrics and captivating stage presence.  During lockdown she has kept us entertained with a series of homemade fireside gigs, and now – at last – we have the chance to hear her live again, with her band backing her.  With seven albums to her name she has a huge repertoire to choose from, from her arrangements of traditional songs to her own growing catalogue of memorable songs ranging from the intensely personal to the overtly political.
“Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world.  She captures both the harshness and the enchantment of life” – Guardian

Tickets £12.50 (under-16 £6.25)

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Saturday July 17th
7:30 pm

The Blackheart Orchestra

With their Top 20 charting album Mesmeranto, and Chrissy Mostyn recently voted in the Top 10 world female vocalists, the UK’s inspirational award-winning electronic folk pioneers The Blackheart Orchestra take their music to a new, unexplored dimension. Described as “A mesmerizing powerhouse” “A life-enhancing listening event” “An avant-garde musical utopia” and “One of the most extraordinary voices singing anywhere today” vocalist Chrissy Mostyn and multi-instrumentalist Rick Pilkington combine classical influences with vintage synthesisers and ultra contemporary electronica to create music that takes over the senses.

As emotionally charged as it is musically accomplished, expect sublime harmonies, virtuoso guitar, piano and synthesiser playing and songwriting and arrangements that take the audience ”from heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song”.

Tickets £12 (children £6)

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Tuesday November 9th
7:30 pm

Talisk

Dynamic Scottish modern folk trio make their welcome return: their last appearance here was a roof-raising triumph: don’t miss them.

One of Scotland’s most popular folk-based groups to emerge in the last decade, chart-toppers Talisk have toured the world stacking up major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation.

Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong fuse concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a ground-breaking, multi-layered and instantly enthralling signature sound that has captivated audiences around the globe.

Tickets £14 (16  & under £7)

Book Online Tour Poster talisk.co.uk

Past Performances

The Tolmen Centre has a great reputation for hosting outstanding performers representing every musical genre from classical to country. These are some of the artists that have appeared in recent years: