Saturday July 3rd 2021
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 2021
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.

Tickets £12 (children £6)

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Saturday September 4th 2021
7:30 pm

The Odd Folk

The best folk band you’ve never heard of…” say the Guardian; a collection of multi-instrumentalists who swap styles as often as they swap instruments. A “passionately ramshackle” quintet playing their own brand of “triumphant folk” while journeying around Europe in a vintage Renault 4. Equally at home on the main stage or the corner of an old barn, the boys treat each gig with the same gusto, bringing you their high octane, theatrical stories and songs in a journey through just about every genre of music.

Pre-show cafe meals (if permitted) must be booked in advance by phoning 01326 340630.

£12 (children £6)
Saturday October 2nd 2021
7:30 pm

Thomas Gabriel

Thomas Gabriel, eldest grandson of Johnny Cash, is looking to the future while also honouring the Cash family history. Undoubtedly influenced by his iconic grandfather, Thomas seamlessly blends Country, Americana and Rock to create his personal sound and thus, is carving his very own path. An evening of stories and songs.

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Tuesday November 9th 2021
7:30 pm


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)

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Friday November 19th 2021
7:30 pm

Daoirí Farrel

‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’
Dónal Lunny

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’ Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, and performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Since then he has toured the UK, and played at festivals in Australia, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and more. In February 2018 he toured with the all-star Transatlantic Sessions in major venues across the UK. Daoirí released his new album ‘A Lifetime Of Happiness’, produced by Dónal Lunny, in February 2019. In autumn 2019 he was also nominated for three RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019 for best singer, best traditional track and best album for ‘A Lifetime Of Happiness’.

From March 2020 he attracted up to 85,000 viewers for his run of twenty-five weekly live streamed concerts every Sunday night at 10pm, which concluded at the end of August.

‘His powerfully unadorned vocals might be from any era, variously recalling Paul Brady and Andy Irvine…it’s a powerful statement.’ **** Mojo

Pre-show cafe meals (from 6pm) bookable via Barbara on 01326 340630 

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:

Saturday May 29th 2021
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.

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