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Sunday 17th December 2017



This December the Junior section of Wotton-under-Edge Dramatic Society presents a dramatised ‘Rehearsed Reading’ of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Many people will be familiar with the story of how in one ghostly Christmas night, cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour, and this production will also add warmth and Christmas spirit in the form of music, themed refreshments and decoration to get the audience well and truly in the festive spirit.

Tickets will be on sale from the Heritage Centre, The Chipping, Wotton-under-Edge from Monday 20th November.
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Friday 12th January 2018


From 8pm once a month (every second Friday)

Free entry, donations welcome, bar open, PA provided

Bringing the benefit of jazz as an art form to the local community and to multiple levels of ability. All instruments/vocalists will be made welcome. If you can play the blues and want to have a crack at jazz – this is for you! If you want to come and just listen that is fine too. Jazz Jam Sessions are led by John Cook, Shairon Lloyd, Peter Neale and JJ Shaw.
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Friday 26th January 2018


From 8pm

Free entry, donations welcome, bar open

The Friday Night Blues Jam is an invitation to join in and play 'the blues' as part of a band. You can bring your instruments along, sing or just enjoy a drink and tap along to the groove!
All levels of ability welcome.

Saturday 27th January 2018


Their music has been described as 'haunting', 'gutsy', 'tribal' and even psychedelic. Blues in Britain says, “From the first note, Spikedrivers demand to be listened to. Ben Tyzack, Constance Redgrave and Maurice McElroy are three very talented musicians willing to experiment and evoke unusual contemporary sounds while they continue to keep diggin’ the blues by the roots.”

From the early blues of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Big Bill Broonzy they have added their own blend of north African and Native American rhythms, gospel harmonies, sixties blues and rock guitar. They’ve been compared to The Band, Led Zeppelin, Ry Cooder, JJ Cale, Fleetwood Mac and even Pink Floyd. It all adds up to simply the Spikedrivers.

With their high energy show, Spikedrivers have been burning up European festival stages. They’ve gained rave reviews at the Chedigny Blues Festival, Cognac Blues Passions, Lugano Blues to Bop Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Rallye de Luxembourg to name just a few.

“For their multitude of admirers, they seem to be growing in stature as a headline band. If you have not seen them you simply must.” Blues in Britain

"this band should grace the stage at every festival " Blues Matters! - UK

"Three musicians interweaving and complimenting each other perfectly Folk Roots - UK

"…a gift for evocative songwriting" Radio 2- Paul Jones

"Spikedrivers on the main stage with their take on
down home in your face blues..." Ealing Blues Festival

"Splendid performance from the Spikedrivers! . giving it welly and that's good"
Paul Jones - BBC Radio 2

"Full of innovation with strands of musical styles ?from Africa, Flamenco, country and a bucketful of delta blues" Blues In Britain

"... at last, this excellent band captured at full power with the brakes off,?energetic, enthusiastic and unrelenting." I-Tunes review
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Saturday 3rd February 2018

The Open Secrets - MOONSHINE AND DUST : 8pm

Americana band the Open Secrets return to Under the Edge to perform their new show “Moonshine and Dust"

Moonshine and Dust tells the true story of Open Secrets founder Steve Page’s Great, Great Uncle and Aunt, Bert and Agnes.

In 1914 Bert set sail from for America in search of work. Two years earlier Agnes made the same journey hoping for a new start in a new land, leaving behind the daughter she had out of wedlock. Moonshine and Dust is their story told through classic Americana songs and songs inspired by their adventures.

It is a story of heartache, heartbreak and war, of life on a southern plantation, bootleggers and hard liquor. It is the story of how Bert and Agnes eventually met and were saved by their love for eachother.

The Open Secrets released their first, self-titled album in 2013. The follow up “Rain upon the sea” was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. Rock n’ Reel magazine described it as “simply marvellous”. "When I heard these guys I thought they were from East Nashville, not Bristol" (Dave Cash Country, BBC Radio)

The Open Secrets last performed at UTEA in 2016 when they played their homage to Bob Dylan “Tangled up in Dylan"
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