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Saturday 2nd March 2019

EDGELARKS : 8pm

In April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. In escaping the everyday chaos of busy lives, they realised how caught up in the misery of the 24 hour news cycle they were; absorbed in the heartbreak of the world, they had lost sight of its beauty. Tired of the navel-gazing tendencies of sad song writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope.

Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.
Edgelarks tour a very special run of preview concerts in March 2019, where audiences will get a first glimpse of the new material.
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Friday 8th March 2019

SCJC JAZZ JAM : 8pm

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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Saturday 9th March 2019

THE EGG : 8pm

The Egg are dance technicians - they play live rocktronic, funk and house inspired big textural dance music, using electronic and live instruments with video triggers, samples and live and vocodered vocals. inspired by Pink Floyd, DFA Records, New Order, Underworld, Air, George Clinton, Primal Scream.

The band are well known on the UK festival circuit and the club scene, with albums ‘Albumen’ and ‘Travelator’ on Warners, and following that: ‘Forwards’- enjoying a worldwide hit with the massive (Berlin based) Tocadisco electro-house remix of 'Walking Away' and the David Guetta bootleg that followed “Love don’t let me go”. (no.3 UK charts, (No.1 in Spain for 6 weeks), and the biggest selling dance record in the world.


They have played throughout Europe, Australia and Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, India, and the USA jam scene, playing alongside USA jam bands such as Lotus, Disco Biscuits, Camp Bisco, NYC - 15 trips to USA..
They have produced TV soundtracks: ‘At home with the Braithwaites’, movie: ‘The Other Half’ and performed in Nil by Mouth (Gary Oldman), & a highly successful Citroen C4 advert.
They also co wrote and performed ‘For Lovers’ with Pete Doherty, reaching no.7 in the UK charts, performing on Top of the Pops, and at Brixton Academy.

They have worked on, with or been remixed by: Psychemagik, Tocadisco, Mylo, David Guetta, Rollo (Faithless), Camille Jones, Sophie Barker, Pete Dohery, The Next Men, Fila Brazillia, Grand National, Freddy Mercury (remix), Dusty Kid, Ulrich Schnauss, Chris Bruton (underworld) Oliver Koletski, White Bully, Atomic Hooligan, Greg Hunter (The Orb) & Youth (Killing Joke, Pink Floyd + more), John Monkman, Roger Eno, Matt Black (Coldcut) and Mick Jones (the clash)

NEW ALBUM 'Galactic Love Machine' 2018

Ned and Maff (The Egg) have been writing music with Greg Hunter for the last few years, with releases on CD, Itunes, Beatport and [external link] such as 'Psyfunk EP, Horizons EP, And Stonestock single and remixes, plus Horizons ep and Deep Sea + remixes on itunes/ beatport & CD.


Greg Hunter - the producer of 'Galactic Love machine' is well respected throughout the producer’s community for his huge amount of work, from The Orb’s Little fluffy clouds, U.F.ORB Crowded house, Subsurfing, Dubsahara, the soundtrack to ‘The Matrix Reloaded' & 'Matrix Revolutions’ And much more. He’s using the name AZ-RA for this collaboration. He can be found releasing under his label Mutantra records.

The band completed a tour of Asia last year as well as performing at Joshua Tree Music Festival, California and in Ibiza plus various UK festivals. We are thrilled that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to venture to Wotton in 2019.
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Saturday 16th March 2019

CHRIS WOOD : 8pm

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.

A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.

His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he's won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England.

Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others.

On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

"... at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing."

Praise for ‘So Much to Defend’:

fROOTS MAGAZINE

“Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each passing album. He’s good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we

need him more than ever.”

ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE

“Steeped in tradition, yet always striving for a new day, this is a glorious album proving that Chris Wood is a bit of a national treasure.

Other press quotes:

The Herald ***** 5 Stars

“As close as it gets to a perfect union of voice and guitar, lyrics and melody, compassion, irony, realism, wit, and humanity.”

THE IRISH TIMES ***** 5 Stars “Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird’s-eye-view.”

MOJO **** 4 Stars “a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”

Praise for ‘None The Wiser’:

INDEPENDENT ***** 5 Stars

“The title track alone is a masterpiece”

EXPRESS ***** 5 Stars

“Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here… heartbreaking purity.”

THE GUARDIAN **** 4 Stars

“Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”

SONGLINES “a quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs… A folk–soul album”

“Chris takes a traditional song and has you absolutely gripped…. He makes it really obvious why it is of contemporary relevance. On the flip side, he has managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes, or putting music to Hugh Lupton’s words, that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional songs, but are totally modern.”

— Ian Anderson (fRoots Magazine)

Nominated Best Original Song ‘None the Wiser’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

Songwriter of the Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014

Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song ‘Hollow Point’

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011
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Friday 22nd March 2019

FRIDAY NIGHT FRED TALKS : 8pm

Friday night Fred Talks returns with another three fascinating short talks by invited speakers.
Spend a relaxing evening at the end of the week listening to fascinating speakers on subjects that could include anything except politics, religion and sales pitches!
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