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Friday 27th April 2018

FRIDAY NIGHT BLUES JAM : 8pm

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 28th April 2018

Keith James in concert - The Songs of Leonard Cohen : 8pm

His wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.

The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much!

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain

Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released only weeks before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times
‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland

‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
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Tuesday 1st May 2018

CHARLES CAUSLEY FILM EVENING with live music set from JIM CAUSLEY : 7.30pm - 11.30pm

2017 was the centenary of the birth of the poet Charles Causley. The artist and film maker, Jane Darke, has made a superb film about his life shown on BBC4 last year. Jane will introduce the film and take part in a q & a session.
Jim Causley, a distant relation, will sing some of his settings of Charles’ poems. Rosie Bailey will read some Causley poems.
There is archive footage of Causley and interviews with poets who respect his work such as Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Andrew Motion. There are also memories from people who knew him well, Mike Shepherd of Kneehigh, co-workers and friends in his home town and stories of his experiences during World War II while in the Navy.

The event forms part of the 2018 Wotton Arts Festival
Licensed Bar
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Friday 11th May 2018

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 12th May 2018

THE EARL TRIO featuring MICHAEL MESSER : 8pm

THE EARL TRIO featuring MICHAEL MESSER

Stuart Earl / Michael Messer / Lyndon Webb

Singer songwriter and guitarist, Stuart Earl, is accompanied by legendary slide guitarist Michael Messer, and guitarist extraordinaire, Lyndon Webb.

The music is the Blues, but with hints of Americana, Soul and Country. Great songs, great playing and a lot of slide guitar - like "JJ Cale meets Ry Cooder at Eric Clapton's favourite bar!" Their highly acclaimed album, 'Peanuts & Monkeys', is getting amazing reviews for its unique fusion of "Blues & Soul streaked Americana"

“100% QUALITY” –Blues Matters Magazine
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