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Saturday 3rd June 2017

PETER CONWAY supported by Josh Goodchild (winner of The Edge Factor 2016) : 8pm

Peter Conway is a unique singer songwriter and independent recording artist with an unforgettable voice and song delivery.
With two beautifully crafted albums 'Mother World' and 'Stay' released, this acclaimed singer songwriter has also already had eleven of his songs featured in nine original motion pictures, from Hollywood blockbusters and acclaimed documentaries, to award nominated British directorial debuts.

Further endorsement recently came when Peter was featured alongside artists such as Ben Howard and Jose Gonzales on the bestselling German singer songwriter compilation series 'SONGRISE', and was also featured singing the classic song of Nina Simone's 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' in the trailer of the American hit show Outsiders.

March 2017 sees Peter release his anticipated soundtrack song collection album Soundtracks Volume One, which features all his songs to date that have been in films and later in the year his third studio album 'Beyond The Frontier'.

Live Peter Conway's acoustic tours are being hailed as captivating, honest and one of a kind and in 2017 he will be playing across the UK and Europe.

"This man pours all of himself, every fibre, every sinew, every essence of his being and spirit into each syllable and note." Tim Carroll - Folk Words Live Review
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Saturday 10th June 2017

Comedy: HARRIET BRAINE : 8pm

Harriet Braine's genre-defying musical comedy act is essentially a light hearted mockery of artists, art history and the art world. She won the Funny Women Stage Award, was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny? comedy competition in Edinburgh and the Best Newcomer award at the Musical Comedy Awards in London in 2016. She is putting together a show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival called 'Total Eclipse of the Art’, an hour dedicated to laughing, learning and loudly proclaiming "I knew that one! He's the one what done the Mona Lisa!". Aren't you clever. If you like amusing accents, bizarre characters, a woman making trumpet noises (with her mouth), and 1980s one hit wonders, you'll love this. She is delighted to share this show, plus some exciting new material, with Under the Edge Arts.

"If you like musical comedy with a twist Harriet will have you howling” (Metro.co.uk, 2017)

"A song from Harriet Braine perfectly articulated our feelings about Tracey Emin: who knew we needed one?” (The Latest, Brighton, 2016)

"Sharp wit" (The Argus, Brighton, 2016)

"A breath of fresh air in a world that still likes a ‘knob’ joke” (Huffington Post, 2016)

"Her songs - about dead artists - were excellent” (Bruce Dessau, 2016)
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Friday 16th June 2017

South Cotswolds Jazz Club Presents ..Conjuncto Gringo (Salsa Night) : 8pm

Conjunto Gringo is an eight piece instrumental salsa band led by Andy Hague, one of Bristol’s best known trumpeters, and reflects his love of Cuban and other Latin music. The band features some of Bristol’s finest jazz soloists in tunes by Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Afro Cuban All Stars, some latinised Stevie Wonder and a few originals. The band has played many club dates around Bristol and has appeared at Swanage Jazz Festival, Honiton Festival and Backwell Festival. Jonny Bruce & Andy Hague – trumpets, Craig Crofton – sax, Nick Attwood – trombone, Jim Blomfield – piano, Thad Kelly – bass, Andy Tween – drums & Lisa Cherian – congas.

Jonny Bruce – trumpet. Jonny’s sizzling lead trumpet sound makes him an ideal choice to add some heat to a latin project. He’s also a big Harry James fan and co-leads his own big band with guitarist Denny Ilett to recreate the James sound.

Andy Hague – trumpet. Andy released his CD Cross My Palm in 2012 and undertook a 14 date national tour with his quintet in 2013 with Arts Council support. He writes most of the band’s arrangements.

Craig Crofton – tenor sax. Originally from the USA, Craig is one of Bristol’s busiest sax players and teachers and has performed at numerous festivals around the UK.

Nick Attwood – trombone. Nick’s big brassy trombone sound makes him a popular choice for all the big bands round Bristol, and he’s a long standing member of jump jive band Fat Man Swings.

Jim Blomfield – piano. A versatile pianist with wide ranging musical interests, in Conjunto Gringo Jim gets to demonstrate his mastery of latin montuno styles with amazing speed and stamina.

Thad Kelly – bass. Thad is probably best known for his work with Partisans alongside Julian Siegel, Phil Robson and Gene Caldarazzo.

Lisa Cherian – congas. Lisa’s fantastic conga playing has made her one of the busiest musicians in Bristol, and she plays with just about every Latin and African band in the south west.

Andy Tween – drums. Andy has worked extensively with Pee Wee Ellis and Seth Lakeman, and has had his pieces published for Trinity Guildhall drum kit exams.
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Saturday 24th June 2017

UNICEF CONCERT Keith James - The Music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens : 8pm

Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens.

The amassed body of music from this hugely popular and sincerely adored singer/songwriter made for a collection of 'must have' records across a whole generation. Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were on everyone's turntables and on every radio station, live versions are played in concerts, bars and on the world's beaches to this day.

Songs such as Wild World, Father and Son, Moonshadow and Where do the Children play have been covered by hundreds of Artists worldwide.

Keith James, is a well respected and inventive guitarist singer/songwriter who specialises in performing intimate, carefully researched biographic style concerts. He weaves the story of Cat Stevens’ life from his early pop career, life threatening illness and spiritual journey around a performance of his well crafted and memorable songs.

This concert will give you far more than just the music itself...

There is a huge amount of insight into the history and the spirit of Cat Stevens; his early pop career, his illness that changed him existentially and spiritually into an incredibly thoughtful and loving singer songwriter; such that his songs are remembered instantly for their uplifting sense of truth, promise and human fragility.

Much to talk about about the background and embryo of each song.. some of which will be performed as all of us remember..
and some, carefully and intuitively re-voiced - respectfully re-interpreted with rich, balanced guitar arrangements and a more personal vocal approach.

Yusuf campaigns on many educational and humanitarian issues,he was awarded the 'Man of Peace' award by the Nobel Peace Laureates.
In 2015 and he received the Lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio 2 and the Ivor Novello Award for outstanding song collection.
He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

‘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

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

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
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Friday 30th June 2017

EDGEFEST : 7pm

EdgeFest is a series of gigs over 6 months by young people, for young people, and featuring young bands! The Wotton-under-Edge Youth Forum are a group of young people who want to see a vibrant and exciting youth culture in Wotton. The gigs happen once a month and feature local, young bands or artists and are aimed at young people aged between 14 and 18. No alcohol or drugs are permitted. Keep an eye out on the EdgeFest Facebook and Instagram pages for more information!

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