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Friday 3rd May 2019

RON BLOCK & TONY FURTADO : 8pm

One of the biggest names on the American roots music scene, Nashville veteran Ron Block has 14 Grammy Awards to his name and is well known as a long time member of bluegrass supergroup Alison Krauss & Union Station.

Banjo ace Ron is also a superb guitarist and talented songwriter. With influences ranging from blues to folk, and with deep roots in bluegrass, Ron has performed and recorded with scores of renowned musicians including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Sierra Hull and Kate Rusby. He has released several solo albums, as well as his recent banjo duets recording with Damien O'Kane.

Tony Furtado is a stunning live performer who’s been hailed as a genius on banjo and slide guitar. Also a soulful singer and talented songwriter, Tony came to prominence when he won the Winfield National Banjo Championships as a teenager. A charismatic live performer, Tony has toured worldwide since the 1990s, playing his captivating brand of Americana both solo and with his band. Tony has released numerous solo albums and has also worked with acoustic luminaries including Tim O’Brien and Dirk Powell.

Ron and Tony are old friends, and this special duo collaboration is guaranteed to be a stellar presentation of American roots music!
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Saturday 11th May 2019

Eva Cassidy "The Story" presented by Elsa Jean McTaggart. : 8pm

Eva Cassidy: an icon of acoustic music. Wistful and emotional vocals, beautiful
guitar accompaniment, Eva Cassidy had the power to move audiences through
her interpretation of well-known songs.
Inspired by her favourite artist, award-winning musician Elsa Jean McTaggart
presents a brand-new show for 2018 – Eva Cassidy: The Story.
Using video, story and song, Elsa Jean McTaggart channels Eva Cassidy’s musical
voice through her own. Elsa has devised this very special show to pay homage to
this true interpreter of song. Audiences the world over tell Elsa how much she
reminds them of Eva Cassidy as she, too, exudes beauty inside and out as well as
possessing the most hypnotic of voices.
A hit with a wide audience at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 where the show was
previewed selling out many times, Eva Cassidy: The Story will be a deeply
personal, poignant tribute by Elsa to an inspirational voice and an incredibly
talented musician who was discovered by the world tragically late.
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Wednesday 15th May 2019

FILM NIGHT - Cornwall’s Native Poet - Charles Causley : 7:45 for 8:15pm

The first in our series of documentary film by Jane Darke, an extended 90 minute version of the shorter TV film shown to acclaim at UTEA in 2018.

This, her fourth film, is about the well-loved Cornish poet Charles Causley a favourite poet for adults and children.
Causley was a good friend to many poets including Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin. He produced numerous volumes of poetry and was often on BBC radio. He worked for most of his life as a school teacher in Launceston.
The film features many of his best poems, some set to music by his distant relation Jim Causley on his successful CD CYPRUS WELL. 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.
This film was funded by Feast, Cornwall Council and Arts Council England, The Charles Causley Trust, The Q Fund, Rick Stein, Launceston Town Council.
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Saturday 18th May 2019

B NATURALS SHOW : 8pm

An evening of heart, hilarity and harmony with the fabulous B Naturals!

Four guys who cover all the bases from JSBach to James Brown via Bernstein, Bossa and the Bee Gees.

Nick, Guy, Jon and Dave unite their varied backgrounds in jazz, barbershop, electrical engineering, choral music, bank management and soul to bring you great singing with pindrop precision, whether it’s a tearjerker or a sidesplitter. Be there or be oblong. Or simply … be natural!


Singing a blend of sumptuous romantic ballads, up tempo rockers, refined baroque counterpoint and funky soul, a B Naturals show is a feast of great singing delivered with wit and panache.

Audiences are left wanting more and feeling thoroughly entertained.



HISTORY
Back in 2008, four guys from the Frome area formed a men’s close harmony quartet in protest at rarely ever being allowed to sing the tune.

"We didn’t really get on to start with. Jazz, classical, barbershop and 60s flower power are different, after all. We couldn’t decide what sort of songs to sing, and argued endlessly about terminology. What one called a ‘portamento in the coda’, another called a ‘swipe in the tag’, whilst the third asked ‘don’t you mean the outro?’ and the last just wanted us to point and give a little demo.

Accepting that we’re all highly pretentious in our own little ways, we now condescend to include a few of each other’s songs-numbers-charts-repertoire in all of our gigs-concerts-singouts-sharings."

(Please see separate listing to purchase discounted tickets for combined workshop and evening performance)
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Wednesday 29th May 2019

FILM NIGHT - The Wrecking Season : 7:45 for 8:15pm

The second in our series of documentary films by Jane Darke.

In winter Jane scours the beaches for natural and man made wreckage that washes ashore from the Atlantic Ocean, the shores of America, fishing vessels and Cornish communities nearby. This was the subject of the documentary film she made with Nick Darke, THE WRECKING SEASON…
The film is written and narrated by Nick and filmed and directed by Jane. It is an expression of Cornwall’s place in the Atlantic community. Jane and Nick had become experts on the objects transported by ocean currents, seeds from the Caribbean, fisheries tags from Newfoundland and tropical hardwoods swept in by the tides.
First broadcast in 2005 on BBC4. Winner of First Time Director Award Celtic Film and TV Festival.
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