Live Music

  • Fri
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Phil Beer in concertPhil Beer in concert

    Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music and half of the phenomenally successful Show of Hands.

    A solo concert by Phil is a treat for the ears.  His sublime playing and natural vocals create a range of emotions and images which will remain as happy memories for his audiences a long time after he has taken his final bow.

    A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

    Born in Exminster, Devon, he started to play fiddle, guitar and mandolin while still at school in Teignmouth and habitually credits Davey Graham’s Folk, Blues & Beyond as his inspiration for acoustic music.

    He played his first gig at 14 and started working as a duo with Paul Downes in 1974 (their re-union Live at Nettlebed CD was released four years ago on the Talking Elephant label).

    He was then in the Arizona Smoke Revue and a key member of Johnny Coppin’s band. Phil's impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band from 1984-1991.

    Show of Hands became a full-time partnership in the early '90s, a band that has gone on to sell out the Royal Albert Hall many times and has been voted Best Live Act, by the public, at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

    Phil, who also has his own Phil Beer Band, famously guested on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley’s Poetic Justice.

    As a composer, Phil has written many numbers including the stunning instrumental The Falmouth Packet for Show of Hands’ album Witness.

    Don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy an evening in the company of one of Folk music's legends.

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    Standard : £15.00

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  • Wed
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly

    Maggie Bell & Dave Kellyonly appearance in Cornwall!

    An evening with two champions of the British R&B scene: two great voices, two great reputations and one wonderful evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times...... and, no doubt, lots of fun!

    Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly renewed their partnership in 2016 after a two year lay-off with some selected venues and festivals in the UK and Canada, and will tour the UK again in 2018, playing just a few select venues.

    The pair's on-stage chemistry is immediately apparent, stemming from their love and respect for the music they play as well as the deep knowledge of the genre.  Their stage craft is as would be expected from two professionals with a collective experience of 100 years, but this is no slick show wheeled out with any predictability.  Indeed when Maggie and Dave take to the stage 'anything can happen' (and often does!).

    Although both coming originally out of blues/soul explosion of the late 1960s their repertoire is far broader than just that. When they first got together in 2007, they both wished to sing 'any song that took their fancy', so the set includes folk, rock, country, gospel as well as blues and soul.

    Maggie Bell
    Scotland's Queen of Soul, founder member of Stone the Crows, later had an incredibly successful solo career on both sides of the Atlantic, now back on the music scene after a 20 year lay off.  Maggie was a resounding hit at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert in 2008.

    Dave Kelly
    London's slide guitar king, having learned his trade in the backing bands of, and recording with, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Son House & Junior Wells to name but five blues legends of his acquaintance.  Dave is a founder member of The Blues Band, still wowing audiences after nearly 30 years on the road.

    One promoter commented:
    "I don't know how they make such a sound with one guitar and two voices - they sound like a full band."

    Tickets in advance :
    Standard : £15.00
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    or visit CRBO at St Austell TIC
    Southbourne Road (A390) or Rail Station


  • Sat
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Mitch Benn


    “Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire” The Scotsman

    Congratulations!  It's 2018 and you're still here!

    So is Mitch, ( "the country's leading musical satirist" The Times) looking backwards, forwards and sideways trying to make the world a better place, one silly song at a time.

    Join him as he looks back over what for the lack of a better word he still refers to as his "career" and ponders where he - and indeed all of us - might be going next.  

    "A seriously talented laugh-maker, musician and satirist. Mitch Benn should be more widely known and appreciated. He’s Britain’s answer to Tom Lehrer”; The Swindonian

    A stalwart of BBC Radio 4's 'Now Show' for more than a decade, Mitch has also presented many radio specials. Following on from the success of 'Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle', a further three specials on music icons Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Elvis have been broadcast - 'The Freewheelin' Mitch Benn', 'Mitch Benn Is The Fat Pink Duke' and 'Mitch Benn Has Left The Building'.
    He also co-presented with Harry Shearer, BBC Radio 2's 'Anatomy Of A Guitar' and presented ‘Spank The Plank' for BBC Radio 4.  More recently, he appeared on (and won) BBC1 television's 'Celebrity Mastermind'!

    “Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny” The Guardian

    Mitch is the author of two novels, 'Terra' and 'Terra's World' both published by Gollancz and co-author with Jon Holmes of 'The Twitter History Of The World' the paperback edition of which was published by Prion Books.

    Wit, wisdom and wordplay of the highest order!

    “Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire” The Scotsman

    “Mitch Benn remains an optimist, despite the way the world is, and it is his mission to improve the world with words which deflate pomposity and pretence,”
    ★★★★ Scotsgay

    Tickets in advance :
    Adults: £14.00
    Students : £12.50
    Unwaged : £12.50

    Click here to Book your tickets Online
    Or Call Cornish Riviera Box Office on (01726) 879500
    Buy over the counter
    at Tourist Offices in St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Truro, St Mawes, Bodmin, St Austell, Looe, Liskeard & Launceston plus The Heartlands, Pool, Redruth