Live Music

  • Fri
    30
    Aug
    2019
    8:00 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, 87 Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ

    The Countrymen

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Countrymen is a Cornish Folk Rock Harmony Group from Launceston.  Six middle-aged musicians with tight four-part harmony vocals and a token Cornishman.

    With a relaxed and light-hearted presentation style, they take the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall, featuring their own arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some original material. Interspersed with the occasional pop cover to lighten the mood when required, there is no mistaking that to a man, they love their county with a passion.

    Since the summer of 2017, they have been becoming increasingly popular across both Devon & Cornwall with appearances on both Radio and TV and numerous festival appearances including The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, The Rock Oyster Festival, Falmouth Week and more recently, the main stage at Looe Saves The Day.
    They were also lined up for The Falmouth Oyster Festival before the weather had the last word.

    Absolutely love this band. Saw them for the first time at the St Agnes Lifeboat celebration in June and was blown away by the musicianship and beautiful harmonies. At times they were very exclusive and original and at other times derivative but still brilliant. They reminded me at times of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and I would love to see them attempt "Teach Your Children" but their take on some traditional Cornish songs was uplifting and poignant at the same time. A wonderful night's entertainment. I very much look forward to seeing them again (and again). Thanks guys, much appreciated”  David Simons.

    The band was formed from an Open Mic Night at their local, The Countryman Inn near Launceston, which is where the band’s name originates. They soon found a mutual love of singing in harmony and almost accidentally developed a strong reputation for an emphasis on Cornishness in the repertoire.

    “Saw these guys on Saturday in the main street (Falmouth Shanty Festival). Great singing. Great banter”.  Steve Prophet.

    In addition to offering quality entertainment on stage, they have also been busy in the recording studio and have released two EPs to date, Cornish Lads Vol.1 and not unsurprisingly, Cornish Lads Vol.2.  These are available for download and streaming on the usual websites or you can check out their music here: http://www.thecountrymen.co.uk/music/.

    “We just saw these guys at The Royal Cornwall Show and they were amazing. Beautiful harmonies and funny at the same time. A wide variety of music. Looking forward to the first album”  Teresa Bentley.

    They have also recently released their debut CD album, "Trees On The Hill” which is available at their performances and Online.

     “Fantastic band! Great harmonies and mix of music. Don't miss them!” Guy McKensie.

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online Now :
    Standard : £10.00 in advance
      ( £12.00 On The Door)

    Or Phone 01726 879500
    Or Buy at Tourist Offices in St Austell, Bodmin, Truro, Liskeard, Launceston, Penzance, St Ives  

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If Laughter is the Best Medicine, the LPSO is just the tonic – they'll leave you in stitches!

    The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra is a breath of fresh air. In a world where everyone is frightened to make a joke, for fear of offending someone, The LPSO is in no risk of offending anyone, except those with no sense of the ridiculous!

    The LPSO appeared at the Arts Centre last year and, just in case you couldn't believe what you saw then – they're back, more insanely brilliant before, with new songs, fresh fun plus one or two of the old favourites thrown in for good measure (although, some say they should have been thrown out!)

    Maintaining the musical comedy tradition of Viv Stanshall, the Bonzo Dog Doodah BandSpike Jones and his City Slickers and, in more recent times, The Old / New Rope String Band and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great BritainThe LPSOmeticulously blend virtuoso musical performances with anarchic, absurdist comedy. Their performances are colourful, bizarre, tuneful and hilarious, incorporating a wealth of instruments, costume changes, and numerous outlandish props.

    Most impressive is the group's seemingly endlesss energy and enjoyable enthusiasm to entertain and enchant. Their boundless exuberance and their skill and versatility of their musicianship drives the show forward and forward, and faster and faster, to a dafter and dafter comical climax, which will leave us all breathless with admiration.

    The LPSO come to the Arts Centre, for one night only, fresh from playing London's Union Chapel, as part of a star-studded bill including Ralph McTellChas and Dave, The Jive Aces, Chris Difford & Billy Bragg, in the show A Night For Lonnie Donnegan, honouring the UK's Skiffle King.

    As seen on Vernon Kay's "Five O'Clock Show"!
    “I love your band – great fun!”  Rick Wakeman
    “Great Night's Entertainment”  Jersey Arts Centre
    The LPSO raised the roof....with laughter, insanity & a fantastic range of every type of music - & musical instrument - possible. The audience left with wide smiles & happy hearts saying:  "We haven’t laughed so much in years!”  Director, King's Theatre, Cheddar
    “Who are you?” HRH Prince Philip

    Reserved Seats
    Click Here to Book your Tickets in advance :
    Adults : £12.50
    Over65s : £10.00
    Under16s : £10.00
    or
    Phone 01726 879500
    or
    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

  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    The Dolly Parton Story, with Hannah Richards

    Dolly Parton is enjoying quite some 2019. The 8-times Grammy Award winner, singer-songwriter made a show-stealing appearance at this year's Grammys, where she was honoured as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year. A revival of her show 9 to 5 has just opened to rave reviews in London's glittering West End and, later this year, an eight episode series entitled Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, based on the stories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs will premiere on Netflix.

    So, what better time is there to see a show based on the iconic Country music star's life and career?

    That is exactly what Hannah Richards' show The Dolly Parton Story does. This is no “tribute act”, but an affectionate and accurate look at Dolly Parton through good times and bad, performed in a ground-breaking format that takes its audience on an incredible journey through the highs and lows of Dolly's working and personal lives.

    Featuring passionate and heart-felt renditions of Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands In The Stream, Here You Come Again, Coat Of Many Colours, Joshua and many more, The Dolly Parton Story enjoyed sell out shows with standing ovations at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.

    Hannah sings the songs and tells the story of the “Queen of Country Music”, from her humble beginnings in the Smoky Mountains to her arrival as an international modern-day icon, idolised across generations, by men and women alike.

    Follow Dolly’s story from her childhood poverty, successful marriage, struggles in the music industry and making the cross-over from country to pop - this is a true rag to riches story that will leave you wanting more.

    Dolly Parton has won an astonishing 153 major awards including eight Grammys and 11 County Music Awards, including the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016,

    What a beautiful performance. Dolly’s Music comes alive in a contemporary way” Dominic King, BBC Radio

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online Now
    Standard : £15.00
    Unwaged : £13.00
    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

  • Fri
    11
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    The Blackheart OrchestraDescribed by the Daily Express as “Ethereal”
    BBC Radio 2 as “A great band”,
    Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” 
    and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring”

    If you want to cite influences, you could credit Mike Oldfield, Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, Michael Nyman, but the fact is The Blackheart Orchestra is unique, with a sound and style all of its own.

    Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.   The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral.

    Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with '80s synthesisers and classical influences.

    Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures.

    One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.

    A treat for the eyes as well as the ears: to witness two people become an “orchestra”; seemlessly, almost invisibly, switching vocals and instruments between them is as mesmeric to watch as their music is hypnotic to hear.

    Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington, plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.

    Voted #3 Best Unsigned Band of 2019 PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll
    Nominated for The Limelight Award 2018 Progressive Music Awards
    Winner ‘Best British Duo’ Exposure Music Awards
    Voted #4 Best New Band of 2018 PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online in advance :
    Earlybird : £11.00  ( £12.00 Full Price ) 
    Tickets are non-refundable
    Plus Special Two-Show Offer £10.00 per show  when bought with Will McNicol & Luke Selby (2nd June)
  • Wed
    27
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    Chris Difford

    An evening that's sure to be Cool For Cats!

    He never thought it would happen...
    Chris Difford
    brings his ‘Up the Junction’ tour to the St Austell Arts Centre, providing a string of songs and stories from his incredible life on and off the road, with his band Squeeze.

    Chris is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has with his collaborator, Glenn Tilbrook, very much “The Odd Couple”! Together they have made a lasting contribution to popular music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’.

    Despite the fact that Chris has helped provide the soundtrack to so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing & performing, rather than sit back and admire his handiwork.

    Over the course of a 13 album (40 year!) career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His street-savvy, witty & wise words and music Chris has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, with his influence and style still strong today today.

    Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze’s music and to Difford’s way with words, while journalists were moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’.

    Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film ‘Still Crazy’, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. Since then he has written and contributed lyrics for the likes of Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Jools Holland, Paul Carrack, Lisa Stansfield and Bryan Ferry.

    Don't miss your chance to spend an evening in the company of the Grammy nominated, double Ivor Novello award winner and one of the finest singer songwriters of our generation.

    Take him – he's yours!

    (Well, for one night only!)

    Click Here to Book Your EarlyBird Tickets before 1st July !

    Or Phone 01726 879500
    Standard : £18.50     (Full Price - £19.50)
    Unwaged : £16.00    (Full Price - £17.50)

  • Sat
    30
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre

    SOUND OF THE SIRENS

    Saturday, 30th November - 7.30pm

    All tickets: £12.00

    Sound of the Sirens 600 x 600

    SOUND OF THE SIRENS

    Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are Sound of the Sirens, a contemporary, folk-rock duo whose live shows combine a natural ability for connecting with their audiences and for giving unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and incredible musicianship.

    Sound of the Sirens released brand new album This Time in early 2019 on independent label DMF Records.

    Their debut album For All Our Sins was released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. New album This Time continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies with 15 catchy and heartfelt songs all written by Abbe and Hannah, whose voices harmonise beautifully throughout the entire album.

    Read a rave review of their live show here: