Live Music

  • Fri
    19
    Apr
    2024
    7:30 PMSt Austell Arts Centre, Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ

    MARTIN SIMPSON: A MASTER OF HIS ART

    FRI.19th APRIL - 7.30pm

    Tickets:  £18.00 (advance); £19.00 (on the day)
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    Martin Simpson has had the most nominations of any performer in the history of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
    32 nominations, 13 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that particular accolade twice.

    The remarkable intimate solo performances of Martin Simpson go from strength to strength - every gig is a masterclass.
    He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

    “What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer’s question recently, but the facts speak for themselves:

    40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent.
    Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.

    He is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him Number 12 guitarist in the world.

    Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game.
    Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Martin is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving.
    He is a former winner of the Folk Album of the Year award for his album The Prodigal Son, which included his poignant and profound song “Never Any Good”.

    Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great musicians he has worked with.

    In recent years, he has been a lynchpin in the award-winning Full English, and The Elizabethan Sessions.
    In 2015, Simpson recorded 'Murmurs', an exciting new album with Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr.

    Martin's most recent album was released in November last year to the usual critical acclaim. ‘Home Recordings’ was recorded at his home by his regular producer, now neighbour Andy Bell, and finds Martin singing and playing, literally amongst his beloved guitar and banjo collection and out on his Peak District-facing porch.

    Martin is planning a new solo album for release next March on Topic Records. Always prolific, and never one to rest long without a guitar in his hands and a song in his head, Martin is genuinely thrilled to be back out on the road now - back where he loves to be - playing live.

    A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty.
    A true master of his art.

    “Martin is in a class of his own. He is such an expressive player; he is ingenious in his use of the guitar. You can listen to one of his songs and three or four minutes in, he has only used the top four strings and not even played a bass note yet, and when he does, it feels like an orchestra coming in. His clarity of playing is just amazing.” Jackson Browne

    “One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene” ‘Sounds better than ever’ **** 4 Stars The Guardian

    “Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own.” ; The Times

    “Martin Simpson has transcended borders and oceans to quietly become a superb storyteller and musician of great depth and unquestionable taste.” ; Stephen Fearing

    ‘Simpson’s latest is a potent blend of the highest calibre…Simpson has never sung or played better’

    Photo Credit : Geoff Trinder

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    Or In-Person at Tourist Offices in Truro, Boscawen Street,  and St Austell (at Rail Station)

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2024
    7:30 PMSt Austell Arts Theatre

    "Ar Log" Welsh Folk BandDafydd Roberts – triple harp, flute, whistles, vocals
    Iolo Jones – fiddle
    Geraint Cynan – keyboards, vocals
    Geraint Glynne Davies – guitar, lead vocal
    Graham Pritchard – fiddle, mandolin, vocals
    Gwyndaf Roberts – knee harp, vocals

    'Ar Log' was formed in August 1976 specifically to represent Wales at a Celtic Festival in Lorient, Brittany.
    Following the festival, on the advice of The Dubliners, the band decided to continue to perform and earn their living through touring. The band succeeded in touring full time for seven years, spending nine months of each year abroad.

    Since it was formed in 1976, Ar Log’s sets have followed the long folk tradition in Wales of performing songs in the Welsh language as well as reviving the more ancient tradition of performing instrumental pieces. The group feature the Welsh triple harp and the name Ar Log means ‘on hire’.

    By 1982, Ar Log had become particularly associated with Dafydd Iwan, a long-standing figure in the Welsh national movement. In 1983, Ar Log embarked on its second tour with Dafydd Iwan and recorded their second album together.
    The new anthem for that tour was Yma o Hyd which has recently enjoyed a huge revival and has become an unofficial anthem for Wales’ National Football Team.

    The band has performed in twenty one countries across the UK, Europe and both North & South America promoting Welsh traditional music and songs.
    During their tours, Ar Log have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the folk world, namely Alan Stivell from Brittany, Mary Black, De Dannan, The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, The Furies and Clannad from Ireland, The Battlefield Band, Boys of the Lough, Silly Wizard and Run Rig from Scotland and many ‘World Music’ artists from all corners of the globe.
    Between 1978 and 2018 Ar Log released eleven albums and two singles.

    “Ar Log is one of the most durable and best-loved Welsh folk groups. The band’s extraordinary level of musicianship and manly and sensitive Welsh language vocals… can all be experienced on their recordings.” Christiana Roden, music journalist, New York

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.30pm

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance : Standard : £15.00
    ( Tickets are non-refundable )
    Reserved Searts
    Free Car Parking On-Site

    Book Online or Phone 01726 63513 ( 9.00am to 8.00pm )
    or
    Buy In-Person at Tourist Offices in : Truro, Boscawen Street, St Austell at Rail Station, Bodmin, Shire Hall and Liskeard, Pike Street

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  • Fri
    10
    May
    2024
    7:30 PMSt Austell Arts Theatre

    The Press Gang

    Based in and around the St Austell Bay Area, The Press Gang are a group of nine singers and musicians who perform foot-stomping shanties, melodic songs of the sea and songs of their beloved Kernow.

    Well established and revered by audiences near and far, they are known for reworking traditional shanties into their own harmonious, energetic style and mixing Cornish tradition with raucous entertainment.

    From grand festival stages to small intimate venues, The Press Gang have been taking audiences on maritime and Cornish heritage voyages through songs and shanties for well over a decade.

    Come, stomp your feet, clap your hands and let them immerse you in the captivating melodies of the sea and Cornwall.

    Joining The Press Gang are Kana: fresh off the release of their debut EP and excited about what lies ahead in 2024.
    Their set has expanded to include even more original material, while they still hold plenty of focus on putting their individual, feminine twist on some folk classics.

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.30pm
    ( Show ends about 10.00pm )

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets in advance : Standard : £10.00 ( £12.00 On The Day )
    ( Tickets are non-refundable )

    Reserved Seats
    Free Car Parking On-Site

    Book Online or Phone 01726 63513 ( 9.00am to 8.00pm )
    or
    Buy In-Person at Tourist Offices in : Truro, Boscawen Street, St Austell at Rail Station, Bodmin, Shire Hall and Liskeard, Pike Street

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  • Sat
    11
    May
    2024
    7:00 PMSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Eurovision 2024 Get ready to experience the magic of Eurovision like never before!

    Join us for an unforgettable Eurovision Song Contest Night at the St Austell Arts Theare!
    Immerse yourself in the glitz, glamour, and pure entertainment of Europe's most beloved musical extravaganza.

    Watch all the action unfold on our Big Screen, where you'll feel like you're right in the heart of the competition.
    From dazzling performances to outrageous costumes, every moment will be larger than life, and make sure you dress for the occasion

    Whether you're a die-hard Eurovision fan or just looking for A Fun Night Out, this event promises to be an absolute blast!

    Don't miss out on the excitement – gather your friends and join us for a Eurovision experience unlike any other at St Austell Arts Theatre. See you there!

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 6.30pm. Eurovision starts at 7.00pm
    (Approximate end time - Midnight)

    Tickets in advance :
    Standard : £10.00

    ( Tickets are non-refundable )

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Online Now
    or
    Phone 01726 63513 ( 9.00am to 8.00pm )
    or
    Buy In-Person at Tourist Offices in : Truro, Boscawen Street, St Austell at Rail Station, Bodmin, Shire Hall and Liskeard, Pike Street

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  • Wed
    15
    May
    2024
    7:30 PMSt Austell Arts Theatre

    Wednesday 15th May, 2024 - 7.30pm

    All tickets: £27.50 (advance) £30.00 (on the day)

    DEAN FRIEDMAN IN CONCERT

    The fantastic American singer-songwriter

    plays his only date in Cornwall for 2024!

    Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.

    Following Friedman's sold-out, 40th Anniversary Tour, Friedman returns to the stage armed with a stunning collection of his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’ - songs of pathos and humor that deal with family, friends, neighbours, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately essential stuff of everyday life.

    His songs with their catchy tunes and clever, witty lyrics are, in turns, intelligent, perceptive. humorous and poignant. He is recognised, by critics and fans alike, as one of the finest songwriters of his generation.

    "The Soundtrack of our lives!"– NYTimes

    "Songsmith extraordinaire!”– MusicWeek

    Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant”– ThreeWeeks

    In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring, Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON, NBC’s Eerie Indiana, Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade and the indie horror classic, ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’.

    Dean has also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, based on songwriting workshops and songwriting masterclasses. He’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

    A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboard, featuring songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favourites, drawn from his eight studio albums.

    Invite family and friends and join Dean for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share, performed by this gifted and likeable singer-songwriter.

    Doors Open and Licensed Bar from 7.00pm.  Show starts at 7.30pm

    Click Here to Book Your Tickets Now : £27.50 ( in advance )     (  £30.00 On The Day)
    ( Tickets are non-refundable )
    Book Online or Phone CRBO on 01726 63513 (9.00am to 8.00pm)
    or
    Buy In-Person at Tourist Offices inTruro, Boscawen Street, St Austell - at Rail Station, Bodmin, Shire Hall, Liskeard, Pike Street

    NB : Card Payment Online now needs your Postcode (again) after the Card Security Number - Watch for it!