Waters, Wild and Ninebarrow

THE Dorset-based folk duo Ninebarrow – Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere – release their new album, The Waters and the Wild, at Poole’s Lighthouse on Saturday 21st April. Jon and Jay became friends at school in Poole more than 20 years ago. They moved away to study and to qualify, Jon as a primary school…

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Covent Garden comes to Dorset

DORSET Opera Festival is hosting a special concert by members of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme, at Milton Abbey on Saturday 28th April at 7.30. The programme is designed to support the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their careers. The singers are employed as salaried members of the…

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Jon Boden solo before Remnant Kings tour

JON Boden, lead singer with Bellowhead and his own band the Rem­nant Kings, is on a short solo tour this spring, stopping at Taun­ton Brew­house on Saturday 21st April. With the 11-piece Remnant Kings will will be at The Brook in Southampton on Tuesday 1st May, He is also playing 1st May, Bristol Colston Hall…

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Real, resonant and raw

IAN Siegal has been touring for more than 25 years, and all that time his mission statement has remained unchanged  – he sings songs that are real, performs shows that resonate, and serves his vocals raw. Ian is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artist since the great names of the sixties….

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White Buffalo seen in Bristol

SINGER and songwriter Jake Smith, better known as The White Buffalo, stops on his UK tour at the Academy in Bristol on Friday 20th April. He has resolutely charted his own single-minded musical course for more than a decade and his captivating live presence and workingman’s approach to his craft has earned him a loyal fan…

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From Lady Maisery to Rheingans Sisters

THE Rheingans Sisters, one of whom is part of the Lady Maisery trio, launch their third duo album, Bright Field, at Chapel Arts in Bath on Thursday 19th April. Known on the folk scene as musicians, composers and folk music scholars, the sisters released their award-winning album Already Home in 2015. As full-hearted and graceful…

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The Decameron comes to Shaftesbury

ONE of the most famous – and sauciest – collections of stories from the Middle Ages, Boccaccio’s Decameron, is brought to the stage of Shaftesbury Arts Centre from  Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April. Adapted and directed by Dave Hollis, this is an ebullient and raunchy dramatisation of some of Boccaccio’s infamous short stories, which…

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Miller classic at Tobacco Factory

THE second play in the new Tobacco Factory Theatres spring season is Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, at the Bedminster theatre from Wednesday 18th April to Saturday 12th May. Directed by TFT artistic director Mike Tweddle (making his directing debut), the production stars Mark Letheren as Eddie, Katy Stephens as Beatrice and Laura…

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Triple bill headed by Skimmity Hitchers

THE Skimmity Hitchers are headlining a triple bill at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Friday 20th April. It’s something of an annual tradition for the cider-swilling reprobates in Dorset’s county town. Popular in the west country for their humorous and high-energy take on the Scrumpy and Western genre, the quartet will be entertaining their fans with…

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A nice cup of tea and a party

TEA is our national drink, right? Well, yes, but these days it is most likely to come from a bag (not at all environmentally friendly, since many of them include plastic) rather than loose leaf tea served from a tea-pot. And then there are all those international coffee chains (equally bad on the environment with…

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A quarter of a century of Dorset Art Weeks

HOW time flies! It is a quarter of a century since the first Dorset Art Weeks – in fact, the actual anniversary was last year. The original DAW, one of the oldest open studios in the country, was in 1992. The biennial festival of visual arts in Dorset returns this year, from 26th May to…

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More days with BalletBoyz

BALLETBOYZ are back on tour with Fourteen Days, coming to Poole’s Lighthouse on Thursday 19th April at 7.45 and to Yeovil Octagon on 24th May. The award-winning all-male dance company includes four new works and an audience favourite in the programme. Choreographers Javier De Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Yeovil’s Christopher Wheel­don teamed…

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Get fresh with the Devon Guild

THE Devon Guild of Craftsmen has issued its biennial Get Fresh! open call to South West designer-makers, inviting applications from recent graduates and emerging designer-makers. The closing date for entries is Monday 14th May, and the Get Fresh! exhibition will run at the Guild’s contemporary crafts gallery at Bovey Tracey, from Saturday 19th January to…

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Titanic tour opens in Southampton

IN April 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York. So there couldn’t be a more suitable city for the start of the tour of the musical based on her famous and fateful journey. Titanic the Musical opens at the Mayflower Theatre on 12th April, in the week…

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Show Of Hands back where they started

A FOLK duo who had the last laugh on the cynics when they sold out the Royal Albert Hall are back where they started in the West Country, on their spring 2018 tour, which continues at the Barnfield Theatre at Exeter on Wednesday 18th April with guest Geoff Lakeman (father of Seth, Sam and Sean). Since…

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Phil Butler heads Poole’s Coastal Comedy line-up

POOLE’s Lighthouse centre for the arts welcomes the multi-talented Phil Butler, heading the line-up at the first gig of the new season of Coastal Comedy, in the Sherling Studio on Saturday 21st April at 8pm. Phil Butler uses comedy, magic and a few other skills he’s picked up along the way to create a one-man…

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Clare at the Brewhouse

CLARE Teal comes to Taunton Brewhouse on Thursday 19th April with her show Swing’s the Thing, starting at 7.30. Clare brings her trio on a welcome return to the theatre, celebrating  popular music from the golden age of song. The new show sees Clare and her excellent musicians effortlessly traverse a rich landscape of timeless…

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Enigmatic monochrome wins Ilminster prize

AN elegant, mysterious black and white image of a wooden staircase has won the top prize in the Ilminster Open Photographic exhibition, currently on show at the arts centre at the Meeting House, until 27th April. The winners were announced at a special evening preview event at the arts centre, selected from a strong field…

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Poignant film launches Sarah’s tour

SINGER and songwriter Sarah McQuaid is setting out on a UK and Irish tour, and has teamed up with a filmmaker to record a true organ donor story ahead of the tour. Based in Cornwall, Sarah has been working with award-winning filmmaker Brett Harvey to make a music video/short film based on the poignant true…

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Anniversary production of My Fair Lady

MILTON Musical Society its celebrating its 50th anniversary with a production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady at the Regent Centre in Christchurch from 18th to 21st April. The company’s first show was Goodnight Vienna, in 1968, and is delighted to present one of the first amateur productions of My Fair Lady, the story…

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Britain’s oldest quilt on show at the American Museum

THE oldest quilt in existence, a patchwork coverlet made in 1718, will be displayed at the American Museum in Britain, at Claverton Down near Bath, to mark its 300th anniversary. The coverlet has joined the museum’s own world renowned textile collection which has more than 250 quilts and is considered to be the finest of…

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Famous cheesemakers trade truckles

TWO of the country’s most respected cheesemakers, Quicke’s of Devon and Montgomery’s of South Somerset, have revealed the  results of a pioneering experiment in which truckles of their farmhouse Cheddar cheeses traded places to be aged in each other’s stores. Cheesemongers, chefs, affineurs,  cheesemakers and buyers met Mary Quicke and James Montgomery, at The Cheese…

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Anything but Stade at Forest Arts

CANADIAN comedian Tom Stade, who is now resident in the UK and a major star of the comedy circuit and the Edinburgh Fringe, comes to Forest Arts at New Milton on Saturday 21st April. One reviewer commented: “There is nothing staid about Stade” and another said: “If comedy is the new rock’n’roll then Tom Stade…

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