The Arts Section

The Tiger Lillies, Taunton Brewhouse and touring

MARTIN Jacques (that’s not as in Hattie Jakes or As You Like It Jay-quez but Jax) and his merrie band took Taunton by peculiar storm on Saturday 22nd June, when the new Tiger Lillies album, The Devil’s Fairground, was performed in its entirety. The trio (now with one replaced member) used to be regulars on…

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The Mousetrap, Bristol Hippodrome

WE have to thank two queens for The Mousetrap, the worlds longest initial running play. Opening in the Ambassadors Theatre on 6th October 1952 and moving to the St Martin’s Theatre in 1974, where it continues to run successfully today, the play has its roots in an enquiry by the BBC in 1947 to the…

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Jazz great back in Christchurch

LEGENDARY bandleader Chris Barber celebrates an in­credible 70 years of perfor­m­ance with a show at Christ­church Regent Centre on Sun­day 30th June. The Big Chris Barber Band also marks its own 65th anniversary this year. One of the biggest names in international jazz, Chris Barber OBE returns to the Regent to mark the 70th anniversary…

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Bombadils from Canada to West Country

THE Canadian duo The Bombardils – Nova Scotian maritimer Luke Fraser and Alberta prairie-girl Sarah Frank – will be stopping at Worth Matravers on 30th June and New Milton 13th July as part of their current European tour. They have established a strong fan base,  creating beau­tiful harmonies and  melo­dies with old folk songs, poetry, and original songs…

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Ian Brown back at Ringwood

FISHERMAN’s friend and manager Ian W Brown comes to Ringwood Folk Club on Tuesday 25th June. He has also inspired film-makers, played by Dan­iel Mays in the Fisherman’s Friends film and rumoured to be the basis for Gregor Fisher’s downtrodden manager in Love Actually. The former farmer and secret hit maker is going back to…

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NODA nominated Pirates performed at Martock

THE Guardians of Martock Church have invited the members of Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society to sing their highly-praised version of The Pirates of Penzance in the beautiful church on Saturday 29th June from 7.30pm. The full production has been nominated for the Best Gilbert and Sullivan show in the NODA awards. The concert performance…

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Puppini Sisters at the Regent

THE Puppini Sisters, who started out as a retro trio, have become true originals, with an international following. They will be at the Regent Centre in Christ­church on Saturday 22nd June. In the ten years since they began, Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins and Emma Smith have blazed a trail in   gorgeous close harmony singing, swing-style…

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From the Black Death to the age of populism – history festival is “brilliant”

FOR seven days from 24th to 20th June, a quiet valley in Broad Chalke is transformed into the world’s largest history festival – and this year’s Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival promises to be even more exciting and stimulating, bringing history to life from the horrors of the Black Death to the challenges of…

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A play with deep southern heart and soul

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorise” “I would rather have 30 minutes of ‘wonderful’ than a lifetime of nothing special.” IF these two quotations immediately evoke the laugh-and-cry roller-coaster of Steel Magnolias, you will know what delights are in store with Warminster’s Athenaeum Limelight Players perform the…

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