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Sounds of Simon in Shaftesbury

THE duo Bookends, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, make no effort to look like Simon and Garfunkel or recreate a show spectacle, but accurately capture the sounds of the American singers who laid down a soundtrack for the sixties that has lasted fifty years. They make a welcome return to Shaftesbury Arts Centre on Friday…

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Portman paddles Coracle on Parrett

EMILY Portman and her Coracle Band stop at Bridgwater Arts Centre on Satur­day 25th March as part of a five-venue spring UK tour. The band includes violin virtuoso Sam Sweeney and the percussion leader of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, in a five peice line up that creates a magical sound sometimes reminiscent of early Incredible String…

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Low Riding to the Octagon

ANDY Fairweather-Low brings his Low Riders to Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on Friday 24th March for an evening of hits and more. The lead singer of Amen Corner and his band regularly sell out venues around the UK, and his many fans will be delighted at the chance to see and hear the music in Yeovil….

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North American with wierdo roots

DEVON Sproule, the American singer and songwriter touring the UK to promote her Gold String album, comes to Exeter and Bristol on 22nd and 25th March. The new album is described as North American music with wierdo roots, was recorded in Yukon, Ontario, and Nova Scotia and features backing from Toronto dream-poppers Bernice. Her old…

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From the truckstop at the end of the world

BILL Kirchen, one of the pioneers of Americana, comes  Bristol and Topsham with Austin De Lone, known as the “father of pub rock.” Bill was the  peerless lead guitarist of the legendary Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, arguably the initiators of Americana. Since then, in a  long and productive solo career, he has…

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Stripped-down ivory tinkling

ALEXIS Taylor visits the Lantern at Bristol Colston Hall on Tuesday 21st March to perform songs from his third album, Piano. The Guardian describes his playing as “stripped-down ivory tinkling” from the Hot Chip, saying the new album has turned its back on “pop affectations.”  It is “something totally sparse and infinitely more vulnerable”, says…

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Food and music fund-raising evening at Bruton

TELEVISION’s Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and comedian and writer Viv Groskop, both local residents, will be at Bruton’s At The Chapel on 26th March for a fund-raising evening of local food, drink and music. The celebrity guests will host an auction and the evening will end with a performance by Reef, a big-name band…

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Brilliant afternoon of jazz

WILTSHIRE Music Centre artist in residence, jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock, joins the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra for an afternoon concert on Sunday 26th March. From 3pm, the audience can expect brilliant big band jazz at Bradford on Avon, led by award-winning pianist Simcock at the start of his Nimmo Residency. Widely acclaimed for his exciting,…

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Remi at Corsham

REMI Harris, whose skills as a gypsy jazz and blues guitarist have won him fans around the world, comes to the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham at 7pm on Thurday 23rd March. “Incredible guitarist … I’m absolutely blown away by his talent,” says Jamie Cullum. In 2016 Remi performed at the legendary Montreal Jazz Festival,…

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