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American Museum celebrates Independence Day

THE American Museum at Bath turns the clock back more than two centuries for this year’s celebrations of Independence Day, with two weekends of living history, music and fun. The first weekend, 30th June and 1st July, will transport visitors back to 1776 with living history displays by the Crown Forces Association and the Society…

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Acoustic Talon in Somerset

TALON will be returning to Bridgewater Arts Centre on Thurs­day 28th June with their acoustic set, In the Raw. The evening will feature many Eagles classics with acoustic arrangements, as well as the band’s own personal favorites.  The Acoustic Collection is the most extensive tour to date. The Bridgewater gig starts at 8pm. For more…

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Northern soul in Stur

THE Edwin Starr band comes to The Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Saturday 30th June for a night of Northern Soul and Motown partying. The line up features Angelo Starr with Lorraine Silver. Listen out for the classics including WAR (what is it good for?), SOS (stop her on sight) 25 Miles, HAPPY Radio, Lost…

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Bluegrass or trashgrass

YOU just have to find a new category for every sound, and that made by Whis­key Shivers has been described as “trashgrass” – loud, fast versions of the Poaceae blue variety. The band from Austin, playing in their signature barefoot mode, sleeveless and seeaty with their fiddling frontman Bobby Fitz­gerald grinning constantly, barking instructions,  will…

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Mungo Jerry headlines at Poole Harbour Fest

WESTBOURNE resident Ray Dorset has only a short journey when his band Mungo Jerry plays at the Poole Harbour Festival from 27th to 29th July. Known for their immortal In the Summertime, the band headlines the festival, which brings more than 30 acts to three stages, as well as offering children’s entertainment, street food, local…

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Smart maritime folk

THE East Pointers, playing at Bristol’s Folk House on Friday 29th June, blur the lines between traditional Celtic tunes and popular music. The band brings what the Guar­dian describes as “smart maritime folk” from the distant coasts of Prince Edward Island, with a chest full of fiddles, banjos, guitars and foot-stomping rhythms. The music starts at…

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Timely and timeless

EAST Nashville-based band Cor­do­vas come to the Louisiana in Bristol on Friday 29th June for a night of  triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling and cosmic country twang. The band create their own version of American roots-rock with That Santa Fe Channel, due for release in August. The album, produced by Kenneth Pattengale, is timely and timeless,…

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At the Pictures with Three Cane Whale

MULTI-instrumentalists Three Cane Whale bring their new project At The Pictures to West Country venues, starting at North Cadbury on Friday 29th June, with dates at Bristol, South Petherton, West Bay and Corsham. The trio’s music is often described by critics as cinematic, and At The Pictures features music played live to accompany 12 short…

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Jazz at Sladers Yard

ALAN Barnes, the acclaimed saxophonist and clarinettist, returns to Sladers Yard, the gallery and arts venue at West Bay, on Saturday 23rd June, for an evening of classic jazz with trumpeter Ian Smith and guitarist Denni Ilett. Barnes has a unique gift for combining modern sophistication with the charm of the jazz tradition. Over the…

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Magic of Wiltshire in words and music

THE newly-formed Wiltshire Creative has its first production, A Wiltshire Tale, continuing  at Bridport Arts Centre on 23rd June and the Larmer Tree Festival before it comes to Salisbury Arts Centre. Written and performed by Nick Harper, who has been hailed as The Bard of Wiltshire, the show uses words and music to take a…

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