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Discover an Indian epic

THE colourful and vivid dramas of the great Hindu gods are brought vividly to life with music and storytelling in Ramayana, performed by Emily Hennessey and sitar virtuoso Sheema Mukherjee at Morden village hall on Saturday 1st February, at 7.30pm, and Springhead at Fontmell Magna on Sunday 2nd, at 5pm. Deep in the forest Rama…

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Brubeck reborn

ONE of the all-time jazz greats is celebrated in The Brubeck Project, by the Devon-based Neil Maya Quartet, making a welcome return to the Artsreach circuit at Evershot village hall on Friday 31st January, and Martinstown on Saturday 1st February. Described as “the golden age of jazz reborn,” the concert will take the audience back…

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Remembering Benjamin Rose

ON 29th January 1820, Benjamin Rose sat down in his alehouse in Belchalwell and began to copy country dance tunes into a small book. Amazingly, the book survived and on Saturday 1st February, Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson will lead a band of local folk musicians for a ceilidh celebrating the anniversary. The book had…

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Beyond the Barricade comes of age

THE musical show Beyond the Barricade celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, with a major national tour. The first of its six dates in the south and west is at Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 31st January at 7.45. Now the UK’s longest running musical theatre concert tour, Beyond the Barricade features past principals from Les…

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French Connections

THE focus is clearly France when Poole Lighthouse hosts Le Big Sing on Sunday 26th January. With rehearsals from 9.30am and a peformance in the concert hall at 4pm,  this is a chance for singers and music lovers to come together to enjoy the music of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. They will…

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In praise of Phil Ochs

MARTYN Joseph, currently on a UK tour, comes to The Brook in Southampton on 2nd February. The tour introduces his fans to the music of American protest singer (or political singer as he preferred) Phil Ochs, who took his own life in 1976, leaving behind hundreds of songs, the best known of which is probably…

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Harmonies from the Milk Carton

AMERICAN duo The Milk Carton Kids are touring the UK, stopping at Bristol Thekla on Saturday 25th January as part of their “very small venues at very low prices” journey. The singer songwriters sound  a lot like early Simon and  Garfunkel, with much more interesting guitar.  Their tour is promoting the new album The Only…

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Only regional screening for Ronnie Wood film

FANS of the Rolling Stones in general and guitarist Ronnie Wood in particular should head for Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Tuesday 28th January, where the cinema has the only regional screening of the film Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me. Director Mike Figgis’ acclaimed documentary covers all aspects of Ronnie’s turbulent life and…

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Brazilian choro on Artsreach tour

THE UK’s leading exponents of the Brazilian choro musical tradition, Avorada, are coming to Dorset for a short tour at Wootton Fitzpaine village hall on Thursday 23rd, followed by Portesham on Friday 24th and Chetnole on Saturday 25th, all starting at 7.30pm. Choro is a rich and uplifting style of instrumental music from Rio de…

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Visiting jazz and student recitals at Sherborne

THERE are more free lunchtime recitals by Sher­borne School students in January and a Visiting Artists recital  on Thursday 23rd January in the Tindall Recital Hall with s the Dave Newton Trio starting at 6.30pm. On Friday 24th January at 1.45pm at Cheap Street Church, there is a woodwind recital, and on Friday 31st a…

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