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Greatest rock ‘n’ roll

GET ready for the Christmas party spirit with Showaddywaddy at Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 15th December. For four decades, fans have called them “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band In The World”. It might be a bold statement but Showaddy­waddy has lived up to the hype. The band was formed in the 1970s in Leicester,…

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Ferocious Christmas collection

FEROCIOUS Dog, the proudly political band whose shows always include a food drop for the local needy, comes to the Talking Heads at Southampton on Friday 15th December. The acoustic gig showcases their signature sound of folk with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. Lead singer Ken Bonsall was a miner for 30 years and ended…

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice at Bridport

BRIDPORT celebrates the shortest day and the return of the light at the second Winter Solstice Festival, at the Electric Palace from 21st to 23rd December. The event, organised by Afro Celt Sound System and The Imagined Village founder Simon Emmerson, Bridport Electric Palace manager Susan Warren and local writer Margery Hookings, brings together some…

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Music of Rural England with the Mellstock Band

DORSET has always been a popular destination for the Mellstock Band, and this year the quartet will be bringing a new Christmas show, conjuring up the spirit and sounds of the rural past, to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 16th December with their new Christmas show. Frosty farmsteads, winter journeys, old superstitions and seasonal celebrations…

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The Spiegeltent is back for Christmas

CHRISTMAS and the Spiegeltent have become synonymous at Bristol since Steve Meadows first launched the venue at Bristol Harbourside’s Waterfront Square in 2012. This year the Spiegeltent’s programme of cabaret, jazz and festive fun runs to 23rd December. The Spiegeltent is a recreation of a mirrored colourful circus-style marquee from the turn of the 19th…

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Swan Christmas musical extravaganza

YEOVIL Community Orchestra is giving its Christmas concert at the Swan Theatre on Tuesday 12th December. The concert features  popular classics including The Snowman and Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festi­val as well as favourites from film and musical theatre such as Oliver, My Fair Lady and Pirates of the Caribbean. There will also be a  Disney…

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Quangling Christmas

THE Quangle Wangle Choir will be singing songs of the festive season at the church of St Nicholas at Abbotsbury on Saturday 16th December from 3 to 4pm. Phone 01305 871532 for more information.

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Gail’s Voices of the Sea

GAIL McGarva came to Lyme Regis to learn to build traditional wooden boats and has become one of the town’s best known characters – she performs her own musical celebration of the sea at the Marine Theatre on Sunday 17th December. A gig rower and builder, Gail is also an artist and Voices of the…

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Dickens goes jazz at Ilminster

THE world’s favourite Christmas ghost story gets a jazz makeover at Ilminster Arts Centre on Friday 15th December when the Alan Barnes Octet perform their unusual interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The story is told in a series of readings and after each the eight virtuoso musicians will bring the characters and scenes…

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Crooning into Christmas

THE Overtones arrive at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Monday 18th December for an evening of festive crooning. The five-piece doo-wop group was “spotted” when the members were working as shop decorators and singing while they worked. They promise a stocking rammed full of Christmas crackers including White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and…

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