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Celebrating Steinbeck in Somerset

SIXTY years ago, the American novelist, John Steinbeck, who would be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, came to Bruton to research and write a modern translation of the Morte d’Arthur, written by Thomas Malory in the 15th century. Steinbeck, who was already famous for his novels Of Mice and Men and The…

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Summer sensations with Artsreach!

SUMMER 2019 brings a host of exciting, colourful and musical delights to Artsreach audiences across Dorset.The newly launched summer programme has nine different companies and performers visiting 18 rural venues, with everything from world music to wildlife puppets, outdoor drama to opera. The season starts with virtuoso kora player Modou Ndiaye, songwriter, drummer and percussionist,…

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Easter in Martock with Yeovil Band

YEOVIL Concert Band makes its fourth visit to All Saint’s Church in Martock on Saturday 27th April, for its annual Easter concert. The programme includes a selection of show tunes, folk songs, operatic and classical music. Since the wind band was formed in 1999 with just eight members, it has gone from strength to strength….

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Turning back the American clock

HAIR – the Musical, touring the UK on the 50th anniversary of its sensational London opening, comes to Plymouth from  Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April. Thet Hope Mill Theatre production is all ready to welcome the Age of Aquarius again. It’s 1967 and the hippie tribe  youngsters in the East Village of New York…

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Antony Costa in Rock of Ages

BOYBAND star Antony Costa joins the cast of Rock of Ages at Bristol Hippodrome until 20th April, in the role of Stacee Jaxx. Best known as a member of Blue, his previous theatre credits include  Mickey Johnson in Blood Brothers and Save The Last Dance For Me. Antony joins Kevin Kennedy  as Dennis, Zoe Birkett…

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Armageddon comes to Frome

FROME-based artist Barry Cooper, whose work has always had a strong political element, shows a new exhibition, Armageddon, at the Silk Mill at Frome from Good Friday, 19th April to Thursday 2nd May, daily from 10am to 6.30pm. Barry has always explored the effects of local and international politics, and his reaction to them, through…

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Keane’s Tom Chaplin performs Queen

TOM Chaplin, legendary frontman of Keane, begins his tour performing the songs of Queen at Bourne­mouth International Centre on Thursday 18th April, the first of six dates accompanied by the 24-piece Leo Green Orchestra that was behind his London Palladium Queen shows. Tom will perform an array of hits including Somebody To Love, Don’t Stop…

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Songs inspired by nature

NATHAN Bell is on a UK and European tour, stopping at Bristol’s Crofters Rights on 16th April. His new single, Call it Love, is delighting fans and critics. He splits his time between Cornwall and London and finds inspiration in the outdoors. Much of his material is connected to his surroundings. “It’s where I write…

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Drystones back home

SOMERSET-based duo The Dry­stones are on a UK spring tour, making seven stops in the south and west, from 13th April until 17th May. Fiddler and vocalist Alex Garden  and Ford Collier, who sings, plays guitar and tin whistle, have been playing together since secondary school, and released their first album in the same year…

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