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Rumours return

RUMOURS of Fleetwood Mac returns to Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 27th April for a performance in the concert hall starting at 7.30. The new show celebrates 40 years since the iconic Rumours album was released. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music and channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac, the tribute band offers a unique…

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Moved by popular demand

THE neo-folk bluegrass quartet The Dead South sold so many tickets that organisers moved the Satur­day 28th April gig from the Lantern at Bristol Colston Hall to the larger Anson Rooms at the University. The band, which hails from the remote prairies of rural Canada. Having has described itself as “Mumford and Sons’ evil twins”….

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Four women serve up feast of folk and Americana

THREE leading singer-songwriters and the Queen of Folk are heading for Bristol  and Bath in the coming weeks, as part of their UK tours. The first is Louisiana-born and Nashville based Mary Gauthier, whose latest album, Rifles and Rosary Beads, is hailed as one of the most important of the decade. The songs were written…

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Graham Stansfield 1940-2018

DORSET composer Graham Stansfield passed away peacefully in Poole Hospital on Friday 13th April following a long and valiant struggle with cancer, an illness he steadfastly refused to make concessions to. He worked consistently throughout lengthy and often debilitating periods of treatment. Indeed, just six days before he had introduced his latest work – new…

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Scrapstore extravaganza at Gloucester Services

YOU might not associate Gloucester Services with Britain’s Got Talent. What on earth could link the super-farmshop on the M5 that has made a motorway service station a foodie destination with a glitzy finalist from the reality television show? All will be revealed on Monday 23rd April. In keeping with the environmentally committed ethos of…

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Paloma Faith steps in for Bath Festival finale

BRIT Award winner Paloma Faith will headline the Saturday night of this year’s 70th anniversary Bath Festival finale weekend, 26th and 27th May as an extension to her sell-out summer tour, replacing Tears For Fears, whose spring 2018 tour has been cancelled for health reasons. For fans, Paloma Faith will be an exciting replacement for…

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New songs from homecoming Miranda

DEVON resident Miranda Skyes, acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands and soloist,  returned to her roots with her latest album Borrowed Places. In a career spanning more than two decades, Miranda has played with many of the top musicians and singers in the folk world. Last Autumn she reveted to how she started…

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Maddy’s trio on tour

MADDY Prior’s latest trio manifestation, with Giles Lewin and Hannah James, is touring again by popular demand, and their spring tour comes to its end in the south west. The queen of folk performers has been performing with the Carnival Band’s Lewin for many years, bringing their ever energetic Christmas show to audiences around the…

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Kath and Sean on the road again

KATHRYN Roberts and her husband Sean Lakeman are on the road again, making four stops in the south and west from 25th April to 6th May. Double winners of BBC Radio Folk Awards Best Duo, they introduce their new album Personae on the current UK tour. The Dartmoor-based duo have been performing for more than two…

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Jesse Terry on the road

NEW York born singer songwriter Jesse Terry is on a UK tour, stopping in the south west at Chettle, Triscombe and Watchet  from 27th to 29th April. Jesse is a prolific indie artists, whose soothing voice has been compared to Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Ray La­Montagne and James Taylor. His three LPs are The Runner,…

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