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Fifty years of convening Fairport

FAIRPORT Convention, the original folk rockers, visit the Tivoli in Wimborne on Friday 26th May as part of a tour to celebrate their golden anniversary. It’s an incredible 50 years since the first incarnation of Fairport took to the stage in the summer of love, 1967. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of…

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Swing into Lyme for the jazz and blues weekend

LYME Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend, 26th to 28th May, brings some of the country’s most exciting bands and performers to the Marine Theatre. The opening night gig, from 8pm, features The Jive Aces and Amy Baker. The six-piece band has an international reputation for high energy performances guaranteed to get you on your feet…

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Fleas in Bridport’s Electric Palace

THE eagerly-awaited community circus-opera-musical Flea! will be opening at Bridport’s Electric Palace on Tuesday 23rd May. Devised by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s Hester Goodman, with music by award-winning west Dorset composer Andrew Dickson, the circus-themed community production has ukuleles, fleas, dogs – and a cast of more than 100. It’s been three years…

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Back home with a new album

BARTON boys Phil and Tilley are lifelong friends who began performing together in 2012. They will be at Forest Arts in New Miton on Saturday 27th May for a special homecoming gig after four years touring the Antipodes,  playing more than 800 live gigs with an acoustic guitar and a folding upright bass! They take…

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A Sprig of Thyme

GILLINGHAM Singers Choir will be peforming folk and jazz songs at St James’ Church in Shaftesbury on Tuesday 23rd May. The Sprig of Thyme is a charming cycle of 11 English, Scottish and Irish folk songs arranged by John Rutter for mixed choir. Although the collection includes songs in a variety of styles, they all…

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The Foghorn Stringband – an intoxicating old time brew

IF you love American old-time stringband music you won’t want to miss the only West Country dates for a quartet who are masters of this foot-tapping genre, coming to Dorset at the end of May. The Foghorn Stringband has two dates with Artsreach at Corfe Castle village hall on Saturday 27th and Portesham hall on…

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New sound, new album for Emily

AUSTRALIAN singer and songwriter Emily Barker releases her new album Sweet Kind of Blue on 19th May, and is about to set out on a UK tour to introduce the songs to her many fans. The album marks a new sound, returning to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her career. Hear them…

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Evershot style with Diz and the Doormen

THE next gig at Evershot Village Hall, on Saturday 20th May, features Diz and the Doormen, playing barrelhouse blues and boogie woogie New Orleans Style from the maestro and his five-piece combo. The line up also features conga legend Tony Groco Uter from Jamaica, with DJ The Gringo playing afro funk, calypso, blue beat, reggae…

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Hello darkness my old friend

THE most authentic sounding of the many Simon and Garfunkel tributes, Bookends, comes to Poole’s Lighthouse on Friday 26th May. Dan Haynes and Pete Richards make no claims to looking like the American duo or producing a show that resembles one of their appearances, but shut your eyes and listen to the harmonies and you’d…

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Jump in and join the Bath Festivals

BATH Festivals, combining the city’s long-established music and literary festivals, opens on 19th May with the always eagerly anticipated Party in the Park, followed by nine days of varied and exciting events. The line up includes some of the world’s best known authors, a debate on the American political scene, three months into Donald Trump’s…

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