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Sarah’s latest tour

SARAH McQuaid, the singer and songwriter whose St Buryan Sessions album made the “best of” lists of 2021 on three continents, sets off on a new UK tour in May, making five stops in the South West. Following concerts in Ireland, Scotland and the north, she ‘s back in Cornwall from 17th to 19th June….

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Dancing in the streets

FOLK song and dance returns to South Petherton on Saturday 18th June, with the first Petherton Folk Fest  for two years, since the pandemic closed down so many performing arts events and venues. This is a totally free event, with events all round the attractive old town. Folk musicians will perform in Petherton’s Market Square,…

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It’s goodbye to the blues!

BYE-BYE blues – the great Blues Band, with the charismatic Paul Jones on harmonica and vocals, is playing its farewell tour, coming to Bridport’s Electric Palace on Thursday 9th and Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre on Saturday 11th June . After 42 years, more than 30 albums and 4,000 gigs, The Blues Band is finally saying goodbye….

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Music, mud, mayhem – it’s got to be Glasto

A NEW exhibition of images by one of Somerset’s best known photographers marks the return of the Glastonbury Festival. Music, Mud, Mayhem, opening on 10th June, covers 20 years of photographing the world’s greatest festival by Jason Bryant. The exhibition at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, runs to 4th September, featuring photographs chosen…

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Platinum weekend for Jazz Jurassica

IF you aren’t hanging out the bunting or helping with a street party, you could jazz up your platinum jubilee celebrations at Lyme Regis, where the Jazz Jurassica festival brings a host of stars from across the jazz world. The return of the festival has music to suit all tastes from Thursday 2nd to Sunday…

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Freedom Road Re-imagined

THE creativity and energy of black and Asian people and the activists who campaigned for their communities are celebrated in a powerful event, Freedom Road Re-imagined, at the Sherling Studio at Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre on Saturday 4th June at 8pm. There will be a live band bringing to life protest anthems, with photography from…

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Platinum memories and rock nights

HONITON’s Beehive Centre celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with two special events over the anniversary weekend, followed by the usual eclectic programme of live music and film, including a celebration of three legendary names for the rock scene.. Happy Days, on Thursday 2nd June at 2.30pm is a “street party on stage” with a sing-a-long…

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A right royal seafood festival

POOLE Seafood Festival, Dorset’s only free celebration of our marine culinary heritage, has moved dates this year to Jubilee weekend, 3rd to 5th June, to mark Her Majesty’s 70-year reign with a magnificent haul of great fish and shellfish, fine local produce, and glorious live music The three-day celebration of Poole’s lengthy and proud maritime…

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Good times at Upton House

BRITPOP stars and hit-makers from the 1980s and 90s head the line-up for the three-night Upton House Concerts, near Poole, on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May. The weekend also includes favourite tribute acts and top DJs, and with a pocket-friendly price of weekend tickets at £80 for two, it’s a great start…

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Folk legend at Bridport

MARTIN Carthy, one of the towering figures of the British folk scene more more than 50 years,  is coming to Bridport Arts Centre on Wednesday 25th May. One of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures, his concerts are always memorable. His skill,…

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