SONG-writer Steve Knightley, half of West Country legends Show of Hands, makes a welcome return to the David Hall at South Petherton with a new solo show, Pass Notes, on Saturday 25th January.
Steve will be telling the stories behind his songs and introducing some new material. The event, intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing, will also explore his extensive back catalogue.
The New Year starts with a gig with two of the best bluesmen around – Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, coming to the Somerset venue on Thursday 9th January at 8pm.
The two seasoned, erudite entertainers bring a guitar, harmonica, two authentic voices and an envious repertoire of songs and reminiscences. Petherton Arts Trust board member Pete Wheeler, who books music gigs for the hall, says: “It’s fantastic to get this amazing duo back with us – without doubt, two of the biggest names in British blues music for more years than they would wish to mention.”
On Friday 17th from 5.30pm, the David Hall hosts a Richard Huish College gig. Expect an evening of quality, upbeat entertainment from student performers going solo or teaming up as a band, covering genres from pop to funk and folk.
The year has also begun with some good financial news, as the David Hall has been chosen by Tesco in Ilminster and Co-op shops across the region as a recipient of the stores’ community giving schemes. Owned and run by Petherton Arts Trust, which is a charity, the venue is renowned for its folk, blues and acoustic music gigs, plus theatre and film; and, more recently, entertainment for children.
“As a charity, we are grateful for any funds given to the David Hall,” says administrator Emma Westerman. “Maintaining our iconic building is an ongoing challenge, so donations which help us with our programmed events – especially those for kids and young people – are a great benefit.”