I Got Music

An all-round national treasure

EARL Okin, who is coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Friday 12th January, is a man of many parts – musician, raconteur, philosopher, broadcaster, composer … owner of absolutely no casual clothing and wearer of spats. Self-styled as a “jazz cabaret artiste”, and described as the finest performer of bossa nova outside…

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Blues veterans at Bridport

THE Blues Band may be retiring from touring, but their two lead vocalists are still on the road – catch Paul Jones and Dave Kelly one their acoustic tour at Bridport’s Electric Palace on Saturday 20th January. Ruggedly durable and timeless, the blues is as popular today as it has ever been. Young musicians still…

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Dorset dates for Welsh folk group

AWARD-Winning Welsh chamberfolk trio VRi come to Dorset in December for two concerts with with Artsreach, on Friday 15th at Litton Cheney community hall and on Saturday 16th at Corfe Castle village hall, both at 7.30pm. Winners of Best Album at the 2023 Wales Folk Awards, VRï have been praised for making a “formidable artistic…

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Elvis Costello heading for Poole and Bristol

IT might be nine months ahead – but tickets go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, for a concert by Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve at Poole Lighthouse on Wednesday 18th September 2024. The night before they will be at the newly-reopened Bristol Beacon. The gigs are part of a 12-venue UK tour, and the playlist will…

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Jazz greats at Lyme Regis

TAKE a journey through the American song book from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn to Joni Mitchell, with an exciting trio of brilliant jazz musicians at the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Friday 8th December. The line-up of legendary UK saxophonist Iain Ballamy (Hermeto Pascoal, Loose Tubes, Norma Winstone), singer Ian Shaw and brilliant…

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Witch in Bristol

WITCH, the band known as the Zambian Beatles in its heyday, released Zango, its first album in 40 years, back in June. The tour to celebrate the new disc was so successful that a second UK tour has been arranged. Ahead of the tour, and in celebration of Chaka Khan’s upcoming induction to the Rock…

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P-p-p-ppp-up Penguins at Lyme Regis

THERE is avant-garde … and there is avant-pop, and it doesn’t get more avant-pop than the Penguin Cafe, making a return to the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Friday 1st December with music from their most recent album, Rain Before Seven, which was released in July. Avant-garde pushes back the boundaries of contemporary classical and…

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Three more gigs from Sarah McQuaid

SINGER and songwriter Sarah McQuaid has three more concerts before Christmas, over the coming weekend at Bemerton near Salisbury, Box and Swindon. The Spanish-born, Chicago raised Cornish resident makes her second visit to two interesting venues – the renovated former church built in 1860 at Bemerton on Saturday 25th November, and the little performance space…

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Nosferatu at Wiveliscombe

CINEMA Obscura returns to Wiveliscombe Town Hall on Sunday 22nd October with a screening of the film credited with giving birth to the horror genre – FW Murnau’s Nosferatu. It will be screened, at 4pm, with a new live score played by Chris Green. Nosferatu was the first cinematic interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and…

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Octagon plans will bring investment to Yeovil

HUNDREDS of people from Yeovil and the surrounding area showed their backing for the Octagon Theatre at a meeting at Westlands entertainment centre on 10th October. The Yeovil Town Council was called to discuss a possible partnership with Somerset Council to ensure the future of the project to refurbish the Octagon Theatre and enable it…

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