Harp & a Monkey

Award-winning folk and story-telling trio

At the Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton

Friday 15th May 2020, 7.30pm

The Harp & a Monkey have been pushing the boundaries of traditional music in Britain for more than a decade

The Trio, Harp & a Monkey, sitting on the grass

Specialists in poignant and melodic short stories (both original and traditional) about life, love and remembrance, the trio’s work has been described as “bold and brilliant” by the likes of The Observer, and “the best folk and acoustic from Britain and beyond”  said  Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, when they appeared  live on his show in December 2019

Their fourth, and most recent, album is called The Victorians and features a collection of largely forgotten Victorian Street, parlour, work, popular and rural songs and stories reworked for contemporary ears. The result is a thought-provoking and musically stimulating insight into the period, including compelling tales of wife auctions, political corruption, bare-knuckle boxers and naked life-savers.

At this show the Lancastrians will perform material from their Victorian album as well as from their acclaimed back catalogue. Such is the outfit’s reputation for providing top quality live shows – full of poignancy, humour and great audience rapport – they have twice been invited to perform at the English Folk Expo, the annual international showcase of the best acts on the English folk circuit.

Excellent

The Guardian

Sensational

Clare Balding BBC2

Tickets Adults £12 Children £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or C.S. Council Office or on line here

For more information please phone 01694 720132 Mike Walker.

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A CELEBRATION OF SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

Tim Chu and Ian Bailey

Tim Chu and Ian Bailey

At the Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton

Friday 3 April 2020 at 7.30 pm

Tim Chu and Ian Bailey, the two talented professional singer-song writers from the North West of England, make a welcome return to our Friday Night at the Horne with their show.

Tim Chu and Ian Bailey
Tim Chu and Ian Bailey

They have grown up listening to Simon and Garfunkel’s music with both composition and vocal blend having a strong influence on their respective professional careers. They deliver the music in their own unique way that honours the original recordings, without falling into the regular tribute act category.

There are no costumes, wigs, or makeup! Just two great musicians producing an ambient collection of some of Simon and Garfunkel’s much loved hits.text accompanying image

“Got dragged to this gig by some musician friends’ whilst visiting the UK. I expected to watch another cheesy tribute act…wow! I was so wrong! One of the best acoustic interpretations you will witness. Go and see these great guys for sure”

Jeff Callaghan.. USA

Tickets Adults £12 Children £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or C.S. Council Office or on line here

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The Busquitos

At the Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton

Friday March 6th 7.30pm

The Busquitos play a very catchy mix of brilliantly played music and dazzling, funny entertainment that will put a smile on everyone’s face! The fun they have playing their music rubs off on their audiences as enormous amount of positive feedback they get every show proves.

Musical entertainment for all ages!

The four members of the Busquitos

They will take you on a journey of musical genres Swing, Calypso, Rock and Roll, Classical and everything in between.

They love to interact with their audiences and their enthusiasm is contagious. And if the time is right, they will mingle, play a serenade, organize a limbo or get the audience to sing along to one of their jazzy tunes. So we are in for an entertaining night!

Said to be one of the most dynamic acts to come out of Holland in recent times, they have performed at some of the biggest festivals in Europe and Asia.

Tickets Adults £12 Children £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or C.S. Council Office or on line here

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A Tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli

Holder and Smith on Stage

with Ben HOLDER and Stuart Carter-SMITH

At the Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton

Friday 14th February 2020, 7.30 pm

An evening with the music of the Guitar and Violin virtuosos Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli played by two of this country’s finest exponents of this style. Expect to be flown back in time to the dance halls of the 1940s with this homage to the Quintet of the hot club of France. This really was the “Swing” era, full of irresistible rhythms and all the musical indulgence there was to offer. 

Holder and Smith on Stage

Ben Holder (Violin, Vocals) and Stuart Carter- Smith (Gypsy Guitar) have toured together extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the USA over the last 10 years and have been privately booked by such A list clients including Elton John and the Beckhams to name a few.

Ben Holder

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz – classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith.

Stuart Carter-Smith

Although initially Stuart Carter-Smith studied and performed the classical guitar, he soon fell in love with the music of Django Reinhardt and his post-classical studies took him to work with some of the finest names in that genre both in the UK and overseas.

It’s Valentine’s Day Too

chocolate valentine heart

so you will receive a little chocolate heart when you join us to listen to the Romani music adding a little Romantic touch to the evening!

Tickets Adults £12 Children £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or C.S. Council Office or on line here

For more information please phone 01694 720132 Mike Walker.

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