URBAN FOLK QUARTET

Picture showing The Urban Folk Quartet performing on stage

Friday 12th April 2019

Picture showing The Urban Folk Quartet performing on stage

The Urban Folk Quartet are unlike any folk band you have ever heard.

“UFQ show a great deal of inspiration and innovation” the Guardian

“Absolutely terrific” Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2

Just as English country dance meet the big band Jazz, their approach is to embrace every influence that makes sense of their time and place with their music.

From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard.

UFQ is a truly international band. Foreign touring and globally- influenced music have been at the heart of what they do since day one, have appeared at concerts and festivals across the world.

Paloma Trigas

The first of those phenomenal fiddlers is Galician Paloma Trigás (Fiddle, Vocals), who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez.

picture of Joe Broughton playing his fiddle

 

Joe Broughton (Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin ) (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song)

 

 

Picture of Dan Walsh with his BanjoDan Walsh (Banjo, Guitar, Vocals ), whose Grandparents live here, is touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014, Banjo player/vocalist/guitarist.

'The real deal, a demon picker' - UNCUT MAGAZINE

 

 

Picture of Tom Chapman on percussion

 

The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman,( Cajón, Percussion, Vocals) widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer. Tom took inspiration from the cajoneros of the world to become one of the first UK musicians to adopt the cajón as a serious first instrument.

 

Images & text courtesy of https://theufq.com/home

 

Tickets & More Information

 Adult £12, (Under 18 £6) available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton Town Council Office and on line

For more information please contact Mike Walker here.

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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

A picture of an english teapot with an american flag and the text "Instructions for American Servicement in Britain"

Friday 22nd March 2019

A picture of an english teapot with an american flag and the text "Instructions for American Servicement in Britain"

 

In 1942 the United States War Department distributed a booklet to American Servicemen on the peculiarities of the ‘British, their country, and their ways’. With roots in the Edinburgh Fringe and based on the genuine handbook called ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’,  Fol Espoi and the sketch-comedy trio of the Real MacGuffins created this fabulously funny show.

 

The Handbook - A Snapshot of Englandpicture of the cover of the booklet

“We know about this small book only because a curator in the Bodleian Library rediscovered it in 2005 and it was then republished. The director, John Walton, stumbled across it in a bookshop and thought it was such an “endearing snapshot” of England that it deserved to be made into a show, roping in the Fringe-tastic comedy trio the Real MacGuffins.” - Ann Treneman, The Times

 

Yankee Horde 1942

Dan March, centre, as the American major, with Matthew Sheahan, left, as the “token Brit” and James Millard as Lieutenant Schultz

A horde of Yankee servicemen arrived in England where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. So they see the Brits as a strange race. Judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness because a crack team of experts, the Real MacGuffins, explain the rules of British Life through humour. The comedy highlights the differences in English language, pronunciation and the absurdities of the English currency whilst it builds upon the audience’s almost hysterical guffaws and groans in this comedy of British Manners.

 

 “They skillfully carry off asides and interjections, and with much disparaging of both American and English sides, it never seems like an unfair attack on either.” Sophie Adnitt, Off West End

“increasingly over-the-top but gloriously hilarious.” Chris Omaweng, London Theatre Reviews

“It’s sub-Dad’s Army crossed with Monty Python” Ann Treneman, The Times

Tickets & More Information

 Adult £12, (Under 18 £6) available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton Town Council Office and on line

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The Roving Crows

picture of the Roving Crows at a Gig

Friday 8th February 2019

picture of the Roving Crows at a Gig

Roving Crows music is full of passion. They push the boundaries of their Celtic Folk roots with vibrancy and energy, their music melding vocals with exciting fiddle, electric and acoustic guitars. Bass and percussion rhythms generate exciting, foot-tapping and dance. They are a must-see act.

“an adventurous and inspired heady cocktail of Celtic and World music with  a social conscience and a beating heart” Mike Davies, Folking.com,

"Great party music...I love that band" Paul O'Grady, BBC

picture of two of the band performing on stage
Photos by Maurice Guerard

“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC

 “The next folk super group in waiting”, Nancy Dunham, folking.com

"they’re a band .... delivering a uniquely inspiring style." - Duncan Haskell - Songwriting Magazine

 

Tickets:  Adult £12, available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, Church Stretton Town Council Office and on line

For more information please contact Mike Walker here.

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Shrewsbury Concert Band

Picture of the Shewsbury Concert Band conducted by Ken Lumley

Friday 18 January 2019 at 7:30pm

cartoon image orchestraSpecial Gala Night with Music from Germany

Includes a glass of German wine and slice of......  Strudel?

What a great start for the New Year! and a warm welcome to our guests, the Shrewsbury Concert Band returns with their Conductor Ken Lumley.

They will entertain us with a variety of music with a German flavour complemented during the interval with a glass of Rhine or Moselle wine and, hopefully, a slice of Strudel.

The program includes Bach’s Toccata in D. Although some still think it was not written by Bach, it remains boisterously popular.
Not to be outdone by controversy, having publicly declared Victor Hugo’s play ‘Ruy Blas’ as "detestable", Mendelssohn refused to write an overture and a song for it. Piqued by stories that he was unable to write them in the time available, he relented and wrote this overture in three days.

Festivities would not be complete without Handel’s Water Music, and more music from one of our favourite Bands.

Tickets Adult £10 Child £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or Church Stretton Town Council Office or  On-Line tickets from here

For more information please ‘phone 01694 720132 or Contact Us.

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THE LEGEND OF EXCALIBOW

Bowjangles' legend of excalibow

BOWJANGLES present
THE LEGEND OF EXCALIBOW

Friday 14 December 2018 at 7.30pm

Bowjangles' legend of excalibowIntrepid string quartet Bowjangles presents its most magical show so far - The Legend of Excalibow. A theatrical, musical journey through myths, folklore, legends and a portal in a cello case in the quest to find the most priceless relic of all - a magical violin bow known as Excalibow.

You can expect tales of monsters, ancient gods, historical figures and characters of pure fantasy in this action packed show, all presented in Bowjangles’ own inimitable and unique style, full of comedy, energy, panache and almost every musical genre you can imagine.

Excalibow is Bowjangles latest Edinburgh Fringe Festival offering marks the troupe’s 10th year together.  Described as a

...................."pastiche of fairy tales, with characters who are fun and fantastical, and the ever –changing mood created by the performers and their instruments is nothing short of masterful. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more talented group …….’  Steve Griffin reviewer, Edinburgh 49.

We are very fortunate to have them here in December and thank Arts Alive for their support.

The show is suitable for all ages. May contain traces of Abba!

Tickets £12 adult Child (18 and under) £8 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist or C.S. Town Council Office or on line

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A CELEBRATION OF SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

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Friday 23rd November 2018 at 7.30 pm

We are pleased to welcome back singer songwriters Tim Chu and Ian Bailey. They will be presenting “A Celebration of Simon and Garfunkel” billed by the BBC “as the UK’s leading non tribute show currently dazzling live music lovers throughout the UK.”

Tim chu and ian bailey who perform simon and garfunkel music
We have had many requests both from those saw the show and those who missed the exceptional performance by Tim and Ian, last year.

These two talented professional musicians, from the North West of England, have grown up listening to the music of Simon and Garfunkel. Both the composition and vocal blend has a strong influence on their respective careers. They deliver the music in their own unique way that honouring the original recordings, without falling into the regular tribute act category. So no costumes, wigs, or make up! Just two great musicians producing an ambient collection of Simon &Garfunkel’s much loved hits.
“Everyone loves the music of Simon & Garfunkel and for me no one has created it better than Tim and Ian. The concert simply blew me away” Phil Cool, TV comedian, impressionist, and musician.

Tickets Adult £12 Child £6 available from Burway Books, John Thomas Florist, or C.S.Town Council Office or on-line here


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CASABLANCA STEPS

Pictures of the four musicians

Friday 19th October 2018 at 7.30 pm

One of the most experienced and established 1920s / 30s musical acts in Europe, The Casablanca Steps are four individual and talented performers unequalled in their field who recreate the authentic musical ambience of the 1920s and 30s when the “Charleston” was all the rage and the swells were “Putting On The Ritz”. Pictures of the four musicians

Their performance is world class with over 40 TV shows throughout the UK and Europe to their credit. They have entertained at festivals, theatres, cruise lines and private parties globally with great acclaim. They have rubbed shoulders with celebrities and Royalty, being personal favourite of Prince Philip after their performance for him at St James Palace, London.

Unique Sound and Harmonies

Their totally unique sound and authentic three part vocal harmonies, combined with a quintessentially English visual element of serious “tongue in cheek” humour make their show a unique experience for all ages.

This is a good opportunity to see this talented entertaining and popular band, whom I have known for a long while. So indulge in an evening with Wooten, Clarke, Edwardo and Pico – Four great performers who really know how to entertain.

Wooten Boetard

Wooten Boetard

Trombone, vocals and eyebrows. Following a narrow escape on the Titanic where he was working as a scullery maid, Wotten vowed to give up his former profession (though not the silk stockings) and formed The Casablanca Steps.

Clark Deville

Clarke Deville

Guitar Vocals and Psychiatric counselling. He’s got rhythm. And music And my gal too. Who can ask for anything more? Well just in case you could he’s also got several small islands in the Pacific.

Edwardo

Edwardo

Piano, vocals & limitless talents. Former page 4 model and diet water addict, the charming raconteur joined The Casablanc Steps because of his love of the finer things in life. Perhaps his public school experiences explain his eccentric behaviour, and perhaps they don’t.

Pico Boon lll

Pico Boon lll

Double Bass & centre parting. Pico has had a distinguished career as a War correspondent, chef and billiard player. Following The “Steps” recently being stranded on the Cape Verde islands they have at last found a use for the Double Bass and case, both of which make ideal canoes.


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The Poobahs

The Poobahs

Friday 21st September 2018 at 7.30 pm

The PoobahsWe are all set for a good start for our Autumn Programme of Friday Night at the Horne and launch with The Poobahs.

This is nothing to do with Poo-Bah, the haughty and inflated character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, although the band tell us they chose the name with their collective tongue firmly in their cheek!

The Poobahs don't want to change the world, they just want to play music they love in a variety of genres, ranging from Western Swing to Celtic fiddle tunes; from Tex-Mex to Dartford Delta Blues.

The members of the band are certainly qualified to cover all those bases with John Hymas's rich violin and lively accordion weaving between Dave Luke's warm vocals and understated guitar, all underpinned by Clovis Phillips's dextrous but tasteful bass-playing and George Jackson's solid, subtle percussion.

The Poobahs' toe-tapping, soul-soothing music and great versatility bring undeniable class to an evening in the Silvester Horne.

We will be pleased to welcome you back with a glass of wine or beer or soft drink which is included in your ticket.

Tickets £10 available from John Thomas Florist, Burway Books, or C.S.Town Council office or on line here....

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The Silvester Horne Institute is available for hire.

The main auditorium and balcony seats 200 people. In addition there is the Christine Harvey Room, Council Chamber and committee room and Kitchen. These facilities can be booked separately. Please contact the Council Offices (Town Council Office 01694 722113) for more information.

TROPIKAL VIZIONS STEEL BAND

Friday 16th March 2018 at 7.30 pm

Tropikal Vizions Band

“Tropikal Vizions have been sharing their unique sounds of the Caribbean around the world for many years… enjoyed by anyone and everyone even if they are not musically minded....It is the youngest instrument in the world……originated in Trinidad ….

.... we have shared our unique sound with passengers on P&O CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINERS for many years and we would love to share our authentic music with you”  - Evers Powell.

The steel drum is an idiophone traditionally made from an old oil drum, but today from high quality steel. The bottom of the oil drum was first pounded into a bowl, then shaped with hammers to form distinct resonating surfaces.

It did originate from Trinidad in the 1930s and locally the drums are called pans, and the players, pannists.  Winston ‘Spree’ Simon of the John Steel Band is credited with making the first Pan, and in 1946 had an audience with the Governor and performed Ave Maria and God save the King!

Tropikal Vizions steel band

The band play a range of styles from traditional island songs, to recent pop songs, as well as reggae, bringing a real taste of the Caribbean to the evening.  You might like to find a colourful shirt or top with bright Caribbean colours to wear, or perhaps you have a straw or sun hat and we will come up with some cocktails so that you can sit back, relax, and dream that you are on cruise ship.

As Evers said to me “we like to make people feel happy and enjoy themselves”.

Don’t think I can add to that! But look forward to seeing you on our Caribbean Evening.

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


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The Silvester Horne Institute is available for hire.

The main auditorium and balcony seats 200 people. In addition there is the Christine Harvey Room, Council Chamber and committee room and Kitchen. These facilities can be booked separately. Please contact the Council Offices (Town Council Office 01694 722113) for more information.

Buffalo Gals Miraculous Medicine Show

Band members line up for the Miraculous Medicine Show

Friday 2nd February 2018 at 7:30pm

Band members line up for the Miraculous Medicine Show

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! Step right up and see the Show!

Styled after the old medicine shows that rolled into town and attracted and held their audiences with a combination of music and far-fetched spectacle while selling seemingly miraculous elixirs.

banjo_babes

Kate Lissauer, (who hails from West Maryland, USA,) and her Buffalo Gals create the atmosphere of fun, excitement and frivolity that surrounds the medicine show, all wrapped around the great old-time music and amazing percussive step-dance of the American country tradition performed by Sibylle Riesen who describes herself as the foot musician as her dance provides the “drum“rhythm in the band.

“Their intoxicating mix of Appalachian, Cajun, Blues and Bluegrass, delivered in a very authentic string band style, sets them apart from many of the UK and US based string band acts around today” - Maverick Magazine.

So come along folks, and expect to hear some of your favourite music from the likes of The Carter Family, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams led by champion fiddler and banjo player Kate mixed with good humour!

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


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Mike Walker (In conjunction with Arts Alive) 

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The Silvester Horne Institute is available for hire.

The main auditorium and balcony seats 200 people. In addition there is the Christine Harvey Room, Council Chamber and committee room and Kitchen. These facilities can be booked separately. Please contact the Council Offices (Town Council Office 01694 722113) for more information.