Fri 19 January • The Surfin’ Birds • Fuelled by Cider

The Surfin’ Birds (Fuelled by Cider)

The Surfin’ Birds have earned a reputation for being one of the most exciting live acts in the area, and have been making waves further afield with stand-out appearances at Boomtown, Outcider, Cursus and Sark Roots festivals in 2017.

Their music is simultaneously raw and visceral yet highly crafted, with a desire for constant experimentation that puts them way ahead of their contemporaries. They appeal to fans of rockabilly, surf, psychedelic and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll music, without ever being constrained by any one genre.

‘All My Dreams’ is the band’s second full length album and will be released on the Fuelled By Cider label, with copies available to buy at the gig itself. It is the product of a period of intense energy, vision and hard work from the band and looks set to push them on to bigger things in 2018.

Guitarist and frontman Paul Sharod told us: “’Surf, psychedelia, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, poetry and punk – this album has elements of it all. ‘All My Dreams’ is our most experimental and creative record to date. The whole process was laid back and grooving from the off, a purely organic process between four best mates.”

Support on the night comes from highly acclaimed Bristol rockabilly / soul band The Hawkmen, who are grabbing attention themselves with regular airplay on BBC 6 Music and a track on the latest Craig Charles compilation CD. Local singer-songwriter Amy Brown will open the night in style.

Friday 19 January
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£11 / £9 members & concessions

Sat 20 January • A Viennese Whirl • Swansea City Opera

A VIENNESE WHIRL!

 

The acclaimed Swansea City Opera presents a captivating production – A Viennese Whirl, evoking the magic and music of Vienna and transporting audiences to the banks of the dreamy Danube River. Enjoy an enchanting evening of singing and soaring violin melodies from some of the most popular Viennese composers including Kreisler, Lehar, Kalman and Johann Strauss, as well as operettas such as ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘Die Fledermaus’ and ‘The Gypsy Baron’.

Echoing the wonderful voices of the era and including songs by Richard Tauber, a carefully selected cast of tenor, soprano, violin and piano accompanist has been assembled for this amusing and entertaining evening hosted by the charismatic Artistic Director of SCO, Brendan Wheatley, who introduces the music of the Viennese greats in his own inimitable style.

A Viennese Whirl is certain to delight and enthral its audiences.

 

 

 

 

Programme includes such gems as:

Adele’s Laughing Song (Die Fledermaus) – Johann Strauss
Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss (Paganini) – Franz Lehár
Vilja Song (The Merry Widow) – Franz Lehár
Love Unspoken (The Merry Widow) – Franz Lehár
Roses from Tyrol (Der Vogelhändler) – Carl Zeller
Vienna Blood (Wiener Blut) – Johann Strauss
Annen-Polka – Johann Strauss
Song and Czardas (Zigeunerliebe) – Franz Lehár
Vienna, City of my Dreams – Rudolf Sieczynski
Czardas, for Violin – Vittorio Monti
Liebesfreud – Kreisler

A Viennese Whirl (Swansea City Opera)
Saturday 20 January
OPERA – Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions

Sun 21 January • Code Breakers • The Story of Enigma (Dr Mark Baldwin)

Codebreakers is one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories.  Allied Codebreakers deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence gained to hasten Allied victory. Dr Mark Baldwin provides an entertaining and instructive account of the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park and U-boats.

The show is followed by a question and answer session and a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.

 

 

“Dr Mark Baldwin’s enthusiasm and knowledge had the audience spell-bound as he unravelled the mysteries, workings and dedication that went on at Bletchley Park.” (Susan Bailey, BCS Branch Committee)

 

Code Breakers – The Story of Enigma (Dr Mark Baldwin)
Sunday 21 January
Entertainment – Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm)
£14 / £12 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5

Wed 24 January • Sultans of String

Three times JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees Sultans of String are an “energetic and exciting band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK).

Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. Celebrating a milestone 10 years together, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on world music charts, #6 on Billboard (world), and received multiple awards and accolades, including a SiriusXM Award, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and David Bromberg.

Bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo), a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipient, was raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian household just bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, he was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons. When he first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the dynamic duo grew, featuring such amazing musical friends as in-the-pocket bass master Drew Birston.

Sultans of String have been touring many taste-making forums such as UK’s legendary Celtic Connections, NYC’s Birdland and The Lincoln Center. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Albert Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Stratford, Ontario and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine and Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!”
Bob Ezrin (Producer–Pink Floyd. Kiss)

“Sultans of String are one of Canada’s hottest new musical exports, dynamically embodying their homeland’s values of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures.”
International Celtic Connections Festival, UK

“Impressive, considerable virtuosity and tasteful arrangements… its positive vibes are irresistible”
Songlines UK

“Absolutely brilliant”
BBC Radio

“It seems that Sultans of String can’t get themselves out of bed at the moment without finding themselves nominated for one award or another. In a word: Magnificent”
R2 – Rock ‘n’ Reel – UK – 5 Star review

Sultans of String
Wednesday 24 January
FOLK MUSIC – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 45 min sets with interval
£13 / £11 members and concessions

 

 

Sat 27 January • Bessie Smith • Empress of Blues & Jazz

BESSIE SMITH “EMPRESS OF THE BlUES”

 

Bessie Smith (15th April 1894 – 26th September 1937)
Nicknamed the “
Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe (internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Musical Director, Paul Jobson on keyboards, Tony Qunta on acoustic guitar, Richard Sadler on upright bass, Chuck Lloyd on saxophone and Kevin Davy on trumpet) perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie’s songs.

 

The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.

Saturday 27 January
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 45 min sets with interval
£15 / £13 members & concessions

 

Friday 9 February • Emily Maguire

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe.  After living in a shack in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK to tour with American legend Don McLean and make her third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, with two singles playlisted on Radio 2. Her latest album ‘A Bit Of Blue’ was released in February 2017.

 

 

Friday 9 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 45 min sets with interval
£13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

 

Sat 10 February • The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

 

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.
Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

“It is said that if some Pasadena Roof Orchestra tunes are floating past her window, the Queen is not displeased” (The Daily Telegraph)

“An evening of rare musical entertainment” (The Financial Times)

“For the PRO I have nothing but praise, they brilliantly evoked an array of 20’s and 30’s musical styles” (The Sunday Telegraph)

Saturday 10 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 50 min sets with interval
£22 / £20 members & concessions

 

Sun 11 February • The Sagas of Noggin The Nog

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the Men of the Northlands sit around their great log fires and they tell a tale.

The Viking storytellers bring the wonderful tales of Noggin created by Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin to the stage in this new piece of theatre for Children, Families and Fans.

Accompanied by the brave and mighty Thor Nogson and the great green bird Graculus, we go North on a journey of adventure & discovery to battle the fearsome Ice Dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin’s wicked uncle; Nogbad the Bad!

Silly Vikings, puppets, projection, live music.

Of Noggin the King at Ramsgate:
“Clever, witty and entrancing . . . unquestionably a hit” THANET GAZETTE

of Third Party’s recent Peter Brook awarded work:
“Devilishly good fun” THE GUARDIAN
Directed by John Wright, Puppetry consultant Roman Stefanski, Puppets by Caroline Bowman and Ruth Herbert. Live music by the Company

Sunday 11 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors at 2pm)
Duration: 85 mins inc. interval
£9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Age guidance: 4+

 

Mon 12 February • Children’s Viking Workshop with Arts2Educate

Children’s Viking Workshop with Arts2Educate

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Join Dorchester Arts favourite Abi Thommes in this fantastic workshop where the participants will be able to take on the role of Viking warriors, inspired by Noggin the Nog. Using role-play to build a ship and sail the seas, you will get the opportunity to make props for your play including shields, helmets and masks. The workshop finale will be a performance for parents and carers of all that has been created!

Tickets just £4 if you also buy a ticket for The Sagas of Noggin the Nog!

Monday 12 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
10am – 12noon
£7 / £5 siblings
Ages 6-10

Wed 14 February • John Hudson, Mario Lanza and Me

Valentine’s Special! John Hudson, Mario Lanza, and Me

It’s 1973. I’m a boy living in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and we’re going through another bloomin’ power cut.

My life is about to change completely and forever. Sitting in the candle lit gloom with nothing but a wind up gramophone, I decide to play a record. Not wanting to ruin one of my own LPs, I try one of my parent’s – some geezer called Mario Lanza. Two things happened. Firstly, I discovered that you can’t play modern vinyl on a wind up gramophone – trust me, my backside still hurts, and secondly, I don’t know how to describe it, a miracle? Corny old songs from the 40s and 50s, but that voice…that absolutely electrifying voice…

Twenty years later and I’m singing Rodolpho in la Boheme at the Coliseum for ENO and it’s Mario Lanza’s fault. Well now I’m returning the favour.

In this loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest voices, by, if I may say so, a half decent tenor, let me introduce you to Mario Lanza. To that voice.

Stolen from the opera world by Hollywood, he became the world’s first “crossover” artist. In this modern age of Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, the X Factor and the Voice, we have become accustomed to classical voices in the charts. Well, come and meet the Daddy of ’em all.

Whether an old friend, or someone you’ve never heard of, allow me to show you how he changed not only MY life, but the lives of many more.

With songs such as Be My Love, Serenade, Because and I’ll Walk With God, he captured the hearts of a generation.
Come and meet him. I’ll give you an evening you’ll never forget.”

Wednesday 14 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions