22 February • Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Enrico Tomasso

mike-webWe are delighted to welcome pianist Mike Denham to the Corn Exchange as he kicks off his regular SpeakEasy nights for 2017 with Enrico Tomasso, three times winner of the British Jazz Award for Best Trumpeter. As a boy in the 1960s he met and played with trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, and has gone on to play with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ray Gelato’s Giants and Acker Bilk. Now established as one of Britain’s truly world-class players, Enrico’s previous appearances as Mike’s guest have been very special occasions, and this one promises to be no exception.

Wednesday 22 February
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)
£13 / £11 members & concessions

 

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8 March • Steve Knightley

Steve-KnightleywebShow of Hands frontman Steve Knightley returns with his latest live show ‘Landlocked’. Inspired by the 2015 ‘Grow Your Own Gig’ tour of rural venues, which came to Dorchester Arts, the first half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land. The second half will draw on nautical themes from his 2015 ‘All At Sea’ tour of maritime venues.

Knightley has been rated as “one of England’s greatest singer songwriters” and has a prolific back catalogue of inspired songs including the rousing Country Life (about the demise of rural living) and Tall Ships (set in a West Country fishing village).

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Wednesday 8 March
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)
£18 / £16 members & concessions

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11 March • Beverley Craven

Dorchester Corn Exchange

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£22.50/£20.50 members and concessions

beverlywebBRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven is back on the road performing a handful of select venues in 2017 as she continues to promote her acclaimed latest album ‘Change of Heart’.

Beverley is looking forward to performing her new songs live alongside timeless classics Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman, Love Scenes and many more.

With a witty narrative and unforgettable melodies, her poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear.

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18 March • A Night of Romantic Opera

Rom op imageA third visit to Dorchester for the acclaimed Swansea City Opera with a captivating show transporting audiences into the world of Romantic Opera. This enchanting evening of arias and ensembles accompanied by piano is performed by a carefully selected cast of singers from the major national and international opera houses, with music from some of the best-loved romantic composers including Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and Mozart.

As ever, Artistic Director of SCO Brendan Wheatley will introduce the music and
compère the evening in his own inimitable style.

Saturday 18 March
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)
£16 / £14

 

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24 March • The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars present The Ronnie Scott’s Story

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Dorchester Corn Exchange

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£22/£20 members and concessions

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, led by the club’s musical director, take to the stage to celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Story’.

Combining world class live jazz from the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, narration and rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott’s Story is a visual and musical celebration of the club. Charting the club’s rise from a basement bar where local musicians would jam, through its trials and tribulations and landmark performances from now-legendary jazz icons, to become the internationally acclaimed jazz venue it is today.

Mixing classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, alongside tales of old Soho, miscreant musicians and police raids, this is unique evening celebrating one of the world’s most famous jazz venues, it’s music, and history.

‘Outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to’ The Observer

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25 March • Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro

Martin-Harley_WEBSupremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist Martin Harley and stand up bass player Daniel Kimbro hit the road following the success of their acclaimed album Live At Southern Ground, an album described by The Observer as “…a spellbinding 50 minutes”.

Martin’s ‘British Americana’ sound is influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy Swing. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he has honed his craft into a road-worn style of song writing that Guitarist Magazine describes as “…staggeringly good – no one is making music like it”.

Saturday 25 March
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)
£14 / £12 members & concessions

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6 April • Richard Digance

RICHDIGENCE_WEBMany people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard Digance has.

Richard is a rare performer in that he is respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer and guitarist. Join this BAFTA nominated TV entertainer, award-winning composer, songwriter, poet, author and artistfor a wonderful evening of music and humour.

‘Richard Digance, hilarious, sentimental, irreverent and, above all, ours‘ – Mike Atherton

‘Richard Digance is simply a national treasure’ Bob Harris

Thursday 6 April
Corn Exchange
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
£17/ £15

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8 April • Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow_webNinebarrow are building a huge reputation for their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as ‘sounding damn fine’ and by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies with songs that are rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Their latest album Releasing the Leaves was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, and was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016.

Saturday 8 April
Corn Exchange
8pm
£12 / £10 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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22 April • Stacey Kent

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Dorchester Corn Exchange

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£22/£20 members and concessions

The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, comes to Dorchester with a brand new concert, featuring music from her latest album TENDERLY (Sony Music / Okeh Records).

TENDERLY sees Stacey return to familiar ground with her first album of standards and jazz-classics since the release of her breakthrough album of 2003, ‘The Boy Next Door’ – featuring tracks such as ‘The Very Thought of You’, ‘Tangerine’, ‘In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning’ and ‘Embraceable You’

The intervening years have seen Kent broaden her repertoire to include originals written specially for her by Booker Prize winning novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jim Tomlinson. Her platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated ‘Breakfast On The Morning Tram’ (Blue Note/EMI 2007), was described in Jazz Times as a “marvellously inventive launching pad for this bold, brave new Kent”. This was followed by ‘Raconte-Moi’ (EMI/BLUE NOTE 2010), Kent’s first live album ‘Dreamer in Concert’ (EMI/BLUE NOTE 2011), and ‘The Changing Lghts’ (Warner Music 2013).

For Stacey, whose international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, this visit provides a rare opportunity for UK fans see her live in concert.

“If, like me, you’ve been hoping that Stacey Kent would one day make another album of classic American songs, here it is at last … Deceptively simple, meticulously presented, each of the 12 tracks is a little gem. Kent’s soft, light voice is as persuasive as ever, and the playing is, of course, immaculate” The Guardian – 5-Stars

“She has charm to burn, a smile that could give you hope in February and sings like nobody’s business” The Wall Street Journal

“Stacey Kent has been quietly sitting on top of the world of jazz vocals, for many years” Jamie Cullum

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