28 April • Skimmity Hitchers + Support

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Since 2010 the Skimmity Hitchers have been ploughing a furrow through the West Country music scene unlike any other band. Their gigs are the stuff of legend – part hoedown, cabaret and folk-punk free-for-all – but always entertaining. These cider-drinkin’, badger-botherin’ reprobates are regulars on the festival circuit and we’re delighted to bring them back to Dorchester Arts to see if they can top last February’s sold-out show. Support comes from Dorchester’s returning ska-reggae heroes Bluetown Rumble and apocalyptic surf outfit Palooka 5.

Dorchester Corn Exchange
£11 / £9


Please note: this is a standing concert – very limited seating available

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7 May • Kokoro









Kokoro is the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, committed to bringing contemporary music to the South and South West. They return to the Corn Exchange following their hugely memorable performance in January 2016, which featured Messiaen’s Quartet for the End Of Time.

We are delighted to announce that this very special performance will feature the premiere of a new work by Hywel Davies, inspired by the county of Dorset, along with the following:
Darius Milhaud – Trio
Arvo Part – Mozart’s Adagio
Arvo Part – Fratres
Shostakovich – Piano Trio No 2

Pre-concert ‘in conversation’ event with Hywel Davies at 1.45pm – free entry.
Dorchester Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors and bar 2pm)
£14/ £12 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5
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12 May • Ezio


In a world where would be starlets cry on talent shows and ex boy band members are considered credible, Ezio do what they do.

They deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs today with a skill that can only come from having toured and recorded constantly for many years. Ezio’s style has always been nearly impossible to describe. Their music can range from the highly rhythmical almost manic Latin feeling rock to delicate dreamy ballads that are heartbreakingly honest and deeply poetic.

An ex manager once proudly announced Ezio cannot be killed with conventional weapons and true to form they have come back with the strongest collection of songs Lunedei has ever written on their new album Daylight Moon.

“Lyrics like Morrison or Dylan but somehow more in the real world”. The Scotsman

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
Dorchester Corn Exchange
£12 / £10 members & concessions


25 May • The Phil Beer Band

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Dorchester Corn Exchange

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£20 / £18 members and concessions

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues.

The Phil Beer Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucesteshire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer (Show of Hands) Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song.

Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. The band has seen many members and many tours but has been fairly inactive in the last five years. That’s about to change. The Band’s first full tour for a long time takes place next May with a new studio album in place. They look forward to seeing you then.

Support comes from The Hawthornes who, since forming in March 2013, have already chalked up an impressive resume. Relentlessly playing all over the country for anyone who will listen, they have already obtained a strong, loyal following thanks in part to landing top support slots with acts such as Terry & Gerry, 3 Daft Monkeys and Gerry Colvin (of ColvinQuarmby).

During this time they have also managed to release their debut album ‘Stoneville Street’ to critical acclaim and play top grass roots festivals such as New Forest Folk Festival, Lakefest and Y Not! Festival.

Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
£20 / £18 members and concessions

1 June • Juan Martín – Arte Flamenco Puro

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8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm)

Juan Martín, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all encompassing musician travels to Dorchester Arts with a new flamenco programme of music, song and dance direct from Spain.

Martín’s show features Raquel Gonzalez, the 18 year old flamenco dance star from Cádiz,  and the extraordinary singer Antonio Aparecida. Gonzalez’s tremendous footwork, the passion of Aparecida’s voice and the unmistakable poetry and emotion of one of the world’s leading guitarists make for a performance not to be missed.


‘Juan Martín reminded us of the power and beauty of flamenco pure and simple. No meretricious stage tricks, just one long enthralling sequence of instrumental solos, songs and dances by the brilliant troupe’ The Independent, 5 stars

‘Juan Martín’s flamenco rhythm energy and passion will pin you to the wall’ Folk Roots

£15 / £13 members and concessions


16 June • Jay Phelps Quartet

Trumpeter Jay Phelps came to our attention playing superbly in the Miles Davis role in Kind of Blue – Revisited (Sept 2016) and he now returns with his own Quartet.

This group of young musicians dedicated to contemporary jazz play with a clear understanding of what is both modern and traditional. The fresh and exciting band plays a mixed set of original compositions from the band leader and arrangements of jazz standards.

Friday 16 June
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
Corn Exchange
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

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29 June • Stompin’ Dave Allen

Stompin’ Dave, described by Blues In Britain as “a downright genius”, is an astounding performer whose reputation has spread far and wide from his home town of Bridport. Master of the guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and piano he is perhaps best-known for his old-time, flatfooting style of tap-dancing – hence his stage name. Dave was nominated for a British Blues Award in the acoustic act category 2014 and was winner of the FOAOTMAD old-time banjo competition 2011 and 2013. ‘Stompin’ Dave is a master of all kinds of American roots…a formidable musician and a true original.’ The Daily Telegraph Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Thursday 29 June
Corn Exchange
£10 / £8 (Members & Concessions)


30 June • Maria Kesselman

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With A Song in My Heart showcases the celebrated West End leading lady’s range with a wonderful cavalcade of songs, anecdotes and marvellous memories spanning the musical stage, cabaret and even a touch of opera.  It is a magical musical tour-de-force through the Great American Song Book of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Bernstein and many more, with stops along the way to explore the musical magnificence of Lloyd Webber, Jacque Brel and Franz Lehar, to name but a few.

At the end of the concert Maria will be hosting a post show talk during which you will have the opportunity to discuss any aspect of her amazing career.  A rare opportunity to engage with one of the world’s greatest leading ladies

Friday 30 June

Corn Exchange
£14 / £12 (Members & Concessions)



7 July • Cloudbusting – The Music of Kate Bush

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There can only be one Kate Bush! But those who missed out on her live shows will love Cloudbusting, the UK’s longest running and most highly-rated tribute.

Cloudbusting recreates Kate’s distinctive sound palette with the most authentic emulations available: the electric grand from the Tour Of Life, the chugging cellos from Hounds of Love, the sublime fretless bass from Babooshka. Whether you sit back and absorb the full audio/visual experience or get up and dance along to your favourite Kate song, their show is for you…

Friday 7 July
Corn Exchange

£14 / £12 (Members & Concessions)