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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23 April • Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

 

WEB_Kathryn-Roberts-&-Sean-Lakeman-Press-Shot-2Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2013 & 2016 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’ (fRoots). Don’t miss this chance to see and hear two of the pillars of modern British folk, live on your doorstep.

 

Sunday 23 April
CORN EXCHANGE
8pm
£14 / £12 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

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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
8pm
£11 / £9

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7 May • Kokoro

2.30pm (doors and bar 2pm)
Dorchester Corn Exchange

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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

£14/ £12 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5

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12 May • Ezio

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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

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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.

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