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)


7 July • Cloudbusting – The Music of Kate Bush

CloudbustingCloudbusting – Music of Kate Bush

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)


14 July • The Swingles

661785For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft.

‘The Swingles have managed to hold onto to their distinctive niche and continue to thrive.’ Chicago Sun-Times

‘Stunning reinventions of songs by the likes of John Martyn, Elbow and Mumford & Sons, with subtle beatboxing and audacious harmonies…superhero singing to truly raise goosebumps.’ The Guardian

Friday 14 July
Corn Exchange
 £15 / £13 (Members & Concessions)


20 July • Craig Ogden & Jacqui Dankworth

Jacqui is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK, whose unique musical palette draws on jazz, folk, soul, classical and blues. Craig Ogden is a Dorchester Arts favourite and one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. With a string of No. 1 CDs to his name he is instantly familiar to listeners of Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.


Jacqui heard Craig on Classic FM recently and was so moved by his playing that she asked if they could record an album together. Together their sound is classic, timeless, and delicately beautiful, and their programme includes songs by everyone from Paul Simon and James Taylor to Henry Mancini and Michel Legrand.

Of Jacqui: “One of our finest singers…” The Times

Of Craig: “a polished soloist…” New York Times~

Thursday 20 Jul 2017,
Corn Exchange
£20 / £18 (Members / Concessions)


30 July • A Summer Sunday with Kit & McConnel

Poster 2Celebrate summer with Dorchester Arts, as we welcome the acclaimed and hilarious singing duo Kit and McConnel to perform their particular style of musical brilliance. The pair’s unique take on any subject under the sun – from the perils of fast food to Donald Trump and Andy Murray – will have you weeping with laughter.

We are delighted to return to the beautiful surroundings of Whitcombe Manor, at the kind invitation of Minette and Alec Waters.  With delicious canapés and a complimentary glass of bubbly on offer, we are all set for an afternoon of musical fun.

‘The duo make beautiful musical comedy together…Catch this splendid show’ London Evening Standard

Sunday 30 July
Whitcombe Manor


4 August • Orchestra Of Samples

664043In association with the One World Festival, Dorchester welcomes Addictive TV with their project Orchestra of Samples. The group have spent the last five years filming improvised sessions with more than 200 artists playing all manner of instruments in over twenty five countries, from singers in Bhutan to musicians playing bagpipes made from whole goats, via Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier, and Motörhead’s original drummer Lucas Fox.

The project comes together to make an unforgettable live audio-visual event, for which they will be joined by Dorchester’s own Glyn “Bigga” Bush.

Friday 4 August
Corn Exchange
£12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5


30 August • Spooky Men’s Chorale


The Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving… as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. The manchoir emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.

Renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies, in middle age, are more masters of their territory than ever before, with five critically-acclaimed albums under their belt. For their 2017 UK tour, they will revisit their much loved b(l)ack-catalogue, forays into immense Georgian anthems, tender arrangements of traditional and contemporary classics, their own uniquely entertaining songs and choreography.

Their last UK tour saw a large number of sell-out concerts at major venues and a whole raft of ecstatic festival audience reactions. You must see them. Really, you must.

“Inspired – and a triumph of choreography! Catch them on the road – a fantastic night out is guaranteed!” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“High camp, epic folly – probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit’– The Irish Times

“Highly theatrical, they veer from weird to touching and back again. Grown up entertainment in the best, most infantile way. Don’t miss an opportunity to see them” – Daily Telegraph

Wednesday 30 August
Corn Exchange
£16 / £14 (Members & Concessions)

Priority Booking for this performance is available to members until Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 9:00am


7 September • A Sophisticated Lady: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald • The Frank Griffith Quartet feat. Tina May








Celebrating the rich century of song that Ella Fitzgerald has given us, internationally recognised British singer, Tina May, will be presenting her renditions of hand-picked songs from Ella’s varied repertoire including classics such as How High The Moon and Every Time We Say Goodbye. Tina will be accompanied by USA saxophonist and clarinettist Frank Griffith and his quartet (Robin Aspland, piano, Jeremy Brown, bass and Rod Youngs, drums), who came to our attention in last year’s Kind Of Blue – Revisited.

The show will also feature the premiere of Frank’s composition “Ellabration”  with lyrics by Tina May.

Thursday 7 September
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15/£13 members & concessions