Wed 23 January 2019 | Steve Knightley | Roadworks

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 23 Jan
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £19
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Best known for his work with the hugely popular acoustic roots group Show of Hands, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley invites you on a musical journey. Roadworks charts the winding roads of his unrivalled career. It builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. A stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit and warmth, beautifully illustrated by songs of history, love and conscience.

The setlist is peppered with classic gems and in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

Steve’s last tour was a sell-out, so early booking is advisable.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sun 27 January | Shivers by Adam Z Robinson (The Book of Darkness & Light in association with LittleMighty)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 27 January
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: 14+
  • £13 / £11

The team that brought us the Book of Darkness and Light in 2017 return with a trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories, set to the haunting sounds of the violin, Shivers contains within it some of the most chilling tales ever told.

You feel a prickle on your neck. Your blood stills. A monstrous thing creeps in the shadows. Is it all in your mind? A trick of the light? Or something far more sinister? One thing is for certain: these stories will give you shivers.

A co-production between Harrogate Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre and LittleMighty.

“A uniquely terrifying experience.” The Spooky Isles

Credits:

Stories written and performed by Adam Z. Robinson
Music composed and performed by Ben Styles
Dramaturgy by Dick Bonham
Technical Stage Manager Aly Howe
Produced by LittleMighty

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Wed 6 February 2019 | Phil Beer | String Theory

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 6 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £16
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

As one-half of one of the finest folk bands in the country, Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene and is equally as in demand for his solo shows. ‘String Theory’ sets out to share some of Phil’s most-loved songs. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show.

A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Wed 13 February | Mike Denham SpeakEasy Special | with the Sunset Café Stompers

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 13 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13

Mike Denham’s first SpeakEasy Night of 2019 will be a special night, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mike’s band, Sunset Café Stompers, a seven-piece band containing some of the UK’s top vintage jazz musicians!  

Expect to hear numbers by Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong.  Recently described in Just Jazz magazine as one of the best territory bands in the country, this is not a show to be missed!

 

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Fri 15 Feb | Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 15 Feb
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

A new play performed with musical accompaniment by contralto and actress Lucy Stevens, following her triumphant appearance last year as Kathleen Ferrier in Whattalife! Lucy returns to shine a light on the extraordinary life and music of Dame Ethel Smyth: composer, writer and Suffragette. She was the living embodiment of the passion with which

Victorian women challenged the “male machine” and the first female composer to have her work performed at both Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Neither opera house featured work by a woman composer for more than a century afterwards.

“…a magnificent entertainment that I can barely recommend highly enough” Light Music Society magazine

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 16 February 2019 | Tankus the Henge with support the Imprints

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 16 Feb
  • 20.00
  • £12 / £10 / £5 Livefor£5
  • Standing Event

Tankus the Henge is the five-wheeled, funk fuelled, open top, custom paint job, rock‘n’roll jalopy that comes careering round the corner on a tranquil summer’s day. Ruining the silence and disturbing the bats.

With their charismatic frontman, Jaz Delorean looking like a lost character from a Terry Gilliam film, their live experience is something to behold.  Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity, their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs tell stories of wonder and woe. They have left audiences breathless at headline shows including Scala, The Garage, The Borderline and The Jazz Café.

Thunder and lightning ain’t got nothing on this!

Please Note: This event is standing only

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sun 3 Mar | Edgelarks

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sun 3 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £5

Edgelarks creators, duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are a leading – BBC Folk Award winning – force of roots and acoustic music.  This special concert gives you a first glimpse of a set of completely new songs and tunes. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo’s penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, their music is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.

“bravely original” The Guardian

“quite brilliant” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 9 March | The Unravelling Wilburys

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 9 Mar
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13

A celebration of the music of The Traveling Wilburys and their rock icon members Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and George Harrison. They perform classics including Handle With Care, The Devil’s Been Busy, and End Of The Line, along with choice cuts such as Got My Mind Set On You, The Waiting, You’ve Got It, Mr Tambourine Man, Mr Blue Sky plus much more. Country/rock music at its very best, served up with a good helping of humour throughout.

“Captured the style and sounds perfectly and with their own added sense of humour gave the audience an evening to remember” Blackmore Vale Magazine

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Thu 21 March | Dorchester Piano Quartet

  • Corn Exchange
  • Thu 21 Mar
  • 13.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • FREE

Beethoven – variations for cello and piano on a theme from Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute

Strauss – Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 13

This popular quartet joins us for the first of their regular visits to Dorchester Arts in 2019 with a programme of Beethoven and Strauss. Beethoven’s cello variations are wonderfully inventive – from a lyrical slow movement to a toe-tapping finale. Richard Strauss was to go on to write the great tone poems, such as Don Juan, but this piano quartet, the work of a 19 year-old, shows how the young composer relished writing dramatic and expressive music, full of rich colours.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 23 March 2019 |Clare Teal and her Trio |Swing’s The Thing

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 23 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £23 / £21
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio feature the very best of popular music from the golden age of song in this upbeat and uplifting new show.

The evening will feature standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book and witty urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck. There’s always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.

Clare and her Trio’s fabulous arrangements interspersed with warm and witty storytelling guarantee a night to be remembered.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926