Fri 31 August • Elles Bailey

 Elles Bailey impressed Dorchester audiences so much when she opened for Jo Harman at the Corn Exchange in spring 2017 that she now makes a welcome return with her own show.

Elles has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music.

Reviewers have been wowed by Elles and her debut album, Wildfire. Maverick Magazine gave ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) and went on to predict a glowing career for this talented artiste: “If Bailey can follow this album up with something equally as good as ‘Wildfire’, there’s no reason why she can’t hit the heights Swift did in country- and perhaps move even further up the country mountain than Swift did.”

“It’s a fact that very few make it to the big stage; Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and now (with the release of album Wildfire) the product” Blues in Britain

 This is music that crosses genres because it is excellent.”… Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire is hot with husky vocals blending roots sounds from Blues, country & soul set to be Voice of The Blues.” Bluesdoodles

 “Definitely a talent to watch” Country Music Magazine

 “A Young woman blessed with an incredible voice” Powerplay Magazine

Elles will be supported on the night by Lady Nade, a blues, roots, soul and folk-influenced singer-songwriter from Bristol. Her voice speaks of lost cellars, smoky jazz and her songs sketch moments of emotional transformation.  Her debut album,‘Hard To Forget’ has been described as “Absolutely lovely” by Dermot O’Leary (BBC2) and “A satin cure for the soul” by Sam Bonham (BBC Introducing.)

 

Friday 31 August
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions

 

Wed 12 September • FB Pocket Orchestra and My Sweet Patootie

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 12 Sept
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £12 / £10 / £5
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

FB Pocket Orchestra deliver a diverse palette of sonic landscapes that hint at New Orleans, tea dances, Paris cafés, smoky nightclubs, hotel foyers and garden parties.

All the way from Canada, co-headliners My Sweet Patootie bring together vintage swing, country blues, folk and ragtime in an uplifting vaudeville-style show performed with tight vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and humorous storytelling. ​​

Come along and enjoy a double-bill of music from a time when life appeared much simpler!

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

Fri 14 September | I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Bellini’s tragic Romeo and Juliet ( Opera Holloway)

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 14 Sept
  • 19.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £19 / £17 / £5
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Dorchester favourites Opera Holloway return with a fresh new contemporary take on one of the most famous love stories of all times, Romeo and Juliet, as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends, Bellini.

Director Fiona Williams moves the action to 1950’s Naples; the stifling heat fans the flames of a budding romance. In this poor neighbourhood, controlled by the mafia, Romeo and Giulietta fight to unite their families and keep their relationship alive.

The cast features Sophie Dicks as Romeo and Callie Gaston as Giulietta, with a piano and string ensemble conducted by Lewis Gaston.

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

Sat 15 September • Sam Kelly’s Station House

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 15 Sept
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

Sam Kelly’s Station House have been regular visitors to Dorchester Arts over the years – and with good reason. To quote BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones, the band features “…some of the best – and I mean best – musicians in the UK. Or anywhere, come to that”

A “groove” band featuring three ‘lead’ singers and one of the country’s finest drummers, their musical catalogue is an eclectic fusion based firmly in the blues, including songs by Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder and Little Feat.

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

Wed 19 September • Kokoro: A Night In Vienna

  • Corn Exchange
  • Wed 19 Sept
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13

Kokoro, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music ensemble, presents an evening of music from the 2nd Viennese School.

By the time the romantic period was winding down at the turn of the 20th Century, classical music was the biggest and most emotional it had ever been – which meant that something had to give. Composers of the Second Viennese School stripped things right back – and that included the way that music was composed. No more would composers be slaves to harmony and melody, to tunes and emotion like their counterparts in the First Viennese School, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. This evening will explore the three leaders of this new music movement as they changed the face of music including a chamber version of Schönberg’s exquisite tone poem, Verklärte Nacht.

Programme

2nd Viennese School

Berg Four pieces for Clarinet & Piano 9’

Webern Variations for Piano 7’

Two pieces for Cello and Piano 5’

Berg Adagio for Piano, Clarinet & Violin 13’

INTERVAL

Schönberg Verklärte Nacht arr for Piano Trio by Steuermann 30’

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

Fri 21 September • Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 21 Sept
  • 19.30
  • Accessible **
  • £19 / £17 / £5

‘What a night. Roger and Little Machine stormed it’ Bewdley Festival

Poet Roger McGough returns with musical trio Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe with another fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. The show features perennial favourites and lots of new material…and with this line-up you can be sure that no two evenings will ever be the same!

2017 encompassed more McGough milestones than the average year. The 50th anniversary of the iconic & top-selling Penguin Modern Poets’ no.10  –  The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Brian Patten. Then the summer of ’67 epic poem of love & lust, Summer With Monika, republished and newly illustrated by Chris Riddell. A host of country-wide dates with The Bootleg Beatles and the RLPO in It Was Fifty Years Ago Today which sold out the Royal Albert Hall in hours. November, Roger’s significant birthday month, saw the publication of 80  –  a selection of poems for children (Puffin). The beat goes on. @McgoughRoger

McGough’s latest book It Never Rains is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten, he now presents the long-running Poetry Please. His Molière adaptations travel far & wide with English Touring Theatre. The beat goes on. @McgoughRoger

‘rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ The Independent

‘a witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat’ The Poetry Society

Formed in 2009 LiTTLe MACHiNe are the ‘must have’ act at Literary Festivals from York to Dubai. Drawing on three thousand years of poetry  –  Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin and many more  –  they set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul!

‘It’s my great privilege to be the warm-up act for LiTTLe MACHiNe   –  the most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades’ Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

This show will be followed by a book signing.

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

Sun 23 September • Music at Ashton Barn • The Music of Rick Birley

  • Ashton Barn, Nr Martinstown
  • Sun 23 Sept
  • 3:30
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15/ £5 under 18s
  • 1 Hour 30 Mins

Following the success of last year’s Music at Ashton Barn, Richard Hosford and Marieke Blankestijn bring together a 12-piece ensemble of eminent international musicians to present a selection of works by Dorset composer Rick Birley.

Much of Rick’s music is inspired by folksong, both local, national & from overseas, and soprano Abbi Temple will join the ensemble in a performance of “Seven Folk Ballads”.

Tea and cakes will be provided in the interval and there will be an opportunity to meet the musicians. All the performers are giving their services for free. Proceeds from this concert will go to support Parkinson’s Dance, run by Dorchester Arts.

Programme:

Little English Folksong Suite 16”

Seven Folksong Ballads* 21”

Interval c.20 mins – refreshments (tea & cake)

Sar Planina – Macedonian folksong 7”

The Welsh Cuckoo* 4”

Latin Primer* 14”

Christmas Exultation* 7”

Maverick 7”

Total playing time: 37” + 39” = 76”

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

Thurs 4 October • Gabrielle Ducomble • Classy Chanteuse

  • Corn Exchange
  • Thurs 4 Oct
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12 / £5 (Live for 5)

Blending suave tones with natural charm and sophistication, Belgian chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble presents a night of French chanson, modern jazz, Brazilian choros and tango.

Original songs from her new self-penned album are interspersed with Gabrielle’s own unique take on tunes by Piaf, Brel, Legrand, Piazzolla and other classics. Performed with an authentic band including violin and guitar, the show will takes you on a mesmerising journey of discovery and delight, from passion to serenity.

Gabrielle specializes in Parisian-style jazz with an exciting, modern-day Gallic groove. After reaching the final of Pop Idol in France, she had a huge hit with her debut album and then settled in the UK where she has become an ever more popular performer.

London-based singer and composer, known for her performances of Parisian style jazz and tango, Gabrielle moved from her native Belgium to London following success reaching the final of the French Idol competition in 2003.

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

Fri 5 October • Ninebarrow

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 5 October
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £15 / £13 / £5

‘damn fine’ Mike Harding

‘absolutely amazing’ Kate Rusby

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 nominees Ninebarrow impressed audiences here last year with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

The duo have now joined forces with cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee Cuff, to produce an evening unlike any other. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, the trio are winning new fans wherever they go. See them now to find out why.

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

Fri 12 October • Blue Rose Code • plus support Adam Sweet

  • Corn Exchange
  • Fri 12 Oct
  • 20:00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £13 / £11

Blue Rose Code is Scottish-born, London-based Ross Wilson. His music addresses the themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future, all painted with colours of folk, jazz, soul and pop. This eclectic mix has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.

Plus support Adam Sweet

Adam Sweet has been performing as a guitarist since the age of 15, heavily influenced at first by the classic rock and blues of the 60s and 70s. Since then Adam has steadily honed his craft and found his voice, and with well over 1,000 gigs under his belt is now successfully carving out a solo career.

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