Live Performances

Here's a list of our forthcoming Live events, we hope to see you there!

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ALAW
World Class Music from Wales

Described by Songlines magazine as a “Welsh supergroup”, ALAW is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion - the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well loved melody, they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the performance

Age Range: All ages

www.alaw-band.com

Fret and Fiddle

Award-winning musicians Fret and Fiddle present a musical journey of the legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli's life. The quartet take you to the early Hot Club days from the swinging Parisian night clubs of the 1920's, through the war years when Grappelli played at the luxurious London hotels such as Claridges, to Stephane's golden years touring into his Eighties. Delight in their renditions of favourites like Jalousie, the famous Tango that Grappelli duetted to Yehudi Menhuin with on the Michael Parkinson Show back in 1971, and relax to the beautiful ballads of Stardust and My Funny Valentine. Tap your toes to Cole Porter's Anything Goes and be transported to those Charleston days and the razzle-dazzle of that swinging fiddle!

Age Range: 6+

www.fretandfiddle.co.uk

GreenMatthews
A Brief History of Music

Beginning in the Middle Ages, ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history. Featuring long forgotten songs and tunes (not to mention jokes!) GreenMatthews paint a vibrant and vivid picture of our musical DNA, mixing the familiar and the obscure, the raucous and the reflective and the courtly and the commonplace. The show combines the vigour of the medieval period, the musical intricacy of the Renaissance, the grandeur of the Baroque and the pomp and bombast of Victoriana. Add to that the wit of Blackadder and 1066 And All That and the stage is set for a veritable musical feast!

Age Range: 8+

www.greenmatthews.co.uk

Harp and a Monkey
The Victorians: Songs, Stories and More

A brand new show from the award-winning modern folk music and storytelling outfit Harp and a Monkey. The trio have revived songs of the Victorian era (popular, music hall, folk, work and street songs) and reworked them for contemporary ears. The songs have been chosen to shed light on lesser known aspects of Victorian life - from the poignant to the humorous. The stories behind the tunes are delivered by the band’s singer and raconteur Martin Purdy, an acclaimed historian, author and broadcaster. Talented multi-instrumentalists and long-standing friends, the trio guarantee a heart-warming performance of foot-tapping tunes, great conversation and laughter suitable for all ages...

Age Range: 5+

www.harpandamonkey.com

Summer Festival - Friday Evening
Whalebone with Jean Atkin followed by ALAW

Arts Alive present a Summer Festival of stories and songs – featuring artists from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Friday evening 7.00 to 9.30pm. English Folk duo Whalebone are joined by poet Jean Atkin to perform 'Understories'. ‘Understories’ is a brush with the new folklore of Shropshire. Here are urban, and rural, myths and tales just out of living memory. They are the common uncommon. Discover Shropshire’s last wolves and cloggers, its haunted roundabouts, pigs, railway lines and oak trees, not to mention the boy who burrowed under a church. ‘Understories' is a delightful, grounded and musical collection of poems that reminds us - through its brightly singing stories - how history is ravelled around memory, community and habitation: that ‘this is living, this is.’ Following 'Understories', reknowned Welsh Folk group ALAW will perform. "welsh musicians don’t come more sensitive, accomplished and exploratory than this crew” fROOTS Magazine ALAW are musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion - the traditional music of Wales. From stirring songs to driving jigs - they communicate their music with relaxed humour and a genuine affection that is truly infectious.

Age Range: 12+

Summer Festival - Saturday Evening
Wendy Weatherby & Sandy Brechin and Michelle Burke & James Ross

Arts Alive present "an evening of eloquent eccentricity". From Scotland, two of the country's most versatile and popular musicians, Wendy Weatherby (vocals, cello) and Sandy Brechin (accordion) will play a mixture of traditional and original material. And join internationally acclaimed artists, singer-songwriter Michelle from rural East Cork, Ireland and pianist and composer James, for a smattering of Parlour songs, new songs, tunes and shenanigans.

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Age Range: 12+

Summer Festival - Saturday Lunchtime
Storytellers Sal Tonge, Amy Douglas and Helen East & Rick Wilson

Arts Alive present a Summer Festival of stories and songs – featuring artists from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Summer Festival Saturday Lunchtime 1.00 to 2.30pm. Join local storytellers for stories with a light lunch. Sal Tonge is a storyteller and musician who lives in Stiperstones. She celebrates the music of language and loves to run and daydream round the Devil’s Chair. Award-winning author and storyteller, Amy Douglas tells traditional tales from Shropshire and Scotland. Welsh border storytellers, Helen East and Rick Wilson create a dynamic combination of words, rhythm, movement and music. Traditional tales are told with contemporary relevance and an ear for the needs of a modern audience.

Age Range: 12+

The People's String Foundation
Res Publica

“Res Publica” is a brand-new musical touring show from: The People’s String Foundation. During this piece the band packs a 32-piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and takes the audience on an incredible journey of discovery. Using music, puppetry, art, cinematography and animation all set to the backdrop of a “Virtual Orchestra," this show is unique and combines many art forms to create one immersive piece.

Age Range: 7+

www.thepeoplesstringfoundation.com

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Summer Festival of Stories & Songs 9-10 July 2021

Summer Festival - Friday Night Event

Summer Festival -Lunchtime Stories Event

Summer Festival - Saturday Night Event

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