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Gigs in Cambridgeshire Sunday 1st

Gracing our cover this month is Liverpudlian exile Kev Walford. Now a well established resident of Suffolk, Kevin is a regular at venues around the region playing alongside a variety of musicians.  He has just released his latest album Americanarama which, although ostensibly a solo album, actually features a host of other musicians with whom he has collaborated with in some form or other.  We are pleased to say it is Grapevine’s Album of the Month for March.

CONTENTS THE FOSTER FACTOR • 4

Foz focuses on Suffolk’s annual blues festival which is already taking shape.

Interview • 8

Hayley Clapperton interviews Gen Irving.

chat with • 12

Tony Bell talks to former Grateful Dead keyboard player Tim Constanten ahead of his gig at The Banham Barrel this month.

New Music • 22

Tony Bell’s regular look at the latest regional album releases in the re-named Music to your Ears.

THEATRE SPOTLIGHT • 28 Molly Richardson takes a look at upcoming arts and theatre festivals.

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Cambridge r Portland Arms r Razorrape +... Cambridge r The Geldart r The Sure Can Play Boys r 8pm Peterborough r Brewery Tap r Oakham Mic r 6pm Peterborough r Charters Bar r Bon Rogers

Gigs in Essex Sunday 1st

Chelmsford r Cramphorn Studio r Vasilis Xenopoulos Chelmsford r The Woolpack r Simon Hurley Marks Tey r Parish Hall r Doc Houlind’s Revival Band Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Lighthouse Family r 6:30pm Southend r Railway Hotel r Martin McNeill r 4:30pm

Gigs in Norfolk Sunday 1st

Norwich r Brickmakers r Lee Vasey Big Band r Noon Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Pyevarotti

Gigs in Suffolk Sunday 1st

Beccles r Butchers Arms r Cool Blue r 1:30pm Bury r The Apex r Bury Friendly Orchestra r 6pm Felixstowe r The Alex r Jazz East Halesworth r The Cut r Pelléas Ensemble Haverhill r Arts Ctr r Youth Brass Spectacular Ipswich r Corn Exchange r Ipswich Symphony Orchestra Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Barny Holmes r 3pm Ipswich r New Wolsey r Some Kind Of Wonderful r 7pm Ipswich r Regent r The Boys are Back! r 7:30pm Lowestoft r Hotel Hatfield r Harry Greene Organ Trio Sudbury r Bay Horse r Basketcase

Gigs in Essex Monday 2nd

Colchester r Arts Ctr r Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow Southend r Palace Theatre r Southend Makes Music

Gigs in Norfolk Monday 2nd

Norwich r Brickmakers r Open Stage r 7pm

Gigs in Suffolk Monday 2nd

Snape r Maltings r Celebration Gigs in r Cambridgeshire r Tuesday 3rd Cambridge r Blue Moon r Mammoth Penguins St Neots r Priory Ctr r Tim Edey

Gigs in Essex Tuesday 3rd

Brentwood r Bardswell SC r Chris Dean & John Pearce Trio Colchester r Arts Ctr r Schools Rock Prom Romford r The Sun r Rod Standen Southend r Palace Theatre r Southend Makes Music Westcliff r RBL r Vera van Heeringen Trio

Gigs in Norfolk Tuesday 3rd

Norwich r Bedfords r Jazz Jam Norwich r Brickmakers r The Calling + Support r £23 r 7pm

Gigs in Suffolk Tuesday 3rd

Bury r The Apex r Blazin’ Fiddles r 7:30pm Hadleigh r Cock Inn r Open Mic r 8pm Snape r Maltings r Celebration

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Wednesday 4th

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r Fascinating Aïda Cambridge r Mumford Theatre r George Todica r 1pm Cambridge r The Geldart r Django’s Tiger r 8pm


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CHARITY GALA CONCERT

SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 7PM

FEATURING: ALEX BAKER, TENOR | CHAPEL CHOIR | CHAMBER CHOIR MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP | SCHOOL ORCHESTRA | CONCERT BAND BIG BAND | MUSICIANS FROM MANNINGTREE HIGH SCHOOL

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StephenFoz Foz has been on the radio in Suffolk for well over 40 years. His on air activities began at Hospital Radio Ipswich in 1977. During his five year spell there he began working at Radio Orwell and when Saxon Radio came on air in 1982 Foz secured a full time job working for both stations. The BBC came calling in 1990 and he’s been at BBC Radio Suffolk ever since.

The line-up for June’s StowBlues in Stowmarket is coming together rather nicely. As ever, the event is being held at The Museum Of East Anglian Life and this year it falls on Saturday, June 6. Myself and Mike Rushmore have been curating the day since it began several years ago and we do our very best to ensure a full and varied bill. Gates open at midday with the first act on stage an hour later. The music then comes think and fast over the next eight hours and as you’ve come to expect it’ll be an eclectic mix of international, national and local names. At the time of writing not every slot has been finalised but I thought I would take this early opportunity to let you know about three of the acts we have confirmed. Making her StowBlues debut will be Sweden’s very own one woman band Sofie Reed. She plays Lee Oskar harmonicas, the dulcimer, lap steel guitar and stomps her foot on an old wooden wine box. In the words of Lee Oskar himself : “Sofie Reed is a multitalented artist who gives so much of herself as a performer. Her sense of

rhythm, phrasing and overall artistry make her one of the most interesting artists on the international music scene today. I’m thrilled that she plays Lee Oskar Harmonicas as she sure knows how to bring my favourite instrument to life with finesse, flair and great feeling.” High praise indeed from one of the masters.


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It’ll also be a StowBlues first for Suffolk outfit Tore Down. They’re a blues-rock trio who’re firmly established on the Ipswich music scene thanks to their nononsense approach to classics by the likes of Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Fronted by guitarist and singer Alan McWhirter they took last summer’s Maritime Ipswich Festival by storm. They looked really at home up there on the big BBC Radio Suffolk stage and Mike and I had no hesitation in getting them on board for StowBlues 2020. Talking of my StowBlues co-founder, Mike’s wonderful acoustic quartet Back Porch back in downtown Stowmarket this year after being unavailable for the 2019 festival. For the past decade and a half the band have been a permanent fixture on Suffolk’s music scene and they’re always the first name on my list of acts to play StowBlues. Thankfully they are back where they belong on the first Saturday of June.

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Join us at Isaacs on the Quay for great live music during March. Sunday 1st March • 3pm Barny Holmes As seen on The Voice UK, Barny Holmes plays acoustic mash-ups and a huge variety of music from the 50s to the present day.

Sunday 8th March • 3pm Mjsoul Delivering the best in soul, funk and reggae in his unique and charismatic style, Mjsoul is one of Suffolk’s finest soul artists.

Sunday 15th March • 3pm The Blarney Rovers A well-established duo who have been performing popular Irish songs and music together for around 10 years.

Tuesday 17th March • 3pm The Shamrock Brothers Enjoy their unique take on St Patrick’s Day music mixed with some classic hits.

Tuesday 17th March • 7pm Great Craic Expect songs from the likes of The Dubliners, U2, The Pogues, Thin Lizzy, The Boomtown Rats and more.

Sunday 22nd March • 3pm Mark Anthony and Isaac Duo This dynamic father and son duo perform a variety of music including soul, Motown, ska, reggae and rock’n’roll floor fillers.

All the acts are being recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk. There are very early bird tickets on sale for just £10 until the last day of this month. For the next couple of months they are still a very reasonable £12. In the week leading up to the event and on the day itself it’ll cost you £15 which remains an incredibly cheap price to pay. You can buy advance tickets from www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

Sunday 29th March • 3pm Hoppi and the Hopefuls Rocking with some blues and funky soul.

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Gigs in Essex Wednesday 4th

Braintree r Boars Head r Jam Night Southend r Palace Theatre r Southend Makes Music

Gigs in Norfolk Wednesday 4th

Banham r The Barrel r Open Mic r 8:30pm Gt Yarmouth r St Georges r London Mozart Players r £12 Norwich r Gate House r Irish Folk r 8:30pm Norwich r LCR r Example r 7:30pm Norwich r Maddermarket r Jacqui Dankworth Norwich r Waterfront r Crossfaith r 7:30pm

Gigs in Suffolk Wednesday 4th

Bildeston r Kings Head r Open Mic r 8:30pm Bury r The Apex r Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe r 8pm Ipswich r Duke of York r Ben Hemming r 8:30pm Leiston r White Horse Hotel r Stormy Doris & the Desperados Lowestoft r Seagull r Heritage Sounds r 3:30pm Snape r Maltings r Celebration

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Thursday 5th

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r Jake Bugg Peterborough r Cresset r The Beatles School Singing Days

Gigs in Essex Thursday 5th

Chelmsford r Civic Theatre r Buddy Holly & the Cricketers Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Fisherman’s Friends Southend r Palace Theatre r Southend Makes Music

Gigs in Norfolk Thursday 5th

Kings Lynn r Corn Exchange r Sweet Caroline Norwich r Brickmakers r Metal 2 The Masses r £3 r 7pm Norwich r LCR r Jax Jones r £18.50 r 7:30pm Norwich r Maddermarket r The Blues Band Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Open Mic Norwich r Waterfront r Elvana r 7:30pm

Gigs in Suffolk Thursday 5th

Bury r The Apex r Fascinating Aïda Bury r Theatre Royal r Streisand r 7:30pm Ipswich r Gainsborough Labour Club r Jax&Co r £6 Ipswich r The Salutation r Webbys Jam Snape r Maltings r Celebration

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Friday 6th

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r Paul Carrack Cambridge r Golden Hind r Open Stage r £4 Cambridge r Portland Arms r Ben Watt Peterborough r Cresset r The Beatles School Singing Days St Neots r Pig’n’Falcon r Quixotes Beard Upware r Five Miles From Anywhere r Funk Odyssey Wisbech r Angles Theatre r Forever Elvis r 7:30pm

Gigs in Essex Friday 6th

Braintree r Arts Theatre r Forever in Blue Jeans r 7:30pm Braintree r Boars Head r Higher on Maiden Chelmsford r Civic Theatre r The Sound of Springsteen Chelmsford r Hideaways r Noasis Colchester r Coda r Blooms +...

Follow us on Twitter: GrapevineLIVE Colchester r Hole In The Wall r Words & Music r 9pm Colchester r Queen St Brewhouse r Backroom Stereo + Rosalind Harniess r 8pm Colchester r The Bull r Metal 2 The Masses Leigh r Olde Smack Inn r Tore Down r 9pm Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Show Me Love Southend r Palace Theatre r Southend Makes Music

Gigs in Norfolk Friday 6th

Blakeney r Harbour Rooms r Egypt r 9pm Gt Yarmouth r St Georges r Leather & Lace r £14 r 7:30pm Norwich r Brickmakers r Ultra Ego + Haze r 8pm Norwich r Christ Church Ctr r Song Session Norwich r Epic Studios r Think Floyd r 7:30pm Norwich r John Innes Ctr r Hodmedod Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Power House Norwich r Waterfront r Floral Image Norwich r Waterfront r Samantha Fish r 6:30pm Norwich r Waterfront r Propaganda r 10:30pm

Gigs in Suffolk Friday 6th

Bungay r Fisher Theatre r Richard Digance r 7:30pm Bury r Hunter Club r BurySOUND Heat 5 Bury r Risbygate S&SC r Jigantics + Portfire r £12 Bury r The Apex r Showaddywaddy r 7:30pm Bury r Theatre Royal r Bowjangles r 7:30pm Hadleigh r Ansell Ctr r Flaming June +... Ipswich r Duke of York r Martin McNeill r 8:30pm Ipswich r The Railway r The Soul Project r 9pm Lowestoft r Community Hall r Two Coats Colder Lowestoft r Marina r Coldplace r 7:30pm Lowestoft r Seagull r Respectfully Elvis r 7:30pm Snape r Maltings r Bukolika Piano Trio Snape r Maltings r Celebration Stoke by Nayland r Hotel r Oxley Meier Guitar Project Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Jax&Co r 9:30pm Trimley r Trimley S&SC r Moving Targets

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Saturday 7th

Cambridge r Blue Moon r Vorte + Venus Grove r 8pm Cambridge r Junction r New Routes Cambridge r Portland Arms r Cambridge Band Competition Peterborough r Key Theatre r Lionel r 7:30pm St Neots r Pig’n’Falcon r Treble Damage

Gigs in Essex Saturday 7th

Ardleigh r Little Rabbit Barn r Honey Ryder + Isabella Coulstock Billericay r Barleylands S&SC r Marcus Malone Braintree r Arts Theatre r Bon Jovi Forever r 7:30pm Braintree r Boars Head r Rekovered Chelmsford r Cramphorn Studio r Undiscovered r 7pm Chelmsford r United Brethren r Stony Road r 9pm Clacton r Princes Theatre r That’ll Be The Day r 7:30pm Halstead r Empire Theatre r Crocodile Mock r 8pm Southend r Chinnerys r The Devout Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r The Dualers Southend r Palace Theatre r The Blues Band Wix r The Waggon r Kio r 8:30pm


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Ladysmith Black Mambazo SATURDAY 20 JUNE 7.30PM

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Gen Irving

Singer/ songwriter

Hayley Clapperton

17-year old guitar playing singer/ songwriter Gen Irving from Essex has plenty of gigs and festivals under her belt. With a weakness for tortilla chips and a choice of 10 guitars to play, it won’t be long before she is driving further afield for a busy gig diary. HC: When did you first pick up the guitar? Gen: I got my first guitar for Christmas when I was six and started to take proper lessons from 8 or 9 and really got into it from about 12. HC: Anyone in your family musical? Gen: My dad played sax in a band at uni and there are a handful of musicians on his side of the family. Both my parents love music so there was never really an option not to be obsessed with it for me. HC: How would you describe your style?

HC: What’s your song writing process? Gen: It’s hard to describe, but I tend to collect riffs and lyrics all the time and try to work out which moods fit together. HC: How many tracks have you released?

Gen: I find myself calling it soft rock but have inspirations from indie rock, pop, alternative, R&B and blues/folk.

Gen: I released a self-produced EP with four songs in November 2018, and have released 3 tracks in January. I have a load more in the works.

HC: Who are your influences?

HC: How many guitars do you have?

Gen: Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Paul Simon, HAIM, Joni Mitchell, Jack Antonoff, Hozier, and Courtney Barnett, and I could go on and on...

Gen: I have 10! I have been very lucky over the years and have been given some great gifts from older musicians and family, and also have invested money I earned gigging and busking in buying guitars and other sound making equipment such as a bass, effects pedals, midi keyboards, etc.

HC: Which song do you most like to perform, and why? Gen: ‘Gift From God’ as it has some lyrics I really have fun singing, and I like to bop along to the rhythm. HC: Do you play other instruments? Gen: I play bass guitar and synths, and also view production as an instrument. HC: What types of music do you enjoy listening to when you are hanging out? Gen: Depends on my mood but love listening to rock, funk and 90s hits while hanging out with my friends.

HC: Are you at college/studying? Gen: Yes, I am studying music performance and production. HC: When you are not making music, what hobbies do you enjoy? Gen: I like consuming the arts, especially fashion, television, and films. HC: When you become famous, what will your rider be? Gen: Breadsticks.


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HC: Do you have a non-musical skill? Gen: I’m a really fast walker. HC: What musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be? Gen: Joni Mitchell and Prince, and so many others. HC: How often do you perform and it is difficult to get gigs at 17? Gen: It depends on the time of year but I have probably averaged at least 2 a month for the last few years. It can be difficult to get gigs at 17, especially in Chelmsford, but hopefully it won’t be a problem much longer! HC: Anything unusual happened at a gig? Gen: One time, two dogs got intimate right in front of the stage when I was playing. It was a struggle to keep a straight face. HC: Do you drive yet, or still having to rely on friends and family for travel? Gen: I started lessons but the world probably doesn’t want me as a driver yet. HC: Who is your biggest fan? Gen: My mom, my sister’s flatmate and some really lovely people on my Facebook page. HC: What challenges do you face being a solo artist? Gen: I hear my songs with a bigger sound in my head and without a band I have to figure out all the parts myself. I have recorded with more of a full band sound on my latest tracks with me playing all the instruments but drums. I would love to be in a band, it just hasn’t happened for me yet. It has been a bit difficult finding other young people who want to play my genre. HC: Do you think it is easier or harder these days to be a musician?

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Gen: Both. It’s easier to get your music out there but as there is so much out there it’s harder to get it heard. HC: You recently played at Sonic Youths Showcase event in January, how was that? Gen: That was a lot of fun and it was great to see the other bands who were all incredible. I’d love to play in Norwich again. HC: What’s your biggest vice? Gen: Self-deprecating humour and tortilla chips. HC: What ambitions do you have within the music industry? If that doesn’t work out, what is your back-up plan? Gen: I just want to write, produce and perform as much as I can for as long as I can. It would be cool to get a publishing and/or recording contract, and ultimately validation from Bruce Springsteen. HC: Have you played any festivals? What are they like for you? Gen: I have played a lot of festivals including in 2019 Greystock, Groomstock, Maldon Smoke and Fire Festival, the acoustic stage at Heditude and several other festivals. Coming up, I’m excited to have lined up the Alive & V-Dubbin acoustic stage and Cosmic Puffin Breaking Out Stage.

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Gigs in Norfolk Saturday 7th

Enjoy an Easter weekend of live music Friday 10th April • 3pm • Irie J A singer/songwriter who performs classic soul, reggae and original songs.

Saturday 11th April • 3pm • Adam Thomas A mix of originals and covers to suit all genres and ages. No loop pedals or assistance, just one mic and one guitar.

Sunday 12th April • 3pm • SOUL’d Out A disco, Motown and 80’s dance floor cover band, with hits from Wham! Stevie Wonder and Chic!

Monday 13th April • 3pm • James Nunn An acoustic singer/songwriter with a huge selection of originals and covers that he likes to put his own twist on. 7 Wherry Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AS 01473 284000 • www.isaaclord.org Follow us on

Banham r Community Ctr r 60’s Dance r £7.50 r 8:30pm Drayton r Stower Grange Hotel r Jacqui Hicks Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r The Fortunate Sons r 7:30pm Kings Lynn r Corn Exc. r What’s Love Got To Do With It? Norwich r Brickmakers r The Skasouls r 8pm Norwich r Gate House r Vic Salter r 8:30pm Norwich r LCR r Blossoms r 6:30pm Norwich r Maddermarket r ABBA Forever Norwich r Open r S Club Party Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Doctor Misfit & his Gastric Band Norwich r Waterfront r Cloudbusting r 6:30pm Norwich r Waterfront r Julian Cope r 6:30pm Norwich r Waterfront r Meltdown r 10pm

Gigs in Suffolk Saturday 7th

Aldeburgh r DPs Bar r Martin McNeill r 8:30pm Bury r The Apex r Altered Images r 8pm Felixstowe r Falcon Inn r Lucky No7 r 9pm Felixstowe r Spa Pavilion r Leather & Lace Flixton r Village Hall r East Coast Blues Band + r £6 r 7pm Hadleigh r RBL r Coast r 8:45pm Halesworth r The Cut r Songbird Holbrook r Royal Hospital School r Dido & Aeneas Choirs Ipswich r California Club r Barney & The Rubbles r 7:30pm Ipswich r Case is Altered r 3 Steps to Heaven r 8:30pm Ipswich r Case is Altered r The Dividers r 8:30pm Ipswich r Gainsborough Labour Club r Rod Stewart Tribute r £5 r 8:30pm Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Live DJ Ipswich r St Peters by the Waterfront r Crisium r 8pm Ipswich r TGA r Counterfeit r 9pm Ipswich r The Railway r Rudesix r £6 r 9pm Ipswich r The Smokehouse r Far From Refuge +... Leiston r White Horse Hotel r Roach Lowestoft r Marina r Dirty DC r 7:30pm Lowestoft r Seagull r The He Hews r 7:30pm Mellis r Railway Tavern r Jax&Co r 9:30pm Oulton Broad r Lady of The Lake r Fooasis Rocks Snape r Maltings r Celebration Sudbury r Bay Horse r Randall Brenneman Band Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Bouncing Off Concrete Wingfield r Barns r Chris Wood

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Sunday 8th

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r Fisherman’s Friends Peterborough r Charters Bar r Dan Poole

Gigs in Essex Sunday 8th

Colchester r Arts Ctr r Brubeck Plays Brubeck Colchester r Headgate r The Femmes r 7:30pm Manningtree r Winyl r Songwriting Circle r Free r 2pm Marks Tey r Parish Hall r Hugh Rainey’s Jazz Band Southend r Palace Theatre r Rule the World

Gigs in Norfolk Sunday 8th

Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r Lionel r 7:30pm Norwich r Brickmakers r Floating Greyhounds r 3pm Norwich r Epic Studios r Big Fish Little Fish r 2pm Norwich r Fat Cat Tap Brewery r Redemption r 3pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Roy n Mick Norwich r Waterfront r Turnover


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Gigs in Suffolk Sunday 8th

Clare r Bell Hotel r Vasilis Xenopoulos Clare r The Globe r Martin McNeill r 2pm Felixstowe r Spa Pavilion r Bootleg Shadows Felixstowe r The Alex r Jazz East Ipswich r Gainsborough Labour Club r Danstar r 3pm Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r MJ Soul r 3pm Ipswich r New Wolsey r Nine Below Zero r 7pm Ipswich r The Railway r Icebreakers r 2:30pm Lowestoft r Stanford Arms r John Ward Band Sudbury r Bay Horse r Remedy

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Monday 9th

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r Michael Kiwanuka

Gigs in Essex Monday 9th

Colchester r Arts Ctr r Ewan McLennan Colchester r Headgate r Performance Platform r 7:30pm

Gigs in Norfolk Monday 9th

Norwich r Brickmakers r Open Stage r 7pm Norwich r LCR r The Boys Are Back r 7pm Norwich r Waterfront r Joanne Shaw Taylor

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Tuesday 10th

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r Swedish Philharmonia Cambridge r Junction r Danny Bryant Cambridge r Portland Arms r The Estevans St Neots r Priory Ctr r Open Stage

Gigs in Essex Tuesday 10th

Brentwood r Bardswell SC r Jo Harrop r £16 r 8pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r Yorkston Thorne Khan Romford r The Sun r Open Night Southend r Chinnerys r Joanne Shaw Taylor Westcliff r RBL r North Sea Gas

Gigs in Norfolk Tuesday 10th

Norwich r Brickmakers r Boombox r 7pm Norwich r Brickmakers r Stray + The Groundhogs r 8pm

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Wednesday 11th

Cambridge r Junction r Joanne Shaw Taylor Cambridge r Mumford Theatre r Anglia Ruskin World Music Ensemble r 1pm Cambridge r Portland Arms r The Jacques Cambridge r The Geldart r Jay B r 8:30pm Peterborough r New Theatre r Rule The World

Gigs in Essex Wednesday 11th

Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Snake Davis Band Southend r Palace Theatre r Canterbury Tales

Gigs in Norfolk Wednesday 11th

Banham r The Barrel r Open Mic r 8:30pm Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r Day At Night r 2:30pm Norwich r Gate House r Irish Folk r 8:30pm

Gigs in Suffolk Wednesday 11th

Bildeston r Kings Head r Open Mic r 8:30pm Bungay r Fisher Theatre r Rhythm & Rogues r 7:30pm Bury r The Apex r Brubecks Play Brubeck r 7:30pm Edwardstone r White Horse r Acoustic Jam r 8:30pm

Live Music @ St Peter's Crisium - The Planets & more 7th March @ 8pm - £10 (adv) / £12 (otd) Elton 13th March @ 8pm - £10 Come and Sing with Kerry Ellis - Workshop 14th March @ 2pm - from £45 Spring Forward into BST - Suffolk Concert Band 29th March @ 3pm - £6 (adv) / £8 (otd) / Children free Bootleg Boss - Bruce Springsteen Tribute 4th April @ 8pm - £14 Branco Stoysin - Jazz by the Waterfront 3rd April @ 7.45pm - £10 (adv) / £12 (otd) John Fisher and IDMC Gospel Soul Choir 11th April @ 7.30pm - £16 Americana - St Peter's Band 25th April @ 7.30pm - £6 (adv) / £8 (otd) St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peter's Church, College Street, Ipswich - 01473 225269

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TC: Yes and no, it is one of those cosmic conundra, I'm sorta like one of these outer space things that came in from out of orbit, through the solar system... in several ways they were really like me. When I first heard the avant-garde music in the 1950s (a lot of people hated it and covered their ears) I said hey, that’s for me. The band had the same spirit of adventure and exploration that I had. In that measure we fit each other quite well. TB: You came from a background in the military, straight into rock'n'roll... TC: Oh it was way worse than that! I received a draft notice, they wanted to send me to Vietnam to get shot at! I didn’t want to do that actually. I realised that there was a way out of it at the time.  If I enlisted in the Air Force as a volunteer the Army wouldn't come after me because I was already in the military... these are not the droids you want.

Tony Bell chats with Tom Constanten “You can have perspective or objectivity but not both” Tom Constanten has had a long and successful career in music. He is best know as the Grateful Dead’s keyboard player between 1968 and 1970. At 75 he is still performing, still touring and will visit the Banham Barrel at the end of the month with Live Dead ‘69. I spoke to him at his home in North Carolina, naturally we started with the weather.

TC: It’s grey and cloudy with shades of Donald Trump, it’s pretty ugly! TB: You are best known for playing with the Grateful Dead, but you weren’t there for long. TC: No, but the archives of recordings of my era are very thick, so something is happening! TB: Did you feel that you fitted into the band well?

They also taught me computer programming - the computers of fifty years ago – but before that I had been to Europe to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio and that was the world that Gerry Garcia and Phil Lesh knew about.  The fact that I'd made buck sergeant didn't impress them but having studied with Stockhausen did. TB: What makes you get up in the morning and start playing? TC: It is nature's way. You wake up and you do what you do. There is no effort, intention or decision involved. It is like a discussion I had recently with an old girlfriend: love is not a decision. You realise that here you are and we'll play it like this. Mind you, the scenery changes, as it does with women. I have a practice regime, I have a couple of Chopin etudes in my rotation now - that sort of brushes away the cobwebs and I love the way it makes everything else seem so easy. TB: I love that line about love... now I am totally distracted. TC: Or if you wish, I could be more vague.  I'm not a real person at all, but I play one on television. TB: Your autobiography is called 'Between Rock and Hard Places'. What were the hard places?


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TC: Oh... economic depravity, about twelve years of having the Internal Revenue Services on my ass – that was not a lot of fun. Pounding the pavement in LA lookin' for work. I had a career in sales for a while, one day I made one sale, I think it was an accident. I didn't last with that.

TB: You are returning to the Banham Barrel after a successful show there last year.

TB: What were you selling?

TC: We are not a tribute band. I have heard that we are called a legacy band because we all have a direct personal connection to the source of the music. We are not re-creating an experience, we are not impersonators. I am not pretending to be somebody else, the fire of improvisation and inventiveness that we are bringing with us. But we have been there before so the audience should know what to expect.

TC: It was a photo studio, somebody from the studio would come to the house and take pictures of them and their kids and they had the option for $50 or $100 getting 8x10 or wallet sized images. I also had an extended period at the Post Office, I learned all of the streets in San Francisco, I cannot get lost in that city! But really I had it rather mild compared to some artists. TB: Music has changed drastically of late.  Do you think it is for the better or worse? TC: I think it’s not my call. I have been a student over the past decade of African music, listening to it, reading about it and they have a similar thing over there. There was a musician from Ghana who was interviewed by a University of Chicago professor and he said that when he was a kid all the musicians, the establishment, told him he was doing it wrong. He became famous and they asked him what he might think of the music of two generations from now.  He said I will probably tell them they are doing it wrong.

TC: I’m so looking forward to that. I’m sure it will be warmer. TB: What can people expect from Live Dead '69 at the Barrel?

I remember playing a gig at Fillmore East with the Grateful Dead. New York audiences let you know how they feel.  They were picky, they were exacting, they were critics every last one of them.  But when towards the end of the first set we realised that they liked us – that was something special. The Banham Barrel had a feeling similar to that, tell them I noticed.

I trust my own judgement – you know about the Heisenberg uncertainty principle? It’s quantum mechanics, nuclear science. There are several statements, all of them end with the phrase 'or both'..."You can tell where the particle is or where it is going but not both" or "You can have perspective or objectivity but not both”. When you are in the game, you don't see the game. TB: Is there anyone you wish you had played with? TC: If you go back in history there are so many, you might know something about this: in real life it doesn't look the same if you’re watching from your seat. I have seen artists whom I thought would really get along but who were like adversarial cats checking each other out. Sometimes it’s the notes closest to each other that resonate most discordantly. TB: Let’s talk about the Banham Barrel... TC: Oh, I remember when it was just a six pack - I am so proud of it! 

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Gigs in Cambridgeshire Thursday 12th

Cambridge r Blue Moon r Folk Cabaret r 7:30pm Cambridge r CUC Wine Bar r Pete Oxley-Nicolas Meier Peterborough r New Theatre r Seven Drunken Nights

Gigs in Essex Thursday 12th

Gt Bardfield r Friends Meeting House r Simple Folk Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r The Boys Are Back Southend r Palace Theatre r Canterbury Tales

Gigs in Norfolk Thursday 12th

Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Open Mic Norwich r Waterfront r Haunt The Woods Norwich r Waterfront r Whole Lotta Led

Gigs in Suffolk Thursday 12th

Bures r Eight Bells r Open Mic r 8pm Bury r Theatre Royal r A Gypsy Carnival r 1pm Haverhill r Arts Ctr r All Shook Up Ipswich r The Salutation r Webbys Jam Snape r Maltings r Così Fan Tutte

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Friday 13th

Cambridge r Golden Hind r Reg Meuross Peterborough r New Theatre r Magic of the Beatles St Neots r Pig’n’Falcon r Zipwire Upware r Five Miles From Anywhere r The Lonely w/Carla

Gigs in Essex Friday 13th

Braintree r Arts Theatre r Dire Streets r 7:30pm Chelmsford r Bassment r Confession Chelmsford r Cramphorn Studio r Ian McNabb r 7:30pm Clacton r Princes Theatre r Bon Jovi Experience r 7:30pm Clacton r West Cliff r Lionel r 7:30pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r Whole Lotta Led Old Harlow r Marigolds Jazz Club r Doc K’s Blues Band r £10 r 7:30pm Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Paul Carrack Southend r Palace Theatre r Canterbury Tales Southend r Palace Theatre r Complete Madness

Gigs in Norfolk Friday 13th

Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r Merrill Osmond r 7:30pm Norwich r Brickmakers r Enigma + Halos Edge r 8pm Norwich r Epic Studios r The Korgis r 7:30pm Norwich r Gate House r Vic Salter r 8:30pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Everybodys Dead Dave Norwich r Waterfront r Flint Moore Norwich r Waterfront r Palace Norwich r Waterfront r Propaganda r 10:30pm

Gigs in Suffolk Friday 13th

Bury r The Bushel r Fiona Harber Ipswich r New Wolsey r Matt Ford r 7:45pm Ipswich r Regent r Clannad Ipswich r St Peters by the Waterfront r Elton Ipswich r The Railway r Mr Spanky & The Hipthrusters r 9pm Ipswich r The Smokehouse r Albion Mills + Osian Rhys +... Lowestoft r Marina r Magic of Motown Snape r Maltings r Bukolika Piano Trio Stowmarket r John Peel Ctr r Martin Simpson r £18.50 r 7:30pm Stowmarket r Magpie Inn r Jax&Co r 9pm Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Five Mile High

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Gigs in Cambridgeshire Saturday 14th

Cambridge r Carpenters Arms r Black Coffee r 8pm Cambridge r Junction r Shay D Cambridge r Portland Arms r Cambridge Band Competition Peterborough r Met Lounge r Total Stone Roses & Oaysis St Neots r Pig’n’Falcon r Basic Cable Band Stapleford r Granary r St Catharine’s College Choir + Tenor Madness

Gigs in Essex Saturday 14th

Billericay r Barleylands S&SC r Mississippi MacDonald Braintree r Arts Theatre r Totally Tina r 7:30pm Braintree r Boars Head r Remark Chelmsford r Civic Theatre r Bowie Experience Clacton r Princes Theatre r Complete Madness r 7:30pm Clacton r Railway Club r Words & Music r 9pm Clacton r West Cliff r Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party Colchester r Coda r 24 Karat Colchester r Queen St Brewhouse r Earth Girls are Easy Harlow r Playhouse r 80s Mania r 7:30pm Southend r Palace Theatre r Canterbury Tales Wivenhoe r Greyhound r The Onion Band r Free r 9pm Wix r The Waggon r Legend r 8:30pm

Gigs in Norfolk Saturday 14th

Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r California Dreamin’ Kings Lynn r Corn Exchange r Wild Boys Norwich r Brickmakers r Bloodshake Chorus r 8pm Norwich r Gate House r Will Allinson r 8:30pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Zipped Up Norwich r Waterfront r Grand Magus Norwich r Waterfront r Meltdown r 10pm Old Catton r Maids Head r Redemption r 9pm

Gigs in Suffolk Saturday 14th

Bramford r Social Club r Rhythmn Rockitts r 8:30pm Bucklesham r Village Hall r Spring Concert r £10 r 7:30pm Bungay r Fisher Theatre r The Total Who Show r 7:30pm Bury r Hunter Club r Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison +... Bury r The Apex r New Purple Celebration r 7:30pm Felixstowe r Spa Pavilion r Chicago Blues Brothers Hadleigh r RBL r Stiff in the Morning r 8:45pm Ipswich r California Club r House Shakers r 7:30pm Ipswich r County of Suffolk r Firewild r 9pm Ipswich r Gainsborough Labour Club r Skittlez r 8:30pm Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Live DJ Ipswich r St Peters by the Waterfront r Kerry Ellis Ipswich r TGA r Fun4house r 9pm Ipswich r The Railway r Colourblind Hedgehogs r 9pm Lowestoft r Marina r Rock of Ages Experience Lowestoft r Seagull r Steamy Windows Snape r Maltings r Giulio Cesare Sudbury r Bay Horse r Hoaxx Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Backtrackin Sudbury r Quay Theatre r Keep it Cash r 7:30pm Sudbury r White Horse r Beergut 100 r 9pm Trimley r Trimley S&SC r Karaoke

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Sunday 15th

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r The Cat Empire Cambridge r Portland Arms r David Keenan Peterborough r Charters Bar r Matty Haynes Stapleford r Granary r Cann Twins


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Gigs in Essex Sunday 15th

Clacton r Railway Club r The Onion Band r 4pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r John Law’s Re-Creations Colchester r Queen St Brewhouse r East Coast Guitar Trio Marks Tey r Parish Hall r Barry Palser’s Super Six Southend r Chinnerys r Lifesigns Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Frank Turner Southend r Palace Theatre r Keith James Southend r Palace Theatre r The Fizz

Gigs in Norfolk Sunday 15th

Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r Derek Ryan r 7:30pm Kings Lynn r Corn Exchange r Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Norwich r Brickmakers r Claire Parker Band r 3pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r 3D Rock n Roll Norwich r Waterfront r Illegal Eagles Sheringham r Little Theatre r Folk on the Pier Showcase

Gigs in Suffolk Sunday 15th

Bury r Theatre Royal r Night at the West End r 7pm Chillesford r The Froize r Andreas Tophoj & Rune Barslund Felixstowe r The Alex r Jazz East Halesworth r The Cut r Lucy Parham Ipswich r Briarbank Brewery r Pete Neighbour & Julian Stringle Ipswich r California Club r Pete Long Ipswich r Corn Exchange r California Dreamin’ r 7:30pm Ipswich r Gainsborough Labour Club r Heartbeat r 3pm Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r The Blarney Rovers r 3pm Lowestoft r Stanford Arms r The Fools Blues Sudbury r Bay Horse r Jax&Co r 4pm Trimley r Trimley S&SC r St Patricks Celebrations

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Monday 16th

Cambridge r Junction r Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Gigs in Essex Monday 16th

Colchester r Arts Ctr r Steve Knightley West Mersea r Mersea Ctr r Folk Club r 7:30pm

Gigs in Norfolk Monday 16th

Briarbank’s Sunday Jazz Sunday 15th March 1:30pm We love a jazz special at the Briarbank and that’s what you’ll get this month. Joining us will be Pete Neighbour and Julian Stringle on reeds. Supporting them is Ron West on drums, Bernie Hodgkins on bass and John Parker on guitar. Entry is free, and we’ll be serving our main menu, including a Sunday roast between 12:00 - 21:00. 70 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LB 01473 284000 • www.briarbank.org Follow us on

Norwich r Brickmakers r Open Stage r 7pm Norwich r LCR r Stiff Little Fingers Norwich r Waterfront r Frank Turner

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Tuesday 17th

Cambridge r Portland Arms r Cherry Suede St Neots r Priory Ctr r Judy Cook

Gigs in Essex Tuesday 17th

Romford r The Sun r Open Mic Westcliff r RBL r Open Night

Gigs in Norfolk Tuesday 17th

Norwich r Brickmakers r Boombox r 7pm

Gigs in Suffolk Tuesday 17th

Felixstowe r Conservative Club r The Onion Band r 8pm Hadleigh r Cock Inn r Open Mic r 8pm Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Shamrock Brothers r 3pm Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Great Craic r 7pm


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Gigs in Cambridgeshire Wednesday 18th

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r Bootleg Beatles Cambridge r Junction r Warmduscher Cambridge r Mumford Theatre r Mifune Tsuji Trio r 1pm Cambridge r Portland Arms r Franck Carducci & The Fantastic Squad Cambridge r The Geldart r The Late Risers Ely r Old Dispensary r Bill Jones

Gigs in Essex Wednesday 18th

Wix r The Waggon r Blackwater Band r 8:30pm

Gigs in Norfolk Wednesday 18th

Banham r The Barrel r Open Mic r 8:30pm Kings Lynn r Corn Exchange r ELO Experience Norwich r Gate House r Irish Folk r 8:30pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Quiz

Gigs in Suffolk Wednesday 18th

Bildeston r Kings Head r Open Mic r 8:30pm Bungay r Fisher Theatre r Claude Bourbon r 7:30pm Sudbury r Quay Theatre r Hazel O’Connor r 7:30pm

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Thursday 19th

Cambridge r Junction r Amy Wadge Cambridge r Portland Arms r Unplugged & Unleashed Peterborough r Cresset r Schools Make Music Stapleford r Granary r Yorkston + Thorne + Khan

Gigs in Essex Thursday 19th

Castle Hedingham r Bell Inn r Open Mic r 8pm Chelmsford r Civic Theatre r Simon & Garfunkel Story Chelmsford r Clarets Bar r Connor Selby Harlow r Playhouse r The Everly Brothers r 7:30pm Saffron Walden r Saffron Suite r Mark Crooks Quartet r £12

Gigs in Norfolk Thursday 19th

Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r The Manfreds r 7:30pm Norwich r Brickmakers r Guns For Hire r 8pm Norwich r St Peter Mancroft Church r Cringleford Singers r £8 r 7pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Open Mic Norwich r Waterfront r The Subways

Gigs in Suffolk Thursday 19th

Felixstowe r Spa Pavilion r The Wild Murphys Ipswich r The Salutation r Webbys Jam Needham Market r Community Ctr r Open Mic r 8pm

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Friday 20th

Cambridge r Golden Hind r Claire Hayes + John Ward Trio Cambridge r Junction r The Fiver Cambridge r Portland Arms r Inner Terrestrials + Casual Nausea Ely r The Maltings r UK Queen Peterborough r Cresset r Bon Giovi r 7:30pm Peterborough r Key Theatre r The Barron Knights r 7:30pm St Neots r Pig’n’Falcon r Mister-Meaner Upware r Five Miles From Anywhere r Red River

Gigs in Essex Friday 20th

Braintree r Boars Head r Yellowhouse Clacton r Princes Theatre r Dead Ringer For Love r 7:30pm Clacton r West Cliff r Calling Planet Earth r 7:30pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r The Marley Revival Colchester r Queen St Brewhouse r Jamie & Dave r 8pm Harlow r Playhouse r Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular

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Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r The Real Thing r 7:30pm Kings Lynn r Corn Exchange r Bye Bye Baby Norwich r Brickmakers r Monument r 8pm Norwich r Christ Church Ctr r Martin Carthy Norwich r Epic Studios r Dub Pistols r 7:30pm Norwich r LCR r Levellers r 7:30pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Counterfeit Brits Norwich r Waterfront r M Huncho Norwich r Waterfront r Rews Norwich r Waterfront r Propaganda r 10:30pm Swanton Novers r Village Hall r Miranda Sykes r 7:30pm

Gigs in Suffolk Friday 20th

Bury r Risbygate S&SC r Ray Cooper + Mel Langton Bury r The Apex r BurySOUND Final Felixstowe r Dolphin Hotel r Adam Harrod r 9pm Hadleigh r Cock Inn r Words & Music r 8:30pm Hadleigh r RBL r Scorpio Rising r 8:45pm Ipswich r Duke of York r Clare Free r 8:30pm Ipswich r Sailing Barge Victor r Jackie Ord & Double Take Ipswich r Swan & Hedgehog r Joe G r 9pm Ipswich r The Railway r STYG r 9pm Lowestoft r Community Hall r Cambridge & Walker Lowestoft r Marina r The King is Back Snape r Maltings r Ensemble Hesperi Stoke by Nayland r Hotel r Bryan Corbett’s Hi-Fly Quintet Stowmarket r John Peel Ctr r Ian McNabb r £18 r 7:30pm Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Bruce Aldred Sudbury r Quay Theatre r Leather & Lace r 7:30pm Trimley r Trimley S&SC r Kickin’ Up Dust

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Saturday 21st

Cambridge r Blue Moon r Deep City Cambridge r Junction r Ska n Reggae Sizzler Cambridge r Portland Arms r Cambridge Band Competition Peterborough r Charters Bar r Bent Back Tulips Peterborough r Cresset r Luther r 7:30pm St Neots r Pig’n’Falcon r Midlife Crisis

Gigs in Essex Saturday 21st

Billericay r Barleylands S&SC r Nigel Bagge Braintree r Arts Theatre r Grapevine Soul r 7:30pm Braintree r Boars Head r Guilty Parties Chelmsford r Bassment r Asylum Takeover Clacton r Princes Theatre r Little Mix Experience r 4pm Clacton r Princes Theatre r Rolling Stones Story r 7:30pm Clacton r West Cliff r Foster & Allen r 7:30pm Rayleigh r RBL r Da Management r 8pm Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Los Pacaminos Wix r The Waggon r Spiderz r 8:30pm

Gigs in Norfolk Saturday 21st

Dereham r Memorial Hall r The Gaz Hughes Sextet Gt Yarmouth r St Georges r Shantymen r 7:30pm Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r Jimmy Buckley r 7:30pm Kings Lynn r Corn Exchange r Bond In Concert Norwich r Brickmakers r Gameplan r 8pm Norwich r Gate House r Vic Salter r 8:30pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Against the Grain Norwich r Waterfront r Meltdown r 10pm Sheringham r Little Theatre r John Tams & Barry Coope


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Gigs in Suffolk Saturday 21st

Bramford r Social Club r Boy George Tribute r 8:30pm Bury r The Apex r Suffolk Sinfonia Eye r The Bank r Miranda Sykes r £12.00 r 8pm Felixstowe r Spa Pavilion r Tina Turner Exp. Framlingham r Castle Inn r Joe G r 9pm Holbrook r Royal Hospital School r Charity Gala Concert Ipswich r California Club r Skittlez r 7:30pm Ipswich r Conservative Club (Newton Rd) r Jax&Co r 8pm Ipswich r Gainsborough Labour Club r Reality Duo Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Live DJ Ipswich r Red Lion r Talk of The Town r 9pm Ipswich r TGA r Moving Targets r 9pm Ipswich r The Railway r London Calling r £10 r 8pm Ipswich r The Smokehouse r Helgrind +... Leiston r White Horse Hotel r Hurricane Alley Lowestoft r Marina r Michael Starring Ben r 7:30pm Snape r Maltings r Aldeburgh Music Club Choir & Suffolk Baroque Players r 7:30pm Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Lower The Tone Sudbury r Bay Horse r Poontang Sudbury r St Peters Church r Oye Santana Trimley r Trimley S&SC r Quiz Night

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Sunday 22nd

Cambridge r Corn Exchange r The Bowie Collective

Gigs in Essex Sunday 22nd

Clacton r West Cliff r Forever in Blue Jeans r 2:30pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r Telepathy + Jotnarr Marks Tey r Parish Hall r George Tidiman’s New Orleans All Stars

Gigs in Norfolk Sunday 22nd

Norwich r Brickmakers r Twisted Vision r 3pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Porkys Hot Rockin Norwich r Waterfront r Jora the Fortuneteller + Ella Massingham + Blux J ...

Gigs in Suffolk Sunday 22nd

Blaxhall r Ship Inn r Saltshaker r 3pm Bury r The Athenaeum r Songbook Sundays Clare r Bell Hotel r Pete Neighbour Halesworth r The Cut r Kingfisher Ensemble Ipswich r Case is Altered r Paul Weller Tribute r 8:30pm Ipswich r Corn Exchange r Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra Ipswich r Gainsborough Labour Club r Shane Baxendale Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Mark Anthony & Isaac Duo Lowestoft r Marina r Jimmy Buckley Lowestoft r Stanford Arms r Honey & The Bear Sudbury r Bay Horse r JDS

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Monday 23rd

Cambridge r Portland Arms r Broken Witt Rebels Peterborough r St Johns Church r D-Day Darlings r 1pm Peterborough r St Johns Church r Focus r 7:30pm

Gigs in Essex Monday 23rd

Colchester r Arts Ctr r Shackleton Trio

Gigs in Norfolk Monday 23rd

Norwich r Brickmakers r Open Stage r 7pm Norwich r Waterfront r Hayseed Dixie r 7:30pm

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life in Liverpool. From that you may well suspect that this album is not pure Americana (whatever that might be). Yes, Kev’s appearances at Maverick Festival and his work with Louisiana based Drew Young has given it an unmistakable American feel, but there is folk, rock and some Abbey Road moments in the mix too.

Album of the Month Americanarama KEV WALFORD I only managed to get my hands on a copy of a master of Americanarama just hours before this month’s deadline. I have been playing it constantly trying to determine which I like more, Kev Walford’s songwriting, his arrangements or the melodies.

The skill of composing good lyrics is making them memorable for us mere mortals, then adding a twist. ‘Sell My Soul to The Blues’ is a case in point. This song was written for Ella Spencer after Kev heard her sing at Maverick last year. She sings it beautifully but it ends by dropping three words from the chorus, making you stop and think. For that moment alone this CD is worth the purchase price. I love the reworking of Kev’s 2010 number ‘My My My’. It has a North American Indian tribal beat to it which Mr. Walford refers to as ‘almost rock’ - it is far more intense than mere rock!

Although it is only Kev’s name on the cover, there are no fewer that twelve other musicians involved on one track or another. Calling it a solo album seems unfair. But the core of its being, the songwriting, is all Mr. Walford... with some help from Andy Heasman and David Booth on two of the thirteen tracks.

The jewel in this excellent collection of songs is ‘Jordan, The Glory Road’ and was written specifically for Kelly Bayfield. The song starts and ends a capella showcasing Kelly’s vocal talent. Along the way Jonathan’s cello gives it depth, whilst Paul Gilling’s harmonica gives it a soulful feel. Although Kev & Kelly are no longer gigging as a duo, I do hope they perform this live on some occasion for it is simply beautiful.

Jonathan Evans’ cello introduces us gently to the album as the opening track ‘Shining Man’ reflects on Kev’s

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a deserving Album of the Month, but one mention is due to David Booth. Not only does he whistle, sing, imitate a brass band and lead on ‘Tennessee Williams’, he also engineered the recordings at his studio: The Recording Booth. By the time this goes to print you should be able to pick up a copy of Americanarama for yourself. There will be no glittering launch night, which is a pity, so you will need to ensure you keep your eyes on our listings to make sure you know when and where Kev Walford is playing. Who might be with him on stage will be anyone’s guess! kevwalfordmusic.co.uk

Waterbound ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD Arriving just after deadline, but delivered with a personal note to my home address, Waterbound is the latest album from Norfolk based folk trio

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Alden, Patterson and Dashwood. I have been a fan of these three since I first heard them play. Theirs is a unique take on traditional tunes but they are also creating new traditional tunes. For much of this album consists of original work. Magically this album was recorded and mixed in just ten hours last December. Each track having two takes and surprisingly in all but one case it was the first track they chose to put on the album. That may sound odd to some but then this trio have performed live on more than two hundred occasions in the last couple of years. You might say that they are well rehearsed! ‘The Broads in December’ by Noel Dashwood is one of my favourites, as is Alex Patterson’s instrumental ‘The Dyeing Room’. But the a capella numbers ‘Waterbound’ and ‘Starry Crown’ really showcase the trios vocal talents, not least of which being Christina’s voice. I have been lucky enough to have attended some of those live performances and if you close your eyes with this album playing in the background it is just like sitting in the front row.

Live at Springfest’19 THE SILBURYS No strangers to us here at Grapevine, The Silburys have morphed from a duo into a quartet. Founding members David Stainer and Scott Dolling have been joined by Diz Deacon and Martin Linford. The addition of a rhythm section gives a much rockier feel to their brand of folk. The cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Living in the Past’ is an excellent rendition of one of my favourites wonder if they could be persuaded to do a cover of ‘Locomotive Breath’? The album, recorded live at St Peter’s in Ipswich last year, at Springfest, presents an excellent cross section of what the band has done in the past and where their new four piece is heading. The sound is particularly impressive in that it has been recorded straight from the sound desk with no post production addons.

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Bury r The Apex r Aurora Orchestra Oulton Broad r Lady of The Lake r Halo’s Edge

Bury r The Apex r Syd Lawrence Orchestra Ipswich r The Salutation r Webbys Jam

Cambridge r Portland Arms r Peggy Sue Ely r The Maltings r D-Day Darlings r 1pm Ely r The Maltings r Focus r 6:45pm Peterborough r Cresset r Land of Hope & Glory r 2pm St Neots r Priory Ctr r Fake Thackray

Cambridge r Blue Moon r Tensheds +... r 7:30pm Cambridge r Golden Hind r Showcase Cambridge r Portland Arms r Indietones Peterborough r Met Lounge r Amped Road Trip Peterborough r Met Lounge r Panic! At The Emo St Neots r Pig’n’Falcon r Junkyard Preachers Upware r Five Miles From Anywhere r Jack

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Tuesday 24th

Gigs in Essex Tuesday 24th

Brentwood r Bardswell SC r Pete Neighbour r 8pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r Hayseed Dixie Romford r The Sun r Open Night Westcliff r RBL r Tom McConville

Gigs in Norfolk Tuesday 24th

Kings Lynn r Corn Exchange r Schools Make Music Norwich r Brickmakers r Boombox r 7pm

Gigs in Suffolk Tuesday 24th

Bury r The Apex r Fish Hadleigh r Cock Inn r Buskers r 8pm

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Wednesday 25th

Cambridge r Junction r Louise Redknapp Cambridge r Mumford Theatre r Student Concert r 1pm Cambridge r The Geldart r El Hombre sin Nombre r 8pm

Gigs in Essex Wednesday 25th

Harlow r Playhouse r Land of Hope & Glory r 2pm

Gigs in Norfolk Wednesday 25th

Banham r The Barrel r Open Mic r 8:30pm Norwich r Epic Studios r Focus r 7:30pm Norwich r Gate House r Irish Folk r 8:30pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Norfolk Blues Society

Gigs in Suffolk Wednesday 25th

Bildeston r Kings Head r Open Mic r 8:30pm Bungay r Fisher Theatre r Folk & Acoustic r 7:30pm Bury r The Apex r Ninebarrow Edwardstone r White Horse r Electric Jam r 8:30pm Ipswich r The Smokehouse r Lonker See

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Thursday 26th

Cambridge r Blue Moon r Scatch Night r 7pm Cambridge r CUC Wine Bar r Byron Wallen Four Corners

Gigs in Essex Thursday 26th

Clacton r West Cliff r Sensational 60s Experience r 7:30pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r D-Day Darlings r 1:30pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r Focus r 7:30pm Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Elkie Brooks

Gigs in Norfolk Thursday 26th

Norwich r Brickmakers r Metal 2 The Masses r £3 r 7pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Open Mic Norwich r Waterfront r Roachford Norwich r Waterfront r Setting Sons +...

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Friday 27th

Gigs in Essex Friday 27th

Braintree r Boars Head r Legend Chelmsford r Hideaways r Small Fakers Clacton r Princes Theatre r The Jive Aces r 7:30pm Clacton r West Cliff r Jersey Beats r 7:30pm Colchester r Arts Ctr r The Smyths Colchester r Coda r Face Down Colchester r Queen St Brewhouse r Litter of Kings + Luke Fisher r 8pm Old Harlow r Cricket Club r Rob Barron Quartet r 7:30pm Walton on the Naze r The Victory r The Onion Band r 9pm

Gigs in Norfolk Friday 27th

Banham r The Barrel r Live Dead ’69 r £25 r 7:30pm Gt Yarmouth r California Tavern r The Roosters r 9pm Gt Yarmouth r St Georges r History & Lore + r 7:30pm Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r Foster & Allen r 7:30pm Norwich r Brickmakers r Joe Ringer Band r 8pm Norwich r Epic Studios r Lee Memphis King r 7:30pm Norwich r Gate House r Vic Salter r 8:30pm Norwich r Open r Total Who Show Norwich r St Andrews Hall r Curlew River Norwich r The Murderers r Redemption r 9pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Mister-Pink r 9pm Norwich r Waterfront r Muncie Girls Norwich r Waterfront r Propaganda r 10:30pm

Gigs in Suffolk Friday 27th

Barningham r Royal George r Words & Music r 8:45pm Bungay r Fisher Theatre r Stagestruck Talent Show r 7:30pm Felixstowe r Dolphin Hotel r Chris Colmans r 9pm Ipswich r The Railway r Backtrackin r 9pm Ipswich r The Smock r Jax&Co r 9pm Ipswich r The Smokehouse r Sink Ya Teeth Snape r Maltings r Ensemble Hesperi Stoke by Nayland r Hotel r Elaine Delmar & Her Trio Stratford St Andrew r Riverside Ctr r Cohen BraithwaiteKilcoyne r £6 r 8pm Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Heathen

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Saturday 28th

Cambridge r Carpenters Arms r Dave Niskin r 8pm Cambridge r Junction r Hayseed Dixie Cambridge r Portland Arms r Cambridge Band Competition Peterborough r Key Theatre r Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Peterborough r New Theatre r ELO Again St Neots r Pig’n’Falcon r The 142’s Band


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Billericay r Barleylands S&SC r Andy Robinson Braintree r Boars Head r Bouncing Off Concrete Colchester r Arts Ctr r Undiscovered Live Music Colchester r Coda r Sophie Frear +... Colchester r Queen St Brewhouse r Significant Others +Vicky Eldon r 8pm Saffron Walden r Town Hall r Curlew River Southend r Beecroft Art Gallery r Pete Neighbour r 2pm Southend r Chinnerys r James Taylor Quartet Wickham Bishops r Village Hall r Alan Gresty Jazz Band Wix r The Waggon r Mr Spankey & The Hipthrusters

Gigs in Norfolk Saturday 28th

Banham r The Barrel r Live Dead ’69 r £25.00 r 7:30pm Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r Four Tops Motown Show Norwich r Brickmakers r Pure Floyd Show r £10.00 r 8pm Norwich r Epic Studios r The Christians r 7:30pm Norwich r Gate House r Rockin Johnny r 8:30pm Norwich r LCR r Paul Carrack r 7pm Norwich r Mercure Hotel r D-Day Darlings r 12:45pm Norwich r Mercure Hotel r Tina Turner Exp. r 8pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r After Hours Norwich r Waterfront r Cock Sparrer Norwich r Waterfront r Pearl Jam UK Norwich r Waterfront r Meltdown r 10pm

Gigs in Suffolk Saturday 28th

Bildeston r Kings Head r Clare Free r 9pm Bramford r Social Club r Tricks of the Trade r 8:30pm Bungay r Fisher Theatre r Let There Be RO/CK r 7:30pm Bury r Theatre Royal r Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Bury r West End Home Guard Club r Words & Music Felixstowe r Spa Pavilion r Shakatak Ipswich r Brickmakers Arms r Jax&Co r 8:30pm Ipswich r California Club r Del Reyes r 7:30pm Ipswich r County of Suffolk r Spin Lights r 9pm Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Live DJ Ipswich r TGA r Lucky No7 r 9pm Ipswich r The Smokehouse r Molly Karloff +... Lowestoft r Marina r The Rocket Man Lowestoft r Seagull r Zingaro Blue Oulton Broad r Lady of The Lake r Powerhouse Rushmere St Andrew r St Andrew’s Church r Gippeswyk Singers & Silbury Hill r £10 r 7:30pm Snape r Maltings r Woodbridge Choral Society Stowmarket r John Peel Ctr r The Vinyl Lounge Stowmarket r Magpie Inn r Sun Of Elvis r 9pm Sudbury r Bay Horse r Camel Foot Raiders Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Yellowhouse Sudbury r Quay Theatre r Petty Criminals r 7:30pm

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Sunday 29th

Cambridge r Junction r Magnum Cambridge r Portland Arms r The Magpies Cambridge r The Geldart r Songwriters & Poets r 7:30pm Peterborough r Key r Michael Ball & Alfie Boe r 2:30pm Peterborough r Key r Rock n Roll Revolution r 7:30pm

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Gigs in Essex Sunday 29th

Clacton r West Cliff r West Bergholt Concert Band r 3pm Colchester r Queen St Brewhouse r Good Times Jazz Band Marks Tey r Parish Hall r New Orleans Jazz Bandits Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Bootleg Beatles Southend r Palace Theatre r Coldplace

Gigs in Norfolk Sunday 29th

Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r The Settlers r 7:30pm Norwich r Brickmakers r The Collective r 3pm Norwich r Mercure Hotel r Raymond Froggatt r 1:30pm Norwich r Mercure Hotel r The Searchers & Hollies Experience r 6:45pm Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Hedge Monkeys Skiffle Troupe Norwich r Waterfront r Black Water County Sheringham r Little Theatre r Pinewood Saxophone Quartet

Gigs in Suffolk Sunday 29th

Bildeston r Kings Head r Kevin Nightingale r 1pm Bury r The Apex r Feast of Fiddles Felixstowe r The Alex r Jazz East Halesworth r The Cut r Aquarelle Guitar Quartet Ipswich r Gainsborough Labour Club r Mat Barden r 3pm Ipswich r Isaacs on the Quay r Hoppi & the Hopefuls r 3pm Ipswich r Red Lion r Rob Lewis r 3pm Ipswich r Regent r Paul Carrack r 8pm Ipswich r St Peters by the Waterfront r Suffolk Concert Band Ipswich r The Shamrock r Tore Down r 6:30pm Lowestoft r Stanford Arms r Clark, Zuppardi & Hartley

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Gigs in Cambridgeshire Monday 30th

Cambridge r Portland Arms r Perse School Rock

Gigs in Essex Monday 30th

Colchester r Arts Ctr r Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Gigs in Norfolk Monday 30th

Kings Lynn r Corn Exchange r Land Of Hope & Glory Norwich r Brickmakers r Open Stage r 7pm Norwich r Waterfront r Bad Touch

Gigs in Suffolk Monday 30th

Wingfield r Barns r Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith r 7:30pm

Gigs in Cambridgeshire Tuesday 31st

Cambridge r Junction r Trials of Cato Cambridge r Portland Arms r The Best of GUN St Neots r Priory Ctr r Round the Room

Gigs in Essex Tuesday 31st

Brentwood r Old Brentwoods Club r Jo Fooks & Sharon Scott Colchester r Arts Ctr r Matt Elliott + Pettaluck Romford r The Sun r Jim Kelly & Alf Sibbons Westcliff r RBL r John Connolly

Gigs in Norfolk Tuesday 31st

Norwich r Brickmakers r Boombox r 7pm Norwich r Waterfront r Magnum r


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1 Mar r Cambridge r Corn Ex. r King Slocombe School of Dance 1 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Moirae 1 Mar r Peterborough r Key r The Bear 2-3 Mar r Cambridge r Arts Theatre r Richard Alston Dance 2-3 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Jane Eyre 2-9 Mar r Peterborough r Undercroft r A Series of Public Apologies 2 Mar r Peterborough r Cresset r Dance To The Music 3-7 Mar r Cambridge r ADC r King Lear 3-7 Mar r Cambridge r Corpus Playroom r Chalk 3-7 Mar r Cambridge r Corpus Playroom r Lovesong 3 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Grace Campbell 3-7 Mar r Peterborough r New Theatre r Friendsical 4-7 Mar r Cambridge r ADC r Comic Sans Men Again 4-7 Mar r Cambridge r Arts Theatre r Room on the Broom 4 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Jon Boden 5 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Super Duper Close Up 6 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Comedy Club 6 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Hammer & Tongue 6 Mar r Peterborough r Cresset r Peterborough Sings! 6 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Giselle 7 Mar r Cambridge r Corn Ex. r Ed Byrne 7 Mar r Peterborough r New Theatre r Stephen Bailey 8-15 Mar r Cambridge r Arts Theatre r Cambridge Footlights 8 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Hansel & Gretel 8 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Sarah Keyworth 8 Mar r P’borough r Key r Mark’s Spectacular Science Show 8 Mar r Peterborough r Cresset r Henning Wehn 9 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Jamali Maddix 10-14 Mar r Cambridge r Corpus Playroom r Animals Who Ate Their Humans 10-14 Mar r Cambridge r Corpus Playroom r The Dazzle 10 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Round the Horne 11-20 Mar r Cambridge r ADC r Guys & Dolls 11-14 Mar r Cambridge r Arts Theatre r The Croft 11 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r I Will Be Everything… 12-14 Mar r Cambridge r ADC r Corpsing 12 Mar r Peterborough r Undercroft r Cubed Festival 12 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Rob Auton 12 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Paul Sinha 13 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Kiri Pritchard-McLean 13-14 Mar r Peterborough r Cresset r Bugsy Malone 13-19 Mar r Peterborough r Undercroft r Cubed Festival 13-14 Mar r Wisbech r Angles r The Marxist in Heaven 13 Mar r Peterborough r Key r The Dark Room 13 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Simon Evans 14 Mar r Cambridge r Corn Ex. r Havana Nights 14 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Phil Wang 14 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Geoff Norcott 14 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Clive Anderson 15 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Chloe & The Colour Catcher 15 Mar r P’boro r Cresset r Dancing Through The Decades

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15 Mar r Peterborough r Key r James Campbell 15 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Ben Hart 15 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Matt Richardson 16-17 Mar r Peterborough r Key r The Black Veil 17-21 Mar r Cambridge r Arts Theatre r An Inspector Calls 17 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Lloyd Griffith 18-22 Mar r Peterborough r New Theatre r Billionaire Boy 18 Mar r P’boro r Key r Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense 19-20 Mar r Cambridge r Corn Ex. r Stewart Lee 19 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Laura Murphy 19-21 Mar r Wisbech r Angles r The Importance of Being Earnest 19 Mar r Cambridge r Mumford r Comedy Club 20 Mar r Cambridge r Corpus Playroom r Our Day Out 20 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Arabella Weir 20 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Rhys James 21 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Jen Brister 21 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Scott Gibson 21 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Shappi Khorsandi 22 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r John Kearns 22 Mar r Peterborough r Cresset r History in The Making 23 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Matt Forde 24-28 Mar r Cambridge r ADC r Our Country’s Good 24-28 Mar r Cambridge r Arts Theatre r A Monster Calls 24-28 Mar r Cambridge r Corpus Playroom r Green Knight 24-28 Mar r Peterborough r Key r Made in Dagenham 25 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Sophie Woolley 25 Mar r Peterborough r New Theatre r Firedance 26 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r The Department of Distractions 26 Mar r P’borough r Undercroft r Revalation of a Sad Christian Boy 27-29 Mar r Cambridge r Corn Ex. r Riverdance 27 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r The Thinking Drinkers 27 Mar r Peterborough r Cresset r Comedy Club 28 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r John Shuttleworth 28 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Matt Richardson 29 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Rachel Creeger 29 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers 29 Mar r Peterborough r New Theatre r Eric & Ern 29 Mar r Peterborough r Cresset r Milton Jones 30-31 Mar r Cambridge r Arts Theatre r Million Dollar Quartet 30 Mar r Cambridge r Junction r Mark Thomas 31 Mar r Cambridge r ADC r Bleak House

Theatre, Musicals & Comedy in Essex

1 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Jane Godley 1 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Lloyd Griffith 1 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday 1 Mar r Clacton r West Cliff r Autism Anglia Variety Show 3 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Havana Nights 3 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Fascinating Aïda 4 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Revenge 5-7 Mar r Clacton r West Cliff r Twist 5 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Jayde Adams 6 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Sam Avery 6 Mar r Chelmsford r Cramphorn Studio r The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde 6 Mar r Colchester r Headgate r Mother/land


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After the long and chilly months of winter, we are now starting to anticipate summer and warmer weather. Many theatres may take a hiatus after a busy spring season – however it also means many shows move to the outdoors or celebrate all things arts with festivals. Next month’s issue will highlight the full festival season in our special pull-out, but as there’s a lot of ground to cover I thought I would get in early so you can start putting some dates in your diary. One of the first notable theatre festivals of 2020 is the ever-exciting INK Festival in Halesworth (17-19 April). From pen to performance, INK sources, develops and produces the best new short plays for stage and radio, mostly from writers whom have a connection to East Anglia. In just five years, they have produced a staggering 150+ new plays. This year’s festival received over 750 new short play submissions, and just 40 of those have been selected to be produced and performed. Writers featured this year include sitcom and comedic icon Miranda Hart, the BBC Arts Editor and former director of Tate Galleries Will Gompertz and Elliot Cowan, following his outstanding performances in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Peaky Blinders and Luther. These names, in addition to an exciting group of new and established writers,

are sure to make for a great festival. The short plays chosen from the huge number of submissions are all of a contemporary art form, which the organisers hope is accessible to everyone. Some are sad, some will make you cry with laughter; all are topical, poignant and reflect the world we live in.

Throughout the three days, there will also be poetry performances from Luke Wright and others, workshops, talks, three evening comedy performances, and a beautiful art show in the gallery. Alongside the festival, they also have INK on the road (6-23 May) and this year it’s bigger and better as it will tour No Ordinary Joe to 13 venues in East Anglia which is almost double the number of venues it toured last year.


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The Norfolk & Norwich Festival (8-24 May) mixes theatre, music, comedy and arts. A couple of highlights from first glance include Gravity & Other Myths’ Out Of Chaos… which claims to be the boldest and most ambitious work yet from the no-nonsense, DIY circus company that took Norwich by storm in the 2019 festival. Fire Songs from Frozen Light creates an immersive sensory sound experience for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), and is performed in collaboration with Thetford Singers. Rich Kids is about entitlement and consumption, and it’s the second part to a trilogy of plays about how digital technology, resentment and fracturing identity are changing the world. That’s just the beginning – be sure to keep checking the festival website for other shows and further additions to the line-up. Rising from the ashes of the infamous Watch Out! Festival, the Cambridge Junction is excited to present DISRUPT (29-30 May), a two-day programme of disruptive performance. They promise fists full of live art, performance and dance from early until late for one of the UK’s finest art parties. The festival is set to feature OUT by Rachael Young, Sex Education by Harry ClaytonWright and CUTE by Luca Rutherford, with more to be announced.

Hopefully these festivals, from three of our four regions, get you thinking about what fresh and innovative pieces of theatre and art are available right on our doorsteps. Dare to keep broadening your horizons to something different, and keep supporting new work.

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7 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Live at the Civic 7 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Comedy Club 7 Mar r Harlow r Playhouse r Hip Hop Pop 7 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Rhys James 7 Mar r Bocking r Arts Theatre r Comedy Club 8 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Swan Lake 8 Mar r Clacton r Princes Theatre r Circus of Horrors 8 Mar r Chelmsford r Cramphorn Studio r Stella 9 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Stewart Lee 10 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Zog 11 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Chore of Enchantment 11 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Zog 12 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r John-Luke Roberts 12 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r ‘Big’ Phil Champion 12 Mar r Harlow r Playhouse r Ladykiller 13-14 Mar r Colchester r Headgate r Olivia! 13 Mar r Harlow r Playhouse r Circus of Horrors 14 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r John Archer 14 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Boyzlife 14 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r The Thinking Drinkers 14 Mar r Chelmsford r Cramphorn Studio r Hanging Hooke 15 Mar r Clacton r West Cliff r Dad’s Army: Radio Show 15 Mar r Clacton r Princes Theatre r Aida 16-21 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Million Dollar Quartet 17 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Stephen Bailey 17 Mar r Chelmsford r Cramphorn Studio r Annie 18 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Cannon & Ball 18 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Commonism 18-21 Mar r Colchester r Headgate r Abigail’s Party 19 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Arabella Weir 20 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Russell Kane 20-21 Mar r Dedham r Assembly Rooms r Red Skies 20-21 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Oliver! 20 Mar r Braintree r Arts Theatre r Comedy Club 21 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Dad’s Army Radio Show 21 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r Lipsinkers 21 Mar r Harlow r Playhouse r Milkshake! Live 22 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Al Murray 22 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Adventures of Bo Peep 22 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Henning Wehn 22 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Matt Forde 22 Mar r Clacton r Princes Theatre r The Sleeping Beauty 23 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Menopause the Musical 24-28 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Dial M for Murder 25 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Beatrix Potter Tales 25 Mar r Colchester r Arts Ctr r I Ran 25 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Adam Kay 26 Mar r Chelmsford r Cramphorn Studio r Wanted 26 Mar r Harlow r Playhouse r Ian Waite & Vincent Simone 26 Mar r Harlow r Playhouse r Giving Up Marty 27 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Madama Butterfly 27 Mar r Braintree r Arts Theatre r Ben Hart 28 Mar r Clacton r West Cliff r The Fizz 28 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Remembering the Oscars 28 Mar r Harlow r Playhouse r Ben Hart 29 Mar r Chelmsford r Civic r Come What May 29 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Lucy Porter 31 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Bang Bang!


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31 Mar r Southend r Cliffs Pavilion r Riverdance 31 Mar r Southend r Palace Theatre r Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 31 Mar r Wrabness r Village Hall r Red Skies

Theatre, Musicals & Comedy in Norfolk

1 Mar r Gt Yarmouth r St Georges r Wind in the Willows 4-31 Mar r Norwich r Theatre Royal r Les Miserables 6 Mar r Kings Lynn r The Guildhall r BBC New Comedy 6 Mar r Norwich r Maddermarket r Intellectual Hooligans 6-7 Mar r Sheringham r Little Theatre r The Thrill Of Love 7 Mar r Gt Yarmouth r St Georges r Origin of Species 7 Mar r Norwich r The Garage r The Last Crumb 8 Mar r Kings Lynn r Corn Ex. r Spirit of the Dance 8 Mar r Sheringham r Little Theatre r Origin of Species 11 Mar r Norwich r Walnut Tree Shades r Comedy Night 12 Mar r Kings Lynn r Corn Ex. r Jim Davidson 12 Mar r Norwich r The Garage r The Man Who Left is Not the Man Who Came Home 13 Mar r Kings Lynn r Corn Ex. r Russian State Opera 13 Mar r Norwich r The Garage r Narration: Opened by the Foot Monster 14 Mar r Sheringham r Little Theatre r Where Is Mrs Christie? 17 Mar r Kings Lynn r Corn Ex. r WNSSP Dance Festival 19 Mar r Kings Lynn r Corn Ex. r Comedy Club 19-21 Mar r Kings Lynn r Guildhall r The Railway Children 19 Mar r Norwich r The Garage r The Canada Boys 20-28 Mar r Norwich r Maddermarket r And Then There Were None 20 Mar r Gt Yarmouth r St Georges r Under My Skin 21 Mar r Norwich r The Garage r The Devil At Midnight 22 Mar r Kings Lynn r Corn Ex. r Andy Parsons 25 Mar r Hunstanton r Princess Theatre r Roy Hudd 25-31 Mar r Norwich r The Garage r After the Storm 27 Mar r Kings Lynn r Corn Ex. r Noise & Chance School Of Dance 27-28 Mar r Sheringham r Little Theatre r The Canada Boys 29 Mar r Norwich r Epic Studios r Dance Showcase 29 Mar r Gt Yarmouth r St Georges r Canada Boys 31 Mar r Kings Lynn r Corn Ex. r Madama Butterfly 31 Mar r Norwich r Open r Around the World in Dance

Theatre, Musicals & Comedy in Suffolk

1 Mar r Ipswich r Jerwood Dancehouse r Be Yourself, Be Amazing 1 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r Griff Rhys Jones 1 Mar r Lowestoft r Seagull r New Words, Fresh Voices 3-7 Mar r Ipswich r New Wolsey r Absurd Person Singular 3 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r Dead Good 4 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r In Loyal Company 5 Mar r Ipswich r Regent r The Nutcracker 6 Mar r Haverhill r Arts Ctr r Ben Hart 6 Mar r Ipswich r Regent r Sleeping Beauty 6 Mar r Sudbury r Prince of Wales r Jax&Co 7 Mar r Haverhill r Arts Ctr r King Lear 7 Mar r Ipswich r Jerwood Dancehouse r Hansel & Gretel 7 Mar r Ipswich r Regent r Swan Lake 10-14 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r Quality Street 10-11 Mar r Ipswich r New Wolsey r A Little Space

Follow us on Twitter: GrapevineLIVE 10 Mar r Bury r The Apex r Havana Nights 10 Mar r Ipswich r Regent r Karen Hauer & Gorka Marquez 11 Mar r Lowestoft r Marina r Friends – The Musical Parody 11-12 Mar r Woodbridge r Seckford Theatre r Year 12 Exam Work 12 Mar r Lowestoft r Seagull r Fagin 12 Mar r Bury r The Apex r Festival of Dance 12 Mar r Bungay r Fisher Theatre r Good Grief Show 12 Mar r Ipswich r Regent r Adam Kay 12 Mar r Sudbury r Quay Theatre r Undermined 13 Mar r Lowestoft r Seagull r Love Games 14 Mar r Halesworth r The Cut r Samudra 14 Mar r Snape r Maltings r The Extraordinary Adventures of You & Me 14 Mar r Ipswich r Regent r Madama Butterfly 14 Mar r Ipswich r New Wolsey r Dad’s Army Radio Show 15 Mar r Lowestoft r Seagull r You’re in a bad way 15 Mar r Sudbury r Quay Theatre r Beyond Shakespeare Podcast Live 17-21 Mar r Ipswich r New Wolsey r Macbeth 17-18 Mar r Lowestoft r Marina r The Bear 18-19 Mar r Stowmarket r John Peel Ctr r Red Skies 18 Mar r Bury r The Apex r Kojo Anim 18 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r Harpy 19 Mar r Bury r The Apex r Eric & Ern 19-22 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r Room on the Broom 19 Mar r Halesworth r The Cut r Suffolk Young Poets 19-21 Mar r Lowestoft r Seagull r Rope 21 Mar r Halesworth r The Cut r Cut Loose Poets 21 Mar r Halesworth r The Cut r The Canada Boys 21 Mar r Bungay r Fisher Theatre r Shake, Rattle & Roll 23-24 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r Round The Horne 23-28 Mar r Ipswich r Regent r Priscilla Queen of the Desert 24 Mar r Lowestoft r Marina r The Fairy Queen 24 Mar r Woodbridge r Seckford Theatre r Everyman 24 Mar r Woolverstone r Ipswich High School r Red Skies 25-26 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r Giselle 25-28 Mar r Haverhill r Arts Ctr r Blackadder 25-31 Mar r Ipswich r New Wolsey r Oliver Twist 25-27 Mar r Lowestoft r Seagull r Fabba: Top Secret 25 Mar r Woodbridge r Seckford Theatre r Everyman 26 Mar r Laxfield r Village Hall r Red Skies 26 Mar r Lowestoft r Marina r Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe 27 Mar r Bury r The Apex r The Turning Point 27-28 Mar r Ipswich r Jerwood Dancehouse r Return to Heaven 27 Mar r Sudbury r Quay Theatre r Red Skies 27 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r John Shuttleworth’s Back 28 Mar r Bury r The Apex r Joel Dommett 28 Mar r Hitcham r Village Hall r Red Skies 28 Mar r Woodbridge r Seckford Theatre r Wizard of Oz 29 Mar r Stowmarket r John Peel Ctr r Comedy Night 30 Mar r Ipswich r Jerwood Dancehouse r The Suffolk Chronicle 30-31 Mar r Ipswich r Sir John Mills Theatre r Macbeth 30 Mar r Ipswich r Regent r Joe & Dianne Show 31 Mar r Bury r Theatre Royal r Chicago 31 Mar r Lowestoft r Seagull r Adults Acting with Agnes


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