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‘RURAL TOURING IS WHERE THE LIVELIEST GIGS HAPPEN, WHERE THE WARMEST FRIENDSHIPS ARE MADE.’ THE GUARDIAN Hello. The Shindig Rural & Community Touring Network Worcestershire helps voluntary promoter groups bring rural communities together to enjoy high-quality, entertaining and affordable professional live theatre, music, dance and family shows at a wide range of community venues, from village halls, to churches, to schools. Box office & ticketing information. For ticket prices and to find out where you can buy your tickets locally, please visit our website: Get ticket on-sale alerts. To request email notification when sales open for shows in your community please visit: Ticket prices range from £5 - £15. Many of the shows featured are suitable for family audiences and age recommendations are provided for guidance. Disability access. All venues have a commitment to access for disabled people; many have full access and a range of facilities, and others are working towards this goal. For venue and access information, please visit: All brochure details are correct at the time of going to print, but please check the website for any changes. Please note that provision of refreshments varies between venues and some may be unable to serve alcohol. Please check bar/catering facilities when booking tickets.




SHOW / PERFORMER Bonfire Radicals


SHOW / PERFORMER Juliet Kelly Men In General The Bookshop Band The Thankful Village

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SHOW / PERFORMER Brilliance Forget Me Not Tell Tale Tusk Cardboard Carnival Henry Normal Goggles Henry Normal Bush Gothic The Lodger Silent Film & Live Music

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SHOW / PERFORMER Ashley Hutchings Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies 3 Little Pig Tails Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies

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OCTOBER DATE Sat 06 Sat 20 Thu 25 Fri 26

COMMUNITY Ashton under Hill Church Lench Crossway Green Ombersley

NOVEMBER DATE Fri 02 Fri 02 Sat 03 Sat 10 Thu 15 Thu 15 Fri 16 Sun 18 Sat 24

COMMUNITY Clows Top Worcester Castlemorton Malvern Cowleigh Worcester Hartlebury Feckenham Pershore


COMMUNITY Welland Bockleton

Sat 15 Fri 21

Fairfield Clent

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SHINDIG E-NEWS: FIND OUT MORE, SIGN-UP TODAY at Shindig Rural & Community Touring Network Worcestershire is co-ordinated by Live & Local Ltd., is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Worcestershire local authorities, and is made possible by the support of local voluntary promoter groups.

Live & Local Ltd., Pageant House, 2 Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW 01926 402 173 / 01


JANUARY 2019 DATE Sat 19


Sat 26

Ashton under Hill

SHOW / PERFORMER The Lodger Silent Film & Live Music Noble Jacks


SHOW / PERFORMER Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Oh La La! Mister Keith Noble Jacks




COMMUNITY Atherstone

Fri 01 Fri 01 Sat 02

Bishampton Clows Top Feckenham

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BONFIRE RADICALS IN CONCERT One of the most exciting and eclectic groups on the folk/world scene, the Bonfire Radicals blend gorgeous medieval and Celtic folk, dynamic eastern European jazz-swing and punchy world-beats into a unique sonic identity that truly beguiles. Armed with emotive vocals, melodic classical recorders and woodwind, electrifying fiddle, and a tight, rocking rhythm section, theirs is a boldly original and highlyspirited, at times gloriously chaotic, live stage show. ★★★★

‘Raucous and eclectic, sheer merriment in a gorgeous set of ideas and influences, guaranteed to leave you smiling from ear to ear.’ Songlines Magazine

'One of the UK’s finest singers' (Time Out) Juliet Kelly's passionate performance and the 'nuanced warmth of her rich, full voice' (BBC Music Magazine) is a beguiling combination that's hard to resist. Here she gives new life to an amazing repertoire of favourite songs from classic movies, musicals and TV, every one a delightful surprise. With fabulous keyboard accompaniment, this is an entrancing and intimate night for jazz fans and movie buffs alike. Truly a class act.

‘One of the UK's finest female jazz stars… an original talent rare amongst those who would call themselves jazz singers.’

‘Quite staggeringly special.’

Jazzwise Magazine

Fatea Magazine

‘Wonderfully soulful, velvet-voiced singer.’

Ages: 6+

Jazz UK

UK/Greece. International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

Ages: 12+

Sun 30 Sep 6.30pm Fairfield Village Hall B61 9LZ 03


Sat 06 Oct 7.30pm Ashton under Hill Village Hall WR11 7SW 04

MEN IN GENERAL A CAPPELLA QUADRUPLETS The Goons in harmony, this totally off the end of the pier male vocal four-piece mixes deadpan comedy, lively repartee and sophisticated, massively melodic a cappella classics (from Billy Joel and Marvin Gaye to Rodgers & Hammerstein and Tom Jones) with unexpected, charming and very funny results. Great vibes, fabulous voices, dubious suits; a seriously silly, thoroughly enjoyable evening.

‘Witty chat and lovely, uplifting music.’ BBC Radio 5 Live Men's Hour

‘A cross between Coope, Boyes & Simpson and The New Rope String Band!’ Karen Tweed (Kathryn Tickell Band)



Beth Porter and Ben Please write songs inspired by books and play them in bookshops (and village halls).

A genuinely captivating comedy-drama set against the backdrop of World War One; a story of hope, humour and humanity, of men who went away, and women left behind, and their re-uniting, for better or for worse, in the winter of 1918.

With beguiling charm these quite unfairly talented musicians distil the essence of their reading – no novel too daunting, no book too big, no genre too intimidating – into beautiful, delicately crafted four-minute folk-pop songs. In a very special evening, their literary kaleidoscope of words and music draws you in and takes you somewhere really fabulous.

‘The Bookshop Band have nailed it. With aplomb. And love. And sparkly, radiant magic. It's a modern day Twinkle meets fairytale-land for adults. You'll be smitten.’ BBC Radio 6 Music

Ages: 12+ Ages: 9+ Sat 20 Oct 7.30pm Church Lench Village Hall WR11 4UE

Thu 25 Oct 7.30pm Bishops Wood Centre, Crossway Green DY13 9SE

With riveting story-songs by Jez Lowe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards double nominee 2015 for best singer and best new song, this brilliantly executed and engaging play takes its name and inspiration from those villages that lost no men in the war because all those who left to serve came home again.

‘A master stroke of theatre.’ Eastern Press

FARNHAM MALTINGS THEATRE BRILLIANCE 1963, winter. Everyone gathers in the village hall. Daisy places her hand on the switch, presses it down, and life is never the same again. A warm, energetic and humorous musical-theatre show charting the life-changing impact of electricity arriving in the village, illuminating every corner of local life. As evening descends into darkness, 240 volts of alternating current and the humble light bulb allows the village to find its voice and sing long into the night. A real joy that lights up an audience.

‘A perfect show for the long dark winter nights.’ Fine Times Recorder Ages: 10+

Ages: 10+ Part of the First World War Centenary Programme (vibrant arts experiences connecting current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War).

Fri 26 Oct 8pm

Farnham Maltings is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Fri 02 Nov 7.30pm Clows Top Victory Hall DY14 9HG

Ombersley Memorial Hall WR9 0DY



ROB GEE FORGET ME NOT: THE ALZHEIMER'S WHODUNNIT The 'seriously funny' (Sunday Mirror) comic, poet and psychiatric nurse Rob Gee strikes storytelling gold with his smart, dark and very witty comedy-theatre crime show set on a dementia ward. Jim's wife has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He's determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he also has dementia. It's a case worthy of the greatest detective mind. But his will have to do. By turns hilarious comedy and thoughtprovoking drama, this is a one-man triumph; part social commentary, part black comedy, part Cluedo and 100 per cent entertaining.

TELL TALE TUSK IN CONCERT This intriguing and distinctive all-female contemporary folk ensemble plays a spellbinding (and award-winning) set reimagining folktales old and giving light to folksong new, weaving immaculate and virtuosic harmony vocals with exquisite violin and cello work. A slick, cheerfully eclectic set of thrilling acoustic folk, from gently charming ballads to foot-stomping rockers.

‘Full of creativity, lyricism, irony, and personality.’ Haizetara International Street Music Festival (Spain)

‘Bring a fresh twist to traditional music from far and wide.’ The List Ages: 10+

★★★★★ Edmonton Sun (CA)

Sat 03 Nov 8pm

Ages: 14+

Castlemorton Parish Hall WR13 6BE

Henry Sandon Hall, Worcester WR1 2NE

Trunk, tail, ears or wings? Carnival creates itself from all sorts of things! Inspired by Saint-Saens' fantastic and humorous suite of music The Carnival of the Animals, and with a little help from Charles Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard, this creative and charming puppet show is a really magical delight. Split into different short sections, each about a different animal, The Carnival of the Animals is a great introduction to classical music for the very young. The set and many of the fantastic puppets, from regal lion and dumpy elephant, to elegant swan and playful chicken, and a wonderful tortoise in a tutu, are built of cardboard – boxes, packaging, eggboxes and shredding. An imaginative, spellbinding and sometimes bonkers show to keep kids entertained every step of the way.

‘The music is beautiful, funny, and clever all at once.’ Classic FM (on Camille Saint-Saëns' The Carnival of the Animals)

★★★★★ Victoria Times (CA)

Fri 02 Nov 7.30pm


‘Lempen Puppet Theatre Company always makes things magic – a very special quality!’ Ilkley Literature Festival Ages: 4+ Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

Sat 10 Nov 2.30pm Malvern Cube WR14 2YF 07



This map is for reference only. All show entries provide venue postcodes so you can locate them on sat-nav and GPS devices. Communities with active local venues are marked in red.




• Fairfield

Chaddesley Corbett •

Stourport-on-Severn • • Hartlebury Heightington • Crossway Green

Clows Top•

Tenbury Wells •St Michaels

Ombersley Droitwich Spa •

• Stoke Bliss & Kyre


Headless Cross•


• Feckenham

WORCESTER LIVE & LOCAL FRIENDS Live & Local especially thanks its Friends: S Bradford, L Bruce, D Collins, A Coomber, K Dolbear, R Flude, JM Hart, C Henderson, A Kirby, P Nutting, V Roberts, SJ Round, J Twigg

•Rous Lench

Leigh Sinton • • Bransford

• Church Lench •Bishampton


Upton upon Severn •Welland • Castlemorton

Preston on Stour •

•Wyre Piddle





•Ashton under Hill


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'Poetry so good you can actually understand it' is the maxim Henry Normal lives by. Here he brings his gently humorous verse and wry observations to a night of performance poetry/stand-up centred around life, love and extraordinary moments in our everyday lives. Clever, succinct, sometimes heartrending, sometimes crowd-pleasingly daft. Normal is a stalwart figure in British TV, a multi award-winning writer and producer behind many classic comedies from The Royale Family to Red Dwarf. Poetry has always been his first love, however, and Raining Upwards shows that his wit is just as sharp as ever.

Two performers. Two pairs of goggles. A fish tank.

Rattled by the bones of felons and steeped in campfire smoke, this outstanding Australian bush band performs riveting folk from the era of criminal women and convict men, treachery and transportation. This is a gorgeous, haunting marriage between darker, stranger folksongs of colonial Australia, sweet, evocative vocals and unerringly beautiful music, all with a wry, subversive antipodean twist.

‘A mixture of the absurd and downright wacky... a gentle giant of stand-up poetry.’

Gemma Barnett and Josie Dale-Jones are lifelong friends and flatmates, but on the day their pet goldfish Sunny and Boo die, they begin to look back on their relationship; the ups, the downs and the difficulties of loving another person but wanting to break away. Simply told with bittersweet humour, Goggles is a quirky, clever ode to friendship, intimacy (and fish) that leaves you with a warm, smiley feeling.

Canberra Times (Australia)

‘Lovely young work… deceptively funny.’ The Guardian ★★★★

The List

‘Dippy, eccentric, funny and with a message in there too.’

Ages: 14+

The Stage: Critics' Best Show, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016

Thu 15 Nov 7.30pm

Ages: 10+

St Peter's Church, Cowleigh, Malvern WR14 1QP

Thu 15 Nov 7.30pm

Fri 16 Nov 7.30pm Hartlebury Parish Hall DY11 7TQ


‘Extraordinary, even revolutionary. Unforgettable folk.’

University of Worcester: St John's Campus, Worcester WR2 6AJ


‘Spine-tingling.’ Songlines Magazine ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine ★★★★ The Guardian

MINIMA: SILENT FILM & LIVE MUSIC THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG (1927) (PG) Set in a foggy and unsettled London with a Jack the Ripper-style serial killer on the loose, The Lodger was Alfred Hitchcock's first major commercial and critical success, an electrifying silent masterpiece of atmospheric thriller filmmaking. 'Acclaimed soundscapers' (Time Out) Minima capture the film's mood perfectly, its unmistakably spine-tingling live music clinging to each twist of the movie. A simply extraordinary evening. ★★★★★

‘The first true Hitchcock movie… gripping in its sheer brio and control.’ The Guardian Ages: 8+

Ages: 6+

Cert. PG, 1927, UK, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 91 mins

Australia. International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

Sat 24 Nov 7.30pm

Sun 18 Nov 7.30pm Feckenham Village Hall B96 6HN

Number 8 Arts Centre, Pershore WR10 1BG Sat 19 Jan 2019 7.30pm St Peter's Church, Cowleigh, Malvern WR14 1QP 12



Happy 50th birthday (pretty much) to hugely influential musical trailblazers turned national treasures Fairport Convention. Here Fairport co-founder and 'Guv'nor of British folk-rock' Ashley Hutchings traces the band's early years, its triumphs, its tragedies, and it's acknowledged origination of English folk-rock. In this very special 'spoken word and music' celebration, Ashley draws from his 1967 diary to vividly paint the group's formation and the late sixties music scene and is joined on reworkings of songs from his Fairport career by the impressive singer/guitarist Becky Mills: folk-rock history spooling before your very eyes and ears.

Musical festive cheer from the Viking longhouse, as BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015 double-nominee Jez Lowe and his terrific band strike out from the northeast of England, across the great North Sea, to regale with songs and tales of the Northlands. Sheltering from the dark days of Yule, huddled around the roaring fire beneath the rafters of the Great Hall, this is a real winter-warmer of a folk/music-hall revue, packed with great songs new and old, rousing regional tunes, excellent musicianship, jovial banter and cheerful good humour.

‘One of the hottest acts around.’ The Telegraph

‘Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in English folk rock.’ Bob Dylan

‘Jez Lowe is one of our finest songwriters... a singular talent.’ BBC Radio 2

‘Fairport rewrote the folk landscape... folk's finest band.’ The Guardian

‘Folk-rock giant Ashley Hutchings' standing in Britain's folk pantheon is indisputable… co-founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band… a man still twisting the familiar into brave new forms.’ Uncut Magazine Ages: 10+

‘Jes Lowe is an outstanding singer and songwriter, and The Bad Pennies, excellent musicians in their own right, are much more than just a backing group, adding their own individual touches.’ Living Tradition Magazine Ages: 8+ Sun 09 Dec 7pm Bockleton Parish Hall WR15 8PX

Sat 01 Dec 7pm St James' Church, Welland WR13 6LP 13

Fri 21 Dec 8pm Clent Parish Hall DY9 9QT 14



'Let me in little piggie it’s blowing a gale. Not by the hairs on my little pink tail.'

This rip-roaring alt-folk band brings a roof raising energy to its live shows, imbuing its heartfelt, anthemic songs with feelgood folky footstompin' rhythms and vivid lyricism. Exhilarating to hear.

A brand-new version of the classic The Three Little Pigs with a garlicky French twist, where the titular porcine pals – decked out in Parisian dungarees and berets, no less – are on a mission to see off a big, bad wolf/chef. He wants to make them into soup so they're going to need lots of help from the audience to save their bacon. A gentle introduction to theatre for any little luvvies in the family, the show is full of interactive fun, and bristles with beautifully crafted puppets and giddyingly delightful live music, to make kids and parents alike squeal with laughter.

‘Crackerjack live shows... undeniably catchy.’ fRoots Magazine

‘Upbeat live set... combines (the) catchy hooks of folk bands such as the Levellers with the foot stomping and fiddle shuffling of artists such as Seth Lakeman, along with earthy, warm and ambient vibes of The Eagles/Mumford & Sons.’ Brighton Argus

‘A trademark combo of adorable puppets, jokes and audience participation.’ Time Out

Ages: 7+

KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN IN CONCERT BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo winners 2013 and 2016. Long established as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are 'songwriters par excellence' (fRoots Magazine), their music tuneful, intelligent and soulful. Here, Kathryn's powerful voice is matched against Sean's driving guitar on a set of impressive modern folk songs and heartfelt traditional numbers, switching from thoughtful ballads to stomping acoustic rock. Impressive and entertaining.

‘A genuine warmth of personality, wonderfully clear, honest singing and expert guitar accompaniment… a travelling show of no little folk wisdom and generous entertainment.’ The Herald ★★★★

‘An impressive and entertaining set.’ The Guardian

Sat 26 Jan 2019 7.30pm

★★★★ The Telegraph

Ashton under Hill Village Hall WR11 7SW

Ages: 10+

Ages: 3-8 Sat 02 Feb 2019 7.30pm Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

Feckenham Village Hall B96 6HN

Fri 01 Feb 2019 7.30pm Owen Street Community Arts Centre, Atherstone CV9 1DG

Sat 15 Dec 3.30pm Fairfield Village Hall B61 9LZ 15


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Annual Membership Options Silver (£20) A PARLOUR CONCERT WITH MISTER KEITH

OH LA LA! MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Performing live, this very charming and sophisticated acoustic quartet delight with their eclectic set of gorgeous Parisian nightlife music; authentic musette, playful chanson réaliste, 60s French pop and classic jazz. Music of another time: of Burt Bacharach, Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel; Françoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg.

A splendid evening of gently quirky, expertly crafted songs – think Ray Davies, Squeeze – stories and humour by the self-professed originator of 'Victorian Pop'. With song styles varying from jaunty showground to slow lament, all carried forward by lilting melodies and warm, quintessentially English vocals, the bowler-hatted Mister Keith and his mini 'orchestra' of multi-instrumentalists invoke memories of times gone by. An intimate little gem*.


Unique entertainers, they blend their rich and evocative sound with Gallic coolness, natural panache and a colossal sense of fun. Magnificent.

BBC Radio Manchester

Ages: 8+

Ages: 6+


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Name France/UK. International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

Address * including specially blended tea drinking and interval Victorian table games.

Fri 01 Feb 2019 7.30pm Bishampton Village Hall WR10 2LY

Postcode Fri 01 Feb 2019 7.30pm Clows Top Victory Hall DY14 9HG

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Shindig Worcestershire: Autumn/Winter 2018 What's On Brochure  

Rural & community touring shows on your doorstep this Autumn. 'RURAL TOURING IS WHERE THE LIVELIEST GIGS HAPPEN, WHERE THE WARMEST FRIENDSH...

Shindig Worcestershire: Autumn/Winter 2018 What's On Brochure  

Rural & community touring shows on your doorstep this Autumn. 'RURAL TOURING IS WHERE THE LIVELIEST GIGS HAPPEN, WHERE THE WARMEST FRIENDSH...