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The Village Ventures Rural & Community Touring Network Nottinghamshire 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. Tickets are sold locally. For show information, ticket prices and to book, please call the local promoter directly on the telephone number below each show listing. 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.

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SHOW / PERFORMER The Froe Bowjangles Roberts & Lakeman Peacock Angell Trio Mister Keith Bowjangles

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COMMUNITY Leyton Crescent South Clifton Beeston Caunton Dean Burton Joyce Crich Lound Kegworth Rolleston Winthorpe

SHOW / PERFORMER Mirror Mirror Roberts & Lakeman Tim Kliphuis Trio The Grahams The Schmoozenbergs The Grahams Don Kipper Old Hat Jazz Band The Other Half Old Hat Jazz Band

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COMMUNITY Cropwell Bishop Caunton Dean

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South Scarle West Bridgford

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Coddington Thrumpton North Muskham Colston Bassett Long Whatton Ordsall Wymeswold

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SHOW / PERFORMER PAGE Cat Weatherill & Naomi Paul 10 Kel Elliott & Her 10 Three Man Orchestra Cat Weatherill & Naomi Paul 10 Wind in the Willows: 11 A Folk Opera Mumbo-Jumbo 11 Mumbo-Jumbo 11 Finding Nana 12 The Little Love Cabaret 12 Mumbo-Jumbo 11 Ninebarrow 15 Kel Elliott & Her 10 Three Man Orchestra James Hickman & Dan Cassidy 15

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COMMUNITY West Bridgford South Wheatley Radcliffe-on-Trent Rolleston Normanton on Trent Creswell


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COMMUNITY Coddington South Clifton Arnold Shirebrook Kegworth Whitwell Caunton Dean South Scarle West Bridgford Rolleston Arnold Norwell Chilwell Cropwell Bishop North Muskham Thrumpton Upper Broughton Pleasley Rempstone Crich

SHOW / PERFORMER PAGE James Hickman & Dan Cassidy 15 Tŷhai: Indo Celtic Trio 16 Sarah Moule 16 The Wind in the Willows 17 The Wind in the Willows 17 Amy Johnson 17 Amy Johnson 17 Amy Johnson 17 The Sagas of Noggin the Nog 18 Harp & A Monkey 18 Cape Wrath 19 Oh La La! 19 Amy Johnson 17 Oh La La! 19 Sheesham and Lotus & 'Son 20 The Oxford Concert Party 20 The Busquitos 21 Sheesham and Lotus & 'Son 20 Ensonglopedia of Science 21 Sheesham and Lotus & 'Son 20

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COMMUNITY Long Whatton Arnold Radcliffe-on-Trent

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Southwell Bramley West Bridgford Caunton Dean Flintham Sandiacre Hickling Coddington South Clifton Arnold

SHOW / PERFORMER PAGE The King Lear 22 The King Lear 22 Kel Elliott & Her 10 Three Man Orchestra Zoe Gilby Quartet 22 Hannah James' JigDoll 23 Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood 23 The Mile Roses 24 The Little Love Cabaret 12 Nordic Fiddlers Bloc 24 Reynard The Fox 25 The Little Love Cabaret 12 Little Red Robin Hood 25




With sweet vocals soaring over shimmering strings, this dauntingly good quartet weaves together folk roots and classical influences to realise music that is as imaginative as it is beautiful. Drawing together musicians from Ashley Hutching's Rainbow Chasers and The Old Dance School to spine-tingling effect, and with a diverse set of old songs and originals, this is an intimate and mesmerising evening of folk music.

This hyperactive all-singing, all-strumming, all-dancing, all-comedy-cabaret-varietytheatrical string quartet explores the mystical, mythical world of fairy-tales, folklore and legends.

‘Beautiful, inventive… a fantastic new ensemble.’ Jon Boden (Bellowhead)

‘Mesmeric.’ BBC Music (on Ruth Angell)

Superb classical musicians with a remarkable gift for groan-worthy laughs and physical comedy, here they swashbuckle their way through musical sketches of monsters, ancient gods, historical figures and fantasy characters, all whilst playing strings flawlessly. Truly original entertainment and a joy to watch.

‘Hugely talented… hilarious… outstanding.’ Wiltshire Times

‘Superb.’ fRoots Magazine (on Charlie Heys) Ages: 7+

Ages: 7+ Sat 20 Jan 7.30pm North & South Wheatley Village Hall, South Wheatley DN22 9DL

Fri 12 Jan 7.30pm

01427 880 758

All Hallows Halls Lady Bay, West Bridgford NG2 5BP

Sun 28 Jan 7pm

01159 821 710

Creswell Social Centre S80 4BH 01909 721 558



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 superb set of wonderfully eclectic music coloured by country, blues, jazz and folk. The beautiful vocals and spirited fiddle of Ruth Angell – best-known as a member of Ashley Hutchings' Rainbow Chasers – are matched all the way by the dextrous guitar of Sid Peacock and Steve Tromans' thrilling piano.

A special company with a stellar reputation for touring deaf inclusive work for small children, Red Earth here brings real joie de vivre to a gloriously mischievous new version of the age-old tale of Snow White. Played with enormous energy, great good humour and loads of visual flair, and with the clever use of inventive props, puppets, costumes and choreography, this delightful show sparks the imagination of adults and children alike..

★★★★ Financial Times

‘A storming set… mesmeric.’ BBC Music

‘Absolutely amazing… scintillating.’ Maverick Magazine

★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ The Guardian

Ages: 12+

Ages: 7+

Fri 26 Jan 7.30pm

A PARLOUR CONCERT WITH MISTER KEITH 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*.

‘Sensational.’ BBC Radio Manchester

‘Stunning… this unique take on a classic will keep children compelled.’ The Stage Ages: 5+ British Sign Language (BSL) integrated. Captioned performance (CAP).

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

Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people). Red Earth Theatre is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

07718 159 520

Sat 27 Jan 6pm

Thu 01 Feb 6.30pm

Fri 02 Feb 8pm

Normanton on Trent Village Hall NG23 6RQ

Leyton Crescent Community Centre, Beeston NG9 1PS

07823 449 381

01159 221 580

Sun 21 Jan 7.30pm The Grange Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent NG12 2FB

South Clifton Coronation Hall NG23 7BG

Rolleston Village Hall NG23 5SG 01636 816 370

Ages: 6+

01777 228 304







This award-winning Dutch jazz violinist is seen by many as the inheritor of jazz violin legend Stéphane Grappelli's crown. Here, his trio, now in their 11th year, bring their compelling interplay to Grappelli's highenergy gypsy swing and jazzed-up classical tunes.

This dynamic Nashville-based husband and wife Americana duo surely 'rattle the hocks', crafting real emotive, shiver-upthe-spine-inducing songs – drawn from their hard travelling expeditions along the Mississippi's Great River Road and riding the old American railroad. Passionate, joyful, harmonious and captivating.

This energetic and classy gypsy jazz and swing quartet conjures the heart-warming, hip-swinging sound of 1930s Paris. With loving tributes to the pioneers of the genre, the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and the French violin virtuoso Stéphane Grappelli, joyous treatments of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and George Gershwin, and fine introductions to the roots and history of the style, this is a rollicking good night out to put a smile on everyone's faces. C'est magnifique!

This joyful, multi-lingual, multi award-winning seven-piece ensemble are remarkable young exponents of Jewish klezmer and traditional styles from Greece, Turkey and the Balkans, reflecting the cultural diversity and living traditions of their North East London home. Weaving virtuosic instrumentation, Dunja Botic's sumptuous and 'spectacular' (BBC Radio 3) vocals, and unbridled musical passion, their uptempo good-time shows are exquisitely freewheeling.

‘Little short of astounding.’

‘Sure to send shivers down your spine.’


‘Playfully inventive and technically brilliant.’ The Scotsman

‘Americana doesn't come much better.’ Acoustic Magazine

‘The music of Grappelli is alive and well in the hands of Tim Kliphuis and his musicians.’



‘Alyssa has a great voice, crystal clear, full of fire and passion, perfectly complimented by Doug on dobro and vocals.’

Sunday Times

The Irish Post

Ages: 10+

Ages: 7+

Burton Joyce Village Hall NG14 5EY

(Netherlands) International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

(USA) International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

01158 417 289

Nigel Kennedy

Fine Time Recorder

Songlines Magazine Ages: 7+ Ages: 7+ Sat 17 Feb 7.30pm

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

Sun 18 Feb 7.30pm Sat 10 Feb 7.30pm

Fri 16 Feb 7.30pm

Beeston Methodist Church NG9 1EH

Lound Village Hall DN22 8RX

Caunton Dean Hole Community Centre NG23 6AD

01777 816 930

01159 431 164

01636 636 523 Sat 17 Feb 7.30pm Crich Glebe Field Centre, Crich DE4 5EU 01773 853 260



OLD HAT JAZZ BAND IN CONCERT A group of some of the finest young musical talents Britain has to offer, Old Hat Jazz Band brings huge amounts of style and panache to a treasure trove of quintessential 1920s and '30s jazz classics and 'irresistibly catchy' (All About Jazz) original tunes. Old jazz remade with real verve.

‘A phenomenal sound.’ BBC Radio 3

‘Ridiculously happy making music.’ BBC Proms ★★★★

MARK BILLINGHAM & MY DARLING CLEMENTINE THE OTHER HALF An inspired collaboration between the leading lights of crime fiction and country music, an original story written and read by best-selling crime writer Mark Billingham is soundtracked by the powerful and poignant songs of internationally-acclaimed Americana duo My Darling Clementine. Part gig, part play, part storytelling, for one night only, be transported to downtown Memphis, awash with heart-on-sleeve country romanticism and hard-boiled crime.



A fabulous two-header delivered by wonderfully gifted performers, the compelling and masterful storyteller Cat Weatherill and the satirical and hilarious deadpan comic Naomi Paul. Irresistibly blending humour and heart, this is a captivating and beautifully crafted show for adults, of stories, comedy songs and musings about being a grown up, and the little indulgencies that make life worth living (chocolate).

As seen at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival BBC Introducing stage, with Jamie Cullum and Jo Whiley.

‘A magical performer… a masterclass in enchantment.’


Uplifting, genre-leaping songs from a rousing quartet led by a sassy double-bass playing singer-songwriter with a rich and powerful voice. Quality live music by rising stars championed by Grammy award-winning jazz-pop artist Jamie Cullum. Everyone goes home happy.

Madeleine Peyroux (BBC Jazz Awards Best International Artist)

‘Tunes full of life, energy and nuanced performance… hugely enjoyable.’

‘A convincing world of barflies, peeling paint and characters on bar stools with very dark secrets.’

The Times (on Cat Weatherill)

Ages: 12+

All About Jazz

BBC Radio 4 Front Row

‘An articulate, dry sense of humour.’

Sat 03 Mar 7.30pm

Ages: 7+

★★★★★ Maverick Magazine

Leicester Comedy Festival (on Naomi Paul)

★★★★ The Sun Thu 22 Feb 7.30pm

★★★★ The Guardian

Kegworth Village Hall DE74 2FH

★★★★ Daily Express

01509 673 138

★★★★ The Scotsman

Sun 25 Feb 7.30pm

Ages: 14+

Winthorpe Community Centre NG24 2NL

Fri 23 Feb 7.30pm

01636 650 422


Rolleston Village Hall NG23 5SG 07398 670 139

Ages: 14+

Caunton Dean Hole Community Centre NG23 6AD 01636 636 523

Fri 02 Mar 8pm

Fri 23 Mar 7.30pm

The Old School, Cropwell Bishop NG12 3BU

Wymeswold Memorial Hall LE12 6TY

01159 894 656

07932 623 005

Sat 03 Mar 7.30pm

Sat 05 May 7.30pm

South Scarle Community Centre NG23 7JH

The Grange Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent NG12 2FB

01636 892 003

07718 159 520 10

GREENMATTHEWS THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: A FOLK OPERA Kenneth Grahame's well-loved and timeless tale is brought to vibrant life exclusively through song, with evocative new lyrics set to traditional English folk melodies. A show of real charm and wistful nostalgia, Chris Green, Sophie Matthews and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, vividly chronicle the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad across the river and in to the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. The perfect antidote to winter – summery, vivacious, sparkling and full of life.

NEW PERSPECTIVES FINDING NANA MUMBO-JUMBO TROUBADOURS & RACONTEURS Elegant country blues and vibrant good-time roots music from these British Blues Award nominees. With powerful songs and punchy vocals, this is one phenomenal live band.

‘The musicianship is unsurpassable, the songwriting is excellent.’ Blues in Britain Magazine Ages: 6+

‘Eclectic and enjoyable.’

Thu 08 Mar 7.30pm

English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine (on GreenMatthews)

Coddington Village Hall NG24 2PN


Fri 09 Mar 7.30pm

fRoots Magazine (on Swan & Dyer)

Thrumpton Village Hall NG11 0AX

01636 701 013

01159 830 373 Ages: 11+

Sat 17 Mar 7.30pm

Sun 04 Mar 7.30pm

Long Whatton Community Centre LE12 5DB

All Hallows Halls Lady Bay, West Bridgford NG2 5BP

01509 646 413

01159 821 710

This magical autobiographical one-woman show – from award winning writer Jane Upton – charts halcyon childhood summers in a seaside hotel, the unconditional love between a granddaughter and her Nana, and the desperate need to capture memories before they are lost. Flitting between the past and present, childhood and old age, this is a brave and inspirational tale of love and loss to make you smile and make you sad. Just brilliant. ★★★★

SPILTMILK DANCE THE LITTLE LOVE CABARET Stupendously mad fun, three dancers – with the odd special guest adding pizzazz – romp through a quick-fire set of song, dance and comedy sketches inspired by real-life love stories gathered from contributors aged 2 – 92 across the UK. Clever, slick and hilarious, this all-singing, all-dancing cabaret extravaganza is a heartwarming love-letter to love; romantical, confessional, obsessional, fantastical. A night to remember.

‘Top notch.’ The Guardian

‘Smart performances... sophisticated design... extraordinary score.’ The Stage Ages: 14+ New Perspectives Theatre is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Ages: 12+ Fri 16 Mar 7.30pm Colston Bassett Village Hall NG12 3FD 01949 81 720 Thu 17 May 7pm Friesland Performing Arts Centre, Friesland School, Sandiacre NG10 5AF 01159 397 326 Ext. 168 Sun 20 May 7.45pm

Sat 10 Mar 7.30pm North Muskham Rural Community Centre NG23 6HD

South Clifton Coronation Hall NG23 7BG 01777 228 304

07792 970 841 11


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NINEBARROW IN CONCERT BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award nominees 2017. This multi-award-winning Dorsetshire folk duo combines exquisite, pitch-perfect vocal harmonies, captivating musicality, charismatic stage patter and genuine charm to deliver beautifully crafted traditional and original songs steeped in the darker side of the English landscape, folklore and history. Amid ringing endorsements from luminaries like Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, Ninebarrow are a recognised force on the folk scene. The Everly Brothers of British folk. ★★★★★

‘Stunning.’ Maverick Magazine



In much the same way as the brilliant BBC Transatlantic Sessions does, Britain's premiere Anglo-American folk-roots duo embraces the shared heritage of country and Celtic music, with James Hickman's emotive, soaring vocals, driving guitar and lively English wit set against Dan Cassidy's virtuosic fiddling, bone-dry irony and distinctive New World drawl. An evening of classy and exquisite musicianship.

This mesmerising and bravely original fusion of Welsh folk and Indian classicism blends Rajesh David's rapturous singing with Dylan Fowler's (The Devils Violin, ALAW) 'stunning acoustic guitar' (BBC Music) and Pete Stacey's spirited saxophone. This is music with heart, soul and a determination to ignore recognised 'boundaries'. Top drawer.

★★★★ The Telegraph Ages: 7+

'A first-rate set ' (Sunday Times) marking the centenary of the first lady of song, the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Exquisite interpretations of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century are here performed with exuberance, style and wit by two of the UK's top jazz-cabaret performers, the truly stunning singer Sarah Moule and superlative pianist Simon Wallace.

Ages: 10+ Ages: 10+ Sat 07 Apr 8pm (UK/USA) International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

Fri 30 Mar 7.30pm The Village Hall at Heage, DE56 2AL 01773 853 358



Sat 07 Apr 7.30pm

South Clifton Coronation Hall NG23 7BG 01777 228 304

‘Very superior cabaret fare: well-crafted numbers sung flawlessly, and with slick accompaniments.’ BBC Music Magazine

‘A gifted jazz singer steeped in the American Songbook pays tribute to the great diva Ella Fitzgerald.’

Coddington Village Hall NG24 2PN

The Guardian

01636 701 013

Ages: 10+

Sun 18 Mar 7.30pm

Thu 12 Apr 7.30pm

Ordsall Parish Hall DN22 7TU

Bonington Theatre, Arnold NG5 7EE

01777 706 433

01159 013 640



BOX TALE SOUP THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS This exuberant, award-winning puppet company works its magic on a beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's evergreen classic riverbank story: gleeful larks, messing about in boats, incorrigible amphibians, 'poop-poop', the menacing Wild Wood, wicked weasels and an almighty dustup to finish with. Join jittery Ratty, amiable Mole, bluff Badger and swaggering Toad on their marvellous adventures. With fantastic homespun fabric puppetry and completely charming original music, the show generates non-stop energy and high good humour from its two-strong cast, wowing audiences.

BADAPPLE THEATRE AMY JOHNSON With brilliant storytelling – funny, poignant and compelling – this is an enthralling portrait of Hull's 'First Lady of the Air', Amy Johnson, one of the world's most famous aviators who in 1930 became the first woman to fly solo between Britain and Australia. Two jovial WAF* girls celebrate Amy's inspirational life, pioneering career and wartime heroism, and chronicle her final journey and mysterious disappearance without trace over the Thames Estuary. Ages: 10+ * Women in the Air Force (WAF).

THIRD PARTY PRODUCTIONS THE SAGAS OF NOGGIN THE NOG Combining lovely comic action, fabulous puppets, retro charm, live music and original film, four of the least gruff Vikings you'll ever meet capture the spirit and humour of Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate's (The Clangers, Bagpuss) much loved 1960's television series. Hilarious, sweet family fun: silly Vikings, journeys of adventure, dastardly deeds, fearsome dragons, big green birds, buttered toast*.

The Independent

Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2

‘Rousing music and droll Lancashire humour.’

Whitwell Community Centre S80 4QR

Ages: 5+

Ages: 5+

01909 723 490

* Buttered toast is very important to the Nogs. There's no threat so desperate, be it storm-lashed seas or marauding dragons, that they can't stop to make toast round the glowing camp fire.

Caunton Dean Hole Community Centre NG23 6AD

Wed 18 Apr 7.30pm

Shirebrook Village Hall NG20 8JP

South Scarle Community Centre NG23 7JH

01623 742 475 Sat 14 Apr 2pm Kegworth Village Hall DE74 2FH 01509 673 138

The Telegraph Ages: 7+

Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

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 20 Apr 7.30pm

Fri 20 Apr 7.30pm

All Hallows Halls Lady Bay, West Bridgford NG2 5BP

Rolleston Village Hall NG23 5SG

01159 821 710

07398 670 139

01636 636 523

Fri 13 Apr 7pm

★★★★ The Observer

‘Fantastic stuff – sensational!’

Sat 14 Apr 8pm

Sun 15 Apr 7.30pm

Fronted by an easy-going raconteur and BBC Who Do You Think You Are? historian, this acclaimed Lancashire folk-storytelling trio matches an excellent First World War folk set with humorous and melodic northern life story-songs. Lively, inventive folk music delivered in a down-to-earth manner.

‘An expertly acted, beautifully realised stage play with the warm charm of a bedtime story.’

★★★★ The Stage

Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).


01636 892 003 Sun 22 Apr 7.30pm Chilwell Arts Theatre, Chilwell School NG9 5AL 07772 053 412



THIRD ANGEL CAPE WRATH An epic journey in a stationary minibus; a quietly charming, compellingly intimate, gently humourous, sometimes touchingly sad, solo storytelling show for 14 audience members at a time. Meditating on family history, acts of remembrance, and of the longest bus journey in Britain, to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of Scotland, this is a totally involving little one-off immersive experience.

‘Plenty of charm… heartfelt and significant.’




Performing live, this very charming and sophisticated acoustic trio are a delight, with Parisian Fifi la Mer shepherding her band through a set of gorgeous café music; authentic musette, playful chanson réaliste, 60s pop and classic jazz, with a figurative fug of Gauloise smoke drifting above.

Using a host of vintage instruments, this show-stopping Canadian trio serves up riotous, high stepping, sepiatinted old-timey string-band music with roots in the vaudeville and juke joints of the American South. Oozing authenticity and dynamism this is hugely entertaining, and all in all a lovely, must-see treat. Truly they are the new kings of old-time.

Six lively, entertaining and mould-breaking musicians take 300 years of music from around the world (and from Baroque to tango) and infuse it with offbeat humour, passion and pathos. With its rich and vibrant sounds this is an unforgettable show.

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

The Scotsman Ages: 7+

‘A wondrous set… a lovely, inspiring and slightly manic treat.’

‘Consistently innovative and challenging…. extraordinary performances.’

Ages: 10+ Sat 21 Apr 7.30pm Norwell Village Hall NG23 6LF

(Canada) International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

Sun 22 Apr 7.30pm

The Times

The Old School, Cropwell Bishop NG12 3BU

North Muskham Rural Community Centre NG23 6HD

Ages: 12+

01159 894 656

Bonington Theatre, Arnold NG5 7EE 01159 013 640

‘It's totally different, crazy and triumphant with a peculiar vitality.’ BBC Music Ages: 10+

01636 636 691 Fri 27 Apr 7.30pm

Sat 21 Apr 5pm

The Telegraph

fRoots Magazine

‘Heavenly work.’ The Guardian

‘A decidedly unstuffy bunch of superb musicians… look out for them whenever your spirits need a lift.’

Fri 27 Apr 7.30pm

07792 970 841

Thrumpton Village Hall NG11 0AX

Sat 28 Apr 8pm

01159 830 373

The Verney Institute, Pleasley NG19 7PL 01623 810 035 Sun 29 Apr 7.30pm Crich Glebe Field Centre, Crich DE4 5EU 01773 853 260



JOHN HINTON ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE THE BUSQUITOS WICKY WACKY WOO This brilliant Dutch streetband showcases its energetic, highly eccentric, and very catchy trad-influenced comedic-jazz, jumping into the crowd at every opportunity, kidnapping audience members, staging mock weddings. Dazzlingly funny, they bring a smile to everyone's face.

‘Brilliant Dutch musicians who deliver a fast-changing variety of music styles.’ Jazz Journal Ages: 5+

A remarkably inventive, fun-filled one-man musicalcomedy-science family show from the top-drawer storyteller John Hinton (not actually a scientist). 26 silly science-songs to delight the inquisitive mind, one for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs and cells. Expect X-rays, Y-chromosomes and zoology aplenty. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme. If you think that science is boring, think again: an absolute joy. ★★★★★

‘Here's a treasure... something close to brilliance... utterly accessible and engaging.’

ZOE GILBY QUARTET IN CONCERT SHIFTING SANDS THEATRE THE KING LEAR Giving a modern, slightly irreverent comedic twist to Shakespeare's popular tragedy, this acclaimed clown-theatre company sets the action in a pub in the here and now, with pub landlord as king. By turns hilarious and heart breaking, this compellingly inventive retelling mixes vibrant storytelling with pathos and warm humour, faithful to Shakespeare's magnificent text whilst injecting new life and energy into it. A marvellous night.


Upper Broughton Village Hall LE14 3BA 01664 823 165

Part of the Live & Local Launchpad CYP programme (firing the imagination of children and young people).

Courtney Pine, BBC Radio 2

‘Sparkling… an exuberant singer whose lively personality comes across on every song.’ Jazz UK Ages: 12+ Sat 05 May 7pm

Ages: 10+ Ages: 7+

Fri 27 Apr 7.30pm


Time Out

The Times (Netherlands) International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

This nationally-renowned, immensely talented and spirited jazz vocalist is joined by her commanding band for an adventurous blend of new music, familiar classics and contemporary covers. An evening of sheer enjoyment.

The King Lear is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Southwell Bramley Centre, Southwell NG25 0EH 01636 812 148

Thu 03 May 7.30pm

Sat 28 Apr 7.30pm

Long Whatton Community Centre LE12 5DB

Rempstone Village Hall LE12 6RH

01509 646 413

07758 464 515

Fri 04 May 7.30pm Bonington Theatre, Arnold NG5 7EE 01159 013 640



HANNAH JAMES' JIGDOLL Hannah James (Lady Maisery) is a true original, an utterly engaging one-woman folk band who mixes ethereal vocals and powerfully rhythmic accordion with elaborate percussive clog dance, all the while building up digital layers of sound using loop pedals. A brilliant, gently hypnotic live show with the sort of sparse, atmospheric quality which is The Unthanks' trademark. An unexpected and invigorating treat.

‘Hannah is an incredible musician – a beautiful singer, inventive accordionist and her dancing is out of this world.’ Jon Boden (Bellowhead)

‘An elegant, flowing transition between tunes, movement and song.’ fRoots Magazine

KIT HOLMES WITH AL GREENWOOD IN CONCERT 'Macy Gray meets Nick Drake' (The Observer). Much championed by guitarist John Etheridge, singersongwriter Kit Holmes is a rising star of the acoustic music scene, her trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing having wowed audiences across the UK. Here, Kit is joined by guitarist Al Greenwood for an enthralling, infectious performance of her bluesdriven roots (with a soul sensibility). Full of warmth and joie de vivre, and mixing dazzling songs with delightful instrumentals, this is an absolute delight.

THE MILE ROSES WHISKY FIRESIDE (AND OTHER SONGS FROM THE ROAD) A fantastic collaboration of three respected solo singersongwriters: Kate Bramley (Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies), Simon Haworth, and the honey-voiced Edwina Hayes, the latter numbering Michael Parkinson and Nanci Griffith among her fans. Performing contemporary British folk with a nod to Nashville, this is an evening of beautifully written songs, from toe tapping folk rockabilly to haunting ballads; of the road well-travelled, of heartache, and of single malts.

‘Impressive... a new British guitar heroine.’ The Guardian ★★★★★

‘One of the few female virtuoso acoustic guitarists.’ The Guardian

Ages: 14+

Three brilliant fiddle players bring the rich and distinctive folk traditions of their native Norway, Sweden and Shetland alive in a unique and invigorating collaboration. Interspersing outstanding musicianship with some first class craic, this is a shimmering display of endlessly varied, powerful and beautiful music. Pure fiddle doesn't get much better than this.

‘Gorgeous.’ The Scotsman

‘Haunting… brilliant… mesmerising.’ The Herald

‘Impressive.’ ★★★★


Daily Telegraph (on Kate Bramley)

‘The sweetest voice in England... so gifted and full of song.’ Nanci Griffith (on Edwina Hayes) Ages: 10+

Ages: 7+ (Norway/Sweden/Shetland) International arts supported by Live & Local Friends.

Fri 18 May 7.30pm Hickling Village Hall LE14 3AQ 01664 822 834

Ages: 10+ Thu 17 May 7.30pm

Fri 11 May 7.30pm All Hallows Halls Lady Bay, West Bridgford NG2 5BP 01159 821 710

Sun 13 May 7.30pm Caunton Dean Hole Community Centre NG23 6AD

St Augustine Church, Flintham NG23 5LE 01636 525 454

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