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Welcome We revel in our reputation for a programme of unique and inspiring music, drama and physical theatre.

Over 25,000 visitors enjoy The Met experience each year. We hope that you will be excited by the events and join us in our growing success.


Big Whistle Weekend

Little Red Hen 2



Robin Ince

Look out for the following artists and events coming this summer as well as our weekly workshops and opportunities to participate.




Matt Andersen


18 & 21

Salsa Celtica


17 Hippies

23 For reservations, please phone 0161 763 9399


The Winelight Club in Automatic

Monthly events & clubs First Thursday Comedy Club First Thursday of every month 9pm

Thu 3 April Jade the Folk Singer

Comedy Studio Theatre £8 £6 concessions £6 members

Thu 1 May Andy White and Abi Roberts

Great stand-up comedy on

Thu 5 June Vladimir McTavish

the first Thursday of every

Thu 3 July Patrick Rolink and Quentin Reynolds

month. Featuring…

Winelight Club


Tue 29 April, Tue13 & 27 May, Tue 10 & 24 June, Tue 8 July, Tue 12 August & Tue 9 September: 8pm

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£6 £4 concessions £4 members

a memorable evening of music.

coming talent with Automatic


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plus support

Tuesday 22 April 8pm Folk roots Main Theatre £17.50

Luka Bloom


Lady of Burma

What’s On?

Lady of Burma

Luka Bloom

Red Fighting Peacock

plus support

Wednesday 23 April 7.30pm

Thursday 24 April 8pm

Drama Studio Theatre

Folk roots Main Theatre

£10 £8 concs £8 members

£14 £12 concs £12 members

The inspirational true story of

Internationally acclaimed singer-

Burmese leader Aung San Suu

songwriter Luka Bloom has enjoyed

Kyi is told in this compelling solo

seventeen years of successful

performance about the life of the

worldwide tours, and released

only Nobel Peace Prize winner

his eleventh album, Tribe, in

who is also a political prisoner.

the UK in September 2007.

Already one of the most

The eleven piece has a

popular groups on the live

phenomenal following and

An unmissable hymn to the

His incredibly gifted electro-

circuit, Bellowhead’s gorgeous

was named Best Live Act at the

power of the human spirit

acoustic guitar-playing guarantees

good-time sound mixes folk

BBC Folk Awards in 2005, 2007

in the quest for freedom.

an impassioned performance of his

with big band jazz and funk.

and 2008. Standing event.

original, poetic and melodic songs. 5

The Other Smiths

The Midlands based band performs

Friday 25 April 8pm

work of The Smiths and Morrissey.

Rock and pop Main Theatre

Firm favourites in Manchester, they

£10 in advance £12 on the door The UK’s top Smiths tribute returns after sell outs in previous years.

Chris Farlowe and

have worked with ex-Smiths Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon. Standing event.

Chuck Prophet and

Chris Farlowe

The Norman Beaker Band

The Mission Express

Supported by Graham Robins

Supported by Wynntown Marshals

Saturday 26 April 8pm

Sunday 27 April 8pm

Blues Main Theatre

Rock and roots Main Theatre


£14 Unreserved seating

Chris Farlowe needs no

The ex Green on Red guitarist has

introduction. His classic number

established himself as one of the

one Out of Time was written for

most passionate and innovative

him by Jagger and Richards and

artists to emerge from the ashes

still sits high on radio playlists.

of At the heart of

His first band The Thunderbirds

his music is classic songwriting

featured Carl Palmer and Albert

with a strong message, leading to

Lee, while in the ‘70s Chris joined

comparisons with Neil Young.

Colosseum and Atomic Rooster. A Winelight Club presentation. 6

a two hour show covering the

A Mr Kite Benefit.

The Naked Truth Wednesday 30 April 8pm £15 Drama Main Theatre Five women from different backgrounds

Doctor Nose

Thu 1 May 8pm £20 proceeds to Bury Hospice

The Met They Couldn’t Hang

Theatre Productions

join a pole dancing class and share lessons in life while learning to dance. The all female cast includes Bury’s own Lisa Riley (Emmerdale) and a host of other talented actresses.

“If you were touched by Calendar Girls and amused by Stepping Out you’ll be splitting your sides and moved to tears by The Naked Truth” Manchester Evening News

Dr Nose Travels Through Time

The Men They Couldn’t Hang

DNA Theatre Company Saturday 3 May 11am

Saturday 3 May 8pm

Family show Main theatre

Folk roots Main theatre

£7 £5 concs £20 family of four


Thurtinkle is a much loved

From busking the subways of

storyteller from the land of the Big

Hammersmith to cult icon status,

Noses who lives in a tiny TARDIS-

The Men They Couldn’t Hang

like house that can actually travel

are celebrating twenty three

through time... On his intrepid

years together. Acoustic pop of

adventures he has visited the

the highest quality from the

Vikings, questioned Queen Victoria,

pen of Phil Odgers with their

shaken hands with Shakespeare

firebrand mix of punk passion,

and taken tea with Tutankhamen...

rousing guitars and folk roots.

For 5-11 year olds and their families.

Standing event. 7

Flook with special guests Ben Walker and Chris Knowles

Dòchas with special guests

with The Mat Walklate Band

Terry Coyne and Skirm

Thursday 8 May 8pm

Friday 9 May 8pm

Saturday 10 May 8pm

£15 Main theatre

£15 Main theatre

£15 Main theatre

Flook are firm favourites at The

Cherish The Ladies are a world

Dòchas bring the weekend to a

Met. This BBC Folk Award winning

wide folk phenomenon. Lead by

rousing finale on Saturday evening.

The Big Whistle Weekend celebrates the

quartet has come a long way

the irrepressible Joannie Madden,

Having delighted audiences

unique qualities of the tin whistle with a

since its formation in 1995. The

this USA based powerhouse

from Achiltibuie to Austria - it’s

three-day indulgence of whistle related

infectious and feverish versatility

female quintet effortlessly

now Bury’s turn! Dòchas have

concerts, sessions and workshops.

of their original material puts

homogenise all the vital facets of

matured into a band who promise

Weekend Ticket:

them at the cutting edge of

traditional Irish entertainment.

dynamic, “heart-melting vocals”

£25 for 2 nights £40 for 3 nights

Anglo-Irish instrumental music.

Includes entry to Saturday day events


Cherish The Ladies

Expect a sensational stage

and “barn-stomping tunes”.

Featuring singer-songwriter

show, with humour, dancing,

Vocalist Julie Fowlis has recently

Bern Walker, and multi-

stunning vocal work and rousing

been named Folk Singer of The Year

instrumentalist Chris Knowles.

instrumental virtuosity.

2008 at the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Big Whistle Weekend extras...

Boys in the Blackstuff

The Whistle From Scratch

The Whistle: a step further

with Terry Walsh

with Mat Walklate

Saturday 10 May 10am £3 Workshop for children aged 7 to

Saturday 10 May 11am £3; Free to ticket holders

Friday 9 May 7.15pm Free

11 years old and their parents.

Workshop for beginners +

Traditional Irish Music

High D Whistle supplied.

to lower intermediate.

in the Foyer

The Mat Walklate Band with Jimmy Docherty and Faul Bradley Friday 9 May 10.30pm £5; Free to ticket holders Festival Club in The Met Studio

High D Whistle Required.

The Whistle and Me Saturday 10 May 10.30am £3; Free to ticket holders Big Whistle Music’s Phil Brown hosts an hour of music and

Meet The Maker with Tony Dixon of Tony Dixon Music Sat 10 May from 12 noon Free

Troy Donockley Technique and Improvisation on the Low Whistle Saturday 10 May 1pm £3; Free to ticket holders

Troy Donockley’s Musical Journey Saturday 10 May 4pm £3; Free to ticket holders

Higher intermediate to advan

A multi media presentation

ced. Low D Whistle required.

with live music, featuring selected career highlights from

Tunes from the Gaelic and Piping traditions of Scotland

one of England’s greatest Low

with Carole-Anne Mackay and Julie Fowlis (of Dòchas)

Saturday Session

Saturday 10 May 2.30pm £3; Free to ticket holders Intermediate to advanced

chat with Joannie Madden

At the Big Whistle stall. Informal

workshop. High D or Low

from Cherish The Ladies.

chats throughout the day.

D Whistle required.

Whistlers and Musical Directors.

with Boys in the Blackstuff, Tony Dixon, Mat Walklate and Matt Fahey Sat 10 May 4.45pm Free In the Two Tubs pub, just across the square from The Met.

The Bogtrotters Saturday 10 May 10.30pm £5; Free to ticket holders Festival Club in The Met Studio. High energy, cross genre revelry from this respected seven piece Lancashire band. 9

Peggy Seeger

MsFits Theatre Company

with Norma Waterson, Mike Waterson and Martin Carthy

Wednesday 14 May 7.30pm

Thursday 15 May 8pm

Thursday 15 May 8pm

World roots Main theatre

Drama Studio theatre

Folk roots Main theatre

£14 £10 concs £10 members

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

£14 £12 concs £12 members

Thundering rhythms on huge taiko

It’s Jan’s birthday, she’s all alone.

Best known for her feminist song

drums interweave with delicate

Faced with the prospect of

Gonna be an Engineer and for

flute and subtle soundscapes.

defrosting the fridge she makes a

The Ballad of Springhill, Peggy

A spellbinding display of

decision which will change her life

Seeger was also the inspiration

choreography and athleticism.

forever... She goes on an adventure!

for First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

“exhilarating to behold.”

Guaranteed to make you laugh,

by her partner Ewan MacColl.

Glasgow Herald

cry and give up on that diet!

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers


Sex and Chocolate

Peggy Seeger

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Connie Lush and Blues Shouter

Friday 16 May 8pm

Friday 16 May 8pm

Rock and pop Studio theatre

Blues Main theatre

£10 £8 concs £8 members

£10 £8 concessions £8 members

Ane Brun is a songwriter,

Connie Lush is widely recognised

guitarist and vocalist originally

as one of the finest blues singers in

from Norway. Her first album

the UK. She’s been voted Best UK

was nominated in the Swedish

Female Vocalist by readers of Blues

Independent music awards, her

In Britain for five separate years

second received a Norwegian

and was honoured in the French

Grammy and her recent live

Blues Trophies awards as European

album has received another

Singer of the Year for 2002. She

nomination. She performs

has also written TV themes and

here with Tobias Froberg.

featured as a DJ on Jazz FM.

Special guests The Will Tang Trio

Connie Lush

Ane Brun and Tobias Froberg

Molly Bloom Saturday 17 May 8.30pm Rock and pop Studio theatre £6 Molly Bloom return to The Met for another night of spine tingling

this evening’s show as well as

terror. The baroque and rollers

classic cuts that guarantee you

will showcase new material in

sleep with one eye open. 11

“as the mother of a brown boy...” Chickenshed Theatre Company Wednesday 21 May 7.30pm

Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf Toby Hadoke

Drama Main Theatre

Thursday 22 May 8pm

£8 £5 concs £5 members

Comedy Main theatre

Friday 23 May 8pm Americana Studio theatre £10 £8 concessions £8 members Jess Klein returns with her

£8 £6 concs £24 family of four A mother remembers the life,

unique music, mixing a little bit of every genre with her soulful,

and untimely death, of her mixed

Climb aboard award winning comedian

passionate voice and vocals that

race son and his struggle for

Toby Hadoke’s TARDIS on a trip through

alternate between searing and

identity in a multi-racial society...

time, charting the rise, fall and

heartbreakingly beautiful.

rise again of a TV legend. This

Described as Emmylou Harris

delightful show is a personal,

meets Patti Smith, New

satirical and razor sharp

Yorker Jess has become a Met

comic odyssey from child

regular for good reason.

A stark journey to find the truth behind an individual’s life, told through dance, physical theatre, music and multimedia. “Vivid and compelling” Time Out, Critics’ Choice


to man, through obsession, joy and disappointment. An intimate knowWho is not

“This heartfelt rites of passage memoir does for Daleks and Cybermen

required, although

what Fever Pitch did for

a disdain

football” The Guardian

for the BNP, football hooligans would be useful. Ages 10+

Jess Klein

“as the mother...”

ledge of Doctor

and Hollyoaks 12

Jess Klein plus support

Mundo Jazz

Potted Potter

Mostly Autumn

Mostly Autumn

Potted Potter

Mundo Jazz

Friday 23 May 8pm

Saturday 24 May 3pm & 7pm

Saturday 24 May 9pm

Rock and pop Main theatre

Family show Main theatre

Comedy Studio theatre

£13.50 advance £14.50 door

£8 £6 concessions £24 family of four

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

Award winning classic rock band

All the Potter books in sixty minutes?

Mundo Jazz are a spoof world music

Mostly Autumn blend together

Double act Dan and Jeff take on the

band whose mission is to teach

influences from the great bands

ultimate challenge, with the help of

us about peace, the environment,

of the seventies to produce

endless costumes, brilliant songs,

racial harmony and love. It’s

original material that conveys

ridiculous props, and a generous

unfortunate, then, that they know

the excitement and energy of

helping of Hogwarts magic. With

absolutely nothing... With all the

modern rock ballads. Rick Wright

all your favourite characters, a

subtlety of a brick hitting butter,

(Pink Floyd) is amongst their

fire-breathing dragon, and even

they preach through songs, awful

fans and praised them as an

a game of Quidditch involving

dancing, and catastrophic telephone

amazing band. Standing event.

the audience!

conversations with the White House. 13


The Wind in the Willows

How the Giraffe got its Neck

The Wailin’ Jennys

Library Theatre Company

Tall Stories Theatre Company

Supported by Rachel Harrington

Tuesday 27 May 11am

Wednesday 28 May 11am

Wednesday 28 May 8pm

Family show Main theatre

Family show Main theatre

Americana Main theatre

£5 £3 concs £12 family of four

£7 £5 concs £20 family of four


The irresistible Riverbank

Have you ever wondered how

Canadians Annabelle Chvostek,

adventures of the irrepressible Mr.

the giraffe got its long neck?

Nicky Metha and Ruth Moody

Toad and his friends celebrating the

An inventive storyteller and a

return to The Met with their

centenary of the children’s classic.

genius scientist bring us their

lush three part vocals. Behind

Meet Clever Rat, Kindly Mole and

entirely contradictory versions

the praises and the songs are an

Wise Old Badger, and beware

of how certain amazing animals

intelligent mix of original and

of any stoats, weasels, ferrets

came to be. Stories, silliness

traditional tunes that focus on

and slow-moving pedestrians!

and a very confused giraffe

harmony but are grounded on

Featuring eight charming

combine in this ridiculous new

an intricate instrumental base.

original songs. For ages 5+.

show for everyone aged 4 +.

A Mr Kite benefit.

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Matt Andersen

Thursday 29 May 8pm

Friday 30 May 8pm

Friday 30 May 8pm

Drama Main theatre

Folk roots Main theatre

Blues Studio theatre

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

£12 £10 concs £10 members

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

In 2006 Hard Graft walked from

Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies

‘Man mountain’ Matt Andersen

Bangor to Boston with no money,

come to The Met following Jez’s

has an enigmatic personality

food or accommodation. Find

nomination as Folksinger of the

that is coupled with a larger

how they survived, who they

Year in the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

than life showmanship that was

met and where they slept, from

The band includes Kate Bramley

seen at The Met last year.

a Buddhist retreat deep in the

(fiddle/vocals), Andy May (piano/

Welsh mountains to a mosquito

With his blues, roots and rock

Northumbrian smallpipes) and

infested Shropshire mere.

music and sorrowing, soulful

David Delahaye (fretless bass).

voice Matt Andersen is a

“The most exciting piece of theatre I

You’ll find you know more of Jez’s

very real, rare, raw talent.

have possibly ever seen.” BBC ****

songs than you thought you did!

Coast to Coast Hard Graft Theatre Company

Coast to Coast

Matt Andersen

Jez Lowe


Orla Murphy

Limehouse Lizzy Into the Limelight Tour 2008

Orla Murphy

Saturday 31 May 8pm

Thursday 5 June 8pm

Rock and pop Main theatre

Jazz Main theatre

£11 in advance £13 on the door

£10 £6 concessions £6 members

Riding the wave of a Thin

Up-and-coming London-based

Lizzy renaissance, 2006 saw

Irish vocalist Orla Murphy sings

Limehouse Lizzy featured in a BBC

a variety of jazz standards and

documentary. They return with

songs of her favourite writers,

their mirrored backdrop, police

as featured on her critically

lights, and full pyrotechnic display.

acclaimed debut album Wishful

Expect Whisky in the Jar, The Boys

Thinking. She is joined by one of

are Back in Town, and many more

the finest jazz pianists in Europe,

Phil Lynott hits. Standing event.

Italy’s Giovanni Mazzarino.

Indy Music Awards 2008 Showcase Saturday 7 June 8pm

Jamie Woon is a favourite of Radio

Rock and pop Studio theatre

1’s Giles Peterson. Soul meets techno

£7 £5 concessions £5 members

meets genius; Jon Byrne is a ‘finger on the trigger’ troubadour, simply

The Winelight Club presents

amazing; Fallen Leaves are succulent,

four of the hottest unsigned

fragrant acoustica; Sean Seraphim is

music properties in this amazing

“a once seen never forgotten” act.

line-up of acts nominated for the 2008 Indy Music Awards. 16

Unsigned? Not for long!!

Justin Adams

Juldeh Camara

Vin Garbutt

Groanbox Boys

Groanbox Boys

Vin Garbutt

Little Red Hen

Saturday 7 June 8.30pm

Friday 13 June 8pm

Saturday 14 June 2pm

Saturday 14 June 8.30pm

World roots Main theatre

Folk roots Main theatre

Family show Studio theatre

World roots Main theatre

£10 £8 concessions £8 members

£12 £10 concs £10 members

£7 £5 concs £20 family of four

£12 £8 concessions £8 members

The Groanbox Boys are NY/London-

Vin Garbutt has been described

Stuff and Nonsense tell the

Raw and gutsy Afro-Blues.

based music duo, Cory Seznec

as the funniest and most serious

classic tale of Little Red Hen using

Seasoned by work with Robert

and Michael Ward-Bergeman.

man on the folk scene. He has been

beautiful puppets, syncopated

Plant and Tinariwen, Adams’ driving

performing for over thirty years

story-telling and enchanting music.

guitar finds a perfect match in

They play a highly unique blend of what they call Old Time Mountain Gypsy World Folk Blues Music

and was winner of Best Live Act at the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2001.

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company

This show is suitable

Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara

Juldeh Camara’s hypnotic African fiddle and powerful voice.

on accordion, acoustic guitar,

“Garbutt’s blend of outlandish

for ages 3+,

Their album Soul Science was in

banjo, harmonica and odd pieces

humour and powerful songs turns a

with no scary

the fRoots and Songlines top ten

of percussion, including their

live performance into an emotional

bits, and lots

albums of 2007, and is nominated

self-made “Freedom Boot”.

roller coaster ride.” The Real Groove

of laughter.

for a Radio 3 World Music award. 17

Robin Ince

Michael Messer

Animal Farm

Thursday 19 June 8pm

Thursday 19 June 8pm

Friday 20 June 8.30pm

Wednesday 25 June 8pm

Folk roots Main theatre

Comedy Studio theatre

Blues Studio theatre

Drama Main theatre

£15 £13 concs £13 members

£7 £5 concessions £5 members

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

£10 £8 concessions £8 members

Winner of best album and best

We welcome comedian Robin

Michael Messer is a solo virtuoso

Gary Shelford’s magnificent solo

original song in the 2008 Folk

Ince for a monthly residency

slide guitarist who performs

performance of Orwell’s classic

Awards, Met regular Martin

as he develops his new show

some of the greatest blues

satire uses nothing but a wooden

Simpson has had a phenomenal

Propaganda and Tittletattle right

tunes produced this century.

box, some amazing sound effects

twelve months which have seen

here at The Met! Expect Robin

rave reviews of his album Prodigal

to take his perennial obsessions

Son. Joined by accordionist

of science, literature, bad

Andy Cutting, BBC Radio 2’s Folk

journalism and unusual animal

Musician of the Year 2008, this is

facts to an even higher level

a night of top class musicianship.

than previously imaginable.

Theatre Tours International

His playing encompasses the entire history of the blues, with haunting vocals that ooze authenticity and integrity.

and brilliant physical and vocal dexterity. Hilariously comic and powerfully poignant by turns, Shelford’s breathtaking storytelling creates the farmyard around you. A must see performance for all ages.

Animal Farm

Robin Ince

Martin Simpson 18

Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting

The Jenna Reid Trio Thursday 26 June 8pm

One of Scotland’s most prominent

Folk roots Main theatre

young musicians, Jenna Reid was

£12 £10 concs £10 members

winner of Best Up and Coming

Alice and the White Rabbit

Presented by The Met, in association with Big Whistle Music

Artist in 2005, and nominated as Best Instrumentalist at the 2007 Scots Trad Awards. Her second album Laughing Girl promises to be another hot release and showcases music and song from Shetland, Scotland and beyond.

Jenna Reid

Alice and the White Rabbit

Andrea Glass

Indigo Moon Theatre

A Winelight Club presentation

Saturday 28 June 11am

Saturday 5 July 8pm

Family show Main theatre

Singer songwriter Studio theatre

£7 £5 concs £20 family of four

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

Join Alice on her magical adventure

Bittersweet songs and enchanting

as she chases the White Rabbit

melodies, Andrea Glass tells

back in time. Watch her change

stories of love, desire, chance and

size in this dream-like adaptation

misfortune. Describing her music

of the famous Lewis Carroll tale

as Americana soaked in Bolton

and meet the Cheshire Cat and the

rain, Andrea will be performing

March Hare at the Mad Hatter’s

songs from her debut album

tea party. Beware the Queen of

Stood Under Stars which was

Hearts or you might just lose your

recorded in Nashville and released

head! Shadow theatre for ages 4+

at the beginning of the year. 19

M6 Theatre Company

Salsa Celtica

Presented by The Met, in association with Big Whistle Music

Neil Yates and Metro Jazz

Wednesday 9 July 7pm

Thursday 10 July 8pm

Friday 11 July 8pm

Drama Studio theatre £4

World roots Main theatre £15

Jazz Main theatre

Five original monologues from

Salsa Celtica return with their

and traditional Scottish Dance

North West based writers on the

original mix of Latin rhythms

Halls - a potent cocktail of Scottish

Neil Yates, the North West’s

theme of change. Selected from

and Scottish folk music that can

Whisky and Cuban rum or a

top trumpet player, appears

a new writing competition, the

whip any crowd into a frenzy.

steamy Havana ceilidh driven by an

with Metro Jazz, The Met’s

scripts were chosen because they

Mix the Buena Vista Social Club

irresistible beat. Standing event.

resident jazz orchestra, directed

Small Change

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

work both theatrically and as a

by Munch Manship.

stimulus for drama workshops with young people. For ages 13+. A National Lottery funded initiative, presented in association with North West Playwrights.

Salsa Celtica



Robin Ince

Lisa Mills

The Managers

Saturday 12 July 8.30pm

Thursday 17 July 8pm

Friday 18 July 8pm

Saturday 19 July 8pm

Rock and pop Studio theatre

Comedy Studio theatre

Blues Main theatre

Jazz Main theatre

£8 £6 concessions £5 members

£7 £5 concessions £5 members

£12 £10 concs £10 members

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

Difficult to categorise, but

Another opportunity to

Sensational US blues singer

This Bolton-based big band has

impossible to resist, Whiskycats’

see comedian Robin Ince as

songwriter Lisa Mills has been

a passion for one thing, and

blend of Gypsy swing, skiffle, jazz,

he develops his new show

likened to everyone from Etta

one thing only: swinging jazz!

ska and rock is enough to whip

Propaganda and Tittletattle.

James to Bonnie Raitt. A former

any audience into a frenzy. Much

member of Big Brother and the

played by BBC 6music, the band

Holding Company, she has worked

is widely considered as one of the

with Robert Plant and Dr John.

most exciting and original live acts around. Their debut album comes out in May.

She is joined by

Whether playing the classic big band repertoire or putting a swing spin on newer music, they prove that the big band isn’t extinct quite yet!

bass player Ian Jennings of The Big Town Playboys.

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The Jamm

Derrin Nauendorf

Thursday 24 July 8pm

Friday 25 July 8.30pm

Rock and pop Main theatre

Blues Studio theatre

£10 advance £12 on the door

£8 £6 concessions & members

The Jamm have been delighting

Australian Derrin Nauendorf combines

fans of Paul Weller’s original group for nearly ten years. In their three button black suits, white shirts and spatz shoes they look every bit the part, and their reproduction of classic songs like Going Underground, Down In The Tube Station At Midnight and That’s Entertainment is just as authentic. Standing event.

guitar, voice and lyrics to create a passionate rootsy sound that has to be experienced. “Just amazing... deserves to be a major player in the music world” Maverick

Eve Selis

supported by Andrea Glass Saturday 26 July 8pm Americana Main theatre £12 £10 concs £10 members San Diego’s queen of Americana Eve Selis returns to The Met. Winner of Best Americana Artist in the 2003 San Diego Music Awards, Eve blends many styles of American music into a high calibre cocktail topped off with a splash of her delicious “lemonade and whiskey” voice.



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“The woman has range. One song she’s purring like a kitten, the next she’s howling like a wildcat... With Selis, every note is right on target.” SLAMM magazine

Gordon Giltrap

Angela Brown

17 Hippies

Steve French Band

Steve French 17 Hippies Band supported by Billy Martin

Gordon Giltrap

Angela Brown and the Mighty 45s

Friday 15 August 8.30pm

Sunday 31 August 8pm

Thursday 4 September 8pm

Fri 5 September 8pm

Blues Studio theatre

Rock and pop Main theatre

Rock and pop Main theatre

Blues Main theatre

£8 £6 concessions £6 members

£12 £10 concs £10 members

£14 £10 concs £10 members

£14 £10 concs £10 members

Blues guitar maestro Steve French

Imagine a mix of Eastern melodies,

Gordon Giltrap is a true guitar

Chicago diva Angela Brown’s

takes you on a whirlwind tour to

Balkan rhythms, French chanson,

genius. He has recorded twenty

vocal artistry combines with the

hear the immortal licks of guitar

Anglo songwriting and Cajun tunes,

five albums, came second

outstanding musical abilities

legends from all over the world.

perfectly blended to create unique

(only to Eric Clapton) in Guitar

of The Mighty 45s to produce

Steve’s powerful, soulful playing

and exciting pop music. Their new

magazine’s tenth anniversary poll,

a compelling act hailed as the

reflects his passion for the music

album, Heimlich is receiving rave

and his music has been used by

hottest live blues, soul and gospel

and his influences extend from

reviews across Europe.

the BBC and commercial TV.

show to be seen outside Chicago.

Jimi Hendrix to Freddie King.

“One minute revving up like a

Experience the magic of an

Angela’s performances have

Supporting is the fantastic

supercharged gypsy band, the next

amazing live performance with

been variously described as

Billy Martin Jnr, the “delta

delivering a pastoral treatment of

beautiful, passionate songs.

“Rumbustious, lascivious,

blues man of Sheffield.”

the old pop hit Apache.” The Times

lubricious and irresistable!” 23

Ian Siegal Band

Eliza Carthy

Saturday 13 September 8.30pm

Saturday 20 September 8pm

Blues Main theatre

Folk roots Main theatre


£16 £14 concs £14 members

Guitarist Ian Siegal has toured with

Over a fifteen year career Eliza

Phil Guy, Sugar Blue, Nappy Brown,

Carthy has performed and recorded

Eddie Kirkland, Catfish Keith and

with a diverse array of artists from

Jimmie Vaughan. His mean and

Paul Weller to The Wainwrights,

moody live performances have

Nick Cave to Joan Baez.

gained him a reputation with some of the world’s finest blues artists.

Imagined Village’s 2008 BBC

“...several notches above the

Radio 2 Folk Award winning

usual Blues fare...” Blues Review

track Cold Haily Rainy Night.

Eliza Carthy

Ian Siegal 24

Eliza featured on vocals for The

The Blues Band Wednesday 24 September 8pm Blues Main theatre £20 The members of The Blues Band

(McGuinness Flint/Medicine

were already held in admiration

Head) and Gary Fletcher. Twenty

by fans when they formed back

five years later they continue

in 1979, made up of Paul Jones

to add followers. Acknowledged

(Manfred Mann), Dave Kelly,

as being amongst the finest

Tom McGuinness (The Roosters/

purveyors of R&B, they have

Manfred Mann), Rob Townsend

inspired numerous other bands.

Coming soon...

Mr Kite Benefits at St. Bede’s Club Clayton-Le-Woods, Chorley

Drever.McCusker. Woomble

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Andy McKee

Saturday 27 Sept 8pm | £15

Fri 10 October 8.30pm | £12 (£10)

Michael McGoldrick Trio

Tom Russell

Friday 3 October 8pm | £16 (£12)

Baka Beyond

Saturday 25 October 8pm | £12.50

Friday 9 May 7.30pm | £11 Four guys around one microphone giving it all in your favourite club

Sat 11 October 8pm | £15

room - what more do you want?

Sat 18 October 8.30pm | £15 (£12)

Saturday 4 October 8pm | £14

Neil Innes

Tift Merritt


Eliza Gilkyson

Chatham County Line


Sunday 5 October 8pm | £16 (£12)

Thu 30 October 8pm | £12 (£10)

Kathryn Tickell Baka Beyond

Thu 9 October 8pm | £17.50 (£15)

Ian Parker Friday 31 October 8pm | £10

Cara Dillon Fri 7 November 8pm | £17.50 (£15)

Kathryn Tickell

Peacock Boy

Lisa Knapp

Wed 22 & Thu 23 Oct 8pm | £8 (£6)

Thu 20 November 8pm | £12 (£10)

Karen Matheson

Frost and Fire

Friday 24 October 8pm | £15 (£13)

Tuesday 16 December 8pm | £20

Tift Merritt

Supported by Kirsty McGee

Friday 16 May 7.30pm | £14 This is a rare opportunity to see Tift in an intimate setting as she sits near the top of the Americana charts. Please note that this is a solo show.

Available from The Met box office on 0161 761 2216 £1.20 booking fee payable per ticket 25

Participate! Workshops and classes For young people Young Singing Collective with Dominique Campbell Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm £2.50 per session

Bury Youth Theatre

Bury Vocal Collective

led by Nigel Overbury

led by Clare Fildes and Marc Young

Mondays: 5-7pm

Wednesdays: 10-14 yr-olds 5-6.30pm; 15+ yrs 7-8.30pm £2.50 per session

For all people who want to sing - regardless of whether they think they are in tune or not!

A weekly drop-in drama session for young people. Contact Streetwise on 0161 253 6476

Fun singing workshops (mainly pop)

Met Express

for 10-16 year-olds. No need to

led by Suzi Dick and Sue Scott

audition, enthusiasm is most important.

Mondays: 7-9pm

Call The Met on 0161 761 7107.

A drama group for people with disabilities. This group is not taking new members.

Stagecoach with Ruth Mauriello Sundays For 6 to 16 year olds with an interest in dance, drama and music. Call Ruth on 0161 763 6161 / 07738 267346. 26

Streetwise Drama Workshops

Physical theatre for young people. Call 0161 761 7107 for details.

For adults Metro Jazz led by Munch Manship

Tuesdays: 7.30-9pm Sessions £4 (£3)

‘Voices’ Theatre Writing Workshops led by local professional writers For anyone who wants to learn more about theatre and writing plays. No experience required, just a desire to see your ideas on stage. Workshops will restart in May.

Bury Youth Dance

Mondays: 6.30-9.30pm

led by Faye Temple

Front-line musicians needed for The Met’s community jazz orchestra. Weekly sessions (over 16s only).

For more details go to http://www. ArtsAndEntertainment/ ArtsDevelopment/default.htm

Ring 0161 761 2216 for an application form.

For general enquiries phone Farrell Renowden on 0161 253 5804.

Tuesdays: 5.30-7pm A workshop for 11 to 17 year olds attending Sports Partnership Schools. Contact The Met on 0161 761 7107.

How to find us...

Ticket booking

The Met is in Bury town centre, less than thirty minutes from Manchester. Our postcode is BL9 0BW.

How to book...




By phone From The Met on Greater Manchester 0161 761 2216, or from Quaytickets on 0844 815 4870.






Car from the M60

Manchester M60


Take Junction 18 onto the Stockport M66. Exit the M66 at signs Altrincham for Bury and follow signs for East Lancs Railway. On Angouleme Way (Bury's ring road), turn right at the third traffic lights junction into Haymarket St. Knowsley Street. Cross the traffic lights into Haymarket St. Within Bury Town Centre The Met is on Market Street, a minute's walk away from Bury Bus and Metrolink Interchange, right next to the Millgate Shopping Centre.

Car from Central Manchester Continue north on Deansgate onto Bury New Road (A56). This becomes Manchester Road (A56) when you pass through Whitefield. Ignore the signs for town centre and turn right on to

Tram from Salford & Manchester The Metrolink takes just twenty minutes to reach Bury from Manchester. For more information visit www. Purchase your Metrolink travel voucher in advance from our ticket office. Vouchers are valid after 9.30am until end of service and cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.

In person From The Met Mon to Fri 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-4pm. Online via or from Quaytickets at

Other ticketing information... Concessions are available for people who are retired, on benefit, or in education. Groups Buy ten tickets in one transaction and get an eleventh free. Refunds We are unable to offer refunds. Exchange of tickets may be possible.

Hire The Met... For meetings, performances, workshops, exhibitions... our spaces are as versatile as your events. Catering can be provided by Automatic. Call Catherine Collins on 0161 761 7107, or email for details. 27

Photograph by Phil Thornley

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset perform in The Met’s Main Theatre, November 2007

The Met, Market St, Bury BL9 0BW | | | Tel 0161 761 7107 | Fax 08700 520 297



The Met is run by Bury Metropolitan Arts Association, a registered charity (No 701879). Our service is made possible by funding from Arts Council England, Bury MBC, generous sponsorship, trusts and foundations and donations and contributions from individuals supporting our work.

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What's on guide from The Met, a live arts venue in Bury, Greater Manchester