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Welcome Jackie Oates

13 Karine Polwart


Over the summer the venue has changed - a new bar with local ales and fine whiskies now greets early arrivals and late leavers - but the principle of The Met remains a programme of moving and exciting theatre and music which sets Bury apart and keeps our audiences coming back to the buzz of live performance. Programming The Met is all about giving our audience a great experience.

Something Else

21 Gretchen Peters


For many of the artists I have booked this season I know that they are guaranteed to give a memorable performance, even though their names may not be familiar. Having seen Findlay Napier in Glasgow, Brian Kennedy in Belfast, Arthur Smith in the Meadows in Edinburgh, 52 Skidoo in Ramsbottom, Canada’s Madison Violet and BBC Folk Award Winner Jackie Oates, I can tell you that these are experiences not to be missed.

Findlay Napier

23 The Unthanks


For others the experience has happened here previously and we wanted it back - Cara Dillon, Boo Hewerdine, Kathryn Williams, 3 Daft Monkeys, Tall Stories Theatre Company, Gretchen Peters and Blazin’ Fiddles are all tried and tested artists that keep us coming back for more. We hope you find many things to tempt you back in the brochure and look forward to welcoming you very soon.

Glenn Tilbrook 2

25 Hansel and Gretel


David Agnew, Director of The Met

Start your evening with a meal at The Met and end it with a drink in one of our candle lit bars Automatic serve fine food all day and offer an Early Bird menu from 4pm-7pm Monday to Friday for only ÂŁ9.95 per person for two courses and ÂŁ11.95 for three. Sample real ales from Bury brewery Outstanding and a selection of fine whiskeys in our new foyer bar Malt, now open every day. The theatre bar, upstairs at The Met offers a range of beers and wines before, after and during each show. For more information call 0161 763 9399 or go to 3

First Thursday Comedy Club Thursday 3 September 8.30pm Comedy Studio £8 £6 concs and members

Latin Vybez

Presented by Amos De Roover and The Met

Enjoy a full day of Latin music and dance at The Met. During the day learn to dance with our experienced instructors, then in the evening practice

Saturday 5 September

what you’ve learned accompanied by the party sounds of Roberto Pla and

12.30pm Beginners classes

his Latin Ensemble. It’ll be like Havana has come to the heart of Bury!

1.45pm Improvers classes

Hilarious comedy on the first Thursday of every month.

Latin Vybez Dance Classes

3.30pm Advanced classes

Roberto Pla and his Latin Ensemble

1 class £6

Des Sharples from the hit film

2 classes £9

Looking for Eric will be this

3 classes £12

month’s compere. Our Acts are Marlon Davies (all charm and the passion of Chris Rock), plus Londoner Liam Mullone and Manchester’s Ruth Cockburn.

Roberto Pla and his Latin Ensemble Supported by DJ Lubi Jovanovich Saturday 5 September 8pm World roots Main theatre £15 advance £17 door £25 full day (including all classes & lunch)

Marlon Davies 4

Extraordinary Colombian

Support comes from DJ Lubi

percussionist Roberto Pla

Jovanovich, who will be spinning

comes to The Met for a night

the hottest Salsa and Bachata

of incendiary beats.

disks to keep you dancing.

Learn Salsa dancing with Larisa Barlogh. Or why not try Bachata - the latest latin dance craze - taught by the irrepressible Phil Chapman?

Eliza Carthy

Apocalypse Acoustic


Thursday 10 September 8pm

Friday 11 September 7.30pm

Friday 11 September 8pm

Folk roots Main theatre

Rock and pop Studio

Rock and pop Main theatre

£16 £14 concs and members


£12 £10 concs and members

Nominated for Singer of the Year,

The very best in local rock talent,

A superb homage to country

Best Album and Best Original

acoustic style. Standing event.

rock legends The Eagles,

plus support

A tribute to The Eagles

Song in the BBC Radio 2 Folk

featuring all the classics

Awards 2009, Eliza Carthy

including Take It Easy,

needs no introduction.

Witchy Woman and of course Hotel California.

A truly inventive and

Dean Owens, Sam Carter Trio & Garron Frith

innovative singer and

Saturday 12 September 8.30pm

fiddle-player, Eliza

Folk roots Studio £6

is a gifted musical

Featuring three of folk’s rising stars.

conceptualist confirming her position

Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s

as, arguably, the most

finest singer songwriters. Dark,

impressive and engaging

enthralling songs delivered by a

performer of a generation.

performer at the top of his game. Sam Carter has played with too many top names to mention. A class act destined for big times.

Eliza Carthy

Garron Firth writes wonderful songs that hit you where it hurts. 5

Frank and Ella Todd Gordon and Anita Wardell

Jason Manford


Saturday 12 September 8pm

Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and

Jazz Main theatre

Thursday 17 September 8pm

£10 £8 concs and members

Comedy Main theatre £10

Todd Gordon (“one of the

The multi-award winning

country’s most popular singers

comedian and star of As

and entertainers” The Scotsman)

Seen On TV, 8 Out of 10

joins acclaimed jazz singer Anita

Cats, Live at the Apollo and

Wardell for a homage to the

The Secret Policeman’s Ball

genius of Frank Sinatra and Ella

2008 performs his exciting

Fitzgerald. Featuring classic songs

and hilarious show that will

including Ev’ry Time We Say

have you begging for more.

Goodbye and New York, New York.

Men of Rochdale & Bury in the ’70s

Madison Violet Sunday 20 September 8pm Americana Studio £8

Bury Co-operative Group Saturday 19 September 1.30pm Film Studio Free Made in 1944, the film Men of Rochdale celebrates the centenary of the Rochdale Pioneers Society - the first successful co-operative society which became a model for today’s worldwide movement. Bury in the ‘70s is a Bury Cine Society production which includes a history of Bury Market. 6

Both hailing from Scottish

Their songs are infused with

small towns in Canada, Brenley

heartache and loss but the

MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac

listener will always find an

came together nearly nine years

uplifting twang in their sound,

ago. Since that meeting, the pair

one that may invoke the essence

have come into a sound of their

of Lucinda Williams or Steve

own, which has been described as

Earle. The duo are about to

both city-folk and tumbleweed pop.

release their third album.

My Baby Just Cares For Me

Not the only John Gays in the Village Smith

Full Beam Visual Theatre

Presented by Bury LGBT

plus support

Wednesday 23 September 7.30pm

Thursday 24 September 8pm

Thursday 24 September 8pm

Friday 25 September 8pm

Drama Main theatre

Comedy Main theatre

Rock and pop Studio

Comedy Main theatre

£8 £5 concs and members

£10 £8 concs and members



Dad is growing old disgracefully.

Comedian Jonathan Mayor

With a gravel-and-honey voice

Bernard Wrigley’s unique blend of

Catherine has a life to live and

introduces music and comedy

accompanied by his signature

songs, stories and monologues,

Mr Right to find. The last thing

celebrating diversity in Bury.

guitar work, John Smith returns to

with tasty instrumentals here and

perform his songs of bloody murder,

there, has made him one of the

the winter landscape, strange

North’s most popular performers.

misfits and unashamed romance.

His new album Every Song Tells

either of them need is someone getting in the way… Using puppets, Super

“a self-obsessed glittery queen with a larger than life personality” Manchester Evening News

Bernard Wrigley

A Story came out in May.

8 projection and a

a daughter’s love for her father.

Bernard Wrigley

erratic course of

Jonathan Mayor

Beam chart the

My Baby Just Cares For Me

Space Hopper, Full

A stylish show with a sizzling soundtrack. 14+


Mark Radcliffe’s AC-50s

Otis Gibbs

Ian Siegal



amsbottom Rhythm & Blues Festival returns. Enjoy two days of great music in the beautiful setting of Ramsbottom Cricket Club.

Saturday 26 September, gates open 12 noon… The Matt Schofield Band, Otis Gibbs, Mark Radcliffe’s AC-50s, Gary Fletcher and The Stumble. Sunday 27 September, gates open 12 noon… The Ben Waters Big Band, the Ian Siegal Band, Marcus Bonfanti Duo, Cuillin Blue and Derrin Nauendorf.

mber e t p e S 7 2 y & Sunda 6 2 y a d r t Club u t e k Sa ic r C m o t at Ramsbot

Plus… Free events at venues across Ramsbottom, stalls, food, workshops, family activities and more! Tickets: £15 per day; £10 per day to Ramsbottom residents; FREE to under 16s (with a paying adult)

Brian Kennedy

Neil Innes


Brian Kennedy

Proteus Theatre Company

Supported by Max Gilkes

World Domination

Tuesday 29 September 7.30pm

Wednesday 30 September 8pm

Thursday 1 October 8pm

Drama Main theatre

Rock and pop Main theatre

Comedy Main theatre

£10 £7 concs and members

£15 £12 concs and members

£12 £10 concs and members

With Twilight coming to DVD

The incomparable voice of Brian

Neil Innes returns with a

and True Blood on TV there has

Kennedy was broadcast worldwide

wry, poignant, humorous

never been a better time to bring

in 2006 when he represented

and hideously topical solo

the most famous gothic horror of

Ireland in the Eurovision Song

show, spiced with anecdotes

them all to the stage. Terrifying

Contest. A native of Belfast, Brian

from his life in show biz. Best

and sensual this new version of

has sung with Van Morrison,

known for his work with Monty

Bram Stoker’s classic mixes circus,

Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles and

Python, Neil’s shows are

film, physical

Bob Dylan, and starred as lead

packed with sharp observations


singer in 290 performances of

and songs that celebrate the

and music.

Riverdance on Broadway.

absurdities of modern existence.

A People’s Guide to


Brian Houston and Pierce Pettis


Frequency Live Tour

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Saturday 3 October 8.30pm

Rock and pop Studio

Rock and pop Main theatre

£10 £8 concs and members

£14 £12 concs and members

Pierce Pettis’ music is distinguished

Progressive rock band IQ mark their

by his uncanny ability to capture

28th year with the release of their

universals in human experience by

ninth studio album, the acclaimed

drawing on the humour and trials

Frequency, and the return of

of daily life. Brian Houston is a truly

original drummer Paul Cook. This

First Thursday Comedy Club

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

independent successful artist. He

will be the only UK concert at

Thursday 1 October 8.30pm

Friday 2 October 8pm

has worked with Van Morrison, Elvis

which they will perform the new

Comedy Studio

Jazz/Blues Main theatre

Costello, Nanci Griffith and Robert

album in its entirety, accompanied

£8 £6 concs and members

£12 £8 concs and members

Plant amongst others. Back after

by their customary exciting visual

Another top line up this month

More than just the world’s greatest

successful supports for Juliet Turner.

presentation. Standing event.

as we welcome Quincy (Winner

swing band, King Pleasure and the

of the Black Entertainment

Biscuit Boys are an institution!

Comedy Award), Bradford Girl

Radio 2 called them “the hardest

Isma Alams, Oldham lad Dom

act to follow since the parting of

Woodward, (described as

The Red Sea”, New York’s Atomic

“Insightful and humorous” by The

Magazine wrote “To those who say

Guardian) and the delightfully

that swing is best left to Americans,

manic Eddy Brimson.

prepare to be proven wrong. This British combo is bullet-proof!”


Friday 2 October 8pm

Is That a Bolt in Your Neck?

The Lancashire Hotpots

Gonzo Moose

Friday 9 October 7.30pm

Drama Main theatre £8 £5 concs and members As lightning flashes across the sky, the silhouette of an old dark

Comedy/Rock & pop

Otway and Barrett

Wednesday 7 October 7.30pm

Main theatre £10 The Lancashire Hotpots take comedic observations of the trappings of modern day life

house looms into view. Lost in a storm, this seems the only possible refuge – but what happens when you hear moaning in the middle of the night? Behind every door lurks unimaginable

(Sat Navs, meeting women on

The Incompatible Otway and Barrett Thursday 8 October 8pm Rock and pop Main theatre £12 £10 concs and members

the internet and Shopmobility Scooters) add some infectious melodies and create a live show where singing, drinking and having fun are equally important

The pair first achieved

multi-instrumentalists working

for both the audience and

Ages 8+

notoriety with an eye-watering

today, playing acoustic classical

band alike. Standing event.

performance on The Old Grey

guitar with an original style and

Whistle Test and subsequent

virtuosity few could match.



hit single Really Free in 1977.

“Never mind the Sex Pistols

John Otway’s heady mix

touring again: the real spirit of

of blind ambition and rank

1977, not to mention anarchy

incompetence was to keep this

in the UK, can be found in the

microstar shining for almost two

persons of Mr John Otway and

decades. Wild Willy Barrett is

Wild Willy Barrett.” Edinburgh

one of the most accomplished

Festival Review, The Herald 11

Kristyna Myles Band & Simon Chandler

Demon Barber Roadshow

Saturday 10 October 8.30pm

Sunday 11 October 8pm Folk roots/Dance

Rock and pop Studio £6

Main theatre £15 £12 concs and members

Manchester’s Kristyna Myles has toured with Chris de

English folk powerhouse The Demon

team up with some of England’s most exciting young traditional

Burgh and supported

Barbers (Best Live

dancers to create a high energy

Mick Hucknall. Her

Act at the 2008

music and dance spectacular.

music is a fusion of

BBC Folk Awards)

traditional jazz and modern singer/songwriter.

“Check them out for proof that England’s exciting, phwoarinducing, evolving dance, song and

Simon Chandler returns to play

instrumental traditions are thriving,

and sing jazz-inflected acoustic

live and very kicking” fRoots

songs with a Brazilian flavour and a dark mellow edge.

Standing event.

SYM Tuesday 13 October 8pm World roots Main theatre £10 £8 concs and members SYM are Anne Hytta, Eléonore Billy and Clare Salaman, three musicians whose mix of original compositions and north European traditional

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music have won them fans from both classical and folk-music worlds. “refreshing and magical... Heady and unique” Musician

Huw Warren Trio Thursday 15 October 8pm Jazz Main theatre £8 Pianist and composer Huw Warren has developed international collaborations that bring together classical, folk, Brazilian and


Jackie Oates

jazz in his own compositions and the works of others. Awarded the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation and an Arts Council

Jackie Oates

of Wales Creative Wales Award,

Wednesday 14 October 7.30pm Drama

Wednesday 14 October 8pm

artists including June Tabor, Joanna

Studio £7 £5 concs and members

Folk roots Main theatre

MacGregor and Mark Feldman.

Blackberry Trout Face

20 Stories High

Huw has collaborated widely with

£12 £10 concs and members we follow three young people as

discover a note in the Frosties.

they struggle to cope in exceptional

Winner of two BBC Folk Awards,

Mum has abandoned them: they

circumstances. Ages 13+

Jackie Oates gives English ballads

have been left home alone. Blackberry Trout Face is a bold and

and songs a unique treatment with her pure, haunting singing style.

funny play which explores themes

A founder member of Rachel

of family, loyalty and ambition. With

Unthank and the Winterset, she has

sharply-drawn characters, crackling

guested with Van Eyken, the Reg

dialogue and plenty of humour,

Meuross Band and Show of Hands.

Huw Warren

One morning, three teenagers


The Franny Eubanks Band

Friday 16 October 8pm

Friday 16 October 8.30pm

Rock and pop Main theatre

Blues Studio

£7 advance £8 door

£8 £6 concs and members

£12 £10 concs and members

Winners of the Glastonbury

Much loved Manchester blues

A unique acoustic guitar based

new talent award 2008, the

singing, harmonica blowing ex-

show, Kiki and Carmelo bring

Travelling Band brings their

boxer ‘Champion’ Franny Eubanks

together their original music

feel-good tour-de-force after a

comes to

with some of Kiki’s songs

sell our gig earlier in the year.

The Met

such as Don’t Go Breaking

for a night

My Heart and I’ve Got The

of bruising

Music In Me as well as covers


of people like Kate Bush and

Swapping instruments, inspiring audience participation whilst shifting effortlessly from

What A Wonderful World

The Travelling Band

psychedelic sing-alongs to

What A Wonderful World

Lyngo Theatre

Saturday 17 October 3pm Family show Main theatre £6 £4 members Before anything new is made it must be dreamed. Welcome to the Sea of Tranquillity, where we make the new day every night. In this highly interactive show for 2-5 year olds you can

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Rock and pop Main theatre

Kiki & Carmelo

classic pop tunes, these shows

Standing event.

Saturday 17 October 8pm

Peter Gabriel to name a few.

heartfelt ballads, through

leave no one unconverted.

Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri

get your hands on the stuff of creation. Hop on the sleeper train and take a journey through the space before time.

Arthur Smith with special guests Mundo Jazz Wednesday 21 October 8pm Comedy

A Warning to the Curious

El Moreno

Performed by R M Lloyd Parry

Main theatre £15 £12 concs and members

Thursday 22 October 7.30pm

Thursday 22 October 8pm

A playwright of extraordinary wit;

But let’s shamble along quickly to

Drama Main theatre

World roots Studio

a national treasure; a household

Arthur Smith, whose solo show

£8 £6 concs and members

£7 £5 concs

Two tales by M R James, master

El Moreno presents a concert of

of the English ghost story.

romantic and exciting Spanish

name from his hilarious appearances on Radio 4; author

features jokes that have been given Ancient Monument status

of one of

by the National

the most

Trust; hilarious




and shameful


assaults on

in showbiz; Stephen Fry is all these things.

poetry. In support (as well as Imelda,

Cathedral a murderous cleric falls prey to an ancient curse. In A Warning to the

guitar music including many favourite pieces by the great masters of the past such as: Granada and Leyend by Albeniz; themes from La Traviata by

Curious, a young

Verdi; and The Arabe Caprice

archaeologist is hunted

by Tarrega, all spiced with

by the guardian of

music in a flamenco style.

an ancient treasure.

his geriatric nurse) are

Part of the



World Music band

Comedy Festival

In The Stalls of Barchester

Mundo Jazz.

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Livewire AC/DC

Cara Dillon

Comedy Sportz

Friday 23 October 8pm

Saturday 24 October 7pm & 9pm

Saturday 24 October 8.30pm

Rock and pop Main theatre

Folk roots Main theatre

Comedy Studio theatre

£12 advance £14 door


£8 £6 concs

The unique six man tribute to

One of the most original singers of

Two teams of the sharpest comedy

rock music’s greatest band AC/DC,

traditional music, Cara won the All

minds are pitted against each other.

are back to Walk All Over U/K in

Ireland Singing Trophy at fourteen

Armed only with the audience’s

2009, bringing a tour even bigger,

and went on to sing with Oige and

suggestions and sharply contrasting

better and louder than before.

Equation - where she met husband

uniforms, they weave comedy gold

and collaborator Sam Lakeman.

before your very eyes. No scripts,

Kathryn Williams

no short cuts, this is comedy

Monday 26 October 8pm

without cutting corners; shameless

Rock and pop Main theatre

gleeful fun for young or old!

£14 £12 concs and members

Walk All Over U/K Tour 2009

Complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours

Whether she’s singing her native

of High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll

songs of lost love and emigration,

the band will play classics like

or her own compositions,

Highway To Hell, Thunderstruck

you’ll be hard pressed to find a

Part of the Manchester

and Back In Black. Standing event.

more captivating performer.

Comedy Festival.

Kathryn Williams returns to The Met with her band to preview

Comedy Sportz

Cara Dillon

songs from her new album released this year. Her delicate acoustic arrangements and poetic songs tell of the emotion hidden in our everyday world and make her of the UK’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters. She counts Dido and Norah Jones amongst her many fans.


The Three Musketeers

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

The Three Musketeers

Image Musical Theatre

Dan and Josh: Convinced?

Tuesday 27 October 2.30pm

Tuesday 27 October 8pm

Wednesday 28 October 7.30pm

Family show Main theatre

Comedy Main theatre

Drama Main theatre £6

£6 £4 members

£8 advance £9 door

Faultless and Torrance

Dumas’ classic is shoe-horned into When Beauty sees beneath

After their sell out performance

an hour of absurd comedy and

the ugly frightening exterior of

in February, Magic Men Dan

ridiculous plot twists, as Faultless

The Beast she discovers a loyal

and Josh return with a brand

and Torrance attempt to save king

heart and is able to love him for

new, mind-blowing show. Rave

and country with the help of poorly

what he really is. In so doing she

reviews and critical acclaim

attached facial hair. New meaning

helps us to connect to a truth

prove that they are a force to

is given to ‘One for All, and All For

regarding our own personal

be reckoned with. Convinced?

One’ as this brilliant double act

relationships. Interactive

This show features Dan and Josh

play everyone

musical fun for all the

at their dramatic, hilarious and

in the King’s

family. For ages 5+.

frightening best. For ages 12+.

court. Ages 8+. 17


Pluck! Musical Arson!

3 Daft Monkeys

Friday 30 October 8pm

Rock and roots Studio

Comedy Main theatre


Friday 30 October 8.30pm

£12 £10 concs and members Cornish trio 3 Daft Monkeys

Chicken Licken DNA Theatre Company

What happens when great music

create a stunning blend of

falls into the hands of talented

upbeat, danceable music which,


idiots? You get the world’s most

despite all its world influences,

musically challenged string trio -

remains undeniably British.

Thursday 29 October 8pm

Pluck! Since winning the prestigious

Folk roots Main theatre

Family show Main theatre

£12 £10 concs and members

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, these

£6 £4 members

crazy characters have astonished audiences worldwide with their

meister Jamie Smith, this six-

unique combination of comedy

falling down. On the way to tell

piece also features Young Scottish

and superb musicianship.

the King, she meets Henny Penny,

Musician of the Year finalist Calum

Ducky Lucky and Turkey Lurkey -

Stewart on flute and Ruth

but there’s a shocking surprise!

Angell (Rainbow Chasers,

3 Daft Monkeys

Led by indecently talented tunes A baby chick thinks the sky is

Mixed into this recipe of food,

Lark Rise Band) on fiddle.

puppets and music is the story of

Freewheeling through

Little Red Hen and the sly Foxy

a frenzied repertoire of

Loxy. Will she outwit him

feelgood tunes the band is also

and save her stuffing?

capable of slowing down for

Ages 3-6 years.

mellower, moving numbers.



Tap Water Award at the 2003

Thursday 29 October 1pm

One Little Word

My Grandfather’s Great War

M6 Theatre Company

Presented by James Seabright Performed by Cameron Stewart

the 3 Daft Monkeys’ music - a

Sat 31 October 11am & 1.30pm

Wednesday 4 November 7.30pm

unique brand of rousing vocals,

Family show Main theatre

Drama Main theatre

frenetic fiddling, 12-string guitar,

£6 £4 members

£8 £6 concs and members

produce a ‘style’ which is far

We meet two characters who play

This new solo drama interweaves the First World War diaries of Captain

too diverse to the pigeonholed

together - exploring a new space,

Alexander Stewart with the contemporary perspective of his grandson,

into one genre. Funked-up folk

new objects, dressing up and taking

guaranteed to get you dancing!

turns - but struggles arise when

A veritable melee of musical styles are all evident within

dancing bass and foot drum

the actor Cameron Stewart (Best Actor nominee MEN Awards). This is an undeniably powerful

one of them wants to be the only

account comparing the

Captain of the ship! A beautiful

very different lives

story of friendship,

led by young men

power struggles and

from generations

creative play. Ages 3-6.

at opposite ends of the twentieth century. It was

Helloween Ball

nominated as Best Solo Show at The

Saturday 31 October 7pm

Stage Awards 2008.

Rock and pop Main theatre £5 advance £7 door

Halloween, with a devilish selection of live bands and the best ghoulish fancy dress you can think of. All ages welcome.

Cameron Stewart

The ultimate rock and metal

“A simple, honest tribute by one man to his grandfather. Brings home the mud, terror and physical agony of the Western Front with a visceral urgency that sets your heart racing.” Daily Telegraph 19

Karine Polwart Band Thursday 5 November 8pm Folk roots Main theatre £16 £14 concs and members Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism. Twice winner of Best Original Song at the BBC Folk Awards, Karine’s many poignant songs have attracted a broad fanbase. “takes the heart to places few singers even know exist” Word

First Thursday Comedy Club


Thursday 5 November 8.30pm

Jazz/Blues Main theatre

Comedy Studio

£8 £6 concs and members

Friday 6 November 8.30pm

£8 £6 concs and members Singer Debbie Jones and pianist Never mind the fireworks

Justin Randall play sizzling blues

outside, we’ve got our own!

tinged jazz that makes you believe

Featuring Edinburgh Fringe favourite Eric the Submariner; Insane duo Rob and Skatz; the lovely Tiffany Stevenson plus the

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they’ve come from Louisiana rather than Preston. Their new album I Wish I Was in New Orleans has been acclaimed by press and fans alike.

man chosen to support Harry Hill

Gospel singing workshop free

and Frank Skinner - Dave Ward!

to ticketholders at 6pm.

Something Else

The music of John Martyn

Tall Stories

Keith James and Rick Foot

Saturday 7 November 1pm

Saturday 7 November 8pm

Sunday 8 November 8pm

Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm

Family show Main theatre

Rock and pop Main theatre

Folk roots Main theatre

Drama Main theatre

£6 £4 members


£14 £10 concs and members

£8 £6 concs and members

Based on the award-winning

Keith and Rick, having performed

From remote village halls to the

Following their sell-out success with

picture book, Something Else is a

hundreds of successful concerts of

Royal Albert Village Hall, Blazin’

Bouncers, Reform return with John

magical show about the fantastical

their show The Music of Nick Drake,

Fiddles have delighted audiences

Godber’s early play. Jack and Liz are

friendship between two unusual

present a collection of songs from

with their highlands and islands

a funny, bickering loving couple.

creatures. Storytelling, upbeat

John Martyn, Nick Drake, Sandy

fiddle music and tales.

In this joyous and story we follow

songs and a lot of laughs

Denny and Davy Graham. John

for children aged 3 and

Martyn’s powerful songs, seductive

up (and their adults).

guitar style and enigmatic voice have drawn together a devoted audience spanning two generations.

Blazin’ Fiddles

John Godber’s Happy Jack Reform Theatre Company

Fiddles and bows blaze away with guitar and piano for one of the most exciting and memorable fiddle ensembles ever to take the stage.

them from their early courtship through to their retirement. A celebration of a life and love, Inspired by John’s grandparents.

Blazin’ Fiddles

Keith James and Rick Foot

Something Else


Cuckoo Jack

Cuckoo Jack No Limits Theatre Company Tuesday 17 November 7.30pm Drama Main theatre £8 £5 concs and members

Gretchen Peters

Chris & Kellie While

Son of a clockmaker, Jack proves


to have a rare talent for finding things - trinkets, treasures and people - alive or dead. Everyone knows Jack’s a brave and just man. Locked in a loveless marriage, Jack’s

Gretchen Peters

Chris and Kellie While

Thursday 12 November 8pm

Thursday 12 November 8pm

secret is catching up with him.

Americana Main theatre £14

Folk roots Studio theatre £8

As Jack’s past returns to haunt

Critically acclaimed singer-

The world class vocals of

songwriter Gretchen Peters has

internationally lauded Chris While

written hits for Martina McBride,

and the uncannily similar quality

Etta James and Neil Diamond

of daughter, Kellie, combine for

amongst others. She has also won

an evening of unforgettable live

the Country Music Association

music. Chris and Kellie have sung

Song Of The Year award. She

together since Kellie was fourteen

released her Best Of album earlier

years old and they have produced

in the year. A Mr Kite benefit.

two formidable albums to date.

a liar and a cheat. Cuckoo Jack has a secret, and as sure as the river flows and the tides change, that

him we must decide if he is an innocent victim of circumstance or a heartless criminal.

27th CAMRA Bury Beer Festival

Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers & Jimmy Docherty

Friday 20 Nov

noon-4pm £1.50

Saturday 21 November 8pm Rock and pop Studio £6

Friday 20 Nov



Saturday 21 Nov noon-11pm £2.50 Admission FREE to CAMRA members

Deep Time Cabaret Horse + Bamboo Theatre Company

Bury’s annual beer festival returns for its twenty seventh year. Sample over sixty real ales, ciders and perries. Tickets on the door only.

Thursday 19 November 7.30pm Variety Main theatre

Horse + Bamboo dig into local

Slack Alice

myths and stories to remind us of

Friday 20 November 8.30pm

the wholeness and interdependence

Blues Studio

of everything on the planet!

£8 £6 concs and members

£8 £5 concs and members

Mixing music, film, animation and

Findlay Napier and the Bar Room

puppetry, the sections of the show

R&B group Slack Alice return with

Mountaineers bring together

fit together to reveal a tapestry

a line up of fantastic songs born of

fantastic writing, a charismatic

of stories and images about the

years of experience and enthusiasm

singer, stellar musicianship

Ex guitarist with Ronan Keating,

wonder of the universe and our

for music. The band have just

and ear-candy melodies.

Jimmy Docherty supports with

place in it. A humorous and anarchic

released a Best of... collection and a

Dynamic, colourful and vibrant

material from his acclaimed

production which creates a visually

follow up to their highly acclaimed

modern songs full of character,

new album Jimmy Docherty

evocative and powerful story.

English Eddie and Other stories.

personality and effortless charm.

and The Velvet Tinkers. 23

The Unthanks

Beverley Craven Friday 27 November 8pm Rock and pop Main theatre £16

The Signalman

The Unthanks

Found Theatre

Supported by Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell

David R Black

the most successful singer-

Wednesday 25 November 7.30pm

Thursday 26 November 8pm

Friday 27 November 8pm

ever produced.

Drama Main theatre

Folk roots Main theatre

Rock and pop Studio

£10 £8 concs and members

£15 £12 concs and members


Beverley Craven is one of songwriters the UK has

Best known for her 1991 hit Promise Me and multi-

Charles Dickens’ famous ghost

This Geordie group (formerly

Manchester’s alternative art-rock

million selling eponymous

story is told alongside two

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset)

band David R Black return to

album, Beverley is back

other equally chilling tales by

are one of the most acclaimed

The Met with an acoustic set.

on the road supporting

Dickens and M R James.

English folk bands in recent

The band has toured across

her new CD Close To

history. Known for their timeless

the world with New Model

Home, her first album in

tales of loss, fear, booze and

Army, The Mission, Elbow and

ten years. Backed by an

sorrow, their new album Here’s

more! Their new album will

array of multi talented

The Tender Coming possesses a

be released this autumn.

musicians this an evening

Introduced by the intrepid Victorian psychic investigator, Montagu Furzan, this is an evening of storytelling theatre at its very finest. “hauntingly beautiful” The Stage 24

guaranteed to show you an

warmer flavour of sadness than its Mercury nominated predecessor.

“raw, edgy, energetic” Rocksound

artist at the top of her game.

Saturday 28 November 8pm Rock and pop Main theatre £15 advance £17 door Glenn Tilbrook, ex lead singer of Squeeze, has toured the world over the

Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook past nine years, developing a solo career and wowing audiences with his down-to-earth, impassioned style. He has just released his new album with his band The Fluffers entitled Pandemonium Ensues. Standing event.

Riot, Rebellion and Bloody Insurrection: A Musical Comedy Red Ladder and Chumbawamba Wednesday 2 December 7.30pm Drama Main theatre £8 £6 concs and members December 1825. England is in the

Have a laugh as Red Ladder

grip of a harsh winter, its army is

and Chumbawamba get

fighting colonial battles abroad,

together to sing, dance,

and hunger and poverty are rife.

poke fun and point

See the story of sassy Luddite rebel Elsie Proud as she wages war against the ruthless boss Ernest

fingers, all against a backdrop of our nation’s radical past.

Hardgristle and career climbing

Ages 14+

politician, Robert Catchpenny.

and adults. 25

Christmas Festival 2009

In the Mood with Metrojazz Thursday 3 December 7.30pm Jazz Main theatre

Sat 5 December 10am until late

£6 £4 concs and members

Free entry

The Met’s community jazz

A weekend of festive fun featuring

orchestra presents an evening of

live music, entertainment,

foot-tapping standards from the

craft workshops, delicious

seven decades of jazz. Featuring

food and drink as well

star vocalist Mags Lowe.

as a stunning array of hand made gifts.

Thursday 3 December 8.30pm Comedy Studio £8 £6 concs and members

Boo Hewerdine

First Thursday Comedy Club

Boo Hewerdine

shopping and entertain with some

Studio £10 £8 concs and members

fantastic face painting

El Purnel (OK... he’s really from


family, do some

the kids

Friday 4 December 8pm Rock and pop Featuring Ecuador’s finest comedian

Bring the whole

Warrington - but he’s the best

Having written successfully for

rich in melody with lyrics whose

and story

character act you’ll ever see), plus

artists as diverse as Katrina And

meanings are transparent as


top Australian Marcus Ryan and two

The Waves, Natalie Imbruglia

they are universal. There are too

other terrific acts will start your

and McAlmont, it’s virtually a

few singer/songwriters who get

Christmas with a laugh. The perfect

given that the endlessly touring

their feelings to move about as

place for your Christmas party.

Hewerdine will deliver songs

naturally as water - but this is one.

Christmas 2009!

Hansel and Gretel Lyngo Theatre

Tuesday 15 - Thursday 24 December Family show Main theatre £6 The Met’s Christmas show is a timeless classic, brought to life and sprinkled with magic by Lyngo Theatre - the perfect way to start the festive season with all the family. It’s easier to feed two mouths than four and the poor woodsman’s empty stomach goes to his head. Hansel and Gretel have to be left in the forest, where they follow their noses to a house

December 2009

made of sweets and someone who just loves children - on toast. Sponsored by

Tue 15



Wed 16



Thu 17

Suitable for children 4 + and their families. Approx 70 minutes duration.


Fri 18 Sat 19


7.30pm 7.30pm



Mon 21



Tue 22



Wed 23



Thu 24




52 Skidoo


A tribute to Fats Waller

Sundays 10am-1pm

Friday 11 December 8pm Jazz Main theatre

With Ruth Mauriello. For

£8 £6 concs and members

6-16 year olds with an interest in dance, drama and

52 Skidoo bring back to life the

music. Call Ruth on 0161

forgotten era of prohibition,

763 6161/ 07738267346

speakeasys, vaudeville, tin

Streetwise Drama

pan alley, rent parties, Harlem stride piano and hot jazz.

The Golden Goose

Mondays 5-7pm

Met Express

for young adults. Contact

Saturday 12 December 1pm, 4pm & 8pm Drama Studio £3 £2 concs

A weekly drama session

Belshazzar’s Feast Wednesday 16 December 8pm Folk roots Main theatre £12 £10 concs and members

Met Express, The Met’s drama


Streetwise on 0161 253 6476.

Metro Jazz Mondays 6.30pm-9.30pm from Monday 14 September

group for people with disabilities,

Mixing traditional folk, classical,

the UK with their eclectic and

perform their own interpretation

jazz, pop and music hall, Paul

eccentric mix of tunes and chat

of the Grimm fairy tale about a

Sartin (of Bellowhead and

that always sends audiences

Led by Munch Manship.

young man who is given a golden

Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of

home with smiles on their faces.

Front line musicians needed

goose in reward for his kindness to

Hoover The Dog) have together

The band will be releasing a

for The Met’s community jazz

a stranger. Expect the unexpected!

wowed audiences throughout

Christmas album this November.

orchestra. Over 16s only.

£70 (£50 conc) per term

Participate! Workshops and classes Met Express


Mondays 7-9pm Tuesdays 10.30-12.30pm & 7-9pm Drama for people with disabilities.

8.45pm - 9.45pm (Improvers)

Only accepting new members for the Tuesday am session.

Bloco Ashê

Tuesday £5

Bury Vocal Collective

7.30pm - 8.30pm (Beginners)

Monthly Wednesdays, 7.30-9pm | £4

£4 £2 conc First session free

Led by Rose Hodgson. For people who

A welcoming and exciting samba

want to sing - regardless of whether

drumming workshop catering

they think they are in tune or not!

for beginners and beyond. The

Do you have two left feet? Do you want to learn how to dance? Or do you just want to get fit?

Black Pudding Youth Theatre

Learn Salsa, Bachata, Merengue

Tuesdays 5pm-7pm

Saturdays 11am - 1pm

band welcomes new members.

and other styles of dances

Bury Youth Theatre

with Amos De Roover and

Wednesdays £2.50

The Latin Crew, reduce stress,

5pm-6.30pm (10-14 year olds)

have lots of fun, socialise and

7pm-8.30pm (15 years +)

Youth drama from Bury Youth

make new friends! Don’t worry

Service, led by MaD

about not having a dancing

Led by Claire Fildes and Marc Young. for info.

partner - come on your own.

Physical theatre for young people.

Unless otherwise indicated call The Met on 0161 761 7107 for details of these groups.


Coming soon... Whole Lotta Led

Mr Kite Benefits at St. Bede’s Club, Clayton-Le-Woods, Chorley Saturday 12th September

Sam Baker

Friday 22 January 8.30pm | £11

Sunday 11th October


£12 Advance/£13 Door

The Met, absolutely free!

£12 Advance/£13 Door

Tom Russell Saturday 23 January 8pm | £16

Eilen Jewell

Dervish Friday 29 January 8pm | £12 (£10)

Sunday 18th October

Swing Commanders

Slaid Cleaves

Saturday 30 January 8pm | £10 (£9)

£13 Advance/£14 Door

Morecambe Friday 5 February 8pm | £10 (£8)

Moishe’s Bagel Saturday 20 February 8pm | £14 (£10)


rec am be

Session A9

Sunday 25th October


Wednesday 3 February 7.30pm | £10 (£8)

Fred Eaglesmith

very week from now until 2010 you’ll be able to see

a brilliant theatre show at

Just fill out a form in person at the ticket office or on our web site and tell us what you’d like to come and see. The offer applies to drama shows that have the Night Less Ordinary logo (above). If you’re unsure if a show is included just give us a ring.

£12 Advance/£13 Door

This is made possible through A Night

Less Ordinary, an Arts Council England

Sunday 6th December

Kate Campbell

£11 Advance/£12 Door

scheme in association with Metro which will provide 618,000 free theatre tickets to anyone under 26 in more than 200 venues across England.

Friday 26 February 8pm | £14 (£12)

Spiers & Boden Friday 5 March 8pm | £14 (£12) 30

Tickets from The Met on

0161 761 2216

For more information visit or

Ticket booking By phone from The Met

0161 761 2216

or Quaytickets 0844 815 4870. Online via or Quaytickets In person from The Met. Open Mon to Fri 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.

Other ticketing information... q Concessions are available for children, and people over 60, on benefit, or in education. q Groups Buy ten tickets in one transaction and get an eleventh free. q Refunds We are unable to offer refunds. Ticket exchange may be possible. q Fees A transaction fee is payable on all phone and online bookings. There is no fee for bookings made in person.

Membership If you love coming to The Met and want to support us, why not become a member? Just call 0161 761 2216 to join.

Membership fees q Single membership ÂŁ25 q Joint membership ÂŁ40

Membership benefits q Saving on event tickets q 10% off food in Automatic q Invitations to VIP and members events q Twice yearly member newsletter q Receive your Met brochure before anyone else q First chance to buy for sell out shows

Hire The Met For performances, conferences, meetings and exhibitions, our spaces are as versatile as your events. q The Main Theatre Suitable for performances, large meetings and conferences. Raked seating is removable to reveal a polished sprung dance floor. Maximum capacity 221 seated or 300 standing. q The Studio Theatre Suitable for performances, medium to large scale meetings, workshops and functions. Raked seating is removable. Has direct access to Automatic restaurant and bar. Maximum capacity 69 seated or 100 standing. q The Gallery Suitable for smallscale meetings, presentations and functions. Capacity 20 people.

Our experienced staff and professional facilities take the hassle out of your event: q Sound and lighting by experienced stage technicians q Ticket sales through our friendly ticket office q Fully licensed bar q High quality catering from the expert chefs of Automatic q Marketing advice and support We welcome promotions by bands, amateur and professional groups, and independent event promoters. Call Catherine Collins on 0161 761 7107 or email hires@themet. biz to discuss your requirements. 31

Printed on paper manufactured from an FSC accredited sustainable source, using vegetable based inks. Front cover: Cara Dillon (p16) Back cover: The Travelling Band (p14)

Please recycle this brochure when you have finished with it.

The Met is run by Bury Metropolitan Arts Association, a registered charity (No 701879). We gratefully acknowledge the support of our funders and sponsors.

Met Brochure September - December 2009  

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