Derek Ryan’s rise to become one of the biggest stars of Irish Country music has been phenomenal. In just over three years few artists have made such an impact on the Irish country scene like the Co. Carlow singer songwriter. Having played to sell out concert audiences around the world with D-Side, the young heartthrob has brought a distinctive fresh sound to Irish country.
Derek Ryan has become a sell out artist in his homeland and has topped the Irish national charts and the UK iTunes country charts this year with his album ‘The Simple Things’. His theatre shows contain much of the music featured on his five albums including many of his own self-penned songs as well as many country classics.
Further information is available on derekryanmusic.com.
JAY RAYNER - MY DINING HELL
Fri 24th April 2015 at 20:00 £15.00
MY DINING HELL
Jay Rayner has been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing he’s learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. My Dining Hell, looks at our love affair with lousy reviews with the man recently voted the best food and drink journalist in Britain.
AQUARELLE GUITAR QUARTET
Sat 25th April 2015 at 19:30 £14.00 | £11
Corrinium Players Guitar Ensemble 2014 show, with the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
Recognised as one of Britain’s leading chamber music groups, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its extraordinary ensemble in performance, expansive repertoire and ground breaking work in developing the guitar quartet medium. The quartet has performed extensively across the UK and abroad to critical acclaim, and is admired for its original arrangements of music from a wide range of styles, periods and cultures. The group also frequently performs new works by internationally renowned composers such as Clarice Assad (Brazil), Phillip Houghton (Australia), Stephen Dodgson (UK) and Nikita Koshkin (Russia) as well as drawing on existing repertoire. Formed originally at the Royal Northern College of Music (in 1999), under the guidance of Craig Ogden and Gordon Crosskey, the quartet went on to study with renowned guitarists such as Sérgio Assad, Oscar Ghiglia and Scott Tennant. Since then, they have received many awards and in 2009 were signed exclusively to Chandos Records. The first two albums, “Dances” (released in June 2010) and “Spirit of Brazil” (March 2009) both received excellent reviews from the press. - See more at: http://www.aquarellegq.com/biography/#sthash.OJhOs6UY.dpuf
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Fri 1st May 2015 at 20:00 £15.00
Sat 2nd May 2015 at 20:00 £15.00
Life is going nowhere for Shaun. He spends his life in his local pub, with his best mate Ed, has issues with his Mum and step-dad and things aren’t running too smoothly with his girlfriend Liz.
When Liz dumps him, Shaun finally decides to get his life in order. He must win back her heart, repair his relationship with his mum and face up to his responsibilities. Unfortunately, there is a slight problem with the world being taken over by Zombies and they are attempting to eat the living. For the newly inspired Shaun, this is just another obstacle. In the face of a full scale ZOMBIE EPIDEMIC, armed with a cricket bat and his best mate with a spade, Shaun & Ed go to the rescue his Liz, her friends, mum and grudgingly his step-dad, and take them to the safest most secure place he knows.
Wed 6th May 2015 at 13:00 £7.00 | 4
Wed 6th May 2015 at 19:45 £7.00 | 4
Thu 7th May 2015 at 19:30 £7.00 | 4
Fresh off of a 4-Star performance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, The Sundial Theatre Company present the new musical adaption of the 1991 film ‘Dogfight’. This will be one of the first ever amateur performances of the show in Europe.
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Come and see this wonderful show of love, friendship and plenty of laughs!
Sat 9th May 2015 at 20:00 £0.00 | Pass the hat, Pay some money if you think he's funny!!!
Experience the horror and astonishment as this highly-strung New York Jew wrestles with Britain, with America, with you, his audience, with his own mind, and with the nature of comedy itself.
Find out why comedy fans go to see Lewis Schaffer over and over again; why Phds have been written about him; why documentary makers follow him around London; and why reviews of his work range from adoration to abject fear.
Every Lewis Schaffer performance is unique. Kate Copstick of The Scotsman wrote "One year I will go to every one of Schaffer’s shows and document the journey".
This show is free to enter but "if i am funny give me money!" the hat will be passed around at the end of the night and give what you free its worth! "
“It’s a bloody good laugh and unlike anything else on the comedy circuit. Go see Lewis Schaffer.”
Time Out London
“Schaffer is disconcertingly terrific. He is compelling, unique and most of all unpredictable.”
London Evening Standard
“...warmth, intimacy, honesty and some incredible sick jokes passed off as matter of fact observations before a rapt audience. Schaffer’s real tragedy is he is making this difficult stuff look so easy.”
Stewart Lee Star of Resonance FM's Nunhead American Radio
Fri 15th May 2015 at 20:00 £14.00 | £5.00 - Unwaged only,
Jeremy Hardy begins his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a
more dramatic way of saying he started 31 years ago and, without a
lottery win, probably has at least another 31 years to go. Last year,
the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast
on Radio 4. He is also well known for his appearances on The News
Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Indeed, Alan Bennett recently said
he likes him “but he’s only on the radio”.
However, Jeremy isn’t only on the radio. He is on the road all year
round and has never stopped doing live shows since 1984. After
briefly hibernating in the winter, he's back out on the road in 2015.
“In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an
ideal world would leave him without most of his best material.”
LIZ LOCHHEAD - SOMETHINGS OLD, SOMETHINGS NEW
Fri 22nd May 2015 at 19:30 £13.00 | 12.00
Ranging from the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Scotland's National Poet, Lix Lochhead, weaves a spellbinding and beguiling show, mixing poems and monologues and accompanied by the soulful sax of Steve kettley
‘An inspirational force in British poetry, a writer who has tirelessly brought poetry to the drama and drama into poetry’ (Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate)
‘Brilliant, raucous and scabrously funny’ (Sunday Times)
Fri 5th June 2015 at 19:30 £12.00 | £10.00
Commonground are a local band who are attracting a lot of attention from the world of Folk Music. They have been guest performers at last year's Cheltenham Folk Festival, Chippenham Folk Festival and played last year at the Mill Race Festival in Cambridge, Ontario. They are booked in Canada again for 2016. Commonground have also performed at several local Folk Clubs, the Prince Albert in Rodborough, and will be playing at a number of top festivals this summer, including the Broadstairs Festival. Last year they released their first CD called A Fine Prospect which is a wonderful representation of their work, combining rich harmony singing with the sound of strings and concertina
"Commongrond were excellent at Cheltenham. Good voices and excellent songs. Well worth seeing"
John Shorter, Festival Organiser
"Commonground have proven to be a perfect blend of musicality and voices matching their consummate skills to well crafted arrangements of tunes and song."
Bob Berry, Chippenham Folk festival
" Commonground gave a stirling performance showing a real feeling for the English traditional folk genre. Their combination of violin, cello, guitar, concertina and spirited vocals with some choruses to involve us all carried the day and received enthusiastic applause from the club".
Steve Primarolo, Bracknell Folk Club
CROCODILES IN CREAM
Wed 17th June 2015 at 19:30 £12.00 | 10.00
A portrait of Lewis Carroll drawing from his diaries, letters, poems and
stories, taking the audience into the world, half-dream, half-reality of
this complex many-sided figure: mathematician, logician, photographer,
poet and story-teller.
Written, devised and directed by David Horlock, Crocodiles in Cream is a
moving and compelling one-man-show. Kevin Moore's interpretation of
the complex and fascinating character of one of the country's most
appreciated authors has received critical acclaim around the world.
Crocodiles in Cream is one of the many events taking place this year in
celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland
"The mood of the piece - warm, delicate and sepia-hued - lingers
long in the memory."
"Words really do speak volumes in this compelling story of English
eccentricity. A gem."
"Moore is supremely entertaining, A masterful piece of work."
CIRENCESTER CREATIVE DANCE ACADEMY
Wed 1st July 2015 at 19:00 £8.00 | £6.00
Thu 2nd July 2015 at 19:00 £9.00 | £7.00
Fri 3rd July 2015 at 19:00 £11.50 | £9.50
Sat 4th July 2015 at 13:00 £11.50 | £9.50
Sat 4th July 2015 at 19:00 £11.50 | £9.50
Fri 13th November 2015 at 19:30 £20.00
by popular demand for the 3rd time in Cirencester after previous sell out shows.
Jimmy’s career is going from strength to strength and he is destined to be a huge star – he is already one of the top entertainers in Ireland, and his ambition is to conquer the English Country Market, not ruling out Europe. Following numerous visits across the water to England, Jimmy is building up a large fan base and his concerts and dances are always sold out. When he finishes one tour, he is inundated with requests for details of his next.
Jimmy first came to the attention of the Birmingham Audiences when he appeared on Bob Brolly’s Big Charity Show, in the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on Sunday 22nd June 2003. Since that first appearance Jimmy’s star has certainly continued to rise.
After his massive hit song “Your Wedding Day”(written by Henry McMahon), Jimmy conquered the Irish music scene and he continues to make his mark on the concert scene in England.
In 2007 Jimmy released his first DVD “Live In Concert”. The DVD won “DVD of the year” Irish World award and it has been shown coast to coast on U.S television on more than one occasion.
Also in 2007 Jimmy visited Nashville, Tennessee. It was everything he had hoped it would be, from the visit to the Grand Old Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame but the icing on the cake was the visit to Gracelands, the home of Jimmy’s idol, Elvis. Later Jimmy said that the visit was very emotional and inspiring.
In February 2008 Jimmy worked on a Caribbean cruise and then in March/April he toured with Charley Pride.
November 2008 saw the release of “The Grand Tour – Live”, Jimmy’s second Live in concert DVD & CD. This 23-track DVD builds on the success of Jimmy’s first “Live In Concert” DVD.
Jimmy is presently very busy in the studio working on a brand new album which will be available soon. He has just released a new single called “Say Me Marie” which is available to request on your local radio station now!