2019: What’s happened?

January – March

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Apr 2019

Henry Lowther's Still Waters
Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 7:30 PM
Henry Lowther

One of the most accomplished, tightly ensembled and creative bands around, playing radical and original music, ranging from gentle, quietly pastoral and melodic music, through to dynamic, free improvisation.

Talk: Peter Richardson, Comic Strip and more…
Thursday 25 April 2019 at 7:30 PM
peter richardson

Peter Richardson changed British comedy when he founded the Comic Strip troupe of performers, which showcased his double act with Nigel Planer and launched the careers of French and Saunders, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, and Alexei Sayle.

Film: Shoplifters (15) 2018
Friday 26 April 2019 at 7:30 PM

Wry, touching, beautiful. A great narrative. Lovely to look at. A great film. Shoplifters won a bunch of awards for things like best picture, best narrative, best foreign film, including the Palme D’or at Cannes Film Festival.

Awalé: The Soul of Senegal
Saturday 27 April 2019 at 7:30 PM

Intense and spiritual Sabar Senegalese percussion and Afro-Latin drums conversations, weaving intricate guitar patterns and horn lines with catchy bass riffs.

War of the Spark PreRelease & Other Games Afternoon
Sunday 28 April 2019 at 1:30 PM
magic spark

The brand-new Magic’ set is coming. To mark this event that crowns the Magic storyline, Gnash is returning to the brilliant Ashburton Arts venue to host an afternoon of diverse gaming!

Malediction d’Amour: Gypsy Tango Cabaret
Sunday 28 April 2019 at 4:00 PM
malediction damour

This London-based trio delves deeper into the European influences on Argentinian tango with an eclectic and popular programme with a Gypsy jazz twist. They perform the music of Romanian Gypsy Jazz diva Maria Tanassi, Carmen,Russian tango star Pyotr Leschenko and the ultimate popular singer Edith Piaf.

Orpheus, featuring Annika Skoogh
Sunday 28 April 2019 at 7:30 PM

A truly unique and authentic Latin extravaganza ready to transport you straight to Brazil, with melodic lines and traditional rhythms playing a potent mix of uplifting sambas and stunning bossa novas.

May 2019

Grace Petrie with support from Voices Of Freedom Choir
Friday 3 May 2019 at 7:30 PM
grace petrie

Grace’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

Ashburton Gardens Association Plant Sale
Saturday 4 May 2019 at 10:00 AM

The Ashburton Gardens Association Plant Sale. Weather permitting, our forecourt will be overflowing with potted plants of all shapes and sizes.

Tom Toomey: Solo
Saturday 4 May 2019 at 7:30 PM
tom toomey

In addition to Tom being the lead guitarist for legendary band The Zombies (‘She’s Not There’ etc…), he also writes, produces, plays and tours as a solo artist. His music includes work with The Monficats, Jingo Santana, solo electric guitar and solo acoustic shows.

Broken Baroque: Emma-Marie Kabanova, solo violin
Sunday 5 May 2019 at 4:00 PM
emma kabanova

Emma-Marie is an active performer of baroque and contemporary music; known for her vibrant yet sensitive interpretations recent concerts have included performances of concertos by Vivaldi and J.S. Bach with orchestras in Italy, England, Sweden and Moldova.

The Great Giveaway Bank Holiday Party
Sunday 5 May 2019 at 7:30 PM

Tonight, you’re the show! Come along and bring a song, or a dance, or a poem, or a…? It’s an informal thing among friends, all ages welcome.

Bank Holiday Feast of Percussion
Monday 6 May 2019 at 1:30 PM

An afternoon of workshops and performances. Imagine a huge range of bells, gongs and metal percussion. The largest weighs ½ tonne, the smallest fits in your pockets. Imagine how they sound? Come and have fun playing this extraordinary range of instruments.

The Harmonic Canon
Monday 6 May 2019 at 7:30 PM
harmonic canon

Winner of the 2018 British Composer Awards, The Harmonic Canon is a project like no other. Featuring a specifically designed half-tonne double bell, an array of rare and distinctive percussion and two highly virtuosic, international percussionists, composer Dominic Murcott has written a work that is as much a visual spectacle as it is music.

Playback Theatre: Rebellion and Obedience
Tuesday 7 May 2019 at 7:30 PM
playback theatre

When do you feel called to cross the line and break the rules? When is it wiser or easier to obey them? Playback Theatre performances are moving and magical, comic and courageous and always surprising!

Bee Helen Singing Workshop
Sunday 12 May 2019 at 11:00 AM

Singing workshop – £10 per person. To book, more info, or concession rates, email Bee: bee.harmony2@gmail.com

Woody Guthrie and “Old Man Trump”
Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 7:30 PM
woodie guthrie

Woody Guthrie and “Old Man Trump” brings to life all the anger and contempt that Guthrie felt for those in power who will deny justice to their fellow human beings on account of the color of their skin. Against the backdrop of Guthrie’s racial awakening and emergent activism, Will introduces previously unheard songs along with a host of other Guthrie songs about racial injustice and struggle.

Freetime Old Dixie Jass Band (from Enkuhizen, Holland)
Friday 17 May 2019 at 7:30 PM
freetime old dixie

The Freetime Old Dixie Jassband is now known for their own Freetime sound. The band has a huge bounce, polyphonic arrangements and cool solos that are characteristic of the band. A performance of Freetime is like a journey through jazz, which includes Ragtime, Stomps, Latin pieces and the Blues.

Alyn Shipton's New Orleans Friends feat Adrian Cox
Thursday 23 May 2019 at 7:30 PM
alyn shipton

Come along and hear traditional jazz in a gospel concert setting! This band, led by BBC Radio 3’s Alyn Shipton, is made up of musicians who have all spent time in New Orleans learning from the founding fathers of the music, and in this concert – part of a short tour of arts centres in converted church buildings – they re-explore the repertoire that George Lewis made famous.

Chinmaya Dunster
Saturday 25 May 2019 at 7:30 PM
chinmaya dunster

Indian classical sarod, vocals, and guitar. Chinmaya was born in 1954 in England and started playing the classical guitar at 15. After taking sannyas in 1982 he took up playing the sarod. The Osho Commune in Pune provided him the ground for musical experiments over the next quarter century until, today, he has over thirteen CDs released.

Platform Cinema: Cold Comfort Farm
Friday 31 May 2019 at 7:00 PM
cold comfort farm

Satirical comedy about an orphaned society girl making a new home with her rough relatives in the country.

Jun 2019

Bristol European Jazz Ensemble
Thursday 6 June 2019 at 7:30 PM
bristol european jazz

Featuring talented players from around the world, this new band straddles Fusion to Free Form, Township to Turkish, Monk to Soul.

Platform Cinema: Captain America Civil War
Friday 7 June 2019 at 7:00 PM

Marvel Film fest kicks off with Captain America Civil War, as Steve Rogers leads the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity.

Andy Williamson & the Ronnie Jones Trio
Sunday 9 June 2019 at 7:30 PM
andy williamson

Andy Williamson & the Ronnie Jones Trio.

Me In Art / Martine
Thursday 13 June 2019 at 7:30 PM
me in art martine

Me in Art/Martine is a singer-songwriter who’s currently the vocalist in Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra. She makes “honest, heartfelt, conscious-centric music, influenced by soul, jazz and exploration of the ‘self’.

Platform Cinema: Black Panther
Friday 14 June 2019 at 7:00 PM
black panther

The Marvel film fest continues! After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country.

Ashburton Refugee Support Group: Films, Food and Friendship
Thursday 20 June 2019 at 7:30 PM

Two inspirational short films: ‘The Island of Altogether’ and ‘The Lifeboat’; Delicious soups and bread served from 7.30p.m and cakes served in the interval.

Platform Cinema: Thor Ragnarok
Friday 21 June 2019 at 7:00 PM
thor ragnarok

Marvel Film Festival continues with Thor Ragnorak . Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

Maciek Pysz & Yuri Goloubev "Duo Travels"
Sunday 23 June 2019 at 7:30 PM
maciek pysz yuri goloubev

Double bassist Yuri Goloubev’s extraordinary playing has to be heard to be believed. A leading artist in the classical world since 1990, he was awarded the title “Honored Artist of Russia” in 2002. He switched to jazz in 2004, since when his work as both leader and sideman has attracted awards one after another.

Chris Dowding / Sylvia and I / Hymn
Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 7:30 PM
Chris Dowding Sylvia Hallett Graham Dunning

This concert features a triple-bill of electronic and ambient projects from Norwich and London. Expect something esoteric, experimental – and beautiful!

Ralph Freeman Quartet feat. Rob Townsend
Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 7:30 PM
ralph freeman quartet

St Ives Jazz Club founder returns with some of his London buddies, to play a programme of their own distinctive take on some classic jazz material, along with new originals from Freeman himself.

Platform Cinema: Avengers Infinity War
Friday 28 June 2019 at 7:00 PM
infinity war

The finale of the amazing Marvel Film fest! The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Beautiful Economies: an Introduction to Human Scale Development
Saturday 29 June 2019 at 9:30 AM
beautiful economies

Human Scale Development is a way to see a broader picture and go beyond single issues. It helps us go much deeper into the underlying motives for our personal and collective decisions. The workshop is interactive and participatory and accessible to all. It is not about economics as you know it. In fact if you think economics is boring this is the workshop for you!

Barron Brady plus support - Barn Owl Trust Charity Concert
Saturday 29 June 2019 at 7:30 PM
barn owl trust barron brady

An evening of delightful Folk Music to raise funds for, and celebrate the work of, the Barn Owl Trust – a small wildlife conservation charity based just outside Ashburton which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

Those Magnificent Men – Centenary Production
Sunday 30 June 2019 at 7:00 PM
magnificent men in their flying machine

From the same crew who brought the sell-out Ministry of Biscuits in 20 comes a nail-biting, side-splitting true story of a daredevil flight.

Jul 2019

Women's World Cup - Semi Final
Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 7:30 PM

We will be live streaming the Women’s World Cup semi final on the Big Screen at the Arts Centre. Come and support England’s women take on the USA. Tuesday 2nd July, doors open 7.30pm – Kick off 8.00pm. Free entry.

City of Women: Kudrun
Wednesday 3 July 2019 at 7:30 PM
city of women kudrun

In the hall of gathered women a pawn becomes a queen. City of Women tell the story of Kudrun, three generations of medieval women experiencing romance, abduction and war.

Lvov Affair: the sound of East Europe
Thursday 4 July 2019 at 7:30 PM
lvov affair

Led by accordionist Basil Bunelik whose roots are from Ukraine, this talented trio present the music and songs of East Europe with passion and style.

Cup O'Joe (with David Benedict)
Friday 5 July 2019 at 7:30 PM
cup o'joe

Cup O’Joe is a close family trio, playing together from their early teens, whom have already made waves in the local and international acoustic music scene. Their mix of original and re-imagined traditional songs sets the ingredients for an energetic and enthusiastic performance, and this is giving them a growing presence on the surrounding folk scene.

Saturday 6 July 2019 at 7:30 PM

Freemind + support. Top local rappers give us a night of rap and spoken word.

Tony Woods Project
Sunday 7 July 2019 at 7:30 PM
tony woods project

Top UK Jazz from the Tony Woods Project. The TWP tells its own story, with influences of rock, groove, jazz and folk, but always with an emphasis on lyrical melody.

Talk: Rob Hopkins – It's a Climate Emergency! What can WE do?
Thursday 11 July 2019 at 7:30 PM
rob hopkins talk

People have used their imagination to get some amazing projects off the ground, all with the aim of making the transition to a post fossil fuel economy. Come along and be inspired with stories of some of the great things that are already happening.

Shirt Tail Stompers
Friday 12 July 2019 at 7:30 PM
shirt tail stompers

One of the world’s leading swing bands and London’s top vintage band, the Shirt Tail Stompers is firmly established at home and internationally playing Harlem swing and the hot jazz of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Tunelink TradFest
Sunday 14 July 2019 at 11:00 AM
tunelink trad

A day of traditional folk music, song, and dance for all ages. Workshops, performances, and sessions throughout the day.

Mobile Share Shed Is Coming To Ashburton
Tuesday 16 July 2019 at 7:00 PM
Share Shed comes to Ashburton

The Share Shed is a library of things currently in Totnes, and we are about to create a mobile version, which will extend its service to Ashburton. Come hear more, learn how to get involved and share your views – and skills.

Community Sit, Stretch, and Sound Bath
Saturday 20 July 2019 at 10:30 AM
sound bath

Community meditation and yoga for everyone. An ideal opportunity to try yoga and or meditation for the first time or come along and inspire others if you have been practicing for a while.

Willow workshop
Saturday 20 July 2019 at 1:30 PM
willow weaving

You will have the opportunity to learn some basic weaving techniques using willow to create a willow sampler. Equipment will be provided and you do not need to have any prior experience, just an interest in weaving.

Ashburton Chamber Music Festival Concert #1
Saturday 20 July 2019 at 7:30 PM

The opening concert of the inaugural Ashburton Chamber Music Festival: bringing an international group of musicians to live and play in Ashburton for a week.

Chris Bowden’s Unlikely Being
Sunday 21 July 2019 at 7:30 PM

Chris has been making music at the highest level for a LONG time!
His album Time Capsule, was originally released in 1992. When it was re-released in 2018, Gilles Peterson said, “This is the album that connected it all.”

Hausmusik at Great Ambrook
Monday 22 July 2019 at 7:00 PM

Nobody knows the programme in advance – not even the musicians! From a pile of music the audience will choose pieces, and the musicians will sight-read them, right there in front of everyone: no rehearsal! All in a stunning Grade 2 listed C17th manor house and garden.

Ashburton Chamber Music Festival: Family Concert
Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 6:30 PM
Chamber Music Festival Family Concert

A short concert aimed at a younger audience. Adults £5 children free. (It’ll end just in time for the KS2 Disco at Ashburton Primary School).

Hausmusik at Bigadon Cottage
Wednesday 24 July 2019 at 7:00 PM
Bigadon Cottage venue for Hausmusik 2

Nobody knows the programme in advance – not even the musicians! Enjoy the second hausmusik performance in a walled garden with amazing acoustics and gorgeous views.

Ashburton Chamber Music Festival: Concert 2
Thursday 25 July 2019 at 7:30 PM

Second concert in the 2019 Chamber Music Festival, in this lovely village a few miles from Ashburton. String Quartets by Shostakovich and Dvorak, plus a solo cello suite.

Talk: Mapping 1 : An art science Collaboration, by Yas Crawford
Thursday 25 July 2019 at 7:30 PM
Yas Crawford Talk: An art science Collaboration

By mapping different scientific disciplines, Yas Crawford Photographer, has explored the current UK research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and chronic illness.

Hausmusik in Ashburton [standing room only]
Friday 26 July 2019 at 7:00 PM

Advance tickets now sold out. There may be some standing tickets available on the door.
Nobody knows the programme in advance – not even the musicians!

Ashburton Chamber Music Festival: Concert 3
Saturday 27 July 2019 at 7:30 PM

The final concert of the 2019 Chamber Music Festival. Featuring the 20th Century masterpiece that is Bartok’s fourth string quartet, plus a world premiere by Tom Vignieri for saxophone and string quartet.

Jade Gall (saxophone) & Alex Wilson (piano)
Sunday 28 July 2019 at 4:00 PM
Alex Wilson and Jade Gall

Some of the finest classical saxophone and piano to be heard anywhere.

Just Us Musique
Tuesday 30 July 2019 at 1:15 PM

Light classical music with folky influences. It’s a lunchtime concert – feel free to bring your lunch to eat during the concert. Tea, coffee and bar available.

James and Black
Tuesday 30 July 2019 at 7:30 PM
James and Black

James and Black appeared in Ashburton in Sept 2018 and were sensational. At that gig they were picked up to perform at the Port Eliot Festival this year. Superb soul, jazz and blues from a top band (featuring Sam Kelly on drums).

Aug 2019

The People's String Foundation: Res Publica
Thursday 1 August 2019 at 7:30 PM
The People's String Foundation

This show mixes live performers with puppets and a 32 piece virtual orchestra projected as a backdrop,

2021: A Cornish Space Odyssey 
Friday 2 August 2019 at 7:30 PM

2021: A Cornish Space Odyssey is a brand new piece of devised theatre from Theatre Royal Plymouth Lab Associates, The Narwhal Ensemble. Blending new writing, grungy aesthetics and live sound technology, this is an electric show with a human heart.

Fundraising Fair
Saturday 3 August 2019 at 10:00 AM
Fundraising Sale

A fundraising sale in aid of families affected by childhood cancer. There’ll be cakes, clothes & shoes, glitter, games and toys, henna and face painting, books, live music…

Slow, Slower and Slowest: An Afternoon of Piano music with Jenny Quick
Sunday 4 August 2019 at 4:00 PM

Lifelong pianist, Jenny Quick is offering a programme of slow piano music with many notes.

Nobrow Press comes to Ashburton Arts
Tuesday 6 August 2019 at 7:30 PM

Want to know more about the publishing world? Sam Mcarthur is co-founder of one of most successful publishing companies in UK. Nobrow press specialises in high quality Graphic novels and Children’s books.

Between Us – Will Barlett & Kate Mullins
Wednesday 7 August 2019 at 7:30 PM
will barlett and kate mullins

Pianist Will Bartlett and vocalist Kate Mullins are hitting the road this summer for a short exclusive UK West Country tour! The duo invites audiences into an intimate two-way musical conversation, delivering favourite music in a way that is designed to open up both themselves and their public to the power of musical connection.

The Diamond Family Archive, with Tim Jones Band (and Ben Morgan-Brown)
Friday 9 August 2019 at 7:30 PM
Diamond Family Archive Time Jones Band Banner

The Diamond Family Archive: is a blend of English lo-fi & psych-rock. It’s a unique multi-instrumentalist roving ensemble based around the guitar playing and songwriting of Laurence Collyer.
Tim Jones’s songwriting and delivery of traditional material has been likened to that of Peter Bellamy, Nic Jones and Fairport Convention.

Theo Mizú & Banda - Yallah! UK Tour 2019
Saturday 10 August 2019 at 7:30 PM
theo mizu

Winner of the best street music band in São Paulo, the Brazilian-Gypsy-Fusion group ‘Theo Mizú & Banda’ features a danceable and universal repertoire, promising the public a whole journey around the world through ‘Yallah!’ and other original tunes.

Matt Carter Septet
Monday 12 August 2019 at 7:30 PM
matt carter septet

Matt Carter is a gifted jazz pianist who has brought together a band of similar young players from the current London scene. This is a chance to see some of the jazz stars of the future.

Dartmouth Strings Day
Saturday 17 August 2019 at 10:00 AM
dartmouth strings

Dartmouth Orchestra invites string players to come and meet current members and its musical director Tim Pithers. They’re keen to recruit new members to join their friendly ensemble (which normally meets in Dartmouth).

Byron Wallen with the Blue Vanguard Trio
Wednesday 21 August 2019 at 7:30 PM
Byron Wallen

The last time Bryon graced the Arts Centre stage was as part of the Jean Toussaint Quintet last December, where he was, as ever, amazing – almost the star of the show! This is likely to be another of those gigs where you have to pinch yourself and ask, “am I really in deepest Devon, and not in Ronnie Scott’s in London or the Blue Note club in New York?”

Kenny Young and the Eggplants | Nico G – Double Bill
Monday 26 August 2019 at 7:30 PM
Kenny Young and the eggplants

A not-easily-described semi-acoustic trio who perform intergalactic folk-and-roll songs about giant squirrels, scary bits of cheese, malevolent washing machines, and Martian garden gnomes, among other important topics. Their first-ever show in Devon — a double-bill with talented guitarist Nico G.

Sep 2019

Duncan Chisholm
Saturday 7 September 2019 at 7:30 PM
Duncan Chisholm

Duncan Chisholm effortlessly evokes a background steeped in the rich Highland music tradition through his rich, varied compositions. Having been described as ‘one of the most authentic interpreters of traditional Highland music’ his fiddle playing takes you on an emotional journey through the beautiful landscape which inspires him.

Flamenco Night ~ Noche Flamenca
Friday 13 September 2019 at 7:30 PM
Flamenco Night Noche Flamenca

An exciting evening of flamenco! With the passionate dance, haunting song and rhythmic guitar of Southern Spain’s famous flamenco, the evening will be filled with fire and emotion. Dance from Karina Gracia, song and percussion from Jaime Cantera and guitar from David Nash.

Moor Meadows Talks: Wild Bees, by Brigit Strawbridge Howard and John Walters
Saturday 14 September 2019 at 7:30 PM

Two talks from author, bee advocate and wildlife gardener Brigit Strawbridge Howard, and renowned Dartmoor naturalist and wildlife illustrator John Walters.
NB This free event is now fully booked. In the nature of free events, there may be some no shows. If you turn up on Saturday, and wait until all the booked seats are taken, if there’s space, you’ll be welcomed in.

Geoff Achison & The UK Souldiggers
Sunday 15 September 2019 at 7:30 PM
Geoff Achison

Geoff Achison is a top Australian blues singer and guitarist where he plays to thousands. Coming to Ashburton Arts Centre on his UK Tour, with a fabulous band. Not to be missed!

Title and Deed: A play by Will Eno
Friday 20 September 2019 at 7:30 PM
Title and Deed Philip Robinson Will Eno

“Laugh out loud funny one minute, achingly sad the next.” Philip Robinson performed Krapp’s Last Tape at the Arts Centre last year, and was fabulous! Great to be able to welcome him back with this new piece of theatre.

Catherine Rimer Solo Cello: Bach Suites 1 & 2
Saturday 21 September 2019 at 6:00 PM

Bach’s first two solo Cello Suites, performed by Catherine Rimer of the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Orchestra. A short concert – time to go home/out for dinner afterwards.