What’s On

Here is what’s coming up in the next two months at Ashburton Arts. You can also view a calendar of events further down this page. To get all this to your inbox, join our mailing list. (The latest and past emails are here.)

Jan 2020

Adrian Cox Quartet: Now Is Spring tour
Friday 24 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
Adrian Cox Quartet Ashburton Arts Centre
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It’s become a tradition already at the Arts Centre to start off each year with a visit from Adrian Cox. This is his third January gig here, with the same stupendous band. This is jazz and showmanship of the highest calibre – you are GUARANTEED to leave with a smile on your face and the tunes running around your head for days.


Burns Night Ceilidh with ReJig
Saturday 25 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
ReJig Burns Night Ashburton Arts Centre
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Dance to the fabulous Re-Jig (freestyle and called) eat haggis, drink whisky, listen to a wee bit of Robbie Burns – what’s not to like!? And the booking link is now FIXED (apologies).


Dartmouth Orchestra: Winter Concert
Sunday 26 January 2020 at 3:00 PM
Dartmouth Orchestra Ashburton Arts
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Prokofiev’s sparkling sleigh ride music ‘Troika’, Haydn’s bold trumpet concerto with Tony Hindley, the brass section playing The Nutcracker dances, ‘Walking in the Air’ from “The Snowman” sung by Olly Simmonds and Mendelssohn’s dreamy Scottish Symphony. Admission £12, Children Free.


Roofer (Swiss jazz quintet)
Sunday 26 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
Roofer Swiss Jazz
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Five top jazz musicians from Switzrland, on tour in the UK, including Ashburton Arts Centre alongside venues like the Vortex in London. They’re unusual, quirky, original – and very entertaining. Impossible to predict, but it looks like it’ll be fun!


Talk: Chris Chapman Exmoor Hill Farmer
Thursday 30 January 2020 at 7:30 PM

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A talk by Chris Chapman, Exmoor Hill Farmer


Film: Leave No Trace (12A)
Friday 31 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
leave no trace
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A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to the authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.


Feb 2020

Magical Deceptions with Brian Rappert
Sunday 2 February 2020 at 6:30 PM
Magic through the silks
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Join Brian in a latest interactive performance of trickery. We will use the play of secrecy, disclosure and deception in magic to discuss the role of secrecy, disclosure and deception in art, science, war, and daily life.


Bhangra Folk Dance at Ashburton
Saturday 8 February 2020 at 2:00 PM
avtar bhangra folk dance
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Have you ever wanted to try dances of India? Now is your chance, join us for Bhangra folk dance session. Dancing for health and well being and FUN!


Julian Costello Quartet
Saturday 8 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
Julian Costello Quartet
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Julian Costello – saxes
Maciek Pysz – guitars
Yuri Goloubev – double bass
Adam Teixeira – drums


Magical Deceptions with Brian Rappert
Sunday 9 February 2020 at 6:30 PM
Magic through the silks
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Join Brian in a latest interactive performance of trickery. We will use the play of secrecy, disclosure and deception in magic to discuss the role of secrecy, disclosure and deception in art, science, war, and daily life.


Brownman Akoustic Quartet
Saturday 15 February 2020 at 7:30 PM

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The Brownman Akoustic Quartet


Martin Shaw & Liam Ó Maonlaí: workshop
Sunday 16 February 2020 at 10:00 AM
Liam O'Maonlai and Martin Shaw
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Before the evening’s performance from this giant of Irish music Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) and much celebrated storyteller Martin Shaw, join them for a workshop during the day.


Liam O'Maonlai and Martin Shaw: A night of song and story
Sunday 16 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
Liam O'Maonlai and Martin Shaw
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Join us for a night of enchantment, humour and sheer waywardness with giant of Irish music 
Liam O’Maonlai 
(Hothouse Flowers) 
and much celebrated storyteller Martin Shaw
 on a journey into the power of language, tradition, innovation 
and wonder. Something for the lover in all of us!


Staircase Opera: The Consul
Tuesday 18 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
the consul
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Ever been frustrated by bureaucracy? Ever been daunted by official forms? Ever needed a document in a hurry? Ever had your life depend on it?


Pugs of the Frozen North
Friday 21 February 2020 at 3:00 PM
pugs of the frozen north
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Award-winning company The Foundry Group presents Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Pugs of the Frozen North.


Mardi Gras: Frisco Fiasco and Mama Tokus
Saturday 22 February 2020 at 7:30 PM

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Mardi Gras


Film: Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)
Friday 28 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
bohemian rhapsody
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Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.


Weird Dog #4
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 8:00 PM
WeirdDog 3
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Get ready for Weird Dog #4. Details to follow.


Mar 2020

Lisa Schneidau: The Tangle of the Commons
Sunday 1 March 2020 at 4:00 PM

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The Tangle of the Commons tells the story of the British landscape and our relationship with the wild things around us, seen and unseen. Who really owns this place –and what happens if humans push things too far?


Ben Cox Quintet: Hourglass – The music of James Taylor
Sunday 1 March 2020 at 7:30 PM

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Straight off the back of two successful albums, Ben Cox, whose debut album ‘This Waiting Game’ was listed in the Telegraph’s Top Jazz Albums 2015, brings together a new band to celebrate the music of Grammy award winning American singer songwriter James Taylor.


Crystal Jaqueline
Friday 6 March 2020 at 7:30 PM

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Details to follow


Phil Beer
Saturday 7 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Phil Beer So Much to Choose From 2020 Tour
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Phil Beer (of Show of Hands) is appearing at Ashburton Arts Centre as part of his So Much to Choose From 2020 Tour. This is looking popular already so book quickly!


Night Flying - Jane Mason
Friday 13 March 2020 at 7:30 PM

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Drawing on ideas related to deep time, the night sky and landscapes of being, Night Flying is a duet with long-time collaborator David Williams. Together they explore a constellation of associations related to memory, change and wonder.


Steve Turner
Saturday 14 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Steve Turner Late Cut front cover photo
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Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business.


Gaz Hughes Sextet: Art Blakey tribute
Sunday 15 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
gaz hughes
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The Gaz Hughes Sextet plays Art Blakey


Sam Walker Solo + support
Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
sam walker
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Sam Walker travels the world performing solo in a multi-instrumental set up. His live shows are gaining a reputation for boundless energy, dynamic shifts and much multi-instrumentalism.


Gabriel Moreno & the Quivering Poets
Saturday 21 March 2020 at 7:30 PM

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More details to follow


Film: Woman at War (12A)
Friday 27 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
woman at war
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Halla is a 50 year old independent woman. But, behind the scene of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist.


Ashburton Singers
Saturday 28 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ashburton Singers
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Stillhouse Junkies
Sunday 29 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
stillhouse junkies
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This talented American trio combines a wide range of influences including bluegrass, Western Swing, blues and more, to create an attractive groove-filled blend of American roots music.


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What we’ve been up to so far…