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.)

Oct 2019

Sunsplash Township Jazz
Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 7:30 PM

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Lively music from recently formed quartet ‘Sunsplash’. Pianist Philip Clouts has assembled a set which features music from the greats of South Africa including Abdullah Ibrahim’s breakthrough hit ‘Mannenberg’, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Click Song’ and tunes by Dudu Pukwana and Hugh Masakela.


Drop The Story Festival
Thursday 17 October 2019 - Saturday 19 October 2019 at 7:30 PM
Drop The Story Festival
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Drop The Story is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Different solo performances each day by members of our community, sharing their story, their challenges and their triumphs. It takes a journey and a great courage to get to that place. The experience is moving, inspiring and intimate.


Drop The Story Festival (Sunday afternoon)
Sunday 20 October 2019 at 2:00 PM
Drop The Story Festival
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This is the fourth event in the Drop The Story Festival – it’s only being listed here separately because it’s at 2pm (the first three are at 7.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday), so it needs a separate listing.  The first three nights are listed here.

Solo autobiographical theatre alters the angle from which people see their life story, and enables them to change the meaning of this story so that it propels them towards fulfilling their potential.

The idea is: solo performances by members of our community, sharing their story, their challenges and their triumphs. It takes a journey and a great courage to get to that place.
The experience is moving, inspiring and intimate.

This year we have ancestral, political, provocative, entertaining and touching shows to share with you. Every festival is unique, made of individual stories and YOU. It’s an initiatory experience for those who are making the pieces. Your presence makes for a completion of that experience and for the receiving of a gift that was crafted with love.
Join us for a feast of our humanity!

The Line-up is: (doors & bar open half an hour before each show)

Sunday 2pm
Amanda Belamy
Mo Cohen

Detailed Programme:
http://dropthestory.co.uk/

Tickets £10 or £8 or £5 – you choose, pay what you can.
Buy online:  wegottickets.com/dropthestory2019 or on the door.

Agata writes:
“We carry so many stories inside and when they are told they get freed up and we get the medicine. It is often in challenging situations, when we might have felt victimized, that we developed our precious gifts and strengths.

“By looking at our lives as a piece of art, we bring reverence to it and find the patterns that are specific to us. As we find those patterns and become the heroine’s/hero’s in our story, we find why we are here.

“Is there value in telling your story? We hear “drop the story, be in the moment!” That is a great direction if we have actually integrated and digested the story. The paradox is, I have discovered, that we need to recall it and feel it from a place of presence to really let it go. Then the past becomes a resource for this moment, as energy available in your body.”


Kitty Macfarlane
Sunday 20 October 2019 at 7:30 PM
Kitty MacFarlane Ashburton Arts Centre
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Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye: her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. “Stunningly beautiful – what a production, what a sound” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2


Dance in A Day (ages 9 – 13)
Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 10:00 AM
Dance in a Day Karina Gracia
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Join Dance in Devon and professional dance artist Karina Gracia for a day of fun and inclusive dance workshops working towards creating a ‘Dance in a Day’ to share with each other, parents and friends. Participants will form a dance company for one day, facing an intensive challenge where they will learn new creative skills and will work together to be ready to perform their piece at the end of the day!


Boo Hewerdine, with Ben Morgan-Brown
Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 7:30 PM
Boo Hewerdine
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Boo Hewerdine is one of the greatest songwriter performers in the business and a unique talent.
Following the success of his 2018 tour with Chris Difford (Squeeze) Boo played sold out Autumn shows with label mates Kris Drever and Eddi Reader alongside his own solo concerts and working on the BBC Radio Ballads series covering the subject of Child Migration.


ISQ: Requiem for The Faithful
Saturday 26 October 2019 at 7:30 PM
ISQ Ashburton Arts Centre
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Described as “EST with vocals”, ISQ is a critically-acclaimed post-jazz/alternative quartet from London featuring Irene Serra (vocals – Wynton Marsalis, Norma Winstone, US3), Richard Sadler (double bass – founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio), Naadia Sheriff (piano – Yazz Ahmed, Hermeto Pascoal) and Chris Nickolls (drums – Andy Sheppard, Jean Touissant).


Catherine Rimer (cello) & Neil McClaren (flute) play JS Bach
Sunday 27 October 2019 at 7:30 PM
Catherine Rimer and Neil McClaren
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Cathy Rimer (cello) and Neil McClaren (flute) are both internationally regarded baroque music specialists who we are exceptionally lucky to have playing at Ashburton Arts centre. They’ll play a mixture of solo and duopieces by JS Bach. Cathy performed a beautiful programme of Bach’s solo cello suites recently.


Nov 2019

Mama Tokus: Mama's social music club - The Get-Together
Saturday 2 November 2019 at 7:30 PM

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A social music club with great songs, atmosphere and pot-luck dining. Expect soulful, gospel-inspired vocals, fine, fine music and a friendly vibe where everyone’s welcome. An uplifting and heart-warming night out! With Mama Tokus & her musical friends.


Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake
Sunday 10 November 2019 at 7:30 PM
Nick Drake
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Last year, Keith brought us his tribute to Leonard Cohen, and a very near full house loved it. He’s back on Sunday 10 November with another great show, this time dedicated to the legendary singer/songwriter Nick Drake.


The Little Unsaid
Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 12:00 AM
The Little Unsaid
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Led by Yorkshire-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott, The Little Unsaid has a genre-spanning approach to song-writing that embraces elements of electronica, folk, jazz and alt-rock. Their live shows are highly emotive unique experiences, a world-class band not to be missed.


Dec 2019

Terry Oldfield and Soraya with special guest Elise Yuill Cohen
Sunday 1 December 2019 at 2:30 PM
Terry Oldfield and Soraya
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Join Terry Oldfield and his wife Soraya Saraswati as they share their magical flute music with songs and mantras for peace. They’re joined by Elise Yuill Cohen a Devon based singer/songwriter (last seen at the Arts Centre supporting James Frost).


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Event Calendar

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What we’ve been up to so far…