What’s On

22 February 2021: From the information being released by the government today, it appears that we won’t be able to open for a live indoor audience until sometime after Easter, though exactly when is not yet possible to say. In the meantime, we have some live online events coming up.

When Devon was in Tier 2 we were putting on live events for a reduced physical audience, present in the Arts Centre. These were also usually simultaneously being live-streamed on Zoom and YouTube to an audience anywhere in the world. For those present we operate in as Covid-safe a way as possible, with at-seat service from the bar to an audience in bubbles separated by 1.5-2m, with the windows open for good ventilation (and some heating to help compensate for the colder air) and plenty of hand-washing/sanitising facilities.

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Andy Williamson
Arts Director, Ashburton Arts Centre

May 2021

Tinners Moon Festival 2021 • 17 – 31 May
Monday 17 May 2021 - Monday 31 May 2021 at 12:00 AM

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In anticipation of being allowed to reopen to audiences inside the Arts Centre on 17 May*, we’re planning the Tinners Moon Festival 2021, with the programme here…

Tinners Moon Opening Celebration with Sam Walker
Monday 17 May 2021 at 6:00 PM

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Gather in and around the Forecourt for some live music, and a chance to see how the Arts Centre has changed.

Community Cabaret - Open Mic
Monday 17 May 2021 at 7:30 PM

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On our opening day, the floor is open for anyone who’d like to perform a song, to anyone who wants to come along and watch.

Annika Skoogh & Ashburton Arts All Stars
Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
Annika Skoogh
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The many-times-delayed Arts Centre Christmas bash from 2020. Featuring Steve Dow (guitar), Jim Rintoul (bass), Martin Jenkins (piano and organ), Andy Williamson (sax) and Josh Rose (drums).

Tom Adams
Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 7:30 PM

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Defined both by a distinctive atmospheric approach to production and his unique falsetto vocals, Tom’s music has been described as being “just beautiful” by Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC6Music and “a wonderfully intimate, intensely emotive experience” by Clash Magazine.

Talk: Guy Shrubsole: Who Owns England
Thursday 20 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
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This talk will focus on who owns Dartmoor, rights of common and rights of access, and what scope there might be for rewilding within the National Park, by restoring some of Dartmoor’s lost temperate rainforests.

Moments of Pleasure Trio (Kate Bush Tribute)
Friday 21 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
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The music of Kate Bush performed accurately and affectionately  capturing the tone and emotion of Kate’s songs perfectly.

Tom Ollendorff Trio
Saturday 22 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
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Known for his expansive technique, outstanding improvising and imaginative composition style, guitarist Tom Ollendorff has fast been building a reputation as one of the most exciting jazz guitarists in the UK.

Sam Fearon / Safiya Joscelyne & Craig Milverton / Maisie Waterhouse
Sunday 23 May 2021 at 7:30 PM

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Some rising stars in the making from Ashburton. We’ve got what it takes to rival Liverpool, Manchester or Bristol with our very own ‘scene’!

Magical Engagements with Brian Rappert
Monday 24 May 2021 at 7:30 PM

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Join our conjuror-in-residence for a brand new, highly interactive event that uses magic to explore themes of connection and estrangement.

Sarah McQuaid
Tuesday 25 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
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A warm, charismatic stage presence, five critically acclaimed solo albums and a battery of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, drum and piano = a one-woman powerhouse who defies categorisation.

Wren: Alice Smith / Angus Balbernie
Wednesday 26 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
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Dance and film: Wren takes from the old stories and songs of the “cutty wren”, and from the poem “Half Hanged Mary” by Margaret Atwood.

holding hands Octet / Fowl
Thursday 27 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
Holding Hands Octet
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The octet features some of the most exciting improvisers from around the UK. Their music mixes hymn-like and lush brass textures with post-minimalist vibraphone patterns, merged together with electronics by several members of the group. Fowl make pieces that involve words and music, sometimes these creations are songs.

James Kirby
Friday 28 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
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Singer-Songwriter James Kirby has been touring worldwide over the last 15 years, captivating audiences of all ages with his mellow voice and unique style of guitar playing, he is not to be missed!

Toby Strong : talk / films
Friday 28 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
Toby Strong and Eagle
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The Platform Cinema group presents this wildlife filmmaker, famous for his work with David Attenborough and the recent BBC Alaska series.

Lyric Trio: Bach Purcell
Saturday 29 May 2021 at 12:00 PM
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We are delighted, and very lucky to be welcoming musicians with such amazing experience to Ashburton Arts Centre for this short chamber music concert.

Attila the Stockbroker & TV Smith
Saturday 29 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
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Two original punk legends team up for one of their first post lockdown gigs – perhaps the very first of all –  both desperate to get out gigging again and both with brand new releases on the go.

Kitty Macfarlane
Sunday 30 May 2021 at 7:30 PM
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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.

Not Only But Also The Blues: Vince Lee, Russell Sinclair, Bad Cat Bone
Monday 31 May 2021 at 7:30 PM

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Vince Lee, Russell Sinclair, Bill Birks & co come to the Arts Centre.

Jun 2021

Yusuf Cat Stevens – performed by Keith James
Sunday 20 June 2021 at 7:30 PM
Keith James sings Yusuf Cat Stevens
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Keith James is back, after his performances of the songs of Leonard Cohen, and later Nick Drake with his show dedicated to the music and life of Yusuf Cat Stevens.

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