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Mar 2024

Eddie Gripper Trio
Wednesday 6 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Eddie Gripper Trio
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Eddie Gripper, piano • Patrick Barrett-Donlon, drums • Ursula Harrison, double bass
“A sensitive pianist of the Bill Evans school of less is more, his minimalist interpretations of his own compositions are quite beautiful… A nice album and well worth sounding out in real/cyberspace. In fact, it’s lovely.” Lance Liddle (Bebop Spoken Here)


Harriet (film) (12A)
Thursday 7 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Harriet (film) (12A)
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The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.


Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Friday 8 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
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It has been five years since the last offering from the popular husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman and their latest album proves a ‘tour de force’ of musical and lyrical surprises.

‘Almost A Sunset‘, their seventh album, is a collection of thoughtful, varied songs that range from re-worked traditional ballads to the off-piste storytelling style that has become their trademark.

Recorded in their studio on Dartmoor, at Devon pace over the course of a year, the couple explore favourite characters, childhood memories and deep emotion to pull together a collection of songs that demonstrate their musical versatility, a sharp interest in the world around them and their own unique perspective on the folk genre.


Dartmoor Strings: Young Performers’ Platform
Sunday 10 March 2024 at 3:00 PM
Dartmoor Strings: Young Performers’ Platform
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This string orchestra for 10-18yr olds from all over the South West, is joined by the 16yr old pianist, Anton Pigott for the 1st movement of Bach’s keyboard concerto in D major and two young cellists, Cyrus Ho and Austin Wong, who will be playing the 1st movement of Vivaldi’s double cello concerto in G minor (RV531).


DREAMS - RedEarth Playback Theatre
Tuesday 12 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
DREAMS - RedEarth Playback Theatre
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Come and share, come and be part of this unique experience. See for yourself how inspiring telling our dreams can be when we come together and create a shared experience from the dream world. This performance is a facilitated, creative, and interactive encounter between audience members and actors. You are invited to tell your dream which the actors and musician will ‘play back’ for you.


Shoulders I Stand On - Petra Haller and Meg Morley
Wednesday 13 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Shoulders I Stand On - Petra Haller and Meg Morley
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‘Shoulders I Stand On’ is a poignant tribute to Haller’s mentors, heroes, and guardian angels that shaped her artistic journey. A showcase of rhythmic innovation and unrivalled musical communication, blending elements of Jazz, classical styles, and audacious improvisation. It will undoubtedly leave audiences spellbound, a testament to the transformative power of music and dance. Don’t miss this encapsulating experience as they redefine musical storytelling on this monumental stage of their musical journey.


Six inches of soil
Thursday 14 March 2024 at 7:00 PM
Six inches of soil
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This film tells the story of young British farmers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food – to heal the soil, our health and provide for local communities. Six Inches of Soil follows three new farmers on the first year of their regenerative journey – Anna Jackson, a Lincolnshire 11th generation arable and sheep farmer; Adrienne Gordon, a Cambridgeshire small-scale vegetable farmer; and Ben Thomas, who rears pasture fed beef cattle in Cornwall. 


F**K IT... PASS THE SALT, PLEASE
Friday 15 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
F**K IT... PASS THE SALT, PLEASE
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Ceri is a multi-slam winning Spokenword poet and performer from Ashburton who has begun to receive wider recognition on the poetry scene.

This event celebrates the launch of Ceri Baker, the new Bard of Exeter’s, first poetry collection Fuck it…Pass The Salt, Please. The evening will also premiere a film made by Martin Niebroj, of the collection’s title piece, for which Ceri received the Spork Up! (Arts Council funded) Artist Development Fund. There will be live performances from five more spokenword performers.


ORPHEUS SEXTET: THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL FEATURING ANNIKA SKOOGH
Saturday 16 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
ORPHEUS SEXTET: THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL FEATURING ANNIKA SKOOGH
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Orpheus plays a mix of uplifting sambas and stunning bossa novas to sell out shows which have been well received by audiences of all ages. Ecuadorian/Swedish singer Annika brings authenticity to the performances by singing the songs in their native written language of Portuguese.

The band features some of the very finest musicians in Devon. Annika Skoogh – vocals, Martin Jenkins – hammond organ, Steve Dow – guitar, Jade Gall – flute/sax, Gary Evans – drums and Colin Seddon – percussion.


Emily Francis Trio
Sunday 17 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Emily Francis Trio
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The Emily Francis Trio bring their brand of prog-jazz for their debut appearance here at Ashburton Arts. Marking their 10th anniversary, their new EP, featuring four singles, capture their melodic, intense, genre-bending style, and immersive, hard-hitting interplay.

Led by keyboardist Emily Francis (fresh from touring with Toyah Willcox and King Crimson founder Robert Fripp) and featuring writing collaborator and bass maestro Trevor Boxall, and drum superstar Jamie Murray, the band fuses their own style of high-energy, melodically-driven jazz with sounds from the worlds of progressive rock and pop, electronic music, and influences spanning the 60s, 70s, and 80s.


LIANE CARROLL
Monday 18 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
LIANE CARROLL
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One of the UK’s most accomplished  jazz singers and outstanding pianist Liane Carroll performs jazz classics and original compositions. Well-known for her powerful, highly emotional voice and superlative improvising skills, Liane has enjoyed a long career across multiple genres.  


THE SNOW DRAGONS: TOTNES INDEPENDENT SCHOOL YOUTH THEATRE (WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY PERFORMANCE)
Wednesday 20 March 2024 - Thursday 21 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
THE SNOW DRAGONS: TOTNES INDEPENDENT SCHOOL YOUTH THEATRE (WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY PERFORMANCE)
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The Totnes Independent School theatre group present a play by Lizzie Nunnery. It is an imagined story based on real events performed in a lighthearted way! 

Book tickets for either the performance on Wednesday 20 March, 2024. or for Thursday 20 March 2024.

The school writes:  
“Join our students and celebrate their hard, creative work over a social evening here at Ashburton Arts Centre! This play is specifically written for young people, about young people.“


The Little Big Horns
Friday 22 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Little Big Horns
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The Little Big Horns is a 5 piece funky brass band based in Somerset. With infectious riffs, rich tunes and wild solos it will be a night of music with loads of energy, mixing up contemporary New Orleans brass, ska, Balkan and reggae grooves and influences. It’s a cosmopolitan cocktail from around the world.

In the afternoon from 3pm – 5pm members of the band will be leading a workshop for musicians. Every age and level of playing is welcome, there will be some very easy to more advanced stuff to play together.


The Trouble Notes: Bennet Cerven and Florian Eisenschmidt
Friday 22 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Trouble Notes: Bennet Cerven and Florian Eisenschmidt
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The Trouble Notes is a progressive world folk band. Known for their explosive energy and worldly melodies, the band was formed in 2013 by violinist Bennet Cerven and has since become renowned on the international world folk music scene. Their shows are packed full of surprises, known to feature international guest performers, adding to the energetic worldly sounds at the heart of their repertoire. They have toured extensively in Europe and North America. They have performed on Television in the USA, Europe, Japan and Brazil. They have played on many of Europe’s large festival stages and with major international acts like Jethro Tull, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and America. Their second studio album, Liberty Awaits, was described by Earmilk Magazine as “a transcendent exploration and fusion of various folk styles, showcasing the rich tapestry of our diverse world.”


Daniel Kemish: solo
Sunday 24 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Daniel Kemish: solo
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A superb singer/songwriter in the American/country/blues area of the musical spectrum. His songs speak for themselves – click on ‘more info’ for some links where you can listen. A cracking night of live music in prospect here.


Miracle Theatre: Hell's Bells
Tuesday 26 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Miracle Theatre: Hell's Bells
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When the body of a lighthouse keeper washes up on the shore, covered in mysterious bruises. Ferelith decides to take a break from the tedium of her seaside holiday to interfere in the police enquiry…
…when things take a turn for the peculiar, her legendary powers of intuition begin to fail her. Will her brother, Grubb (always one step behind and going in the wrong direction) be able to rescue her from the brink of disaster?
This comic seaside mystery, full of mythical creatures and plants with supernatural powers, mixes the drama of a detective thriller with Miracle’s distinctive humour and colourful characters.
Miracle Theatre returns to entertain adults and adventurous children with this brand new murderous melodrama.


BENEATH THE SURFACE - THE EDGE OF THE SEA
Thursday 28 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
BENEATH THE SURFACE - THE EDGE OF THE SEA
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An illustrated talk by artist Naomi Hart

Through paintings and images of the intertidal zone, sea edges, translucent waters and incredible sea life, Naomi will share her love of the ocean, her collaborations with scientists and her hopes for a positive future. Happiest as an expedition artist, and from a family with a long history of migration, Naomi is often on the move, searching for understanding through changing environments and collaborating with different people.


The Adjustment Bureau (film) 12A
Friday 29 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Adjustment Bureau (film) 12A
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Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us?
On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realises he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.


Not Only But Also The Blues: Quique Bonal and Kid Carlos (Spain) and Big Mouth Blues Band
Sunday 31 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Not Only But Also The Blues: Quique Bonal and Kid Carlos (Spain) and Big Mouth Blues Band
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This month we have a guitar duo from Seville, Spain, and a new local band. Not Only But Also the Blues is a monthly session that draws inspiration from the great tradition of blues providing an oportunity for bands to play in a great venue for a truly appreciative audience.


Street Dance Workshop with Urbanflow
Sunday 31 March 2024 at 7:30 PM
Street Dance Workshop with Urbanflow
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Book here now: £25 full price • £20 or £15 if you prefer – please pay what you can*

STREET DANCE WORKSHOP 2pm – 5.30pm
with Lou Latham, Urbanflow

POSITIVE TEACHING WHERE 
THE ONLY ATTITUDE IS YOUR DANCE

For anyone aged 14+

Hiphop and Shuffling foundations and choreo

 

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Apr 2024

Tarren
Saturday 13 April 2024 at 7:30 PM
Tarren
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Tarren is a collaboration between three forward thinking interpreters and writers of English folk music: Bristol-based artists Sid Goldsmith, Alex Garden and Danny Pedler. They combine cittern and concertina, fiddle, and accordion to create new, dynamic folk music. The trio produces rich, joyous music that draws the listener in, weaving intricate themes throughout tunes and songs that have the pulse of traditional dance at its heart.


May 2024

Boo Hewerdine
Monday 13 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Boo Hewerdine
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For over 30 years Boo Hewerdine has been considered one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters. As lead singer of seminal band, The Bible through to his subsequent solo work and long-time collaboration with the incredible Eddi Reader he has become something of a national treasure. He is in demand as a writer, producer and performer. Over a hundred of his songs have been covered by the likes of KD Lang, Kris Drever, Chris Difford, Heidi Talbot and Hannah Rarity. His last album ‘Before’ was recorded with supreme Danish multi- instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren. It garnered multiple five star reviews.


Jack Badcock
Monday 20 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Jack Badcock
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Singer and guitarist, Jack Badcock is a veteran performer, having toured extensively on four continents, predominantly but not exclusively as frontman and founding member of renowned world-folk band Dallahan. A previous finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award, his 2021 EP, The Driftwood Project was nominated for Original Work of the Year at the BBC Scots Music Awards and in 2022 he was selected by Celtic Connections to write and perform an hour of original music with a full band for the prestigious New Voices commission at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.


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