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May 2024

Exhibition: About a Lovely Tree
Monday 6 May 2024 - Sunday 26 May 2024 at 10:30 AM
Exhibition: About a Lovely Tree
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Exhibition About a Lovely Tree


Public Meeting: Flood Risk in Ashburton, and what's being done…
Thursday 23 May 2024 at 7:00 PM
Public Meeting: Flood Risk in Ashburton, and what's being done…
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Historically, Ashburton has been prone to flooding (see oldashburton.co.uk). A major scheme was put in place in 1983 which has prevented any major flooding in the town centre. One of the results of climate change is an increase in frequency of heavy rain in the UK. At this public meeting, chaired by our new mayor, Saskia Hogbin, we’ll hear from these two speakers who will showcase the fascinating research being undertaken with the aim of improving the natural flood resilience of the River Ashburn.
NB Earlier then usual start time of 7pm


Old Baby Mackerel
Friday 24 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Old Baby Mackerel
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Old Baby Mackerel plays high-energy, foot-stomping bluegrass featuring some of the UK’s best bluegrass musicians. Be prepared to be transported back in time to the early 20th century and across the Atlantic to North America where songs dramatized the small-town fascination with locomotion, religion and the veneration of whisky and bootleg liquor. Gathered around a single condenser microphone in the true bluegrass style, the sounds of banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and double bass blend lightning-fast rhythm, virtuosic solos and evocative harmonies to get knees bouncing and elbows swinging.


The Escapees – plus book launch: The Midnight Mechanic by Andy Brown
Saturday 25 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Escapees – plus book launch: The Midnight Mechanic by Andy Brown
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An evening to launch the new novel by celebrated local author Andy Brown:
The Midnight Mechanic. Followed by a live set of original songs from THE ESCAPEES:
Marcus Vergette – Drums; David Briggs – Bass/Guitars; Marc Woodward – Mandolin; Andy Brown – Guitar/Vocals


Not Only But Also The Blues: Alex Voysey Trio / Martin McNeill Bottleneck Bluesman
Monday 27 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Not Only But Also The Blues: Alex Voysey Trio / Martin McNeill Bottleneck Bluesman
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Not Only But Also The Blues is a monthly showcase of some of the best blues and blues-inspired talent in the South West. This month features slide guitar specialist Martin McNeill and the superb Alex Voysey Trio making a return visit after their wonderful performance here in 2023. As usual the evening ends with a blues jam session, open to anyone to come and play.


Bach and Friends – Rodolfo Richter and Pierre Joubert, violins with William Carter, Lute
Tuesday 28 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Bach and Friends – Rodolfo Richter and Pierre Joubert, violins with William Carter, Lute
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We are delighted (and spectacularly lucky!) to welcome three of the world’s top early music specialists to Ashburton for their first performance together as a trio. The three musicians have been friends and colleagues since the 1990s and have played hundreds of concerts together around the world in various period chamber ensembles and orchestras, notably the Academy of Ancient Music.


Three's Up! Organ Trio
Wednesday 29 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Three's Up! Organ Trio
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Three’s Up! Organ Trio is a high energy trombone-led organ trio playing a mixture of ferociously swinging standards and adventurous original music written by the members
Rory Ingham, trombone, Matt Carter, organ and Luke Tomlinson, drums.


Searching for Sugarman (12A)
Friday 31 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Searching for Sugarman (12A)
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In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long-romoured to be dead until two fans seek him out….


Jun 2024

Dan Whitehouse and Gustaf Ljunggren A Night of Glass
Thursday 6 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Dan Whitehouse and Gustaf Ljunggren A Night of Glass
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Accompanying himself on piano and guitar, Dan dives into songs and stories from the glass making industry and about how the glass of the screens we use everyday has changed our lives. Glass – such an artificial subject matter – is breathed into life via Dan’s sonorous Bowie-esque tenor, each tune interspersed with narrative leavened by his Black Country delivery.


Captain of the Lost Waves
Friday 7 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Captain of the Lost Waves
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This looks like being a real one-of-a-kind, once seen, never forgotten performance.
Captain of the Lost Waves is “…visceral music for the mind and body.” Inspired by various performers including Kate Bush, Genesis, Tears For Fears, Talking Heads, Zombies and Brian Eno, the Captain has a sound that is truly unique. He’s a troubadour, a storyteller and so it’s said, a free thinking renegade who writes songs that are at once unusual and dreamy, sometimes powerful and rocking, at other times softer, intuitive and spirited, rife with invention.


Dave Storey Trio with James Allsopp and Conor Chaplin
Sunday 9 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Dave Storey Trio with James Allsopp and Conor Chaplin
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The Dave Storey Trio present material from their third album ‘CIRCEO’ featuring their signature quicksilver interplay honed over almost a decade of playing and touring together. The jazz tradition brought to life for the 21st century – communication with love, humour and fire.


Wildlife Gardeners’ Question Time and Shared Supper (NB start time 7pm)
Wednesday 12 June 2024 at 7:00 PM
Wildlife Gardeners’ Question Time and Shared Supper (NB start time 7pm)
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How can we improve our gardens, fields and community spaces to help nature thrive? How can we make our community abundant for wildlife and people? Join our panel of amazing local experts for this special version of Gardeners’ Question Time and gather with other local wildlife lovers to ask questions, explore ideas, share food and celebrate nature. Followed by shared supper.


An evening with Martin Simpson
Thursday 13 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
An evening with Martin Simpson
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One of England’s most revered folk performers, widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His remarkable solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. 


Occasional Liberation Music Orchestra & Viva Choir
Friday 14 June 2024 at 7:30 PM

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A Concert for the charity War Child which works with & for children displaced by current conflicts
Roz Walker’s Viva Choir is a women’s collective specialising in world music & peace songs in times of conflict.
The OLMO is a jazz and improvising orchestra based on the original Charlie Haden & Carla Bley Orchestra. 


Lost Songs of Scilly: Piers Lewin & John Patrick Elliott
Saturday 15 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Lost Songs of Scilly: Piers Lewin & John Patrick Elliott
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Lost Songs of Scilly is a unique collaboration that seeks to capture the stories and essence of the Isles of Scilly in music. Foot-stomping reels blend into timeless songs and ambient immersive instrumentals — this is music infused with an unshakeable sense of place. Expect evocative island soundscapes, with samples of field recordings woven through songs of the sea, celebrating the resilience of a creative, independent island community and transporting audiences to this truly beautiful place.


The Nettle Dress (12A)
Sunday 16 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Nettle Dress (12A)
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Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand from foraged stinging nettles, all picked on the South Downs near Brighton. This is ‘hedgerow couture’, the greenest of slow fashion. It’s also his medicine, the way he survives the death of his wife that left him and his four children bereft.


The Tempest
Monday 17 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Tempest
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Presented by a collective of circus artists, musicians, and specialist performers, The Tempest promises a Summer’s night of murky magic and mystical mischief.


Tom Kitching and Marit Fält: Where There's Brass
Wednesday 19 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Tom Kitching and Marit Fält: Where There's Brass
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‘Where There’s Brass’, with a storytelling a music show.
Documenting six months living in the London waterways community, making the long journey from Manchester on a traditional narrowboat built in 1937, ‘Where There’s Brass’ tells the story of the contemporary London waterways; a floating slum at worst, a bohemian, alternative, vibrant community at best.
It is a love letter to the waterways, and a rallying cry for what they can be in the future.


Toby Hay & Aidan Thorne After a Pause
Friday 21 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Toby Hay & Aidan Thorne After a Pause
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In 2021, guitarist Toby Hay & bassist Aidan Thorne (Duski) headed to the studio to make an album of new music, the inspiration being the things they missed most due to the restrictions of the pandemic. They focussed on improvisation and the timbre of acoustic instruments in real spaces.
“Dreamy, elusive, and appears to have all the time in the world.” Songlines


Flamenco Dance Workshop with Rebecca Ortega
Saturday 22 June 2024 at 2:30 PM
Flamenco Dance Workshop with Rebecca Ortega
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Discover the beauty of traditional flamenco with Rebeca Ortega in this dynamic dance workshop. Bring tap shoes or heels, a skirt or comfortable clothing. Liberate your body, enhance strength, and embrace beauty and sensuality through flamenco, body percussion, and clapping. Boost self-esteem, confidence, memory, decision-making, and expression. The workshop includes a warm-up, compass coordination, hand ans arm movement technique, choreography, improvisation, and group dance.


Orlando Dibelo & Ruth Rozelaar: Bandoneón: A musical journey through the heart of tango
Tuesday 25 June 2024 at 7:30 PM

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Orlando and Ruth are playing a series of Milongas in June, where dancers can request their favourite tunes. This will be a seated concert where they’ll be exploring the repertoire of more lyrical Tangos, of which there are so many beautiful ones.


Only Love Matters (12A)
Friday 28 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Only Love Matters (12A)
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A young woman’s discovery of a life-changing book reveals the unique life story of its intersex author, helping her to come to terms with her own past, embrace her new romance and finally reunite with her intersex mother after years apart.


ACT with the Arts Climate Festival Choral Climax
Saturday 29 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
ACT with the Arts Climate Festival Choral Climax
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This is the choral climactiical finale of: ACT with the Arts Climate Festival at venues around Teignbiridge, 22nd – 29th June 2024
It features The South Devon Singers Community Choir, the Torbay Folk choir, Sing and Sign Jukebow choir and the Plymouth Climate Choir.

festival.actionclimateteignbridge.org


Jul 2024

Oppenheimer (15)
Friday 26 July 2024 at 7:00 PM
Oppenheimer (15)
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As America’s isolation from World War II ends, prominent American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer finds himself tasked with performing a miracle. Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jnr


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