The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. However, the duo's dazzling teamwork, their driving, dancing rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and groove of Scottish tunes has wowed audiences at venues and festivals across the world. Touring as a duo for 12 years, they have led the revival of the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello, releasing three critically acclaimed albums along the way.
Alasdair Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks including Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. He has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland's music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Centre Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.
Natalie Haas is in the vanguard of young cellists who are re-defining the role of the instrument within traditional music. Cellists are coming out of the woodwork to study with Natalie, to learn how she creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section, says Fraser. It's inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles!
"Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A ppositive joy." The Scotsman
Fri 19 May
Two hour-long shows for the price of one, as comedians Bec Hill and Tiernan Douieb preview their Edinburgh Fringe shows for a Masham audience.
Bec Hill: Work in Progress Comedian, presenter and professional fool (profoolssional) Bec Hill brings us an hour of new (and old) material, including her superb and unique 'paper-puppetry'. Expect musings on technology, eggs and other awesome subjects. May contain pop-ups. Bec Hill: exuberant, daft and inventive The Scotsman There's something special about Bec Hill The Times
Tiernan Douieb: "Miserably Happy" An hour of political gags and nonsense musings from the 'opinionated yet likeable' (The Guardian) Tiernan Douieb. In this brand new show Tiernan considers whether ignorance is indeed bliss, and that if so surely he shouldn't know that. He then tries to work out what anyone actually wants anymore, what being civilised actually means, and whether or not he'll ever be able to persuade his wife to like raw tomatoes. Very friendly but fiercely political Time Out It's a really lovely show, really good. A really good show. Mark Thomas
Both of these shows will be 60 minutes of material being prepared and honed for the Edinburgh Fringe.
Tickets £8 from Masham Community Office on 01765-680200 or online here.
Tue 25 Jul
It's the grand reopening of Booth and Son's fish and chip shop. Eric has returned home, over forty years after he left, and it's time for a fresh start. But old flame Christine has other ideas.
Transported back to a time of chippy teas and Northern Soul, there's unfinished business for these old lovers. Watching teenage love stumble as hapless Lee makes a pass at the beautiful Jasmine, is it all just history repeating?
Focusing on love at different ages and celebrating the nation's favourite food, Chip Shop Chips is an immersive love story set in a chippy. So put on your dancing shoes, tuck into a fish supper and brace yourself for a unique theatrical experience.
This is theatre, but not as you know it: dinner, dance and a show all rolled into one!
Tickets £12 (£8 concessions) including a fish 'n' chip supper!
Fri 21 Apr
£13.20 some concessions
Who put the laughter in slaughter? How do you conjugate the verb brexire? And is the pen really mightier than le Pen?
An evening of satire, seriousness and silliness from well-known North Yorkshire poets Andy Croft ('laugh-out-loud funny' Guardian) and Kate Fox ('funny, quirky and a wonderful writer' Sarah Millican). It only hurts when you laugh.
Kate Fox is a stand-up poet who has toured from the Edinburgh Fringe to the South Bank Centre. Her books include Jaggers Yurt and Fox Populi. She has been poet in residence for the Great North Run and the Glastonbury Festival, and organised the Lass War protest over the lack of female representation within the Northern Powerhouse. Kate's latest Radio 4 comedy series will be broadcast in June.
Grewelthorpe resident Andy Croft is a prolific poet whose most recent books include Nineteen Forty-eight (with Martin Rowson) and Les Elephants de Mudfog. He runs the publisher Smokestack Books, and curates the T-junction international poetry festival in Middlesbrough and the Ripon Poetry Festival. Venues for Andy's poetry readings have included Paris, Potsdam, Sofia, Moscow, New York and Basra.
Thu 13 Apr
Motel California are set to perform in the peaceful, easy atmosphere of the town hall. This will be a rare North Yorkshire appearance from one of the most respected Eagles tribute bands around, and will take you on a musical journey through 40 years of memorable melodies.
Motel California is a six-piece live band faithfully reproducing the glorious harmonies and complex guitar parts of iconic Eagles songs along with top ten solo hits from Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Joe Walsh. Featuring three guitarists, bass, keyboards and a sax-playing drummer, with every musician singing, Motel California deliver all the timeless hits from each era of the Eagles catalogue.
Crucial to the band's live shows are high quality theatre-style lighting and crystal clear sound, mixed like an Eagles concert, guaranteeing the best possible experience for the band's many fans and followers.
Expect to hear all the classics like Take It Easy, How Long, Heartache Tonight, Lyin' Eyes, Take It to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, and of course Desperado and Hotel California.
Sat 29 Apr
Award-winning singer Robert Habermann celebrates the golden age of musicals. In this magical evening Robert sings the songs, and tells the stories of the great Broadway musicals that became beloved Hollywood films.
The show will include songs from Oklahoma, West Side Story, Showboat, My Fair Lady, Showboat, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music and many more, as well as showstoppers such as Ol' Man River, Everything's Coming Up Roses, and appropriately enough Show Business.
With grand piano accompaniment, this (some enchanted) evening will leave you with a swing in your step and a song in your heart.
Fri 12 May
Classic northern soul tracks performed live by vocalist Sarah Collins.
Sat 11 Nov
Veteran train traveller and highly experienced stand-up comedian Steve Gribbin rails against the current state of Britain’s Railway system. Using his very worst journeys as examples, Steve takes us on a (de)tour of cancellations, delays and overcrowding that’s enough to drive you to drive. It’s the antidote to Michael Portillo.
But he doesn’t stop there (it’s not scheduled): Steve shunts back into history to acknowledge the immense social change that the trains have brought, from the adoption of “railway time” (not an oxymoron), to the movement of goods and services, including, of course, troops on their way to war.
The show will be a mixture of stand-up, songs and train announcements, as Steve examines all aspects of the railways, from Beeching to Brunel, from Steam (H2O) to HS2. Along the way, audiences will be encouraged to relate their worst rail journeys and personal stories such as that of Steve’s great grandfather John Gribbin, a railwayman who was knocked over and killed at Liverpool Lime Street Station in 1932.
The show also looks at privatisation and the sheer grinding frustration of modern rail travel where it turns out the most difficult three words are not:
“I Love You”, but “Bus Replacement Service.”
Fri 16 Jun
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