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
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
If the restlessly touring Dylan were not his own tribute band, this group could fill the post (Alan Franks,The Times)
Far more than a tribute act, The Dylan Project has been presenting its own loving interpretation of Bob Dylan's music for nearly twenty years.
Fronted by the iconic Steve Gibbons on vocals and guitar, the band features four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians Fairport Convention's rhythm section of Dave Pegg (bass) and Gerry Conway (drums), with Phil Bond (keyboards) and PJ Wright (pedal steel and guitars).
2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the seminal Dylan double LP Blonde on Blonde, widely regarded as a masterpiece. To celebrate this milestone, The Dylan Project's new live show will feature every track from Blonde on Blonde in album order.
The fourteen classic songs in the set include I Want You, Stuck Inside of Mobile, Just Like a Woman, Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, Absolutely Sweet Marie, and the lovelorn epic Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, all interpreted with flair and originality by The Dylan Project.
Sun 18 Dec
The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively because they're so good! Swaledale Festival
"Truly infectious" - BBC Radio 2
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.
Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage and it works so well!
Expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.
With 2017 already looking to be their biggest year to date, don't miss this fantastic duo!
Sat 11 Mar
£11 some concessions
"Sharp-witted comedy that goes down a treat. Like a sociology textbook, but with jokes" - The Times
We are delighted to welcome back Jo Caulfield, who performed the very first main hall stand-up show at the town hall, and within her first two lines had created a devoted audience for town hall comedy.
In her new show, "The Customer is Always Wrong", Jo looks at life's little (and big) minefield. F rom dating, relationships and divorce, to simple things like booking a holiday or joining a pub-quiz team, nothing is ever as straightforward as it should be. Jo is determined to get things back on track…
Sharp, witty and insightful, Jo will make you think as much as you will laugh, and laugh as much as you will think.
Fri 17 Mar
£13.20 some concessions
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
Fee Fi Fo Fun!! Join Jack and his hapless mother Dame Dotty as they venture up the beanstalk and back in this traditional family pantomime. You'll also meet Daisy the moonwalking pantomime cow, and the most fantastic Giant on the touring theatre circuit, all the way from Hollywood.
After five years, Pocket Panto have become an important part of every child's Masham Christmas, with fun for all the family, lots of songs and laughter, and happy ever after!
Tue 20 Dec
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
"They're really good" - Paul Heaton.
The Southmartins are the leading tribute to The Beautiful South and the Housemartins. With an unbeatable catalogue of bittersweet pop hits to choose from and a highly acclaimed live show they've been touring the country since 2010, building up a loyal fanbase and selling out venues. Happy Hour, Caravan of Love, A Little Time, Don't Marry Her, Perfect 10 and many bona fide hits more from these classic British songbooks can be expected in an entertaining and infectious live set. Buying in advance is seriously recommended if you don't want to miss out. Tickets £13 in advance, £15 on the door.
Sat 4 Mar
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