BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker joins forces with highly acclaimed singer and pianist Kirsty Merryn to create a fresh take on a tradition ripe for rediscovery. The EP Life and the Land is a celebration of England's harvest tradition, reimagining songs born out of our agricultural past. Focusing on songs from rural England found in local archives and EFDSS collections, Ben and Kirsty are breathing new life into long-lost songs of the land. They are innovative composers and performers bringing eclectic influences from across the musical spectrum - from classical to jazz to electronica - as well as deep roots in traditional music. With Ben's guitars and mandolin providing a perfect frame for Kirsty's piano, shruti and silver voice, their contrasting and complementary styles combine to create a timeless sound.
Book pre-show meal at our cafe via Barbara on 01326 340630
For up-to-date information on Covid precautions, if needed, see Tolmen Centre website.
Fri 25 Feb
£13.20 (Children £6.60)
Award-winning British multi-instrumentalist duo Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington.
Sat 28 May
£12.78 (Children £6.39)
The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts - all presented in that unique Squashbox style!
For children aged 4+ and their families.
Note 3pm start.
Covid restrictions may apply - see our website
Sun 12 Dec
£7.46–£21.30 (Children £3.73)
We are pleased to announce the return of acclaimed guitarist and composer Clive Carroll to Upstairs at the Red Lion, Manningtree. Clive has created a sound world all his own, with a signature blend of warmth and humour that belies his dazzling technical skill. Clive's masterful compositions feature influences mined from the delicate cadences of Elizabethan lute classics, the imaginative eccentricity of Frank Zappa, visionary classical composers such as Bartok and Ligeti, and hints of jazz and Delta blues! He has toured and worked with guitar greats such as John Williams, Tommy Emmanuel, Xuefei Yang, Ralph Towner, and John Renbourn. Total Guitar Magazine includes him in their Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitarists of All Time.
This promises to be a very special evening in the company of one of the guitar greats.
Please check with the venue nearer the time for any Covid requirements
Sat 23 Apr
£13.20 (Children £6.60)
Bluegrass with folk and pop leanings from the Cornwall group.
Fri 18 Mar
£15.40 (Children £7.70)
Slug…and other things ive been told to hate
From Finnish mermaids and soppy otters to Kellogg's anti-masturbation pants, Slug is a book that holds a mirror up to the world, past and present, through Hollie's driving, funny and beautiful words. A blend of poetry, memoir and short story, Slug is an absolutely joyful read about the human condition: from birth to death and her attempt to manage the tangle in-between.
About the Author
Hollie is a writer based between Glasgow and Cambridge. She has published four poetry collections Papers, Cherry Pie, Plum, Slug, one play Offside and one poetic memoir Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested The world needs this book and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She was the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios.
Her poems have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish and Japanese and she has performed them worldwide alongside the likes of Irvine Welsh, Kae Tempest, Jackie Kay, Helen Pankhurst and Young Fathers. Her new title Slug: and other things Ive been told to hate is published in May 2021 with Fleet, Hachette, available now to pre-order.
As well as live readings, Hollie is a big fan of online accessibility her poetry videos have attracted millions of viewings worldwide.
Pre show suppers will be available. Check website for details
Covid precautions: see website: www.tolmencentre.co.uk
Sat 2 Apr
The man who single-handedly gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance; Kanda Bongo Man is one of the best known stars of world music, and one of the first pioneers of African Soukous music.
Championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw in the late 80's, he developed a huge loyal fanbase, and was a key figure in the introduction of African & World music to the mainstream. His music has always been driven by optimism and happiness, and his exhilarating performances are fast moving and exciting combinations of dance music and dance moves rooted deep in the Congolese tradition.
As the famous saying goes If Kanda Bongo Man doesnt make you want to dance, call an ambulance. Youre dead.
Kanda plays with his incredible 7-piece band, and this is an evening not to be missed!
Please note: maximum audience 150 (no social distancing but less than our full capacity of 180). To read our current Covid policies, please visit our website.
Sat 11 Dec
£15.98 (Children £7.99)
Americana Folk Singer-songwriter Lady Nade has learnt that loss and grief isnt something one can recover from alone and with her music she creates a communal experience that everyone can enter into on their own terms. With a sound of modern soul mixed with folk, she has one of the most unique and distinctive voices in British music today.
Sun 13 Feb
Luke Wright emerges from his enforced retirement with an infectious thirst for life. But what kind of life, and does it bear any resemblance to the one he had before
Amazing poems from his new book brilliantly performed.
Rage, passion and humour. The Guardian
Tickets £12 Booking online via www.tolmencentre.co.uk
Café Tolmen suppers available from 6pm. Booking essential. Please phone Barbara on 01326 340630
Sat 22 Jan
Founder of the Schubert Ensemble, William Howard is one of Britain's leading pianists. As a soloist he has performed many times in the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank in London and has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3.
We will be limiting our audience to 60 for this concert, allowing a degree of social distancing in our downstairs space. For our current Covid policies please visit our website.
We regret that there will NOT be a cafe available for this event.
Sun 5 Dec
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