Join us this autumn for an unmissable celebration of the West Midlands’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Ironbridge Gorge.
The Festival of Imagination will showcase the amazing story of the Ironbridge Gorge, past, present and future as it’s never been seen before.
Presented by Ironbridge World Heritage Festival and partners, the programme will see the Gorge come alive with a fantastic fiesta of arts, crafts, culture, virtual reality, music, film, poetry, family-friendly events and food and drink.
In association with Forge and Jazz West Midlands we are thrilled to announce that Orjan Hulten in playing at Forge at The Wakes
Ticket price will include a supper (price to be announced soon)
An extraordinary band with the ability to combine various of musical styles in a concept of modern jazz. In his compositions Örjan Hultén moves effortlessly across boundaries and musical genres. Here and there Middle eastern and Balkan traits can be heard while one can distinguish traces from Wayne Shorter or Joni Mitchell in other parts. Örjan Hultén’s Orion is featuring four of Sweden’s top musicians, each of them a well-known and celebrated musicians/bandleader in his own right.
Tickets are 15.00 per person includes ticket and jazz supper. Supper will be a single course and will include a choice from 3 dishes all freshly cooked on the evening – examples NOT-SO-CAJUN SHRIMP (Pasta and Shrimp in a Cajun cream sauce): JAMBALAYA (Chicken and Smoked Sausage in savoury rice)
NEW ENGLAND CORN CHOWDER; (Creamy sweetcorn broth with crusty bread).
Licensed bar open on the evening serving in addition sweet desserts, a wonderful range of gins, specialist coffees (inc. Espresso Martinis and Irish Coffees) along with a Jazz House cocktail.
This wonderful contemporary jazz evening is bought to you through a joint partnership of Forge Urban Revival and the West Midland Jazz Network
Utilising rarely seen archive footage and a powerful score from the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, Bill Morrison’s collage film The Miners’ Hymns delivers a memorable tribute to coal mining in the north of England, touching on a wealth of topics – including workers’ rights and the 1984 strikes – to highlight an integral part of this sceptered isle’s industrial history.
Showing at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron in Ironbridge – itself a hotbed of activity during the Industrial Revolution and one of the oldest mining areas in the country – the screening will be followed by a live performance from the Wellington Brass Band to highlight the similarly storied links between mining and the working-class tradition of colliery brass bands.
Groovy Motown Cruise! The magic of motown, come and celebrate the sound of a generation!
You’ll have a live DJ to play bangers long into the night, as well as a dance floor and a fully stocked bar
Tickets are £15 each, the cruise will depart at 7:30 and last three hours after which point we will tie the boat up and continue the party till midnight!
Return to the 60s for an evening, fancy dress is encouraged!
A light hearted look at life in a small rural town in the 1940s. As you walk around the town, you will be captivated by Re-Enactors and Entertainers in period costume, vintage vehicle displays, trade stands, music and dancing; all with a 1940’s theme. There will also be special activities for children.
Jess Morgan from England and Nels Andrews from the US have joined forces because they both – for the first time – have illustrated books to accompany the new music they want to bring to audiences in 2019. Jess and Nels wanted to showcase something on tour which would satisfy the most avid record sleeve-readers, comic book-worms, or just about anyone feeling lost in the digital age. Their co-headlined show promises an atmospheric concoction of songwriting, spoken word and fun visuals. They will tour in England and Scotland, through September and October.
The two singer-songwriters met in 2011 on a grey, drizzling night in Leicester. Nels Andrews, a seasoned songwriter a long way from his home in Santa Cruz California, was touring his record of the time in the UK. His opening act was Norwich based Jess Morgan who was then just beginning her career. They two singer-songwriters stayed friends, bumping into each other at shows and festivals on both sides of the atlantic and always finding time to grab coffee and talk song-writing. Nels and Jess are both fans of comic book illustration, film photography, and squeezing into a wetsuit and surfing on waves close to home home – The Pacific Ocean and The North Sea respectively. Both have brought out their music in analogue formats – Nels has a single out on luminous yellow flex-disk and Jess spent most of last year making her own 7” vinyl records in her kitchen.
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
One of the must-see bands of 2019, the pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk.
Fusing acoustic fragility and electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ or ‘laboratory’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” – Steve Hackett, Genesis
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” – Rock Society Magazine
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces” – Fatea Magazine
“A mesmerizing powerhouse – Mostyn’s vocals are a force to be reckoned with” – XUNE MAG
“Expect the unexpected, a refreshing lack of boundaries” – Louder Than War
“Liberating and unconventional – an avant-garde musical utopia with an impeccable vocal capability sending you weak at the knees” – No Depression
“Smouldering and brooding, a mesmerizing performance” – Louder Than War
“Cinematic yet intimate, from intense and soaring to dreamy and tranquil…exquisite” –
“A great band” – BBC Radio 2
EARLY BIRD TICKETS available now!
MORE ABOUT THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA: blackheartorchestra.com
How to pay/book
👉2. Ticket link 👉https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hermonchapel/t-akdaza
👉3. 01691 662 196
👉4.Visit us on Chapel street SY11 1LF
Whilst For the Record provides an informal opportunity to meet-up and chat about music we do offer themes around it.
Our October one discusses ‘songs that had a political or cultural edge?’ so perhaps tracks in your collection or memory that you think has a strong message. Bring along any vinyls, cd’s tapes, gig shirts, tickets or simply your memories, likes and dislikes around music.
Light supper provided. Come along to suit between 6-9pm
Sit and play your music or just come along and listen.
This year’s “Fête Anniversaire” celebrates 10 years of the Arcadia Music Festival and the 70th birthday of co-founder Eleanor Alberga. Performed by an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians, this concert features JS Bach’s Ricercar in 6 voices from ‘The Musical Offering’ – Alberga’s String Quartet no 3 – and Schubert’s Quintet D.956 ‘cello Quintet’.
In 1985 the UK’s unemployment rate was at its highest for many years, and a group of young people in Telford decided to make their own documentary about life on the dole. Working with the support of Birmingham Film and Video Workshop, they travelled the country interviewing everyone from Jimmy Somerville to Ken Livingstone while also giving their own irreverent take on the political situation. The resulting film, broadcast in the early years of Channel 4, is this hugely enjoyable slice of punk TV which still resonates today.
The original crew behind the film, known collectively as the Dead Honest Soul Searchers or DHSS, will be reuniting for this special one-off event. They’ll be joined for a short Q&A after the screening by filmmakers Jonnie Turpie and Graham Peet.
This year’s “Fete Anniversaire” celebrates 10 years of the Arcadia Music Festival and the 70th birthday of co-founder Eleanor Alberga. Performed by an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians, this concert features Shostakovich’s String Quartet no 7 opus 108 – Schoenberg’s ‘Verklarte Nacht’ (Tranfigured Night) opus 4 – Alberga’s ‘Succubus Moon’ for oboe and string quartet – and Schubert’s String Quartet D. 810 ‘Death and the Maiden’.
MODAL JAZZ is not only a great way to learn jazz improvisation but a fantastic way to learn improvisation of any kind, whether that’s in funk, blues, fusion or beyond! HOWEVER, THERE IS ONLY ONE PROBLEM: With all the information and ideas out there, including the strange names of the modes themselves, it can get quite confusing and we can easily lose the love for a solo over the complexity of theory.
With this Modal Jazz workshop we can break down those complexities in an easy to digest manner with a practical approach in a group/band setting.
This three-part course is designed for all instruments and voice and comes with a free handy booklet for you to reference in your future practice and development. Don’t worry if you can’t make all three workshops, as there will be something for everyone in each session to take away for your journey in modal music.
SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE WILL COVER OVER THE THREE SESSIONS INCLUDE:
– history of modal music
– singing/hearing the modes
– a bit of theory…
– developing nice soloing ideas
– harmony and rhythm with modal tunes
– learning some modal tunes by ear in a band
– ’Hip’ ideas and secrets
WHO CAN ATTEND?
This course is aimed at instrumentalists and vocalists at the beginning/intermediate stage of their development. Some basic reading is helpful but not essential. The booklet will contain music in Concert, Bb, Eb and TAB for your future reference.
WHAT’S THE COST?
Each session is 2.5 hours long with a break and costs £12 for individual sessions or SAVE A LITTLE when you BOOK ALL THREE SESSIONS IN ADVANCE FOR £32!
Whatever option suits you best, prior booking is advisable.
TUTOR: Barry-Bazmatron Edwards Bmus(hons) Jazz
Barry has studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire (2002-2006) under the guidance of well-established educators and performers in their own right. Hans Koller, Dave Cliff, Phil Robson, Gene Calderazzo, Mike Williams to name just a few. He also recorded various albums with prominent improvisers on the U.K. scene such as Mark Sanders, Paul Dunmall and Philip Gibbs.
How to pay/book
👉2. Ticket link 👉https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hermonchapel/e-drkkxp
👉3. 01691 662 196
👉4.Visit us on Chapel street SY11 1LF
This year’s “Fete Anniversaire” celebrates 10 years of the Arcadia Music Festival and the 70th birthday of co-founder Eleanor Alberga. Performed by an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians, this concert features Purcell’s Fantasia upon One Note – Alberga’s Piano Sonata (World Premiere) – Schubert’s Quintet ‘The Trout’ D.667 – and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.
Designed to get your twinkle toes (or two left feet) tapping, two very different forms of dance are celebrated in this unique pair of screenings at The Edge Arts Centre.
The first screening, Force Of Nature Natalia (12.30pm), is a documentary giving backstage access to the life of ballerina superstar Natalia Osipova as she prepares for her Royal Ballet season. Preceded by a talk from a local ballet school.
The second screening is raucous salsa rom-com Cuban Fury (3.30pm), starring Nick Frost as a former salsa prodigy who returns to the world of dance in order to woo his new boss. Preceded by a talk from a local salsa club.
This year’s “Fete Anniversaire” celebrates 10 years of the Arcadia Music Festival and the 70th birthday of co-founder Eleanor Alberga. Performed by an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians, this concert features Schubert’s String Quartet D.703 ‘Quartett Satz’ – Bartok’s from 44 Duos for 2 violins – Alberga’s ‘Shining Gate of Morpheus’ for horn and string quartet – Purcell’s Fantasia upon One Note – Shostakovich’s String Quartet no 8 opus 110 – and Alberga’s String Quartet no 2
N-Ex-T (New Experimental Tones)! For this collection of concerts we have drawn inspiration from the underground scene and publications such as The Wire. N-Ex-T explores the adventurous nature of live performance through the mediums of composition, improvisation, motion, sound manipulation as well as the abstract visual and avant-garde. This month we have…
‘Somersaults’ is an improvising trio made up of Olie Brice, Tobias Delius and Mark Sanders.
“This is European free improv at its best -****½“- The Free Jazz Blog
“a unique and rewarding listen” – Clifford Allen, New York City Jazz Record
“They still maintain their jazz roots in terms of language and roles, but stretch them as far as possible without breaking the mould – ****” – All About Jazz
Tobias Delius (tenor saxophone, clarinet) was born in Oxford, and grew
up in Durham and Germany before living in Mexico and Amsterdam. He is a member of the legendary Dutch improvising big band the Instant Composers Pool, and has also been part of bands led by Louis Moholo, Steve Lacy and Bill Frisell. His own quartet features Han Bennink, Joe Williamson and Tristan Honsinger. Now based in Berlin, where he is an active member of the improvised community performing regularly with Axel Dörner, Christian Lillinger, Clayton Thomas, Liz Albee and many others.
Olie Brice is a double bassist, improviser and composer. He leads the
Olie Brice Quintet, described by Richard Williams as “one of the most
interesting and satisfying bands on the current UK scene”. The Olie
Brice Quintet have released two albums, ‘Immune to Clockwork’ in 2014
and ‘Day After Day’ in 2017. Brice is also in demand as a collaborator
and band-member. He has appeared with musicians including Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock and Ken Vandermark, among many others, and is a member of bands led by Dee Byrne, Alex Ward and Loz Speyer.
Mark Sanders is one of Europe’s leading improvising drummers. He has
toured and recorded with a who’s who of improvised music, including
Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell and
Mortimer Forest covers 1000 hectares of diverse mini habitats, with ancient oak, conifer woodland, beech, birch and plenty of bilberries. This wide variety of trees gives us a very diverse selection of tasty edible mushrooms throughout late summer and autumn.
We’ll meet at the Black Pool car park where the course starts with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes.
Then we’ll set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around the forest, teaching you how to identify the different edible and poisonous plants and mushrooms we find, stoping along the way for some seasonal homemade refreshments such as our lovely wild mushroom soup.
We’ll round the day off with a wild food lunch based on homemade treats and what we have found during the course.
After the course, we will email you a list of everything we talk about on the day to help you to remember what you have learnt.
Adults £50, under 16’s £25, under 12’s free.
Please see our website page for full details of times and further course dates at this venue.
Mamma Mia! Come and be the next dancing queen aboard Sabrina!
You’ll have a live DJ to play bangers long into the night, as well as a dance floor and a fully stocked bar.
Tickets are £15 each, the cruise will depart at 7:30pm and last three hours after which point we will tie the boat up and continue the party till midnight!
Ready your flares and frilled shirts for our ’70s disco cruise, fancy dress is encouraged!
A highly original and energetic musical force just as likely to move you to tears as to move you to your feet. Frequently referred to as one of the hardest working bands on the scene, The Shackleton Trio is gaining significant UK and International exposure, becoming an in demand name on the folk circuit. 2018 saw plays on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 2 Folk Show, ★★★★★ reviews, an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival’s main stage alongside a host of UK and European festivals and international tours.
The wonderful Blists Hill Morris Gang will be entertaining the crowds with traditional dances in the lower part of the Town at 11.15am, 2pm & 3pm.
Performances will likely take place near to the Ironworks and, when the sun is shining, they’ll be roaming the Town. Check with costumed staff on the day for details.
You can watch, and even join-in, some traditional Morris dances and other activities and around lunch time the musicians may be found performing in the New Inn Public House.
Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce & Will Johns bring the legacy back to life, in an immersive multi-media experience show of electrifying live music, interplayed with archive footage of the original band, unseen interviews and personal anecdotes from the trio of growing up with the legends who were CREAM
Ginger Baker. Jack Bruce. Eric Clapton. Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more. Fifty years since their earth-shaking debut album, the bloodlines of that hallowed trilogy come together to pay tribute to Cream’s legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s. Kofi Baker (son of Ginger) and Malcolm Bruce (son of Jack) unite with Will Johns (Eric’s nephew by Marriage and son of Zeppelin/ Stones/ Hendrix engineer Andy) to unleash the sound that roused a generation. Feel the fire and the freedom of “Spoonful”, “Strange Brew”, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, “Crossroads” and “Badge” —performed by the next generation of Cream, master musicians in their own right whose lives have been steeped in the Cream spirit and legacy.
The Music of Cream is a once-In-a-lifetime concert salute to the most innovative and explosive supergroup of all time, in the hands of those that knew them best. In a new multimedia experience, watch with awe as Kofi and Malcolm interplay live with their fathers on the big screen; as classic moments in rock history with Clapton are brought back to life by his nephew Will Johns. The band will share personal insights and stories, complete with rare, unseen family footage and photographs. This is a truly immersive experience for Cream lovers. Intimate & unique performed by close family members of the original band, who are born and bred into skilled musicianship.