Talinka is a music-loving adventure. For us, the love of music extends beyond style and genre. We blend folk, early music, jazz, tango and free improvisation. We believe in songs and beauty being vital forces of nature. We adhere to simplicity, harmony and warmth.
“To judge by the reaction, this unusual band, with its fearless use of light and shade, looks set to subtly expand the horizons of the jazz world.”
Sarah Chaplin, London Jazz News
“Terrific emotional depth…Very entertaining and richly enjoyable.”
Peter Jones, Bebop Spoken Here
Leominster Choral Society invite you to an evening with Haydn and Mozart Including Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass and Te Deum and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D Major and other pieces.
We will be conducted by James Atherton and accompanied by The Corelli Ensemble and Hilary Norris on Chamber Organ
We are also excited to be joined by four very talented soloists Soprano: Elizabeth Adams Alto: Olivia Gomez Tenor: Ashley Turnell Bass: Jonathan Brown
Tickets in advance £12 are available from:
Fletchers Newsagents, Broad Street , Leominster. Leominster Tourist Information Centre, Corn Square, Leominster. On line via www.ticketsource.co.uk/leominster-choral-society
or from Choir Members
Tickets in advance £12, Tickets on the door £15, accompanied under 16s free.
With their unique musical style and irrepressible sense of fun, changing gear with almost every number, it is easy to see how audiences are captivated by this very talented trio
A master of live entertainment, multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett’s dry and very off-the-wall humour has audiences laughing out loud between numbers. Well known for his partnership with John Otway, Willy has had a long and varied career. He has toured with artists as diverse as Madness and Steeleye Span, and his wonderful acoustic guitar playing is featured on ‘The Contemporary Folk Guitar’ album alongside Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap & Ralph McTell. Willy is joined by cellist Mary Holland, and singer Ejay Williams, who has not long finished recording with Van Morrison for his latest album.
There is only one Mighty Wurlitzer open to the public in Shropshire
It is in the Buttermarket, Shrewsbury (behind the station)
This month it is being played by Stephen Austin
Sunday 17th November 2019 at 2.30pm (doors open at 1.30)
More information from http://darrenrjones.wixsite.com/stot
The Hermon welcomes two of the UK’s finest instrumentalists in their respective musical genres as they take you on a fascinating journey through the musical landscape of Spain. In this inspired collaboration, classical guitarist Michael Christian Durrant and flamenco guitarist Samuel Moore explore the intriguing connections and subtle differences that both connect and set apart the world of classical and flamenco guitar. This concert forms part of the 2019 UK launch tour for the duo’s new studio album ‘Guitarra, el Corazon de España’ (Guitar, the Heart of Spain) and includes a pre-concert talk plus Q&A with both musicians!
Praised on BBC Radio 3 as ‘fantastic flamenco guitarist’, Samuel Moore has certainly found his perfect match in Michael Christian Durrant who – lauded by the same radio station as ‘forerunner in the new generation of classical guitarists’ – continues to establish himself as one of England’s finest and most creative young musicians. Both instrumentalists are well-respected for their exceptional playing abilities and likewise for their engaging way of imparting musical knowledge as a matter of genuine interest in their subject and the audience.
In this unique concert experience of inspired solo and duo performances, audiences can hear a vivid selection of music by Spanish composers such as Joaquín Rodrigo, Issac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla performed alongside music from the flamenco tradition, including palos such as Sevillana, Zorongo and Malagueña. The informal pre-concert talk with live demonstrations by the artists offers a wonderful opportunity to gain an understanding of classical and flamenco guitar traditions, learn about their commonalities as well as differences and enjoy the chance to address these two thoroughly approachable experts in their field with all questions that spring to mind!
Pre-concert Talk & Q&A:
doors/bar 4.30pm for a 5pm start; ends 5.45pm
doors/bar 6pm for a 6.30pm start; ends 9pm
There is a limited amount of EARLY BIRD TICKETS @ £13 available!
“Whereas many solo performers are no less and no more than fine musicians, Michael’s introductions and commentaries on works in his programme bring with them an extra level of engagement with his audience. They sat there spellbound as this young musician played and were left panting for more.”
– Professor Roger Richardson/Winchester Cathedral Concert Review
“Masterful … The results are truly special.’
– Jazz Guitarist Kenny Burrell (about Samuel Moore)
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The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Hailed as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” by BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe, their live show “invariably stuns audience wherever they play” (FATEA Magazine). Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals across Europe, or frequently selling out their own club shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.
As part of the Hermon’s Education, Arts & Development Talks (H.E.A.D) The Hermon welcomes back to the stage Emily Chappell: endurance cyclist, author and founder member of the remarkable cycle collective The Adventure Syndicate! Look forward to a captivating combined talk & reading from Emily’s new book on the brink of release, followed by a Q.&A. session and book-signing!
Emily Chappell is an author, adventurer and advocate, known for her long-distance bicycle journeys and the words, with which she shares them. Her first book’What Goes Around’ was described by The Guardian as “a lovely lyric poem to the city” and told the story of her years as a London cycle courier – the hidden corners of the city, the honest agony of cold toes and tired legs, the blissful moments when bike and body and city fall into harmony, and the endless encounters with London’s rich and ever-changing cast of characters.
Her second book ‘Where There’s A Will’, due for release on 7th November 2019, follows Chappell’s journey into the curious world of long-distance self-supported bike races, and gives a unique insight into how it feels to race across a continent: cycling through both sunrise and sunset, sleeping only for snatched minutes in fields and forests, navigating through mountain ranges and along remote unpaved roads, and searching out food along the way. Chappell captures the loneliness and unexpected camaraderie of long-distance racing, and intricately describes the moments of joy, despair, confidence and self-doubt that her mind cycles through as she pushes her body to the limit.
An engaging and humorous speaker, Chappell will tell the improbable story of how she ended up winning the 4,000km Transcontinental Race across Europe, read aloud from’Where There’s A Will’ and answer questions about every aspect of cycling and writing books.
‘Raucous and eclectic, sheer merriment in a gorgeous set of ideas and influences, guaranteed to leave you smiling from ear to ear.’ – **** Songlines
‘This is tradition woven into an uninhibited gathering of inspired originality.’ – Folk Words
Birmingham-based Bonfire Radicals have emerged from the Folk/World scene with a fresh approach to traditional tunes and a host of creative original material. These six inspired and highly talented instrumentalists weave together raucous woodwind, delicate vocals, progressive violin, hard hitting bass, psychedelic electric guitar and percussive beats in a manner that reels the listener in without fail.
Drawing on their eclectic backgrounds, the band chart many divergent influences upon their sound – medieval polyphony, jazz tinged swing, 1960s/70s Canterbury sound, as well as Klezmer and all points in-between.
The band’s debut album ‘White Peacock’, released in 2016, caused a great stir and attracted an abundance of rave reviews resulting in an ever since increasing popularity on the U.K.’s summer festival circuit and culminating in headlining at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Known for their highly-spirited stage presence, the Bonfire Radicals’ own enthusiasm for their music is undeniable.
‘The Bonfire Radicals are quite a discovery – get this album, go grab the background notes, then grab the chance to go see them live!’ – Fatea
Cafe Lola (support act)
If you have been lucky enough to catch the Lola’s at The Hermon then we know you will want more. If you haven’t then this will be a real treat of a night in store for you. After their sell-out album launch earlier this year, Cafe Lola gave us a full on evening of entertainment raging from Cabaret to Klezmer so we could not think of a better band to support the highly energetic Bonfire Radicals.
Put on your dancing shoes and see you for a wild night at The Hermon!
A Green Part Benefit Gig
The Shrewsbury and North Shropshire Green Party are banishing the blues with an evening of great music featuring the intimate Cafe Lola and the exuberant and unique Bonfire Radicals who have been critically acclaimed after several barn-storming festival appearances this year. The Grade 2* listed Hermon Chapel provides the perfect atmosphere, and there will be a bar and vegetarian food.
The Green Party isn’t bank-rolled by corporate donors instead we rely on events such as these to raise the money we need to fund leaflets and deposits for election campaigns. Please come along, have a great time and raise some money for a good cause.
The Hermon has a limited capacity and we are expecting to sell-out so please buy your tickets early (£12). They are also available from Rowanthorn, Chapel Mews, Oswestry and Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry. If we have any tickets left on the night entrance will be £15.
Ed Strong use unique storytelling lyrical structures, indie guitar hooks, pounding drum beats and weird bass lines that offer no apologies for making you want to dance.
Juliet Falls were raised on psychedelia and rock ‘n’ roll. Hailing from the West Midlands, The 4 piece band have self-recorded and produced their new album which is set for release at the end of 2019. The band have been Described as “Mesmerising’ with their energetic live performances and anthemic songs. This is the band’s first show at this venue and promises to be a great night of live music.
Join us for a Totally Flirt Production of the Greatest of Shows! Featuring songs from The Greatest Showman, Moulin Rouge, Queen and more!
Dress to impress with the black tie dress code, enjoy a three course dinner and show, with a surprise perfromance and DJ to follow!
Get in touch for more information!
Born in their native North West of England, Merry Hell is a folk-rock band with a history, pedigree and a seemingly bright future. In five short years, they have risen to become festival favourites and their four albums have found favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike, developing an enviable reputation for both their recorded work and live performances.
The band have gathered a number of awards and nominations for best band, best live band and best album from magazines, radio shows and venues throughout the folk world!
Join Folk Duo Belshazzar’s Feast; Paul Sartin (Faustus, Bellowhead) and Paul Hutchinson (Pagoda Project, Resident accordion tutor for English Folk Dance and Song Society, Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts, Benslow Music and Marlborough College) as they tour their highly entertaining ‘Two Wise Men’ Christmas Show..
Those attending Paul & Paul’s sell-out annual Christmas tour can look forward to a mix of seasonal songs and tunes, plus classical music, pop, music-hall and traditional folk. Topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) together entertain audiences across the UK, Australia, Seychelles and the USA with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes, songs and chat that sends audiences home with a smile. Recent broadcasts include appearances on the Claire Balding Show (BBC Radio 2), In Tune (BBC Radio 3), and the Chris Evans Show (BBC Radio 2). Belshazzar’s Feast have released a series of critically acclaimed albums across their long career. www.belshazzarsfeast.com Photo Credit Sarah J Dow
Shanties & Canal Songs
The Shropshire Boatmen, as their ingenious and informative name suggests, are a Shropshire-based a cappella group dedicated to singing songs about boats and the sea. They started out performing traditional sea shanties, but very soon embraced their distance from the sea by celebrating the role of canals in our maritime history through song.
The heritage of our country has been forged not only by ocean going shipping, but also by the inland waterways that allowed land-locked counties such as Shropshire to export produce around the globe. This concert will bring these two boating traditions together, exploring the history and meaning of sea shanties and telling some tales of the canals.
Fine harmonies, laughter and a rousing singalong are guaranteed. Audience participation very much encouraged!
Doors Open at 8:00PM
From 8:30PM to 10:30PM
👉2. Ticket link 👉https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hermonchapel/t-pxerpv
👉4.Visit us on Chapel Street SY11 1LF
👉5. Call 01691 662 196
3 Course Dinner & Disco – £24.95 per person
Dates available: 6th & 7th December 2019
We have a special accommodation rate for anyone attending the event which is £89.00 Bed & Breakfast based on two people sharing.
To book please call our events planner Hannah on 01948 841769 or alternatively email email@example.com
In association with Forge and Jazz West Midlands we are thrilled to announce Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet live at The Wakes
This event will include a supper (ticket price to be announced soon)
The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse trio (ACT), Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, John Abercrombie, Asaf Sirkis Trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas. The quartet features London based, Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).
With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between. Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full color electro-acoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.The quartet`s latest album „Come To Me“ was released 2014 at the London Jazz Festival and the band has been touring in the UK and Europe since.
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). Tickets go on sale at The Wakes on the 1st March
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
Offa Events is back at The Hermon presenting their Christmas Extravaganza with excerpts from two of their most popular concerts this year! With Chester-based band The Time Bandits and local violinist Phoebe Rees there is a lot to look forward to in the company of lovely people including Mr & Mrs Santa!
Phoebe Rees – Multi-instrumentalist, Singer & Songwriter:
Phoebe Rees grew up in Scotland and it was in the North-West Highlands that she began learning to play the fiddle. After completing her studies as viola player in Edinburgh and London, she recently returned to her hometown of Oswestry, where she is beginning to establish herself as solo performer within the local scene. Phoebe’s music takes inspiration from her early years in the Scottish Highlands and her travels throughout the rest of the British Isles, Europe, Brazil and India. Her repertoire includes her own compositions alongside interpretations of material by musicians close to her heart. Phoebe accompanies herself on fiddle, viola and guitar.
The Time Bandits – European Early Music & More:
Since the band’s formation in 2001, they have appeared at numerous folk festivals, concerts and dances from Chippenham to the Fylde. The newest addition to their six-piece line-up is Katrina Turner on lead vocals.
The Time Bandits – why the name? It comes from Terry Gilliam’s ‘pythonesque’ movie of the same title. In the spirit of the movie, the remit of the band is to be musical ‘time travellers’, pilfering over 500 years of music and bringing it back to a modern audience.
The Time Bandits’ repertoire includes European early music and Renaissance dance tunes, traditional songs and tunes and an increasing number of their own compositions. The band’s philosophy is that early music is not for the museum, but is living music that should be played and enjoyed with a passion. The collective musical influences of the group are wide and varied including the likes of Blowzabella, Patrick Bouffard, Philip Pickett, Pyewackett, Ti-Jaz, Filarfolket and an obscure and long-defunct Chester-based band by the name of Mercer’s Daughter.
Katrina Turner – lead vocals
Helen Armstrong – violin, backing vocals
Ian Jones – melodeon, flute
Helen de Lemos – bagpipes, recorders, whistles, saxophone
Jamie Matthews – bouzouki, cittern, backing vocals
Chris Lee – electric fretted and fretless bass, mandolin
Please note: Tickets can be purchased from Offa Events (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01691 650293) or via The Hermon online, by card over the phone 01691 662196 or directly via the chapel door!
Doors Open at 7:30PM
From 8:00PM to 10:30PM
All ages and abilities welcome at this fun, interactive and noisy afternoon of music making presented by award winning ensemble the Aurora Percussion Duo. Bring along any ‘junk’ you might have lying about the house and learn how to transform anything and everything into a musical instrument, and how to create a co-composed piece of music too!
The Band From County Hell are an original Celtic Folk Rock fusion band with six critically acclaimed albums, and over 2000 live performances as part of their history.
Live gigs have seen them play from the smallest of venues to outside arenas and most notably their own show at The London Palladium. They have appeared with bands such as The Levellers, The Stranglers, UB40 and have been tour support to Stiff Little Fingers, Hayseed Dixie, The Beat and New Model Army.
There is no getting away from the fact that The Pogues are a heavy influence on this band along with a dash of Horslips and The Undertones. Their performances are high on energy sincerity and humour. Get on your dancing shoes! A great night out awaits you!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to bellydance but didn’t know where to start? Or maybe you are already dancing but would like to revisit the basic moves to improve your technique?
Fun and friendly way to learn to shimmy, camel and do snake arms amongst many other moves, whilst learning a choreographed dance or two! With JWAAD instructor Sue Lloyd.
£10 including free parking and refreshments!
Small groups, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact 07751 362171 or email@example.com
Long-awaited here at The Hermon and finally landed: The wonderful Sirkis Bialas International Quartet featuring one of the U.K.’s most versatile and exciting drummers and percussionists Asaf Sirkis (Israel/UK), alongside the distinctive vocalist Sylwia Bialas (Poland). The band is currently touring their brand-new second album ‘Our New Earth’ (MoonJune Records, October 2019), a powerful musical reflection on the state of humanity within a world full of increasing challenges. With much sought after British players Frank Harrison on keys and Kevin Glasgow on electric bass, this promises to become a night of outstanding music!
“Our New Earth from Sirkis/Bialas IQ should help further establish the quartet as one of the most interesting of contemporary jazz ensembles. With music this uplifting, so sensitively and passionately rendered, it`s hard not to be seduced.” – Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
“The message behind ‘Our New Earth’ is reflecting the drastic changes we are currently experiencing individually and collectively world-wide with the prevailing of technology, social media, and many other issues. We’d like to offer this music as a reflection, a wish of reconnection with nature and a kind of a prayer in music for a better world for all of us and hence the name ‘Our New Earth’”. – Asaf Sirkis & Sylwia Bialas
Established in 2014, the Sirkis Bialas International Quartet consists of four unique musical personalities working together as a team to create new explorative, forward-looking music.
With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing ‘Our New Earth’ celebrates music from both Sirkis and Bialas, covering a cross-section of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, progressive rock, South Indian and Middle Eastern music. From delicate ballads all the way to high-energy electric lines, expect soulful melodies, strong grooves and full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch featuring some rare instruments such as waterphone, crotales and the use of South Indian konnakol!
Bialas embraces wordless forms of expression, therefore often steering away from lyrics, instead exploring the shades of her voice via the creation of varying sounds, blending with the other instruments in the band. She describes her approach: “I am tremendously fulfilled in being part of the band, contributing to its sound, adding different colours, sharing the joy of interacting and taking risks together. There’s no greater satisfaction for me than to stand ‘inside the band’, listening to the sound created by my fellow musicians at its source, watching their body language. I feel very happy and thankful that both audience and critics recognise and accept my personal approach.”
Sylwia Bialas – vocals, waterphone
Asaf Sirkis – drums, percussion, konnakol
Frank Harrison – keyboards
Kevin Glasgow – 6-string electric bass
Clun Valley Music presents an evening of music from the award winning Pelleas Ensemble and friends. A trio of flute, viola and harp, the Pelleas Ensemble’s captivating vitality and dynamic performance has gained accolades from the Royal Philharmonic Society, Royal Overseas League and more. They will be joining forces with rising-star mezzo soprano Elizabeth Lynch, a member of the National Opera Studio to perform a seminal work of the 20th Century, Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. Also including works by Debussy, Purcell, Jolivet and Benjamin Graves, the concert promises to be a colourful and theatrical evening of music.
Shrewsbury based singer songwriter Vin Whyte will release his sixth solo album, but the debut under the moniker of First Mate, on 22 November 2019. For the gig at The Wakes he will be joined by additional musicians Adam Knight on keyboards & bass, Ian Fourie on drums & percussion and Jonathan Day on saxophone.
Recorded, mixed and produced by Whyte over four days in a disused office unit, the collection of eight songs present a variety of stories about murderers on the run in North Wales, austerity, memory loss, career choices, the notion of land ownership, a fortune teller, a psychopathic farmhand’s daughter and the ghost of a lighthouse keeper dodging flying golf balls.
Describing the concept behind First Mate and the recording process, the latter of which was deliberately raw and with minimal overdubs, Vin Whyte said: “The predominant musical influence in creating the songs on First Mate was a country and western compilation cassette, left behind in the tape player by the previous owner of a ‘99 Skoda Felicia I bought last year. It featured the likes of Martyn Robbins, Jim Reeves, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson and inspired me to take a stripped-back and heartfelt approach to the song writing and production on this album. This no-frills methodology proved to be the perfect way to channel what had been on my mind. There was no interweaving concept in the traditional sense, other than trying to get back to a basic and exposed sound in order to better express complicated emotions. The songs on my previous albums have featured implicit stream-of-consciousness lyrics”. First Mate consists of narrative-based fables, which are both surreal as well as inspired by real life.
3 Course Dinner with Live Entertainment & Disco – £34.95 per person
Dates available: 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st December 2019
The established professional function duo of The Lady and The Sax feature the sensational vocals of Miss Chloe Barry, together with the superb saxophone, harmonica and vocal talents of Sam Pagett – an entertainer who oozes talent and charisma! This unique duo provides top-quality entertainment for functions, parties, venues, corporate events and weddings throughout the UK, bringing youth and vitality to classic Rock and Roll, Swing, Blues and Jazz/Pop music from the 1950’s to present day.
We have a special accommodation rate for anyone attending the event which is £89.00 Bed & Breakfast based on two people sharing.