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.
This year, Shrewsbury will be celebrating all things Fab Four with the Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend. On September 20th, 21st and 22nd there will be a whole range of events in the town including live music, tours, special guest speakers and Beatles film screenings – once again proving that All You Need Is Love. On the 19th our preview event is a 2-hour boat cruise with live Beatles music by Tony Stanton.
The weekend will finish with a concert at Theatre Severn featuring – from Liverpool – the top Beatles tribute band, The Mersey Beatles.
The entire weekend is in aid of the Mayor of Shrewsbury’s charity 2019-20, the Samaritans of Shrewsbury.
There will be additional events across Shrewsbury including musicians presenting live renditions of Beatles songs in the cellars of The Buttermarket, a venue reminiscent of the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Fab Four first attracted attention.
Five great Beatles films will be screened at The Walker Theatre on Friday and Saturday – ‘Backbeat’, ‘Looking For Lennon’, ‘Good Ol’ Freda’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’.
The Beatles played in Shrewsbury three times – once at The Granada, twice at The Music Hall – and they even wrote one of their biggest hits, ‘From Me to You’, while travelling from York to their next gig in Shrewsbury in February 1963.
In addition, it’s the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ classic album, Abbey Road, this September and The Mersey Beatles will be performing the album in its entirety as part of their act.
See the Beatles Weekend events and book tickets at www.facebook.com/shrewsburybeatles/events
An evening with ‘War Horse’ Songman Bob Fox
One of the last great traditional folksingers from the North East who will perform songs from ‘War Horse’ as well as traditional and contempary folk songs along with tales of his travels during his worldwide tour with ‘War Horse’ and his recent solo tours to Australia & Canada
Enjoy the sounds of the 1940s as local band Moonlight Serenade return to High Ercall Village Hall to recreate the golden years of the Glenn Miller Big Band sound. Expect a night of good company and dancing. Hall and bar open from 7pm. Tickets include a light supper served from 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from the Village Hall bar (open every Friday night from 7pm) or on the door.
Join us for an 8 mile sponsored walk along the Welshpool canal for the children and families of Hope House!
The walk is free to enter, open to all and a fabulous day out for the whole family. There is no minimum sponsorship, but we do ask all our wonderful walkers to raise as much as you can to help us continue to be here for the children in our care.
We will start at 10am outside the Hope House shop in Welshpool (at the top end of the Tesco car park) and walk to the halfway point of The Horseshoes Inn at Berriew where you will be able to buy bacon butties to fuel your way back to the finish line and your hard-earned medal. Registration opens at 9.30am.
The incredible Teresa Thomas, one of our Hope House mums, organised our first ever Welshpool Canal Walk in 2016. After she sadly passed away in 2017, we have continued her wonderful legacy by walking in her memory ever since. We invite anyone who is up to the challenge to step out with us in memory of Tease, as she was affectionately known, and walk in her footsteps. You are also very welcome to join us to walk in memory or celebration of your own loved ones or simply for the children of Hope House.
Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend presents Lunchtime Live at ‘The Cavern’ at The Buttermarket Cellars. Live Beatles music with The Backbeat Three, Famous Last Words and Two-faced Tom & The Bootleg Boys.
Settle down with a drink, a light brunch, a Sunday paper and enjoy some great Beatles music in a venue that will bring back Cavern memories! Doors open at 11.30am and the event ends at 2.30pm.
Featuring Pete Jandrell on Bass, Rick Buck on Guitar, Barry Jones on Drums, The BackBeat Three play the early Beatles live stompin’ rock and roll covers from the heady Hamburg days up to their 1965 album release Help! Its Backbeat all the way.
Famous Last Words are a 5-piece band and have been playing the Shropshire live music circuit for almost 14 years now playing a wide range of classics from the 50s to the 80s all of which are juke box favourites. Every member of the band is a Beatles fanatic and they have been involved with Beatles music events in Shrewsbury before, playing a wide range of Beatles songs from the early stuff right up to the later years.
Tom and Lee have been together as friends and music partners for a few years now playing in bands and at present playing as an acoustic duo act. They go under the name of Two-faced Tom and the Bootleg Boys. It is their love of Rockabilly music and Hank Williams that makes them quite different to the everyday local bands. Their love of The Beatles makes them perfect for the Buttermarket and we will be hearing some very early Beatles classics from them both.
The Buttermarket in Howard Street, Shrewsbury is an iconic grade II listed building and is Shropshire’s biggest entertainment venue, comprising of three unique floors – The Cellars, Main Arena and VIP Mezzanine levels. The venue hosts a range of live concerts and gigs, banqueting, conferences, comedy nights, nightclub promotions, cage fighting and many other entertainment activities.
Tickets: £10 (+ £1 booking fee) including bacon roll and salad (or vegetarian & gluten-free options) Please book alternative options at least 7 days in advance. Children aged under 16 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
For more details of Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend including live music, films, talks and tours visit www.shrewsburybeatles.com
Following the postponement of the Carnival in June due to flooding, the Carnival returns on Sunday 22nd September!
A procession will start at 12.30pm from Nock Deighton’s Livestock and Auction Centre into the High Street, where it shall stop to allow spectators to have a closer look at each entry.
Participants and guests can then make their way down to Castle Grounds, where a prize presentation will be made to our winners alongside light entertainment and refreshments for all the family.
Join Milly Rees to learn how to add greater depth to your cooking to make it more delicious and memorable. Turn up the flavours to make every dish the most delicious it can be. We will learn how to layer seasoning and add depth using simple techniques and ingredients. By doing a lot of tasting along the way we will discover how knowing when to add a pinch of this or a dash of that can make a huge difference to even the most humble supper. As usual, everything you make you can take home so bring a selection of spill-proof containers.£35 per person, booking essential.
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
The award winning Ginger and Spice Festival is making a welcome return this September 2019 for a four day celebration of all things spicy during British Food Fortnight. Set in and around the centre of the medieval Shropshire town, Market Drayton, the festival celebrates the town’s culinary heritage, links to the ancient spice routes and what is thought to be the oldest gingerbread in the country!
The fun packed festival includes many inspiring festival fringe events plus an abundance of speciality food and drink with plenty of produce featuring a ginger twist! Saturday 28th September only features the Spice Exchange Street Market where visitors can journey into an exotic and fascinating world of spice, secret recipes, ancient gingerbread guilds and delicious hot & spicy street food .
The Spice Exchange Street Market will include everything from ginger teas, spicy pies, enrobed chocolate gingers, spice-infused jams, aromatic gin, local real ale, cured gourmet meats as well as a host of ginger-themed delicacies! Visitors can also watch live cookery master classes from top, regional and local chefs all at the back of the Clive and Coffyne Pub. Plus there will be educational cookery and food related activities for the little ones with Fordhall Organic Farm, The Original Biscuit Bakers and Savuer Spices! Also join in our annual gingerbread baking contest as well as our best-read head competition!
Over two days there will be a heritage spice trail and competition dedicated to exploring the town’s culinary history, including tastings in shops, cafes, the brewery, Church, Museum, Festival Drayton, Covered market and more. This is free and there will be prizes for lucky winners!
Visitors can also enjoy many festival fringe events such as live music, comedy, pop-up restaurants; foraging walks, ginger inspired competitions, talks and more.
Whilst the Spice Exchange Street Market on Saturday 28th September 2019 is free, visitors should expect to pay for some events taking place in the evening and at private venues in the town. Booking ahead for these private events is essential.
For all festival fringe events, please visit the What’s On section of the website: www.gingerandspicefest.co.uk
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!
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.
Wipeout Arena is a huge set of indoor inflatables. For tots, toddlers, crazy-kids, teens & big kids too (yes, that’s you Mum & Dad!), and adult-only sessions. Hourly from 10am throughout the day (first session is under 4s only). Just £7.99. Find out more & book your tickets before they run out, click now > https://www.wipeoutarena.com/events/lilleshall-28th-29th-september/
10th Annual Wem Harvest Market
A popular Food, Drink, Craft, and Plant Market organised by Wem Combine Harvesters. Stalls in the Town Hall (SY4 5ER) and the Senior Club (SY4 5DG) with a wide range of high quality, locally-produced goods including apple juice, baked goods, beer, cheeses, chocolates, cider, gin, honey, meat, flowers, pot plants, preserves, vegetables, wine plus textile and wood crafts, homeware, jewellery, painting and photography. Both these sites are covered.
An open-air Green and Charity Market will also be on the Jubilee Square (near Wem Co-op).
On the morning of the market there will be a free Park & Ride bus service (North Salop Wheelers) between the Bowensfield Car Park (a free car park) and central Wem plus free parking in Edinburgh House car park.
Raffle on the day of the market.
Come and meet Wem’s Miss Wales and John Bull who will act as guides to the traders available.
Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine’s kingdom. £5 per adult, £3 per child, £15 per family, booking advised. Film starts at 5.30pm with refreshments, themed crafts and a licensed bar available from 4.30pm.
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
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👉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’.
Shropshire Oktoberfest is taking place on 4th & 5th October 2019 at the Shrewsbury Quarry Park – Following the success of the past 2 Shropshire Oktoberfest we are back! Over 150 real ales, ciders, bubbles, gin, cocktails, rum and more served alongside amazing live music, street food, farmers market, and comedy club this promises to be another amazing event inside Shrewsbury Quarry Park!
The event runs;
5pm – 10pm Friday 4th October – £6 in advance (£8 on the door)
11am – 10pm Saturday 5th October – £12.50 entry in advance (£15 on the door)
VIP tickets – £30 in advance (Saturday only, £35 on the door)
For tickets and more information check out www.shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk
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’.
FREE Kids Taster Sessions at Shrewsbury Sports Village: Saturday 5th Oct; Gymnastics (4-11yrs) & Football (2-8yrs).
Football Coaching sessions for kids (2-8yrs), both boys & girls; FREE taster sesison; Sat 5th Oct. Shooting, dribbling, passing & stopping, with expert tuition from FA-qualified coaches. Three slots; 1-2pm, 2:30–3:30pm, or 4-5pm. Click now to book & secure your place > http://bit.ly/Book-FREE-Kids-Sessions-Oct-2019
Gymnastics taster sessions for kids (4-11yrs); Sat 5th Oct; allows children to develop fundamental movement skills; they’ll be fitter, faster, stronger, more confident and co-ordinated. Three slots; 1-2pm, 2:30–3:30pm, or 4-5pm. Click now to book & secure your place > http://bit.ly/Book-FREE-Kids-Sessions-Oct-2019
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.
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
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!