The new 2012/ 2013 Programme

Our new programme for September 2012 to May 2013 of 5 shows has just been confirmed, with funding from The Arts Council for England and Rutland County Council.

Sat Sept 22 Buffalo Gals
   A six piece old-time string band with traditional southern US music and dancing.
Thurs Oct 11 Jamie Smith's Mabon Music
   A five piece band playing traditional celtic music.
Fri Nov 23 Nunkie Theatre Company
   Oh, Whistle … Two Ghost Stories by M R James. Storyteling for the dark nights.
Thurs Feb 7 Rocket Theatre
   Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. A gripping tale of honour and murder.
Thurs Mar 7 Tatcho Drom
   Gypsy Fiddle Feast & Dance. A taste of E European gypsy music and dance.

See the choice on

Sat 22 September 2012

Buffalo Gals MUSIC
In Concert

Champion Maryland fiddler Kate Lissauer leads this six piece old-time string band, which, in keeping with its age-old tradition, travels the rural countryside bringing music and fun wherever it goes. The music is derived from traditional roots music of the southern United States, from the wonderful and wacky repertoire of early string band recordings and the original writing of the band.

The ensemble of fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele, bass and ‘stepatune’ bring you lively and soulful tunes, delicious harmonies, flamboyant percussive step-dance and warm engaging humour to entertain and delight the entire community.

‘A feast of fiddle and banjo-led tunes and song in the high lonesome sound of the South Appalachian Mountains. Led by Kate Lissauer, a champion American fiddler and dynamic singer, they mix ballads, blues and spirituals with soaring harmonies and dazzling displays of percussive step-dancing’ - The Word

Thurs 11 October 2012
Jamie Smith’s Mabon Music
In Concert

The music of Jamie Smith’s Mabon is well described as original, Interceltic, world music. Composed by accordionist Jamie Smith, and performed by five highly accomplished musicians, it draws inspiration directly from the traditional folk music of the Celtic countries.

Featuring jigs and reels and dance related tunes such as French mazurka and Breton an dro, Mabon’s performances forge a range of forms and styles of Celtic music into something bold and new. Fresh from festivals at home and abroad, ‘the band will perform tunes and songs from their new album Windblown’ and from their award winning album, ‘Live at the Grand Pavilion’ which received widespread critical acclaim. Stand by for an evening of infectious, irresistible and life-affirming music!

‘A top band led by one hell of an accordion player and arranger’ – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

‘Stunning – music of five-star quality’ – R2 (Rock n Reel) Magazine

Fri 23 November 2012
Nunkie Theatre Company STORYTELLING
Oh, Whistle … Two Ghost Stories by M R James

M R James is acknowledged as the master of the English Ghost Story. He first performed his supernatural tales to friends at Christmas in King’s College, Cambridge. Now Nunkie Theatre Company has brought two of these unforgettable spine-chillers back to life.

Oh, Whistle, And I’ll Come to You, My Lad – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered by many to be James’ masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash Tree, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.

‘Lloyd Parry catches the sense of dread that gives James his originality’ – The Times

‘Remarkable. Lloyd Parry is a natural storyteller, well able to hold, amuse and frighten his audience’ - The Stage

‘Riveting … wonderful, magical storytelling. A pleasing reminder that the spoken word can be as spine-chilling as anything in the cinema’ - The Daily Mail

Thurs 7 February 2013
Rocket Theatre
Oscar Wilde’s ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’

Murder is always a mistake: One should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner ...
A gripping tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder! Adapted by Martin Harris of Rocket Theatre, this hilarious retelling of the classic story revels in the wit of Wilde, while borrowing (rather cheekily) from Wodehouse, to create a wicked black comedy that positively fizzes with fun.

Join Lord Arthur and his valet for an evening of ludicrous indulgence.
Dare you spend time in the company of Lord Savile?

Rocket Theatre are an established award-winning company that tours to venues across the UK.

‘Martin Harris’ script, written for just two characters, has wisely kept many of Wilde’s unforgettable lines. The result is an hilariously funny black comedy … A cracking production of a witty play, which brings pace and energy to the piece’ – What’s On Stage

Thurs 7 March 2013

Tatcho Drom 
Gypsy Fiddle Feast & Dance

Gypsy Fiddle Feast is a powerful performance brimming with colour, excitement and charisma. Inspired by the ancient magic of Romany music, violin virtuoso, Gundula Gruen, has created an exuberant show in which the fire of Eastern European Gypsy music is brought to life with stirring musical arrangements. The show also features exhilarating dances from countries such as Hungary, Russia, Turkey and Macedonia, from tap and slap dance influences, exuberant skirt whirling to sensual moves from the East.

Performed by Gundula’s ensemble Tatcho Drom (True Journey) the Fiddle Feast is the celebration of a new generation of Balkan Gypsy collaborations. Following the show’s UK debut at London’s Purcell Room, Tatcho Drom take a taste of this fabulous feast to venues across the UK.

The Churchfitters In Concert

Thursday May 31st at 8 pm

This Brittany based group of musicians from England, Ireland and France have taken UK audiences by storm with their unique and energetic performances. With a fast-paced infectious show, these four dynamic performers unite rhythms of rock, pop and jazz with the universal appeal of traditional music.

The band features outstanding vocals and an astonishing array of instruments including fiddle, double bass, bouzouki, flute, saxophone, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, whistle and mandolin. A large dose of humour, a measure of eccentricity and an abiding sense of fun, complete The Churchfitters’ recipe for a truly entertaining experience.

Turned Out Nice Again!

Family show for children aged 3+

Saturday May 19th 2012 3 – 4 pm 

£10 for adult and child (£6 additional adult/ child)

Picnic before or tea party afterwards in the pub gardens.

Little Pixie Productions romped away with the ‘Best Show for Families Award’ at Buxton Festival Fringe 2010 with this new adventure featuring Granny Flo and Ruby as they head off to the seaside at Darley-on-Sea.

With Flo’s collection of old postcards, shells and fossils they are transported back to 1938 for a seaside extravaganza with dance, original songs, slapstick and candy floss!
Horace and Harold are two deck chair attendants who on a tea break, read the story of the unclaimed Darley Golden Trophy. As the story unfolds, they take on the characters of Granny and Ruby and remember Granny’s trips to the seaside in her youth and of discovering a mysterious cryptic postcard from 1938. Before long Granny and Ruby are acting out a trip to the seaside and embarking on the adventure promised in the postcard.

A gloriously charming family show.

Shoo Shoo Baby

Shoo Shoo Baby’s Christmas Party

Thursday 1st December 2011 8 to 10 pm 

The effortlessly funny musical double act host an unashamedly sparkly Christmas celebration featuring fresh new arrangements of well-known songs such as Jingle Bells and A Winter Wonderland and tongue in cheek renditions of Santa Baby and I Want You for Christmas. There are also gorgeous unknown gems such as Angie The Christmas Tree Angel.
In true Shoo Shoo style, the audience gets plenty of opportunity to participate in the party and for those who just can’t stomach too much Christmas, some non-festive musical feasting awaits!
Shoo Shoo Baby and their pianist have a well-earned reputation for excellent singing and musicianship which has been popular with rural touring promoters and audiences.
The duo makes a welcome return to the scheme following their recent tour of A History of Cabaret

What sets Shoo Shoo Baby apart is their musical wit and superb harmony… Tight, clever and totally enjoyable” – The Scotsman

Water Tower Bucket Boys

The Water Tower Bucket Boys

Tuesday 13th September 2011 8 to 10 pm 

After five years on the road, four albums under their belt and multiple international tours The Water Tower Bucket Boys have been brewing up a storm in the folk music world. They have performed on the BBC and shared the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons.
Based in Portland, Oregon, these young gents got their start busking on street corners playing traditional old time and bluegrass, eventually honing their sound as a solid dance band playing square dances and bluegrass festivals up and down the west coast of America. Loosely based in the traditions of bluegrass, Cajun and country their sonic creations transcend all musical boundaries. With the lightning energy of their stage performances, authentic songs featuring tight 3 part harmonies and powerful instrumentals the band is a favourite amongst folk music connoisseurs throughout the US and Europe.

A terrific rip-roaring show, guaranteed to get your audiences up and dancing!