Author Archives: Richard

Kathryn Roberts & Sean lakeman

By Richard |

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Duos come and duos go… And some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have […]

Barnstormers

By Richard |

Join us for an evening of top flight stand-up comedy. As ever, a lovely Barnstormers Comedy MC will be on hand to introduce three more excellent acts from the UK Comedy Circuit and beyond. Line-up to be announced. Over the years, notable acts that have graced the Barnstormers Comedy stage include Angela Barnes, Jo Caulfield, […]

Sax on Sunday

By Richard |

Sax on Sunday has been revived post-Covid, and rolls into 2022. Of course, Ropery Hall is already known as being one of the most intimate venues, but it becomes even more so when Snake appears in pared down formats, usually with one, sometimes two guests. Acoustic, quiet, relaxed, close up.  Guests to be announced soon. […]

An Evening with Jaki Graham

By Richard |

Jaki Graham is one of the most appealing Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK, as a true pioneer having paved the way for many a black British female solo artist who followed. Jaki achieved international success with a string of hits from ’85 including Could it Be I’m Falling In Love?, Round and Around, […]

Budapest Café Orchestra

By Richard |

BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest tunes ever written by the classical greats.  The Budapest Café Orchestra was established in 2009 by British composer and violinist, Christian Garrick, […]

CUA

By Richard |

Since issuing their superb Songs of The Hollow album in 2017, CUA have gone on to become a band that has gathered in more praise than most from all the best sections of the media. Reviewing them AmericanaUK, top writer Jeremy Searle said: “This Irish trio stands right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk […]

Eugene

By Richard |

Fresh from a debut run at the Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2021. In the not-too-distant future, millionaire and inventor (think Elon Musk with a further attitude problem) ‘Hugh’ (Daniel Nicholas) from Hu-Bris industries is launching the first superhuman artificial intelligence at a press conference. And you’re invited. ‘Eugene’ is a show about what happens when we […]

Mishra

By Richard |

Mishra is a global folk collective with strong roots in UK folk, out of which they weave a tight web of intricate, Indian-influenced original music that defies definition and has already brought awards recognition since their formation in 2017. Kate Griffin (The Magpies) and Ford Collier (BBC R2 Folk Award nominated The Drystones) are the […]

Done to Death by Jove

By Richard |

Written and performed by Gavin Robertson and Nicholas Collett. “The 39 Steps” meets Agatha Christie via Holmes and Watson! A cast of six bring a comic flurry of suspects and sleuths together to discover whodunnit, and how… Except, well… four of the cast are stuck by the side of the M6 in the van, and […]

Hip Hip I’m Gay

By Richard |

HIP HIP I’M GAY! is a comedy cabaret that follows real-life stories and experiences of coming out and the mental health struggles people have faced alongside their sexual identity. Intertwined with hilarious sketches, original songs and dazzling dance routines, this show is guaranteed to take you on an emotional roller-coaster.  Ashleigh Owen has created this piece […]

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