Coming to the Old Laundry Theatre

There are some interesting concerts coming up in Bowness.

Revolutionary Ballads

Monday 26 October at 7:30 pm. admission £12/£8

by The Chalk Circle Collective with Frankie Armstrong & Mikey Price

Chalk Circle

The Chalk Circle Collective is a merry band of singers currently touring with new setting of songs from Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.  Combining spine tingling close harmony a cappella with foot stomping riotous instrumental arrangements, Revolutionary Ballards, composed by Kirsty Martin breathes a new musical vision into Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, – a classic story of social unrest, loyalty and justice.

The Chalk Circle Collective is:
Helen Chadwick, Sally Davies, Pauline Down, Joanna Foster, Kirsty Martin, Martina Sohwarz and Rowena Whitehead.

The Collective will be joined by world renowned folk singer Frankie Armstrong and multi instrumentalist Mikey Price with a set of their thrilling interpretations of Brecht & Weill songs.

We expect this performance to finish by 9.30pm


Friday 27 November at 7:30 pm. Admission £19,50/£7

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For a decade The band Lau (Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke ) have been stretching folk music’s boundaries further and exploring new musical territory with each release and concert tour. Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers, free-thinking visionaries and all-round good chaps as well…small wonder Lau are regarded as the epicentre of the new folk boom . And they’ve got shelves groaning with awards, a forest’s worth of ecstatic reviews and breathless plaudits from excited audiences in various outposts of the world ringing in their ears to prove it…

Jackie Oates

Saturday 28 November at 7:30 pm. Admission £15/£7

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Jackie Oates is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention.  Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray has earned her fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in. Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.

The Dylan Project

Sunday 29 November at 7:30 pm. Admission £18/£7

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Take four of Britain’s most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you’ve got the recipe for a dream band.
Steve Gibbons, sounding uncannily like Dylan retains his own inimitable vocal style and the other band members, Dave Pegg, PJ Wright, Phil Bond and Gerry Conway (ex Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, The Uglys and Pentangle to name but a few )are a veritable tour de force.

Since its inception, The Dylan Project has been entertaining audiences with this electrifying stage show. If you’re a fan of one of the 20th century’s most astute songwriters, then don’t think twice and book now!

Enjoy all 3 folk weekend concerts for £50
Buy a ticket for Lau, Jackie Oates & the Dylan Project for just £50 online (discount is applied at the checkout).

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Although the BBC Folk Awards are no longer being shown on the BBC red button, you can now catch highlights of this year’s BBC Folk Awards online here.

They include Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, Dougie MacLean, Billy Bragg, Lau, Roy Harper, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Karine Polwart, Treacherous Orchestra, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, and John McCusker who seems to pop up everywhere.