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Transatlantic Folk - February

Transatlantic Folk – February A Different Thread presents, Withered Hand + support from Jack Blackman

Every month, Transatlantic Folk features high quality up and coming acts from the Folk and Americana scene in the UK, the USA, and beyond.

Withered Hand is the songwriting output of Dan Willson. A cult figure in the Scottish music scene since 2009, Dan has released two widely acclaimed albums, New Gods (2014) and Good News (2009) and several lo-fi EPs. Currently working towards his third full length album, Withered Hand continues to tour in the UK and further afield, playing in venues ranging from concert halls to living rooms.

For this show, Withered Hand will be performing solo with an opening set from Alcester based, Jack Blackman. Blackman is a rising star in the singer-songwriter genre, with his bluesy blend of folk, rock and country, Blackman’s playing has put him on the map with Bob Harris, who described his sound as “exceptional”.

“Endlessly loveable stuff” NME 7/10

“Killer melodies” – ‘Artist to Watch’ – Rolling Stone – 2011

Brought to you by English / American songwriting duo ‘A Different Thread’ (aka Robert Jackson of Lichfield, UK and Alicia Best of Durham, NC) who met busking in Ireland in 2016.  They have been on the road together ever since, playing their own brand of ‘British Americana’ to a steadily growing audience. With the help of Lichfield based duo, Chris Elliot and Caitlin Jones, A Different Thread are proud to present some of the talented artists that they have met on the road over the last few years.

For more from A Different Thread, visit: www.adifferentthread.com
For more from Chris Elliot and Caitlin Jones visit: www.chrisandcaitlinmusic.org.uk

Friday 28th February 2020 - 7.30pm
Tickets £15

Politically Incorrect – The Songs of Tom Lehrer

Entertainer Peter Gill performs the best-loved songs of the master satirist Tom Lehrer

Politically Incorrect is a 90-minute show of the best-loved songs of the master satirist Tom Lehrer. Written over 60 years ago Lehrer’s songs and his irreverent attitude have survived the passage of time, though his satire is now perhaps darker and more politically incorrect than most of today’s wits would risk.

Join pianist, vocalist and all-round entertainer Peter Gill in a wonderful performance, reliving the golden days of cutting satire to hear such gems as Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, I Got it from Agnes, The Masochism Tango, The Irish Ballad, I Hold Your Hand in Mine, Pollution, Smut, When You Are Old and Grey and Oedipus Rex.

Thursday 5th March 2020 - 7.30pm

Tickets £15

Boozy Bingo

Eyes down, it’s BOOZY BINGO right here in Lichfield!

Music, booze and prize bingo: the perfect recipe for a great night out! Brought to you by the people at Très Très Cabaret, rest assured this will be bingo like you’ve never seen it before. Expect performances, games and a few surprises along the way.

Entry includes three games of prize bingo: don’t forget your dabbers!

Saturday 7th March 2020 - 8pm
Tickets £12.50

Strip 'n' Sketch - Burlesque Life Drawing

Not your average life drawing class!

Tres Tres Cabaret presents Strip N Sketch life drawing, where burlesque performers take to the stage and shake what their Mama gave them! Then they’ll sit, in a variety of poses, whilst our budding Rembrandts capture their image in all its glamorous gorgeousness.

Expect games, lighthearted competitions, music and prizes. And the bar will be open throughout, just to get the creative juice flowing! All abilities welcome, from doodlers to Degas, so pick up a sketch pad and get creative!

Saturday 14th March 2020 - 8pm
Tickets £12.50

Arowana Quartet

Promoter : Gramercy Music Limited

We are delighted to welcome back to St Mary’s violinist Dave Shaw with the Arowana Quartet.

The Arowana is a recently formed quartet that brings together four outstanding chamber musicians. They will perform one of Haydn’s masterworks, his String Quartet Op 76 No 2 (Quinten) and Mendelssohn’s moving String Quartet in F minor, written shortly before his own death as a requiem for his sister.

This special concert also will include the world premiere of a new string quartet commissioned by St Mary’s from Lithuanian composer, Kristupas Bubnelis.

Wednesday 18th March 2020 - 7.30pm
Tickets £19.50

Transatlantic Folk - March

A Different Thread presents, Transatlantic Folk, a monthly series of live music concerts in Lichfield!

Every month, Transatlantic Folk features high quality up and coming acts from the Folk and Americana scene in the UK, the USA, and beyond.

Line up to be announced

Brought to you by English / American songwriting duo ‘A Different Thread’ (aka Robert Jackson of Lichfield, UK and Alicia Best of Durham, NC) who met busking in Ireland in 2016.  They have been on the road together ever since, playing their own brand of ‘British Americana’ to a steadily growing audience. With the help of Lichfield based duo, Chris Elliot and Caitlin Jones, A Different Thread are proud to present some of the talented artists that they have met on the road over the last few years.

For more from A Different Thread, visit: www.adifferentthread.com
For more from Chris Elliot and Caitlin Jones visit: www.chrisandcaitlinmusic.org.uk

Friday 20th March 2020 - 7.30pm
Tickets £15

Less Miserable

Stage Door Johnny presents…

‘Less Miserable’ – your favourite shows ripped off, ripped up and reworked beyond recognition!

Cabaret sensation Stage Door Johnny loves musical theatre. So much so, that he’s decided to put a show together featuring songs from some of his favourites. He also enjoys being a complete idiot, so there’ll be a healthy dose of that too.

Simultaneously a love letter and hate mail to Broadway and The West End, featuring standards from the world of musical theatre; parodied, sent up and potentially ruined for good!

Saturday 21st March 2020 - 8pm
Tickets £15

The Gypsy Jazz Quartet

Join the Gypsy Jazz Quartet as they celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Their music defined an era, Les annees folles, those crazy years of the interwar period and shaped what had previously been the exclusively American genre of Jazz. The Gypsy Jazz Quartet will feature guitarist James Girling and Lichfield based violinist, Darin Qualls together with Bim Williams on guitar and Gavin Barras on double bass

Programme will include jazz standards

Swing Guitars
Honeysuckle Rose
St. Louis Blues
Djangology
I got Rhythm

Promoter: Gramercy Music Limited

Wednesday 29th April 2020 - 7.30 pm
Tickets £19.50

All of Me

“Hello – I thought I’d introduce myself properly – As is polite.”

Theatre show, written and performed by Caroline Horton – an intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark.

Grudgingly hopeful, occasionally funny, Caroline reunites with director Alex Swift (Mess) to bring you an unapologetically dark show about dark things.

Age guidance: 14+
Content Warning: All of Me contains themes of depression and suicide.
Running time: Approx. 70 minutes

AWARDS
– Winner of The Scotsman Mental Health Fringe Award 2019
– The Stage Edinburgh Award 2019 recipient
– Lustrum Award 2019 recipient

Mental Health in Focus at The Hub 

All of Me by Caroline Horton is the second of a two show spotlight on Mental Health at The Hub supported by the Samantha Maritza Trust –  Their goal is to break down the stigma associated with mental health, encourage people to talk about mental health issues and to encourage people to seek help.

more info at  https://carolinehorton.net/work/theatre-projects/all-of-me/

Thursday 30th April 2020 - 8pm
Tickets £15

The Torridon Piano Trio

Promoter : Gramercy Music Limited

As part of our young performers programme, we are delighted to welcome the Torridon Piano Trio to St Mary’s.

The Torridon comprises 4th year students of the Royal Academy of Music, Laura MacDonald, cello, Iona McDonald, violin and Kirsty Chaplin, piano.

They formed the Torridon in September 2017 and as Laura, Iona, and Kirsty all have links to Scotland, led to the choice of the name Torridon for the trio.

Their programme will include the Tchaikovsky piano trio, considered by many to be a masterpiece of all trios.

Wednesday 20th May 2020 - 7.30 pm
Tickets £19.50

Tres Tres Cabaret - May

The show that has everyone talking returns to The Hub for yet another evening of cheeky decadence!

Très Très Cabaret promises to bring you the very best in cabaret, burlesque and variety from the UK and beyond! With an all-star line-up yet to be announced, Très Très Cabaret will stir your soul and thrill your heart!

Their previous shows at The Hub sold out way in advance, so dust off your glad rags and grab yourself a ticket while you still can!

Saturday 30th May - 8pm
Tickets £17.50

Burlesque For Beginners with Lady Wildflower

Come and unleash your inner showgirl, with International Burlesque performer Lady Wildflower!  Feel sexy, glamorous and powerful as you discover the art of the tease!
 
In this 2 hour workshop, Lady Wildflower will teach you how to pose like a pin-up and how to strut your stuff with confidence.  Learn how to bump'n'grind like Bettie Page and be shown how to peel away your gloves with style and seduction…
 
Discover the tricks of the trade to truly tease your audience and leave them begging for more!
 
This fun and informative workshop is an introduction to Burlesque and is suitable for all who wish to explore their own femininity & sexuality in a fun, friendly, safe and non-judgmental environment.
 
- ALL ages (18+), abilities & body types welcome & encouraged.
- No previous dance experience necessary and those with 2 left feet are more than welcome!
- There is NO nudity involved in this workshop and you can wear whatever you feel good in.
 
PLEASE BRING/WEAR:
High heeled shoes that you can comfortably walk in (dance shoes are great if you have them)
Clothes that make you feel good, which you can comfortably move in (such as shorts/leggings/top/bra/tights) – please avoid corsets, tight pencil skirts or jeans as these restrict your movement.
Long gloves will be provided.

Sunday 31st May 11am - 1pm
Tickets £20