Newton Abbot Festival

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Newton Abbot Community Interest Company Great Western House 9 Devon Square Newton Abbot
TQ12 2HN
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Friday 21st May -  St. Leonard's Clock Tower 

      2pm       Baharan Panjab Diyan Dancers
                    Vibrant Bhangra dancing
     
      4pm       Kit Holmes
             
       Sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar

      5pm       more music from Kit Holmes

       
     
 6pm       Matt Vinyl's Music Slot 
                    
International Club Circuit DJ Matt Vinyl features
                    
Adam Bentley and Alice Shiels


      7.30pm  Open Mic Slot - Music from 'Sat Nav Sam'
                  
 Sam Stephens stops off to do a gig as part of his cycling challenge from
                    Land's End to John O'Groats raising funds for Water Aid 

      
      8pm      MIU        
      
(Until 9pm) 
                  
Music from South Devon's award-winning teenage punk rock band



Saturday 22nd May - St. Leonard's Clock Tower

      10am       Spectrum Music
                      Concert Band music, popular Standards and Musicals

      11am        APU
                   
    Pan Pipe music
       
      12 noon   Heather and Gorse
      (outside Lloyds Bank)
                      
Clog dancing group

      
1pm         Kings Care & Choir 86
                      Choral music

      2.30pm    Deborah Bond Dance Academy

      3pm         more entertainment from Deborah Bond Dance Academy

      3.15pm    Tai Chi
                      
Exercise for all ages and levels of fitness

      
4.15pm    The Chordettes
                      Ladies Close Harmony Chorus 

    
  5pm         Stagecoach Theatre Arts School
                      
Stage routines from the Stagecoach Torquay Dance Troupe


      5.30pm    Coombeshead College Radio & Bugsy Malone Show
                      
Entertainment from Coombeshead College Students


      6.30pm    Samba ROC
                      
Steel Band project set up by the Robert Owen Communities
 

      8pm         N.U.M.B.
      (until 9pm)    
 
                     Ultra fresh fusion of acoustic urban soul

 

More festival activities to get involved with today in Bank Street and Courtenay Street

* Stilt Walkers
* Face Painting
* Magician and Puppet Show
* Youth Zone - BMX & Skateboarding demo from the Newton Shredders
* Green Events with Transiton Newton Abbot
* Open Tree Art Exhibition & Trail to Bakers Park
* Ale trail around local pubs
* Food Stalls from 4pm - Hog Roast (provided by Barney's Hog Roast)
                                - Paella (provided by The Union pub)
                                - International Food Stall             
* Belly Dancing at 5pm
 

Festival Fringe Event


      Raven's Return
      
A selection of traditional bluegrass, country & folk tunes alongside modern material

      venue: Store Cattle Sales Ring, Newton Abbot Market
      time:1pm
      admission:Free

Sunday 23rd May - St. Leonard's Clock Tower

      11am        The Usual Suspects
                       
Popular music from the versatile rock & pop band


      12 noon    Nicky Swann
                       
Soulful music from the Devon born and bred singer songwriter 
      
      1pm          Spectrum Music
                       Concert Band music, popular Standards and Musicals

    
 1.45pm     Newton Bushel Morris Dancers


      2.15pm     Donna Marie
                       Operatic soprano and classical singer

      3.45pm     Duke Johnson and the Scorchers
      (until 5.45pm)        
              
         Festival finale with one of the UK's best rock & roll bands
                 

Sunday 23rd May - Bakers Park

Open Day organised by the Friends of Bakers Park from 12 noon until 4pm

Featuring activities from:

* Tepee
* Street Artist
* Dan the Magician
* The Childrens Centre
* Ogwell Pre-School
* DAISI (Devon Art in Schools) in a play area mosaic project
*National Trust woodland treasure trail through Bradley Woods
* Litter picking event
* Transition Newton Abbot in the community garden


Sunday 23rd May - near Austins at 11.30am

'Chattabout' Newton with museum volunteers David Grylls and Lorna Perryman


Festival Fringe Event sponsored by First Great Western
Raven's Return

 
A selection of traditional bluegrass, country & folk tunes alongside modern material

Venue: Newton Abbot Railway Station, Platform 2 (disused waiting room)
Time: 3pm
Admission: Free

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects are a versatile rock and pop band who play so many popular songs you won't be able to stop dancing all night! They have different sets suitable for different type of functions.

They have a social club set, playing songs from The Beatles, Elvis, The Monkees to The Mavericks.

When The Usual Suspects play in pubs they play popular covers from Blondie to The Who to Lenny Kravitz.

They also put together some great songs for weddings and parties, including song requests from the client.

You will be pleasantly surprised with what you see and hear when seeing The Usual Suspects as all the band members sing, either harmonising or solo singing and although there are only four members they play drums, bass, lead guitar, keyboard, saxophone and vocals! Not all at the same time mind!

Contact Details

Tel 01803 200735 / 07865 779977
Contact name Andrew/Megan
Web
www.lemonrock.com/usualsuspects
E-mail
beadmanmusic@yahoo.com

Baharan Panjab Diyan band - “in association with the Asian Arts Agency”

Bhangra is a form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of India. Bhangra dance began as a folk dance conducted by Punjabi farmers to celebrate the coming of Vaisakhi, a sikh festival. Bhangra can be related to Assam's Bihu which is associated with farming; as the traditional Assamese society is predominantly dependent on farming. Parallels between Bhangra Bihu can be further drawn from the fact that the merriments for both of these music forms involve characteristic overtones with dances along with the enthralling beats of percussive musical instruments. Moreover, both Bihu and Bhangra involve high energy dance moves and sequences with young dancers in colorful clothing and the folk music played with the dhol. Both music/dance varieties, though having the similar themes, are distinctly different and have their proper origins in the respective states of Punjab and Assam. The specific moves of Bhangra reflect the manner in which villagers farmed their land. This musical art further became synthesized after the partition of India, when refugees from different parts of the Punjab shared their folk dances with individuals who resided in the regions they settled in. This hybrid dance became Bhangra. The dance started from just one move and evolved later on. It has been popularized by Punjabi artists from the Sikh communities, with which it is now commonly associated. Today, Bhangra dance survives in different forms and styles all over the globe – including pop music, film soundtracks, collegiate competitions and even talent shows.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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Queens Square, Bristol, BS1 4GB
0117 929 1110
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Kit Holmes

Enjoy an uplifting afternoon of Acoustic Roots from one of the new rising guitar stars

The Observer described her music as, ‘Macy Gray meets Nick Drake,’ and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge. Kit’s recent concerts include: the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, a master-class at Paul McCartney’s LIPA, the Honorary Doctoral Ceremony for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

Maverick***** ‘A superb guitarist…highly recommended’

The Observer 'full of warmth…an absolute delight'
 
www.kitholmes.co.uk


ROC Steel Band


Sat Nav Sam

'Gig it to Groats' Bicycle Tour 2010

After working hard as the Marketing Manager of one of the biggest whitewater manufacturers in the World, Pyranha. 'Sat Nay' Sam Stephens has set himself the challenge of cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats in May/June 2010 and playing acoustic gigs along the way.

Gigs are still being booked but he has caught the attention of a number of larger venues and events including being invited to play at this years 'Strummercamp' at Manchester Rugby Club.

The tour will also be fundraising for'Water Aid'and Sam hopes that he will have been able to raise a "fairly hefty sum of dough"to donate by the end of the tour.

About 'Sat Nay Sam'

In a nutshell he is a nice lad from Northwich (a little Northern town famous for mining Salt) who likes to ride his bike and play music. He travels around and plays gigs with an acoustic guitar, ukulele and harmonica, not all at the same time mind!

His songs are well written and often themed around adventure, working hard or just"getting on" with things., A lot of them are really catchy and have sing a-long chorus's and he's always one to engage crowd interaction and laughing with the audience.

At the start of 2010 he has set up his own record, film and clothing company that can be found at
www.merbus.com

This was to primarily release his debut, self titled album but wishes to grow it into a platform for local artists to get seen or heard by a Worldwide audience.
 
Contact Details

Email: satnavsam@gmail.com
Phone: (07525) 446364
Tour Dates can be found on:
www.myspace.com/satnavsam


Nicky Swann
“Matches and Dispatches shows that her Burning Bright EP was no flash in the pan, she is capable of bringing that level of aural beauty to a full album.” Fatea webzine

Devon born and bred, Nicky Swann is a singer songwriter with a passion. Her heartfelt delivery is warm and soulful but always spiritually tinged. Elements of folk, blues and country abound when it comes to her relaying tales of love, hope and death. When citing influences Nicky lists Paul Weller, Carole King and Janis Joplin as her top three.

After splitting from her covers duo and long term guitarist in 2006 Nicky searched long and hard to find a replacement, eventually deciding to take on the role of guitarist herself, quickly expanded her three chord repertoire and was soon seen and heard playing solo shows after about six months. She started to write a batch of new material and re-launched her career in music as a solo singer-songwriter.

Since that time Nicky hasn't looked back and her achievements to date include, recording with the top multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer (Show of Hands), winning the Artsbase singer-songwriter award, supporting many top UK artists including Clive Gregson, Roy Bailey and Megson as well as American artists Corrine West and Brooks Williams. She has headlined the acoustic stage at Transition Festival, supported Show Of Hands at Chagstock and is a regular performer at Dartmouth Music Festival. She has also performed for BBC Radio with the award winning folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates.
 
MATCHES & DISPATCHES is her new full length release, a collection of thirteen songs covering the subject matter of love and death, eleven of which are original songs from the pen of Nicky Swann. The only two covers are a reworking of The Beatles classic I Want To Hold Your Hand and a new arrangement of the traditional Welsh poem All Through the Night (Ar Hyd Y Nos). The album was recorded at The Sawmills Studios in Cornwall and was co-produced by Nicky along with Tom Joyce and features guest musicians Rick Foot on double bass, cellist Bethany Porter and pedal steel player Alan Cook.
 

TRACK LISTING
1. Little Bird
2. Hold On
3. Crash and Burn
4. Long Time
5. You Got Me Boy
6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
7. Tuesday’s Lament
8. Everything
9. Amy’s Waltz
10. One Step Up
11. In Too Deep
12. Wheels Keep Turning
13. All Through The Night


2010 will see Nicky Swann doing what she does best, performing her heartfelt songs to a listening audience and has many live shows and festival appearances already booked throughout the UK and many new dates still to be confirmed.

"Empathetic, soul-felt songs that make it all warm inside these four cold walls again. A voice with heart and passion, but at times gritty and full of vibes from the old country. Acoustic raw talent, no frills, no fancies, just pure, enigmatic soul."
Maverick magazine

For the latest tour news please visit the websites below for the latest news and information.

www.nickyswann.com
www.myspace.com/nickyswann

 Spectrum

Spectrum Music was first formed in January 1997.

The style of music is ‘Concert Band’ arrangements, selections from ‘Musicals’ and popular Standards. The library currently holds 131 arrangements all funded by an Annual Membership fee of £20 per member and proceeds from Concerts.

Membership is currently 40 players meeting on Wednesday evenings each week at 7.15pm in The Parish Centre Kingskerswell, a village located between Newton Abbot and Torquay in Devon, England. The annually elected committee consists of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Musical Director, Band Co-ordinator plus two others.

We welcome new competent players and currently have vacancies for bassoonists.

Potential players please contact Tim Porter, 01803 310906.

All other enquiries, please contact the Band Secretary, Kate Lee, at davelee3546@btinternet.com

Musical Director – Tim Porter

The Band is led by Tim Porter (B.A.Hons) Music L.R.A.M a working musician, musical
arranger and teacher.

He is a clarinettist and pianist who studied at Kneller Hall, Dartington College of Arts and The Royal Academy of Music.

His career started in the Army where he was solo clarinettist and instructor in the Parachute Regiment Bands and later in the Royal Military Academy Staff Band. He then went on to perform in various professional ensembles worldwide and has performed before various members of the Royal Family. Tim's other passion is Torquay United Football Club, but we can't all be perfect!
 

APU

Apu's musicians all studied at Cusco's Academy of Music in Peru. A unique mix of old and new Andean compositions, breathtaking pipe and flute skills, searing samba and spellbinding rhythms.

Re-enforcing their position as one of the top Latin American acts around, Apu release a stunning new album, 'Tiempo de Amar' - (Time to Love).

This exiting young band from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, in the 'Sacred Valley' of the Andes, have developed a powerful and exciting mix of traditional and modern compositions. They combine breathtaking pipe and flute skills over searing Latin American rhythms, producing an inspiring and hauntingly beautiful experience...'Dirty Dancing with pan-pipes'.

The three Puente de la Vega brothers formed Apu in 1983, touring Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, before relocating to the UK in 1989 following an 'Incantation' tour. They have been joined by their contemporaries from Cusco's College of Music who have all played their traditional 'Music of the Sacred Valley' since childhood.

Apu perform annually at major UK venues and festivals including the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Aberdeen festivals. They were engaged by the Arts Council of Great Britain to launch the 'Arts Without Frontiers' conference and have performed a concert series with the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and, most recently, an orchestral collaboration for television featuring 'Traditional Andean & Northumbrian Folk Songs'.

"The power of the sound produced held row after row spell-bound. The energy and enthusiasm of these musicians was intense. Numbers accelerated until they exploded with appreciative applause". Edinburgh Festival Times.

UK TV appearances include:- ITV's 'Michael Barrymore Show', 'The Television Awards', 'The Clive James Show' & 'Euro '96 Football Championships'; BBC's 'What's That Noise' & 'Pebble Mill'; Sky TV's 'The Gypsy Kings of the Andes', Films include:- 'Women in Tropical Places' Channel 4, 'Apu-Dancing with the Inca' Frantic Productions & 'The Cross Culture Series' Hawthorne TV.

BBC Radio features include 'The Music Machine' Radio 2, 'Chris Searle's Pick of the Week' Radio 4, 'Ruscoe on 5' Radio 5, 'The Julia Hankin Show' Radio Newcastle.

For certain dates APU may be augmented by top Latin American instrumentalists.


Clogs with Heather & Gorse
 
Founded in 1984, Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers are a ladies only dancing side (but we do have male musicians!) based near Newton Abbot, Devon. We dance mainly North West Morris dances with the occasional Cotswold dance thrown in. Our main aim is to enjoy ourselves, but we also hope that we provide entertainment for others. We collect money for charity when we can - a past squire has estimated that we have donated about £5000 to charity since we started.

In the Winter we practice every week on a Wednesday evening in Combeinteignhead village hall.

In the Summer we try to dance out at least once a week in the evening, usually at a pub. We also regularly dance at Sidmouth Folk Festival, Teignmouth Folk Festival and Brixham Heritage week. We like to spend at least one weekend away at a folk festival every year such as Wimborne, Swanage or Weymouth.

Please visit the website for more information,
www.heatherandgorse.org.uk
 
 
The Chordettes
We are the South Wests premier ladies barbershop chorus based in Newton Abbot in glorious South Devon.

We are a close knit team who come together for the joy of close harmony singing, entertaining audiences and taking part in local and national singing competitions.

If you are looking for an entertaining group for your next event then you have come to the right place! Please have a look at our 'Hire Us' page for more details.

If you would like to join us and find out how much fun we have in the search for musical excellence, please come and visit us at a rehearsal night.. but be careful... you might get hooked!

Tenor Section

Tirke Linneman, Brigitte Hawkins, Lisa Trapnell, Amy Trapnell

Lead Section

Jo Fairchild, Yvonne Chamberlain, Trish Corns, Pauline Fox, Diane Harvey, Marion Leyland, Jenny McCruden, Alison Stockham, Pat Thompson, Jean Tozer, Lee Westlake, Janice Wyatt

Bass Section

Jane Barry, Maureen Cuff, Joan Curtis, Brenda Fairgrieve, Cindy Hepworth, Lesley Naylor, Brenda Roffe, Lesley Slinger, Sylvia Walsh, Annie Wells

Baritone Section

Vo Webb, Sue Baxter, Helen Bawden, Marj Dawson, Debbie Gatting, Anna Menter, Pauline Phillips

Our next concert:

Competing in the Torbay and South West of England Festival, Paignton - Friday 7th May.

www.chordettes.co.uk




Deborah Bond Dance Academy

The dance school was begun in 1994 with just 11 pupils in Plymouth. After the first year there were 45 pupils and the first class was started in Ivybridge. After three years the school at the China Fleet Country Club was taken over by Deborah and at that point approx 300 pupils were attending classes. Exams in ISTD were being taken regularly by pupils and already the first show and festival dances had been enjoyed.

After a further two years a full time teacher was required to aid the rapid growth of the school and after 6 years the school had grown to around 500 pupils.

The Heidi McWilliams school in Ivybridge was bought a year later helping the further growth of the Ivybridge branch and in 2002 Deborah made the step of buying the Gaynor Walter School of Dance in Newton Abbot. This is the school that Deborah herself trained at and then taught at for 7 years.

Finally in 2009 Razzamataz Theatre Schools Plymouth ages 4-18 was started along with the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy for 3-6 year olds.

At this point the school had around 850 pupils and now required a further 6 teachers and three administrators.
 

Tai Chi

Tai Chi with Sifu Nick Taylor

What Is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is a form of exercise that comes from China. It is practised by many millions of people worldwide, and is becoming ever more popular. Tai Chi is accessible to people of all ages, levels of fitness and from every walk of life. The health and fitness benefits gained from Tai chi promote a general feeling of positivity and happiness, and improve many common long and short term conditions. Improvements to balance, flexibility, coordination and to the condition of bones, joints, and muscles come from regular Tai Chi practice. Reductions in stress levels, and benefits to the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems are typical to many Tai Chi practitioners. Western medical research now supports the claims that the health benefits of practising Tai Chi bring.

I have been teaching Tai Chi for ten years, the last seven of those in Devon. I have the privilege and honour of being an Inner Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei which means that I am a 12th generation inheritor and teacher of authentic Chen family Style Tai Chi. My students have opportunities to meet and practice Tai Chi in Newton Abbot, Exeter, Teignmouth, Kingsteignton and Exmouth.

My contact details are as follows:-
Home: 01626 778048
Mobile: 07968 174934
Email: taichinick@tiscali.co.uk
Website:
www.devontaichicentre.com

Further details of class times, venues and dates are to be found on the website.


Coombeshead Performing Arts Show

Radio Coombeshead 87.7 FM

Radio Coombeshead will be on the road again, presenting student shows live from the epicentre of Newton Abbot on May 22nd, Radio Coombeshead broadcasts 24 hrs a day 7 days a week from Coombeshead Colllege, Part of the production will be promoting the next Musical coming soon at Coombeshead's great Community Theatre - Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone is in town and he is sure to show you a Grand Slam! Watch out for Fat Sam and Dandy Dan as they will be on the prowl! You can never trust the gangsters with splurge guns. You will hear the tappers and the sweet song of the Tallulah girls - so, rock up, get your feet tapping as anybody who is anybody can walk through that door!

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School

Every student participates in all three performing arts disciplines: Drama classes which help the student develop confidence, Dance classes which develop their physical awareness and Singing classes developing articulation and communications skills.
 
Stagecoach combines the performing arts of a drama school and a dance school into one safe environment, which encourages creativity whilst stretching the imagination of your child.
Stagecoach reaches beyond the normal after-school clubs and extends the opportunity for students to take internationally recognised examinations. This also extends the opportunity for students to be offered professional work in film, theatre and modelling by the Stagecoach Agency.

Stagecoach Torquay Dance Troupe will perform dance routines at Newton Abbot Festival on Saturday May 22nd at 5pm - For more info on Stagecoach visit
www.stagecoach.co.uk 

Alice Shiels

Acoustic guitarist and singer performs her latest compositions in her home town, a real talent and music industry experts have liked her to Katie Melua and Corinne Bailey Rae - A must see performance! www.myspace.com/aliceshiels 

Adam Bentley

17 yr old Acoustic guitarist playing his own take on some well know classics in amongst some of his own tracks, a big fan base and great all rounder worth checking out.

Fresh from a DJ tour promoting his album in Miami & Los Angeles, Matt has been on the DJ circuit for years now playing at festivals and clubs all over the world, this gig will coincide with his album release and gigs coming up at Enigma Nightclub. for more info visit www.pinkpennyrecords.com and to keep up with Mr Vinyl updates follow him on www.twitter.com/mrvinyl
 

Raven's Return
Raven's Return are a South Devon based acoustic four piece playing a range of Americana inspired material on bluegrass instruments.

Their debut recording "They Said It Couldn’t be Done" features a selection of traditional bluegrass, country & british folk tunes alongside modern material from songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Lowell George.

Alvis - Resonator Guitar, Voice. Brobo - Guitar, Voice. Clem- Guitar, 5 String Banjo, Voice. GPB(Geep) - Mandolin, Mouse Organ, Fiddle, Guitar, Voice.

Sponsored by Tuckers Maltings (Edwin Tucker & Sons Ltd) and First Great Western.

The link to the myspace website where more information about Raven's Return is available is: http://
www.myspace.com/rreturn



MIU (Minor Injury Unit)


Brixham College rock band MIU (short for Minor Injury Unit) have clocked up an impressive amount of public performances for a band so young.

The lively teenage band features; Henry Bower on lead vocals, Chris McDade and Tom Crutchlow playing lead and rhythm guitars, Jack Outterside bass, Dan Stokes keyboards and Sam Schofield on drums.

They have wowed audiences at many of South Devon’s music festivals and venues with their dynamic shows and have even travelled as far afield as Bristol.

The boys are still only aged between 14 and 16 even though it was two years ago that they were proclaimed outright winners of the Torbay Schools Festival of Performing Arts “Battle of the Bands” competition.

MIU have since recorded and released a five track debut CD ‘Hey, Ho, Let’s Go’ as well as featuring in an hour long showcase on Palm FM Radio.

Nurturing and managing the talented team is their art/music teacher Ian Roberts who used to be the front man for legendary British blues act The Nightporters.


N.U.M.B.
Never Underestimate Musical Belief - that's the motto that this 5-piece live by, hence the acronym which has given them the determination to achieve a huge amount since forming in January 2007. They've already played over 250 gigs, including sets at 02 Wireless at Hyde Park, Glastonbury, Vale Earth Fair, Beachbreak Live, Respect, Fordham, Colston Hall and Windsor Castle. They've been short listed/finalists in talent contests 02 undiscovered and Global Battle of the Bands. They receive regular airplay from over 20 local and national radio stations and host The Respect Show on Phonic FM 106.8 every month. Enjoyed promotion through well known publications such as NME, ATM, Hip Hop Connection, Guernsey Press, RWD, 24-7 and local newspapers such as Western Morning News, Express and Echo

Everything to date has been achieved without any record label or major management support confirming that their dedication to the homegrown/DIY approach to writing, producing and promoting music can really work.

Prince Harry is a fan, as is Rik Wakeman, Celebrity Chef Michael Caines MBE and Bohemian Rhapsody producer, Malcom Toft, who recently described the band as "... the best thing I've heard in years".

And to top it all off the band have supported acts such as The Dub Pistols, Dreadzone, Transglobal Underground, Skindred, Bad Manners, Akala, Skinnyman, The Beat, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, ZionTrain and Mica Paris!!

So what do they sound like? Its kinda an ultra fresh fusion of acoustic urban soul, which is as incredibly catchy as it is inventively cool. First album Local Anaesthetic has already sold over 5,000 copies and includes the track Night Time, which features on British comedy film Three and Out starring Mackenzie Crook and Colm Meaney. Other artists on this film include Blondie and Gabriella Cilmi. Second album Salt of the Earth has just been released and contains more stunningly strong melodies, sharp paralyzing rhymes, fat beats and some lovely parping brass to leave you comatosed! The future looks bright for these guys as they continue to....
Never Underestimate Musical Belief.

N.U.M.B are fully endorsed by FAITH GUITARS, FENCHURCH CLOTHING and THTC CLOTHING. Further endorserments from Paul Clayden Photography, Ballroom Blitz
 
www.numbmusic.co.uk

www.myspace.com/numbmusic

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Opera with Donna Marie

Operatic soprano Donna-Marie, is the latest singing sensation to cause a stir among critics in the industry. Her soaring voice, beautiful tone, and vocal versatility have earned her critical acclaim as both an operatic and classical singer.

Despite launching her career in the small English seaside resort of Torquay, Devon, a myriad of rave reviews from the national media provoked demand for talented songstress further afield. Training under the skilled mezzo soprano Alison Kettlewell, her unique tone has been likened to starlet Katherine Jenkins, and her strong, warbling vocals can be heard distinctly even over a hundred strong male orpheus choirs and symphony orchestras
 



Newton Bushell Morris Dancers


The much acclaimed Newton Bushel Morris Dancers are a Cotswold side formed in 1972 and based in Torquay. During the summer season (May ‘till September) we dance out at fine ale houses around Torquay, Newton Abbot, South Dartmoor and the local environs. We also perform at various festivals, events and celebrations. During the winter months (October ‘till April) we practice every Thursday at Kingskerswell Scout Hall. Our dancers are aged between 13 and somewhat over 60.

We are delighted to announce that, as from March 2009, we are now a mixed dancing side. This means that women are now more than welcome to join us. We would like to invite any ladies and men to come along and be part of this wonderful ancient tradition. Absolutely no previous dancing experience is necessary as weClosing Single Quote Mark ll teach you everything. No prior experience needed, we will teach you all you need to know! If you are interested, then call Roy, our foreman (teacher) on 01626 835749 or email: Tony@newtonbushelmorris.org

Our kit comprises black breeches, white shirts and socks, blue neckerchief, and blue and yellow baldricks, arm ribbons and the ubiquitous bells. The baldricks centrepiece is the St Leonards Clocktower in Newton Abbot.

We are available for bookings at any events and we regularly dance at weddings, fetes, festivals etc. You can find out much more information from our website,
www.newtonbushelmorris.org


Belly Dancing


Belly Dance. Dancer: Chryssanthi Sahar Scharf (July 29, 1960 - ), Heidelberg

Photography by: Gudrun Holde-Ortner

Belly dance is a Western term for traditional Middle Eastern dance styles, especially raqs sharqi). It is sometimes called Middle Eastern dance or Arabic dance in the West, or by the Greco-Turkish term çiftetelli (Greek: ts?ftet???).

The term "Belly dance" is a misnomer as all parts of the body are involved in the dance; the most featured body part in raqs sharqi being the hips. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style;; and new styles have been invented in the West as its popularity has spread globally.

Raqs sharqi is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed in restaurants and cabarets around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. Raqs sharqi is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.

Raqs baladi, is the folkloric style, danced socially by men and women of all ages in some Middle Eastern countries, usually at festive occasions such as weddings.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Duke Johnson & the Scorchers


Over the last 20 years Duke Johnson & The Scorchers have become an institution to live music & rightfully gaining the reputation of one of the best Rock & Roll bands in the UK.

They are not a tribute band but a shinning tribute to some of the best acts and songs in the world. Fronted by “The Duke” the bands level of musicianship is unrivalled by any and their reputation has been built through being a high energetic live band playing a back catalogue unchallenged by any band, local or national.



Spectrum Music was first formed in January 1997.The style of music is ‘Concert Band’ arrangements, selections from ‘Musicals’ and popular Standards. The library currently holds 131 arrangements all funded by an Annual Membership fee of £20 per member and proceeds from Concerts.

Membership is currently 40 players meeting on Wednesday evenings each week at 7.15pm in The Parish Centre Kingskerswell, a village located between Newton Abbot and Torquay in Devon, England. The annually elected committee consists of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Musical Director, Band Co-ordinator plus two others.

We welcome new competent players and currently have vacancies for bassoonists.Potential players please contact Tim Porter, 01803 310906.All other enquiries, please contact the Band Secretary, Kate Lee, at davelee3546@btinternet.comMusical Director – Tim Porter. 

The Band is led by Tim Porter (B.A.Hons) Music L.R.A.M a working musician, musical arranger and teacher.He is a clarinettist and pianist who studied at Kneller Hall, Dartington College of Arts and The Royal Academy of Music.His career started in the Army where he was solo clarinettist and instructor in the Parachute Regiment Bands and later in the Royal Military Academy Staff Band. He then went on to perform in various professional ensembles worldwide and has performed before various members of the Royal Family. Tim's other passion is Torquay United Football Club, but we can't all be perfect! 

Apu's musicians all studied at Cusco's Academy of Music in Peru. A unique mix of old and new Andean compositions, breathtaking pipe and flute skills, searing samba and spellbinding rhythms.Re-enforcing their position as one of the top Latin American acts around, Apu release a stunning new album, 'Tiempo de Amar' - (Time to Love).This exiting young band from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, in the 'Sacred Valley' of the Andes, have developed a powerful and exciting mix of traditional and modern compositions. They combine breathtaking pipe and flute skills over searing Latin American rhythms, producing an inspiring and hauntingly beautiful experience...'Dirty Dancing with pan-pipes'.

The three Puente de la Vega brothers formed Apu in 1983, touring Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, before relocating to the UK in 1989 following an 'Incantation' tour. They have been joined by their contemporaries from Cusco's College of Music who have all played their traditional 'Music of the Sacred Valley' since childhood.Apu perform annually at major UK venues and festivals including the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Aberdeen festivals. They were engaged by the Arts Council of Great Britain to launch the 'Arts Without Frontiers' conference and have performed a concert series with the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra and, most recently, an orchestral collaboration for television featuring 'Traditional Andean & Northumbrian Folk Songs'."The power of the sound produced held row after row spell-bound. The energy and enthusiasm of these musicians was intense. Numbers accelerated until they exploded with appreciative applause". Edinburgh Festival Times.

UK TV appearances include:- ITV's 'Michael Barrymore Show', 'The Television Awards', 'The Clive James Show' & 'Euro '96 Football Championships'; BBC's 'What's That Noise' & 'Pebble Mill'; Sky TV's 'The Gypsy Kings of the Andes', Films include:- 'Women in Tropical Places' Channel 4, 'Apu-Dancing with the Inca' Frantic Productions & 'The Cross Culture Series' Hawthorne TV.BBC Radio features include 'The Music Machine' Radio 2, 'Chris Searle's Pick of the Week' Radio 4, 'Ruscoe on 5' Radio 5, 'The Julia Hankin Show' Radio Newcastle.

For certain dates APU may be augmented by top Latin American instrumentalists.  Founded in 1984, Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers are a ladies only dancing side (but we do have male musicians!) based near Newton Abbot, Devon. We dance mainly North West Morris dances with the occasional Cotswold dance thrown in. Our main aim is to enjoy ourselves, but we also hope that we provide entertainment for others. We collect money for charity when we can - a past squire has estimated that we have donated about £5000 to charity since we started.In the Winter we practice every week on a Wednesday evening in Combeinteignhead village hall.

In the Summer we try to dance out at least once a week in the evening, usually at a pub. We also regularly dance at Sidmouth Folk Festival, Teignmouth Folk Festival and Brixham Heritage week. We like to spend at least one weekend away at a folk festival every year such as Wimborne, Swanage or Weymouth.

 


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