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Dorchester Arts - Swansea City Opera - 'A Viennese Whirl'
Venue: The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF
Date: Sat 20th Jan 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £16/£14 members & concessions

(doors & bar 7.30pm)

The acclaimed Swansea City Opera presents a captivating production – A Viennese Whirl, evoking the magic and music of Vienna and transporting audiences to the banks of the dreamy Danube River. Enjoy an enchanting evening of singing and soaring violin melodies from some of the most popular Viennese composers including Kreisler, Lehar, Kalman and Johann Strauss, as well as operettas such as ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘Die Fledermaus’ and ‘The Gypsy Baron’.

Echoing the wonderful voices of the era and including songs by Richard Tauber, a carefully selected cast of tenor, soprano, violin and piano accompanist has been assembled for this amusing and entertaining evening hosted by the charismatic Artistic Director of SCO, Brendan Wheatley, who introduces the music of the Viennese greats in his own inimitable style.

A Viennese Whirl is certain to delight and enthral its audiences.

Programme includes such gems as:

Adele’s Laughing Song (Die Fledermaus) – Johann Strauss
Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss (Paganini) – Franz Lehár
Vilja Song (The Merry Widow) – Franz Lehár
Love Unspoken (The Merry Widow) – Franz Lehár
Roses from Tyrol (Der Vogelhändler) – Carl Zeller
Vienna Blood (Wiener Blut) – Johann Strauss
Annen-Polka – Johann Strauss
Song and Czardas (Zigeunerliebe) – Franz Lehár
Vienna, City of my Dreams – Rudolf Sieczynski
Czardas, for Violin – Vittorio Monti
Liebesfreud – Kreisler
Website: http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
Dorchester Arts - Sultans of String
Venue: The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF
Date: Wed 24th Jan 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £13/£11 members & concessions

(doors & bar 7.30pm)

Three times JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees Sultans of String are an “energetic and exciting band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK).

Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. Celebrating a milestone 10 years together, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on world music charts, #6 on Billboard (world), and received multiple awards and accolades, including a SiriusXM Award, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and David Bromberg.

Bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo), a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipient, was raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian household just bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, he was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons. When he first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the dynamic duo grew, featuring such amazing musical friends as in-the-pocket bass master Drew Birston.

Sultans of String have been touring many taste-making forums such as UK’s legendary Celtic Connections, NYC’s Birdland and The Lincoln Center. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Albert Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Stratford, Ontario and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine and Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!”
Bob Ezrin (Producer–Pink Floyd. Kiss)

“Sultans of String are one of Canada’s hottest new musical exports, dynamically embodying their homeland’s values of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures.”
International Celtic Connections Festival, UK

“Impressive, considerable virtuosity and tasteful arrangements… its positive vibes are irresistible”
Songlines UK

“Absolutely brilliant”
BBC Radio

“It seems that Sultans of String can’t get themselves out of bed at the moment without finding themselves nominated for one award or another. In a word: Magnificent”
R2 – Rock ‘n’ Reel – UK – 5 Star review
Website: http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
Bridport Arts centre - Christine Tobin
Venue: Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South St, Bridport DT6 3NR
Date: Thu 25th Jan 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: £15 / £13

Dublin-born, New York-based singer Christine Tobin’s new album Pelt employs the poems and lyrics of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon to take us down luxuriant groves of jazz, negotiated by piano, cello and violin, with some funky stuff too.
Website: https://www.bridport-arts.com/event/christine-tobin-pelt/
Dorchester Arts - Bessie Smith: Empress of Blues and Jazz
Venue: The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF
Date: Sat 27th Jan 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £15/£13 MEMBERS & CONCESSIONS

(doors & bar 7.30pm)

Bessie Smith (15th April 1894 – 26th September 1937)
Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe (internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Musical Director, Paul Jobson on keyboards, Tony Qunta on acoustic guitar, Richard Sadler on upright bass, Chuck Lloyd on saxophone and Kevin Davy on trumpet) perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie’s songs.



The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.

Duration: 2x 45 min sets with interval
Website: http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
Bridport Arts Centre - Graham Fellows
Venue: Bridport Arts Centre
Date: Fri 2nd Feb 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £10 / £8

Graham Fellows has performed as the comic character, John Shuttleworth for over 25 years on stage, TV and Radio, delighting audiences throughout the UK with his songs and quirky take on everyday life.

Now Graham, minus purple leather jacket and fawn slacks (but fully clothed!) steps out from behind the keyboard to plug in his guitar and sing his own songs: revelatory, humorous and quirky still, sometimes sad. Graham will naturally talk about Shuttleworth as well as his other comic characters, plus his pivotal acting role on Coronation Street, and becoming a teenage pop star as Jilted John. Hear the tale of the night, Jazz legend, George Melly broke into Graham’s bedsit, and of the time he bought a packet of bread sauce with a famous Hollywood actor, poignantly recalled in the ballad, ‘Mark Rylance Was My Lodger’.
Website: https://www.bridport-arts.com/event/graham-fellows/
Dorchester Arts - Emily Maguire
Venue: The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF
Date: Fri 9th Feb 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £13/£11 members & concessions

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe. After living in a shack in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK to tour with American legend Don McLean and make her third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, with two singles playlisted on Radio 2. Her latest album ‘A Bit Of Blue’ was released in February 2017.
Website: http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
Wessex Folk Festival - Tree Fellahs
Venue: Hope Square Church, Trinity Street, Weymouth DT48TW
Date: Sat 10th Feb 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: £9 in advance/£10 on the door

Wessex Folk Festival cordially invite you to their winter warmer barn dance. The price of the ticket includes a chilli supper. You band for the evening will be Tree Fellahs and your caller will be Teresa Rabbetts. Tickets are available from the website. All welcome.
Website: http://www.wessexfolkfestival.com
Bridport Arts Centre - Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves
Venue: Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, DT6 3NR
Date: Sat 10th Feb 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £10 / £12 OTD

Following the success of Gaz Brookfield’s last two sold out solo UK tours, he has decided to take the full band out on the road this February.

Truly a super-group of musicians, Gaz Brookfield and The Company of Thieves comprises of drummer, Leks Wood, (Devil Sold His Soul), bassist, Tom Granville, (Flipron, Nick Parker and The False Alarms), guitarist, Chris Webb, (a superb solo act in his own right), mandolin player, Nick Parker, (Nick Parker and The False Alarms), keyboard player, Jon Buckett, and of course, Gaz’s old cohort, violinist, Ben Wain.

If you weren’t lucky enough to catch this full band line up at a festival in 2017, then don’t miss out on your chance to see them live, on this rare, possibly never to be repeated tour.

Support from Chris Webb and Nick Parker
Website: https://www.bridport-arts.com/event/gaz-brookfield-the-company-of-thieves/
Dorchester Arts - The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Venue: The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF
Date: Sat 10th Feb 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £22/£20 members & concessions

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.
Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

“It is said that if some Pasadena Roof Orchestra tunes are floating past her window, the Queen is not displeased” (The Daily Telegraph)

“An evening of rare musical entertainment” (The Financial Times)

“For the PRO I have nothing but praise, they brilliantly evoked an array of 20’s and 30’s musical styles” (The Sunday Telegraph)
Website: http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
Dorchester Arts - John Hudson - Mario Lanza and Me
Venue: The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF
Date: Wed 14th Feb 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £15/£13 MEMBERS & CONCESSIONS

(DOORS & BAR 7.30pm)

It’s 1973. I’m a boy living in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and we’re going through another bloomin’ power cut.

My life is about to change completely and forever. Sitting in the candle lit gloom with nothing but a wind up gramophone, I decide to play a record. Not wanting to ruin one of my own LPs, I try one of my parent’s – some geezer called Mario Lanza. Two things happened. Firstly, I discovered that you can’t play modern vinyl on a wind up gramophone – trust me, my backside still hurts, and secondly, I don’t know how to describe it, a miracle? Corny old songs from the 40s and 50s, but that voice…that absolutely electrifying voice…

Twenty years later and I’m singing Rodolpho in la Boheme at the Coliseum for ENO and it’s Mario Lanza’s fault. Well now I’m returning the favour.

In this loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest voices, by, if I may say so, a half decent tenor, let me introduce you to Mario Lanza. To that voice.

Stolen from the opera world by Hollywood, he became the world’s first “crossover” artist. In this modern age of Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, the X Factor and the Voice, we have become accustomed to classical voices in the charts. Well, come and meet the Daddy of ’em all.

Whether an old friend, or someone you’ve never heard of, allow me to show you how he changed not only MY life, but the lives of many more.

With songs such as Be My Love, Serenade, Because and I’ll Walk With God, he captured the hearts of a generation.
Come and meet him. I’ll give you an evening you’ll never forget.”
Website: http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
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