GreenMatthews Created to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’.

‘The Men Who Marched Away‘ is a scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. The show does not flinch from conveying the full horror of the first global conflict but also celebrates the courage and humour of the tommies under fire and those they left behind.

Featuring a host of wartime standards such as ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘Tipperary’ and ‘Goodbye-ee’ as well as brand-new musical settings of poems by lesser-known war poets such as May Wedderburn Cannan and C. Fox-Smith, ‘The Men Who Marched Away‘ is a moving tribute to the fallen and a fitting reminder of their sacrifice.


25th Oct, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£12/£10 concessions


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Gigspanner Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.

A glance at the band's Guestbook page offers an insight into the emotional impact their performances exert..."spellbinding" "sublime" "blown away" "inspired" and "magical" are familiar themes.

Hailed by Songlines as "another milestone in folk's rebirth of cool", there is however far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye, and to categorise these virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians would be to significantly undersell them, and to deny audiences the full scope of their musical embrace.

As expected, British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, but the approach is what sets it apart...leaving enough room with the arrangements to spread and stretch the music in the moment.

In Peter's own words "there is nothing more exciting than finding yourself lost in a new layer of inspiring and spontaneous music". But taking it even further, subliminal, multicultural influences are fed into the mix, flirting audaciously with French, Cajun, Cuban and even Eastern European traditions.

As the late Sir Terry Pratchett poetically observed "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow".

Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on hand drums and percussion.

As a founding member of Celtic-Rock Band ‘The Tabs’, Roger is primarily a rock musician who shares Peters’ affinity with traditional material, whilst Sacha's playing brings the rhythms to life with his incredible knowledge and sense of feel, whether playing a song or a tune.

May 2015 heralded the release of their new studio album Layers of Ages, which sees Gigspanner blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional songs and tunes, dismantled, reconsidered and put together again to reveal moments of originality and staggering beauty. In the words of fRoots "Peter shows a willingness to turn the expected inside out and to place it back as neat as it was before being taken"

It has been played on several BBC folk shows, including Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe show and Radio 3's 'World on 3', and has received a host of glowing reviews in the music press. The Telegraph has added it to their 'Best Albums of 2015' list.

What drives Gigspanner is an unwavering, single minded commitment to dig deep and to load the music with something of value. Gigspanner’s audience knows that it is being honoured with a gift that is the difference between ‘entertaining’ and ‘spellbinding’.


15th Nov, 8.00pm
St. Andrew's Church, Wiveliscombe.
£14/£12


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Trio Dhoore ROOTED FOLK MUSIC BY THREE FLEMISH BROTHERS
Ward, Hartwin, and Koen have known each other for a very long time! The three brothers have been playing together for more than 20 years. Formerly in the forest and in the attic, today on stage. Little has changed in the concept; playfully create their own imaginary world in which no rules apply and it is blissful.

Through the years the brothers managed to create their own sound with their innovative instrumental folk; a musical identity that is hard to link with traditional music from any region, but which still feels familiar to many. The many foreign concerts in the whole of Europe and Canada do not lie.

But Trio Dhoore's music is also appreciated in Flanders. The song "Endless Dancing" from their latest album 'Momentum' can be heard regularly on Radio 1. In 2017 the brothers performed "MainStage" during Dranouter Festival and they made their "entrance" in the Flemish art centers.


24th Nov, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£14/£12 concessions


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O'Hooley Tidow present "Winterfolk"
Join ‘one of British Folk's mightiest combinations' (MOJO), O'Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their latest album 'WinterFolk Vol 1', produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker.

Nominated this year for the fourth time in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and described by the Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters’, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts.

BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2018 ‘BEST DUO’ NOMINEES
‘They sing together in the way families do…like The Coppers or The Watersons’ Tom Robinson, 6 Music

‘I have just listened to your track, Beryl, with tears in my eyes! It’s beautiful and brilliant.’ Maxine Peake

‘Exceptional songwriters.’ * * * * * The Guardian

‘Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.’ * * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month (Shadows)

‘Formidably brilliant.’ Independent

‘Brave, beautiful and full of love.’ Martin Simpson


6th Dec, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE


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