Alden Patterson & Dashwood Alden Patterson and Dashwood are a Norwich based folk trio comprising of Christina Alden (vocals/ guitar), Alex Patterson (fiddle/ vocals) and Noel Dashwood (dobro/ vocals). Following the success of their award winning debut album ‘Call Me Home’ the band release their second album ‘By The Night’ in June 2018.

A homespun approach is at the heart of Alden Patterson and Dashwood’s music. Their music draws on material from ancient songs re-spun with new melodies, as well as original material depicting tales of time travel, mountain journeys and their affection for home.

The band are set for another successful year with a busy summer of high profile festivals and over seventy dates at folk clubs and theatres across the UK. ‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016 ★★★★★ Album Of The Year Editors Choice – fROOTS Magazine 2016 ★★★★ ‘Something of enormous promise’ – Songlines 2017

14th Sep, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£10/£8 concessions

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The Rheingans Sisters Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. Drawing on their pan-European musical scholarship (having studied extensively in France, Sweden and Norway) and their spirited mission to make connections between the music of dif-ferent geographical roots, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the de-construction and reimagining of traditional music alongside their own beguiling compositions. Since the release of their award-winning album Already Home (2015) audiences across the UK, Europe and Australia have been captivated by their live performances; as full-hearted performers and on-stage improvisors - via the adven-turous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, poetry and per-cussion - The Rheingans Sisters are a unique and unmissable act on the folk and world music stage today. Their hotly anticipated third album 'Bright Field' is re-leased in March 2018.

"Superb" - The Independent
“Magnificent… music you wish to return to again and again” ★★★★★ - Song-lines
“The Rheingans Sisters enchanted one and all with their reverie on stage” - The Canberra Times
“Quite simply extraordinary”- fRoots

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

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Harp and a Monkey EVER wondered what a 150-year-old pop song sounded like, or what might inspire a Victorian to write such a thing? Well, you can find the answer to both these questions and more besides when an award-winning modern folk and storytelling trio arrive for a special one-off show at the acclaimed Silver Street Sessions in Wiveliscombe next month (Saturday, November 9th).

The internationally renowned Lancastrian outfit Harp and a Monkey have promised the local audience a sneak preview of a collection of Victorian parlour, street, work and folk songs that they have been reviving and reshaping for modern ears.

As well as the Victorian insights, they will also perform a wide variety of material from a critically acclaimed catalogue built up over the course of the past twelve years.

In fact, we are told that audience members can expect tales of cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, and the travails of medieval pilgrims.

The trio are fronted by Dr Martin Purdy, an author and historian who regularly appears on national radio and as an advisor to the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? franchise. He said: “We played a show in Wiveliscombe a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so much we decided it would be a great place to premier some of the new Victorian material.

"Wiveliscombe thrived in the Victorian period as a result of its major brewery, so it is apt that the Silver Street Sessions are held in a modern brewery. It’s going to be a fantastic night featuring plenty of different instruments, unusual song and story themes, poignancy and laughter.”

For those unfamiliar with Harp and a Monkey, they have been described as “bold and brilliant” by the likes of The Observer, “fantastic and fascinating” by Mark Radcliffe on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, “excellent” by The Guardian, and “sensational” by Clare Balding on BBC Radio 2. Tickets can be purchased in advance for the show held in the Cotleigh Brewery on Ford Road from Wiveliscombe Post Office and cost £12 / £10 concessions Doors will open at 8pm.

9th Nov, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£12/£10 concessions

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Lucy Ward Named ‘Brit-Folks most vibrant and forthright new young talent’ by MOJO, ‘Impressive and original’ by The Guardian and ‘Inspiring’ by Billy Bragg, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Lucy Ward is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter and folk musician. Her songs are a sweet mixture of evocative imagery and quiet, involving beauty; passion, protest and tradition all rolled into one. Her voice is breath-taking, she is a captivating and powerful performer and has a unique ability to inhabit the very heart of every song.

This winter, join BBC award winning singer songwriter Lucy Ward for an evening of solstice magic, woven from festive song and traditions ages old. Sprinkled with her own stunning back catalogue of spellbinding original material, prepare for a perfect evening seasonal delights.

28th Nov, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£tbc concessions

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GreenMatthews This unique retelling of Dickens’ heart-warming tale uses an array of traditional and modern instruments and authentic musical arrangements. It brims with warmth, wit and wonder.

Modern-day balladeers GreenMatthews take the well-loved festive adventure back to its Victorian fireside roots, painting a vivid and evocative picture of Dickens’ world.

Chris Green (voice, guitar, mandocello, piano), Sophie Matthews (voice, flute, English border bagpipes) and special guest Jude Rees (voice, oboe, melodeon) use a magical blend of new lyrics, traditional midwinter English folk tunes and carol melodies to illustrate the transformation of flinty-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge into the epitome of the Christmas spirit – warm-hearted, generous and loving.

Uplifting and melodic, Green Matthews’ A Christmas Carol perfectly recaptures the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.

“A delightful show... a lively retelling” London Theatre Reviews “Sheer festive delight” FolkWords

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

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