Tickets are selling extremely well for all shows – even The Tannahill Weavers who aren’t here until November !
Upcoming events include:
Sunday 24 March - Red Dirt Skinners at Chidham Village Hall – back from their new home in Ontario for a substantial UK tour. Their version of Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ is simply outstanding.
Saturday 30 March - Karen Matheson & band at Emsworth Baptist Church - such a wonderful singer of Gaelic and Scottish songs - as all Capercaillie fans know !
Tuesday 16 April - Skerryvore at Emsworth Baptist Church – we’re expecting a full house for this band as online bookings are from all over the south of England.
In May we have 3 great shows:
Wed 1 May - 8pm - Chidham Village Hall, Grammy Award Winner John Reischman & The Jaybirds. John a Bluegrass banjo player with his four-piece band, playing sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, and 21st Century contemporary music.
Fri 10 May - 8pm - The Parish Room, Compton, Tunde Jegede at , (very few tickets left). Our first concert in Compton and a fascinating one! We follow the journey of two travellers – DH Lawrence in Mexico through the music of Mexican multi-instrumentalist Rafael Guel, and Ibn Battuta through Tunde Jegede as he travels through mediaeval Africa. All of this against a backdrop infusing archival imagery, paintings, text and poetry, by film-maker Sunara Begum.
Sun 12 May - 8pm - Chidham Village Hall, Ron Block & Tony Furtado. Ron is the banjo player (and multi-instrumentalist) for the wonderful Alison Krauss, Tony is an exceptional banjo-player and slide guitarist. Together they light the fuse and you can watch it burn!
We’re delighted that the prestigious 2019 Cambridge Folk Festival has booked Lil’ Jimmy Reed & The Bob Hall Band– but you can see then at Chidham Village Hall on Wednesday 12 June, or at a private house-concert in Emsworth the previous night.
Tickets: If you can’t get in to Bookends (Emsworth) and don’t want to book online you can always e-mail me and pay for tickets by BACS - firstname.lastname@example.org or txt 07802 500050
THEATRE IN EMSWORTH!
The death of Emsworth’s Oyster industry features heavily in a one-act play being brought to Emsworth’s Brook Hall (old Baptist Church) by four leading lights of the theatre world.
Written jointly by Chichester-based Greg Mosse, and Havant’s Lucy Flannery their play ‘Poisoned Beds’ features original live music by another celebrated Havant resident – John Gleadhall. Through West Sussex actress Paula Tinker the play is set in December 1918 and is a captivating story of one woman’s preparation of a concert to celebrate both women’s suffrage, and the end of the Great War. However there’s a twist in this clever combination of comedy and sadness in that she can’t celebrate the future without reconciling herself to her tragic past – it’s not just the Oyster beds that human folly has poisoned !
For Emsworth audiences this is an amazing opportunity to enjoy the work of two superbly entertaining writers. Lucy has worked with stars like Alison Steadman and Roy Hudd. Greg’s plays - often based in local history (‘The Hawkhurst Gang’, ‘The Exchange’, Number 60 to The Somme’) regularly play to capacity audiences.
Poisoned Beds’ is an exciting new venture being co-promoted by WemsFest whose main theatre collaborator, Julian Sluggett, sadly passed away nearly two years ago.
The sixty-minute production is followed by a revealing post-show discussion and takes place on Wednesday 19 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 available from Bookends, and www.wegottickets.com
COMEDY TO RETURN IN OCTOBER!
Following two successful ‘Comedy Nights at The Club’ we’re delighted that Comedy will return to Emsworth Sports & Social Club in October, November, January, and March. Thank You for continuing to support live events! Mark Millington-Ringwood, (WemsFest Artistic Director) 01243 370501 or 07802 500050