Welcome to Brixham Theatre
Welcome to Brixham Theatre, 'the theatre at the end of the bay', run by the Brixham Arts and Theatre Society (BATS), formed to promote the arts in Brixham.
- Brixham Theatre 29th September 2016 02:42AM The great sounds continue with the return of Brooks Williams, alongside Mr New York blues, Guy Davis, on Saturday 12 November, with their 2016 tour 'Inside the Delta'. Blues legend Guy Davis and Georgia-born roots and Americana singer songwriter Brooks Williams, one of the top acoustic guitarists of all time, explore the routes of the blues. Guy’s parallel careers– as a musician, an author, a music teacher and a film, television and Broadway actor mark him out as a Renaissance man, yet the blues remain his first and greatest love. Growing up in a family of artists (his parents were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis), he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller at an early age. When Guy plays the blues, he doesn’t want you to notice how much art is involved. ‘Kokomo Kidd’, his latest album. finds the blues ambassador visiting fresh territory. His deft acoustic playing and well crafted lyrics are present as always but perhaps offers more light and shade. Brooks Williams, well known to Brixham audiences, is a man on a mission. He not only tours like a hellhound’s on his trail, but creates a super-charged music that is electrifying and fighting-fit. His influences fly so fast and furious they blur, yet his sound… well, no one does it like Brooks! He stands on tradition but he doesn’t stand still. He brings together electric, acoustic, slide guitar, singing and songs in a way that is blues to its core but also dips a little deeper into the well. Brooks writes songs that are a collision of roots and evolution. Nowhere is this more evident than on his new recording, ‘My Turn Now’. Words like ‘timeless’, ‘astutely observed’, and ‘archetypal’ just about cover it. But at its core it is all about contrast. Like drinking whiskey from a honey jar, you get both the sweet and the bite. These two superb guitarists and singers will be displaying a level of skill and humanity that makes audiences smile wherever they perform. It’s going to be the biggest gig of the year and quite a night! Tickets are £15 in advance (£17 on the door if available) and can be obtained from the Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 or at www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.
- Brixham Theatre 29th September 2016 02:38AM On Saturday 15 October Brixham Theatre brings Ragged Union Bluegrass in, all the way from Colorado, USA. The music from this six-piece ensemble, lead by Geoff and Christina Union, is best described by Ron Thomason, of Dry Branch Fire. “This IS your grandfather’s bluegrass music but not his lyrics or subject matter. These tunes are ‘traditional’ in their approach and presentation, but the subject matter of the lyrics is wholly modern; dealing with angst, problems, even fixations in both a literal and metaphorical way. And this is the crux: that’s entirely different in how bluegrass music has been ‘updated’. It is beyond appropriate; it is fresh and innovative while preserving, through their instruments, the things one likes about bluegrass music.” There is an intimacy and tightness surrounding the vocals, with award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, and up-tempo arrangements giving way to the edgy, outsider song writing that has become symptomatic of Ragged Union’s style. The instrumental prowess of Ragged Union is evident, whether the band is joining in for a fast tempo on “Simple Life,” featuring a solid hook and bluesy female vocal, or on a softer, sweeter ballad such as the waltz, “Two Tracks Coming,” hauntingly sung, spotlighting the lonesome winter imagery so often experienced in the Colorado countryside. They will be featuring songs from their album 'Hard Row to Hoe', featuring upbeat, rhythmically charged originals with a dose of the uncommon, outside the bluegrass box lyrics and modern adaptations of traditional numbers. Band members Christina Union (lead and tenor vocals), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin, vocal), Chris C-Bob Elliot (Banjo), Pat Hoeper (fiddle), and Michael Sivcovich (upright bass), have created a sound that is masterful in the hands of seasoned musicians and with an appeal that is infectious Tickets are £12 in advance (£15 on the door if available) and can be obtained from the Theatre Box Office 01803 882717 or at www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.
- Brixham Theatre 29th September 2016 02:35AM The Autumn season brings exciting musicians to Brixham Theatre. the first venture is on Friday 7 October when the Brixham Folk Night will be host to Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wllson of Wren Music. Marilyn and Paul are renowned for their strong vocal harmonies and instrumental variety, including guitar and piano accordion. Their wide repertoire of traditional songs, including many from Devon's rich cultural history, is complemented by a wealth of new songs and original compositions. “We are delighted to be dropping by to sing at Brixham” said Paul, “it will be great to re-connect with South Devon and with long standing friends” Marilyn and Paul have been hitting the headlines recently, having been awarded the gold badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, the highest honour the national body can give. “This was all the more delightful for being a complete surprise” said Marilyn. The award was celebrated at a gala night in Exeter, which included a set of songs from Wren Music patron, Peggy Seeger. In performance, Marilyn and Paul specialise in creating warm, friendly programmes. In their thirty years of professional experience, they have performed at a staggering number and variety of venues, from London's South Bank Centre, to a small-hall concert for a fishing co-op on the shores of Newfoundland, always finding the right songs for each occasion. Marilyn’s repertoire includes songs from her family tradition. A recorded performance from her has been used by folk star John Kirkpatrick as an example of how folk songs should be sung! Over recent months Marilyn has been developing her singing, writing songs and directing shows like Singing Herstory and Random Melody. Paul first came to national prominence in the 1970s as part of the Totnes based trio, Staverton Bridge, and since then has developed his guitar playing, vocal technique and piano accordion work. He directs the annual Baring Gould Song School, attracting students from around the UK and giving many their first encounter with folk music. There are several well-known students of the song school, including award-winning singer, Sam Lee. Together Paul and Marilyn have set up Wren Music as a folk music education organisation which, over the last 30 years, has developed an enviable reputation for delivering quality folk development work in a huge variety of settings. “The success and growth of Wren has outstripped our expectations” said Paul. “Now that’s running, we’ve got a chance to develop further what we were doing before Wren was set up” says Marilyn “that is taking work as performers in our own right.” Admission is just £6 on the door.