Our Evening Programme: October 2018

Roland Gift and Band plus Support: Friday October 12th 8:00pm

roland.giftRoland Gift rose to fame as the charismatic frontman for The Fine Young Cannibals and is one of modern music’s true torchbearers.

His distinguished career has expanded in recent years to include critically-lauded film acting and musical score work.

A great voice never goes out of style, and Roland’s trademark vocal prowess is both timeless and strikingly ahead of his time. A foot-tapping, hip swiveling night is in prospect as Roland appears with his six piece band.

Opening this Friday evening, we present a unique chance to see the acclaimed talents of Black Country poet Liz Berry and singer Mish Maybe.

Black Country poetry princess Liz Berry, will be appearing in a unique collaboration with the beautiful voice of singer, songwriter and arranger Mish Maybe and her band of musicians. Together for one night only, they will both enchant and entertain you.

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James Acaster "A Work in Progress": Saturday October 13th 8:00pm

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Join James Acaster as he works on his upcoming show 'Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999'. James’ last three shows and Recap form the upcoming Netflix four-part series, Repertoire. He is the first UK comic to shoot more than one Netflix Original special.

His debut book 'Classic Scrapes' made the Sunday Times bestseller list. A whimsical master, he has received acclaim from around the world, including a record breaking 5 consecutive nominations for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You, QI and Have I Got News for You.

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Jeremy Vine "What I Learnt": Sunday October 14th 8:00pm

jeremy vineWe welcome one of the best known voices at the BBC – broadcaster Jeremy Vine.

Twice voted Speech Broadcaster of the Year his daily programme on Radio 2 is now the most listened-to radio current affairs programme in the UK.

He has over 25 years experience in journalism, including being ambushed by rebels in Croatia, and has boundless stories to relate as he tells us “What I Learnt”. His new book is at the heart of the evening as Jeremy tells us “what my listeners say and why we should take notice”.

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Alan Johnson "In My Life - A Musical Memoir": Monday October 15th 8:00pm

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Alan Johnson is definitely one of our most popular and respected MPs. As well as being an award-winning author and broadcaster, Alan is a lifelong fan of Queens Park Rangers.

As Members of Parliament go, he also has a surprisingly good taste in and obscure knowledge of music.

Regular appearing on Question Time and This Week, we will find an evening filled with matters such as electoral reform, trade unionists, fairness at work and Jeremy Corbyn as Alan explains to us “In My Life – A Music Memoir”.

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Simon Armitage "Journeys": Tuesday October 16th 8:00pm

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Simon Armitage relates “Journeys”.

Simon Armitage, English poetry’s national treasure, talks of his troubadour travels, walking 256 miles of the Pennine Way to discover the spirit of this remarkable landscape, its people and his personal viewpoint. Reflected in his prose work ‘Walking Home’ his talk will focus on journeys and their vital place in our lives.

Armitage is a multiple prize winning poet, author, filmmaker and singer who is currently also Professor of Poetry at both Oxford and Leeds universities. He is one of the most read poets to an entire generation as his accessible poetry has featured on the English curriculum of most schools for well over a decade.

Unmissable!

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Professor Alice Roberts "Tamed": Wednesday October 17th 8:00pm

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We welcome the return of Professor Alice Roberts presenting “Tamed”: three species that changed our world . . .

Join Alice Roberts, biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster, as she delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of three species that became our allies.

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter- gatherers, consummate foraging experts, taking the world as they found it.

Then a revolution occurred – our ancestors’ interaction with other species changed. They began to tame them. The human population boomed; civilisation began.

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Clare Teal Trio: Thursday October 18th 8:00pm

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Four times winner of the British Jazz Singer of the Year accolade, Clare Teal brings her trio to Bewdley, including the hugely talented Jason Rebello on piano.

Clare continues to surge ahead on her mission to bring big band and swing to music lovers everywhere, to demonstrate that this genre is ever evolving and still relevant in today's world.

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Eddi Reader and Band: Friday October 19th 8:00pm

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Eddi Reader is widely considered to be one of Scotland’s greatest singers.

Growing up in Glasgow and Irvine, it was in those towns that she first learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others whilst busking and performing at the local folk clubs.

In the early 1980s, Eddi’s band Fairground Attraction reached a huge audience when the single ‘Perfect’ and parent album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ both hit number one in the charts.

Throughout the subsequent thirty years, Eddi has consistently released enduring solo albums and played thousands of memorable concerts, travelling the world with her music. Time and again her records and concerts showcase a knack for great songwriting and picking a great song, then making it her own.

Eddi’s 2018 concerts offer a chance to witness a live performer at the peak of her powers, with an incredible band and a devotion for great music.

Expect new songs, old favourites and a night that will live long in the memory.

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Jo Enright Presents... A Comedy Showcase: Saturday October 20th 8:00pm

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Hosted by the wonderful comedian Jo Enright, we bring you a comedy showcase full of laughter.

Jo has worked for more than a decade with many of the UK’s leading comedy writers – Peter Kay, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to mention but a few.

She is a highly acclaimed stand-up comedienne in her own right and tonight Jo will also be our MC as she introduces 2 of the country's leading comedians Ed Aczel and Dan Thomas.

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