Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger

Friday 31st May
7.30pm Corn Exchange | £16 | Book tickets

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Jolly Roger are a Sea-Punk folk band hailing from Penzance — their high-energy live performances have caused widespread outbreaks of dancing, moshing and having a ruddy good time at an international level, gaining them the coveted ‘Golden Gnome‘ award in 2022. Under their live performance belts, they have a list of some of the best music festivals in the UK and Europe including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Boardmasters, Bearded Theory, Lindisfarne Festival and Festival Medieval – Germany.

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Lady Nade

Saturday 1st June
8pm Corn Exchange | £20 | Book tickets

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Bristolian Singer-Songstress Lady Nade  fills your heart with words and melodies that nourish both body and soul. Weaving Indie-Folk into Americana, her performances are like a reunion. Share a room with her, and she’ll give you her story. All of it. The joys and sorrows. You will love her for it, and she will love you back.

Market Lavington Parish Church

Festival Walk : From Romans to Kangaroos – Exploring a Wiltshire Village

Sunday 2nd June
Briefing 10.20am – Start 10.30am | £10 | Book tickets

Join professional archaeologist Martin Brown as he takes you on a journey in time and space, showing how a Wiltshire village has developed over time through the archaeology and history of Market Lavington.

Location to meet will be confirmed on booking

DISTANCE APRROXIMATELY 3 MILES / DURATION 2-3 HOURS/ PARKING AND ASSEMBLY TO BE ADVISED ON BOOKING / PLEASE DRESS FOR THE WEATHER 7 WEAR STOUT FOOTWEAR

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Adam Alexander – Seed Detective

Sunday 2nd June
2pm The Peppermill Hotel
FREE FRINGE

Adam Alexander is a consummate story-teller thanks to forty years as an award-winning film and television producer. He lectures widely on his work discovering, conserving and sharing rare and endangered garden crops. He also grows seed of heritage Syrian and Ukrainian vegetables for displaced people in the UK and beyond, whilst maintaining a library of some 500 vegetables.

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Eddy Allen – Solo Loop Show

Sunday 2nd June
7pm Cellar Bar, The Bear Hotel
FREE FRINGE

Master of the loop station brings fun and exciting one-man band vibes keeping the audience engaged from start to finish with both original and cover sets for all occasions, venues and festivals! Vocals guitar bass drums percussion live and fully looped. Eddy invites guests to perform with him, often turning into his trio dubbed EAT.

Ed Cross Quintet

Edward Cross Quintet

Tuesday 4th June
2pm Assembly Room, Town Hall | £8 | Book tickets

Edward Cross is a Wiltshire based multi‐instrumentalist with a background in composition and production. He studied at Goldsmiths University and has performed in notable venues including Bath Abbey. His dynamic quintet comprises Double bass, Cello, Viola, Violin, and Trombone: this ensemble immerses audiences in neo-classical exploration, with Edward on piano and clarinet.

Liz Grand as Mrs Churchill

Mrs Churchill : My life with Winston ~ Liz Grand

Tuesday 4th June
8pm Merchant Suite, Corn Exchange | £14 | Book tickets

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They say behind every great man, there is a great woman. Was this true in Churchill’s case? What of Clementine, his wife for 56 years? Did he bully her like he did so many other people? Was he as grumpy and irascible at home as he was in the House of Commons? Given his strength and conviction, did Clem have any influence on him at all? Or was she just ‘the little lady at home’?

Liz Grand’s superb, funny, moving, sensitive and informative portrayal of Clementine Churchill will answer these questions and more.

Mike Dilger

Mike Dilger – One Thousand Shades of Green

Wednesday 5th June
1pm Assembly Room, Town Hall | £10 | Book tickets

Mike Dilger is an English naturalist, ecologist, author and broadcaster. He is perhaps best known as the wildlife reporter on the popular BBC TV programme The One Show.

With degrees in Botany and Ecology, he spent many years working as a field biologist in Vietnam, Tanzania and Ecuador and has an unparalleled enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge of the natural world. Mike is the author of seven nature books and his talk is on his most recent book One Thousand Shades of Green, which details his quest to find 1000 different British plants in a calendar year and assess how our fascinating flora is faring in modern Britain.

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An Evening with Adam Rutherford

Wednesday 5th June
8pm Corn Exchange | £15 | Book tickets

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Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, author and broadcaster who frequently appears on science programmes on both radio and TV. He presents Radio 4’s flagship programme Start the Week and was the host of Inside Science for eight years. His popular series The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry has been on air for a decade.

This engaging, provocative and informative talk is not to be missed!

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Hollie McNish – The Lobster Tour

Thursday 6th June
6pm Assembly Room, Town Hall | £10 | Book tickets

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Hollie McNish is a poet and author based between Glasgow and Cambridge. After a run of sold-out shows up and down the UK, Hollie is back with a brand-new book Lobster and Other Things I’m Learning to Love. Hollie brings her much-loved style to questions of friendship, flags and newborns, clocks and volvos, shining a ridiculous and beautifully poetic lens upon all those things we have been taught to hate, and which we might just learn to love again.

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Thursday 6th June
8pm Corn Exchange | £22 | Book tickets

Lucy is always a huge hit with comedy audiences both nationally and internationally with her distinctive, bouncy, feel-good comedy. In addition to her stand-up shows and her frequent festival appearances, she is a regular face and voice on TV and radio panel shows and she loves a good quiz show, appearing on a Pointless Celebrity Special with Ed Byrne and being victorious on Celebrity Mastermind.

Jo Carley & the Old Dry Skulls

Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls

Friday 7th June
7.30pm Merchant Suite, Corn Exchange | £16 | Book tickets

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Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls are a band like no other. They combine Blues, Skiffle, Calypso and Rockabilly with a sweeping vaudeville twist. Jo Carley is the wild and dark demonic music-hall mistress sent to predict hell to entertain and amaze you. Tim Carley churns out blues-tinged rhythms on an old archtop guitar with fellow fiend James Le Huray providing the final ingredients of the spell, in the shape of double bass and banjo.

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Cable Street Collective

Saturday 8th June
8pm Corn Exchange | £18 | Book tickets

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London’s Cable Street Collective have been favourites on the festival circuit since the release of their first EP, The Best of Times, in 2014. Their sound mixes African-influenced guitars and beats with soulful female vocals, socially conscious lyrics and western melodies, creating an idiosyncratic alt-pop sound that’s all their own.

‘Guaranteed to get everyone on their feet!’

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Festival Walk : Sarsens, Soldiers and Sawpits

Sunday 9th June
Briefing 10.20am – Start 10.30am | £10 | Book tickets

Join Archaeologists Dr Katy Whitaker and Martin Brown as we explore the West Woods between Marlborough
and Avebury. Is this the source of the mighty sarsens of Avebury? Who left the beer bottles under the trees? What does the landscape say?

Rumour, band from West Midlands

Rumour (unplugged)

Sunday 9th June
2pm Three Crowns
FREE FRINGE

Rumour is an Americana band from West Midlands. They started out as a three-piece acoustic band playing a mixture of covers and then mixed their own original
songs. Their second album was released in late summer 2023.

“Raised on River Blues is heritage rock at its best. There’s an underlying familiarity to the music, shaped by aspirational and uplifting hooks with enough resolving solos to satisfy lovers of the post Kossoff school of Dad Rock.” Pete Feenstra of Get Ready To Rock

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Annie Parker Trio

Sunday 9th June
7pm St John’s Church, Long Street
FREE FRINGE

The Annie Parker Trio brings a fresh and lively approach to jazz. Annie likes to introduce the audience to her array of flutes. Pianist Simon Cook is an ethnomusicologist and also collects unusual instruments. He is at home playing instruments as diverse as serpent and sackbut as well as piano and keyboards. When sonorous double bassist Marianne Windham isn’t busy running Guildford Jazz, Fleet Jazz Club or various jams and workshops she can frequently be heard performing in all sorts of venues. Put these three musicians together and the result is a lively, atmospheric and very friendly trio!

Ida Pellicciolo

Monday 10th June
8pm Assembly Room, Town Hall |£10 | Book tickets

Ida Pelliccioli is a world-renowned concert pianist who has performed throughout Europe, Canada and South Africa. She was born in Italy and studied in Nice and Paris and since 2021 she has taught at the Paris Conservatoire.

Her selected programme is inspired by the forgotten music of  ‘the Spanish Scarlatti’, Spanish composer Manuel Blasco de Nebra, and includes works by Scarlatti, Mozart and Schubert as well as two pieces by Senor Blasco de Nebra himself.

Leslie Taylor Memorial Concert

Belinda Kirk and The Life-Changing Power of Adventure

Tuesday 11th June
2pm Assembly Room, Town Hall | £8 | Book tickets

Belinda Kirk is a world-record holding explorer, researcher and a leading campaigner promoting the benefits of adventure on wellbeing. She’s written the best-selling, award-nominated, book Adventure Mind: Transform Your Wellbeing By Choosing Challenge.

Kate Webb and Jon Stock – The Darker Side of Wiltshire

Wednesday 12th June
2pm The Peppermill Hotel | £15 | Book tickets

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Two best-selling Wiltshire-based authors discuss their craft.

J.S.Monroe is the pseudonym of British writer Jon Stock. He lives in Wiltshire, and as well as six spy novels he is the author of five psychological thrillers including The Man On Hackpen Hill.

Martin Simpson

Wednesday 12th June
8pm Corn Exchange | £18  | Book tickets

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The remarkable intimate solo guitar performances Martin gives go from strength to strength — every gig is a masterclass.

He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

Duo Tutti

Duo Tutti

Thursday 13th June
12pm | Assembly Room, Town Hall | £12 | Book tickets

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Duo Tutti is Ruth Molins (flutes) and Alex Wilson (piano), a classically-trained duo who combine well-known classical tunes with interesting sounds to create a unique concert that is accessible to all.

They are inspired by old and new music, creating sound worlds you might not expect to hear from a flute/piano duo. You will meet the big bass flute and the tiny piccolo, music from far across the world that spans 300 years of classical music making.

The Sound of Blue Note

Thursday 13th June
8pm Assembly Room, Town Hall | £12 | Book tickets

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Terry Quinney’s Sound Of Blue Note features some of the most prominent jazz musicians in the Southwest UK accurately recreating the music and aesthetic that defines the Blue Note Records sound of the 1950s and 1960s.

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Friday 14th June
8pm Corn Exchange | £20 | Book tickets

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Known for their electrifying live performances the band has toured nationally and abroad, playing a moody but upbeat alt-roots rock with an extensive instrumental arsenal including accordion, cello, mandolin and theremin!

They describe their music as ‘rootsy rockin’ psychedelica’. Others have described them as a ‘hillbilly Pink Floyd’!

Huw Williams – St John’s Church Organ Recital

Saturday 15th June
11am St John’s Church, Long Street | £12 | Book tickets

Huw Williams is Director of Music at Bath Abbey, where he directs its renowned choirs of boys, girls and lay clerks.

A conductor and award-winning organist of international standing, Huw previously served as Director of Music at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace, where his predecessors included Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Henry Purcell.

The Junco Shakers

Sunday 16th June
2pm The British Lion
FREE FRINGE

The Junco Shakers are a soulful and electrifying rhythm and blues band, captivating audiences with their energetic performances and
infectious melodies.

With their unique blend of traditional blues, rockabilly, and soul, this four-piece ensemble has carved a niche for themselves, rekindling the spirit of the golden era of rhythm and blues.

The Poetry Slam

Sunday 16th June
6pm The Wharf Theatre
FREE FRINGE

Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam!

Clive Oseman and Nick Lovell, multi-slam-winning poets, have performed around the world at venues and festivals, including the New York City Poetry Festival and the Royal Albert Hall.

In 2016, they created Oooh Beehive, the number one spoken word and poetry open-mic night in Swindon.

Free event but pre-booked ticket required – book ticket here