April 29th to May 1st we have a weekend of interesting films in the Reynolds Room.
First of all, on Friday there will be a special showing for Knighton and area of the newly released documentary The Divide based on the book the Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The film, based on real life people / families in the UK and the USA, will be shown on Friday 29th April in the Reynolds Room at 7.30.p.m., with an entry charge of £2.50 to cover costs. The screening is sponsored by the Equality Trust.
Then on Sunday May 1st we have a matinee screening of a true classic of British cinema, the John Osborne penned adaptation of Henry Fielding's bawdy 18th Century comedy "Tom Jones", starring Albert Finney. Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, it is being presented in Knighton in association with the Osborne and After Festival taking place in Clun from May 6th to 8th.
A Clun resident in his later life and to his death in 1994, John Osborne shook the theatre world with his play "Look Back in Anger". Present at today's film show will be the actual Oscar won by John Osborne for his screenplay for "Tom Jones"!!
As usual, doors open at 2.30pm and entry is £4.
Finally, on Sunday evening we have for your entertainment a more recent British Comedy classic in the form of "The Lady in the Van", with a screenplay by Alan Bennett and an acclaimed performance by Maggie Smith. Doors open 7pm and it's £4 admission.
Nowhere else in Mid Wales is there a dance floor like ours and nowhere else in Mid Wales will there be more irresistible dance music on May 7th than at Knighton Community Centre. That's the night when the centre hosts the UK's top purveyors of authentic Congolese soukous and rhumba music, Kasai Masai. Want to know more? Turn the audio up on your computer, click on the video above and just try not to dance! Then go to the What's On section of this website where there's a link to the We Got Tickets events page and book your tickets. Advance tickets are £10, plus a small handling charge for online bookings - or go along to the Tower House Gallery in Knighton where you can get tickets for £10 only. Ticket price includes home made soup and roll to keep up your energy for dancing... Doors open 7.30pm and groups can reserve a table by phoning 07751221487 - or by using the Contact Us button above.
The bar at the Community Centre is the venue for two contrasting but equally interesting nights of live acoustic music in coming weeks. First of all, on April 1st, we welcome Aberystwyth-based trio Brenig who offer traditional and contemporary songs from the heart of Wales, as well as tunes composed by band member Daniel Laws. Certainly much of the evening's material will be taken from the band's first CD collection "The Caron Trail". Entry is £7 and the show is supported by the Welsh Arts Council's Night Out scheme.
On April 10th, from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, we have a night of Southern US song-duets and soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo tunes, courtesy of husband and wife duo Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones. Both are highly regarded performers with decades of experience touring the USA, Canada and Europe and a number of CDs available. One recent release was summed up by one reviewer as follows: "The couple both honor oldtime music and find their own distinctive place within it.....This is very much Marshall & Jones, not to be mistaken for anyone or anything else. More than ordinarily gifted, they find new truths in a musical style already notably devoid of falsehoods. You don’t hear something like this that often, and if I were you, I wouldn’t let it get past you". Doors open 7.30pm.
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones
Thanks to The Stoned Cherries for a night of lively and entertaining folk music, which had much of the audience up dancing at several points. Thanks to those who bought tickets in the raffle in aid of MSF's work with refugees. And thanks too to those who continue to support live music in Knighton. The bar has proved to be a great little music venue and we'd like to bring in more quality performers to our town but we do need your support. Next up we have Helen Chadwick's Song Theatre on Thursday 25th Feb with Songs for the Way Home. Tickets £10. To reserve tickets (recommended) you should phone Zarine on 01547 520044 . Then on Friday April 1st we have highly-rated Aberystwyth-based folk trio Brenig with songs from the heart of Wales. Tickets £7. More details soon.
The Stoned Cherries in action in the Comm bar.
On Saturday Feb 13th the Comm bar is the venue for what promises to be a lively night of "original and traditional songs and tunes, with wit, humour and a fruity finish!!" in the company of Shropshire folk rock band The Stoned Cherries. Click on their website here to check them out. Admission is a snip at £5 and doors open 7.30pm. If you want to reserve tickets phone 07751221487 or message this page.
Then in the bar on Thursday Feb 25th there's Helen Chadwick's "Songs for the Way Home", a powerful, funny and touching piece of song theatre characterised by a unique blend of stunning harmony songs, body percussion and witty choreography about the meaning of home. It is inspired by interviews with Helen’s neighbours in her local community of Dalston, East London, where many different cultures co-exist, and tells stories in song around ideas of roots, displacement, and belonging.Helen Chadwick Song Theatre has performed at the Royal Opera House, for Amnesty International’s and Peace Brigades International’s birthday celebrations, as well as international festivals in Europe and Latin America. The Knighton show will feature a trio version of the original show.
Helen, as founder of the mass choir charity project Sing for Water, has helped raise over £800,000 for water projects at WaterAid, through projects led by choir leaders all over the UK, Europe and Australia, so any profit will go to this charity.
Reviews for Helen Chadwick's work have been nothing less than glowing, with The Guardian discribing her as "an exquisite find", The Independent calling her "that brilliant bard" and the Evening Standard saying her work “pierces the heart".
Tickets are £10 and to reserve tickets (recommended) you should phone Zarine on 01547 520044. Do it now!
Helen Chadwick's Song Theatre in action. The Knighton show will be a trio version of their performance.
The Community Centre bar's final musical offering before Christmas - on Sunday 20th December - promises to be a lively, fun evening, featuring Carnivale Republic, an electro-acoustic quartet fusing elements of swing, world rhythms, improvisation and an exquisite melodic sensibility (it says here). Featuring Troy Redfern on guitar, Dave Kirk on drums, Nathan Emery on uke and Malcolm Melon on double bass, they've certainly got the pedigree and at £5 on the door music fans would be mad to choose to spend the evening slumped in front of X Factor. 8.00pm is the advertised start time and 01547-528543 is the contact number for more info.
Before that, at the last Community Market of the year, on December 19th, we welcome back Herefordshire's finest purveyors of old-style Americana, The Fordsons. This 5 piece band's infectious combination of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, double bass, guitar and harmony singing was a real hit when they played the market early this year so it's great to welcome them back. They'll be playing around 10.00am onwards. Where else could you do Christmas shopping for unique gifts and local produce in a warm, dry environment and then relax with a coffee and listen - or even have a dance - to live music before ambling happily home with not a traffic jam in sight?
Fact: there are just four markets left to Christmas! And that's including one squeezed in on December 19th, the 3rd Saturday of the month.
They all promise to be ram-jammed with stalls of lovely locally produced edibles and unique hand-crafted gifts - at least 30 stall spread across the main hall and bar. Added to the mix there are entertainments for all ages centred around our buzzy sociable cafe... On November 14th we're expecting dancing in the aisles when four piece band The Stoned Cherries will be presenting a mix of folk traditionals and songs by the likes of Fairport Convention, Bob Dylan and even U2 (!).
At the following market, kids of all ages are invited to come along and take part in a craft workshop! Parents might relish the idea of leaving the youngsters at the workshop while they browse for Christmas gifts or perhaps relax in the cafe with coffee and a tasty snack from one of the tempting stalls.
On December 12th we get seriously Christmassy with the Llanfair Singers, all 40-odd of them, who will be leading the carol singing, while mulled wine (or a non-alcoholic hot spicy fruit alternative!) will be available to lubricate singing voices or just give the morning a warm glow.
Finally we've squeezed in an extra market on Dec 19th, entertainments to be announced. At all 4 markets to Christmas the cafe will be accepting vouchers from our recent promotional leaflet in exchange for a free tea or coffee - and lots of the stalls will be accepting vouchers from the same leaflet offering £1 off purchases worth £5 or more. If you live in Knighton you should be getting one of these leaflets through your door any day now.
There's great live music heading your way in the Community Centre bar in the coming weeks.
First up, on Sunday November 15th we have a real treat for anyone who loves authentic blues, Americana - or indeed anyone who loves music that makes you grin with happiness. Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, a 26 year old based in New York, is a multi-instrumentalist blues musician and vocalist, a virtuoso of the banjo IMHO. His musical influences, as this video indicates, are mainly rooted in the early blues from the 1920s and 30s. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other instruments to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ’30s, the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson.” Tickets, a snip at £10, are available now by phoning 01547-528315 or turn up early! Things kick off around 8.00pm and a good time is absolutely guaranteed.
Then on Friday December 4th, gifted guitarist and singer songwriter Keith James returns to the centre, this time with his "Solid Air Concert", an evening of Keith's own interpretations of songs by two of his own musical heroes, John Martyn and Nick Drake. Fans of these two giants of British music, and there are many of all ages, will not be disappointed by Keith's heartfelt handling of their songs, just as many were impressed by his treatment's of Leonard Cohen's classics when Keith last visited the Community Centre. Again, the evening starts at 8.00pm (doors open 7.30). Tickets are available now from the Tower House Gallery, Knighton, as well as online here
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