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Holly & The Reivers – Saturday 18th March 2023 – Doors Open at 7pm, BYOB, Cabaret Style Seating

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Holly and The Reivers, a band brought together through their love of singing together and telling old stories to their audiences.

Bertie Armstrong, Merle Harbron and Holly Clarke create a musical setting for their songs by combining the musical styles of Old time banjo, Scottish fiddle and the Ballad singing, as well as bringing forth their own compositions that have been deeply influenced by these traditions.

the intricate melodies and words they have woven together shine through with their soaring three part harmonies and driving instrumental pieces.

 

Tickets £12.00 – Available to buy here: https://conistoninstitute.uk/product/holly-the-reivers-saturday-18th-march-2023-doors-open-at-7pm-byob-cabaret-style-seating/

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SOLD OUT!! Budapest Cafe Orchestra – Saturday 25th February 2023 – Doors Open at 7pm, BYOB Cabaret Style Seating

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An Eclectic group who play in amazing places; a 4-piece acoustically electrifying orchestra playing gypsy & folk-flavoured music from all around the world; the BCO deliver traditional Balkan, Russian, Hungarian and Romanian traditional gypsy and folk music in their own fresh and surprising way with jazz nuances and their own unique arrangements and established by award-winning British composer, violinist and teacher Christian Garrick in 2009.

BCO are specialists of the ‘distilled concerto’: e.g. the Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Greig Squeezebox Concertos and admired for their artful re-workings of masterpieces by the greats of the Romantic era. BCO has made a special bond with Scotlandia performing some 200 shows across the Highlands and Islands in touring extensively each year there since 2011 all crowned with the 2014 album The Gaelic Chronicles.

“Not so much a band name as a whole genre of its own, Budapest Cafe Orchestra embraces an encyclopaedia of music and mischief.” SCOTSMAN

‘Back by popular demand, the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet” TIMES

“The Budapest Cafe Orchestra play a blistering barrage of Czardas, East European and Russian folk tunes that might have come from the Hot Club of Paris via the Orient Express!” Brighton Argus

‘Mascara rearrangers.” Fran Riley

 

The members of the Orchestra

the best spoken professional gypsies West of the Danube…Christian Garrick (violin, darabuka) One of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists. British jazz violinist, composer and band leader with a dynamic and diverse diary of actives from performances with his own Quartet, Budapest Cafe Orchestra, Tango Alakulo or John Etheridge, to tutoring jazz violin studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School in London. He is a busy studio session musician with wealth of movie soundtracks to his name such as Les Miserables, Borat, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnasus, Chocolat, Brideshead Revisited, La Vie En Rose, Chicago, Big Fish, An Ideal Husband, Final Portrait and Tomorrow Never Dies. He plays the solo violin voice to the popular BBC Poldark television series and is a regular guest soloist on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. In 1993 he broke with tradition to become the first ever non-classical violin graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, gaining the Academy’s top accolade, the DipRAM. His performance at 2004’s Genius of the Violin Festival provoked violinist Maxim Vengerov to request jazz lessons. In 2006 he received the invitation to perform Astor Piazzolla’s 4 Seasons with Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall. Of his 6 solo albums 1999’s Different Strokes.was crowned Jazz Album of the Year in the Sunday Times. Christian has played with favourite artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy, Bireli Lagrene, Dolly Parton, All About Eve, Duffy, Van Morrison, Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth. He plays violins by John Dilworth and a Neolin by Bodo Vosshenrich.

Eddie Hession (button accordion) Accordionist exemplar Eddie Hession is a former British accordion champion and runner-up in the World championships. In his illustrious career he has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Chris Rea. Also a leading session musician, teacher and soloist. In 2002 Eddie co-starred with Nicholas Cage in the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin as an accordion-wielding Italian soldier. On keyboards he held the principle chair in the West End’s Les Miserables for 14 years.

Kelvin Cantlon (double bass) Kelly is an original & founding member of the BCO. He found early fame as a Vagabond with northern soul sensations Jimmy James and the Vagabonds. In those early rock n roll years he played opposite all the greats from Queen to David Bowie. Later Kelly joined Johnny Wakelin’s band appearing all over Europe with the hits ‘In Zaire’ and ‘Black Superman’.

Adrian Zolotuhin (saz, guitar, balalaika, domra) Adrian is a master of the strummed strings of guitar, domra, balalaika, guitar and saz. He joined Russian folk ensemble Kabak and alt-rock band Honeycomb Veil in his early career. Over the years he has played rock, pop, jazz, world music and orchestral styles, and has performed at venues from The Marquee club to the Royal Opera House. His own instrumental ensemble Sultan’s Picnic and funky pop band Twisted Karaoke. He is a regular collaborator with composer Howard Moody and his orchestra La Folia, and appears on the soundtracks of films & TV dramas including The Silver Skates, The Lost Prince, Our Kind of Traitor and Kursk. At home in Hampshire he operates the formidable Imperial Balalaika Orchestra of Overton made up of the local budding youth playing dozens of instruments from his Russian family’s vast collection.

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Rod Demick – 10th December 2022 – Doors 7pm, BYOB, Cabaret Style Seating

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Rod Demick started playing in Belfast in 1962, whilst still at school. He came over to England and joined ex-Belfast band The Wheels, who scored a hit with “Gloria”.

Demick then teamed up in the very early 70s with Herbie Armstrong, initially as The James Brothers, becoming the backing band for Screaming Lord Sutch. After six months in Europe with his Lordship, they returned and secured a record deal with first MAM and then A&M for two country/folk/blues albums.

Armstrong went on to join Kenny Young in mid 70s pop band Fox, whilst Rod joined pub-rock band Bees Make Honey. All three, Young, Armstrong and Demick turned up in Yellow Dog, Rod later going on join Meal Ticket. Rod has played on sessions and tours for the likes of David Essex, Henry McCullough, Dr. John and Billy Ocean, and wrote songs and recorded with Ian Gomm. After a six month stint with Ron Kavana, Rod joined the re-formed Strawbs in 1985 to replace bassist John Ford who had decided to settle in America, and has played with the band till Chiswick in August 1998. Turkey Leg Johnson (effectively that Strawbs line-up without Dave Cousins or Tony Hooper) occasionally made its presence felt as the opening act for Strawbs gigs.

From 1988 onwards Rod also worked in various bands featuring Jim McCarty – the Top Topham-Jim McCarty Band (recorded an unreleased, unmixed studio album and one live cassette recording) and the Jim McCarty Group. In 1992, in honor of the Yardbirds’ election to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja backed by Rod and “Detroit” John Idan did several reunion concerts and recorded a live album now available on Renaissance Records (RMED00169), featuring the hits, new originals and previously unrecorded materials.

Rod left the Strawbs when John Ford rejoined for the 1999 UK tour for which Rod was the opening act. Many of the tracks from a solo album were featured in that acoustic set; it doesn’t appear that that album has been made available commercially – shame: it’s very good.

 

Tickets £10.00 per person, available here: https: https://conistoninstitute.uk/product/rod-demick-saturday-10th-december-2022-doors-7pm-byob-cabaret-style-seating/

or by calling Sam on 0778 959 1619

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Jaywalkers – Saturday 19th November 2022 – Doors 7pm, BYOB, Caberet Style Seating

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Back by popular demand. The Jaywalkers are at The Coniston Institute once again.

As those who have been fortunate enough to catch them in full flight will testify, a Jaywalkers show is an exhilarating experience. UK-based they may be but many from the other side of the Atlantic have complimented them on their particularly stylish delivery of this virtuosic brand of Americana. These three outstanding musicians have developed a tight bond, demonstrated through their well-crafted, tasteful arrangements and ability to bounce ideas around the stage. The combination of powerhouse bass, flame-fingered mandolin, blistering fiddle and three-part harmony pack a punch as fiery as Jay’s lead vocals and make a fuller sound than expected from an acoustic trio.

Saturday 19th November 2022, Tickets £15 per person available here: https://conistoninstitute.uk/?post_type=product&p=8707&preview=true

Or by calling Sam on 07789 591 619

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SOLD OUT!! – I Draw Slow – 29th October 2022 – Doors open at 7pm

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Dublin quintet I Draw Slow have been honing their craft for over a decade, selling out venues in their native Ireland and releasing four albums to critical acclaim, with their fifth due out this autumn. Performing a compelling blend of old time and contemporary Americana, folk and roots, I Draw Slow’smusic has a distinctive flavour, with Louise Holden’s captivating voice complemented by outstanding musicianship on fiddle (Adrian Hart), clawhammer banjo (Colin Derham), acoustic guitar (Dave Holden) and double bass (KonradLiddy).  

They’ve been making a name for themselves across the Atlantic in recent years, signing to Nashville label Compass Records in 2017. I Draw Slow have established a loyal following on the American folk and bluegrass scene, touring regularly across the USA and wowing audiences at major festivals including Merlefest and Grey Fox. Siblings Louise and Dave Holden have been writing songs together since a young age, and their brother-sister harmonies add extra charm to the band’s sound.  Their most recent album, Turn Your Face To The Sun, went straight in at #1 in the Irish Independent Album charts, and their brand new album is due to be released later this year. With catchy songs, ace musicianship and energetic live performances, I Draw Slow are sure to win many new fans when they head to the UK in October 2022.

“Whatever Americana scene there may be in Ireland, I Draw Slow have surely conquered it. These songs sound hewn from the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, and not their native Dublin. ” – The Sunday Times 

 

 

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SOLD OUT!! More Deaths Than One – A Talk by Retired HM Coroner for South and East Cumbria, Ian Smith – 3rd November 2022

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SOLD OUT!!

 

We are delighted to announce that retired HM Coroner for South and East Cumbria, Ian Smith with be talking about his fascinating career and the inquests he dealt with on Thursday 3rd November at 7pm in the Coniston Institute, Coniston.

The inquests include our very own Donald Campbell, The Lady in the Lake and the Grayrigg Train crash to name a few.

Ian’s new book “More Deaths Than One” will be available to purchase on the night and Ian will be happy to sign copies.

 

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