09/04/2017 - 23/04/2017
Upfront Puppet Theatre presents -
A run of puppet shows over the Easter holidays
Full marionette performance with special FX, lighting & sound
For ages 4 to 94
Dates 9th, 12th, 14, 16th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 23rd April
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24/03/2017 - 24/03/2017
Steve Tilston plus support Paddy Rogan - Folk Music Evening
Upfront are pleased to be putting one of
the UK's most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world
of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle,
quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.
The story of Steve’s “lost” letter from John Lennon inspired the Hollywood movie Danny Collins starring Al Pacino in the title role, now available on DVD.
Fatea Awards Male Vocalist of the Year 2015, proof if needed, that after 45 years in the business Steve can still deliver the goods! His latest CD Truth to Tell is one of The Telegraph’s best folk albums of 2015 too.
In 2007 a 5 CD boxed-set was released Reaching Back: the Life and Music of Steve Tilston by Free Reed, the company behind the Richard Thompson anthology. In 2009 his early career was hi-lighted in a book Bristol Folk, the story of Bristol’s powerhouse folk & blues scene in the 60s & 70s. His 2011 release The Reckoning garnered 4-star reviews in the Guardian, the Observer and the Scotsman, a guest appearance on Later with Jools Holland and the BBC Four Songwriters’ Circle series, plus a Folk Award win: “best original song”. Followed, in 2013 by the highly acclaimed trio album Happenstance. Steve was also commissioned to write for the Olympics Radio Ballads series and the Harbour of Songs project.
Steve Tilston Website - http://www.stevetilston.com
Steve Tilston Live Video -
Still to be confirmed local folk acoustic artist.
Please book tickets in advance
£14 On the door.
Supper available on the night please book in advance.
21/03/2017 - 23/04/2017
Creative Stitch - Textile Exhibition
9 artists working to theme a theme of 'Overground/Underground'
More information to follow
03/02/2017 - 03/02/2017
Little Frankenstein by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company
Puppeteer Frank Norman Stein is busy rehearsing his new show "George the Dragon Slayer" but he's finding it really difficult with his badly made puppets that keep falling apart! Taking inspiration from the scientist Dr Frankenstein, and with the help of the audience he creates a new real live puppet that is destined to change his life forever!
Creature George emerges from the workshop, innocent and willing to learn, but Frank is so intent on his rehearsal that he neglects to look after his new child.
A little horror for little horrors! A treat not to be missed! Little Frankenstein will tickle the imagination of everyone from 5 to 105 years old.
Please book in advance
Adults - £10
Children - £8.50
To purchase tickets online follow link below
27/01/2017 - 27/01/2017
The Chef Show - Theatre & Cookery Demonstration
A fusion of play & cookery demonstration.
A new play by Nick Ahad. Directed & Produced by Stefan Escreet.
Two actors play all the roles in the story of a busy night in the local curry house. They are also joined by a chef from local Penrith restaurant, Indiagate - offering a spicy cookery demonstration. Includes a chance to taste the food and meet your local chef and cast.
The story of "The Chef Show" centres on father and son Abdul & Kamal on a particularly busy night in their rural restaurant. As they struggle to deal with all of the customer 'out front' and the staff in the kitchen they also have to decide on the future of the family business. Will Kamal carry on the family business, or is it the end?
Quotes from audience members:
"Food, theatre - what is not to like"
"Great idea - original, funny, moving"
"Very entertaining. It is something really different".
For online ticket purchase follow link below
Tel: 017684 84538
“This is a chef’s special, a deliciously funny and occasionally dramatically-daring concoction of a play.”
British Theatre Guide
“The comedy in Stefan Escreet’s slick production compliments not-so- funny cultural issues, especially the immigrant experience of prejudice and the still-powerful pull of family ties in Bangladesh.”
24/01/2017 - 19/03/2017
The Upfront Open Exhibition for 2017 welcomes entries from all artists. The purpose of the show is to exhibit a wealth and wide cross section of artistic talent. The panel of judges choose an eclectic mix of work in various media and styles, both 2D and 3D. The exhibition displays around 100 selected works in our various gallery spaces.
The “Open Exhibition” is totally self-funded. Entry fees create a budget to stage and advertise the exhibition, to hold a preview evening and to award cash prizes.
There will be a First Prize of £1,000 plus other prize categories to be decided by the judges, according to the number of entries and the cross section of work submitted.
Entry for visitors to the exhibition is free.
The exhibition is always popular and well attended, attracting visitors from Cumbria and beyond. The standard of entries is high and no two exhibitions are ever the same.
The exhibition is open
10:30am to 4:30pm ever day apart from Monday
For more info
06/11/2016 - 06/11/2016
Created and Performed by Kathy and Andrew Kim, “A November Day” marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
In forgotten boxes in an attic, a woman discovers the story of her grandfather, a survivor of the First World War, and his unexpected encounter with a stray dog who knew no boundaries.
With evocative puppet characters, live music and an ever-changing set, Thingumajig Theatre presents a timeless fable on war and the miracle of friendship when all else seems lost.
Suitable for Adults and Children 10+ years old. Tickets £8.50. Performance at 2:30pm & 7pm
Tickets can be booked online
22/10/2016 - 22/10/2016
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY PETER MACQUEEN
Saturday 22nd October at 8pm
Adults £12 Students £10
“ Loneliness isn't about being alone, it's about not having the choice – and that is at the heart of Peter Macqueen's one-man play about the life of Millican Dalton, the Borrowdale hermit. Based on the real life caveman of the Lake District, The Professor of Adventure takes you not only into the cave he calls his home, above Keswick at the start of World War Two, it takes you into the mind of an educated man ahead of his time".
He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked Woodbines and lived in a cave. Millican Dalton was a mountain guide, philosopher and self-proclaimed inventor of shorts.
Leaving his stifling city job, Millican dropped out before it became fashionable and set out to seek romance and freedom living amongst nature in cabins, tents and caves for the next fifty years of his life.
Book on-line and choose your seats
Pre-Show Supper can be booked from 6pm
30/09/2016 - 30/09/2016
Friday 30th September at 8pm
"The Big Easy" are an energetic swing band from Leeds, consisting of vocals, trumpet, sax, guitar, piano, double bass and drums. Their repertoire is carefully chosen to give a lively and varied performance of the best swing from throughout the 20th century; covering repertoire from the early days of jazz, classic New Orleans tunes and lively jump-jive .
The Big Easy have taken some of the greatest tunes by the giants of swing; Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Nina Simone and many more household names, added their own interesting arrangements to bring you a set of only the finest swing tunes.
Their performances make them great to watch and perfect for dancing; with moments of soulful-melancholy.
All Tickets £10 (choose your seats and book on-line)
Pre Concert Supper can be booked from 6pm.
10/08/2016 - 28/08/2016
A full puppet circus in miniature. This is an amazing experience not to be missed, suitable for all ages. This unique collection of trick circus marionettes was saved for the nation by a Heritage Lottery Grant. It is one of the largest and most complete puppet circus’s in Europe.You will see clowns, jugglers, acrobats, tight-rope walker, trapeze artist,wild animals and Zippo the human puppet cannon ball. This is a truly traditional circus in every way.
22nd @ 11am & 2:30, 28th @2:30
3rd @ 2:30, 4th @ 11am, 12th @ 2:30, 13th @ 2:30, 17th @ 2:30, 19th @ 11am
Children £8.50 & Adults £10
10/08/2016 - 04/09/2016
A spectacular performance, involving a mixture of 40 rod and string puppets. Based on the Grimm's fairy tale, performed on a revolving stage, set in medieval times with traditional period music. This show appeals to all ages,from 4 to 94.
Will evil be conquered by good?
Can anything be done to undo a spell cast by the evil witch Carabos?
Can frogs really talk?
27th @ 2.30, 28th @ 11am, 31st @ 2.30
3rd @ 11am, 4th @ 2.30, 7th @2.30, 11th @2.30, 12th @11am, 14th @ 2.30, 17th @11am, 19th @ 2.30, 21st @ 2.30, 24th @ 11am & 2.30, 31st @ 11am & 2.30
2nd @ 2.30 & 4th @ 2.30
Choose your seats and book on-line
02/07/2016 - 02/07/2016
David MacGregor from Scotland and Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas from Cuba.
Two virtuosos of the guitar get together to present an avant-gards project combining original music as well as Cuban, Classical and Jazz. They will be playing a mixture of guitar duets and solo pieces.
Their relaxed stage presence and amazing ability on their instruments create a truly unique, intimate, fresh and interesting experience for any music lover.
Ahmed has performed at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and The Sage Gateshead, the Royal Opera House and the Philarmonic Hall (Belarus). David has concentrated on an international career and has performed solo concerts and collaborated with other world renowned musicians in the U.S.A., Mexico, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Concert starts at 8pm.
All Tickets £12. Please book on-line to choose your seats.
You may also Tel.017684 84538 to book and pay by card, but we can not tell you where you will be seated.
Optional pre-concert supper can be booked from 6pm
Upfront Arts Charity No.115089 Fundraising Event
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09/06/2016 - 09/06/2016
We are delighted to have "The Jeremiahs" playing at Upfront.
Carlisle Folk & Blues Club have not yet recovered from the December flooding so we have offered the band a last minute venue.
"The Jeremiahs" combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of Urban Folk music. The quartet have trailblazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and Festivals. They received 3 music awards during 2015.
Quotes:“One of the most exciting bands to come out of Ireland in many a year. Their new album is a cracker” — Mike Harding
“Superb musicians who engage with their audience to produce a memorable show, definitely not to be missed. Irish Music at its very best ”— Charles Devlin, Director Ireby Festival
Concert begins @ 8pm. Doors open 7:30. Tickets £12
Please book on-line to choose your seats in the theatre.
20/05/2016 - 20/05/2016
Orkestra del Sol's joyous reinvention of global brassy street music has left a trail of pummeled dance floors across continents - including India, Australia, China and a host of European countries. The swagger of a Balkan wedding band, a dash of New Orleans marching band and a good dose of Latin carnival - all delivered with a distinctly UK edge.
Now in their 12th year of touring, Orkestra del Sol are teaming up with an exciting line-up of support acts for a mini tour that celebrates the UK’s growing street band scene. The Big Noise in Taunton, Carnival Collective in Brighton, Horns of Plenty in Oxford, and Blast Furness in Penrith will all be getting involved. Expect a carnival atmosphere and audacious musical collaborations!
Orkestra del Sol’s thrilling live shows are packed with beautiful, big brass arrangements, an irrepressible love of the theatrical and a roguish sense humour. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained
As part of the Street Band tour ODS will be teaming up with local band BLAST Furness for an exciting show involving local participants and collaborations.
Tickets - £18
Doors - 7:30pm.
Optional Pre - Concert Supper from 6pm - Booking Essential
Fundraising Concert Charity No. 115089
16/04/2016 - 16/04/2016
16th April - Music Performance
Elaine Davidson (short listed Cumbria Life Awards, Musician of the Year), acclaimed blues guitar vocalist Chris James, as well as Ullswater's guitar maestro Eddie Allen come together under the one banner of Roots in Cumbria. Three solo acoustic acts playing original songs as well as covers of those you know and love will make for a very special evening with shades of Americana, Blues and Contemporary Celtic Folk . Relax and chill with Cumbria's finest.
Pre concert supper can be booked from 6pm
To book online please click link below
25/03/2016 - 10/04/2016
Easter Holidays - Puppet Show
We will hold you spellbound as we tell you a tale based on one of the 1001 Arabian Nights stories, told by Scheherezade to her husband, the Sultan.
Meet the Genie of the lamp, watch Aladdin fly his magic carpet and see if Aladdin finally wins the hand of the Princess. Fully staged with lighting, scenery, special effects and it's own musical score.
Good Friday, March 25th @ 1pm & 3:30pm
Easter Sunday, March 27th @ 2pm
Easter Monday, March 28th @ 2pm Weds.30th March and Friday 1st April @ 1pm & 3:30pm
Sunday 3rd April @ 2pm
Weds.6th April. and Friday 8th April @ 1pm & 3:30pm
Sunday 10th April @ 2pm
Suitable for ages 4 - 94
Adults £9.50 Children £8.50
To book tickets click below
05/03/2016 - 05/03/2016
5th March - Music Performance
Looking forward to March we have Kirsty McGee coming to peform with her new project Ocotillo. Over the years Kirsty has become a regular booking for us at Upfront Arts Venue and we can't wait to hear her new music.
Kirsty McGee (UK)
UK songwriter Kirsty McGee is best known for her song ‘Sandman’, which featured in Danny Boyle’s film Trance (2013). Through 14 years and 7 albums she has toured relentlessly, fronting the award winning Hobopop Collective. Her sound is joyful, gentle and dusty with hints of gospel, 30s jazz and old vinyl blues. Her 2014 album Those Old Demons features Tom Waits’ sideman Marc Ribot.
Robert Garson (US)
Robert Garson was born in Arkansas and raised in the San Joaquin Valley in central California where his folks danced to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens performing at the Big Fresno Barn. He now resides in the high desert of Southern California near Joshua Tree. Steeped in the traditions of country, bluegrass and rhythm and blues, he marries ancient and new lyric sensibility to the deep grooves heard in roadhouses from Bakersfield to New Orleans.
Travelling in the Mojave desert, McGee first became aware of the rough-voiced, ardent picking of Robert Garson in April 2015. Intrigued, a return trip to Joshua Tree in the fall marked the start of a musical friendship and of the duo Ocotillo, (pronounced ‘ock-a-tea-oh’) named after a Sonoran plant whose crimson rainflowers have earned it the nickname desert coral. March 2016 brings these two artists together for the first time in a performance that promises to be a musical feast.
Doors Open at 7:30pm
Music starts 8pm
Tickets - £10
To book please use online ticket booking.
Or for any other information contact below.
Upfront Arts Venue
06/02/2016 - 06/02/2016
Fundraising concert by South Lake's, Fantastic Funny Famous Folk Band, PaNiKaTaK.
The band have very kindly offered to perform a free concert to help the Upfront Arts charity raise funds for photo-voltaic panels on the roof of the theatre building. These will provide free electricity for the building as well as generating a feed-in tariff which will help towards the running costs of the theatre.
The band's six members have played together for 24 years and usually perform concerts for organisations who are trying to fundraise for a charity or good cause.
Between them they play whistles, guitars, bodhran, irish bouzouki, harmonica, fiddle, mandolin & melodion, plus vocals.
Expect a relaxed, fun, musical evening. The band are having the concert recorded 'live' for their next CD. Your clapping, screaming and cheering will be recorded for ever.
If you are a tax payer and wish to pay by gift aid donation fpr your evening of entertainment you can fill in a gift aid form on the night. This enables Upfront Arts to claim an additional 25% from the Inland Revenue. Drinks at the bar will also be by donation.
Tel.017684 84538 or email email@example.com to book your seats in the theatre and then pay on the night (no on-line booking available for this event).
Concert starts at 8pm.
Optional Pre- Concert Supper can be booked from 6pm.
06/11/2015 - 06/11/2015
We are very pleased to announce
SHOOGLENIFTY – THE UNTIED KNOT TOUR
25 year anniversary and album launch tour
2015 has been an epic year for Shooglenifty, a band formed 25 years ago in Edinburgh. Retaining four of their original members plus their bass player of 12 years standing, the line up has been invigorated in the past year by fiery young mandolinist Ewan MacPherson who contributes four tunes to their critically acclaimed new CD release The Untied Knot. Also new in 2015 is ‘puirt a beul’ vocalist Kaela Rowan who graces the album with the first ever collection of Shoogle songs.
Shooglenifty’s sound springs from traditional Scottish dance music, energised by the beats and bass line of something altogether more contemporary. It is not a sit-down kind of music, it’s a join-in, and get on your feet kind of vibe. Attempts to describe this almost uncatagorisable band include: ‘dub-diddly',‘hypno-folkadelic-ambient-trad’ and ‘Acid-Croft’. Whatever it is, it has endured, evolved and, above all, entertained for quarter of a century.
We have a limited number of allocated seating tickets available at £17.50 for those of you who prefer to listen and not dance.
Doors Open at 7:30pm
Music starts 8pm
Adv Tix - £16.50
O.T.D. - £17.50
To book please contact
Phone – 01768484538
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Band Website - www.shooglenifty.com
Click on the link below to book online:
25/10/2015 - 25/10/2015
Puppet show by Thingumajig Theatre. See details under the Puppet Show section.
09/10/2015 - 09/10/2015
Extra Love are a 10 piece band which fuse Reggae, Dub and Afrobeat in an energetic and uplifting performance.
The band features two charismatic front men; Jamaican Kuntri Ranks aka Lion King and Greek Angelos Gavrillidis backed by formidable rhythm section and three powerful horns players. Extra Love are vibes, vibes and more vibes. They never fail to impress on levels on energy and stage presence. With a massive live following and tunes to back this up they get any dance skanking big time" Kev - Dub Smugglers
We also have local support from
JAMbEATER, Soul Upsetter & Little Rocket
Doors Open at 7:30pm
Music starts 8pm
Adv Tix - £10
To book please contact
Phone - 01768484538
Email - email@example.com
Or book online:
19/09/2015 - 19/09/2015
Lyons and La Zel are a duo consisting of soulful vocalist, Léa La Zel and beatboxer/guitarist/rapper and flautist, James Lyons. Their music blends together elements of funk, soul, jazz and hip hop with uplifting, conscious lyrics and tasteful beatbox rhythms.
Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of mimicking drum machines using one's mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. It may also involve singing, and vocal imitation of basslines, horns, and other musical instruments.
James Lyons will be showcasing some of his solo flute and harmonica skills while beat boxing at the same time.
The other duo of the evening are local chaps, Paddy Rogan & Jack Hartley, who have been working closely together for many years. They play folk, blues and their own unique brand of acoustic music with dual guitars and vocal harmonies.
This is going to be an intimate evening featuring two very talented headline acts. Expect relaxed table and seating arrangements close to the musicians.
Tickets - £8
Doors at - 7:30pm
Music Starts - 8pm
To book please contact
Online booking available:
Pre concet supper is available (advance booking only) from 6pm.
10/09/2015 - 13/09/2015
Visit the location of Upfront Puppet Theatre to see the exhibition and demonstration/performance of puppets from our collection, as well as puppets from other collections. These include puppets from around the world and puppets relating to the history and development of puppetry in Great Britain - notably "The Stan Parker Collection of Marionettes and Trick Circus Puppets", purchased with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Grant.
There will be workshops where adults and children can make puppets and explore them in short performances.
The history of Punch and Judy in England will also be told.
Please note that this event and the workshops are not suitable for children under 7 years of age.
Friday 11 September: 10:30-4:30
Saturday 12 September: Workshop 11:00-3:30pm
Sunday 13 September: Workshop 11:00-3:30pm
Advance booking is required for the workshops as numbers are limited to 20 for each session.
Tel. 017684 84538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve places. Children must be age 7+ and accompanied by an adult.
29/08/2015 - 29/08/2015
06/06/2015 - 06/06/2015
We are delighted to welcome back Richard Durrant for his 2nd concert at Upfront. His mode of transport to reach us this time is rather different .......
After a successful, 1,500 mile, seven week Cycling Music tour last year the UK’s busiest virtuoso guitarist is back in the saddle.
Ever the maverick Richard Durrant will pedal up to 100 miles between gigs carrying everything on his bike, performing a varied selection of virtuoso guitar music chosen to highlight the chameleon like qualities of this popular instrument. The show will feature Durrant’s own Cycling Music for guitar, sequencers and pre-recorded bicycle percussion, complete with spectacular projected animations.
Cycling Music was written for Richard’s very successful and popular, 2014 album, used during the BBC’s coverage of last year’s Le Tour as well as in the film Bicycle (Blue Hippo Productions), on ITV’s Cycle Show and on BBC Radio3.
The cycling minstrel will also find room in his cycle trailer for his favourite ukulele on which he’ll perform works by JS Bach. Richard, producer of “ The Secret of Life” by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, is something of a uke specialist.
This year Richard is very proud to be riding a bike built especially for the tour by Marek Aurelius based around an Aurelius Colombus Zoma road bike.
All Tickets £12.50.
Pre-concert supper is available fron 6pm. Advance booking only (Tel.017684 84538).
30/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
CONCERT at 8pm. All tickets £8.50.
This funked up folk band's sweet melodies and raucous reels blend trad and self penned fiddle tunes with bass and percussion creating a sound that’s modern yet familiar. www.stooshiefolk.co.uk
Stooshie’s mix of guitars, fiddles, whistle, bass and percussion move you from the warm and melancholic – reflecting their love of the Cumbrian sea and the hills – to a jigging frenzy that’ll make you want to dance all night…
Stooshie is made up of Rachel Swift (fiddle), Pete Leeson (fiddle and guitar), Simon O’Hare (guitar and bass) and Dave Muir (percussion and low whistle). The group describe their music as rooted in folk but with a modern twist.
Dave, Peter and Simon all work in conservation in Cumbria, so recurring themes of nature and their love of the Cumbrian fells abound. This concert is to celebrate the newly restored footpath between Skelton and Unthank.
Pre Concert supper available from 6pm (advance booking only).
If you would like a joint ticket (£16) to see the puppet show, "The Man Who Planted Trees" at 2pm and the "Stooshie" concert at 8pm, please contact us. Puppet show information is under " puppet show future events" on the website.
14/05/2015 - 14/05/2015
As part of their U.K.tour, Upfront Arts Theatre is delighted to welcome back “The John Langan Band” with support from local duo "Scrogan's Run".
This will be a standing and seated gig. If you would like a seat please book early, as we will only have a limited number of seats available.
The John Langan Band are a dynamic trio, with a sound that is rooted in Celtic Folk but encompasses Balkan, Roma, Gypsy Swing and Flamenco. The band met in Glasgow and has been playing together for 7 years. Their performances are high energy, unhinged, and musically extravagant, as they take traditional acoustic idioms and deliver them with a punk abandonment and virtuosic flare.
Having played over 100 gigs in the past year alone, the band have now established themselves across the UK as being one of the best live Folk bands around.
Tickets - £10 advance booking £12 on the door
Pre gig supper from 6pm (advance booking only).
21/03/2015 - 21/03/2015
The Lumberjack Cowboy's are a Jesus-lovin', God-fearin' set of brothers and sisters rumoured to be from the Deep South. The band play, a rootin' tootin' mix of redneck rock n roll. Like 'the Waltons on drugs' these perverse preachers are going to mix up a musical storm. Expect plenty of great singalongs and laughs. Jim Bob and the rest of the group have got to be seen, and heard, to be believed. If easily offended, this may not be the show for you. After pounding the dancefloors at Boomtown Fair, Kendal Calling and Beatherder Festival last year, it's a pleasure to annouce that The Lumberjack Cowboy's will be tearing it up at:- Upfront Arts Centre on Saturday 21st March. Doors open from 7.30pm Support by The Misdemeanours starting at 8pm. Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door This will be a standing only gig, to give us plenty of room for a right good knees up! (cabaret style seating will be available on the night, but no pre-booked seats) Pre-gig Supper available from 6pm, booking essential, please Telephone 017684 84538
14/03/2015 - 14/03/2015
Children's theatre show suitable for ages 3 - 6 years. Please see full details under our puppet sdhow section.
22/02/2015 - 22/02/2015
8pm Sunday 22nd FebruaryBooked Tickets £12. On the Door £14. Pre-concert supper available from 6pm (advance booking only). Tel.017684 84538 to book and pay for tickets. Will Pound’s critically-acclaimed debut album ‘A Cut Above’ (2013) featured a plethora of the most well-respected musicians from the folk and session -music worlds, three of whom came together to form "The Will Pound Band".
Performing a mixture of traditional, and increasingly more original compositions, the band draws influences from their varied musical backgrounds to create a contemporary folk sound with a progressive and cinematic edge. The band has featured extensively on local, national and international radio shows, as well as on BBC Breakfast TV in February2014.Regarded by many as one of the world’s best Harmonica players, twice BBC Folk Award nominated, Will Pound has had his pick of musicians to form his group. Alongside him play Henry Webster (fiddle), Chris Sarjeant (guitar) and John Parker (double bass, mouth percussion), all of whom have great reputations in their own rights. Sarjeant is an acclaimed guitarist and arranger/ singer of traditional and original songs, Parker is one half of chart-topping Nizlopi (JCB Song, 2005) and Webster is an award-winning fiddle soloist, and pioneer in his use of electronics with fiddle. Copy and paste the links into your search bar to hear some examples of music. https://soundcloud.com/gighouse-recording/will-pound-morgan-rattler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK5Z3TsDoZY#t=100
06/02/2015 - 06/02/2015
Inspired songwriter and live music obsessive, Theo Bard is to be found in all the most beautiful, unusual and intimate music spots across the UK, singing his own unique brand of urban folk. His expert picking on the guitar, bold beats and uplifting lyrics combine to make a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of his beloved London.
Classically trained from the age of four on violin, Theo has also studied folk singing and guitar, African percussion, electric bass and music production. He is also the man behind the legendary Woodburner nights that bring together the wealth of talent in London's acoustic music scene in some of the most beautiful venues to be found.
Theo will be joined at Upfront,by the fantastic Louisa Jones from Whiskey Moon Face on double bass and backing vocals.Theo and Louisa have been making music together for over 4 years, and it's a blend which always creates a magic atmosphere."
TICKETS: £8 in advance. £10 on the door.Tel. 017684 84538 to book & pay for tickets by card. Pre-concert supper available from 6pm (advance booking only). Door & Bar open 7:30pm. Concert starts 8pm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCNJOFUrwwM
31/01/2015 - 31/01/2015
Our first show in collaboration with Rural Touring Highlights is "The Snow Bear", performed by Hearthside Tales. Suitable for children aged 4 - 7 years and their families. January 31st at 2pm.Come to Upfront for a wintry tale with live music and magic, puppets and projections and a beautiful miniature theatre packed full of delights.
The Snow Bear is inspired by Norwegian folk tales and tells the story of a polar bear who is a carried away from his arctic home. We join him on his adventures as he encounters mischievous elves, goblins and trolls, but will the friendly Tomten’s magic help him find his way back to his home.
All tickets £8.00. Optional children's Storytelling & Puppet Making workshop after the show for 45 minutes. Child ticket £4.00 (incl.accompanying adult). Telephone to reserve tickets and pay by card. Chris Bostock is a master storyteller and Ken Patterson a musical marvel. This is a new show in which the characters are brought to life with mesmerizing storytelling, puppets and shadows. It features lots of songs to sing and wonderful music played on cello, tuba accordion and ukulele. Join Chris and Ken on a snowy journey. Bring your own teddy bear along as there will be lots of audience involvement.
17/01/2015 - 17/01/2015
Starting off the 2015 music events at Upfront Arts Theatre with a bang, we have Tantz. A 6 piece band playing a variety of Klezmer, Balkan and Gypsy music with a twist.Tantz are a group of young musicians from Leeds who have been entertaining audiences up and down the country for the last few years. They are a lively band with drums, clarinet, violin, guitar, percussion, bass and live electronics.
Expect an evening of interesting music, with seating available and a dancing space.Tantz cover the traditional aspects of Eastern European music while adding their own inspiration.
Tickets - £10 Advance - £12 On the door.Doors open 8pm.
Pre gig supper available from 6pm (advance booking only)
Phone - 01768484538 - (To book & pay by card) Email - email@example.com
PRESS: "It takes a special kind of talent to take an old school musical idea and turn it into the Next Big Thing, but that's what they did. After a year packed with storming shows, including festivals like Bestival and Kendall Calling, it seemed inevitable when they were picked to headline the Brit Awards After Party, 2014. But that was merely a star studded curtain raiser to what looks like being an even more successful year".
08/11/2014 - 08/11/2014
Saturday 8th November @ 8pm Tickets £16.50Pre gig supper available in the restaurant from 6pm (advance booking only).
It is 21 years since Baka Beyond’s debut CD “Spirit of the Forest” was released, helping to define the genre “World Music”. They have been constantly touring and releasing new albums since then.
Their work with the Baka Forest People, who originally inspired their sound, has meant that key players, Martin Cradick and Su Hart have taken several months off each year to work with the Baka in Cameroon, repaying the debt of their music. They set up the charity Global Music Exchange to facilitate this.
Recently Baka Beyond have had something of a renaissance. The injection of some young blood in the form of Clyde Kramer on drums (who has spent several months himself playing music with the Baka in the forests of Cameroon) and Ellie Jamison on vocals (who at the age of 18 toured with Baka Beyond and is on their album “East to West”) has invigorated their sound.
Baka Beyond’s tour last November around Britain was very well received. Once it was over they went straight to Penpont Estate in Wales to provide live music for a version of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, a first for them. 2 tracks on the new album, “Ariel’s Song” and “Full Fathom Five” are from this production. Baka Beyond’s interpretations of the Baka women’s magical singing is perfect for setting the scene in this most mystic and musical of Shakespeare’s plays.
The new album is more of a “band album” than their last release “Beyond the Forest”. The interplay between Clyde’s drumming and Ayo’s percussion particularly give the album a vibrant “live”feel.Follow the link to hear music from "After the Tempest" http://bakabeyond.bandcamp.com/album/after-the-tempest The live band features the following artists: Martin Cradick: guitar Su Hart: vocals Kibisingo Douglas (long-time bass player with Kanda Bongo Man & Baka Beyond bassist since 2005): bass guitar Ayodele Scott: percussion Clyde Kramer: drums Ellie Jamison: vocals
The Baka Forest People also still play their part in writing some of the songs and providing vocals and traditional instruments on several tracks of the CD.All royalties owed to the Baka musicians go to them via the registered charity, Global Music Exchange, www.1heart.org
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE SEPARATE EVENT DETAILS TO FIND OUT ABOUT SU HART'S SINGING WORKSHOP DURING THE DAY.
08/11/2014 - 08/11/2014
11am - 3pm. Cost £15 incl. lunch.
Baka Beyond band member Su Hart has now been initiated into the Baka women’s spiritual singing and the Baka have now asked her to teach and share their polyphonic singing outside the forest.She uses her musical experiences in her performances with the band and also imparts this through her unique and captivating workshops. She has worked extensively with schools, choirs, teaching teachers, special needs, language schools, and team building (including confirmed non singers!) both in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. Her style is lively, confidence building, group bonding and above all, uplifting and fun.
The Workshop will cover• An understanding of listening as a unifying musical bond. • Forest vocal technique, breath control, voice placement and vocal release work. • Vocal and hand clapped rhythm work and the patterns of Baka melodies, chants and calls. • Songs from baby soothing to spiritual. • Multi part singing, densely textured songs with overlapping polyrhythmic, interdependent parts. • Co-operative musical games and movement. • ‘Yelli’ singing, animal enchantment and more! There can also be a DVD presentation of short forest films, discussion, stories, composition and improvisation.
Please telephone 017684 84538 to book tickets and pay by card.
24/10/2014 - 24/10/2014
Friday 24th October @ 8pm Tickets £10Katuš will be performing her new album "THE SPRING OF 2022" She'll sing a truly world mix of English, Czech, Polish, Russian, Mandinka (West African - where some of the album was recorded) and her own improvised tongue, as well as playing guitar and her Chinese 'Hulusi' (gourd clarinet). Katuš will beccompanied by musicians Ben Monypenny (Violin), Tom Corda-Stanley (Double Bass), Hannah Flynn (Harmonies) and Rob Kitchen (Percussion).
"The Spring of 2022" is a journey through Katuš world.She is a "true troubadour spirit and one of the most refreshing pieces of originality and substance you are ever likely to hear" Music News Scotland. Katuš has toured with Seth Lakeman and the Levellers and played with Donovan. She has toured all over the world.
Pre-gig supper is available in the restaurant from 6pm (advance booking only).
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04/10/2014 - 04/10/2014
We are delighted to have secured, "The Kirsty McGee Duo", a great favourite at Upfront, for a concert on Saturday 4th October.
Her new album "Those Old Demons" will have been launched in Manchester a couple of days earlier and we have invited her to come to Upfront before she begins her European tour.
Kirsty had a solo concert last time she was with us, but this time she is supported by her drummer/sax/clarinet player (& co producer of the new album). Please follow the link below to hear a track from the album.
The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are £10 each. Telephone 017684 84538 to book and pay for tickets by card.
Pre-Concert Supper can be booked in the restaurant from 6pm.
20/06/2014 - 20/06/2014
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are one of the hardest working bands in the UK roots circuit.
...with thousands of touring miles under their belts, they have earned themselves a sizeable fan base in the UK, Europe and beyond. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they've coined it.
Their style is more eclectic than most, influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern. The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’.
The band, an hot six-piece, features Ben Fitzgerald (guitar), Tom Cronin (mandolin), Colin Nicholson (accordion), Rob Blazey (double bass) and Paul Archibald (drums).
Their debut album, ‘Money Isn't Everything’, caused a sensation when it was released in 2012, winning a host of rave reviews – many of them 5-star.
Friday 20th June at 8pm
Tickets - £10
Bar & Refreshments
Pre concert supper available from 6pm (advance booking only)
Tel:01768484538 to book and pay by card.
07/06/2014 - 07/06/2014
OLD HERBACEOUS - a one man play by Reginald Arkell. Dramatised by Alfred Shaughnessy
The play is a PMac and Theatre by the Lake production. Performed and produced by Peter Macqueen. Pottering amongst the seeds and cuttings at the back of his ramshackle greenhouse in the garden of a Gloucestershire manor house. Herbert Pinnegar, now in his twilight years is full of memories and tales of a by-gone era. In between potting up and potting on, he recounts his journey from orphan boy to legendary head gardener “Old Herbaceous” and tells of his friendship with the lady of the house, Mrs Charteris.
Sown with the seeds of gardening wisdom, this charming one man show is a love story – a humorous portrayal of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants.
8pm StartTickets £10 Pre-show supper can be booked from 6pm Tel. 017684 84538 to book and pay for tickets
31/05/2014 - 31/05/2014
An evening of powerful music traditionally heard in the tribal communities of West Africa. "Tanante" perform with master African drummers, musicians and high energy dancers. Sidiki & Baba will begine the evening with traditional African folk songs. Played on N'Goni(African Harp) and Flute. At an extra cost we also have a drum workshop with "Drumroots", featuring some of the players from Tanante. This will be an hour and a half session aimed at people interested in learning some West African drumming rhythms. From 2:30pm till 4pm. Please phone to book places. Concert Tickets - £10 Drum Workshop - £10 Optional pre concert supper from 6pm (Advance booking only) Doors open at 7:30pm for concert. Tel: 01768484538 to book and pay by card.
16/05/2014 - 16/05/2014
The exciting young jazz pianist won a legion of fans in Cumbria with a short tour in 2012 and this time he brings his Chicago quartet: Makaya McCraven on drums, bassist Junius Paul and on saxophone De’Sean Jones. GREG WAS VOTED CHICAGO'S JAZZ ENTERTAINER OF 2013. Joining him tonight will be local saxophonist, Roz Sluman. www.gregspero.com TICKETS £12. Concert starts at 8pm. Telephone 017684 84538 to reserve tickets and pay by card. Optional pre-concert supper from 6pm. (advance booking only). Bar and refreshments available
26/04/2014 - 26/04/2014
LI LU & AHMED DICKINSON CARDENAS - The Cello and Guitar Duo Saturday 26th April at 8pm. Tickets £10. The collaboration between Chinese cellist Li Lu and Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas has been established with the aim of introducing first-rate contemporary and rarely heard works for cello and guitar to UK audiences. Their current repertoire is an excellently balanced variety of styles stemming from Italy and France to South America and even Asia. Expect fearsome, virtuosic, sad,introspective and electrifying. Tel.017684 84538 to book and pay by card. Allocated seating for this classical concert. An optional pre-concert supper can be booked in the gallery restaurant from 6pm
22/03/2014 - 22/03/2014
Upfront Arts Theatre at 7pm Tickets £10. Pre-concert supper can be booked in the gallery restaurant from 5pm. Jazz North will be featuring two of their Northern Line bands - "The Stuart McCallum Guitar and Electronics Trio" and "Richard Iles Microscopic" (trumpet, sax, piano & bass). Jazz North have selected 12 bands to be ambassadors for the Northern jazz scene between January 2013 – July 2014 to support touring for northern jazz musicians across the north and further afield. The concert will also include a showcase from BlueJam Arts - our local jazz band and jazz choir who invited us to host this very special event. The younger BlueJam musicians will also be playing in the Gallery during the day.
03/11/2013 - 03/11/2013
Return visit of one of our favourite duos. Chris and Julie last played in our old performance space to a packed audience. The new theatre will be a huge surprise for them and we will be able to seat more people.....in comfort. Tickets are £15 each. Please telephone 017684 84538 to book tickets and make a card payment. Our usual pre-concert supper is available from 6pm in the restaurant (advance booking only). Chris While and Julie Matthews are breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. Between them they play guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran, piano, mandolin & bouzouki. Follow the link and click the play button beside the “Together Alone “ album to hear examples of a couple of songs. http://www.whileandmatthews.co.uk/discography.php#duo Though internationally acclaimed, While & Matthews continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. It is Chris and Julies musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. They have been nominated nine times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk music awards in the 'Best Song, Best Duo, Best Live Act' categories. They were winners of “The Best Duo” in the 2009 awards. They have nine duo albums and a songbook to their credit, as well as six solo albums between them. They were also leading songwriters and singers on several Albion Band albums during their time in the band (1990 to 1997.)
17/10/2013 - 17/10/2013
8pm start. Tickets £12. Bar. Optional pre-concert supper can be booked from 6pm. Thrilling, jazz-infected klezmer and world music from some of Scotland's finest musicians. Moishe's Bagel, five piece band playing an intoxicating mix of authentic & not-so-authentic klezmer and Balkan music. Genre defying acoustic music with a classical attention to detail. We have been wanting the Bagel to come to Upfront since they let us use some of their music for our production of "The Snow Queen". Finally managed it when their October tour travels from London to Scotland. Tel.017684 84538 to reserve tickets & pay by card.
15/06/2013 - 15/06/2013
HERE COMES SUMMER WITH TOP UK GUITARIST LEADING UK concert guitarist Richard Durrant will be keeping everyone's sunny side up with a special midsummer recital. Durrant's summer performance at Upfront Arts Theatre, on Saturday15th June, includes one of the most popular concertos of the 20th century. Rodrigo's Concierto di Aranjuez has been specially arranged by Durrant for guitar and piano. He will also be joined by world-renowned keyboard virtuoso and ex-Red Priest member Howard Beach for a guitar and harpsichord arrangement of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto. www.richard-durrant.com Other sun-drenched music from Spain and Latin America and a collection of folk tunes played on guitar and laptop will complete the concert, which starts at 8pm. A pre-concert supper is available from 6pm in the Gallery restaurant, usual menu (advance booking only). To purchase concert tickets (£12) and reserve seats Tel.017684 84538 firstname.lastname@example.org www.up-front.com
24/05/2013 - 24/05/2013
8pm in Upfront Theatre. Tickets £10. Supper tables can be booked in the gallery from 6pm. We are pleased to welcome the return of singer, songwriter and guitarist Kirsty McGee whose single "Sandman" is featured in the new Danny Boyle movie "Trance". She will be playing as a duo with her double bass player Tom Fairhall. Please see information below about Kirsty and links to her single "Sandman" and her new album "Contraband": Somewhere between Jazz, Folk, Chanson and Americana there’s an area of music that doesn’t have a name. With a cartographer’s attention to detail, KIRSTY McGEE has spent the past ten years and SIX ALBUMS exploring and mapping this place. McGee's songs show the light touch of a singer with an instinctive reﬂex for bringing together words and music. Gentle, and with the bittersweet edge of experience, her voice speaks directly from an open heart, and her rich, dark style continues to defy categorisation. Twice nominated for the BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS and winner of an IMA. Her latest album “Contraband” has been shortlisted for the online “Spiral Awards”. http://kirstymcgee.bandcamp.com/album/sandman-single http://kirstymcgee.bandcamp.com/album/contraband Tel. 017684 84538 to book tickets and reserve supper tables.
16/05/2013 - 16/05/2013
Rory McLeod is easily one of the UK’s very best live roots musicians and songwriters. A live Rory McLeod set is unforgettable experience. Rory’s solo sets combine virtuoso harmonica and spoon playing, great lyrics, rhythm generated by the use of the tap board and a percussive guitar style which at times echoes reggae and blues and other times folk and South American Music. Rory weaves yarns between the songs that often have a cultural or political significance. "ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments! Rory has travelled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth." With support from local folk musician - Paddy Rogan Paddy has been performing live since 2005 in a variety of settings from lively firesides to bouncing festivals to hush-hush folk venues. His styles are just as varied drawing influences from Traditional and contemporary folk music; both from the UK and abroad, rootsy Blues, Gypsy jazz and a touch of anything else which passes through his creative consciousness. Tickets £10. Doors open at 7:30. Concert starts at 8pm. BAR Supper tables can be reserved from 6pm. Tel.017684 84538 to book tickets and reserve tables.
16/03/2013 - 16/03/2013
A unique blend of folk, roots and jazz by Northumbrian duo "Landermason". The evening includes their special guests, young folk trio, "Horizontal Sunday". Concert in the new theatre space at 8pm. Tickets £8.00. An optional supper is available in the Gallery restaurant from 6pm (advance booking only). Please telephone 017684 84538 to reserve tickets and supper tables.
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After their brilliant concert 18 months ago we have managed to book the band again as they pass through Cumbria on their 2015 tour.The John Langan Band are a dynamic trio, with a sound that is rooted in Celtic Folk, but encompasses Balkan, Roma, Gypsy Swing and Flamenco. The band met in Glasgow and has been playing together for 7 years. Their performances are high energy, unhinged, and musically extravagant, as they take traditional acoustic idioms and deliver them with a punk abandonment and virtuosic flare. Having played over 100 gigs in the past year alone, the band have now established themselves across the UK as being one of the best live Folk bands around. Tickets - £10 advance booking £12 on the door
8pm Start with support from "Scrogan's Run", well known Cumbrian acoustic duo Paddy Rogan and Wayne Scurrah.
Pre gig supper from 6pm (advance booking only)Online bookings via www.up-front.com http://www.thejohnlanganband.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7th4HByc6sY
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6:30pm – 10pm Tickets £20 (advance booking only) Hello young lovers wherever (and whatever age) you are. Join us for a jazzy valentine's Night at UPFRONT. Choose two courses from the menu, plus musical entertainment by local musicians David Foley and John Lipscombe "We won't say goodnight until the last minute I'll hold out my hand and my heart will be in it." David Foley will swing his way through the standards of Cole Porter, Gershwin , Richard Rogers and Lennon and McCartney - as bitter-sweet love songs meet 30's style swing (and some electronic jiggery pokery!). The evening will include songs immortalised by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sinatra and Chet Baker mixed with modern day Latin Dance tracks by Sting and the R and B of Ray Charles. David will also play tracks from his latest CD 'Nothing Else is'. Watch David performing 'That's when the lights just have to go out' on Youtube @ http://goo.gl/nQPBiV. John Lipscombe professional pianist and singer, as well as presenter and producer for Radio Cumbria will entertain us with a selection from his repertoire - American songbook standards to light classical and jazz. Tel. 017684 84538 to make a reservation. email@example.com www.up-front .com