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The Philip Clouts Jazz Quartet

“The best of British jazz” Jazz FM

“A revelatory experience” UK Vibe

Tickets £12.50. Book online to choose your seats

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Pre-conceert supper available from 6pm (advance booking only).

Quartet Website: Philip Clouts quartet.

David MacGregor Guitar Concert "IMPROVISED JOURNEY" ......Travel the World with Sound.

Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas & Eduardo Martin - Guitar Duo

Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas is described as “a true pioneer” (Classic FM Magazine). The award winning London-based Cuban guitarist, is one of the finest performers of the Cuban classical guitar school. His sixth album, features Grammy nominee and fellow Cuban guitarist - Eduardo Martin. In 2019 the duo will be touring across England, Ireland and Scotland.

Eduardo Martin’s music is performed world wide. A Grammy award nominee, his creations seamlessly blend classical, Latin American, contemporary and Cuban influences.

Expect some of the coolest and most exhilarating contemporary tunes inspired by the music of South America and the Caribbean.

8PM TICKETS £12.50

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Pre concert supper available from 6pm (advance booking only). Tel.01768484538

£20 discounted joint concert tickets are available if you also book for the David MacGregor guitar concert on Sunday 7th April (Tel.01768484538).

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers "The Way of the Drum"

Experience the thundering, exhilarating rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and captivating show, and gain a unique insight into the world of this powerful art form.

A fusion of primal rhythm, energy, choreographed movement and infectious humour to captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds...

After years of performing at some of the country’s most prestigious venues, T.V. and film appearances, touring across continents, and collaborating with different musicians from countless genres, members of Mugenkyo now return to the roots of Taiko drumming with a lively and entertaining concert, performing an array of traditional Taiko whilst revealing the history, culture and background in a dramatic but intimate show.

Rhythm, movement and humour light up the stage on a journey that's not to be missed...

"Not just incredibly skilled musicians, they are also excellent performers: theatrical and energising." - Edinburgh Evening News

Tickets - £15 Concert begins at 7:45

Mugenkyo will take a Drum Workshop before the performance if we can confirm the interest of 10/15 people. The Cost will be £15 please telephone 01768484538 if you would like to book a place.

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Moishe's BagelMOISHE'S BAGEL

Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music from some of Scotland’s finest musicians. An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe’s Bagel combines the energy and passion of world folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer., they are equally at home jamming in a late night jazz den, grooving at a forest festival, or enthralling an upmarket concert hall.

“this brilliantly accomplished and adventurous five-piece emphatically puts the “class” into “unclassifiable”. Scotsman

All Tickets £13. Choose your seats and book online, or tel. 017684 84538

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Pre-concert supper can be booked from 6pm

Werkha, Ponyland & BlueJam

TICKETS Adults £12 Students £8 (ID required on the door)

Blue Jam Arts and Jazz North are collaborating on a project to showcase the best of local and national youth jazz - and Cumbria is proud to have 3 amazing bands performing on the same stage. BlueJam starts off with a driving set with massed horns and vocals, then we dive into electronica with the internationally acclaimed Tom Leah and Werkha Live, featuring Bryony Jarman-Pinto on vocals, and dance to oblivion with the combined genius and mayhem that is Ponyland.

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The album Stringhenge was launched last June at St Magnus’s Cathedral in Orkney. Durrant then cycled the length of Britain playing his programme inspired by the British Landscape.

Interspersed with Richard’s usual wit - expect an evening of exquisite music beautifully played.

Concert begins at 8pm. Tickets £12.50 Booking fees apply (telephone or online).

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A pre-concert supper can be booked from 6pm. Please telephone 017684 84538.

Listen to Richard Durrant Click this link

ZION TRAIN - concert

Watch band leader, chief sound engineer and music producer Neil Perch as he creates a live dub mix with a super tight brass section and Dubdadda on vocals.

A purpose built Reggae sound system will be provided by Bass Alliance Sound System and local DJs will be starting and finishing the event.

Tickets£15. Booking fees apply online or by telephone. Book online

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This is a standing/dancing concert. Anyone who needs to be seated for the evening, please telephone to reserve seating on the balcony.

Have a listen Zion Train on Sound Cloud

"40 Years of Work" -

John's talk will be "40 Years of Work" - a review of an eclectic career as an artist.

The talk will take place in the Upfront Arts Venue Theatre. A suggested donation of £5 will include wine and nibbles. All proceeds for the Upfront Arts Charity which supports the work of Upfront Puppet Theatre.

"MY TURN" - concert with Ian Kellett

Ian is a very talented local musician who we first met through working on music productions in local schools. He has written original music for some of our puppet shows.

Ian composes and plays many instruments; he sings and uses his technical skills to produce his own work.  The concert, called “My Turn”, will allow us to hear Ian’s own compositions in concert, his “turn” to perform in his own right. Influenced by the work of Randy Newman, Aaron Copeland, James Taylor, and ...The Two Ronnies! Ian's music is inspired by his love of this area and the people who live and work here.

Musical friends and colleagues will join Ian to perform interpretations of his work. Ian has a great sense of humour and we look forward to a fun evening.

Ian is kindly donating all ticket money for the concert to the Upfront Arts Charity, to support future puppet theatre productions.

"Some write lyrics, some compose music, some play instruments, some sing and some use technical skills to refine and produce music. Ian does all of these". 

Listen to some of Ian's music click here

Bar open at 7:30

(Optional supper can be pre-booked in the gallery restaurant from 6pm).

Tickets £7.50 Click  to choose your seats and book on-line

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Resonators - 9 piece Soulful Reggae in a Dubwise Fashion

Soulful UK Reggae in a Dubwise fashion. 9 piece band - Performing on custom built Reggae Sound System

Resonators are at the forefront of the UK dub scene, forging their love of 70’s roots reggae with diverse contemporary influences to deliver their own exciting sound. Fronted by dual vocal powerhouse Faye Houston and Kassia Zermon, this nine-piece takes us on a sonic excursion which reaches from the light and soulful, to the dark and gritty.

Ten years on from their beginning, their objective is more relevant than ever, to bring something reflective and positive to the world. Through the formidable craftsmanship of dub engineer Darren Jamtone at the controls, Resonators offer a powerful, psychedelic and euphoric experience both on record and on stage. Resonators have gained notoriety for their awesome live shows, as well assupport slots for greats such as The Skatalites, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Jimmy Cliff, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Horcae Andy to name a few.

Plus warm up DJs on the night.

Tickets - £15

Doors at 7:30pm

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'Stanelli's Super Circus'

March 30th @ 2:00

April 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th 13th & 15th.

Children £8.50, Adults £10, Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £32. Chose your seats and book online or Tel.017684 84538. Booking fees apply.

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Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas & Eduardo Martin - "The Bridge", Classical Guitar Duo

Eduardo is one of the most prominent contemporary guitar composers and he has written for guitar in various combinations from duos to guitar orchestra. He has written for theatre plays and for cinema.

Award winning London-based Cuban guitarist, Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas, a former student of Eduardo Martin is one of the finest performers of the Cuban classical guitar school. Over the last 10 years, Ahmed has established a successful career in the UK, whilst maintaining a performance profile and strong links with Cuba. He has performed at prestigious venues across the U.K. and Europe.

"The Bridge" is a new album by Eduardo and Ahmed which is a compilation of some of Eduardo’s most alluring works for two guitars, where rock merges with son montunos; old Yoruba chants, feel-good rumbas, funk- boleros, new age tunes and cinematic pieces sit alongside Cuban tumbaos with slap bass. It is is a wondrous display of fluidity, a continuous study of the Latin guitar, past and present.

The mixture of the virtuosity and the emotional and soothing quality of the works they perform characterizes Eduardo Martín and Ahmed Dickinson’s concerts. The audience is captivated from their first note to the last by their command over the instrument and the often-intricate instrumental pieces. The music played during each concert is a very meticulous selection of works by Eduardo Martín.

Tickets £12.50. To choose your seats please book through Ticket Source

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Pre-Concert supper can be booked from 6pm. Tel. 017684 84538

Maxi Roots Concert

Maxiroots from the North of England via Argentina will be performing as part of their brand new EP & video launch tour. They will be bringing a vibrant blend of Cumbia, Dub and Tropical music with live brass & drums and vocals by Tom Spirals.

Diddley Squat from the North East have been creating great music and energy for many years - expect everything from Reggae to Folk, Rock & Roll to Saharan Blues.

This is a standing concert with some seating on the balcony that can be pre-booked for those of you who want to listen to the music, but can't dance all night (telephone to reserve 017684 84538).

Tickets £12.50 can be booked via ticket source Book now

Tables can also be reserved for supper from 6pm.

Maxiroots ft Tom Spirals - Move Like This (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Maxiroots ft. Tom Spirals "Move Like This" (OFFICIAL VIDEO) From the E.P "Move Like This" Available 08/02/18 on MoreFreeVibe Video/Editing: DBonnar Films Filmed at The Lost Disco in Crotia 2017 --- Full E.P Available @ www.bandcamp.com/morefreevibe on 08/02/2018

Posted by Maxiroots on Thursday, 25 January 2018

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - 17th November

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 East
ern 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, a hot six - piece, features Ben Fitzgerald (guitar), Tom Cronin (mandolin), Colin Nicholson (accordion), Ted Harbot (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.

Their second album, "Talk About The Weather" (released July 7th 2014) is also gathering some notable radio play and reviews.

The best way to experience Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra is at a live show !

Door Open 7:30pm

Tickets £12 -
Buy Online Using Link - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/379825



Nubiyan Twist - 14th October

A blend of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers join forces to lay the foundations for singer & MC Nubiya Brandon’s soulful and melodic vocals.

With an epic 10 piece live show featuring a 4 piece horn section, 2 vocalists, electronics and an international (Brazil/UK) rhythm section, Nubiyan Twist create a powerful and unforgettable experience, equally at home lighting up late-night festival headliner slots or selling out the UK’s best jazz venues.

More details to follow. 

TICKETS £15 Standing/dancing gig with some seating on the upstairs balcony that can be pre-booked. We also have a Pre-Concert supper available from 6pm (advance booking only, please telephone).

Book online or telephone 017684 84538 (booking fees apply).

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Join Paper Artist Emma Boyes for a relaxed workshop at Upfront gallery.

You will be introduced to the tools and methods used to create papercut art and learn the fundamental techniques for creating your very own piece of papercut art under Emma's expert guidance. Templates are provided or you can create your own design. If you would like to create your own design then please bring along idea's or images for inspiration.

All tools and materials are provided. Suitable for beginners or those wanting to improve their technique.

A light vegetarian lunch of quiche and salad or soup and a sandwich will be included, plus plenty of tea, coffee & biscuits.

(Please note that the workshop can only take place with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 people).

Telephone 017684 84538 to book and pay by card or come to the Gallery and pay in person.


It is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart. 


Tickets £12. Please follow the link to book on-line and choose your seats:

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Join Paper Artist Emma Boyes for a relaxed workshop at Upfront gallery.

You will be introduced to the tools and methods used to create papercut art and learn the fundamental techniques for creating your very own piece of papercut art under Emma's expert guidance. Templates are provided or you can create your own design. If you would like to create your own design then please bring along idea's or images for inspiration.

All tools and materials are provided. Suitable for beginners or those wanting to improve their technique.

A light vegetarian lunch of quiche and salad or soup and a sandwich will be included, plus plenty of tea, coffee & biscuits.

(Please note that the workshop can only take place with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 people).

Telephone 017684 84538 to book and pay by card or come to the Gallery and pay in person.


Pay bar and coffee available.

Lecture presentation, display and demonstration of Indian shadow puppets related to their place in Indian religion and culture. The unique and threatened shadow puppet tradition of India.

Jane Paterson travelled many times to India to research and create an important national collection of Indian shadow puppets which are now housed at Upfront Puppet Theatre and part of the puppet collection. With pictures and artefacts, Jane will tell the story of the disappearing art of these travelling peoples, who gave women a voice in a fast changing India.

At 7pm a light Indian finger buffet of vegetarian food will be created and presented by John Crouch, Cumbria's resident food guru and Indiaphile.

The event is presented by The Royal Geographical Society in association with Upfront Arts Charity.

Telephone 017684 84538 to book and pay by card.

K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade plus support from Ponyland

K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade
plus support from Ponyland

K.O.G are a 9-piece band that deliver infectious West African vibes from Ghana via Sheffield, with diverse origins conflating to whip up their signature heady brew of afrobeat, soul, funk and reggae otherwise dubbed “Afro-fusion”.

With the leadership of K.O.G, the Ghanaian born force of nature, they are a whirlwind of energy, rhythm and hard hitting musical unity which has been taking the U.K. by storm. Summer 2015 has seen them play the breadth of the UK festival circuit including Glastonbury via their emerging talent competition, via which they were chosen from over 6000 bands to play the massive West Holts stage.

Having released their debut, the “Akwaaba” Live EP, and a album in the works, they are garnering increasing attention and quickly growing their fan base – things are looking very good for this exhilarating and exceptional talented band.

Tickets - please book in advance
£14 Advance
£16 On the door

Standing concert with minimal seating
special seating requirements available

Pre concert supper available please book in advance


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Upfront Easter Puppet Show - JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

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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Steve Tilston - Folk & Roots Musician.

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
£12 Advance
£14 On the door.

Follow web link below for online ticket purchase

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Supper available on the night please book in advance.

Tel: 01768484538

Creative Stitch - Textile Exhibition - 2017

Creative Stitch - Textile Exhibition

9 artists working to theme a theme of 'Overground/Underground'

More information to follow

Little Frankenstein by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company

 Little Frankenstein by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company

The story

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


Tel: 01768484538
Email: info@up-front.com

The Chef Show by Ragged Edge Productions

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".

Tickets £10.

For online ticket purchase follow link below


Tel: 017684 84538
Email: info@up-front.com


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A Deliciously Entertaining Drama

“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.”

The Stage

17th Upfront Artists Open Exhibition

17th Upfront Artists Open Exhibition

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

Tel: 01768484538

Email: info@up-front.com

"A November Day" by Thingumajig Theatre Company

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

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"The Professor of Adventure"

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.

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Pre-Show Supper can be booked from 6pm

"The Big Easy Swing Band"

"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)

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Pre Concert Supper can be booked from 6pm.

Stanelli's Super Circus


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

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Box Office open 10.00 - 12.00 & 15.00 - 17.00.

This show will be in our upstairs studio space, seating 50. Seats will be allocated on arrival.

Sleeping Beauty

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

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Box Office Open 10.00 - 12.00 & 15.00 - 17.00

"Classical meets Jazz" with Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas & David MacGregor

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.

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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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Classical meets Jazz Ahmed and David David MacGregor Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas


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.

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You may telephone 01768484538 to book and pay by card, but we can't tell you where you will be seated.

Optional pre-concert supper (advance booking) from 6pm.

Orkestra Del Sol plus support from BLAST Furness

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

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Roots in Cumbria featuring Elaine Davidson & Friends

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.

Tickets £10

Pre concert supper can be booked from 6pm

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Aladdin and his Amazing Lamp

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

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Ocotillo - Kirsty McGee (UK) & Robert Garson (US)

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

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Fundraising Concert by "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.

Tickets £7.50.

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 info@up-front.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.

"Shooglenifty Concert" - The United Knot - 25th Anniversary 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 - info@up-front.com

Band Website - www.shooglenifty.com

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"The Ugly Duckling"

Extra Love (10 Piece Reggae Band) plus support act.

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

O.T.D. £12

To book please contact


Phone - 01768484538

Email - info@up-front.com

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Lyons & La Zel, Paddy & Jack - Dual Headline Concert

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

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Pre concet supper is available (advance booking only) from 6pm.

"Puppet Story" - Free Heritage Open Days Event

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.

Opening Times:

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 info@up-front.com to reserve places. Children must be age 7+ and accompanied by an adult.

Trio Gitan Concert - "Orient Express - A Musical Journey"

A spellbinding musical journey of European Jazz, Classical and Gypsy Music. An extravaganza of passionate European musical styles, based on a fantastical voyage on the legendary Orient Express train.

Playing with passion, poise and virtuosity Trio Gitan push the boundaries of acoustic music to the limits - expect to hear Gypsy Jazz, "Walk in the Black Forest, Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusic" and Bach's "Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor". The musical journey will visit some of the most romantic European capitals before returning to the final destination of Paris.

8pm. Tickets £9:00

This is a seated concert in the theatre. On-line booking available.

Optional Pre- Concert Supper from 6pm (advance booking only).


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Richard Durrant Concert - "Cycling Music Lap 2"

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.

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Pre-concert supper is available fron 6pm. Advance booking only (Tel.017684 84538).


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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.

"The John Langan Band"

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

8pm Start

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Pre gig supper from 6pm (advance booking only).


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The Will Pound Band

Booked 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.



Theo Bard Concert

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.


The Snow Bear

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.

Chris, Ken & Puppets Snow Bear & Totem Totem


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 - info@up-front.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".

Baka Beyond - "After the Tempest Tour"

Pre 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


"Spirit of the Rainforest" - Baka Women's Singing Workshop

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.

" Katuš" Album Launch

Katuš 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).


"The Kirsty MacGee Duo"

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.


Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra

...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.



"Old Herbaceous"

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 Start

Tickets £10

Pre-show supper can be booked from 6pm

Tel. 017684 84538 to book and pay for tickets



"The Greg Spero Quartet"

Cello & Guitar Duo

Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas Li Lu

"Jazz North Concert"

"While & Matthews"

Richard Durrants' "Midsummer Recital"

Richard Durrant

Concert with Kirsty McGee

Kirsty McGee

Rory McLeod Concert

Rory McLeod

LANDERMASON IN CONCERT with special guests Horizontal Sunday

Horizontal Sunday Landermason

The John Langan Band

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



John Langan at Upfront 2014

Valentine Supper and Music Evening