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The Langan Band with support from Flew The Arrow

We are looking forward to welcoming back old friends of Upfront Arts Venue For a knees up, dancing folk music session with one of the top live trios in the country. High energy, unhinged, and musically extravagant, taking traditional acoustic idioms and delivering with punk abandonment and virtuosic flare. A dynamic three piece offering a...

Dub & Grub

A family friendly Reggae Sound System social gathering for the love of Reggae, Dancehall, Roots, Dub, Rocksteady, Dubwise & Ska music.Hosted by North Fire Sound - authentic reggae sound system.Family Friendly, Vegetarian Food, Kids Art Workshop, Dancing, Fully Licensed Bar, Seating, Outdoor Space. Line up -Little Rocket - (Local Selector)Mighty Oak Sound - (Edinburgh Sound...

Richard Durrant – Guitar Concert

Music for Midsummer Friday 11th June 2021 at 8pm (doors open 7:30pm)  CANCELLED We have had to cancel Richard’s June 2020 and 2021 concert due to the Coronavirus pandemic, BUT we are delighted to announce that we have now rescheduled the concert for June 2022.  Final date to be confirmed. Guitarist, composer and ukulele virtuoso Richard...

Rob Heron & Tom Cronin – support from Melanie Baker Duo

Upfront Arts Venue is looking forward to kicking off our 2021 music program with a bang. We welcome back one of our favourite acts Rob Heron with his new duo for an intimate socially distanced seated performance. Rob Heron and Tom Cronin don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing,...

Folk Upfront – Christmas special

Featuring Paddy Rogan, Sam Robinson & Uncle Carbunkle. Traditional Folk, Acappella Song, Blues & beyond. Please come and support Upfront Arts Venue and the local musicians who have not been able to perform live for many months. This is a socially distanced seated event with a limited capacity. The theatre space has been rearranged to create a larger floor...

THE LEAGUE OF UKULELE GENTLEMEN

Monday 16th March at 8pm It was with great sadness that we had to cancel this concert, due to the coronavirus pandemic.  It was going to be The League of Ukulele Gentlemen’s first concert at Upfront and the tickets were virtually sold out.  We hope to reschedule for later in the year, so please keep...

A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS

A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS SUPPER EVENING Friday 20th December at 7pm Actor and writer Peter Macqueen will read excerpts from some of the Charles Dickens Christmas stories. Joy, laughter and perhaps a tear evoked by the mastery of the Dickens pen, will be brought to life by Mr Macqueen…….and of course it wouldn’t be...

Martin Simpson – solo acoustic guitar & vocals performance

Solo acoustic guitar & vocals performance. There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic,...

Kirsty McGee & Ben Bedford In Concert

Kirsty is making a very welcome return. She was one of the first musicians to ever play at Upfront and she has returned several times. This occasion will be part of her 2019 Tour with fellow singer songwriter Ben Bedford, from America. “A couple of years ago, at 3 in the morning, two songwriters collided...

Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana ft. Mbilou, Bwiti Nganga

One of Africa’s leading traditional drumming groups, the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana, combine with Mbilou, a ceremony leader, spiritual healer, musician and dancer from Gabon to present a unique fusion set. Mbilou is a ‘Nganga’ (spiritual healer / ceremony leader), musician and dancer from the Bwiti traditional religion of the forest regions of equatorial...

Anna Mieke & Band

Anna Mieke is a singer – songwriter – acoustic folk musician from Wicklow, Ireland. She performs on guitar, bouzouki and piano; backed by 2 other musicians on fiddle, harmonium & percussion. Following on from the release of several live performance videos and studio-recorded singles in 2018 and 2019, Anna Mieke released her debut album “Idle...

David MacGregor Guitar Concert “IMPROVISED JOURNEY”

David MacGregor Guitar Concert “IMPROVISED JOURNEY” ……Travel the World with Sound. Solo world-Jazz guitar concert and storytelling show in which David takes the audience on a journey around the world with sound. He uses a fingerstyle technique to play a mixture of original compositions and arrangements of world-renowned songs, as well as telling the stories...

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...

Richard Durrant – “Stringhenge”

Concert guitarist and composer Richard Durrant makes a welcome return to Upfront. He will perform solo, instrumental Durrant originals, JS Bach and British Folk from his new double album Stringhenge on a guitar made from a 5,000 year old English Oak tree, his four string Uffington Tenor Guitar and a humble ukulele. The album Stringhenge...

ZION TRAIN

We are very pleased to have Zion Train playing at Upfront Arts Venue as part of their 30 year live on the road anniversary tour. The band have played festivals and venues across the globe, clocking up over 2750 shows. They were one of the first acts to pioneer the cross over between Reggae and...

Resonators – 9 piece Soulful Reggae in a Dubwise Fashion

Here at Upfront we believe this band to be on of the top Reggae Dub bands in the UK and we are so happy to finally welcome them to Upfront Arts Venue for a standing concert. Soulful UK Reggae in a Dubwise fashion. 9 piece band – Performing on custom built Reggae Sound System Resonators...

Ahmed Dickinson & Eduardo Martin – Guitar Duo

Following a standing ovation concert last year ,the duo are back. 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...