For a while, I cut back on hosting live music, as it’s very hard as a lone host and promoter to make it work. But we’ve had such amazing gigs that it proved impossible to keep that up for long. Live music is the best.
It helps enormously if people book in advance, and if you spread the word – I can always provide a poster for a workplace or kitchen noticeboard, and sharing on social media is quick, easy and a huge help. Ticket money goes to paying the musicians, and we hope to take a little for ourselves, but only when there is enough left over. We are not licensed, but you are welcome to bring your own alcohol – we have glasses – and we have tea (including herbal and decaffeinated) and coffee available. I’m working on better provision of refreshments, but space, facilities and my own physical limitations are obstacles I haven’t yet worked out how to overcome!
Live music in small venues is worth preserving, so do support us if you can. We host professional musicians, usually on national tours, sometimes one-off gigs, always top quality. Tickets on sale at the bookshop and online (click on the links for online tickets). Seating capacity is 35.
Friday 14 December, 8pm: The Mechanicals Band. The words of Shakespeare and other poets set to music by Wes Finch and members of the band. Always a joy. Tickets £10 online or from the bookshop.
Friday 21 December: Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer: A Festive Pick and Mix. We are thrilled to have this renowned folk duo bringing some Christmas cheer to the bookshop. Traditional music, original songs and some Scandi influence along the way. Mulled wine will be available. Tickets are £10, online or from the bookshop.
Friday 4 January 2019: Ellie Gowers. Ellie sang at one of our open mics and raised a few eyebrows with her impressive voice, and has grown as a singer, a songwriter and a performer. Still at university, she is performing regularly, has been on BBC Introducing, and is starting to make a name for herself. A beautiful evening awaits! Tickets are £7, online or from the bookshop.
Wednesday 27 February 2019: Tobias ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater