Saturday March 19th. 2016 7.30 p.m.
Steven Sproat in cabaret.
IN CABARET. TUESDAY APRIL 21ST. DOORS OPEN 7.30
£15 INCLUDES LIGHT SUPPER. STRICTLY RESERVATIONS. CALL 01594 860075 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm so delighted to be headed across the pond tomorrow for a month of singing with you all. I'll be starting off in Edinburgh and then wending my way generally south: details on the concerts and workshops are to the right here. I hope you can join me somewhere along the road.
Things kick off with a house concert in Edinburgh on Wednesday and finish up about a month later in London. Fresh off of two acapella tours, I have some new songs I'm excited to share. I also had the opportunity to do a mentorship with a gospel choir leader and have some spirituals that I think you'll love. Oh, and some songs from my trip to Zimbabwe in November. Mostly that means you better come to a workshop because it will be fun.
And I have some new material for the concerts. Those will be fun, too, so you should come.
Hope to see you soon,
TICKETS £15. IN ADVANCE INCLUDES LIGHT SUPPER
FRIDAY MARCH 6TH. 7.30 P.M.
Frankie Armstrong, Laura Bradshaw, Ruth Bradshaw,
Pauline Down and Sarah Harman
Variegated Women is a feisty, folky, five-piece female voice and instrumental ensemble, with a passion for singing to promote change.
Between us, we have several centuries’ worth of singing experience and songs. We are all professional singers in our own right who love the opportunity to come together to explore harmonies created in these islands and from around the world. The emphasis is on women's songs and those speaking for peace and social justice, both old and new. We can ring the changes from one voice to five - some of our repertoire is acapella and some with instrumentation that includes guitar, saxophone, flute, accordion, whistle and drums. This means we can create a performance of great richness and variety, exploring different genres and textures. Our hope is to communicate power, tenderness and fun involving the audience both as listeners and sometime joiners-in.
TICKETS IN ADVANCE FROM THE GARDEN CAFE
£15 including light supper
TELEPHONE 01594 860075
LYDNEY YACHT CLUB
SATURDAY JUNE 14TH
FLEUR DE LYS
DOORS OPEN 7.30 TICKETS £15 IN ADVANCE
INCLUDES LIGHT SUPPER
Saturday May 3, 3pm - 5pm: The Garden of Earthy Delights with Stories, Songs and Music - A Family Friendly Show. Adults £10 Children £5. Includes tea and cake!
Carefully chosen event woven together by two Michael Harvey and Pauline Down (pictured) who,over the years, have brought delight and wonder to audiences all over the world. The show celebrates gardens, the people who tend them and everything that lives in them and we could hardly come to the Garden Cafe without including the wonderful river Wye as well. A show for all those who like nothing better than lolling around in a garden with other people listening to wonderful stories and music and joining in now and again. - and with cake.
Saturday May 3, 7.30pm : Local Folk Music Hero Dick Brice £15 TO INCLUDE CABARET SUPPER
A cabaret performance with Cabaret supper. ‘Although this ever popular singer/songwriter is well known for his ‘’Forest Humour’’ and songs in dialect, he writes many songs based on his own experience which can be poignant or Humorous and frequently both!
CARTHUSIAN HERMIT TURNED TROUBADOUR
LIVE AT THE GARDEN CAFE
Paul Baker Hernandez is a veteran musician , peace campaigner and author who has made Nicaragua his home for the past 20 years.
He is an ex-Trappist monk who built his guitar out of scraps of rubbish during his time as a monk.
He sings an inspiring mix of Nicaraguan folk songs along with the songs of the murdered Chilean visionary musician Victor Jara. . His performances are peppered by his own comic songs in which he lampoons everything from mobile phones to Starbucks Coffee.
Paul is raising funds for a project that he is involved with in Nicaragua called "Nags And Nippers" ; which provides refuge for rescued street horses and provides opportunity for them to be cared for by ex-street children.
ALEJANDRO REYES (Chile) Tony and Cristina
SATURDAY APRIL 26TH 7.30PM
STRICTLY RESERVATIONS ONLY.
£15 FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND NICARAGUAN FOOD
TELEPHONE 01594 860075 OR EMAIL email@example.com
Thursday March 20th
Armstrong and Bunyan
In Cabaret Sing
Bunyan and Brecht
In 1992, FRANKIE ARMSTRONG teamed up with Dave Van Ronk, currently undergoing a renaissance as the inspiration behind the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, for an album of the songs of Berthold Brecht.
That album has now been rereleased as a CD and Frankie is celebrating the re-release by performing an evening with her long term friend, singer/songwriter MARK BUNYAN entitled Armstrong and Bunyan sing Bunyan and Brecht. Frankie will be performing some of Mark’s songs, including those which she has recorded, Mark will be performing some of his own songs and accompanying Frankie on the Brecht songs in a 50/50 Brecht/Bunyan split.
Sing Out USA said of Frankie’s Brecht album, “The anger, tenderness and humour and other emotions Brecht intended for these songs is explicit in hese interpretations” and Billboard called it “A magnificent recital.”
Sue Arnold in The Observer described Mark Bunyan’s work as “Extremely witty, somewhere between Lehrer and Brel with the arrogant insouciance of Coward” whilst Ned Sherrin described him on BBC Radio Four’s Loose Ends as “One of the great comedians at the piano.”
DOORS OPEN 7.30 RESERVATIONS ONLY
01594 860075 firstname.lastname@example.org
£15.00 FOR TWO COURSE SUPPER AND ENTERTAINMENT
AFTER THE FLOOD CABARET
Thursday March 6th 2014
Doors open 7.30pm
£15.00 for food and entertainment
SATURDAY DECEMBER 14TH
DOORS OPEN 7.30 PM
ALI GEORGE AND SUE HARDING
Bath based Ali George is becoming well known as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. He is currently touring his new album 'The Snow Ballad', a follow up to his previous success with 'You Always Burn Your Feathers'. Check out his music at: www.aligeorgemusic.bandcamp.com
Sue Harding is an up and coming singer/songwriter, guitar player with a back ground in Folk and Americana. Sue is accompanied on guitar by Ali. For full details take a look at, www.sueharding.virb.uk
Tickets £15 for supper and entertainment.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 20TH
£15 FOR FESTIVE
DOORS OPEN 7.30
01594 860075 email@example.com
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16TH
Join us for an evening workshop of heart-felt singing with Brendan Taaffe.
Brendan is known for his dynamic conducting, and his gift for bringing out everyone's talents
The songs will include traditional American harmony (early gospel, Appalachian ballads, shape note hymns), Zimbabwean makwayera singing, and Brendan’s original compositions and arrangements.
All parts will be taught by ear and no experience is necessary—singing is a birthright for all of us, so come and sing.
The evening will start at 7pm and finish at 10.00pm
£15 in advance . There will be a Garden Café snack included in the ticket price.
Space is limited so PLEASE book early in order to secure your place.
Brendan is a composer and arranger who has toured with Northern Harmony, and led vocal workshops in Ireland, Bulgaria, England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Zimbabwe, and the U.S. To learn more about Brendan, visit his website at www.brendantaaffe.com
Telephone 01594 860075 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday October 18th.
THE GARDEN CAFÉ
DOORS OPEN 7.30PM
£15 FOR SUPPER AND ENTERTAINMENT
An Exciting Young Gypsy Jazz Trio featuring the Guitar of Remi Harris, playing a selection of Gypsy Jazz, Swing and Bebop Standards as well as a few surprises, while retaining the feel and vibe of the Hot Club sound of the 40s. Still in his early twenties Remi’s playing is a melting pot of ideas, drawing on his influences (Django Reinardt, Bireli Lagrene, Wes Montgmery, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Peter Green to name a few) to create spontaneous and varied improvisations. On a constant learning curve, his playing is always on the move into new areas, exploring new ideas.
Having toured the UK with The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet, Remi is quickly gaining notoriety within the jazz scene.
"This young guy is seriously good... Harris’ virtuosity is stunning. A player of skill and versatility, he is destined for a bigger stage." - thejazzmann.co.uk
To reserve your table
Telephone 01594 860075
Write by the Wye
Writing day course
Saturday September 14th
Venue: The Garden Café
with Claire Hamilton and Guest Celebrity
writer Nathan Filer
Nathan Filer’s debut novel The Shock of the Fall was acquired by HarperCollins in an eleven-way auction and is a hot new book on the literary scene. If you didn’t hear him on BBC4 being interviewed by Mariella Frostrup, come and enjoy his wit and talent for yourself. Nathan will be co-tutoring with Claire Hamilton, former Creative Writing tutor at The Royal Forest of Dean College. The course is suitable for both experienced writers and beginners. Topics will include:
· Planning the contemporary novel, writing playful prose, finding the right voice, point of view, writing marketing copy, the nitty-gritty of editing.
Nathan will also be giving a talk about the writer’s journey from rejection to success, and signing copies of his book.
£65 including refreshments and a superb ‘Garden Café’ buffet lunch. To book, ring 01594 530698 (07834 035202) or visit website www.clairehamilton.com
Thursday August 29th 7.30 pm
The Garden Cafe are pleased to present
THE MOSCOW DRUG CLUB
Tickets £15. Strictly in advance. Includes light supper.
Moscow Drug Club: Is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, New Orleans Funeral Parade & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and then stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Mario Lanza, Bertolt Brecht & Duke Ellington, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!!!
To reserve and pay for your table telephone 01594 860075 or email
We are open from 11 am to 5 pm. All day bistro menu, tea, coffee ,cakes, wines, local ciders, beers.
WEDNESDAY JULY 24TH 7.30 PM
THE SPOOKY MEN'S CHORALE
LYDBROOK MEMORIAL HALL
TICKETS £16.00 STRICTLY RESERVATION ONLY
a fanfare of strumpets
THIS EVENT IS PRESENTED BY
THE GARDEN CAFE
We are offering a vegetarian plate of food for £5.00 which needs to be ordered in advance which can be done when you buy your ticket.
We cannot use our card machine at the hall so please remember to bring CASH IF YOU WANT FOOD AND DRINK.
TICKETS ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE BOOK AS SOON AS YOU CAN.
PLEAS SUCH AS 'I KNOW SOMEONE IN THE BAND' DELIVERED ON THE DAY OF THE CONCERT WILL BE SPOOKYLY IGNORED.
A CHANCE TO SEE MIKEY PRICE PERFORMING HIS OWN WORK WITH GUEST APPEARANCES FROM THE FABULOUS MARY ANNE ROBERTS AND FRANKIE ARMSTRONG
Mary Anne Roberts
Guest artist FRANKIE ARMSTRONG
SATURDAY JUNE 22nd 7.30pm
Tickets in advance £15 to include supper
CHILE 40 YEARS ON
40 years ago the legendary Chilean musician Victor Jara was tortured and murdered following the bloody military coup of General Pinochet.
On the evening of Saturday June 15th at 7.30 in THE GARDEN CAFE the Chilean musician and exile Jorge Morales will be joined by members of a Welsh based Latino Mystic folk band, Cloud Cuckoo to perform revolutionary anthems of Latin America as well as lively and joyous Latino rythms
The evening will celebrate the timeless music of Victor Jara and other artists who are part of the ''Chilean New Song'' movement
Admission £5 with a selection of typical Chilean dishes available for supper £10.00
A concert with Fr