A Halloween Banquet – with Tim Cranmore & Suz Winspear – Saturday 27th October.

Tim Cranmore and Suz Winspear, both past Worcestershire poet laureates, present their own take on Halloween, together with medieval band, A Merrie Noyse on Saturday 27th October at 8.00pm.

Expect a Gothic exploration through music, poetry, and storytelling of the gastronomic delights of the dark side.

Admission £8 on the door

All Enquiries: 07761 660244

“Sanctuary & Soul” – Exhibition of work from Sue Firmin & Trudi Foggo – October 6th – 14th

It has been a tremendous pleasure over the past 18 months to watch the work of Worcester artist Sue Firmin and local Malvern artist, Trudi Foggo grow in reputation.

I’ve recently walked into a well known gallery in Hay-on-Wye and seen Sue’s work for sale, and more recently I spoke to Trudi during the Worcestershire Open Studios weekend and know how busy she was and how receptive her visitors were to her work.

So it feels very timely to have been quietly planning an exhibition with them for quite some time now. . .

The result is this: “Sanctuary & Soul”, an exhibition of recent work by both Sue & Trudi.

We open officially on Saturday 6th October and are open from 10.00am – 4.00pm. However, if anyone would be interested in attending the Private View for this show, which will be taking place on Friday 5th October from 6.00 – 8.00pm, please do e-mail me at elmsliehouse@gmail.com to be added to the guest list.

We have an Autumn in Malvern Festival event here on the Sunday afternoon (Pamela Hurle on Lady Emily Foley), so on Sunday 7th October the exhibition will only be open to the public from 10.00am until 1.00pm, thereafter only those with tickets for the illustrated talk will be able to gain entry.

To accommodate our usual exercise class timetable the exhibition will then be open in the afternoons from 1.00pm – 4.00pm on Monday 8th, Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th & Friday 12th. Please note – that we will not be open at all for viewing on Tuesday 9th October due to classes extending later into the afternoon.

However, we are open on Saturday 13th October – but again, we have another Malvern Festival event on in the afternoon (this time it’s Catherine Wallace on Laura & Harold Knight in Cornwall) , so opening times for this Saturday 13th are 10.00am – 1.00pm. But for the last day – Sunday 14th October, we are open from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Anyone interested in attending either of the Illustrated Talks organised by Peter Smith for the Autumn in Malvern Festival, will be able to buy tickets from the Box Office at Malvern Theatre, or on the door half an hour before the performance begins.

Those intending on coming to the screening of the Harcourt Players’ two silent movies later on Sunday 14th evening will also benefit from having the exhibition in place.

So – just a quick re-cap on timings

OPENING TIMES – please do check as they vary!

Saturday 6th October                 10.00 – 4.00

Sunday 7th October                    10.00 – 1.00

Monday 8th October                   1.00 – 4.00

Tuesday 9th October                   CLOSED

Wednesday 10th October           1.00 – 4.00

Thursday 11th October                1.00 – 4.00

Friday 12th October                     1.00 – 4.00

Monday 8th October                   1.00 – 4.00

Saturday 13th October                10.00 – 1.00

Sunday 14th October                   10.00 – 4.00

For the weekend dates – there will be a tea-room running serving teas, coffees, home-made cakes and offering other light refreshments. We are also fully licensed and operate a limited Bar championing local wines, beer, cider and soft drinks.

Christmas Blue Magpie Contemporary Craft Fair – November 16th-18th 2018

The Blue Magpie is set to return to Elmslie over the weekend of November 16th, 17th & 18th.

This year, we are, for the first time, opening our doors for a late night shopping experience and preview evening on Friday 16th November from 4.00 – 8.00pm, with the bar open serving mulled wine and home-made mince pies, Christmas lights a-twinkling, and all hopefully getting everyone in the mood for finding gifts for the Festive Season ahead.

As ever, Blue Magpie is committed to supporting and promoting the very best national Designer-makers, and do pop along to see printmaker Emma Hardicker – whose work we have on display all year round in the house – as she is currently working on a commission for Elmslie House  – which will be unveiled for the first time at the Friday night preview and will be available exclusively from Elmslie House and Emma in the future! Intrigued . . .!?!

We will also be opening from 11.00 – 4.00pm on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November and, as ever, the bar here will be transformed into a tea-room and I’ll have been busy in the kitchen making home-made cakes, savouries and soup . . .

Admission is still FREE . . .so do come along and see the fabulous creations of the selected makers.

And if you are a maker and would like to apply to take part in this event, please complete the JotFormPro by using this link

https://form.jotformeu.com/80656496884374  or using the Q code below.

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Blue Magpie Contemporary Craft Fair Registration – November 2018

A copy of the form can also be found on our Facebook Page. Applications close by 12.00pm October 5th.

Residents in Malvern will get a preview of work available as we have secured the apertures in Church Walk from early November.

Best wishes

Anna

Joanna Wallfisch – 13th October @ 8.00pm CANCELLED

Well, they say it never rains but pours. . . .hot on the heels of American Melissa Greener having to cancel, I have today heard that Joanna, who is based in LA,  is now unable to make this date too!?

Apologies for any inconvenience.

If anyone has bought a ticket from Malvern TIC already – then please arrange to take them back for a full refund. Many thanks

London born singer-songwriter Joanna Wallfisch  has emerged as an important voice, with a classical and jazz background, her music combines post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism which The New York Times described as “sensitive and deep”.  

She is a master in the art of live vocal looping and creates beguiling vocal soundscapes to accompany her songs. The Telegraph called her virtuosic performance as “sublime and unique“.  

Since 2011 Joanna has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is constantly touring her own music around the globe in venues and festivals such as: The Woodford Folk Festival, Australia, London Jazz Festival, UK, Women in (e)Motion Festival, Germany; The Blue Whale, LA, National Sawdust, NYC, The Sunflower Theatre, CO, to name a few.  

In 2013 Joanna had the opportunity to  tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of a 70 piece choir directed by Grammy-nominated Damien Sneed, for Mr. Marsalis’s piece “The Abyssinian Mass”. She has also appeared with other such luminaries as Lee Konitz and Kenny Werner.  

Her debut, “Wild Swan” (2011) featured some of New York’s best musicians, including saxophonist Sam Newsome, and bassist Joe Martin. All About Jazz described Joanna as, “a vocalist taking risks and crossing musical chasms without a net.” 

In 2015, Joanna released her first recording on Sunnyside Records: an intimate duo project with Tepfer entitled “The Origin of Adjustable Things”, which received wide critical acclaim. In a 4.5 star review, Jon Garelick wrote in Downbeat: “Her focused, crystalline delivery will melt any purist’s heart.” It was voted best vocal album and best jazz album of 2015 in multiple critics polls, and was in the Grammy Ballot for best vocal jazz album 2015. 

Her 2016 release ‘Gardens In My Mind’, (Sunnyside, 2016), features pianist Dan Tepfer and the award-winning Sacconi Quartet, showcasing Joanna’s lush string quartet writing. Downbeat gave this album four stars, calling it “an exquisite singer-songwriter album”, while PopMatters called it “a truly beautiful listen from start to finish”. It was in the Grammy Ballot for Best Folk Album 2016. 

In February 2018 Joanna releases her most adventurous record to date, ‘Blood and Bone’. An album of entirely Joanna’s own compositions it is a display of Joanna’s multi-instrumental abilities as she performs not only exsquisite vocals, but also flute, keyboard, and baritone ukulele. Joining her is her New York band Jesse Elder (p), Pablo Menares (b), Kenneth Salters (d), Elias Meister(g), Jared Engel (banjo), plus The Solar String Quartet. It has been described by The World Music Report as “Quintessential heart-music by a vocalist who seems to have connected with the deepest recesses of her being emerging into brightness again with songs of haunting beauty.” 

An adventurer at heart, in August 2016, Joanna embarked on a solo concert tour of West Coast of the USA… by bicycle. She performed 16 shows between Portland and Los Angeles, carrying her musical instruments, camping gear, and more all upon her bike. She called this 1200-mile musical adventure “The Great Song Cycle”. In her inimitable fashion Joanna has since composed a full length musical memoir entitled “The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle”, which Joanna debuted at New York’s prestigious venue National Sawdust in July 2017, and will perform again at Boston Court, Pasadena, in February 2018. She hopes to record the music later in 2018, and follow this with her next “Great Song Cycle – Australia”. 

Born in London to a family of renowned classical musicians, Joanna earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Central Saint Martins College, London and École Superior des Beaux Arts, Paris. In 2011 she went on to complete a Masters in Jazz Performance from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, during which time she released her debut album Wild Swan, featuring New York City jazz talents Rob Garcia, Joe Martin, Art Hirahara and Sam Newsome. 

Website: www.joannawallfisch.com

Videos: Gardens In My Mind  Bo Ba Bo The Ship

Link to my music: https://open.spotify.com/album/74MTaZ5fPFVpUY1vOVN5TY?si=mJwG7QZ7QE66YVj2wzjlTA

 

Tickets are available through  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joanna-wallfisch-saturday-13th-october-800pm-tickets-49670098602

If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.

NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.


The Harcourt Players – Sunday 14th October @ 7.00pm

The Harcourt Players are Simon Othen and Luke Wurmli, and they have written musical scores for two classic silent movies fro the early 1900s – Buster Keaton’s “The Goat” being one and Charlie Chaplin’s “Pay Day” being the other.

With the audience focused on the films, The Harcourt Players weave their way through these two hilarious classics highlighting the ups and downs, chases and falling in love scenes, using an array of instruments such as guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonicas and a variety of percussion.

So come and enjoy an evening with two of the silent movie era’s greats and laugh your socks off (banana peel’s not included!).

Tickets are £10.00 each for Adults and £5.00 for Children, and available through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-harcourt-players-sunday-14th-october-700pm-tickets-49669868915?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.

NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Doors will be opening at the slightly earlier time of 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

Each film is approximately 45 minutes long and will be separated by a short interval so that the evening will finish at approximately 9.00pm – perfect for a family night out!


Stephen Fearing – Friday 2nd November @ 8.00pm

Its been a long time in the waiting – and for some, you may recall that Stephen was due to appear here last year – and despite being a sold out performance, he reluctantly had to cancel due to losing his voice!

So – hopefully THIS time – despite it being a British Winter Tour, he’ll be putting in a great performance for us at Elmslie House and confirming his reputation as being a multiple JUNO (Canadian Grammy) award winner and English Songwriter of the Year (Canadian Folk Awards).

Here’s a little more information on this well renowned Canadian:

For Stephen Fearing, a cross-country relocation (from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia) kicked off a period of reflection that inspired the songs, which became his ninth solo recording Every Soul’s a Sailor.

While they span a range of musical styles from folk to pop to boot-stomping roots, the tracks share a common focus – the value of The Journey; the various paths we take in love, life, and even after-love and the after-life.

He is the master of the finely turned phrase and perfectly pitched line. His deep, languid voice wraps itself around the listener like warm chocolate with just enough grit and edge to keep things interesting. Maverick

What is telling about a great songwriter’s work is the ability for their lyrics to stand on their own. Left without context, or musical backdrop, the words still flow and have meaning. Stephen Fearing does just that and throughout his career has penned some of the most literate, stirring and emotionally charged “folk” music on the planet. Add to this stunning guitar work plus a smooth intimate voice and you have the elements of a unique performer.

Without question one of the finest singer-songwriters working today.  From his sure and ringing acoustic guitar playing and his beautifully rich voice, to an ear for a wonderfully wrought lyric and melody, the guy is quite a wiz.  Vancouver Province

Like most contemporary songwriters, Stephen is not bound by any particular musical genre or category and his most recent release Every Soul’s A Sailor continues this exploration of various musical forms, as does his continued participation in the highly successful Canadian roots rock super group, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. “It’s wonderful to be able to work as a solo artist and to be active in such a powerful ensemble as The Rodeo Kings. These guys are my friends and there is no doubt in my mind that my continuing work with them influences my solo playing very deeply”.

Over the course of his celebrated career he has collaborated with a long list of artists including: Nick Lowe, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Pam Tillis, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Wilson, Colin Linden, Margo Timmins, Andy White and many more.

In 2009 Stephen Fearing celebrated his musical career with a “best of” compilation on True North Records. The Man Who Married Music a collection especially hand-picked by Stephen, features some of the best music of his career, from 1988’s Out to Sea to the Juno award winning album Yellowjacket but it’s not over yet and there’s more “best of” yet to come….

Although born in Vancouver, Stephen spent most of his boyhood and teenage years in Ireland. There, he picked up the guitar and traces of the Irish and English musical traditions that have informed his music ever since; his musical roots are here and he looks forward to returning, sharing new songs and celebrating his new release with UK fans old and new.

www.stephenfearing.com

Tickets are available online through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stephen-fearing-friday-2nd-november-800pm-tickets-49669371427?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.

NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

The Three Disagrees – Friday 9th November @ 8.00pm

Meet Francis, Gill, Dan and Mervyn – aka The Three Disagrees.

This local String band hailing from Worcester and Hereford offers Americana and Bluegrass music and also a number of original songs written by one the band, and arranged by the band.

Plus some traditional songs – Songs of love, death and betrayal from the domestic to the apocalyptic!

Tickets are available online via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-three-disagrees-friday-9th-november-800pm-tickets-49669216965?aff=eac2

If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.

NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Katey Brooks – Saturday 10th November @ 8.00pm

We are delighted to be welcoming back Katey Brooks –  “a gorgeous singer-songwriter with a beautiful intense vocal. Born and raised in a commune setting between Bristol, London and Arizona, to hippy music-loving parents, Indie Award nominee Katey Brooks’ unique sound and style epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Drawing influences from artists like Johnny Cash and Kate Bush, her voice is often compared to the likes of Joan Armatrading, and Annie Lennox, and has best been described as a voice “…to melt glaciers” (Venue Magazine).

Known for her powerful and evocative live sets, Katey has played a notable list of amazing shows including London 2012, Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD Festival, a BBC Introducing Stage headliner at Wychwood, several European Festivals, and supported a host of credible artists such as Newton Faulkner, Mercury nominee Lou Rhodes, Mike and The Mechanics, Grammy nominees Cutting Crew, and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Chris Wood.

Besides her own works, Brooks’s “John Martyn-esque” (Manchester Evening News) lamenting tones have earned her features on BBC Radio 2 Children in Need album ‘Bandaged Together’, recorded at Abbey Road with artists such as Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), and Paloma Faith, as well as compilations with Ane Brun and Anais Mitchell.

Last year was fantastic with Katey being added to the Starbucks playlist worldwide and signing an endorsement deal with American guitar makers Alvarez, joining the ranks of Grammy Award winner Ani Difranco, and Joe Bonamassa. Her ‘Back to Light’ Tour in the Spring received rave reviews and write ups from Metro UK, R2: Rock ‘n’ Reel, Venue and Shakenstir Magazine.

After a summer of shows, festivals and a busy few months tucked away writing for the new album, Katey recently released a brand new EP; which has been highly praised by critics. The ‘I Fought Lovers EP’ is the follow up release to her debut album ‘Proof Of Life’ which reached No.1 in the Amazon Folk chart along with favourable press reviews and BBC Radio 1 and 6 airplay. The EP contain one of favourite songs from Katey the stunningly beautiful ‘State of Mine’. The first single and title track from the EP has been featured on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show, while two tracks were chosen for 6 Music’s Tom Robinson’s mixtape – – it’s haunting, ethereal sound being a great first taste of what’s to come off the second album in 2015. Now under the wing of UK based label Abandon Music Group and having just got back from her Australian tour, Katey is back in the studio making the new album and this year looks set to be better than ever.

“Love this lady’s voice” (Joss Stone)

“Heartfelt English Gospel” (Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music)

“We’d even compare it to the impact of Jeff Buckley” (Supajam)

“Blown away” (Clare Anderson Late Lounge Show (Jazz FM))

Tickets are £12.00 each, and available online via Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/katey-brooks-saturday-10th-november-800pm-tickets-49668951170?aff=eac2

If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.

NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Jack Blackman – Saturday 24th November @ 8.00pm

Jack Blackman is no stranger to playing in these parts – he’s been performing at Upton Blues for almost a decade now, but its his first time playing at Elmslie.

Jack’s music fuses early blues styles with classy song writing and a folk sensibility. His voice has been described as sounding ‘older and more careworn than his tender years should allow’ (Acoustic Magazine, 2011), and he is also arguably the best slide guitar player of his generation.

In 2017 Jack played a number of festivals including to an audience of 25, 000 at Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival, his 9th consecutive appearance at Upton Blues Festival, the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Lancashire and the main stage at Warwick Folk Festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPJVEc6JdhQ

He has supported and received accolades from many big names in his genre including Tony Joe White, Charlie Parr, who marvelled that he ‘just keeps getting better and better…it’s kinda scary’, and Martin Simpson, who declared, ‘at last! A brilliant young guitarist coming through!’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io2MFx0AgbY

Jack’s 3rd album ‘Nearly Man’ was released in November 2016 and has received positive reviews in many national music publications-

‘Exceptional guitarist, sounds just great!’ – Whispering Bob Harris

‘Already a standout artist in this genre’ – Blues Matters Magazine

‘A singer-songwriter at work delivering some seriously good music’

–       FolkWords

2018 will see the release of his 4th album on Tuery Records.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi3s_ZoD5fc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8DZAaSkFC4

www.jackblackman.com

https://www.facebook.com/jackblackmansongs/

https://www.instagram.com/jackblackmanmusic/

https://twitter.com/jblackmansongs

 

Tickets are  £12.00 each, available online through eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jack-blackman-saturday-24th-november-800pm-tickets-49668582066?aff=eac2

If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.

NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Matt Woosey & Band – Sunday 25th November @ 8.00pm

Another Malvern Musical Legend set to return to perform at Elmslie this Autumn is Matt Woosey – here with his Band on Sunday 25th November.

“Right now, Matt stands at his most fascinating creative crossroads to date. It’s two years since the release of Desiderata: the groundbreaking eighth album inspired by Max Ehrmann’s 1927 prose-poem, with music that pinballed between piano, pedal-steel, upright bass and electronica. Capturing the most daring music of Matt’s career, it was toasted by Classic Rock as “one of the year’s most ambitious and electrifying releases”, and the ripples spread far beyond his early fanbase. “The reaction was great,” he nods. “Desiderata picked up people who aren’t necessarily blues fans, because it was a much broader album than anything I’d done before.”

But even as the rock press clamoured for Matt’s attention, he refused to play the game. Instead, following Desiderata’s impact, the songwriter relocated to the remote 1000-inhabitant town of Münchweier, in Germany’s Black Forest. Fatherhood brought a new focus, but music still soundtracked this new life, whether Matt was playing his intimate ‘sofa concerts’ (“They’re like private gigs in people’s living rooms”) or running the local Gallagher’s Nest culture centre with his wife. “We put on everything,” he explains, “from amateur dramatics to guitar lessons. We have musicians coming here from all over the world.”

In a fragmented industry, Gallagher’s Nest became a buzzing musical hub. But perhaps the most important connection of all was made back in 2016, when Matt was soundchecking in Bern. “I was just playing The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin, before the venue was even open. And this guy walked in off the street to see what was going on.         We got talking, and he invited me to a jam night. This guy – Ralph Küker – got up onstage with another guitar player, Michael Oertel, and their bass player, Lukas Steinmeier. And I was like, ‘Right, I’ve got to nick these three people’. I’ve been doing this 15 years, I’ve seen a lot of music, and I’m quite hard to impress. But I saw something really special in them.”

Along with long-standing drummer Dave Small, it’s this outfit that will flank Matt as he writes his next chapter: a live album recorded at Gallagher’s Nest in late-summer. “We really want to show people the sound of this band,” says Matt. “I’ve not recorded anything with them and there’s not really any videos of us online. By rights, they shouldn’t even playing with me, because I can’t afford to pay them what they’re worth. But they’re just such fantastic musicians, and we all share a vision. When this group plays my music, I just get lost in it. There’ll be at least a few songs on the live album that people haven’t heard before. They’re very much about my life. They don’t try to hide anything.”

Scheduled for release in 2019, the live album promises to capture the thrill of this world-class lineup performing at full-throttle. Until then, there’s the anticipated UK tour in November, hitting a selection of prestigious venues that reflect Matt’s growing stature. “The UK is where I cut my teeth,” he notes. “It’s where I grew up as a person and a musician, and to go back there is really enjoyable. But it’s very different with this new band. When we play together, we travel to a lot of different places inthe set, from moments of tension to something more light-hearted. It’s moody, ambient at times, branches out into atmospheric folk, and rock, and all sorts of styles. There’s something about my shows that you just can’t put your finger on.”

The same might be said for the twist-and-turn career of Matt Woosey. In a world where mainstream musicians make all the obvious moves, here is one artist who travels without a map. “I have a real fear of repeating myself,” he says. “My music has to be creative and artistic. It has to keep pushing things forward. I just want people to come with me on my journey, whatever changes I take.”

Tickets are £12.00 each, and are available only through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/matt-woosey-band-sunday-25th-november-800pm-tickets-49668378457?aff=eac2

If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.

NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Amarylli – Saturday 1st December at 7.30pm

Cupid’s Lament by Candle Light

Cupid, famous for his winged form, is awakened!

Amarylli is a charismatic duo in which Hannah Grove (soprano) and  Elizabeth Pallett, (lute) explore the depth of emotion in 17th century music.

Cupid’s Lament tells stories of this mischievous god through songs and poetry,
in which many a golden arrow gets misfired!

Tickets are £10 for Adults and £5 for Children and available online through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cupids-lament-by-candle-light-amarylli-saturday-1st-december-at-730pm-tickets-49667929113?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Alternatively you may also buy tickets through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) on Church Street in Malvern.

NB – I have had to remove the Pay-pal button for buying tickets direct from us as the coding seems to have developed a gremlin and several people have rung to say that they have been unable to purchase them – so for this reason please click on the link to the Eventbrite page above or visit TIC/Carnival records in person. Apologies for any inconvenience!

The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

The timings for this performance differ slightly from our usual running times – so doors will be opening at 7.00pm for an 7.30pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 9.30pm.

Piper, Tavener and Modern British Art

From Saturday 24th November until Sunday 2nd December inclusive, we are once again welcoming Dr Richard Turkington to the Hall at Elmslie for another Fifties-style Art Exhibition – this time it’s:

‘Piper, Tavener and Modern British Art’.

The exhibition will offer original prints and paintings by artists active in the Post-war years.

Whilst the emphasis is placed on John Tavener, a wide selection of artists will be represented at a range of prices.

Opening times will vary to fit around our regular exercise timetable during the week-days, but finalised timings will be published here over the course of the next few weeks.

The White Feather Collective are Back!

In something fast becoming an Elmslie Christmas Tradition, we are thrilled that The White Feather Collective will again be doing two consecutive gigs for us on Friday 7th December and Saturday 8th December.

Tickets will be going on sale a bit closer to the time – so keep an eye out on both the Elmslie House and White Feather Facebook pages to know when you can buy them!

Dom Pipkin – Saturday 23rd June

“The UK’s best-kept piano secret”

Piano from London, soul from New Orleans.

With a change of tempo, we’re delighted to announce that Dom Pipkin is returning to play the Bechstein at Elmslie!

Dom is a celebrated jazz pianist – and a New Orleans Jazz Professor! So as well as simply breath-taking playing, you can look forward to hearing insights of what it is to play there, aswell as the history of the Jazz legends that have come out of New Orleans.

“The best New Orleans band never to come from Louisiana” – Rocking Magpie.

“Lighting up the British RnB scene” – Paul Jones BBC2

“I can’t hold a candle to this guy…” Jamie Cullum.

“…a highly impressive pianist…Fans of Diz Watson, Jon Cleary and Dr John, as well as their late predecessors, should keep an eye out for this band.” Jon Taylor – “Blues In Britain”

www.dompipkin.co.uk

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) or if you are passing the house, we always have tickets here too, so do please call in!

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Get your tickets early and qualify for the Advance price of £10.00 – or wait and buy on the door on the night for  £12.00.

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar!

Usual running times: Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance finish around 10.00pm.


Dom Pipkin tickets



Vocalise – Sunday 1st July @ 3.00pm

Vocalise

Sunday 1st July 2018, 3.00pm

Elmslie House, 8 Avenue Road, Great Malvern, WR14 3AG

Flute – Nicola Shorland

Piano – Tim Sidford

£10 adults, £5 children

Two local musicians, familiar to Elmslie House concert goers, return for a summer afternoon’s concert.

The drama and lyricism of song in music for flute and piano.

Our programme will include arias, laments and ballades by Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) or if you are passing the house, we always have tickets here too, so do please call in!

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Hope to see you then!


Vocalise tickets



Deborah Rose and Mari Randle – Saturday 7th July

Harmony and haunting melody weave together in the voices of Deborah Rose and Mari Randle, a sound created by guitars with a strong sense of story and magic.

Making a welcome return to Elmslie House, they are “a unique duo not to be missed” Radio 2

In the meantime, here’s some info on these two lovely ladies:

The collaboration began in February 2015 drawn together by their interesting contrast of tone and harmonic lean. They debuted together on Deborah’s second album “Wilde Wood,” featuring Mari’s musical family “The O’ Farrell’s Frolicks” and Americana trio “Grey Wolf, a meld of rhythm and joy.

Deborah and Mari toured extensively giving birth to new songs and recordings, which brings into focus Mari’s soul/rock/blues colours with Deborah’s etherea. The songs chronicle the interconnectedness of their experiences, their mutual love of nature, landscapes, and spiritual musings on the cycles of life, birth and rebirth. Theirs is a rare and timeless sound reminiscent of Kate and Anna McArrigle, the duo create powerful and original songs, performed with energy and beauty that transcends musical genres.

Deborah Rose has sung in the company of Ralph Mctell, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention and Jimmy Webb. She has performed on Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 for the 50th anniversary of late singer Eva Cassidy. Her first album, “Song be My Soul” is a collection of words set to music from Rossetti to Blake and features a Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Mari Randle is lead singer and writer in alternative rock group Vault of Eagles and family folk band The O’ Farrells Frolicks. She is a self-taught musician and writer, exploring any means of self-expression including poetic writing as well as lyrical and vocal experimentation, working very much from the soul as opposed to the head. The music of Vault Of Eagles is powerful, visceral, angular and exposed.  The band have earned the respect of musicians and critics alike over the past four years, touring venues and festivals over the UK and Europe.

Deborah and Mari’s new album is co-produced by Maartin Allcock in Harlech, Wales, who has worked with Yusuf Stevens, Beth Neilsen Chapman, and Beverly Craven. He has also worked extensively with Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention.

Tickets are available here (below, via Pay-pal) or if you are passing the house, we always have tickets here too, so do please call in!

Alternatively tickets for all music performances are available via Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) and Carnival Records, both on Church Street, Great Malvern and also online and direct to your mobile phones via www.eventbrite.co.uk

NB – for tickets bought via Pay-pal, to save on postage costs, we keep all tickets here to be collected on the door on the night. The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).

Usual running times are that the doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.

Hope to see you then!


Deborah/Mari tickets



Photograph – courtesy of Lorraine Poole Photography

Healing Sacred Sound Journeys at Elmslie House

“A truly wonderful experience – I am totally blown away”

Following the success of the previous Gong Baths & Sound Meditation sessions Antony and Angie have already run at Elmslie House, they are now looking to hold regular monthly sound journey meditations at Elmslie House in Malvern.

Here are the next dates:

 

Sunday 22nd July

Sunday 19th August

Sunday 23rd September

Sunday 21st October

Sunday 11th November

Sunday 9th December

“This is such a special venue to be surrounded with sacred sound!

Underfloor heating means you are warm and snug wrapped in your blankets. The wooden floor maximises the vibrations of the singing bowls and gongs , transporting you into delightful dreamscapes and inner journeys of tranquility”.

When Antony and Angie join forces at Elmslie House you will have the healing vibrations of 5 gongs – 3 gongs in front of you and 2 behind you, creating a truely surround sound experience ♥

We are so sure that you will love this sound journey and want to come again that we are offering those coming to Elmslie House for their first session half the usual price. Come along and try something new!

* Reduce stress & anxiety
* Reduce Chronic Pain
* Connect to your higher self and Angelic guides
* Help release stuck energy and blockages in the energy body
* Induces a deep state of relaxation
* Promotes restful sleep
* Promotes mindful living and heart connection
* Space for inner journeying and visualisation

All money payable in cash on the night but please mark yourself as ‘going’ on the Facebook event or message me to secure your space.
The room is large but we would still like to keep an eye on numbers attending.

What should I bring?

Please bring either a yoga mat or sleepping bag to lie on , a cushion or pillow for your head and a warm blanket to wrap yourself in during the meditation. If you have problems lying on the floor you are welcome to bring your own comfy chair or recliner to sit back in . Bring an extra cushion for your back or knees if you wish.


Just lie back and relax as we take you through a gentle meditation followed by an hour of sublime sound and vibrations.

* Due to the powerful vibrations of the gongs this session is not suitable for those with heart conditions or pacemakers , ladies in the first trimester of pregnancy or those suffering from acute mental illness. If in doubt please message us for more info.

Antony Blakmore :

Gong Practioner and follower of the Shamanic Path. Antony has 3 beautiful Paiste Gongs including two which are vibrationally aligned to the planets Venus and Mercury which work on the Heart and Throat Chakras.
FB page : https://www.facebook.com/thespiritsong/

Angie Latham :

An Intuitive energy healer Angie plays the Gong , full chakra note sets of Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls , Shamanic Drum and other instruments for healing and self transformation.

* Due to the strong vibrations of the instruments this event is not suitable for those with heart problems or pace makers , severe mental illness , sound sensitive epilepsy or for ladies in the first trimester of pregnancy. If in doubt please message for more information and advice.

To reserve a space or for more info please contact Antony on 07890 582421

www.facebook.com/thespiritsong/

 

 

 

NEW – Pilates Rehabilitation, Thursdays at 11.30am

Pilates-therapy offers Pilates classes to all levels from beginner to advanced and specialist classes for Rehabilitation.

We have a new Rehabilitation class starting at Elmslie House on Thursday mornings.

These classes are taught by a Chartered Physiotherapist and are for people with a variety of injuries and health issues.

We have clients wanting to improve backpain, some who have had surgery such as knee or hip replacements, or some who are simply wanting to stay active and mobile as they age.

The classes are small, safe and effective.

If you would like more information, please contact Julie Ladd (Chartered Physiotherapist) direct on 07903 9019456 or look at the website www.pilates-therapy.com

NEW – VeraFlow Classes – Thursdays at 7.00pm

Moving you to find your True Flow

What is VeraFlow?

Dance, stretch and find your true flow in this class like none other you have ever experienced.
VeraFlow is just what you need to feel completely relaxed and content. Find your true flow in body and mind as you stretch your body and train your mind to the rhythm of the music.

This is you time. Time out in your day to get a clear head, to get focused on the here and now and to get in control.

You’ll leave feeling like you’ve had a full body massage, with your muscles strengthened yet relaxed and loose.

There is no need to live with pain in your body. Once you experience the release you find in VeraFlow you won’t look back.

Classes are run by Sarah Clarke. Here’s a little about Sarah:

Having danced all my life and then trained to a professional standard, dancing is all I know how to do and all I want to do!

I taught children and adult dance classes for many years including ballet, tap, street dance, lyrical, etc.

In recent years I have moved more into the fitness side of dance, I have been teaching Zumba for the past 6 years and Aqua Zumba for 3 years.

VeraFlow is something new and completely different to anything else around, plus this is the first class in the whole of Worcestershire!!

If you would like any more information please contact me on 07977 778635 or email rootsofrhythm@yahoo.com

Core * Pilates * Strength * Balance Classes – Thursdays at 9.15

We are delighted to welcome instructor Wendy Green to Elmslie. Wendy says: “Being a local girl I’m very lucky to have always worked in the Malvern area I have been an Exercise to Music instructor for 28 years teaching a variety of Fitness Classes Having now started classes in the beautiful surroundings of Elmslie House my aim is to have small groups where you feel comfortable, at ease and able to interact. We incorporate the fundamentals of Core Pilates with a lovely fusion of Stretch and Balance. This fusion of elements helps promote wellbeing by improving core strength and posture through a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises. The class will provide a complete body workout, helping your mind and body to work in harmony. You will leave the class feeling relaxed and a smile on your face”. Classes are held every Thursday morning at 9.15 (pre-booking is essential) For any information and to book a class call Wendy on 07790 101470

SongS P A C E… with Julia Palmer-Price (Fridays 11.00 – 12.00)

SongS P A C E…

A class for singers of all ages and abilities to come and find, explore, re-discover and develop their unique voice; through seasonal sing-a-long songs, chants, hymns, hums and perhaps a lullaby or three, in the awesome acoustic of the concert hall; with songstress Julia who believes everybody can sing!

…is A C E! Guaranteed to put a smile on yer face.

FRIDAYS 11am till 12noon
@ E l m s l i e House ~ £5
Contact Julia 07807 287095

Songstress Julia Palmer-Price (alias Ju-la-la) professional cellist, pianist, composer and teacher, came to Malvern after playing Jimi Hendrix with Nigel Kennedy in 1999, the pinnacle of a colourful career. A former resident at 8 Avenue Road, The (then) Grove (2000-2013), Julia and her late-husband Philip often opened their house as a Performance Arts venue and Julia conceived her Cello’ScooL, which, now 16 strong, regularly returns to perform at Elmslie House.

Julia has been singing since the cradle and welcomes All to enjoy SongS P A C E. Intended as a tonic! Classes begin by connecting with the breath adding gentle movements designed to get energy flowing; then, after tuning in with carefully chosen chants, Sol-fa (so good!) is introduced to train the inner ear, refine listening and pitch control; have fun learning well or little known, fave tunes, old and new, with some of Julia’s own compositions thrown in for good measure; till relaxing maybe with a meditation to finish.

As long as we live, there is never enough singing. ~ Martin Luther

Yoga with Three Counties Yoga

Sue has been practising yoga for 26 years. Little did she know that attendance at a local yoga class because of a need for relaxation was going to lead quite so far! She has studied and continues to study with several schools of yoga, for example Iyengar, Viniyoga and most recently Sivananda, but has not settled with any particular tradition. She is currently concentrating on Mahamudra meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition and is developing an interest in the healing yoga of that tradition. ? Sue has been a yoga teacher for over 20 years. She has concentrated mainly on setting up and teaching private mixed ability, adult classes but has very broad experience in teaching students of all ages, some on a one to one basis. She is committed to bringing yoga within the reach and understanding of all. Her specialisations include themed teaching and aspects of breathing, anatomy and physiology. Classes: Tuesdays ?13.30 – 14.30 Mixed Ability Yoga Wednesdays 11.00 – 12.15 Mixed Ability Yoga 18.30 – 19.45 Mixed Ability Yoga Contact details: Sue Hayles :07815 946362 ??Email :sue@threecountiesyoga.co.uk Please visit www.threecountiesyoga.co.uk to find out more

Chi Kung with Max Mainini

If you are looking to develop your sense of calmness and relaxation in an increasingly fast paced world, or to help keep your body and joints healthy, then chi kung is something you will enjoy.

What is it?
Roughly translated to ‘energy work’, practising Chi Kung enhances the flow of chi (vital energy) through the body. The exercises are often slow, gentle and flowing, and may take the form of static postures, slow movements and special walking exercises. These are often inspired by nature and help keep the body supple, invigorate and enhance body function and as well as helping to develop mental clarity and inner stillness.

Join a class….

Here on Mondays from 6.30-7.30pm

on

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6/2
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20/2
27/2

To book a place, please see

Chi Kung Malvern
www.chikungmalvern.co.uk
or call Max on 07976239855

The classes are perfect for beginners and those with experience.

Classes with Carrie Kidman Beeson

Formerly an instructor with Fiesta Fit, Carrie has now branched out on her own and regularly teaches the following classes at Elmslie:

Fitness classes in Pilates, Latin Dance and interval training.

Ante and postnatal specialist but all ladies welcome.

Classes for men and couples coming soon!

Please contact Carrie to book a place on 07990658743 or carriebolton2005@yahoo.co.uk

Somatics Basics of Movement Classes – Tuesdays 5.45pm

Sarah Stevens will be running her Somatics class to keep your moving more freely and painlessly.

What does one learn in a Somatics class/workshop?

Somatic education classes focus on your experience of your bodily senses. For example, “What do feel when you move that part of your body?” During each movement, you will bring attention to what it feels like to relax a muscle as well as which muscles are used in the movement. Keeping your attention on the sensations involved in the movement is a key component in gaining voluntary control over the sensory-motor system to more effectively engage and relax the muscles as necessary.

You will be coached to make all movements slow, engaging their complete attention in the movement. To help maintain focus, most movements are done lying on the floor to take out the need to use one’s attention to balance freeing the mind to focus its attention solely on the movement. This makes the class accessible for most levels of physical ability. If you have further questions whether this class is appropriate for your needs, please contact me.

Class sessions and workshops may vary in theme, but are designed to be part of a well-rounded curriculum when practiced on a regular basis.

The principles of Somatic Education are based on neuroscience and how the brain and muscles work together and offers gentle and easy exercises that are appropriate for all fitness levels and results in greater ease in movement.

For those unfamiliar with somatic education, other closely related modalities relying on similar principles include neuromuscular rehabilitation and the Thomas Hanna’s methods.

Appropriate for:

• Seniors with arthritis or chronic tension or stiffness
• Those recovering from injuries
• Athletes/dancers/fitness enthusiasts/musicians, etc. who depend
on fine-tuned physical movements
• Yoga or other mind-body movement practitioners/instructors
• Those interested in medication-free ways to prevent and alleviate pain,
chronic tension, and stiffness, or facilitate postural corrections.

Class notes:

Bring to class: yoga mat, blanket, or exercise pad to lie on and an open mind for learning.
Note: Most of the exercises will be done lying on the floor.

There are only 12 places on each date, to book your place please contact Sarah at sarahstevens69@hotmail.com or visit www.sarahstevenstherapies.co.uk