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FEB
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Let's Get Quizzical
2nd February 2018 - 31st December 2018
First Friday of each month. MC Emma on the mic, free chips at half time! £2 entry fee, winner takes pot of money! Visit website
FEB
4
Lego Club
4th February 2018 - 31st December 2018
Lego Club happens every Sunday 11am to 12.30pm. Come along all ages welcome, including parents! Visit website
NOV
12
The Lion Street Gallery Christmas Show
12th November 2018 - 10th January 2019
We have 25 artists and sculptors exhibiting with us for our Christmas group show. There's work in a whole variety of mediums on display. Opening hours: Mon.Wed.Thrs.Fri. Sat :10.30 till 5.00. Sun 11 - 4.00. Art loving dogs very much welcome. Visit website
DEC
21
Christmas Ceilidh!
21st December 2018
Life Of Riley Ceilidhs are strictly for fun and those that don't want to take it all too seriously! No previous experience is needed as the caller will guide you through the dances, none of which are too complicated. Songs and tunes are performed between dances to allow everyone to get their breath back. We do love a Ceilidh! Visit website
JAN
5
Saturday Shenanigans: Shuhari Sound Collective
5th January 2019
Based in Bristol but hailing from Hay-on-Wye; this collective aims to showcase the best of our local DJ's and artists. FREE ENTRY before 9pm. £3 entry after - donations going to the North Weir Trust Society. Reggae / roots / dub / jungle / disco / funk / soul. Visit website
JAN
8
Open Mic
8th January 2019
Our Open Mic nights attract a wealth of talent. We see a variety of performances, including spoken word, poetry, comedy and all types of music. Come along to enjoy the night as an audience member or sign up with Chris to perform on the night! Visit website
JAN
11
Let's Get Quizzical
11th January 2019
Monthly quiz night! £2 entry per person, free chips at the interval. Winning team takes the pot. Visit website
JAN
12
Saturday Shenanigans: The Fordsons
12th January 2019
The Fordsons perform old-time, mountain and early bluegrass music from the Appalachian region United States of America. This is music rooted in the folk ballads and traditional tunes imported to the USA by immigrants from the British Isles. The Fordsons take their influence from the popular old-time music of the 1920s and 30s. Music made famous in the recordings of The Skillet Lickers, Charlie Poole and The Carter Family to name just a few. Expect furious breakdowns, nonsense songs, fiddle and banjo tunes and cautionary ballads of love and loss. Visit website
JAN
18
Friday Live: Broken Bones Mathilda + Duncan McCorkindale
18th January 2019
Broken Bones Matilda is comprised of two childhood friends from the West country. Their music is inspired by Americana and yet deeply rooted in the English countryside; with raspy vocals, melodic harmonies and an enchanting band supporting them, their sound is both innocent and dark. "If you have ever wondered what it would sound like if Nick Cave wrote songs for Fleetwood Mac, the answer might just lie somewhere in Madeleine, the latest release from Broken Bones Matilda." Support comes from Duncan McCorkindale bringing his signature mix of covers and originals, journeying through guitar, slide, banjo, harmonica and loop pedal. Visit website
JAN
19
Saturday Shenanigans: The 1210s
19th January 2019
The 1210s are a contemporary jazz ensemble put together by Vocalist Sarah Meek and Trumpeter Gethin Liddington. The band bounces between Latin, Soul and Modern jazz, exploring the modal harmonies and melodies on voice and trumpet with a rhythm section garaunteed to get your toes tapping. Visit website
JAN
20
Patrick Hemmerle (piano)
20th January 2019
3.00 pm in St Mary's Church,Hay.The fine french pianist Patrick Hemmerle plays Bach:Goldberg Variations and Chopin:24 Preludes. Tickets £12.00 (students £6.00) from Richard Booth's Bookshop,01497 820322, online or at the door. Interval refreshments available.
JAN
26
Saturday Shenanigans: Jason and the Astronauts
26th January 2019
Jason and the Astronauts are scheduled to re-enter the Earth`s atmosphere once again! Revisiting tunes from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties from around the planet with a cosmic disregard for decibel suppression. Blues, rock, reggae, punk, soul and a pinch of post industrial funk will feature in the set as they did when let loose at `Lakefest` and the `Barrels` festivals in the Summer just gone. Jason and the Astronauts are Nick Trigg guitar/vocals, Kev Jarvis drums/vocals, Adrian Whiles percussion/vocals and Jason Thomas BASS! Space suits are optional.... Visit website
FEB
1
Let's Get Quizzical
1st February 2019
Monthly quiz night! £2 entry per person, free chips at the interval. Winning team takes the pot. Visit website
FEB
2
Saturday Shenanigans: The Emperials
2nd February 2019
The Emperials are a long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows. With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with the tightest and most energetic brass section in the land adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals. As well as headlining shows, the Emperials have worked with and supported great artists, including; Desmond Dekker, The Skatalites, Neville Staples (the Specials), The Beat, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Pauline Black, Rhoda Dakar, Jenny Belle, Secret Affair and Rik Butler (the Jam). With a set consisting of our own take on classic ska songs, from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, we never fail to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more. Visit website
FEB
8
Robin Michael...(cello)
8th February 2019
7.30 pm in Richard Booth's Bookshop. Well known cellist Robin Michael will play. Bach:Cello Suites No 1 and 3 Kodaly: solo cello sonata op 8. Tickets £12.00 (students £6.00) from Richard Booth's Bookshop,Lion St, Hay in person,01497 820322, online or at the door. Interval refreshments .
FEB
15
Friday Live: Jacob & Drinkwater
15th February 2019
Tobias ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater - Alt folk duo. Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called 'stand out new folk' by BBC6 music and 'inventive and thrilling' by R2 magazine. The duo's dynamic and emotionally charged live show with all its energy, musical chemistry and spontaneity has drawn comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate. Visit website
FEB
16
Saturday Shenanigans: Mud On The Tyres
16th February 2019
Mud On The Tyres are a group of experienced musicians who were drawn together by a love of upbeat, fun, country style music. Warren (Vocals, Guitar) and Akos (Lead Guitar, Vocals) got together as an acoustic duo writing original country style music. Marek (Piano, Vocals) then joined, quickly followed by Lee (Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals) who adds to the country sound. It didn’t take long before it developed into a six-piece band with Eliot (Bass) and the newest member Keith (Drums). So far they have had some great times at festivals, played some excellent venues and have been fortunate enough to win 2 days recording time at the amazing Rockfield Studios by winning the, “Battle of the Bands,” at the Rockfield Country Music Festival. They have focused on creating an atmosphere of fun with their music and performances to ensure they appeal to music lovers of all generations. It’s clear to see that making people tap their feet, dance and laugh at some of their lyrics makes for a slightly different night out than people expect. This, of course, doesn’t stop them writing more touching and melodic songs that clearly show the versatility of the band. Visit website
FEB
23
Hereford College of Arts BA Illustration course presents: CMYK Hay
23rd February 2019
CMYK-Hay is a one day festival of contemporary print and illustration, with special guests, a market place and workshops. Expect limited edition prints, posters, cards, comics, zines, and other ephemera. Sellers will include professional illustrators, print makers, artists, designers and students. Visit website
MAR
1
Let's Get Quizzical
1st March 2019
Monthly quiz night! £2 entry per person, free chips at the interval. Winning team takes the pot. Visit website
MAR
2
Saturday Shenanigans: Citrus Society
2nd March 2019
Citrus Society - A jazz sextet ensconced in the blossoming London jazz scene, Citrus Society are not to be missed. Influenced by rising stars such as Nubyia Garcia, Ezra Collective and Moses Boyd, these players have a zest for a whole range of genres; everything from neo-soul through bop to experimental free jazz. Having announced their pithy sound all over the UK, Citrus Society are on to something big so make sure to watch out for their next project - We Need to Talk About Lemon EP. Visit website
MAR
8
Friday Live: Mica Jane
8th March 2019
Mica Jane is an Indie Folk singer songwriter. Her culturally mixed background has inspired her to write music that infuses different walks of life. Though her core is Folk she doesn't shy away from incorporating the sounds of Reggae with charismatic bass lines and keeping an uplifting feel with African + Indie Rock inspired beats and grooves. She has hit the ground running with her newly formed four piece band touring around London, Guildford and Basingstoke. Aspiring to capture the poetic visceral power of Bob Marley’s lyrics combined with the fascinating and sweet melodies of the Staves, Mica Jane's warm and witty storytelling is not to be missed. Visit website
MAR
15
Friday Live: Spindle Ensemble
15th March 2019
Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective ‘Bloom‘. They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Eric Satie and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album, Bea, was released as a luxury gatefold vinyl edition via new label Adderwell Music in Nov 2017. Spindle Ensemble features pianist and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Inzani, Caelia Lunniss (violin), Harriet Riley(tuned percussion) and Jo Silverston (cello). “Spindle Ensemble Bea (Adderwell Music): represent the best of the latest swathe of modern classical to hit theartsdesk on Vinyl.” The Arts Desk. Visit website
MAR
16
Saturday Shenanigans: Shackleton Trio
16th March 2019
A highly original and energetic musical force just as likely to move you to tears as to move you to your feet. ?Frequently referred to as one of the hardest working bands on the scene, The Shackleton Trio is gaining significant UK and International exposure, becoming an in demand name on the folk circuit. 2018 saw plays on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, 5 Star reviews, an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival's main stage alongside a host of UK and European festivals and international tours. The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group's native East Anglia. ?The unique, distinctive songwriting style of Georgia Shackleton, combined with the vibrant instrumental brilliance of Aaren Bennett, Nic Zuppardi and Georgia’s pure and original voice have developed and matured through two critically acclaimed albums: The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed and new release Fen, Farm and Deadly Water. Visit website
MAR
17
Milly Forrest (soprano)
17th March 2019
3.00 pm in St Mary's Church,Hay. Emerging star soprano Emma Forrest sings French,German and English operatic arias and songs with piano accompaniment. Tickets £12.00 (students £6.00) from Richard Booth's Bookshop,in person,01497 820322, online or at the door.Refreshments in interval.
MAR
21
Friday Live: Wednesday's Wolves
21st March 2019
Wednesday's Wolves are Chrissy Renker and Ysabelle Durant, a female contemporary folk duo from Oxfordshire. Both third culture kids, they met while at school in Sri Lanka although their musical collaboration didn't start until they had both finished University. They first started playing and writing original material together in 2013. Since forming the band they have been playing at venues around the UK, mainly London and Oxfordshire, and have performed on the same bill as Amber Run, Seafret, Flyte, Beth Rowley, and Iain Archer. In 2017 their song "Off This Earth" was played on BBC Radio 1 by DJ Huw Stephens who went on to select it as his BBC Introducing Tip Of The Week. They were also invited to perform at BBC Music Introducing Hosts Amplify 2017 in London. Their songs use simple guitar riffs and vocal harmonies combined with percussive instruments such as cajon and glockenspiel to create emotive and evocative music, usually with a melancholic edge. “…Chrissy and Ysabelle each have vocal textures reminiscent of a mix of Joan Baez and Natalie Merchant, and together are able to create some incredible harmonies” - Top Five Records 2014. Visit website
MAR
23
Saturday Shenanigans: Mr Tea and the Minions
23rd March 2019
Originally a dictatorship formed by the cunning Mr Tea, the Minions have since overthrown him and their chaos has brought forth a musical democracy where cheekiness, fun and a love for the music bind the band together into one massive colorful explosion! They’re on a mission to ignite crazy dancing by audiences everywhere, with their brand of Gypsy flavoured party music to get their audience stirred into a big bouncing frenzy of fun! A hugely popular festival band, they have played raucous gigs at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Nozstock, Goulash Disko (Croatia), among many others. September 2016 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Tea Your Mind’. The Minions play their own unique take on high energy Balkan party music – combining Gypsy flavoured Ska, Dub and Swing with an infusion of soulful melodies, cheeky Eastern riffs and booming beats and bass to put a smile on your face and your knees up past your ears! “The Minions seamlessly weave Balkan Beats with ska, dub and swing to create a bouncing set. It’s impossible not to get involved.” The Independent. Visit website
MAR
30
Saturday Shenanigans: Northern Soul + Ska Night
30th March 2019
After the success of our Northern Soul and Ska night last year, DJ Paul Nevin returns to the globe to spin his vinyl top tunes! Expect Northern Soul classics with a splash of ska. Visit website
APR
10
Alice Earll (violin)
10th April 2019
7.30 pm in the Cinema at Richard Booth's Bookshop."Dancing with Bach".Dance in baroque society from Biber to Bach. Tickets £12.00 from Richard Booth's Bookshop,in person,0147 820322, online or at door if seats available ..advance booking recommended. Wine,soft drinks available.
MAY
23
Hay Festival
23rd May 2019 - 2nd June 2019
Facebook page: Click HERE
MAY
24
HowTheLightGetsIn Festival - Hay 2019
24th May 2019 - 27th May 2019
The world's largest philosophy and music festival HowTheLightGetsIn returns to the Wye Valley in May 2019 with more ideas, magic, music and wonder than ever before. The world's leading thinkers debating cutting edge ideas alongside an inspiring programme of music, comedy, culture and performance all set in atmospheric and intimate venues. Visit website
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