The Manor Pavilion hosts a number of special shows through the week. So far confirmed are:
PETE COE, LAURA SMYTH, BRIAN PETERS: The Road to Peterloo: Ballads and Broadsides.
In its bicentennial year, The Road To Peterloo tells the story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history – the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester in 1819 – through some of the many broadside ballads that were printed around the time of the event. Three singers and musicians from North West England – Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth – trace the story from its roots in the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers in the early 19th century. With songs describing the terrible events of the day itself, and the later political developments inspired by the carnage.
CHRIS HOBAN and SIDMOUTH TOWN BAND: 1918 – The Untold Stories of the Great War
Over the course of 70 minutes, folk singer and songwriter Chris Hoban takes the listener through the war in a chronological journey of music and narrative. With special guests Sidmouth Town Band and a vocal quartet (along with a possible star visitor) audiences will be entertained, moved and intrigued as the less familiar characters of World War 1 finally have their say.
ROWAN RHEINGANS: Dispatches On The Red Dress
An intimate concert showcasing brand new solo material, taken from Rowan’s long anticipated solo show and 2019 album. Inspired by her own family history, it is an adventurous and multi-layered musical exploration of identity, memory, horror, beauty and trauma-recovery through story, poetry, music and song.
ROBB JOHNSON: Ordinary Giants
Ordinary Giants is a song suite performed solo and written by acclaimed songwriter Robb Johnson based on the life and times of his father, Ron Johnson. It’s a family history of the 1930s, the Second World War and the Welfare State. There are songs and spoken word pieces about the social realities of the 30s, some are funny, some are sad, some are love songs and some are political satires. Not to be missed!
THE DARTMOOR ENTERTAINERS: Dartmoor At The Seaside
The Dartmoor Entertainers was a late 70s BBC TV documentary focused on the thriving Dartmoor traditional music and dance scene, including events held in village halls around the moor featuring such Dartmoor legends as Bob Cann and Jack & Les Rice. Continuing this legacy are the present-day Dartmoor Entertainers who include Mark Bazeley (grandson of Bob Cann), Jason Rice (grandson of Jack Rice), Thomas White (great-grandson of Bob Cann!) step-dancer Christabel White, English banjo player Rob Murch, farmer/fiddler Carl Allerfeldt, folk singer Jim Causley and singer, master-of-ceremonies and Dartmoor raconteur Bill Murray. Together this eight-piece line-up bring the full flavour of a traditional night of merrymaking on the moor with Dartmoor songs, tunes, step-dancing and even one little surprise character who has been jigging on the moor for over 150 years!
MIKE O’CONNOR & BARBARA GRIGGS: Odysseus Dreaming
Odysseus Dreaming is the original tale of tales, a great epic that is one of the foundation stones of Western literature. Starting with texts by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, Dante and Tennyson, crafted into a stunning performance, a mixture of powerful oral storytelling and achingly beautiful music and song.
DEBS NEWBOLD: King Lear Retold
An explosive, one-woman retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, Debs Newbold channels her love of Shakespeare’s language to whip up a great storm that will snatch you from your seat and send you hurtling into its bloody centre. Created for a sell-out show at The Hay Festival, toured internationally and performed to acclaim at Shakespeare’s Globe, this is a storytelling event you cannot miss. “Emotional, immersive and fun…Newbold is a master of words and space” ★★★★★ – Views from the Gods