Concerts are normally in St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD (map, directions, parking and local eateries below). Tickets are always £10 with a £5 concession to anyone who needs one, that's anyone for whom £10 is too steep. If you can afford the full price, please offer it. We have no other funding, so ticket receipts are all that pay to put these events on and pay the musicians. Tickets are normally available in advance here on We Got Tickets (there's an extra £1 booking fee there) or in person at the Silver Lion Jewellers in North St, Ashburton.
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This is looking like a bumper year, particularly for jazz in Ashburton. Artists already scheduled to appear include: Liane Carroll, Remi Harris, Emily Saunders, Martin Speake, Liam Noble, Jonathan Gee, Jon Shenoy, Rob Terry, Will Butterworth, Maciek Pysz and Nic Meier & Pete Oxley. More info to come about all these — or here's the provisional Ashburton Live Calender.
All concerts start at 8pm. Tickets normally £10 (£5 concessions to anyone who needs one) available in advance online from wegottickets.com/ashburtonlive, or in person from Silver Lion Jewellers, North St, Ashburton, or on the door. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Burning Glass: Friday 3 Feb, 8pm
On Friday 3 February there is mellow, folky ‘agit-pop’ band The Burning Glass, who play ‘agitative pop music’ and can also be very silly, in a brilliant Pythonesque way. Edwin Brooks writes songs that tell stories and make people laugh, tap their toes, and even occasionally cry. The band uses tuned percussion, ukulele, double bass, electric guitar, fiddle, drums and lots of singing to bring these songs to life and has been gathering fans in the UK on a busy festival circuit.
"A group of lyrically-witty and jauntily harmonised storytellers" Virgin Music
“…left you wanting to hang out with them and listen to their stories in song for the rest of the afternoon. The old folk technique of turning self-experiences into clever songs was never more apparent at the festival than in The Burning Glass’s witty and humorous burst of acoustic goodness.” For Folk's Sake at Glastonbury 2014
Asaf Sirkis and Sylwia Bialas International Quartet: Workshops and Concert. 11 & 12 Februrary 2017
The following weekend the amazing drummer, percussionist, composer and educator Asaf Sirkis is bringing his 'International Quartet' with singer, composer and educator Sylwia Bialas to perform songs from their latest album, ‘Come to Me’. The album contains some really gorgeous music, with songs in her native Polish from Sylwia Bialas. Asaf recently played at Ronnie Scott's in London behind sensational young singer/pianist Jacob Collier.
They will also be running two workshops, one on Saturday for musicians playing together, and 'Breathing Rhythms' on Sunday, for anyone who ever sings or plays, at whatever level. This looks like being truly stunning, and will wake you up to new possibilities whether you're a seasoned pro, or sing in a local choir and don't read music. Although the workshop uses the voice, it’s definitely not just for singers.
Asaf Sirkis Band Workshop — Saturday 11 February, 2-5pm, £20 (concessions £10), email email@example.com or call 07980 680052 for more info or to register.
Breathing Rhythms (workshop) — Sunday 12 February, 1-4pm, £20 (concessions £10), Ashburton Methodist Hall, West St, TQ13 7DT Booking now open at wegottickets.com/ashburtonlive, or in person at Silver Lion Jewellers, North St, Ashburton.
Sirkis/Bialis International Quartet — Sunday 12 February, 8pm, St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton TQ13 7DD
Riff Raff — Dave Manington's sextet, Monday 20 February, 8pm St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton TQ13 7DD
Maria Chiara Argir˜ Group — Saturday 25 February, 8pm, St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton TQ13 7DD
Tickets for all concerts, £10 (£5 concessions to anyone who needs one) from wegottickets.com/ashburtonlive, Silver Lion Jewellers, North St, Ashburton or on the door. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Concerts: Details of past events here.
Recordings of some recent concerts can be heard here on the Ashburton Live Mixcloud page. There are some great moments here. Do listen and leave comments.
Parking in street or car park behind Town Hall 2 mins walk away. Some spaces also available along the short lane between the Silent Whitle Pub and the Station garage oppoite the Greymatter office — despite the warning signs, we are welcome to park there in the evening.
For food, The Silent Whistle Pub at the end of St Lawrence Lane is almot opposite the venue. There's a good range of pub food avaiable there. Give them a all on 01364 654700.