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Saturday 19 August

Wizz Jones and Pete Berryman

Bar 7.15 Show 8pm

Tickets £10 from the Limekiln Gallery and online from CRBO

Wizz Jones

Inspired by hearing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Wizz Jones learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London's Soho in the late 1950's.

He then followed the time-honoured buskers' trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960's and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a 'right hand worthy of Broonzy'!

John Renbourn, Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence and in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz's song 'When I Leave Berlin'.

After more than 50 years 'on the road' Wizz continues to tour on the Acoustic Folk and Blues circuit.

Wizz has been a regular here in Calstock over the years and we look forward to another great show this time with his long time compatriot Pete Berryman.

Pete Berryman

As it was for most of his contemporaries, including Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, both of whom he performed with, It was the influence of Davy Graham that turned him to the acoustic guitar, but early exposure to jazz and blues had a big effect.

He is a winner of the International Pan Celtic Song Contest.

Pete now lives in Cornwall performing, collaborating, recording or touring with  Kneehigh Theatre, The Barneys, Theatre Rotto, Blue Ticket, West, Brenda Wootton, Cornwall Songwriters, The Mo Band, Banana, Corncrow, Tony Oreshko, To Life Theatre,  Michael Chapman, Wizz Jones, Burton Bradstock, Maarten Eijsker, Jessica Styles, Jim Causley, and Silvia Nicolatto.

Saturday 16 September

Martin Simpson

Trails & Tribulations Tour

Bar 7.15 Show 8pm

Tickets £15 from the Limekiln Gallery and online from CRBO

£16 on door

World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson releases his 20th solo album in 40 years ‘Trails & Tribulations’ on September 1st 2017 via Topic Records. The brand-new studio album, his first new solo work since 2013’s widely praised ‘Vagrant Stanzas’.

‘Trails & Tribulations’ is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say. I travel, I learn songs, I write and try to get better at the skills required for me to do my job. I look at the world as I pass by, on the road, out of the train window, or as I stop and pay close attention to the square foot under my nose. There is so much to see and to hear and to inspire and to try and understand. I had a huge amount of fun playing and recording these songs, using different instruments, different noises, old friends and new ones, all of whom brought so much to the mix.    Martin Simpson, April 2017.

Two weeks after the album launch Martin will make a welcome return to Calstock and will be showcasing the album along with some old favourites.

His concerts are a profound moving experience with an atmosphere you can cut with a knife.

Hand in hand with his long and storied solo career, Martin has been central to seminal collaborations like The Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and Simpson Cutting Kerr. He has worked with a dazzling array of artists from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons, to mention a few. He is consistently named as one of the very finest acoustic, fingerstyle and slide guitar players in the world and is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art.

The following shows are lined up and details will be published in due course


Saturday 28 October : Halloweeen party

Friday 17 November :  Charlie Bicknell "Fallen Angel"

Sunday 3 December : Angel Heart Theatre "Snow White"


Wed-Sat 13-16 December : Calstock Panto

Saturday 27 January : Bone Ensemble -"Where's My Igloo Gone"

Saturday 24 February : BGroup - "Points of Echoes"

Friday 11 May : Birds of Chicago