An inspiring and compelling collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the biggest names on the folk scene.
Together they will celebrate the beauty, stories and traditions of the South West Coast Path in old songs with their origins in the South-West, and new words… words which have been written by Raynor especially for this production.
Beginning life as a trio formed by legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight, the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards Best Duo) and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray.
'What a fabulous team they make, together producing a startlingly new musical form with few, if any, antecedents. The flights of musical fancy are staggering in their natural invention' Fatea Magazine
An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK.
Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings MBE, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain.
Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol join founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings, on stage for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, song and celebratory readings.
Kellie takes time out from working with her mum, Chris While, for which both the U.K. press and public alike have praised her. Folk enthusiasts will know Kellie from her work with The Albion Band. She received personal praise from Ron Sexsmith for her beautiful version of his song ‘Riverbed’ on her album Tenacious, which put her on the map as one this country’s finest voices.
Simon Care is currently working with Edward II and has always had a passion for Traditional English dance and song. Simon also works with Banter, Tickled Pink and the Morris On Band.
Simon Nicol, founder member of Fairport Convention finishes the line up to make this a truly festive treat. He is regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world, his voice is pretty special too!
The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word and humorous readings. It really is the perfect way to start your festivities. This year will see a material chosen by our audience, it promises to be a fantastic set drawing on material from our extensive back catalogue.
Heck yeah, the hoedown is back! Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2023!
Dance the night way on our Courtyard Theatre dance floor to live music from ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine.
No experience is necessary as their caller will be on hand to guide you through all of the steps!
Dust off your cowboy hats, rhinestone adorned outfits or most glamorous attire for a night of unforgettable fun at the Farm!
WHY? A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve!
Age guidance 12+ years
£25, Supporters £22
Moonrakers each year run a series of Folk Orchestra workshops across the country.
They are for intermediate instrumentalists who wish to develop skills in arranging and playing folk tunes and songs in an ensemble.
Jon Bennett (guitar, ukulele, bouzouki, whistles), Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, keyboard) and Becki Luff (harp, keyboard) have many years’ experience conducting workshops at Benslow Music, Halsway Manor and at several festivals.
They work through a number of tunes and songs, inviting you to suggest arrangement ideas yourself. Music (with chords, countermelody and bass) will be sent out in advance along with a video of each tune played at medium pace for those who learn by ear. Above all, it’s a rare opportunity to play with a multi-instrumental and welcoming group.
Sat 11 Feb
11am - 4.30pm
Book tickets for the band's evening gig here.
Four piece band, Moonrakers (harp, cello, stringed instruments, whistles, female/male vocals) pride themselves on having brought traditional and contemporary folk music to new audiences in festivals, arts centres, churches and village halls across the UK.
With songs and tunes from the English, Irish and Scottish tradition as well as their own compositions, they’ve been described as 'startlingly talented' (Oxford Times) and 'truly wonderful' (Wycombe Festival), with five albums of 'exquisite music' (BBC).
Their albums have received glowing reviews in the music press ('The real deal' The Living Tradition; 'Uplifting, sensitively crafted songs and tunes' FATEA magazine).
Take part in an Acoustic Workshop with Moonrakers on the day of the gig. Work through a number of tunes and songs with the band. Music is sent out in advance along with a video of each tune played at medium pace for those who learn by ear. A rare opportunity to play with a multi-instrumental and welcoming group.