OUR AUTUMN 2015 PROGRAMME   (7:30 pm, bar 7pm)

Sat 5th Sep           Doc Harvey and the Philistans       -       youtube

Back by popular demand, Doc Harvey is probably the world's leading collector of the lost songs of Lancashire.

He has rummaged through archives in Adlington, browsed collections in Clitheroe and perused piles of papers in Pilsworth to discover some amazing lost songs. Together with his minions the Philistanz (Phil Philistanz and Stan Philistanz - not related) and using the medium of reed, strings, whistle and brass, the Doc presents these weird and, er, no, just weird songs for your amazement and disbelief.

Learn how the survivors of a Spanish galleon from the Armada founded an unknown colony in Waddington, how the Bavarians planned to infiltrate Lancashire culture and why the Ramsbottom Brass Band never entirely died out. Then gasp.

Sat 3rd Oct       Anthony John Clarke   -   www.anthonyjohnclarke.com

Making a welcome third appearance is Anthony John Clarke whose songs include the legendary Broken Years, The Only Life Gloria Knows, Tuesday Night Is Always Karaoke, Irish Eyes, Between Midnight and Blue and the sensational Two People. His shows are funny, challenging and extremely popular. Anthony John Clarke is one of the music scene's real gentlemen.

There are very few places in the UK and Ireland that Anthony John has not played, his supporters are loyal and many and the tributes he receives from his peers bear witness to the talent and hard work of one of the folk scene's nicest guys. With several albums of songs to his name he retains his reputation as one of the top songwriters on the scene.

If you've not seen an Anthony John Clarke Concert, give it try! If you've not heard his music, you have a treat in store. He is no ordinary songwriter, and the warm feeling that you experience when leaving one of his shows will stay with you forever.

"Great Performer; so well crafted; totally at ease with his talent ... and you hear every word too." - Belfast Telegraph

Sat 7th Nov   Library Theatre Touring Company presents   '2 more talking heads'   by Alan Bennett

ALAN BENNETT sealed his reputation as the master of observation with this series of 12 ground-breaking monologues. Darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting the series of ĎTalking Headsí is widely regarded as a modern classic.

A CREAM CRACKER UNDER THE SETTEE ... Doris, a widow, lives alone. Valuing her independence, she surreptitiously cleans when her home help, Zulema, is absent. When we meet her, she has fallen whilst attempting to dust a picture frame. Alone, Doris reminisces about her life with its joys and sadnesses.

BED AMONG THE LENTILS ... Susan, an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife who has to travel into Leeds to go to the off-licence because of her debts with the local shop keeper, distracts herself from her ambitious, and, as she sees him, vainly insensitive husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a nearby grocer, Ramesh, discovering something about herself and God in the process.

We are looking forward to another inspired performance by Library Theatre Touring Company's Deborah Kelly.

Sat 5th Dec                 Trovatori             -             www.trovatori.com

Although they moved away to the far-off Midlands we have managed to entice back the formerly Whalley based professional opera singers Darren Clarke and Caroline Lester who make up the acclaimed singing duo Trovatori for an early Christmas treat, with songs from opera, the West End and more, plus a few popular festive songs and carols! .

Darren studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. His singing career has taken him to opera houses and theatres in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is also an accomplished Lieder singer. Caroline studied composition at Durham University and reached the final stages of Channel 4ís Operatunity and ITVís Search for a Soprano. She has performed numerous operatic roles and has appeared in many oratorios and concerts across the UK, Europe and the United States.

They regularly perform as guest artists onboard luxury cruise ships as well as the luxury Thomson Gold and Thomson Couples resorts across Europe to great acclaim. They also perform across the UK in concert halls and theatres as well as at corporate events, music festivals, hotels and private events.

Tickets for any of these events, at the very reasonable price of £6
can be obtained at Jim's Garage, 21 King Street, Whalley
or Whalley Post Office or from David Balfour on 01254 822350