September 2022

The Jerry Lee Lewis Story

The Jerry Lee Lewis Story

Friday 2nd September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £17.50

Starring Peter Gill the Jerry Lee Lewis Story reminds the audience of rock n roll’s most exciting performer and the original first wildman of music.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Murder Mystery-The Political Diaries

Murder Mystery-The Political Diaries

Saturday 3rd September 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £12 Advance

The Political Diaries 

 

Let the longest-established murder mystery company in the West of England, Murder by Appointment, drag you into the world of politics, in their murder mystery, The Political Diaries.

At a fundraising evening, a disgruntled secretary seeks revenge against her ex-employer,  an ambitious and unscrupulous MP, after he sacked her in a most dismissive manner. The MP and seemingly anyone he has had a connection with will see their futures threatened.

Secrets and lies will be discovered and revenge, blackmail and eventually murder will all play their part!

As always, watch as the story unfolds, listen out for clues, get those grey cells working, question the cast if you wish to and try to piece together the puzzle. Can you work out whodunnit?

If you can solve the mystery, your name will be put into a draw and maybe you will be lucky enough to go home with a prize.

Our audiences are not required to participate in the drama but will have opportunities to ask questions if they wish.  So if you are a budding supersleuth, perhaps a Jessica Fletcher, a Poirot or a Miss Marple, then this evening is for you!

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Postponed to 20th April 2023

Postponed to 20th April 2023

Sunday 4th September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £13 Advance £15 Door

Fresh from publishing the first-ever and much-anticipated biography of the late, great Jake Thackray, John Watterson (‘Fake Thackray’) is delighted to present an evening featuring Jake’s brilliant, hilarious songs and stories from his remarkable life.

‘Beware of the Bull – The Enigmatic Genius of Jake Thackray’ was co-written by John and fellow Jake enthusiast Paul Thompson, with the full support and cooperation of the Thackray family and launched in August 2022.

Admired by Neil Gaiman, Jarvis Cocker, Jon Richardson, and Arctic Monkeys, among many others, Jake is increasingly recognised as one of the greatest and most original British songwriters of the twentieth century; a unique talent, whose songs are full of wit, poetry, irreverence and humanity.

His story is as extraordinary as his songs. It takes in his childhood in the terraces of Leeds; years spent in France and war-torn Algeria; a career as an inspirational, idiosyncratic, highly creative teacher; his meteoric development as a songwriter and performer, and recording sessions at Abbey Road, rubbing shoulders with The Beatles and influencing their music. Television brought him great fame and fortune…and he turned his back on it all.  It is the story of a complex, immensely private man who remained a mystery even to his friends.

John will share with the audience entertaining insights into Jake’s life and personality, and his unique writing. Alongside classic material he will perform some of the long-lost songs he and Paul have unearthed.

Copies of the book can be purchased on the night, or online, postage free, from the publisher, Scratching Shed Publications.

‘An evening of laughter and witty wordsmithery – great fun whether you are just discovering Jake or have been a life-long fan’

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream

Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream

Friday 9th September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £17 adv £20 Door

Just like their forebears, Voodoo Room are a classic three-piece.

First up is journey-man guitarist Peter Orr.

He has been thrilling audiences throughout the UK and Europe for over 3 decades, mashing up classic riff-based rock anthems, with the energy and style evocative of their time.

His jaw-dropping solos and epic vocal styling’s, have wowed all those lucky enough to experience this virtuoso inject new life into the classics!

The Engine Room of this power trio is the stunning rhythm section of Jevon Beaumont  & John Tonks.

Their superlative credentials include Massive Attack, Duran Duran, Sting, Thunder, Bryan Adams, Fish, Stevie Winwood, Arthur Brown etc. Not to mention Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and more!

Together they form the mighty, retro, rocking machine that is

Voodoo Room” – their mission:

To deliver the all-time great Hendrix, Clapton & Cream numbers, with the true passion and energy worthy of these true masterpieces!

This show is beyond any tribute, its a celebration of

Pure Power Trio Class!!

With standing ovations, the norm doesn’t miss the opportunity to experience the thrill of this musical ride as it was back then.

Experience the magic with “Voodoo Room.”

’10/10 Superb!’  Classic Blues Mag

‘STUNNING!’ Time Out

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Petty Minded

Petty Minded

Saturday 10th September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £17 adv £20 Door

Tom Petty had a lengthy and successful career with The Heartbreakers, as a solo artist, and as a key member of The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch.

As a songwriter, Petty had few equals. PETTY MINDED celebrate his iconic musical legacy, faithfully reproducing timeless classic hits such as American Girl, Learning to Fly, Free Fallin’ and I Won’t Back Down, alongside choice album cuts including Breakdown and Love Is A Long Road.

Petty Minded consists of three members of the Unravelling Wilburys; John Freeman (bass guitar & vocals), Mitch Keen (guitar & vocals) and Colin Chalk (drums), and also features the inimitable Simon Needler on Hammond organ.

If you’re a fan of top American rock music, you’ll love this show.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers

Sunday 11th September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £15 Adv £17 Door

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. As one of the world’s premier traditional Celtic bands, their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland.

As they celebrate the nomination of their 18th recording, Òrach (“Golden” in Gaelic) as album of the year, and themselves as “band of the year”, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to foot-stomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.
“Formed from a Paisley pub session in 1968, seminal trailblazers the Tannahill Weavers now also rank as national treasures.” -Glasgow Celtic Connections 2018
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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Howerd's End

Howerd's End

Thursday 15th September 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £13 Advance £15 Door

HOWERD’S END

Suitable for age 14+

Can you imagine being terrified of your own happiness? You can? Then let’s begin…
Frankie Howerd was one of Britain’s most loved comedians for half a century. But he had a secret. And the secret’s name was Dennis.

This brand new play by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope) takes you to the heart of Frankie and Dennis’ clandestine relationship, which lasted from the 1950s until Frankie’s death in 1992. It also affords a glorious opportunity to encounter Frankie in full-flight stand-up mode.

Packed with laughter, but unafraid of truth, Howerd’s End portrays two humans’ journey through closeness, love, grief, and all the other things that make life worth living. Come and say farewell to a legend…and learn the art of letting go.

Reviews
★★★★ Theatre Weekly | ★★★★ London Pub Theatres | ★★★★ Libby Purves
★★★★ Sardines Magazine | ★★★★ The Reviews Hub | ★★★★ Reviews Gate
★★★★ Theatre Vibe | ★★★★ London Theatre 1 | ★★★★ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ North West End | ★★★★ Get Your Coats On

Written and performed by Mark Farrelly

With Simon Cartwright as Frankie Howerd and Mark Farrelly as Dennis Heymer

Directed by Joe Harmston

markfarrelly.co.uk @MarkFarrellyUK

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Wizz Jones

Wizz Jones

Thursday 22nd September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £16 Advance £18 Door

Wizz Jones – Acoustic Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter and bluesman!

Born 1939 in Croydon, Surrey Wizz began his musical career leading a Country and Skiffle band called The Wranglers in 1957.  Inspired by seeing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wizz learnt most of his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London’s Soho. Having followed the time-honoured buskers’ trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960’s he returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and  “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”.
In April 2019 Wizz celebrated his 80th birthday with a sell-out concert at The Cadogan Hall in London and later that same year was presented with a lifetime achievement award at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in October.

www.wizzjones.com

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Rising From The Deep

Rising From The Deep

Friday 23rd September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £16 Advance £18 Door

Not just another tribute to Deep Purple, Rainbow or Whitesnake but a band rooted and connected with the actual bands themselves.

Founded in 2018 the band has quickly found itself headlining festivals and playing venues across the UK with much of 2020 fully booked before COVID-19 wiped out their tour schedule.

Now returning with a vengeance, Rising are looking to bring their show to you!

Rising From The Deep features 5 seasoned musicians who all have the accolade of having worked with the actual bands themselves or connected members. *Band members per show are available subject to other touring/work commitments.

Lead vocalist Kenzo has cut his teeth playing and fronting various bands in venues across the UK and Europe, working directly with Bernie Marsden and Alaska in the 80s, their are numerous demos gracing Kenzo’s vocals floating around that are hidden in the archives yet to surface!

Guitarist Jim is our master of the strings and fretboard having spent years backing rock’s finest including Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle and playing with members of Judas Priest, Uriah Heep and many others! He is also a student of Steve Morse and Paul Gilbert having had masterclasses from both.

Jim’s counterpoint in harmony and drive delivering a dirty, screaming Hammond organ and huge arsenal of synth patches, Mini Moog, orchestral sounds and piano is our keys wizard Danny. Danny has close connections to the Purple family tree having spent a good deal of time having tutorage one on one from both Jon Lord and Don Airey. Both of them have helped shape and guide him on his journey giving him a vast ‘weaponry’ of tips, tricks, riffs, runs and secrets that make the sound of Purple and Rainbow a cut above others. He also counts former Rainbow keys players David Stone and Tony Carey among his friends/mentors who are always keen to hear his latest work and offer any advice. Danny has played with among others connected to the family tree Rainbow’s Doogie White, Keith Airey, Bernie Marsden and band members from Judas Priest, Uriah Heep, Argent, The Zombies, Black Star Riders, Humble Pie, Bad Company, Gary Moore, Ian Gillan Band, Don Airey Band and Graham Bonnet Band.

On the drums hailing from Australia is Darren Lee. Bought up on an eclectic mix of powerful classic rock including of course AC/DC and Purple, Darren moved to London to pursue the rock n roll dream many many years ago. His credentials have seen him playing with original NWOBM legends Weapon to then joining the glam rock legends The Bay City Rollers, where he remained on the drum throne for 4 years. He brings to Rising a dynamic and powerful sound along with all the swing and eccentricities of Ian Paice and Cozy Powell.

 

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

The Scribes Plus Support From 'MCMC Spoken' plus band

The Scribes Plus Support From 'MCMC Spoken' plus band

Saturday 24th September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £10 Adult £6 Under 18's

The Scribes are a multi-award-winning hip-hop act from Bristol whose unique talents have combined to make a trademark sound quite unlike any other, featuring a seamless blend of live instrumentation and sampling set against a backdrop of head nodding boom bap breaks.

Known for critically acclaimed performances full of energy, beatboxing, crowd participation and off-the-cuff freestyling, The Scribes have become festival favourites across the UK, regularly gracing the stage at Glastonbury, Latitude, Wilderness, Boomtown Fair, Urban In Ibiza, Shambala, Bearded Theory, Leopallooza and many more.

The group’s extensive touring has seen them perform and collaborate with some of the biggest names in the scene including Macklemore, Rudimental, MF Doom, Dizzee Rascal, Lethal Bizzle, Example, De La Soul, Wu Tang Clan, Wiley, KRS One, Four Owls, Goldie, Sugarhill Gang and Chase and Status to name (drop) but a few.

Joining an incredible roster including Snoop Dogg, Nas, DJ Premier, Redman, Cardi B and Busta Rhymes, the group are currently touring across the UK, becoming known as one of the most talented artists on the scene with a genuinely unique sound backed up by a polished and proven live show that simply has to be seen to be believed.

“Music bursting with invention, The Scribes are set for big things” BBC Introducing
“Winners-Best Urban Act” Exposure Music Awards

Winners-Best Live Act” EatMusic Radio Awards

“One not to miss” Music Week Magazine

“Genuinely memorable, The Scribes could be what UK hip hop has been looking for”

Hip Hop Connection Magazine

“5/5 CD of the week. Outstanding rap; witty, angry and bristling with invention and melody. The Scribes are something genuinely special” Venue Magazine

“Raw and exciting, honest and sensitive, a soulful brand of rap” Metro UK

“The UK’s hottest hip hop” 24-7 Magazine

‘MCMC Spoken’ plus band.

Megan Chapman AKA MCMC Spoken is a lyrical rhyming wizard. Her unique rhythmic style and cutting content offer a mesmerising performance. Her poetic, and hip-hop delivery infused with beat strings and vocals are beautifully raw and captures humanity.

Featured on BBC Radio 4 earlier this month, Aug 2022. She was interviewed and the band’s music played. You can still listen to this on catch-up.

She performs throughout Cornwall in venues such as The Eden Project. She has headlined literature festivals. Performed in cities across the UK and internationally. At festivals including Glastonbury and Womad. She has also had her poetry published. Most recently they have played at various venues and festivals including the BoardMasters.

They also warmed up the wonderful Dizraeli, and The Scribes twice now already.

“Megan Chapman’s poetry is heartfelt and rhythmic. Playful and political, her Art is in the right place.” Anna Murphy, Kneehigh

 

 

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Raynor Winn-In Conversation

Raynor Winn-In Conversation

Wednesday 28th September 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £8 Advance / £10 Door

Raynor Winn-In Conversation

Following the success of the globally bestselling books The Salt Path and the Wild Silence, author Raynor Winn will be appearing at the Acorn to introduce her new book Landlines.

Raynor will be talking about her journey across Great Britain exploring our relationship to the land, and to each other. Some people live to walk. Raynor and Moth walk to live . . . Raynor Winn knows that her husband Moth’s health is declining, getting worse by the day. She knows of only one cure.

It worked once before. But will he – can he? – set out with her on another healing walk? The Cape Wrath Trail is over two hundred miles of gruelling terrain through Scotland’s remotest mountains and lochs. But the lure of the wilderness and the beguiling beauty of the awaiting glens draw them northwards.

Being one with nature saved them in their darkest hour and their hope is that it can work its magic again. As they set out on their incredible thousand-mile journey back to the familiar shores of the South West Coast Path, Raynor and Moth map the landscape of an island nation facing an uncertain path ahead. In Landlines, she records in luminous prose the strangers and friends, wilderness and wildlife they encounter on the way – it’s a journey that begins in fear but can only end in hope.

 

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Postponed until the 21st May 2023 due to injury

Postponed until the 21st May 2023 due to injury

Thursday 29th September 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £14 Adv £16 Door

The Blackheart Orchestra is officially the smallest orchestra in the world. Two people playing 13 instruments. They perform in the centre of a circle of instruments that has been described as their ‘musical space station’ and ‘instrumental laboratory’. Their music combines ethereal vocals with multi-layered combinations of acoustic instruments such as guitar and mandola, rock instruments including electric guitar, bass and percussion, plus piano, organ, electronica, orchestral and symphonic sounds, omnichords and their collection of vintage synthesisers. The music is emotional with Metal Planet saying “Their music reaches areas of your head and heart that you never knew existed.”

They draw on their backgrounds in rock, folk, electronica and classical music to create a sound frequently compared to such diverse artists as Cocteau Twins, early Pink Floyd, Portishead and Kate Bush as well as contemporary composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

After 1000 gigs from Southampton to Sydney and 6 acclaimed albums, they’ve performed everywhere from intimate venues to London’s Palladium and Royal Albert Hall sharing stages with everyone from Hawkwind to Eric Clapton.

The band’s 2019 album Mesmeranto reached #16 in the UK Indie Chart, #18 in the UK Rock Chart, #4 in the USA’s Big Takeover Albums of the Year and was voted twice in the Rock Writers’ Top 20 Albums of the Year. They won Best British Duo. They were voted #4 Best New Band in the UK. Chrissy Mostyn was recently voted #5 Best Female Vocalist in PROG Magazine’s Readers’ Poll, and their lockdown online concert series The Big Armchair Concerts was voted #10 in Most Important Rock Events of 2020.

They have been described as “A mesmerising powerhouse” and “An avant-garde musical utopia”. Louder Than War declared their music “A life-enhancing listening event” Steve Hackett of Genesis described it as “Powerful and inspiring”and fan Phil Campbell of Motörhead described it as “******* beautiful”.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

October 2022

Hollie Rogers  + Support Tom Briggs

Hollie Rogers + Support Tom Briggs

Saturday 1st October 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £14 Advance £16 Door

Hollie Rogers

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Hollie Rogers returns to her hometown of Penzance, where she recorded her first demo as a teenager, with Dare Mason at The VIP Lounge. Since then, Hollie’s career has gone from strength to strength; her songs receive regular BBC airplay, she’s opened for the likes of KT Tunstall and Paolo Nutini, played high profile festivals like Glastonbury and performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. But whilst her music has matured and developed since those early musical explorations, her heart remains in Cornwall, and she’s really excited to return to play her first live show here in over a decade.

This date is part of Hollie’s national tour; a string of shows to celebrate the release of her new album, Criminal Heart. Known for the candid, confessional nature of her songs and for live performances that make audiences both laugh and cry, this is a special opportunity to see an intimate acoustic showcase of her best material. Don’t miss the chance to discover your new favourite singer-songwriter and see what all those big names are making such a fuss about!

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

The Last Motel

The Last Motel

Thursday 6th October 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £10 Advance £12 Door

Abalone’s desperate, he’s taken a day of holiday from the poultry farm to commit armed robbery. Now he has Eve, a local vicar, stuffed into the boot of his classic car. Check-in with us at The Last Motel, a few miles outside of Barnsley (South Yorkshire not Kentucky), to see if Abalone’s hostage changes his perspective on life.

‘A kind of homespun Fargo with more theatrical flair’ ★★★★ – Bridley Addison-Child, Edfringe Review

‘A perfect piece of theatre, more than a hint of Tarantino and Lynch‘ – Fictionmaker

‘The plot has remained bobbling around in my head’ ★★★★ – Tom Gellatly, Edfringe Review

‘Genuinely moving. I left with a few new thoughts planted in my mind’ – Fringe Guru

A darkly comedic psychological thriller from the team behind Communicate (‘The honesty in the writing is brave and timely…wonderfully moving… a beautiful tapestry about life’ – Anna Fletcher, Oldham Reporter). Written by award-nominated Jeremy Fletcher, whose work has been performed on Sky TV (Fest Live) and has toured nationally. Directed by JMK Regional Bursary recipient, Marcus Bazley. With set design by Evening Standard x TikTok Future Theatre Fund Award Winner, Caitlin Mawhinney

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman "On Reflection"

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman "On Reflection"

Friday 7th October 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £18.50

This popular, multi award-winning husband and wife duo exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary music.

Duos come and duos go… and some nurture and fine-tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original and captivating. For over a quarter of a century, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman’s partnership has proved personal, permanent and pivotal.

From early days in folk supergroup ‘ Equation ‘ through to their most recent work, acclaimed as ‘Their best yet’, with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date.

“It’s folk music for the modern age.” – The Telegraph – London

“These guys are something very special”’Acoustic Magazine

“A duo right at the top of their game” – Rock n’ Reel

Twice Winners of ‘Best Duo’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – 2016 & 2013 

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Women In Rock

Women In Rock

Saturday 8th October 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £20

Women In Rock are thrilled to be bringing their show to The Acorn theatre this October. Since exploding onto the live music scene in 2016 they have been busy wowing audiences up and down the UK in theatres and art centres with their sell-out show.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

The Finn Collinson Band

The Finn Collinson Band

Thursday 13th October 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £10 Advance £12 Door

The Finn Collinson Band create dynamic English folk music for the 21st Century. Fronted by Finn’s distinctive tune-writing and trademark recorder style, the band has been gaining a strong reputation on the folk and acoustic circuit since the release of Finn’s acclaimed debut album ‘Call To Mind’ in 2019. Their sound was described by Spiral Earth as “exceptionally well-executed folk-rock”.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Mitch Benn: It's About Time

Mitch Benn: It's About Time

Friday 14th October 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £16 Advance £18 Door

MITCH BENN: IT’S ABOUT TIME

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once” – Albert Einstein (probably)

If it feels like the past is catching up with us and the future isn’t what it used to be, then fear not!

Mitch Benn, comedian, songwriter and thinker of deep thoughts, (not to mention “the country’s leading musical satirist” – The Times) is back, clock in one hand and guitar in the other, to help you look at time in a whole new way.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

While & Matthews

While & Matthews

Sunday 16th October 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £16 Advance £18 Door

With more than 25 years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, much-beloved British singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews celebrated a quarter of a century last year as one of the best-loved and most prolific female duos to come out of this country.

They have played more than 2,600 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Now, 27 years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival commissioned a celebratory ‘While & Matthews’ takeover in August 2019 for which the duo curated the Sunday on the Stage 2, featuring friends and collaborators such as Eddi Reader, Blair Dunlop and Charlie Dore, IOTA, and Burden Of Paradise with lead singer Helen Watson, their Daphne’s Flight sisters. 

it’s a real honour just to be an audience member but I’ve had the added honour of standing on a stage with them playing along in the background, things like that I’ll treasure forever, truly gifted human beings”

Richard Hawley

They were soloists alongside Jez Lowe, Bob Fox, John Tams, Barrie Coope and Jim Boyce performing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in ‘The Ballads of The Great War Live’ on Friday Night Is Music Night, BBC Radio 2. presented by Michael Morpurgo.

“Chris While is the best singer in England”  Eddi Reader

Froots simply called Julie Matthews ‘awesomely talented‘.

Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion) & Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) are stunning singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless.

They are two of the best and most hard-working musicians on the world folk-roots scene, both are highly regarded producers and they record everything that they are involved in at their own studio in a small Pennine town far from the London-centric music industry. They truly are inspirational women.

The undisputed queens of British folk duos continue to come up with the goods,

1st class songs delivered with to-die-for harmonies, immaculate musicianship & melodies that lodge themselves in your brain  The Guardian

Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK’s acoustic/roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial wastelands of the north to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. Their songs are covered by many revered singers the world over but it is While & Matthews’ musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through an emotional journey

Chris and Julie have been nominated ten times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk music awards in the ‘Best Song, Best Duo, Best Live Act’ categories and winning Best Duo in 2009 but it is their longstanding and devoted growing fans that they care about most.

2017 saw them perform at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Folk Awards alongside Boo Hewerdine, John McCusker and Kris Drever. They were performing songs from the Ballads Of Child Migration, a project that covers the sad history of forced child migration and became a major tour in November 2018.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Peri-Meno... What Now?!

Peri-Meno... What Now?!

Friday 21st October 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £10 Advance |£12 Door

Nina was going through life quite nicely, thank you, when POW! Suddenly! she wasn’t! Fear and Anxiety crept into normal every day situations. Unexplainable rage at everything and everyone! Depression and weird sexual urges!! She thought she was losing her mind or at least being overtaken by aliens. So imagine her surprise when she was told that this was the Peri-menopause!! The Peri-Meno… what now??
Little did she realise that this was ‘normal’ and part of the joys of growing old!! Join Nina on a hilarious journey through her symptoms, ways of coping and discussions of all things ‘lady parts’. Expect Comedy, song, rap and even a bit of contemporary dance.
Please feel free to join us after the show to discuss your experience or to find out more information, or just for some company over a cup of tea/coffee and some cake.
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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Remi Harris & Tom Moore

Remi Harris & Tom Moore

Saturday 22nd October 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £16 Advance £18 Door

Remi Harris & Tom Moore

Jazz & Blues

Acclaimed jazz and blues guitarist Remi Harris and virtuoso double bassist Tom Moore present an evening of music ranging from the acoustic jazz of the 30s and 40s to the electric blues of the 60s and 70s; influenced by such greats as Django Reinhardt, Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and more.

From the age of seven Remi has dedicated himself to a life of guitar. His playing has taken him from busking on the streets of his local towns to performing at many prestigious events and venues around the world, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Buckingham Palace, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, and on national radio and television.

Remi has been performing with Tom for over ten years, during which time they have developed a remarkable musical affinity. Since graduating from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Tom has performed around the UK and has appeared at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and The North Sea Jazz Festival, and more recently supporting Jools Holland.

The show features an eclectic mix of jazz and blues standards, original compositions, improvisations and new arrangements of familiar tunes. Remi plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars. The ease and warmth of Remi’s stage presence, together with his virtuoso talent, will have concert goers captivated by his passion for the guitar.

“He’s an absolutely extraordinary musician”

Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2​

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Shivers and Shadows

Shivers and Shadows

Tuesday 25th October 2022
7:00 pm

Tickets: £6 Under 16 £8 Over 16

Squashbox Theatre presents

Shivers and Shadows

Get ready to SHIVER, SHAKE, SHUDDER and SCREAM as Squashbox Theatre presents its first-ever show for HALLOWEEN!

Craig, your friendly host, has just inherited a creepy mansion from his Great Uncle Vladimir. Join him as he explores the mansion’s secrets and meets some of its strange and spooky inhabitants.

What GHOULS and SPECTRES haunt the gloomy corridors of this old house?

What are those EERIE SHAPES moving through the dark forest outside?

And what MYSTERIOUS CREATURE lurks in the cellar down below?

Expect an overflowing cauldron of a show, brimming with DELIGHTFUL FRIGHTS and HILARIOUS HORRORS, bubbling with INGENIOUS PUPPETRY and COMEDY, seasoned with SCARY STORIES and TALL TALES, flavoured with LIVE MUSIC and SONGS, and topped with a sprinkling of SLAPSTICK and SILLINESS.

WARNING: like all Squashbox performances, this show will be full of laughter, excitement and fun… but it will be SCARY too! Expect LOUD NOISES, CREEPY CHARACTERS and a SPOOKY ATMOSPHERE – plus a few SURPRISES that might make you JUMP!

Recommended for brave children aged 6+ (accompanied by their scaredy-cat grown-ups)

BEWARE THE SHADOWS…

‘Craig combines an innate understanding and joy in storytelling with fantastic comic and musical skill.’

Mike Shepherd, Founder and Artistic Director, Kneehigh Theatre

 

‘Craig’s success lies in the fact that he talks to, rather than at, his young audience, and he does it all with a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious.’

Frank Ruhrmund, The Cornishman newspaper

 

‘An absolute celebration of all that is good about theatre for children.’

What’s on Stage

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Help! I Think I'm A Nationalist

Help! I Think I'm A Nationalist

Thursday 27th October 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £11 Adv £13 Door

From Seamas Carey (creator of The Reason Why podcast), comes the controversial sell-out comedy show on identity, second homes, xenophobia and bagpipes.

Who am I?
Where do I belong?
And who should I vote for?

Cornwall is at a tipping point. House prices soar, the population shifts, tensions rise.

Some people see it as a separate nation; others see it as a prime holiday destination and playground for the rich.

Seamas Carey is confused.

He is desperately trying to understand.

He’s watched a wave of gentrification sweep through his rural hometown. There’s nowhere to live, yet second homes stand empty. He wishes Cornwall was more welcoming and inclusive, but watches “up country” money sow division and suspicion.

Could closing borders and nationalism be the answer?
Where’s the line between pride and power?
What happens when it all goes too far?

Seamas needs help. He needs your help.

Written & performed by Seamas Carey 

Directed by Agnieszka Blonska 

Produced by Seamas Carey & imPOSSIBLE Producing 

Suitable for ages 16+

Quotes:

“Exploring ideas of identity and belonging with humour: brave, thought provoking, heartfelt and funny”

Celine Elliott, Cornwall Museums Partnership

“Racist, anti-Cornish and offensive”

@CornishNews

“More proof that storytellers and artists are the ones who so often help us get to the heart of the matter”

Emmie Kell, Arts Council England

Seamas Carey

Seamas Carey is a Cornish artist/bloke best known for the run away-success podcast series The Reason Why, a humorous and thought provoking exploration of the social issues and culture wars of contemporary Cornwall.

His other work includes; Pagan Pandemonium: The Outdoor Games, I Wish I Was A Standing Stone and Seamas Carey Meets His 4 Year Old Self (Emma Rice’s 2019 theatre highlight, The Guardian). He also conducts Cornwall’s first alternative male voice choir, Men Are Singing. In 2020 he was the winner of the Maurice O’Connell Bursary Award and he exhibited work at Tate St Ives in 2021.

As a multi-instrumentalist (accordion, piano, double bass, bagpipes) Seamas has worked for ten years as a composer, performer, choir leader, musical director, puppeteer, silent film pianist and piano tuner. He grew up in Cornwall where he still lives, but has toured throughout the world with theatre productions by Wildworks, Kneehigh and Sally Cookson.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Dusk To Dawn

Dusk To Dawn

Friday 28th October 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £11 Adv £6 under 18 £13 Door

Dusk To Dawn

Age Restriction 16+

“As the sun dies and the Hunter’s Moon rises over St Michael’s Mount, Airfish Circus awaken in the vaults of the Acorn Theatre to bring you their very first ‘Fright Night’!

Resurrecting the vampire theme from classic Victoriana, through Film Noir to bloodthirsty Americana. ‘DawnTo Dusk’ brings. a unique grown-up night of variety vaudevillian vampirism, with circus, including daring acrobatic skills in the air, on some arcane and innovative apparatus, cabaret and burlesque.

Airfish Circus is a performance collective of locally based circus professionals, semi-professionals, and enthusiastic amateurs with some serious skills, well supported and loved by the local Penzance Community. They work very closely with and in support of local grassroots charity ‘Cirque Du Ciel’ (CdC), who for over 19 years have used circus skill-based activities in youth social and community contexts, supporting the people of Cornwall.

50 percent of this show’s proceeds will go to CdC’s ‘Helping Hand’ Fundraising Campaign, to help them continue their provisions, meet the increasing needs upon them, and find a new home.

Fancy dress is encouraged, but not insisted upon. With tricks and treats, the top raffle prize will be a week’s shopping for a family of four! Frightfully delighting and exciting! Not for the faint-hearted, or under 16’s.”

 

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Tales from A Haunted Bookshop

Tales from A Haunted Bookshop

Sunday 30th October 2022
2:00 pm

Tickets: £5 Child / £8 Adult / £20 Family

Tales from A Haunted Bookshop

A spooky show of terrible tales, bothersome books and gruesome goings-on! The Haunted Bookshop has a story for everyone. Everyone, that is, with an appetite for the ghastly, the ghostly and the downright grizzly. Miss Cordelia Hemlock has tasked her assistant, Ransome Squelch, with travelling the world and snatching despicable stories to be lovingly bound into books. If you’re lucky the frankly frightening pair might even share some of them with you. It’d be their pleasure… or perhaps their curse. A weird and wonderfully dark show for horrid children and irresponsible adults.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Coppice Theatre are bringing out their much-loved spooky show for one last tour. Don’t miss this delightful show that fosters a love of storytelling and literature, explores the importance of sharing and warns of the dangers of eating too many donuts and not listening to your parents.

Coppice Theatre are a Cornwall-based children’s theatre company that specialises in creating engaging, entertaining and accessible productions that showcase talent, new writing, design and new digital media. They are a collective of practitioners that work across multiple projects and collaborate with various Cornwall-based companies. Their work is aimed at young audiences and we all share a love of great storytelling.

 

For ages 6+

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

November 2022

Postponed until July 29th 2023!

Postponed until July 29th 2023!

Thursday 3rd November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £12 Advance £14 Door

Acclaimed national touring artist Mark Harrison brings his unique music to the Acorn Theatre.

MARK HARRISON (National + 12-string guitars/vocals)

There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists around.  His highly individual, all-original music has taken him to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Recent appearances on BBC Radio 2, as a guest on Cerys Matthews’s show and on the Pick Of The Week show, have further added to his growing reputation.  

Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. Mark’s live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, delivered in a manner often described as ‘wry’ and ‘dry’. 

Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics that intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel.

 A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style, Mark tours extensively. He has released six albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US, the latest being the double album THE ROAD TO LIBERTY.

 Here are a few of the things that have been said about Mark and his music:

he takes very real things that happen in life and makes you think afresh about them (Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2)

a bit different and kinda groovy too (Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2)

 He’s a fantastic musician, he’s got a great voice and what a songwriter! What a glorious sound he makes (Frank Hennessey, BBC Radio 2)

Everybody should be talking about Mark Harrison (Classic Rock magazine)

charismatic live performances (RnR Magazine)

 totally and absolutely original (Mike Harding)

fresh as morning sunshine and as sharp as a well-honed razor (Folkwords)

great stage presenceinnovative …… if Top Of The Pops was still around, he might well be on it’ (Jazz FM)

Website:

http://www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com/

Music:

http://www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com/music.php

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

K.I.T.T.O (Aus) Indie/ Alternative  + Special Guests Bradlee Burchill & Helisa (FI)

K.I.T.T.O (Aus) Indie/ Alternative + Special Guests Bradlee Burchill & Helisa (FI)

Friday 4th November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: Advance £12/Door £14

Kitto (AUS) is an alternative rock artist/songwriter who relocated to Cornwall in late 2019 from Stockholm, Sweden.

Her music has swept her throughout the globe in some 36 countries, collecting stories and observations from the North Pole to Tasmania, Robben Island to Tahiti. The scope of her live set of songs mirrors the influences from the world of travel. She performs solo shows and usually tours during the spring and fall seasons. Kitto also performs in Psyche-Alt Rock ‘ Perfect Blue Sky

She began her career in the early 90s when signed to Australia’s major label Mushroom Records. Kitto has since long-craved the freedom to write, play and to live the dream that comes from creating a traveller’s path beyond.

Kitto has previously performed at The Acorn in June 2021 as a member together with Pna Andersson in Psyche-Retro Rock ‘Perfect Blue Sky’

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Celloman - Panacea Tour

Celloman - Panacea Tour

Saturday 5th November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £12.50 Advance | £15 Door

Celloman has been active for over twenty years under various guises including an electric band, acoustic string trio, and solo cello.
Having released seven albums and performed extensively across the UK and abroad including at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad, Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar) and Exit Festival in Serbia, Celloman are back with a UK tour to promote the release of ‘Panacea’, the first full band album since the 2009 release of Sharptown.

The band, fronted by electric cello and including live drums, bass and sampled beats, has a big reputation and sound. A sound that is a unique fusion of world music, jazz and classical, mixed with African and Middle-Eastern rhythms. In addition, Panacea adds a Classical Baroque flavour to the mix.

Alongside his work with Celloman, cellist Ivan Hussey has had a distinguished career as a session cellist, performing and recording with the likes of: Mick Jagger, Soul II Soul, Incognito, Jay Z, The Lighthouse Family, Snow Patrol, Annie Lennox, Duran Duran, Gabrielle, Natacha Atlas, Smoke City, Shaun Escoffrey, Third World, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and many more.

‘A Beautifully-constructed meeting of sweeping classical strokes, ethnic percussion, artful samples and an ear for grown up ‘pop’ music’ – Making Music

‘The band were tight, and the playing superb. To die for! – Festivals UK

“Their combined rhythmic impetus was strong enough for any dance audience. Very impressive” The Evening Standard

Celloman is supported by Pablo Hussey, who presents his spiritual sound of bamboo flute on Roots Reggae, whilst introducing his debut album.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Virginia Woolf-Killing The Angel

Virginia Woolf-Killing The Angel

Sunday 6th November 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £13

“Killing the Angel in the House … Had I not killed her she would have killed me.”

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel is a one-woman play with music that weaves the life of Virginia Woolf, as expressed in her own words, with music and songs by British female composers who were her contemporaries.

Through Woolf’s writing, this show reveals her troubled childhood, her views on literature, the Bloomsbury group and the challenges women face as artists and offers a new perspective on the artistic, social and creative networks of professional women in the early twentieth century.

“I’m buzzing after seeing ‘Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel’. The script is entirely extracted from Woolf’s novels, essays & life writing, with insight into Woolf’s ground-breaking feminist work in the context of her patriarchal upbringing. Don’t miss this!!!”  Lana Bode Woolf & Music

This is the latest collaboration between professional actor and classical singer, Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus, a Fellow and Professor of Harpsichord at Guildhall School of Music, following their previous acclaimed plays about women in music.

“a most extraordinary evening … challenging, enlightening, entertaining, chilling, informative, alluring, beautiful, funny and deeply inspiring … like floating on top of a wave – joyous one moment and dashed onto the pebbles the next. THANK YOU!” Audience member

 

 

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Meet Tommy Atkins

Meet Tommy Atkins

Friday 11th November 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £13

Meet Tommy Atkins

Meet Tommy Atkins’ takes the audience not just through Tommy’s war, but also his life back home in Britain post-war. We learn of his experiences in the trenches – fighting on the Somme, at Passchendaele and Loos; and also of the boredom, the loss and indeed the comradeship. Returning to Britain, Tommy shows us how a generation of returning men were maltreated but how ultimately it was his generation that forced through the foundations of the Welfare State.
From the beginning of the Great War to the end of the Second, Private Tommy Atkins was there.
This is his story.

‘Compelling, moving, insightful and believable….beautifully written and performed’ 

Stage Talk Magazine

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

The Under Cover Hippy + Support from Dalmore

The Under Cover Hippy + Support from Dalmore

Saturday 12th November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £16.50 Adv £19.00 Door

Billy Salisbury aka ​The Undercover Hippy ​has been performing at festivals since 2008, working his way up from ​ ​being a solo singer-songwriter playing in small marquee stages, to now having a full band of incredible musicians ​ ​and playing main stages at some of the UK’s best independent festivals. The band have been regulars at ​ ​Glastonbury, Boomtown, Electric Picnic, ​Eden Festival ​in Scotland and ​Beautiful Days, plus many more around the UK and Europe.

The music is best described as politically driven acoustic roots reggae folk-hop, with feel-good vibes and a sly sense of humour. The live show is high-energy, interactive, and always leaves the crowd begging for more. Devoted fans travel the length of the UK for shows, audibly singing along with every chorus.

In 2021 the band will release new singles, followed by their fourth album, a comprehensive UK tour and more lined up for 2022.

 

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph

Sunday 13th November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £19 Advance | £21 Door

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer-songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.

November 2021 saw him release his most recent studio album entitled “1960”,  with songs of both insightful observations of our times, along with poignant more personal reflections.  The album was made Folk Album of The Month in Mojo and awarded 4 starts by Uncut, and is still in the UK Official Folk charts in February 2022.

April 2019 saw him win a “Wales Folk Award” for “Here Come The Young”, the title track of his 2018 album, of which Uncut magazine said “He’s never sounded more potent than he does here”

In 2018 he was honoured with a ”Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” here in the UK.

He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 33 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.

Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, he’s a jaw-dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show-stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”

He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Thursday 17th November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £18 Advance £20 Door

The BCO were established by British composer and violinist Christian Garrick in 2009. Led by Christian they play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats.

The Budapest Café Orchestra have won legions of fans through their magical and infectious performances.  Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires –  plus a few surprises along the way –  hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship. A show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!

The BCO is a small but impeccably formed orchestra of just four players combined to create an aural alchemy so wholesome you would be forgiven for thinking a far bigger ensemble is at work. Two of the country’s most revered international soloists revel at the heart of proceedings. Accordionist exemplar Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain. In his illustrious career, he has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Chris Rea.  Christian Garrick is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists. He has played with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy, Bireli Lagrene and Caro Emerald. Another member of the Orchestra is one of Russia’s most enigmatic musical exports. The Sultan is played expertly by Adrian Zolotuhin, a master of the strummed strings of domra, balalaika, guitar and saz.  Veteran bass-man Kelly Cantlon has been in the business of laying down the low notes for many moons. Kelly found fame in the late 60’s as a Vagabond with northern soul sensations Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Friday 18th November 2022
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Tickets: £12

Greek stuff (Sex! Swords! Sandals!) with all the boring bits removed!

From the company that brought you ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Dracula’ and ‘Canterbury Tales’ comes a one-man performance of ‘The Odyssey’; a tale more exciting than excitement itself. Based (very loosely!) on the epic poem by Homer, The Odyssey is the journey of all journeys…

To Hell and back again. Gods and Monsters. And a love story that lasts decades.

A host of characters – including a one-eyed Cyclops, Circe the Sexy Sorceress and the terrifying Sea God Poseidon – will conjure up a mighty storm and keep you on the edge of your seat.

A compact piece of theatre magic, designed for even the smallest venues, with more Greek stuff than you can shake a stick at!

“Utterly compelling & laugh-out-loud funny”

“Inspired, epic lunacy! A proper treat for all”

The Odyssey, directed by Simon Harvey, made its first appearance with a short tour in 2017. Now rewritten and reworked with even more Greek stuff than you can shake a stick at! Performed by veteran Cornish actor and a founder member of Kneehigh Dave Mynne.


Suitable for adults and older children (12+)

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Old Baby Mackerel

Old Baby Mackerel

Saturday 19th November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £13 Advance £15 Door

Old Baby Mackerel play high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass featuring a fantastic line-up of renowned musicians from some of the UK’s best folk, Americana, and festival bands. Their music uses the sounds of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and double bass to get knees bouncing and elbows swinging to the virtuosic sound of blistering solos and sweet harmonies. Be prepared to be transported back in time to the early 20th century and across the Atlantic to North America where songs dramatized the small-town fascination with locomotion, the trials of murderous drunks and the veneration of whisky and bootleg liquor.

With three members of Flats & Sharps (Mikey P, Danny H & Liam on mando, fiddle and bass respectively)

Quotes:

“That’s the first Bluegrass track I’ve played on Upload and I love it, so, so good!”

Adam Crowther, BBC Radio Bristol

 

“A fine band of musicians and entertainers who would be at home playing in any holler in Appalachia. Real crowd pleasers with every tune and song they perform.”

Richard Hurst, N. Ireland Bluegrass Music Festival Organiser

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

This show is postponed until 14th December 2023

This show is postponed until 14th December 2023

Thursday 24th November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: Advance £12 Door £14

Progressive blues guitarist Claude Bourbon brings his unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions to the Acorn, Penzance, on Thursday 14th October 2021

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook

The Fleetwood Mac Songbook

Friday 25th November 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £18 Standing £20 Seated

‘The Fleetwood Mac Songbook’ is made up of six experienced musicians who are dedicated to recreating the magical sounds of one of music’s most enduring groups – Fleetwood Mac!
Touring across the UK since 2018, and earning rave reviews from Fleetwood Mac fans wherever they appear, The Fleetwood Mac Songbook’s dynamic, hit-packed show includes well-loved songs from all eras of FM’s incredible 50+ year career … Go Your Own Way, Little Lies, Dreams, The Chain (the Formula One racing theme song), Don’t Stop, Everywhere, Rhiannon, Seven Wonders, Oh Well, Big Love … from the 60’s ‘Blues’ incarnation of the band with frontman, Peter Green, through to the 70’s massive, multi million selling ‘Rumours’ album and slick 80’s, hit single packed production, ‘Tango In The Night’ this is a popular show for all ages and the urge to get up and dance always proves to be irresistible!

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

NIGHT TERRORS – The Ghost Stories of E F Benson

NIGHT TERRORS – The Ghost Stories of E F Benson

Sunday 27th November 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £12

NIGHT TERRORS – The Ghost Stories of E F Benson

Night Terrors is a spine-tingling evening of three tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories.

Masterful storytelling from the award-winning actor Gerard Logan will transport you to a dark, sinister world of the unexpected and the unexplainable.

The three stories (The Dance, In The Tube and

The Confession of Charles Linkworth), are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable.

 “Logan is astounding….He takes a strong script and flies it to the stars”

Edinburgh Festival 2016 Review – 5 STARS

“Watching Logan work is like being privy to a wonder of nature and remains with you … A true masterpiece of solo performance”

The Edinburgh Guide – Edinburgh Festival 2015 – 5 STARS

Gerard Logan won The Stage Best Solo Performer of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Award” for his acclaimed performance in Gareth Armstrong’s production of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece. He won the “Best Actor” award at the 2014 Buxton Fringe Festival and was nominated for the “Best Male Performance” at the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival for his performance in Wilde Without the Boy.

 

 

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

December 2022

Greg Chapman's Underwater World

Greg Chapman's Underwater World

Thursday 1st December 2022
7:30 pm

Tickets: £10 Advance |£12 Door

Comedy performer and magician Greg Chapman is returning to the Acorn with his new one-man show, all about some of the incredible life living in the oceans of the world.

Magic, comedy, and a host of other variety skills provide an evening of entertainment where, if you aren’t careful, you just might learn something!

Greg is the co-presenter of the two-part marine wildlife-based documentary ‘Seeking Cetaceans In Scotland’, and the star of the ‘Greg Chapman’s Magic Show’ series, and had been touring his comedy and magic shows for more than fifteen years, providing a fun show for all, and is really pleased to combine his passion for performance and underwater life in this show!

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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

The Unravelling Wilburys

The Unravelling Wilburys

Friday 2nd December 2022
8:00 pm

Tickets: £18 Advance £20 Door

This top tribute show is more than just a tribute – they are the complete
package! Their great combination of brilliant musicianship and tongue in
cheek humour has had rave reviews throughout the UK. Playing the
country-rock songs of the Traveling Wilburys, the band also steal some
choice numbers from its five iconic members; Roy Orbison, Tom Petty,
George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne.

The fabulous Unravelling Wilburys are made up of Sticky Willy, Walter,
Thumper, Blind Melon and Honky Tonk Wilbury, the “real” Wilbury
brothers, who grew up in an Appalachian shack and first presented their
songs in Nashville back in 1987. The show tells the story of how their
songs were (allegedly) stolen by Messrs Orbison & Co. at Nashville’s
Tootsies Bar and the hard road they had to tread to get ‘em back.
With a set list comprising of songs including ‘Handle With Care’,
‘Tweeter And The Monkey Man’, ‘The Devil’s Been Busy’, ‘Pretty
Woman’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Mr Blue Sky’, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’
and ‘American Girl’, this is a show not to be missed!

“Captured the style and sounds perfectly and with their own added
sense of humour gave the audience an evening to remember”.

“Thank you all for a sensational performance last night, it was
musicianship of extraordinary talent from you all.”

www.unravellingwilburys.co.uk
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The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU

Flame Christmas Fair

Flame Christmas Fair

Saturday 3rd December 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tickets: Free Entry

Welcome back to the Flame Christmas Fair! Discover perfect handmade artisan gifts for your loved ones this year in our bijou event. Open from 10.00 to 4.00
Be charmed by this festive event with the best in local art and crafts. Come inside and see a rainbow of gifts from the vibrant felt textiles of Angela Emily Truman, to the ocean colours of Emma Joyce’s exquisite silver and sea glass jewellery.
Find locally inspired handprinted Lino cuts and homewares by Maria Treseder, as well as the evocative en plein air watercolours by Jane Ducker for people that are looking for presents with a Cornish twist.
Be enchanted by the wonderful work of The Fairy Godmother whose whimsical textile work will have you thinking that you have walked into a storybook.
And if you like magical stationery then you will have plenty of choice from the illustrator Glitter and Earth who will have handmade journals as well as notebooks printed with her nature inspired images.
We are excited to be able to introduce you to the wonderful ceramics by Nest Home Designs, the handmade clothing by Dark Star Designs and to also have the fabulous lampshades made by the  Emporium of Illumination with us for the first time this year as well as a whole lot more.
Expect plenty of fairy lights and a festive soundtrack to get the season well and truly kickstarted.

Stall holders

Richard Pett – Stained Glass Art
Debi Ursell – lamp jewellery / glasswork
Lydia Sullivan – bags /soap
Tamsin Randall – Textile artist
Barefoot Pedlar – recycled bags/hats
Emma Joyce – jewellery
Rachel Stowe – jewellery/textiles (Reactive Designs)
Emporium of illumination – light shades/lamps
Angela Truman – Felt artist (Wool and Wossit)
Nest home designs – ceramics
Glitter and Earth – illustrator/stationery
Wild Duck Designs – cards & prints
Maria Treseder – printmaker
Tricia/Steve Payter – Artisan Cornwall Enamel Art/card
Liz Williams – Dark Star Clothing
Gert and Sids soaps and candles  and The Emporium of illumination.
   

The Acorn, Parade Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BU