An evening with Mark Cocker

Acclaimed naturalist and Guardian writer, Mark Cocker, will discuss his views on the future of Britain’s wildlife and invite comments from the audience. Mark will also sign copies of his new book Our place.

Environmental thought and politics have become parts of mainstream cultural life in Britain. The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that are now so embedded in public life with millions of members?

From the flatlands of Norfolk to the tundra-like expanse of the Flow Country in northern Scotland, acclaimed writer on nature Mark Cocker sets out on a personal quest through the British countryside to find the answers to these questions.

He explores in intimate detail six special places that embody the history of conservation or whose fortunes allow us to understand why our landscape looks as it does today. We meet key characters who shaped the story of the British countryside – Victorian visionaries like Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, as well as brilliant naturalists such as Max Nicholson or Derek Ratcliffe, who helped build the very framework for all environmental effort.

This is a book that looks to the future as well as exploring the past. It asks searching questions like who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies? Above all it attempts to solve a puzzle: why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet they have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth? Radical, provocative and original, Our Place tackles some of the central issues of our time. Yet most important of all, it tries to map out how this overcrowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for human occupants but also for its billions of wild citizens.

Thursday 28 June at the Centenary Centre, 22 Atholl Street, Peel, IM5 1BD at 7:30 PM Bar & refreshments.

Cost – £10 plus booking fee

Follow the link to book : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-mark-cocker-tickets-44872131754?aff=efbevent

 




REMEMBERING COUNTRY BLUES LEGEND MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT

 

COUNTRY BLUES LEGEND MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT TO BE REMEMBERED AT CENTENARY CENTRE SHOW

A CONCERT in the Atholl Room at the Centenary Centre in Peel on Sunday, October 7 will remember the life and times of country blues legend Mississippi John Hurt.

The show, featuring Mississippi John Hurt biographer and musician Dr Phil and country blues musician Blue John (John Gregory), will celebrate the 90thanniversary of Hurt’s legendary 1928 recordings in Memphis for the Okeh label.

Dr Phil (Phil Ratcliffe) – who wrote the critically acclaimed biography Mississippi John Hurt, His Life, His Times, His Blues, will be performing Mississippi John Hurt songs as well as telling stories about the guitar legend’s rise to prominence as an icon of the country blues.

The biography is now available in paperback.

There will also be a set by Blue John, a country blues guitarist who is a huge Mississippi John Hurt fan and has opened shows for a number of leading blues and roots music performers both in the Isle of Man and the UK.  John lives in the Isle of Man and is also part of the blues duo Blue John and Papa Cass and a concert promoter and guitar teacher.

Dr Phil and Blue John will also team up for some duo performances as part of the show. They are no strangers to performing together as they were the special guests during world-renowned country blues guitarist Ari Eisinger’s 2017 British Isles tour.

Tickets, priced £10, are available online at www.etickets.im/bjm and also by ringing John on 204320 or by emailing him at bluejohnmedia@hotmail.co.uk




Narropera – Don Giovanni

In partnership with Hospice Isle of Man (Patron: The Lieutenant Governor) and in the presence of HE Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO
 
NARROPERA returns to the Peel Centenary Centre. Mozart’s greatest opera, Don Giovanni, follows on from previous Narropera performances of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and of Così fan tutte.
 
A German reviewer recently described narropera as a Tale for Grown-Ups, in which narration and music are perfectly balanced. A second German critic observed that the recent invention of narropera (narrated opera) is timely, that opera can benefit from such a treatment whereby the work of the librettist (the playwright), ie the story itself, is placed on an equal footing with the music.
 
 
The Isle of Man with its celtic, bardic tradition, with its love of things direct and straight-forward, with its love of common appeal, entertainment and poetry, should by nature be well-suited to the format, narropera, and indeed since the very invention of narropera it has been.
 
The German journalists have addressed the very nub of narropera, the artistic condensing of an opera into a new art form, part narration, part music, throughout entertaining yet still enlightening, lasting no more than 80 to 85 minutes.
 
When one normally thinks of opera, today, one thinks primarily of music, of singing and of the visual challenge of sets and costumes. It is hard to realise that a couple of centuries ago in the 1700s, albeit a generation before Mozart, composers in general were considered much less important than the great poet-librettists, the actual story-tellers of opera. Lorenzo da Ponte, the brilliant librettist of The Marriage of Figaro, of Così fan tutte and of Don Giovanni, belongs in that same top drawer of such story-tellers, witty, poetic, dramatic and virtuosic.
 
Narropera’s opportunity is both, to provide the seasoned opera-goer with an enjoyable and informative way of seeing the source of their operatic passion through a new prism and, to provide the opera first-timer with an inviting, friendly format through which to try out an art form which might otherwise seem to be rather too complex.
 
 
The Mozart Narropera Trio (see FB page) of Dorothee Jansen soprano, Floriane Peycelon violin, and Haydn Rawstron narrator and piano, presents Lorenzo da Ponte/Mozart’s justly famous ‘Don Giovanni’ in the Peel Centenary Centre on Saturday 23rd June. This will be the fifth narropera performance on the Isle of Man since January 2013, when Haydn and Dorothee invented the new format as a response to earthquake damage to theatres and concert halls throughout Christchurch, New Zealand. What began life as a stop-gap immediately flourished and, with the Peel Don Giovanni later this month, narropera will clock-up its 71st performance.
 
Don Giovanni is regarded by many opera fans as the best-ever opera written and the work’s stella-reputation owes much to its riveting story. It is perhaps therefore not coincidental that Don Giovanni was Mozart’s greatest success during his lifetime.
 
Narropera prioritises the virtue of clarity, striking a careful balance between narrative and musical components, such as to enable the listener to imagine the various situations and characters, as a child would, when read to at bed-time. The story provokes the music, which in turn enhances the story and, for that stimulating synthesis to occur, one needs greater exposure to the story than is usual in opera performances.
 
Narropera returns to PEEL, Centenary Centre Saturday, 23rd June 2018, 8pm
W. Mozart/da Ponte: ‘Don Giovanni’, as narropera
Dorothee Jansen (soprano), Floriane Peycelon (violin) Haydn Rawstron (narrator/piano)
Tickets: www.etickets.im/cc/ or Peter Norris, GH Corlett, Celtic Gold, Shakti Man, Thompson Travel or on the night @ Centenary Centre
£15 pound, free for under 18s
 



Our Island: Our World

The evening Concerts will take place in the Centenary Centre, Peel on Friday and Saturday
7/8th of September at 7.30pm.

PLEASE NOTE TICKET NUMBERS WILL BE LIMITED BOTH NIGHTS TO LEAVE PLENTY
OF ROOM FOR DANCING!!!

On Friday night we have Baka Beyond, playing music from the Baka people of Cameroon, West Africa.

Sheelanagig, dance music from Eastern Europe, Balkans and Israel

Vera van Heeringen Trio, Americana/Cajun music

On Saturday night, we have Soothsayers, Afrobeat, dub, funk and jazz

Angel Brothers

Clash Vooar, (the Big Groove), Afro, Klezmer, Latin grooves , Manx Gaelic songs

EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR BOTH CONCERTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR £45 FROM
https://www.etickets.im/cc/

On Saturday afternoon (8th September) 12 noon until 5pm there is a FREE event suitable for all the family in the Peel Cathedral Grounds (in the Cathedral if wet). There will be dancing on the Labyrinth, Music in the new Amphitheatre, Global food, workshops ,and lots of things for Children!

In the Corrin Hall there will be a celebration of the different communities living on the Island, again with Children’s activities , showing aspects of their various cultures.

Come along for lunch, the Music starts at noon!

Full details will be published later!




Our Island: Our World

The evening Concerts will take place in the Centenary Centre, Peel on Friday and Saturday
7/8th of September at 7.30pm.

PLEASE NOTE TICKET NUMBERS WILL BE LIMITED BOTH NIGHTS TO LEAVE PLENTY
OF ROOM FOR DANCING!!!

On Friday night we have Baka Beyond, playing music from the Baka people of Cameroon, West Africa.

Sheelanagig, dance music from Eastern Europe, Balkans and Israel

Vera van Heeringen Trio, Americana/Cajun music

On Saturday night, we have Soothsayers, Afrobeat, dub, funk and jazz

Angel Brothers

Clash Vooar, (the Big Groove), Afro, Klezmer, Latin grooves , Manx Gaelic songs

EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR BOTH CONCERTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR £45 FROM
https://www.etickets.im/cc/

On Saturday afternoon (8th September) 12 noon until 5pm there is a FREE event suitable for all the family in the Peel Cathedral Grounds (in the Cathedral if wet). There will be dancing on the Labyrinth, Music in the new Amphitheatre, Global food, workshops ,and lots of things for Children!

In the Corrin Hall there will be a celebration of the different communities living on the Island, again with Children’s activities , showing aspects of their various cultures.

Come along for lunch, the Music starts at noon!

Full details will be published later!




The Carole King & James Taylor Story

 

Following a critically acclaimed sell out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival The Carole King & James Taylor Story comes to a theatre near you to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the six-time Grammy Award winner and twenty-time platinum hit maker Carole King and five-timeGrammy Award winner & American folk legend James Taylor.This new “show-umentary” format gives a fascinating insight into the lives behind the music.

Featuring passionate renditions of Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, I Feel the Earth Move, Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and many more this astonishing back catalogue is realised with authenticity by Phoebe Katis and Dan Clews, both well established artists in their own right.

“both guitar and voice took these fans back to The Troubadour in 1970” **** BroadwayBaby 2017

“Will leave any folk-rock fans wholly satisfied” **** BroadwayBaby 2016

“Wow, what an experience” BBC Kent

“performance was immaculate” **** Three Weeks




Jo Harman

 

Widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest ever soul/blues fuelled voices, JO HARMAN remains a genre-defying, independently minded artist of rare credibility, who makes sincere and heartfelt music, often compared to that of the ‘golden age of music’.

Jo recently released her second studio album ‘People We Album’ to much critical acclaim (see accolades at foot of the page) and no little commercial success. Indeed the ‘lead single’, ‘When We Were Young’ (featuring Michael McDonald) achieved BBC Radio 2 play-listing, as well as play listing on other mainstream national stations across Ireland (RTE1) and Europe. The album has also made various ‘best of’ lists for 2017.

A multi award winning/nominated performer, Jo has achieved considerable success at home and abroad, headlining prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe, North America and beyond, including playing as one of eleven (otherwise household name) artists to 300k people at Parkpop, in the Hague. Amongst many other career highlights in her relatively short career, Jo was also invited by Amnesty International to perform at their prestigious ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award in Berlin alongside the likes of Patti Smith and Joan Baez,

Jo has indeed recently been asked to guest on Motown Songwriting legend Lamont Dozier’s ‘Reimagination’ album – alongside other legendary guests such as Gregory Porter and Sir Cliff Richard- and, in fact, she duets with Lamont on the lead single ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’. She’ll be touring Japan with Lamont as part of that project, as well as featuring on his prestigious UK tour.

https://www.facebook.com/joharmanofficial/videos/2211382089089399/

Come hear why Rag ‘N Bone took to social media to proclaim Jo as ‘one of this country’s finest talents’ and why soul super star Michael McDonald advised ‘hearing her cover one of my songs was a spiritual experience’.

The show will be a full band performance comprising Jo’s world class musicians (with CV’s to match) on guitar, keyboards, bass and drums, in addition to Jo herself on lead vocals (and stories!).

 

 

Sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless – †Huey Morgan, Fun Loving Criminals on his BBC Radio 2 show

On course to be the finest UK female blues soul voice” – Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror

“Cracking rootsy blues singer well known to festival audiences” – Mail On Sunday

“What a voice!” – Classic Rock Magazine

“Stunning. Harman’s music mainlines the human soul“ – Classic Rock Blues Magazine

‘It It was my great privilege to work with her. Listening to her interpretative one of my songs was a spiritual experience” – Michael McDonald (Soul superstar and Doobie Brothers frontman)

“I believe this lady to be one of the finest singers this country has to offer! She really is tremendous! I hope our paths cross again” – Rag N Bone Man

“An exquisite album rooted in the classic, timeless music of past generations, and quite possibly the finest blue eyed soul vocal performance you’ll hear all year.”  Get Ready To Rock

“Jo mines pop, soul and gritty blues with conviction” – The Daily Mirror

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Remembering Jonno




A Night of Burlesque

Tickets available online or from Celtic Gold, Peel.




A Night of Burlesque

Tickets available online or from Celtic Gold, Peel.