REVIEW: Dame Emma Kirby at Taunton's Quartz Festival

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

IF you attend a recital by a noted singer such as Dame Emma Kirkby, a superb level of virtuosity and musicianship would be expected.

REVIEW: Jazz with Ralph Allin

Somerset County Gazette:

5:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A HIGHLY entertaining evening of fast-fingered jazz was performed at a packed Cossington village hall.

REVIEW: Show of hands at the Brewhouse

2:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

FOR more than two hours the mighty Show of Hands, featuring singer-songwriter front man Steve Knightley, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer and long-time ‘special guest’ of ten years, double bassist Miranda Sykes, showcased contrasting talents, dovetailing brilliantly.

A new kind of knitting

8:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

EVER heard of Tunisian crochet? Let your curiosity be piqued at a workshop at Artfully Made in Wellington on October 25.

Zombies in the Cove

Somerset County Gazette:

3:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

GET ready for a walk to remember in Burnham this Hallowe’en when the Marine Cove hosts its very own Zombie Walk.

Peter and the Wolf et al

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

BEWARE of the wolf this October as storytellers and musicians come to Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre.

Buddy Holly heaven at The Blakehay Theatre

Somerset County Gazette:

10:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

FOR a breath-taking show packed full of hits, don’t miss Buddy Holly and The Cricketers at The Blakehay Theatre on November 21.

Comedy Cornish style at the Tacchi-Morris

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

A COMEDY ‘King’ is making his way to Taunton’s Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre for a night to make you giggle your crown jewels off.

Digance backs hospice support

Somerset County Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

AWARD-WINNING comedian Richard Digance is supporting St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice with a one-man show at Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre on Saturday, October 25.

T Rex tribute heads to Burnham

Somerset County Gazette:

4:56pm Friday 17th October 2014

GLAM Rock comes to Somerset this month with ‘I love to Boogie’ by T.Rextasy – the ultimate tribute band to 70s rockers T.Rex.

Round-robin music feast with the Friends

Somerset County Gazette:

1:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

SOMERSET songwriter and promoter Nick Girone-Maddocks is thrilled to be promoting a ‘must see’ for all songwriting and acoustic music fans.

REVIEW: Variety Showtime at the Regal

9:00am Friday 17th October 2014

IT was the sixth year that Dianne Turner had brought together a big bucketful of acts to engage audiences in a delightful programme of variety and fun.

Male voice choir concert

6:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE Taunton Committee of Cancer Research UK is presenting a fundraising concert by the Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir this Sunday, October 19, at 7.30pm at Queen’s College Hall.

Wildlife centre founder's visit to the library

Somerset County Gazette:

5:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE founder of a Somerset animal charity popped along to Taunton Library on Saturday to sign copies of her latest book.

Martin Simpson to appear at Kingsmead School

Somerset County Gazette:

4:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

NOMINATED for Musician of the Year and Best Album with ‘Vagrant Stanzas’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, Martin Simpson, right, is performing at Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe, on Monday, October 27.

Four decades of memories with Roger

Somerset County Gazette:

2:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WELL-KNOWN Somerset author will be releasing his latest book today (Thursday) – packed with four decades of memories and anecdotes about life in the county.

The Chase quizmaster to visit Vivary Park Golf Club

Somerset County Gazette:

1:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

JOIN quizmaster Paul Sinha, left, of ITV’s The Chase, for the second pub quiz night at Vivary Park Golf Club.

Ukuleles galore in Timberscombe

10:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

UKULELES swing into Timberscombe this Friday, October 17, as Jo Cadman and Night Owls visit the village hall.

Tales of Resistance with Lord Ashdown

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

INTERNATIONAL diplomat and best-selling author Lord Paddy Ashdown will be giving a one-off talk about his latest book, The Cruel Victory, at King’s College in Taunton.

First World War anniversary knees-up

Somerset County Gazette:

5:00pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

WARTIME nostalgia is being celebrated in old knees-up fashion in a musical performance called Smile! Smile! Smile! at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe.

REVIEW: Simon Weston at the Brewhouse

Somerset County Gazette:

2:00pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

FALKLANDS veteran Simon Weston began his conversation with pink-trousered former Sky TV anchor David Fitzgerald at the Brewhouse on Saturday night with an entertaining account of his Welsh childhood and his diminutive but fearsome matriarchal grandmother.

REVIEW: Dame Emma Kirkby, accompanied by Jakob Lindberg at The Quartz Festival, Queen’s College, Taunton

Somerset County Gazette:

11:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

IF you attend a recital by a noted singer such as Dame Emma Kirkby, a superb level of virtuosity and musicianship would be expected; what was truly amazing about her recital ‘The English Muse’ was that this expectation still did not prepare the audience for what was a stunning display of artistry and skill.

REVIEW: The Acoustic Strawbs at Quartz Festival

8:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

THERE’S so much more to the Strawbs than the iconic single ‘Lay Down’ and infantile ditty ‘Part of the Union’.

Somerset biography released

6:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A BIOGRAPHY has been released detailing Hans Schwarz paintings from across the Somerset region.

Rock 'n roll at the Royal Oak

Somerset County Gazette:

3:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

ROCK ’n roll band The Beat Cats, above, are performing at The Royal Oak in Stoke St Gregory as part of an Oxfam charity fundraiser on October 25.

Close to you...and close to the real thing

Somerset County Gazette:

10:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE Karpenters will be performing at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre later this month.

Laughter all the way from the valleys

Somerset County Gazette:

12:53pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A GOOD night out is assured on Friday, October 24, when Cwmploddy, an original comedy drama from South Wales, comes to the Regal Theatre, Minehead.

A night of Passion

8:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

A SPECIAL stage performance will be held this October at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton to mark the centenary of the First World War.

REVIEW: Mary Eade

Somerset County Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

MARY Eade, already much loved by Taunton audiences for many fine performances, generated great enthusiasm with a barnstorming account of the Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens – a virtuoso showpiece of fiendish technical difficulty as well as great beauty and excitement.

The Rivertones head to Taunton

12:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

THE Rivertones Chorus present The Rivertones Variety Show this October at King’s College Theatre, Taunton.

Cafe plays host to stomping ground

10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MIKE Denham and the Sunset Cafe Stompers are performing at a Hatch Beauchamp Jazz Club event in the village hall at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Chance to meet prolific author in Taunton

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

BRENDON Books is giving County Gazette readers the opportunity to meet prolific author and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Final call for Somerset Arts Weeks

Somerset County Gazette:

6:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

ART lovers are being encouraged to embrace the final week of the Somerset Arts Weeks as there are still lots of events in which to take part.

REVIEW: WestEnders

1:36pm Monday 29th September 2014

WHICHEVER musical or West End is your favourite, there was a good chance that the WestEnders performed it – and performed it well – at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton on Saturday.

REVIEW: Cosi Fan Tutte

Somerset County Gazette:

1:35pm Monday 29th September 2014

IT was my first time at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre and, not to mention, my first time watching Italian opera – or any opera for that matter.

Chance to get crafty with crochet

Somerset County Gazette:

1:32pm Monday 29th September 2014

PEOPLE who want to learn a new skill ready for when the winter nights draw in can attend a crochet class for beginners at a Taunton garden centre in October.

Popular Cbeebies pair to stage second show

Somerset County Gazette:

1:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

THE Brewhouse in Taunton is delighted to announce that it has added a second performance of the popular Chris and Pui Roadshow to its diary of coming events.

Book yourselves in for a page-turning autumn

Somerset County Gazette:

1:28pm Monday 29th September 2014

BOOK lovers will be piling into town this November for this year’s much anticipated Taunton Literary Festival running from November 7 to 29.

First World War exhibition in Taunton gets grant funding

Somerset County Gazette: DIRECTORS Andy Knutt and Richard Holt.

2:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

The Creative Innovation Centre in Taunton (CICCIC) has announced that they have been successful in obtaining a Heritage Lottery Grant to support the First World War Pitminster Parish exhibition in the town.

REVIEW: Barre at The Barn

12:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A MUSICAL extravaganza is being held in aid of the Taunton Friends Meeting House Renewal Fund.

Has your gnome got star quality?

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

GNOME owners in Somerset are being urged to get involved with a new music project this month.

Artwork puts disaster relief in focus

8:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

AN EXHIBITION of photographs and artwork from disaster-struck Haiti will be in Minehead from next week.

New site for honey show

6:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

AFTER 25 years of being hosted at the Taunton Flower Show, the Somerset Honey Show will be buzzing off to Long Sutton Village Hall for the first time in its history.

Mistaken ID and lust - it's just farcical

Somerset County Gazette:

5:38pm Monday 8th September 2014

THE award-nominated production team behind the recent Abigail’s Party at Monkton Heathfield’s Tacchi Morris Arts centre will return for its new show, Habeas Corpus, from September 23 to September 27.

FEBRUARY 2015: Jim Davidson heads to Bridgwater

Somerset County Gazette: Jim Davidson is to appear at Ludlow Festival next month.

12:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

LONG-SERVING face of British comedy Jim Davidson brings his tour, ‘No Further Action’, to Bridgwater in February with tickets already on sale.

Star baritone to kick off September's Stogumber Arts Fest

Somerset County Gazette:

11:25am Thursday 28th August 2014

A STAR baritone who is appearing in the Last Night of the Proms in London will mark the centenary of The First World War and open Stogumber Festival 2014 next Thursday, September 4.

Go Create to take over Hammet Street for bright festival of art

Somerset County Gazette:

11:23am Thursday 28th August 2014

PUPPET-MAKING, wood turning, sculpture and site-specific art are just a snapshot of Hammet Street’s family festival in Taunton on Saturday, September 6.

Young Musical Theatre Company present RENT at Tacchi-Morris

Somerset County Gazette:

11:17am Thursday 28th August 2014

RENT, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award-winning rock remake of Puccini’s opera La Bohème, is set to kick off the Tacchi-Morris Art Centre’s new season in style next week.

Comedian Lee Hurst postpones Brewhouse date

Somerset County Gazette: Lee Hurst

10:19am Thursday 28th August 2014

COMEDIAN Lee Hurst, above, has been forced to postpone his forthcoming appearance at Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre because he is undergoing heart surgery for a second time.

BOOK NOW! Comedian Alan Francis is coming to Brazz

Somerset County Gazette:

2:44pm Monday 25th August 2014

A LIMITED number of tickets are now on sale to see highly recommended Scottish comedian Alan Francis headline a night of silliness at Taunton’s Brazz brasserie on Thursday, September 11.

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