On Saturday 13th October we welcome Wingin’ It, a fresh and dynamic acoustic duo comprising Chas MacKenzie (guitar) and Adam Bulley (mandolin and guitar).
’ Winner of the Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award, Wingin’ It deliver a fiery, energy fuelled array of acoustic music styles. Weaving effortlessly between Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Folk and Pop, their performances are sure to capture the imagination. Listen to clips from their EP, Not Enough for an Album on their website.
Their performances captivate their audiences with not only their masterful technique and dazzling musical interplay, but also the sheer joy, fun and excitement of their playing.
Tickets: £12//Conc: £10 available from the Box Office: Tel: 01752 892220
On Wednesday 24th October The Watermark are delighted to present
Keith James in concert
The songs of Leonard Cohen
Each song stripped back – desolate, naked and sensual
The most enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural songwriter the English speaking world has ever known. Revered and covered by the entire music community; Leonard Cohen’s exact sense of prose, his wry humour and his courage to wrestle with the unspoken. Forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.
His recent spectacular world tour of stadium venues has been successful beyond belief but has not, with regret, exposed the solitary inner strength of the songs in their original perfect form.
Keith James; with a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the pure song gives you a concert of this amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable.
Also included are Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen that Keith has set to music.
‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times
‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
Tickets: £12// Conc: £10. Performance starts at 8pm.
Call the box office on 01752 892220
On Saturday October 20th Joey the Lips will be returning to The Watermark once again! It promises (as usual!) to be great fun for all, tickets will go fast so make sure you book soon!
Highly rated 10 Piece Joey The Lips will be performing their ‘Soul, Funk & Disco Revue’ show. Last year they supported Will Young and performed at the 2011 British Formula 1 Grand Prix, Silverstone as well as in 2010 appearing in Hello magazine following a performance for Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford at their summer wedding. Previous spots over the years include working with Edwin Starr, Atomic Kitten, Tony Hadley and Lisa Stansfield saxophonist Snake Davis, as well as many TV and radio appearances.
This band really do love what they do and are renowned for their infectious on-stage energy and audience interaction, plus a set list that has something for everyone. From Gimme Some Lovin’ to Beyonce’s Crazy In Love, from Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now to River Deep Mountain High, as well as a mad version of Love Shack with a heavy metal medley thrown in for good measure!
“I got near the front just in time to see the kind of explosive team effort that left me exhilarated. The atmosphere really was electric and the anticipation all but touchable. Treat yourself, go see them soon” – South West Music Review.
“The best moment of my wedding day after saying ‘I do’ to Eamonn was dancing the night away to Joey The Lips. Our friends are still talking about their brilliant show. Unmissable entertainment” – Ruth Langsford (Holmes)
Ladies first! As they say, as we kick off the first part of Autumn with Steven Soderburg’s 2012 offering ‘Magic Mike’ a comedy drama starring “man of the moment” Channing Tatum, a perfect way to de-stress after 6 weeks at home with the children. Also on offer in September the thriller ‘360’, documentary based film ‘The Imposter’ and for one night only Marvel’s superhero’s ‘The Avengers’ ascend on The Watermark. October includes ‘Lawless’ a bootlegging drama with an exceptional cast and two un-missable comedies ‘Take this Waltz’ with Seth Rogen and ‘Hope Springs’ with everyone’s favourite Meryl Streep. As the weather turns cold, we slip into November with the fantasy drama ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, then dig out your spandex for ‘Rock of Ages’. Zac Efron will be making an appearance in ‘Liberal Arts’, then one for the road with ‘On The Road’ a French adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s cult classic novel.
In September we are showing our first ballet on the big screen The Royal Ballet’s adaptation of ‘The Tales of Beatrix Potter’ followed in November by Tsarinas Slippers.
Our first live offering of the season will be Albert Lee & Hogan’s Hero’s. Albert Lee’s impeccable country music and rock pedigree stretches back over more than 40 years. He has performed with many of the greats in country and rock, including Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton and the Everly Brothers. In October Come & Sing Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Simon Ible a workshop with lunch available and always a popular event here at The Watermark so don’t miss out place pick up an application form from reception or contact Ann Laity on 01752 691648; firstname.lastname@example.org. Also in October Wingin’ it, an award winning duo delivering acoustic music of varying styles and Keith James in concert, the most pure and intimate performance imaginable of The Songs of Leonard Cohen. And back by popular demand Joey the Lips, the nation’s funkiest 10 piece band, buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. In November we welcome the Devon and Somerset Fire Service Band and the Churchfitters.
The piece is a classic, Agatha Christie’s very own ‘And Then There Were None’. Or were there? Just over 300 people turned out to see Ivybridge Theatre Company perform the classic.
Earlier this year we saw a brilliant and hilarious Snow White Pantomime, which could have been a very hard act to follow! But, they managed it. This summer they returned to their Murder Mystery roots, and did a fantastic job of portraying a range of characters on stage, Suspense, Murder and a little bit of Comedy, made for an entertaining evening for all. Interval breaks were full of ‘Whodunnit’ talks, and the final act was full of surprises for the audience! If you went to see it, did you guess correctly? Who did you think was the murderer?
Ivybridge Theatre Company are going from strength to strength and if you haven’t had the chance to come and see a performance by them yet, keep a look out, their next performance will be early next year and we will be bringing you the info as soon as we have it! Until then, you can follow / read / like them in a number of ways:
Facebook: Ivybridge Theatre Company
We’ve got some exciting events lined up this month! Starting off with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – which had a great Reception at Curzon, The Watermark (US!) in Ivybridge. Over 300 people passed through the doors over four days to see this tremendous film and everyone had a great time!
Coming up, we’ve got Salmon Fishing In the Yemen, one of 2012′s best Romantic Comedies, followed by the ‘Based on a True Story’ – Personal Best, A film centered around four years of training for the Olympic games, this film follows the story of young athletes in the run up to the Olympic Games. To finish the month off, we’re off to the past, with a fantastic one for our Curzon Classics season: Chariots of Fire. To finish up the month, a brilliant night out for everyone, we’re showing Grease: The Singalong.
But that’s not all! We are also delighted to play host to Ivybridge Theatre Company, who will be taking the stage on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th & Saturday 21st to perform Agatha Christie’s: And Then There Were None. Want more info? You can watch their trailer below and you can check out their Facebook Page. Don’t forget to stop by our Live Events page & Cinema pages for dates & prices for all our events.
Its a fantastic month here at The Watermark and we look forward to seeing you all!
There will be a rare treat for big band lovers on Friday 29th June when the Dave Hankin Big Band appear at the Watermark Theatre in Ivybridge celebrating 100 years of Stan Kenton.
The concert celebrates the centenary year of the innovative composer and big band leader Stan Kenton.
Described as “jaw-droppingly good” and “exceptional..they could not be bettered” the Dave Hankin Big Band has earned a reputation of being one of the best big bands in the land.
Dave Hankin, the musical director, says: “When I realised that Stan Kenton would have been 100 this year I decided we just had to perform his music in a ‘centenary special’. With Kenton penning so many big band classics such as ‘Peanut Vendor’, ‘Intermission Riff’, ‘Eager Beaver’ and ‘Artistry In Rhythm’ it’s definitely been a case of what to omit rather than what to include into the programme.”
Dave adds: “I am a huge fan of Stan Kenton’s music and I am genuinely very excited to showcase his music in Ivybridge.”
All tickets are £12.50 and are available from the Watermark Box Office on 01752 892220
FURTHER INFO: www.davehankin.com
Folkrock legends Fairport Convention will be celebrating their forty-fifth anniversary in Ivybridge when the band visits The Watermark on Saturday 26 May.
Formed in 1967′s ‘summer of love’, Fairport Convention has been delighting audiences for 45 years making them one of the most enduring bands to emerge from the fertile 60s music scene. Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, the band is still as vibrant and inventive as ever.
The 2012 anniversary tour will feature songs from the band’s recent studio album, the critically-acclaimed Festival Bell. However, with such a long history the band has a vast repertoire to draw on so this year the tour concerts will also include a selection of favourite songs and tunes specially chosen in a poll of the band’s fans.
“Forty-five years is a milestone,” says Simon Nicol who co-founded the band in 1967, “but we don’t intend to rest on our laurels or hark back to the past – Fairport is a band that always looks to the future. All five of us are looking forward to getting back on the road – in fact, we’re raring to go – because our first love is live performance.”
“We’ve played in Devon many tims before and this will be our second visit to The Watermark,“ Mr Nicol adds. ” The venue has a very welcoming audience so we are looking forward to meeting them again on Saturday evening. This year, the concert will be rather different – not only have we got the new material from Festival Bell but this will be the first time we’ve invited our audiences to help us select the repertoire for a concert tour.”
As well as Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Fairport Convention features Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.
Fairport Convention has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ’The Most Influential Folkrock Album of All Time’.
Fairport Convention’s concert at The Watermark starts at 8pm. Tickets and booking information from 01752 892220 or online ivybridgewatermark.co.uk
An evening of solid kicks and red hot licks!
We are delighted to announce that on the 4th May 2012 at 8pm, one of the Uk’s most exciting country/bluegrass/western swing bands, who are undoubtedly one of the country’s finest live groups, The Toy Hearts will be playing at the Ivybridge Watermark to celebrate the release of their fourth studio album ‘Whiskey’.
The Toy Hearts have been making music together for over ten years, Sisters Hannah (lead vocal/mandolin) and Sophia (guitar/harmony vocals) front the band, and along with their father Stewart (banjo/dobro) they carry on the established tradition of the family aspect within country music. Blood harmonies, original songwriting and arrangements, instrumental virtuosity and a deep love for that high lonesome sound means that despite being geographically removed from the bluegrass state, the Johnson family have successfully created their own kind of sound that encompasses both Bill Monroe in Kentucky with a dash of hot club straight from the Continent. They have honed their skills the hard way by gigging across the UK, USA and Europe, the result being that they deliver an exciting, energetic and dynamic live show, packed with just the right amounts of sweetness, sass and style.
The new record ‘Whiskey’ is an original mix of old and new material, The Toy Hearts prove their songwriting worth with more than just a nod to the good old country tradition of ‘the drinking song’, while also including in their own takes of material by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Ronnie Self, Moon Mullican, Bessie Smith and Wayne Hancock. The new record, and indeed their live show, is as sincere as it gets: their love for the music they play and the conviction of their delivery far exceeds any simple mimicry of American music. They manage to tip their hats to their influences from Bluegrass, Western Swing, Country, Rockabilly & Blues, while making their own mark, and having their own distinct style, which is quite different to that of those whom inspire them. From the heartbreak in Hannah’s voice, to her sister’s take-no-prisoners guitar playing, to their father Stewarts multi instrumental talents, this unlikely trio demonstrate what it really means to want to play this kind of music and truly love doing so.
This Birmingham based outfit have been not-so-quietly carving out their own niche in the Americana and Roots music scene for a while now, so if you haven’t been to one of their shows before you are in for a real treat, there brilliant musicianship and stunning stagecraft combine to leave audiences gasping for more. And, although it may seem improbable that two young women from the midlands would have the ability to produce authentic and innovative Country music, you really should leave those pre-conceptions at the door.
With an extensive UK tour, and with fans in people as diverse as Bob Harris, Ronnie Wood, Rob da Bank, and Imelda May isn’t it time you saw them for yourself?
Tickets are £12/£11 Box Office 01752 892220
The next couple of months promise to be exciting ones here at The Watermark. Not only have we got some great Cinema Screenings coming up (they can be found here on our Cinema Page) – but we also have some fantastic Live acts joining us this May.
First, some cinema dates for your diary!
Woman In Black (12A) – Wed 18th, Thurs 19th, Fri 20th & Sat 21st April.
Bel Ami (15) – Wed 25th, Thurs 26th, Fri 27th & Sat 28th April
The Iron Lady (15) – Wed 2nd, Fri 4th & Sat 5th May
War Horse – Thurs 10th, Fri 11th & Wed 16th May
The Artist – Wed 30th, Thurs 31st May & Fri 1st June
We have lots of other films screening so be sure to pick up a What’s On Guide at The Watermark or Check our cinema page here on the site.
This May we will be bringing you our very fist Opera Screening at The Watermark. Puccini’s Tosca will be screened on Saturday 19th May 2012, starting at 7.30, the showing is 2hrs & 05mins and there will be an interval. Here’s a bit more info:
Set in the Rome of 1800, a political world of control and suspicion, Tosca is a beautiful diva in love with idealistic painter, Cavaradossi, whose beliefs and loyalties bring him into conflict with the malevolent Chief of Police, Scarpia. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, the score includes great set pieces such as ‘Te Deum’ and the arias ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of opera’s brilliant nights out. For more info and a clip, see this link >> http://cinema.roh.org.uk/content/tosca
As for our Live Events, we’re back to our folky roots, with The Toy Hearts & Fairport Convention visiting the Watermark on Friday 4th May & Saturday 26th May respectively. Tickets are booking now. We’ll be posting more about these events in the coming weeks. Tickets for The Toy Hearts are £12 and £11 Concession & Fairport Convention Tickets are £20 & £19 Concessions, as with all our events you can find more info on our Live Events page.