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The Mechanicals Band in Concert

Show Details

Presented by The Mechanicals Band

Performance date and time
Saturday, 18th January 2020
7:30 PM

In this delightful gem of a concert, The Mechanicals Band, led by the exceptional song-smith Wes Finch, and galvanised by their love of literature, draw on the words of Shakespeare, WB Yeats, William Blake, Phillip Larkin, John Masefield and more for their witty, erudite, and achingly lovely songs. With a blast of originality and fantastic energy, they combine bittersweet acoustic ballads, subtle folk-classical music, jazz, chanson and enchanting poetry recitation into a live show of infectious goodwill and sense of occasion. _________________________________________________________________

Wes Finch: guitars, vocals Jools Street: violin Katrin Gilbert: viola John Parker (Nizlopi): double bass Ben Haines: percussion

'The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds... Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.' The Mechanicals Band combine their passion for poetry and their love of music and bring them together for unique live experiences. Words from the greats of British poetry are brought to life with fresh classical and folk inspired compositions and embellished with brilliant recitation and occasional on and off-stage dancing. Invigorating guitar and exceptional vocals are accompanied by skilful and vivacious double bass and the subtly interweaving string lines of violin and viola, all is accentuated by percussion and drums. William Shakespeare was the main inspiration and theme for the band's 2017 debut release 'Exit, Pursued by Bear', described by FATEA Magazine as: 'A gem of an album, combining bittersweet contemporary style acoustic ballads, with Shakespeare's words and a subtle folk-blues swing.' Initially, Wes wrote the songs in response to a competition run by The Royal Shakespeare Company. The songs weren't in fact ever entered into the competition but after being picked up via BBC Introducing in 2016, Wes, Ben and Jools were asked to play them at The RSC's Other Place Theatre in Stratford as part of the BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune, celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare. Since then the group has grown to include Katrin and John and continues to expand its repertoire; most recently to include John Masefield and Philip Larkin. Over the last few years Wes has been described by Mercury Prize nominated producer Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp) as 'a blast of originality, primal energy and musical magic in a market saturated with cloned artists and homogenised songs', and has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Lucy Ward, Merry Hell and O'Hooley & Tidow at various venues, folk clubs and festivals.

'A welcome and singular addition to the list of newbloods reinvigorating British folk music.' Uncut Magazine (on Wes Finch)

Running time
90 min + interval

Audience Type

Age Range

Ticket Prices
£10.00 Standard / £8.00 In Adv Under 16

Other Ticket Information
Doors open 7pm.

Main Box Office Telephone Number

Available From
Call 01777 870 607 or 01777 871 654

Additional Information
'Picnic Style' setting so please feel to bring your own food for consumption during the interval. Drinks may only be purchased from the bar.

Venue Accessibility (See Key for more information)

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Reservable/general parking on site Designated parking Level entrance Ramped approach up to entrance Wheelchair accessible toilet Induction Loop

This performance is supported by:

Arts Council, England