From: astor theatre [astortheatre_at_hotmail_dot_com]
Sent: 24 April 2007 14:30
Subject: Folk shows
Dear Dr Webber,
Please excuse my method of introduction, but as you may be aware the Astor Theatre in Deal, is a small self funded venue, which over the last 5 years have built up a respected programme of shows, that have included Maddy Prior, John Renbourn, June Tabor, Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch and of course Deal’s own Dave Cousins.
We feel that over the last year or so the Folk audience have been somewhat neglected, and as a consequence of this we are proud to announce our Folk season for 2007 and thought that your members may be interested in our forthcoming shows.
( I know that you are aware of the artists but thought the information might be useful to you)
Benny Gallagher - Saturday 5th May - Tickets £12.00 advance £15.00 door (special offer for both £30.00 but very limited space)
Saturday Morning - SONGWRITING WORKSHOP with Benny Gallagher 11:00 am
Possibly Britain's most underrated songwriter will be taking this class exploring the skills of song writing. The writer of classics including Breakaway; I Wanna Stay With You; Heart on My Sleeve; When I'm Dead and Gone and so many more is also of course known for Gallagher and Lyle
Phil Beer - Saturday 9th June - Tickets £11.00 advance £12.50 door
Multi instrumentalist Phil Beer first began to play fiddle, guitar, and mandolin whilst still at school . He played his first gig when he was fourteen in a band called Retrospect with Richard Entwistle and other musicians, and by the time he was sixteen he was performing regularly. Beer worked with Paul Downes as a duo and also in the Arizona Smoke Revue. He was a key member of Johnny Coppin's band (ex-Decameron), toured with Mike Oldfield in 1979 and also recorded some tracks at Oldfield's Througham studio. Phil joined the Albion Band in 1984 and stayed with them until 1991, touring extensively at home and abroad, and recording many albums. Show of Hands became a full-time partnership from 1991. Phil continues to do session work, most notably on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album.
Gary Fletcher - Saturday 23rd June - Tickets £11.00 advance £15.00 door
Blues Band featuring Pick Withers (Dire Straits/Bob Dylan) on drums. Perhaps best known as the bass player in The Blues Band, his song writing talents are respected by many and his song ’Green Stuff’ for example is the bands encore anthem. Gary has a stunning new album out called ‘Human Spirit’ which features guest appearances from not only all the members of The Blues Band but also Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody from Whitesnake and Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham from Nine Below Zero.
Electric Strawbs - Wednesday 8th August- Tickets £13.00 advance £15.00 door
Prior to their special appearance at this years’ Cropredy Festival, which will celebrate Fairport’s 40th anniversary, the full band return to Deal with what promises to be a very special show.
Stefan Grossman - Friday 17th August - Tickets £13.50 advance £15.00 door
The acclaimed guitarist makes his long overdue debut at the Astor. Hugely influential and respected, a master of blues and folk guitar - guitarists of all styles should make sure they catch this master player.
Brass Monkey - Saturday 6th October - Tickets £13.00 advance 315.00 door
The original line-up of Brass Monkey united Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick, two stalwarts of the folk scene, Howard Evans and Roger Williams, the Home Service brass and sought after classical and theatre brass players with country dance percussionist Martin Brinsford.Martin Carthy has long been regarded as one of the principal figures in the British folk revival - his voice and guitar being two of the most consistent and distinctive sounds on the scene. It is well documented elsewhere that Carthy's early work was an influence on Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Carthy's recording career stretches from a 1963 ep by the Thamesiders with Davy Graham, through the influential '60's recordings with Dave Swarbrick, two of the earliest and finest albums by Steeleye Span, the Albion Country Band's splendid 'Battle Of The Field', three remarkable records with the Watersons, to two albums with the recent critically acclaimed family partnership - Waterson:Carthy. The two albums with Brass Monkey are seen by many as the high points - to date - of this distinguished discography.John Kirkpatrick - remarkable British king of the squeezebox - has had a similarly illustrious and diverse career. The span of Kirkpatrick's work is quite astounding: the solo work, the duo with Sue Harris, a member of ensembles like the Albion Country Band, Steeleye Span and Umps and Dumps, Morris dancer, accompanist to Richard Thompson and an enormous amount of session work.
Dave Cousins - A Night at the Blue Angel 2 -Ticket price and November date to be confirmed
Brian Willoughby and Cathryn Craig - Friday 23rd November - Ticket price TBC
Box Office - 01304 381134
I trust this will be of interest to you and if you would like any further information, or if I can be of further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Suzanne Landman
Theatre Administrator
e-mail astortheatre_at_hotmail_dot_com

Patron:  Sir Norman Wisdom, OBE  Chairman:  Jon Johanson
Astor Theatre Arts Centre 
Stanhope Road  Deal  Kent  CT14 6AB

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