THE SECRET BAND Sunday, Dec 24th, 2009

The Secret Band have won this year's, last minute, 2008 'BAND-ON' Battle of the Bands. Joe Trudgeon (18), birthday-boy, competition-judge, band-organiser and musician, was given the difficult choice of choosing a last minute winner. Joe said, "The had to win they did the best song, they did a 'Suck my Band' song."

Thanks Everyone, thank you Ollie for comparing, Gavin for the masks and Sarah for singing so well! Chris for doing the sound. Thankyou Thankyou everyone for coming. Thankyou Joe and Beryl for looking after the girls. Happy Birthday Joe and Merry Christmas! x


THE TIN FOREST Saturday, 6th Dec, 2008


Saturday 6th December 2009 EVERSHOT Village Hall
Doors open 4.30pm  

This is a story about an old man who lives in a dreary junkyard, full of other people's broken and unwanted junk. He dreams that one day his life will be full of life, colour and sound. His wish is about to come true... The Tin Forest, for all 3+, is an uplifting, humorous and touching show, full of visual invention, puppetry and musical fun, with mechanical birds, a wind-up circus and exotic animals of all shapes and sizes. Although told without words, the show will have a sound-scape of live music and sound effects.

Workshops (for all 7+) will take place on the same day making instruments out of junk materials which will play a part in the performance.



UMDUMBO WESIZWE Sunday, 30th Nov, 2008


Artsreach Presents...

Sunday 30th November 2008 8.00pm Evershot Village Hall

In the tradition and sounds of the 'Imbube' style, made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, eight young men sing songs of love, hope, worship, courtship, hardship and African social commentary. The group transforms serious themes into joyous and celebratory songs using only the musical energy of bass and tenor voices, which with lively harmonies and tip-toe dance routines will truly mesmerise.

A public workshop with Umdumo will be available ahead of the Evershot performance at 3.30 - 6pm tickets £5.00 Bookings highly advised.

Tickets: £ 7.50 for adults and £5 for children. No concessions.

For bookings: 01935 83580 or from Evershot Village shop

DINNER DANCE Saturday, 30th Nov, 2008

Saturday November 29th 2008 EVERSHOT Village Hall
Doors open 7.30pm BAR

A three course meal, bar and boogie woogie dancing music from Julian Philips and his Band


Starter: Caramelised Onion Tart or Fresh Tomato Soup
Main course: Chicken Chasseur or Beef Casserole served with dauphanoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Dessert: Pears Poached in Red Wine or Chocolate Torte.
After dinner coffee

Tickets £17.50 from The Evershot Village Shop

All proceeds to The Little Acorns Playgroup



HALLOWEEN PARTY Friday, Oct 31st, 2008


Friday October 31st 2008 2.30pm-5pm The Discovery Centre, Sticklands School

Come in your scariest costumes and enjoy our gruesome games and foul foods. Bring a carved pumpkin.

Tickets £3.50 from Little Acorns or The Village Shop.

Be prepared to be scared...

All proceeds to The Little Acorns Playgroup





Joe Trudgeon of Suck My Band fame and the Mojito Soundsystem will be celebrating his 18th Birthday, on his Birthday (23rd December 2008) at the infamous Evershot Village Hall with a cracking line-up of the hottest new bands in the area... watch this space for more info.

This is an invite only event. If you want to try and get a ticket then email in and tell us why!


ORPHEUS Friday, 18th July, 2008


ORPHEUS is an eight piece contemporary dance band offering fresh and original material; a blend of Soul/funk, Nu-jazz, Latin and Afrobeat. Their current set also includes familiar R'nB and Ska tunes. Orpheus will be headlining the first night of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival on Friday18th July 2008.

Amanda Woollett, vocals. Andrew Leppard, guitar. James Price, bass. Simon Hartung, alto sax, keyboards. Matt Huxley, trombone. Pete Dixon, tenor sax. Ben Stevens, drums and Jules Neubert, percussion.

You can here samples of their music on myspace/orpheusport including the song 'Can't go any further'.

Andrew Leppard

BABATUNDE LEA QUARTET Thursday, 18th Sept, 2008


Thursday 18th September 2008 at Bridport Arts Centre, admission £12 doors open 7:30

Afro-Latin Jazz with The Babatunde Lea Quartet

One of the most striking figures in jazz, the dreadlocked African garbed Babatunde Lea, hits Bridport with his Afro-Latin quartet to play their thrilling, tight and melodic jazz. San Francisco based Babatunde has worked with world famous artists such as Van Morrison, Stan Getz, Pharoah Sanders, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead) Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Hilton Ruiz and Leon Thomas (Santana) in his four decades in jazz.

Club Underground booked Babatunde Lea after seeing his scorching set at the Pizza Express jazz venue in Soho. The quartet are playing a Ronnie Scott’s residency in early October 2008 featuring BBC Jazz Awards “Best Instrumentalist” Tony Kofi.

“We are lucky to get such a world class musician to play in Bridport,” says promoter Matt Hayden. “This promises to be Bridport’s jazz gig of the year, I have not been so excited about a promotion since bringing Avishai Cohen to Bridport.”A gifted composer, drummer and percussionist, the Babatunde Lea Quartet will be featuring rising UK jazz stars Tony Kofi (saxes and flute) who has just won ‘Best Instrumentalist’ in the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, Trevor Watkis (piano) and Larry Bartley (bass).

The San Francisco weekly described the Babatunde Lea US quartet as ‘a fiery example of everything that’s not dead about jazz.’

The Los Angeles Weekly said; ‘What you get a tightly disciplined, tightly arranged, Jazz Messengers-inspired soulful post-bop that’s propelled, rather than ruled, by its leader’s formidable technique.”

“Harkens back to the classic late-1960s Impulse label sound, where heroes like Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders made some of the most soulful searching music ever... simply beautiful.”
– The Beat

“Not since Mingus and Blakey has music bristled with a sense of message like this.”
- Downbeat Magazine

Hear a sample of Babatunde’s music on or £12 in advance (seated) from Bridport Arts Centre. Telephone 01308 424204

Tony Kofi‘Best Instrumentalist’ 2008

BBC Jazz Awards. New album; ‘The Silent Truth’.

Born in Nottingham of West African parents, Tony started his jazz education in Leicester and went on to study at Berklee. Experience in the Jazz Warriors in the 1980s led on to work with many of leading American musicians (including Branford Marsalis, Billy Higgins and Eddie Henderson, Andrew Hill and Sam Rivers) as well work in Gary Crosby’s Nu-Troop, Julian Joseph’s Big Band, Tim Richard’s Great Spirit, Byron Wallen’s Indigo and many others. His most recent CDs (All Is Know, dedicated to Monk, and Future Passed) have received widespread praise.

Trevor Watkis

Trevor Watkis started off playing the guitar at 10 years old before later switching to the piano. At 21 years old he was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts, USA, where, being so close New York City, he was able to study with, hear and meet some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, such as Mulgrew Miller, Betty Carter, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard.

Trevor has since established himself on the UK jazz scene as a highly respected pianist, band leader and composer, working with renowned artists from both the UK and USA (Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint, Cleveland Watkiss, Ernest Ranglin, Gary Bartz, Kenny Garrett, the late Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Henderson, Betty Carter, Clifford Jarvis and many others).

Larry Bartley

Since studying at the Goldsmith College from 1988 - 91 with Howard Riley and Laurence Couty, Larry has become one of the most sought after bass players on the London jazz scene.

British based bands and musicians thathe worked with include Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint, Denys Baptiste, Cleveland Watkiss, Byron Wallen, Steve Williamson, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch, Juliet Roberts, Alex Wilson and Robert Mitchell.

He has also toured with visiting musicians such as Stanley Turrentine and Steve Grossman, and performed with dancer Sharon Wrey's at the Royal Opera House. Larry's playing is featured on many recordings by some of London's best-known jazz players.

Club Underground
has a long history of bringing top flight musicians to Bridport. For more information call Matt Hayden 07957 550 232 or Paul Lashmar 07713 635 079

Thanks to Sean Geraghty from the SideKicks for sending us this information!

WAKKY RACES Sunday, 17th Aug, 2008


Sunday 17th August 2008, Bar and Hog Roast from Midday Everyone Welcome - Admission Free, The Cricket Ground, Evershot

Ten teams of six people subjecting themselves to the bizarre, warped and twisted concoction of games and races that create the eccentricity of Evershot Wakky Races. The now infamous Evershot Wakky Races typically involves gallons of water, dozens of eggs, bags of flour and other messy things, as well as a truly extraordinary array of “high tech” props. You can’t fail to have a fantastic fun-filled, action packed day and all are guaranteed to end up very wet, filthy dirty and exhausted! Spectators are welcome, the more the merrier, admission is free, BAR, HOG ROAST and MORE throughout the day.

Come and be entertained by the hilarious antics of the teams as they attempt to rise to the challenges of the Evershot Wakky Races.

For further details and team entry forms contact Steve Crate 01935 83520 (Entries on a first-come-first-served basis - £36 per team of 6 persons) All proceeds in aid of Evershot Parish Hall, Registered Charity No. 206475


Wakky Races Festival 2007

Wakky Races Festival 2006

FaceBook Fanclub

2008 Poster

Steve Crate

STOMPIN' DAVE ALLEN Saturday, July 26TH, 2008


Saturday 26th July 2008 8.00pm Evershot village hall

STOMPIN' DAVE ALLEN'S Stompin' Extravaganza! American Roots Music featuring Stompin Dave & Stompin Dave's Electric Band live At Evershot Village Hall.

"A musical genius."
Cornish Bluegrass Association

"Raw, unmitigated virtuosity."

"Generates enough energy to illuminate Blackpool."

Wessex Folk Festival

£6.00 on the door


MOVEABLE FEAST Saturday, 19th April, 2008


Saturday 19th april 2009 8.00pm Evershot Village Hall

MOVEABLE FEAST play a lively mix of roots rhythms from all over the world – folk, latin, reggae, ska, gypsy, klezmer, jive, country, cajun and blues.

"Extraordinary . . . fast and furious . . . great fun. A band to check out live!"
Gig UK

"A whole feast of world roots influences, including cajun, latin, bluegrass and flamenco!"
Time Out

"Hugely enjoyable!"
Folk & Roots, BBC Radio Somerset


SECKOU KEITA Saturday, March 8th, 2008


Saturday March 8th 2008 EVERSHOT village hall
Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm programme £8 on door

SECKOU KEITA Young new-generation Kora star, Seckou Keita, with a fantastic musical pedigree represents the emergence of a new generation of African musicians. He has a unique style on what is generally a gentle melodic instrument which is sure to get people out of their chairs and up on their feet! An unforgettable musical experience - last year his quartet performed four stunning sell-out concerts for Artsreach in a row, and this year the quartet are joined by vocalist Binta Sissou who brings new colours to their already amazing sound -

" inspired exponent of the Kora" The Guardian

Advance tickets: Evershot Village Shop
or 01935 83471/01935 83580



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