I’ve gotta do this, now, because with all good intentions I begin a rundown of events happening over a month, it all gets too much, I fear you’ll all be like “sod this for a game of soldiers, I’m staying at home and watching the entire back catalogue of CSI Miami instead!” So, I divide it into two parts, the second part of which I confess, I usually totally space out on; procrastination is my middle name, after all!
Since our first part, which you can read here, there’s been more events listed on our event calendar for March, such as details of Devizes Camera Club’s ‘Britain’s Best Landscapes and How to Photograph Them’ speech at Devizes Sports Club on Tuesday 1st March. Or the wonderful news just in, that the New Inn at Winterbourne Monkton are starting up live music every first Friday of the month, and the first one is March 4th with brilliant folk duo Fly Yeti Fly.
So, please don’t take this list as comprehensive, as I say time and time again, do keep checking in on the calendar, bookmark the bugger into your browser!
So midweek midmonth, Tuesday 15th sees the Starlings at the Royal Oak, Swindon, organised by Jazz Knights, who’ve held regular Tuesday jazz nights at the Oak for over a decade. Wednesday 16th sees another round of Marlborough’s Merchant’s House Spring Study Series, Painting in Challenging Times being the theme. And Cloggs Musical Theatre kick-off their Addams Family Musical at Chippenham’s Neeld, and it runs until Saturday 19th, plus a vibrant new solo play by Mark Farrelly at Rondo Theatre, Bath on Wednesday, called Jarman.
Thursday 17th is St Patricks Day, and The Celtic Roots Collective celebrate at the Southgate Devizes. Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman play Pound Arts, Corsham, and the Theatre Royal, Bath has Beautiful: The Carole King Musical running until 26th March, as well as Underwater, a dance theatre show, for babies and their families, running until 19th March. Meanwhile over at Rondo it’s violin and melodeon improvisation and invention in the capable hands of Peter Knight and John Spiers. Or there’s always Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus at Abbey Churchyard, Bath.
Friday 18th March
Friday is playtime at Trowbridge Town Hall, with theatre sessions for Pre-Schoolers. And here’s hoping for some signs of spring by then, as The White Horse Opera’s Spring Concert is Devizes Town Hall.
St Paddy’s Day extends, with Phil Cullen, aka Phil Hore at The Cavalier, Devizes for some Irish music & karaoke, while The Celtic Roots Collective are at The Barge on HoneyStreet.
Funked Up play The Pelican, Devizes and Lucy Farrell plays The Pump, Trowbridge. Boom-bap rap time at The Winchester Gate, Salisbury with The Scribes, and The Undertones, yes, the original Undertones are touring a new album, and they’re at The Cheese & Grain, Frome. Joshua Burnell Band at Chapel Arts, Bath, or, how weird do you want it? Embers Collective & Stumble Trip Theatre present some Wild Tales for Weird Folk at Rondo Theatre.
Saturday 19th March
Chippenham Museum has an adult creative workshop; Discover Cyanotypes, whereas Devizes Lions has a concert at St Mary’s “Rock into Spring,” in aid of MIND with the Steeple Rock Choir and Burbank; grab tickets from Devizes Books.
It’s the only outing for Long Street Blues Club of the month, and they have Canterbury mid-sixties and seventies psychedelic band Soft Machine. Alex Roberts plays The Southgate, Devizes, Deep Purple come Led Zeppelin tribute, Purple Zeppelin at Melksham Assembly Hall, while it’s STILL St Patricks Day at Trowbridge’s Pump, with harp guitarist Jonathan Pickard!
Staying in Vegas, it’s a fiddle and guitar duo, the Drystones at Trowbridge Town Hall with support from Luke Desciscio. Amusingly titled Evening Without Kate Bush at Pound Arts, Corsham is not a tribute act rather best described as a chaotic cabaret cult. But if more precise tributes are what you want, try XODUS, a Bob Marley & The Wailers tribute at Chapel Arts, Bath.
Comedy with Tom Houghton at Rondo, Mollys Chambers plays Prestbury Sports Bar, Warminster, and after a Artismis Witches Market at the Cheese & Grain, Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves, say no more.
Sunday wraps the weekend up, as it usually does, and Jean Perrett hosts Nature in Art at Poulshot Village Hall. Mazl & Brokhe’s Yiddish Song at the New Inn, Bath, and the Frome Symphony Orchestra at The Cheese & Grain.
The last full week of March starts with a Rock the Tots: Space Show at Pound Arts, Corsham on Monday 21st. Again, Tuesdays are all about jazz hands in Swindon, when Iain Ballamy & Denny Ilett Quartet play Jazz Knights at the Royal Oak in Old Town. Thai Classics with Peter Vaughan at his Kitchen Cookery School on Wednesday 23rd, just piano with An-Ting Chang at Pound Arts, or piano by Anthony Bailey with added clarinet by Daniel King, at the Croft, Hungerford. Or Wasp starts at Rondo Theatre, Bath. Running until 26th, Wasp is a Morgan Lloyd Malcolm interchanging play on abuse, trauma, infertility, mental health and bullying.
On Thursday 24th there’s Plantation Rum Tasting at The Muck & Dunder, Devizes, highly recommended experimental dub-reggae-ska with Erin Bardwell’s side project Subject A at The Vic, Swindon, Track Dogs at Chapel Arts, Bath, while the Theatre Royal start Rice, running until 26th March, and Wiltshire legends of goth New Model Army play The Cheese & Grain.
Friday 25th March
A wonderful booking again by Trowbridge’s Pump, they’ve got Daisy Chapman, and if I had cloning technology, I’d also like to be at Chapel Arts, Bath, who have Will Lawton and the Alchemists, and rock n rolling at The Pheasant, Chippenham with the Chicken Teddys. The offspin and Green Haze play the Vic, Swindon too.
Saturday 26th March
There’s a craft market at Swindon Hub, and it’s the monthly Mini Chefs for ages 6-10 at Vaughan’s Kitchen Cookery School, Devizes, where Tantalising Tarts are on the menu.
Stealth Brewery have an open day in the Sham, and Rockin Em play the Melksham Rock n Roll Club at the Assembly Hall. DJ Culture in Devizes with Jimi Needles at The Muck & Dundar, and northern soul with Terry Hendrick at Devizes Scooter Club. But equally, live music too with Plan of Action at The Southgate and those Truzzy Boys at The Hourglass. CSF Wrestling at the Corn Exchange, Devizes featuring Simon Miller.
Metal in Frome with AC/DC tribute Live/Wire at The Cheese & Grain, and folk all round in Trowbridge with Fly Yeti Fly at the Pump Trowbridge with Tamsin Quin, and Antoine & Owena at Trowbridge Town Hall. The Clones at the Three Brewers, Corsham, while Pound Arts has a theatre screening, Plant Fetish by Chanje Kunda. Josephine at the Egg, Theatre Royal, Bath
Sunday 27th at the Vic, Swindon sees Spolier and Glower double-bill, and The Bone Chapel at The Royal Oak.
Rolling out the final week, The Revlon Girl starts at Wharf Theatre, Devizes on Monday, preview here. This one runs until April 2nd. Tuesday 29th sees Boundless Theatre presenting How to Save the Planet at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and Terry Quinney Quartet as regular Jazz Knights at the Royal Oak, Swindon.
Wednesday 30th and The Merchant’s House, Marlborough continue their Spring Study Series with Arcadian England: an Age of Opulence. The Homecoming at the Theatre Royal, Bath runs until 9th April and Black is the Color of my Voice until 1st April. Also check out In an Endless Garden at Rondo Theatre.
The month finishes off Thursday with An Evening at the Musicals at Trowbridge Town Hall, an immersive shared experience for children 3-8yrs at Theatre Royal, Bath called Squidge, Hannah James & Toby Kuhn play Chapel Arts, and oh, there’s a pub quiz down the Cavalier, Devizes.
Then it’s April, with lots of great stuff again, with a new play at Swindon’s Shoebox, Billy Bremners Rock Files at as Long Street Blues Club takes the Corn Exchange Friday 9th and again the next day with Carl Palmer’s Emerson, Lake and Palmer Legacy, Vic Fest at The Vic, The Wurzels at the Cheese, Back to Black, the Music of Amy Winehouse at Wharf Theatre, Professor Elemental at Trowbridge Town Hall with Boom Boom Raccoon in support, Easter and, oh, Devizes International Street Festival with The Muck & Dundar’s BORN2RUM Festival on the same day; ye gods, and lots more, I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it!
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