What’s On this Week: Mon 8 – Sun 14 Jan
MON 8 – SUN 14 JAN
We’re one week into 2018 and it’s officially time to stop hibernating. Get out and enjoy these cool, cultural happenings.
Spitfire Sisters, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Wed 10 Jan
The Spitfire Sisters, Louisa Revolta, Anna Harding and Hannah Castleman, started in 2011 as a 1940s three-part harmony cover group singing hits from the Andrews and Boswell Sisters. They have since become internationally acclaimed vintage music makers in their own right. They perform an eclectic mix of songs including original tunes from their self-penned album Put Your Phone Away, classic repertoire from the 1940s and modern songs with an old fashioned twist.
Bessie Smith ‘Empress of the Blues’, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Thurs 11 Jan
Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her band (internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Paul Jobson on keyboards, Tony Qunta on guitar and Richard Sadler on upright bass plus a horn section) perform to a narrated show featuring music and songs of the period as well as a large proportion of Bessie‘s work. The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 which resulted in her untimely death. Tickets £15.
Woodburner Sessions, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 12, 19 and 26 Jan
Every Friday night through autumn and winter, Newquay beach venue Lusty Glaze will be hosting its chilled out Woodburner Sessions. This month, catch local talent Adam ‘guitar’ Parfitt, folk songstress Ezmay Grace and Scottish duo The Sinking of the Good Ship Rosa. Book a table for food and a night of good music.
This Is The Kit, St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin, Fri 12 Jan
The St Petroc’s Sessions are a series of concerts offering a rare opportunity to enjoy entertainment in the beautiful setting of Cornwall’s second largest church, , which dates from the 15th Century. This Is The Kit are playing the St Petroc’s Sessions as the second date of an international tour. The playful indie folk band led by Paris-based songwriter Kate Stables – has earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. In the last year, This is the Kit have performed live in session on BBC 6music and at festivals including Glastonbury. £15
Faeries, Fables and Folklore, Eden Project, Bodelva, Sat 13 and Sun 14 Jan
The Eden Project is holding two family-focussed weekends this month. On the first weekend, you can catch Squashbox Theatre’s brilliant Skillywidden. This fantastic performance celebrates the wildlife and faerie myths of Cornwall with crazy characters, silly slapstick, puppets, songs and storytelling. There will also be traditional Cornish music with a twist from The Countrymen. With a vast repertoire of folk rock and a cappella pieces, this lively lot will get the whole family’s toes tapping.
Paint a Wooden Bowl with Amy Isles Freeman, Potager Garden, Constantine, Sat 13 Jan
A local artist with one of the most sigh-inducing Instagram feeds I’ve seen, Amy Isles Freeman’s beautiful hand-painted wooden bowls are something really special. And here’s your chance to create your own. In this 4 hour workshop, Amy will enable you to explore your ideas, using guided drawing exercises, visual research and group discussion. Amy will gently and enthusiastically take you through the process of translating your concepts from thoughts to images. And every student will make a completely unique bowl to take home, entirely painted with their own design. Tea, coffee and cake will be served, followed by Prosecco. Price includes all materials and refreshments. £85. 2-6pm