Unfortunately at present Mid Border Arts is unable to promote our usual programme of events and workshops.
However, to keep interest in the arts alive and to remind people of more sociable times, below is a taster of what this season looked like before Covid – 19.
Mid Border Arts still hopes to promote much of this later in the year, as well as many other wonderful theatre shows and groups of talented musicians.
About Face Theatre Company.
At the end of April, MBA had been planning to host Creation, a show by About Face Theatre Company. About Face is Herefordshire’s theatre company for people with learning disabilities, led by Artistic Director, Jess MacKenzie. About Face perform mainly in Herefordshire but they have a growing national reputation and have toured both regionally and nationally.
At the beginning of May another Velvet Violin cabaret evening had been organised. Pete had booked Whiskey Moon Face to play again, this time with Ewan, their fabulously talented clarinet and sax player. Based around accordion, double bass and clarinet, WMF are led by the superb vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones. Capable of being both entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of Eastern European traditional klezmer music and old time New Orleans jazz. Their own unique take on contemporary folk music makes for a superbly realised, truly beautiful and utterly original sound.
Here they are with an uplifting little ditty called Dead Dog.
The other act was to be DLM, a Bath based trio formed by Andy Davis ex Stackridge and The Korgis. In addition, DLM are Clare Lindley violin, guitar, ukelele and vocals and Brian Mullan cello and vocals. They play in a number of styles, reflecting a desire to entertain audiences of all musical tastes. A typical DLM set list will contain beautifully imagined original material, some traditional music from Britain and Ireland, and a few carefully chosen covers by such luminaries as Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, Bessie Smith, Blue Nile and Robbie Burns. This bit of film is a sort of Bath love letter, and the second half was filmed in front of the fire at that venerable Bath music institution The Bell, on Walcot Street.
After playing at Hay Literary Festival at the end of May, the members of ZRI were coming to Presteigne.It would have a been a real treat, and one we have been waiting at least three years to occur!
ZRI stands for Zum Roten Igel, or To the Red Hedgehog, the tavern in 19th century Vienna where Schubert and Brahms each went to hear Gypsy and folk music.
Beginning with their radical re-scoring of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet to include accordion and santouri (dulcimer), ZRI has developed an equally captivating work which re-imagines Schubert’s great C major quintet.
They have performed at major festivals across the UK and abroad, and made critically-acclaimed recordings of both the Schubert and Brahms Quintets.