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May 2016

GOD DAMN + WEIRDS

May 7, Doors open 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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GOD DAMN were featured on our ‘Band Showcase': http://johnpeelcentre.com/band-showcase-god-damn-and-the-grunge-revival/ A band as heavy as they are blasphemous, God Damn write with a refreshingly strong sense of melody and artful screaming. But there’s more variation to their output than typical stoner metal and hardcore influences; their ‘Heavy Money’ EP from 2013 shows them at their most melodic and contemplative, making them sound more grunge in places like an even heavier version of Pixies. They are probably the only metal band to have…

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KING PORTER STOMP + SOUL AND GRAVITY

May 13, Doors open 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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With afro funk horn lines, dub reggae rhythms, harmonious hooks and conscious rhymes, King Porter Stomp’s all encompassing live show connects with every audience in mind, body and spirit. With two critically acclaimed albums, a nomination for ‘Best Group’ in the Songlines World Music Awards, a writing and performance commission from Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, and a host of collaborative works, King Porter Stomp are at the absolute top of their game. Supported by Soul And Gravity bringing with them a heady…

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£9

BAROQUE THEATRE PRESENT: KINDLY LEAVE THE STAGE

May 14, Doors open 7:00 pm
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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“This imaginative and worthwhile play has been brilliantly revived and the delicious deconstruction of traditional farce, directed by Adam Morley, pleased all the audience. If it’s anywhere near you, don’t miss it”. (Eastern Daily Press) The show is a celebration of fun, mayhem and thespian mischief and is of a similar format to ‘Noises Off’ a play within a play. The ensemble go head to head as they play the characters in the play and the actors who are in…

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NHS Healthwatch Suffolk

May 18, Doors open 9:00 am
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Staff and volunteers from the ambulance service discuss your experience of emergency care, life-saving skills, using 999 and other NHS services.

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THE WHOLE SHEBANG – OPEN MIC

May 19, Doors open 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Open to music, poetry, circus skills, dance, magic, comedy – bring your talents, an open mind and entertain us FREE ADMISSION

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£14

9BACH + TWELFTH DAY

May 20, Doors open 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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2015 Best Album Winner, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 9Bach supported by Twelfth Day, 2016 Official Showcase Artist, Folk Alliance International. Compelling, highly original, haunting, dark, beguiling and exquisitely sung; a special band. 9Bach are: Lisa Jen (vocals), Martin Hoyland (guitars and percussion), Ali Byworth (drums and percussion), Dan Swain (bass guitar), Esyllt Glyn Jones (harp, vocals), and Mirain Roberts (vocals). 9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh Folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound…

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£12

BAND OF FRIENDS + HOT TRAMP

May 21, Doors open 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Winners of the European Blues Awards 2013 Band of Friends: Gerry McAvoy, Ted McKenna, Marcel Scherpenzeel. A celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher. In the era of tribute acts who deliver note-perfect renditions of their heroes, the Band of Friends is something different. They can do the notes played by electric blues icon Rory Gallagher. But they can also do the sound, energy and feel – because the band includes people who helped define those essential elements. Expect support…

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BLOWZABELLA

May 22, Doors open 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Blowzabella are Andy Cutting – diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya – vocals, saxophone, clarinet; Paul James – bagpipes, saxophones; Gregory Jolivet – hurdy-gurdy; David Shepherd – violin; Barn Stradling – bass guitar; Jon Swayne – bagpipes, saxophone. Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional dance music. All the band…

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GAFFA TAPE SANDY + SUBURBAN MINDS + BECCA ROSE + HARLEE

May 27, Doors open 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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NXN presents: Gaffa Tape Sandy, a 3 piece alternative/garage punk/indie-rock gonzo explosion. Playing alongside them are the BurySOUND 2016 winners Suburban Minds, a 5 piece alternative rock band causing musical uproar in the Suffolk scene. Joining their shenanigans are Becca Rose and Harlee, both singer-songwriters coming at you with their soulful, chilled sounds. £5 in advance / £6 on the door Buy Tickets On-Line

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SUFFOLK POETRY FESTIVAL

May 28, Doors open 10:00 am
John Peel Centre,
Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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The 3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry is shaping up, although the shape of the day will be familiar. The date of the festival is Saturday 28th May and the venue is the same as previous years, the John Peel Centre for Performing Arts, Stowmarket. Our three morning workshops will be: • Dean Parkin – Where We Live • James Knox Whittet – The Sestina • Cameron Hawke Smith – Intonation More details on these will be revealed in due course,…

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