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Thursday 24th May at 8.00pm

David Ford

British singer/songwriter David Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music. He first achieved prominence with the indie rock group Easyworld, who released an independent mini-album, '…Better Ways to Self Destruct' and two full-length albums on Jive Records before disbanding in 2004.

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Wednesday 30th May at 8.00pm

The Magic Numbers

Mercury Prize nominated and multi-platinum selling London quartet The Magic Numbers are set to return to PAC with the release of their new album Outsiders. It captures The Magic Numbers fired by a renewed sense of purpose, immediately apparent on first single ‘Sweet Divide’, with the band’s melodic facility bolstered by a newfound, grittier sensibility.

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Thursday 31st May at 2.30pm

Piped Piper By Norwich Puppet Theatre

When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance...

Norwich Puppet Theatre’s humorous and irresistible one person show combines a skillful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling and will have audiences young and old entranced.

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Wednesday 13th June at 7.30pm

On Behalf Of The People By Melting Shop Theatre

1945: a land fit for heroes - this time? A powerful and engaging story of a post-war Yorkshire mining family, coming to terms with life and love in their rapidly changing world and a new Britain. Told with warmth, humour and authenticity.

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Thursday 14th June at 8.00pm

Steve Harley Acoustic Trio - Sold Out

Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, and his Acoustic Trio, will play an intimate, unique and atmospheric show. He will be accompanied by his Cockney Rebel band-mates of long-standing, Barry Wickens [violin & guitar] and James Lascelles [piano and percussion]. The set will be built around tracks from any or all 13 of Steve’s original albums and will include all-time favourites like Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Sebastian, and of course the world-wide classic hit, Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me).

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Friday 15th June at 8.00pm

Gretchen Peters

For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists. 'If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as "On A Bus To St. Cloud"' People Magazine wrote, 'she has already earned herself a spot among country's upper echelon of contemporary composers.

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Thursday 28th June at 8.00pm

Bye Bye Baby – A Celebration Of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Bye Bye Baby are a jaw-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon ‘Jersey Boys’ and the timeless, iconic music of ‘Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’. Incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography – all backed by their excellent 4-piece band – ensures that Bye Bye Baby is a show that will make it a night remember! The show includes Valli’s greatest hits including Sherry, December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and many more.

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Friday 20th July at 8.00pm

Beth Orton

BRIT award winning singer-songwriter Beth Orton has built a career delivering quiet, slow dreamy songs blended with trip-hop breaks, folky guitar and haunting vocals. After initial work in the 90s with the likes of William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers, she soon achieved success on her own, including two UK top 20 albums in the shape of 'Central Reservation' and 'Daybreaker'.

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Wednesday 15th August at 2.30pm

Mr Albert’s Big Finish! By Magic Carpet Theatre

Follow your dreams… believe in yourself and amazing things can happen. In this inspirational children’s theatre production they do! Mr Albert’s Theatre is about to close. Charlie the Caretaker wants to save it by putting on a show, but they need a Big Finish! Can you help Charlie save the theatre? It’s a roller-coaster ride of music-hall, magic and mayhem, with a gloriously happy ending, packed full of magic and fun.

If you like funny stories, magic, juggling, comedy and joining in you’ll love Mr Albert’s Big Finish!

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Tuesday 28th August at 8.00pm

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 2013. The Brooklyn-based band quickly became known for their transcendent harmonies, serious musicianship and raucous live performance — a reputation that earned them their rabid fan base. It's been three years since the band's victoriousThen Came The Morning was released.

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Saturday 1st September at 8.00pm

King Creosote

If you build a fence then you have to treat it, as any DIY buff will tell you. You have to make it durable; to help it help us weather storms. Fife's Kenny Anderson realised this when forming micro-label, Fence, in 1994 – and so he treated it, then treated us, with an alt-pop alter-ego: King Creosote.

Anderson has become of Scotland's most acclaimed and prolific, singer-songwriters: a squeezebox Casanova with a cosmic wordplay fetish, whose voice leaves gentle devastation in its wake. He was short-listed for 2011's Mercury Prize thanks to Diamond Mine, his sublime collaboration with Jon Hopkins.

Other key LPs in the KC canon include Kenny and Beth's Musakal Boat Rides (2003), Rocket DIY (2005), KC Rules OK (2005) Bombshell (2007), Flick the Vs (2009) and his live-only album, My Nth Bit of Strange.

In 2014, Anderson completed his first-ever film soundtrack for From Scotland With Love. The film weaves Scottish archive film footage with KC compositions.

Creatively King Creosote continues to thrive and the Domino Recording Co will release Kenny’s highly anticipated new album - Astronaut Meets Appleman in September this year.

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Thursday 13th September at 8.00pm

Irish Mythen

True power inspires awe, and Irish Mythen packs a lot of it – lyrical, musical, and personal – into a relatively small frame. Mythen is a globetrotting troubadour – an Irish-born, contemporary Canadian folk artist who’s been amassing accolades and achievements across several continents over the years. In recent years, has earned her spots performing alongside Rod Stewart and Lucinda Williams and billings on major festival stages the world over. In just the last 12 months, Irish has closed out the Philadelphia Folk Festival, performing after the iconic Lyle Lovett, and had thousands in her hands at Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival.

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Monday 17th September at 8.00pm

Hayseed Dixie

Hayseed Dixie began one day in 2000 when John Wheeler and Mike Daly drank roughly enough whiskey to float a battleship from the Florida Coast over to Portugal and back and decided to play around in John’s studio.

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Wednesday 19th September at 8.00pm

Seann Walsh

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and the self-dubbed “Lie-In King”, Seann Walsh is “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation" (The Guardian). Returning from his run in America, where he made his USA television debut appearance on Conan, Seann Walsh is back on tour in the UK.

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Saturday 6th October at 8.00pm

Martin Turner (ex Wishbone Ash)

Fresh from sold-out 2017 shows during which they performed Wishbone Ash’s seminal 1972 album Argus in its entirety and following hot on the heels of a Spring 2018 tour featuring 1974’s There’s the Rub, Martin Turner (founding member of Wishbone Ash) and his band return to perform another classic album from the vintage years of Wishbone Ash – 1970’s iconic Wishbone Ash debut album.

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Friday 19th October at 8.00pm

Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 34 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 34 years to go. In 2014, the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4 and more recently his brand-new series Jeremy Hardy Feels It. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

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Friday 23rd November at 8.00pm

Martin Taylor & Martin Simpson

Award winning Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor teams up with acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson The pair shares the stage throughout the performance – adding to each other’s songs and instrumental pieces, taking them to sublime new heights.This is an unmissable evening with two guitar playing legends working in harmony.

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Friday 30th November at 8.00pm

Thea Gilmore

Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight.

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Tuesday 4th December at 8.00pm


Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers, free-thinking visionaries and all-round good chaps as well…small wonder Lau are regarded as the epicentre of the new folk boom. And they’ve got shelves groaning with awards (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners - Best Band, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, Album of the Year 2015 The Herald), a forest’s worth of ecstatic reviews and breathless plaudits from excited audiences in various outposts of the world ringing in their ears to prove it.

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