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Non-members - £12
Members - £10 under 18s - £5

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Sunday 3 March 2.30pm
John Mills & Cobie Smit

Cobie took up the guitar early in her childhood and went on to study full-time at the conservatories of Rotterdam and The Hague, later becoming established as one of Holland's leading young players.  She and John married in 1984 and spent three years in New Zealand from 1985-88 teaching and performing widely both there and in Australia. Cobie performed the Rodrigo Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has recorded for Philips.  She now teaches at both Downside Abbey and Millfield School in Somerset and Salisbury Cathedral School in Wiltshire.

John Mills is a former student of John Williams, Julian Bream, and the Spanish legendary guitarist Andres Segovia.  A graduate of the Royal College of Music, he has been active on the concert scene for 56 years, including tours in North America, Brazil, Europe, Scandinavia, and SE Asia.  He was a Professor at The Royal Academy of Music for twenty years, and Head of Guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff for nearly thirty years. 

Their programme will include music by Bach, Schubert, Piazzolla, Albeniz and Granados.


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Saturday 16 March 7.30pm
Kit Holmes

Kit Holmes: vocals, guitar & fiddle
Al Greenwood: guitar

Kit Holmes returns to the Heron so that you may enjoy another uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle playing. Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have delighted audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge.

The Observer described Kit’s music as, ‘Macy Gray meets Nick Drake,’ and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of rootsy-blues and folk from Kit and guitarist, Al Greenwood, who will be joining her for this performance.

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Sunday 7 April 2.30pm
Lily Neill - Harpist

Virtuoso harpist Lily Neill recently re-located from the USA – via Ireland, Finland and Lithuania and is now delighting audiences around the UK with her faultless technique and varied repertoire.

Any pre-conceptions about harp music dissolve into her melting pot of dynamic compositions and exquisite arrangements of music. Her repertoire encompasses tangos, ragtime, harp, harpsichord and lute classics, as well as traditional music from Ireland and northern Europe alongside her own compositions. She is rightly recognized as one of the country’s most talented, eclectic and innovative harpists. Few musicians – let alone harpists! – perform such a varied programme.

Lily Neil
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Sunday 5 May 2.30pm

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound. Through exploring music from all sorts of musical and cultural backgrounds Klezmer-ish take us on a musical journey through klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz, Irish fiddle music, Italian folk music and much more.

What makes them special is the rigorous nature of working in a full-time orchestra (they are all members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and their individual backgrounds and passions as people and musicians. There is so much to explore and the incredible diversity of their repertoire is pretty unique.

All the music is original and arranged by the band.

Laughing Dog Music
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Saturday 18 May 7.30pm
Simon Kempston

A unique talent performing thought-provoking, evocative original songs in a wonderfully intimate manner. His beautifully crafted, folk-tinged material showcases his incredible, distinctive and intricate fingerstyle guitar work, an exciting blend of the folk-baroque, blues and classical styles, and his gently nuanced, compelling tenor vocals.

An inspiring poetic lyricist, Simon's live performances are intense and impassioned, the subject matter chiefly Scottish, yet with universal appeal. This concert is not to be missed.

'One of Scotland's very best singer-songwriters' (Sunday Herald).

'Stunning talent' (STV).

'Beautiful tunes, infinitely talented' (BBC Radio 3).

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