Once again, The Apex in Bury St Edmunds promises an eclectic Autumn programme which is sure to sell out swiftly. Kicking off with some perennially popular Irish music, only this time accompanied by Irish dancers too, from the Irish House Party, music lovers can also choose from The Searchers, Tom Robinson, Steve Earl and the Hayseed Dixie Band among others.
There’s the spoken word too with Michael Portillo treating audiences to an account of his years in the political arena and his post House of Commons career as a presenter and Jeremy Hardy of the Radio 4 series’ Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation and his own decades long career in stand up comedy.
Finally, kids will be kept entertained by the classic Hansel and Gretel and follow the trail of a mysterious blue beetle in Hubbub. Click on the link at the end of this piece for more family events at the Apex.
Here’s the full programme:
Sat 10 Oct, 7.30pm
The Irish House Party
All Ireland Champion musicians and dancers in the best night of traditional musical entertainment that the Emerald Isle has to offer!
Sun 11 October, 8pm
Fat Cat Comedy Club
See http://www.fatcatcomedyclub.com for line-up.
Tue 13 Oct, 7.30pm
Ray Quinn is known for wowing the public with his boundless talent for singing, dancing, acting and pretty much everything in between. He began starring in Brookside and went on to come second (to Leona Lewis) on ITV’s X Factor in 2006. He won the fourth series of Dancing on Ice in 2009 and the final ‘All Stars’ series in 2014. New album ‘Dare to Dream’, has a jazzy, soul funk sound focusing on Ray’s incredible vocal talents
Wed 14 Oct, 7.30pm
With classic hits such as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room.
Thu 15 Oct, 8pm
Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”, Duke Special – AKA the endlessly inventive Peter Wilson – is once heard, never forgotten.
Sat 17 Oct, 7.30pm
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Famed for ‘Copperhead Road’ & his Grammy Award winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009), Earle’s songs have also been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.
Sun 18 Oct, 7pm
An Evening with Michael Portillo
Mon 19 Oct, 8pm
Previously nominated for the Best Group Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in the wake of the latest album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, Faustus comprise three of the leading lights of the current vibrant English folk scene: Saul Rose (Waterson;Carthy, Whapweazel, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast).
Tue 20 Oct, 8pm
Hilarious hillbilly country rock deliverances of classics such as You Shook Me All Night Long, Black Dog, Ace Of Spades and Fat Bottomed Girls alongside classicsFoggy Mountain Breakdown and Duellin’ Banjos not to mention the bands own compositions.
“This is great! I can’t wait to get the royalty check!” – Gene Simmons, KISS
Wed 21 Oct, 8pm
Best known for his Radio 4 series’ Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation and appearances on The News Quiz & I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Jeremy Hardy has also been doing live stand-up comedy for 31 years.
“In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material.” – The Guardian
£14 (£5 unwaged)
Thu 22 Oct, 7.30pm
Described as “one of the most explosive rock/blues bands on the planet” King King are setting the Blues live scene on fire. Winners of the Best Band category at the British Blues Awards for the past three years (2012, 2013, 2014), plus Album of the Year, Male Vocal of the Year, Bass Player of the Year and Drummer of the Year in 2014.
Support from blues rock guitarist Ben Poole
£16adv / £18door
Fri 23 Oct, 8pm
The Real Thing
The three original vocalists, Chris and Eddie Amoo & Dave Smith in a performance that includes all their million selling hits. Including; You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You & Can You Feel the Force?
Mon 26 Oct, 2pm
Hansel & Gretel
A family fun filled, feel-good feast – Hansel and Gretel brings together amazing magic, comedy, sets and costumes – all this as well as dragons, illusions and maybe a custard pie or two! Ideal for families with children aged 3 and upwards but warning – it may contain witches!!
£12 (£10 conc/ £40 family)
Tue 27 Oct, 10am & 11.30am
Hubbub: A Musical Adventure
Five friends follow the trail of the mysterious blue beetle in the quest for a lost voice, in this magical, musical journey with original live music by Aurora Orchestra.
For ages 4 + and their families
£7.50 adults / £5.50 children
Tue 27 Oct, 7.30pm
With the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) in the late seventies he was a vocal supporter of Rock Against Racism and LGBT rights – enjoying chart success with Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Up Against The Wall. He currently presents three shows a week on BBC 6 Music and has recently returned to the recording studio with award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver to make his first new album in almost 20 years.
Wed 28 Oct, 8pm
Westcountry folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has successfully steered English folk into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums.
Thu 29 Oct, 7.30pm
Unforgettable – The Hits of the 50s & 60s
Michael Williams of The Drifters joins the cast for this night of magical entertainment, featuring songs from musical icons such as Franki Valli, Elvis Presley, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Carpenters, The Beatles, The Everley Brothers, the Drifters and many more.
Fri 30 Oct, 7.30pm
This quintessential English singer-songwriter-guitarist celebrates 50 years as a professional musician. His beautifully crafted narrative songs, combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing, include the Ivor Novello award winning “Streets Of London”.
Sat 31 Oct, 7.30pm
Autumn concert for EACH
Bury St Edmunds Concert Band, Wattisham Military Wives choir & Elmswell Primary School choir