Nottingham Organ Society… Mark Spafford

Mark Spafford started playing for concerts in 2011 following numerous enquiries from people at the dances asking if he played for concerts as well. Since then, he has performed many times at clubs and societies as Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Ollerton, Blackpool, South Yorkshire, East Herts, York, Hull, Harrogate, Cheadle, Great Yarmouth, North Tyneside and Swineshead. His variety of music, style and arrangements have been well received by audiences with feedback comments of “you play with a lot of feeling”

He has always played Yamaha organs during his career before changing to keyboards to make life a lot easier for transportation, along with the fantastic sounds generated from the latest Yamaha equipment. Mark’s current instrument is the Yamaha Genos.

Revival

The ever-popular Revival will be back again this year, 33 years on from their first ever performance at The Bonington!

Revival are a group of seasoned musicians who specialise in re-creating the sounds of the sixties and seventies. Based in Nottinghamshire, they have entertained audiences across the country for over 3 decades and have helped raise thousands of pounds for charity!

“They just keep Rockin ‘n’ Rollin’ along” – well, that’s the plan anyway!

Jazz in the Bar- Jim Walker Violin

This month Jazz in the Bar goes continental with a programme of French influenced jazz.

We welcome back jazz violin virtuoso Jim Walker who impressed everyone on his previous appearance last year. Jim’s playing is influenced by Stephane Grappelli and he has a wide repertoire of French inspired jazz. He will be accompanied by the talented trio of: Eliot Lewis, Guitar, Steve Truman, Double Bass, Clive Loveday, Drums.

Expect a night of finger snapping toe tapping jazz.

Nottingham Organ Society… Jon Smith

Jon Smith has been a professional musician for over 40 years and giving public performances since he was 11 years old. He was involved with the development of the first Digital Organ in Germany with HOHNER.

Jon is truly an international performer, having entertained thousands of people all over the world, from Shanklin to Toronto, Scarborough to Barbados, U.S.A., Canada, Europe, aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean. He has also worked along with international stars in top cabaret venues and played extensively in the U.K. delighting audiences in Summer Shows on the East Coast and the Isle of Wight.

He has proved to be much in demand playing for Strict Tempo Dancing. His unique style combined with his vocal talents are a rare combination adding a new dimension to both dances and concerts.

Presented by The Nottingham Organ Society

A Tribute to Amy + Screening: Back to Black (15)

Come and celebrate the long awaited release of Back to Black , a celebration of the most iconic – and much missed – homegrown star of the 21st century, Back to Black tells the extraordinary tale of Amy Winehouse with a pre-screening tribute show from renowned tribute artist, Laura Jane Butler. 

The life, her music, the icon. One of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, Amy Winehouse. This authentic and respectful tribute is the only show worldwide to be endorsed by both of Amy‘s parents, Janis & Mitch Winehouse.

Taking songs from the multi-platinum selling albums Frank, Back To Black and Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Laura Jane Butler, recreates the distinctive sound and heartfelt performances of the jazz and soul powerhouse.

Bringing you all the hits you know and love including Valerie, Tears Dry On Their Own, Rehab, Love Is A Losing Game, You Know I’m No Good and of course Back to Black.

Laura recreates Amy‘s most memorable live performances including the jazz standard from Ella Fitzgerald ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’, Amy’s version of ‘Mister Magic’ from the legendary Grover Washington, Sam Cook’s ‘Cupid’ ‘Monkey Man’ by The Specials, all the smash hits including Rehab & Valerie

Praised worldwide by many of her loyal fans, this show truly is a celebration of the musical legacy left by the late, great superstar, Amy Winehouse.

‘Laura is the No1 tribute to Amy in the world’– Mitch Winehouse

‘The best tribute to my Amy’ – Janis Winehouse, who mentions Laura in her book “Loving Amy”

*Please note, following the show, there will be a screening of Back to Black.

*Also screening, Fri 3, Mon 6, Tue 7 + Wed 8 May

Nottingham Organ Society: Andrew Nix

Born just outside Selby, North Yorkshire, Andrew Nix has established himself on the organ circuit not only as a musician but also as an entertainer. His varied musical repertoire along with his Yorkshire humour has made him one of the country’s favourite performers.

Presented by the Nottingham Organ Society

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman *Rescheduled

Join one of the UK’s favourite folk duos, husband and wife Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman for an evening of intimate and friendly songs and stories, based in tradition.

With a simple setup of guitar, piano and vocals, they present an evening of pure emotion, shared experience, and sheer joy in what they do. The duo has entwined their professional and personal relationship over two decades – delivering assured, distinctive performances that are always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material which ranges from bitter to sweet, wry to sad, political to passive.

Together they are an enviable class act of imaginative song writing and musicianship, twice winning the coveted ‘Best Duo’ at the BBC Folk Awards (2013 & 2016).

Diode Electronic Music Festival

Thorsten Quaeschning (DE) (of Tangerine Dream)

Thorsten Quaeschning is the band leader and driving force of German electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream. This solo performance will combine the very best of Berlin school sequencer music with ambient sound design.

Ron Boots and Rob Papen (NL)

Two of the Netherlands greatest electronic musicians who have been producing albums and performing live since the 1980’s. Sequences, ambience and melodies in abundance.

Callisto (David Wright + Stephan Whitlan) (UK)

David Wright and Stephan Whitlan are long time collaborators and stalwarts of the UK electronic music scene. Their music is multi layered incorporating many classic elements of the genre and always including strong melodies.

Peter Challoner (UK)

Local Nottingham electronic musician who was brought up on the classic 70’s and 80’s electronic music which provides inspiration for the music. Primarily ambient sound design with rhythmic sequences.

Set Times

Doors open 12.30

Set 1 – 2.00pm – 3.00pm – Peter Challoner

30 minute refreshment break

Set 2 – 3.30 – 4.30 – Calisto (David Wright + Stephan Whitlan)

Dinner break 4.30 – 7.00

Set 3 – 7.00 – 8.00 Ron Boots and Rob Papen

30 minute refreshment break

Set 4 – 8.30 – 10.00 Thorsten Quaeschning (main set + encore)

Jazz in the Bar

Jazz in the bar with John Sanderson and Sue Benson. This month we feature the ever popular combination of John and Sue. John delivers the diverse sounds of all the saxophones from baritone to soprano as well as flute and alto flute. Added to this mix are Sue Benson’s classy and expressive vocals.

They both combine so well on a selection of classic jazz standards. With propulsive backing of the superb Bob Hudson Trio. In total, a night of finger snapping, toe tapping jazz.

Everly Brothers & Friends

Just as the Everly Brothers were, the Temple Brothers are real life brothers, their harmonies are unlike anything ever heard, with live acoustic guitars, flawless harmonies, a truly impressive outing which will see audiences captivated by their unique sound, look, quality and professionalism and a touch of humour.

Taking you on a walk back down memory lane with all the classic songs that you remember.

Cathys Clown, Walk Right Back, Ebony Eyes, Bird Dog, Dream, Let It Be Me, Love Hurts, Devoted To You, Til I Kissed Ya, Wake Up Little Suzie, When Will I Be Loved plus many many more….

This spectacular 2 hour tribute show is simply unrivalled anywhere, now into its 16th Year and enjoy The Temple Brothers as they bring to life, the magic of The Everly Brothers!