Writers Cafe Pz Schedule 2015Our meetings are at the Samba Cafe in Bread street, every other Wednesday from 2.30 – 4.30 and alternate between cafe meetings and guest meetings.Cafe meetings are used to discuss our work and developing projects, guest meetings are scheduled (so far) as follows…Jan 7 Colin RogersFeb 4 Tim HenniganMarch 4 TBAApril 1 Mike Sagar-FentonApril 29 James from the Edge of the World BookshopMay 27 TBAJune 24 TBAJuly 22 TBAAug 19 TBASept 16 Lee TrewhelaOct 14 Meredith MillerNov 11 Linda CamidgeDec 9 TBAOur Christmas party will be on Dec 16 and Cafe meetings will occur on these dates:Jan 21   Feb 18   March 18   April 15   May 13   June 10   July 8   Aug 5   Sept 2   Sept 30   Oct  28   Nov 25Look at our facebook pages – private at Writers Cafe and public at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Writers-Cafe/282400951892103 and await more information as it arrives on this page.

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John Renbourn

Just to remind you all…… tickets selling fast so better, and cheaper to book now on CRBO at 01726 879500…. He is the best player of guitar you will see this year…..
See you there.

John Renbourn at the Acorn this Sunday (25th)


John Renbourn!

John Renbourn!

John Renbourn is playing the Acorn this Sunday. I am amazed that he is coming down here – delighted also as he is one of the major reasons that I play guitar and keep on listening to how it is done. I recall his first record – ‘National 7’, ‘Winter is gone’….. and then ‘Bert and John’ which got some playing on my old Dansette, and set down the challenge I still seek to meet.

He is one of the finest exponents of finger style acoustic guitar, a sixties survivor and someone who ha made a major contribution to the development of acoustic music across the world.

“I started off trying to play like Big Bill Broonzy – and I’m still trying!”

It was 1968 when he said that, but it went no further towards explaining the music he was playing then, after four years as a professional guitarist, than it does now, after fifty. However he might try to play it down, John Renbourn is a musician of an exceptional kind, combining an insight into the techniques of musical structure with an instrumental command and a sense of aesthetic adventurism, which together make him one of the most refreshing, not to say skilled and tasteful guitarists, to grace our ears today.

During, and after the 5 year life of PENTANGLE, John had been following up another, totally different direction, producing an album in 1968 which on one side offered a selection of jazzy up-tempo blues and acoustic Rock’n’Roll numbers, and on the other, folk tune arrangements, authentic Tudor pieces, and some extended self-penned tunes in the Tudor style. This album proved to be the starting point which led him to making the many classic solo albums for which he has now become famous, and which will give him het basis for Sunday’s concert in Penzance.

A John Renbourn concert takes the listener into a rich musical landscape of warm vocals and witty asides about the history of the songs. At the core is a revolutionary guitar style that explores the instrument’s potential in unusual and beautiful ways, created and performed by a consummate master.

Tickets are selling fast: call the Cornish Riviera Box Office: Tel: 01726 879500 drop into West Penwith Music or the Music Box if you happen be in Penzance.

I don’t care how you get there, but don’t miss it – tickets are selling fast though a few are still available.

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Just so you know:

Dave Peabody at the Phoenix Exeter Wednesday 14th

Spikedrivers at South Devon Arts Centre Totnes Thursday 15th

Dave Peabody at the Melting Pot Krowji Friday 16th

Spikedrivers at The Ritz Penzance Friday 16th

Dave Peabody at the Admiral Benbow Penzance Saturday 17th

Spikedrivers Phoenix Exeter Saturday 17th

Derrin Nauendorf Exeter Phoenix Sunday 25th

John Renbourn Acorn Penzance Sunday 25th


DAVE PEABODY! Britan’s Premier Acoustic Bluesman…… at the Benbow!! Saturday 17th

Dave Peabody(Photo-P. Ryalls)

Hmmm….. It’s true! Dave Peabody is visiting Penzance this Saturday. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see him up close and personal.

Peabody was voted “Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year” 3 times by the British Blues Connection and Blues In Britain Magazine… guitarist, vocalist and raconteur, Dave began performing in the mid ‘60’s during the heyday of the great British blues boom. Over the years he has forged connections with many American blues artists including Mississippi legend ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards and Grammy award winning harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, accompanying them on numerous British and European tours. He will be performing as a solo acoustic artist playing a blinding set of early country blues.

Over the years, Dave has played on stage with a host of blues men including such USA artists as Sonny Terry, Memphis Slim, Sonny Rhodes, Big Lucky Carter, Guitar Gabriel, Louisiana Red, Big Joe Duskin, Big Boy Henry, Chicago Bob Nelson, Dave Van Ronk, Roy Bookbinder, and John Hammond.

He’s recorded in the UK, USA, Belgium, Germany and Italy and performed at clubs and festivals in over 20 different countries (including the USA) making him one of the most experienced and seasoned British blues men performing today.

Dave Peabody enhanced his reputation as one of our most popular acoustic artists and raconteurs with a selection by the likes of the Memphis Jug Band, Tommy Johnson, Oscar “Buddy” Woods and Furry Lewis. plus a handful of his own compositions. There’s only one way to sum up this special evening – this was the Blues!”


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Marc hadley

Marc Hadley

Marc Hadley


Marc Hadley (saxophone) and Max Turnbull (piano) are playing tonight in Penzance

Where: St. Mary’s Church, Penzance, Chapel street

When: Friday, 26 July 2013

Doors open: 7.00 pm

Start: 7.30


Advanced: £ 7.00 (wegotttickets.com, Penwith Music, Music Box)

Door: £ 9.00

As part of a series of live music concerts covering various genres and benefiting from the excellent grand piano and acoustics of Penzance’s parish church, locally based musicians Marc Hadley and Max Turnbull will perform a concert set on the last Friday evening of July. Both players are well-known in Cornwall as active performers of live modern Jazz (Max has been the resident pianist at Falmouth’s Star & Garter Monday sessions for many years, and Marc has been a regular feature at The St Ives jazz club) but both are also session musicians who lend their talents to touring acts from across the UK and recording artists using recording studios in the County. Marc is also an active composer and songwriter, with an album on current release that is being reviewed, broadcast and distributed in six countries including Japan.

This concert will in part reflect this less public side of Marc’s  career as a writer, and will include a number of his original pieces, specially adapted to be performed for the combination of saxophone and piano-these drawn from the seven albums of “originals” that he’s recorded in the last 18 years, including one featuring Max as piano accompanist using the concert grand at Dartington College. Making up the rest of the program will be a number of favorite “ballad” compositions by Keith Jarret, Michele Petrucciani, Kenny Wheeler, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Thelonius Monk, Billy Strayhorn and Antonio Carlos Jobim. This is an opportunity to hear two accomplished improvisers playing reflective, ambient music in a range of styles: contemplative contemporary work that isn’t normally heard in Cornwall’s music venues outside of the Classical “circuit.


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Drop Dead Daddy to support Flats and Sharps May 31

The Oldest Band in Town!

The Oldest Band in Town!

Drop Dead Daddy is Penzance’s newest band I should think – I’m in it so I should know! We play Rockin’ Rhythm’n’Blues, and with a combined age of 266 years between the four of us we are the prefect foil for the these young whippersnappers. We are playing in support of Flats and Sharps at St Mary’s Church, Penzance this Friday – tickets now available and well worth purchasing – its cheaper in advance……


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