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The Apex this Autumn

Folk fans are well catered for at The Apex this season, but there’s plenty more in store…

Some of Irelands finest traditional musicians, Dervish play on 25 September; Lindisfarne (7 October); Ralph McTell (10 October); Oysterband (12 November); Skerryvore (19 November); and Blazin’ Fiddles (27 November).

Zimbabwe’s most celebrated young band, Mokoomba make a welcome return on 24 October; their fresh and original mix of African styles uses Tonga rhythms, Congolese grooves and dashes of rap, ska and Latin. “The new hotshots of Pan-African funkiness” (Songlines).

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita will deliver a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship in their ethereal concert on 28 November.

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders’ show features the Hi Riders Special Soul Review – with extended brass section and Hammond organ – on 31 October.

10cc, one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, return on 15 November.

Norwegian pianist and composer, Tord Gustavsen and his trio bring enchanting melody and subtle groove on 29 October. Piccadilly Dance Orchestra celebrate their 30th Anniversary by joining forces with Strictly Come Dancing singer Lance Ellington on 23 September. Pete Long’s All-Star Goodmen Orchestra bring an 80th anniversary recreation of Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert on 11 November.

Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Barry Douglas’ programme on 24 September features Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, and Schubert’s A Minor Sonata D537 and A Major Sonata D664. Celebrated tenor Mark Padmore joins Britten Sinfonia on 26 November, for a programme of beautiful English music for voice and orchestra.

Following the sad passing of Eddy Amoo, his brother Chris and Dave Smith continue as a duo with The Real Thing band, performing all their million selling hits on 15 September. ‘Catsuit Wonder Girl’, Janey Bombshell and her band will take you on a foot-stomping, air-guitaring, pop-packed roller-coaster ride of 1970’s hits in Supersonic 70s on 21 September. Slade & Mud II will bring rock ‘n’ roll, outrageous flamboyance and great fun on 30 October

Celebrating 20 diamante decorated years, The Ladyboys of Bangkok ‘Wonder Women Tour’ will take Britain’s number one cabaret show to a new level on 11 October.

Expect fast-paced medleys and mind-bending mashups on 15 October, as The Sons of Pitches attempt to hit their target of 100 hit songs in just one evening.

Following performances on Later With Jools Holland, BBC’s Glastonbury coverage and outstanding reviews for her latest album ‘Wild’, Joanne Shaw Taylor

(3 October) has established herself as a true star of the blues rock world. For fans of prog rock, there will be A Tribute To Rush by Exit Stage Left on 19 October.

Aside from music, there will be laughs aplenty from Nish Kumar (September 26), Marcus Brigstocke (4 October), Hal Cruttenden (18 October), Rich Hall (25 October) and Seann Walsh (8 November).

Countryfile’s resident farmer Adam Henson appears on 20 September; one of Britain’s most popular and highly regarded novelists, William Boyd takes to the stage on 27 September; Neil Oliver will present The Story of The British Isles in 100 Places on 23 October; and Suggs returns on 4 November, with his new one-man show.

For more information, or to book tickets, see The Apex website (link to: https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/index.cfm)  or ring 01284 758 000.