Sam Sweeney, BBCR2 Folk Musician of the Year, and his acclaimed new band LEVERET are coming to play next Thursday 13 July with poets Annie Freud and Tim Cumming. Tickets are available, please call 01308 459511. This promises to be an amazingly special evening.
It couldn’t be a more appropriate time for a band entitled Leveret (young hare) when the gallery is filled with Clare Trenchard’s magical Hare sculptures of all shapes and sizes plus some wonderful drawings and in fact the Resting Juggler (below) will be taking a keen interest from his place in the audience in the gallery.
The stage was set by Sammy Hurden and her 45-strong community choir who sang here most beautifully last week with five musicians, some of whom we know very well. One of the songs written by Sammy was all the different words and legends connected to the mythical Hare. How everything ties together! Here they are singing in front of Frances Hatch’s Garden of the Halmyrides, a celebration of the wonderful glaucous sea kale that grows in profusion on Chesil Beach.
On Friday 21 July Frances Hatch is giving a talk with the poet Elisabeth Bletsoe chaired by Frances’ husband Steve Batty at 6.30pm. Radical Landscapes will include discussion and performance and is followed by a delicious buffet dinner if you like. Copies of Frances’ booklet Chesil Moons are available and could be signed on the night.
Sculptor and artist Clare Trenchard’s Talk is on Friday 4 August at 6.30pm with dinner to follow. Her booklet Myth is available and could be signed on the night. Here it is featuring The Piper, one of a group of festive minstrels currently entertaining our Café customers in the yard.