As we can't implement our plans for our birthday year at the moment, we've given the website a new look. Have a look at our updated Home Page here. We're calling for contributions from CA members and hope you'll find it entertaining and informative. In particular, do log in to Alice Rose's concert on Monday night - see the link on our Home page. Alice has performed for us in many of our shows over the years, and has received a CA bursary to further her career in bringing music to people with learning difficulties. She'll be performing some of her own songs, plus favourite covers, courtesy of Paul Dunton and Guests, the regular music evenings at the Grey Lady in Tunbridge Wells.
As part of our ten-year birthday celebrations, we've just finished uploading just about every event we've produced over the decade onto our Event Archive. Go to Events > Events Archive to have a look and see how far we've come!
We're incredibly lucky to have folk/dance band Stepling playing for us in Crowborough as part of their spring tour. The band uniquely blurs the boundaries between music and dance, with an original blend of tunes, step & clog dance and song inspired by English traditions. The variety and energy of their performance makes it an exciting evening out for everyone, not just folk music fans!
Many Crowborough Arts members will already be familiar with the work of percussionist Jo May, who has performed at several of our events, including ’Leading Ladies’ (with fiddler/vocalist Sarah Matthews) and ‘Face to Face’ (with Flamenco guitarist Matt Sullivan). Jo has mesmerised our audiences with her performances on the balafon and her virtuosity on the spoons, as well as more conventional percussion instruments.
Stepling features fiddle and vocals from Deb Chalmers (Folk Dance Remixed, Laurel Swift’s ‘Travelling with Thomas’), guitar from Adrian Lever (Alma, James Patrick Gavin), percussion from Jo May (Against the Grain, Token Women) and percussive dance from champion clog dancer Toby Bennett.
The band’s richly varied performances combine traditional and new material – from high energy competition clog to carefully crafted arrangements, many with foot percussion. They have performed at UK folk festivals including Sidmouth, Whitby, Shepley, Broadstairs and Priddy.
Their debut album ‘Leap’ was released in 2018 to great acclaim.
This is an opportunity to witness a truly inspiring and vibrant evening of music and dance. Book now to avoid disappointment!
See Stepling in action at www.Stepling.org.uk
Join us on Wednesday, 15th January to hear Mark Meredith talk about "Great English Mansions of America". It's a subject Mark is passionate about, so passionate in fact that he's founded a website househistree.com that explores genealogy via buildings. As ever, space is limited, so reserve your seats now!
In 2020, Crowborough Arts will be celebrating its 10th birthday! It seems impossible that we've been around that long, until you look at the literally hundreds of events, concerts, exhibitions and workshops we've put on over the past decade. For our anniversary year, we have a new logo, and we're planning some really special events, including a return visit from the Monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery from Tibet. Have a look at our newly updated website to find out more about what's happening, and watch this space for more exciting developments!
The Clay Studio at Groombridge is a fabulous place to learn or perfect your pottery skills - and you can see the results of the students' work on 30th November when they're open for business. Don't miss the chance to grab some unique pieces just in time for Christmas!
On 18th October, we're incredibly lucky to have top author/producer Simon Brett speaking to us about his life in writing. Simon has written over 100 books and many dramas for both radio and television. Many will remember the hilarious "After Henry", starring Prunella Scales. Simon's talk is entitled "Tickled to Death", which, he explains, captures both sides of his writing: humour and crime. This will be a fascinating and entertaining evening. As ever spaces are limited, but we do have a few tickets remaining at the time of writing, so do get in touch to reserve your seats!
We have only about a dozen tickets left for our fab murder mystery, so grab yours now, before it's too late! It would be a crime not to!