New Routes

Date:Sat 14 Oct
Time:Doors 7pm

Another installment in the New Routes series, an evening of acoustic, folk and roots artists.

Set out cabaret style with candles on tables, it’s a comfortable and intimate space to listen to the best emerging and established artists from the area.


Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer are a close harmony singing, guitar playing Americana duo. 

When Joan Armatrading launched her 'local talent' search for acts to support her on tour in 2012, she was looking for original artists from all over the UK to showcase their work. Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer were two of the acts chosen, and in 2015 she called them back to support her again on her first ever solo tour. They met each other at an industry showcase that was organised by Joan, and started writing together at the suggestion of some publishers they met there.

They originally intended to just write together, but after realising that they had a natural affinity for each other's styles they soon decided to start playing live too, and their first gig as a duo was supporting Joan in November 2015 in front of a thousand people.

Annie Dressner

Since moving from her hometown of New York City to the UK five years ago, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner has received considerable recognition from her live shows, as well as both her debut album, "Strangers Who Knew Each Other's Names" (2011), her EP "East Twenties" (April 2013) & her newest work, a single titled "Don't Feel The Same" (2013). Dressner has been recording her second in-studio album with producer Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore) over the past few months.

Dressner's songs are delivered with a such conversational ease, it often seems as if she is reading from an intimate letter or a book, set to music. Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals offer listeners a front row seat to her stories, as they take shape above the understated music. She has been compared to an up-tempo Mazzy Star 'Fade Into You,' or Jenny Lewis. 

Floor spots from Luke James Williams and Christian Smith 


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If you would like to book a floor spot, please get in touch. Occasionally it will be possible to turn up and play, but to guarantee you have your space it is advisable to book. Please contact Clare if you are interested in playing or would like further information.

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Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Box Office & Bar open from 7pm

Auditorium doors open 7.15pm

Music starts 7.30pm



Mon 16 Oct

Three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration.


Melrose Quartet

Tue 28 Nov

Nominated for Best Group BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2014)