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Music this Autumn on sale now!

24 Aug 2021

Music is live and kicking this Autumn at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre, with performances from legendary bands, soulful singers, album celebrations, and our collaboration with Folk in a Barn. Check out our listings below!

Gulbenkian Theatre:

Grace Petrie – Thu 30 Sep, 8pm – Book Tickets

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

Erland Cooper & Special Guest – Sun 17 Oct, 8:30pm – Book Tickets

Hailing from the archipelago of Orkney in Scotland, the contemporary composer and multi-instrumentalist has so far explored the birdlife (2018’s Solan Goose), the sea (2019’s Sule Skerry) and, on Hether Blether, his third album, he turned his attention to the land and its people. Presented by Melting Vinyl.

Gruff Rhys & Special Guest – Thu 4 Nov, 8:30pm – Book Tickets

Mercury-nominated Welsh singer-songwriter, with a career spanning twenty-plus years of top-selling albums and sold-out tours solo as well as under the band Super Furry Animals – BBC 6 music favourite Gruff Rhys returns with new album “Seeking New Gods” due out on Rough Trade records.

The Jazz Ambassadors – Sun 7 Nov, 8pm – Book Tickets

Hear the live performance of music from original score to the award winning documentary ‘The Jazz Ambassadors’ composed by Michael J McEvoy (Finding Your Feet) and performed by an ensemble of leading UK jazz musicians. Plus included in the ticket: see the documentary screening of The Jazz Ambassadors at 5pm before the gig.

The Christmas Albion Band – Sat 18 Dec, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Now as much an essential part of the build up to Christmas as the local Village Christmas Bazaar or the pre-cooking of the sprouts! Expect an evening of traditional English Christmas music, humourous stories and beautiful, spine-tingling Christmas carols and ballads sung by Kellie While and Simon Nicol.

Colyer-Fergusson Hall:

Yo La Tengo – Wed 17 Nov, 8pm – Book Tickets

Yo La Tengo is one of the most beloved and respected bands in America. For over thirty years, Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms – playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, and absolutely dominating critics’ lists.

Bryter Layter: A Nick Drake Celebration – Fri 19 Nov, 8pm – Book Tickets

Jazz musicians Rowland Sutherland (flute) and Orphy Robinson (vibraphone, marimba and percussion) join folk luminaries Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts for an exclusive concert. Solo sets plus the musicians as a quartet celebrate Nick Drake’s seminal album, Bryter Layter, ahead of its 50th anniversary.

What’s Going On: Celebrating Marvin Gaye’s Iconic Album – Fri 26 Nov, 8pm – Book Tickets

The 24-piece NCO led by Peter Edwards, will lead a musical exploration, to reflect on our current times through the lens of the late, great Marvin Gaye’s incredible catalogue, with the addition of special guests. The NCO, led by Peter Edwards, is a world-class ensemble brought together by Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Artistic Director Gary Crosby OBE.

Alexis Taylor and Terry Edwards – Fri 3 Dec, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Alexis Taylor & Terry Edwards’ concert is shaped by a mutual love of Chet Baker, Alex Chilton and each other’s work! Expect tunes from their respective solo catalogues and a whole slew of likely and unlikely cover versions.

Stile Antico – Fri 17 Dec, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences on four continents with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony.

Folk in the Barn:

Thea Gilmore – Wed 29 Sep, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Accompanying herself on guitar, keyboard and loop station, Thea will give audiences a chance to hear some of her most special songs exactly the way they entered the world – raw, unadorned, delivered intimately by that long revered, hauntingly beautiful voice.

Eddi Reader – Fri 8 Oct, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2020, she celebrates her 40th year on stage with the ‘40 Years Live’ concert tour. These concerts promise to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader concert, the magic is being made in the moment, no two concerts ever the same.

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican – Sat 20 Nov, 8pm – Book Tickets

Hailing from Barnsley Rock City in t’North, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive, they have a talent for Bar-Stewardizing other famous people’s songs with new comedy lyrics, on acoustic geetar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, keyboard, keytar and the world’s first synthesizer ukulele.

Usher’s Island – Sun 28 Nov, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Usher’s Island sees the coming together of five of the most acclaimed and influential names in Irish Traditional music – Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, both members of Planxty, Paddy Glackin, a founding member of The Bothy Band, the ubiquitous Michael McGoldrick, formerly of Lunasa and Capercaillie, and John Doyle who has played with many of the greatest names in Irish music

Guest events:

Freddie Kempf – Sun 26 Sep, 3pm – Book Tickets

Cloudbusting the music of Kate Bush – Sat 16 Oct, 8pm – Book Tickets

London Handel Players – Sun 24 Oct, 3pm – Book Tickets

Oh What A Night! – Sat 20 Nov, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

Rachel Podger, violin and Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano – Sun 21 Nov, 3pm – Book Tickets

Jive Talkin’ perform the Bee Gees – Fri 26 Nov, 7:30pm – Book Tickets

G2 Definitive Genesis – Sat 27 Nov, 8pm – Book Tickets

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge – Sun 12 Dec, 3pm – Book Tickets


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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