The forthcoming summer months see an incredibly exciting line up of artists gracing the stage here at the Maltings. From jazz to folk performances, indoor and outdoor venues, we’ve got every musical avenue covered. Read below to see what’s coming up over the next season.
Tue 03 May, 8pm (+ pre-show dining options)
This week sees renowned jazz musician Courtney Pine and MOBO award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman take to the stage in our Great Hall for an evening of world-class jazz entertainment. The pair started touring together early this year and with glowing reviews from the media including The Guardian, we are extremely excited to see what their concert here will bring tonight.
This week also sees a triple bill of jazz music, with other offerings from our popular Lunchtime Jazz sessions on a Tuesday, with the superb pianist Esmond Clements, and the Jazz Cafe in the Cellar Bar on a Wednesday evening. If you’re a jazz fan, then our multitude of music offerings are sure to please you.
Fri 06 May, 8.30pm (+ pre-show dining options)
If you’re a BBC Radio 2 fan and more specifically, listen to the Chris Evans’ breakfast show, then you are bound to have heard of this upcoming folk duo. Exeter-based Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are an enigmatic and tangible act who write, perform, record and evolve with a truly genuine attitude to an industry they love. Having the backing of one of the most recognisable radio DJ’s in the country has certainly helped Sound of the Sirens on their path to success.
With a rip-roaring performance on the revamped TFI Friday last year and further slots on the Glastonbury and Carfest line-ups, these girls are truly on the rise. Their live shows are something to behold, with foot-stomping melodies and haunting lyrics that demonstrates their genuine love for the industry. Their show here is one not to be missed. With support from Days Are Done.
Sat 14 May, 8.30pm (+ pre-show dining options)
Midlands-born Mike Francis has had a fascination with guitars all his life. Since he first picked up the guitar when he was 10, he has been a fan of acoustic and blues music ever since. With early influences including The Kinks and The Hollies, Mike’s music slowly progressed taking on American and soul influences along the way.
‘If Woodie Guthrie and Robert Johnson were still around today they’d probably sound like this guy.’ Mike comes to the Maltings with a show featuring self-penned material mixed with some blues and soul classics. Last year his solo acoustic show was nominated for a European Blues Award.
Fri 17 Jun, 8.30pm (+ pre-show dining options)
The first line of Bristol-based artist Phil King’s biography is ‘I am not interested in making music that impresses people, just music that touches people.’ Phil King has been on the rise since the release of his critically-acclaimed first two albums They Come and They Go and Leaves. His third album The Wreckage sees him expand further into the acoustic world, with haunting melodies and impressive chords to boot.
Phil has performed all over the UK, at festivals and fayres, in pubs, clubs and bars, on bandstands and boats, and once in a beautiful treehouse. He performs regularly in Europe and has also ventured to the US, playing shows in New York. If a relaxed Friday evening out is what you’re after, then an evening with Phil King is just what you’re looking for.
Other music that is coming up in the local area includes exciting band CoCo and the Butterfields. After meeting as buskers on the streets of Canterbury in 2011, the five-piece went on to form a band creating their own ‘fip folk’ sound, an amalgamation of the best of folk, soulful pop and blues, to name a few. They play the West End Centre in Aldershot on 07 May and you can buy tickets here.
Also coming up this month is a very special performance by popular noughties band Wheatus, who are performing at The Boileroom in Guildford on the 10 May. After their huge hit ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ cracked the Top 40 BBC Official sales chart for a second time in March of 2011, 10 years after it’s debut at #2 on the same chart, the band have a new line up and are touring throughout the US and UK, in their own independent University and College tours. You can buy tickets here.
also coming up…
Sat 21 May, 1pm: Farnham Maltings, in association with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, present another popular series of lunchtime recitals from young performers at the beginning of their professional careers.
Music starts from 7.30pm; pre-show meals available: A mix of jazz styles and comedy cabaret from our resident band Otis B Driftwood, with a different special guest star each month. An entertaining show in a friendly café atmosphere.
Every Friday throughout July & August: Our popular music evening returns for another summer of fantastic free live music nights every Friday night with delicious food straight from the barbecue.