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Great Nights Out on your Doorstep: Live & Local Spring 2022 Season Launch

Live & Local announces its new Spring 2022 season of professional performances in community venues across Derbyshire: exciting theatre, enthralling, award-winning music and laugh-out-loud comedy. 

Almost two years since their last full season of shows was launched, Live & Local continues to support local volunteers to bring exciting and awe-inspiring shows to a village hall or community venue near you.

John Laidlaw MBE, Director of Live & Local said: ′with spring approaching, Live & Local revives your evenings with a thrilling season of theatre, film, storytelling and live music performances from some of the finest artists in the UK and beyond. Shows take place at community venues throughout the Midlands; from village halls and civic centres, and inns and social clubs, to churches and schools, Live & Local’s new season of entertainment guarantees a great night out in the most picturesque corners of the region, right on your doorstep.’

Catch Máire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman at Spring Bank Arts Centre on Saturday 26th February. This internationally renowned, critically acclaimed harp and guitar duo blend traditional Celtic music, jazz, bluegrass and baroque with a charming anecdotal patter.

Kick in the Head Theatre’s Three Men in a Boat, an adaptation of one of the bestselling books of all time, is visiting Milton Village Hall on Friday 4th March and Taddington Village Institute on Friday 25th March.

The hugely talented Hilary James and Simon Mayor perform at Baslow Village Hall on 26th March. Tears of Laughter combines Simon’s renowned mandolin playing and Hilary’s ‘honey dripping’ vocals through a diverse repertoire of folksongs, blues, mandolin showstoppers, and their own comic songs.

If folk music is what you’re after, there are plenty of occasions to experience top quality performances from Ashley Hutchings, former Fairport Convention vocalist, and Becky Mills. They perform their music and storytelling experience, Paradise and Thorns at Brailsford & Ednaston Village Institute on Saturday 12th March and at All Saints Church, Bradbourne on Saturday 2nd April.

There are plenty more shows to enjoy this season including George Egg’s entertaining and unique one-man show, mixing stand-up comedy with ingenious live cooking; Ma Bessie and her Pigfoot Band’s dedication to prohibition era blues and jazz; and Nikky Smedley’s Confessions of a former Teletubby – a digitally interactive mix of theatre, stand-up and stories.

For full listings, visit the Live & Local website

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