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November 2018

Ray Cooper

November 30, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday 30 November 8pm, Emsworth Sports & Social Club This year Ray Cooper released one of the finest and most original albums within the folk idiom. 'Between the Golden Age and the Promised Land' is stuffed with great songs and tunes - mostly written by Ray and on which he played all the instruments and recorded in his studio in Sweden. His many years as a member of Oysterband (and on occasions he still plays with them) have honed him…

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January 2019

Comedy at the Club!

January 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Emsworth Sports & Social Club, 43 Havant Road
Emsworth, PO10 7JF United Kingdom

We all know what doom and gloom the Post-Festive Season can bring so we’ve got together with compere Jeff Lane and compiled two great evenings of comedy to brighten up the New Year. The first evening will feature: Jan Jack Wayne the Weird Brian & Krysstal Tickets £10 Now heading for the 'twilight of her life', Basingstoke's Jan Jack boasts a five o'clock shadow and an air of despair. With beautifully structured observations and witty poetry, this ex-secretary talks about…

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February 2019


February 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Chidham Village Hall, Chidham Lane
Chidham, PO18 8TL United Kingdom

We're delighted to welcome Breabach back to the area following two great shows which were so rapturously received.  Venue availability means that we've had to downsize but this certainly will not diminish your enjoyment of this wonderful band ! 'Frenzy of the Meeting' is the latest release from multi award-winning Scottish contemporary folk band Breabach. Building on the ideas and experimentation from their 2016 album 'Astar', this new work is explorative and creative. Produced in collaboration with Eamon Doorley (Julie…

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Fairport Convention

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Connaught Theatre Worthing, BN11 1LG + Google Map

Please buy tickets direct from the venue, not from Wemsfest. https://worthingtheatres.co.uk/show/fairport-convention/

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March 2019

Comedy at the Club!

March 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Emsworth Sports & Social Club, 43 Havant Road
Emsworth, PO10 7JF United Kingdom

This is the second of our comedy events in 2019. The evening will be compered by Jeff Lane and features the following great comedians: Keith Platt, Linda Larkin (aka Sam Savage), Graeme Collard, Sunjai Arif and Nathan Eagle. Juliet Myers is indisposed but in her place we're delighted to welcome, from God's Own Country of Yorkshire, Keith Platt.  As you might expect he has an appetite for laughter, and a thirst for Old Peculier - brewed by the excellent Theakstone's Brewery !!! Linda Larkin is…

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Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton’s Symbiosis

March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Emsworth Sports & Social Club, 43 Havant Road
Emsworth, PO10 7JF United Kingdom

Ross and Ali met at the Vale of Atholl pipe band when they were 12 years old. The boys were guided by one of the most influential pipers in the last 30 years Gordon Duncan. Gordon instilled a great passion in the guys for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to play in many leading Scottish bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Capercaillie. After all the years playing in different…

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Live theatre comes to Emsworth

March 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to be bringing live theatre to Emsworth with the play Poison Beds, written by Greg Mosse and Lucy Flannery with original live music by John Gleadhall. This is an exciting new venture being co-promoted by WemsFest. The production takes place on Wednesday 19 June at 7.30pm in Brook Hall. See the Events page for further details.

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Red Dirt Skinners

March 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall, Chidham Lane/A259
Chidham, United Kingdom

Crayon Angels were to have performed a short 20-minute set prior to Red Dirt Skinners performance but sadly, due to an impending hospital appointment, this has had to be postponed. Red Dirt Skinners are now based in Ontario and we're delighted that they're coming back to Chidham where they were so enthusiastically received last year.  Sara's soulful sax-playing contrasts wonderfully with the web that guitarist Rob weaves.  It's a style which lends itself to jazz, country, soul, and the best rock…

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Karen Matheson (and band)

March 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Emsworth Baptist Church, North Street
Emsworth, PO10 7BY

Widely recognised as the compelling vocals of Celtic super-group Capercaillie, Karen Matheson’s life in the limelight began with her performing as a child in her local village hall in Argyll on the West coast of Scotland, where she was brought up immersed in the deep well of traditional songs that have been her inspiration for over 30 years of recording and performing worldwide. As a solo performer, Karen has been involved in various projects of collaboration worldwide including the award…

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April 2019


April 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Emsworth Baptist Church, North St
Emsworth, PO10 7BY United Kingdom

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China. Skerryvore create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 7 band members who hail from…

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