IOTA are a folk / rock superband, comprised of a trio of ladies at the top of their field. Sally Barker, Marion Fleetwood, and Anna Ryder are well known musicians in folk music: they play between them guitar, accordion, banjo, fiddle, cello, keyboard, and percussion. They all sing like angels, and are superb songwriters too. They have played with the stars - Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, The Poozies, Richard Thompson, and many others. What a pedigree - IOTA - a great act to watch!
Saturday 16th March
Martin Bennett's Green River Band
This great rousing band comes to the Venture Jazz Club for the first time. Six outstanding Lancashire jazz musicians give great entertainment. Martin has travelled the world playing in Australia/Canada/USA and is a regular visitor to Norway. He switched from Trombone to Keyboard some years ago and has a superb musical reputation.
Saturday 13th April
Ten Rods is a brand new comedy first performed to much acclaim in 2014. It is set on an allotment and tells the hilarious story of three pensioners, all former soldiers who meet a wild young woman who turns up to claim a vacant plot who seems completely ignorant of any aspect of gardening and her partner even less so. A feud is instigated when the pensioners find out there is a criminal in their midst, who threatens more than just disturbing the peace of the allotment. Gardening takes a back seat and a dark plot begins. This engaging comedy is full of twists and turns which will keep you guessing as well as laughing. ‘Ten Rods’ is written by Terry Hammond, a member of Ashby Dramatic Society, and well worth seeking out if you like a great night out at the theatre.
Thursday 2nd-11th May
Jeff Barnhart's International Jazz Band
From Connecticut USA, Jeff and Anne Barnhart tour the UK with British musicians Graham Smith on drums and John Hallam on reeds. Jeff is an international artist with a worldwide reputation as a stride pianist. John Hallam an exceptional reed player, he has his own quartet and is invited to all major British jazz festivals.
Saturday 25th May