Monthly Archives: July 2018

20 07, 2018

The Rude Mechanicals Band Present……..


Wes Finch & The Rude Mechanicals Band combine their passion for poetry and love of music in a unique style.

Invigorating acoustic guitar and vocals are accompanied by double bass, violin, viola, percussion and drums.

Wes wrote songs for a Royal Shakespeare Company competition. These were picked up by the BBC and the band played at the RSC’s Other Place Theatre in Stratford as part of BBC Radio 3’s ‘400 years of Shakespeare’ celebrations.

The Rude Mechanicals have been described as ‘a blast of originality’ and have shared stages with Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and many others at venues small and large, folk clubs and festivals across the U.K. and beyond.

Radcliffe is in for a real musical treat.

 Date: Sunday, 14th April 2019, 7:30 PM
Venue: Grange Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent, NG12 2FB

Another RadVentures-hosted event through the Live & Local touring scheme, sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts. CC and Rushcliffe BC.

Review by Ivy Brodie

Poetry to Music

A great evening of folk-blues, bluegrass and even cajun  styles with very witty, original songs from the four-piece band (Wes Finch guitar and vocals, John Parker double bass, Ben Haines percussion and Jools Street violin).

Poetry from Shakespeare (of course) Blake, Yates and Larkin was artfully woven into songs to provide us with some hilarious ‘Poetry to Music’ moments. The Band’s treatment of Larkin’s classic ‘This Be The Verse’ was a case in point.

There were some lovely musical moments reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s phrasing and even some re-working of lyrics from the ancient ‘House of the Rising Sun’ classic.

A truly entertaining experience.

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20 07, 2018

Midnight in Paris


Midnight in Paris

Paris in February … RadVentures hosts Oh La La, a brilliant quartet with ‘chanteuse’ who entertain in classic Parisienne style.

The combo offers a cool blend of classy musicianship, some vivid and telling French vocals and authentic Parisian chanson, seen by many as France’s  own soul music.

They move through flamboyant 1960’s pop, classic jazz and ‘impressionist’ music; the Can Can, and bring  that ‘certain little café in Paris, just by the Seine’ to Radcliffe.

There are exquisite treatments of songs made famous by Edith Piaf, France’s ‘Little Sparrow’and one of her famous daughters and Serge Gainsbourg, the French David Bowie.

Numbers by Mick Jagger John Lennon, Francoise Hardy, the light-spirited yé yé girl follow on.

Vocalist and accordionist Fifi la Mer turns every song into a mini drama, delivered with elegance, sensuality and sharp wit alongside her fellow musicians.

Another RadVentures-hosted event through the Live & Local touring scheme, sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts. CC and Rushcliffe BC.


Review by John Thorn:

A packed house at the Radcliffe British Legion enjoyed a spirited evening of french jazz and chanson from the Franglais band “Oh La La”, led by the voice and accordion of the definitely french Fifi La Mer accompanied by her English band mates Colin on guitar, Julian on bass and Olly on saxophone and clarinet.

With well known french songs like “C’est si Bon” and english standards such as “Yes sir, that’s my baby” Fifi and her band entertained us with a combination of exquisite musicianship combined with humour and joie de vivre. Fifi even managed to get the audience to join in … in french! The atmosphere in the Legion was buzzing and Fifi was clearly enjoying herself too as she joked with the audience. Brexit seemed a million miles away as we all enjoyed the continental vibe.

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20 07, 2018



by Reaction Theatre Co.


Set in the beautiful Welsh Mountains with a musical backdrop of specially written folk tunes, this is a drama about a family in tatters brought together by hopes and dreams.

A husband away fighting a war but it’s not a war story.  A tattoo artist with his own dilemmas and not just with ink.  A mother struggling and surviving, and a son who loves to dance despite his physical problems. He’s autistic.

‘Honey’ sweetly sticks together their tales as slick and splendid as the ‘bees waggle dance’

Date: SUNDAY 14th October 2018


Another RadVentures-hosted event through the Live & Local touring scheme, sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts. CC and Rushcliffe BC.