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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.

26 06, 2017

Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra. The ‘Truth and Tall Tales’ Tour – great music, songs and fun.


Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra are a joy to listen to and true crowd-pleasers who guarantee an evening of great entertainment with their friendly fun and frolics.

Kel Elliott is a sassy double-bass playing singer who likes to tell stories: her own and other people’s. She spends a lot of time striking up conversations, and whenever she can, records them, turning the bits that inspire her most into songs. She then hammers or rather plucks them out on stage with humour, irony and a touch of mischief. The audience describe her performances as a journey of emotion, many laugh and a few tears shed, all within the space of a few minutes. Others describe it as a ‘Drama for the ears’. The band’s sound is varied and cleverly tailored to suit each song, allowing the lyrics to speak for themselves.

Joining Kel is song-writing partner Kelvin and two new multi-instrumentalists, Hugh (Kel’s hugely talented husband and inventor of the plastic trombone) and Adam (woodwind maestro for the Royal Shakespeare Company).

To match Kel’s velvety vocals and trademark double bass, this new show features an impressive range of instruments, from melodica and bass clarinet, to sousaphone, saxophone, accordion, ukulele and percussion.

This is very much a gig for grown ups and mature youngsters; great music with universal appeal from a fantastic band!

Following them on Facebook and social media is a good way to tap into the younger members of our community.

Event:  Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra – the ‘Truth and Tall Tales’ tour

Date: Saturday 5 May 2018,  7.30pm  Grange Hall Radcliffe on Trent, NG12 2FB  (NOTE: contact details as below which are separate from the venue)


Review by Jane Booth

Kel Elliott and her Three Man Orchestra gave us a brilliant and spirited nights entertainment on 5/5/2018 in Radcliffe on Trent.
With Kel on double bass and vocals, the “orchestra” included a vast range of instruments (yes we counted 12 but can get upto 20 on occasions! …. and thats not including the vocal interpretations of some rare instruments!)  –  melodica, accordion, bass clarinet, ukulele, and the surprise of an enormous sousaphone –  hence the term ‘orchestra’!!
Their programme was based on a passion for story telling, preserving old stories that may other wise be forgotten, and bringing them alive with a powerful emotional edge. One example being their treatment of a tale about Kelvin’s Grandad which was built around an original tape which had turned up in the family archives and featured Grandad singing “Louisiana”…. having fun connecting with a previous generation was very enjoyable.
At times their story telling is used  to bring alive a lost era, as in the case of the restoration of Chedham Yard, a prize-winning Heritage site in Warwickshire. Kel Elliot was commissioned to be involved in the restoration project by providing a musical journey to chart the story of bringing the smithies back to life – a vivid and powerful story of village life, characterised by instruments used.
But Kel is also keen to express her feelings about some aspects of modern culture, for example her contempt for Simon Cowell, who she characterised as an Evil Ringmaster at the Circus , singing he ” humiliates to entertain, the vulnerable won’t complain” a phrase to remember I think.
Or likewise Kel reflects on her somewhat rebellious teenage years and writes empathic ally about the sense of being misunderstood – ” the time she needs you most is when she’s pushing you away” – how often that continues in later life!
A memorable evening in many ways, with four very creative musicians blending their own unique sense of fun and attachment to people, places and time, to produce a very polished performance.

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

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26 06, 2017

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – BBC Radio Awards for best Modern British Folk duo


Katherine Roberts and Sean Lakeman are one of the UK modern folk scene’s most popular and award-winning  singer-songwriter partnerships

Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for best duo in 2016 and 2013, the couple’s on-stage intimacy and passion has build a huge and enduring fan base.

Their reputation as  ‘Songwriters par excellence’ (FROOTS magazine),  offers greatly varied and original songs covering a range of musical tales, from wicked mermaids to Norwegian legends … to a lonely whale.

Following their last two highly praised albums ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today‘ and ‘Hidden People‘ fans of Folk and acoustic music wonder where this couple will choose to lead them next.

With over 20 years of music-making alongside Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are stellar performers of Modern British Folk.


Event: Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman in concert


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

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26 06, 2017

Your Bard – An informal interview with Will Shakespeare … a waspish comedic entertainment from our greatest literary hero – in the flesh!


Waspish comedic entertainment from our greatest literary hero … the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon himself

Picture the scene. A Professor is giving a talk about Shakespeare authorship in the function room at The Shakespeare pub – but he doesn’t believe the man from Stratford wrote all those plays.

That’s Will’s cue to kick the door off the hinges and defend his reputation.

We  met the man himself and took the lid off a legend. He’ll told us all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe.

Queen Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe and Ned Alleyn – were there too too  along with enjoying  a few of his greatest hits, and maybe a sonnet or song thrown in for good measure.

Up close and personal, this is a drama where audience and characters were all in it together …

So, ladies and gentlemen, get ready to raise your glasses to …Your Bard!

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

Your Bard – An informal interview with Will Shakespeare … a waspish comedic entertainment from our greatest literary hero – in the flesh!2019-02-17T16:52:58+00:00
4 07, 2016

Sonrisa – Latin Flavours



A Latin Rhythms journey through Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and beyond with SONRISA 

RadVentures hosts SONRISA (Smile in Spanish) a talented five piece combo devoted to Latin, jazz and world music at British Legion Club, Radcliffe on Saturday 20th May 2017.

Currently on tour,  the combo’s show includes Cuban Son, Tango, Bossa Nova, Samba and Rumba played with a real Latin groove on trumpet, acoustic and bass guitars, cajon, percussion and flute mixed with smoky, heartfelt vocals.

The band’s latest show ‘Latin Flavours’ mixes traditional and old favourites with new numbers as they guide the audience through an irresistible map of music and song, from

Argentina to Andalucia, Havana to Rio and lots in between.

The beat will grab your soul – and your feet – so whether you fancy a Salsa or just swaying to the groove, everyone’s sure to have a great Latino-style night out.


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3 07, 2016

The After Hours Quintet


The After Hours Quintet in Concert

The ‘After Hours Quintet’  line up to give Radcliffe a  musical treat with  swing, crooning and Roaring Twenties  fun

RadVentures Arts Group hosts the young and talented After Hours Quintet to play the sounds of The Roaring Twenties at Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent and set the tone for a lively 2017.

Hot jazz standards and swing tunes using everything from washboard, sax and trumpet to guitar, banjo and drums will guarantee lots of toe tapping and perhaps some  shimmy turns on the dance floor! Add a great crooner vocalist and the mix is complete for a great night out.

The audience will enjoy standards from Sheik of Araby to Sweet Georgia Brown and many more familiar melodies.

With a mix of splendid musicianship, bucket loads of charisma, fun and timeless music, the evening with be a crowd pleaser for audiences young and not so young.

Event: The After Hours Quintet … Roaring 20s and more

Date & time: Thursday 19th Jan 2017 from 7.30pm sharp

Venue: Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent, NG12 2FB


Live & Local touring events are sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts. CC and Rushcliffe BC.

Review by John Thorn

The After Hours Quintet certainly had the feet in the Grange Hall stomping and its ears ringing from the applause as the audience kept the band to two encores.
The quintet was fronted by a clarinet/sax player/singer with an amusing patter. He shared leads with an excellent trumpet player and a terrific guitarist, backed by solid double bass and a one handed drummer making up the rhythm section. (Yes the drummer broke a finger earlier in the week and has his hand strapped up …. less can obviously be more, he was superb!)
The band’s repertoire was mostly a range of great 20s/30s/40s Jazz from the likes of Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington and Django Reinhardt but it was also peppered with cheeky modern numbers such “I wan’na be like you” from the Jungle Book, a Moloko cover and a couple of numbers penned by the singer. Altogether a set which showed off the individual talents of the quintet. It was exciting to see how the band members riffed off one another, improvising solos and coming back together seamlessly.
The band was evidently pleased with its reception at Radcliffe. The audience, as ever, warming to the freshness, energy and quality of the music coming from the Village Ventures stable, and making for an atmosphere to match the “speakeasy” venues of American Jazz in its heyday.

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1 07, 2016

Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain



WW2 Yanks land in Radcliffe for English lessons and a comic romp

On Wednesday 16 November 2016  at Grange Hall, Radcliffe prepares itself for a Yankee landing in rural England, and an evening of comic misunderstandings on British life and culture.

Theatre at its laughing best launches the RadVentures Autumn/Winter programme of professionals on tour entertainments.

Everything from boiling food to death to accents and obsessive tea drinking confuse the Yankees.  The crack team of English officers charged with tutoring them in Brit survival skills results in total chaos. It’s a classic case of American troops  overpaid, oversexed and over here pitted against the best of British stiff upper lip stupidity.
You can be sure that a mixed age audience of 11+ will love this daft wartime romp and feel part of it from the very start. 

Event:  ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’ by Fol Espoir Theatre Company

Date/venue: Wednesday 16th November 2016 at Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent,  Notts NG12  2FB @ 7.30pm prompt.

Interval pay bar.

Tickets: £8.50 from Pen2Paper shop (next to veg shop, Main Rd, R-on-T) or RadVentures direct: Tel: 0115 933 4115 or 07954701058

Live & Local touring events are sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts. CC and Rushcliffe BC.






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11 02, 2016

A Life With Songs – Call Mr Robeson


Sunday 20th March at 7.30pm, Grange Hall, R-on-T

Call Mr Robeson – A Life With Songs

From playing New York’s Carnegie Hall to Grange Hall Radcliffe, Paul Robeson’s life and times are splendidly brought to life with a bravura performance from actor-singer Tayo Aluku, currently on national tour.
‘Call Mr Robeson’ is an international, multi-award winning production and a night to remember in words and music.
Robeson, perhaps most famous to millions as a bass singer whose many global hits include ‘Ole Man River’ was one of the 20th century’s first black civil rights campaigners.
Trained as a lawyer, one of only three black students at his university, he was also an athlete and actor. He starred in classical roles from Shakespeare’s Othello to key 20th century dramas, and played lead characters in musical theatre productions.
When over the years he became too radical and uncomfortably outspoken for America’s white establishment, he was branded a traitor and a ‘communist’ the ultimate insult during the darkest period of 20th century USA politics.
He joined many of the best actors, playwrights, authors and commentators of the time, all accused, blacklisted and labelled ‘un-American’ for their liberal views during the 1950’s McCarthy show trials period.
Thereafter he was damned by the media, denied opportunities to perform and travel, physically and mentally threatened and ultimately ‘dis-remembered.’
Tayo Aluko’s performance shows the man in his many roles and how he survived his roller coaster of a life.

Suitable for aged 12+

A’ Live & Local’ touring scheme production sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts County Council & Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Review by Martin Culshaw

On the face of it, this performance by Tayo Aluko seemed likely to be a fairly ‘light’ presentation of the life and times of Paul Robeson, interspersed with some of his songs. Being somewhat younger than the late singer, I was unaware of the depth and leaning of his politics and the range of his talents as a lawyer, American footballer and straight actor, as well as a singer. But I was most ignorant of the way in which white American politicians treated him and made him one of the victims of the dreadful McCarthyite period in the 1940s and ‘50s. At a time when immigrants to Britain are starting to be vilified as the Syrian war drags on and the EU referendum debate intensifies, it was good to be reminded of how not to treat people who are ‘different.’
After a slightly slow start Tayo put on a great one-man show that gradually ramped up the horrors to which Robeson was subjected while recognising some of his weaknesses. The show included both some of Robeson’s well known songs and lesser known ones for which … … provided excellent piano accompaniment. At the end of the show Tayo took part in a lively question and answer session that, unsurprisingly, focussed on whether racial awareness in the USA had improved since Robeson’s time.
A thought-provoking and excellently performed show.

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