March & April 2022

Curved Air | friday 18 march | 8pm | £17

Curved Air is a unique band, synthesizing an eclectic blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Curved Air’s hits include “It Happened Today”, “Vivaldi”, “Marie Antoinette” and “Backstreet Luv”.

lumped into Britain’s late-’60s prog explosion”, Curved Air are a pioneering British progressive rock group of musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds. They are famed for their unforgettable live performances and ‘Art Rock’ music – the quasi classical imprints of Terry Riley hooked onto beautiful and demonic violin combined with electronic adventurous synths and interwoven with brilliant guitar wizardry mesmerisingly embroidered by the subliminal and exotic presence of a unique lead singer Sonja Kristina. All these elements elevated them from the underground Roundhouse scene to top the album charts in the early ’70s.

Curved Air founder member vocalist Sonja Kristina leads a skilled and talented new line-up, which includes returning 1970s member Kirby Gregory, bringing their unique music to an existing and new fanbase in the 21st Century. Curved Air’s concerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship.

“Curved Air, with a real band attitude and a zest for life; this is a band you want to see live for the sheer artistry of how to deliver the musical goods.” – Lee Dorian, Classic Rock

“Sonja Kristina prowls the front of the stage expertly playing off the energy of all the performers with her. There’s no denying they remain formidable live!” –  Prog Magazine


3fall | wednesday 23 march | 7:30pm | £12, £10 concessions

3Fall Dance Company is an exciting company of young performers with a dynamic repertoire of works.  It has been visiting Arlington Arts Centre for several years now and is proud to work with local schools in Newbury including Mary Hare and Park House Schools. With 14 dancers in the company, they have been working with choreographers Shaun Dillon, Antonia Grove and Amy Morvell to create a diverse and exciting evening of beautifully crafted pieces.

Antonia Grove’s Iconograph explores irregularity through representation and images of popular icons and is danced to a unique sound track interspersing words and poetry.

Amy Morvell takes a light-hearted look back at the last two years as we were in the midst of Covid-19 in No Clocking Off and explores the chaos that surrounded us.

Shaun Dillon’s theatrical and thought provoking A Guide to the End of the World explores the idea of hope through questioning the event of a world ending.

The performance will also celebrate works from emerging choreographers from 3Fall Dance Company and this is an important stepping stone to establishing a career as a dance artist.  One of the professional choreographer’s this evening, Amy Morvell was a 3Fall dancer in 2017 when as an emerging artist, she toured her work to Arlington Arts Centre.


sam kelly’s station house | friday 25 march | 8pm | £15

Sam Kelly is a professional musician with more than 40 years in the business.  His “Station House” band has been featuring on the UK/Worldwide music scene for many years.  Originating from London’s “Station Tavern” in the early nineties, Station House has seen a wealth of quality musicians come and go over the years, all with one common goal in mind – to mix instinctive funk/soul rhythms with the diversity of the blues.

In 2020 Sam re-launched the band as a 4-piece featuring Sam Kelly (drums), Richard Sadler (bass), TonyQunta(guitar/vocals) and Rowena Poole (lead vocals) and this format continues to work at venues and festivals all over Europe/UK.


Hugh Cornwell electric | Thursday 07 April | 8pm | £25

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‘Golden Brown’, ‘Strange Little Girl’, ‘Always The Sun’, ‘Peaches’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Nice & Sleazy’…sound familiar?

All big hits, all great songs, all written and sung by Hugh Cornwell, the songwriter behind The Stranglers.

He is the hitman and he’s back with a fantastic album ‘Monster’ available now on sony music.

Expect an opening set of prime solo songs, including picks fromhugh’s highly acclaimed album ‘Monster’, followed by a storming set of those iconic hits, sung and played by the man himself and his band.

‘Just strap on your guitar and we’ll play some rock & roll’

You can’t miss it. The hitman is back.


Kate Bush-ka ‘The Whole story’ | Friday 08 April | 8pm | £17.50

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A stunning live performance of the sensational music of Kate Bush.

Kate Bush-Ka deliver an immersive performance of Kate’s alluring repertoire starting with the revolutionary first album ‘The Kick Inside’. The band will then take you on a journey throughout her career and across genres to deliver exciting live versions of her phenomenal hits as well as lesser known epic album tracks, such as ‘Breathing’. Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, lead singer Kate Smith conveys a captivating rendition of this highly original and unique artist.  An absolute must see for all Kate fans.


Police Dog Hogan | Saturday 09 April | 8pm | £16

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‘Brilliant’ song-writing, ‘sensational’ harmonies, ‘fantastic’ musicianship, ‘joyous’ live performances – just a fraction of the accolades gathered by Police Dog Hogan at their ‘now-legendary’ live gigs. The 7-piece outfit has been attracting similar reviews for more than ten years now.

Singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist James Studholme is at the helm, supported by fiddle, banjo, accordion, trumpet, bass and drums. These varied instruments allow the band create a mosaic of sounds and songs including husky ballads mourning lost loves, foot-stompers about the West Country and full-throated, multi-harmony anthems. Their song “Devon Brigade’ was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music awards.

The band’s eagerly-awaited new album ‘Overground’ has been described as ‘their best ever’ and they’ll play tracks from it, as well as some of their most-loved songs on their upcoming tour of the UK.

Police Dog Hogan have performed in all four home nations, at Glastonbury, across Ireland, at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the Americana Festival in Nashville, played support for Brian Wilson, and crammed themselves into the legendary and tiny Somerset Shed for an acoustic set. 

Wherever they play says Radio 2 DJ Mark Ratcliffe, it’s ‘a guaranteed good night out’. And much-loved DJ Johnnie Walker lists Police Dog Hogan as ‘one of his favourite bands’.


The Alter Eagles | Friday 22 April | 8pm | £17

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The Alter Eagles are delighted to return to the Arlington Arts Centre with a very special tribute to one of the greatest country rock bands of all time. Joined by their friends The Spectre String Quartet, the band will play the entire ‘Hotel California’ album from start to finish in the first half. Then in the second, they’ll perform a combination of ballads like ‘New York Minute’ and ‘Take it to the Limit’, together with greatest hits like ‘Take it Easy’, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘Witchy Woman’ and ‘One of these Nights’.

Since they started in 2004, the six piece have built a reputation as one of the most faithful tributes around, so along with the string arrangements, you can still expect plenty of rocking twin lead guitar breaks and sumptuous four part country harmonies.  

So what makes a great tribute? It’s more than simple mimicry, according to singer/guitarist Jay Stezaker. “It’s not as if we dress up like the Eagles or anything like that – we’re more interested in the music.” 

“It’s been a real education,” says guitarist and singer Steve McCormack. “One of the Eagles’ great strengths is that they make everything sound so simple, but when you come to pick it apart, you realise how much is going on and what great songs they really are.” 

The band members are Steve McCormack (vocals, guitars) Jay Stezaker (vocals, guitars) Alan Tomkins (keyboards, guitars, vocals) Rob Beattie (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals) Mike Bradley (guitars, vocals) and Ollie Green (drums and percussion). Find out more by visiting the band’s website at www.altereagles.co.uk

“A joy to watch.” – EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES

“One of the best tribute bands I can remember seeing.” – WINDSOR OBSERVER


Ferocious Dog | Saturday 23 April | 8pm | £20

English working class Celtic-Folk-Punk. The Levellers meets Billy Bragg meets The Pogues. More than a band, they are a family.

“To listen to the Ferocious Dog as it snarls and growls at the world is to show responsibility” said a Louder Than War review of their brilliant, recently released and Fake News and Propaganda album, but this is an outfit that shows compassion too. They’ve been hailed as “a representation of our gut feeling, savage and merciless” and at the same time, called “folk in the grand tradition of it being the peoples sound.” Ferocious Dog, however are all those things. And that, in a world where the lines of truth are blurred by the rich, powerful and corrupt, is priceless.

 “Ferocious dog are a very socially conscious band and their music and lyrics are designed not only to make you smile and sing along but also to make you feel something.” – Folk-Metal.NL.


The Shee ‘Summer’s promise tour’ | Thursday 28 April | £14

Cross-Border folk multi-instrumentalists and festival favourites, The Shee, met on the Folk and Traditional Music Degree course at Newcastle University in 2006.

The Shee are an exceptional band boasting powerful and emotional vocal performances and instrumental prowess. Featuring the talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year 2017, Rachel Newton on Harp, Sting’s clogger of choice, Amy Thatcher, on Accordion For ‘The Shadows’ Tour in Spring 2020 The Shee will be joined by a new member; Scottish-Icelandic percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir, adding a fesh approach to the band’s huge catalogue of material.

Following three albums (‘A Different Season’, ‘Decadence’ & ‘Murmurations’) and a hectic touring schedule over the past decade, the six members of the band each commissioned a Folk Music hero and in some cases mentor, to write an original piece of music for their fourth album ‘Continuum’ to celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band.

Premiered at their sell out concert at Celtic Connections and toured around the UK and at Summer festivals throughout 2016 – 2019, the album has received great audience and press acclaim.

The Shee are now working on material for their new album, which will feature an adventurous brew of Folk, Gaelic and Bluegrass music. Expect slow airs, Gaelic ballads, original songs, highenergy tunes, hypnotic riffs, and, of course…clog dancing!


when rivers meet | saturday 30 april | 8pm | £17.50

Since bursting on to the UK Blues scene with their debut record ‘The Uprising EP’ in April 2019 followed by their second EP ‘Innocence Of Youth’ in May 2020, Grace and Aaron have been going from strength to strength. The British husband and wife duo have an ever-growing online fan base and have gained the attention of Planet Rock and BBC Radio 2.

Their unique harmonic vocal-led approach to song writing, dirty electric guitar, slide resonator mandolin and fiddle create a unique distinctive and contemporary blues rock sound that echoes classic rock with hints of the blues that inspire them.

When Rivers Meet, are the first British Blues band to win four awards in the same year at the 2021 UK Blues Awards. Hosted by the legendary Blues musician Paul Jones, the band won “Best Blues Album Of The Year”, “Blues Band Of The Year”, “Emerging Blues Artist Of The Year”, and “Most Inspirational Online Performance Of The Year”.

Support comes from Troy Redfern.