We have an excellent variety of events at the Silk Mill during Frome Festival 2015 (3rd-12th July 2015)…
1st -17th JULY EXHIBITION of PAINTINGS by ROMI BEHRENS
Romi was born in Wiltshire. She moved to Cornwall in 1959, where she has remained ever since. She is a thoroughly creative person, being inspired by Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh and is as much a musician (violinist) as a visual artist, the latter having been taken up after marriage to her husband Michael. As a painter, she is largely self-taught, responding to people and objects such as musical instruments and flowers, which regularly form part of her paintings. She is also a painter of landscapes and portraits.
She has been a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA) since the late 1960s and with them she has exhibited often in joint shows. Her work has also been shown at the Rainy Day Gallery in Penzance, the Penwith Gallery in St Ives, the Arnolfini in Bristol, the Rebecca Hossack in London and twice at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition as well as many other places.
The exhibition is open daily from 11am – 5.30pm, free entry except for 1-2.30 Monday 6th and part of (times TBC) Saturday 11th when there are events on in the gallery (for details see below). There will be a preview evening on Wednesday 1st July 6-9pm.
Again several of our artists will be opening their studios on both weekends of the festival. See the studio trail map for details, which will be available nearer the date.
BOTH FESTIVAL WEEKENDS: FESTIVAL CANTINA!
Delicious reasonably priced authentic Spanish Tapas will be served on:
- Friday 3rd & 10th: 5pm-11pm
- Saturday 4th & 11th: Noon -11pm
- Sunday 5th & 12th Noon – 11pm
FROME DRAMA PRESENTS MRS SHAKESPEARE BY ROBERT NYE
at 8.30pm (doors/bar open 8pm) on:
- Thursday 2nd July,
- Friday 3rd July
- Saturday 4th July
Not suitable for under 16s, Tickets £8.
SUNDAY 5th JULY, 7.30pm
‘What a voice’ Clare Balding BBC Radio 2
‘seriously accomplished song writing’ 2 Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
‘This is that sassy, gypsy, hearts-boots-and-bones kind of music that is so very rare. She is the holy grail of songwriters with an absolutely killer voice. How do we all not know about her? The Independent
BBC Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson and Clare Balding are all huge fans, she’s recorded with Massive Attack’s Angelo Bruschini, opened for Jools Holland, won BEST ALBUM at the ‘Independent Music Awards’ as well as ‘UK SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR’ and now she’s penning music for a feature length animation. She is a ‘tour de force’ for Independent music. Choosing not to court the labels doesn’t seem to have impeded her ability to develop as a creative and inspiring artist. A respected songwriter across the UK, the BBC recently invited her to record at Maida Vale where they paid homage to her extraordinary career so far. Come and see why. Tickets £10
MONDAY 6th JULY 1-2.30pm
FESTIVAL JAZZ MONDAY LUNCHTIME @ THE SILK MILL – BLUES AND STRIDE PIANO
The Silk Mill opens its doors on Monday lunchtime to host remarkable Isle of Wight pianist and singer Bob Brace who has enthralled festival goers since 2012. Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Cow Cow Davenport, Scott Joplin and George Gershwin are all on the menu and Bob swings this music with authentic charm, improvises with flair and dazzles with quite extraordinary virtuosity. Bob is one of the very best musicians around for this musical era, so if you like the piano, you really will love this! – Food is available so make this a lunchtime treat. Presented by Wightlist Promotions. Age limit 14 accompanied by an adult. Tickets £5
MONDAY 6th JULY 7.30pm – 11.00pm
FESTIVAL JAZZ MONDAY EVENING @ THE SILK MILL – HOTCLUB TRIO MENAGE
Wightlist proudly presents Menage, virtuoso Jazz Violinist Bob Brace (fingers smoking from playing piano at the Wheatsheaves earlier!) with Keith Newnham and JC Grimshaw, guitars and vocals, who have delighted festival goers since 2012. In true rustic spirit, the trio will play a set for a great night of Gypsy jazz a la Stephane Grappelli and DJango Reinhardt with flair, style and at times humor! They will be joined by stunning blues vocalist Angelina Grimshaw for a few vocal numbers. A full Bar is available and please do arrive hungry as chef Trevor Johnson from Bristol is catering to tantalise the taste buds with authentic Jamaican cuisine, hot enough to match the vibes!- what more could you want – and on a Monday night? Tickets £7.50 or £12.50 with food.
Age limit 14 accompanied by an adult.
WEDNESDAY 8th JULY
THE NICK SORENSEN QUARTET PLAY “THE SINATRA VARIATIONS”
2015 would have been the year of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday and already there have been a number of celebrations of his music (including Bob Dylan’s acclaimed ‘Shadows In The Night’). Not wishing to be left out the Nick Sorensen Quartet (featuring John Law) join the rat pack of tributes with ‘The Sinatra Variations’, a uniquely creative and subversive take on the great singer’s musical legacy. Frank Sinatra has been a major influence on many jazz musicians from Charlie Parker to Lester Young, Miles Davis to John Zorn. Hear them take on ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ “their way”!’
The Nick Sorensen Quartet features John Law (piano), Pasquale Votino (bass) and Paolo Adamo (drums). The group made their acclaimed debut at the Wiltshire Music Centre in January at the Bradford Roots Festival. Tickets £10
THURSDAY 9th JULY 9.30 pm
JOHN LAW PLAYS BACH
International jazz pianist John Law plays J.S.Bach’s famous masterpiece the Goldberg Variations with a live, interactive digital realisation by digital animator David Daniels. The visuals will be performed live by Patrick Dunn. The piano at the Silk Mill is provided by Bath Piano Workshop and is generously sponsored by Towler Brown Solicitors (Frome) and Martin Penning (luthier/double bass maker at Silk Mill Studios). John will be signing copies of his audio CD recording of the Goldberg Variations after the concert. Tickets £10/£12
SATURDAY 11th JULY 11am
NOISY OYSTER PUPPET THEATRE
The award winning Noisy Oyster will be performing at 11am The Three Billy Pigs, then at 3pm Plain Bob. Tickets £6.