Sarah Gillespie Quartet


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 21st September 2016
Time: 20:00

  • Sarah Gillespie – guitar, vocals
  • Tom Cawley – piano
  • Tim Thornton – double bass
  • Emiliano Caroselli - drums

Sarah’s critically acclaimed albums Stalking Juliet (2009), In The Current Climate (2011), Glory Days (2013) and her anti-war narrative suite, The War on Trevor (2012) all received 4 and 5-star reviews in the broadsheet and music press.

Sarah has since performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, been interviewed by Andrew Marr on Start The Week as well as receiving radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and numerous radio stations world-wide. She has performed in jazz venues in Europe and across the UK including headline shows at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Her music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism. The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as ‘(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.”

Sarah also writes political papers published on various news websites, paints, performs poetry and hosts song-writing workshops.  She lives in London with her partner and daughter.

Sarah Gillespie     website

“Humorous impressionistic lyrics oscillate between the intimate and the infinite” * * * * The Independent

“Beat Poet Adventurer Strays Beyond Bounds of Singer Songwriter”  * * * * Mojo

“Brilliant, the bees knees” Robert Wyatt

Michael Chapman in Concert


The Bosuns, Charlestown

Date: Thursday 14th July 2016

Time: 20:00

This year, Michael Chapman celebrates Fifty Years on the road with the final ever gigs to be held at the Count House in West Cornwall ( No !. He's not retiring).  Here's a rare chance to see him in St Austell prior to those already sold out gigs in West Cornwall

Although not as well known as his peers (Roy Harper, John Marytn, and Bert Jansch), the name Michael Chapman is an important one in the lineage of English folk rock guitarists and singer/songwriters of the late 60’s/early 70’s.

For those unfamiliar with Chapman’s work, Roy Harper might be his closest musical cousin (and both artists were signed to EMI’s seminal stoner record label Harvest – also home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett).

Chapman was first championed by John Peel in the 70s and he’s still selling out venues in 2016!

His Career retrospective double CD and booklet package 'Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010' came out on Tompkins Square in 2012, and Light in the Attic re-issued his classic 'Fully Qualified Survivor'.   Both releases have received stunning reviews.

Still producing innovative and acclaimed albums such as an instrumental album Fish (dedicated to John the Fish) and a joint release with Hiss Golden Messenger, Michael Chapman is reaching a new generation of musicians and fans.

This is a rare chance to see and hear a legendary guitarist and songwriter who like a maturing fine wine – gets better with age.

“Chapman's expansive guitar work creates a filmic soundtrack of the American South-west that's as compelling as anything Ry Cooder might muster”. Rob Beattie

"This is the sound of a real songwriter who's lived a real life and all that entails"
Q Magazine

Michael Chapman   website

Ralph Freeman Quartet


Featuring Rob Townsend

The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 8th June 2016

Time: 20:00


  • Ralph Freeman, piano
  • Rob Townsend, saxophone
  • Marcus Vergette, double bass
  • Andrea Trillo, drums

St Ives Jazz Club founder returns to Cornwall with some of his London buddies, to play a programme of their own distinctive take on some classic jazz material, along with new originals from Freeman himself.   ‘…vibrant, energising music, with new compositions that span from bluesy to bossa-esque, all with be-boppy brio.’ Dan Matlin.

Saxophonist, Rob Townsend has spent much of the last three years touring with iconic prog-rock guitarist, Steve Hackett. He also plays and records with acid-jazz hammond legend James Taylor. Over the years Rob has performed with many great names in British jazz such as Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Laurence Cottle, Tim Garland and Arnie Somogyi as well as with USA legends such as Sam Rivers and Eddie Henderson. 

Rob is an acclaimed jazz teacher, co-leading the excellent degree jazz programme at Middlesex University in London.

Ralph Freeman, pianist, composer, artist and founder of St Ives Jazz Club, which was awarded Jazz Venue Of The Year 2015 in the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. As well as performing with his own ensembles and various original projects, he has worked with many of Britain's leading jazz musicians both at the Club and in London.

Marcus Vergette, bass player, composer and artist whose work includes jazz, classical, improv and pop. Present projects include London Sinfonietta, performances for the South Bank Centre and touring his Marsyas Suite.

Andrea Trillo,  drummer, originally from Rome, who has performed with many British jazz icons including Don Weller, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi and Julian Segal and has toured with the legendary Herbie Hancock.

Ralph Freeman    website


Restormel Arts is supported by PRS for Music Foundation

Sirkis / Bialas International Quartet


The Bosuns Charlestown


Date: Wednesday 18th May 2016
Time: 20:00

Sirkis / Bialas International Quartet

  • Asaf Sirkis (drums)
  • Sylwia Bialas (vocals)
  • Frank Harrison (piano,keys)
  • Kevin Glasgow (bass )

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK resident
drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis (known for his work with the Lighthouse trio
, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie & the Asaf Sirkis
) and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas.

The quartet features London based, Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed
Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK).

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from both collaborators, covering a wide range of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern musics as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between.

Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electro-acoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.

The quartet`s latest album - Come To Me was released in 2014 at the London Jazz Festival
and the band has been touring in the UK and Europe since

"Sylwia Bialas‘ poetic lyric and sensual sounding language underpinned by Asaf Sirkis‘ sensitive musical setting created a particular mood from the off.  Come To Me developed into a fine example of Bialas’ vocal technique which never became clichéd, out-and-out scat but integrated beautifully into the ensemble as an instrument"; Gary Corbett The Jazz Breakfast

"Come To Me, is a true tour-de-force of musicianship and innovation...this is what music is all about: colourful, infinitely creative, and full of heartfelt, emotional intensity. Each musician is such a talent unto themselves that when playing together you cannot help but feel completely transported to a better place while you listen. This album is truly magnificent! ...a musical experience without peer! COME TO ME IS A MASTERPIECE! " John Prichard, (USA) *****

Asaf Sirkis website

Scary Little Girls "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Minute!"


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Friday 22nd April 2016

Time: 19:30

'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Minute' is a radio programme on tour and it is coming to Charlestown, St Austell on Friday, 22nd April !

Following their recent tour of It’s Your Round , Scary Little Girls return with their delightfully bonkers Sorry I Haven’t a Minute! cabaret radio show.

Audiences are invited to join the team of a fictional radio magazine show. They can contribute live sound effects as well as record an episode of the Dirk and Daphne Chronicles, join in taste tests and interviews along local themes, and get to see the relationships behind the broadcast…

Can the stars of the show, Summer and Charlie be professional enough to not break up live on air?

Can sound effects girl, Pearl convincingly create a farm-yard of animals, a travelling library and a barbershop quartet?

Find out in this hilarious evening!

Comedy, stories and radio for the communities - what could possibly go wrong?

"These spoof shows are much harder than they look . . . this easy going show is daft, enjoyable and fun ! " ; The Scotsman

"Scary Little Girls . .  stars of rural touring!"; Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Scary Little Girls Productions        website


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