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Ashburton Live

Concerts are normally in St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD (map, directions, parking and local eateries below). Tickets are always £10 with a £5 concession to anyone who needs one, that's anyone for whom £10 is too steep. If you can afford the full price, please offer it. We have no other funding, so ticket receipts are all that pay to put these events on and pay the musicians. Tickets are normally available in advance here on We Got Tickets (there's an extra 1 booking fee there) or in person at the Silver Lion Jewellers in North St, Ashburton.

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I don't always manage to update this website in a timely fashion. However, I do send out information about gigs in and around Ashburton by email every few weeks. These include 'Ashburton Live' gigs, plus other things I'm involved in, plus other interesting live music events I hear about in this corner of South Devon (of which there are probably more than you'd imagine). Sign up on the right. I won't share your address with anyone else, and every mail contains an 'unsubscribe' link.

Past Concerts: Details of past events here.

Recordings of some recent concerts can be heard here on the Ashburton Live Mixcloud page. There are some great moments here. Do listen and leave comments.


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Sunday 9 November 2014: Simon Mayor and Hilary James

Simon Mayor (mandolin) and Hilary James (mandobass) If you heard them on recently on BBC Radio 4, Saturday Live; Radio 2, Mark Radcliffe; or Radio 3, in Tune, you'll be familiar with the unique combination of Simon Mayor's virtuosity and humour and Hilary James “honey dripping voice…” not to mention her enormous mandobass! But it's probably the diversity of their repertoire that surprises people most: from folksongs to blues, Berlioz, classical mandolin show-stoppers, swing fiddle and some of their own notorious comic songs. This hugely entertaining evening is not to be missed. Serious stuff – but don’t take it too seriously!

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There can't be many performers who can slide easily from a beautifully evocative Irish ballad into a mandolin and guitar version of Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and finish with everyone singing one of their own notoriously children's comic songs (reminiscent of Hilaire Belloc and Flanders and Swan).

This talented duo have travelled the world from Vancouver to Singapore. Simon is one of the world's leading mandolin virtuosos as well as a fine guitarist and fiddle player. He has had his own series on Radio 2 and an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart, but his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC's Playschool!

Hilary James’ “elegant singing” (Daily Telegraph) easily crosses the great musical divides from Celtic ballads to blues and Berlioz. Her CDs have been played everywhere from Radio 1 to Latvia and Los Angeles. Described on BBC Radio 4 as “one of Britain's finest voices” she is also famed for an unusual taste in bass instruments (she may turn up with her giant mandobass or slimline acoustic bass) and she might even manage a step-dance if the wind's in the right direction.

Tickets 10 as usual, with concessions at 5 to anyone who needs one. Under 18s FREE with an adult. Advance Tickets online here, or in person from Silver Lion Jewellers, Ashburton.

Coming up in 2014

7 December: Leonid Vintskevich - a return visit from this superb Russian jazz pianist who was spellbinding last time.
23 November: Steve Lawson (bass), Al Swainger (bass) & Andy Williamson (sax) - an unusual line up producing unique sounding beautiful improvised music.

1 Feb: Matt Anderson Wild Flower Sextet
19 Feb: Pete Oxley-Nic Meier Guitar Duo
1 Mar: Will Butterworth Quartet
3 Mar: Desert Roads Kyra Gary leads this trio from Berlin, featuring Alex Kotimidis on guitar. Listen to Desert Roads on Soundcloud.
22 Mar: Sam Gardner's Samadhi Quintet (feat Dominic J Marshall on piano)
12 Apr: Paul Riley Quintet
3 May: The Button Band (feat Andrew Button)
26 July: Tommy Smith (sax) and Brian Kellock (piano) - two legends of Scottish jazz. Can't wait for this one!
And every Tuesday, the Ashburton Community Choir meets in St Lawrence Chapel, 8 9.30pm. All welcome.

How to find St Lawrence Chapel

Map of Ashburton with St Lawrence Chapel

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Parking in street or car park behind Town Hall 2 mins walk away.

Silent Whistle Pub at the end of St Lawrence Lane is opposite the venue - but they don't cook food there on Sundays. Try the Royal Oak on East St opposite the end of St Lawrence Lane if hungry. There's also the Victoria Inn on North St, 4 or 5 minutes walk away.

Past Concerts listed here