Friday 24th May, 2019
The next Eclectic Cabaret will be on Friday 24th May, 2019 at 8:00pm. Free entry to Eclectic Cabaret #12 at the Wootton and Dry Sandford Community Centre where you'll find remarkably talented performers providing a wonderful and convivial evening of entertainment. There will be the usual fantastic food for sale. The venue is licensed so you can bring your own drink; there will also be a basic bar. Money raised from food and drink sales and a collection goes towards the costs of running the WADSStock Festival which in turn raises money for the Wootton and Dry Sandford Community Centre and Thames Valley Air Ambulance. We also provide a table for our performers' merchandise.
The Eclectic Cabaret has a fantastic line-up for you:
Osprey & Co
Virtuoso guitarist and legend of the Oxford music scene, Osprey, along with those veterans from the east of the city, the OX4 Allstars, bring us their hard-riffing blues rock and a dose of northern soul, which was once described by the Oxford Mail as remimiscent of "amphetamine-pumped Dire Straits".
We're delighted to once more have the wonderful George Chopping joining us.
George is a poet from Torquay. A few years ago he left a glittering career as a shelf filler for a major supermarket and began to perform his work around the country, which people seem to like - John Hegley has called him "the cream of Devon poets".
George has a full driving licence with lots of endorsements, a Welcome Host Certificate, seven GCSE’s at grade C, Crohn’s Disease and, at times, very low self esteem.
He is also one of our favourite acts at the Eclectic Cabaret and has published a wonderful, highly entertaining collection of poetry entitled Smoking with Crohnes. He's seeking crowd funding for his next volume, Flock.
Reviews of his performances from George's crowdfunding appeal page:
"Had the audience in hysterics" The Sunday Times
"A perfectly balanced mixture of sweet-natured observation and steel melting bile" Nightshift
"Droll and witty poetry delivered in amusingly deadpan style" The Oxford Times
"One of Unbound's raw talents, and as quickly becomes obvious, a true performance poet" Manchester Literature Festival Blog
"The cream of Devon poets" John Hegley
Helen has been singing with local band KIVA but tonight she is on a solo outing, supported by pianist husband Cedric.
Helen's voice has been compared to Nora Jones and Amy Winehouse and she'll be singing a range of smooth, jazzy-classics. Expect to be blown away.
Tamashii Daiko was founded by Liz Walters in 2000 to bring the complex and demanding 'Fukui style' of Japanese Taiko (drumming) to UK audiences.
Tamashii in Japanese means the pure, raw manifestation of an individual from deep within the soul or spirit in the present moment. Tamashii performers touch the hearts of their audiences, showing that Taiko is not just drumming, but an expression and emotion of the whole body and soul. Tamashii play exciting, dynamically-choreographed, traditional and contemporary pieces using a variety of highly-energetic Japanese rythms. A combination of intensity in rhythmic unison and unique, individual freedom of expression gives Tamashii its strength as a team and character as a performance group.
The troupe performs to diverse private and public audiences at varied outdoor and indoor venues including London's Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Abbey and the Natural History Museum.
"your performance literally shook the building" Shinnyo en Buddhist Temple
"...a stunning start to the evening" Honda
"..incredible performance" Isle of Dogs Production Team