Feb
23
Fri
Samantha Baines Comedy
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) brings her critically acclaimed and complete sell-out Edinburgh 2017 show to The Tom Thumb Theatre for one night only.

This year she’s exploring the lost women of science. Expect facts, puns and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle. It’s science meets funny.

Beg, borrow or steal a ticket ***** Physics World

**** Funny Women

**** The New European

Very funny BeyondTheJoke.co.uk

One of the punniest comedians in the land Metro

One of the best comedians on the circuit ComedyCoroner.WordPress.com

Top 10 announced for 2017 Best Show Award

www.samanthabaines.com

Feb
24
Sat
KELLY STOLTZ
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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Singer/songwriter Kelley Stoltz grew up in the Detroit area, but eventually found his way to San
Francisco after taking a detour to New York City, where he worked in the mailroom at Jeff Buckley’s
management company. Armed with a four-track recorder and a wealth of lo-fi pop songs, Stoltz
began recording his own material, performing all the parts himself and drawing comparisons to
artists like Brian Wilson and Captain Beefheart. Those songs caught the ear of Monte Vallier, who
helped Stoltz clean up and sweeten the recordings for release as The Past Was Faster in 1999. After
that, Stoltz upgraded to an eight-track and self-released Antique Glow in a limited quantity of 200
vinyl copies, each one housed in a different, originally designed sleeve by Stoltz himself. Antique
Glow was then picked up by Jackpine Social Club for wider release in 2003, which both raised his

profile and allowed him to quit his teaching job.

Stoltz found a more permanent home for his music in 2005, when he signed with Sub Pop and
released the Sun Comes Through EP. A full-length album, Below the Branches, followed in March
2006. Stolz’s band toured that summer as the opening act for the Raconteurs and returned to the
studio in 2008 to record his lushest production yet, Circular Sounds. Two years later, he toured with
Echo & the Bunnymen and released another layered pop album, To Dreamers, which featured his
live band on two tracks. His affiliation with Sub Pop having run its course, Stoltz next spent time
behind the scenes as a member of Sonny & the Sunsets and producing albums for the Mantles and

Tim Cohen.

He returned in 2013 with an album for Third Man called Double Exposure. In 2015, Stoltz

found a new sponsor in Castle Face Records, the label founded by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees. They
released In Triangle Time, a set of songs that blended Stoltz’ love of the music of the ’60s and ’80s, in
early November 2015. That same year he collaborated with Sarah Bethe Nelson on her record Fast
Moving Clouds. His next musical move came as a bit of a surprise to anyone who didn’t know that
Stoltz recorded a song-by-song recreation of Echo & the Bunnymen’s Crocodiles album in 2001 or
that he once had a Echo cover band with Spiral Stairs called Crockodials. In 2016, he joined the
Bunnymen as a touring guitarist, playing the songs he grew up loving. That ’80s influence became
even more evident on Stoltz’ next album for Castle Face, 2017’s Que Aura.~
Mar
1
Thu
Guitar night
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Richard Rozze, Jeff Butt and Tony Hudd guitars, Alexandra Grachovna vocals and piano and Andy Wall double bass and bass guitar.

Mar
2
Fri
IVOR DEMBINA ‘OLD JEWISH JOKES’
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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‘Ivor Dembina: Old Jewish Jokes’ tells the story of a modern Jewish comedian invited to perform at a synagogue benefit function, but who, upon arrival at the venue for the show, is given a shopping list of subjects he is not allowed to joke about.

In ‘Ivor Dembina: Old Jewish Jokes’ we enjoy the predicament of an ethnic comedian being censored by his own community. Its a fun, revealing and truthful story which also provides an excellent opportunity to hear once again some of the world’s favourite old Jewish Jokes.

Mar
3
Sat
HOT SAUCE
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Mar
4
Sun
FLIGHTS OF FANCY
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Fancy Chance invites you aboard her debut solo show: a globe-trotting, time-travelling mini-spectacle, jetting from her humble origins as Korean refugee to darling of the London cabaret scene. In-flight entertainment includes gut-busting comedy, heartbreaking song and mind-bending film.

‘There are few true originals: Fancy Chance is one of them.

Penny Woolcock

Flights of Fancy has been created by Veronica Thompson in collaboration with director Nathan Evans and supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Following a successful run at Soho Theatre in 2017 and stop-offs at Rich Mix, Latitude Festival and Marlborough Brighton, we’re gearing-up for a World Tour in 2018.

‘Fancy Chance is a giant in the world of performance.

Andrew Logan

Fusing cabaret, live art and video, the show is by turns funny, moving and thoughtprovoking; touching on themes of identity, immigration and international relations, it relates a very personal story relating very directly to our times. But don’t take our word for it, check out The Guardian profile, The Erotic Review and the Soho Theatre show… https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/apr/18/fancy-chance-cabaret-performer-adoption-flights-of-fancy http://eroticreviewmagazine.com/reviews/a-flight-of-fancy/ https://youtu.be/mBCsf3CGZKM

‘I could write a book on the merits of Fancy Chance but, condensed into a sentence, she is quite simply The Best In The Business.

 David Hoyle

Fancy’s work incorporates burlesque, drag and circus. In 2009 she was crowned Alternative Miss World and in 2010 London’s Top Tranny. She was also shortlisted for Best Alternative Performer in London Cabaret Awards 2013, has recently been collaborating on Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman.

‘Fancy Chance is an exceptional performing artist who combines rare circus skills with high art aesthetics and old world cabaret charm.

Marisa Carnesky

Mar
8
Thu
SYD AND SYLVIA
Mar 8 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Eastbourne,1987.  Infamous club owner / compere Syd and his long-suffering singer/entertainer wife Sylvia, have been performing the same old routines at their working men’s club for 15 years. However, after taking up an evening class in Women’s Studies, Sylvia has been taking liberties with some of the material, much to the disapproval of her abusive husband. Karaoke lyrics, cheesy keyboard playing and bad jokes sit alongside harrowing anecdotes of misogyny and sexual assault in this one-woman show about control, expectation and the crap that women face every day.

 

Mar
10
Sat
Helen Back
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Analysing sickness, health and what it really means to recover, Helen Seymour admits you into a surreal hospital to create a funny, unique and powerful theatrical experience.

Directed by Hannah Silva, “To Helen Back” blurs the boundaries between spoken word, comedy and performance art. So come on, be on the look-out while Helen sneaks around wards, X-Ray Rooms and cupboards to discover the bizarre, the bemusing and the ba….ah, well that would be telling.

“Humorous, witty, dark and thought provoking.”
“Really something special and unique…like nothing I have ever seen before”
“Hilarious, important, relevant and moving.”

Mar
14
Wed
JAZZ AT THE Tom Thumb
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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Join us for another great night of Jazz. The line-up this month  is Phil Smith alto, Dave Robinson vibes and Tony Hudd guitar.

 

Mar
16
Fri
BRENNAN REECE; Everlong (COMEDY)
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Brennan Reece: Everlong

 

English Comedian Of The Year and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee is back with a brand new show! Following last years sold out UK and Australian tour, Brennan brings his “powerfully entertaining” show all about the stars (in the sky), memories (in the mind) and his Nanna (in a home).

 

As seen on BBC, ITV, Channel 4.

Over 6 million YouTube hits.

Full clean driving license.

 

“A teenage Alan Bennett” The Skinny

“Hilariously rubber faced bright young talent” The Stage

“Brilliantly infectious, gifted storyteller” The Independent

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Arts Award

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Define Arts

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  The Wee Review

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Glitterati

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Uber

★ ★ ★ ★½ Chortle

★ ★ ★ ★  The Sunday Times

★ ★ ★ ★  The Independent

★ ★ ★ ★  The Herald

★ ★ ★ ★  The Scotsman

★ ★ ★ ★  Evening Standard

 

Mar
21
Wed
SUNWATCHERS presented by arts cool
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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Brooklyn avant-psych/rock/jazz ensemble Sunwatchers are a distorted prism to so many past greats. Reminiscent of Ethiopiques, John Handy Band, Terry Riley, Art Ensemble meets Laddio Bolocko…Forever swirling saxophone blended belly to belly with elastic guitar and tin foil thin phin (a thai instrument not unlike an electrified tenor guitar or sitar). A whirlpool of repetitious interpretations. Militaristic marches ascend into meditations. Their music map out great pyramids and deep buried labyrinths. They are massive. They are leviathans. Their second full lenth “II” will be released on February 2nd, 2018 via Chicago’s Trouble In Mind Records. The new album from this New York ensemble simmers with white hot intensity and righteous ferocity, firing off six tracks of avant-jazz, punk, psychedelia, Ethio-jazz and desert blues that are joyous, chaotic, mystical elegies to modern sound.

“…a James Brown rave-up run through Hawkwind’s space-rock machine.” – NPR Music

“Sunwatchers, conjure freewheeling soundscapes of psych-jazz, drone, and sax-punk that transport the listener to fantastical, far-out worlds of sonorous noise.” – SPIN

Mar
22
Thu
Edgelarks (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin)
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

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Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The new band name comes with a new project, that takes the roots of their previous work, from the traditional musics of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar to the stomping roots party of Phil’s beatbox harmonica; adds a strong stem of original writing; and runs wilder with each repeat play.

 

Edglearks – No Victory (Live at Carnglaze Caverns) : https://youtu.be/6gmpT04hxOc

Album Promo Link: https://youtu.be/wFKcPPlAJIo

 

“Extraordinary…I was blown away by them” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

 

“Excellent…remarkable playing” – OR “Subtle, atmospheric, bravely original”, both Robin Denselow, The Guardian ****

 

“Quite brilliant” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

 

“Keen, curious and concerned intellects are at work here. Hannah Martin is an enthralling singer; Phillip Henry plays all manner of guitars and the harmonica, terrifically“ – Julian May, Songlines  *****