Live and Local

BMM extended their repertoire in 2018 by starting to promote professional performances in the village, under the Live and Local banner. This is an Arts Council initiative to subsidise performing arts events in villages like ours.  The scheme which works across Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, provides "the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy high quality, affordable, memorable and uplifting live entertainment".  There is a real eclectic mix of musical performers, many unknown as yet on the wider entertainment stage but bursting with talent, you could be amongst one of the first to see stars of the future.

We use the Village Hall, giving everyone access to a top rate performance at low cost and without the need to travel!  We aim to provide a variety of types of music. For £10, you will have a great night within the Barton community, and you might even discover some music you didn't know you liked.  A bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks operates throughout the evening, you're welcome to bring your own snacks, but not drinks or glasses please as no glass is allowed in the hall and we provide approved plastic cups.

Our first event was held to much acclaim on Saturday 10 March when we hosted the UK's finest sea shanty band Kimber's Men.  They have appeared on Channel 4, BBC 2 and with Gareth Malone on BBC4, so were well worth seeing.  It was a great evening of much song and laughter, foot stamping and joining in with some of the more familiar tunes.

So give the next event a try, even if you haven't heard of the performers - but beware - tickets are limited and always sell quickly!

Should you be interested in travelling to other Live and Local events across the Midlands, please visit their website at

See our calendar to see what we have planned for this year.