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 2018 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

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

Please note
At all Live and Local events 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 Live and Local performers for the current season

Date Event
1st November 2019 Tell Tale Tusk – a Live and Local event
An all-female quartet who began as an acapella trio to which various instruments (and another member) have been added.  The result is a contemporary folk ensemble who are inventive interpreters and skilful arrangers of traditional music from the British Isles, as well as prolific writers of modern day folksong.  They were awarded the prize for “Best Instrumentalist” at Haizetera Festival in Spain, when the judges decided to treat the three voices as one instrument, based on their ‘seamless voice blending’.
Sunday 26th January 2020 Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – a Live and Local event
The couple are based in Dartmoor and are one of the most popular and respected acts on the British folk scene.  Their live performance showcases a variety of music from old traditional ballads to self-penned ‘story songs’.  Performing to the highest standard on guitar and piano, the duo has been recognised nationally for their talents winning the prestigious ‘Best Duo’ prize at the 2013 and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

 

The list below shows the performers we have hosted so far

Date Event
1st November 2019 Tell Tale Tusk -  An all-female contemporary folk ensemble who are inventive interpreters and skilful arrangers of traditional music from the British Isles.
10th March 2018 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.
23rd November 2018 My Darling Clementine - Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish the acknowledged King and Queen of UK Country.  They held us engrossed in the world of 50’s-60’s country gold brilliantly evoking the spirit of the greats such as Johnny Cash, George Jones and Tammy Wynette
  Sam Lewis – Nashville singer-songwriter - our first international performer, all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. A rising Nashville singer-songwriter with a storyteller's eye. It was a terrific evening, one we will remember for a long time.