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April at the Acorn

A month of great music, comedy  and drama with something to suit everyone.

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Please note - unless otherwise stated a £1 theatre fund fee has been added to the price of all tickets to help maintain the Acorn as a community arts venue

Saturday 1st April 2017 at 8:00pm

Keith James

The songs of Leonard Cohen 1934 - 2016

Tickets £13


This wonderful Tower of Songs -  stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual.   

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.

The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility.. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much!..

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.

Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released only 10 days before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent 

‘Keith James has ecome a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times

‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’  BBC Radio Scotland

‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’   The Guardian

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’  Times Literary Supplement

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’  Acoustic Magazine


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 Sunday 2nd April 2017 @ 7.00pm
Sunday Nights In at the Acorn - Film and debate 
Ecological Housebuilding (2 films)
Tickets - £5

Film 1 - Eco-Village Pioneers - A journey towards low impact living (50 mins )

Film maker Helen Iles journeys in search of a sustainable, affordable way of life. From a permaculture village in Australia to a turf roofed roundhouse in Wales, Eco-village Pioneers investigates some of the projects which inspired Lammas - the first legal low impact settlement in the UK.


Film 2 - Lammas - How to build an Eco-Village (50 mins )

Share in the highs and lows of nine families as they build natural homes from wood, straw and mud, coax barren land to produce food and learn to live inter-dependently with a new community. This is the story of how Lammas eco-village in Wales became the first legal low impact settlement in the UK.


In other countries in the world people can build houses the way they want. In this country they all look the same. Little Boxes. And what's more they are not build ecologically. Because they are built to make builders profits.  With 1 in 3 adults now living on their own should we not now be building places for people to live, not homes? Eco-villages with their own community gardens, community launderettes and community bakeries etc.......  


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 Tuesday 4th April 2017 @ 8.00pm

Dr. Phil Hammond presents - 

Dr. Phil's Health Revolution 

Tickets - £15 / £12
Phil Hammond Show

Dr. Phil Hammond takes to the road with a full length version of his Edinburgh Fringe show. Laugh, love, shout and reclaim our NHS. Ditch the market, cherish the carers, fund the frontline, avoid the harm, kill the fear, tell the truth, use the evidence, inspire, collaborate, recover, die gently, are you in?




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Thursday 6th April 2017 at 7.30pm

Tickets £9.00 - 

A celebration of song....

Cornwall Hospice Care Fundraising Event

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In support of logo 2016

A celebration of song - a charity night of music in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. 

A charity gig of song, choirs and duets and including a high quality raffle!"

Featuring Vicky Abbott, who directs 2 choirs ; the 50 Degrees ( as seen at Port Eliot Festival) and the new Tone Deaf Ensemble!

There will also be songs by duo "Campion"....

Buy your tickets at the Acorn Box Office, or Steckfensters, Chapel St., Penzance or from Lollie Brewer on 07790621858, or CRBO on 01726 879500 or by clicking below....


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Friday 7th April 2017 @ 8.00pm

Back by popular demand....

John Otway solo

Tickets: Advance £13 or on the door £15
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Rock veteran Otway dubbed himself “rock’n’roll’s greatest failure” after many unsuccessful attempts to produce a second hit single to follow his 1977 classic (Cor Baby, That’s) Really Free with Wild Willy Barrett.

However, a mere quarter century later, he was back on Top of  The Pops with the wonderful disco pastiche, ‘Bunsen Burner’ and back in the charts as a birthday present from his adoring and patient fans.

And, more recently, his “Beware Of The Flowers Cause I’m Sure They’re Going To Get You Yeah” voted the seventh greatest lyric of all time in a BBC poll.

But that, of course, was not enough.

A couple of years ago John realised that live footage from the many concerts over the years, plus many TV appearances - and a failed world tour attempt - would make an entertaining documentary film. So he made one. Initially expecting a couple of humble screenings for fans, the film premiered at the Odeon, Leicester Square, was shown at Cannes - and at prestigious UK film festivals including Cambridge during it's national tour.

2016 saw a remarkably successful Kickstarter appeal which raised over £40,000 for  John Otway and the Big Band to record their first new album in many years on the island of Monserrat, whose famous studios hosted bands such as the Rolling Stones before being devastated by forces of nature, being a preferable option to Harlow.

Expect madcap mayhem and some scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better…..and also to be surprised at just what a showman and musician really lies underneath the tomfoolery.

‘He’s a cabaret act masquerading as a rock act. He is gleeful, anecdotal, funny and life-enhancing.’
Canterbury Fayre Review.



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Sunday 9th April 2017

Sunday Nights In at the Acorn -

Drama Improvisation

Tickets £5 

 This session is no longer running


Come and join in the fun as we embark on a journey of discovery to see where we will end up. Come and play some funny games, strange exercises, serious scenarios and anything else we can make up along the way. Meet friends, have fun, and learn as much about yourself as other people.

And all being well we should be able to develop some scenes to perform in public as well as look at diverse, risque and downright embarrassing options to invite an audience to. Come along for some good old fashioned fun........

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Thursday 13th April 2017 at 8.00pm

The Acorn is proud to present the star of shows such as "Phantom of the Opera"

Maria Kesselman

in her new show

With a Song in my Heart

Tickets £12 / £14

Maria Kesselman

Maria Kesselman - celebrated West End leading lady, outstanding international concert performer and recording artist, is joined by accompanist James Church in her stunning new show for 2017 entitled "With A Song in My Heart", a wonderful cavalcade of songs, anecdotes and marvellous memories spanning the musical stage, cabaret and even a touch of opera. 

It is a magical, musical tour-de-force; an emotional roller coaster ride through the Great American Song Book of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Bernstein and many more, with stops along the way to explore the musical magnificence of Lloyd Webber, Jacques Brel, Franz Lehar, etc. 

One of the most celebrated performers of the musical stage, Maria has starred in many leading roles in London’s West End and throughout the world, including Christine in The Phantom of the Opera opposite Michael Crawford, Maria in West Side Story, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Jenny Lind in Barnum and Maria in The Sound of Music. 

She has performed solo concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican and is well-known to British radio audiences through her numerous appearances on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night. 

“….a truly golden voice with warmth radiating from every note.” THE GUARDIAN 

"....excellent both as an actress and as a singer...." THE STAGE 

"Technically she was perfect, her mastery of register and the quality of her voice must be among the best ever heard in this city." OSLO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA



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Friday 14th April 2017 @ 8.00pm

Danish singer - songwriter

Ida Wenoe

Tickets £13 / £11


Ida Wenøe (pron. EEda VAYnoo) is an indie-folk artist of the highest calibre with tinges of Americana and a Nordic inflection, the sum of the musical parts creating a rare beast and a thing of great beauty. 2016 saw a whistle-stop 7-day introductory UK tour, which showcased her genuinely unique talent as a solo artist here for the first time, bolstered by radio plays from BBC6Music’s Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.

"… a childlike fragility that makes the songs sound like whimsical folk for fairy tales with a sinister undertow. Her voice – weary but cute, with the power to cut through – is perfect; she sounds like the young narrator of her own magical-malevolent fantasies…” The Guardian

“charming, delicate and forceful in almost equal measure…" Folkgeek

“Wenøe boasts angelic notes that can often leak her endearing Danish roots…” God Is In The TV Zine

“the sort of voice that could punch through a cloud of custard and pierce thick air… she delicately rips through… with eyes full of hope…” Songwriting Magazine

”It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an artist perfectly capture the distinctive sound of late ’80s/early ’90s folk-pop—that kind of glassy glaze that cuts right to your core—but Danish singer/songwriter Ida Wenøe has done just that with her emotionally-charged and uplifting new album Time Of Ghosts.” - Robert Ham, Nordic Spotlight

The music from her debut album has just been picked for Danish TV documentary “De Smukke Piger” and the latest nomination for the Danish Folk Awards in the ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ category.



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Saturday 15th April 2017 at 8:00pm

Festival favourites....

The Leylines

Tickets £10 / £12


British folk-punk for a summer's afternoon, a sound forged in festivals and bonfires, with fiddle-driven rabble rousers and songs that stir the soul.

The Leylines was started by a group of West Country musicians driving home from a session at the legendary Sawmills Studios. Levelling The Land by The Levellers was on the car stereo. Something about the sound of the record, the rolling Cornwall landscapes and the smell of summer connected in writer and vocalist Steve's head. Steve, a product of council estates and stints in the Army, put his observations on the state of the nation into music and started writing. Adding the different musical backgrounds of band mates Matt (guitar), Pete (bass), Dave (drums) and Hannah (violin), The Leylines have created a style that combines the acerbic social commentary of the Mod and Punk eras, and a folk-rock vibe that will send you right back to those long, hazy festival days. The band saying is: “If you wouldn’t go out and have drink with someone, don’t work with them.” With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fan base, The Leylines guarantee to have their audiences up on their feet – and they will be having as much fun as their audience while they're doing it!

The band has seen a dramatic rise in nationwide following after playing alongside such chart topping bands as Toploader and Scouting For Girls, as well as festival favourites Mad Dog Mcrea, Ferocious Dog and 3 Daft Monkeys. Having released their debut album in July this year, the band has had some fantastic reviews and announced their first national tour in 2017. In November 2016, The Leylines signed with booking agency, Midnight Mango, who also coordinate bookings for artists such as The Boomtown Rats, The Bad Shepherds, Molotov Jukebox, Sheelanigig, Big Country and The Blockheads.  Their debut album “Along The Old Straight Track” is available to stream on all major streaming sites.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THEM... “The Leylines never fail to impress and once again their driving take on bawdy folk rock left the audience baying for more, having paid witness to an invigorating set by a band built for the biggest of festival stages.” WILL MUNN, Independent Review

"I headed to a packed out Floating Globe stage for one of the highlights of the entire weekend in the shape of The Leylines, a violin/guitar wielding folk rock act that deliver hooks and contagious melodies aplenty during a thrilling set that even had the uninitiated singing along to the likes of Runaway and Run For Cover" SLAP MAGAZINE REVIEW OF LAKEFEST

“10 years of Watchet Festival...and for me, the biggest highlight has been watching The Leylines headline The Udder Stage...simply awesome ” JOS OLIVER HOOPER



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Friday 21st April 2017 @ 8.00pm

Performing in the Cabaret Bar....

Joseph Parsons + Doghouse Roses

U.S. Rails

Fantastic double bill featuring folk and blues and all points in between, from two acts from both sides of the pond

Joseph Parsons

JOSEPH PARSONS is a prolific songwriter, recording artist and performer with over 20 commercial label releases. Both live and with his recordings, Joseph Parsons has always created his own unique sound. He brings a heart and soul to his songs through energy and emotional honesty, ranging from stories of people caught in hard times to uplifting songs of love and life.

His CD's are always a journey for the listener and his most recent, ‘The Field The Forest’ (Blue Rose Records), is no exception. His music weaves elements of rock, folk & soul into his own distinct and authentic sound. Both as a solo artist, and also with his band, his stage shows are dynamic, spirited and deeply moving experiences.

Originally from the music city of Philadelphia, Joseph Parsons has made his name by consistently delivering exceptional song driven albums alongside a rigorous touring schedule throughout Europe and the US, including last year’s successful tours of the UK and Germany with Doghouse Roses.

Accompanying Joseph Parsons on this gig will be the exceptionally talented guitarist, Freddi Lubitz.

"Once again, this album shows that Joseph Parsons is one of the most talented singer-songwriters of his time - it has been like this for years. Now must be the time for his deserved breakthrough....." (Maverick)

Doghouse Roses

DOGHOUSE ROSES are a highly acclaimed folk / Americana duo from Glasgow formed by guitarist Paul Tasker and singer Iona Macdonald in 2006.  

The tenth anniversary of the band was marked with the release of their third studio album, 'Lost Is Not Losing’(Yellowroom Music) in November 2016 which has subsequently gained superb reviews across the music press. On the week of its release it was album of the week on BBC Radio Scotland, and the Daily Express declared that it 'delivers an extraordinary punch'. 

Previous years saw the duo establish their reputation through the UK and Central Europe, touring on their own and as members of U.S. based alt-country collective The Willard Grant Conspiracy.  

“Paul Tasker is one of THE guitarists of his generation” (Maverick)

“In Iona Macdonald's singing resides a loveliness that cannot be taught.” (Rolling Stone)



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Saturday 22nd April 2017 @ 7.30pm

Drama at the Acorn....


Tickets £11 / £13

Richard_Burton_Damien_Wootten 1 BURTON vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant often hilarious one-man show. Drink was the only real anodyne to his deteriorating health and mental state, his doomed tempestuous relationship with Taylor and his constant guilt over the abandonment of his family.

RHODRI MILES, (Game of Thrones, Eastern Promises, Atlantis) takes on the role of the younger BURTON and received critical acclaim at two Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (2009/2014) and also the Hollywood fringe festival 2010 where the play won 'Best International' show. 

“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end” ***** Edinburgh Guide

BURTON runs 70 minutes with no interval

BIOG: Rhodri Miles - PERFORMER 

Rhodri was born in Swansea and brought up in Pontarddulais. Before deciding to be an actor, Rhodri initially chose a career in the Metropolitan police force but left to pursue a career treading the boards rather than the beat. As a boy he regularly competed at the Welsh National Eisteddfod, winning first prize at recitation on ten occasions, including the blue ribbon chief recital competition at Neath National Eisteddfod in 1994, earning him a green robe for the arts in the Bardic circle. Having appeared on the Welsh language soap ‘Pobol Y Cwm’ for five years he returned to study acting in 1999 at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  Since then his career credits include David Cronenburg’s ‘Eastern Promises’, Television work include ‘Holby City’, ‘Torchwood, Richard 11 – Hollow Crown Series, Atlantis and Game of Thrones.

Theatre credits include Lodovico in Othello opposite ‘Wire’ actors Dominic West and Clarke Peters and directed by fellow Welshman Daniel Evans. For the last 5 years Rhodri has been touring his successful solo show ‘Burton’ about the life of Richard Burton which won‘ Best International show’ at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2010 and subsequently played to packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe twice and at London's St James theatre as part of its “Icon” season in 2015. Rhodri currently resides just outside Swansea, six miles away from the bithplace of Richard Burton.


Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 7.00pm

Sunday Nights In at the Acorn - 

Experimental Drawing

Tickets £5



Join us for another "Experimental Drawing" session where we experiment with life drawing based on drawing from life. Standard life drawing this isn't, but what it is is the chance to experiment with techniques, concepts and ideas.

We supply the model and hospitality, you supply the drawing equipment. Tea / coffee available for a small donation.


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Thursday 27th April 2017 @ 8.00pm

Fruit Tree

Tickets £8/£6


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Fruit Tree dusts off the fabulous Acorn grand piano to celebrate a wealth of new piano compositions from some incredibly experienced Penwith songwriters, including a new collaboration between Danu Fox and Marc Hadley. The artists:

Danu Fox

After a career as a jazz performer Danu has spent recent years using her voice to connect to the land and to others, moving away from song as we know it, and leaving words behind to step into the landscape and sing the essence of west Cornwall’s moors, stones and sea.  Returning now to her roots as a songstress and pianist Danu’s voice is enthralling, with her years of experience making her a compelling and commanding performer to see back on the stage.

Marc Hadley

Jazz saxophonist and arranger/player with Penzance’s Latin groovers Kabasa, Marc has also gathered critical acclaim in the UK and abroad for his song productions featuring Caravan/Camel singer Richard Sinclair and "Canterbury Scene" guitarist Phil Miller.

Eleanor Mumford

Eleanor has performed at Fruit Tree with May Robson in Miss jones, providing the soaring higher voice in the dynamic duo. Her own songs for piano are harmony rich and full of ideas. Fruit Tree piano night will be Eleanor’s first solo outing, marking the beginning of a new musical chapter.

Lucy Birbeck

The song world of Lucy Birbeck evokes a Penwith we can all relate to with wide skies and vibrant colours. Sensual, deeply affecting, funny, and totally unique, Lucy is a rebel with a cause to entertain and delight us, and it is a great pleasure to welcome her back to Fruit Tree with new material.

Jowan Jacobs, Bridie Simons, Flo Adams and Theo Black.

Young quartet who enjoy experimenting with genres but retain a predominantly jazzy feel with inspiration from funk and blues. With jazz piano from Jowan, strong lead vocals from Bridie, sax and lyrics from Flo and accomplished guitarist Theo, this is a crew to watch out

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Friday 28th April 2017 at 8:00pm

Jo Caulfield

The Customer is Always Wrong

Tickets £15/ £13


Jo Caulfield is one of the most successful and instantly recognisable comedians in the UK.

Nominated as ‘Funniest Woman’ (LAFTA Awards), Jo regularly appears on Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Fighting Talk.



Sunday 30th April 2017 at 8.00pm

Music in the Cabaret bar - 

Luke Jackson and Rebecca Loebe

Tickets £11



A meeting in Kansas, USA led to a transatlantic partnership of two exceptional charismatic young songwriters.

Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent , and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”.

Rebecca Loebe is a young singer-songwriter known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels.



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