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A sizzling month of June unforgettable music, drama and dance!


What a month! Thank you to everyone who came and saw some brilliant live acts, great drama and wonderful dance. 

We had one of the best Golowan weeks and many shows were sold out.

Have a look below to see what happened, add some reviews and make sure you do not miss out on an another fantastic night at the Acorn


June at the Acorn

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soldoutSaturday 4th June 2016 at 7.30pm

Tickets £9 (adult) / £6 (child) / £25 (family ticket)


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Playing to a packed house on Saturday night, Kernow King gave a performance which delighted all. A great play and if you did not get tickets, have a look at where else the play is going to next.

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Friday 10th June at 8.00pm

Tickets £11


Scilly Laughs


Scilly Laughs 2016 will launch here in Penzance, the festival is a celebration of live comedy. We bring a show of the highest quality to Penzance and the Isles of Scilly for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The festival features cheeky Northerner, Julie Jepson as the host “Intelligent stand up that is instantly engaging. Truly fabulous” (BBC). Julie introduces three top quality comedians; the crème de la crème of the UK comedy circuit.

Our 2016 comedians are Laura Lexx “Real comedic steel.” (The Guardian), Phil Jerrod “Casual brilliance… natural mastery of his form immediately marks him out as one to watch” (The Guardian). Jo Neary  is a talented comedian, writer, and actress. Her solo, character-based stage shows include Youth Club and Joanna Neary Is Not Feeling Herself, which received a Perrier Best Newcomer award nomination in 2004. “Neary is a character actress par excellence; not only are her characters well observed and immaculately performed, but they are well written and, most importantly, funny….A Joyce Grenfell of our age.” (The Guardian)



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Saturday 11th June 2016 at 8:00 pm
Tickets £7 (adv), £9 (on door)
Hannah White 

Hannah WhitePerforming a collection of songs which are both deeply political and deeply personal, Hannah’s feature at The Acorn, Penzance, marks the launch of her album ‘Whose Side Are You On?’ which was produced by multi-instrumentalist, Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, Joan Baez, The Waterboys, Martha Wainwright). 

London singer-songwriter, Hannah White, has a voice that Acoustic Magazine described as “arresting” and “wholly believable”, that God Is In The TV called “breathtaking” and that Fatea Magazine claimed is “heartbreaking honesty” and “emotional force[/show_more]

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 Saturday 18th June 2016 at 8pm


Oye Santana

 "Passion + Talent = A great night at The Acorn"

Oye Santana
Great value for money as the band played two long sets full of hits.   They say if you close your eyes you can’t tell the difference between them and the original and having listened again on my Spotify I have to agree.  Brilliant vocals and wonderful guitar made this a night to remember for the crowds of people of a certain age who remember the original mixed up and dancing with a fair smattering of young music lovers who just know where to go to have a good time.  As I stood and listened to people chatting to the band members at the end you can really tell why it works.  These guys are totally passionate about what they do.  Passion + Talent = A great night at The Acorn.

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 Tuesday June 21st 2016 at 8.00pm

Tickets: £10 (adv) / £12 (on door)

Tina C – Herstory

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Country music singer Tina C. has become a global icon.  Not bad for a little girl born into rural poverty in the backwoods of the South.  How did she do it?  Well, you can find out in the live show where Tina reads from her sensational autobiography, illustrating with some of her most famous songs.  A night of revelation, inspiration, and damn fine country music songs, delivered by a genuine star.

Her story was published worldwide in November 2015 and serialised on BBC Radio 4 throughout December 2015.“An astonishing creation.  Tina C is no longer just a woman, she is a symbol of a whole nation – and her narcissism, obsession, and greed have become a metaphor for cynical politicians, warmongers, and global capitalism.  But still, you can’t help loving her. Hell yeah.” The Scotsman“Supremely talented” The Quotidian Times“The occasional metamorphosis of writer-performer Christopher Green into a glitzy Nashville diva is up there with Dame Edna for calculated, needle-sharp humour and party-time rapport with an audience. 




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 Wednesday 22nd June 2016 at 8.00pm

Tickets £10 (concessions £8)

Geoff Lakeman with support from Katie Kirk & Rick Williams

GeoffLakeman160111MattAustin For the 2016 Golowan Concert, Penzance Folk Club presents two stunning acts with local roots. Headlining will be Newlyn-born Geoff Lakeman who sings and plays duet concertina. Support will be the recently formed duo of Katie Kirk (voice) and Rick Williams (guitar), residents of West Penwith, who have rapidly established a reputation for well-crafted songs and exquisite harmonies.

Geoff Lakeman has lived on Dartmoor for 38 years and is a veteran of the west country acoustic music scene, the father of a folk dynasty (international stars Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman) and an acclaimed musician in his own right. He plays a rare, duet concertina to accompany self-penned numbers, English, Irish and Scottish folk songs, “Americana” like Jimmie Rodgers, Randy Newman and The Louvin Brothers, and even 1920’s jazz. His introductions to the songs are often both instructive and humorous, but always entertaining. Come and experience the musical patriarch who inspired his sons and a new generation of young folk fans.

Geoff has played in more than 25 countries and at festivals like Cambridge, Sidmouth and Orkney; not to mention the Cornwall folk festival at Wadebridge!


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Thurs 23rd June at 2pm  and Fri 24th June at 11am & 2pm

Tickets £10 per Young Person + 1 FREE Carer (Additional Carer £5)

To book call Hall For Cornwall Box Office 01872 262466

WaveWave Image 1WAVE is a vibrant multi-sensory play for young people (11-30 years) with autism, profound multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), and severe learning disabilities (SLD) and their companions.

The story invites you onto an island where Dad is a weather scientist and allows the audience to explore the sensory world of the weather in his workshop and on the beach.  Can you help Miranda with her dilemma? She loves her Dad, but she is an adult now and ready to leave home. How can she tell him without hurting his feelings? Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest WAVE explores the loving relationship between parent and child.WAVE is a rich, colourful, experience offering a unique emotional narrative on the subject of independence and saying goodbye. Appropriate for the physical age of the intended audience, the show also works on sensory levels which are suitable for the audience member’s developmental needs. 

WAVE is performed for small audiences in a purpose-built theatre with set design by Sophia Lovell Smith and features live music, composed and arranged by Matt Marks. Directed by Natasha Holmes, it offers a unique experience, rich in action, colour, sound, touch and emotion and brings this interactive show to life with singing and projections. The audience is invited to explore the set of Dad’s workshop and the beach through sensory interaction. The show is fully accessible and the audience is made to feel welcome and be part of the experience as participants. Young people and their companions are invited to enjoy the show as a shared experience.


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Thurs 23rd June at 7pm  in the Cabaret bar

Mindfulness and Surfing

Tickets £5

Tickets are available HERE

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Surfer, travel writer and author, Sam Bleakley is well known for his books on surfing around the globe. In this evening event Sam will explore how surfing can offer hugh benefits to people searching for a more mindful life, helping us engage with the world around us, not become separate from it. A great exponent of surfing for everyone Sam reveals an acute awareness of what the oceans can tell us about our place in the natural world and how riding the waves can be the ultimate meditation.

So if you're a surfer who always ensures they get their daily fix or someone who has never got on a board in their life, come and discover Sam’s unique view of the surfing life.



Friday 24th June 2016 @ 8:00



Sultans Of String

A real musical treat!

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These three maestros from Toronto should not be missed.They perform a huge range of music from every genre on a sitar,a five string violin,and a guitar.The whole place was spellbound.This was their first gig in the UK and they are touring through the summer.They have won multiple awards in Canada and will surely be performing to packed houses in the UK.A real musical treat!


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Saturday 25th June 2016 at 8.00pm


Hank Wangford

Hank Wangford

To round off Golowan week we have the pleasure of hosting the Hank Wangford trio featuring Hank himself on acoustic guitar and uke, Spanner Robinson on vocals and bass) and Andy Roberts (Brad Breath) on electric guitar, mandolin and Appalachian Dulcimer.

If you want originality in country music – something made on this side of the Atlantic that still has the bite and twang that drained from so much American country about the time they opened Opryland – then there is only one man to see. His name is Hank Wangford, a fascinating and whimsical fellow who has perhaps the most unusual curriculum vitae of any country musician on either side of the ocean.

In real life, as the saying goes, Hank Wangford is Dr. Sam Hutt, a National Health Service physician who works at a birth control clinic and an outspoken feminist. ”Hank is a good smoke screen. He can do things I can’t do. He’s my clown,” says Dr. Hutt, who has been struggling to balance his musical and medical interests ever since medical school at Cambridge. His 60’s practice in a drug-addiction center brought him into contact with a lot of rockers and modest renown as London’s long-haired, rock-and-roll doctor. ”If the Who had a first night, the tickets would be sent. I actually had more of an identity crisis with that than with Hank, because Hank is a fool. I quite like him. Dr. Sam was definitely threatening to become a monster.”

As a guitarist, Mr. Wangford sat in on studio sessions with some well-known rock bands. But a stint in Saskatchewan listening to late-night country music out of Des Moines and a meeting here with the late Gram Parsons – a legendary progressive country musician and drug abuser -channelled his musical interests toward what he calls ”roots music.” ”Like all converts I went overboard. Before that, I hated and reviled country music.”


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 Unless otherwise stated, tickets for Acorn events can be purchased in advance from:

Cornish Riviera Box Office: Tel: 01726 879500;


or visit your nearest CRBO agent: 'Welcome to West Cornwall', by Penzance train station or The Visitor Information Centre, Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives.

The Acorn Box  Office is open Wednesdays, Thursdays Fridays and  Saturdays from 11am - 2pm only for bookings in person.  Please note, we can take payment at The Acorn by cash or cheque only.  On performance nights, The Acorn Box Office usually opens one hour before the start time of the event.