Events at The Acorn

All the latest live events happening here at the Acorn.


Friday 19th January - 8:00 pm

Ben & Tom Waters

Jools Holland described Ben Waters in The Mail on Sunday as one of his favourite piano players of all time and also asked him to perform at his wedding.

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Saturday 20th January - 8:00 pm

Falmouth Soul Sensations Fund Raiser for ShelterBox

Falmouth Soul Sensation was formed in 2007, with the intention of offering local musicians and singers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to work in a band environment. The result was a vibrant and exciting mix of ages and instruments supported by experienced musicians. The band still fulfils it’s original function but has grown into one of the most popular party bands in the county!

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Thursday 25th January - 8:00 pm

Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th).

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Friday 26th January - 8:00 pm

Prinz Grizzley

Prinz Grizzley dug deep down in the rich grits of good ol´ country, folk and blues.

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Saturday 27th January - 8:00 pm

Hannah White & Special Guests

Hannah White is coming back to The Acorn, Penzance for an incredibly intimate performance to promote her upcoming release of ‘Elephant Eye’, the latest album from the fiercely independent and distinctly political singer-songwriter, Hannah White. 

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Thursday 1st February - 7:30 pm

Great Expectations performed by David Mynne

Originally performed in 2013, Great Expectations was Dave’s first solo show, now being reworked for a countrywide tour in Spring 2018.

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Friday 2nd February - 8:00 pm

Wille & The Bandits + support - Rainmakers

Essentially Wille & The Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vain of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille & The Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

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Saturday 3rd February - 8:00 pm

Richard Digance + special guest Eric Sedge

Richard resumes as normal after his Golden Anniversary celebrations of 2017 with a series of dates doing what he loves best, telling stories, playing the guitar and singing songs. This year there’s a whole new show having shaken off the nostalgic trip of 50 years last year.

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Thursday 8th February - 7:30 pm

LDN Wrestling

LDN Wrestling was formed in November 2004 by lifelong wrestling fan Sanjay Bagga. The aim of the company at the time was to build a brand that could tour the country under the LDN name. London is the most well known capital city in the world and Sanjay felt it was time to celebrate the fact this country is great and put the “British” back in “British wrestling”.

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Friday 9th February - 7:30 pm

Ethel Smyth - Grasping The Nettle

A new play with music performed by contralto Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918,
the decisive step in the political emancipation of women in the UK.

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Saturday 10th February - 8:00 pm

Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman

After many successful shows in 2016 & 2017, Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson will embark on their latest acoustic tour. Featuring Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar. They’ll be playing songs from their individual back catalogues and artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their joint albums, intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers in a show not to be missed.

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Friday 16th February - 8:00 pm


Originally a dictatorship formed by the cunning Mr Tea, the Minions have since overthrown him and their chaos has brought forth a musical democracy where cheekiness, fun and a love for the music bind the band together into one massive colorful explosion!

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Saturday 17th February - 8:00 pm

Airfish Aerial Arts proudly present "Some Like It Hotter"

The scintillating sequel to their seductive, swinging sold out smasher of a Valentines Soiree!

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Monday 19th February - 8:00 pm

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow + support from Ewan McLennan

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music.

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Thursday 22nd February - 7:00 pm

Cornwall - 3 documentary films by Diana Taylor

Redcliffe films was set up in 2011 by Diana Taylor & Anthea Page who have both worked in the film business (BBC TV). There will be three films shown – Man Engine, Hidden in History Women in St Ives Industries and 3 Strange Storms & Symphonies the life of George LLoyd, Cornish Composer. These films are being donated by Diana Taylor & Anthea Page as a fundraiser for The Acorn.

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Friday 23rd February - 8:00 pm

Steve Knightley

In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour ‘Songs & Stories’, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a setlist peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

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Saturday 24th February - 7:30 pm

The LOST Will and Testament of Jake Thackray

‘A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths. Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan.’

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Thursday 1st March - 5:00 pm

Aunty Emily and the Missing Melody

Aunty Emily is a children’s storytelling play with puppetry and music.

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Thursday 1st March - 8:00 pm

The People’s String Foundation DUO - Ben Sutcliffe & Zaid Al-Rikabi

The People’s String Foundation are an army of bohemians and vagabonds who represent the grass roots of British music culture, mixing world, classical and urban styles in anarchic embroilment.

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Friday 2nd March - 8:00 pm

India Electric Co.

After releasing their debut debut album The Girl I Left Behind Me in  2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure  throughout Europe. They performed live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, as well as playing the likes of Glastonbury Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival.  Currently they are embarking on their first tours of Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Ireland to coincide with the release of their latest recordings.

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Sunday 4th March - 8:00 pm

Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier

Rebecca Loebe and Findlay Napier met on a songwriting retreat in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. “Sometimes when you get thrown into a co-write sessions things just click” says Napier, “This was one of those times.” Over the last 18 months they have written together down the line from Loebe’s base in Austin, Texas and in Findlay’s Glasgow flat when Rebecca was touring the UK.

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Thursday 8th March - 7:30 pm

John Udry Punches Gravity In The Face

Juggler Jon Udry wanted to make a one man show, perhaps the last show he ever makes, he ever does – this is that show. One man – persevering through the battle of life, overcoming… stuff, making tea, thinking about love, taking risks and changing the game – and juggling, juggling juggling.
Think you hate juggling? You’re just wrong. Come to this show. Seriously.
An original, little bit crazy and totally uplifting show created and performed by juggler Jon Udry.

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Friday 9th March - 7:30 pm

Dogwood’s Production of No Finer Life By Graham Harvey

Set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid,
memorable characters. But this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble.
This is Elizabeth’s story…

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Saturday 10th March - 8:00 pm

The 7th International Women's Day

Back in the ring for round seven, please join us for a no holds barred celebration of International Women’s Day at the Acorn Penzance, on Saturday, March 10th

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Thursday 15th March - 7:30 pm

The Free9 - a new play by In-Sook Chappell

Produced by Acorn Young People’s Theatre

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Friday 16th March - 8:00 pm

Claude Bourbon

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

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Saturday 17th March - 8:00 pm

Kabasa - 10 year Anniversary

Live Latin Music with Kabasa: “It’s been ten years!”

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Sunday 18th March - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Enlightenment Fair 3

Following on from our 2 very successful events in 2017 we are proud to announce Enlightenment 3 on Sunday 18th March 2018 between 11am and 4pm

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Thursday 22nd March - 7:30 pm

Nick Darke’s THE RIOT

Part of the Darke Visions Festival

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Saturday 24th March - 8:00 pm

The Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick the Budapest Café Orchestra play folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, mournful Klezmer melodies, raucous Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czadas. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest Café life and gypsy campfires – plus a few surprises along the way –  a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!

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Thursday 29th March - 8:00 pm


Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

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Friday 30th March - 3:00 pm

Murray Lachlan Young - Modern Cautionary Tales For Children

“One of the greatest children’s entertainer’s I have ever seen. Five stars.” -The Scotsman

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Friday 30th March - 8:00 pm

Murray Lachlan Young - How Freakin' Zeitgeist Are You?

“Simply brilliant, hysterically funny and strangely moving. ” Claudia Winkleman

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Saturday 31st March - 8:00 pm


West-country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines are: Dan Thompson (electric guitar); Dave Burbidge (drums); Hannah Johns (violin); Matthew Wilkins (acoustic guitar); Sean Booth (bass); and Steve Mitchell (vocals/guitar).

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Saturday 7th April - 8:00 pm

Black Water County

Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties.

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Sunday 8th April - 8:00 pm

Geoff Achison & The UK Souldiggers

Following the last sell-out UK tour, multi-award winning Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist GEOFF ACHISON returns in 2018 for a run of shows at festivals, music clubs, theatres and arts centres up and down the country. He is supported by his “UK Souldiggers”: internationally acclaimed drummer SAM KELLY, keys man PAUL JOBSON and ANDY HODGE on bass.

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Friday 20th April - 8:00 pm

Mitch Benn: I’m Still Here

WINNER of BBC 2’s Celebrity Mastermind
Congratulations! It’s 2018 and you’re still here! So is Mitch, (“the country’s leading musical satirist” Times) looking backwards, forwards and sideways trying to make the world a better place, one silly song at a time. Join him as he looks back over what for the lack of a better word he still refers to as his “career” and ponders where he – and indeed all of us – might be going next.

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Saturday 21st April - 8:00 pm

Emily Maguire

A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances winning her fans across the globe.

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Tuesday 24th April - 7:30 pm

Leviathan - James Wilton Dance

Leviathan is the critically acclaimed work by award winning Cornish choreographer James Wilton.

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Saturday 28th April - 8:00 pm

The Ollie West Band

“We Watch The World Turning” Tour

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Friday 4th May - 8:00 pm

Chris Poole

Celebrated guitarist Chris Poole brings fiery, soulful and passionate guitar virtuosity to a show that will leave you wanting more.

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Saturday 5th May - 8:00 pm

Hans Theessink And Brooks Williams - Steady Rollin’ Blues

Hans Theessink and Brooks Williams have been delighting audiences for countless years and are in great demand on the roots music circuit at festivals, clubs and concert halls. So get on your travelin’ shoes and join these two legends of roots music on the blues road.

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Friday 18th May - 8:00 pm

Oye Santana

You’re going to love Oye Santana… awesome guitar from Milan ‘Carlos’ Webb, as passionate and exciting as Santana himself, plus the band’s infectious good-time feel – every track a fiesta, every performance a show. You’ll be singing, smiling and dancing along from the first chink of tambourine to the get-up-and-boogie finale

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Saturday 19th May - 8:00 pm

HENNING WEHN: Das Neuen Materialen Nachten

Henning’s recent TV and radio appearances include hosting Live At The Apollo (BBC 2), Have I Got News For You (BBC 1), Bake Off Extra Slice (Channel 4), The Unbelievable Truth (BBC Radio 4) and Fighting Talk (BBC 5 Live).

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Saturday 9th June - 8:00 pm

Robin Ince - Pragmatic Insanity

Robin’s first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe. In 2017 Robin completed a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concluded at the Wembley 

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Friday 15th June - 8:00 pm

Tyn Daga – Eloise Tregeagle

This gripping musical narrative has it all – Barbary pirates, shipwrecks, mysterious goings on, betrayal and redemption, plus a generous helping of local gossip!

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