Bridgwater Arts Centre

Events

EXHIBITION - Pin Drop

6th February 2024 - 29th February 2024
What does it mean to be in your space or place?

Bridgwater and Taunton College Level 3 Art and Design 2nd years drop a pin in their locality to make a multi-disciplinary exploration of the surrounding area.

On foot or bicycle, car, bus, or train, emerging artists travel around their Somerset to discover and communicate a personal geographical interpretation.

Albert Lee - 80th Birthday celebration

Monday 11/03/2024 - 7.30 pm
Tickets - £25.00
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Albert Lee is one of the most respected guitarists in music history, having worked with The Everly Bros, Eric Clapton and Emmylou Harris among many others. The British-born country-rock artist started his career during the 60's but after moving to the U.S. and assimilating himself into the country music scene, Albert quickly garnered a reputation as one of the best guitar players in the business. When Eric Clapton calls him "the ultimate virtuoso" you know he is something special.
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Tin Giants + Wickenwood (support)

22/03/2024 - 7.30 pm
Tickets - £12.00
From a gentle lilt to a wall of sound, every second of a Tin Giants concert is a quality experience”. Tin Giants are a progressive folk rock band with roots established in Anglo-European and Celtic traditions, performing traditional, contemporary and original songs and music. Tin Giants share decades of skilled musicianship and award-winning songwriting and you may recognise several former members of folk rock band Shave the Monkey in the line-up.
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Emily Portman & Rob Harbron

29/03/2024 - 8.00 pm
Tickets - £15.00
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron both have award-winning reputations as performers, composers and recording artists. Now they have formed an inspired new collaboration in which they delve into English folk traditions, creating an intricately woven contemporary folk sound. Emily is best known as an original songwriter and for her work with acclaimed folk band The Furrow Collective. Rob tours with Leveret, Jon Boden and many more, being in great demand as one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in the UK.
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RECORD FAIR

13/04/2024
10am to 3pm - Entrance £1.00
Trade Entry from 8am - £3.00

The Jonny Hepbir Trio

13/04/2024 - 8.00 pm
Tickets - £15.00
Jonny (guitar) is joined by fellow guitarist Jason Henson and accordionist Pete Watson to offer an eclectic fusion of French Waltz, Latin, Tango and Django, plus a few surprises. A feast of fine Jazz to enjoy.

THIS CONCERT SUPPORTS THE LEAGUE OF FRIENDS
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Sarah Beth Briggs

19/04/2024 - 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Tickets - £15.00
Pianist Sarah Beth Briggs is a leading recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. Her professional career was launched at the age of eleven when she became the then youngest-ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year. She has been the featured soloist at major British venues including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s South Bank Centre, and the Barbican Centre.
She gives regular masterclasses and chamber music tuition in the UK and has also taught in Switzerland and the USA.
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Guitar Legends

20/04/2024 - 8.00 pm
Tickets - £16.00
The Guitar Legends will mesmerise you with the greatest guitar hits of all time!
From the early 1950's to present day. Featuring tracks from the world's most legendary guitarist, including:
Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, BB King, Brian May, Hank Marvin, Gary Moore, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Dave Gilmour, Slash and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
A show not to be missed!
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Keith James presents the music of Yusuf/ Cat Stevens

26/04/2024 - 8.00 pm
Tickets - £18.00
THIS CONCERT IS IN AID OF THE UNICEF SYRIAN CHILDREN APPEAL
During the early 1970s, the amassed body of music from this hugely popular and sincerely loved singer/songwriter made for a collection of 'must have' records across a whole generation. Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were on everyone's turntables and on every radio station.
Keith James is a long standing and well-respected concert performer who reflects on the timeless and insightful music of Cat Stevens, from his early pop career, life threatening illness and spiritual journey around a performance of his beautifully-crafted and memorable songs.
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Dean Friedman

10/05/2024 - 8.00 pm
Tickets - £28.00
Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars and more. A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar hits and fan favorites. Dean is a welcome visitor to the BAC and is making his 3rd appearance in quick succession at our venue.
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Timothy Dean presents Songs Of Somerset

11/05/2024 - 7.00 pm
Tickets - £12.00
The perfect way to celebrate Somerset Day. "Songs Of Somerset" is a unique production featuring gripping stories from our wonderful county.
These tales are set to music written and performed by local folk musician Timothy Dean.
Kings, battles, Pirates & Highwaymen, The Devil, Lovers, Murderers and Ghosts, Nursery Rhymes, Fairies, Cavemen and even Aliens...and of course Cider!
Some of the proceeds from this event are to be donated to the Somerset Crisis Fund.
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Tom Robinson - Up Close & Personal (+ support)

25/05/2024 - 7.30 pm
Tickets - £22.00
Musician and broadcaster Tom Robinson presents an evening of songs and stories spanning five decades of adventures in the music industry. Tom's musical journey began in 1974 and included a BBC ban, headlining Glastonbury, writing lyrics for Elton John, two nervous breakdowns and a period in tabloid hell. Having made his peace with the BBC, he's presented programmes on all the corporation's national radio networks, and his broadcasting work has won two Sony Radio Academy awards.
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Robbie McIntosh

01/06/2024 - 8.00 pm
Tickets - £20.00
What do the following have in common?
Cher, Joe Cocker, The Bee-Gees, Paul Young, Mark Knopfler, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, Tears For Fears and Tori Amos.
The answer is that Robbie has played guitar for all of them. The list, however, only scratches the surface as he was in Norah Jones' touring band in 2004, was a member of The Pretenders between 1977 & 1978 whilst from 1989 to 1993 was Paul McCartney's guitar player. As CV's go, this one is fairly impeccable. This is, quite simply, a must watch gig.
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Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican - 18th Birthday weekend

14/06/2024 - 7.30 pm
Tickets - £18.00
Founded in Barnsley Rock City in 2006 by their outspoken and energetic ringleader, Scott Doonican, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! This cult-like collective of like-minded knit-wear enthusiasts are determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive. The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican can’t wait to bring their shindig to The BAC for their 18th Birthday and they promise that they WILL rock you... but gently!
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Darren Turner - International Medium

07/09/2024 - 7.30pm
Tickets - £15.00
Making what has become an annual pilgrimage to the BAC, Darren is a renowned Clairvoyant Medium, conducting platform demonstrations across the UK and overseas, blending his sense of humor with compassion to ease the minds of those seeking connection with the spirit world.
"We are always learning, not only about ourselves but also spirit. I look forward to learning more as I progress on my journey and remain excited as to where it may lead."
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Steve Knightley

15/11/2024 - 8pm
Tickets - £20.00
Renowned Westcountry songwriter Steve Knightley, former Show of Hands frontman, announces a groundbreaking nationwide solo tour—the first since the iconic band disbanded. Focused on promoting his latest album, 'The Winter Yards,' this tour signifies a profound shift in Knightley's musical journey. With a reputation for haunting narrative songs and captivating storytelling, fans can anticipate Knightley's solo career as a powerful and evocative continuation of his influential legacy in Acoustic music.”
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