This week’s newsletter is a round-up of local events from creative writing and live music to theatre and dance.
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Council wants your views on future of Crown Street
Last year, Darlington Borough Council decided to keep the central library service at Crown Street and it plans to invest £2m in improvements and repairs.
The council is now seeking views from people about the future of the library service by asking two broad questions:
“What would you like to see provided as part of the library service in the central library (Crown Street) and elsewhere in the Borough?”
“Is there anything you wouldn’t want to see provided as part of the library service in the central library (Crown Street) and elsewhere in the Borough?”
- For further information and to give your opinion, visit the council’s website.
Gareth Davies Jones at Neasham Reading Room
Highly regarded as a gifted and perceptive songwriter (BBC’s Bob Harris, Iain Anderson are fans), Gareth’s music is laced with a vivid and powerful sense of the aesthetic. A natural storyteller, reviewers have placed his performances alongside the best in the Troubadour tradition.
Combining elements of Guthrie, Dylan, Taylor and Browne, attention to musical detail is evident throughout his seven solo and three collaborative albums. He plays a variety of instruments and features a keen sense of melody woven around a rich, distinctive voice.
- £10 per person, visit Neasham Reading Room website
- Friday 8th February 2019
- 7.30pm, doors open 7pm
Opus 4 Jazz Club: Alan Barnes and the Paul Edis Trio
This effervescent and renowned reedman Alan Barnes will be at Opus 4 on Friday 8th February starting at 8pm; doors open at 7.30pm for the club’s revised start time.
Tickets for this concert are £12 on the door and the organisers advise early arrival to secure a table in view of the large turnout expected for with this event.
The club takes place at Travellers Rest, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER.
For more information, visit Opus 4 Jazz Club’s website, or follow the Jazz in Darlington at Opus 4 Home/facebook page.
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club
It’s a bumber year for Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club as it welcomes a record number of bands to play lunchtime gigs at the town. There’s a total of 18 gigs booked throughout the year, up from the usual 12, which says so much about the popularity of the club.
On Saturday 16 February, the Club will host dynamic young street group Frog & Henry from the Big Easy itself. Formed in New Orleans French Quarter as a collective of several street performing groups, the band plays and records old dance and jazz music from the early 1900s on brass and string instruments, with plenty of vocals.
Saturday 2 March sees clarinetist and composer Adrian Cox visiting St Augustine’s with his show ‘Profoundly blue’, celebrating the music of his favourite clarinet player Edmond Hall.
- The club takes place at St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. Doors open at noon for a 12.30pm to 3pm session.
- The venue has free onsite parking, and a licensed bar that serves tea and coffee. Bring your own food for a picnic while the band is playing.
- £10 at the door. Children under 16 free with an accompanying adult
- Darlington for Culture members get a 20% discount on production of their membership card
- For more information visit the club’s website
Darlington Folk Club
- Every Thursday at The Copper Beach, Neasham Road, 8pm start, £7
- More info on the website www.darlingtonfolkclub.com
February events at The Forum, Borough Road
For the full list of gigs and events, please visit www.theforumonline.co.uk. Tel: 01325 363135.
Friday 8th – Darlington RnB Club
Robin Bibi Band
Tickets £12/Doors 7.30pm
Saturday 9th – Hey Beatles
Playing all of the hits and eras of The Fab Four
Tickets £12/Doors 7.30pm
Valentines Night: Live Music from Hayley McKay & David Neil Crabtree
Ticket price includes 3-course Tapas sharing Platter
Tickets £17.50 – Doors 7.30pm
Saturday 16th – The Killerz
Tickets £12.50/Doors 7.30pm
Friday 22nd – Quadrophenia Night
Featuring The Atlantics +DJ Drew Stansall ( Ex Specials)
Tickets £12/Doors 7pm
Saturday 23rd – Electro Night
Featuring tributes to both Gary Numan & Yazzoo
Tickets £8/Doors 7.30pm