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Live & Local


The Live & Local season is back after the Christmas break. We have some exciting shows in Crich and Holloway over the next few weeks. Over 200 venues present professional shows in Derbyshire, and neighbouring counties.
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Details of Live & Local, and other shows, are below.

Tickets can be booked now by contacting the appropriate promoter (see end of article), or online for Crich.

Saturday 3rd March 2018

The Glebe Field Centre, Crich

“DaleDiva in Concert”

(fundraiser for DayCare at The Glebe) (suitable for 5+).


Derbyshire’s leading female 4-part close harmony choir, DaleDiva, is performing in Crich to help raise funds for DayCare at the Glebe. With a repertoire ranging from pop to choral, folk to rock, and everything in between, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

DaleDiva, Derbyshire’s Award winning, female a Cappella chorus celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and have shared many wonderful experiences and accomplishments in that time. Highlights include winning a National TV contest, appearing at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and recording 4 albums.

Founded and directed by Ally Law, this vibrant, entertaining and vivacious group of women hit the mark with a variety of audiences through their mixed repertoire, infectious joy of singing and sense of fun. DaleDiva are renowned for sharing its love of singing anytime, anyplace, anywhere.


Sunday 11th March 2018

Florence Nightingale Hall, Holloway

“Dave Burland & The Awkward Squad”


Dave Burland from Barnsley is a long established and widely respected folksinger. He began performing in 1968 with a repertoire of mainly traditional material plus a contemporary song or two.

In 1971 he released his debut album, the much lauded and award winning ‘A Dalesman’s Litany’. Over the years he has released many albums including one with the late Tony Capstick and Dick Gaughan of songs from the pen of Ewan McColl, and ‘His Masters Choice’ which paid homage to one of his favourite songwriters Richard Thompson. In 1976 he was a founder member of the legendary folk group ‘Hedgehog Pie’.

Dave’s latest project is with The Awkward Squad, who are old friends from his now defunct rock group ‘Shagpile’, Dave Fisher and Bryan Ledgard. With a repertoire of Dave’s favourite songs ranging from traditional ballads, to country and contemporary material this promises to be an evening not to be missed.


Saturday 17th March 2018

Glebe Field Centre, Crich

“Here I Belong” by Pentabus Theatre Company

(suitable for 14+)


Elsie has lived here all her life. She’s seen wars, weddings, elections, funerals, people coming and people going. Her story spans six decades - from the coronation in 1953 to her birthday party, today. This is a funny and moving journey through sixty years of changing village life.

Focusing on the life of one woman, “Here I Belong” explores the changing nature of English village life over a 60 year period. Elsie has lived in the village most of her life; it’s where her daughters grew up, her husband died, and it’s where she’s going to stay, come what may. As she gets older, the question arises of how long she can stay in the village she has lived in for much of her life. As the younger generation is priced out, there are fewer local jobs, and even the bus service is cut, who will look after her? This is a funny, moving and radical play about a community just like ours.


Saturday 21st April 2018

Florence Nightingale Hall, Holloway

“The Wilson’s Wall of Sound”


The incredible vocal powerhouse that is the Wilson Family, have been in demand to sing on many great stages over the last few years. They’ve performed at the Royal Albert Hall Proms and at the New York Public Theatre with Sting.

From Billingham, Teesside, in their inimitable a cappella style, they deliver songs that tell the history of the North East, and further afield. This will be their fourth visit to Holloway, so if you haven’t seen them before, treat yourself to an evening of great singing, with a lot of humour between songs.


Sunday 29th April 2018

The Glebe Field Centre, Crich

“Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son in Concert”

(suitable 10+)


Sheesham & Lotus & ‘Son is one of North America’s foremost and popular authentic old-time Roots bands. This musical show has its roots in the Vaudeville & Juke Joints of the American South, where Mississippi Riverfolk meet the Appalachian Highlanders; blues meet fiddle tunes; creating a rollicking & full flamed conviviality one might consider outrageous!

A visual delight as much as a musical kick up the pants, they transport audiences to rumbustious times when self-proclaimed Quacks flogged snake-oil as a miracle cure-all for everything from syphilis to broken hearts. These are the frontier settlements where the men were wild and the women wilder!

Enthusiastic historians of deep-South old-time fiddle and banjo music, Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son have created a feast for ears and eyes alike, in a style that is very much their own. Fiddle, Banjo and Sousaphone make up the core of this outfit, complimented by instruments of their own creation such as the Sepia-phonic Monophone, and the Contrabass-Harmoniphonium. Harmonicas, Jaw Harps, Bones and BuckDance also feature, and their set is peppered with humour and anecdote.


The season ends in May. Autumn shows will be announced in later editions of CACN.


If you would like to get involved and help in any way, then please contact either of the promoters (details below).


The Live & Local promoter for Crich is David Lane. His contact details are:, or phone 01773 853260


The Live & Local promoter for Holloway is Dave Carless. His contact details are: or 01773 856545


Live & Local is a scheme run as part of the National Rural Touring Forum specifically for the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Its aim is to promote the appearance of top quality professional performers and musicians in small intimate rural locations, accessible to as wide a range of the community as possible. Subsidies negotiated by Live and Local with Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council, and Amber Valley Borough Council mean we can bring top quality professional shows to Crich & Holloway at an affordable price