Highlights Touring Programme

In conjunction with the Highlights Touring Programme we host several events each year in the BURC Hall (Formerly St Paul’s)

On Saturday February 22nd, 2020 we hosted the Hut People – an instrumental duo of accordionist Sam Pirt and percussionist Gary Hammond. Together they performed a unique, high-octane, blend of global rhythms from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex, perfectly formed and embellished with the driving accordion and a mind-boggling array of exotic percussion.



Our most recent 2019 events were be held in November and December.

On Friday November 29th we had Res Publica by The People’s String Foundation.

The People’s String Foundation are an army of bohemians and vagabonds hailing from the grass roots of British music culture; Mixing world, classical and urban styles in anarchic embroilment. This Cornish band is fronted by the virtuoso violinist Ben Sutcliffe (Director of Music for Rogue Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre and the Minack Theatre) with co-founder and composer Zaid Al-Rikabi at the core.

This autumn Ben and Zaid are packing their 32 piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and taking the ‘Virtual Orchestra’ on tour as a live duo, with their newest album release Res Publica. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm the soul with the people’s spirit and grafter’s hearts.​

Visit their website here.



Following that on Saturday December 14th we had Celtic Christmas Strings.

With Máire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman – Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music. Their new Christmas show features a breath-taking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in their characteristically heart-warming style – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

Visit their website here.



Our earlier 2019 events were held in April and May.

On Friday April 5th we had the Remi Harris Duo.

Remi Harris is an exciting guitarist from the UK who’s unique style draws inspiration from artists such as Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Peter Green and Led Zeppelin. He has as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 & 3.​



Following that on Saturday May 4th we had Diyet & the Love Soldiers.

Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout and Juno Award winning producer, Bob Hamilton; this multi-instrumental trio from the Yukon has a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room.

Diyet and the Love Soldiers Album Release at the Yukon Arts Centre on March 9, 2018.
Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography



We had some fantastic events in 2018:

On October 19th we were visited by Bon Debarras

Bon Débarras unites the worlds of music, dance and poetry through a collaboration between Montreal artists Dominic Desrochers, Jean-François Dumas and Marie-Pierre Lecault.

The group brings together a fusion of Quebecois folk music, traditional step-dancing and global influences, for a show that is full of fun and inventive energy. On guitar, banjo, violin and harmonica, the trio opens a door to their recollections of America and their music is at the intersection of various traditions.

Bon Débarras’ energy taps into the rhythms of today and ventures boldly on the multi-faceted road to tomorrow’s dreams, in an atmosphere that transcends boundaries and ages.
See their website here.

Tickets available here.



On November 3rd we had Jaywalkers.

Jaywalkers have been delighting audiences for over 10 years; taking their exciting, inventive and virtuosic brand of Americana up, down and around the UK and Europe.

These three outstanding musicians have developed a tight bond, demonstrated through their well-crafted, tasteful arrangements and ability to bounce ideas around the stage. Not limited by their sum, the rousing combo of powerhouse bass, flame-fingered mandolin, blistering fiddle and three-part harmony pack a punch as fiery as Jay’s lead vocals.

Visit their website here.

Book tickets online here.