Delving into Grimsby’s fishing heritage

An historical, gripping and lyrical account recording the experiences of apprentices in the ruthless, dangerous Grimsby fishing industry of the 19th century will be staged at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall later this month.

Supposed Drowned charts the times when young boys were recruited from workhouses, orphanages, charitable institutions and city streets to crew the fishing boats which brought the wealth but also disgrace to the world’s then premier fishing port.

Monty Martin of Barton Muse which is promoting the event on Wednesday, February 24, said that poet Gordon Wilson’s account showed that whilst a few boys flourished, others endured abuse, misuse, and frequent death.

“Three Parliamentary Enquiries into the misery they endured made headlines in newspapers and magazines of the day, shamefully to little effect,” he explained.

In the second half of the evening Grimsby Celtic folk rock band Merlin’s Keep will be bringing poignant, traditional song settings to the poems that sensitively complement the narrative with energy and emotion.

Supposed Drowned starts at 7.30pm at the Maltkiln Road venue and tickets cost £7 in advance or £8 on the door.  Tickets can be purchased in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.  Alternatively they can be bought online at www.bookitbee.com (search ‘Supposed Drowned’) or Cleethorpes TIC 01472 323111.

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Nick Heyward 

APRIL 2019 – UK ACOUSTIC TOUR

Following the success of his most recent album, Woodland Echoes, and tours of the UK and Japan, singer-songwriter Nick Heyward returns in April 2019 with a series of intimate acoustic dates around the UK.

Audiences will be treated to hits from across his entire career from Haircut 100 to today, such as ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’, ‘Love Plus One’, ‘Fantastic Day’, ‘Kite’ and ‘Whistle Down the Wind’. Peppered in the set will be album tracks, b-sides and maybe even a teaser from his next album.

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Quiz Night

A fun quiz for all the family.

Maximum of six in a team.

Written and presented by Daniel Dyson

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Book Launch

Fathom Writers

Fathom Prize 2018

Join us for the launch of the new anthology of prizewinning short stories, chosen by author Cassandra Parkin and edited by Sue Wilsea.

The evening will feature excerpts from Cassandra’s work and the winning entries.

The new publication will be on sale for the first time on the evening and afterwards available from The Ropewalk, priced £5

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Slim Chance

Slim Chance is a tight band of good friends, which has evolved around three original members of Ronnie Lane’s band – Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. They are now regularly joined by Brendan O’Neill, Billy Nicholls, and Geraint Watkins, and together they deliver a unique and entertaining show, both joyous and of a high musical calibre.

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Knight & Spiers 

On a summer’s day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today’s folk scene.

Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe.   With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.

With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.

The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.

These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.

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The Seagull

(2017) 12a 1hr 38m

In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother.

An all-star cast in this Chekhov adaptation.

Director: Michael Mayer

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Annette Bening

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