Live And Local is back for more

James Stretton in Brassed Up./
James Stretton in Brassed Up./
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Live And Local has announced a diverse new programme of professional shows in surprising places across Derbyshire.

Sarah Fell, from the organisation, said: “Following on from a successful autumn season, we’re very excited about what the spring has in store. The season is brimming with fantastic music and there’s great theatre and dance for all ages. Live And Local events are really convenient as they take place close to home at community venues across the county and, thanks to subsidy from Arts Council England and your local authorities. The tickets are very affordable too”.

Virtuoso instrumentalist James Stretton will blow your socks off in Brassed Up! when he single-handedly performs almost 20 different brass instruments in the same evening. Accompanied by pianist Iain Jackson, he will take you on a journey from jazz and pop to classical, on the piccolo trumpet to the huge bass tuba. Expect the unexpected at Calver Village Hall on Fri, February 3 (tel. 01433 630142), St John’s Methodist Church, Hayfield, on Sat 4 Feb (tel. 01663 742872), Thorpe Village Hall on Saturday, February 11 (tel. 01335 350624) and Shardlow Village Hall on Friday, May 4 (tel. 01332 792514).

Experience the thundering rhythms of taiko (Japanese) drumming in The Way of the Drum at Quarndon Church Hall, near Derby, on Thursday, March 8 (tel. 01332 840007) and St John the Baptist Church, Tideswell, on Saturday, March 10 (tel. 01298 871063). It’s physical, it’s theatrical, it’s energetic and it’s performed by members of Mugenkyo, Europe’s only professional touring group of taiko drummers. They explain the history, tell stories, and appear in traditional masks and costumes to perform brilliantly choreographed dances. Mugenkyo usually perform in large venues such as Buxton Opera House and Town Hall, Birmingham, so don’t miss these more intimate performances.

Steve Steinhaus stars in new show Steiny’s Blues – Such Sweet Thunder. The charismatic Chicago-born front man is supported by talented jazz musicians through poetry, gospel songs, singalongs and entertaining stories about the myths and legends of American jazz and blues. You’ll be inspired by Steve’s enthusiasm for music at Calow Community Centre on Saturday, February 11 (tel. 01246 201366), Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, on Thursday, March 22 (tel. 01773 856545) and Whitwell Community Centre on Saturday, March 24 (tel. 01909 723490).

Kel Elliott is smart and sassy, ballsy but sweet. She’s a singing double bass player fronting an impressive bluesy café-jazz band. Together they perform fresh self-penned songs with catchy melodies and infectious grooves. They also throw in quirky remixes of well-known hits which will go down a storm at Great Longstone Village Hall on Saturday, March 17.

There is also much more to see in the spring at venues throughout Derbyshire. For full listings and ticket information visit www.liveandlocal.org.uk or request the latest What’s On leaflet on 01926 402173.