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Groove Tots Gigs offers the experience of high quality live acoustic music at a family-friendly time in a stunning new space in Frome. Featuring highly creative and talented musicians from the local area and afar, the programme is always eclectic and exciting. Come down, meet friends, treat yourself to a drink and get in the groove!

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Saturdays 3pm-4pm

The Loft Bar @ 23 Bath St
23 Bath Street
Frome
BA11 1DJ
Tickets: £5/adult, £1/child, £8/family

Tickets available on the door or online.

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Batch Gueye at the Frome Festival!

14th July 3pm-4p

Sam's Kitchen Deli
8 Stony Street
Frome
BA11 1BU

Free entry, donations gratefully accepted

 

We are very excited to present the amazing Bristol-based Senegalese artist Batch Gueye for this special Groove Tots Gigs event in this year's Frome Festival. Come down and join us for a family-friendly afternoon hang upstairs at Sam's Kitchen where you will be transported to West Africa! 

Coming from a long lineage of singers on his mother's side, Batch is a West-African Griot, a storyteller through his music and dance. 

Singing Baye Fall chants is where Batch found his voice. Batch's songs are about life experiences: about travel, immigration, places he has lived in and people he met and is grateful to. His songs also talk about feelings such as love and jealousy combined with life wisdom, teaching you to be good to yourself and respect those around you to listen, to trust and to have faith in life.

Batch sings his songs in the Senegalese language Wolof, however, language is not a barrier to understanding his music. The passion Batch has can be heard in his soulful voice and understood by all.

 

 

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Sinnober

9th June 3-4pm

The Loft Bar, 23 Bath Street, Frome BA11 1DJ

£5/adult, £1/child, £8/family

Tickets available on the door or online by clicking below:

Groove Tots Gigs welcomes the fantastic Danish/British duo Sinnober on Saturday 9th of June at the Loft Bar! Self-penned Folk/Country/Rock with sunshine harmonies & skeletal grooves meet echoes of Laurel Canyon and British folk-rock and pop of the early 70s.

Sinnober are from the South West of England, via Denmark and Persia. The members are Sebastian Brice (Vocals, Guitar) and Natalie Brice (Vocals, Piano, Bass). The band have released 2 albums to date - their eponymous 2015 debut album, championed by BBC Introducing and featured on Tom Robinson's 6 Music Introducing Mixtape, as well as the 2016 follow up Little Wars.

Sinnober are currently writing and recording their 3rd collection of songs, set for release later this year.

Groove Tots Gigs offers the experience of high quality live acoustic music at a family-friendly time in a stunning new space in Frome. Featuring highly creative and talented musicians from the local area and afar, the programme is always eclectic and exciting.

Deborah Rose at Groove Tots Gigs!

Deborah Rose at Groove Tots Gigs!

Deborah Rose!

Saturday 26th May 3-4pm

Tickets: £5/adult, £1/child, £8/family

We are so excited to announce that the stunning singer-songwriter Deborah Rose is coming to Groove Tots Gigs! She had to cancel her last show due to illness but she is coming to Frome in May. Originally from Wales, Deborah Rose has sung in the company of Ralph McTell, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention and Jimmy Webb. She has performed on Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 for the 50th anniversary of late singer Eva Cassidy. Her first album, “Song be My Soul” is a collection of words set to music from Tennyson to Blake and features a Welsh Male Voice Choir. Deborah has a rare and timeless voice with a purity often likened to Sandy Denny or Joni Mitchell. She performs a wide range of celtic music, classics, and her own self penned songs that chronicle her travels, love of nature, and journeys of the soul. For this special occasion Deborah will also read a collection of children’s poems by the Pre-Raphaelite writer Christina Rossetti who once lived and ran a girls school in Frome in 1853. For more information visit Deborah’s website on www.deborahrose.co.uk

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Balladeste

5th May 3-4pm

Loft Bar at 23 Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DJ

£5/adult, £1/child, £8/family

Tickets available on the door or online by clicking below:

Join us on Saturday 5th of May and check out our new venue, the Loft Bar at 23 Bath Street! This gig features the gorgeous Balladeste, a violin and cello duo from London exploring the versatility and sound potential of just two string instruments. With traces of contemporary minimalism, Indian classical and folk, the duo creates original compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet melodic and filmic in quality – songs without words with a contemporary alt-folk twist. Balladeste is:

Tara Franks - cello
reetha Narayanan - violin

Groove Tots Gigs offers the experience of high quality live acoustic music at a family-friendly time in a stunning new space in Frome. Featuring highly creative and talented musicians from the local area and afar, the programme is always eclectic and exciting. The Loft Bar is above the venue 23 Bath Street, and there is space for buggies to be left outside or folded up inside. The bar will have all the usual drinks as well as tea, coffee and cake!

Hear the band by clicking here 

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Sam Crockatt Trio

17th February 10:30-11:30am

Tickets available on the door or online by clicking below:

£5/adult, £1/child, £8/family

Frome locals Sam Crockatt (saxophone) and Martin Kolarides (guitar)and Bristol based bassist Will Harris explore the standard jazz repertoire in their own unique style. Expect delicate harmonies, swirling soundscapes, and grooving swing. 

Sam Crockatt has been playing jazz since the age of 10. He started out listening to Louis Armstrong, Sydney Bechet, and Jimmy Noone and playing the clarinet. He soon switched to saxophone and began listening to John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and realised he was hooked!

Since then Sam has completed a degree in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music and played in venues all over the Uk including Ronnie Scott's, The Albert Hall, the Jazz Cafe, and the Sage Centre. He has also appeared six times at the Paradise Jazz Festival in Cyprus, performed at the Brecon Jazz Festival with Pete King and Julian Arguelles, and taught on the Global Music Foundation Summer School in Tuscany alongside US piano great Edward Simon.

Dave Smith coming to Groove Tots Gigs on the 17th of December!

Dave Smith coming to Groove Tots Gigs on the 17th of December!

Dave Smith +
Friends

17 December 10-11am

Tickets: £5/adult, £1/child, £8/family
Pre-book tickets above to reserve a table!

 

December brings Dave Smith + special guests for a high energy exciting gig with a Christmas surprise or two! Dave Smith is best known for his work with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, traditional Sabar drumming from The Gambia and Afro-Blues group JujuAs co-founder of Loop Collective Dave is part of some of the most adventurous musical projects in the UK including Cloudmakers TrioOuthouseMA and Splice. As co-leader of Outhouse Ruhabi, featuring five Gambian Sabar drummers, and Sabar dance driven Dakar/London band Fofoulah, he is the man behind the most fruitful collision of West African drum music and European jazz yet to surface. 

Breakfast Club Duo comes to Frome!

Breakfast Club Duo comes to Frome!

John Crockatt joins the Breakfast Club Duo for this special Groove Tots Gig!

John Crockatt joins the Breakfast Club Duo for this special Groove Tots Gig!

Breakfast Club Duo +
John Crockatt

12 November 10-11am

Tickets: £5/adult, £1/child, £8/family
Pre-book tickets above to reserve a table!

 

Our November gig features the incredible Breakfast Club Duo with special guest John Crockatt! Breakfast Club Duo is a ensemble of recorders (Rhia Parker) and cello (Natasha Zielazinski). Born out of various other performance and composition projects, BCDuo explores the richness of wind and strings through music spanning the centuries, from the middle ages to the present day.

John Crockatt is one of the most in-demand musicians in London’s thriving early-music scene. He plays violin and viola with some of the world’s foremost period groups, but is also an avid lover of folk music. He joins BC Duo for an exciting concert of music new and old, folk and song!

 

Vula Viel comes to Groove Tots Gigs!

Vula Viel comes to Groove Tots Gigs!

Vula Viel!

9 September 2017

 

We are so excited to invite the highly acclaimed, high-energy Vula Viel to Frome! Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex Burch lived, farmed and studied for three years. Now it's the name of her trio featuring the best of London’s young music talent: Jim Hart (drums) and Ruth Goller (bass). Their intensely rhythmic music is an engaging mix of African, electronica and minimalist influences. Based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood) Vula Viel create something new and vital. This music will engage, entrance and excite your soul. 

Press Highlights

Gilles Peterson "One of my discoveries for the London Jazz Festival... Good is Good”

Max Reinhardt "Gorgeous indeed ... Good is Good, well worth getting involved with.”

The Guardian, UK ★★★★ "They were the unexpected stars of a glitzy show”

Jazzwise - "instant, unmistakable originality.”

fROOTS “Something wonderful is at work here ... this music gets straight to the exhilarated heart...This is a superb, generous record. And good for your feet.”

Financial Times - ★★★★ "Like Coltrane in dialogue with early Steve Reich"

Evening Standard - ★★★★ "Vula Viel are one of London's most interesting new bands"

Songlines - ★★★★ "Joyous, celebratory and explosive ... New and vital"

Jazzwise - ★★★★ "Ridiculously Danceable"

 
 
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Sam Crockatt's Brouhaha

29 April 2017

Our debut month brings the vibrant accoustic trio Brouhaha led by saxophonist Sam Crockatt, featuring Will Harris on double bass and Dave Smith on drums. The set flows between original compositions, folk melodies and jazz standards and is full of unexpected twists and turns.

More about Sam Crockatt here

Facebook Event Page here

 
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Sinnober

20 May 2017

Groove Tots Gigs welcomes Sinnober, a duo from the South West of England, via Denmark and Persia. With echoes of the early 70s Laurel Canyon sound, Sinnober's songs have a timeless quality, featuring sunshine harmonies set against a skeletal backdrop of guitar and bass. The band have released 2 albums to date, which have been championed by BBC Introducing and featured on Tom Robinson's 6 Music Introducing Mixtape.

Check out the Facebook Page here

And more about Sinnober here

 
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Rosanna Schura and Martin Kolarides

10 June 2017

Long time vocal/guitar duo Rosanna Schura and Martin Kolarides bring the best of their vivid folk and country-blues to inspire and engage family audiences. The concert will feature a morning of song, story and interactive soundscape and will include a selection of beautiful originals and lesser known classics. With special guest cellist Heather Truesdall.

Check out the Facebook Page here

For a sneak peak, click here

 
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Frome Festival Gig featuring Batch Gueye

15 July 2017

Our Frome Festival gig features the incredible Senegalese Bristol-based singer/guitarist Batch Gueye accompanied by Gambian master drummer Kaw Secka who weave together gorgeous melodies with deep grooves and west African song.

Check out the Facebook Page here

And more about Batch Gueye here