St Ives Arts Club
Westcott’s Quay, St Ives

Founded in 1890, St Ives Arts Club offers membership for artists, gallery space for exhibitions and an intimate upstairs theatre for live performances. The Arts Club is a major September Festival venue, hosting a varied range of events throughout the fortnight.

Saturday September 14 (7.30pm) GREEN DIESEL

Green DieselGreen Diesel return to open the Arts Club’s St Ives September Festival programme for the second successive year.
Hailing from Faversham in Kent, Green Diesel first emerged in 2009, taking their inspiration from the depths of English folklore and legend and the classic folk-rock sound of Fairport Convention and The Albion Band.
Blending fiddle, mandolin and dulcimer with electric guitars and drums, Green Diesel’s sound is born from a love of traditional English music and a desire to bring it to a modern audience.
Their most recent album After Comes The Dark was released in 2021 and entered the UK Folk Top 40. It also saw them nominated for FATEA Music’s ‘Group/Duo of the Year’ award and saw the band pushing their sound further, bringing in elements of psychedelia and progressive rock whilst remaining rooted in their folk upbringing.  TICKETS £10

Sunday September 15 (1pm) CATCH THE WIND: ST IVES IN THE 60s

The first of four September Festival Arts Club screenings of Catch The Wind: St Ives In The 1960s with Q&A sessions with Newlyn-based award-winning film maker Diana Taylor.
The film’s name derives from Donovan’s song Catch The Wind, written while he was staying in the town.
In the 1960s a number of artists, writers, musicians and poets gravitated towards St Ives because of its reputation as an artists’ colony.
Diana Taylor’s fascinating documentary covers the diverse cultures which existed then, often with tension between those who relied on local industries for their work and the those who came to mix with the beatniks who the locals thought did not contribute to the town financially.
There were also big political differences between the far left, the far right, liberals, communists and socialists. With music and amusing anecdotes this is a real romp through the decade. TICKETS £6

Sunday September 15 (7.30pm) AN AUDIENCE WITH HARRY GLASSON AND WILL KEATING

Harry Glasson – the legendary Cornish songwriter who wrote Cornwall My Home and many other fine Cornish songs which have established themselves as part of the modern folk tradition, talks about his extraordinary life.
Hosted by his friend, and award winning singer-songwriter Will Keating, this promises to be a very special night.
Enjoy a relaxed evening of stories and live music from two of Cornwall’s most popular performers, with your chance to ask questions, make requests, join in the singing, and get to know what makes these two tick! TICKETS £14

Monday September 16 (6.30pm) MARTYN BARKER

Following his successful sell-out show at last year’s September Festival singer-songwriter-guitarist and raconteur Martyn Barker journeys once more from Goole in East Yorkshire to play at one of his favourite venues, the Arts Club in St Ives.
Martyn likes to approach his main September Festival gig differently each year – those who managed to see his performance in 2023 can testify to that! The rough plan this year is to reflect on Martyn’s musical past but also to play some of his brand new compositions. Phil Saward will complement the live music proceedings with recordings from his ‘Bootlegger Sound System’ and engage in some informal chat with Martyn, possibly expanding on the ‘Desert Island Disc’ section of Martyn’s show last year. Every ticket holder will be offered some of Martyn’s music to take home for free, whether you like it or not! TICKETS £12

Tuesday September 17 (1pm) JANET AXTEN TALK – PROMOTING CRYSEDE SILKS IN THE PRESS 1920-1940

In the 1920s and 30s, there was a textile factory at the bottom of The island in St Ives. Employing local people, it was called Crysede and produced wood-block printed silk fabrics and garments.
Understanding a company through its national press coverage provides a new perspective on local history. Until recently this has been an untapped resource. With access to on-line newspapers, Janet Axten, who has been researching Crysede for many years, shows how the rise and fall of Crysede Silks was publicised to a wide public.
Janet is a researcher, writer and lecturer; for many years she has specialised in the history of the St Ives area and the artists who have lived and worked in the community. TICKETS £8.50

Tuesday September 17 (7pm) SWINGING 60s NIGHT AND FILM

The Arts Club will be rocking with a return to the Swinging 60s – a themed night with fancy dress and themed drinks and music, plus a showing of award-winning director Diana Taylor’s film Catch the Wind: St Ives in the 1960s. See Sunday September 15 for details of the film. TICKETS £10

Wednesday September 18 (7.30pm) ROB BARRATT

Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born, Cornwall-based comic poet, humourist and singer. His brain-tickling, word-mangling performance combines clever word play, verse and song with satire, parody and audience participation.
Rob deals with such important topics as squid, data-driven education, Neanderthal politics, the weather in Scotland, distressed furniture and his relationship with potatoes but beneath the humour lurk serious issues.
In recent years Rob has appeared at folk, literature and arts festivals all over the British Isles and Australia. TICKETS £10

 

Thursday September 19 (1pm) DAVID TOVEY: THE INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE OF THE ST IVES ARTS COLONY PRE-1914

In the period prior to 1914, the St Ives art colony attracted numerous foreign artists, producing a fascinating inter-change of influences between them and the British residents of the colony.
In particular, St Ives developed an international reputation as a centre for the practice and teaching of marine painting with the Australian, Charles Bryant, dubbing it ‘the Mecca of the seascapist’.
This resulted in the colony playing host to artists who would go on to become the leading marine artists of their respective countries having experienced career-changing influences in St Ives. Leading art historian David Tovey gives a fascinating insight into the story. Check out his website stivesart.info TICKETS £8.50

Thursday September 19 (7.30pm)  BIG FRUG

The Big Frug, a September Festival Arts Club “tradition” returns with a stellar line-up of local and visiting performers.
Poetry, music, story-telling and so much more hosted by St Ives arts scene legend Bob Devereux. TICKETS

 

 

Friday September 20 (7.30pm) RUE and her band

Having supported major artists like Keane, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Newton Faulkner and James Arthur, Rue is one of the South West’s most sought after performers.
The Cornish songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, unveils a signature blend of soulful vocals and rhythmic guitar playing, adorned with a captivating jazz essence. She’s played festivals like Boardmasters and Cheltenham Jazz Festival and now she’s thrilled to be on the St Ives September Festival line-up with her band.
Blending a multitude of genres including jazz, RnB, neo-soul and funk, her dynamic single ‘Lucid’ received outstanding support from leading radio station Jazz FM. Rue draws inspiration from artists old and new, including Hiatus Kaiyote, Maddison Cunningham, Kimbra and Jamiroquai. Rue – Vocals/Guitar, Barnaby Ray – Drums, Jake Galvin – Bass, Pete Morris – Keys TICKETS £12

Saturday September 21 (1pm) FESTIVAL PORTRAIT CHALLENGE

Take part in our festival Portrait Challenge! Draw our special guest model for a chance to be crowned ‘Portrait Artist of the Festival’. There is help and guidance on hand with Barnoon Arts tutors and basic art materials provided ( A4 and A3 drawing board, papers and a range of pencils, colour pencils, pastels…but feel free to bring your own favourite materials. The judges favourite portrait will receive a £20 Barnoon Arts gift voucher. TICKETS £20

Saturday September 21 (8pm) CARLY AND SVEN

Carly and Sven are looking forward to returning to St Ives Arts Club as part of the September Festival.
Their sound consists of Sven’s looped piccolo bass and Carly’s beautiful, bewitching vocals with covers of Prince, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Wonder to name just a few, as well as original songs from their upcoming debut album.
Carly and Sven combine extensive backgrounds in live performance and session work locally and internationally, although their collaboration is relatively new.
Their music, honest and written from the heart, provides an insight into what being a songwriter is all about, with stories of life, love and optimism as well as loss and struggle. TICKETS £12

Sunday September 22 (2.30pm) NICOLE TESSEYMAN

Singer/Songwriter Nichole Tesseyman

St.Ives singer-songwriter Nicole Tesseyman brings a joyful show with songs from her new album Oll An Gwella which means “All The Best” in Cornish.
The country, folk and shanty singer shot to fame locally following her solo debut at the September Festival two years ago.
Since then, she has been signed to a record label in Worcestershire. “Cornish Lark” Nicole’s warm, bubbly personality and quick wit will have you laughing and singing. TICKETS £10

Sunday September 22 (7.30pm) WINTER MOUNTAIN

Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, Winter Mountain (aka Joe Francis) blends melodic songs, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording, when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance and the essence of the song.
He has supported famous performers including Seth Lakeman The Feeling, Elbow and Seal and is returning to the St Ives September Festival where he last appeared two years ago. TICKETS £12

 

 

Monday September 23 (1pm) CATCH THE WIND: ST IVES IN THE 60s

Another showing of award-winning director Diana Taylor’s film with Q&A. See Sunday, September 15 for details. TICKETS £6

Monday September 23 (7.30pm) GLOBAL JAMMING: SONGS OF ST IA

St Ives’ community music collective Global Jamming presents an evening of original song, music, film and spoken word inspired by our beloved town.
A host of local performers will delight with tales old and new, set to sound and images evoked by the magic and mystery of this special place.
The evening will also feature the premiere of Global Jammings new music film Tom’s Tall Tail, featuring the cats of St Ives. See the Films Page for details.
All proceeds to Badgers Food Forest CIC, Global Jamming’s local community project. TICKETS £10

Tuesday September 24 (1pm) FILM AFTERNOON WITH AWEN PRODUCTIONS

A Film AfternoonAn exciting screening of specially selected new short documentaries, animations and archive film showing Cornwall as it’s rarely seen. Watch new short films from artists Benjamin Wigley, Amanda Lorens, Ruby Ingleheart, Minnie Harrop, Janet McEwan and Barbara Santi. Also including short films made by Access Theatre, Growing Links, Carefree, Hayle Youth Group, Padstow young people and wonderful archive film from The Box on South West traditions and customs.
With guest speaker Barbara Santi, film-maker and co-director of Awen Productions TICKETS £8

Tuesday September 24 (7.30pm) DU GLAS

Songs of miners, mutiny and murder; starvation, sirens and smugglers, that’s what you get when you leave this bunch of Cornish renegades alone with a load of wood, strings and drum skins for too long!! Du Glas offer their own brand of original roots music, combining influences from Americana and British folk-rock (and whatever else takes their fancy at the time). Their energy, humour and love of gin has incited such madness that audiences have thrown away their pints, danced in a downpour and bounced on the bar like a Bruckheimer.
With their fierce attitude, thumping rhythms and rousing tunes Du Glas will make you lose all your inhibitions, roar until your throats are sore and leave you talking like a pirate for the rest of the night. TICKETS £10

 

Thursday September 26 (1pm) CATCH THE WIND: ST IVES IN THE 60s

The final September Festival screening of award-winning director Diana Taylor’s film with Q&A. See Sunday, September 15 for details. TICKETS £6

Thursday September 26 (7.30pm) BIG FRUG

The second Big Frug of the 2024 St Ives September Festival. See Thursday September 19 for details. TICKETS 

Friday September 27 (7.30pm) OUR ATLANTIC ROOTS

Cornwall-based trans-Atlantic indie folk duo Our Atlantic Roots fuse together poetic and beautifully authentic lyrics with incredibly tight harmonies.
Married duo Mac, originally from North Carolina, and Yorkshire-born Laura Johnson, who met in the USA, present a blend of the cultures they are from from, merging genres characterised by their individual country and folk roots.
With more than 3 million streams and hundreds of live shows under their belts, as well as national BBC TV and radio features, they are an emerging act well worth keeping an eye on as they return to the September Festival following their impressive debut in 2022. TICKETS £12

Saturday September 28 (2-4pm) THE DROP-IN ART ROOM

Think you need to be a great artist to come to an art class? Think again!
This drop-in art session is for all ages and abilities. Whether you say you can’t paint or draw or you’ve always wanted to have a taste of what it’s like to be an artist, this session will be super fun and chilled with expert advice on hand.
With plenty of activities and materials on hand to try, there’s something for everyone.
Add to the Communal Drawing, draw from the Nature Table, try Mono-printing, make an Abstract Collage, Adult and Child Colouring sheets to try – and more..
Run by St Ives Arts Club and Barnoon Arts. No need to book, just drop in, pay on arrival and have fun! Adults £5. Children £2.

Saturday September 28 (7.30pm) BALDRICK’S PLAN with Johanna and Grace

Baldrick’s Plan, a west Cornwall-based four-piecefolk group, specialising in strong harmony singing, return to the Arts Club following last year’s successful September Festival appearance.
Their repertoire is largely based within English traditional music, but also embracing songs ancient and modern from other backgrounds and traditions. baldricksplan.co.uk . Grace and Johanna (right) will entertain with songs ranging from the melodious to the macabre, accompanied by Appalachian Dulcimer, Banjo and Guitar. TICKETS £9