Street-An-Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DS
Steeped in history, the newly-refurbished Guildhall is one of the best live performance venues in West Cornwall. A 1930s hall in the heart of St Ives, it has a bustling programme of daytime events and live performance. Home to the September Festival, it has also hosted a variety of performers from Natalie Merchant and Jethro to Fairport Convention andWu Tang Clan. The Guildhall is also a popular wedding ceremony and reception venue.
Sunday 12th Molly Hocking and the Bubble Band 8pm Tickets
St Ives’ own Molly Hocking, 2019 winner of ITV’s The Voice, will headline the main venue at her home town’s St Ives September Festival with her fantastic new backing band.
With huge support from Cornwall and around the country, at just 18 years of age Molly won The Voice – and a recording contract which saw her rendition of ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ go straight to No.1 in the iTunes singles chart.
She also supported Celine Dion in London’s Hyde Park but for more than a year performance opportunities have been put on hold because of Covid lockdowns and restrictions. Her emotive single ‘After The Night Before’ came out last year with Molly finally unveiling it as she made a delayed televised return to The Voice as guest star on the live semi-final show.
Despite not being able to appear on stage, Molly has kept busy between London and St Ives and she said: “I’m in and out of so many writing sessions and studios. I just love it.”
Tuesday 14th Flats and Sharps bluegrass band 8pm Tickets
The four-pice blugrass outfit, who started out busking on the streets of Penzance have gone from strength to strength since wowing the 2017 St Ives September Festival with tours around Europe and Australia. Welcome back to The Guildhall!
Thursday September 16th Martin Simpson 8pm Tickets
Martin Simpson – listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time – is equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions.
He has had the most nominations of any performer in the history of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, an astonishing 32 – 13 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that prestigious accolade twice. His own songwriting produced the poignant Never Any Good from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.
Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great performers he has worked with. Every gig is a masterclass, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.
Friday 17th St Ives Entertains charity night for St Ives Community Land Trust 7.30pm Tickets
Performers appearing are St Ives shanty singers Bamaluz Bootleggers (pictured right), local musicians Katrina Geraghty and Sophie Orchard, representatives of Kidz R Us, award winning duo Dee and Dave Brotherton (Tir ha Tavas, pictured left) and their guests, poet Bob Devereux and the St Ives Community Choir
St Ives Community Land Trust (CLT) is a non-profit organisation set up to promote and ensure democratic local ownership of land and buildings for the benefit of the community. Projects include providing six affordable flats at the Old Vicarage – next door to The Guildhall.
The show, compered by Tiffany Truscott of Radio Cornwall, is being sponsored by Harding Laity Estate Agents and supported by St Ives September Festival.
Thursday 23rd Martin and Eliza Carthy 8pm Tickets
Folk music icon Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury-nominated daughter Eliza have both appeared at the St Ives September Festival before – but never together!
Martin has influenced a generation of legends, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, as well as partnering numerous others including Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his wife Norma Waterson while their daughter Eliza is a multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner. A very special night not to be missed.
Friday 24th The Fleetwood Mac Songbook 8pm Tickets
A tribute celebration spanning 50+ years of Fleetwood Mac’s stellar career! From the UK Blues of the ‘Peter Green’ era through to the multi million selling West Coast rock of ‘Rumours’ and the lush 80s production that was ‘Tango In The Night’ – plus everything in between and after .
Saturday 26th The George Michael Story 7.30pm Tickets
The George Michael Story ‘FREEDOM’ Tour 2021, featuring a full live band with video screens supporting the show, including footage of George and interviews with the man himself.
Expect to be taken on a musical journey of George Michael’s biggest hits in this celebration of his life and generosity, as seen on BBC & ITV.
This touring show performs George Michael’s hits in chronological order. The George Michael Story tells in detail, the career of George and his 100 million record selling history.
Supporting Lovelies.Help – Charity In Memory of George Michael with a percentage of ticket sale and merchandise profits donated to George Michael’s Charities.