Artist Spotlight: Nicholas Collett

Actor and writer Nicholas Collett loves rural touring: ‘You find yourself in vastly different places; touring in the Lebanon just after the war finished in 1995 and meeting different people, mainly him bumping into Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin while touring in the Highlands. Memorable for different reasons!’ These are the everyday experiences that rural […]

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Kate Dimbleby has released six albums, toured internationally and appeared regularly on national radio. She grew up in a family where telling stories and performing was everyday life. Her father is broadcaster David Dimbleby, and her mother Josceline is a trained classical singer. It leads naturally to an enjoyment of rural touring and ‘singing along […]



Live and Local are welcoming back Don Kipper for our 2019 Spring/Summer season. We spoke to Accordionist Josh Middleton about the history, the traditions and naturally, Sufi whirling.  Josh Middleton, when asked about his most memorable show experience, jumps straight in: ‘A Sufi Whirling Dervish in a tracksuit, who happened to be passing a gig […]


Artist Spotlight: Shane Shambhu

This November Live & Local are welcoming Shane Shambhu to Warwick for a special performance of his autobiographical show, Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer. Produced in association with the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, it’s one-part comedic monologue/ one-part Indian dance-theatre and wholly brilliant. To get a flavour of the event, we spoke to Shane […]

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Artist Spotlight: Bush Gothic

“Humans experience woes and tribulations no matter what century they are living in. We all need to find a way through our troubles and music immediately connects us to the great mystery and wonder of being alive…” Jenny M. Thomas – Bush Gothic Bush Bands and Bunyips This year we welcome to our menu Australian […]

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New Directions Showcase 2018

We enjoyed a fantastic few days at Worcester University for the New Directions Showcase 2018 and this year it was our turn to host the event alongside NRTF (National Rural Touring Forum). After many hours of decorating, the sports hall was transformed into Worcester University’s very own ‘Village Hall’ – the area used by delegates […]

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