Suggs: What A King Cnut – A Life in the Realm of Madness 31:10:2018

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne “THE Spice Girls are in then…” quips Suggs in response to a little over ambitious harmonising from the ladies on the front row as he brings the show to a close with a celebratory version of Our House that’s laced with as much pathos as geniality. It’s the perfect ending to a Read More…

The art of nostalgia

Having swapped blackboard and chalk four years ago for canvas and brush, former teacher Richard Watkin is enjoying a new lease of life as a painter, turning the Dorset landmarks he loves into vintage-inspired artworks. With wife Judi acting as marketing manager, administrator, sounding board, critic and tea maker, what started life as a hobby Read More…

Slim Chance 6:10:2016

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne TALK about old school – the first time Slim Chance happened upon the Tivoli in 2013 the audience barely numbered double figures; when they came back twice as many turned up and on Thursday night, for their third show in four years, there was a half-decent house. Quality will out and if Read More…

Terry Reid 01:06:2016

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne The less generous annals of British rock history record Terry ‘Superlungs’ Reid as one of music’s nearly men and his story a series of what-might-have-beens – the man who turned down the singer’s job in Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, who opened for the Stones, Yes and Cream and counted Clapton and Graham Nash Read More…

Jimmy Webb 17:04:2015

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne An evening of songs and stories in the company of one of popular music’s most revered songwriters was hardly likely to disappoint – and so it was with Jimmy Webb’s very welcome Wimborne debut. This is a show those in the know would gladly travel no small distance to see and it’s Read More…

Philae landing: The Kingston Lacy connection

Its inscriptions have been barely visible to the naked eye for more than 200 years, but the imposing Philae obelisk that stands on the south lawn at Kingston Lacy House is at last revealing some of its secrets thanks to new advanced imaging technology. And just as the Rosetta stone and the Philae obelisk were Read More…

Animals & Friends feat. Steve Cropper 31:10:2014

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Whatever the official billing, this is the return to Wimborne of that most unlikely of pairings – the Animals and Steve Cropper (right), house songwriter/guitarist from the heyday of Stax Records, home of southern soul giants such as Booker T and the MG’s, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and Sam & Dave. Lest we Read More…

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band 08:07:2014

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Wimborne’s credentials as a hotbed of Americana appreciation took a giant leap forwards last night as one of bluegrass banjo’s greatest living exponents Herb Pedersen complimented the audience for remembering British folk duo Chad and Jeremy, leading lights of the original British Invasion. “They didn’t even know that in London,” he says, Read More…

Record Store Day 2013

I can’t remember the last time I was out and about in Wimborne at seven in the morning… but Martin, Mark, Colin and most of the folks outside Square Records on Record Store Day can – it was this time last year. And before that it was the previous year. These are die-hard music fans Read More…

Sean Hughes: Life Becomes Noises

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Never one to pander to the expectations of an audience, Sean Hughes opens a show about the death of his father by ambling on stage dressed as a jockey who has just won the Derby. Within minutes he has co-opted a supporting cast from members of the audience and introduced a comedy Read More…