Shappi shows how comedy's done

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Friday 24th October 2014

SHAPPI KHORSANDI Dorchester Corn Exchange

Boris Giltburg and the BSO, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

9:55am Thursday 23rd October 2014

VIRTUOSO Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg gave a fizzing performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 to a packed Poole Lighthouse last night.

Big Reunion Boy Band Tour, BIC

Dorset Echo:

9:26am Thursday 23rd October 2014

IT'S been the best part of 20 years since some of the bands taking part in the Big Reunion Boyband Tour set foot on the stage at the BIC, but it seemed like only yesterday.

Johnny Marr – O2 Academy Bournemouth

Dorset Echo:

11:22am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Killer new material entwined with a treasure trove of Smiths numbers. Of course he had it all planned from the start.

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet – Pavilion Dance South West, Lower Gardens, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo:

11:39am Monday 20th October 2014

The central character of Biff the dog was performed with so much skill and studied canine behaviour that the young audience were held spellbound for 50 minutes.

The Johnny Cash Roadshow, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: The Johnny Cash Roadshow  (9863220)

10:19am Monday 20th October 2014

Although in its fourth year here in Bournemouth it is the first time I have seen the Johnny Cash Roadshow; and as a girl brought up listening to the unique sound of his voice and the equally unique sound of June Carter I was sceptical that such individuality could be imitated.

Buzzcocks - Mr Kyps, Poole

Dorset Echo: Interview: The Buzzcocks

9:31am Monday 20th October 2014

The audience file out of the venue sweaty and smiling after a great night and a welcome trip down punk rock memory lane.

Review of Omid Djalili at the Electric Palace

Dorset Echo:

11:06am Friday 17th October 2014

OMID DJALILI Electric Palace Bridport

Glitz and glamour from Caro Emerald

Dorset Echo:

11:06am Friday 17th October 2014

Caro Emerald, Windsor Hall, BIC

Great night of big band classics

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11:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

Crazy for Gershwin, Pavilion, Bournemouth

Excellent performance for good cause

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

11:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

COLLECTING money to help provide safe water to impoverished people worldwide is a serious subject but this fundraising concert by local singers and musicians proved to be bucketfuls of fun along with the meaningful message of dep-rivation.

Caro Emerald - Windsor Hall, BIC

Dorset Echo: Sultry: Caro Emerald

10:09am Thursday 16th October 2014

Well, there was no way a packed BIC could resist the infectious jazz/pop/swing that is Dutch chanteuse Caro Emerald and her red-hot eight-piece band.

Ella Eyre, O2 Academy, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo:

8:38am Thursday 16th October 2014

THE Bournemouth crowd loved Ella Eyre from the minute she bounded into the public's view.

For the Fallen, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

8:33am Thursday 16th October 2014

IT began with just the strings, as a superb performance of Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis showed us just how rich and expressive that section of the BSO can be on its own.

Review: An Evening of Mediumship with Tony Stockwell

Dorset Echo: Psychic medium Tony Stockwell on seeing dead people as child, the church and sceptics

7:34am Tuesday 14th October 2014

SCEPTICS and outright believers were shown to their seats of the Pavilion Ballroom for an evening of mediumship.

Review: British Sea Power, Brownsea Island

Dorset Echo:

11:39am Monday 13th October 2014

Will Frampton joins British Sea Power and the BSO brass quintet for an atmospheric finale to the Arts by the Sea Festival

The Vamps, BIC

Dorset Echo:

8:12am Monday 13th October 2014

THERE’S nothing teenage girls like better than a mass scream.

Crazy for Gershwin, Pavilion, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: The Pavilion Theatre

1:17pm Friday 10th October 2014

CELEBRATING one of New York’s most talented sons, the London Concert Orchestra set aside its serious persona in order to entertain a capacity audience and get into the swing with the popular compositions of George Gershwin, nearly all of which are still regularly performed worldwide.

Alexander O’Neal – 1812 Bar & Restaurant, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: American singer Alexander O'Neal is performing at TFM Soundworks in Middlesbrough on Saturday, March 22

1:16pm Friday 10th October 2014

IT was a soulful evening in Bournemouth when legend Alexander O’Neal spearheaded a new season of live music at 1812 bar and restaurant.

Vag Halen, The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo:

10:55am Friday 10th October 2014

LIKE a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart, feminist art rock band Vag Halen brought Bournemouth’s Old Firestation to life last night.

Passion, Corn Exchange, Dorchester: Compassion for wartime heroes

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

10:01am Friday 10th October 2014

WAR is never out of the news and this year has been an epic time for remembering World War I so it comes as no surprise to find local group AsOne Theatre Company taking up arms in the same cause.

Uplifting and a joy to watch

Dorset Echo:

10:00am Friday 10th October 2014

SEAN HUGHES, PENGUINS, Weymouth Pavilion

Review: Kes at the Royal Manor Theatre, Portland

Dorset Echo:

10:19am Thursday 9th October 2014

FIRST a novel, then a film and now a play, Barry Hines’ story tells of Billy, a troubled and ill-treated boy who finds a tiny kestrel chick which soon becomes his best friend and transforms his unhappy life.

Tony Hadley, Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Dorset Echo:

9:41am Thursday 9th October 2014

Tony Hadley was at the Pavilion on Wednesday night paying his second visit to Bournemouth in a couple of months.

Shot at Dawn: horrifying story of two Tommys during the First World War exposes truths

Dorset Echo:

9:33am Thursday 9th October 2014

THE first play ever to premiere in Bournemouth town hall’s council chamber opened on Wednesday as part of Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea Festival.

James Taylor, BIC: 'nicest man in music' delivers belter of a show

Dorset Echo: STAGE MAGIC: James Taylor at the BIC  Picture:

12:07pm Monday 6th October 2014

IF there was an award for the nicest man in music, the name permanently engraved on the trophy would surely be James Taylor’s.

Peter Andre - BIC

Dorset Echo:

8:31am Saturday 4th October 2014

THE ladies certainly have a soft spot for Peter Andre.

REVIEWED: Lunchtime chamber concert St Mary’s Church, Weymouth

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

11:41am Friday 3rd October 2014

A FANTASTIC performance of Beethoven’s first violin sonata launched the first recital of the new season of Weymouth lunchtime chamber concerts.

REVIEWED: Madama Butterfly, Sydney Opera House Dorchester Odeon

Dorset Echo:

11:38am Friday 3rd October 2014

I’VE seen Madama Butterfly staged in theatres a couple of times, usually sat at the back in the cheap seats.

REVIEWED: The Beggar Maid, Dilly Court

Dorset Echo:

11:34am Friday 3rd October 2014

The Beggar Maid, set in London in the late 19th century, describes the extreme hardship experienced by Charity Crosse, who is living in a damp cellar room with her alcoholic grandfather. Charity is reduced to begging on the streets and lives on the generosity of passers-by. The first six chapters of the book set the scene and the descriptive element is accurate and enjoyable.

Al Murray, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Comedian Al Murray

8:26am Friday 3rd October 2014

IT'S 20 years since the Pub Landlord started inviting us to all hail the ale and listen to him put this great nation to rights but if you thought that meant he may have run out of new stuff to say then you are very much mistaken, my old son.

BSO, Soaring Strauss, The Lighthouse

Dorset Echo: VISIONARY:  Kirill Karabits

7:50am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The new BSO season opened at the Lighthouse on Wednesday to rapturous acclaim.

Ruby Wax, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo:

8:32am Wednesday 1st October 2014

IT might sound insane, but Ruby Wax’s latest tour is a cross between a stand-up comedy show, a university lecture on brain science and a mental health group therapy session.

Sooty and Friends, Pavilion

Dorset Echo: The Sooty Show

6:52pm Saturday 27th September 2014

HE might be over 60 years old but there's no chance of Sooty being able to enjoy a peaceful retirement - he's far too popular

Lee Mack, BIC

Dorset Echo: Lee Mack

10:42am Friday 26th September 2014

“I'm disappointed I'm not Lee Mack”, opening act Mike Gunn proclaimed. Though he’d need not have been quite so tough on himself.

The hills are alive with dancing

Dorset Echo:

10:24am Friday 26th September 2014

• LANDANCE – part of Inside Out Dorset, Valley of Stones, Nr Portesham

FOR those curious few that made it along, this was a sensory experience that left your ears and eyes ringing for hours after.

Dorset Echo:

12:46pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

FOR those curious few that made it along, this was a sensory experience that left your ears and eyes ringing for hours after.

The Saturdays, BIC: here come the girls - and they've still got it, six years on

Dorset Echo:

8:16am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE UK’s most popular girl band put on a dazzling display to get the working week off to a glamorous start in Bournemouth.

The Drifters - Pavilion

Dorset Echo:

11:11am Sunday 21st September 2014

THE Drifters have been entertaining crowds around the world for more than 60 years now and when you have been going for that long it would be a near miracle if any of the original line up took to the stage tonight.

Riverdance - BIC

Dorset Echo:

8:37am Sunday 21st September 2014

THE international Irish phenomenon Riverdance came to the BIC this week.

Bryan Adams, BIC

Dorset Echo:

12:54pm Sunday 14th September 2014

IT is easy to say a concert was good but more difficult to say it was outstanding or amazing but Bryan Adams’ Bare Bones at the BIC was just that - amazing.

Earth, Wind and Fire at the BIC

Dorset Echo:

7:56am Thursday 11th September 2014

Earth, Wind and Fire help BIC audience boogie the night away

Bestival, Isle of Wight: summer seen out in spectacular style at happiest festival of them all

Dorset Echo:

12:10pm Monday 8th September 2014

ROB and Josie Da Bank invited everyone to a giant disco in Robin Hill Country Park this weekend and proved once again that if you are going to go to a festival over the summer then Bestival is the place to be.

Book review: Some Lucky Day

Dorset Echo:

10:00am Friday 5th September 2014

Some Lucky Day by Ellie Dean

Outdoor performance of Jane Austen classic

Dorset Echo:

10:00am Friday 5th September 2014


CD review: At last, a song for singletons

Dorset Echo:

10:00am Friday 5th September 2014


Cutting edge stuff at End of the Road

Dorset Echo:

10:00am Friday 5th September 2014

END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Dorset

Tony Hadley, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Struts: Night Air concert, Boscombe Pier

Dorset Echo: All our pictures from the Night Air at the Piers concert at Boscombe. Photo by Sam Sheldon.

10:36am Sunday 31st August 2014

THAT'S how you do rock and roll.

It's got to be Purbeck as festival hits all the right notes

12:32pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

“IT’S got to be perfect,” sang Glaswegian Eddi Reader headlining the Purbeck Folk Festival on Friday night, pleasing the crowd with Perfect, which was a number one hit for her former band Fairground Attraction in the late 80s.

Simply perfect: 10 reasons we loved Purbeck Folk Festival

Dorset Echo:

12:15pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE sixth Purbeck Folk Festival was all about variety.


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