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Hell and High Water !
(Mikron returned to Doxey)
Sun 18th Sept 2011 at Doxey Church
Mikron "Hell & High Water"
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Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water"
Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water"
Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water"
Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water"
Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water" Mikron "Hell & High Water"

Poster for Micron Play on 18th Sept
On Sunday 18th September, Mikron came back to Doxey to perform their story of the creation of the Bridgewater Canal (the first 'true' canal in Britain ?) by the Duke of Bridgewater, his agent John Gilbert and the engineer James Brindley.

As usual the story informed and entertained and the performance ranks as one of Mikron's best.

Adrian, Sally, Nicola and Dan took you back to the 18th century with the aristocracy and workers working together (sometimes) to  change the face of Britain.
Tales of the Thames
Mikron - 16th Aug 2009
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Tales of the Thames - MikronThe Mikron Theatre Company paid the first of their regular two annual visits to Doxey and performed a story of the Thames, its history and people. Adam Palmer and Gemma Ryan were welcomed back and we were pleased to meet George Chalmers and Rachel Cartwright. As usual the story from Richard Povall and music/lyrics from Jim Woodland (directed by Rebekah Hughes & Vashti MacLachlan) told of real people in a way that made you laugh - and think.

Cakes and drinks were provided by the DCA regulars - thanks to the Church for the hall and everyone involved for a great afternoon.
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Tales of the Thames - Mikron
 

 


Boka Halat - Making a song and dance in Doxey

On Saturday 21st March  Doxey was on the receiving end of some 'mutual inspiration'(1) as the group Boka Halat performed and made the audience perform as well.

Boka Halat Doxey Band
Band warms up
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Boka
Halat
- Doxey
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Roger Watson
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English folk singer (and accordionist)  Roger Watson & Gambian drummer Musa Mboob the founders of the group were joined by German Saxophonist Thomas Christen, Gambian guitarist Ousman Beyai and English fiddler Tom Fairbairn in creating music that was both unusual and strangely familiar. Folk songs from Britain and elsewhere were given the beat of African drums (and more than a bit of jazz) to create a sound that it was difficult not to dance to.

In the first half of the evening the group played and sang a range of songs and music from around the world. After a short refreshment break staid Doxey residents did not need much persuasion to perform traditional English barn dances to a decidedly global sound with Roger acting as caller and Master of Ceremonies. The music was then given a more Doxey Sound as the band was joined by a number of local performers on drums, guitars, saxaphones and flutes who had participated in the workshop that the group had run during the afternoon before the show.
 Boka Halat Doxey Band

 Musa Mboob
Tom Fairbairn

Boka Halat Doxey Band
 
Jane telling us where the fire exits are
Jane tells where
the exits are !
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Doxey Drums
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Thomas Christen
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At the end of the evening we all went home tired and happy, the only regret being that the turnout had not been larger. Thanks must be given to Jane Essex and to 'Live and Local'(2) who arranged the evening.

Boka Halat Doxey Band
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Ousman Beyai  
with Henry
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1) "The Boka Halat technique is not ‘multiculturalism’. The name means ‘mutual inspiration’ in Musa’s native Wolof language. The technique is INTERcultural: to see what a group of diverse musicians, living in the same area, can create which none of them could arrive at on their own"

www.bokahalat.co.uk

(2)" Live & Local is a network of mainly voluntary organisations across the East and West Midlands and parts of South East England who, supported by a professional team, promote top class professional arts performances in small and friendly venues such as village halls and community centres"

www.liveandlocal.org.uk

   Chanteuse - 28th February


This was an excellent performance by the all female chamber choir directed by Sue Breeton. Their songs ranged from 'My Fair Lady' to the Psalms. A mavellous evening.

If you missed them in Doxey you can see them at in St Mary's on Wed 20th May.

"Chanteuse are a Midlands based female Chamber Choir. They were formed in 2008 by local professional singer/pianist and former Director of Music at Stafford Grammar School, Sue Brereton.

They have performed at many venues throughout the area, most notably Lichfield Cathedral, where they wowed the audience with the depth of feeling in their performance and received much praise. Their repertoire covers all styles and conventions from purely classical to modern, sacred and secular." (Stafford Music Festival)


 

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