Magician to perform death-defying illusion

One of the most dangerous magical illusions ever seen on stage is to be performed live on stage by a star of the hit ITV show Get Your Act Together. Jamie Allan will perform… Continue reading

Light fantastic for artist

When Martin Sloman spotted that part of Howard’s old bakery on Cromford’s Market Place was empty he couldn’t resist checking it out as a potential studio. When he saw the light airy space… Continue reading

New Rope String Band at Harthill

Once seen, never forgotten: an indefinable confusion of superb musicianship and side-splitting comic genius, the New Rope String Band are truly unique entertainers. Elements of circus, clowning, vaudeville, slapstick and sheer inspired silliness… Continue reading

Musical duo play Whitworth Centre

The musical diversity of Simon Mayor and Hilary James translates into hugely entertaining stage show. Their performances can range from beautifully evocative Irish ballads to one of their own notorious comic songs with… Continue reading

Orphy Robinson gig in Derby

Orphy Robinson is the country’s leading vibraphonist and an excellent multi-instrumentalist and composer. He released two critically acclaimed solo albums in the 1990s, When Tomorrow Comes and The Vibes Describes. From being a… Continue reading

Jeremy Hardy at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre

Jeremy Hardy began his fourth decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 31 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another… Continue reading

Can you help with Woollen Woods?

Yarn Bomber Anne Clark is putting a call out for knitters, crocheters and textile artists to make work inspired by nature. The idea is that they become part of the bigger Here and… Continue reading

Youth dance groups win festival places

Two of Déda’s youth performance companies have won places in a top level national dance festival in Plymouth this summer. Bounceback is a group of 16 young dancers which rehearses at Déda in… Continue reading

Buxton staging folk festival

Buxton Folk in May is a new event, which does exactly what it says on the tin – showcase music from some of the best folk artists in the country. The celebration of… Continue reading

Simon Bull – photographer

Most people do a double take when they walk past Simon Bull’s stall at art fairs. “Is it or isn’t it? “ they ask as they stare harder at the prints being exhibited.… Continue reading

Tune in to Radio Free Smedley Street

There’s something a little irresistible about tuning in to a pop-up radio station to listen in, clandestine fashion, to music ignored by the mainstream stations. It may be nostalgia, as my teenage years… Continue reading

Richard Whittlestone, wildlife artist

Beatrix Potter used to dissect animals so she could learn enough about them to perfect the drawings for her books. Like her, Richard Whittlestone is an artist who likes getting up close and… Continue reading