Coming soon to The Plough Shepreth……

 
Wednesday 18th July 2018 – 8:00pm – £23 per person (£22 online)
VERA’S GIN CLUB – No. 35 – “The History of Gin Cocktails”

It’s July, which means it’s Vera’s Birthday. She’s 3, and 3 is a magic number.
So, as is right and proper, we have an extra special celebration planned for this 3rd Wednesday. We have long since established that Gin is THE BEST, so we’ll take things up a notch and explore the delights, and document the history, of 5 classic gin cocktails.
No secret passwords required, just click here for tickets to Vera’s Birthday Bash…

 
Every Monday – 8:30pm – MANDOLIN STAGE – Free Entry
LIVE MUSIC – “OpenPlough” –  Sessions 

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Every Monday we open up our Mandolin Stage to all musicians, singers, poets and percussionists. All genres, ages and instruments welcome, so do come and watch, sing or play. Bring your own instruments or borrow ours. Play alone, with friends, or with members of our somewhat loose, but enthusiastic House Band. If you would like a slot on the stage any Monday, please drop a brief email to nick.davis@theploughshepreth.co.uk.


Thursday 7th June – 8:00pm – MANDOLIN STAGE – Free Entry
LIVE MUSIC – “The Lightwaves”

The Lightwaves are Ranjan Vasudevan (guitar, vocals) & Lee Phillips (ukulele, vocals) –  a high-energy, acoustic duo who re-interpret carefully chosen songs from across the decades. With sixteen strings and two voices, they take you on a rollercoaster journey through an incredible range of styles.


Tuesday 12th June 2018 – 8:00pm – MANDOLIN STAGE – Free Entry
(Contributions VERY welcome however..)
COMEDY & LIVE MUSIC – Paul Richards presents.. “Let’s Face The Music & Bants”

What a line up for June’s “Bants”! A startling combination of returning favourites and fine newcomers to Paul Richards’ fast-becoming-ledgendary monthly showcase of new comedians and up and coming musicians. This month the comedy line up includes Stylophobia, Josh Massen, Annika Pecchia-Bekkum, Don Mackie, and the man himself, Paul Richards. Spellbinding music from the stunning Claudia & The Braidy Bunch, and all held together by special guest MC, Mel Byron. As always, past and future line up details can be found here:- 
thepaulrichards.com/lets-face-the-music-and-bants


Thursday 14th June – 8:00pm – MANDOLIN STAGE – Free Entry
LIVE MUSIC – “Max Bianco”

Fresh from a storming set on The Flying Pig Stage at Strawberry Fair with his band, The Bluehearts, Max hits the Mandolin Stage for a solo showcase performance, before heading to Europe. Hailing from the North East, Max describes himself as “a kinda troubadour and vagabond”. He has been compared to Bob Dylan in style, and his earthy tunes and cutting lyrics won the hearts of the judges at this year’s Cambridge Band Competition, securing him Best Acoustic Act.
 

Friday 15th June – Wednesday 4th July 2018 – RHEE GALLERY – Free Entry  
ART EXHIBITION  – “Melbourn Village College GCSE Fine Art Class of 2018

Each July we hand over our gallery to MVC’s GCSE Fine Art Students to display their extraordinary exam work. This year, the “Class of 2018” exhibit their ‘final pieces’, just back from being marked, alongside all preparatory work, artist studies, and how student’s ideas culminate into their final exam piece. Come and witness the work of our career artists of tomorrow. Preview evening is on Friday 15thJune and the exhibition continues until 4thJuly 2018.

Our galleries are generally open at all times during bar opening hours, however these rooms are also occasionally used for private functions. If you are making a special journey to visit the exhibition, please call to check before travelling.

 
Saturday 16th June 2018 – 7:00pm – £35 per person
MAY BALL –  “A Touch of Pink

In support of The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Trust, and in association with Pinkster Gin and Fever Tree Mixers, we present The Shepreth (Gin) May Ball – “A Touch of Pink”. With vintage swing from Dickie DeVere and The Dorchester Mavericks, cocktails from Pinkster Gin, and a spectacular two-course plus canapés menu from The Plough’s kitchen, this will be the one May Ball you should not miss. Full details and menu options are available by clicking HERE.


Wednesday 20th June 2018 – 8:00pm – £23 per person (£22 online)
VERA’S GIN CLUB – No. 34 – “The Italian Job”

Having recovered from “The Spanish Gin-quisition” in May, Vera continues her travels, stopping off in Italy. Five gins, followed by a G & T of your choice from the evening’s tipples alongside Vera’s nibbles, upon which we layer oodles of riveting gin facts and a smidgeon of innuendo. We reckon this all adds up to a fair old list of reasons why you should very definitely grab yourselves a ticket as soon as humanly possible so click this cheeky little LINK, and we’ll see you there. Saluti!


Tuesday 26th June 2018 – 8:00pm – £1.00 Entry Fee
PUB QUIZ – “Six Rounds with Tom Canning”

Your June fix of challenging enquiries, peppered with the usual smattering of smut and innuendo, as Lord Tom Canning’s now legendary pub quiz returns for for it’s high Summer outing. Teams can be of any size and entry is just one English Pound per person. Call in, telephone or email to reserve your table.


Thursday 28th June – 8:00pm – MANDOLIN STAGE – Free Entry
LIVE MUSIC – “Sheri Kershaw”

Although Canadian born singer songwriter Sheri is probably still best known for her time as wife and band member and recording artist alongside chart success Nik Kershaw in the 1980’s, she is never the less a highly respected performer in her own right. 
She is a prolific singer songwriter, and a typical eclectic set of her songs ranges from folky soulful ballads, through west coast Americana to hard edged blues.  For such a slight lady, Sheri’s vocals pack a real punch and she undoubtably possesses one of the most natural and expressive voices currently performing.

Tuesday 3rd July 2018 – 7:30pm – RHEE GALLERY – £5.00 (+98p booking fee)
COMEDY DOUBLE BILL – EDINBURGH FRINGE PREVIEWS
Mel Byron – “Old Movies saved My Life” 
Lisanne Fridsma – “Fitting Image

Prior to Edinburgh, comedians, Lisanne Fridsma and Mel Byron, present their new solo shows at the Plough Shepreth. They promise an uplifting evening of self-deprecating storytelling, horoscopes and Cary Grant.

Taking you on a cinematic journey of sheer humour and delight, Old Movies Saved My Life is a funny and affectionate look at the films and the stars that shaped Mel Byron’s teenage years, and the years beyond. Armed with world-class knowledge of her topic, she’ll introduce you to a host of characters to rival those in any MGM epic.

Fitting Image is a comedy show for anyone who has ever attempted to find themselves and got lost on the way. How do you fit in and be who you really are, when it isn’t what everyone thinks you should be? Since Lisanne Fridsma was a teenager she has been obsessed with improving herself, certain that she could always be something better. A better friend, a better human, a better dancer!

Book your tickets HERE.


Thursday 19th July – 8:00pm – MANDOLIN STAGE – Free Entry
LIVE MUSIC – “Claudia & The Braidy Bunch”

Following two storming showcases at Paul Richards’ monthly “Let’s Face The Music & Bants” Comedy & Music Nights, Claudia returns with The Braidy Bunch for a dedicated evening performance of stunning originals and off-the-wall covers.
 

Sunday 22nd July 2018 – 7:30pm – MANDOLIN STAGE – Free Entry
(Contributions VERY welcome however..)
COMEDY – EDINBURGH FRINGE PREVIEW
Paul Richards presents.. “Comedians Learning How To Play Drums

Email from Paul to Nick… “Hey Nick, Hope all is well. I seem to suddenly have six different productions heading to the fringe this year and keen to get some previews in before August. The one which I’m most excited about, yet equally worried about, is an ambitious show called ‘Comedians Learning How to Drum’ – it’s basically a game show in which I teach 2 comedians how to drum but they still have to entertain the audience at the same time. They are judged on both laughs and rhythmic ability…it’ll be a loud-ish and silly show (lasting one hour), can I preview it at the Plough? Would work best downstairs I think. If so, could we go for a Sunday evening? July 22nd would be best, Paul”

Email from Nick to Paul… “Hey Paul, No. Best wishes, Nick”


Thursday 4th October – 8:00pm – MANDOLIN STAGE – Free Entry
LIVE MUSIC – “DodoBones”

“We play songs. Some are ours. Some are other peoples”.

Finally, we’ve managed to arrange the return of DodoBones – back at The Plough Shepreth for the first time this year, bringing their unique mix of originals and own-style pastiche pop covers to The Mandolin Stage. DodoBones hatched in early 2009 and since then they’ve been attracting attention with raw and heartfelt lyrics, seducing vocals that coarse and delicately line the pulsing and gritty sound of acoustic guitar, double bass and percussion. Although they are now renowned for their combination of natural acoustic instruments and powerhouse performances of original songs, they have also attracted attention with their ironic pop, pastiche style when interpreting other people’s well-known numbers. DodoBones are: Robbyn Snow on lead vocals, Stephen Patmore on guitar and spoken word, Ian Newman on double bass, and Mark Gordon on percussion.