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Thursday 16th May

Mark Harrison Band

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Doors: 7pm - Music: 7.15pm
Tickets: £15 - Available here or Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, OX14 3JP (cash only)

MARK HARRISON (National + 12-string guitars/vocals)
with Charles Benfield (double bass)
AND Ben Welburn (drums/percussion)

There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK.

A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style, Mark tours extensively. He has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, Bearded Theory, The Great British Folk Festival, Lakefest and Jazz FM Love Supreme and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He has released six albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US.

For more information:
www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com





Thursday 13th June

Kevin Dempsey

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Doors: 7pm - Music: 7.15pm
Tickets: £15 - Available here or Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, OX14 3JP (cash only)

Kevin Dempsey is a master performer and whether in an intimate acoustic environment, or at a large festival, Kevin fills the air with spellbinding music. Kevin has played and recorded with some of the most famous names in the business, but his only visit to the Unicorn was with Dave Swarbrick’s Lazarus, which also included the late Maartin Allcock.

Kevin is an unassuming sort of bloke. His quiet manner and laid back attitude hide a multitude of extraordinary talents as guitarist, singer songwriter, composer, arranger and producer. His wide experience shows in his versatility and ability to turn his hand, and guitar, to many different styles and genres and, for a long time, he has been sought out by other musicians.

For more information:
www.kevindempsey.eu






Thursday 12th September

Gerry Colvin

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Doors: 7pm - Music: 7.15pm
Tickets: £15 - Available here or Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, OX14 3JP (cash only)

Gerry wowed the audience at the Unicorn when he came here last year and told the audience that he would be back, so we are so looking forward to Gerry returning with his band. You will not be disappointed!

In the 1970s Gerry joined pop band ‘The Man Upstairs’. They released three singles and toured with ‘The Smiths’.

In the early 1980s he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ‘Terry & Gerry’. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including “The Tube” and “The Old Grey Whistle Test”. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts. In 2010 Cherry Red released ‘Let’s Get the Hell Back to Lubbock’, the definitive ‘Terry and Gerry’ compilation.

For more information:
www.gerrycolvin.co.uk






Thursday 3rd October

The Churchfitters

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Doors: 7pm - Music: 7.15pm
Tickets: £15 - Available here or Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, OX14 3JP (cash only)

Our Patron Dave Pegg highly recommended that we should bring the Churchfitters to Music At The Unicorn. They now live in Brittany, but often come over the Channel to play. They have played Cropredy on 2 occasions. Churchfitters play a large range of instruments, but you need to see for yourselves what can be done with Mercedes hubcaps and brief cases!

Churchfitters are multi-instrumentist Geoff Coombs from Essex, Rosie Short who joined the band having previously been playing in a London-based traditional Irish outfit and Boris Lebret with his astonishing array of home made scrap-metal instruments unique in the world.

For more information:
www.churchfitters.com






Thursday 14th November

Ric Sanders & Vo Fletcher

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Doors: 7pm - Music: 7.15pm
Tickets: £15 - Available here or Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, OX14 3JP (cash only)

We all know Ric from Fairport Convention but we are pleased that Ric is finally coming to play at the Unicorn Theatre. Ric is bringing Vo Fletcher who is a wonderfully talented Guitarist/Vocalist.

Over the years Ric has worked with Rick Wakeman, Dave Cousins of Strawbs, Jethro Tull, Robert Plant, Roy Harper, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Pentangle, Gordon Giltrap, Andrew Cronshaw, June Tabor, Martin Simpson, Charlie Landsborough, All About Eve, The Mission, Fred Thelonious Baker, Catherine Howe and John Etheridge (guitarist with Soft Machine and Stéphane Grappelli) with whom he co-led the group 2nd Vision.

For more information:
www.dottedline.me






Thursday 5th December

Listen Listen

SPECIAL EVENT

Doors: 7pm - Music: 7.30pm
Tickets: £20 - Available here or Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, OX14 3JP (cash only)

'Listen Listen' formed in 2017 to recognize and to celebrate the music of the late Sandy Denny, who is considered a founder of the British folk-rock movement, and perhaps its most important female singer. Sandy died in 1978, however her songs remain as fresh, poignant and as beautiful today as the time that they were penned. The repertoire of 'Listen Listen' reflects the amazing legacy of work left behind by Sandy, through her work with the early incarnations of Fairport Convention, the sublime Fotheringay, and also her incredible repertoire of solo work.





About Us

Music At The Unicorn is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. We bring brilliant musicians, singers and songwriters to Abingdon and we also give opportunities to local upcoming musicians. We give them a stage and let them play to an appreciative and knowledgeable audience.

Huge thanks to all our supporters, to Mostly Books for selling our tickets and to The Friends of Abingdon for continuing to look after the Unicorn Theatre.

Online Booking Information

An online booking fee of 75p is added to the ticket price. This pays for the Paypal credit card payment system.

Booking process:
1. Select a show
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3. On the shopping cart page, choose the number of tickets you want.
4. Purchase your tickets using a credit or debit card - you do not need to have a Paypal account. Click on 'Check out' to purchase tickets without signing up for a Paypal account.
5. Paypal will take contact details from you but this is just so that you can receive the receipt.
6. When you purchase tickets you will receive an email receipt from Paypal. We do not send out a separate receipt.

WE DO NOT POST TICKETS.
When you arrive at the theatre, for the performance, all you need to do is to give your name to the box office.

If there are any problems please get in touch: info@musicattheunicorn.org.uk

Who had played at the Unicorn?

Richard Thompson, Show of Hands, Reg Meuross, Steve Tilston, Bob Fox, Dave Swarbrick, The Lark Rise Band, Phil Beer, The Dylan Project, Julie Felix, Strawbs, The Albion Band, Richard Digence, Ashley Hutchings Rainbow Chasers, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Little Johnny England, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Tyde, Fay Hield Trio, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Benji Kirkpatrick & Blair Dunlop, Gilmore & Roberts, O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery, Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, Faustus, Kings of the South Seas, Leveret, Gordon Giltrap, Megson, Dan Walsh, Louise Jordan, The August List, The Askew Sisters, Charlie Dore, The Willows, Megan Henwood, Jess Vincent, Seth Lakeman, Ninebarrow, Charlotte Campbell, Martha Tilston, Hannah James & Tuulikki Bartosik, Dalla, Said The Maiden, The Urban Folk Quartet, Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Lucy Ward, Megan Henwood & Jackie Oates, Edwina Hayes, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, IOTA, The Gerry Colvin Band, Moonrakers, Three Pressed Men, TRADarrr, Anna Ryder, Sally Barker, David Nachmanoff, Dave Pegg and AJ Clarke!

Huge thanks to our supporters!


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