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Morgan & West


For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of guarding their jaws against descent in the presence of these two, all you really ought to know by way of introduction is that in 2011 magical duo Morgan & West fooled leviathans of trickery Penn and Teller, on a television show entitled Fool Us hosted by Jonathan Ross. No small achievement for two twenty-something-year-old men who describe themselves as the “Victorian Ant and Dec” of magic. So for anyone not a member of the Magic Circle, a hugely silly question follows: on an otherwise unremarkable afternoon in London’s perfectly period Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, can they fool you? You betcha, madam.

They seem tired. It is 1.30pm, hardly a performer’s ideal call-time, especially when you consider that time machine or no time machine; the pair are midway through a gruelling UK tour here. As with all performances of this ilk, preparation is key and the audience sees only a fraction of what occurs, so it all feels a little early in the day.

Robert West, the shorter and more slight of the duo, has stunningly graceful and undulating hands which at one point manipulate crystals in a scene any fan of the movie Labyrinth will adore but fluffs a few opening lines as well as quick-paced exchanges (admittedly involving words like “prestidigitators”) and seems convinced he’s performing in the evening. We forgive him immediately. He’s a time-traveller after all.

Rhys Morgan is perhaps the stronger showman in the opening tricks. He raises guffaws from the audience during the Trademark Biscuit Trick, which involves reading the minds of several audience members to ultimately discover their favourite tea-dunker. To say I’ve no idea how it’s done is hardly surprising. The fact that they’re so lovable and entertaining whilst they fool you into a wide-eyed stupor however, is nothing short of delightful.

All props and tools of trickery are kept strictly within the 1880s dateline, thus one is thoroughly and refreshingly immersed in the Victorian age. A favourite with the plentiful younger audience, Balloon Handcuffs of Death begins with some poignant balloon puppetry –- balloons of course having been invented in 1824 — and sees West deal with a child completely ruining his slicked-down hair exceptionally, revealing a glint of a darker side we see only later when he flips a piece of paper with “true” or “false” written on it with impeccable timing.

One trick that sees Morgan swallowing needles is probably as dark as it gets here, and when so many of their peers seem to have gone all life-threatening and bloodthirsty, it makes a gloriously nice change. They have a knack, especially in a sequence currently named The New Trick, of showing you tantalising titbits of how it’s usually done; a deck of cards on a hat, another switched behind, only to divert your attention and suddenly an apple is where it could never have gotten, and the effect is all the more flabbergasting.

Other than one fairly significant and difficult to cover transitional blip in the final trick of the afternoon which involves foam red noses, it is difficult to find fault with their timing or technique. They are more than capable of accounting for the poor timing of many a child or indeed adult whom they invite onstage however, which is truly admirable.

One has the genuine sense that there is something to understand here if only you could pin it down. You are indeed being fooled, and oh, perhaps you should actually be looking at the other one! But it’s gone and of course you didn’t get it, again. And yet, as each trick confounds you further, you can’t help it, you love them a little more.



Luke Daniels


“Intense, poetical and oft dark yet recounted through pleasing melodies. A rich tapestry has been woven into the songs; like a thoughtful unpicking and re-stitching of life’s journey.” R2 Magazine

Described by Songlines as “a future classic” and by Acoustic Magazine as “an enchanting delight” ★★★★ award-winning singer and composer brings his solo show which uses an original 19th century Polyphon machine as part of the performance. Live, clockwork and sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band or Riverdance Orchestra sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and music.

The Polyphon is a disc-playing music box, a mechanical device manufactured in Leipzig, Germany in 1880. Disc projections, called plectra, engage with a series of ratchet-like star wheels, that, when moved through 40 degrees on their axis, pluck 120 teeth on the instruments bed plate and comb, these teeth then resonate, sounding predetermined notes. Upon the musical comb, the fast treble notes are sounded furthest from the centre and the slower base notes nearest the centre. Newly manufactured 19 and 5/8th inch diameter steel discs rotate at 1.4 rpm and perform the first new music written for Polyphon in over a century.

A BBC award winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member who has performed with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and De Dannan. Folk Musician in Residence of the Scottish National Museum of Rural Life and tutor on the traditional music course at Royal Conservatoire Scotland in Glasgow. His 2015 album of melodeon music transcribed from early wax cylinders and 78s was described in the Scotsman as “outstanding.” A soloist on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit soundtracks he performed at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His commissioned work for the PRS for Music New Music Biennial in 2014 was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from London’s Barbican Centre and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival’s Assembly Rooms and on Broadway with Riverdance. His musical partnership with the School of Philosophy at Edinburgh University culminated in sell out shows at Celtic Connections Festival on two consecutive years with Songs of the Scottish Enlightenment. He recently sang and played live for Mark Radcliffe on his BBC Radion 2 folk programme and was described by Mark as a “master melodeon player.”

Luke Daniels, Rural arts event

Saturday 26th November, 7.30 pm do not miss the chance to hear this unique music!  Reservations – 01225765644

BBC Award winning folk musician, Riverdance band member and soloist on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit soundtracks is touring his new ‘coin operated’ solo show combining cutting edge electronic music production tools such as pure data and embedded processing with 19th century musical innovations that would culminate in the complex mechanical music machine known as the Polyphon, and in which the development folk music during this period found it’s social distillation.’

Rural Arts event, Dominic Holland

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Perrier Award-winning Dominic Holland’s film, TV and radio work also includes BBC3’s Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive and BBC Radio Four’s The Small World of Dominic Holland, which was named as one of the station’s most popular listener’s comedy show when first broadcast. Dominic has made numerous guest appearances on television shows including Have I Got News For You, The Wright Stuff, The Des O’Connor Show, Edinburgh Nights, The Royal Variety Show and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Target audience: 14+ Clean material, no swearing. Family friendly show. Pound Arts says… Dominic has an acute eye for people’s idiosyncrasies, weaving minute details and observations into his material. His engaging stage presence gives his shows a real intimacy and warmth. It’s a real coup to be able to offer him to the rural touring network this summer.



Little Radio update

This is a very special Rural Arts event which had a strand for young people via the school  & drop in workshops for the over 50’s.  The whole project will culminate in a concert to be held in St Nicholas Church in November.  North Bradley is one of only five villages chosen to take part in England!  Do please come along to the concert on 12th Nov in St Nicholas Church, refreshments will be available.  The 20% profit from ticket sales will be shared between the village halls, the school & St Nicholas Church.  Box office – 01225 765644 – £7 adults, £6 conc, £4.50 child, £4.50 adult taking part, £0.00 child taking part but must be accompanied by an adult.

Please come along to support this wonderful community venture from which both village halls, the school and the church have benefited. Some incredible songs, all of very local interest have been created with the help of this project. You have the chance to not only hear these songs but also a unique performance by acclaimed jazz musicians Iain Bellamy and Stian Carstensen! Little Radio eflyer

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This is a very special Rural Arts event with a strand for young people via the school & drop in workshops for the over 50’s.  The whole project will culminate in a concert to be held in St Nicholas Church in November.  North Bradley is one of only five villages chosen to take part in England!

The last music workshops will take place next Tuesday as part of the Little Radio/Rural Arts project, your last chance to join in if you haven’t already done so! The actual performance will be on Thursday 12th November in St Nicholas Church. It has been agreed that all performing children may have a free ticket, provided they are accompanied by a fee paying adult and that all performing adults will need to pay only £4.50 for their tickets. The promoters 20% of profits from ticket sales will be split between the Church, the halls and the school. Enquiries – 01225 765644 or contact us via –


Rural Arts event – ‘A Brief history of music’

‘A Brief History of Music’- Saturday 9th May, 7.30pm

All welcome to enjoy our latest Rural Arts Touring event, which is suitable for all ages.  A family ticket is just £18.30 and accompanying carers may have a free ticket.

Refreshments and raffle will be available in the interval.


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The latest show from acclaimed musicians Blast from the Past takes in
600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and
ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this
fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history.
Featuring long forgotten songs and tunes (not to mention jokes!) Blast
from the Past paint a vibrant and vivid picture of our musical DNA, mixing the
familiar and the obscure, the raucous and the reflective and the courtly and
the commonplace.
The show combines the vigour of the medieval period, the musical
intricacy of the Renaissance, the grandeur of the Baroque and the pomp and
bombast of Victoriana. Add to that the wit of Blackadder and 1066 And All That
and the stage is set for a veritable musical feast!
Complete with a bewildering array of instruments such as hurdy-gurdy,
rauschpfeife and vihuela (and that’s just the first 100 years!) ‘A Brief History of
Music‘ uses tunes, songs and humour to take you on a musical journey from
which you won’t want to return!

We are delighted to welcome back ‘A Blast from the Past’ as their ‘Medieval Christmas’ event proved so popular!  The ‘Brief History of Music’ will be suitable for everyone aged 5 to 105!  Tickets cost £7 adult, £6 concession, £4.50 child, £18.50 family (2+2).  Under the Rural Arts Touring scheme, 20% of ticket sales will be donated back to hall funds.

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