Thursday, 15 September 2011

Festival Gallery - First Few Days

St Ives September Festival 2011


I've been out enjoying the festival over the last few days, attending various events and viewing some of the many exhibitions.

Along the way I've been taking a few photos and compiling a Festival Gallery on FaceBook.

I'll keep adding to it as the festival progresses.

Take a look - hope you like it. Comments very welcome:

St Ives September Festival - Gallery

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

St Ives Cornwall - Open Studios

Open Studios - St Ives September Festival


Open Studios today around St Ives - with many artists welcoming visitors to see their work.

Many of these are not normally open to the public - so a unique chance to see local artists at work.

Also on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Wednesday 21st September 2011.

More details and a map are on:
St Ives September Festival - Open Studios

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Free Speech - Cafe Art

Free Speech - Charles Shaar Murray - Anna Chen


A new event to add to the festival calendar.

Free Speech at Cafe Art this Friday (16th September) will feature Charles Shaar Murray and Anna Chen - with readings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

Charles will be reading extracts from his recently published Blues-Rock Horror novel The Hellhound Sample.

Anna will be reading her unique brand of satirical poetry and some short stories from her forthcoming anthology  Kicking a Dinosaur.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

September Festival - Opening Day

St Ives September Festival - Flags


I had a wonderful time on the first day of the September Festival.

Headed along the harbour to Norway Square for Poetry and Music in the Square. Saw performance by (among others) - Bob Devereux, Martyn Barker, Gerald Hull and Supurbia.

Poetry and Music in the Square - Martyn Barker
Took a look at the exhibition at St Ives School Of Painting - also enjoyed seeing the newly refurbished studio which looks superb.

St Ives School Of Painting
A "couple" of pints of Rattler at The Sloop and great chat in the company of Rod Bullimore, Charles Shaar Murray, Anna Chen and the guys from Superbia. Then on along St Ives Harbour - where I was hoping to see Boats In The Bay - but only spotted one boat !

St Ives - Boat In The Bay
After that I headed home, then out again to Cafe Art for the opening of their excellent exhibition - Roy Walker:Ten. Pictures of that coming soon.

Click on any of the above pics to enlarge. I've added more photos to:
St Ives September Festival - Gallery

Thursday, 8 September 2011

September Festival - Ticket News

St Ives September Festival 2011


Two event cancellations have been announced today:
  • The Brodsky Quartet and Jacqui Dankworth - Monday 12th September.
  • Stalag Happy - Sunday 18th September

In addition - three of the gigs at St Ives Guildhall are now completely sold out:
  • Show Of Hands - Friday 16th September
  • Seth Lakeman - Saturday 17th September
  • Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds - Friday 23rd September
More information on:
St Ives September Festival - Official Website

The Mex Restaurant - Festival Offers

The Mex St Ives - September Festival Offers


The Mex Restaurant in St Ives have a special offer for festival-goers - a main course and a drink for just £12.95 - available every evening throughout the festival.

They also have a separate offer - 10% off your bill including drinks - available through September, October and November.

An ideal spot for a pre-show or after-show meal - the restaurant is on Gabriel Street just a stones throw from some of the main Festival venues including St Ives Guildhall, The Western Hotel, St Ives Theatre and and St Ives Arts Club. Open from 5.30 pm until late every day.

To cash in you'll need to download vouchers from:
The Mex Restaurant St Ives - September Festival Offers

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Bobby Wotnot and Friends - Cafe Art


Bobby Wotnot - Cafe Art - St Ives


An evening of Live Electronica by Bobby Wotnot and guest artists - plus guitarist / singer / songwriters Rogue Star.

Cafe Art, Royal Square, St Ives - Wednesday 14th September at 7.30 pm.

Candlelit gig, buffet and bar.

Tickets cost £5.00 (to include buffet).
Available in advance from Cafe Art - 01736 799 450.

More Info:
Cafe Art - FaceBook

Monday, 5 September 2011

Guided Tours Of St Ives

Guided Tours - St Ives Cornwall

Local guide Valerie Hurry will be running Guided Tours Of St Ives throughout the festival.
  • Monday 12th - St Ives Then and Now - History.
  • Thursday 15th - St Ives In The Frame - Art and Artists.
  • Friday 16th  - St Ives Then and Now - History.
  • Monday 19th - St Ives Then and Now - History.
  • Tuesday 20th - Literary Tour - St Ives Writers
  • Thursday 22nd - St Ives In The Frame - Art and Artists.
  • Friday 23rd - St Ives Then and Now - History.
Cost is just £5.00 per person and tours last about an hour and a half with plenty of opportunities to sit. The routes are as level and as easy as is possible in St Ives. No need to book, simply turn up at 11.00 am outside St Ives Guildhall on Street-an-Pol in the centre of town.

It is much more interesting to be shown round town by an experienced guide. You’ll learn things that you can’t pick up on your own and have some fun!

More information is on:
Guided Tours Of St Ives - Website

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Live Music - Caroline Dexter - Seagrass Restaurant

Caroline Dexter - Seagrass Restaurant St Ives


In association with The Unplugged Chameleon - Seagrass Restaurant will be staging Caroline Dexter on Thursday 22nd September at 8.00 pm.

A regular at the monthly Chameleon gigs at St Ives Arts Club - this singer / songwriter will be performing a solo acoustic set.

Seagrass serves modern innovative food using the best Cornish produce. Having opened in May 2011 - the restaurant is already rated by independent reviewers on TripAdvisor as one of the best in St Ives.

Advance booking is strongly recommended. To book a table go to:
Seagrass Restaurant - Reservations

Saturday, 3 September 2011

St Ives Arts Club - Festival Events

A Cornish Life - Tuesday 20th September


St Ives Arts Club have a wonderful and varied programme of events during the festival - encompassing art, film, live music, comedy, poetry and theatre.

One of my favourite festivals venues - atmospheric, small and intimate - plus you can bring your own drinks.

The Members Exhibition opens on Saturday 10th September at 7.00 pm with a party and private view. It is then open every day 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Work in various media including paintings, sculpture, photography and textile art.

There is a short season of Film Noir Movies - The Maltese Falcon, Laura, Double Indemnity and A Touch Of Evil.

The Arts Club Theatre will be hosting three new productions - Botallack O'Clock, Stalag Happy and A Father For My Son.

Plus Comedy , Poetry and Live Music from - Abducted By Humans, The Unplugged Chameleon,  Third Man Theatre Comedy and Music, Cafe Frug and A Cornish Life with Dee and Dave Brotherton.

Tickets are available from St Ives Holidays on St Ives High Street.

Full details of the programme - events and dates - on:
St Ives Arts Club Website

For a pre-show meal - with two special offers for festival goers - and just a one minute walk from the club - check out the great food at:
The Mex Restaurant

Friday, 2 September 2011

Textile Art and Craft Workshops

Silk Paper Bowl - Jo McIntosh


Textile Artist Jo Mcitntosh will be running three Arts Workshops during the festival:
  • Papier-Mâché - Tuesday 13th September
  • Silk Paper Making - Friday 16th September
  • Simple Bookmaking - Friday 23rd September
A chance to l;earn a new skill, have fun and be creative.

More details are on:
Jo McIntosh - Knit One Weave One

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Free Speech - Cafe Art

Free Speech - Open Session - Cafe Art


Free Speech will be at Cafe Art on Royal Square - every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

An open floor for anyone wishing to share works, perform or do a reading. Come along and be entertained or join in - all welcome.

Also great coffee and cakes - plus the chance to see the exhibition Roy Walker:Ten.

More info on:
Cafe Art St Ives - FaceBook Page

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Poetry And Music In The Square

Charles Shaar Murray - Poetry And Music In The Square


Every day in Norway Square - outside The Mariners Gallery.

A cornucopia of live music, poetry, prose readings, comedy and performance art generally.

Starts at 12.30 pm and runs through to around 2.00 pm.
Traditionally followed by a "couple of pints" at The Sloop.

A free event and a great way to start each day of the festival.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Live Music - The Lifeboat Inn

Sinpusher - Lifeboat Inn - Wednesday 21st September


The Lifeboat Inn on The Wharf St Ives have published their programme of live music for the festival - with something on every night.

The usual rather unimaginative line-up of mostly cover bands and tribute acts - similar to what they stage throughout the year as the punters munch their pie and chips or watch the football.

A couple of gigs stand out for me though:

The Hothouse Playboys bring their high energy Jive to St Ives on Saturday 17th.

A fantastic double bill of Heavy Rock and Blues - Sinpusher and Devil's Creek - Wednesday 21st.

More details on:
The Lifeboat Inn - FaceBook

Full listings of all the live music throughout the festival on:
St Ives September Festival - Live Music

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Festival Competition - Luxury Apartment

Hawke's Point - Balcony Apartment


Hawke's Point - luxury self catering apartments in Carbis Bay St Ives - are offering a great prize to festival goers - worth £750 !

A luxury balcony apartment (may differ from the one pictured above) for a long weekend during the  festival. Check in is on Friday 16th September - check out on Monday 19th September.

The apartment can sleep up to three people and has an ensuite king bedroom and a single bedroom with separate bathroom. As a balcony apartment it boasts unforgettable views from an open plan living area and a large balcony - perfect for dining al fresco!

The competition is free and easy to enter. All you need to do is visit the Hawke's Point FaceBook page and click the "Like" button.

Full details of the competition are on:
Hawke's Point - St Ives September Festival Competition

Monday, 22 August 2011

Live Music - The Castle Inn

The Crowns - Sunday 11th September


The Castle Inn on Fore Street have a varied programme of live music:
  • The Crowns - Beers, Beards and Banjos - Sunday 11th.
  • The Sidewynders - Hits 60's to 90's - Tuesday 13th.
  • Kola - Folk Collective - Thursday 15th.
  • The Dowling Thing - Bluegrass Jazz Folk - Sunday 18th.
  • Kaj - Singer Songwriter - Tuesday 20th.
  • The Shirts - Classic Rock Covers - Thursday 22nd
Plus the best range of real ales in St Ives on tap.

They also have a fun pub quiz every Monday night - during the festival and throughout the year.

More info on:
The Castle Inn - Website

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Ticket News - Adrian Edmondson

Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds


The festival have posted on Twitter that Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds - at St Ives Guildhall on Friday 23rd September - is heading for a sellout.

Also that tickets are selling fast for Barbara Dickson at The Guildhall on Sunday 11th September.

You can book tickets online using the links above - or call St Ives Visitor Information Centre on 01736 798 577. You can also buy tickets in person from The VIC or Lanhams on High Street.

Update 3rd September 2011: The Ade Edmondson  gig is now sold out.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Live Music - Polly Money - Seagrass Restaurant

Polly Money - Seagrass - Friday 16th September


A new addition to the festival programme today.

In association with The Unplugged Chameleon - Seagrass Restaurant will be staging Polly Money on Friday 16th September at 8.00 pm.

A regular at the monthly Chameleon gigs at St Ives Arts Club - this singer / songwriter is only 16 and just amazing. She will be performing a solo acoustic set.

Seagrass serves modern innovative food using the best Cornish produce. Having opened in May 2011 - the restaurant is already rated by independent reviewers on TripAdvisor as one of the best in St Ives.

Advance booking is strongly recommended. To book a table go to:
Seagrass Restaurant - Reservations

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Movie On Porthmeor Beach

Tate St Ives - Porthmeor Beach


One of the highlights of last year's festival for me was the outdoor screening of Hairspray on Porthmeor Beach outside Tate St Ives.

Great atmosphere, wonderful movie and above all - great fun!

This year's September Festival Film Programme does have a season of classic "Film Noir" movies at St Ives Arts Club. Penwith Film Society will probably be screening a couple of films at The Royal Cinema.

But so far - no movie on the beach - which to me is a great shame.

It would be great if Tate St Ives could organise something again this year. If you agree get in touch with them to let them know why:
visiting.stives@tate.org.uk

As for the choice of movie - for what it's worth - my vote would go to Mamma Mia - and in "Singalong" mode.

Any other ideas - post them below.

Friday, 29 July 2011

St Ives September Festival - Theatre

Stalag Happy - St Ives Arts Club


The Theatre Programme this year is bigger and better than ever - with nine productions by various companies in a variety of genres at venues all around town.

Venues include St Ives Arts Club, St Ives Theatre, The Western Hotel, Shanty’s Miniature Victorian Toy Theatre and St Ives Society Of Artists. Also Street Theatre around St Ives itself.

Productions include:
  • A Slice Of Saturday Night - Kids Are Us
  • Botallack O’Clock - Third Man Theatre
  • Cornwall For The Cornish - Local Enthusiasts
  • The One That Got Away - Third Man Theatre
  • Travels With My Aunt - 4th Wall Theatre Company
  • Sherlock Holmes In The Cornish Horror - Shanty Baba
  • Common People - Withpen Theatre
  • Stalag Happy- Third Man Theatre
  • A Father For My Son - Jenny Coverack
See more about the Theatre Programme at:
St Ives September Festival - Theatre

Download the full Arts Programme and get details of tickets at:
St Ives September Festival - Official Website

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Festival Tickets - Latest


Show Of Hands - St Ives September Festival


According to the official festival website - the Seth Lakeman gig at The Guildhall on Saturday 17th September is now completely sold out.

Only a few tickets left for the Show Of Hands gig on Friday 16th. None available online - the last few are on sale at St Ives Visitor Information Centre.

I can't remember tickets selling out quite this early in previous years. If you're set on going to any of the Guildhall gigs it might be a good idea to get tickets soon.

Available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre - call in at The Guildhall or call 01736 798 577.

You can also buy online from:
St Ives September Festival - Official Website

The full programme of live music is also on my OneStIves website:
St Ives September Festival - Live Music

Friday, 8 July 2011

September Festival - Arts Programme

September Festival - Arts Programme


The full Arts Programme for the festival has been published including:
  • Arts Workshops
  • Talks
  • Guided Walks
  • Exhibitions
  • Concerts
  • Theatre
Copies can be downloaded from the festival website:
St Ives September Festival - Arts Programme

Monday, 4 July 2011

Film Programme - Arts Club

The Maltese Falcon


A short season of classic films will be shown at St Ives Arts Club
 - with a theme of "Film Noir".

  • The Maltese Falcon - Monday 12th September
  • Laura - Friday 16th September
  • Double Indemnity - Monday 19th September
  • A Touch Of Evil - Thursday 22nd September
All start at 7.30 pm and tickets are £5.00

More details are on:
St Ives September Festival - Films

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Music Programme - St Ives Parish Church

St Ives Parish Church - September Music


St Ives Parish Church have announced a full  programme of concerts for September.

These include:
  • The Organist Entertains.
  • Marazion Apollo Male Voice Choir.
  • An Evening With Duchy Opera.
  • Neil Shepherd And Friends.
  • Camborne Youth Band.
  • Baroque By Candlelight.
  • Last Night Of The Proms Festival.
Tickets for events will be available from St Ives Visitor Information Centre at The Guildhall.

More information and updates on:
St Ives Parish Church - Music Website

I've posted details of other music events on:
St Ives September Festival - Live Music






Friday, 25 February 2011

St Ives Jazz Club - Gigs

Christine Tobin - St Ives Jazz Club - Tuesday 20th September


St Ives Jazz Club have announced their two Festival gigs at The Western.

Tuesday 13th September - The Nigel Price Trio
An organ trio that plays no-nonsense, deeply groovesome music with verve, humour and outstanding musicianship. Nigel plays guitar with a serene but wolfish instinct for what sounds right. Pete Whittaker's authentic Hammond provides an overwhelmingly gorgeous backbone alongside Matt Home's thoughtful and imaginative drumming. A superb trio.

Tuesday 20th September - Christine Tobin
One of the most gifted and original singer/songwriters in today's jazz world. Her style, although rooted in jazz, is steeped in the singer-songwriter tradition and draws on a broad range of influences from West Africa to Brazil. Her sound is rich, authentic and deeply expressive. Awarded Best Vocalist at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.

Tickets are £14.00 (door) or £12.00 (advance).
Doors open at 8.00 pm.

More info on:

Sunday, 30 January 2011

St Ives Arts Club Events

St Ives Arts Club - Unplugged Chameleon


A few of the September Festival events at St Ives Arts Club have been scheduled already.

The annual Members Exhibition will start with a preview  on Sunday 11th September at 5.00 pm. It will then be open daily throughout the festival from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, free entry. Work in various media including paintings, textile art, mixed media, sculpture and photography.

Live music, poetry, storytelling  and other performances will feature at The Unplugged Chameleon on Saturday 17th September at 8.00 pm. All original - no covers. Tickets will cost £4.00 / £3.00 (Arts Club members).

The regular gathering of local performers - Cafe Frug - will be on Thursday 22nd September starting at 8.00 pm. This will feature poetry, prose readings, comedy, live music, film and anything else - depending on who turns up. Tickets prices TBC.

In due course more events and details will be posted on:
St Ives Arts Club Website

A few events elsewhere have also been scheduled including the September Festival Exhibition at St Ives Society Of Artists.

I'll post the latest news as I have it here and on my:
St Ives September Festival Page

More details and tickets will also be available on:
St Ives September Festival - Official Website

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

St Ives September Festival Tickets - Update

St Ives September Festival


Its just been announced that festival tickets will be available from Saturday 26th March.

Details of ticket outlets and booking phone numbers will be posted on the festival website soon:

St Ives September Festival Website

Sunday, 23 January 2011

St Ives September Festival - Tickets

St Ives September Festival - Ticket Office


With all the uncertainty surrounding the future of St Ives Tourist Information - some are wondering if there will be a festival ticket outlet in St Ives.

The TIC is due to close at the end of March 2011 as Cornwall Council have withdrawn funding. Our county council urgently and quite rightly needs to redeploy scarce money to pay for vital front line services - such as  Business Change Managers, Mountain Bike Outreach Workers and Parking Wombles Civil Enforcement Officers. St Ives Town Council and others in town are trying to save the TIC - but nothing is finally sorted yet.

I've had a message from the festival to say  yes - at least according to latest news - there will be a ticket office at The Guildhall if possible - or at least somewhere in town.

Tickets will also be available to buy online on the festival website:
St Ives September Festival

The festival are also arranging a new ticket outlet in Penzance - following the closure of The Rainyday Gallery.

Tickets should be on sale from Easter and the first gigs have already been announced - see previous post:
St Ives September Festival - Gigs

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Focus Gig - Special Guests

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown


Just announced on the festival Twitter Feed.

Special Guests for the Focus gig on Thursday 22nd September 2011 will be:
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

Thursday, 6 January 2011

First 2011 Gigs Announced

Show of Hands - St Ives Guildhall - Friday 16th September


Some of the headliners for 2011 at St Ives Guildhall have been announced on the official festival website.

These include some old festival favourites such as Barbara Dickson, Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman, plus some  acts new to St Ives.

More details are on:
St Ives September Festival Website

More announcements soon.