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Rock at the Shop?

Please email us to find out how to get a gig here:
ben@theoldbookshop.co.uk

Apologies in advance if we don't reply straight away as we get lots of emails and it takes a while to get through them all.

 

 

Without music life would be a mistake .....

Our intimate venue creates an enjoyable atmosphere for both performer and audience.



 

 

 

 

Dear Regular Customers

Since we opened 3 years ago we have acquired a very merry band of regular customers who we highly value.  You have made us what we are today, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

This year, we won’t be taking bookings over Christmas so we don’t have turn our regulars away.  We will be open as normal but with a festive feel.

Similarly, we aren’t holding a ticketed night on NYE.  The night will be free, open for business as normal but with a later license.  Great music, great drinks and great friends!

Our favourite night of last year was Christmas Eve. We didn’t anticipate it being so busy.  The place was full of our regular customers, singing along to Christmas pop tunes, and pulling some questionable moves.  It would be great if you all came along again this Christmas Eve.

Finally, by popular demand and for the first time ever, we will be open on Christmas Day from 10.30am to 2pm for festive drinks.  Get the turkey in the oven and come down for a cheeky drink or two!

Love from The Old Bookshop

 

DECEMBER LINEUP

Wednesday 17 Decembe- 7.30pm - FREE ENTRY

VIDEO LAUNCH: Julia Turner's Cutlery Shed with Lauren Bradford and Isolde
As the new waitress at a large Melbourne restaurant in 2011 Julia was sent every night to polish cutlery in the stinky, hot bin room. There was a lot of cutlery and it took many long dull hours. The boredom led to some woeful singing and out of the drudge came a song. Cutlery Shed was recorded for Julia's debut album in late 2012 with full band.

This new release is an acapella version arranged for Eko, a vocal trio made up of herself, Lauren Bradford and Isolde. After larking about with cutlery and choreography they thought it would be fun to make a music video. Thanks to Ben at The Old Bookshop the trio were able to use his beautifully quirky bar as a backdrop – he even makes an appearance in the film as evil restaurant manager, though this is entirely fictional and Eko think Ben is one of the nicest people they've ever met. Created by Dan King this music video is comic and well crafted with vocal harmonies that will raise the roof. A must see for any Old Bookshop veteran.

There will be live music from Isolde, Lauren Bradford and Julia Turner from 7:30pm. The 5-minute film will be screened at 10pm.

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Thursday 18 December - 7.30pm - FREE ENTRY

ST PAUL'S WASSAILERS

St Paul's Wassailing group sing old folk carols (think The Pogues meet the church choir), dressed in steam punk gear. Raucous singing guaranteed.


Wassailing has two traditions, one is singing to cider trees for a good harvest and one is going round singing carols to the good people of the manor, including the Lord. This is where the song "We wish you a merry Christmas" has its roots. Saint Paul's Wassailers don't sing to trees but they do like cider and fine ale.


Carols were banned by the Puritans and remained banned for many years, particularly due to their raucous and unruly nature. At this time a tradition of carolling in local inns and hostelries grew and many old carols have traditions born in the pub. St Pauls wassailers value this tradition and have fun with being raucous.
For a long time the only carol that was legal was "While Shepherds Watched their flocks by Night" and because of this it had over 100 tunes.


When carols were legalised many more mainstream carols were written and the Saint Pauls Wassailers avoid these and sing traditional folk carols.

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Sunday 21 December - 7pm - FREE ENTRY

MOVIE AND TAKEAWAY NIGHT - DIE HARD (1988)

The Old Bookshop is proud to host a free, regular Sunday evening movie night. You can order your own takeaway to eat-in whilst enjoying a wide range of films from cult classics to the (nearly) latest blockbusters. Start times should hover around 7PM but will be confirmed in advance. Every showing will feature an interval mid-way through to give you time to grab food and drink and take a porcelain pit-stop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Est. 28 Oct ²º11

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