Saturday 29 March 8pm (doors/bar 7pm)
Tickets £13 in advance / £14 on the door - Box office 01227 281174
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as "another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool", but those in the know will tell you there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.
British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences at a “blistering pace on a musical world tour” (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate, then, that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow”.
Ultimately the music Gigspanner produces confounds any attempt to label it, and it is that intriguing, indefinable ingredient that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. As a trio, they have successfully amalgamated the diverse sum of their parts, and have honed and polished a brand that is uniquely theirs, without any show of gimmickry.
Finding the perfect vehicle to showcase the breadth of his virtuosity, Peter’s musicianship within the context of Gigspanner is a revelation to those whose only experience of his playing has been with Steeleye Span.
Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on congas and djembe. Both have been described as "powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right" (Geoff Boudreau, Rye Arts Festival).
As a founding member of Celtic-rock band ‘The Tabs’, Roger is primarily a rock musician who shares Peter's affinity with traditional material whilst Vincent, who has studied his craft in Senegal and Cuba, adds another dimension, one that is distinctly multi-cultural. As R2 magazine noted, it is Vincent’s musical presence that seals the deal with regard to what 'makes Gigspanner different’.
What they do have in common is an unwavering, single-minded commitment to dig deep and load the music with something of value. Gigspanner’s audience knows that it is being honoured with a gift that is the difference between ‘entertaining’ and ‘spellbinding’.
Gigspanner’s debut album ‘Lipreading the Poet’ was named by The Wire as one of the best 15 global albums of 2009. But ditch the pigeonholes. Gigspanner's commitment to producing "music of intelligently crafted brilliance" (Songlines) has paid off in spades, and they have now earned their place on the festival and concert stages of the UK and beyond.
Film @ The Horsebridge
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Friday 11 April 7.30pm (doors/bar 6.30pm)
Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Director: Declan Lowney
Film @ The Horsebridge Presents Brit Flick April celebrating a year in classic British filmmaking with two of the most popular British films of the past 12 months.
Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in his life; national television broadcaster, responsible for killing a guest on live TV, local radio broadcaster, a nervous breakdown in Dundee, his self-published book, 'Bouncing Back', subsequently remaindered and pulped. The movie portrays the events of the greatest low-to-high-ebb spectrum in his life to date: specifically how he tries to salvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events at North Norfolk Digital Radio.
The Horsebridge Centre is delighted to welcome back popular Kent entertainer Martin Farbrother, AKA Martin Croones, for the third in his series of ‘An Evening With’.
Martin’s natural and easy style has made him a real hit here, especially with his show 'Christmas with the Crooner'.
The beginning of this year sees Martin establishing himself on the international circuit in a two-man show at the very prestigious Casino Roman Palace in Rotterdam with top Dutch cabaret artist Ray Martin.
Tonight you can join Martin for an evening celebrating the life and music of the one and only Francis Albert Sinatra, starting with his early years through to the Capitol and Vegas, bringing you songs made famous by Frank and some of his many associates.
Rest assured this will be a great evening of entertainment for those seeking nostalgia from a time never to be forgotten. A chance to reminisce, relax and dance!
Tuesday 25 March 7.30pm for 8pm
£18 per head - Box office 01227 281174
Dreaming of sunshine? Get in a summery mood early with Temple Foods' delicious menu of Mediterranean prawns and feta cheese to start, followed by meatballs (falafel balls for the veggie option) on a bed of nut and red pepper Romesco sauce, topped off with a semolina and cardamom cake soaked in lemon syrup – mmmm!
Open 7 days a week
Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm
Open up to 9pm Monday - Thursday for room bookings
Open from 7pm Friday - Saturday for box office events
Charity Number: 1099570
Company Number: 4727071
The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is located in the heart of Whitstable on a site which has a long tradition of community and cultural activity. Since its launch in April 2004, the Horsebridge has established itself as a quality venue at the heart of arts, social, learning and leisure activities in Whitstable and the wider north east Kent area.
The Horsebridge Centre has a packed programme of events all year round that includes ground floor galleries, workshops, cafe with balcony and a large performance space for theatre, screenings, talks and live music.
"I remember the days before Whitstable Horsebridge Centre had been built, so can now fully appreciate what it adds to the town.
The centre has numerous weekly classes such as yoga, mediation and dancing, as well as one-off workshop courses. It always has some kind of art exhibition that is free to go and view, a bar/cafe for food and refreshments, as well as a packed evening entertainment calendar such as live music and comedy nights.
It really gives Whitstable a community feel and I always enjoy my visits there." Via Tripadvisor
"This is what a community centre should be all about. There is art on the ground floor, a nice family friendly cafe with locally made cakes on the first floor and we attended an amazing baby group on the top floor. I can't fault the concept, the staff or the layout. Really nice experience." Via Tripadvisor
"What a gem this place is! It was one of the reasons I moved to Whitstable and I use it every week." Via Tripadvisor
"We find ourselves in there most weeks, all year round. It has been a huge success. The staff are friendly and efficient, they are also truly engaged in the desire to bring art to the community and visitors to the town alike." Via Tripadvisor
HIRE A ROOM
We have several rooms of various sizes accommodating small workshops to large conferences, parties and markets. Please see our room hire page for full details.
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Become a 'Friend of the Horsebridge' and receive a membership card entitling you to a 10% discount in our cafe and bar, concessionary rates on selected events and quarterly mail out of our printed programme. Please see our page on joining for more details.
If you are interested in the many varied voluntary roles at the Horsebridge Centre please contact Hannah Wenn on 01227 281174 or email email@example.com for more details.
We are a registered charity and rely on the local community to support us.
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A History of the Horsebridge
The name itself comes from the jetty used by the horses taking the catch from the boats. Later, the first railway in Kent, the Canterbury & Whitstable (aka Crab and Winkle),took the place of the horses.
The Horsebridge area has played a key part in the varied history of Whitstable.
Whitstable has a long tradition of community and cultural activity including community and arts groups operating on the Horsebridge site itself. Canterbury City Council was committed to a building that reflects this activity and seeking to create a focal point for the town.
The project was a public / private sector partnership between Canterbury City Council, who owned the land, and the local developer Banbury Estates.
Four schemes for the re-development of the Horsebridge site were shortlisted and were featured in a public exhibition in April 2000. Over 600 comments were received from local people with 62% favouring an “upturned boat” design submitted by architects Clague.
The Centre opened to the public on Saturday 10 April 2004, and is run as a Company Limited by Guarantee and with Charitable status.
Please note: details subject to change at short notice. Please call 01227 281174 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest information, thank you. You can now follow the Horsebridge on Facebook and Twitter!