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What’s Been Going on at the Barrel House Ballroom?
Grants, collaborations and keeping busy at TBHB while our doors have been closed
30th January 2021

In March 2020 we had to close our doors due to COVID-19 and like hundreds across the country, our venue was facing the prospect of permanent closure.

Skip forward six weeks – having resolved what was safe and possible – the Ballroom, in collaboration with Sorting Room Studios, was converted into a socially distanced recording studio.

This partnership, combined with financial support from the Arts Council England, has helped the venue survive and will hopefully keep it going long into the future.

We have been lucky enough to receive two grants; first, an Emergency Response grant to ensure we could pay the rent and overheads over the summer. Next, a second, larger sum to start employing promoters, programmers, technicians and artists to create original content that can be streamed online.

This has given us the breathing space and opportunity to re-look at the venue, its place as a cultural hub in the region and its role within the local community.

Accordingly, we have set up collaborations with local artists The Black Bird Collective, Julie Mullen’s Word Cafe and many more…

If you haven’t already, check out the sessions and film in the feed below.

We can’t wait to see you all back at the Barrel House Ballroom as soon as we can.

Sarah and Richard Kidd and the Barrel House team.

 

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From Jazz, Neo Soul and Hip Hop to Funk, Disco and Dub

Friday 21st January 2022 | 8pm

Sea Change Presents Pip Blom

Sea Change Presents Pip Blom

(Sold out) - The Dutch quartet undercut their perky, grunge-lite melodies with just the right amount of pop-fuzz aggression

Postponed - New date TBC

CASBAH presents BONGO WOLF + RED WINE RIDE

CASBAH presents BONGO WOLF + RED WINE RIDE

A high-octane show of hefty riffs, singalong anthems and gritty lyrics. Plus Rock & Roll support from Red Wine Ride. It's gonna be a rock extravaganza!

Thursday 27th January 2022 | 7:30pm

Martin Harley

Martin Harley

Taking country blues riffs to the electric bottleneck slide guitar

Friday 4th February 2022 | 8pm

Breathe & Bass

Breathe & Bass

Combining the healing benefits of dancing together as a tribe in a safe and supportive space, with breathwork, meditation and grounding practices, plus DRUM & BASS as the musical heartbeat to our journey!

Sunday 6th February 2022 | 8:30pm-10:30pm

Guilty Pleasures presents – bad romance vol.5

Guilty Pleasures presents – bad romance vol.5

Guilty Pleasures returns with the best night you’ll have all February!

Saturday 12th February 2022 | 8pm-12am

Harriet Riley & Alex Garden

Harriet Riley & Alex Garden

Folk tune composition with an enthusiasm for minimalism and extended harmony, incorporating improvisation and unusual playing techniques

Friday 18th February 2022 | 8pm

DJ Yoda

DJ Yoda

Hip hop and more from "one of the ten DJs to see before you die"

Saturday 26th February 2022 | 8pm

Subtle Machines

Subtle Machines

Explorations in funky jazzy music

Friday 25th March 2022 | 8pm

Ahmed Fakroun

Ahmed Fakroun

Combining traditional Arab melodies with electronic music

Saturday 26th March 2022 | 8pm

The Undercover Hippy

The Undercover Hippy

Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest and The Sleaford Mods. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel-good groove

Thursday 31st March 2022 | 8pm