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For only the 2nd time in my life, I spent a few hours on Saturday evening in a court room. No, I hadn’t been arrested for wielding a lethal aphorism, but rather paying my first visit to Sedgefield’s other venue, The Manor House which this evening was playing host to Lindisfarne’s Rod Clements & Ian Thompson.

Overall impression, a very cosy & convivial venue; a friendly greeting as you enter, and then the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and a compact but comprehensive bar welcomes you. The performance room was formerly Sedgefield’s Magistrates Court, not huge, granted, but an adequate stage for an acoustic performance and a capacity of around 75 cosily seated. A light show isn’t to be expected, unless you count the glow of cell-phones recording, something which the venue actively encourages by-the-way, so long as you share… Visibility is good and the sound is excellent for a small space. I’m not certain if it is a venue speciality but one touch I thought was over-and-above was that each ticket buyer got a card signed by the evening’s performers.

Their roster does seem to lean toward the more Folk and Arts, but don’t be a snob about it; this is a very pleasant little venue gaining kudos and a nice place to be on an wintery Saturday evening.

Upcoming shows for the Spring 2018 season:-
Mar 2nd - Miranda Sykes
Mar 31st - Robert Lane
Apr 14th - Craig & Willoughby
May 26th - Keith James (Songs of Nick Drake)

 

     

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Better late than never, I attended the Miranda Sykes gig, I forget the date but put back from March due to snow . She played with no amps of anykind. Worked rather well in that size room (I was taking notes for future ref!) I also got a tour of the cells which hopefully will become a club/ music venue itself

     
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If you blinked, you probably have just missed out on a ticket to see Rebecca Downes playing informal & acoustic at Sedgefield Manor House on Dec 1st. I don’t think even Tilerman who is organising the event expected such a fast sale (he’s still counting his fingers….).

Other “goodies” coming up include:-

Kate Bush tribute - 22nd Sept
Cat Stevens tribute - 27th Oct
Old Red Eyes - 9th Nov
Hut people - 2nd March
Rob Clements & Rab Noakes - 3rd May….

     

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mcraggs27 - 06 September 2018 02:51 PM

If you blinked, you probably have just missed out on a ticket to see Rebecca Downes playing informal & acoustic at Sedgefield Manor House on Dec 1st. I don’t think even Tilerman who is organising the event expected such a fast sale (he’s still counting his fingers….).

Other “goodies” coming up include:-

Kate Bush tribute - 22nd Sept
Cat Stevens tribute - 27th Oct
Old Red Eyes - 9th Nov
Hut people - 2nd March
Rob Clements & Rab Noakes - 3rd May….

Yes, whoosh but a handful here
https://www.ents24.com/sedgefield-events/manor-house/rebecca-downes/1073907280

Funny you should use the word Goodies, Rebecca will be handing out Goody Bags at her gig.

     
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Excellent evening again at Sedgefield Manor; cozy & civilised. Great venue for the more intimate gig.

Special congratulations to “mien host” John Tate for putting together a very special evening with…..

     

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Independent Venue Week 2020
31st January 2020

The Manor House is taking part in Independent Venue Week 2020 and we have three great events:
The Alan Hull Songbook on Friday 31st January doors 7pm, on-stage 8pm);
The Bird Scarers on Saturday 1st February (doors 7pm/on-stage 8pm) and
The Manor House Songwriters Afternoon on Sunday 2nd February (doors 1pm/on-stage 2pm).

Each gig ticket separately, or all three discounted for £25

     

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mcraggs27 - 22 November 2019 01:36 PM

Independent Venue Week 2020
31st January 2020

The Manor House is taking part in Independent Venue Week 2020 and we have three great events:
The Alan Hull Songbook on Friday 31st January doors 7pm, on-stage 8pm);
The Bird Scarers on Saturday 1st February (doors 7pm/on-stage 8pm) and
The Manor House Songwriters Afternoon on Sunday 2nd February (doors 1pm/on-stage 2pm).

Each gig ticket separately, or all three discounted for £25

Thanks Mike
Our songwriters are, Phil Caffrey, Google Caffrey Brothers and you will scratch the surface of this mans depth of experience. Hayley McKay, wow, what a voice, new cd coming next year. And finally David Neil Crabtree, who has just emerged as the Mentuls new all singing, guitar playing, keyboards front man. I have seen three perform together and they had instant chemistry. Tickets here https://www.ents24.com/sedgefield-events/manor-house/phil-caffrey/5866268

     
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2nd Feb
Sublime afternoon’s entertainment at the Manor House, Sedgefield; two of the regions brightest young song writing talents, Haley McKay and Dave Crabtree in a sort of “masterclass” with Phil Caffrey, a guy who’s age, if not experience spans Haley & Dave’s combined ages.

Kudos to John Tate for sterling work (in his promotor’s t-shirt).

     

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