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MARQUEE STAGE AND OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES

The London Gay Men's Chorus

LGMC Ensemble 2018

We warmly welcome the return of the London Day Men's Chorus Ensemble (LGMCe) to Chesil Rocks for the third year.

The ensemble comprises 18 singers from the London Gay Men’s Chorus - Britain's Biggest Boyband. They perform at a range of events from award ceremonies to private parties; from weddings to television broadcasts. In the past year, LGMCe have performed sell-out shows at home and abroad.

The Leggomen

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The Leggomen are a Weymouth based band that we’re formed in 2012, in the indie/country/rock genre. The band were a duo to start with Billy Hutchinson and Olly Coe, and as demand grew - and the venues got bigger - they introduced both a drummer, Josh Ellis, and later a bass guitarist with this spot covered either by Ben Delplanque or Matt Taylor.The band released their first EP on iTunes in 2013, named The Leggomen, followed up a year later, after a trip to the southern states of America with Missing the Middle, with a deep southern country vibe.The band continues to grow its following with gigs 4-5 nights a week throughout the south of England and this year, they will be closing Chesil Rocks in the marquee!You can find them on Facebook and Instagram @theleggomen

Sarah de Warren

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Sarah de Warren became a prominent writer and vocalist in the EDM world after her record, 'High', went viral in 2016. The song charted at #8 on Spotify's Viral 50, and featured on the most influential blogs on Youtube, bringing interest and attention to her enchanting vocal style.

Sarah works closely with DJs and artists across the world, consistently releasing exciting material, and so it's no surprise that she recently broke 6 million Spotify streams.

Scheduled this summer to the perform at the biggest music festival in world, Summerfest (closely followed by Chesil Rocks of course!), she's one to watch.

Sha Supangan

Sha Supangan

Heart-centric singer/songwriter, dancer, producer, DJ and all-around performer from being a world-champion ice skater to national cheerleading, poetry contest gold medalist, and motivational speaker from the Philippines.

Previously a club owner/events promoter/marketing go-to-person in Asia, she's now delved into the world of writing, producing, performing electronically infused music, telling her story having backpacked and performed around the world including Berlin, Frankfurt, Florence, Venice, Paris, Malaysia, and Singapore sharing the stage with artists like Grammy-award winner Joss Stone, EDM superstar Steve Aoki, and many more.

She aims to connect people again with their own drum beats through music, words, dance, and laughter.

Andy Grant Trio

Andy Grant Trio

Incendiary guitar playing, bluesy vocals and funky grooves characterise the music of Andy Grant Trio. Think Stones and Led Zep mixed with Motown and J J Cale- add a dash of slide guitar and you’re getting close to this rootsy blend of blues, soul and rock.

After quitting his job in the gold mines of South Africa, Andy travelled around the globe making his living playing music on street corners from Melbourne to Copenhagen. Andy is building a loyal fan base, winning over audiences with his fiery playing, catchy original songs and new takes on a few old classics.

Bassist Simon Rushbrook , and drummer Jack Revy complete the Trio lineup. Their rock solid, deep pocket drum and bass rhythms provide the foundations for the Trio’s musical explorations. Rock guitar riffs morph into dusty ethnic tonalities, with hip swinging rhythms that all spin through seamless musical landscapes. These road hardened musical warriors are masters of their art: Good time blues, rock and soul music with great feel and no boundaries!

‘Great songs, soulful vocals and awesome fretboard skills!’ Blues Matters

‘Laidback, earthy and grounded, Grant’s soulful acoustic rock arrives fully formed, mature and ready for anyone…….‘ Musician

‘Really excellent music’ Phill Jupitus, BBC TV’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Comedy Hour

Tom Glover

Tom Glover

Our comedy will once again be hosted by Loveable West Country favourite Tom Glover. He is a highly sought-after act and MC, capable of bringing laughter to any room. Tom combines tales of fatherhood and country living with hilarious observational routines on daily life. In recent times Tom also finished runner up in the prestigious Lastminute Comedy Club Comedian of the Year and reached the finals of the Inaugural Petfringe Comedian of the Year. His infectious personality and playful approach make him an instant hit with audiences, however Tom is perhaps best known for his excellent crowd work and quick wit that have earned him a number of regular compere roles at major venues across the South West. He’s had two successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with split shows and is currently working on his debut solo show, 'A Glover not a fighter', which was a Best new show nominee at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2019.

This video is from a Brighton Komedia gig in 2017: https://youtu.be/TfiqPeHWi9k

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Sunjai Arif

Sunjai Arif quickly wins over audiences with his confidence and warm personality. He is an engaging comedy story teller and covers tales about his family, speeding tickets and extremist rodents.

Sunjai is a solid comedy act, oozes charm and will leave you grinning ear to ear. What really gets people talking is when Sunjai brings his more alternate comedy routines to the stage.

Audiences lean forward with excitement and anticipation of what he’ll do next. Experience the sheer joy of seeing Sunjai share his memories of nostalgic pop culture in a way only he could imagine.

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Niki McCretton

"Niki McCretton's performance is undoubtledly captivating." The List

A very authentic performer, great improviser and a unique stand up voice. A brillianty natural and funny presence with a stupid face. Niki has supported Boothby Graffoe and Elvis Macgonagal and is the regular host of Laughs at the Lyric at The Lyric Theatre in Bridport.

Andrew White

"One of the most talked about rising star comedians" - Essex Magazines

Highlighted by Chortle as 'One to Watch in 2018', Andrew White is an up-and-coming comedian "not to be missed" (Daily Record).

Andrew performs all over the country, and even internationally in Berlin & Toronto. Most notably, he's performed two successful shows at the famous Edinburgh Fringe, and will be returning for 2019 with his new hour: Retirement Tour.

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Wessex Musical Theatre

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Formerly known as WOS (Weymouth Operatic Society), the society decided on a new name to reflect its diverse range of musical performances. This year is also a timely reminder that the society was formed almost a century ago in September 1921. Productions were performed at the Weymouth Pavilion Theatre until 1935, when productions ceased due to financial problems.

It was only after the second world war, in 1947, that the society resumed its performances after many fund raising endeavours. Throughout its history, Weymouth Operatic rehearsed at several venues throughout the town, including premises in Derby Street that it bought in the early nineties. Yet again, financial problems beset the society and the building was sold. Today, rehearsals take place in the beautiful setting of Hope Church in Trinity Street, Brewers Quay, the setting of the annual Christmas shows.

The group’s history may echo the experience of many musical societies throughout England but 2019 promises a new start and a new recognition for this bunch of talented and local performers. It just grows from strength to strength. Not only does Wessex Musical Theatre perform annual productions at the Pavilion but they also sing at weddings and other local events.

Seren

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Seren are a country/folk trio made up of brother and sister, Kerrie-Jo and Connach Jameson, together with bass player Simon Lumb.

They play an uplifting mix of easy listening originals, traditional and cover songs with a fun lively atmosphere.

Magician

Matt Kilsby

Matt Kilsby

A local resident, Matt's day job is a long time city career in finance - however his passion is in magic.

Inspired by his Grandad when he was young, it's something Matt has now been practicing for over 10 years. He's excited to share some of it with you at this years' Chesil Rocks !

STORYTELLERS

Emily Stiles and Jenny Moon

Chesil Rocks will be Emily's first encounter with story-telling at a music festival and she is so excited! She is no stranger with telling stories and with being in front of a larger audience. Emily has had a love of the performing arts since she was Alice (in Wonderland) in primary school herself! Since then; she's pursued a degree in Arts and Education at Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire, before settling for a career in teaching when she realised she wasn't going to be a famous Hollywood actress.

For 10 years, she lived and worked in South East London where she developed a keen interest in traditional tales from around the world. Emily is now a local primary school teacher and has 16 years' experience of working with children of all ages.
Now that she has returned to her 'native' Dorset, she has enjoyed nurturing her own classes' love of literature using stories and drama as a main stimulus.

When she has time to rear her head from motherhood, wife-dom and work; Emily also enjoys lino printing, needle felting, gardening and long dog walks! She is really looking forward to some interactive story-telling at Chesil Rocks - it's not going to be a spectator sport!

Emily Stiles, Storyteller
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Jenny tells stories to children and adults in
a variety of settings that include at present schools, care homes, memory cafes, National Trust properties and lunch clubs etc.

She would love to spend more time writing her own stories, but most are traditional stories from all over the world. The important thing is that they work as oral stories (many do not).

In her other life, Jenny dabbles with art, writes, walks and cycles. She works part time in higher education, running workshops on reflective learning, critical thinking and using story in education in locations worldwide.

Join Jenny at Chesil Rocks and listen to some of her stories.

FAMILY YOGA

Debbie Ross Mackenzie.

Having great activities for families at Chesil Rocks has always been important to us, and for this year we are excited to have family Yoga sessions planned.

There will be fun yoga sessions for children, their siblings, mum's and dad's etc they promise to be great fun with props and games involved. 😊

Costing just £2 per person, the sessions will take place between 2pm and around 6pm.

These sessions will be delivered by our friend Debbie, who is a qualified yoga teacher and has been trained through the Rainbow Kids Yoga training method.

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½ SIZED LANDROVER RIDES

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Keith Brignell.

This is little ‘Lewie’, a Toylander 2, which is a half-size copy of Keith Brignell’s Series 2A Landrover ‘Larry’, built by himself in 2016.

It is normally self-drive but for Chesil Rocks it’ll be remote control and powered by two 12v batteries under the bonnet.

Keith’s grandchildren absolutely love it, as did dozens of children at Chesil Rocks last year.

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