September Festival 2021

There’s a whole host of events — something for everyone — at this year’s festival, which runs from 11th to 25th September.

Otway and Barrett
John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, appearing at the St Ives Theatre on Saturday, 11th September

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Throughout the festival

Music and Poetry in Norway Square, 12.30pm-2pm
Lunchtime sessions hosted by Bob Devereux at the ‘heart of the festival’ on all 15 days. Free.

Saturday, 11th September

Street entertainment, noon-4pm.

Marathon Music Session at the Western Hotel, 1pm-6pm
Toni Carver’s Big Cauldron, all-welcome music session. Also on 18th and 25th September.

Company B at St Ia Church, 7.30pm
Company B jump jive band get the church’s 15-day music programme under way with sounds from the 40s to the present day, £13. 

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett at St Ives Theatre, 8pm
Madcap musical duo, still going strong more than 40 years after first appearing on the Old Grey Whistle Test. £18 advance, £20 on the night.

Long For The Coast at St Ives Arts Club
Singing stories about social change, spiritual adventures, and close friends lost and found, Jamie and Sophie Gould will be joined by cellist Simon Walker. £12.

Sunday, 12th September

Your Face My Art at Barnoon Workshop, noon-4.30pm
Have your portrait drawn by an artist at Barnoon Workshop Also Sept 18, 19, 23. Booking recommended at www.barnoonarts.uk, email: barnoonworkshop@outlook.com, phone 07900 095203. Also on 18th,19th and 23rd September.

Girl Power at St Ives Arts Club, 3pm
A Drama Express charity show. Tickets: email dramaexpressoffice@aol.com.

Molly Hocking and the Bubble Band at The Guildhall, 8pm 
St Ives’ own Molly Hocking, the 2019 winner of ITV’s The Voice and her new Bubble Band. £16.

Femmes de la Mer – Songs by Candlelight at St Ia Church, 8pm
A 15-strong female crew from across Cornwall singing shanties and original songs. £13.

Monday, 13th September

No Holds Barred — The Life and Art of Matthew Lanyon at St Ives Arts Club, 1.30pm
Award-winning documentary shot in St Ives on the life of the late artist, followed by a Q&A (1.30pm). £7.

Winter Mountain at St Ia Church, 7.30pm
Accoustic duo featuring Devon singer-songwriter Winter Mountain, aka Joe Francis. £10. 

Barry Hunt at St Ives Arts Club, 8pm 
Singer-songwriter Barry Hunt returns to the festival, £10.

Tuesday, 14th September

Drawn to Zennor – Field Sketchbook Day at Barnoon Workshop, 10.30am-4.30pm
Complete a sketchbook/journal of the day. www.barnoonarts.uk. £65.

Michael Hoeg: Organ Recital at St Ia Church, 1pm
Adults £6, under-16s, £3.

September Festival Fishing Industry and Harbour History Walk with St Ives Archive
Meet outside the Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, 2pm. £5 per person (children free, cash only). Walk lasts around 90 minutes.

St Ives Museum Tour with Frank Stevens, 7pm 
Tickets £6 (max 15 places). Also on 21st September.

Claude Bourbon Guitar Concert at St Ia Church, 7pm
Blues, jazz, classical and Spanish guitar. £13.

Comedy: The Funny Thing About Laughter at St John’s In The Fields Church, 7.30pm
Comedian and amateur gelatologist Ian Macdonald shares his adventures and mishaps in the world of stand-up comedy. £10.

Flats and Sharps at the Guildhall, 8pm
Penzance-based bluegrass band who wowed the 2017 September Festival and have toured the world since starting out busking on the streets of Penzance. £16. 

Graphite & Co at St Ives Arts Club, 8pm
Returning with a new look, the play by poet Evelyn Holloway which premiered – and sold out twice – at the 2019 September Festival. £15. Also on 21st September.

Wednesday, 15th September

Printing Without a Press Workshop at St John’s In The Fields Church Hall, 10am-1pm
Learn how to select an image, make a printing block from craft foam, and use this to print onto fabric and paper with Jo McIntosh, booking essential. £25.

An American Potter in St Ives at the Arts Club, 1pm
Film with discussion and Q&A with Roelef Uys, head potter at the Leach Pottery. £6.

Circus Around And About at St John’s in the Fields Church
Carn To Cove bring two innovative circus  acts — Pirates of the Carabina with their Pirate Taxi and Simple Cypher: Roll Up, Roll Up – for an outdoor performance. Tickets: Pay what you can, £8-£12 at ticketsource.co.uk/villages-in-action/t-gvrvex

WS Graham: Constructed Space poetry evening
at St Senara Church, Zennor, 7pm
Donations to Church Funds. Free.

ARKAngel’s Milonga del Angel
 at the Mariners Gallery, 7.30pm
ARKangel — Katherine and Alan Clark — bring their new show telling the history of tango through words and music to St Ives. £9.

Will Keating and Special Guests at St Ia Church, 7.30pn
 
Cornish folk songs with passion and presence. £11.

Thursday, 16th September

Fabric Collage Workshop at St John’s in the Fields Church Hall, 10am-1pm
Learn how to create your own unique collage using fabric and some simple hand stitching with Jo McIntosh. Tickets £25, booking essential 

Des Hannigan: Late Lunchtime Talk at St Ives Library, 2pm
My Life as a travel writer for Lonely Planet, £5.

September Festival History Walk with St Ives Archive
Leaving from the Hepworth statue at the Malakoff at 2pm. £5 per person (children free, cash only). Walk last around 90 minutes.

Penwith Archive slide show and talk at Penwith Gallery, 3pm
With Jason Lilley. Free.

Foxes Fair at St Ia Church, 7,30pm
Singing twisted tales of love, murder and sea-faring treachery. £11.

Martin Simpson at The Guildhall, 8pm 
One of Gibson Guitars’ top 30 acoustic guitarists of all time plays English traditional folk, American folk and blues, and his own compositions. £18.

Big Frug at St Ives Arts Club
Poetry, music and story tellers hosted by Bob Devereux. £10. Also on 23rd September.

Friday, 17th September

Spot the Artist Viewing Day at Porthmeor Studios,10am-4-pm
Free. Also on 18th September.

Choir plus Café at St Ia Church, 1pm-2.30pm
Listen to St Ia Church Choir in the church café. Free — donations welcome.

Janet Axten: Late Lunchtime talk at St Ives Library, 2pm
St Ives and the Festival of Britain. £5. 

St Ives Entertains at the Guildhall
A charity night for St Ives Community Land Trust with Bamaluz Bootleggers, musicians Katrina Geraghty and Sophie Orchard, Kidz R Us, Dee and Dave Brotherton (Tir ha Tavas) and their guests, Bob Devereux and St Ives Community Choir. £11.

Cornish Roots Big Band at St Ia Church, 7.30pm
A 20-piece big band with an amazing repertoire.  Tickets £12.

Saturday, 18th September

Discover Church Bells at Towednack Church
Visit the belfry, discover how bells are rung full circle, chime all the bells and have a brief introductory lesson. Free, includes tea and cake, but book via marypjones50@gmail.com or 07983 415888, as space is limited.

The Tinners Session at St John’s in the Fields
Folk, food, face painting, and dancing, the Tinners Session is relocating from Zennor to outdoors at St John’s for one night only. Adults £7, under-16s £3.50.

Concert by The Cornish Sinfonia Soloists at St Ia Church, 7pm
Principal conductor Michael Reed will play piano at this concert. £13.

Du Glas at the Cohort, 8pm 
Roots rock, combining influences from Americana and folk music from this popular Cornish band. £7.50.

Rob Barratt and David Richey at St Ives Arts Club, 8pm
Improv, poetry, stand-up, comedy and music.

Sunday, 19th September

Spot the Artist Sale at Porthmeor Studios, 9am-2pm
The keenest bargain-hunters will have queued overnight for first pick at St Ives Rotary Club’s annual charity painting sale.

September Festival History Walk with St Ives Archive
Leaving from the Hepworth statue at the Malakoff at 2pm. £5 per person (children free, cash only). Walk last around 90 minutes.

Showtime Academy’s Tribute to Roald Dahl at St Ives Arts Club, 3pm
Free admission with donations to Showtime Academy’s fund-raising efforts.

Magical History Tour Beatles session at Café Art, 4pm
Dave and Dee Brotherton take you on a magical journey through the back catalogue. £6.50 including a glass of wine. Also on 24th September at 7pm.

Olivier Van Den Hende performs Bach’s First Cello Suite at St Ia Church, 8pm 
£8.

Monday, 20th September

Jonathan Bielby MBE: Organ Recital at St Ia Church, 1.30pm
£5.

Pam & Noel Betowski, Djazz Celtica at Penwith Gallery, 8.30pm 
Folk music from around the UK, Ireland, across Europe and gypsy jazz. £5.50.

St Ives Archive Quiz at the Western Hotel, 7pm for 7.30pm
£3 per person, no booking required.

St Ives Jazz Club at the Western Hotel, 7.30pm
Family Band. Buy tickets here.

Bryher’s Boys at St Ia Church
Rousing shanties, nautical and Cornish songs from the group who represented Cornwall at the 2019 Festival Interceltique in Brittany, singing to 9,000 people at a time. £12. 

Bait — An Evening With Mark Jenkin at St Ives Arts Club, 8pm
The iconic Cornish film Bait, followed by a Q&A with its Bafta award-winning director Mark Jenkin. £8.

Tuesday, 21st September

September Festival Fishing Industry and Harbour History Walk with St Ives Archive
Meet outside the Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, 2pm. £5 per person (children free, cash only). Walk lasts around 90 minutes.

Halcyon Quartet Café Concert at St Ia Church
Informal performance with a broad range of lighter classical music as well as Broadway, films, and more popular music including Disney favourites. £5.

St Ives Jazz Club at the Western Hotel, 7.30pm
Nicolas Meier. Buy tickets here.

Organised Crime Collaborative at St Ia Church
Hailing from mystical West Penwith, they get their inspiration from the wild, stunning granite landscape that surrounds them. £8.

Wednesday, 22nd September

Exploring Art in St Ia’s Church, 10am-1pm
Caroline Marwood and Martha Patrick lead an exploration of some of the connections with local history, creativity, art and design to be discovered in the Church. £5 Talk and Tour 10am–10.45am, refreshments, creative workshop, 11am-1pm. Numbers limited, book early. Suitable for over16s. Also on 23 September.

Wet Felt — A Picture Workshop at St John’s in the Fields Church Hall, 10am-1pm
Learn the process to turn Merino fleece into a felt picture with Jo McIntosh. £25, booking essential. 

Camidge and Stringer at St Ives Library, 2pm
Wish We Weren’t Here a look at Disappointed Literary Visitors 1820-1917, £5.

The Three Buskerteers at Porthmeor Studios, 6.30pm
Innovative, exciting, and multi-talented musician Wild Willy Barrett with cellist and song-writer Mary Holland and singer/songwriter Martyn Barker. £10 in advance, £12 on the door.

The Halcyon Quartet at St Ia Church, 8pm
 
Described as “future stars of British Chamber Music”, The Halcyon Quartet’s recent highlights includeRoyal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre and Thames Concerts Series.
£13.

Thursday, 23rd September

Weaving Without A Loom Workshop at St John’s in the Fields Church Hall, 10am-1pm
Learn that it is possible to create a woven picture using card instead of a traditional weaving loom with Jo McIntosh. £25, booking essential. 

Des Hannigan: Late Lunchtime Talk at St Ives Library, 2pm
Atlantic Cornwall Trilogy, £5. 

September Festival History Walk with St Ives Archive
Leaving from the Hepworth statue at the Malakoff at 2pm. £5 per person (children free, cash only). Walk last around 90 minutes.

Disco In the Fields at St John’s in the Fields Church, 6pm-8pm and 8.10pm-10.30pm  
Dance the night away with two of Cornwall’s top DJ’s. Classics from the 80s and 90s right through to modern day club music. Drinks and a food truck. £10 adults £5 children. Adults only from 8pm.  

Welcome to the Rum Café at Café Art, 7pm
Shanties with Bamaluz Bootleggers plus rum, cocktails and snacks for sale. Free, but you pay for the rum and food!

Tim Neville at St Ia Church, 8pm
A singer-songwriter for 20 years, Tim has performed on stages from Vancouver to London to the Kettle and Wink, St Ives. Plus support Ben Harris of Hanterhir. £6.

Martin and Eliza Carthy at The Guildhall, 8pm 
English folk music legend Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury-nominated daughter Eliza have both appeared at the St Ives September Festival before, but never together until now! £18.

Friday, 24th September

The Hummingbirds at St Ia Church, 4pm 
Classics from the true vintage decades of the 1940s/50s and 1920/30s, with the Devon-based close harmony trio. £8 adults, £4 children.

Gwel Trencrom Choir and Local Vocalz at St Ia Church, 7.30pm  
Two fantastic choirs for the price of one. £10.

Alistair Brown: Songs and Stories at St Ives Arts Club, 8pm
Return of the Scottish-born, St Ives-based folk troubadour who sold out the Arts Club at the 2019 Festival. £10. 

Fleetwood Mac Songbook at The Guildhall, 8pm
A tribute celebration spanning 50+ years of Fleetwood Mac’s stellar career! Tickets £16.

Saturday, September 25th

The George Michael Story at the Guildhall, 7.30pm
The George Michael Story Freedom Tour 2021, featuring a full live band with video screens supporting the show, including footage of George and interviews. £23/25 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/t-qkpapx

Helston Town Band’s Last Night of The Proms at St Ia Church, 8pm 
A fantastic programme which includes Proms favourites Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Bohemian Rhapsody, Floral Dance, Trelawney, and loads more. £11.

Global Jamming at St Ives Arts Club
Songs of Rebellion and Rewildingrousing and captivating songs that take a stand against injustices and present a vision for a better world. £8.