Music Bournemouth Gardens


Ali and Mark

Formed in darkest Dorset in 2016 The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show have been honing their delicious strain of heartfelt ramshackle folk/punk and serving it up all over the South Coast. Their incendiary live performances getting compared to early 'Pogues' gigs. Critically acclaimed and lived by radio worldwide. This is a rare performance by Ali (Violin) and Mark (guitar) as a duo... with a few of the others as well. 

Frantic, that’s the word that springs to mind. Ramshackle, that’s another. Frantic and ramshackle but wonderfully so. Two Man Travelling Medicine Show are a perfect storm of roots music, bluegrass stomps played with a punk swagger, pastoral folk taken on a white-knuckle ride on an out of control cider cart. Country-core? Cow-punk? Who knows?

The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show are quintessentially a English folk group that has soaked up enough influences to make them more than interesting enough. A band that English Summers were made for they manage to combine busy and energetic country/folk with some slower more intense material that only adds to their worth as a great band.


Harper And Edwards

Songsmiths in their own right, Harper And Edwards will be sharing some of their favourite folk/rock songs that they have composed over the years including the popular 'Old Harry's Rock' and 'Vote Without Hope' which have gained them air play on radio stations throughout the South.

After taking a short break from live performance due to Edd becoming a father, they are back with a bang to show us what Folk Rock is all about. Insightful and entertaining there's no doubt that you, the audience, are going to enjoy every minute.


Emma Hardy

Emma Hardy is a 17 year old singer songwriter equally at home playing guitar and singing her own songs and covers at gigs or performing in local musical theatre shows where she can combine her singing with acting and dancing. Her live music set consists of mainly upbeat acoustic covers sprinkled with originals performed either solo or as a member of a duo/trio with either Paul Denson on bass or Sean Samber on lead guitar. For larger events there is also the Emma Hardy Band which adds drums to complete the setup.

Emma has been featured on BBC introducing and has played live on BBC Radio Solent, a busy girl currently studying for her A Levels whilst rehearsing for upcoming roles in two different musical variety shows and gigging when time allows!

Live and Unheard spreads its wings

Live and Unheard, the monthly showcase for original music talent at Lighthouse, is spreading its wings as it brings even more emerging artists to new audiences.

Presented in partnership with Bournemouth-based studio and music hub Hangover Hill, Live and Unheard is the first time Lighthouse has regularly hosted local music acts since the 1990s and has been a major success story this year, with around 1000 people attending the eight shows so far.

“It works because of the venue – the feel of it and the fact it is a professional set up, but not at all stuffy,” says Hangover Hill’s Matt Black who curates the line ups with his fiancé Mel Berkhauer.

“There’s something about it being a studio theatre that means you want to sit and pay attention to the music. That’s why we insist on original music because once a performer realises the audience wants to hear them play it changes everything. Suddenly they can just be who they want to be on stage and let the music speak for them.

“It is hugely empowering for performers and a giant leap forward in their artistic development, something that would not be possible without the involvement of Lighthouse.”

On 1 August Live and Unheard has put a slot on the Christmas bill up for grabs to the winner of the open mic contest at The Cricketers in Wimborne.

“The landlord is a real fan of Live and Unheard and wanted to involve some acts that we might not otherwise have been able to see so it seems like the perfect solution,” says Matt.

Live and Unheard returns to Lighthouse on 4 September before staging its first Unplugged edition on 27 September as part of Roundabout, the pop-up venue with four days of theatre, live music and comedy presented by Lighthouse as part of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival.

“It has been an incredible year,” adds Matt. “We didn’t really know what to expect when Lighthouse approached us and had no idea how well Live and Unheard would work, but the feedback from bands and audiences alike has been so positive. It has had a galvanising effect on the live music scene locally and we’ve seen acts grow in confidence before our eyes – it’s quite special.”


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