Friday, May 27, 2011 - 17:21

The Eden Café in St. Austell’s White River Place has announced an exciting programme of daytime and evening events starting in June.

After the success of the Café’s first gig with acoustic rock artist Mehal earlier this month, there will be live music each weekend in June, kicking off the summer with a mix of indie, folk, funk and Balkan swing.

The Café will also be the venue for the first of a series of free, family-friendly, daytime activities throughout the year. The St. Austell Live programme has been funded by a £60,000 grant from Cornwall Council for Eden to undertake an events programme aimed at attracting more people to shop in the town centre. The programme is part of the £9.5 million Eco-communities Programme of Development awarded to Cornwall Council by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Dan Ball, Eden Café Manager, said: “With so many exciting events happening at the Café this year, we hope to establish our place at the heart of the community. From the gigs in June with great local artists to family activities throughout the year, there should be something for everyone.”


Evening gigs

  • Saturday, June 4: Newquay band The Dolphins Fly will play songs from their new album Prisoner before appearing at Glastonbury Festival. Supporting will be Marc Ryan of the indie rock band Caine. Admission is £4, with £3 for concessions and Eden annual ticket-holders.
  • Saturday, June 11: Cardiff’s Joshua Caole will perform tracks from his debut album Slow Hearts as part of his UK and Germany tour. Tony Haven will support with his unique brand of acoustic guitar ‘lap-tapping’ – placing the guitar on his lap and playing the neck like a keyboard. Admission is £4, with £3 for concessions and Eden annual ticket-holders.
  • Saturday, June 18: Joe Francis, from St. Agnes, will be taking a break from touring the UK, Ireland and America, to perform his lyrical folk at the Café. Joe will be supported by Matthew P, whose summery, acoustic folk will be the perfect accompaniment to long sunny days. Admission is £3.50, with £3 for concessions and Eden annual ticket-holders.
  • Friday, June 24: Rising stars Underdog will unleash their bohemian folk while Jumblebox Consortium will kick off the night with upbeat swing, guaranteed to get people dancing. Mr Champs and his Balkan-flavoured beats will be supporting. Admission price to be confirmed.

St Austell Live daytime activities

  • Tots Rocks with Roger Luxton from Cornwall Community Music – Tots Rocks introduces children up to the age of five to music in a fun and playful way. The sessions will focus on musical games, singing, movement and hand percussion. Teacher Roger Luxton has previously worked as a drum technician for Blur, Oasis, The Verve, Prodigy and Primal Scream. These free sessions take place one Wednesday a month from 9:30am to 10:30am on June 8, July 6, August 10, September 7, October 12, November 9 and December 7.
  • Little Green Fingers with the Eden Pollination Team – Aimed at parents and toddlers, Little Green Fingers combines story-telling with seed planting. All the seeds, soil and pots are provided. The free sessions are run by members of Eden’s Pollination team whose skills include horticulture, performance, singing, story-telling, dance and music. Sessions are 9:30am to 10:30am one Wednesday a month on June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 19 and November 16 with a Christmas special on December 14.

More St Austell Live events will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Eden Project Café opens from 8:45am until 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday and is open 10 am until 4pm on Sundays. Along with great-tasting local food and drink, people can find out more about Eden’s projects, take advantage of the book swap or exchange home-grown produce.

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