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Intimate evening at the Palace promises to re-ignite those classic songs

Ross Crawford 13th Oct, 2019

CELEBRATE the music of Dylan, Lennon, Baez and Paul Simon and many more at a special intimate evening at the Palace Theatre.

Birmingham-based duo Andante are bringing their new show ‘Times are a-Changin’ – Songs of Peace’ to Redditch.

Featuring interpretations of songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Pete Seeger and Paul Simon, the 100-minute performance provides Andante with the chance to play more of their favourite songs.

“We grew up with these artists and their songs,” says vocalist Vee Sweeney, who also plays recorders, the concertina and bodhran, “and they are as relevant and poignant today as when they were written.”

Multi-instrumentalist Mark Rowson adds: “We’re not a tribute act, we don’t dress up or try to sing in the style of the artists we’re covering, but what we try to present are unique, but accessible and respectful arrangements of the music, sometimes taking it in directions that the audience might not necessarily expect.” Thus Lennon’s Merry Xmas, War is Over gets a funk workout featuring slap-bass, With a Little Help from my Friends features a xylophone and Paul Simon’s classic Sound of Silence is played on a musical saw, a devilishly tough instrument to master!

Andante can also boast and impressive CV, including being top comic Ken Dodd’s regular musical support act, prior to his death last March.

Their gig is in the Studio at the Palace at 7.45pm on Saturday, October 19 and tickets are £14 from 01527 65203 in person from the box office or at

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