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Get ‘Behind the Music’ at The Ned Ludd

Mark NightingaleThe Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington has teamed up with Nottingham Brewery’s The Ned Ludd pub in Nottingham city centre to offer a unique fundraising evening of music, spoken word and discussion.

The event will take place in the pub’s upstairs function room on Saturday 26 August, with doors opening at 7pm and the performance starting around 7:30pm. Tickets cost £4 for entry only (there’ll be a cash bar), or punters can opt for a £10 ticket which includes a drink and a snack from The Ned Ludd’s new tapas menu.

All monies raised from ticket sales will be donated to The Framework Knitters Museum – Nottingham Brewery’s charitable partner – and the acts taking part have kindly agreed to perform free of charge. Each of the four acts will perform two acts with an interval at around 8:30pm, when the audience can order additional food as well as drinks from the bar if they wish.

So what is ‘Behind the Music’?

Musician and compere for the evening, Mark Nightingale (pictured above), explains: ‘This is more than just an evening of music and more than a mix of styles and performers. “Behind the Music” allows you to meet and hear from the performers themselves.  Before each piece there’s a short explanation or insight from each musician.

 Thus along with the music itself, we’re let in on the process that created it, or allowed to appreciate something of the musician’s craft and relationship with their instrument, or asked to look out for certain aspects in the music that we may not have noticed otherwise. Behind the Music not only lets us hear the music, but invites us inside the music too.

Andy Heath, Operations Manager for Nottingham Brewery adds: ‘This is the second “Behind the Music” event that we’ve organised with Mark and the Framework Knitters Museum, so we’re hoping to really build on the success of the first one. Nottingham Brewery is delighted to be supporting the museum by donating the proceeds from ticket sales and we’re very grateful to Mark and all the acts for offering their time and talent free of charge. It’s set to be a fantastic evening, so come along and join us for a Saturday night with a difference.

About the acts

Aesop Mizen Band

  • Æsop Mīzen Band – This odd two-piece sounds like a full band. See Mark Nightingale play ‘the stick’, a 12 string guitar bass hybrid. Via touch style, “the stick” combines both lowest notes of a 6 string bass along with the full range of a standard guitar, but in such a way that both can be played simultaneously. Drummer Pete Nightingale matches this with his full kit and jazz style. His responsive style matches the twists of Æsop Mīzen’s progressive electro-jazz that mixes new material with re-worked standards.
  • Jude WinwoodJust Jude (Jude Winwood) – Just Jude is joining our special line-up for the evening, playing her 21 string kora, a west African bridge harp originating from The Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Jude first met the kora during her studies for a Masters qualification in Ethnomusicology at The School of Oriental & African Studies in London, back in 2011. Since then she has made several study trips to The Gambia to learn more about the kora’s cultural background. Just Jude’s debut album ‘Heartful Kora’ comes out in July 2017 and will be available to purchase on the night.
  • Chris Miles – pioneer of pure impro. Improvisation takes many forms, but here we have its purest expression. With other experienced improvisers, Chris Miles leads the way creating in the moment a brand new piece; no agreed keys or chords; no agreed structure or feel. It is always surprising what fresh and complete music this method of improvisation produces.
  • Adam Nightingale Reading his own WorkAdam Nightingale – Hear published author and writer of historically based performances turn his attention to mixing words and music. Here we have spoken word deliberately tailored to go hand in hand with its musical backdrop. Building on the tradition of the tone poem, hear both the literary, and the music it inspired, live side by side.

How to buy tickets

You can buy tickets for ‘Behind the Music’ on the door or in advance from The Framework Knitters Museum or The Ned Ludd. Tickets are also available online from Eventbrite. For more information, please contact the museum on 0115 984 6914 or email office@frameworkknittersmuseum.org.uk. Office hours times are Wednesday to Friday, 10:30am to 4pm.

Swing Back to the 1940s

1940s flyerThe Framework Knitters Museum will be hosting a FREE wartime extravaganza on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May. Called ‘Swing Back to the 1940s’, the event will turn back the clock to the Second World War, with staff and volunteers decked out in best 1940s regalia. Visitors to the event are, of course, also encouraged to dress up!

The museum will even have hairdressers on hand to recreate authentic 1940s hairstyles, including the famous Victory Roll. Other themed activities include swing dancing with revival dance in the Chapel (tuition available for beginners), a traditional street party on Chapel Street, and stalls selling vintage collectibles.

Museum Manager& Curator, Nicola Wood, said: ‘We’re very excited about “Swing Back to the 1940s” as it’s the first event of its kind that the Framework Knitters Museum has hosted. I know from experience that people love wartime events, so I’m hoping lots of families come along to try their hands (and their feet!) at swing dancing and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes. Which I promise won’t be eggless or sugarless, despite the theme – and they won’t be rationed either!

In fact, visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to refreshments. Not only will the museum be selling tea, coffee and cakes from the Tea Room on the main site, but there will also be a selection of beers, wines and bottled soft drinks on sale in the Chapel. These will be provided by the museum’s corporate partner, Nottingham Brewery, who own and run The Frame Breakers pub on the corner of High Street and Kirk Lane in Ruddington.

Frame Breakers logoDrinks provided by the brewery will include their popular draught beer, Frame Breaker, served in 40s-style ‘dimpled’ pint and half pint pots. Originally created in celebration of the museum’s 45th anniversary last year and also available in The Frame Breakers, 20p from each pint sold is donated to the museum by Nottingham Brewery.

Swing Back to the 1940s will take place from 11am to 4pm on Monday 29 May. Entry to the museum will be free for adults and children alike, and the whole site will be open for visitors to enjoy. As well as wartime-themed activities, there will also be framework knitting demonstrations and the chance to knit your own scarf on a vintage Griswold knitting machine. The Textile Emporium will be open for visitors to explore and pick up souvenirs.

Adds Nicola: ‘It’s set to be a fantastic day out for all the family. There really is something for everyone – and plenty to do whatever the weather – so please come and join us for some wartime fun.

For more information about Swing Back to the 1940s, please call the museum on 0115 984 6914 or email office@frameworkknittersmuseum.org.uk.

April events at the Museum

The Framework Knitters Museum looks like the place to be this April, with activities and events for all the family. The fun starts on Good Friday 14th April, when we’ll be hosting our popular annual Knitted Bunny Hunt from 11am to 4pm.

Knitted BunnyOnce again, the naughty knitted bunnies will be hiding themselves in various rooms around the site – and the museum needs eagle-eyed youngsters to help find their knitted pets. Any child who can help the framework knitters find all the bunnies will be rewarded with an Easter Egg.

A framework knitter said: “We do hope you can help us find our mischievous knitted bunnies, they do like to hide and we have no time in our busy day to find them all! We have Easter Eggs aplenty for all our young friends who help us find them. When you visit, we’ll be happy to show you our Victorian knitting machines – and you’ll even have the chance to knit yourself a souvenir.” 

EasterThe museum will also be toasting Hot Cross Buns on the cottage range, and the day will be filled with knitting demonstrations and fun activities for children, complete with the opportunity to knit themselves a souvenir. Admission to the Knitted Bunny Hunt costs £5 for adults and £2 for children. However, entry is FREE for any child bringing their own toy bunny or wearing an Easter bonnet.

From Easter Sunday 16th April, the museum will start opening on Sundays from 1pm to 4:30pm, on top of our current opening times of Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm. On Sunday 30th April, we’ll be taking part in BBC Radio Nottingham’s ‘Big Day Out’, with an earlier opening time of 11am. Entry to the museum will be FREE for everyone to enjoy their Big Day Out!

Self portrait by Nigel Corlett

Finally, the Spring Art Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery, which opened on 4th March, will be running throughout April and continuing until Saturday 27th May. Organised in partnership with the Nottingham Society of Artists, the exhibition features the work of three popular local artists. These are Doreen Hunt, Richard Simkins and 94 year old WWII veteran and inventor of the ‘Nottingham Chair’, Nigel Corlett (pictured, self-portrait). It’s free to visit the Chapel Gallery, which is open at the same times as the main museum site.