Coming Up at St.David's Hall
The nights may be drawing in and getting decidedly chillier but you can be sure of a warm welcome at St David’s Hall. And there’s an action packed schedule in store over the coming months that’s bound to light your fire.
If quirky comedy’s your thing then don’t plan on seeing comedian Alexander Armstrong (27 Jan). Well, not this time anyway. He’s ditching comedy in favour of crooning. Yep, that’s right. The normally acerbic, intellectual comic will be turning back to his first love, having been a choral scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, showcasing a rather fine baritone voice as he works his way through familiar classics such as Summertime, Porgy and Bess and Stranger In Paradise.
In a similar vein is Gareth Malone (14 Dec). Best known for his outstanding work on the BBC’s The Choir and its numerous spin-offs, he’ll be bringing his choir Voices to town in what promises to be a very enjoyable, fun night where you won’t be able to resist singing along.
However, if you do want some off-beat comedy then how about Chris Ramsey (31 March). A master of free-flowing banter, his meandering storytelling and effervescent enthusiasm makes for a fun and spirited night. If classic rock’s what floats your boat then “The Man with the Golden Voice” Paul Carrack (10 Feb), who can count Roxy Music, Elton John, Eric Clapton, The Smiths and many more as work colleagues, is your, er, man. Also worth a serious look is the Johnny Cash Roadshow (23 Jan). Yes, we know he’s dead but this is the best tribute act of the C&W great there is.
For something completely different, Ray Mears (16 March) will be delivering an unforgettable evening of stories from the edge as part of his Tales of Endurance Tour. The UK’s leading bushcraft expert will shock, amaze and inspire audiences with stories of fellow human beings and the incredible circumstances they have overcome, followed by a Q & A with Ray himself.
Equally amazing is Ronnie O’Sullivan’s ability to rack up 147s. See the snooker ace and his pals square up for Wales vs England at Snooker Legends (8 January) – and, if you win the raffle on the night, you’ll get a chance to play him!
www.stadavidshallcardiff.co.uk for more info on all these gigs and more.