David Metcalfe

Events

Forthcoming and Recent Appearances

 

 

Only public events are listed.

Private bookings excluded.

 

April 21st 2012, at the Yate Heritage Centre, South Gloucestershire, as part of the St George's Day Celebrations. Events take place from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with David scheduled to perform at 12.00pm and 1.30pm. Free.

March 11th 2012, at the Holburne Museum, Bath, in a specially commissioned performance as part of the Bath Literature Festival - 'Forgotten Lives, Inspiring Stories: Memory, History, Legend'. Storytellers David Metcalfe, Anthony Nanson, Kirsty Hartsiotis and Kevan Manwaring of Fire Springs, take a trip back through time to meet, in person, an astonishing assembly of Bath's forgotten and half-remembered denizens - adventurers and inventors, kings and clerics, writers and visionaries. Tickets £5 (£4 concessions), 01225-463362, 3.30 - 5.00pm.

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February 3rd 2012, at Garway Village Hall, Herefordshire - 'Sons of Erin - Daughter of Cymru'. Stories and songs from Ireland, ancient and modern. An evening of legendary tales of Ireland's hero-gods, the Tuatha De Danaan, as the sons of Turann struggle for honour and redemption - enchantingly told by Herefordshire storyteller Austin Keenan. Tales and songs for the turning of the year from storyteller and singer Cath Little. And songs from Ireland's troubled history of conflict, famine and faith - performed by Bath-based folk-singer and guitartist, David Metcalfe. Performance starts 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm). Tickets £6 (adults) £3 (12-18 years). Further information from Mikki 01981-580056.

March 2nd 2012, at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Queen Square, Bath, 'New Breath for Vanished Voices'. Part of Voices in the City - the opening day of the Bath Literature Festival. David Metcalfe and Anthony Nanson of Fire Springs, together with Bath Spa University students, celebrate the forgotten corners of history in an inspiring spoken-word performance, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Free.

November 23rd 2012, at the Rondo Theatre, Bath, 'Dark Age Deeds of the Celtic Saints'. Born from Druids, and tuned to wild nature and the memory of old gods, Irish monks carried the torch of civilisation through a dark age of conflict. Patrick, Columba, Colman, Brendan - they parlayed with pagan heroes, battled with words for the spiritual compass of these isles, and ploughed the waves in search of earthly paradise. With their distinctive blend of story and music, Anthony Nanson and David Metcalfe of Fire Springs bring legend to life. Tickets 01225-463362.

June 1st 2012, at What A Performance!, upstairs in the Gallery Room of the Saint James Wine Vaults, St. James Square, Bath - from 08.00pm. Free, but donations in the hat appreciated.

September 2nd 2011, at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 'Earthy Strong' - stories and songs of life, love and death, from history and legend. Journey from the Anglo-Scottish Borders to the Welsh Marches, from Ireland to North America, to Languedoc, to the Holy Land and back again – in the company of warriors and holy men, exiles and assassins, and rivals and lovers - as storyteller, singer and guitarist David Metcalfe unearths links between folk tradition, history and archaeology. From 7.30pm. Tickets £7 (£4 concessions) 0191-261-0066.

David is the current regular convenor of the Bath Storytelling Circle, which meets upstairs in The Raven, Queen St, Bath - from 08.00pm on the third Monday each month. Entry is free and all-comers are welcome.

storyteller, folk singer and guitarist

July 16th 2013, at Milgi's Yurt, 213 City Road, Cardiff, 'Dark Age Deeds of the Celtic Saints'. Born from Druids, and tuned to wild nature and the memory of old gods, Irish monks carried the torch of civilisation through a dark age of conflict. Patrick, Columba, Colman, Brendan - they parlayed with pagan heroes, battled with words for the spiritual compass of these isles, and ploughed the waves in search of earthly paradise. With their distinctive blend of story and music, Anthony Nanson and David Metcalfe of Fire Springs bring legend to life. Starts 8.00pm. Entry free, donations in the hat. Contact Milgi's Lounge 02920-473150.

March 3rd 2013, at the Holburne Museum, Bath, performing songs from The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs as part of the Bath Literature Festival's Folk Song Challenge. Entitled 'Unhappy Love', the songs in this chapter tackle the complexities of love and the pain of rejection - not all love songs have a happy ending! Free event, 2-4pm.

March 3rd 2013, at The Bell Inn, Walcot St, Bath, hosting a performance by Bath Spa University students - 'Won't Get Fooled Again', as part of the Bath Literature Festival's Voices in the City programme. The students will be showcasing the best bits from their performances on the streets of Bath city centre over the weekend - plus some extra bits specially reserved for indoors and after dark! Free event, 8-11pm.

December 8th 2011, at Five Valleys Foyer (British School), Gloucester St, Stroud - 'Sons of Erin'. Stories and songs from Ireland, ancient and modern. An evening of legendary tales of Ireland's hero-gods, the Tuatha De Danaan, as the sons of Turann struggle for honour and redemption - enchantingly told by Herefordshire storyteller Austin Keenan. And stirring songs from Ireland's troubled history of conflict, famine and faith - performed by Bath-based folk-singer and guitartist, David Metcalfe. Performance starts 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm). Tickets £6 (adults) £3 (12-18 years). Further information from Star Anise Café 01453-840021.

November 23rd 2013, at Bath Artists' Studios Fundraiser Event downstairs bar at the Saint James Wine Vaults, St. James Square, Bath - 'Winter Blues' - from 08.00pm, tickets £5.

March 2nd, 2014, at the Guildhall, Bath. 'Word Perfect' - a Voices in the City event for The Independent Bath Literature Festival. Enjoy an entertaining evening with students from Bath Spa University as they showcase the best bits from their street performances over the weekend - plus special items reserved for indoors - hosted by Bath bard and storyteller David Metcalfe. Free but ticketed, 8.00-9.30pm - contact Bath Box Office 01225-463632.

July 4th-6th, 2014, at Beyond The Border, Wales International Storytelling Festival, St Donat's Castle. 'Tales to Sustain: Storytelling for a Greener World' - Saturday 5th July, 12.00-1.30pm, and Sunday 6th July, 12.00-1.30pm. How can stories and storytelling help us find creative rather than destructive pathways into a challenging future? A dynamic new book from the Tales to Sustain network shows us how: Storytelling for a Greener World: Environment, Community and Story-Based Learning.  Join Anthony Nanson, Charlene Collison, Eric Maddern and David Metcalfe, plus special appearances by Hugh Lupton and Ashley Ramsden for two sessions in Milgi's Tipi. Also join David and others for 'Ballads in the Bar' - Friday 4th July, 7.30-8.30pm and Sunday 6th July, 7.30-8.45pm. Contact Beyond The Border Festival Director, David Ambrose, 01656-890289.

March 3rd 2015, at Midsomer Norton Library'The Darkest Hours' - the first of two storytelling events, each with its own unique content, exploring the varied landscape of the human condition through wonder tales, ballads and music. Devised and performed by David Metcalfe, Beth Porter and Richard Selby. Time: 7.00-8.15pm. Tickets: £6 (£5). Part of the Bath Literature Festival 2015. Contact Bath Box Office 01225-463632.

October 31st 2014, at the National Trust's Fairy Wood (Bath Skyline). Grab your lantern for a woodland walk, then warm up next to a large campfire and listen to 'Spooky Stories' on the scariest night of the year. Time: 4.00-6.00pm. Tickets: £7 individuals, £20 families. Contact the National Trust on 01225-833422.

March 4th 2015, at The Guildhall, Bath'The Deepest Seas' - the second of two storytelling events, each with its own unique content, exploring the varied landscape of the human condition through wonder tales, ballads and music. Devised and performed by David Metcalfe, Beth Porter and Richard Selby. Time: 7.00-8.15pm. Tickets: £6 (£5). Part of the Bath Literature Festival 2015. Contact Bath Box Office 01225-463632.

March 2nd 2016, at The Guildhall, Bath'Tales Before Shakespeare: Part 1' - the first of two linked but distinct storytelling events, exploring the plots and stories behind Shakespeare's plays. Devised and performed by David Metcalfe and Richard Selby. Time: 8.00-9.00pm. Tickets: £9 (£8). Part of the Bath Literature Festival 2015. Contact Bath Box Office 01225-463632.

March 5th 2016, at The Guildhall, Bath'Tales Before Shakespeare: Part 2' - the second of two linked but distinct storytelling events, exploring the plots and stories behind Shakespeare's plays. Devised and performed by David Metcalfe and Richard Selby. Time: 8.00-9.00pm. Tickets: £9 (£8). Part of the Bath Literature Festival 2015. Contact Bath Box Office 01225-463632.

April 17th 2016, at St Philip and St James', Leckhampton, Cheltenham,  'Dark Age Deeds of the Celtic Saints'. Celtic saints carried the torch of civilisation in an age of darkness, faced monsters and kings, and ploughed the waves in search of earthly paradise. Dynamic storytelling from Anthony Nanson and David Metcalfe, with haunting music on guitar and bodhran. Starts 2.30pm. Tickets: £8. Part of the Christian Arts Festival, Cheltenham. Contact Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office 0844-576-2210.