Beestonians: Switch Off That PC And Go Out And Do Something Less Boring Instead.

A few things to stick in your diary: the formidable Phil Langran and tub-thumper extraordinaire Ian Beestin are both part of this rather unique event this Sunday:

Sunday 17th February at The Broadway Cinema and Cafe Bar, 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AL:

A Musical History
Sung and spoken by Will Kaufman
Part of the Nottingham Festival of Words (, this captivating ‘live documentary’ sets the songs of Woody Guthrie in the context of the American 1930s – the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself. Will Kaufman brings such hard-hitting Guthrie songs as ‘Vigilante Man’, ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ and ‘I Ain’t Got No Home’ into conversation with other songs of the Depression Era – from Joe Hill’s ‘The Preacher and the Slave’ to ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’.

Normal Broadway ticket prices apply: £7.50 full price, and £5.90 for concessions. Duration: 90m.

4pm: The Phil Langran Band playing in the Broadway Cafe Bar, free admission. This features the full band line-up plus special guest Ian Beestin on drums.

Ian and Phil are both hugely talented and well worth spending Sunday at the Broadway: a cracking venue for everyone, not just cinephiles.


More music comes courtesy of Joe ‘Slide’ Barber, at The Crown on Sunday 24th February. Joe has been noted for his prodigious talents when it comes to playing bottle-neck blues: he stunned many, including The Beeston Express columnist ‘The Free Ranger’ with his understated style evidenced at the Oxjam Festival. I am contractually obliged to mention that he has Jimmy Wiggins, owner of The Guitar Spot for his tutoring in mastering this difficult art. Jimmy is also our music scribe on The Beestonian, and has been the Yoda to young Barber’s Skywalker for many years.

Also, check the posters dotted round Beeston and behold! I’m quoted on them after writing a review in The Beestonian after Oxjam. My teenage ambitions to be a music critic have been fulfilled just before I hit 40 and am banned from listening to all contemporary music.


Theres long been chatter about Beeston’s need for a cinema. I rarely visit the flicks, mainly cos of the hassle of getting to and from town and the crapness of Showcase and that terrible one in The Cornerhouse. The aforementioned Broadway is great, and the only one I’ve visited for a couple of years, but still, it’s a bummer to have to trek to and fro down Uni Blvd.

Thank heavens then that Barton’s is once again transformed, albeit temporarily, into a cinema soon. For just a tenner, you can spend an afternoon and evening watching classic. cult and contemporary film, courtesy of the Cambridge Film Trust. There will be food and drink – it’s licensed and there will be other surprises within.

It’s taking place between Friday 22nd-Sunday 24th February, and you can find out more – and book tickets online – here.

Go on. Get out more.