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Saturday 14th December 2019: 8:00 PM - doors open at 7:00 PM

In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.

We are delighted to announce that the amazing new talent John Mason will provide the support for this show.

Barbara is currently in the process of recording a new studio album for release next year. She has selected all the songs for the project herself.

Barbara Says “There are two new songs written by me - “Where Shadows Meet the Light”, which we performed on my last tour, and “Time is Going Faster”. Also, I have some other songs that nobody’s heard me do yet”. As yet untitled, the album will also include reworkings of “Tell Me It’s Not True” and Mike Batt’s “Run Like The Wind”.

The ten tracks were recorded at Kevock Digital in June with Nick Holland and engineer Ian McCalman. “Troy (Donockley) is in the loop, but he’s busy making a new album with the band Nightwish, so we’re arranging for the other musicians to add their contributions. We’re quite far down the line now and I hope to have more information on a release date soon!”

Whilst Barbara remains modest about her many achievements, she remains Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time.

Billy Connolly says of Barbara, “from the very first time I heard her, her voice just nailed me to the wall. She’s just a one-off.” The accolades she has received over the years undoubtedly recognise that Barbara has been touched with a gift that is of great importance to her and, more importantly, to her audience.

“Singing is not,” she says, “about technique but what is in your heart. That is the secret”.

‘Mesmerising performer’ Cumberland News

‘She left the stage to a standing ovation’ Liverpool Echo

Doors Open 7.00pm Concert From 8.00pm

Unreserved Seated £45.00
Booking fee applies

Fully licensed bar over 18 only, pre-concert & interval drinks & snacks

Wheelchair access available and please email

Pre-concert dining available at the Devil In Rye Please book direct.

Artist: Barbara Dickson

Listen to Barbara Dickson

Emerging from the Scottish folk scene of the late 1960’s Barbara had enjoyed mainstream chart success with hits including ‘Answer Me’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, ‘Caravan’ and the million-selling number one single, ‘I Know Him So Well’.

As Scotland’s best-selling female album artist she has earned 6 platinum, 11 gold and 7 silver albums and cemented her status as one of the UK’s best-loved performers . Her stage career has included the roles of the original Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s long-running musical, ‘Blood Brothers’ and as Viv Nicholson in ‘Spend Spend Spend,’ both of which have won her an Olivier award for ‘Best Actress’. Barbara was awarded an O.B.E. by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2002 New Year’s Honours for her services to music and drama and she continues to record and to play to sold-out audiences.

Nick Holland joined Barbara’s touring band in the mid 2000’s playing keyboards and adding vocals on her ‘Full Circle’ album, the first to feature the style of music she now performs. Barbara and Nick recently started working as a ‘duo’ where she plays guitar and piano, and Nick on keyboards –and adding harmonies to Barbara’s own wonderful vocals.

They have performed this way in numerous venues including Cathedrals, festivals and theatres and developed an intimate rapport with each other and the audience. “It’s a different experience to working with the bigger band” says Barbara, “but just as enjoyable and gives the music breathing space”

Artist: John Mason

Listen to John Mason

“John’s raw and powerful songwriting is thought provoking and sincere, accompanied by a real prowess on the guitar that keeps his sound fresh and exciting”. Balcony TV

John has spent the last 3 years playing his way around the world relying solely on his guitar “Grace”. With a wealth of adventures behind him and an ever playful outlook, John has written and recorded two solo records heavily influenced by his travels across the world. A debut studio album recorded at Roundhead Studios (Neil Finn) in New Zealand and a 4 Track EP produced by award winning Sony producer Adrian Breakspear.

Both records are scheduled for release throughout 2020.

Venue: St Mary’s Church, Rye

St Mary’s Church, Rye

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St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our Rye headline concerts throughout the year and we are proud to have hosted artists including Jose Feliciano, Courtney Pine, Kandace Springs, Eric Bibb, Nigel Kennedy, KT Tunstall, Mica Paris, Kyle Eastwood and Joan Armatrading. We’re sure you’ll love the venue as much as our artist’s have loved performing here!

Situated in the heart of the citadel, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle and offers breathtaking views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower.

St Mary’s Church, Church Square
Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF

Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes. The church has no dedicated toilet facilities and we thank our friends at Kino Cinema (one minute walk) for allowing our concert attendees to use their facilities.

  • Fully licensed bar for pre-concert & interval drinks & snacks
  • Unreserved theatre style seating
  • Wheelchair access (please email to book special access once you have booked your tickets)

We would like to thank the staff & volunteers at St Mary’s Church for their support and assistance at the concerts.

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