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New Routes, Mae Martin Dope and The Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club (the week ahead at The Junction)

13th October 2017 at 12:00 am19th October 2017 at 11:30 pm

- £6.00 – £13.50

New Routes on Saturday 14th October from 7pm in J3

Another instalment in the New Routes series, an evening of acoustic, folk and roots artists. Set out cabaret style with candles on tables, it’s a comfortable and intimate space to listen to the best emerging and established artists from the area.


Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer are a close harmony singing, guitar playing Americana duo.

When Joan Armatrading launched her ‘local talent’ search for acts to support her on tour in 2012, she was looking for original artists from all over the UK to showcase their work. Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer were two of the acts chosen, and in 2015 she called them back to support her again on her first ever solo tour. They met each other at an industry showcase that was organised by Joan, and started writing together at the suggestion of some publishers they met there.

They originally intended to just write together, but after realising that they had a natural affinity for each other’s styles they soon decided to start playing live too, and their first gig as a duo was supporting Joan in November 2015 in front of a thousand people.

Annie Dressner

Since moving from her hometown of New York City to the UK five years ago, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner has received considerable recognition from her live shows, as well as both her debut album, “Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names” (2011), her EP “East Twenties” (April 2013) & her newest work, a single titled “Don’t Feel The Same” (2013). Dressner has been recording her second in-studio album with producer Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore) over the past few months.

Dressner’s songs are delivered with a such conversational ease, it often seems as if she is reading from an intimate letter or a book, set to music. Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals offer listeners a front row seat to her stories, as they take shape above the understated music. She has been compared to an up-tempo Mazzy Star ‘Fade Into You,’ or Jenny Lewis.

Floor spots from Luke James WilliamsChristian Smith and Melody Causton. Tickets are £6 on the door. Box office and bar open from 7pm. Auditorium doors open 7.15pm and music starts at 7.30pm.

Mae Martin Dope on Sunday 15th October from 8pm in J3

The award winning stand-up and star of BBC Radio Four’s Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality presents her debut UK tour. Mae Martin is comedy’s most naturally charismatic young storyteller, fresh from sell-out seasons in Australia, Edinburgh and London. In her new show Dope, she examines a lifetime of obsessions, fandom and addiction and shines a light on that one weird shrimp we all have in our brains that is happy to pursue short-term pleasure despite long-term consequences.

As seen on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC2’s Live From The BBC, Comedy Central and more. As heard on BBC Radio Four’s The Now Show, as well as her own award-nominated series in 2016. Tickets are £13.50 and suitable for audience age 16 years +.

The Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club on Tuesday 17th October from 7.30pm in J2

Our biggest and most ambitious show yet!…The Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club will be performing Magic and Grand illusions at The Cambridge Junction. This local club that was formed just at the beginning of the rip-roaring 20’s will be wowing crowds with spellbinding miracles, stage illusions, close up magic, comedy and pulse quickening DANGER!!

It’s a show that is suitable for the whole family and features many different styles of magic and illusion. As well as magic on stage there will be strolling magicians to entertain during the interval with magic right under your nose.
Among the performers are local professional and semiprofessional magicians many of whom are members of the world famous magic circle. This includes the charismatic and charming Dr Bondini who has toured the U.K. and abroad, with his illusions, plus the energetic and excitable JezO.

When the Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club first started performing nearly 100 years ago the audience were asked to leave their magic carpets in the cloakroom. For this show, we can offer a full valet service to anyone arriving by this method of transport! Tickets are £10 (adult), £6 (child) and 15% off group of 4 (max. 2 adults). Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Other shows appearing at The Junction- Hot 8 Brass Band in J1 on Friday 13th October, Matt Richardson in J2 on Friday 13th October, Fickle Friends in J2 (standing) on Saturday 14th October (SOLD OUT), Warning in J1 on Saturday 14th October, Handa’s Surprise in J2 on Sunday 15th October (SOLD OUT), Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton in J2 on Sunday 15th October, Mae Martin: Dope in J3 on Sunday 15th October, Nick Mulvey in J1 on Monday 16th October (SOLD OUT), Leveret in J2 on Monday 16th October, Un-framed in J3 on Tuesday 17th October, First-Manoeuvres- October in J3 on Wednesday 18th October, Me & Robin Hood: Change the Story in J2 on Wednesday 18th October, Arts and Technology Meet-up – Let’s talk about R & D in J2 on Thursday 19th October, CC Smugglers in J1 on Thursday 19th October and Cambridge Storytellers: 7th Annual Cambridge Contest of Liars in J3 on Thursday 19th October.


13th October 2017 at 12:00 am
19th October 2017 at 11:30 pm
£6.00 – £13.50


Cambridge Junction
01223 511 511


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