Shana embarks on a musical journey

HAVING a famous father helped instill her musical roots but Shana Morrison is going her own way with her new album Joyride.

The daughter of Van Morrison, she will be showcasing the album when she appears at the Alban Arena next Tuesday evening, September 21.

She performs a mix of music ranging from pop and rock to blues and country and developed her own taste after hundreds of hours listening to her father’s diverse collection of records.

Since the release of her 1998 debut album Caledonia to great reviews, Shana has toured the country and her second album Seven Wishes featured live collaborations with the likes of Bonnie Rait, John Lee Hooker and Dr John as well as opening shows for Joe Cocker, Lyle Lovett and Michael McDonald.

Shana comes on stage at 7.30pm and tickets are �15 and �12.50, available from the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or online at

Cornish comedian Jethro makes his return to the Arena next Thursday, September 23, with a promise to make his audience laugh until it hurts.

After 35 years in the business, Jethro still packs theatres up and down the country and is as mischievous as he was as a child.

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He made his television debut as the Pirate co-host on Treasure Hunt and made numerous appearances with Des O’Connor on the Tonight Show as well as with Jim Davidson on The Generation Game.

The show is suitable for over-18s and gets underway at 7.30pm. Tickets are �18.50.

Golf legend Peter Alliss swings into the Arena next Friday, September 24, in a celebration of his role as part of golfing history.

Regarded by Golf Digest as, “the greatest golf commentator ever”, he is noted for his depth of knowledge of the game, his wit and his off-the-cuff humour.

Peter fronted 140 episodes of the BBC series Pro-Celebrity Golf between 1974 and 1988 and has written 20 books, the latest entitled Golf - The Cure for a Grumpy Old Man.

He is appearing at 7.30pm and tickets are �18.50.

The defining voice of contemporary English folk music, Kate Rusby, is expected to draw a big crowd of fans when she appears at the Arena at 7.30pm next Saturday evening, September 25.

Since her career began in 1995, she has become renowned for her interpretations of traditional songs and finely-wrought self-penned tunes which have won her an audience beyond the genre.

Her bands comprise the cream of Britain’s folk instrumentalists while her between-songs stories and introductions are shot through with Yorkshire wit.

Tickets are �19 and �17 with concessions �2 off.

n Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in Knight and Day which is being shown at the Arena at 1.30pm and 7.30pm next Wednesday, September 22.

The action comedy finds Miller (Cruise), a secret agent, going on a blind date with June Havens (Diaz) only to end up pulling her into a serious yet comedic journey to protect a powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source.

Tickets for the evening show are �6 with concessions �2 off and �4 for the matinee.