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Musical partner Ron and Charlotte Sayer playing at Sheringham and North Walsham

07:00 13 November 2014

Blues musician Ron Sayer from North Walsham

Blues musician Ron Sayer from North Walsham

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A musical duo known for their blues and pop are paring things back for a new acoustic sound.

Davenport’s Magic Kingdom events

Music, cabaret and even murder mystery nights are just some of the live events at Davenport’s Magic Kingdom.

Here is a list of upcoming entertainment at the North Walsham tourist attraction:

■Conjuring and Capers - A light hearted evening of magical variety will be on offer at Davenport’s theatre on Saturday November 15 at 6.30pm (bar food available). Tickets cost £10.

■Christmas party afternoons - These events include a live magic show and two-course festive carvery. They will happen on Tuesday December 2; Wednesday December 3; and Thursday December 4 at 1pm for 1.30pm dining. Tickets cost £22.50. Pre-booking required.

■Red Herrings Ceilidh band - The band will play an eclectic mix of music with a traditional line up of fiddle, melodeon, whistle and piano on Saturday December 6 at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £5.

■Valentine’s Comedy Club - The comedy club will be held on Saturday February 14 at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £19. The night will be compered by larger than life character Tina Bradshaw, who will act as love coach for the night.

■Magical Murder Mystery - The murder mystery night, including a two-course buffet, takes place on Saturday March 14 at 7pm. Tickets cost £25, Pre-booking is required.

■Visit www.davenportsmagickingdom.co.uk or call 01692 405254 to book.

Ron Sayer and wife Charlotte, from North Walsham, have been performing together, and with their own bands, on the music circuit for more than 20 years.

The last time they regularly worked as a duo was some 15 years as Spider Murphy doing rock cover songs.

Now they have “unplugged”, and are set to launch a new acoustic show, with a difference at Sheringham Little Theatre later this month.

It will see Ron combining his acoustic guitar with a “looper” which drives rhythmic riffs and bass behind the melody, tapping the guitar body for snare sounds, and using an amplified foot block to beat out a bass drum. Charlotte provides vocals and extra percussion.

They are using their new sound to put a different and distinctive slant on to some well-known songs.

They include rock numbers such as Queen’s Somebody to Love, the Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody, Jessie J’s Price Tag, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, a chilled version of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, and the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back with a jazzy feel.

The duo, calling themselves Sayer, will also do some more standardised acoustic songs such as Eva Cassidy’s Over the Rainbow.

Ron said: “We used to do a few acoustic numbers as part of the Spider Murphy set, and we wanted to do music that is all live - because so many bands play over backing tracks these days.”

The idea was hatched about six months ago and they are it will work as a show in its own right, but could also slice into the set for their current main band Ron Sayer Junior - which tours blues venues.

Sayer are at Sheringham Little Theatre on Saturday November 22 at 7.30pm. For tickets call 01263 822347 or visit sheringhamlittletheatre.com

The couple’s bigger band will playing at the New Year’s Eve event at Davenport’s Magic Kingdom in North Walsham. Tickets £15. Call 01692 405254

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