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John and Vimala
COVID-19 Precautions

To celebrate a return to Live Music, we are welcoming John Etheridge and his ‘Blue Spirits ‘ back to Lauderdale House with a special guest appearance by the wonderful Vimala Rowe.

Led by internationally renowned Guitar legend John Etheridge, Blue Spirits is completed by Pete Whittaker (Organ) and George Double (Drums). 

Drawing on a vast reservoir of musical experience spanning 48 years, Etheridge distills the bluesier side of his musical world in a repertoire that has intensity and emotion as its main quality, with subtlety, fluidity and interaction as its centre. Pete Whittaker is a superb accompanist and soloist and drummer George Double is celebrated for his drive and invention.

The Trio will be joined by special guest vocalist Vimala Rowe, known for her soulful and passionate delivery. Expect edgy and engaging repertoire with a forceful drive. 

No doubting his awesome authority whenever he touches the guitar(The Guardian)
I never wanted to be a star just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge' (Sting –The Guardian 1980)
'Vimala Rowe got the second half off to an electrifying start' (Financial Times)


If you would like to sit together, please book together, as this allows us to assign each booking a socially distanced space. This performance will take place on the Tea Lawn at the back of Lauderdale House. Chairs will not be provided so please bring either a picnic blanket or a chair to make yourself comfortable. Audience members with chairs will be seated behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. If you are booking as a group, the whole group will need to be on chairs or on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two. We do also have a limited number of picnic tables and benches (see map below) available as group tickets – book these early to avoid disappointment. If you have a disability or any special requirements please get in touch with us. 


Seating Map



The performance will continue regardless of the weather unless unsafe. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and a warm jumper. We prefer waterproofs to umbrellas because umbrellas can obstruct views. Don’t forget that if you are on a blanket the ground may be wet so make sure you have a blanket with a waterproof side or bring aplastic sheet. There are no refunds for shows cancelled due to the weather.

Food and Drink

The cafe/bar will be open selling food and drinks before the performance starts and during the interval. You can pre-order drinks and snacks for collection on the night here. Please select the date and start time of the performance when placing your order and if you would like to order for the interval please specify this in the notes. Please note that hot drinks cannot be pre-ordered but will be available from the bar. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance. 


COVID-19 Precautions

We want to ensure that audience members feel safe and comfortable. We will monitor changes, if any, to government guidelines in the run up to the event. Our current precautions and plans are below. 

On arrival we will:

  • Check temperatures. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'. 
  • Ask everyone to register for track and trace - via the QR code or entering details in our file.
  • Ask everyone to sanitise their hands.

We also ask that:

  • Audience members to stay 2 metres from people outside their ‘bubble’ or household where possible (and otherwise no less than 1 metre).
  • Audience members bring a face covering along with them for use indoors (when using the café or toilets). 
  • Audience members keep a distance when/if queuing for the toilets and cafe and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.