MUSIC

SNAKE DAVIS & THE SUSPICIONS

Saturday April 4th  £18

A rare outing for this Northern Soul spectacular and a long overdue return to the Shire Hall.

Twenty plus years ago, in the student bar of Leeds Polytechnic, “Snake Davis and his Alligator Shoes” were born . A soulful unit playing sax versions of Stax, Motown and Atlantic classics. They went on to be embraced by the Northern Soul scene. They lit up the Astoria Ballroom and Central Station, Leeds as they played to some of the most passionate and committed music-loving crowds anywhere in the world.
The passing years have scattered the individual Band members to various parts of the world but the nucleus of, Snake, Bass man “Dangerous” Dave Bowie and Guitarist, Mark Cresswell come together every year or so to back visiting American soul stars.
 Several years ago the three decided to re form the SUSPICIONS (a storming 8 piece with Brass and girl singers ) and take to the road doing their OWN show again for the first time in many a moon!

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  • Dave Bowie – Bass
  • Mark Cresswell – Guitar
  • Bryan Hargreaves – Drums
  • Paul Birchall – Hammond/Keys
  • Bob Taylor – Trumpet
  • Doreen Edwards – Vocals
  • Sue Quinn – Vocals

Come and see what all the fuss is about . expect to be dancing, swaying or slithering in your seats as they storm through Wigan classics and beautiful Soul ballads.

Snake Davis has appeared live with M-People, Eurythmics, Lisa Stansfield, Acoustic Alchemy etc. etc. as well as numerous tv appearances. His unique sax sound has found it’s way onto many classic hits such as, M-People’s “Moving On Up” and “Search For A Hero”, Take That’s “A Million Love Songs” and Lisa Stansfield’s “Change”

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ROVING CROWS

& Beggar’s Bridge

Saturday April 18th  £10

“Genuinely the next big thing on the folk scene” Andy O’Hare, BBC

“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC

“Great party music…I love that band” Paul O’Grady, BBC

Award Winning – Folk Fusion.

The Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009.

Their powerful live performance and unique sound has seen them receive several awards and achieve national airplay on BBC Radio 2.

They have achieved a ‘ones to watch’ status in the UK folk scene performing alongside artists such as Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span, Levellers and Bellowhead. They have entertained crowds at many festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, Lakefest, Ireby, Nibley and Treefest. They are one of the most hard-working bands on the scene. Venues performed at include, Gloucester Guildhall; Diss Corn Hall; Chapel Arts Centre, Bath; the Met, Bury; Gregson Hall, Lancaster, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham.

The Crows have released 3 albums and 2 EPs with the latter 2 being produced by Nick Brine (Ash; Oasis; Bruce Springsteen; Seasick Steve) at Rockfield Studios.

In 2011 they won 2 Irish Music Awards; ‘Top Celtic Rock Band’ and ‘Top Fiddle Player’, accredited to them by the ‘Irish Music Association’ in America.

In 2012 they won ‘Best Folk Act’ at the ‘Exposure Music Awards’, receiving the award at a ceremony in London.

During 2012 they achieved national airplay on BBC Radio 2, Mike Harding’s Folk Show and the Paul O’Grady Show. Their music has also been played on many local BBC stations including Shropshire/Hereford & Worcester/Gloucestershire/Wales as well as Netherland based station Radio Hoogeveen and online stations Bishops FM, Celtic Music Radio and Celtic-Rock.de amongst many more.

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TOO REX

SATURDAY MAY 2nd  £14.00

The 16th fundraising concert for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal

 

SATIN ‘n STEEL by Amanda Whitington
Saturday May 9th  £11
‘ Another hot hit…..a sure fire winner’ Birmingham MailWhen Karaoke singer Teena White meets veteran pro, Vince Steel, both theirSATIN 'N' STEEL  hi res clear image lives are about to change. As club duo, ‘ Satin n Steel’ , a deep love soon forms….. but life has other plans . Just as Teens’s dreams of fame and fortune seem on the verge of reality , a guilty secret smashes her world and threatens to bust their showbiz bubble for good.This bitter sweet, comedy two hander takes us on a journey from one nighters in sleazy clubs to cruises and holiday camps across the country , pulling back the glitter curtains to reveal northern clubland in the raw.Against a background of belting songs and powerful emotion, comes a moving, ‘feel good’ piece of theatre from one the UK’s most popular and well regarded playwrights. ‘ I cant’ remember the last time audiences left an auditorium smiling so brightly’
Whats On Stage‘ Poignant, funny and well observed’ Express and StarCLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS:   http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303529 

TWO PIANOS

Saturday May 23rd  £12.50

Two of the country’s finest piano men take to the stage to deliver an unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll piano experience like no other. With duelling pianos and a live backing band, David Barton and Al Kilvington will sing and play you back in time to celebrate the music of the great 1950s American rock ‘n’ roll era. Throughout the evening, David and Al will each individually showcase their take on 1950s American rock n roll, building the evening into a climatic piano duel, filled with hits from Jerry Lee Lewis , Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Elvis and many more.
Having performed to audiences up to 10,000 across the UK, Europe and USA, David Barton and Al Kilvo are excited to bring something new and build upon the theatres commitment to staging live music.

‘Dedicated rockers par excellence-top of our gig list’ – The Times newspapertwo pianos

‘An absolute joy to play with’ – Robert Hall – Jerry Lee Lewis Band

Al Kilvo is an Americana piano player from Hull, Yorkshire in England, who plays with a style and verve described as that of the ‘Killer’ Jerry-Lee Lewis himself. As a youngster, Al appeared in many line ups in his native Yorkshire UK before forming an original country-folk band with M.G Greaves and the Lonesome Too. He has toured nationally with Hull’s own Beautiful South taking in major venues such as The Hammersmith Odeon and Edinburgh Playhouse. Al continued to home his skills in the musical styles of Americas southern states whilst owning and running Hull’s famous music shop Gough and Davy (now 153 years old).

In 2013 Al was invited to record an album with his close friend Johnny Pat in the world famous Sun Studios in Memphis TN with Kenny Lovelace and Robert Hall of The Jerry Lee Lewis band. Subsequently the event and recording have been brilliant and now Al and ‘JP’ are enjoying playing the music they love to a wider audience across Europe and the USA.
Later in 2013 Al and JP performed in live venues on world famous Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Phil Brady’s in Baton Rouge as they continue to sell the Americans back their music !
Al also continued to perform all over northern England and appeared weekly with his Country band in Cottingham ‘The Fork Handles’
In February 2014 Al and JP are performing in Louisiana again having been asked to perform taking in the Mardi Gras New Orleans and other venues and festivals.

‘No one comes close’ – Mark Page – Organiser of Humber St Sesh Festival

‘There is enough talent and individuality in his act for him to make his mark nationally and not just for a year or three’ -The Stage

David Barton is a pianist and singer from Hull in East Yorkshire. From the age of 8, David developed a passion for the Blues and Boogie Woogie piano, later discovering the art of rock ‘n’ roll piano and likened to other artists such as Jools Holland, Meade Lux Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis. At the age of 26, David has already performed alongside some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including jazz maestro Jamie Cullum, American blues guitarist Walter Trout and classical Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins to name a few.
David has performed in venues around the country, including the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, St. Helens Citadel Theatre and recently performed as part of the We Heart Hull production at the Hull Truck Theatre.

‘He’s better than me. I have a funny feeling he will have his own show here one day’ – Jamie Cullum, RAH London.

‘I found this boy on Youtube and I had to invite him to come and play with my band. He’s great! ‘ – Walter Trout 

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LIVEWIRE

Friday September 11th.  £15.

The unique six man tribute to rock’s greatest band AC/DC, complete with trademark cannons, a wall of Marshalls and two hours of High Voltage Rock and Roll. And in this AC/DC’s forty first year, the band cover both eras as always with both ‘Gary’ Bon Scott and ‘Pete’ Brian Johnson present to take you on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember.P1040971 The rhythm section keep it all meticulously together giving Ashgus the freedom to mesmerise the audience with his sublime playing and infinite energy. Those who have seen the show on the ‘For Those About To Rock’ and ‘Ready to Bite’ tours are already witness to the talent and dedication Ash gives on stage with his portrayal of the livewire Angus Young delivering a truly amazing two hours of duck-walking, bedevilled Rock and Roll.

The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and for the aficionados there’s always something special as well: Back in Black, Rosie, Highway to hell, the songs go on and on until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo. If by this time you are still standing……..we salute you !!

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CO CO & THE BUTTERFIELDS

Saturday September 26th   £12.

It was only a matter of time before this wonderful bunch returned to Howden after last years barnstorming performance, if the audience that night had had anything to do with it they would have had them back the following evening!

Colourful, energetic & crowd-stamping, CoCo and the Butterfields express all the fun and vibrance of a village folk fair, throwing in powerful vocals and a beatbox to deliver catchy songs resonating in a stadium-filling pop and urban rap vibe.
Yet the atmosphere is intimate, popular with audiences of all ages. The uniquely styled music transcends genre, skipping right to the part where people start dancing. CoCo and the Butterfields are on a mission to bring people from all backgrounds together, to have a good time!P1050613

All previously buskers, the spirit of jamming together and combining styles came naturally when Jamie (beatbox) was first invited by Tom and Dulcima to provide percussion for the early CATB recordings in 2012, and the band quickly grew into the 5 piece it is today, with Micah and Handsome Rob learning new instruments to extend the sound.

The band have released four EPs, in the spirit of “let’s get the music out there”. Warriors (2013), King of the Corner (2013), Fip Fok (2014) and See the Sun (2014).

Warriors, one of the most anthemic songs, was launched at a sell out show at Canterbury’s 1,200 capacity Marlowe Theatre followed by the release of the self-made fantasy music video, featuring the creation of an entire world, band members cast as lead characters and a trilogy film series to follow.
Their latest release, See the Sun, saw each band member create a superhero persona for the music video which featured a comic book style story and some home-made effects.

See the Sun was launched at Kent’s biggest venue, the 2,400 capacity Winter Gardens, where Tom’s nan once saw the Beatles perform.
The show featured CoCo and the Butterfields supported by brass and strings sections, guest beatboxers plus an 80 adult choir and a 150 strong children’s choir from 5 local schools. Dulcima built a 7-foot sun which hung behind the band in front of a wall bedecked with starry LEDs.
And loads of lovely people came!
In 2014 the band performed 3 slots at Glastonbury. It was the first time any of them had been and they enjoyed it very much. They also made an appearance at many other major festivals, with plenty of the stage managers commenting that they were the “act of the year”.

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CREGAN & CO

Saturday October 10th  £15

Rod Stewart’s fellow guitarist and collaborative songwriter Jim Cregan from 1977 to the present day celebrates an evening of Rod’s hit songs with very special guest vocalist Ben Mills.

“If you can’t afford my tickets go see these guys ….. they’re just as good and half the price !!” Rod Stewart 2011

A brilliant feel good evening of Rod Stewart hits, with songs such as “You’re In My Heart”, “I Was Only Joking”, “Baby Jane”, “Blondes Have More Fun”, Maggie May”, “Forever Young” and many, many more!P1050517

Jim Cregan has a musical pedigree to die for, a former member of Family with Roger Chapman, remember the acoustic guitar break in Cockney Rebel’s “Come Up An See Me (Make Me Smile)”? That’s Jim Cregan. He has worked as a producer and musician with the likes of Art Garfunkle, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, Janis Ian, Peabo Bryson, Cat Stevens and Joe Cocker to name just a few.

His work achieved top five hits in different charts and several more platinum selling records.He recorded two platinum selling albums with Katie Melua, Call Off The Search in 2003 and Piece By Piece in 2005, he has also toured extensively with her.

“Thursday’s headliners really took the bull by the horns; Jim Cregan was up there smiling enjoying himself, smashing out those classic Rod Stewart songs he co-wrote, played on and produced. Heads up goes to Ben Mills on vocals, third place finalist on X-Factor just shows what they know about music, this man is the real deal what a set of lungs! I wasn’t around to see Rod in his hey day (and I am 42!) but this I think is as close as I am going to get! “(Cambridge Rock Fest review 2013)

“Together, they soar, that great Rod Stewart sound conjured up by the guys who created it.” Southampton Review

Drummer Harry James is renowned for his work with legendary rock band Thunder as well as drumming with Steve Harley, Jon Lord and Glen Hughes. Other members of the band are bass player Pat Davey (Tom Robinson Band) and pianist Sam Tanner (Alexander O’Neil, Nate James & Duffy).
Ben Mills is an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own right and with this great band he plays a mean guitar too ! He’s having a blast singing Rod Stewart’s back catalogue with the guy who actually wrote the songs … putting his own stamp on the hits that everyone knows and loves….

“When I talk of goosebumps and tingles down my spine when I hear him sing it’s not just a figure of speech, it genuinely happens, and I would quite happily listen to him for hours on end knowing that I would be captivated, totally mesmerised, the entire time.”

“I was once again captured by Ben’s voice. Sat with my eyes closed, I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end as I surrendered to the music – for the next two hours, nothing else would matter.”
“The instant Ben started singing the mood was set and all around me people began to sing along and dance in their seats. Ben’s vocals are so naturally reminiscent of Rod Stewart’s …… the audience was taken back in time to one of the best musical eras ever …… he really got into the spirit of it all and the band seemed to be having as much fun up on the stage as we were having in front of it.”

This is a seriously good band who play seriously good music with a very serious feel-good factor to their show!
Come and listen to the stories and share in the music that has formed the soundtrack to many of our lives
for more than 30 years !

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THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN

Friday October 23rd  £17.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown celebrates 45 years of the massive worldwide hit FIRE with a brand new live show including the legendary fire helmet and rock n roll theatricals.

Arthur Brown first came to prominence in swinging London in 1967, after spending some time on the Paris underground scene Arthur was quickly signed to Track Records at the instruction of The Who’s Pete Townshend and released the single Devils Grip, regarded by some as the record that gave the birth of Heavy Metal.

Arthur is best thought of for his 1968 Number one single Fire that still gets regular airplay all over the world and has been covered by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Die Krupps, The Prodigy and The Who.

Arthur’s next band Kingdom Come performed as the main act at the first filmed Glastonbury Festival in 1971 and in 1973 Kingdome Come was the first band to release an album using a Drum Machine.

Artists such as Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper and Bruce Dickenson site Arthur Brown their biggest influence and in this Arthur’s fifth decade in music the fire is far from out.

Arthur’s most recent album Voices Of Love had major critical acclaim and Arthur received the Classic Rock magazine showman of the year award.

New Album ‘Zim Zam Zim’ is out now following a successful pledge campaign that has shown incredible support for The God Of Hellfire 45 years after the release of his first hit single. Tracks from the album are being toured in 2014 / 2015 across the UK and Europe, alongside demonstrations of a new pioneering technology – a thought control helmet that enables Arthur to creat music with the power of his mind.

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HATS OFF TO LED ZEPPELIN

Friday November 13th  £12.50

The Official UK No.1 tribute to the gods of Rock and Roll! Hats Off to Led Zeppelin are proud to be the only tribute act in the UK officially endorsed by Marshall amplifiers and they are managed by none other than Warren Grant … for the uninitiated, his father Peter was Led Zeppelin’s manager! “Hats Off to Led Zeppelin are the closest you are going to get” Warren said after first seeing the band.hotlz promo1

Close your eyes and let these four world class musicians take you back to when Led Zeppelin ruled the earth! Having played with Queen, Ray Davies, Edwin Starr, Iron Maiden, Gerry & the Pacemakers, PJ Proby, Shaun Ryder & the Seahorses as well as appearing in a plethora of London Shows including We Will Rock You, Thriller LIVE!, Wicked, Billy Elliot, Dancing in the Streets, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Buddy to name but a few, these guys are a truly professional outfit guaranteed to give you a night that you won’t forget in a hurry!

With glowing endorsements from Led Zeppelin’s tour manager Richard Cole – “Worth seeing … entertainment with style”; Led Zep biographer Dave Lewis – “a refreshing no nonsense approach … this band delivers every time!”; and the BBC – “an outstanding concert”, along with audience and critical acclaim – “Shut your eyes and you would think you were listening to the real thing”, this is a show not to be missed!

If you want to see one of the most exciting live acts around then book your ticket now! Think you know tribute bands? Think again!

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THE RED DIRT SKINNERS

Saturday December 5th     £10.

The Red Dirt Skinners rule breaking individuality has led to them being the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards (WINNER – Instrumentalist of the Year 2014) and the British Country Music Awards ( Finalist BEST NEW ACT and PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2013). The Skinners were also voted by UK Country Radio as one of the top ten acts of 2014.

The band’s music has wide appeal and comfortably blends Country, Blues, Americana and Folk Music. With a relentless touring schedule, the duo have been described by many as the “hardest working band in the business”. Audiences the world over describe them as “refreshingly different”.

From the first song of the show, it is immediately evident that they love performing live. The Skinners vocal harmonies have been described as “sublime” and “beyond perfection”.  Rob and Sarah particularly love the opportunity to interact with audiences both during and after their shows. RedDirtSkinners-live-photographed-by-Craig-Chisholm

“One of the best duos in the business” Blues in Britain Magazine.   “The best live act I’ve heard in yonks!” Fatea Magazine.

“Home bred duos don’t come more impassioned or impressive” Daily Mirror  “The First Couple of British Country” Classic Rock Magazine

“One of Britain’s most engaging duos of any genre”. Hebden Blues Festival

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Comments
  1. Heather Morgan says:

    I was introduced to a fantastic Canadian band The Paperboys at the Shire Hall. Just had an email from them to say they are in the UK next year and have some dates free May 26th-June 3rd. Just wondered if you might consider booking them again.

    • howdenlive says:

      Hi Heather,

      We would love to book bands like this again but we are now attempting to be self funding and are no longer in a position to take risks with gigs which unfortunately means we are missing out on fantastic bands like The Paperboys. Acoustic Strawbs with the fantastic Jilly Riley in support this Saturday Dec 1st though.

      Cheers,

      Mark.

  2. Susan Hewer says:

    A fantastic production of “Educating Rita” by Willy Russell is comin g to the Shire Hall on Thursday 9th May at 7.30. Directed by award winning Daniel Slater with original music by internationally renowned compoiser Mark-Anthony Turnage. Check out the touring company’s website http://www.hambledonproductions.com for more information. First time in Howden!

  3. yorkshirelass says:

    what time do the concerts start?

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