The Motown Express – A new breath taking Motown show brilliantly performing the music of Motown legends. It has now been over 50 years since Berry Gordy started his Motown Empire back in 1959 in Detroit Michigan. Studio A was housed in a converted garage behind the building he soon dubbed Hitsville U.S.A. It was from these humble beginnings Motown was born and still commands immense audience support and appreciation today. Performing the unforgettable sounds of The Supremes, Martha Reeves, Four Tops, Temptations, Stevie Wonder and many more. For more than five decades Motown music has been played on the airwaves and both young and old will instantly recognize the distinctive tunes that have stood the test of time since that unforgettable sound was launched. This show will take you on a timeless journey with stunning costumes, flawless choreography and a live band that pays tribute to the unsung Funk Brothers and the much loved Motown music. The Motown Express will have you singing and dancing in the aisles, creating 2 hours of pure Motown nostalgia. So what are you waiting for put on your dancing shoes on, get to the platform and come join us for an unforgettable night with the Motown Express. “Please don’t miss this train at the station” ALL ABOARD !! HERE WE GO !!




A formidable QUEEN tribute band of the very highest calibre.

Killer Rhapsody is the newest and hottest tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen.

A performance synonymous with the energy and passion of one of the world’s biggest bands, Killer Rhapsody use their years of experience in live music to produce one of the most genuine and authentic Queen and Freddie Mercury experiences.

Queens music is known throughout the world and Killer Rhapsody use their years experience performing live music to replicate the tunes that made them the global force they are iconic for.Killer Rhaps

With the benefit of youth but also experience, collectively possessing over 50 years of high end live performance in the UK and across Europe, Killer Rhapsody keep the Queen experience alive. They bring the theatre that every Queen performance bore to those who experienced them first time and the new fans discovering the magic of Queen today.

Basing they’re stage show on the finest segments of Queens famous live shows the band include all of the biggest hits from One Vision to We are the champions. From Killer Queen to Bicycle Race and who can forget Bohemian Rhapsody. The band cover all of the biggest 25 selling Queen singles plus many more. 


“Have to say this is one of the best bands I’ve seen. Amazing night and the atmosphere when these play is fantastic. “

The Springhead, Hull


Fabulous band, fabulous night. Thank you  xx

“Maggie Taylor”






Cancelled due to illness. Please watch this space for the possibility of a re scheduled performance next year.

Please ring Touchwood re refunds for tickets. Get well soon Vin!

They say every cloud has a silver lining and this one is very, very silver indeed. This band were one of THE highlights at Beverley Festival this year. They are;

CATBBanner-greenSATURDAY DECEMBER 6th. £12.50

Tickets available online now.

Folk, pop and hip hop…….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!CATB hi res image 2014-15All 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. Pioneers of a newly found sound “Fip Fok” they soon earned themselves the title of the UK’s best unsigned act and shared the stage with internationally renowned artists Bastille, Wheatus, Seasick Steve and The Pogues.Co Co & The Butterfields fresh sound  and raw energy on stage has rapidly earned them a large and loyal following, in two Howden Live seasons full of highlights tonight will be right up there with the very best.

“Very cool band!”
Bob Geldof
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”.
“The stand out band from the weekend were CoCo and the Butterfields who absolutely blew the festival away on each day. On Sunday they performed on the small farmhouse stage slap bang in the middle of the day and yet still had a large crowd going wild. This band are heading to the big time with their mix of folk, country and even a beat boxer offering percussion as well as sick solos.”
“Bespoke music but not as you know it – CoCo and the Butterfields are a young acoustic fivepiece who have managed the almost impossible task of creating a sound that is almost entirely unique…A great entertaining and totally unique band at last.”
Dan Lucas, Record Producer
There should be a law saying that CoCo and the Butterfields should only be allowed to play outdoor venues as they are so raucous and fun that any indoor space runs the risk of having its roof and walls blown clean away. These guys are just great, infectious and rowdy, just what live music should be.
Baylen Leonard, Amazing Radio



(From the Blues Band)

Saturday January 31st 2015  £20

In the decade before the far-reaching telephone call that started The Blues Band, Paul had been a hard-working actor, mainly in London’s West End but also on Broadway (he lived in New York for a year).  But always at heart he was a bluesman.

Having declined Brian Jones’ invitation to join the fledgling Rolling Stones in 1962, Paul accepted the very next offer, a job with the group which soon became Manfred Mann.  Later known as a pop group (Do Wah Diddy, Pretty Flamingo) they began as an R&B band, and would find themselves playing with Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, and Matt “Guitar” Murphy.

Over the years, Paul’s songs have been recorded by people like Ten Years After, Al Kooper and Carlos Santana – and the earliest line-up of Steppenwolf.  He has also written for films, television and commercials.  As a harmonica man, he has performed publicly and/or recorded with Memphis Slim, Alexis Korner, Henry Gray, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Bibb, Otis Grand – hardly to mention the likes of Tina Turner and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

The list of guests on his programmes on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM is encyclopaedic, from Luther Allison to Axel Zwingenburger, and including B B King, Koko Taylor, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Witherspoon and scores more.

On 11/4/01 on BBC television, Paul proved to be a popular recipient of the famous THIS IS YOUR LIFE big red book.
If there is such a thing as a British ‘blues pedigree’, then Dave Kelly’s sets the standard.  Kelly is a blues craftsman – a journeyman who has served his time with the best.

In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters.  He became a friend to Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker, who both felt the benefit of Dave’s playing in their touring bands.  It was Dave’s big sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, who first opened his ears to the blues, although his passion for rock and roll – and especially the work of Buddy Holly – remains intact.  In 1967 he joined The John Dummer Blues Band.  After three albums and a solo project he continued to polish his style and technique throughout an adventurous career with some of Britain’s finest players.  When The Blues Band was formed in 1979, the post of slide guitarist and joint vocalist was a foregone conclusion – and bringing his friend, the bassist Gary Fletcher, along to that first rehearsal, was a bonus.  Dave Kelly’s guitar and vocals form the very backbone of The Blues Band’s distinctive sound.

Today, after 21 years ‘treading the boards’ with the band, with his solo albums, duo tours with Paul Jones, and soundtrack work (for commercials and such projects as BBC TV’s ‘King of the Ghetto’ and the Comic Strip’s ‘Strike!’) Dave Kelly is firmly estabished as Europe’s premier blues performer.


  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.



  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 for more information. First time in Howden!

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