(From the Blues Band)

Saturday January 31st 2015  £20

Support from local hero Martyn Barker

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.P+D

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.



Saturday February 7th 2015 £10.

As far as we can work out this will be HEART OF GLASS’s ninth appearance at the Shire Hall , sadly it will also be their last as the band are calling it a day in 2015. Come see them off in style…..
A tribute to Blondie fronted by the delectable Denise Danielle described as ‘the closest to Debbie Harry yet!’ There is a very good reason we have booked them back every year, a record now for consecutive appearances in Howden! That reason is that they simply rock! A cast iron guarantee of a superbly entertaining night out and for the same price as eight years ago!!
Heart of Glass are the foremost Blondie Tribute band in the UK and the only one that is fully professional. Lead singer Denise Danielle who has put together a stunning replication of a ‘Blondie’ show with all the favourite classics plus a lot more: Atomic, Maria, The Tide Is High, Hanging On The Telephone, Call Me, Denis, One Way Or Another, Sunday Girl and many, many more.
Denise prides herself on authenticity and does 6 costume changes during a show, each reflecting upon the various songs. There is no finer exponent of the songs, style and raw energy of Deborah Harry and Blondie. This will be a real treat to see this band – it will be like experiencing the real Blondie in 1978!


Recognise anyone?


Saturday February 21st   £12
Hometown: Hartlepool. The lineup: Max Bianco, Dali, Al Devon, Richie Docherty, Chris Hooks, Keith Wilkinson. The background: The Jar Family are, roughly speaking, what Pete Doherty might sound like busking with, variously, the Band and Chas and Dave. They call themselves an “industrial folk collective”, although that suggests Trent Renzor fronting the Incredible String Band or Mumford & Sons remixed by Ministry, and they don’t sound like either of those at all. A review of one of their tracks described it as “the perfect song, the perfect recording”, after which, it suggested, “all other songs should be banned”, but the point is, their music isn’t perfect, it’s loose and dishevelled, which, on second thoughts, is probably a lot of people’s idea of perfection. The vocals are hoarse, the playing is immaculately sloppy, and the whole project is so pre-punk, so pre-postmodern, it’s not true. It’s like all of the genres and all of the eras since 1976 never happened.Thejarfamily10And as we say, they’re catching on, following support slots with Alabama 3, the Charlatans, Babyshambles, King Charles and Jake Bugg. Some are being drawn by the image of this gang of grown-up Artful Dodgers in all their neo-Dickensian finery, others by the musicianship, which recalls a bygone age of guitar licks and solos and “tasty” drum and bass parts that, unsurprisingly, have nothing to do with drum’n’bass. Their debut album, due later this year, will be a treat for people who last got excited about new bands around the time of the pub rock movement, ie circa 1975, and since then have only cocked an ear to the radio whenever someone gritty and authentic came along. The music is bluesy, or blue-eyed soul-y, the songs the sort of fare you can imagine being busked, others more embellished with instrumental passages that provide ample opportunities for the sort of orgiastic grimaces rock musicians aren’t allowed to make any more. The buzz: “The bohemian cheer of the Pogues has been combined with the broken poetic spirit of Peter Doherty” – Music Week. The truth: Meet Chas and Dylan. Most likely to: Get their jar-jars out. Least likely to: Tour with Kraftwerk. What to buy: The single Machine/Footsteps is released by Jar on 15 April. The double album Jarmalade is due later this year. File next to: Pogues, Mumford & Sons, Skinny Lister, Band of Holy JoyCLICK HERE  CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS: 




Saturday March 7th


These clips are not from the songbook show but the Frank Sinatra one, should give you a good idea though……


& The Lamms.

Friday March 20th. £10
Punk and Ska. What more could you ask for?


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!

  • Snake – SaxesSDS4
  • 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”




& 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 amongst many more.




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: 


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 


  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!

  3. yorkshirelass says:

    what time do the concerts start?

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