MUSIC

  THURSDAY OCTOBER 30th

TOYAH WILLCOX  £22.50

ACOUSTIC, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL  .

FROM PUNK PRINCESS TO CULT FILM STAR TO HIGH PRIESTESS OF TV, TOYAH WILLCOX IS A UNIQUELY GIFTED PERFORMER. SHE IS ONE OF BRITAIN’S ICONIC HOUSEHOLD NAMES; AN AWARD-WINNING ROCK LEGEND, ACCOMPLISHED TV PRESENTER AND MUCH-LOVED STAGE ACTRESS.
In a career spanning thirty years Toyah has had thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, made ten feature films and presented such diverse television programmes as The Good Sex Guide Late, Watchdog and Songs Of Praise.

2014MainTourImage-Acoustic (6)It all began in her hometown Birmingham in 1977 when film director Derek Jarman offered her the role of ‘Mad’ in seminal punk epic Jubilee. She continued to gain strong roles, appearing alongside Katherine Hepburn in the film, The Corn is Green, as well as playing ‘Monkey’ in the legendary Quadrophenia. She teamed up with Jarman again to play Miranda in his innovative version of The Tempest, which won her a nomination as Best Newcomer at the 1980 Evening Standard Awards.By this time Toyah’s band was gaining critical success with the debut single Victims of the Riddle (no.1 in the independent charts) and six track EP Sheep Farming in Barnet. Her first album, The Blue Meaning, became a Top 40 hit. A TV Documentary “Toyah”, an accompanying live album Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! – as well as hit singles It’s A Mystery, I Want to Be Free, Brave New World and Be Proud, Be Loud, Be Heard plus the platinum albums Anthem and The Changeling – confirmed her status as one of the most significant talents of the Eighties. In 1982 she won the Best Female Singer at the Rock & Pop Awards.

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15 th

CREGAN & CO   £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!

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 !
Read more about these remarkable musicians on
www.creganandco.com   and www.jimcregan.com
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29th

THE MOTOWN EXPRESS   £14

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 !!

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FRIDAY DECEMBER 5th

KILLER RHAPSODY

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”

 

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SATURDAY DECEMBER  6th

VIN GARBUTT  £12

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Live Act” Award 2001            Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of hiS career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He isrenowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.“Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It’s a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health.” English Folk Dance & Song Society.“Every budding singer-songwriter please take note: attending a Vin Garbutt concert is now mandatory before your first public performance. Garbutt is the undisputed master of communicating with an audience.” Penguin Eggs magazine. Canada

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee for “Best Folk Singer” and “Best Live Act”                Awards 2001Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Live Act” Award 2001Honorary Degree of Master of Arts awarded to Vin by Teesside University in 2001 for his music and his services to the arts and culture of the area of the North East of England.BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee for “Best Live Act” Award 2007
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PAUL JONES & DAVE KELLY

(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.

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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!

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