MUSIC

Saturday February 20th

THE STEVE FULSHAM BAND & THE NICOL BAND  £10

7.30 for 8pm. 

Two of the very best bands in Yorkshire, or anywhere else for that matter! A double headliner of the very highest quality..Maximum R&B! 

The Steve Fulsham Band  play classic rock and blues like they mean it, which is easy because they do! Based in the City of Culture 2017 , they play a wide range of blues-rock styles: from 60’s British, through swaggerin’ Texan, all the way to all-guns-blazing 70’s stadium rock, while covering, as The Reverend Billy Gibbons put it: “all points in between…” Amongst the classics are their own numbers, five of which feature on their  CD ‘On Fire’ ; all composed by Steve. They have headlined the Isis Stage at Stormin’ the Castle and the Blues Stage at the MAG Farmyard Party and have appeared on the British Stage at Colne Blues Festival and for the first time this year, the circuit at Maryport Blues.Les NicolSteve Fulsham Band

The Nicol Band was formed to play the kind of music that they love playing, from blues to rock and beyond. Les’ influences were mostly from the 60s, when he learned to play guitar with one ear to the record player. It was a great time for learning, and he was very lucky to have heroes such as Eric Clapton, Jimmie Hendrix and Jeff Beck.
With all of those years behind him, there is now a vast treasure in the locker room.
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Saturday March 5th.MARTIN TURNER plays the music of WISHBONE ASH  

Saturday March 5th

 £15

7.30 for 8pm.

 An evening of classic Wishbone Ash music…and beyond. Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music’s best loved works and influence numerous successful bands and result in millions of album sales and concert attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts and its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music. Over four decades later, the enduring music of the classic marks of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new.

Classic album releases such as Argus, Pilgrimage, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being a key ingredient in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up, which features MARTIN TURNERguitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown and remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint. In recent years Martin Turner has delighted audiences worldwide with its performances of material from the classic periods of Wishbone Ash’s history, with concert appearances in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Holland, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, the USA and Canada. Performances have been captured on a series of acclaimed live CD and DVD releases. Martin Turner looks back fondly on his touring activities since his return to the live stage: “I have had a wonderful time over the past few years rediscovering the wider Wishbone Ash catalogue and taking this to the people. When I go to see an artist live, I want to hear the songs as I remember them from the records and I believe that is true of the Wishbone Ash audience too.”
In 2012 Martin Turner also published his personal memoirs in the critically acclaimed autobiographical book No Easy Road – My Life and Times with Wishbone Ash, documenting the defining years of one of the UK’s best loved rock bands as well as his personal life journey within music. 4 th September 2015 saw the release of Martin Turner’s long awaited new studio album “Written in the Stars”. Written and recorded with his touring musicians and other collaborators, “Written in the Stars“ is described by Martin Turner as “a guitar-based set of songs which represents an extension of the Wishbone Ash legacy, with an emphasis on the melodic qualities that the classic line-ups of the band were known for.” Music industry insiders have already heralded the album as “the finest collection of new ‘Wishbone’ songs in over three decades” and “the album Wishbone Ash never made”. Written in the Stars – Live Dates 2015/16 sees Martin Turner moving positively forwards with a show that introduces brand new music from Written in the Stars that sits comfortably alongside stage favourites and classic album cuts from the extensive Wishbone Ash repertoire.
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Saturday March 19th

MAGGIE BELL & DAVE KELLY

In Concert   £15  

7.30 for 8pm.

Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly renew their partnership in 2015 after a two year lay-off with some selected venues and festivals in the UK and Canada, and will tour the UK in 2016.

The on-stage chemistry is immediately apparent, stemming from their love and respect for the music they play as well as the deep knowledge of the genre. Although both coming originally out of  blues/soul explosion of the late 1960’s their repertoire is far broader than just that. When they first got together in 2007 (?) they both wished to sing ‘any song that took their fancy’, so the set includes folk, rock, country, gospel as well as blues and soul.

Their stage craft is as would be expected from two professionals with a collective experience of 100 years, but this is no slick show wheeled out with any predictability. Indeed when Maggie and Dave take to the stage ‘anything can happen’ (and often does). One promoter commented ” I don’t know how they make such a sound with one guitar and two voices – it sounded like a full band”

An evening with two stalwarts of the British R&B scene, two great voices, two great reputations.
A wonderful evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times, and no doubt a little humour.
Maggie Bell – Scotland’s Queen of Soul, founder member of Stone the Crows, later had an incredibly successful solo career on both sides of the Atlantic, now once again back on the music scene after a 20 year lay off. She was a resounding hit at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert in 2008.Dave KellyLondon’s slide guitar king, having learned his trade in the backing bands of, and recording with, Son House, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells to name but five blues legends, a founder member of The Blues Band, still wowing audiences after nearly 30 years..

 

Saturday April 2nd

CURVED AIR   £15  

7.30 for 8pm.

 “CURVED AIR, with a real band attitude and a zest for life;
this is a band you want to see live for the sheer artistry
of how to deliver the musical goods.” – Lee Dorian, Classic Rock
Curved Air’s  concerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship.The band, are still fronted by Sonja Kristina, with original drummer Florian Pilkington Miksa. and veteran musicians who were introduced through Sonja Kristina’s and Darryl Way’s solo projects  Sonja Kristina states,  “these are  virtuoso musicians. Robert Norton on  keyboards is exceptional – as is Paul Sax, a unique violinist, one of the first entrants to the Yehudi Menuhin School, and veteran of many alternative bands – a passionate and brave performer .. Both Paul Sax and Robert Norton recorded and toured with my ‘Acid Folk’ band between 1988 and 1996 . All the band are brilliant players and inspiring people. Ex Darryl Way’s Verisma band-mate, bass player Chris Harris is literally our root on bass. Now AIRCUT guitarist Kirby Gregory has returned to Curved Air after 40 years in October 2013 to add his signature  guitar sound. There is great chemistry and communication in this incarnation of Curved Air that the crowds love… 

Considered (according to AllMusic) “one of the most dramatically accomplished of all the bands lumped into Britain’s late-’60s prog explosion“, Curved Air is a pioneering British progressive rock group of musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds.They are famed for their unforgettable live performances and ‘Art Rock’ music – the quasi classical imprints of Terry Riley hooked onto beautiful and demonic violin combined with electronic adventurous synths and interwoven with brilliant guitar wizardry mesmerisingly embroidered by the subliminal and exotic presence of a unique girl lead singer Sonja Kristina. All these elements elevated them from the underground Roundhouse scene to top the album charts in the early ’70s.Along with High Tide and East of Eden, Curved Air was one of the first rock bands after It’s A Beautiful Day and The United States of America to feature an electric violin, inspiringly and dramatically explored by the excellent Darryl Way and now by the dynamic Paul Sax. Original keyboard player/guitarist Francis Monkman was the trailblazer for future ‘electronica’ and ambient extemporization. Robert Norton has inherited this sonic template and himself a spinner of ethereal soundscapes extends the boundaries towards further horizons while Florian Pilkington Miksa on drums then and now, with Chris Harris’ bass guitar artistry, provides the expressive rhythmic pulse that is the Curved Air signature.Curved Air  have to date released eight studio albums and though progressive innovators they were hailed as Pop Stars when their single, the sultry “Back Street Luv” was a Top 5 hit in 1971. The present line-up of Sonja Kristina, Florian Pilkington-Miksa, Kit Morgan, Chris Harris, Robert Norton and Paul Sax have been touring together since 2009.On 12th November 2012, much to the excitement of their fans and press worldwide,  a Live CD/DVD titled ‘Live Atmosphere‘  was released – ‘Songs of revolution, insanity, loss, desire and ghosts: a unique compilation of powerful Curved Air songs played by a vital contemporary Curved Air’.‘Live Atmosphere’ produced by Marvin Ayres , includes a bonus DVD with a tour featurette and an atmospheric visual collage.  A new studio album, the first in 36 years, is soon to be released worldwide  by US label Cleopatra Records in 2014Curved Air band

Before Curved Air, actress and singer Sonja Kristina performed in the British Folk Clubs during her teens. In 1968 she starred as “Chrissy” in the radical Tribal-Rock Musical ‘Hair’ when it opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. As Curved Air’s lead singer and lyricist she topped the British female vocalist polls – the first UK girl singer to front a Rock band. She won the hearts of a generation of young men and boys and the music cognoscenti.The constant flame leading Curved Air through the decades, Sonja Kristina’s hypnotic attraction endures today, “vibrant and edgy as ever, Sonja, the original prog diva gives a charismatic and highly visual performance. Looking like a glamorous gipsy queen with her flowing red hair and dressed in sparkly black, that signature voice is still smoky and seductive as she spins around the stage around the excellent musicians who are Curved Air“. (Music Street Journal)Curved Air is: Vocalist Sonja Kristina, Drummer Florian Pilkington Miksa, Guitarist Kirby Gregory, Violinist Paul Sax, Bass Chris Harris and Keyboard Player Robert Norton.  

All of the players impress. Although only drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa is from the original line-up, Sonja has found some stunning new instrumentalists who immerse the audience in a set of swirling, whirling solos that emphasize moods and nuances and floating waves of sound that act as a counterpoint to Sonja’s dramatic sense of theatricality“. (Classic Rock Society Magazine)

Sonja Kristina prowls the front of the stage… expertly playing off the energy of all the performers with her. Guitarist Kirby Gregory… moves through figures, shapes and techniques with deceptive ease… violinist Paul Sax pulling sounds from his instrument like a mad scientist … there’s no denying they remain formidable live!” (Prog Magazine)

While women in UK progressive rock were relatively few and far between… it’s Sonja that wore the crown. Well the undisputed queen of British Prog is on tour again and what a joy it is to see her and Curved Air back in action… Violinist Paul Sax… sweats for his art right from the off and with virtuoso wizardry sears through the set like a man possessed… the whole group of assembled musicians are perfectly qualified to recreate the band’s uniqueness authentically… Catch them while you can“. (Classic Rock)

Katie Spencer is a singer songwriter inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Enjoying music from a young age has katie spencerdeveloped her ever-evolving and infinite musical tastes and influences, including John Martyn, Ryley Walker and Led Zeppelin. Katie began to teach herself to play the guitar in December 2012 and soon after started writing refreshingly mature songs that quieten the room, as you accompany their characters on evocative and poignant journeys. Katie is also in the process of creating her debut album alongside Brian Young, featuring Ted McKenna, with bass written by Danny Thompson.”  

Saturday April 16th

VIN GARBUTT   £12 

                                                                                                                                                                                   7.30 for 8pm

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Live Act” Award 2001
Vin’s career has spanned over 40 Vin Garbuttyears 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 is renowned 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. CanadaBBC 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.

Vin Garbutt is reputed to have said that he is not interested in becoming a big star in the accepted sense. Nevertheless in the area of music where he performs, there is no bigger star. He prefers to be a big fish in a small pond. This attitude means that his need for privacy and a balanced home life are safeguarded and satisfied. What the world realised long before Vin did, was that the small pond had grown over the years into a considerable lake.All this has happened without the hype from big Record Companies, and without the usual publicity from the mass media. He has performed all over the globe, and in parts of countries that the biggest stars will never see. This phenomenon has occurred solely by word of mouth, spread by people who have come across him, and felt the need to share this unique experience with their fellow countrymen.

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Saturday April 30th

TOO REX    £14 

7.30 for 8pm.

With sell out shows, and a Glam revival in full swing, there’s never been a better time to relive the legend of Marc Bolan and T-REX

Featuring the incredible Bobby T as Marc Bolan, Too REX bring back the Glam Rock era of the seventies to enthusiastic audiences across the land. With a magical spell binding show that covers most of Marc Bolan’s career, from the early hippy period of Tyrannosaurus REX to the megastar, chart topping days of T-REX, complete with real vintage equpiment, full costume changes, glitter, and more than a dash of star quality, Too REX, the band, come incredibly close to the real thing.P1030498

The two hour show usually includes some early singles such as “Deborah”, and “One Inch Rock” and “Ride A White Swan” to the huge hits like “Get It On”, “Telegram Sam”, Hot Love”, “Jeepster” and Children of the Revolution”, to some of the fondly remembered album material, including tracks from the acclaimed Billy Elliot movie soundtrack and even recent blockbuster movie School of Rock with Jack Black who is an avid T.REX fan! 

Saturday May 14th

THE JAR FAMILY  £12.50

7.30 for 8pm. 

Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent.Although on paper the idea of five very different and charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles working together harmoniously seems unlikely, the stunning results of their work to date speak for themselves. Taking their name from the donations jar they passed around at early gigs, the band are a tight knit group who had the foresight to realise that they were stronger collectively than they were individually.
To pursue their ambitious vision some tough early decisions had to be made. With few musical opportunities and even less resources at their disposal in their native North East the band temporarily moved away from their families in Hartlepool and relocated to a deserted farm in the remote Cambridgeshire countryside. There they built themselves a basic rehearsal studio and living in a ramshackle collection of old caravans for over a year they started to develop and refine what was to become the Jar Family sound.P1050777
A relentless touring schedule, which has seen the band appearing as special guests to a number of established artists such as Jake Bugg, Babyshambles, Alabama 3 and others has brought their raucous and engaging shows to all corners of the country. Picking up an ever-growing army of admirers as a result of this live activity the band has now established a major fan base of fanatical supporters throughout the UK. 
The Jar Family recorded new material at the legendary Monnow Valley Studios in 2014 with acclaimed producer Rupert Christie and are set to release a new album ‘Family First’ in September 2015 amidst more inexorable touring

Saturday May 28th

HEART OF GLASS

£12.50

7.30 for 8pm

Well! …..Thought you had seen the last of Heart Of Glass at the Shire Hall? We are pleased to say that you can think again, back for a record breaking 11th P1030006performance! 

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 .
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

https://www.youtube.com/embed/wVsPG3OZeDo“>A nifty vid from last year…….Click here.

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Comments
  1. 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!

  2. yorkshirelass says:

    what time do the concerts start?

  3. David Elgy says:

    When are tickets going on sale for Martin Turners Wishbone Ash please

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