CO CO & THE BUTTERFIELDS & Molly Curtis.    £12


A ‘double whammy’ weekend. Come to both gigs and we’ll knock two quid off CATB, refundable on the night on production of evidence of purchase of a C & C ticket.

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!CATB hi res 2015-16

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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Saturday October 10th  £15.  The full band show.

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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With: Graham Graham Beck and Grace Solero.

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.                 “Arthur Brown and his band are essential viewing for anyone with even a modicum of appreciation for a true visionary artist.”

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GRAHAM GRAHAM BECK – Born in Norfolk, & now living in Hull, keyboard player, singer-songwriter, enthusiastic ‘synth knob-twiddler’ & visual artist, Graham Graham Beck has played with WRECKLESS ERIC (from art college days of the 1970’s, up to the present – he played keyboards on Eric’s 2004 album, ‘Bungalow Hi’). He played piano on two tracks of ALAN CLAYSON’S  2012 album, ‘One Dover Soul’. Solo albums – ‘A Bathful Of Nasturtiums’ (2013); ‘Lo-Tech Music For Hi-Tech People’ (released May 2015).
His music doesn’t fall into any particular category, although ‘Quirky Alternative Pop with a whimsical edge’ seems to emcompass what he’s doing at the moment. There are elements of pop, rock, rock ‘n roll, jazz, ambient, electronic noodlings & other accidental sources, particularly when recording. ‘Live’ performance takes the music in a more-Surreal direction, with various stage props used to ‘enhance’ the songs. Influences include: Max Wall, Eno, Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, Kraftwerk, obscure Kraut Rock bands, & unsurprisingly Arthur Brown! He supported Arthur last year at Hessle Town Hall.Graham Graham Beck 4
He continues to play solo, under the name ‘GRAHAM GRAHAM BECK’ (“It keeps me on the streets”, he says), singing songs about biscuits, packaging, superheroes, garden ornaments – you know, things that really matter (he is The Batman in his spare time, but don’t tell anyone….It’s a secret!). He was one-half of duo BIG SPIDER BECK & pyschedelic pop duo, MENU, & one-quarter of improvisational band, FEAR oF BICYCLES. When solo, he is four-quarters of himself.

GRACE SOLERO. Grace Solero’s music has a certain raw energy that few artists can convincingly convey. Singer and guitarist Grace herself possesses a visceral voice of astounding range and a presence and poise as a performer that points to past dance, acting and gymnastic training. In the group she lends her name to, her star quality is matched by California born, Londao based guitarist Dan Beaulaurier, whose style displays a rare mix of technical mastery and real soul. Since first meeting while working on a production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome at London’s Theatre Technis, the pair have been producing beguiling, otherworldly sounds that utterly befit such far from humble beginnings.

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Saturday November 7th £12.

It was only a matter of time before this talented lot returned to Howden, out of the same exhuberant, original draw asCo Co & The Butterfields they were voted best band at last year’s Cropredy Convention, and named THE band to see at Glastonbury by the Huffington Post, 2014 also saw Blackbeard’s Tea Party make a huge impact at festivals as diverse as Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Costa Del Folk in Spain, and the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. With this growing reputation, it’s hardly a surprise that they are one of the most in-demand bands on the folk circuit.

Traditional songs and folk tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.P1050209

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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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Saturday November 14th    £10

Just what it says on the tin! Over three previous triumphant appearances at the Shire Hall The Northern Showtime Orchestra have performed shows featuring Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and The Great American Songbook. Tonight is the best of all three!

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& Dogfinger Steve.

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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  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?

  4. David Elgy says:

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

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