THE WHISKEY DOGS & Molly Curtis
Saturday October 4th £8.
The Whiskey Dogs play authentic, good time Americana. Old time mountain music, hillbilly blues, dust-bowl ballads and jug band hokum are all played in the crazy exhilarating spirit of the 1920s and 30s.
Fronting the trio with his powerful, soulful vocals is Pete Bolton. Pete’s rhythmic and expressively intricate guitar style, along with his driving banjo playing, create a charismatic and compelling musical presence that gives the band its distinctive and authentic sound.
Polly Bolton, joins Pete on double bass, mandolin and banjo mandolin. A funky and driving bassist, Polly is also one of the UK’s most passionate and melodic mandolin players, her fast and furious solos and lively stage presence add a youthful energy to the band’s performances.
Playing a weird and wonderful array of instruments including banjolin, fiddle, mandolin and phono-fiddle is the talented multi-instrumentalist Brian Swinton whose inimitable presence brings inspired playing and his own particular brand of mischief to the band.
In true string band style, kazoos, whistles and horns add a zany twist to their up-beat performances, lending a driving energy to the music of the period.
The Whiskey Dogs promise you real, sparkling and vivacious Americana, influenced by the legendary Carter Family, Skillet Lickers and Memphis Jug Band and their irresistible sound can be compared to contemporary bands such as The Old Crow Medicine Show and The Carolina Chocolate Drops.
“The Whiskey Dogs invariably engage a crowd with superb musicianship , excellent choice of material and an easy rapport.” Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival Director
“This talented band could have played all night and the audience wouldn’t have tired … I think it’s fair to say that they charmed us” Manx Independent
“I really love that band, they’re absolutely superb.” Mike Harding.
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SATURDAY OCTOBER 18th
HATS OFF TO LED ZEPPELIN £10
Some readers of this may remember appearances at the Shire Hall of Led Zep Too? Sadly LZT are no longer with us but Ollie Tooley the singer with that band recommended Hats Off To Led Zeppelin as being better than they were, some plaudit! Particularly given how good LZT were.
Howden Live in association with Bandwagon Productions & Warren Grant present ‘Hats off to Led Zeppelin’ – A stunning tribute to the greatest rock band ever! You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time when you experience these four top class musicians recreating Led Zeppelin’s magical concerts.
Featuring Peter Eldridge from the West End production of We Will Rock You; Jack Tanner and Kevin Oliver Jones from the world tours of Thriller Live and Dancing in the Streets; as Bonzo incarnate, they play all the right instruments and hit all the right notes in this explosive live show.
As well as being the ONLY UK tribute act officially endorsed by Marshall amplifiers they are proud to be co-managed by Warren Grant, the son of legendary Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant, who said after seeing them live: ‘You guys really did the band justice!’
Dave Lewis from Tightbutloose magazine said: ‘Hats Off went down a storm… delivered in a no messin’ style… play it they did and rock we did!’ – ‘Shut your eyes and you would think you were listening to the real thing!’
Come and join the fun …
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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.
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
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).
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
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.
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
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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
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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