PAUL JONES & DAVE KELLY
(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.
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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HEART OF GLASS
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!
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THE JAR FAMILY
THE NORTHERN SHOWTIME ORCHESTRA.
THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK £10
Saturday March 7th
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These clips are not from the songbook show but the Frank Sinatra one, should give you a good idea though……
& The Lamms.
SNAKE DAVIS & THE SUSPICIONS
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 – Saxes
- 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”
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& 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 Celtic-Rock.de amongst many more.
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SATURDAY MAY 2nd £14.00
The 16th fundraising concert for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal
Whats On Stage‘ Poignant, funny and well observed’ Express and StarCLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303529
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.
‘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
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