TOO REX    £12.50

Without doubt the very best T Rex tribute in the land…the world perhaps! Back for the third year in a row performing for the 15th Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal concert (Formerly Cookridge) Bobby T is Marc Bolan!

 Too REX (featuring the incredible Bobby T as Marc Bolan) bring back the Glam Rock era of the early seventies with a 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 full costume changes, retro live equipment, glitter, and more than a dash of star quality, TooREX come incredibly close to the real thing.P1030498

 This full nostalgic rock concert usually includes some early singles such as “Deborah”, “One Inch Rock” and “Ride A White Swan” to the big hits “Get It On”,

“Telegram Sam”, “Hot Love”, “Metal Guru”, “Jeepster” and “Children of the Revolution”, to some of the fondly remembered album material.

 The show can also feature a selection of T-Rex tracks such as (“I Love to Boogie”, Cosmic Dancer” etc) that were featured in the Award winning box-office smash movie Billy Elliot!!

 With sell-out shows, and a Glam revival in full blossom, there’s never been a better time to grab your spaceball-shoes and feather boas and relive the legend of Marc Bolan and T-Rex.

 “Marc was one of my best mates and when I work with TooREX it brings a lump to my throat – it reminds me of some fab memories- great band!” – Alvin Stardust



 +Joe Solo & Beggars Bridge

Our second triple whammy knees up of the year! Folk, rock and everything in between, Blackbeard’s Tea Party began as a busking, function and ceilidh band, but quickly grew a reputation as a formidable live act. They soon found themselves selling out venues in their home town of York.

Word quickly spread, and the band began to play gigs further afield, including a number of noteworthy festival concerts and ceilidh bookings through 2010 and 2011. These included Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and a headline slot at Galtres, amongst others.
During this time, Blackbeard’s Tea Party released a mini-album (Heavens to Betsy, 2009) and a full length album (Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober, 2011) to excellent critical acclaim and public response. 
After the release of Heavens to Betsy the band’s distinct sound was picked up by the BBC’s Mike Harding, who played Blackbeard’s Tea Party on BBC Radio 2′s weekly folk show.
Since the release of Tomorrow We’ll Be Sober – which R2 Magazine gave a five star rating – Blackbeard’s Tea Party have gone from strength to strength. They were recognised as one of the best live bands in the UK in the 2011 FATEA Awards and 2012 saw a long run of festival bookings, including Cambridge and Whitby, and return visits to Sidmouth and Shrewsbury, amongst others. Blackbeards Teaparty
2013 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet. In April, Blackbeard’s Tea Party issued their second full length album “Whip Jamboree” and hit the road for their first UK headline tour, playing in gig venues far and wide including triumphant sessions at Beverley Festival in June.

Funky folk tunes, storming songs and an infectious stage energy, Blackbeard’s Tea Party mix fiddles & squeezeboxes, guitar noise & synth bass, and a feast of international hand percussion to bring you an unforgettable folk-rock extravaganza. Grounded in English traditions, but never afraid to explore more exotic musical avenues, they create a sound that is equal parts tasty, dramatic and danceable.


JOE SOLO has in his time been a busker, a barman, a kerb counter, a warehouse hand, a copywriter and an engineer. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play in seven countries either as the lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of folk, punk and blues in his own right.joe-solo-copy-198x148 Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.

Named after the famous stone bridge which spans the River Esk at Glaisdale in the North York Moors, Beggar’s Bridge hail from Hull and write their own songs, many of which are based upon true tales of people, places and events from their home county, encapsulating its rural, urban and maritime heritage.

 Their sound has a timeless quality to it, feeling at once traditional, yet contemporary too; there are echoes of Fairport Convention, Pentangle and Jethro Tull in their music, along with more recent influences such as The Levellers and Seth Lakeman. It’s not just the music which makes a Beggar’s Bridge gig memorable Beggers Bridgethough; the spaces in between are just as compelling, as the backgrounds to the song-stories are explained, usually with a good helping of earthy humour, and it all makes for an experience which is not only musically satisfying, but amusing and informative too.

 Their debut album “Riding East” gathered some very favourable reviews from both print and online folk/roots media, while they have been developing a great reputation for themselves as a live act at folk venues across the North of England.

Online ticket sales are now live! Hard copies at Touchwood following soon.



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 …









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

Thursday’s headliners really took the bull by the horns; Jim Cregan (I can’t believe he is 67!) 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
Read more about these remarkable musicians on

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 !



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 !!




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
  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!

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