As well as the online ticket provision via We Got Tickets, tickets can also be purchased at our box office: The Shire Hall, 11 Market Place, Howden, DN14 7BJ where online tickets can also be purchased.
Telephone 01430 432510
Doors are 7.30 for 8pm unless otherwise stated.
SANDRA’S WEDDING, The BROKEN ORCHESTRA & RACHEL MAKENA
FEBRUARY 29th £10
THE BROKEN ORCHESTRA:
Effortlessly blending elements of nu jazz, downtempo and electronic music, The Broken Orchestra are a Hull, UK based trip-hop act. Playing out like a dream, with moments of energy and lush sonic soundscapes, to moments clear and still as water. Organic instruments are meticulously chopped, sampled and repurposed into melodic and textural cinematic music both conceptual and heartfelt.
‘A deliciously together collective of musicians and lyricists who’ve produced a meltingly melodic and warm album that hops from English to French, love to loss and creates a sound that surrounds you. Deep mellowness, poetic prose…What’s not to love!
Members: Emily Render – Vocals, Pat Dooner – Keys/Production, Carl Conway-Davis – Samples/Production, Tom Kay – Guitar & Rich Lovelock – Drums
‘Sweet electronica to soothe weary hearts and minds.’ – Johnno Casson, Fresh On The Net
From Beverley Rachel Makena is now pursuing her passion and dream of being a singer songwriter. She does pop/country/acoustic covers and original music. Her most recent songs ‘Can Anybody Hear Me?’ and ‘Plastic Wrap’ are helping to raise money for WWF to help combat the climate crisis. She also sang these in London for Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square and The Mall. Rachel thinks songs are a good way to raise awareness because music can be much more engaging and has the ability to reach many different types of people. WWF heard her songs and invited her to talk with them at their UK base in Surrey in 2019 then they gave her a list of events that they are doing that she could use as inspiration for songs. Her song ‘Walrus’ was for World Walrus Day held on 24th November. She also wrote a song called ‘Wear it Wild’ which is meant to be a short song that is in an advertisement style and easy for kids to sing-a-long to, they also have this.
She is supporting The Southmartins tribute band at the O2 Academy in Leeds and Sheffield in February and June 2020. She has also got through the auditions for #BuskOnceYork and has won the opportunity to play at the Grand Opera House in York in February.
Rachels music has been on BBC Introducing Radio Humberside and BBC Upload, she hasplayed for Viking FM events (Bauer Media) including on their mini-cruise to Amsterdam. She has played at many local festivals such as Trib Fest (Sledmere house), Staxtonbury music festival, Wold Top Brewery, Scarborough Celebrity Christmas Lights Switch On, Scunthorpe Lights switch on and many more.
FRIDAY MARCH 13th £10
Absolute Free are a brand new tribute to one of the most powerful, soulful, and dynamic bands to have one from the golden era of the late 60’s British blues boom.
The magic created by this band playing at full tilt has to be seen and heard to be believed. Bob Cantry ( bass) and Sean Clough on drums join Steve Fulsham ( guitar/vocs) ,to show their pride and passion for the music of Free, and to give fans the most authentic sounding experience of the band that inspired them the most .
Focusing purely on their music ( no wigs) this is a rearranged show from last year following their headline appearance at the 2019 Annual Free convention .
GARY STEWART’S GRACELAND
SATURDAY MARCH 14th £15
At Howden Minster
THE BECKWATER BUSHWACKERS
MARCH 28th. £10. At Howden Working Mens Club.
8 for 8.30
Bringing their blues/folk/irish/country rock style to Howden Working Mens Club The Beckwater Bushwackers.
Playing Foot stomping, Dance along, Sing along, Classics, all given the “Bushwacker” twist, guaranteed to have you all joining in.
Formed from experienced, accomplished musicians from all genres of music, each member has a unique style, which cuts through clearly during their live shows.
Jon Rock Lawson (Vocals / Guitar / Harmonica) Nick Country Oldridge (Vocals / Bass)
Steve Blues Jessop (Vocals / Lead Guitar)
Tony Bluegrass Sturdy (Vocals / Guitar / Banjo / Harmonica) Brian Rock Taylor (Drums / Cajon / Percussion).
If you’re after a great night of music / entertainment, ranging from Blues, to Irish Folk, to AC/DC and everything in between then we’ll guarantee it.
APRIL 11th. £12.50
Odette Adams spent four years travelling the world, paying her way by working as a singer on cruise ships. Using her free time on those long voyages to concentrate on her playing and writing, she returned from her travels with a collection of songs which form her debut album, “A Shake Of The Hand”. Odette’s travels and diverse musical influences have fundamentally shaped the sound of her music. These songs do not sit entirely in any particular genre, but sound very confident where they are.
Odette is passionate about the power music has to positively impact people’s lives and writes about life from a joyful and profound perspective.
Her debut album, “A Shake Of The Hand”, which was reviewed highly by Clive Davis in The Sunday Times, is extremely popular and introduces her fresh, vibrant and summery sound. The album was immaculately produced by Phil Taylor of Laurel Sound Studios and features excellent musicians to include the incredible Geoff Gascoyne (Jamie Cullum) on double bass and world renowned multi-percussionist, Pete Lockett, on tabla. To read more about the illustrious and varied players on this album go to click here.
After completing two national UK tours during the last two years, playing at venues such as Fleece Jazz, Whitby Music Port Festival, Wigan Jazz Festival and Pizza Express in Dean Street, Odette and her band of exceptional musicians will be on the road again this autumn 2019 on a third national tour to introduce brand new, beautifully-crafted songs from her upcoming second album, “Start With The Rain”.
With Indian, African, Mediterranean, jazz and folk flavours, Odette and her band delight with a fresh and vibrant sound.
”Writing for my second album is well underway and I’m in a really good creative place”
Exciting things to come!
THE MUMFORD AND SONS EXPERIENCE
APRIL 25th £14
When Mumford & Sons announced the release of Delta, their 4th studio album, alongside a hugeworld tour for 2019, it delighted fans across the globe. From their americana folk style roots, theMumford sound has developed and grown over the last ten years and won the hearts and minds ofmillions. UK based tribute band Chasing Mumford are 5 full time musicians who are all massive fansand committed to recreating the sound and songs of Mumford & Sons as faithfully as possible. Allmulti-instrumentalists and with beautiful 4 part vocal harmonies, they capture the spirit, image and vibe of the original band in their new show “The Mumford & Sons Experience”.
Having toured with the
likes of Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers, Pixie Lott and Mungo Jerry, this talented group present anamazing show of stadium highs and intimate simplicity and is sure to be loved by Mumford fans and indie folk lovers alike.
Chase Williams – Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals
Benji Dryden – Keys, Piano, Vocals
Iain Phillips – Double Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals
Dan Bell Wilding – Banjo, Electric Guitar, Vocals
John Knox – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
MAY 9th £12.50
Part of the 3rd Howden Vintage day. Without doubt one of the very best bands ever to have appeared on the Shire Hall stage and they are in some illustrious company believe me…
Established within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, they power out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style.
Primarily, they are influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B. In particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown but have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Jools Holland and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound.
Over the last decade, The Revolutionaires have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, as well as the Blues scene.
They have toured extensively both in the UK and abroad, performing at festivals in Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Malta and Dubai.
Highlights include performing at festivals with artistes such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Sting, Tom Jones, Hugh Laurie, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Walter Trout, Eric Bibb, Albert Lee, Snake Davis and Dave Edmunds.
Now also touring with their Big Band project which consists of extra horns and pianist, The Revs are hitting the Festival circuit with this power house line up and big sound.
They have recorded five CDs to date containing a collection of Hot Rockin’ R&B tracks. Each CD captures the ‘rawness’ and sheer energy of the band, who like to give their performances a ‘hard-edged’ vibe!
MAX BIANCO & THE BLUEHEARTS
& CROOKED WEATHER
MAY 23rd £12.50
Folk with a modern twist is in store as Max Bianco & The Bluehearts bring some heartfelt, country music-influenced songs to Howden. Howden Live regulars will remember Max from the late lamented JAR FAMILY.
There’s still a nice slice of indie pop and a subtle rock and roll vibe that give it all a distinctive sound, and with their new EP out this month, there’s some new songs that will feel immensely vibrant to hear. Having only really kicked off as a band in 2019, the band are moving and shaking thanks to some intelligent songwriting, with songs rich in heart and soul and a real rustic honesty clashing against a beautiful guitar sound and Bianco’s unique vocal melodies.
Singer Songwriter Max Bianco and his band the Bluehearts are destined for great things. Like a new age Bob Dylan and the Band, Max writes great songs and performs them in a style all his own. Catch these guys now before they get too famous
Crooked Weather are a rock infused folk band, based out of a tragic mustard 1979 campervan. They hail from the depths of East Yorkshire, with the lilting harmonies of Holly & Will at the core. Their original music, steeped in the folk revival of the late 60’s, has a raw, modern edge, augmented by Tom and Dave: a fierce rhythm section.
Building up a steady reputation for their unpredictably dynamic live shows, they’ve supported the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Micheal Chapman, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), Jim Jones, Dick Gaughan, Roddy Woomble & Bridget St. John
MADE IN MOTOR CITY
Saturday 12th September. £14
It was the Beat of a Generation and the Sound of a Nation and it was the sound that changed America.
Tamla Motown was the legendary record label that brought you the great legends we still love today.
‘Made in Motor-City’ recreate the classic music and sounds of Detroit during the 1960s & 70s.
The eight piece ‘live’ band comprises high quality musicians dedicated to recreating authentically the Motown hits, fronted by the incredible talents of the band’s three female vocalists. The band continue to tour the UK during the Spring /Summer of 2020 before undertaking their overseas commitments later that Winter .
If you’re a fan of Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and many more Motown legends, then this is a show not to be missed.
Sit back and enjoy the songs that were ‘Made in the Motor City’.
September 26th £15
Are you ready to rock & roll like it’s the 1950’s again? Two Pianos will take you back in time to celebrate the magnificent “Sun Studios” era, performing classic hits from Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Chuck Berry and many more.Your evening will kick of to a rockin’ start as two of the UK’s finest and charismatic rock & roll pianists each individually perfom, along with a five piece band, a score of hits including “Whole Lotta Shakin”, “Never Can Tell”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Honey Don’t”, “True Love Ways”, “Chantilly Lace”, “Johnny B Goode”, “Great Balls Of Fire”, “Oh Boy”, “Blue Berry Hill”, “Love Me Tender”, “You Win Again”, “Maybellene”, plus many more! The evening will progress into a climatic and energetic piano duel between the two pianists, resolving into a memorable night of foot stomping rock & roll! A show that even “The Killer” himself thinks “ROCKS!” 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 continues to home his skills in the musical styles of Americas southern states.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’David Barton is a pianist and singer from Hull in East Yorkshire. From the age of eight, David developed a passion for the blues and boogie woogie piano, later discovering the art of rock & 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. ‘He’s better than me. I have a funny feeling he will have his own show here one day’ – Jamie Cullum, RAH London.
November 7th. £18.50
With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the ’70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, as well as critically acclaimed albums ‘Moving Waves’, ‘Focus 3’ and ‘Hamburger Concerto’, the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!
After a comeback in the early 2000’s, which resulted in the well-received albums ‘Focus 8’ and ‘Focus 9’, the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album ‘Moving Waves’ in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, complete the band’s current line-up. Recently, Focus’s biggest hit “Hocus Pocus” was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.
A new Focus era has arrived! There is a rejuvenated passion in the new compositions that adorn the new album ‘Focus X’, which features a full scale Roger Dean painting on the cover. Says Thijs van Leer, who holds the distinction of being the first ever knighted musician in Holland, “It’s a thrill to have finally completed ‘Focus X’; we are all ecstatic and looking forward to playing the new material on the forthcoming Focus X World Tour.”
Thijs van Leer – Hammond-organ, flute and vocals
Pierre van der Linden – drums
Udo Pannekeet- bass
Menno Gootjes- guitar
November 14th £18.50
There’s a good reason we keep inviting Live/Wire back, their 9th year!!……They are simply….Awesome!!The unique six man tribute to rock’s greatest band AC/DC, complete with trademark cannons, a wall of Marshalls and two hours of High Voltage Rock and Roll. Forty One years into the AC/DC story and the band cover both eras as always with both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson present to take you on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember. The rhythm section keep it all meticulously together giving Ashgus the freedom to mesmerise the audience with his sublime playing and infinite energy. Those who have seen the show on the ‘For Those About To Rock’, ‘Ready to Bite’ and ‘Shake your Foundations’ tours are already witness to the talent and dedication the portrayal of the livewire Angus Young delivering a truly amazing two hours of duck-walking, bedevilled Rock and Roll.The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and for the aficionados !There’s always something special as well. Back in Black, Rosie, Highway to hell, the songs go on and on until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo. If by this time you are still standing……..we salute you !!
November 21st £12.50
The Jam’d are now the UK’s leading tribute to the live performance and sound of The Jam, and are totally committed to giving an unforgettable, authentic performance with all the energy, passion and style of the Woking As full time touring professional musicians, and massive Jam fans, The Jam’d put on a performance from the heart and soul, drawing on all their memories, experiences and love of what was the country’s biggest band in their day. Gigging up and down the UK at outdoor festivals, scooter rallies and some of the UK’s top music venues & events! The show also includes the only replica of Rick Bucklers ‘Great White’ drum kit & features their own brass section!……You won’t be disappointed! Every effort is placed into reproducing the sound, arrangements and energy of a Jam gig. Those who saw The Jam live will remember the electricity, aggression, passion, and even fashion on stage, something not always prevalent in today’s world, but to The Jam’d, it is a passion, a mission, and an honour to play for fans of “the best band in the world!”
February 13th £16.50
A welcome return for BON GIOVI. Fronted by UK’s leading Jon Bon Jovi impersonator Gary Williams, the band have not only toured lengthily around the UK, for clients such as Harley Davidson, Vodafone, Butlins, Chicago Rock Cafes, Yates, Walkabouts, The British Motorcycle Federation and Jack Daniels, but have also performed internationally in over 25 countries, including The Middle East, Russia, Slovenia, Austria, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Ireland to name but a few.
Bon Giovi were also the only UK tribute act to be asked to make a guest appearance on the New Jersey tribute album “Garden State Of Mind Vol. 1”, A celebration of Bon Jovi musical career to date.
Covering every aspect of Bon Jovi’s extensive career, BON GIOVI perform all the greatest hits such as ‘Living On A Prayer’, It’s My Life, Wanted Dead or Alive, as well as many others from every album ever produced in one amazing stage show which include all these hits and more, not too mention performing rare tracks that even Bon Jovi haven’t performed for many years.So if you’re ready to ‘Runaway’ on ‘One Wild Night’ down that ‘Lost Highway’ for a taste of the some of the world’s greatest Stadium Anthems, the closest you’ll get to the Real Thing.
BON GIOVI are the World’s Premier look-alike and sound alike Tribute to the New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi.
Formed in August of 1999, with over 16 years UK and International touring experience as a band and nearly 5 times that combined from individual members, this act is without compromise one of the best Tribute acts on the circuit today.
THE BAR STEWARD SONS OF VAL DOONICAN
February 27th. £12.50.
This band were so busy in 2020 selling out venues all over the country that we couldn’t find a date for them, we have now though!
Put on yer finest knitted gladrags, style your barnet, put on your dancing shoes and bring your finest singing voices, as we cordially invite you to witness the Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops).
Hailing from Barnsley Rock City, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive, they have a talent for Bar-Stewardizing other famous people’s songs with new comedy lyrics, on acoustic geetar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, keyboards and kazoo. To complete their squeaky-clean image, estranged brothers Scott, Björn and Alan have become instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish choice of sexy knitwear.
Since forming in 2006, the brothers Doonican have played over 1000 anarchic, side-splitting shows and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury Festival. They continue to wow audiences with a fine selection of their greatest hits, including the likes of “Jump Ararnd”, “Tarnlife”, “The Lady In Greggs”, “Nandos”, “Fight For Your Pint”, “Bono Bloody Bono”, “Since You’ve Been Ron”, “She’s From Dodworth”, “Walking In Manp**s” and “If I Could Punch A Face… It’d Be Justin Bieber’s”.
The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican can’t wait to bring their shindig to Howden Live and they promise that they WILL rock you… but gently!
What folk had to say about The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican:
“The greatest thing to come out of Barnsley, since the A61 to Sheffield”
Jarvis Cocker, Pulp
“Loved The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican. Great fun”
Jason Manford, comedian
“The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are very, very funny… one of the hardest working bands on the planet”
Mike Harding, comedian, folk-musician, author & broadcaster
“A ridiculous family of genius, hilarious, irresistible music makers, currently crowd-surfing to the bar all over the great county of Yorkshire and beyond, into the venues and music festivals of the UK. They’re quality.”
Eliza Carthy MBE, folk-musician
“They deserve the reputation they have earned as one of the festival scenes hottest bookings.”
UK Festival Guides Review
“Bristles with proper belly-laugh moments… a LOL-a-minute through a variety of perfect pastiches. If there is any justice, the Doonicans deserve to be all over your Saturday night telly.”
‘R n R Magazine’ (5-Star Review)