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Interact Murder Mysteries present:


£8 February 24th

A 1960’s murder mystery.   7 for 7.30pm


It is 1968 and London gangland at a nightclub owned by local gangster Harry McGregor.  Tonight is Harry’s birthday so he is expected at a surprise party – but there’s a bigger surprise in store when the police turn up.

Interact have been writing and producing murder-mysteries across the North of England for over twenty years. Whether you prefer to snuggle down with Sherlock or get on the edge of your seat with Luther, everybody loves a good detective story, and with Interact’s murder mystery evenings YOU get to play the detective! You will meet the suspects, examine the evidence and then question each suspect to help you solve the crime. Above all, you will have great fun with your friends in an evening of escapism and brain-teasing.

Don’t worry – you don’t need to dress up (although you can if you want to!) and you can be as active or watchful as you want. You will be guided through the evening by a highly experienced detective who will point you in the right direction – however, it is your job to solve the murder!

In “Murder at the Pink Flamingo”, you will meet assorted characters from London’s gangland in the 1960s. Frankie McGregor, a successful nightclub owner, is celebrating his birthday. But it won’t only be the candles on his cake that are snuffed out before the end of the evening!




MARCH 3rd  £12.50

Theres a good reason we have invited this tremendous band back again, they give a cast iron guarantee of a hugely entetaining night out. Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent. Although on paper the idea of five very different and charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles working together harmoniously seems unlikely, the stunning results of their work to date speak for themselves. Taking their name from the donations jar they passed around at early gigs, the band are a tight knit group who had the foresight to realise that they were stronger collectively p1060691than they were individually.
To pursue their ambitious vision some tough early decisions had to be made. With few musical opportunities and even less resources at their disposal in their native North East the band temporarily moved away from their families in Hartlepool and relocated to a deserted farm in the remote Cambridgeshire countryside. There they built themselves a basic rehearsal studio and living in a ramshackle collection of old caravans for over a year they started to develop and refine what was to become the Jar Family sound.

A relentless touring schedule, which has seen the band appearing as special guests to a number of established artists such as Jake Bugg, Babyshambles, Alabama 3 and others has brought their raucous and engaging shows to all corners of the country. Picking up an ever-growing army of admirers as a result of this live activity the band has now established a major fan base of fanatical supporters throughout the UK. 





FRIDAY MARCH 16th    £15

Led by popular Leeds-based troubadour Gary Stewart (Gary Stewart Band / Hope and Social / Ellen & the Escapades) and backed his incredible 7-piece band, this spectacular group of musicians come together to recreate Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland album in all its glory.Expect to hear those magical songs, with their captivating stories, distinctive harmonies and South African rhythms brought to life in front of you with no detail spared; from the layers of guitars and percussion, right down to the legendary bass solos and maybe even some token dance moves – if you’re lucky!
Conceived as a one-time only show for a New Year’s party (and due to high demand), Gary’s Graceland band is now a permanent fixture; presenting a perfect concert for the festival season and one which audiences are going crazy for.Let the singing, dancing and nostalgia take hold and pretend you’re basking under the hot summer sun in Zimbabwe.“Gary Stewart & his band masterfully recreated not just the sound of Paul Simon’s Graceland album but also the energy and soul that makes the original recording such a huge joy to listen to. An ambitious and wonderful feat to achieve in a live performance.”  Joe Rusby – Underneath the Stars Festival
                                                                                 BUY TICKETS HERE…..



Hailing from East Yorkshire, the Juke Joint Kings are a five-piece blues band, inspired by the classic electric-blues kings from whom they derive their name (Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Jimmy Reed and Otis Rush to name but a few).

The band met over a series of musical free-for-alls at the monthly Blues Sunday at the Sun Inn Beverley; an open mic for blues fans and musicians of all abilities, hosted by none other than IBBA favourite Half Deaf Clatch at the time.

Being a Sunday, electric blues with a full drum kit couldn’t be accommodated, so a small group of participants (Brian Williams and Graham Hyde – Chicago Bound/This Way Up and Chris and Sara Saunders – Bad Hat Harry) began to look for an opportunity to ‘cut loose with some Chicago Blues’; it arrived in the form of a Steve Lawley’s postcard in a local music shop (‘Grumpy Drummer seeks blues band’).

After several happy months playing together whenever they could, they sought a spot at the Beverley Blues Weekender and were so well received that they decided to quit their other bands to focus full time on the ‘Juke Joint Kings’.

Their debut ‘accidental’ album, Live at The Stonemasons (a live recording initially intended for personal use only), received a very positive review in Blues Matters (issue 95) described as ‘having quality in every department’ and was just the boost the band needed to know they were on the right track.

Since then they have supported Tom Attah and the Bad Man Clan, The Revolutionaries and The Della Grants to name a few, and are regulars on the blues scene in Hull and Yorkshire.

Their second album is due to be released later in 2018, and will feature some of the original material, as well as the classic blues standards, that have been stirring up audiences over the past year and drawn fans from across the UK and Europe.





MARCH 31st  £12.50


A record breaking 13th! appearance at the Shire Hall. There’s a good reason we keep asking this band back and that is that they provide a cast iron guarantee of a superb night out! 

p1060710A tribute to Blondie fronted by the delectable Denise Danielle described as ‘the closest to Debbie Harry yet!’
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




April 14th £12.

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.

The Bar-Steward Sons have, in their 11 year history played over 850 side-splitting shows and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury. 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)




Revisit the ’40’s. ’50’s & ”60’s.

APRIL 28th 12pm to 6pm ish Howden Market Place  

This is a work in progress, The Mood Swings will be playing during the afternoon as well as other musicians and dance groups, all tba. There will also be vintage rides, stalls and food. The food will be fresh, obviously. 



SATURDAY APRIL 28th  £12.50

A long overdue return for the Northern Showtime Orchestra as part of the Howden Vintage weekend.

The Glenn Miller Legacy show traces the career of the swing era band leader from jobbing musician to band leader and air force captain, performing all his greatest tunes and telling the story behind each piece, with the aid of slides and narrations.

He said: “Playing trombone myself I have always admired what Glenn Miller achieved with his orchestra. He was one of the true musical icons of the 20th century and his music has significance for so many people in the Western world. For this show we have researched the archives and will recreate many of his greatest records.”

The orchestra is gaining national recognition for its range of theatre-style shows, recreating original musical performances of the legendary musicians and singers, featuring a visual backdrop of photos, film or sound clips.

The band’s members include Tony, also a member of the George Bradley Big Band, the Geoff Laycock Orchestra and other UK brass and big bands; Kathy Seabrook, one of the country’s leading flautists; Graham Quilter, on clarinet and saxophone; trumpet player Nigel Blenkiron, pianist Dave Clegg and guitarist and singer Richard Adams.



May 12th £8

Please note: This show is at Howden Working Mens Club.

We are fans of THE JAM, trying to give the best representation of THE JAM LIVE. We are not interested in trying to be THE JAM, or to be lookalikes(apart from the suits!).

We are, however, interested in giving our audiences the best possible account of a live JAM gig. Getting the music, the power and the esscence of their gigs is what we have finely tuned. Anyway, get out and see us. You will not fail to be entertained. If you’re a JAM fan, you’ll love it!!

Formed by Alan in 1998…NOW 10 YEARS ON THE ROAD.

‘BELTING !’ (Brandon, Weller’s sound engineer)

NO WIGS,NO KEYBOARDS,NO BACKING TRACKS, Just Belting Jam songs played by Jam fans.

A more Dedicated or Passionate tribute toTHE JAM — you’d be hard pushed to find one— make up your own mind,check us out…


TOO REX     

Friday May 25th. £17.50

In an effort to bridge the gap between £43k and £50 for the 20th Anniversay of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre shows (formerly Cookridge) we have two shows for your delectation this weekend. With sell out shows, and a Glam revival in full swing, there’s never been a better time to relive the legend of Marc Bolan and T-REX

Featuring the incredible Bobby T as Marc Bolan, Too REX bring back the Glam Rock era of the seventies to enthusiastic audiences across the land. With a magical 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 real vintage equpiment, full costume changes, glitter, and more than a dash of star quality, Too REX, the band, come incredibly close to the real thing.P1030498

The two hour show usually includes some early singles such as “Deborah”, and “One Inch Rock” and “Ride A White Swan” to the huge hits like “Get It On”, “Telegram Sam”, Hot Love”, “Jeepster” and Children of the Revolution”, to some of the fondly remembered album material, including tracks from the acclaimed Billy Elliot movie soundtrack and even recent blockbuster movie School of Rock with Jack Black who is an avid T.REX fan!

Too Rex have done the Yorks Cancer Appeal show twice before so it is a tremendous pleasure to invite them back for this landmark event.

BUY TICKETS HERE                                                                              Registered Charity Number 107530


The 20th Anniversary concert for The Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal. Help us pop £50k!

May 26th. £20

It’s simple, if you know how to do it.


With Snake Davis, saxes, flutes, vocals. Helen Watson, guitar/vocals. Dave Bowie Junior, double bass/vocals.


Breathtaking skill, warm co-operation and witty anarchic banter. Burden Of Paradise invites its audience into a world of tenderness, virtuosity and human frailty.


No drums. Just voice, saxophone and double bass. BoP’s unique interpretations of evocative songs from Dylan to Dowland are spell-binding.


Helen Watson sings like an angel, and Snake Davis’s saxophone has played a key role for a huge number of bands from M People to Eurythmics.


30 words..

Breathtaking skill, warm co-operation and witty anarchic banter, inviting audiences into a world of tenderness, virtuosity and human frailty.

Voice, saxophone, double bass.

Watson sings like an angel, Davis oozes soul.



The name:

We are all in paradise, if only we knew it. The burden is to accept it.



  1. 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!

  2. yorkshirelass says:

    what time do the concerts start?

  3. David Elgy says:

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

  4. Tony Ackland says:

    Coming to the gig on 20th Feb. is it a stand up venue or are their seats?? It would be nice to rest my old bones!!!

  5. Lynne Mercer says:

    Would like to buy tickets for Lisa Mills on line can’t find the facility to book tickets

  6. Peter Lupton says:

    Is there a dance floor at the venue when The Revolutionaires appear?

  7. Ian Hutchison says:

    Where have all the jazz bands gone? Only Tim Kliphuis now. No Alan Barnes, Dave Newton etc

    • howdenlive says:

      Hi Ian we used to get significant amounts of money in grants from the Arts Council which significantly subsided jazz in particular. We decided some five years ago that we would become self funding, we have been successful in that but we are no longer in a position to present shows that make significant losses as jazz ones often did.

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