Saturday January 7th £15.
Fronted by UK’s leading Jon Bon Jovi impersonator Andrea Ojano. 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.
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.
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.
SATURDAY JANUARY 21st. £14.
THE HILL BILLY TROUPE & BEGGARS BRIDGE
Saturday February 4th £10
A superb double headline concert from two of Hulls finest helping to celebrate the 2017 City of Culture.
The Hillbilly Troupe must be the happiest accident in Hull’s – if not the world’s – cultural history. Sometimes they’re a seven piece, sometimes nine, sometimes more, sometimes less. They’ve been described as a cross between the Pogues and Lonnie Donegan, while ‘mucky skiffle’ was one of the more memorable labels that have been attached to them, though they refused to be defined; they are too busy being musical, having fun and bringing that all home to you to be bothered with pigeonholes. Creating a heady brew of folk mixed with punk and ska and a healthy dose of Americana, they perform often autobiographical songs that spell out their meteoric riches to rags descent and first hand experiences of God, struggle, bandits, impending madness, telling lies, lost love, travel, drug abuse, murder, redemption, exile and the Costa Del Sol, all drowned in a lethal cocktail of whisky, cider and beer. Call the cops!
Beggar’s Bridge are a Hull-based band who have been continuing the tradition of fine folk acts to come out of the city, and blowing away a few cobwebs at folk and roots venues across the North of England for a couple of years now. Many of their songs are based upon the folklore that has developed around the people, places and events of their home county of East Yorkshire, encapsulating its rural, urban and maritime heritage, and they have a sound that straddles both the traditional and the contemporary, leaping from sparse and melancholic into the realms of stirring folk-rock, in the blink of an eye. Their recently-released second album, ‘Short Stories, Tall Tales’, proved to be a hit in the folk and roots media, with Tim Carroll of Folkwords calling it “a memorable piece of folk-rock”, Bright Young Folk describing it as “an album which shows why folk song and folk tales are so fascinating” and R2 magazine saying of the album “Everything meshes together perfectly. Very impressive”.
STAN WEBB’S CHICKEN SHACK.
Saturday February 18th £12.50
Stan Webb is recognised high in the top ten of British blues guitarists. He started Chicken Shack in 1965 and within two years they were topping the charts with‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ featuring Christine Perfect (aka McVie), later of Fleetwood Mac‘ Rumours’ era.
Stan’s style owes much to his friend and mentor, the legendary Freddie King, who inspired Stan Webb’s delicate vibrato and sustain, and above all else his emotive blues tone.
Aside from a stint with Canned Heat (the only UK guitarist to ever play with them) and Savoy Brown, Stan continues to tour Chicke Shack in Europe and occasionally in the UK.
SENSATION….The music of THE WHO..
Saturday March 4th. £15
The Greatest Hits of The Who plus songs from Tommy and Quadrophenia in one show!
Jump on the Magic Bus for this amazing musical journey … from My Generation to Who are You and all with maximum rhythm and blues.
Of the first tour The Derby Review said … ’A beautifully weighted tribute to the original with a rock pulse that could have been lifted straight out of a time machine … the audience was in seventh heaven from the very first note!’
Featuring musicians and singers from many West End and touring productions, Sensation promises a night of non stop hits from one of the most influential bands of all time.
Accept no Substitute!
THE JAR FAMILY
March 18th £12.50
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 than 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.
The Jar Family recorded new material at the legendary Monnow Valley Studios in 2014 with acclaimed producer Rupert Christie and ar released a new album ‘Family First’ in September 2015 amidst more inexorable touring.
THE SAM KELLY TRIO
Friday March 31st £10
Sam’s debut EP – entitled ‘Your Way Home’ was released in March 2013, which swiftly created a buzz of interest in the folk scene for Sam’s music. He followed this up with the release of the widely acclaimed ‘Spokes’ EP in February 2015. This cemented Sam’s place further as one of the most exciting young prospects in the folk scene – landing him a nomination in the Best Singer category at the 2015 Spiral Earth Awards, and grabbing the attention of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show. Touring as a trio with Jamie Francis (banjo) and Evan Carson (percussion), Sam has gained a reputation for an incredibly high class and dynamic live show, and the guys are rapidly becoming firm favourites at venues and festivals in all parts of the country. After a barnstorming performance to a completely rammed Club Tent at Cambridge Folk Festival 2015, the guys were invited to play their first session on Radio 2 live from the festival.
Not content with resting on his laurels, Sam enlisted the extraordinary talents of new band members Ciaran Algar (fiddle) and Graham Coe (cello) and went straight back into the studio to record his debut album. ‘The Lost Boys’ came out in November 2015 to a storm of rave reviews, cementing Sam’s place as one of the most rapidly rising stars on the UK folk scene, and enticing Radio 2 to invite the guys into the BBC studios as the featured live session guests on the Mark Radcliffe Show – an honour usually only bestowed upon much more established musicians. The album has also been championed by numerous legends of folk broadcasting, including Mike Harding – who played tracks from the album for four weeks in a row on his online radio podcast. Sam is taking the album on tour throughout 2016 with the full album band, aptly named Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys.
Coming from a family largely made up of Norfolk dairy farmers has left Sam with an unmatched experience of singing in front of hurtfully disinterested Friesians, and his meandering musical journey has ranged from reaching the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent as a teenager, to being selected for the first ever EFDSS Artist Development Scheme. Whether playing to 13 million people on prime-time television, or to 10 people in a tiny pub, Sam’s child-like fascination with music shines through, and his passion for discovering and rekindling the sounds of his musical heritage has gained him the respect of peers and audiences worldwide.
“Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I’ve seen him perform live a few times and he’s amazing” Cara Dillon
“I think this guy is absolutely brilliant… His voice is beyond sublime.” Mike Harding
“Really fabulous stuff” Mark Radcliffe
“A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously…Check him out!” Sean Lakeman
“The Lost Boys is an outstanding debut album.” Bright Young Folk
“This is the album that the folk world has been awaiting… The Lost Boys is going to be huge.” Folking.com
SNAKE DAVIS & THE SUSPICIONS
Saturday April 15th £20
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”
The 19th fundraising concert for The Yorkshire Cancer centre Appeal. Reg charity no 1075308
HEART OF GLASS
29th April £12.50
A record breaking 12th! 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!
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 .
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
THE JON PALMER ACOUSTIC BAND & Katie Spencer
Saturday 13th May £10
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a highly acclaimed 6-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in and around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley. The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums. Everyone sings!
“I never tire of this band, soaring songs, sing-along choruses… and passion. Perfect! Do yourself a favour and acquire Live at Otley Courthouse. Do yourself a second favour: go see them at their live best” 5 Stars – R2 Magazine
“A blur of hedonistic delight” – Fatea Showcases
“Jon Palmer is a very fine songwriter… if the band were a heavy electric group they’d be The Levellers, but that would lose the subtlety of the acoustic performance.” – R2 Magazine (Rock n Reel)
“Genuinely well written songs” – Maverick Magazine
“they explode out of the same box as The Pogues, The Saw Doctors, and The Waterboys… a fantastic band” – The Troubadour Show
KATIE SPENCER, is a singer songwriter inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Enjoying music from a young age has developed her ever-evolving and infinite musical tastes and influences, including John Martyn, Ryley Walker and Led Zeppelin. Katie is also in the process of creating her debut album alongside Brian Young, featuring Ted McKenna, with bass written by Danny Thompson.
Saturday May 27th £10.
KAZ HAWKINS and her Band ..…. …Kaz has been wowing UK venues & summer festivals with her new album ‘Feelin’ Good’ featuring 8 original songs & a new take on two vintage favourites. Renowned bluesman Paul Jones is a fan, chatting about her tour dates and clearly enjoying her new songs ‘It Ain’t You’ & ‘Don’t Wait For Me’ and her great rendition of ‘Feelin’ Good’ on BBC Radio 2 (Paul Jones said “…terrific vocal performance from her and also lovely guitar playing from Nick McConkey”). The new CD has received stupendous reviews : “Her band is a rhythm powerhouse” and “Multi-award winning and unique with ‘knock your socks off’ vocals from an equally delicious firework of a character”
On her new album and a music video award winner : “This Is Me…. her voice deep with soul and emotion and then the words, they are spell-binding. Stop what you are doing and listen, this is a soulful philosophy for life This is Me and all I wanted to be.” (Bluesdoodles) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ff4t57s3jo
Festivals have said “the audience wouldn’t let her go and the headliners kindly agreed to start late!” … “Kaz Hawkins absolutely fantastic, cannot believe her voice!” … “She lives up to the hype about her forceful presence, leading from the front with her extraordinary voice – not just because of its power, or her occasional incredible falsetto, but more importantly because of its soulfulness”
Invited by BBC Radio Ulster to take part in a special Van Morrison 70th Birthday broadcast in Northern Ireland August 2015, Best Studio Album 2015 (Blues Matters), Best Emerging Artist (British Blues Awards 2015) and Winner of Female Vocalist Pure M Awards (Northern Ireland Industry Award), Winner of Best Music Video 2016 with Pure M Awards and a nominee for the UK Blues Challenge 2016