It is our tremendous pleasure to announce that this autumn 2016 season is now officially the 30th anniversary season of HOWDEN LIVE/HOWDENSHIRE LIVE ARTS. The focus will be on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September when we have the CREEDENCE COLLECTION appearing at Howden Working Mens club on the Friday and all day on Saturday with HOWDEN…LIVE! At the Shire Hall, where we have some of the cream of acoustic talent to have appeared at the Shire Hall over the years. The fundamental ethos of Howden Live/HLA is still ” Enjoying live entertainment in the company of others”. Please join us in this wonderful celebration season.
Howden Live at the Shire Hall have also been nominated in section 7, “Outstanding large venue 2016” In the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grass Roots Awards 2016. If you haven’t already please vote for us and share the following link, thank you. Voting closes August 31st. 

Saturday September 3rd, 2016



There is now a waiting list please ring Touchwood in Howden, 01430 431535. Please note we can only refund ticket returns if we can re sell them, thank you.

There’s a good reason  we keep inviting Live/Wire back……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 ‘Gary’ Bon Scott and ‘Pete’ 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 Ash gives on stage with his portrayal of the livewire Angus Young delivering a truly amazing two hours of duck-walking, bedevilled Rock and Roll.P1040971The 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 !!


This video is from last year at the Shire Hall when Ash was still with the band, its still a good indication of what you are in for! Click here……..


Friday September 16th at Howden Working Mens Club. £5.


The most successful rock band in the history of American Music 1968-1972, led by John Fogerty, was Creedence Clearwater Revivalwith 15 singles, 12 in the USA top 20 and 10 hits in the UK. John Fogerty still plays to packed theatres For almost two hours The Creedence Collection will play the very best classic rock, blues, rock n roll, country and swamp of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John FogertyAll the hits… Proud Mary, Rockin all over the World, Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son, Have You Ever Seen the Rain… and lots more This is what people are saying : ***** “Absolutely brilliant night at Whitby Pavillion…”*****“Just got home from a great night with these guys – great sense of humour…and fantastic music” “Great gig at Halifax Playhouse. Several friends will be disappointed to have missed this…” 

The CREEDENCE  COLLECTION was born out of a Hull band, Mean Eyed Cat, famous on the local scene for playing their own unique swamp/country/ bluegrass versions of well- known rock and pop tunes. There was always a selection of Creedence hits in the set, so after the usual “do you play any Queen” the request for a Creedence song was always well received. Realising there was a taste for Creedence and Fogerty out there, Blako decided to go for it and create The Creedence Collection to share the best of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty with the world.On guitar and lead vocals is Blako (Lynn Blakeston) who has been playing since he was 11. In the early ’70s he was in the Hull band Uncle Sam, supporting Thin Lizzy, Chris Spedding, Hot Chocolate, The Hollies, The Merseybeats, Stealer’s Wheel and many more. From the ’70s and to this day he listens to and plays rock ‘ n’  roll and country rock music from Creedence Cleerwater Revival and Chuck Berry to Crosby Stills and Nash, and the Eagles. He also plays the pedal steel guitar, which he has introduced into the Creedence set.Playing took him to Germany, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Nashville, New York and the highlight, playing at The 1982 Country Music Festival at Wembley, where he shared the stage with Kris Kristofferson and Tammy Wynette. Over the years he has worked with J.D. Fontana (Elvis’s drummer), James Burton (Elvis’s guitarist), Chris Hillman (The Byrds), Chas and Dave, Albert Lee (played guitar for everyone!), Al Perkins (Eagles, Rolling Stones, Emmy Lou Harris, and more), B.J. Cole (the pedal steel ‘guru’), Sonny Curtis (guitarist and songwriter with Buddy Holly) Tommy Allsup (the one who didn’t get in the plane with Buddy Holly), Walter Trout, Wilco Johnson, Steve Harley, Roy Wood and many more…

The Band

Blako tempted Kev Reynolds to join him from London where he was established as a music producer and session musician and had worked with many famous names including Chas ‘n’ Dave and Lindisfarne. He is a massive Fogerty fan and plays electric guitar. Coming in on acoustic guitar and mandolin is Tony (TP) Patrick who played formerly with David Hemingway (Beautiful South).On drums, spotting the likeness between Hull’s Martin Hyde and Fogerty’s drummer, Kenny Aronoff, Blako signed him up double quick when he realised Martin had actually worked with Aronoff! Luckily Martin is a great drummer in his own right.It all went downhill from there when TCC wanted to recruit a bass player who would join in with our jokes. The phrase careful what you wish for, springs to mind, as Dave “Jeffo” arrived for audition with all the songs note perfect and a wacky sense of humour. Dave’s greatest hits include working with many well-known 60’s and 70’s chart bands and drinking tea. That just left the keyboard slot and with an eye for the new world of gender equality, decided to add a female to the group. Luckily Anita can multi-task, as women do – playing keyboards, electric violin, mandolin, accordion (not all at the same time) and is also a dab hand on the sound desk.

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Saturday September 17th  £12.50


Two sessions, one in the afternoon, one in the evening.
 IAN PARKER, A songwriter genuinely literate, sometimes almost literary, Ian is an original craftsman. Expressed through a distinctive bitter-sweet vocal delivery, Ian’s songs hold nothing back. ability and willingness to share with his audience, naked honesty and genuine emotion, is what sets him apart.  Parker is always seeking new musical avenues to explore, never content to merely rehash old ideas, no matter how successful they may have been. To this end, Ian is something of journeyman, guided by his art and his self-confessed emotional need to express his soul through music. The quality of his distinctive voice and the soulful nature of his signature guitar playing have always been the bedrock of his work. He is entering a new and exciting phase of his remarkable career. Freed from the shackles of being the new kid on the block vying for attention in an over-saturated market, Parker approaches his music, these days, with the calm, self-assurance which accompanies one who has, to some extent, been there and done it. Paulliddell_1
Nothing to prove and still so much to say, Ian Parker remains an act not to be missed.
PAUL LIDDELL, Paul’s modern take on the ‘one man band’ using live loops, guitar percussion, harmonies and effects has seen him supportartists such as Turin Brakes, Jon Gomm and Billy Bragg. A diverse and challenging writer with a unique voice, his live performances range from whispering intensity to a white knuckle, edge of your seat, ear splittingly glorious racket.  joe-solo-copy-198x148
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.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.
Stony - Richard Adams (sitting) and Mark GordonSTONY,  Richard Adams (Guit/voc) and Mark Gordon (Piano/voc) appeared in Howden several times longer ago than we may care to remember and after a hiatus invloving careers and families are back together again! Expect a bunch of new songs along with a load of old favourites… both covers and oiginals.Carrie Martini
CARRIE MARTIN  is an acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter from Hull in Yorkshire. Her guitar playing has attracted sufficient attention for her to be recruited as an endorsee by Vintage guitars. Influenced by the likes of Eva Cassidy and Ann Wilson from Heart, her writing and performing style nevertheless defies katie spencercategorisation, as evidenced by her debut album “Luna”
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.P1060593


FIONA LEE, is an emerging singer-songwriter from Yorkshire (the bottom of my street to be more preise) with a compelling voice which belies her years. Her songs tell tales of teenage life with both innocent simplicity and impressively mature observations. Having taught herself to play guitar, she discovered her true voice at a local acoustic night; since then she has been performing her songs publicly at every opportunity.



Sat 1st Oct, 2016

The Official UK No.1 tribute to the gods of Rock and Roll! Hats Off to Led Zeppelin are proud to be the only tribute act in the UK officially endorsed by Marshall amplifiers and they are managed by none other than Warren Grant … for the uninitiated, his father Peter was Led Zeppelin’s manager! “Hats Off to Led Zeppelin are the closest you are going to get” Warren said after first seeing the band.hotlz promo1

Close your eyes and let these four world class musicians take you back to when Led Zeppelin ruled the earth! Having played with Queen, Ray Davies, Edwin Starr, Iron Maiden, Gerry & the Pacemakers, PJ Proby, Shaun Ryder & the Seahorses as well as appearing in a plethora of London Shows including We Will Rock You, Thriller LIVE!, Wicked, Billy Elliot, Dancing in the Streets, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Buddy to name but a few, these guys are a truly professional outfit guaranteed to give you a night that you won’t forget in a hurry!

With glowing endorsements from Led Zeppelin’s tour manager Richard Cole – “Worth seeing … entertainment with style”; Led Zep biographer Dave Lewis – “a refreshing no nonsense approach … this band delivers every time!”; and the BBC – “an outstanding concert”, along with audience and critical acclaim – “Shut your eyes and you would think you were listening to the real thing”, this is a show not to be missed!

If you want to see one of the most exciting live acts around then book your ticket now! Think you know tribute bands? Think again!

BUY TICKETS HERE                                                   These are they at the hall in 2014…….


Sat 15th Oct, 2016.  £10

Mississippi native, now Alabama resident Lisa Mills could be called a blues singer, or a gospel singer, or a torch singer or an R&B singer, and each label would be accurate. In fact, as the reviews of her 2014 album I’m Changing(a remastered and remixed reimagining of her 2005 debut album, enhanced by the inclusion of a handful of new tracks) poured in, she was described in all of these terms, and at least a couple of critics suggested they even heard the nascent stirrings of a jazz stylist in some of her more nuanced readings.
Listeners responded to Lisa’s sophisticated, emotional performances by making her 2015 U.K. tour a rousing success marked by sellout ornear-packed venues, brisk post-concert CD sales and the inevitablequery as to when she would be returning. To the latter the answer is“2016,” when the excitement of 2015 will be parlayed into an extended U.K. and European tour, on which bookings are being focused on festivals, concert halls and centers. And by the time the 2016 tour gets underway next Fall, she will have a new album to promote, titled Mama’s Juke Book. A special and 16Lisa Millsdeeply personal project, Mama’s Juke Book will be comprised of songs Lisa found by chance in her late mother’s possessions—specifically, in a Dollar Store General spiral notebook in which her mother had handwritten lyrics to 25 of her favorite country tunes, all dating from the early ‘70s. Her mother, Jan Powell, was a country music devotee who unfortunately passed away in 2012. In addition to her love of music, Jan unconditionally loved her daughter, was her biggest fan and most enthusiastic promoter, and not least of all, was her trusted confidant. In a real sense Mama’s
Juke Book is a love letter from daughter to mother but it is also a Southern cultural timepiece capturing mainstream country music in a transitional period ahead of the emergence of the Outlaw movement in the mid-‘70s. Grammy winner Trina Shoemaker, who steered theretooling of I’m Changing, is returning in a producer’s role on Mama’s Juke Book.
Although the content of Mama’s Juke Book is drawn from country, Lisa’s interpretive artistry takes country for a new spin when chestnuts originally recorded by the likes of Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty and others are revealed to have hidden pockets of soul and blues when considered from a fresh point of view by a versatile vocalist—similar to what she demonstrates on I’m Changing in finding new avenues of expression on covers of the Rev. Robert Wilkins’s “I Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,”
both of which are remarkable for the way in which her ethereal approach is so completely attuned to the lyrics’ spirituality and mystery as to make these songs her own and of a piece with the original material surrounding them. In a summary that is both specific to the album and a telling appraisal of an artist coming into her own, David McGee, writing in the online roots music/cultural journal Deep Roots (, praised I’m Changing as“ a rare breed, a roots torch album of sweep and depth comparable to classic pop counterparts such as Sinatra’ s devastating Gordon Jenkins-arranged No One Cares,” and concluded:“(Lisa Mills is) a singer and songwriter of the first rank, uncompromising in the vision and concept of her art.”
In short, the Lisa Mills story is only beginning.        Click here for an indication of what you are in for…… 
P1060317DOGFINGER STEVE may be getting a little ‘ho hum’ these days about being referred to as ‘Driffields answer to Seasick Steve’ but such comparisons are affectionate in the face of self penned, stompin’ cigar box guitar toons performed with passion and their very own brand of originality. Five years ago Dogfinger was born, stomping out a boutique brand of dirty swamp slide blues music on 3 and 4 string homegrown cigar box guitars and stompboxes. Three CDs and hundreds of gigs down the line, supports with the likes of Chris Helme, Skerryvore, Paul Liddell, many many festival appearances including Freedom, Beverley Blues, Beverley Folk… The Dogfinger army grows and gigs are always seat of the pants swamp fun.


£15.00 Saturday October 29th.

Now rightly regarded as one of the most innovative British groups of their brief but brilliant 1960s incarnation, the Zombies’ name was happily reactivated by Colin and keyboard wizard Rod Argent for globally acclaimed records and tours, as they built up to the 50th anniversary of their formation in 2011. That was fuelled by the incredible afterlife of their fabled (and famously misspelt) ‘Odessey and Oracle’ album, released after the band’s initial split in 1968. By 2003, its brilliant originality was recognised with a place in the top 100 of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Albums of All Time list, and it went on to win Mojo’s Classic Album award in 2009. Blunstone’s timeless tones have been at the forefront of the Zombies’ ‘She’s Not There,’ ‘Tell Her No’ and ‘Time of the Season,’ collaborations with the likes of Dave Stewart (‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted’) and the Alan Parsons Project (‘Old and Wise,’ among many other album appearances), and a solo catalogue containing such gems as ‘Say You Don’t Mind,’ ‘I Don’t Believe In Miracles,’ ‘Misty Roses,’ ‘How Could We Dare To Be Wrong’ and ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears.’

 His incomparable voice has been in our consciousness for five decades, on some of the most memorable songs in pop history. In 2016, Colin Blunstone’s amazing heritage is more respected than ever –  From media, fans and fellow musicians alike, there’s now fresh appreciation all over the world for Colin’s work in his own name, The core band  is guitarist Tom Toomey, who also plays with the Zombies; Pete Billington, who’s played keyboards for the likes of Alison Moyet and Kid Creole; bassist Chris Childs (Andy Summers, Paul Young) and drummer Pat Illingworth (808 State and the other Dave Stewart, the one from Eurythmics).                                    CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Sat 12th Nov, 2016

Emulating the sound of two of Hull’s finest, and most popular exports, The Beautiful South and The Housemartins. The Beautiful Couch first formed in 2002, playing all over the country. ‘The Couch’ built up a loyal P1060086following and a huge reputation in the tribute band world. Playing venues such as Liverpool’s The Cavern and the Matthew Street Festival, the KC Stadium in Hull, and they’ve also supported Deacon Blue and The Commitments.After taking a few years off, the Couch returned for a one off gig at Hull City Hall in May 2012. Such was the demand for the band to return, they decided to grab their instruments and return to the stage, and the fans flocked to see them.

Now they’re back and raring to go, if you missed them first time around, don’t make the same mistake again! The Beautiful Couch are: Ed Faulkner, Jan Brumby, Johny Kramer, Adam Parrish, Antoine Robinson, and Pete Bartley.

BUY TICKETS HERE.        Nifty vid from last year at the Shire Hall.

Interact Murder Mysteries presents:


Murder mystery

Saturday November 19th  

£12.             7.20 for 8pm.      With a hot dog supper!

BACKGROUND: The year is 1939. All are gathered to hear Agatha Marsh, the most famous crime novelist of the twentieth century, read the final chapter of her latest novel, “The Road to Oblivion”. The novel has been serialised in The Trafalgar magazine, and this is a unique chance to hear the great lady read from her own work before anybody else in the country.Guests arrive to hear Agatha…but before she can complete her reading she apparently falls asleep in her chair. Closer examination reveals she is dead… poisoned.The obvious motive for the murder of Agatha Marsh is 16Murder_Mystery_Modern-5 (2)to prevent her from reading out the final chapter of her book. This book – a work of fiction – is in fact very closely based on real events three years ago, on 1st June 1936. A senior civil servant in the Ministry of Defence was killed in a tragic road accident after apparently falling asleep at the wheel. This man, Sir Peter Chartwell, had been celebrating his 45th birthday that day, and had been visited by a number of people in his Whitehall office shortly before he left to drive back to his house in Little Rochester. Agatha, who had long been a family friend of Chartwell (a surrogate ‘aunty’), had received a letter from him shortly before his death, claiming that he believed somebody meant him harm. When he died shortly afterwards, Agatha began probing his death. The police and other authorities were reluctant to help, but she persevered and eventually came up with a sequence of events which she believed would explain his demise. The only way she knew to bring this to light was to do what she did best – to write it as a story. She crafted a novel based on the characters and events from three years earlier, changing her characters’ names just enough to avoid a legal action. The story has been publicised to great acclaim in The Trafalgar weekly magazine. Now, the final chapter is about to be published, but before she submits the denouement of her novel to her publishers, she gathers together a specially invited audience to hear justice be done as she reads her solution out loud for the first time.Except somebody has found the only way to stop her...

Interact was formed in 1994 and has been writing, producing and performing Murder-Mystery evenings for over twenty years. In this time we have performed hundreds of mysteries in venues ranging from: Theatres, Hotels, Holiday camps and Private homes. With over thirty five plots to choose from, ranging from the 1870’s to modern day, there is something for everyone. Murder-mystery evenings are a wonderfully interactive experience in which you get to play the detective – examining evidence, questioning suspects and then (hopefully!) solving the crime. We pride ourselves on giving our guests a memorable, challenging, but above all FUN, experience, which you will be talking about for weeks to come. 

Saturday 26th November, 2016

Scorching a trail across the live music venues of the land is this sizzlin’ hot 1950’s R&B combo…

The Revolutionaires!

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.

Revs photoPrimarily, 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!

If you ‘get yourself down’ to a Revs gig, in the words of the

Ronnie Molleen tune ….


….” We’ll be rockin’ up a storm tonight! ”      

BUY TICKETS HERE        Click here to see and hear what you are in for………

3rd December, 2016

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.

From the age of 9, John Otway knew he wanted to be a pop star. But even at that young age, having listened to his sister’s Beatles and Stones records, he knew he would never be able to do what they do. However, when his sister got the latest Bob Dylan album, he knew there was a place for him and he set about learning how to play guitar.

A visit to a fortune teller would have a profound effect on the young Otway. After gazing into her crystal ball, she confirmed that Otway would indeed be a star and would have success with a blonde-haired musician. Otway took this prediction very seriously and teamed up with Wild Willy Barrett (the only musician he knew who fitted the fortune teller’s description). In 1972, the pair released their first single. Gypsy/Misty Mountain was a dedication to the fortune teller who had assured Otway that fame and stardom was just around the corner. The single would be the first of a string of flops, but it did capture the attention of The Who’s Pete Townshend who offered to produce a number of tracks for the duo.

BUY TICKETS HERE.            Here’s a little taster……. 

  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!!!

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