TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE VIA WE GOT TICKETS HERE, THE SHIRE HALL AND NOW AT DOVE HOUSE.
As well as the online ticket provision via We Got Tickets clicking on the links on this website.
Hard copy tickets will are now available via the Dove House Hospice shop, 33 Market Pl, Howden, DN14 7BL. Telephone 01430 431660
Tickets can also be purchased at: The Shire Hall, 11 Market Place, Howden, DN14 7BJ where online tickets can also be purchased.
All events are at the Shire Hall unless otherwise stated.
Telephone 01430 432510
Doors are 7.30 for 8pm
Hello everyone, Happy New Year! This offer was so successful last year we are repeating it! welcome to the Howden Live winter/spring season 2023 ticket offer!
We have often wondered how to incentivise ticket purchasing for Howden Live shows, not just for folk who support us on a regular basis but also to encourage anyone who is yet to enjoy the Howden Live experience to dip their toes in……
With that in mind we have introduced a second time limited offer based around the booking of a minimum of three shows, all five if you wish! (We are in the process of confirming two more) There is a maximum of 20 applications, within each of which you can purchase any number of tickets for three or more events. In return you will receive a 5% discount and pay no booking fee, a saving of 15% per ticket.
Please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and supply the following information in your e mail:
- Your name.
- Your address.
- Your contact telephone number.
- Your email address for communication regarding this offer.
- List the shows (minimum of three) you want to buy tickets for and write the number of tickets for each show you require.
- Ensure you can pay for the tickets you want via internet banking.
We will then prepare your order and email you with the amount to pay, our bank details, and a unique reference so that we know where the money has come from and which you must use when making the internet banking payment.
Your tickets will be available on the door on the night of the event.
If you are buying tickets to give as a present to someone, we can come to a different arrangement which we can discuss if required.
Please note that this is not available via We Got Tickets, Dove House or the Shire Hall, only via contacting email@example.com This offer, if not sold out, will expire on February 8th 2023.
Tickets are available on a first come first served basis and will be issued in the order that e mails are received.
SANDI THOM & Ellie Pollard
FEBRUARY 11th £21
It’s been 16 years since her first single “I wish I was a punk rocker” shot to no.1 in 7 different countries and since then Thom has continued to make albums that are eclectic, different and timeless. Now get set for the most exciting release of her career, “My new album Wanderlust is going to blow Punk rocker out of the water” Thom states.
Having spent a significant time in the Middle East doing humanitarian work with street dogs and cats Sandi Thom has been of the radar for several years. However, having now permanently relocated back to the UK Sandi is back and better than ever.
“I’ve grown so much in the past 4 years that I’ve been of the road” Thom says, “my experiences have really shaped me and been amazing inspiration for my latest songs”.
With over 50 million Spotify streams the Scottish singer’s popularity continues to grow organically. “I’m always so humbled at how my songs just seem to continue to connect with people” she says. One song in particular; November Rain, taken from Thom’s album of Acoustic Classic Rock covers has seen a growth spurt.
“I couldn’t believe the number of streams on you tube when it hit 12 million, I never expected it to be so popular, but it just seems to connect with so many people, it’s amazing”
“2022 and beyond is going to be an amazing time for me. I am so excited to be hitting the road again with the band, playing live, getting back in the studio and just immersing myself in the industry again. I’m also really excited at the prospect of taking on challenging roles in theatre, it will be a whole new world for me and something I can really get my teeth into artistically” the mum of 6-year-old Logan says.
With her continued organic growth in popularity Thom says she’s so excited about getting stuck back into her career and can’t wait to release the hotly anticipated 7th studio album entitled “Wanderlust” along with an autobiography detailing her life’s story so far. Both the album and the book are set for release in the winter of 2022
Watch this space…
“Exquisite” The Times
**** Classic Rock magazine
“Unique pop-folk” The Herald
” Fierce & Honest songwriting” The Huffington post
“Internet Sensation” BBC
“Pugnacious and Sharp” The Irish Times
“Diverse and consistently Impressive” American Songwriter
FEBRUARY 25TH £15.
Widely regarded now as the UK’s most authentic and leading tribute to The Jam, The Jam’d are totally committed to giving an unforgettable, authentic performance with all the energy, passion and style of the Woking 3.
As full time touring professional musicians, and massive Jam fans, the band don’t “try to be” or “pretend to be” The Jam, but rather 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 all around the UK and Europe, at major venues, festivals, and rallies. The show also includes the only replica of Rick Bucklers ‘Great White’ drum kit & features their own brass section!
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!”
Featured on BBC Radio 4 and described by the organisers of the I.O.W. Scooter rally as “the best Jam tribute you’ll ever see!” you won’t be disappointed..
THE MARTIN STEPHENSON TRIO
FRIDAY MARCH 10TH £12.50
A BIOGRAPHY / QUITE A STORY TO TELL.
Inspired by early Cure and the Brighton scene, Martin began his career as a busker aged 15 . He then spent three years plying his trade as the guitar player in various bands in the North East of England . But Martin wanted more, he wanted to tell stories of his own and he was quickly developing ways of doing just that.
He developed his song writing technique by Firstly learning a few licks from a Spanish guitar book and repeated the process withJazz, Blues, Country, Skiffle, Reggae etc.
Eventually, this glorious collision of styles would become the trademark which Martin has carried through his career of almost 40 years.
Martin formed his band The Daintees, who became a busking sensation and were signed by Kitchenware at around the same time as Prefab Sprout and Hurrah! The band and indeed Martin have always been known for their incredible range of styles, each album covering a multitude of genres, tempos and moods.
Disenchanted at the way the industry was moving and following the band’s break up shortly after The Boys Heart , Martin distanced himself from the main stream music industry and relocated to the Scottish highlands in order to recharge and re-evaluate.
Then followed a number of years in which Martin supported himself through a combination of extensive live work and a multitude of self Financed solo albums.
2000 saw the reformation of the Daintees, to this day Martin splits his time between solo and small collaborative projects with band albums and annual celebratory Daintees UK tours.
THE ALLIGATORS & THE NICOL BAND
APRIL 8th £12,50
A double headliner of of the very, very best rock/blues you will find anywhere…
“The Alligators are no strangers to gigs both big and small, having played up and down the east coast since they formed in 2004.
They are a high energy trio taking their influences from blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.
The band has released three albums which highlight both original songs and some well-chosen covers and they are currently working on a fourth collection of songs.
However, the Alligators are at their best when captured live and kicking.
The band features Tony Underwood on guitar and vocals, Mark Sedgwick on drums and Pete Robinson on bass.
Catch them before they become an endangered species.”
The Nicol Band was formed to play the kind of music that they love playing, from blues to rock and beyond. Les’s influences were mostly from the 60s, when he learned to play guitar with one ear to the record player. It was a great time for learning, and he was very lucky to have heroes such as Eric Clapton, Jimmie Hendrix and Jeff Beck With all of those years behind him there is now a vast treasure in the locker room…
KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI
MAY 20th £23
Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri – The Long Ride Home Tour
For over 25 years now Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience.
Kiki has recently celebrated her 55th year in the music industry and has cemented her status as one of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists, always moving forward with the music that she creates with Carmelo . Kiki says Carmelo is her favorite guitarist , and he co-writes and produces all their songs.
The duo’s latest critically acclaimed album THE LONG RIDE HOME was released in 2022 , and is full of haunting, emotional and stunning songs that will hopefully please their army of fans.
Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of their songs and stories which also include some tracks from the new album , unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “I Got The Music In Me”, “Loving & Free” and the stunning “Amoureuse”
MARTIN TURNER ex WISHBONE ASH
SEPTEMBER 23rd £18
Martin Turner and his band return to the concert stages during 2023 to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of Wishbone Ash’s seminal double live album “Live Dates”
Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve
Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on
creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner
envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner
and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The
partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity
that would produce some of rock music’s best loved works and influencing
numerous successful bands, resulting in millions of album sales and concert
attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring British rock
acts – its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.
Five decades later, the music of the classic line-ups of Wishbone Ash continues to
delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of
recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new. Classic album
releases such as Wishbone Ash, Argus, Pilgrimage, Wishbone Four, There’s the Rub,
New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched
the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead vocalist, bassist and key
creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical
and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his
passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production
values being major ingredients in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner
continues to delight audiences with performances of the band’s best loved works
with his current line-up, which features guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic,
and drummer Sonny Flint.
The 2023 tour will see Martin and his band performing a show featuring music from
Live Dates as well as other Wishbone Ash classics. Capturing the original Wishbone
Ash line-up at its very best during the peak of its commercial success and featuring
epic tracks such as “The King Will Come”, “Warrior”, “Throw Down the Sword” and
“Phoenix”, Live Dates remains one of the most enduring and best loved double live
albums of the rock era. Martin Turner’s Live Dates 50th Anniversary Tour is an event
that no Wishbone Ash aficionado will want to miss.
OCTOBER 7TH £15
Join the sensational David Barton and Al Kilvo, along with their top-class band as they battle it out to deliver the best rock ‘n’ roll piano experience audiences have seen. Feel the energy and witness the foot stomping performance of Two Pianos as they bring you to your feet and have you dancing in the aisles, singing hits from Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Elvis, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Everly Brothers and more!
“Two Pianos are truly awesome rockers!” — Jerry Lee Lewis
“Two of the hottest Rock ‘n’ Roll piano-pounders in the world” — The Yorkshire Times
“Highly recommended ”— Chas & Dave
“Dedicated rockers par excellence-top of our gig list.” — The Times
“There is enough talent and individuality in his act for him to make his mark nationally and not just for a year or three.” — The Stage
“So, it was non-stop electrifying Rock ’n’ Roll all the way except for a glorious interlude where they found themselves playing straight, snatches of everything from Beethoven to Rachmaninov, just for the hell of it, just because they could and seemingly wanted to playfully out-bravura each other.” — The Yorkshire Times
November 4th £16
Robert Ian McNabb was born in Liverpool on November 3rd 1960. An only child – the son of Patricia and Robert.
He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 after seeing Marc Bolan on Top Of The Pops.
Ian joined his first band, Young World, at the age of 15 ; They played the working men’s club circuit for a couple of years before Ian joined another band City Lights. This band again gigged extensively around the North of England cabaret circuit, but Ian grew tired of playing other peoples songs and decided that cabaret was not the way forward for him. He had always written songs for fun but now he began to take it seriously.
In 1981 Ian formed The Icicle Works with Chris Sharrock (drums), and Chris Layhe (bass and vocals).
They quickly gained a following through their debut single release, Nirvana, and extensive live performances up and down the country.
The Icicle Works became part of the Liverpool renaissance movement of the eighties, alongside acts such as Echo And The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, WAH!, Heat, OMD, Black, Dead Or Alive, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Lotus Eaters, and China Crisis.
They signed to Beggar’s Banquet records, and under the guidance of Martin Mills scored a top 20 hit with Love Is A Wonderful Colour in the U.K ; and top 40 placings in the U.S, Canada, and Europe with Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream), with their eponymous debut album.
The Icicle Works achieved top 40 placings in the UK for all four of their albums – The Icicle Works, The Small Price Of A Bicycle, If You Want To Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Songs, and Blind – until they split up in 1988.
Muff Winwood signed Ian to Epic records in 1989, paying a buy-out fee to Beggar’s Banquet; but Muff’s insistence on using The Icicle Works name, (with new musicians Roy Corkill and Zak Starkey) when the original band had ceased to be, caused friction, and after one disappointingly received album, Permanent Damage, Ian was dropped from Epic’s roster.
Ian began a collaboration with his friend and previous Icicle Works producer, Ian Broudie – a number of songs featured on subsequent Lightning Seeds records, which became hugely successful.
Ian signed to Andrew Lauder’s new imprint, This Way Up, in 1992, which yielded 3 albums : Truth And Beauty (which Ian had recorded at his own expense by remortgaging his house), Head Like A Rock, which was recorded in part with Neil Young’s band Crazy Horse in L.A and subsequently nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 1994, and Merseybeast – the latter 2 albums achieved top 30 placings; the first was heralded as “One of the best records released in Q magazine’s lifetime”.
This Way Up records ceased to be in 1997 and Ian found himself without a deal once more, so accepted an invitation to join his friend Mike Scott (The Waterboys) on bass guitar for a lengthy European and Japanese tour.
Ian self financed another record in 1998, A Party Political Broadcast On Behalf Of The Emotional Party, which featured Danny Thompson (John Martyn, Nick Drake amongst others) on upright bass. They toured together that Autumn to promote the record.
At the end of the decade Ian released the live disc Live at Life, recorded over two nights at Liverpool’s Life Cafe.
Ian then joined The Waterboys on keyboards for a European tour. When this was completed, Ian accepted Ian Broudie’s invitation to record on ‘The Barge’ – Pete Townshend’s studio which Broudie was currently renting, moored next to Pete’s Eel Pie complex. The resulting album – Ian McNabb – saw a return of Ian’s love of guitar driven pop/rock and was released on Sanctuary Records in 2001.
Ian briefly played bass guitar in Ringo Starr’s band in 2002.
Throughout the 00s Ian released a further 5 solo albums : Waifs And Strays, The Gentleman Adventurer, Before All Of This, How We Live, and Great Things – all self financed and issued on his own Fairfield Records imprint to a small, dedicated fan base.
All albums were supported by extensive touring.
In 2009 Ian unleashed his autobiography Merseybeast which has become something of a cult classic amongst the rock fraternity (Peter Buck of R.E.M contacted Ian recently to tell him that he’d only just discovered the book and loved it!) – it has since been released as an audio book, narrated by Ian himself.
So far this decade, Ian has released Little Episodes, Eclectic Warrior, and Kruggerands – harder rocking albums which both feature the band Cold Shoulder ; Respectfully Yours (a long promised album of cover versions) – and the first two albums that form a ‘trilogy’ – Star, Smile, Strong, which features collaborations with Prof. Brian Cox, a co-write with Ralph Molina (from Crazy Horse), and the unexpected return of Icicle Works drummer Chris Sharrock (who had gone on to work with The La’s, World Party, Del Amitri, Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams, Oasis, and both Liam and Noel Gallagher in their solo endeavours), and most recently Our Future In Space, which once again features Cold Shoulder, and the song Aquamarine co-written with R.E.Ms Peter Buck.
In September 2019, Ian announced the forthcoming release of “Utopian”, which would complete the trilogy, and mark his 20th solo studio album. Owing to hold-ups brought about by the pandemic, Utopian was not officially released until April 2021. “It’s possible that we now hold the World record for the longest pre-order”, said McNabb recently.
Ian turned 60 in November 2020. Sadly, again due to the pandemic, all plans to celebrate with a lavish hometown show had to be cancelled. Ian’s “Utopian” tour, was pushed back into 2022.
Ian’s notoriety has grown on social media throughout the pandemic – his sometimes controversial opinions landed him in a spat with actor Russell Crowe in January 2021. The twitter exchange in which Crowe defended a comment that McNabb made about Master & Commander, was first picked up by Vanity Fair, and within hours was being covered internationally – we lost count at 130 outlets who published the story.
2021 saw the release of another new album – Ascending – which re-visits the Icicle Works, earliest cassette demo’s, and work is underway on the latest edition to the discography “Nabby Road” ; named after the studio which Ian set up at home during lockdown – “It’s been my salvation, really – and while I do write stuff to keep myself entertained, I record it for the fans – they make all of this possible, and I love them dearly!”
Ian still lives in Liverpool. Until her untimely passing in March 2022, Ian was full time carer for his Mum, Pat.
Affectionately known to friends and fans alike as ‘Mammo’; she is missed by all her who came to love her, and the internet depended on her commentary of The Brit Awards, and Eurovision!
McNabb Towers will never be the same.
Ian tours whenever he can, and continues to write and listen to music constantly.
As he reaches his 40th year of performing live shows, he intends to share more stories and hours of greatest hits with all those who choose to turn out to see him.