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& Fiona Lee

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.17samkellytriobwfromleftevansamjamie

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.”

P1060593FIONA LEE, is an emerging singer-songwriter from Yorkshire (the bottom of my street to be more precise) 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.

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For those of you who think you may have heard of Sam away from the folk scene, this may jolt your memory.



Returns only folks. Put you name down at Touchwood, 01430 431535 to stand the chance of getting one of those. Please note that we can only refund tour ticket if we are able to re sell it, thank you.

A rare outing for this Northern Soul spectacular and a long overdue return to the Shire Hall, one of only four Suspicions gigs (so far) in 2017.p1050832

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”


And…And…Not forgetting …THE SOUL PRESERVATION SOCIETY. Spinning authentic Northern Souls discs for your delectation…..

The 19th fundraising concert for The Yorkshire Cancer centre Appeal. Reg charity no 1075308

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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! 

p1060710A 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

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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! 

 17jon-palmerA high energy 6-piece folk, roots and rock-n-roll combo based in-and-around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley.

Best described as “a cross between The Pogues and The Oyster Band, with a bit of The Waterboys and The Saw Doctors thrown in for good measure” the band regularly performs at festivals and venues across the North of England.

“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 17jpab

“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 

The current line up of the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is: Jon Palmer – vocals and guitar (former Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony)      Wendy Ross – violin and vocals (Magna Carta, The Sentimentalists)   Rik Silvers – double bass and vocals (Plumhall)  

Matt Nelson – mandolin, whistles and vocals (The Pack with Bella Hardy and Sam Pirt)  Roy Whyke – drums and percussion (Jon Strong Band)                Nick Settle – guitar and vocals

katie spencerKATIE 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.

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& Urban Rain

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.  17kaz-pic-2016-black-whiteRenowned 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)


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


‘Urban Rain’ are singer songwriters John Cox & Rosie Queenan – guitarist-bassists. Influenced by Bowie, Prince, Paul Weller, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith and Everything But The Girl. The sound 17urban-rainis original, soulful, funky dark indie folk with cool vocal harmonies.

Formed in Hull 2014, they have played 3 live sessions on BBC Introducing and 3 live sessions on the Burnsy Show on BBC Radio Humberside. So far they have had 13 plays on BBC Introducing & 13 plays on the Burnsy Show! And their song “Shut Up Get Up and Dance” was included in the BBC Introducing Playlist of the Year 2015.

For live shows they are often augmented by ‘Dr Hyde’ on drums. Urban Rain live is a really engaging experience between them and audience…..

“Their sound was comfortably encased in my memory…warming the room with their positive energy” – Nix Chidlow Browse Magazine

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Here she be….


Saturday September 2nd   £15.


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 p1060058to 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 gives on stage with the portrayal of the Live/Wire 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 !! 




Saturday September 16th  £12.50

17cadillac-kingsThe Cadillac Kings Firm favourites on the blues, rhythm & blues & swing scenes, The Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK’s top blues and roots musicians.
vocals, harmonica, guitar: Mike Thomas lead guitar, vocals: Mal Barclay piano, accordion, vocals: Tim Penn drums, vocals: Roy Webber Paul Cuff: double bass
Inspired by the sounds and styles of the ‘40s & ‘50s with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise (courtesy of singer & writer Mike Thomas) this is a band that has earned a reputation for wowing their audiences, from intimate clubs to major festivals, from theatres to dance-halls, the length & breadth of the UK & Europe, from the Canary Islands to Svalbard in the arctic circle.
Since their formation in 2001 the band has opened shows for & shared stages with blues, rock & roots acts such as John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Piazza, Lazy Lester, Magic Slim, Lil’ Ed & His Blues Imperials, Louisiana Red, Larry Garner, Nappy Brown, Sherman Robertson, Victor Wainwright, Reba Russell, Little Feat & Delbert McLinton to name but a few!
* Along the way the band has picked up numerous awards including The Times Newspaper’s best blues cd of the year 2004 for ‘Highway 17’ (33WM131)
* And in 2009 Canada’s ‘Real Blues’ Magazine’s awarded them best non American cd for ‘Trouble in Store’ (33WM145).
* Their 2012 release “Gonna Tell Your Momma” (33WM147) was recorded 100% live in Norway and has had rave reviews at home from ‘Blues & Rhythm’ to ‘Folk Roots’, and abroad from ‘Blues Blast USA’ to ‘Blues News Norway’!
Now approaching their sixteenth anniversary, the band has also signalled their strongest ever line-up, featuring two of the UK’s very best roots players – sensational pianist & accordionist – Tim Penn, and on guitar the brilliantly versatile Mal Barclay, alongside frontman Mike Thomas – ‘the best blues lyricist this side of the pond’ (Blues in the Northwest).
*This is the line-up you can hear on their new album “The Secret of my Success” (33 Records WM153) Released in September 2016 to unanimous praise here & in the USA, the album quickly became distributor Propermusic’s biggest seller in their blues charts, and in December was chosen by the UK’s Independent Blues Broadcasters Association as one of the best 3 releases of 2016 alongside Kaz Hawkins & Joe Bonamassa. Currently the album is in the Cashbox top 40 in the USA
“The UK’s premier blues & roots act” John Clarke, The Times
“Good time blues at its very best, do not miss these guys!” Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain Magazine
“One of the nation’s finest bands in ANY genre. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.” Grahame Rhodes, Blues in the Northwest.
“This is a band with a well earned reputation for their unfailing ability to put on a great performance, with warmth and humour exuding from every pore. In short, they are an absolute delight”. Ian Ross, Darlington R&B Festival




Saturday 30th September     £15

If you have seen this band before they need little introduction, the reason we keep asking them back? Simples, they provide yet another cast iron guarantee of a rip roarin’ night out that is not to be missed…..p1070045Emulating 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 following 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. 



& Martyn Barker

Saturday October 14th     £12

17-wwbYou won’t find another band like Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection. From a Parisian café via a Dublin hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo.
Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam: Django Reinhardt & The Pogues; Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf; Bob Marley’s jammin’ with Stéphane Grappelli; Tom Waits joins in. This is French Connection.

As the versatile and heartrending vocals of French singer Aurora Colson take centre stage, the quartet perform stunning original compositions and arrangements on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo and Irish pipes.
Enjoy a wonderful evening of unique musical entertainment overlaid with a large dose of dry humour, very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment.



Saturday October 28th    £12.50

Stephen Dale Petit is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and pioneer in New Blues music. He is widely recognised as a major architect of the New Blues Revolution.17sdp

Currently recording his new album in Nashville Tennessee with Vance Powell at Blackbird studios, Petit’s 1st & 2nd releases (“Guitararama” and “The Crave”) saw both commercial success & critical acclaim.

Petit’s benefit show for the iconic & legendary London venue The 100 Club on Dec 1st 2010 included special guests current Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, former Stones Mick Taylor & Dick Taylor and godfather of modern British music Chris Barber amongst others. The Times review of the show called Petit an “Axe Maestro” and the show “worthy of 100 club folklore’.

December 2011 saw the release of “Stephen Dale Petit The BBC Sessions”.




10th Anniversary Concert

Saturday November 11th    £14

Regular Shire Hall performers The Tim Kliphuis Trio return to celebrate highlights from their 10-year career: jaw-dropping Django-gypsy jazz, beautiful traditional melodies and mesmerizing improvisations from their ground-breaking Vivaldi CD “Reflecting the Seasons”.kliphuistrio

The Tim Kliphuis Trio met in Glasgow in 2006 and embarked on their first UK tour that same year. Their electrifying performances soon found them at the Richard Strauss Festival, Celtic Connections and the Amsterdam Canal Concert, to an audience of 10.000. Recent successes include concerts with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Tallin Chamber Orchestra, and a 3-record deal with SONY Classical.

Tim Kliphuis – violin
Nigel Clark – guitar
Roy Percy – double bass


CARL PALMERS ELP Legacy Tour 2017.

A tribute to Keith Emmerson, Greg Lake and John Wetton.

Saturday November 25th   £22.50


“The up and coming tour in November  is a celebration of the music I have made over the years with Keith and Greg  and also John Wetton who has died  this year. 

These are  three very important people in my life .And all three died within a ten month period of each other it was a great loss to us all 

 I look forward to playing  some of the music I personally made with all of them over the years on my November tour.” Carl Palmer.

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy has been thrilling audiences with its innovative new versions of classic Emerson Lake & Palmer songs and rocked-out power-trio versions of classical music hits. Palmer, named by ROLLING STONE magazine as one of the 10 greatest drummers of all time, is a dynamic showman and has been performing for nearly four decades with some of musicʼs most memorable bands including Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Asia and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. 

Palmer will present bold, new arrangements of the best-loved instrumental music of ELP, and other composers. A multi-media experience combining music and video projection, the show promises to be among the most musically compelling tours of the year. Carl Palmer ELP Legacy is a red-hot power trio that features Palmer on drums and percussion; guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick. “Since 2001, I have been playing with my own power trio, replacing the keyboards with electric guitar,” says Palmer. “I felt that was the only honest way to approach the music of ELP. I didn’t want to have a singer trying to sound like Greg Lake. ELP did so much instrumental music, this format made sense to me. The idea was to re-invent the music; there will be several new classic ELP tunes this time around.” Palmer also recently launched his official ELP website: Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy will play nearly two hours and drum enthusiasts can expect an evening of compelling percussive skills, from the man who brought the drum set to the forefront of rock n roll music.

                      Click here for a nifty promo vid……..                                                                           BUY TICKETS HERE….


Saturday December 2nd       £12.50

p1070125So good we booked them twice! 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!

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! ”


  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?

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