MUSIC

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2018!

BON GIOVI

JANUARY 20th.  £15

What is becoming a traditional opener for the Howden Live Year with a welcome return for BON GIOVI. Fronted by UK’s leading Jon Bon Jovi impersonator Gary Williams, 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.

Bon Giovi were also the only UK tribute act to be asked to make a guest appearance on the New Jersey tribute album “Garden State Of Mind Vol. 1”, A celebration of Bon Jovi musical career to date.
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.

BON GIOVI are the World’s Premier look-alike and sound alike Tribute to the New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi.
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.

 

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BOO HEWERDINE

& Fiona Lee

FEBRUARY 3rd.  £12

Boo Hewerdine is well known as one of the greatest (and busiest) songwriter performers in the business, but incredibly, it’s been 7 years since Boo released his last studio album of original material God Bless The Pretty Things (Reveal Records 2009). Not that Hewerdine has been inactive, far from it, the period has been the most productive of his career. 

Boo wrote Radio Ballads for the BBC’s Olympic and recent Child Migration series. Elsewhere new songs were commissioned for art galleries and museums, including the Beneath The Dark Cloth project at the Met in New York. There has been a huge array of writing and producing with both established and upcoming artists and ‘passing something on’ to budding writers via his much loved songwriting workshops.

Boo spent three years writing a daily blog (http://boohewerdinesblogthing.blogspot.co.uk) which lead to podcast fun with that staff of The WORD (RIP) and invitations to join Radio broadcasts such as The Verb (BBC Radio 3) and a moment of personal satisfaction when his work was included in the radio round up Pick Of The Week on BBC Radio 4.

A chance meeting with American guitarist Brooks Williams one snowy night in Ely lead the pair to form State Of The Union (a duo who’s sound is simple, vibrant and alive, contemporary songs wrapped up in old time blues and country soul. State of The Union have recorded and released two albums and an EP, in quick succession, live in the studio with engineer Mark Freegard, the duo appeared on BBC1 TV Andrew Marr show performing their cover of Pet Shop Boys Rent. 

Hewerdine wrote lyrics and played on over 30 new recordings by and with other artists during the period including the acclaimed 2014 album (Vagabond) and 2015 EP (Back The Dogs) with Scottish singer Eddi Reader, Last Man Standing EP (2015) with Kris Drever of Lau and Duke Special. Reveal Records compiled the first document of his career to date with a fine Best of compilation “My Name In Brackets” and swiftly followed that with an album of lost recordings found in a box!  This album was Open which received five star reviews and was number 5 in the Telegraph Albums of The Year 2015. Last year was spent writing and producing an ambitious new double album and theatrical show for Chris Difford of Squeeze, details of which are soon to be announced. All that and Boo toured with Eddi Reader in Europe, Asia and played a series of sell out headline shows in the UK and an invite to host Boo Hewerdine & Friends songwriters circle at London’s Kings Place. There has not been a moment when Boo Hewerdine has not been working on something creative. His every day continues to be full of music and he has waited patiently to tell some older personal stories that will feature on his new May 2016 released Born EP and forthcoming Swimming In Mercury album (due September 2nd on Reveal Records). 

Hewerdine says…

“I felt like I had to wait for the right time to tell some old stories, working on the Best of compilation My Name In Brackets and finding the Open recordings took me back a little, each song a placed me in a memory. I soon realised I had to go further and revisit the time when I was first making music. Taking the bus down to Rough Trade in London with my demo tape Julia, playing cheap guitars with broken strings. 

For Swimming In Mercury and Born I have used instruments I’ve not used for years. The process has been more akin to when I was starting out in an indie band. I used my father’s old beat up piano and I wrote some songs with my son, Ben which was great. The lyrics came fast, I trusting my pen.

“There was West Side Story

A Minuteman was flying

New elements half dying

Catch 22”

(The Year That I Was Born) 

It blows my mind that I still have the opportunity to make music, that I have a voice and that there are people who want to hear and release it. Time is precious and this is the music that I needed to make.”

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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JO HARMAN & band

FEBRUARY 17th £15.

“A voice that leaves you speechless” ~ Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

Widely regarded the most exciting blues, soul and roots artist to emerge in Europe for decades, Jo Harman performs in support of her critically acclaimed, and commercially successful, second studio album ‘People We Become’, from which the track ‘When We Were Young (featuring soul superstar Michael McDonald) was BBC Radio 2 playlisted.

From blues to soul, gospel to Beatles-worthy pop, ‘People We Become’ is a modern album rooted in the timeless music of past generations.

Jo has had a remarkable rise to success. In 2013 she performed to over 300,000 people at Parkpop festival in the Netherlands, in 2015 she was headhunted by Amnesty International to perform at their prestigious awards alongside Joan Baez and Patti Smith, and in 2017 she made her US debut at Joe’s Pub New York, the stage where Adele and Amy Winehouse made their American debuts.

Live, her soul fuelled show ranges from hard rock to intimate, heart-warming ballads and features both her own emotive songwriting as well as personal takes on well-known standards.

 

Be amazed here……

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Interact Murder Mysteries present:

MURDER AT THE PINK FLAMINGO 

£8 February 24th

A 1960’s murder mystery.   7 for 7.30pm

HOWDEN WORKING MEN’S CLUB  DN14 7AB

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!

 

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THE JAR FAMILY

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. 
The Jar Family recorded new material at the legendary Monnow Valley Studios in 2014 with acclaimed producer Rupert Christie and are released a new album ‘Family First’ in September 2015 amidst more inexorable touring.

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GARY STEWART’S GRACELAND

HOWDEN MINSTER.

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…..

THE JUKE JOINT KINGS

£8  SATURDAY MARCH 17th

From hokum to hi-octane swing, the six piece JUKE JOINT KINGS bring you the best in electric blues from Tampa Red to B.B. King and all points in between. All local bluesicians, the JJKs supported Tom Attah and the Bad Man Clan at last year’s Beverley Blues Weekender. 

They are:…Brian Williams (harp and vocals), Graham Hyde (guitar), Steve Lawley (drums), Sara Davidson (bass), James West  (guitar) and Chris Saunders (vocals). 

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HEART OF GLASS

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

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THE BAR -STEWARD SONS OF VAL DOONICAN

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)

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ALL MOD CONS

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…

 

SNAKE DAVIS & THE BURDEN OF PARADISE

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.

 

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Comments
  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 http://www.hambledonproductions.com 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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