HOWDENLIVE is a volunteer-run, charity registered, organisation with a fundamental ethos of ” enjoying live entertainment in the company of others”.
In 1984, Howden school joined with Howden Parish Council to promote touring theatre and some music, subsidised by the then Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts. In 1986 Howdenshire Live arts was formed. In 1988 Remould Theatre Company joined with HLA to produce the hugely successful community play, ‘Reap The Whirlwind’ as a consequence of which Howdenshire Live Arts, mark 2, was launched.
The years went by and the emphasis moved towards music with the folk, world and jazz genres taking hold. We now have a wonderfully eclectic mix of theatre, jazz, folk, blues, rock and acoustic music for your delectation.
An indication of the quality of artist appearing in Howden is this list, Lillian Boutte, Alan Barnes,Tina May, Herb Geller, Julie Edwards, the Groundhogs, Stan Webbs Chicken Shack, Linda Smith, Acoustic Strawbs, Waterson:Carthy, Mr Benn, Lindisfarne Acoustic, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, Geno Washington, Kiki Dee, Snake Davis, Jim Diamond, Martin Simpson, Ian McMillan, Wilko Johnson, Chris Farlowe, Midge Ure, The Sensational Alex Harvy Band, Chris Difford, Vin Garbutt, June Tabor and Mungo Jerry.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and, whilst these are all well known names in their respective genres, we should not take anything away from the very, very high standard of other artistes and productions appearing at the hall.
We are currently seeking people with commitment, initiative and enthusiasm to help out in any way shape or form, if you fancy a dabble, let us know..
Equally if you have any ideas about something you might like to see on in Howden feel free to come along to one of the fairly frequent open meetings to pitch your thoughts. If it is possible to help sort something out, we will.
If you have ever been put off by labels on music or theatre please open up your eyes and ears and give us a whirl, you really would have to travel a long, long way to find anything comparable and of such high quality.
Please visit this site regularly as there is a fairly constant change of style, information and new events, it also keeps Mark happy.
Registered charity no. 1051928