FRIDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2018 - THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA - VILLAGE HALLS TOUR
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
One of the must-see bands of 2018, the pioneering folktronica duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Always producing something beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable and adventurous for the mainstream.
Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instrument dexterity with 80’s synthesisers and clear classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, they are found on stage continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
- "A special and singular voice" - Highclouds
- "Supremely gifted" - Nottingham Post
- "Undoubtedly one of the best things to come out of England in recent years" - Fatea Music Magazine
- "They remind us why music lifts us up" - Dalton Delan, American Broadcasting (USA)
- "From heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song" - Western Star (Australia)
- "Absolute brilliance" - A Journal of Musical Things (Canada)
- "Beautiful, powerful and inspiring" - Steve Hackett, Genesis
- "An ethereal musical landscape, an enchanting masterpiece" - Purple Revolver (UK)
FRIDAY 19th JANUARY 2018 - SNAKE DAVIS & BAND
Snake Davis is one of the music world's best kept secrets. He is a saxophonist of almost unparalleled gifts who has played with the best in the business through a career spanning three decades.
Yet it wasn't until he reached the age of 20 that he picked up his first saxophone. He enrolled on the diploma course in jazz and light music at Leeds College of Music funded by busking and gig money. It was here that he met and made many of his life long friends and gained the great experience of disciplined ensemble playing. The much loved "Snake Davis and his Alligator Shoes", the nine piece soul band were formed, playing 60's soul music with the sax taking the vocal parts.
After college, Snake spent several years travelling, playing on cruise boats briefly setting up home in Brooklyn getting tuition from hot players and visiting some of the best jazz clubs in America.
Back in England, he joined the soul revue band "Zoot and the Roots" started his long career as a session musician and first met Lisa Stansfield. The rest, as they say, is history.
To date, Snake Davis has recorded on more than 400 tracks for over 60 artists and the list keeps growing. That's not even counting all of the live performances! These are some of his career highlights to date:-
- Sax Solo on cult television show “The Tube”
- World Tour with Lisa Stansfield
- “Tonight with Jonathon Ross”
- 1993 The start of his long association with M-People
- Plays himself as band leader in “The Paradise Club” ITV series
- Presents a Masterclass on Tyne tees, Granada and Yorkshire TV
- World “Peace” tour with The Eurythmics
- Saxophonist on Paul Hardcastle JazzMasters Series
- First Solo album commercially available released – Snakebites
- First of many tours with Japanese rock star Eikichi Yazawa
- Digital single “Human Nature” record of the week on JazzFM
- Human Nature No.1 on smooth jazz single charts with CDBaby
- World Premiere of SnakeStrings
- Appearance on BBC1 “The One Show” with Chris Evans, Alex Jones and Gary Barlow – feature on The Solo’s The Star for his sax on “A Million Love Songs”
- Two of his students were BBC Young Musician of the Year finalists in 2014 and Jess Gillam was runner up in 2016
- Klingande and Faul & Ad Wad used his sax riffs on three European chart hits, reaching number 1 in the dance charts in the summer of 2014.
- Snake will be performing as part of the City of Culture in Hull in 2017
FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER 2017 - MUSIC @ THE HALL'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL... FEATURING MARMALADE!!
FRIDAY 1st DECEMBER 2017 - MULLED WINE & MINCE PIE EVENING FEATURING... THE BACHELORS!
FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER 2017 - THE RAGDOLLS PART 2 - THE ULTIMATE FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS TRIBUTE
FRIDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2017 - HIGH ON HARMONY - THE HALEY SISTERS FEATURING JESTER B
FRIDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2017 - THE DUNCAN McFARLANE BAND
FRIDAY 9th JUNE 2017 - TRAVELIN' MAN - THE RICKY NELSON ROCK N ROLL SHOW
2nd only to Elvis in record sales between 1957 and 1962 this show features all the hits of this rockin legend inc. Hello Mary Lou, Fools Rush In, It's Late, Never Be Anyone Else But You, I'm Walkin, Just A Little Too Much, Travelin’ Man and many more inc. classics from other artists.
Starring Dave B as Ricky Nelson as seen in Buddy (West End) Rock n Roll Paradise, Buddy Presley Show and featuring an all-star band of the best rockin’ musicians from the UK rock n roll scene.
A show not to miss as it’s sure to be a party, celebrating the best music of a legend!
FRIDAY 12th MAY 2017 - GAVIN POVEY & THE FABULOUS OKE-SHE-MOKE-SHE-POPS
Gavin Povey plays Piano and sings an eclectic style of Rythmn & Blues, including Boogie-Woogie, Swing, Stride, Funk and Rock & Roll. Mixed in with this elixir are hints of Jazz, Country and Blues.
Gavin has recently toured with Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes. He has also toured, performed and recorded with such artists as Dave Edmunds, Kirsty MacColl, Van Morrison, Dion, Kim Wilson, Graham Parker, Shakin’ Stevens, Steve Cropper, Together with The Fabulous OKE-SHE-MOKE-SHE-POPS:
Simon Farrell, Bass; Shane Atlas, Drums; Felim Gormley, Sax.
They play songs from all eras of New Orleans style music, including their own material.
FRIDAY 7th APRIL 2017 - BEVERLEY CRAVEN
Beverley is looking forward to performing her new songs live alongside timeless classics Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman, Love Scenes and many more. With a witty narrative and unforgettable melodies, her poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear.
FRIDAY 24th MARCH 2017 - ALBERT LEE
Albert was treated one Christmas to a Hofner President acoustic arch-top, and from there he never looked back. Spurred on by the recordings of Jimmy Bryant, Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Gene Vincent and The Everly Brothers, Albert left school at sixteen and turned pro, getting regular gigs at the 2 i's Coffee Bar and The Flamingo Club in London - first with Bob Xavier’s band, and then with The Jury. He replaced Jimmy Page in The Crusaders before joining Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds in ‘64.
He soon found his favoured guitar of choice, the Fender Telecaster, whilst everyone else was playing Gibson Les Pauls and Stratocasters. Albert admitted to feeling like the odd man out as his appreciation for American country artists grew, and he formed the band Country Fever. He began working with Poet & The One Man Band, who later turned into Heads, Hands & Feet when Jerry Donahue and Pat Donaldson (of Country Fever) were replaced by Albert and Chas Hodges. Their self-titled debut album featured the original “Country Boy”, now synonymous with Albert’s trademark picking style.
The U.S eventually beckoned, and Albert began doing session work and briefly toured with The Crickets in 1973. He moved to Los Angeles, where he met his idols Phil and Don Everly, and Don invited Albert to play with him and pedal steel legend Buddy Emmons. After working on Don’s second album, Albert left to join Joe Cocker’s band and was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham."
FRIDAY 3rd MARCH 2017 - AN EVENING WITH MIKE d'ABO
Calling upon a wealth of musical memories, sensational stories, and perhaps the odd revelation, he takes his audience on a fascinating musical journey recalling his early musical influences... The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Fats Waller, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and, not forgetting, his triumphant years as 'front man' with the 60's hit makers, MANFRED MANN.
No evening with Mike d'Abo would be complete without him performing his two best known compositions, HANDBAGS & GLADRAGS and BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP, songs which, even today, figure prominently in the sountrack of our lives. Expect him also to recall some of his award winning TV jingles from the 70's such as Cadbury's Finger Of Fudge, along with the huge hits of Manfred Mann... MIGHTY QUINN, JUST LIKE A WOMAN, SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN... the list goes on and on...
FRIDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2017 - CHIQUITITAS (ABBA SPECIAL)
With many years of Abba impersonation under their sequined belts, combined with glamorous costumes and the ability to hold an audience captivated with stunning harmonies and dance routines, Chiquititas promises to be an audio and visual splendour.
Appearing with live band - Chiquititas are a dynamic and enchanting Abba duo.
FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER - ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW AND THE LOW RIDERS
We welcome Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders back to the hall!
FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER 2016 - THE MERSEYBEATS
The Mersey Beats then became resident at the Cavern alongside The Beatles and still hold the record of appearing with The Beatles more than any other artistes."
The Merseybeats today....
- Tony Crane - Lead Guitar / Lead Vocalist (Original Founder member 1961)
- Billy Kinsley - Rhythm Guitar / Lead Vocalist (Original Founder member 1961)
- Bob Packham - Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals (Joined 1974)
- Lou Rosenthal - Drums & Percussion (Joined 2000)
FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2016 - PETER DONEGAN AND THE LONNIE DONEGAN BAND
Peter is not only a talented performer but also a talented songwriter. Having developed his own style, Peter accompanied by the Lonnie Donegan Band will perform some of Lonnie's classics such as "Putting On The Style", "Have a Drink On Me", "Rock Island Line", and "Pick a Bale of Cotton" to name just a few. But they also delve into some of Lonnie's lesser, known recordings. This combined with original numbers written by Peter adds up to a great night of Skiffle, Blues, Jazz and a lot of foot-stomping fun!
FRIDAY 20th MAY 2016 - THE BUDDY PRESLEY SHOW
In 1959 Buddy Holly found an inexperienced pilot to fly him into a deadly blizzard... he never touched down. When, Elvis Presley left the army he fulfilled his 30 film movie contract with Paramount which kept him out of live stage performance for another eight years.
Two of the greatest rock n roll performers of all time never graced the local, municipal stages in the early 60's. A tragedy and a business deal deprived their fans of the intimate, raw performances, they so dearly craved.
If Buddy had not got on that plane and Elvis had walked away from that contract, things would have been very different. For the first time, see the music of Buddy & Elvis the way it might have been.
A bare bones scratch band of seasoned backline players are joined by The Harmonaires, session backing vocalists with a love and feeling for the music. Add the amazing performance of Dave B, an aficionado and fan of these two musical greats and you have the ultimate musical experience.
For the first time ever, see the two greatest influences on rock and roll touring together. Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you; The Buddy Presley Band!"
FRIDAY 6th MAY 2016 - THE RAGDOLLS
"The Ragdolls" will take you on a musical journey through the sounds of one of the most successful bands of all time.
Classic songs such as "Sherry, Walk like a man, oh what a night and many more..... "The Ragdolls" recreate the iconic sound of the "Four Seasons"
The first part of the show the Boys will take you back to where it all began, performing the classic 50's songs as the "Four Seasons" once did. Hits included; Still of the night, Oh Carol, Teenager in love and Why do fools fall in love.
With slick choreography and the recognisable falsetto this really sets the scene for a great night. Acoustic versions of songs are a highlight in this part of the show which demonstrate the diversity and harmonic sounds as once done by the great band themselves.
By the end of the first half you will definitely be "hanging on" to your seats and "beggin" for more.
The second half of the show is truly party time, where all the famous hits come out, such as, Can't take my eyes off you, let's hang on, Ragdoll, Grease, Working my way back to you and many more.....
FRIDAY 22nd JAN 2016 - SAM KELLY TRIO (AND SPECIAL GUEST JAKE BURNS)
"One of the most interesting voices on the folk scene...He has a fine and powerful voice but with subtle delicacy too...I think this guy is absolutely brilliant!" - 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." - Folking.com