The award-winning singer and musical theatre star Patti Boulaye brings her wonderful, moving one-woman show ‘Billie and Me,’ in which she discusses the parallels of her life and career with that of the legendary Billie Holiday.
Holiday’s life, songs and the cause of her death have made a strong impact on modern day performers and it was many of Holiday’s songs and performances that inspired Patti's love of jazz music. In 'Billie & Me', she performs some of many of the most well-known of Holiday’s songs as well as her own personal favourites such as That Ole Devil Called Love, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Lover Man, God Bless the Child and many more.
2017 marked the 46th Anniversary of Patti’s West End debut in the musical Hair. The show changed the course of her life when, at the age of 17, she joined the cast after arriving in London from Nigeria in the early 70s. She came to prominence as a singer winning the ITV talent show New Faces where she made history by becoming the only contestant ever to receive the maximum 120 points.
Patti, who was awarded an OBE for her charity work in the UK and Sub- Saharan Africa in 2016, has recently published her remarkable and moving autobiography, The Faith of a Child, which charts her riveting life story through wealth, poverty and civil war, to show-business stardom and success in Britain and her birth country Nigeria.
Nashville hotshot Woody Pines and his band are widely regarded as one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit. It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jug band, hokum, or hillbilly.
Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to his intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics and wildly delirious sense of fun, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loves before adding in hopped-up vintage electrification to get that old country dancehall sound down right. This is gonzo folk music, the kind of raise-the-rafters, boot-shakin’ jump blues that used to be banging out of juke joints all over the South in the late 1940s.
Having recorded their latest album with Grammy winning producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Seasick Steve), the trio’s distinctive bigger-than-three viper sound is beefed up by Skip Frontz Jnr on upright bass and Brad Tucker on vintage electric guitar and vocal harmonies and has seen them grace main stages at the likes of Celtic Connections, Shetland Folk Festival.
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…
'Super-sharp wit' (Time Out).
'Please clap' (Jeb Bush).
‘A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close’ ***** The Scotsman
A former electrician who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as the most important singer to come out of Ireland in recent years, and he has delivered the album to prove them right.
Daoirí cut his teeth singing in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, and following his studies he quickly found work accompanying Christy himself as well as a who’s who of folk music including Dónal Lunny, Dennis Cahill, Danú and Julie Fowlis. In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award followed in 2015 by the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections.
In 2017, six months after releasing his internationally acclaimed second LP ‘True Born Irishman’, Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Folk Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, performing live at the ceremony in London’s Royal Albert Hall. The course is set for Daoirí to become one of Irish music’s brightest stars.
Genre-defying star Irish superstar Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is best known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and compositions, she has always been eager to explore new musical forms and to meet and work with other musicians. Her Irish influences are cheerfully mixed in with often unexpected styles from around the world in a palette that is expanded even further as she returns with Sacred Earth, her first new studio album in three years.
The button accordion player from County Clare has recorded and toured with Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan to name but a few, achieved multi-platinum album sales and topped the charts numerous times her home country.
Amongst Sharon’s biggest successes was the album Galway Girl which went four-times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor Award for most downloaded song two years running, followed in 2009 by a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Irishman they are calling the rightful heir to Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore is back on the road in 2018 with his jet-fuelled band. Having toured with Ian Gillan in 2016, filling the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore in a programme of Deep Purple songs that played to stadiums across Europe, Simon went on to tour and record with uber-keyboardist Don Airey (another member of Deep Purple) throughout 2017 followed by an outing with Whitesnake offshoot, Snakecharmer.
With his band of fellow Irishmen Marty McCloskey (drums) and Dave Marks (bass), Simon delivers his own distinctive songs along with crowd-pleasers from the likes of Hendrix and Free. His guitar skills have made him a go-to gun for hire on the British Blues-rock scene, admired among professionals, followed by enthusiasts, and endorsed by some of the biggest brands on the guitar scene.
Rewind to the early 90s and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast who picked up his first guitar at ten, eschewing formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix. Turning pro at 16, Simon wowed in projects ranging from Sweet Savage, where he filled Vivian Campbell’s shoes, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong. Touring in his own right he has supported Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa and played major festivals around Europe.
Made in Motown aim to recreate the classic music & sounds of Detroit the the 1960s & 70s.
The band comprises high quality musicians dedicated to recreating authentically the ‘sounds of the motor city’, fronted by the incredible talents of the band's female vocalists.
If you're a fan of Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Supremes, Mary Wells, Four Tops & many more Motown legends, then this is the show not to be missed.
Sit back & enjoy the songs that were ‘Made in Motown’
Promoted by The Magic of Soul and Motown
Please note that this show is not available as part of our 'buy three shows get a fourth free' offer.
What happens to a comedian when he’s plucked from obscurity by master film maker Ken Loach and cast in the title role of one of the most acclaimed and talked about British films in recent years?
I, Daniel Blake became a beacon for social realism and, for Dave Johns, a rollercoaster ride of red carpet surrealism. From Cannes to the BAFTAs, chatting to Woody Allen in a lift and accepting awards alongside Hollywood’s greatest…he was there, wide-eyed, through it all. Now, he’s back doing the thing he loves best – making people laugh.
I, Daniel Blake won the coveted Palm D’Or along with 17 other major film awards, while in his role as Daniel, Dave Johns won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards and Empire Awards. I, Fillum Star is a poignant, uplifting and very funny show full of genuine warmth, detailing the improbable rise to glitzy Hollywood stardom of a 60 year old stand-up comic from Byker.
From the award-winning writer of Little Voice and Road, Reform Theatre (Bouncers, Hopeless Romantics, Debt Collectors) present Jim Cartwright’s classic double hander and microcosm of working-class life, Two.
A gritty yet heart-warming look at northern life filled with pathos and humour, it is set in a pub where the landlord and landlady's cheery greetings and friendly banter barely disguise their contempt for on another. They met outside the pub when they were kids, had their first drink there, courted there, had their 21st birthday parties there, hosted their wedding reception there…and now they own the place.
During the course of the evening assorted customers pass through including a little boy left by his father, an event that triggers a move towards a fragile reconciliation between the pub couple as their secret tragedy, swallowed back for seven years, comes to a head after drinking-up time.
Two of folk music's most highly regarded and celebrated musicians, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot, are joining forces for the first time as a duo. 2018 will see Heidi and John celebrate their tenth year as musical partners with a new EP released in November on Under One Sky Records and an extensive Uk & European tour. John has produced Heidi's last 3 albums, they have both toured all over the globe in each others live bands but this will be the first time the pair collaborate exclusively as a duo. Between them they have shared the stage with among others - Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Teenage Fanclub, Graham Coxon, Eddi Reader, King Creosote, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas.
In celebration of his 25th Anniversary as a professional musician, John McCusker released ‘Hello, Goodbye’ on April 29th 2016 and embarked on an extensive UK & European tour. John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries: striving to keep his music fresh and exciting, never leaving the past behind but always embracing new sonic adventures. Since 2008, he has been a member of Mark Knopfler's band, playing arenas around the world including a double bill with Bob Dylan at The Hollywood Bowl and 20 nights at the Royal Albert Hall. John was awarded the coveted BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year in 2003 and also The Spirit of Scotland Award for music in 1999 and again in 2009. 2016 saw John receive the Good Tradition Award and perform with his band at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at The Royal Albert Hall.
Over the past ten years Heidi has performed both as a solo artist and with the world famous group Cherish The Ladies all over North and South America, the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand performing in the finest concert halls and international festivals. She is equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra, a performing arts center, a folk festival or even at the White House.
Heidi has been nominated for Folk Singer of the year and Best Traditional Song by BBC Radio 2, Best Live Act by the Scottish Traditional Music Awards and Best Female Vocalist at The Irish Music Awards. Heidi's fifth solo LP plays to the tune of quiet skips and giant leaps. It crosses the ages, jumps into the unknown, traverses oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again. The Co Kildare singer/songwriter, who now resides in Scotland is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on the album, including Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Duke Special, Adam Holmes and Boo Hewerdine.
Summer 2016 saw the release of Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones’ first recording together after a 50 year musical friendship, aptly titled About Time. They had such a great time playing and performing together, they decided to go back into the studio, and the result is About Time Too, released November 2017.
As Ralph joked, “We felt we should keep up the momentum while we’ve still got time” pointing out that he and Wizz have over a century of professional musicianship between them.
The track list is made up of Ralph and Wizz’s favourite songs by other writers; some learned at the beginning of their careers as buskers, and others picked up on their respective musical journeys.
“The songs we selected only made it onto the album if they have either great melodies, interesting lyrics or room for an unusual arrangement. Hopefully there’s at least one ‘new’ old song for everyone” said Wizz.
Ralph McTell is a singer songwriter, best known for his hits Streets of London and Clare to Here. His career has taken him across the globe from London’s Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House, with a few stops in-between.
Wizz Jones is a singer songwriter, cited as a profound inspiration and influence on musicians such as Keith Richards and Rod Stewart. Wizz’s songs have been performed and recorded by many artists including Bruce Springsteen.
1945: a time of victory, hope and rebuilding. A land fit for heroes - this time? A powerful and engaging story of a post-war Yorkshire mining family coming to terms with life and love in their rapidly changing world, told with warmth, humour and authenticity.
Tom Mason returns from the war to the arms of his grateful mother and fiancée – and to the bosom of the pit. His father George fights his own battles and an election to secure a better future. Connie mourns, loves and unites while Liz sees a bright new world, brim-full of opportunity. In a new Britain, will their hopes and dreams be reconciled? Ray Castleton’s powerful play is based on extensive research and the true stories of those who lived through the period.
On Behalf of The People reveals how millions in mining communities were affected by the end of the war, coal nationalisation and the huge period of social change which impacted on their lives, loves, hopes and dreams.
On the heels of the largely sold out 'Static in the Wires' tour, this dynamic transatlantic duo take to the road again for their 'Feet don't fail me' tour. Always engaging and far from
predictable these 'Two musicians at the top of their game' (Music Riot) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on Slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows.
Between them they are very much on the world stage and have performed at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert hall, the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Bottle Rock,The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Cognac Blues festival, Cayamo and many more. Most recently Daniel toured the US with the Transatlantic Sessions.
'Static In The Wires’ was Recorded in Nashville follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas features along with Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan.
The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack's music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, they took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his upright bass to create and unexpectedarray of sounds.
She's a regular on 'Mock The Week' and a much-loved figure on 'Live At The Apollo', as well as being all over Radio 4 - for whom she's making her very own series in 2018, after extensive stints on 'The News Quiz', 'Just A Minute', 'The Now Show' and plenty more. All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she's doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human?
Decide for yourself, as this hugely popular comic returns with a fresh crop of 'quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction' (Chortle), not to mention 'proper laugh-out-loud one-liners' (The Herald). And, she 'has what it takes to delight any crowd'. That one's from the Guardian. Are you going to argue with them? Actually, don't answer that. Just come and see Zoe to find out.
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GEOFF NORCOTT: TRADITIONALISM
The star of BBC2’s The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo takes to the road with this extension to his sell out spring tour and Edinburgh Festival residency.
The world is changing at a dizzying rate. Geoff is trying to hold modern views, but worries that tradition is becoming a dirty word.
As a satirical comic, Geoff has also written for programmes including Channel 4’s Alternative Election, featured as a guest on Question Time (BBC1), Daily Politics (BBC2), and supported Katherine Ryan on her UK tour. Geoff is also a regular on BBC Radio with appearances on The Now Show, The Today Programme and his own Radio 4 stand-up special.
'An absolute tonic' **** - Telegraph
'Objectively funny regardless of your political leaning' **** - Fest
'Repeatedly and satirically incisive' - The Scotsman
A Concert to Commemorate the End of World War One.
Carlton Main Colliery Band will be headlining a festival of remembrance which also includes performances from local singers Michael De Costa and Lee De Costa as well as a host of others.
The event will feature a number of local speakers and readers including Jeremy Buxton (BBC Radio York), Alan Brown (Selby College) and the Bishop of Selby.
The evening will be compered by Perrier Award nominee and Pittancer of Selby, Tim FitzHigham.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Royal British Legion.
Refreshments will be available in the interval with proceeds from these going to Selby Abbey.
Tickets are £10 (front seating) and £8 (rear seating)
No concessions are available.
With "SHOWTIME" Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival's most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it's 'showtime' for the rest of the country.
Andrew is known for his eagle-eyed, passionate current-affairs comedy, showcased in his many appearances on BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz, Welcome To Wherever You Are, Public Enemies). He's been seen on - among others - Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Have I Got News for You (BBC One), Celebrity Juice (ITV2) and Mock the Week (BBC Two); and to a whole new generation he is the devilish voice of MTV's Ex On The Beach.