Front Country are an acclaimed acoustic roots band from California, fronted by gifted singer and songwriter Melody Walker and her huge bluesy voice. The quintet is based around bluegrass instrumentation but draws on a broad palette of Americana, pop, blues and jazz influences.
Now based in Nashville, this entertaining five-piece are packed with instrumental and songwriting talent, including Jacob Groopman (guitar/vocals), Jeremy Darrow (double bass), Adam “Roscoe” Roszkiewicz (mandolin/vocals) and Leif Karlstrom (fiddle).
Touring almost continually across the world over the last five years, Front Country have received acclaim for their creativity and impressive live performances. They released their second album Other Love Songs to warm reviews in 2017 and their highly anticipated third album is slated for a late 2019 release. With three previous tours of the UK under their belts, Front Country return in late August and early September 2019 for a range of festival and concert performances.
'Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime’ was a massive worldwide hit, and ‘If I Had You’ is often cited as a favourite love song of all time. Add to that the George Martin produced album ‘The Man With the Bowler Hat’ by Stackridge, of which James was a founder member, and it becomes clear that the fanbase for The Korgis is huge.
James and the band have worked hard at creating a show that is both musically superb and visually stunning. Backing vocal group, 'Born To Win' bring a vibrant energy to the show, and James' meticulous attention to musical detail has elicited comments such as 'flawless musicianship', and 'breath-taking musicality'.
The set has been designed to bring in fans from all of the era's. Going back to the very first Stackridge song ever released, through all the Korgis hits and favourites, the reformed Stackridge of the 2000's and the new material that is being compared to 'Lennon at his finest'. The shows to date have drawn standing ovations at every performance.
Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her Blues Troupe (internationally renowned drummer, Sam Kelly, with Musical Director Paul Jobson on piano, Tony Qunta on acoustic guitar, Marianne Windham on upright bass, Clare Hirst on sax/clarinet and Kevin Davy on trumpet) perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie's songs. The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.
Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.
Jaki Graham is one of the most appealing Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK, as a true pioneer having paved the way for many a black British female solo artist who followed. Jaki achieved international success with a string of hits from '85 including Could it Be I'm Falling In Love?, Round and Around, Set Me Free, Step Right Up and Breaking Away, also making the Music Guinness Book of Records in the 80's as the first black British female solo artist to have 6 consecutive Top 10/20 hits.
Her career excelled in the 90's with her album Real Life selling more than 800,000 copies in less than four weeks. Her cover of Ain't Nobody reached No. 1 in the US Billboard Dance charts for 5 weeks as well as achieving gold in Australia, Japan and the USA.
Jaki is officially a Motown artist, as one of the only British females to hold this credential alongside Kiki Dee. Jaki also holds a Doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton, for which she was also made Pro-Chancellor due to her outstanding contributions to the music industry and awarded her very own Star on Birmingham’s Broad Street.
Jaki Graham firmly maintains her position as one of Britain’s most revered ladies of soul with the 2018 release of her long awaited new studio album When a Woman Loves which topped the UK Soul Charts and produced a US Independent Chart No.1 single!
An Evening With Jaki Graham gives the perfect opportunity for real music lovers to experience Jaki’s hits and Motown classics stripped back, whilst turning the spotlight on her powerful and emotive vocals, highlighting her effervescent personality that she’s known and loved for, up close and personal!
Gordon Haskell has often been described as a brilliant mix of Bill Withers and James Taylor with the feel of J.J Cale; but ultimately Haskell is a craftsman with his own unique style and presence, who has been consistently winning audiences with his warmth and golden voice for decades.
After 35 years of dedication to developing his craft of the singer-songwriter, Gordon Haskell finally broke through in 2001 with his hugely popular song ‘How Wonderful You Are’ reaching No. 2 in the UK chart and top chart positions right across Europe.
In 2002 his albums ‘Harry’s Bar’ and ‘Shadows on the Wall’ reached No. 2 and No 44 in the UK chart, and in the top 20 in Germany, France, Poland, Finland and the Netherlands. Both albums reached Gold status with the single selling 400,000+.
Since then he has continued to perform and record mostly in Europe, travelling from his home in Greece, and released a book ‘The Road to Harry’s Bar’.
Having had a handful of sporadic concerts (& hugely successful) live appearances since, Gordon returns to the road in 2019 to bring his jazz/blues-influenced songbook and golden voice back to theatre audiences nationwide; up-close, intimate evenings with Gordon Haskell – the master singer-songwriter.
FROM BILLY ELLIOT TO AUF WIEDERSEHEN PET
FROM WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN TO THE LIKELY LADS
NOW BE ENTHRALLED AND ENTERTAINED BY THE PITMEN POETS
BILLY MITCHELL, BOB FOX, BENNY GRAHAM AND JEZ LOWE
A NIGHT OF SONGS AND STORIES LACED WITH NORTH EAST HUMOUR AND HUMANITY
“Whoever's idea it was to bring these four together for a show should be awarded a gold medal for services to music. ”
“A striking performance from The Pitmen Poets, one of the stand-out gems of this year’s festival.”… Costa Del Folk
Dave Burland - It was without a doubt one of the very best nights I have been to in 50 years of concert going.
Anne Marie Bailey - Thank you for the songs and fun. Your show is very moving in many ways.
John Wilson - Well, bonny lads, you gave wor lass and me one of the best nights out since we left Ashington in 1978
David Kennedy Saw - them at Keswick last night, brilliant show, great music and lots of laughs. Well done lads.
John Meechan - We went on Thursday in Coalville. I agree, one of the best concerts I've ever been to. The whole gamut of emotions!
David Attenborough - See these boys before they become extinct!
A free-thinking eight-piece Americana soul band from Venice, California, Dustbowl Revival mix New Orleans sounds, upbeat Americana swing, a little blues and a dash of roots-rock in their old school sonic safaris, evoking the work of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and classic Stax recordings as well as contemporary stars like Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats or St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
Over the last half decade, the group have toured for more than 200 days per year and become known for free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band. They have toured China as guests of the state department and headlined festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bergenfest and Tonder, been named Best Live Band in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and received 10 million views for the video for single Never Had to Go, featuring Dick Van Dyke.
“Sugaray is a first-rate blues artist with a deep-runninig, church honed soulfulness” – Living Blues Magazine
“Sugaray Rayford is a singer by the power of Bobby Blue Bland and Solomon Burke” – Wax Poetics Magazine
Following on from his four nominations in last year’s Blues Music Awards in Memphis for: Best Soul Blues Album; Soul Blues Male Artist; Best Instrumentalist Vocals; and for the BB King Entertainer Award, Texas-born “Sugaray” Rayford is back in the UK.
“Sugaray” Rayford is an american blues singer and songwriter who has released four albums to date and is known for his high energy concerts with his USA band. His latest album, Somebody Save Me, showcases his old school vocal style that echoes Muddy Waters and Otis Redding. Musically, the album slides between the new blues sound of Gary Clark Jr. and the vintage soul sound of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
Smokin’ hot Cincinnati four-piece The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive string band style folk music for more than a decade. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street, playing songs that were older than their grandparents – Woody Guthrie numbers, southern blues laments and anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, railroads and prairies.
Their look doesn’t fit the stereotype – they are clearly recovering punk rockers – but that influence has given their sound a distinctive bite, with a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp alongside tender graceful melodies, all topped by crystal clear tenor harmonies.
Six-time winners of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Folk and Americana Act, The Tillers are magnetic showmen, mature musicians and colourful storytellers mixing traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into.
Over five decades, legendary British acoustic guitarist Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with an unrivalled dedication to his craft. A hugely innovative performer with a unique guitar technique, he has worked with the likes of Brian May, Rick Wakeman, Midge Ure, Martin Taylor and Cliff Richard, and is regarded as one of the UK’s most important and influential guitarists.
Gordon's music continues to evade categorisation, influenced as it is by the rock licks of Hank Marvin and Pete Townshend, the folk of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and the classical guitar of Julian Bream and John Williams.
Expect to hear classics such as Lucifer’s Cage and the Ivor Novello Award nominated hit single Heartsong, alongside material from his latest album, The Last of England, in a show guaranteed to enthral guitar aficionados, acoustic enthusiasts and music lovers in general.
Join one of the world’s greatest brass bands, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, for an evening of festive favourites raising money for Selby Abbey in its 950th year.
The South Elmsall Village Brass Band can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1884; adopted by the local Frickley Colliery in 1905, it has gone on become one of Britain’s most successful ever brass bands and a jewel in the crown of Yorkshire’s musical heritage.
During its long and impressive history, Carlton Main has competed and triumphed at many of the most prestigious competitions and is currently one of the top ranked bands in the world. Most notably, the band has held the titles of European Champions, National Champions, British Open Champions, Granada TV Band of the Year, BBC Best of Brass Champions, Spring Festival Grand Shield Champions and British Open Quartet Champions.
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The hottest and most riveting tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen. Publicly endorsed and featured on none other then Dr Brian Mays Guitars - www.brianmayguitars.co.uk
Performing a spectacular show, running for over 2 hours long; featuring both the mega hits and deeper cuts such as: Last Horizon, I'm In Love With My Car, Brighton Rock and more... Any major or casual QUEEN fan is in for an amazing time you will not forget.
A performance synonymous with the energy and passion of one of the world’s biggest bands, Killer Rhapsody use their years of experience in live music to produce one of the most genuine and authentic Queen and Freddie Mercury experiences.