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Saturday 30 Jul 20224:00pm Book Now
Selby Town Hall's annual beer festival, featuring a range of locally brewed ales as well as live music
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Saturday 3 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now (On sale 10am, June 30th)

The decade where Shaparak left an important part of her brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire…


From indie discos to unflattering crop tops…a trip down memory lane to the decade where ‘kinky’ was nurse roleplay and whipped cream, and Shaparak found herself flying about London with hope in her heart, a tenner in her pocket and spare knickers in her handbag.


How does the decade of binge drinking and walks of shame look now without snakebite and black tinted specs?"


“She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency” Guardian


“Has the crowd in the palm of her hand" The List


“Makes live comedy thrilling” Evening Standard

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Friday 16 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

Virtuoso guitar supremo Chantel McGregor's stunning live performances have demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the new age, with a loyal and growing fan base who follow her every move.


If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in her career she was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on two of his UK tours.


Over the last few years, Chantel has received great reviews of her 5 albums, the last 2 being released during the 2021 Covid lockdown. The ‘Shed Sessions Volumes 1 & 2’ were recorded at home and mixed by Wayne Proctor of Superfly Studios. They were born out of a weekly livestream which Chantel performed throughout lockdown. As well as the 2 albums, Chantel also released a rock cover of ‘Stupid Love’ by Lady Gaga and had a track on ‘Gumbo Blues, a tribute to Dr John’, both through Cleopatra Records in the USA. She also released the single ‘I Will See’, which she co-wrote and recorded with David ‘Nova’ Nowakowski (Scars on 45). Chantel is currently writing for her next studio album, and is debuting some of the new tracks on her UK tour.


Chantel said ‘I’m over the moon to be back out on tour again, the last couple of years have been incredibly tough for everyone in the music industry and it’s just so wonderful to be able to play live music in front of great crowds once again’.

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Sunday 18 Sep 20227:30pm Book Now

One of the top comedy club nights in the country, The Comedy Network, is coming to Selby for the first time this autumn!


Each event will feature a compere, support act and headliner for the bargain introductory price of just £10.


Delivering the best new talent in the UK, The Comedy Network gives you the chance to see tomorrow's stadium fillers today. Over the years the club has played host to the likes of Russell Howard, John Oliver, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Al Murray, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble, Chris Ramsey, Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring, Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and many more.

SEPTEMBER 18th

HEADLINER - PHIL ELLIS

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Ellis has entertained audiences of all ages with his amalgamation of off-beat observational material and physical comedy.


Phil won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award’s panel prize for hi anarchic sleeper hit Funz and Gamez. After meeting incredible critical acclaim, Funz and Gamez was broadcast as part of Fresh from the Fest (BBC Radio 4), as well as BBC Comedy Feeds (BBC Three). The show went on to have an 18-show run at the Soho theatre as well as a further run at the Udderbelly on Southbank.


Phil has written and starred in three series of his radio sitcom Phil Ellis is Trying (BBC Radio 4), with cast including Lolly Adefope, Johnny Vegas, Sean Lock and Lee Mack. The second series was nominated for Best Scripted Comedy (Longform) in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020.


Phil’s TV appearances include Roast Battle (Comedy Central), The Tez Show (Channel 4), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky) and Drunk History: UK (Comedy Central), as well as writing and performing credits on The Tapeface Tapes (BBC Three).

SUPPORT - KATIE MULGREW


Writer, actor and comedian Katie Mulgrew has been heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2 and seen on CBBC and ITV2.


She is the daughter of legendary Irish funnyman Jimmy Cricket and has supported The Boy With Tape On His Face, Vikki Stone and Matt Richardson on their UK tours.


Her play Omnibus was shortlisted for the Tobacco Theatre Prize and won the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize. It was co-produced by the Liverpool Royal Court and Liverpool Unity Theatre. She has written for the Newsquiz (BBC Radio 4) and Class Dismissed (CBBC). Katie co-presented and was a contributing writer on the broadcast pilot Lovefix (ITV2) and script edited for international award winning short film Ctrl Z.


Katie won the Kudos North Writers Award, a joint award between BBC Writersroom and Kudos North, and she is also a member of BEAM, a developing writers programme from Mercury Musical.

COMPERE - TRAVIS JAY


Despite the pandemic, Travis has had a busy couple of years writing for classic hit show ‘Spitting Image’, appearing on Channel 4’s ‘Black, British and Funny’ and also Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’.


He has supported Britain's Got Talent Golden Buzzer winner Kojo Anim on his nationwide Taxi tour, as well as the legendary Dave Chappelle on his Sticks & Stones London dates.  


“He’s amazing!” – Dave Chappelle 

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Thursday 22 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

"Political, intense, angular and beautiful.” — BBC Radio 1


Luke Concannon has early memories of falling asleep at Irish family parties to the sound of guitars, singing, and dancing.  Upon meeting double-bassist John Parker in school, the two formed the folk duo Nizlopi (best known for the “JCB Song”) selling a million records in their twenties and deeply influencing a young Ed Sheeran.


Through the strain of recording and touring world-wide with a small family-run label, Nizlopi parted ways. Invigorated by a hitch-hiking trip to Palestine, Luke wrote his first solo album ‘Give It All’ kindling the fire for a solo singer song writer career. EP ‘In The Sea’ followed, with single releases including ‘Join The Liberation’. Luke followed his love, singer Stephanie Hollenberg, to the United States and they married in 2019.

 

‘Ecstatic Bird In The Burning', Luke’s new album, is a mesmerisingly honest collection of songs. Part love letter, part poem, part call-to-action, it explores the ecstasy of being alive, even (perhaps especially now) in a burning world.


Luke now resides on Abenaki land in Vermont with his wife Stephanie, wonderful neighbours and fifteen chickens.


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Thursday 29 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over forty years.


Chris has co written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time such as Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love, Tempted and many others. Squeeze returned with two new albums in recent years Cradle to the Grave in 2015 and The Knowledge in 2017.


Chris hosts songwriting retreats and has done so for over twenty-five years, some in prisons, some in rehabs, but mostly in Somerset with the Buddy Holly Foundation at Pennard House. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the music industry.


His autobiography Some Fantastic Place was released in 2017 and found some wonderful praise in the UK press and with fans around the world who recognised his journey into recovery while touring with his friends in Squeeze. The book continues to be part of his solo touring and became the focus of his sell out two week run at the Edinburgh Festival. A stand up show with a bit of sit down.


In 2020 Squeeze did not stand still while the global pandemic took centre stage, they toured in America with Hall and Oates, covering over 23,000 miles and playing to more than 180,000 fans. The year ended with a tour supporting Madness, Chris also took the stage to sing with his mate Jools Holland. Online workshops, zoom concerts from home raising money for charity totalling £60,000 and podcasts with his chums in the industry he is a busy bee. Another book? Who knows, another solo record, yes indeed.


Support comes from folk roots singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon

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Friday 30 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

Doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian. Dr Phil Hammond qualified as a GP in 1987 and has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent since 1992, campaigning for patient empowerment, open data in healthcare and for the NHS to be honest and transparent.


Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2,  co-wrote five series of the medico-political satire Polyoaks for Radio 4 and has appeared regularly on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, The One Show and Countdown.


He visits Selby fresh from a run at the Edinburgh festival with a brand new comedy double bill.


Dr Hammond’s Covid Inquiry


The more certain someone is about Covid, the less you should trust them. Do we know what went right and wrong? Could we have prevented it? Why are experts so polarised? Can you trust a leader who petrifies the people while partying? Should we have copied Sweden? Or Taiwan? Have vaccines saved us? Will we be kinder to animals and children? Are pandemics here to stay? Can we disagree without hate? Warning: may contain traces of doubt, compassion, humour, nuance and batshit.


How I Ruined Medicine


The outrageous confessions of a retiring NHS whistleblower. Doctoring used to be like Downing Street. Posh unaccountable alcoholics working silly hours, cocking up, covering up and laughing it off. Then I broke ranks and ruined it. For 37 years I've worked in the NHS and exposed its darkest secrets. The NHS is still dangerously understaffed and error-strewn but now everybody knows it. I've spawned an army of regulators, lawyers and aggressively informed patients demanding excellent care in a collapsing service. You're even supposed to know what you're doing and prove it. How unfunny is that?


‘If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre’ ★★★★ The Times

‘One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet’ The Guardian

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Thursday 6 Oct 20227:00pm Book Now

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).


After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.


Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher.


‘One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.’ Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors

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Saturday 15 Oct 20227:30pm Book Now

For a long time I didn’t know how it’d work.  

Or what I’d be able to feel.

People would ask me if I could have sex and I’d feign shock and act wildly offended whilst secretly wanting to grab them by the shoulders and be like “I don’t know, Janet!”


Juno was born with spina bifida and is now clumsily navigating her twenties amidst street healers, love, loneliness – and the feeling of being an unfinished project.


Winner of the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, Amy Trigg’s remarkable debut play REASONS YOU SHOULD(N’T) LOVE ME is a hilarious, heart-warming tale about how shit our wonderful lives can be.


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Friday 21 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now

Fancy five free drinks? Two of the world’s leading alcohol experts return with a hilarious quiz show that gets the rounds in – in more ways than one.


With a pen and question sheet in one hand and several world-class drinks in the other, join them on a uniquely absurd, fact-filled journey through time.


You will learn and laugh a lot as the answers to life’s most important and unusual questions appear at the bottom of your glass. And did we mention the five free discerning drinks?

 

'Terrific show. The best value for money in town' **** Scotsman

‘An erudite, liquor-loving duo’ Metro

‘Pioneers of alcohol-based comedy’ Sunday Times

 ‘An intoxicating success…as interesting as it is hilarious’ **** Sunday Express

‘Great fun, informative, and at times completely mental’ Edinburgh Evening News

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Saturday 22 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now

Armed only with a chair and a mic, stories, jokes and poetry Henry Normal takes on the world looking for a win-win situation.


Henry is a writer, poet, TV & Film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television.


He co-wrote and script edited the multi-award winning Mrs Merton show and the spin off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family. With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible and all three of Steve's live tours and the film The Parole Officer.


Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1990, Henry executive produced all and script edited many of the shows from its 17 and a half year output during his tenure as MD. Highlights of the Baby Cow output during his time include the Oscar nominated film Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle, Marion and Geof, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge.


Since retiring in April 2016, Henry has written and performed eight BBC Radio 4 shows combining comedy, poetry and stories about family. His ninth show 'A Normal Community' will be recorded on the 1st june 2022 for transmission in the summer.


In April 2018, Two Roads publishers released his book of memoirs 'A Normal Family' which was written with his wife Angela Pell, drawing on his family experience. It immediately became a best seller on Amazon and has already been reprinted.


Henry performs poetry at literature festivals around the UK and has eleven poetry books available from Flapjack Press, with the latest - 'Collected Poems Vol.2' - out in August.


He was recently given an honorary doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University, another by Nottingham University and has a beer and a bus named after him in the city!


Henry Normal - Sit Down Poetry...it's like stand up poetry but more thoughtful and relaxed and easier on the legs.


"Succinct, heartrending and peppered with gentle punchlines" Hannah Verdier, The Guardian

"Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal" Simon O'Hagan, Radio Times

"The Alan Bennett of poetry" The Scotsman

"Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit" The Guardian

"Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations" The Stage

"The poetry itself is stuff of proper substance, marrying the suburban beauty of Beatles ballads with the blunt candour of the kitchen sink" The Guardian

"Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal's show" Radio Times

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Thursday 27 Oct 20227:00pm Book Now

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.

 

The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love.

A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick.


Following the award-winning success of National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra, director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage.


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Sunday 20 Nov 20227:30pm Book Now

A new show from James Rowland featuring his captivating mix of theatre, comedy and music.


LEARNING TO FLY sees James tell the story of a remarkable friendship he made when he was a lonely, unhappy teenager with the scary old lady who lived in the spooky house on his street.


It's about connection, no matter what the obstacles; about love’s eternal struggle with time; about music and its ability to heal. It's also about her last wish: to get high once before she dies.


Uplifting, big hearted and hilarious, this show is James’ first since his acclaimed Songs of Friendship trilogy.


Age guidance 14+


Made with the generous support of Arts Council England, Arts at the Old Fire Station (Oxford), The Spring (Havant), The Attenborough (Leicester) and Tobacco Factory Theatres (Bristol).


Acclaim for James:


‘A master storyteller’ ★★★★ Whatsonstage

'Joyous... flooded with love' ★★★★★ Stage

'Thrilling... one mighty, passionate epic' ★★★★ Scotsman

'Captivating... a generous, deepening hymn to friendship' ★★★★ Sunday Times

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Thursday 24 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now

Jimmy Carpenter, saxophonist, singer-songwriter, and arranger, began his musical journey over 35 years ago. In the '80s, he toured the east coast with the renegade blues band, The Alka-Phonics, in the ’90s with the blues-rock band The Believers, with whom he learned about the music business.


Over the years, Jimmy has toured internationally with Tinsley Ellis, Jimmy Thackery, Walter Wolfman Washington, Eric Lindell, and others. In 2012 Jimmy joined Mike Zito, his long-time friend and musical cohort, and recorded and toured as a member of Mike Zito and the Wheel. In addition to touring nationally & internationally, Jimmy has written, arranged and recorded the horns for many artists, and has gained a reputation as a master Blues, Rock-n-Roll and R&B saxophonist. Jimmy has also released three solo albums: Toiling in Obscurity, (2008); Walk Away (Vizztone 2014), and Jimmy Carpenter Plays the Blues (Vizztone 2017). After many years in New Orleans, he currently lives in Las Vegas with his partner in crime and musical inspiration, Ms. Carrie Stowers.


In addition to leading his own band and playing with numerous others, he is the Musical Director for the Big Blues Bender, and leader of the Bender Brass, The Bender’s house band. He is the current president of the Las Vegas Blues Society, and in 2020 was nominated for a Blues Music Award, his 5th for Best Instrumentalist/Horn.

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Wednesday 18 Jan 20238:00pm Book Now

The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some  righteous folk and country music. There's a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.


Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, the band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada's top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver).


Instrumentation alone instantly sets LAS's sound apart: consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn't seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on how the song needs to feel - and what the song has to say. When those voices come together the power of the harmonies is unshakable. It's clear to anyone who's heard LAS that they just don't sound like any other band.

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Saturday 18 Mar 20238:00pm Book Now

Thoughtful Nashville songwriter, deft roots instrumentalist and stunning vocalist Rachel Baiman's music is centred around themes of global social and political issues and love in hard times moving effortlessly between bluegrass, folk, old-time and country.


Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer” she says of her childhood. While her classmates went to church or temple on Sunday mornings, Baiman attended the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago, a non-religious community formed around discussions of morality and current events. “That was always a tough one to explain at school” she says with a laugh.


As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music,”—Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling—“I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen. Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”