After 18 months where our doors were closed and the stage lay empty, live entertainment at Selby Town Hall is returning!
Everyone at the venue is really excited to welcome audiences back for a busy autumn season...but before we go full throttle into our regular programme of music, comedy and theatre, we want to blow the cobwebs off the sound desk, fire up the drinks fridge, test out some new procedures and generally get ourselves match fit. We've run plenty of warm up shows for artists before...but now it's time to do a warm up show for us!
We're delighted to welcome back Jess Gardham and Ryan Spendlove, two of our favourite support acts from the past few years, to help us get back into the swing of things. It will be a show of two halves, with Ryan and Jess each playing for about 40 minutes, and we're capping capacity at 70 so it won't feel too crowded.
This is a chance for you to enjoy some top notch music in familiar surroundings while helping the staff and volunteer team to reacclimatise. Do join us for great songs, a relaxed drink, good company and a happy reunion!
Hailing from York, multi award winning singer songwriter Jess Gardham has performed all over the UK, US, Europe and Canada. With her own brand of pop/soul/acoustic she has supported the likes of Paul Carrack, KT Tunstall, The Shires, Wilko Johnson and Martin Simpson to name a few.
Her music has been played regularly on BBC introducing as well as other radio stations in the UK. Jess's first album was picked up by BBC radio 2 and she was tipped by them as a songwriter to watch.
In March 2018 jess was announced as a quarter finalist on BBC1's MasterChef, millions tuned in to watch Jess cook her heart out.
Virtuoso acoustic blues/folk guitarist and singer Ryan Spendlove achieved worldwide acclaim fronting Domino Records band The Blueskins before releasing two solo albums with America label Candyrat records and touring the US. Ryan is currently working on his third solo album of soulful acoustic songs.
Thus far, Paul has lived his life content in the understanding that stability and emotional happiness were lovely ideas but not really for him. Nonetheless, several decades of cheerfully bearing boozy witness to the narratives of others can slowly change a man. And so can a prosecco-fuelled Christmas.
“One of our most thoughtful and enjoyable comedians” Times
“This is what a good stand-up should be. Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate” Chortle
“Makes you realise the power of stand-up comedy and the respect it deserves as an art form” Yorkshire Post
An award-winning comedian, Paul has appeared on Just A Minute and Fighting Talk on radio and on QI and Taskmaster on television. A lifetime of curiosity and learning informs Paul's comedy and this has led to a concurrent career, as a general knowledge expert on the ITV quiz show, The Chase.
MUSIC MASTERS PRESENTS:
Music Masters are a 6 piece Vocal/Instrumental group with a wealth of experience behind them, performing the length and breadth of the UK over many years.
They have put together a show featuring some of the best songs and instrumental pieces from the 50s and 60s, a time when popular music swept the whole world, and changed a generation of music lovers forever.
Teenage girls the world over fell for a new breed of “Pin Up” boys, unequalled even today. Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, Billy Fury, Bobby Vee, Dion, plus countless more adorned bedroom walls the world over.
Take a trip down memory lane, and relax to the melodic sounds of The Shadows, sing-along to songs by the ultimate British pop stars of the time Cliff Richard and Billy Fury, not forgetting music featured in their show from the great British groups we had back then, The Beatles, The Fortunes, Gerry & The Pacemakers, and many more iconic pop stars shaping the sound of the 60’s, that would change the face of popular music forever. From the U.S.A, Songs by Elvis Presley, Bobby Vee, Bobby Darrin, and Roy Orbison, all feature in their show.
It wasn’t just the pop stars good looks that got them by back then, great songs and instrumental pieces had the 50s and 60s generation Twistin’, Rock n Rollin’ , and Jivin’ the world over.
If you love the music and the sounds of this great era, then Music Masters will take you on a nostalgic and unforgettable trip when music ruled the world.
Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair AKA ‘The Face of Vagisan’ confronts a new decade of decrepitude.
Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she’s filling in forms online, should she celebrate or crawl into a hole? What will her 60s hold for this 1960s babe and is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles?
PS: I’m carrying quite a lot of excess lock down weight, which you can feel free to discuss behind my back during the interval.
Love Jenny x
A Paines Plough and Soho Theatre Production
“30 just matters, init. Like there’s no doubt you’re a proper adult then. Like 25 to 29 is just training but 30, it’s real.”
Tunde’s 30th birthday is fast approaching. So, he’s just started therapy because he hasn’t been able to get to the gym for weeks and a recent one-night stand ended in tears – his.
Interrogating the challenge of opening up and accepting our own vulnerabilities, SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy.
Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back!
One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft.
If you’re hunting for snark, Gary’s got it covered!
★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’
★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant’
★★★★ ‘A master craftsman’
★★★★ ‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner'’
Purple Tangerine Promotions presents:
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.
‘The biggest stand up hit of the decade’
Fresh from a successful Off-Broadway run, comedian Luisa Omielan tours the UK with her highly anticipated God is a Woman show.
Luisa already has three groundbreaking hit shows under her belt. First, she asked "What Would Beyonce Do?! " (sell out across the UK and Australia, is what she would do!), then she asked "Am I Right Ladies?!" and her thigh gap joke went viral with over 45 million views. Then she turned to politics and got a show on the BBC entitled "Politics for Bitches". So the next logical step was for Luisa to bring her unique genre of comedy to religion - expect Mary Magdalene and dick jokes.
‘She should be put on the national curriculum’
Luisa has been featured in The Guardian, The Radio Times, Forbes, Vogue, The Metro, Stylist Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph and countless other publications. She’s been nominated two years in a row for Best Comedy Show at the Melbourne International Festival and loves taking her universal shows around the world. Luisa is the first comedian to be acknowledged with a BAFTA Breakthrough award.
“One of the most powerful and provocative hours on The Fringe"
Luisa has created a unique genre of comedy that’s a heart-wrenching journey; part rave and part rally. Her shows are uplifting, thought provoking, ahead-of-the-times and damn funny. She counts Dawn French, Lenny Henry, Richard Curtis and Ruby Wax as super fans.
And yes, Luisa will be accompanied on stage by her partner in crime, Bernie - the funniest Bernese mountain dog on the block.
CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES
Scottish folk favourites Breabach closed 2019 by winning the coveted BBC Scotland Traditional Music album of the year and looked forward to celebrating their 15th anniversary in a busy 2020.
Throughout those 15 years the band have always looked to acknowledge and respect the origins of both the music they play and the roots of the band whilst embracing the future with new ideas, energy and belief. It is these key attributes, combined with hard work and talent, that has seen them develop into one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful folk groups with six albums under their belt, a multitude of awards and a consistently full touring schedule, quite literally across the world.
The band started their anniversary year by teaming up with Glenturret, who distilled a special single cask 15 year-old single malt in celebration. They then headed off to Australia to perform at the iconic Sydney Opera House, returning for a UK wide tour through February and March before the world became a very different place.
The band spent lockdown writing Dùsagadh, five new pieces of music put to animation by BAFTA award winning Cat Bruce. This ‘virtually' toured 19 venues and festivals in the UK (including Selby Town Hall) with proceeds split between both the band and participating venues/festivals.
Breabach unite the talents of Megan Henderson (Fiddle, Vocals), James Lindsay (Double Bass, Vocals), Calum MacCrimmon (Bagpipes, Whistle, Bouzouki, Vocals), Conal McDonagh (Bagpipes, Whistle) and Ewan Robertson (Guitar, Vocals, Cajon).
TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show.
At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.
Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.
‘A treat from start to finish’ - The Herald
‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful‘ - The Telegraph
Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.
Atlantic Canada’s powerhouse Còig have cemented their status as one of today’s most exciting North American Celtic groups. With a fiery Celtic style as their musical core, Còig offers a fresh and exhilarating mix of traditional tunes, lively instrumentals and contemporary songs performed on over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles, and more) in a lot of non-traditional ways.
Featuring the fiddling and step-dancing duo of Chrissy Crowley and Rachel Davis, the musical musings of multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen and Zakk Cormier' guitar and driving rhythms on Acadian foot-percussion, the award-winning quartet are an unparalleled music force.
Còig’s latest album, “Ashlar”, is full of surprises and flows from lively instrumental sets to tender traditional ballads to fabulous covers. Everything Còig is known for, and then some. With a growing list of credits, “Ashlar” debuted at number one on the World iTunes chart and has been recognized with a 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award (Traditional singer, Rachel Davis), East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award nomination for Roots Traditional Recording of the Year.
Còig have collected a mantle of awards and nominations for their catalogue of recordings, including a Canadian Folk Music Award, a JUNO nomination and multiple East Coast Music Awards and Music Nova Scotia Awards.
The best in trad music, in a non-traditional way. That's Còig.
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – Western Swing, Blues, Country, Rock & Roll or whatever else– as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.
The Tea Pad are eight years into a remarkable story that began with four friends studying at Newcastle University and now sees them playing venues and festivals across the UK and mainland Europe. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne but with members hailing from Orkney to Warwickshire, the Tea Pad sound draws on myriad influences – from Hank Williams to Django Reinhardt, Tom Waits to The Beatles – yet ultimately sounds like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own and changing all the time.
Across the four wonderful albums – 2012’s “Money Isn’t Everything”, 2014’s “Talk About The Weather”, 2016’s “Something Blue” and 2019’s “Soul Of My City” – the band have constantly added new flavours to their sound: Heron in particular is a vinyl obsessive, always fired up about some new passion – calypso or boogaloo or whatever this week brings – and that eclecticism feeds into their songs, with the newest releases adding twangy 60s guitar tones and modernist R&B styles.
The band tour the way bands should – widely and endlessly – winning friends and fans at each new show with notable performances at festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Wilderness and Cambridge Folk Festival. They’ve appeared three times on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and had their music played by everyone from Marc Riley to Huey Morgan.
Finalist of Britain’s Got Talent and star of BBC Radio 4’s Citizen of Nowhere Daliso Chaponda is finally back out of the house and on a stage with a new show of the slickest, sharpest look at life. It’s fair to say that neither 2020 nor 2021 have been going to plan for Daliso… but he’s been performing online daily to millions of viewers, and this is your first chance to see what this master of satire has been cooking up!
★★★★ 'Full of sharp one-liners and well crafted gags...a real talent to look out for' Metro
'He is hot property' Evening Standard
'An expert entertainer. Gets laughs from topics other comedians shun' The Guardian
'An intelligent, skilfully whittled show' The List
Martin Turner and his band return to the concert stages in Spring 2020 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the original Wishbone Ash and perform another classic album in its entirety – 1971’s Pilgrimage.
Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert.
The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music's best loved works and influencing numerous successful bands, resulting in millions of album sales and concert attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring British rock acts - its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.
Five decades later, the music of the classic line-ups of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new.
Classic album releases such as Wishbone Ash, Argus, Pilgrimage, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being major ingredients in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up, which features guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown.
In recent years Martin Turner has delighted audiences worldwide with his performances of material from the classic periods of Wishbone Ash’s history. Martin’s 2020 touring continues his exploration of the Wishbone Ash catalogue and follows the release of a deluxe 30-disc Wishbone Ash career retrospective CD boxed-set entitled The Vintage Years 1970-1991 as well as Martin Turner’s 2016-recorded 2CD/DVD package The Beauty of Chaos – Live at the Citadel.
The Spring 2020 Wishbone Gold tour will see Martin and his band performing 1971’s iconic Pilgrimage album – as well as other favourites from the classic era of Wishbone Ash, including Argus highlights.
Released in September 1971 and featuring the celebrated original Wishbone Ash line-up of Martin Turner, Steve Upton, Ted Turner and Andy Powell, Pilgrimage built on the creative and commercial successes of the band’s 1970 debut album Wishbone Ash and paved the way for the classic 1972 album Argus and earned the band “Best New Band” awards in the UK’s music press. Featuring a diverse range of influences such as blues, jazz, folk and rock, Pilgrimage contained mainstays of the Wishbone Ash’s live set such as “Jail Bait” and “The Pilgrim” as well as fan favourites “Vas Dis” and “Valediction”. Resplendent in its distinctive Hipgnosis-designed album sleeve, Pilgrimage reached number 14 on the UK album chart.
The Wishbone Gold tour will mark the very first time Pilgrimage has been performed in its entirety on stage and this tour is an event that no Wishbone Ash aficionado will want to miss.
One of the UK's best-known broadcasters and a bona fide national treasure, Mark Radcliffe, invites you to an intimate evening of his own songs and accompanying stories.
Previous one-man shows have concentrated on meetings with the rich and famous during his relatively illustrious broadcasting career, but this time he has chosen to concentrate on deeply personal material involving lost times, lost loves, lost friends, lost relatives and lost bets. Is he therefore the quintessential loser? Come and witness him alone on a bare stage to find out.
Mark presented shows on BBC Radio 1 for over 13 years alongside Marc 'Lard' Riley, before moving to BBC 6 Music, where he presents alongside Stuart Maconie, and Radio 2. A six-time Sony Award winner, Mark also presents TOTP2 as well as the BBC's coverage of the Cambridge Folk Festival and Glastonbury.
Ah, the 90s! The decade when Shaparak was in her twenties and 'ladette' culture ruled the school. The decade when there was nothing to be done but party, and Shaparak found herself flying about London with hope in her heart, a tenner in her pocket and spare knickers in her handbag.
She matched the boys pint-for-pint and frequently woke up in parts of London she'd never heard of. With hindsight though, the way people behaved back then looks like the ultimate in self harm. In those days, 'mindfulness' was making sure you had enough money for the night bus and 'self care' was putting your flat shoes in a handbag.
This is a show about how we 90s kids are looking to young people to learn how to take care of ourselves.
“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
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.”
Harriet performs intimate versions of her favourite original songs and some specially selected covers accompanied by her incredible pianist. This concert series is in support of Harriet’s upcoming live album of the same name, which will be exclusively available on CD this Spring.
Harriet is a British-born singer songwriter whose music is deeply inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Carole King and The Carpenters, as well as artists such as Adele and Lana Del Rey. She has recently completed a series of sell-out headline UK tours, as well as opening for Michael Bolton on his recent Arena Tour, finishing up at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Her self-titled debut album, recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and produced by Steve Anderson (Kylie Minogue/Leona Lewis) was a personal expression of loss and love, drawing inspiration from the warmth of the 1960s & 70s soundscape. She is currently working on her next studio album in Stockholm, Sweden.
Harriet is passionately supported by BBC Radio 2 in the UK and is frequently championed by prestigious hosts including Graham Norton, Paul O'Grady and Gaby Roslin. Her backing from the station led to the first single from her debut album being playlisted and resulted in the release of an EP, which was exclusively recorded for Alan Carr's BBC Radio 2 'Summer Escape' show in 2018. Further afield, she has gained immense support from radio stations in America and across Europe, including from the legendary American Billboard editor and Sirius XM presenter, Larry Flick who asserted passionately that Harriet is "an artist that can and will change the world."
"One of the musical voices of the year, discovered right here on this show" - Graham Norton, BBC Radio2
"Quite extraordinary…Every hair on my body is standing on end” - Gaby Roslin, BBC Radio London
"A mesmerising performer: Karen Carpenter meets Stevie Nicks." - Paul Watson, Headliner Magazine
Curved Air are a unique band, synthesizing an eclectic blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Curved Air's hits include "It Happened Today", "Vivaldi", "Marie Antoinette" and "Backstreet Luv". Curved Air founder member vocalist Sonja Kristina leads a skilled and talented new line-up, which includes returning 1970s member Kirby Gregory, bringing their unique music to an existing and new fanbase in the 21st Century.
Curved Air’s concerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship.
Considered (according to AllMusic) "one of the most dramatically accomplished of all the bands lumped into Britain's late-'60s prog explosion", Curved Air are a pioneering British progressive rock group of musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds. They are famed for their unforgettable live performances and 'Art Rock' music - the quasi classical imprints of Terry Riley hooked onto beautiful and demonic violin combined with electronic adventurous synths and interwoven with brilliant guitar wizardry mesmerisingly embroidered by the subliminal and exotic presence of a unique lead singer Sonja Kristina. All these elements elevated them from the underground Roundhouse scene to top the album charts in the early '70s.
On 12th November 2012, much to the excitement of their fans and press worldwide, a Live CD/DVD titled 'Live Atmosphere' was released - 'Songs of revolution, insanity, loss, desire and ghosts: a unique compilation of powerful Curved Air songs played by a vital contemporary Curved Air'. This was followed by the release of “North Star”, the band’s first album of new material in 36 years.
Wille and the Bandits are a classic blues rock band much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But, similar to how those bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits are trying to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.
The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.
They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.
The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.
It’s rare to find a band as dynamic as Wille and the Bandits, one that is just as comfortable and as impressive at both ends of the sonic spectrum. In the modern age of disposable music it is refreshing to hear a band that still value the art of creating albums and who continue to bring new instruments and ideas into their songwriting rather than settling for a tried and tested formula. Ten seconds of Youtube will not scratch the surface of the band’s sound and message; this is a band that is very much about discovery and one best experienced LIVE!
As seen on Would I Lie to You? - Have I Got News for You - Live at the Apollo - and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown...
He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speaky about all of that, plus loads more nonsense in between!
Chris McCausland is heading back out on tour, but don't worry, he's got somebody else doing the driving.
Since their beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as the band's reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become their global brand. Lauded for “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times), Hot Club have always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), remaining “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times), while American Songwriter observed that “the excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls the Hot Club of Cowtown “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” and the New York Times, in a live review the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”
The Hot Club of Cowtown have toured extensively worldwide for over twenty years, both on their own and with with artists including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Gatemouth Brown, the Avett Brothers, Dan Hicks, Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, the Squirrell Nut Zippers, the Mavericks, Dustbowl Revival and others. Festivals/career highlights include the Women in Jazz series (part of Jazz at Lincoln Center), Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Glastonbury Festival (UK), Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival (AU), the National Folk Festival (US and AU), Stagecoach Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival (CA) the grand opening of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, traveling as US State Department Musical Ambassadors to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Algeria, Georgia and the Sultanate of Oman, and being inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.
Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.
Following a sold-out, 40th Anniversary Tour, Friedman returns to the stage armed with a stunning collection of his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’ - songs of pathos and humour that deal with family, friends, neighbours, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately essential stuff of everyday life.
"Soundtrack of our lives!" – NYTimes; "Songsmith extraordinaire!” – MusicWeek; “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks; “Stunning Musicianship!” - Hot Press
In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring, Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON, NBC’s Eerie Indiana, Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade and the indie horror classic, ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’. He’s also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, based on songwriting workshops and songwriting masterclasses he’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).
A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboard, featuring songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favourites, drawn from his eight studio albums. Invite family and friends and join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.
Expect bad attitude and good jokes as Jo Caulfield brings her hugely successful 2019 Edinburgh Festival show, Voodoo Doll, as well as her brand new 2020 show.
Never one to take herself too seriously, Jo says the things you'd love to, but fear you would lose your job or get arrested over. Unreasonable neighbours, call centres, snobby ghosts, prosecco drinkers, being married forever, rude children. Nothing and no one escapes her acerbic tongue in a guaranteed night of cathartic laughter.
A television regular, Jo has been seen on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow as well as BBC2’s Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, while her frequent radio appearances include BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Just A Minute and Woman’s Hour, alongside three series of her own show, It’s That Jo Caulfield Again.
Yorkston Thorne Khan are touring the UK in support of their third album, Navarasa: Nine Emotions, tackling Robert Burns and Sufi poetry via Dick Gaughan and Amīr Khusrow Dehlavī, traditional Scottish songs, ragas and their own spidery compositions.
Yorkston Thorne Khan are songwriter James Yorkston (guitar, nyckelharpa, voice), jazz musician Jon Thorne (double bass, voice) and 8th generation sarangi player and vocalist Suhail Yusuf Khan. Meeting by chance backstage in 2015 and playing together ever since, Yorkston Thorne Khan’s musical explorations are well-informed by their rich musical heritage but never reverential, preferring to run with an energy and fun that pushes them to new ground, Rolling Stone calling their Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars album “a game changing masterpiece”.
YTK have toured substantially around Europe and India, and as both the jazz and the Indian classical music worlds are renowned for their improvisation, it’s no surprise Yorkston Thorne Khan continue to tease the set structures of their material throughout, leaving every performance fresh and inspired.