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.
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
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
Finalist of Britain’s Got Talent and star of BBC Radio 4’s Citizen of Nowhere Daliso Chaponda is back out of the house and on a stage with a new hour of the slickest, sharpest look at life. It’s fair to say that 2020 hasn’t 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.
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.
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.
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.