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The Sandy Denny Project

Saturday 1 Feb 20208:00pm Book Now

In a tragically short career, Sandy Denny sealed her place as one of the most influential and best-loved singer songwriters of the last 50 years.


Britain’s pre-eminent folk-rock singer, Sandy began her performing career with the Strawbs before joining Fairport Convention, forming Fotheringay, and then releasing four solo albums. Her song Who Knows Where the Time Goes? has been recorded by Judy Collins, Eva Cassidy, Nina Simone and Cat Power, while her wider work has been the subject of numerous reissues, documentaries and high-profile tribute concerts.


Former Fotheringay MkII members PJ Wright and Sally Barker (The Poozies, BBC1’s The Voice) head up a six-piece folk-rock supergroup paying homage to Sandy’s incredible body of work, and featuring frequent Fairport Convention guest Anna Ryder and fast rising multi-instrumentalist Marion Fleetwood alongside bassist Mat Davies and drummer Mark Stevens from folk-rock legends Little Johnny England.

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The Tannahill Weavers

Friday 14 Feb 20208:00pm Book Now

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike

the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet

continue to do just that.


The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances

unforgettable. Over the years the Tannies have been international trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes.


In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2018 they released their highly acclaimed 50th Anniversary album Òrach ("Golden" in Gaelic) on award-winning label Compass Records. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

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Toyah: Acoustic, Up Close & Personal

Friday 21 Feb 20208:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

Pop icon, TV presenter, star of stage and screen (Calamity Jane, Cabaret, Peter Pan, Jubilee, Quadophenia) and iconic household name. Charismatic, outspoken punk princess and high priestess of TV, Toyah, lets her music and stories take centre stage in a lively, entertaining and revealing show featuring an unplugged set of her well-loved hits, alongside tales from a colourful, thirty-five year career.


From filming pop videos on horseback at 5am to acting alongside Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, this is a show which lifts the lid on life in the entertainment business.


The talented duo of guitarists Chris Wong and Colin Hinds accompany Toyah on meticulous and melodic acoustic versions of her Top 10 hits It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free right through to Sensational, which appeared recently on a national TV advertising campaign starring Patsy Kensit.

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Gordon Giltrap

Saturday 29 Feb 20208:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

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.

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Ezio

Thursday 5 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now

Recorded in the company of house-trained rabbits on an industrial estate in Cambridge, Daylight Moon, Ezio’s ninth studio album is their most personal yet. The visceral honesty of frontman Ezio Lunedei’s lyrics is laid bare in tracks like ‘Indian’, an ode to feeling overcome by forces beyond his control, and ‘Dirty Little Secret’, a Nick-Drake-esque ditty where he tries to

unpick the emotions of an unnamed muse that he just can’t quite suss out.


In their 30-year career, the band have made a habit of dabbling in any style of music that takes their fancy; Daylight Moon is no different. From the crunching blues-rock guitars of ‘Crushed’ to the jazz rhythms of ‘The Gypsy Song’, there’s plenty of genre hopping on show here. What’s always set Ezio apart is the connection between Lunedei and guitarist Booga. The frontman’s rich tenor and complex acoustic guitar work is complimented by Booga’s incessant lead guitar; regularly squeezing in an extra note that shouldn’t be possible, but somehow managing to work. One could try and compare him to other great guitarists, but they would be wasting their time – Booga truly has a unique style, and it needs to be witnessed in the flesh.


Undoubtedly one of the best live acts from the UK, Ezio have vowed that there will be no set lists, so expect every single show to be different. In a world where would be starlets cry on talent shows and ex boy band members are considered credible, Ezio do what they do. They deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs today with a skill that can only come from having toured and recorded constantly for many years. Ezio’s style has always been nearly impossible to describe. Their music can range from the highly rhythmical almost manic Latin feeling rock to delicate dreamy ballads that are heartbreakingly honest and deeply poetic.


An ex manager once proudly announced Ezio cannot be killed with conventional weapons and true to form they have come back with the strongest collection of songs Lunedei has ever written.


“Lyrics like Morrison or Dylan but somehow more in the real world”. The Scotsman

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Bronwynne Brent

Friday 6 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, American roots songwriter Bronwynne Brent has the kind of stop-in-your-tracks voice that sounds like Southern sunshine. There’s a hint of Delta blues behind the ache in her songs, a glimpse of honky-tonk twang, an echo of riverboat can-cans, a whiff of Morricone and an atmosphere of the darker side of country songwriting.


Harking back to the glory days of Lee Hazlewood and Gram Parsons, Brent’s songs tap into the gloomy undercurrent of country from old Appalachian murder ballads to today’s crop of psychedelic songwriters. Like a juke joint Nancy Sinatra, Bronwynne and her crack touring trio unite all the best elements of Southern American roots music.


With a faithful following on both sides of the Atlantic, she has been championed by BBC Radio 2’s ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and was twice voted Best Female Performer by AmericanaUK.

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The Mighty Wah! Presents The Pete Wylie Show

Saturday 14 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now

Selby Town Hall in association with Selective Agency presents…


THE MIGHTY WAH! presents THE PETE WYLIE SHOW ~ Music, Tales, Multimedia, all the Hits, every WAH!


Part time rock star - full time legend! Seminal Scouse maverick who, along with Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope, pioneered the Eighties art-indie scene. His debut gig was at the legendary Eric's in Liverpool - the night it was raided and closed for ever.


He bounced back with a series of bands - Wah! Heat, Wah! and The Mighty Wah! - and had a string of hits includes The Story Of The Blues (SINGLE OF THE YEAR – John Peel), Come Back, Sinful, 7 Minutes to Midnight and Heart As Big As Liverpool (an anthem forever linked with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign). These tracks confirm him as one of the finest songwriters of his generation.


He has written scores for Hurricane Films, Alex Cox and Radio 4. Staggeringly articulate, funny and wise, his TV and radio appearances include The Culture Show, BBC 4’s Pop On Trial, and any number of BBC Radio documentaries. This year ‘Pete Sounds’ was released - his first album in 17 years.


Great songs. GUITARS! That voice...

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Yorkston Thorne Khan

Friday 20 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now

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.

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Killer Rhapsody - The Queen Experience

Thursday 26 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now
Friday 27 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now (Call Box Office)

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.

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Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash

Saturday 28 Mar 20208:00pm Book Now

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.

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Mark Radcliffe: Loser?

Thursday 2 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now

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.

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Northern Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday 7 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now

“Virtuoso of the Arts” Matthew Sharp joins the Northern Chamber Orchestra for a concert of extraordinary music that is bound to delight audiences of all ages. They’ll take you on an eclectic journey from the streets of Buenos Aires, where tango is king, to the sublime songs of Broadway and the Great American Songbook.


Host for the evening is Matthew Sharp, an internationally renowned cellist, baritone and actor – you’ll be captivated by his enthralling performance!


You will also get to choose the closing piece of music - Grieg’s lively Praeludium? Holst’s Jig? Or the spirited Finale from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings?


This concert, featuring a 13-piece ensemble, has been co-produced with Orchestras Live and is supported by Selby District Council.

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The Way Down Wanderers

Friday 10 Apr 20208:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, 5-piece Illinois-based act The Way Down Wanderers not only prove that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule, but also on stage every night with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious. High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. “Everybody says it. We’d be nothing without our supporters. Yeah, they buy tickets and of course we love that, but when we’ve been on the road for 10 hours and walk onto a stage road weary and we see familiar faces singing along, it’s hard to describe. It's everything, really. There’s a whole lot of love there.”


Music enthusiasts are not the only ones taking note. Critics and tastemakers alike have awarded the young artists an impressive number of accolades ranging from official showcases at AmericanaFest (2018) and International Bluegrass Music Association (2016) to Whitstable UK Session of the Year (2017), a BBC Scotland Session (2017) as well as Finalist, International Song Writing Competition (2015 & 2016), Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist, Deli Magazine (2014) and Songpickr’s Best Songs Spotify Playlist (2016) among others. The young men are no strangers to the festival circuit either, having played major national and regional festivals such as Merlefest, Summer Camp, Red Wing Roots Music Festival and Saskatchewan Jazz Fest all across the United States, Canada and the UK. The band has also graced the stage of coveted venues such as Bluegrass Underground (TN), The Fox Theater (CO), Park West (IL), The Vogue (IN) The Station Inn (TN) The Ark (MI) and countless others.


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Flanders & Swann: At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus

Friday 8 May 20208:00pm Book Now

Having delighted audiences across the globe for the past decade, the Rolls Royce of Flanders and Swann shows returns!


Join multi award-winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins* as they starch their beards and trim their dinner jackets, ready to bring you the wit and wordplay of those ingenious comedy songsmiths, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.


Lifelong fans and the uninitiated alike will delight to see the boys breathe new life into the much-loved words and music of F&S, including all the classics, The Hippopotamus (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gnu, The Gas Man Cometh and many more – plus a few hidden gems along the way!


So join Duncan, Tim and the Hippo for the most sublime Flanders and Swann show since… well, since Flanders and Swann themselves!


*At some performances Jordan Clarke will appear in place of Duncan Walsh Atkins


‘Such energy and relish… caught the period remarkably well… well worth seeing’ The Independent


‘A certain winner’ The Daily Mail


‘Genius wordplay.’ The Guardian


‘Impressive, suave… a delight!’ The Times


Critics’ Choice: Evening Standard, Sunday Times, The Guardian


By arrangement with the estates of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann  

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Grimethorpe Collliery Band

Saturday 9 May 20207:30pm Book Now

AT SELBY ABBEY


A special concert at Selby Abbey, commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day and featuring music from the era.


Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band are a British institution. The band’s performance reputation remains unsurpassed while their contest successes are legendary, including 16 Brass In Concert Championship titles, two English National Championship victories, four British Open Championship wins and becoming National Champion Brass Band of Great Britain on four occasions.


Noted performances include the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. The band received a BAFTA nomination for their contributions to the global hit movie Brassed Off, for which Grimethorpe was the focal point, and have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Westminster Abbey, Sydney Opera House and more.

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Music Masters

Wednesday 13 May 20207:30pm Book Now

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.


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Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Thursday 21 May 20208:00pm Book Now

A bona fide bluegrass legend from California, Grammy winner Laurie Lewis has written some of the most enduring songs in the genre, released almost 20 albums and performed with the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Tim O’Brien and Ralph Stanley.


A hugely respected bandleader, songwriter, singer and musician, she has influenced many of the next generation of American roots artists, including Molly Tuttle, Front Country, Della Mae and more. Winner of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Laurie performed on the 1997 Grammy-winning release The Songs of Bill Monroe, and in 2016 was Grammy nominated for her album The Hazel and Alice Sessions.


Laurie’s outstanding band, The Right Hands, marry spectacular musicianship on fiddle, banjo, guitar and double bass with top-notch vocal harmonies and skilful interpretations of bluegrass and folk classics, as well as Laurie’s original songs.

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Alistair McGowan: The Piano Show

Friday 22 May 20208:00pm Book Now (Sold Out)

Following the surprise success of his Sony album, which reached No 1 in the UK Classical Album charts, comes Alistair McGowan’s new show, combining his talents as master impressionist and comedian with his new-found talent as a classical pianist!


Join Alistair as he plays classical gems by Glass, Chopin, Gershwin, Grieg, Debussy, Tiersen and Satie - expect a lot of beautiful music (with the odd mistake!) and more than a sprinkling of his trademark impressions.


"Alistair McGowan's impressions are faultless" - The Sunday Times


"He plays the piano splendidly" - The Observer


"Alistair plays an impressive range of pieces with enviable touch and feeling” - Charles Owen, pianist.


"Two shows for the price of one: laugh-out-loud comedy and some surprisingly sensitive piano playing” - James Lisney, pianist.


“Inspired and inspiring!” - Anthony Hewitt, Concert pianist.

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David Knopfler & Harry Bogdanovs

Wednesday 27 May 20208:00pm Book Now

In 1977 David Knopfler founded the legendary rock group Dire Straits. Along with brother Mark, he went on to achieve worldwide stardom and acclaim as well as multi-platinum record sales across Europe, North America and Australasia with the albums Dire Straits and Communiqué.


Since his departure from the band, David has enjoyed a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter, releasing over a dozen albums, writing scores for film and television and performing sold out concerts around the globe.


David creates songs of substance; by turns deep and captivating, elegant and thought-provoking, and with an exquisite sense of melody that blends effortlessly with clever, gripping lyrics. For over 30 years he has partnered with Harry Bogdanovs, a multi-instrumentalist who has appeared on numerous hits and featured in many projects with the likes of John Farnham, Elton John and The Shadows.

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Rachel Baiman

Thursday 28 May 20208:00pm 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.