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The Shire Hall

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11 Market Place, Howden, East Yorkshire, DN14 7BJ
  • Telephone 01430 432510
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  • Website www.howden-shirehall.com
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The Animals & Friends

Featuring from the original Animals John Steel and Micky Gallagher(The Blockheads, The Clash, Paul McCartney) plus Danny Handley andRoberto Ruiz . Following their critically-acclaimed and hugely successful tours together in 2008, 2011 and 2012 this legendary combination of musicians will once again be performing on the same stage together. With over 20 global top ten hits, The Animals remain a seminal rhythm and blues band who still command great respect. Expect a fantastic concert of pure classics including House Of The Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Baby Let Me Take You Home and more. After over 50 years the legend still grows.

As The Independent noted recently

Though the band has changed, the songs remain eternal alongside covers of Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker classics, they ensure that the nostalgic element comes with an enjoyably abrasive edge.

Featuring from the original Animals John Steel & Mick Gallagher (The Blockheads) Danny Handley and Roberto Ruiz. In 1964 a wave of new energetic rock and roll swept over the youth of the world. On the crest of this wave was The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and of course The Animals. From the banks of the River Tyne came the North East's offering; a brand of rhythm n blues that the whole world seemed to grasp greedily. The Animals were the second British band to top the American charts after The Beatles with the now multi-million selling and legendary anthem, 'House of the Rising Sun'. The band subsequently achieved over twenty global Top Ten hit records, many of which gained the Number One slot in various parts of the world. In Britain alone, the band had no less than twelve chart entries. The Animals were the first British band to tour Poland and Japan.

Sat 24 Nov

£22

Antiques, Vintage and Handmade Home Fair

Antiques, Vintage and Handmade Home Fair

French and English country interiors event, offering furniture, textiles, gifts and more. There's also a vintage tearoom offering light refreshments.

Sat 13 Oct

Free

Chris Sherburn, Denny Bartley With Emily Saunders.

Chris and Denny have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and the USA since the early 1990s, when a chance meeting at a music session created one of folk music's most enduring partnerships. They are joined by Emily Sanders, formerly of Isambarde. Emily's fiddle playing and singing brings a new depth that compliments Chris on concertina and Denny's guitar and stirring voice. The fast flowing craic means that no two concerts are ever the same!!

During 2017 they have toured around the UK and played at many festivals. Great feedback!

Sat 29 Sep

£11

Dr Feelgood

Dr Feelgood

Rhythm'n'blues veterans from the 70s, whose unhinged sound inspired the early punk acts, but who now have the dubious honour of no longer featuring any original members.

Sat 22 Dec

£22

The Howl & The Hum

The Howl & The Hum are a miserable disco who write Bond themes for films where Jimmy is still hung up on that girl. They combine dark hypnotic pop with post-punk influences, pierced with lyrics that make you call your mum the next morning.

Following acclaimed sets at Neighbourhood Festival and Loopallu and a debut tour of the Scottish Highlands in 2017, the York-based 4-piece embarked on their first headline tour in England in early 2018 to coincide with the release of new single 'Portrait I'. Following this the band are releasing a series of new songs leading up to their first festival season featuring appearances at Latitude, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Standon Calling and the BBC Biggest Weekend.

The Howl and The Hum are a seriously great band, from whom you will be hearing a great deal more in the coming months.

Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6

"The Howl and The Hum are much more than just four lads armed with guitars and a handful of songs. Their sound has depth, imagination and creates an emotive mood. Their lyrical content is like a stream of subconscious poetry which paints dramatic pictures. They're one of the main names on any movers-and-shakers list when it comes to new bands. We're buzzing about them and I know the rest of the world will be too when they indulge in their masterpieces." - Jericho Keys, BBC Music Introducing in York and North Yorkshire

Sandra's Wedding: My well-thought-out finale to 28 bands in 28 days has suddenly been thrown into turmoil. Having set aside the last two days of my new music feature for a singer/songwriter from New Zealand and a rock 'n' roll combo from Finland, I happened to notice, late last night, that an outfit by the name of SANDRA'S WEDDING had started to follow me on twitter. Of course, I reciprocated and was immediately taken aback by the outrageous claim in their Twitter profile (courtesy of a review by Radio York), that the band was 'a cross between The Beautiful South and The Smiths'. Could it possibly be true? I held my breath, followed the links, and played the first song, This Heart, from 2017's Northern Powerhouse album.it was love at first listen!

As I worked my way through the album, it became apparent that there was an ace lyricist at work here - anyone rhyming Fray Bentos with asbestos in the middle of a pop song called Death by Hanging is top drawer in my book - and that I urgently needed to discover just who the mystery wordsmith was. It also dawned on me that it would be a dereliction of duty not to include Sandra's Wedding in 28 bands. I certainly couldn't scratch either of my last two acts (hey, I'm not wasting the hard work I've put in), so I'm just going to pretend that it's a leap year and that February has 29 days this year and therefore 29 bands!

The wedding singer (and songwriter), by the way, is Joe Hodgson and he is backed by Jonny Hughes, guitar, Tom Hill, bass and Luke Harrison on drums. The band hails from Goole and describe their debut album as featuring 'sepia-tinged songs focusing on love, loss and life in a Northern town'. They credit The Byrds, Randy Newman, ABBA, and, it should go without saying, The Smiths and The Beautiful South among their many influences!

FIONA LEE, is an emerging singer-songwriter from Yorkshire (the bottom of my street to be more precise) with a compelling voice which belies her years. Her songs tell tales of teenage life with both innocent simplicity and impressively mature observations. Having taught herself to play guitar, she discovered her true voice at a local acoustic night; since then she has been performing her songs publicly at every opportunity.

Sat 15 Sep

£11

Live/wire!

There's a good reason we keep inviting Live/Wire backThey are simply.Awesome!! The unique six man tribute to rock's greatest band AC/DC, complete with trademark cannons, a wall of Marshalls and two hours of High Voltage Rock and Roll. Forty One years into the AC/DC story and the band cover both eras as always with both 'Gary' Bon Scott and 'Pete' Brian Johnson present to take you on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember. The rhythm section keep it all meticulously together giving Ashgus the freedom to mesmerise the audience with his sublime playing and infinite energy. Those who have seen the show on the 'For Those About To Rock', 'Ready to Bite' and 'Shake your Foundations' tours are already witness to the talent and dedication gives on stage with the portrayal of the Live/Wire Angus Young delivering a truly amazing two hours of duck-walking, bedevilled Rock and Roll.The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and for the aficionados !There's always something special as well. Back in Black, Rosie, Highway to hell, the songs go on and on until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo. If by this time you are still standing..we salute you !!

Sat 1 Sep

£19.25

Martin Carty & John Kirkpatrick

National treasures Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick embark on a rare UK duo tour next autumn. These two leading interpreters of English folk traditions folk guitarist/singer Carthy and squeezebox virtuoso/singer Kirkpatrick are long-time collaborators in a variety of seminal musical projects: from John's iconic 1976 Morris tunes album Plain Capers through Steeleye Span to Brass Monkey.

Their enduring enjoyment of playing with each other shines through in their performances warm, natural and charismatic. Pure English folk pedigree!

For more than 50 years, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. A ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material, Martin always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

John is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.

As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.

Praise for Martin: `Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine

'Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.' The Telegraph

Praise for John: English Folk Dance and Song Society's Gold Badge 2003

(Awarded for his outstanding contribution to English Folk Music)

Kirkpatrick's buoyant presence and lust for this music sounds more rampant than everColin Irwin fRoots 2009

Sat 27 Oct

£16.50

The Revolutionaires!

The quartet from the North East bring their mixture of rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'blues and jump jive to the UK's stages.

Sat 1 Dec

£13.75

The Sex Pissed Dolls

Punk, ska and rock from the edgy foursome.

Sat 13 Oct

£19.25

Sherburn, Bartley & Sanders

Chris and Denny have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and the USA since the early 1990s, when a chance meeting at a music session created one of folk music's most enduring partnerships. They are joined by Emily Sanders, formerly of Isambarde. Emily's fiddle playing and singing brings a new depth that compliments Chris on concertina and Denny's guitar and stirring voice. The fast flowing craic means that no two concerts are ever the same!!

During 2017 they have toured around the UK and played at many festivals. Great feedback!

Sat 29 Sep

£11

Stephen Dale Petit

Stephen Dale Petit

Nu-blues guitarist.

Sat 10 Nov

£13.75

Vagina Monologues By Eve Ensler

Presented by Cast in Stone Productions

Fri 29 Jun

£12 (£10)

Sat 30 Jun

£12 (£10)

A Very Country Lifestyle Christmas

A Very Country Lifestyle Christmas

Festive event with country and rustic interiors, decorative antiques, textiles, artisan gifts and decorations on offer.

Sat 24 Nov

Free

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