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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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Fire And Rain.

Fire and Rain is not a tribute or sound-a-like act. It's simply a collection of five of the best musicians from the North of England coming together to play music they love. Expect the classic James Taylor & Carole King songs played with skill, passion, emotion, humour and humility. Incredibly in-demand musicians in their own right, Tom Townsend (The Tom Townsend Blues Band) Rich Adams & Mark Gordon (Stony), Paul Tilley and Bob Walker abandon their usual bands and projects for this one-off tour to bring the joy of Taylor & King's music to you in what they call a 'magical musical holiday'. The band is delighted that Gracie Falls and Alex Staples will be supporting them on a number of the concerts. Gracie is an award winning singer and songwriter in her own right, and she will be accompanied by the wonderful guitarist Alex Staples. Building on the success of the last few tours which have included a variety of halls and theatres around the region, the band are looking forward to bringing their very special concert to some new venues and look 'Fire and Rain' hope that you will join them to celebrate the music of two timeless singer songwriters and performers in what will be a memorable evening of first class entertainment.

Sat 14 Sep

£13.20

The Frank Sinatra Story. The Northern Showtime Orchestra

The Northern Showtime Orchestra's latest show The Sensational Sinatra Story features Richard Adams, a singer more used to singing his own self-penned songs as an acoustic artist, having sung for eleven years in a duo popular in folk and acoustic circles Stony. Richard has effortlessly crossed over to big band swing and his delivery of the songs made popular by Sinatra has

received critical acclaim wherever the show has been performed. I've been a fan and a student of Sinatra's singing since I was a teenager, and trying to retrace the great man's life in this show is an amazing and daunting experience, says Richard.

The Northern Showtime Orchestra is an eight-piece ensemble with it a difference. Uniquely, it also tells the stories behind the music, combining commentary, slides and presentations alongside faithful re-creations of arrangements which changed the face of music. So, how does Richard feel about walking in the footsteps of his hero? Sinatra is arguably the greatest voice of the 20th Century so this is a huge challenge for any singer. His sense of swing, timing and phrasing are extraordinary. He used to practice these skills whilst holding his breath underwater in the swimming pool; stretching his lung capacity and seeing how long he could hold a phrase an incredible perfectionist. Richard's performance with Northern Showtime is not about trying to be Frank or being a tribute act. This band is made up of top musicians who have all played in leading orchestras or bands nationally and internationally. This is about lovingly re-telling an amazing story and lovingly learning from the master, says Adams. Trombonist Tony Turner created the orchestra in 2012. Three members of the Northern Showtime Orchestra also perform locally with the Scarborough Spa Orchestra, Kathy Seabrook (flute and saxophone), Andy Crofts (drums), and Graham Quilter (clarinet and saxophone). Nigel Blenkiron (trumpet), Bob Walker (bass) and Dave Clegg (piano) complete the lineup.

Sat 11 May

£13.75

The Groundhogs

Ken Pustelnik, the original Groundhogs drummer, has formed a new lineup of the band. Their show features all the classics from The Groundhogs long and very successful existence (formed in 1963), which featured Ken Pustelnik's unorthodox drumming style.

All the traditional Groundhog elements will be on show, such as the high energy arrangements and the free-flowing psychedelic-tinged improvisations, all anchored by the underlying Blues Root ever present since the bands earliest days.

Sat 13 Apr

£15.40

Hope & Social.

A big sound from this impressive outfitinspired, anthemic, great ~ Q Hope & Social are more than a band. They are a band anyone can join; a band who can turn their studio into a bistro for 70 fans; a band who involve people in what they do-from teaching brass instruments in their 'Streetband Named Desire' project to col-laborating with other artists in their 'Crypt Covers' Album. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eaXx5YHxnY 10 years has seen-in addition to the many projects-a wealth of recorded music-5 studio albums,2 E.P's,an acoustic album, 'Crypt Covers', a Christmas song, music a for a theatre piece, and a collaboration with New York Brass Band. Come and see the Boys in Blue this September when they celebrate a 10 Year retrospective tour, revisiting a number of songs from their extensive 'back catalogue' Hope & Social are renowned for making every gig an event; a band who throw themselves wholeheartedly into every perfor-mance and perfectly bridges the gap between the stage and the audience. Anthemic songs, infectious melodies and a formida-ble live experience. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-QirK-W2sk

Don't believe us? Here's what others have to say…

Brilliant, uplifting and inclusive. That was amazing, here's your cheque Michael Eavis - Glastonbury Festival

Working with you was the highlight of the whole project for me. So talented and so genuine. A marvel Martin Green - Producer, Tour de France: Grand Depart Opening Ceremony 2014 (Also Head of Ceremonies: London 2012 Olympic Games and Chief Executive: Hull City of Culture 2017)

The shows were incredible… truly awesome. An audience member summed it up, 'the energy was incredible. They play every song like it was the encore' Kate James - Festival Director, Durham International Brass Festival

You're here because you galvanise people Katy Fuller - Producer, Hull City Of Culture 2017

Sat 16 Mar

£16.50

Jon Palmer & Wendy Ross. Edwina Hayes. Carrie Martin. Dogfinger Steve.

A gathering of musical talent it would be very hard to beat.'

Dogfinger Steve opens proceedings with his self penned, stompin' cigar box guitar toons performed with passion and their very own brand of originality.

Carrie Martin next up: Hers is a true story of rags to well, not quite riches maybe, but certainly success and critical acclaim in the world of contemporary acoustic-­?based folk/rock music.

Edwina Haye's beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall.

Jon Palmer and Wendy Ross may be a truncated version of the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band but they perform the same soaring, uplifting songs. Jon is a former winner of the Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony.

Sat 12 Oct

£13.75

Kaz Hawkins

KAZ HAWKINS and her Band Kaz has been wowing UK venues & summer festivals with her new album 'Feelin' Good' featuring 8 original songs & a new take on two vintage favourites. 17kaz-pic-2016-black-whiteRenowned bluesman Paul Jones is a fan, chatting about her tour dates and clearly enjoying her new songs 'It Ain't You' & 'Don't Wait For Me' and her great rendition of 'Feelin' Good' on BBC Radio 2. The new CD has received stupendous reviews : "Her band is a rhythm powerhouse" and "Multi-award winning and unique with 'knock your socks off' vocals from an equally delicious firework of a character" On her new album and a music video award winner : "This Is Me…. her voice deep with soul and emotion and then the words, they are spell-binding. Stop what you are doing and listen, this is a soulful philosophy for life This is Me and all I wanted to be." (Bluesdoodles) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ff4t57s3jo Festivals have said "the audience wouldn't let her go and the headliners kindly agreed to start late!" … "Kaz Hawkins absolutely fantastic, cannot believe her voice!" … "She lives up to the hype about her forceful presence, leading from the front with her extraordinary voice - not just because of its power, or her occasional incredible falsetto, but more importantly because of its soulfulness" Invited by BBC Radio Ulster to take part in a special Van Morrison 70th Birthday broadcast in Northern Ireland August 2015, Best Studio Album 2015 (Blues Matters), Best Emerging Artist (British Blues Awards 2015) and Winner of Female Vocalist Pure M Awards (Northern Ireland Industry Award), Winner of Best Music Video 2016 with Pure M Awards and a nominee for the UK Blues Challenge 2016 URBAN RAIN 'Urban Rain' are singer songwriters John Cox & Rosie Queenan - guitarist-bassists. Influenced by Bowie, Prince, Paul Weller, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith and Everything But The Girl. The sound 17urban-rainis original, soulful, funky dark indie folk with cool vocal harmonies. Formed in Hull 2014, they have played 3 live sessions on BBC Introducing and 3 live sessions on the Burnsy Show on BBC Radio Humberside. So far they have had 13 plays on BBC Introducing & 13 plays on the Burnsy Show! And their song "Shut Up Get Up and Dance" was included in the BBC Introducing Playlist of the Year 2015.

Fri 29 Mar

£13.75

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 23 Nov

£19.25

Max Bianco & The Bluehearts.

Max Bianco speaks about his first album:

Finally I have the right producer and recording studio to put together my first album. Songs about all kinds of things that we all witness and are exposed to day to day, love, being scared, feeling alone, being up and down, the politics, travelling and many other things that have inspired me as I travelled around.

The sounds of the album will be quite varied from stripped back naked acoustic tracks, some pop fusion, Dirty riffs, blues and a big spirit of the 60s and 70s, Think along the lines Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Pogues and Stone Roses in a super band at Woodstock.

There's still a nice slice of indie pop and a subtle rock and roll vibe that give it all a distinctive sound, there's some new songs that will feel immensely vibrant to hear. Having only really kicked off as a band earlier last year, the band are moving and shaking thanks to some intelligent song writing, with songs rich in heart and soul and a real rustic honesty clashing against a beautiful guitar sound and Bianco's unique vocal melodies.

The past, present and future of all that is great in music.

And, in support, its only Max Bianco himself, on his own. Regular Howden Live visitors will recall Max from his appearances with the Jar Family, perhaps he will play one or two songs from that catalogue?

Sat 2 Mar

£11

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 7 Dec

£13.75

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!

Sat 25 May

£11

Sandra's Wedding. Happy Endings. Alex Golisti.

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!

HAPPY ENDINGS hail from Hull, comprising of three sisters Emma, Rachel and Sara Fee, who share lead vocals and harmonies along with guitars and piano, featuring AdamFee on guitar and Mike Jessop on percussion.

They bring a mixed bag of styles to their performances, influenced by a variety of music spanning the decades. Their soaring melodies and memorable hooks will leave you humming to yourself once you've heard them. As regulars to BBC RadioHumberside , their music is often heard across the airwaves. They performed on the BBC introducing stage at Glastonbury and released their selftitled debut album in 2017.

Sat 25 May

£11

Two Pianos

Two Pianos

Pianists David Barton and Al Kilvo take to the stage to perform some of the biggest rock'n'roll songs from the 1950s era, covering hits from the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly.

Sat 26 Oct

£16.50

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