The Barnsley outfit perform a selection of amusing covers and songs about life in The North.
Sat 19 Jan
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
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
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
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