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The Shire Hall

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11 Market Place, Howden, East Yorkshire, DN14 7BJ
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Absolute Free!

Absolute Free are a brand new tribute to one of the most powerful, soulful, and dynamic bands to have one from the golden era of the late 60's British blues boom. The magic created by this band playing at full tilt has to be seen and heard to be believed. Hayden Carter ( bass) and Sean Clough on drums join Steve Fulsham ( guitar/vocs) ,to show their pride and passion for the music of Free, and to give fans the most authentic sounding experience of the band that inspired them the most . Focusing purely on their music ( no wigs) this is a rearranged show from last year following their headline appearance at the 2019 Annual Free convention .

Fri 13 Mar


Chantel Mcgregor

A female guitar prodigy, at 14 Chantel was told by major labels that she had a "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" Wisely ignoring the comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college's history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 distinctions. Chantel left with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted prize, the college's musician of the year award.

In previous years, Chantel stepped out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity. Since then, she has built a loyal and growing fan base who follow her every move.

If you measure an artist's prospects by the company they keep, then Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in her career, Chantel was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on two of his UK tours.

When Chantel released her 2011 debut album, Like No Other, one critic said, Chantel McGregor deserves to be held up as a messiah of blues-rock and given her own mountain. She doesn't strum or pick her guitar but almost bends and distorts it, as if she's channelling the ghost of Hendrix through her fingers"

The album was produced by Livingstone Brown, whose production credits include Ed Sheeran, Robin Trower, and Shakira. The end result was a beautifully crafted debut album that showcased Chantel's versatility and talent as a singer-songwriter.

Chantel's follow up album, Like Control, again produced by Livingstone Brown, was released in October 2015 to critical acclaim.

All About Rock's review of the album said:

'The album in its entirety has a common theme running through of gothic imagery which makes it almost a concept album but each track stands out on its own. Chantel's double tracked vocals are amazingly tight & the production on this album sounds loose which is a compliment to Livingstone Brown & Chantel who have obviously spent a lot of time on the arrangements. The girl can obviously shred but she does so in a very understated & despite the title of the album, a controlled way. Recommended for fans of blues, rock, Jeff Buckley, Marillion, Big & Rich, Country & Nick Drake. This is a hard album to categorize & pigeon hole which in this day & age of labels & boxes is a good thing.'

Planetmosh reviewed the album with the following comment:

'The album is full of great guitar work, but Chantel McGregor isn't just a guitar player she does the vocals too and they are equally impressive. She's got a great voice and the variety of songs on the album allows her to demonstrate a range of styles vocally. It really is a great album.'

The single, Take The Power, was playlisted for 5 weeks on Planet Rock radio.

Chantel has recently been interviewed for features on Sky News, BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Radio Four.

In December 2018, Chantel launched her own Podcast, which has been very successful, earning a place in the iTunes Podcast Charts.

Chantel recorded a live album at the end of March 2019 titled 'Bury'd Alive', this was released on the 6th of September 2019 and received wonderful reviews. Chantel is currently writing for her third studio album and recording an acoustic album, debuting some of the new tracks on her 2019 tour which took place throughout the UK and Europe.

Sat 15 Feb


Max Bianco & The Bluehearts

There's still a nice slice of indie pop and a subtle rock and roll vibe that give it all a distinctive sound, and with their new EP out this month, there's some new songs that will feel immensely vibrant to hear. Having only really kicked off as a band in 2019, the band are moving and shaking thanks to some intelligent songwriting, with songs rich in heart and soul and a real rustic honesty clashing against a beautiful guitar sound and Bianco's unique vocal melodies.

Singer Songwriter Max Bianco and his band the Bluehearts are destined for great things. Like a new age Bob Dylan and the Band, Max writes great songs and performs them in a style all his own. Catch these guys now before they get too famous

Crooked Weather are a rock infused folk band, based out of a tragic mustard 1979 campervan. They hail from the depths of East Yorkshire, with the lilting harmonies of Holly & Will at the core. Their original music, steeped in the folk revival of the late 60's, has a raw, modern edge, augmented by Tom and Dave: a fierce rhythm section.

?Building up a steady reputation for their unpredictably dynamic live shows, they've supported the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Micheal Chapman, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), Jim Jones, Dick Gaughan, Roddy Woomble & Bridget St. John

Sat 23 May


The Mumford And Sons Experience

When Mumford & Sons announced the release of Delta, their 4th studio album, alongside a huge world tour for 2019, it delighted fans across the globe. From their americana folk style roots, the Mumford sound has developed and grown over the last ten years and won the hearts and minds of millions. UK based tribute band Chasing Mumford are 5 full time musicians who are all massive fans and committed to recreating the sound and songs of Mumford & Sons as faithfully as possible. All multi-instrumentalists and with beautiful 4 part vocal harmonies, they capture the spirit, image and vibe of the original band in their new show The Mumford & Sons Experience. Having toured with the likes of Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers, Pixie Lott and Mungo Jerry, this talented group present anamazing show of stadium highs and intimate simplicity and is sure to be loved by Mumford fans and indie folk lovers alike. THE BAND Chase Williams - Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals Benji Dryden - Keys, Piano, Vocals Iain Phillips - Double Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals Dan Bell Wilding - Banjo, Electric Guitar, Vocals John Knox - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Sat 25 Apr



Odette Adams spent four years travelling the world, paying her way by working as a singer on cruise ships. Using her free time on those long voyages to concentrate on her playing and writing, she returned from her travels with a collection of songs which form her debut album, "A Shake Of The Hand". Odette's travels and diverse musical influences have fundamentally shaped the sound of her music. These songs do not sit entirely in any particular genre, but sound very confident where they are.

?Odette is passionate about the power music has to positively impact people's lives and writes about life from a joyful and profound perspective.

?Her debut album, "A Shake Of The Hand", which was reviewed highly by Clive Davis in The Sunday Times, is extremely popular and introduces her fresh, vibrant and summery sound. The album was immaculately produced by Phil Taylor of Laurel Sound Studios and features excellent musicians to include the incredible Geoff Gascoyne (Jamie Cullum) on double bass and world renowned multi-percussionist, Pete Lockett, on tabla. To read more about the illustrious and varied players on this album go to click here.

?After completing two national UK tours during the last two years, playing at venues such as Fleece Jazz, Whitby Music Port Festival, Wigan Jazz Festival and Pizza Express in Dean Street, Odette and her band of exceptional musicians will be on the road again this autumn 2019 on a third national tour to introduce brand new, beautifully-crafted songs from her upcoming second album, "Start With The Rain".

?With Indian, African, Mediterranean, jazz and folk flavours, Odette and her band delight with a fresh and vibrant sound. Click here to meet the band.

?"Writing for my second album is well underway and I'm in a really good creative place"

?Exciting things to come!

Sat 11 Apr


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 9 May


Rustic & Country Home Event

Rustic & Country Home Event

Shop for antique pieces at this rustic event.

Sat 17 Oct


Rustic & Country Lifestyle Fair

Rustic & Country Lifestyle Fair

A fair in which you can find original French and English country furniture.

Sat 14 Mar

Sandra's Wedding. The Broken Orchestra. Alex Golisti

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 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 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!

Alex Golisti: Northern based songwriter of no renown. Did folk music for a while. After discovering that it wasn't much fun. Stopped doing it. Deciding to become a bricklayer, then a nurse, then a cyrpto-miner, then bought an electric guitar.

Moving into a shed doing nothing but talking to the dog and listening to Radio 6. Resulted in a blend of lyrically uncomplicated simple music. R&B, country, funk, R&B, Low-fi stuff.

Quotes Truly divine - BBC Radio York

St. James, Spanish Pl. BBC York Introducing Track of The Week

To hear an emerging artist debut with such a polished pained sound is quite something - Aural alchemy. - Amelia Vandergast AnR Factory

I hear it on my way to the loo, sounds alright -Housemate

Sat 29 Feb


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