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The Shire Hall

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11 Market Place, Howden, East Yorkshire, DN14 7BJ
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Badapple Theatre Company: The Frozen Roman

Badapple Theatre Company: The Frozen Roman

World premiere of a new comedy by Kate BramleyWith original music by Jez LoweThey came, they saw, they conquered, they went away again. Or did they?An emergency meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated, as the villagers rack their brains for new ways to fight the imminent housing development that threatens village life as they know it.The discovery of an ancient burial site under foot may just throw them a lifetime if they can somehow authenticate their mysterious findings. But things arent always what they seem!Expect a double dose of comedy as the situation goes ballisticus maximus in this brand new original comedy from Kate Bramley and Badapple Theatre.

Sun 2 Jun

£12 (£10; under 16s £6)

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


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



York-based theatre company Baron Productions brings an exciting new take to Shakespeares most famous play, the tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Thu 25 Jul


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



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


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


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, 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


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


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