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Market Place, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DY
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Abba Sensation

Widely considered to be one of the best ever Abba Tribute Acts, ABBA Sensation play to packed theatres and festivals throughout Europe. Their stunning stage show combines costume changes, lighting effects and a faithful reproduction of the Abba sound.

With all the hits from Waterloo to Super Trouper, a great evening's entertainment is guaranteed for all ages; whether you're a Honey Honey or a Dancing Queen, you'll be saying Thank You for the Music afterwards.

Doors 7.30pm, on stage 8.00pm

Money Money Money? Tickets are a mere £12!

Sat 16 Feb

£13.20

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Leyburn Arts Centre PresentsAn Evening with Aly PhilHaving toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, Aly and Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma. Humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous jigs and reels that have feet tapping along. They have recorded many highly acclaimed albums in their thirty years together, and have won numerous awards including the BBC Radio 2 Folk BEST DUO Award.Aly Bainis rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler, arguably the finest of all time. A founder member of Boys of the Lough, he received an MBE in recognition of his services to music, and in 1999 a degree of Doctor of Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.Phil Cunningham,world famous accordion player and composer, was nominated in 1996 by The Scotsmanas one of Scotland's most influential people. Recently working increasingly as musical director for TV and Theatre, his Highlands and Islands Suite and other collaborations have been a highlight of Glasgows Celtic Connections Festivals. In 2002 Phil received an MBE for his contribution to Scottish music. He has produced and recorded with, among others, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash, Midge Ure and Mark Knopfler.

Sat 30 Mar

£9–£17

The Blackheart Orchestra

Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra. Led by Chrissy's stunning, ethereal vocals, they blend musical styles in an effortless and non-conformist way, creating music which has been compared to Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, London Grammar, Steve Reich, Mike Oldfield and Kirsty MacColl, but which is also totally unique.

Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants, and placements on TV commercials and films. Dextrous multi-instrumental playing, haunting vocals, and the gift for a catchy tune unite to create a universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures, taking the audience with them on a musical journey into the human psyche.

One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere Rock Society Magazine

A great band BBC Radio 2

Best British Duo Exposure awards

Thu 6 Sep

£11

Crafted By Hand

Contemporary design led art and craft event

Sat 3 Nov

Free

Sun 4 Nov

Free

Fara

Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards 2017 as best newcomers, FARA brings together four emerging musicians at the forefront of today's young Scottish folk scene. The three fiddlers and a pianist - Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price - produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the scenery, history and music of Orkney.

Having been friends since early childhood, the young women grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty). They have since established themselves in the Scottish music scene winning prizes along the way including the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition.

Fara are certainly a quartet to watch … superb and sensitive musicianship and charming vocal harmonies. A delight. - Songlines magazine

Watch Fara's mesmerising BBC Folk Awards performance at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04z5fmj.

Sat 20 Oct

£13.20 some concessions

Flanders And Swann: At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus

In 2001, multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins took to the stage in a theatre in Sussex to raise money for a small cottage hospital and Flanders and Swann - At the Drop of a Hippopotamus was born.

The Masters of 1950s and 1960s madness, mirth and total silliness Michael Flanders OBE and Donald Swann are are paid affectionate tribute to in this evening of their words and music. Mud, Mud Glorious Mud (The Hippopotamus Song), The Gnu Song, Madeira M'dear, The Gasman Cometh, and many of their other songs have passed into legend along with the duo's anarchic sense of humour, wordplay and fun.

Over the years, Tim and Duncan have headlined the International Flanders and Swann festival in Donald Swann's house, become a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and embarked on the largest Flanders and Swann tour since the 1960s, when the great pair played The Theatre Royal, Haymarket in the 1950s and rreleased their wonderful live albums At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat.

This is an unusually intimate venue for this wonderful show; book early and expect a very special evening.

"Astute wit and genius wordplay… great" - The Guardian

"Impressive, suave… a delight" - The Times

"Wallowing in a muddy marvelous revival" - Evening Standard

Fri 8 Feb

£16.50

Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Comedy from Mock the Week regular.

Sat 9 Feb

£18.70

Greg Russell And Ciaran Algar

Following their triumphant appearance at the final Masham Arts Festival, we are delighted to welcome back two-time BBC Folk Award winning duo Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar to the town hall.

Guitarist Greg and All Ireland Fiddle Champion Ciaran met in 2011. Their debut album, The Queen's Lover, was released in 2012 and became an instant success. In January 2013, while still at university, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. They then received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award for best breakthrough act in 2014.

Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. They have appeared throughout the country, including spots at the Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport's Cropredy Convention, and have played live on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. Their current album "Utopia and Wasteland" came out in 2018.

As well as these bona fides, Greg and Ciaran have a delightful stage presence, mixing charm and an easy wit with impressive force and emotion when the music calls for it.

Folk at its very best Songlines

Brimming with Passion - fRoots

Sat 9 Mar

£13.20 some concessions

Hut People

Hut People

Entertaining folk session.

Sat 17 Nov

£11

Jessica Lawson And Phil Simpson

After years of making music independently, Jessica Lawson and Phil Simpson have finally joined forces. Influenced by Americana, folk and country, together they deliver beautiful harmonies accompanied by a myriad of instruments - autoharp, guitar, mandolin and melodeon to name but a few.

The pair have been performing across the UK and Europe, with audiences returning to see them again and again. With a diary full of gigs and new songs up their sleeves, their ever-developing live show just gets better each time. Expect some well-known classics, as well as a selection of traditional and self-penned songs which will have the whole audience singing along!

Thu 23 Aug

£8.80

John Coghlan's Quo

Original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan, with his great band, brings you a night of vintage Quo from the Quo glory years of 1962-81 when he performed with them.

John Coghlan joined Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in their newly-formed band 'The Spectres' in 1962. The group went through a series of name changes before becoming Status Quo in the late 60s when Rick Parfitt joined the line-up.

The years that followed saw a string of legendary hits including Caroline, Down Down, Roll Over Lay Down, Rockin' All Over the World, Whatever You Want, What You're Proposing and so many more Quo ended up with 22 UK top ten singles and 66 UK chart singles, ninth in the all time list.

Since leaving Status Quo, John has worked with musicians inclusing Phil Lynott, Roy Wood, Chas Hodges Jimi Hendrix's bassist Noel Redding and Eric Bell (ex-Thin Lizzy).

In 2013 and 2014, John rejoined Rossi, Parfitt and Lancaster for two sell-out Status Quo Frantic Four Reunion Tours, appearing all over the UK and Europe and reigniting the excitement of the early days of Quo.

During the late nineties John Coghlan's Quo was formed and through various line-ups has enjoyed regular gigs all over the UK and Europe. The current band consists of John on drums, with Mick Hughes on guitar and vocals, Rick Chase on bass and vocals, and Rick Abbs on guitar and vocals.

This team recreate an authentic 70's Quo Sound in keeping with John's time with the band. For Quo fans and critics alike, this is regarded as Quo's classic period.

John Coghlan's Quo take you on a joyous journey of his golden past in one of the most celebrated and much loved rock bands the UK has ever produced. A night of beer-raising, feelgood-factor Status Quo classics' - Mark Taylor, www.metaltalk.net

Doors 7.30pm, on stage 8.30pm. Seating and dancefloor available, arrive early to be guaranteed a seat.

Sat 22 Jun

£16.50

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

Jokes and rants in a show about empathy, from one of Britain's thinnest comedians.

Sat 28 Jul

£11

The Marley Experience

The Marley Experience

Tribute to the reggae sounds of Bob Marley.

Sat 15 Sep

£16.50

Motel California

Motel California

Cover band performing Eagles material from the early days to the latest album.

Sat 10 Nov

£13.20

Mrs Barbara Nice's Festive Special

Stockport housewife and mother of five Mrs Barbara Nice brings her famous Christmas shindig to the town hall, complete with raffle, tombola and mince pies. Join her for the perfect 'Christmas do' a bumper bundle selection box of seasonal fun with all the trimmings.

Lovable Barbara believes in bargains and getting the most out of life. Ergonomically correct, she doesn't drive and travels the country by National Express coach. Her husband knows nothing of her burgeoning comedy career he thinks she's either at the Bingo or dog-sitting.

Barbara starred in That Peter Kay Thing and then went on to play Holy Mary in both series of "Phoenix Nights", and in Max and Paddy. She also played Peter Kay's mum In Coronation Street.

Injecting an unbeatable air of fun and excitement into the room" Chortle

A monument to triumph over adversity and a beacon to ordinary people" Brighton Argus

Fri 21 Dec

£13.20 some concessions

Pocket Panto: Dick Whittington

Back again for more panto fun and frolics, Pocket Panto proudly present Dick Whittington. Join the cast as they transport audiences, young and old alike, to old London town to meet the confused young man who may just end up as Lord Mayor.

Joining Dick will be his companion Tommy the cat and a cast of loveable characters, played as ever by three talented professional actors. Watch out for the evil Queen Rat and the hilarious ghost gag! Be sure to shout out as loud as you can. It's behind you!!!!

Everything you've come to expect from a visit from Pocket Panto - songs, laughter, and happy ever after!

Sat 22 Dec

£6.60

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