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The High Kings


Mon 12 Nov
ARC, Stockton-on-tees

7:45pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 525 199

Since Irish folk band The High Kings formed 10 years ago, they have achieved the remarkable feat of catapulting the Irish ballad tradition right into the here and now. Playing exciting new songs in the folk idiom and re-energising great Irish ballads, the band have not only brought with them armies of Christy Moore and Dubliners fans, they have also opened up the music to a whole new generation.

And now the true heirs of Ireland’s Folk Heritage are embarking on their biggest tour to date.

Their latest album, appropriately entitled Decade – The Best of The High Kings, was received with rave reviews and record sales figures, with the band once again topping the Irish Album Charts and returning to the Billboard World Music Charts.

The new live show will showcase fan favourites from The High Kings’ extensive catalogue and will feature some new additions too. It will also feature a new member after the departure of original High King Martin Furey and the arrival of young-gun George Murphy – bringing new energy to the High Kings and their audiences alike.

The Decade World Tour promises a joyous trip down Memory Lane, to the music and song of yesteryear, performed in a contemporary style and arrangement which still remains true to the original.


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Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band


Weds 05 Dec
Middlesbrough Town Hall

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 729 729

What better way to celebrate the holiday season, than with a man who has helped shape our musical Christmas?!

Recently inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in New York, Roy Wood is known across the world as a founder of The Move, ELO, and of course Wizzard.

Featuring Roy with his Big Rock & Roll Band, performing classic hits California Man, Flowers In The Rain, Fire Brigade, I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Blackberry Way, See My Baby Jive, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, this is a hit-packed evening you won’t want to miss.

For years Roy and his band have been selling out venues around the country in what has become an annual British Christmas tradition.

This one promises to be a rockin’ good night out!


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The Sweet

Blockbuster Glam Christmas Party


Thurs 06 Dec
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:45pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 525 199

We all remember shouting ‘Ballroom Blitz’ at the top of our lungs, drink in hand, having the time of our lives. Re-live the party at our good old Christmas knees-up with the one and only The Sweet.

The Sweet are a British phenomenon that swept the nation, along with the rest of Europe, firmly establishing themselves as one of the biggest bands of the 1970s. Their career has lasted 4 decades, and with hits like ‘Ballroom Blitz’ ‘Fox on the Run’ ‘Blockbuster’ and ‘Love is Like Oxygen’ it’s easy to see why.

The glam rock stars brought androgynous allure and crunching guitar pop to the masses, so what better way to spend a night in the party season than with The Sweet. Expect their smash hits, plus lively covers, perfect to get you in the Festive spirit.


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BOOTLEG BEATLES


Thurs 20 Dec
Middlesbrough Town Hall

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 729 729

The world’s Premier Beatles tribute band continues to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s, every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty “Scouse” banter to their “inflection perfect” vocals. With a little help from their own Pepperland Sinfonia and this year featuring a special set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the White album, this has to be a not-to-be-missed event for Fab Four fans of all ages.

Entirely convincing. - The Times

A joy to behold. - The Telegraph

Flawless! - Mojo

Mind-boggling accuracy. - The Mail on Sunday


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The Young'uns

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff


Fri 08 Feb
Middlesbrough Town Hall

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 729 729

Three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre.

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff is the story of one man’s adventure from begging on the streets in the north of England to fighting against fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the Hunger Marches and the Battle of Cable Street.

It’s a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following the footsteps of one working class hero who witnessed some of the momentous events of the 1930s.

With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour the Teesside trio bring together 16 specially composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself to tell a remarkable human story oozing with modern relevance.

“The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like? - **** The Guardian

Glorious....celebrating the uncelebrated with warmth, vigour and passion - **** MOJO

The Teesside trio have captured hearts – and awards – with a magic combination of lusty acapella singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve storytelling with an unashamedly political cry for social justice. - **** Songlines

Magnificent - destined to become hailed as national treasures before long ***** - Maverick

Powerful, inspiring and moving - ***** RnR Magazine

A heartfelt secular hymnary for these troubled times and a rallying call for humanity. - **** The Scotsman


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Lindisfarne


Sat 16 Mar
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 792 587

Legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne return to form with a classic six-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clementson vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar.

With a repertoire of unforgettable songs like Meet Me On The Corner,Fog On The Tyne,Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, Lindisfarne’s power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get the crowd on its feet and singing along.


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Moya Brennan


Thurs 04 Apr
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:45pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: 01642 525 199

When Bono stated recently, I think she has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced, he was heralding what many people know already about Moya Brennan, The Voice of Clannad.

She sings like nothing you've ever heard before, so it makes sense that her live solo shows - with all the musicality and power of Clannad but with added, heart-warming intimacy - should be such a rich and moving experience.

With Clannad she rose to prominence with a pioneering approach to traditional music which has garnered them 15 million record sales worldwide and a string of awards, including a Grammy. Their sound has since become the benchmark for the Celtic music genre. Sister Enya joined Clannad for a time before pursuing her own successful career.

Moya's solo career has continued that success with 8 solo albums to her name and more in the pipeline. Her live show has developed into a visual (as well as sound) spectacle with rhythm, atmosphere and vibrant harmony.

Her career to date includes 25 albums, numerous film scores and she has sung with many great artists, including The Chieftains, Robert Plant, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan and, of course, Bono.

Her voice continues to be in demand in dance music and includes collaborations with Chicane (Saltwater), DJ Roger Shah and Schiller.


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Wilko Johnson

With very special guest Glenn Tilbrook


Thurs 11 Apr
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, 01642 792 587

Following Wilko’s cancer recovery, the original Dr Feelgood guitarist has enjoyed a rousing return to the live arena recently, including a Number 1 album with Roger Daltrey and playing a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall to mark his 70th birthday.

Heavily influenced by Mick Green, Wilko employs a finger-style, chop-chord strumming action (the ‘stab’, as he describes it). This allows for chords and lead to be played at the same time, giving a fluency and a distinctive sound very unlike the cleaner swat of a pick.

With this economical sound, coupled with that black-suited scowling look and the yards he covered across the stage (pausing only to twist the guitar lead out from under his feet), it’s no wonder that Wilko became one of the major guitar heroes from his era.

Following a stint with Ian Dury & The Blockheads in the 80′s he eventually formed The Wilko Johnson Band with ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass. Also featuring Dylan Howe on drums, the trio have become one of the most exciting r’n’b bands in the world today.

With very special guest Glenn Tilbrook

As one of our most cherished songwriters, singers and guitarists – not to mention an in-demand and endlessly endearing live performer - Glenn Tilbrook has more than earned his place at pop’s top table. Forty-five years after he first linked up with Chris Difford to form the band that became the evergreen much-loved Squeeze, his unwavering devotion to playing live, (and the out-and-out joy that he patently derives from it) shows no signs of diminishing any time soon.