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NICK HEYWARD

 


Thu 31 May
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:15pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 18+

Tickets: 01642 525 199

Fronting Haircut 100, Nick’s first stint into the industry burnt briefly and brightly – the ultimate group of pals who, within 1 year in the early 80’s hit the big time. It finished as quickly as it began, the band parted ways and Nick’s first solo album, North Of A Miracle, was released in September 1983. A production masterpiece (by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick) that bore the classic singles Blue Hat For a Blue Day and Whisper Down The Wind.

Across Nick’s career he’s supported Wham! at Wembley at their farewell shows and released a string of charming hit records. He’s played the record company game across the years – Warner and Sony have sought him out and when Alan McGee was flush with Oasis cash in the late 90s and wanted Creation Records to sign his personal faves, Nick Heyward was at the top of that list.

In recent years Nick teamed up with Pledge Music, to allow him to speak directly to his audience, who have made his brand new album Woodland Echoes a reality.

Nick has had more than his fair share of adulation in the past – Danny Baker raved about Pelican West in NME, and Nick pulled off the remarkable feat of being feted simultaneously by Smash Hits and The Face.

‘This feels to me like the first part of a solo career,’ Nick says. ’I don’t really see it as solo, I just make music, I want to do it properly and it’s taken me years to get to this point.’

It’s a treat to have Nick Heyward back making premium pop music. He once told Smash Hits ‘I want to make the kind of LP you can wrap up and give as a present. No duff tracks at all, just 12 shining singles’… Last year, with Woodland Echoes, he has finally achieved his goal.


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KING CREOSOTE

 


Fri 01 Jun
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:15pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 18+

Tickets: 01642 525 199

King Creosote (otherwise known as Fife’s Kenny Anderson) and his band make their first-ever appearance at ARC.

Last year’s Astronaut Meets Appleman album followed KC’s breakthrough record From Scotland with Love (2014) and his Mercury-nominated collaboration with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine (2011), It garnered rave reviews pretty much across the board:

‘King Creosote’s finest hour yet’ - Mojo

‘His wrinkled brogue – warm, pithy, occasionally fluttering to a falsetto – is a thing of understated beauty in itself, framed in folk-shanty arrangements that make telling use of strings and bagpipes’ Uncut

‘Kenny Anderson serves up another gem & lives up to his reputation as one of our great lyricists’ - Sunday Times Culture

‘King Creosote is still finding ways to push himself and is totally justified purely for the creativity of the finished work’ - The Line of Best Fit

On Astronaut Meets Appleman, King Creosote is still upsetting apple-carts and dealing with the fallout, still appraising love and life, the moon, the stars; tide tables, bagpipe scores, zeros and ones; mathematics, ticking clocks and the beat of our hearts.

Many of you will be fans already. For those yet to discover KC, our advice is… buy the record (if you haven’t already), see the show, and get on board with one of the most singular talents to emerge from the Scottish music scene in decades.


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RICKY ROSS

SHORT STORIES VOL 1


Wed 06 Jun
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:15pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 18+

Tickets: 01642 525 199

Ricky Ross, the voice and founder of multimillion album selling band Deacon Blue is coming to ARC for the first time! The Scottish singer-songwriter will be showcasing new material as well as revisiting some of the best known hits of Deacon Blue’s vast back catalogue. And with 12 UK top 40 singles and two Number One albums, there’s no shortage of tracks to choose from.   When the World Knows Your Name.  Real Gone Kid.  Fergus Sings the Blues.  Dignity. Wages Day ... Take your pick!

As well as providing a sound track to the ‘80s and ‘90s for millions of fans around the world, Ricky has also forged a hugely successful solo career with a clutch of studio albums including last year’s sumptuous Short Stories Vol 1.  He has also written for or with a veritable who’s who of contemporary artists including James Blunt, Ronan Keating, Jamie Cullum and Nanci Griffith.

More than 30 years after the release of Deacon Blue’s first album, the show at ARC will be a chance for fans to see him up close and personal with that voice and those songs!   “My solo shows are a very different beast to Deacon Blue live. They're intimate, minimal, a chance for me to revisit songs that started out life with just piano and vocals and take them back to their roots, as well as play some new songs inspired by recent times"

We can’t wait!

Support comes from BBC Young Folk Award nominee Roseanne Reid, who releases her first Americana style folk album later this year produced by Teddy Thompson.


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STATUS QUO


Sat 21 Jul
Middlesbrough Town Hall

7:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Show / 14+

Tickets: 01642 729 729

Stop press! Rock legends Status Quo are coming to Middlesbrough! Last year they played Glastonbury, The Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. This year we are over the moon to announce that the band will be playing Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday 21 July - their only non-festival UK date announced so far for 2018.

Status Quo, who were awarded the prestigious Services to Rock Award by Kerrang magazine a couple of years ago, boats string of eye-watering statistics. They have sold more than 118 million records; have released 100 singles; 43 hit albums and appeared on Top of the Pops more than any other band in the world – a record 106 appearances!

Following the tragic death of Rick Parfitt on Christmas Eve 2016, founding member Francis Rossi is joined by keyboard player Andrew Bown (Quo member since 1976), bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards (1986), guitarist Richie Malone (2016) and drummer Leon Cave (2013).

Last year they toured extensively across the world, feeling the need to connect with fans. This year, they are taking time out and performing only at one off gigs and festivals. We are delighted that they have chosen Middlesbrough for this very rare UK appearance.


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THE WILDCATS OF KILKENNY

UNPLUGGED (ISH)


Fri 07 Sept
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Local heroes The Wildcats of Kilkenny have come a long way since their very first gig in a packed Egglescliffe Village Hall back in 1991. Since then, Mike McGrother and his merry men have taken their fiddle fuelled, punked up version of traditional Irish tunes to audiences across the globe - from Billingham to Beijing and Dormanstown to Donegal.

We are delighted to welcome them to Yarm for their very first show at the PAA. As a fully seated theatre show, you can expect something a little bit different from a usual Wildcats gig as Mike looks back on almost 30 years on the road. He’ll be exploring the links between his Teesside home and his Irish heritage – through story, song and plenty of craic – and there might even be the chance to throw a few questions at the band in the midst of all the madness!

With special guests the mighty male voice choir Infant Hercules, this will a night that will leave you proud to be a Teessider!


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RUBY TURNER


Sat 22 Sept
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

With 17 albums under her belt and the rare distinction of being a British artist who has topped the American R&B charts, soul and gospel diva Ruby Turner has come a long way since her early days learning the art of touring with Culture Club.

With a voice that has earned her hits and fans the world over – from I’d Rather Go Blind to American chart topper It’s Gonna Be Alright – she is, quite simply, one of the most successful singers of her generation. A regular in Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra, she has also sung with everyone from Brian Ferry to Mick Jagger. If you have never seen her before live, prepare for a soul stirring evening!

‘Soul, Gospel and R&B : Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article. Blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, whether it be a passionate ballad or a fast groove’ – The Guardian


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Joanne Shaw Taylor


Fri 05 Oct
ARC, Stockton-On-Tees

7:45pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: 01642 525 199

Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base as well as having the honour of playing alongside some of her musical idols.

Joanne’s debut album White Sugar first opened the door and her career has since gone stratospheric, including breaking the notoriously hard-to-crack US market. She beat the stereotypes of her age and gender, gaining acclaim from critics and peers alike. Subsequent albums Diamonds in the Dirt, Almost Always Never and Songs From The Road followed and saw Joanne’s fan base rise globally.

In 2014 Joanne reunited with her White Sugar album producer Jim Gaines and recorded her new studio album in Memphis. That album entitled The Dirty Truth was a return to her original sound mixing rock riffs with blues influences. The album was released in the UK on Joanne’s own independent boutique label Axehouse Records to critical acclaim across the world and is now her biggest selling album to date.

Joanne is a bona fide star with famous fans across the guitar world including Joe Bonamassa (who described her as a ‘superstar in waiting’), Tedeschi Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wilko Johnson, Glenn Hughes and John Mayall to name but a few.

Following critical acclaim in 2016 including performances on Later With Jools Holland, BBC’s Glastonbury coverage and outstanding reviews for her latest album Wild, Joanne toured extensively to sell out audiences in 2017 which included a major theatre tour in the UK which visited London's Royal Festival Hall, Manchester's Bridgewater hall and Birmingham's Symphony hall (to name a few). Having just completed a one month tour across America, 2018 is looking very bright for Joanne Shaw Taylor as she embarks on the next chapter of her expanding career.


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Alexander O’Neal


Sat 06 Oct
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Show

Tickets: Venue box office, Yarm High Street / 01642 792 587

Alexander O’Neal has come a long way since he was signed by Prince back in 1981. One of R&B’s most iconic names, he has 14 (count em!) singles to his name with chart smash Criticize still lighting up dance floors and airwaves across the world thirty years after its release.

With two Gold albums – the eponymously titled Alexander O’Neal and All True Man - as well as the triple platinum selling album Hearsay, his place in the R&B Hall of Fame is well and truly deserved.

2018 will see the release of Alexander’s first album in almost ten years, and fans are in for a treat when they hear how one of the great soul voices has matured since he last ventured into the studio.

With the release of his hard hitting, blockbuster autobiography last year, and a 50 date UK tour to celebrate 30 years of the iconic Hearsay album, it’s safe to say that fans still can’t get enough of the man from Minneapolis!


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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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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