Alan Barnes + Eleven
Alan Barnes celebrates his 60th birthday in vintage style with an all star band playing tunes from 1959, the year of his birth. With great new arrangements by trombonist Mark Nightingale this is an evening not to be missed!
When & Where
- Leicester Jazz House Presents:
Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals), "one of folk's odd couples", have for nearly 25 years wowed audiences around Europe, The States and Australia, with virtuoso musicianship tempered by wry humour. With extravagant lifestyles to support, as well as a love of music, their candle looks set to burn for a good few decades more.
The seating will be set out to ensure you'll be socially-distanced and we will be following full Government guidelines for social distancing, hospitality and cleaning procedures before and between performances.
Critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest tribute shows Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years has toured the globe extensively receiving standing ovations and selling out theatres night after night.
Fronted by Dan Haynes and Pete Richards collectively known as Bookends, the show is a "masterpiece" (BBC Radio) which perfectly recreates the unmistakable sound of Simon & Garfunkel.
Hear many of the hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and the smash hit Bridge Over Troubled Water - this live concert experience is without doubt, the closest thing to Simon & Garfunkel touring the world today.
"A masterpiece" - BBC Radio
"One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world" - Stuart Cameron, BBC and ITV Broadcaster
Since exploding onto the live music scene in 2016 they have been busy wowing audiences up and down the UK in theatres and art centres with their sell out show. Having been invited twice to Europe to perform for Harley Davidson to audiences of up to 120 thousand in Prague and Portugal their show goes from strength to strength.
With songs made famous by the world's greatest female rock artists,costume changes and a full choreographed show, Women In Rock has something for everyone, from Joplin to Quatro, Turner to Cher, Blondie to Joan Jett, this is must see show that will leave you cheering for more!
A journey through female rock delivered by some of the UK's finest vocalists and musicians.
Book your tickets now as this is guaranteed to be a busy one!
Support from The Jack Fletcher Band
Plus more to be announced...
Doors @ 7.30pm
Having performed classic Genesis for nearly two decades, G2 Definitive Genesis are making their Leicester debut at The Y Theatre. G2 pay tribute to a vintage period in Genesis’ long and colourful history, the four-man “Seconds Out” era, and earlier Gabriel years. With a repertoire extending from the 1970 Trespass album to 1980's Duke, G2 faithfully recreate some of the finest progressive rock ever written.
Accolades posted online from recent shows include:
Hear classics such as Dance On A Volcano, Ripples, Entangled, Los Endos, Blood On The Rooftops, One For The Vine, and Afterglow, mixed up with the classics of the Gabriel years, Firth Of Fifth, Cinema Show, I Know What I Like and the infamous Suppers Ready. This is vintage Genesis, performed by G2 to a level Genesis themselves would be proud of! Well, Steve Hackett says he likes it…
So take a little trip back and relive those wonderful moments of your Genesis musical history with G2.
Guitar hero Bernie Marsden is one of rock's true legends.
The rock and blues guitarist co-wrote some of Whitesnake's biggest hits, including Fool For Your Loving and the million-selling charttopper Here I Go Again. He played on the band's first five albums. Bernie is one of rock's great raconteurs and tells an astonishing story in his autobiography: Where's My Guitar. And he will tell tall tales about turning down Paul McCartney and encounters with Ringo Starr, Elton John, Cozy Powell, BB King and Jon Lord. He'll be playing songs, answering fans' questions and talking about the way he shaped the golden age of rock'n'roll.
There'll be a meet'n'greet with book signing at every show.
Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.
In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring, Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON, NBC’s Eerie Indiana, Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade and the indie horror classic, ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’. He’s also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, based on songwriting workshops and songwriting masterclasses he’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).
A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboard, featuring songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favorites, drawn from his eight studio albums. Invite family and friends and join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.
Vaccines, Trump out....2021 is looking up!
With at least some reasons for celebration on the horizon, Oysterband can't wait to get back on stage where they belong, and to fulfil rescheduled shows and announce new ones. They'll be playing songs from a brand-new album as well as classic favourites.....uplifting songs for uncertain times.
As well as the major tour in September, the band and a few venues are trying hard to make sure some earlier shows can work in May 2021 despite the possibility of limited numbers and social distancing.
Oysterband have never been more pleased to say.....meet you there!
Rescheduled show. Original tickets remain valid.
Against the backdrop of a universally difficult 2020, songwriter and guitarist John Smith found himself facing personal and unrelenting change. In the spring of 2020, Smith and his wife lost a pregnancy, and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. With his touring schedule of two hundred days a year on the road suddenly on indefinite hiatus, for the first time in over a decade, John was home.
"With newfound pain coming from so many directions, dealing with the uncertainty it brings, I closed the curtains and picked up the pen, turning to songwriting as a lifeline." It's unsurprising that the new songs reflect a shift in priorities. On his new album ‘The Fray', Smith gives us an uplifting perspective on the path forward, but pays beautiful homage to the difficulties along the way.
‘The Fray' is Smith's sixth studio album, and his vulnerability throughout is offered to his listeners, unadorned. "It's been a hell of a year, but I feel I've created my most honest work as a result, and as a necessity. A lot of these songs are about accepting that life is hard, but just holding on and trying to enjoy it anyway." Smith's stubborn optimism in tough circumstances shines through on the title track, in which he sings "Holding onto hope / I don't need a decent reason / Yes and though it disappears sometimes / It returns with every season".
Smith co-produced ‘The Fray' with long-time friend and producer Sam Lakeman. They recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio, with pianist Jason Rebello (Sting, John Mayer), bass player Ben Nicholls (Seth Lakeman, Nadine Shah), drummer Jay Sikora (Paolo Nutini) and Jessica Staveley-Taylor of The Staves. The album is a true reflection of the times, with American collaborators Sarah Jarosz, Courtney Hartman, The Milk Carton Kids and Bill Frisell recording remotely and sending contributions over international borders. John's frequent touring partner Lisa Hannigan contributed via a virtual studio session in Dublin.
Smith co-wrote a couple of songs for the album whilst on tour before the pandemic. Driving a rental car from Asheville to Nashville, John stopped to write the standout track ‘Eye to Eye' with North Carolina-based Sarah Siskind. The Americana influence is a red thread throughout the album which beautifully compliments Smith's unmistakeable British Folk roots.
Smith was born in Essex and raised on the Devon seaside. Known for his intimate songwriting, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, he has spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify. As a session musician he has played guitar with artists as diverse as Joan Baez, David Gray, Joe Henry, Lianne La Havas and Tom Jones.
"wonderfully unforced" ***** The Independent
"He's a magician" - Ben Howard
"Spellbinding" - Time Out
"The guitarists' guitarist" - The Sunday Times
"Staggeringly good" - Acoustic Magazine
Did you miss The Beatles first time around? Don't miss them now!
The Upbeat Beatles are a rockin' band with tight musicianship and powerhouse vocals! You'll be jumping from the word go! There isn't a band to touch them - 8 bars of "Twist and Shout" and you will know why!
Breath taking harmonies and guitar solos all wrapped up in Scouse humour, the audience will be left on an emotional high.
From the depths of the Cavern to the Apple roof top, through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, their attention to detail will draw you into the world of the Beatles like no other show.
If you love the Beatles you'll love this show, and if you don't love the Beatles you'll love this show!
Bring along your bopping shoes, warm up your vocal cords and sing and dance the night away to all your favourite hits including Hot Love, Metal Guru and Jeepster.
One of The Y's most eagerly awaited shows - book early to avoid disappointment!
"Absolutely amazing! If there's anyone who can step into Marc's shoes I'd like it to be him." June Bolan
1970 would prove to be a vintage year for music and the start of an era that would change the world.
For Steeleye Span – formed the year before - it would mark a major milestone. The band released their debut album Hark The Village Wait, a record that would not only launch one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond but also come to influence further generations of artists.
Five decades on and the band, led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior and with a seven piece line-up featuring some of the most skilled musicians on the UK folk scene, their 50th anniversary tour will be a celebration of the key tracks from that famous album as well as favourites and gems from their long and famous career.
"Don't miss them..." - The Independent
Music. Fashion. Art. Jazzie B's Soul II Soul became the biggest sound system in the world by redefining contemporary culture as they went to number one on the charts and won two Grammy Awards. Enjoying number one albums with their iconic triple-platinum debut, Club Classics Vol One and the platinum global smash Vol II: A New Decade, Soul II Soul also enjoyed huge hits with Keep On Movin', Back To Life and Get A Life, among many others.
Jazzie started the collective in 1982 and is about to publish his visually-stunning autobiography: A Happy Face. A Thumpin' Bass. For A Lovin' Race. Join him for a unique evening of music, conversation and more as he brings to life the sounds and stories of Soul II Soul.
Tickets: £27.50 & £70 VIP meet'n'greet (Upgrade offered after you've selected your seats)
VIP Upgrade to include photograph and autograph opportunity, your seats and VIP tour lanyard
Approximate running time: 90 minutes - 2x 45 minutes with a 20 minute break
Having headlined last years' BBC Introducing Festival at De Montfort Hall, Demons Of Ruby Mae are back!
Performing old songs and recent releases, including their single Hero, the band will be joined by a number of fellow musicians and friends on stage.
Members of MAGNUM's classic-era line-ups and other top-drawer rock alumni unite to perform Classic Magnum songs from the celebrated 1978-94 period.
Mark Stanway (keyboards), Micky Barker (drums), Richard Bailey (keyboards/flute), and Mo Birch (vocals/percussion), all of whom have previously performed with Magnum, provide the nucleus of Kingdom of Madness. For their 2020/21 shows they are joined by vocalist Tony Martin, best known for his decade spent fronting Black Sabbath, bassist Brian Badhams (Bernie Marsden's Alaska, Steve Gibbons Band) and guitarist Alan Bell.
One of the UK's finest exponents of melodic rock music, Magnum achieved high album and singles chart positions in both the UK and Europe and gained a reputation as one of the UK most captivating live bands.
"There was an extensive catalogue of great songs from the classic years of Magnum which had not been performed on stage in many years and which audiences have been screaming out for" says Mark Stanway, keyboard player with Magnum for 36 years.
Micky Barker and Richard Bailey, both members of Magnum's classic-era line-ups, didn't take much persuading to get involved: "This decision was easy," says Bailey. "It was obvious the fans would welcome the chance to hear some of their favourite classic Magnum songs and we all have the essential mutual respect for each other's musical ability."
Barker adds: "Blowing the dust off some of the old CD's and DVD's from my time with Magnum, the idea of playing some of Tony Clarkin's finest songs again became increasingly appealing."
Vocalist Tony Martin says "It's great to be able to give another life to some well-loved songs".
This reunion of former members of one the UK's most revered melodic rock bands to perform music that has touched the hearts of several generations of music fans has been met with the highest acclaim from both music critics and audiences alike:
"Pure and simple, this was a triumph for all concerned," wrote Andy Rawll at Metal Talk. "This was no pale imitation of an inimitable band. This incredible group of musicians showed their respect of the legacy of Magnum. The beauty was in the verve and euphoria of an unfettered performance, delivered with style, that delighted those in the crowd, as much as it did those on stage."
David Randall at Get Ready to Rock added: "This really was a night of Magnum nostalgia and – perhaps more than a Magnum gig – an evocative celebration of the band's heritage."
Having toured the UK in 2019 with a 2-man stripped back Unplugged & Unscripted show, Danny & Luke from legendary UK rock band Thunder return this November, with a spectacular new book. For this show, Thunder founder members Danny Bowes (singer) and Luke Morley (guitarist) will be in conversation once again with rock writer Mick Wall, talking through the highs and lows of life in Britain's most popular and enduring rock band.
Their new book "Danny Bowes & Luke Morley - The First 50 Years" will form the backdrop of each show, with acoustic renditions of Thunder classic songs in between the stories and chat. Poignant, revealing and hilarious, these guys are consummate professionals and extremely entertaining company. This 23-date tour will give fans the chance to see them up close and personal, instead of their usual arena setting, and VIP ticket buyers will not only get the best seats, they'll also get to meet them after every show!
Tickets: £27.50 –standard
VIP Tickets available from www.Thunderonline.com
£75.00 – VIP.
Includes: Best seats in the house. Signed limited edition copy of their book(in a super quality clamshell box, with £10 saving on RRP). After show meet & greet with Danny & Luke. A VIP laminate in a goodie bag with a Danny & Luke photo print (which they'll happily sign in the meet & greet after the show).
£50.00 – VIP.
Includes: Next best seats in the house. After show meet & greet with Danny & Luke. A VIP laminate in a goodie bag with a Danny & Luke photo print (which they'll happily sign in the meet & greet after the show).
The Bon Jovi Experience are the world's first and finest tribute to the great Bon Jovi and are the world's ONLY tribute to have been requested by and to have performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself. They are also the only tribute to have been featured on the official Bon Jovi website.
"Have you seen this guy he looks so much like Jon Bon Jovi it's freaky man" – Chad Kroeger (Nickelback)
"The best tribute I've ever seen" – JON BON JOVI.
Radio 2's Chris Evans also said that they were the best tribute band he had ever seen
The band have toured to ecstatic audiences the world over... not to be missed.
The music of Led Zeppelin performed by Whole Lotta Led
Whole Lotta Led are five musicians dedicated to performing the music of Led Zeppelin with skill, passion and respect.
Now in their twenty-fourth year they are the longest running, professional tribute to the music of Led Zeppelin with their customary two and half hour shows receiving acclaim from Zeppelin lovers the length and breadth of the UK and abroad.
Since their formation in 1996 the band have continually led the field of Zep tributes and with over 1,500 shows to their name they have performed ‘Stairway To Heaven’ more than any other band in the world - INCLUDING Led Zeppelin.
Whole Lotta Led - Setting The Standard
“You’re getting great reviews, I wish you all the best” JIMMY PAGE
Photo © Darren Robinson
The Jam'd are now the UK's leading tribute to the live performance and sound of The Jam, and are totally committed to giving an unforgettable, authentic performance with all the energy, passion and style of the Woking 3.
As full time touring professional musicians, and massive Jam fans, The Jam'd put on a performance from the heart and soul, drawing on all their memories, experiences and love of what was the country’s biggest band in their day. Gigging up and down the UK at outdoor festivals, scooter rallies and some of the UK’s top music venues & events! The show also includes the only replica of Rick Bucklers ‘Great White’ drum kit ( signed by the man himself ) & features their own brass section!……You won’t be disappointed!
Every effort is placed into reproducing the sound, arrangements and energy of a Jam gig. Those who saw The Jam live will remember the electricity, aggression, passion, and even fashion on stage, something not always prevalent in today’s world, but to The Jam’d, it is a passion, a mission, and an honour to play for fans of “the best band in the world!”