With their unique musical style and irrepressible sense of fun, changing gear with almost every number, it is easy to see how audiences are captivated by this very talented quartet.
From a riverside jazz cafe, via a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this band does it all!
A master of live entertainment, multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett’s dry off-the-wall humour has audiences laughing out loud between numbers, as the warm and charismatic vocals of Jane (Ejay) Williams take centre stage. Innovative arrangements beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes, add a touch of magic.
Willy, best known for his partnership with John Otway, has had a long and varied career. He has toured with artists as diverse as Madness and Steeleye Span, and his wonderful acoustic guitar playing is featured on ‘The Contemporary Folk Guitar’ album alongside Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap & Ralph McTell.
The group’s singer, Ejay Williams, has just recently finished recording with Van Morrison for his latest album, and is a wonderful new addition to this quirky ensemble. Her effortless but highly emotive vocals draw you in and leave you wanting more.
A great night out unlike anything else on offer in the UK at the moment!
“Influenced by some of the legendary names of pop and soul, such as the Beatles, Elton John, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder, Californian Ernie Halter first began to make waves for himself with the release of his 2005 collection, Lo-Fidelity. The singer and songwriter got his start playing a small — mostly covers — coffeehouse gig in 1992, and was able to maintain the difficult position of being a working musician (and closet songwriter) by simply paying his dues, working on songs in his spare time, and playing in coffeehouses and smaller gigs to keep active on the scene and to sharpen his skills.
Growing up in the wilds of Yorkshire Elaine surrounded herself by music, writing songs, playing the piano, guitar and singing. Once Elaine started to play live, she finely honed her own voice and built a reputation for her emotive mesmerizing stage presence. Elaine soon started touring, sharing a stage with the likes of David Gray and Ryan Adams.
Elaine continued to tour extensively playing with a host of successful artists including Paolo Nutini and KT Tunstall.
Elaine’s success continued receiving airplay on Radio 2 by Bob Harris and fantastic reviews from MOJO, UNCUT, Maverick, R2.
A comedy hit on Broadway in the 1960’s, with Alan Alda and Diana Sands, also, it was made into a hugely successful film starring Barbara Streisand and George Segal.
The play is about two unlikely bedfellows. Doris is a part-time prostitute but wants everyone to think she is a talented model and actor. Felix works in a bookshop but wants everyone to think he is a talented writer. Both have identity issues and through the course of the play, they start to discover who they really are. ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ is a heart-warming comedy about unexpected love and the attraction of opposites.
Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of Northern England for a decade and a half around the folk festivals, clubs and concert stages of the world. In 2006 alone they have played in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and of course all over the UK and Ireland. Strong vocals, backed by outstanding instrumental back up on guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, have made them one of Britain’s top attractions on the folk/acoustic/Celtic circuit. Two sell-out shows at the Sage Gateshead in December 2017 when extra seating had to be provided, not to be missed in the run up to Christmas 2018.
It’s Christmas Day in the Long House!
Join Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, as they shelter from a Viking winter, huddled around the roaring fire beneath the rafters of the Great Hall.
Jez’s annual Christmas tour has become quite a tradition in recent years, striking out from their native North East England to entertain audiences across the whole of the UK.
This year, the band once again invites special guest Benny Graham, to join them on a journey across the Great North Sea, to share the songs and tales of the Northlands.
Part folk concert, part music-hall revue. Sing along, laugh along, and drive the cold winter away.
Watch out! The long ships are sailing up the Tyne!