Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) + Kingmaker 4AD
Thursday August 23rd 2018 – 7pm // The Civic Hall, Cottingham
Roland Lee Gift was born in Birmingham, but grew up in Hull, where his mother, Pauline, ran a second-hand clothes shop. His work with local ska band Akrylykz brought him to the attention of Andy Cox and David Steele of The Beat, and they asked him to be the lead singer of their new band the Fine Young Cannibals. The band’s debut album was released in 1985, with two UK hit singles, Johnny Come Home and a cover of Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds. They continued their international success with the 1989 album The Raw & The Cooked, which included the singles She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing, both US number ones. Expect to hear all the hits, alongside choice cuts from Roland’s solo catalogue.
Wilko Johnson + Chantel McGregor
Friday August 24th 2018 – 7pm // The Civic Hall, Cottingham
Following Wilko’s cancer recovery, the original Dr Feelgood guitarist has enjoyed a rousing return to the live arena recently, including 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 economic 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, Wilko became one of the guitar heroes of the era.
Lucy Spraggan + The Dunwells + Beth McCarthy
Saturday August 25th 2018 – 1.30pm // The Civic Hall, Cottingham
For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 was a year to remember. The singer-songwriter netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with a huge tour across the UK and Europe. “I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing” charted at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart on release in January 2017. The album, the second under her own label – CTRL Records – was described as ‘a triumph’ by The Sun. More than 12,000 tickets sold for Spraggan’s Dear You tour and the summer season continued with shows confirmed at some of the UK’s biggest festivals. Recognised as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase to a new high.
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel + Rupert Stroud
Saturday August 25th 2018 – 7.30pm // The Civic Hall, Cottingham
Steve Harley celebrated his 45th year in music in 2017, continuing to release new material, and play concerts around the world. The original Cockney Rebel tours with a full 6-piece rock band – Barry Wickens is the ever-present violinist, and James Lascelles (piano/percussion), Paul Cuddeford (guitar), Kuma Harada (bass) and original band member, Stuart Elliott (drums) complete the line-up. Recent critical acclaim has included such comments as “A professional at the top of his game”; “One of the greatest lyricists Britain has produced,” and “an authentic voice in a synthetic world.” Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) is noted by PRS as one of the most-played songs in history on British Radio.
Jo Harman + support
Saturday August 25th 2018 – 7.30pm // The Back Room, Cottingham
Widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest ever soul/blues fuelled voices, Jo Harman remains a genre-defying, independently minded artist of rare credibility, who makes sincere and heartfelt music, often compared to that of the ‘golden age of music’. Jo recently released her second studio album ‘People We Album’ to much critical acclaim. Lead single ‘When We Were Young’ (featuring Michael McDonald) achieved BBC Radio 2 play-listing, as well as play listing on other mainstream national stations across Ireland (RTE1) and Europe. The album has also made various ‘best of’ lists for 2017. An intimate, all seated concert, limited to just 100 tickets – early booking is advised.
Badly Drawn Boy + Roddy Woomble (Idlewild)
Sunday August 26th 2018 – 1.30pm // The Civic Hall, Cottingham
It was June 2000 when the Mercury Prize-winning, seminal ‘The Hour of the Bewilderbeast’, announced the arrival of the badly drawn genius of Damon Gough. It’s been a curious, wonderful, inimitable, unpredictable career so far of major prizes and minor incidents, all possibilities and magic in the air. Since then he has released four subsequent studio albums – Have You Fed The Fish? (2002), One Plus One Is One (2004), Born In The UK (2006) and It’s What I’m Thinking Part 1: Photographing Snowflakes (2010), as well as three movie soundtracks. The “About A Boy” soundtrack remains one of his most critically acclaimed and successful albums, certified Gold in the UK.
Ward Thomas + Sarah Darling + Kerri Watt + Laura Oakes
Sunday August 26th 2018 – 7.30pm // The Civic Hall, Cottingham
Ward Thomas are a British modern country music duo, composed of 23 year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas from Hampshire. The band has been called “Britain’s first country stars”. Along with The Shires, they are producing modern country music with a British twist in a genre dominated by American singers and bands. “Cartwheels”, their second studio album became the first album by a UK country act to reach number One on the UK Albums Chart surpassing the previous record by The Shires. Having played an afternoon slot at our first festival in 2015, we are thrilled to welcome the girls back to the intimate surroundings of The Civic Hall.
Richard Digance + support
Sunday August 26th 2018 – 7.30pm // The Back Room, Cottingham
Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He has also won a Sony Award and is one of only three British folk singers mentioned in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his contribution to comedy songwriting. He has released 31 albums, written 14 books and has nearly 5 million visits on YouTube. He also composed the songs and music for Bill Bryson’s best-selling Audio CD book ‘The Road To Little Dribbling’ and has worked in America with movie star Steve Martin. An intimate, all seated concert, limited to just 100 tickets – early booking is advised.