Johnny’s big break came in late 1966 when he recorded a song called Mursheen Durkin, an old ballad from the west of Ireland. It topped the charts at Number 1 for three consecutive weeks. It was followed up by The Boston Burglar which also reached Number 1.
His first tour of the United States was in 67. It involved 7 weeks of concerts during that hot summer of Hippies, Protests and Vietnam. One of the many famous venues he played was the “Hungry Eye” in San Francisco. However, his favourite was the famous “Carnegie Hall” in New York. It was at this stage in his career he had his third Number 1 hit with the song Nora from Sean O’Casey’s famous play “The Plough and the Stars”
On a golden August afternoon while sitting on a stone in the sun outside a pub in Co. Sligo came the inspiration to write his first song Long, long before your time. It too reached Number 1.
Many of his songs have become standards and been recorded by many other singers.
Count Arthur Strong presents himself in….. ‘And This Is Me!’
A twentieth anniversary tour!
After many years of giving his wonderful lecture talks of his he does, Count Arthur Strong has at last bowed to substantial pubic demand and allowed himself be talked into making the show about himself for once. And that had never occurred to him before because of him being highly magnanimous. From his breakthrough Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Forgotten Egypt’ in 2002, to talking about himself in 2022. Arthur has two decades of memories from his ten national tours,15 years of his multi Award winning radio show and three series of his BAFTA nominated TV sitcom. “Pure genius and pure tribute to the golden age of vaudeville”. Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard 'At every turn, his performance gives us something to marvel at' - Brian Logan, The Guardian
60TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2022
One of the most iconic bands in British music, The Hollies, have moved their UK tour originally scheduled for Autumn 2021 to next year, in order to celebrate their 60th anniversary.
The band said:
‘We felt like this is something no other band gets to do, celebrate six decades together, 60 years of these songs that mean so much to us and so many others.
We’re incredibly excited performing for everyone on what will be some of the most special shows in the history of The Hollies.’
All previously purchased tickets are still valid for the new dates.
Famed for their soaring, distinctive melodies and brilliantly crafted songs, the 60th anniversary tour will see The Hollies performing their best known hits including ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, ‘The Air That I Breathe’, ‘Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)’, ‘Bus Stop’, ‘Carrie-Anne’ and ‘Sorry Suzanne’.
The extensive tour will begin in Birmingham on 22nd May, and will include two shows at the legendary London Palladium, before finishing at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on 21st June.
The line-up includes powerhouse drummer Bobby Elliott, and singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist Tony Hicks, both of whom are original members of the band. They are joined by lead singer Peter Howarth, as well as bass player Ray Stiles, Keyboardist Ian Parker, and Steve Lauri on Rhythm Guitar.
Celebrated as one of the most influential bands from the 1960s British Invasion era alongside the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Hollies have had over 20 world-wide hits, including number one singles in both the US and UK. They have spent an astonishing 263 weeks in the UK top 40 official singles chart, and have been performing continuously since their formation in 1962.
Their cultivated musicianship, coupled with the Hollies’ extensive back catalogue of memorable rock ‘n’ roll tunes, has ensured the longevity of one of the greatest groups to emerge from the early 1960’s British Rock Revolution.
In 1995, they were bestowed the coveted Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music, and in 2010 were inducted into the American Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame for their ‘impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of Rock and Roll’.
VIP packages also available including meet and greet with the band, photo opportunity, a signed photo and VIP laminate.
Originally formed in New York, Odyssey were quick to build themselves a reputation as a premier act. Headed up by Steven Collazo, the eldest son of the group’s original founder Lillian Lopez, the group is formed of several talented performers. Sharing the stage with Romina Johnson and Jerdene Wilson, Steven has led the soul singers towards international stardom.
One of the group’s best-loved songs, the iconic Native New Yorker, saw the group achieve widespread success upon its release in 1977. Performing well in the international charts, the track soon made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The song was later covered by fellow American singer Frankie Valli, garnering the song further attention with the listening public. Not long after, the group achieved further success with the release of their R&B-inspired hit Inside Out, which was featured in music magazine NME’s Tracks of the Year.
Capitalising on the disco band’s increasing momentum, the group went on to release a number of notable albums and singles. During the years that followed, the group produced an array of memorable songs, including Going Back To My Roots, Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her, I Can’t Keep Holding Back My Love, Ever-Lovin' Sam, Magic Touch, When You Love Somebody and It Will Be Alright. Up until 1982, the band released a number of albums with iconic record label RCA Victor.
Although the group was originally based in the United States, Odyssey enjoyed much of their greatest popularity in the United Kingdom. As a result, the group remain vastly popular with British artists and audiences alike. Their song If You’re Looking For a Way Out was covered by the Nottingham-based rock band Tindersticks, featuring on their fourth studio album, Simple Pleasure. Odyssey member Romina Johnson has also collaborated with a number of notable British actsover the years, having featured on The Artful Dodger’s hit single Movin’ Too Fast.
As some of the best-loved soul singers of all time, Odyssey continues to tour music venues across the country. Building further upon their already impressive musical repertoire, the group are the perfect choice for corporate events and a wide array of other occasions.
Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer reigning champion OTIMABUSE is creating a show like no other in 2021.
Prepare for a night ofelectrifying choreography as Oti is joined by some of the world’s greatestdancers and the West End’s finest singers and musicians.
OTI MABUSE - I AM HERE is a whirlwind celebration of the influences andinspirations that took her on a journey from growing up in South Africa tofollowing her dream. From mesmerising Jives and pumping Sambas to SouthAfrica’s exhilarating Kwaito, this is an explosive night of dance and musicthat will set your heart racing.
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee and star of Live At The Apollo returns with a brand new hour of "confessional storytelling at its funniest" (Herald ★★★★★). As seen on Michael McIntyre's Big Show, Mock The Week and Roast Battle. "Destined to become a household name" Telegraph ★★★★
Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show 2018.
Winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Show 2016.
Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2015.
In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators.
An American original and purveyor of urban cool, the cultural satirist and author is pointed, forthright, unapologetically opinionated, and known for her hilariously dry social commentary on American life. Lebowitz’s recent Netflix documentary series directed by good friend Martin Scorsese, Pretend It’s A City, was an unmitigated hit with its offering of a tantalizing snapshot of New York in full bloom, along with Lebowitz’s lively and unapologetic commentary on what it means to live there.
For a limited run of dates, Lebowitz will be live in conversation, sharing her invariably cutting take on anything and everything; from growing up in New Jersey and being expelled from her high school for being a bad influence on her peers, to moving to New York City in the 70’s, and writing a column for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. She’ll offers insights on such timely issues as gender, race, gay rights, and the media, as well as on her own pet peeves—including celebrity culture, tourists, and baby strollers.
These events promise to be a balm in a wildly shifting world, offering spot-on observations about contemporary living and the opportunity to ask Lebowitz your own controversial questions. Do not miss it.
“No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.” – Fran Lebowitz
Presented by Fane
An American original and purveyor of urban cool, thecultural satirist and author is pointed, forthright, unapologeticallyopinionated, and known for her hilariously dry social commentary on Americanlife. Lebowitz’s recent Netflix documentary series directed by good friendMartin Scorsese, Pretend It’s A City,was an unmitigated hit with its offering of a tantalizing snapshot of New Yorkin full bloom, along with Lebowitz’s lively and unapologetic commentary on whatit means to live there.
For a limited run of dates, Lebowitz will be live inconversation, sharing her invariably cutting take on anything and everything;from growing up in New Jersey and being expelled from her high school for beinga bad influence on her peers, to moving to New York City in the 70’s, andwriting a column for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. She’ll offersinsights on such timely issues as gender, race, gay rights, and the media, aswell as on her own pet peeves—including celebrity culture, tourists, and babystrollers.
These events promise to be a balm in a wildly shiftingworld, offering spot-on observations about contemporary living and theopportunity to ask Lebowitz your own controversial questions. Do not miss it.
“No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furnitureunless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.” – FranLebowitz
Presented by Fane
The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show.
In this, her sixth international tour, you’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, a surprisingly funny smear test, and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be.
Sarah has spent the last year writing jokes and growing her backside. She can’t wait to get back on the road and make you laugh.
Age Guidance: Not Suitable for under 16s
Lipstick On Your Collar is back with its brand new show
Step back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn't touch the floor. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, grab yourself a milkshake and relax - you are in for an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s!
From the birth of Rock n Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the show is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black and many more.
Performed by a full live band, featuring some of the country's top musicians, this incredible show features excellent vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun.
Dancing in the aisles is strictly compulsory so bring your dancing shoes and let the good times roll!
The show is a Magical History Tour through the works of the greatest pop music phenomenon, The Beatles. Replicating, in both sight and sound, the excitement and energy of Beatlemania, the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper, and the creative masterpieces of The White Album and Abbey Road.
The band’s cast members are all talented instrumentalists and singers and hugely dedicated Beatle fans, with the intention of recreating their individual characters on stage. Their uncanny vocal resemblance to the Fab Four is due to their upbringing in the same place…Liverpool.
When we re-open, our priority will be to ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable.
Here are some of the COVID-19 prevention measures we will have in place across the building.
• There will be staggered arrival times to the show in an aid to reduce queues, and temperature checks and security controls will be in place.
• We request that audiences arrive at least 45 minutes before the start time.
• All tickets must be bought in advance and e-tickets will be scanned at the entrance so please print these at home or show them on your mobile device.
• We will be following a strict non-admission policy for late comers so please allow plenty of time for your journey
• Face masks are mandatory at all times throughout the venue, and inside the ballroom during the performance. Entry will be denied if face masks are not worn.
• Children under the age of 11 will not be required to wear face masks.
• The venue will be cleaned throughout the day and between every theatre show. Front of House areas will additionally be cleaned during shows, while audience members are in the ballroom.
• Sanitiser stations will be located at the entrance to the venue and throughout foyer and bar area and on entry to the ballroom.
• We will be asking audiences to maintain social distancing from all other households or support bubbles whilst at the venue.
• We will send you an email 48hrs before your visit to ensure you have all the information you need in advance
**Rescheduled date to be confirmed**
Sir Tony Robinson will be live on stage for an intimateevening looking back at his career on stage and screen,together with his literary accomplishments, in what will bea spectacular gala dinner.
Join us to hear the lowdown on his many exploits andendeavours and expect plenty of fascinating anecdotes andpeeks behind the scenes. Follow Sir Tony’s journey from childactor to Blackadder’s immortal Baldrick and from Time Teamto everybody’s favourite history presenter.
Enjoy a fabulous 3 course dinner, live entertainment, a memorabiliaauction and a chance to ask your own burning question in anaudience Q & A. Everyone will also receive their own personalsouvenir photograph with Sir Tony to remember this special night.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience an amazingevening in the uniquely entertaining company of one of thecountry’s best-loved performers and true national treasure.
Tickets are strictly limited for this event, which is exclusivelypresented at The Bowdon Rooms for one night only.
Dress code: BLACK TIE
**Rescheduled date to be confirmed**
Money for Nothing was formed in 2000 as a tribute to one of the world’s premier rock bands – Dire Straits. The abundant energy and the excellence and musicality of their performance makes Money For Nothing a “must see” for any rock enthusiast or Dire Straits fan. Fronting the band is the brilliant guitarist and Mark Knopfler sound-alike Aled Williams. Behind him the line-up features top-class and experienced musicians that make this band a worthy tribute to Dire Straits. Aled and all the band have studied Dire Straits in great depth to re-create their tribute to be as close as possible to the real thing.
Featuring all the hits from their first ever single ‘Sultans of Swing’ to ‘Brothers in Arms‘, ‘Walk of Life’ and their last single released in 1992 ‘The Bug’ – also the legendary ‘Money For Nothing’ (ft Sting) which was the first ever video played on MTV. The band also include versions from ‘On the Night’ and ‘Live @ The BBC‘. The Money For Nothing stage show has been performed all over Britain and the world, at all types of venues & events – from music festivals, theatres, nightclubs and venues. 2010 saw them headline the main night on Europes Biggest Tribute Festival. The band have also had the pleasure of performing as show opener for the legendary Roy Wood on part of his Theatre Tour. Sept 2011 saw them take their show to India to perform at a sell-out concert where they headlined an event held at one of Bangalore’s largest Amphitheatres. Their special appearance was featured in the worlds largest selling English-language daily newspaper, The Times of India. Dire Straits are one of the best bands to ever come out of the UK, they have sold in excess of 120 million albums worldwide and were the UK’s first stadium rock band. Their best selling album Brothers in Arms was an international blockbuster selling over 30 million copies and becoming the fourth best selling album in UK chart history. Brothers In Arms was also the first ever CD single, and the first ever album to sell over one million copies on CD. Dire Straits also won numerous awards including, three Brit Awards, four Grammys and two MTV Music Video Awards, and in 2009 they were awarded the Music Heritage Award.
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