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Big Country was formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson, who both originated from the band's hometown, Dunfermline in Scotland. They were then joined by drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler who completed the award-winning band.
Regarded by many as a classic, the multi-million selling album Steeltown went straight to the number one slot in the album charts when it was released in 1984, produced by Steve Lillywhite. The band will perform songs from the album as well as their classic hits and live favourites such as Fields of Fire, Chance, Where The Rose Is Sown, Wonderland, Look Away and many more taken from their eight other studio albums which include The Seer, Peace In Our Time and the triple Grammy-nominated The Crossing.
Embracing the thrill of flight, the romance of the ocean liner and the optimism of the open road, Come Fly With Me takes you on a journey full of surprise and adventure. An album of songs from across the decades will include such fabulous classics as Fly Me to the Moon and Beyond the Sea as well as Simon and Garfunkel's Homeward Bound and John Denver's Leaving on a Jet Plane.
A Musical Celebration of Travel through the Ages.
The top Stones tribute band with the Rolling Stones Office itself endorsing the act.
Featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, legendary vocalist & guitarist Russell Hastings and drummer Steve (Smiley) Barnard.
An entertainment in words and music celebrating medicine and the arts, drawing on a range of performers including local medical and Playhouse staff, as well as other participants from further afield. A fundraising event in aid of Stars Appeal and the Salisbury Playhouse 40th Anniversary Campaign, supported by the Friends of Salisbury Playhouse and the League of Friends of Salisbury Hospital.
Limehouse Lizzy vs Livewire AC/DC
Imagine the love child of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dusty Springfield and you will begin to get a feel for Joanne Shaw Taylor's fiery guitar-playing, sultry vocals and 100% pure soul. Born and raised amongst the steelworks of Britain's Black Country, she picked up a guitar when she was 14 and has never looked back. She toured the UK with her own band, headlined at major clubs including Ronnie Scotts and played all the major European blues festivals, alongside the likes of BB King. Her own writing has led to her to something beyond the blues through a soulful mix of roots and pop influences sung in a haunting, smoky voice.
Julian Lloyd-Webber is surely Britain s most popular cellist. His career regularly takes him across the world giving recitals and performing concertos with leading international orchestras.
This exciting new ensemble brings together folk and classical worlds with an irresistible combination of players and instruments. Channeling their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound The Side stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn's own Northumbrian folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician. Evocative slow airs that could break your heart move seamlessly into life-affirming jigs and reels; Amy storms into a clog dance; Kathryn's dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of the cello and Ruth's sparkling harp playing melds it all together - a very special evening is in store in the company of Kathryn and The Side.
Drawn largely from Liszt's prolific and colourful letters and interspersed with some of his most expressive piano music.
The late fifties and early sixties were without doubt some of the most exciting and important years in the history of music. With the arrival of rock 'n' roll, a whole new pop culture was born. Performing their own hits and collaborating live on stage, teen idols of their day, Marty, Mike and Eden show us how rock 'n' roll with its fusion of sound and rhythm shaped the style of music that we listened to then and still do today.
Britain's best-loved classical touring ensemble, the Locrian, present a musical tribute to the greatest of all composers. Performing in lavish period costume, presented in front of a stunning classical set, these charismatic musicians perform many of Mozart's most celebrated melodies
Nicholas Parsons, star of stage, screen and Just a Minute, needs no introduction. In his one man show, Nicholas entertains with tales from his long career in the business, ranging from Charley's Aunt to The Rocky Horror Show. Expect an hilarious evening in the company of this master raconteur.
As British roots pioneers, Oysterband are now firmly established as one of the most influential forces of the modern folk-rock movement.
The long neglected D-Day story of the resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif - the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War. Lord Ashdown is the former MP for Yeovil and Leader of the Liberal Democrats. He currently sits in the House of Lords. A fundraising event in aid of Salisbury Playhouse 40th Anniversary Campaign and the Army Benevolent Fund.
Shanties and Cornish folk songs
From his early days in The Paramount's and Procol Harem, Robin Trower went on to develop a major career in the USA, touring stadiums and festivals for many years.
Tribute band bringing the best Fleetwood Mac classics.
Formed 20 years ago, The Beautiful South sold over 15 million albums worldwide and packed out stadiums and arenas throughout that period. They had a string of hit singles such as Old Red Eyes Is Back, Rotterdam, Don't Marry Her, Perfect 10 and Number One single A Little Time. Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number One and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country's most popular albums ever. Having split in 2007 due to "musical similarities" original Beautiful South members Dave Hemingway & Alison Wheeler (Vocals), Dave Stead (Drums), Damon Butcher (keys), Tony Robinson and Gaz Birtles (brass) have now reformed as The South with the addition of Phil Barton (guitar), and Steve Nutter (Bass), resurrecting the songs and the sounds of this Great British Pop institution by dipping into the Beautiful South songbook as well as writing new material. Its all about the songs!
Stacey Kent, 'Vocalist of the Year' at the 1999 British Jazz Awards is now well on her way to being the next 'first lady of song'. A star ascendant, a singing sensation of the new millennium, Stacey's voice conjures up images of a young Ella Fitzgerald with a smattering of Billie Holiday thrown in.
After reforming in 1997 Carol Decker and the band promise all the top 10 hits including 'Heart and Soul' and 'China in Your Hands', plus new material from a forthcoming album.
A household name in his native Australia, Tommy Emmanuel's career has spanned four decades, taking him from Hong Kong, Nashville, Peru and Africa to the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where his performance was beamed to 2.75 billion people. An extraordinary guitar-player with numerous awards to his credit, he is definitely a name to watch.
Reggae band originally from Birmingham.
British rock band.
Remember 'I've Got a Brand New Combine 'arvester'? It's quite old now, and probably left rusting in a remote corner of a Somerset field. Still, The Wurzels are as good and bright as ever. Come along for an evening of fun and laughter.