TONY WALSH & SPECIAL GUEST STEPHEN JAMES SMITH
"Tony Walsh stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his now iconic poem "This Is The Place" in the aftermath of the Manchester bomb in 2017. "The moment that went viral...the world is talking about it." (CBC Canada.) Tony has since licensed the poem to raise around £200k for local charities.
“Now a national hero” (The Guardian), international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game. Forget what you imagined a poetry performance could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless.
Longfella publishes a new collection in March 2019 entitled "Work | Life | Balance”.
"He is the real deal!" Benjamin Zephaniah
“The best thing I’ve ever heard come out of any Mancunian’s mouth, ever”. - Liam Gallagher
VIDEOS - Rock and Roll - 60 Years of Blue Peter - This is the Place WEBSITE - longfella.co.uk
Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views. in 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s festival to write a new poem as a “Celebratory Narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece ‘My Ireland’ is accompanied by a short film which has been viewed over 300,000 times and was screened at the London film festival.
In 2018 he was commissioned by Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva to write a poem to highlight the recent rugby final between England & Ireland on Paddy’s day. The poem entitled “Bring it Home” chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend – and Ireland won!
Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street & the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more. In October 2018 he appeared on The Late Late show to recite his poem “This is the Community”, linked below.
His debut collection, “Fear Not”, was published by Arlen House in September 2018.
“Passionate, witty, just plain great; this man’s voice hops right off the page.” – Roddy Doyle
“New Irish Poetry Urgently Needed… Stephen James Smith answers the call!” – Christy Moore
VIDEOS - This Is The Community - Dublin You Are - Bring It Home WEBSITE - stephenjamessmith.com
Tickets £14 (+ booking fee)
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
AN EVENING WITH BARBARA DICKSON & RAB NOAKES (+Support - Edwina Hayes)
Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes have been friends since they were teenagers, singing and playing in venues around Scotland.
As separate acts they often found themselves performing alongside each other (and other musical luminaries) creating a lifetime bond. Subsequently, they have ‘occasionally’ performed live, sang on each other’s records and remained friends for over 40 years. Both have diverse careers and have won awards and praise for their solo work in many fields.
In recent years they reunited to perform a wonderful blend of folk songs, classic pop influences and self written favourites. Rab’s continuing reputation as one of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters and Barbara’s skills as an interpreter of new and traditional songs provide an enviable platform for this unique show.
With support from Edwina Hayes.
Doors 6:00pm, performance 7:00pm. Information contact: 07988496567
Tickets from £22.50 (+booking fee)
PETER DONEGAN - LIVE AT THE VICTORY HALL
Almost inevitably, Peter Donegan has been performing since the age of five, given that the ‘Godfather of British Rock n Roll’, ‘King Of Skiffle’, the late Lonnie Donegan, is his father.
Lonnie inspired every British Invasion band from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin. Even The White Stripes’ Jack White cites Lonnie as one of his major influences. All this runs through Peter's veins and is clearly evident in his live performances, as well as in the studio. Amongst Peters own admirers are Nora Guthrie (daughter of seminal folk musician, Woody Guthrie) Crystal Gayle and Billy Bragg.
Primarily a singer/songwriter and piano player, Peter picked up the acoustic guitar after his Dad passed away in 2002 and taught himself to play the mandolin, harmonica, banjo and ukulele.
Peter was unintentionally born in London as his Dad Lonnie was still on tour when his mother (Lonnie's then Manager) went into labour early, although the family were actually living in California where it was intended that he would be born. Peter was raised in Lake Tahoe, California then between Orlando, Florida and Malaga, Spain where the family spent quite some time. No surprise then, from all this, that Peter loves Country music so much and considers himself a true British-American hybrid.
The Voice UK 2019
After auditioning for The Voice UK 2019, Peter performed “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts and got a turn from Sir Tom Jones whom had a hit with one of Peter’s father’s compositions – “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”. After Tom discovered the connection, he asked Peter to duet the song with him. What resulted was an emotional acoustic duet which brought the world to tears. The resulting clip went viral, being viewed millions of times across YouTube and social media.
Support - Chris Berry
We have enlisted a local musician, Chris Berry, to open the show and get things started.
Chris’ solo act is much in demand for any kind of venue whether he is playing on tour with major national and international artists such as Joe Longthorne & Midge Ure; performing his own tours; or for weddings, parties and special occasions. He’s at home with any kind of audience whether it is a 2500 seat auditorium or a pub gig and enjoys playing such as Leeds City Centre’s smallest live venue The Ship in Briggate just as much as theatres in London, the South West and the North East.
Tickets £15 (+booking fee)
More info: 07988496567
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