International Acoustic Guitar Show
Friday 1st April @ 7.30pm, The Hawth Studio, Crawley
Tickets priced £11.000 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636
SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS –
THE STORY OF THE DUBLINERS
Wednesday 4th April 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley
In 1967, The Dubliners released a song so controversial that it was officially banned on the radio in Ireland. This infamy catapulted them into global success, and turned the Irish folk band into legends.
Fifty years later, a one of a kind theatre show named after the famous song performed a sell-out tour, bringing to life the incredible story of this phenomenal Irish band. The show was met with critical acclaim, and performed in London’s West End. In 2018, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners returns to the UK as part of a massive European tour.
Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners, takes you on a musical journey through the career of Ireland’s favourite sons, Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Bourke and
John Sheahan as they rose to fame as Ireland’s legendary folk band.
From their roots in O’Donoghue’s Pub in Dublin, Seven Drunken Nights features all the highlights of an amazing fifty-year career, and captures the spirit of the Irish folk band that took the world by storm. For fans of The Dubliners, this truly is a show that cannot be missed.
Creator and co-producer Ged Graham says: “Both myself and fellow cast member Billy Barton were born and raised in The Liberties in Dublin and grew up listening to The Dubliners. I don’t think that there is any musician in Ireland who hasn’t been influenced by their music. The Dubliners hold a unique place in the hearts of not only Irish people but people who love folk music generally and epitomise the image of an Irish Ballad Group.”
“There is still a love and respect for the music. When ‘The Dubliners’ name was retired in 2012, it sowed the seed for creating a show that would tell the story of The Dubliners, and keep their music alive.”
“Seven Drunken Nights is very much an audience participation show. People can expect to hear all of the classic songs of The Dubliners and to feel the energy of the lads at the peak of their performing careers. It will be a guaranteed great night of music, song and craic!”
With Irish craic, music and humour throughout, Seven Drunken Nights matches the energy seen only by The Dubliners at the height of their career. Featuring some of Ireland’s most talented musicians, singers and storytellers, you will be singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles from opening number, right through to the last rousing chorus.
“5 Stars – A Must See” – The Irish World
“5 Stars” – Theatre and Performance
“5 Stars” – What’s On
Tickets priced £23.50 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or visit www.hawth.co.uk.
The Golden Years Tour
Friday 6th April 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley
Bowie Experience, the most successful David Bowie tribute show comes to The Hawth with a brand new production this April. The show features all of the pop icons greatest hits, and provides audiences with an unforgettable journey through David Bowie’s golden years.
Bowie Experience has become the world’s favourite and most authentic tribute to the thin white duke, and continues to amaze audiences across the globe – a must-see for all Bowie fans.
The ultimate tribute show, Bowie Experience pays great attention to the sound and feel of the music, complete with authentic costumes, songs and stage set. “We aim to faithfully recreate the sound and vision that made Bowie’s songs so timeless” says Laurence Knight, who plays Bowie in the show. “We pride ourselves on doing the music justice”.
Laurence is a vocalist, actor and multi-instrumentalist who has performed all over globe during the past eighteen years of touring. With performances at the official ‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibition at The V&A London and The Royal Albert Hall.
Joined by his amazing co-cast members, the world’s number one celebration of David Bowie recreates the magic of Bowie with all the hits from A to Ziggy including Space Oddity, Starman, Fashion, Life on Mars, China Girl, Rebel Rebel, Golden Years, Modern Love and Let’s Dance.
Tickets priced £25.50 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and www.hawth.co.uk.
NO JACKET REQUIRED
Saturday 7th April 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley
No Jacket Required’ bring their 15th Anniversary
Phil Collins is one of the most successful recording artists of all time – a string of worldwide number one albums and singles has resulted in multi-million sales and a succession of prestigious music industry awards during his 40-year career. In fact, Collins is one of only three artists to have sold over 100 million albums as a solo artist and as part of a band – the others being Sir Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.
When, in March 2011, Phil Collins announced his retirement, it led many to re-evaluate his considerable musical legacy. So much so that it brought him out of retirement last year to perform a short series of shows across Europe to his fans, both old and new. It’s unlikely to be a permanent return to the stage for Phil but fortunately No Jacket Required, the UK’s leading Phil Collins tribute, is continuing to perform his music in their faithful recreation of his live shows – and this April they return to The Hawth as part of their 15th Anniversary Tour.
“It’s a real pleasure and privilege to perform such great music”, says No Jacket Required frontman Dave Whitehouse. “There’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to decide what to leave out of our shows!” Formed in 2002, the band has performed all over the country as well as overseas, to appreciative full houses. Prior to that, Dave spent five years in a Genesis tribute, making him the UK’s most established Phil Collins tribute artist.
The band clearly takes its work seriously and has seen Collins perform on over 30 occasions in order to hone their take on the superstar singing drummer. Whitehouse even met Phil Collins prior to one of his arena shows in Germany in preparation for a show he performed later in Luxembourg: “He was extremely generous with his time and wished me well for my show. It was a special moment and great to be able to thank him for the pleasure his music has given me and so many others”.
When you look back at the catalogue of hits, it’s easy to see why the voice of Phil Collins provided a constant soundtrack to the 1980s and early 1990s. Collins came from behind his drum kit to take on vocal duties in Genesis forty years ago for their 1976 album, A Trick Of The Tail, following the departure of Peter Gabriel. Follow You Follow Me became the band’s breakthrough hit in 1978 and was to become the first of 20 Top 10 hits by either Phil Collins or Genesis over the next 20 years. The music has enduring appeal and saw the Genesis R-Kive compilation reach the Top 10 of the UK album charts on its release at the end of 2014. When Phil announced that he was coming out of retirement for a short series of shows in June 2017, tickets sold out within a matter of minutes.
So what can you expect from the UK’s leading Phil Collins tribute? “A No Jacket Required show lasts over two hours and we perform all the hits plus a few lesser-known album tracks”, says Dave. “Our line-up replicates Phil’s own live shows – we are an 11-piece band with a full brass section and backing vocalists. While the emphasis is on the music, it’s also a live spectacle and we all have a lot of fun. Our audience is made up of all ages, from 8 to 80 – there’s something for everyone in our shows”.
And as the band celebrate their 15th Anniversary, the band’s founder, drummer Graham Goacher, revealed that the whole project was originally just a one-off! “There were no full live band tributes to Phil Collins back at the turn of the century”, says Graham. “Just as there are now, there are plenty of guys using backing tracks and singing along – but we wondered whether we could get a full live band together. We weren’t really sure whether it would come together and so originally we just tried it once to see whether we could get the show to work!” Fifteen years later, the band has clocked up almost 200 performances which have taken them around the UK and even abroad. “It’s really special to be returning to The Hawth”, says guitarist Vic Chase. “Many of the band hail from West Sussex and so it’s always a great night playing at a lovely venue in front of a home audience who are always so supportive”.
No Jacket Required even follow in Phil’s footsteps by raising money for homelessness. They have been supporting The Bridge Trust in West Kent for many years and recently passed the £26,000 mark for their donations. “Another Day In Paradise is a classic Phil Collins track in that it has a message which connects with the listener on a personal level, like so many of his songs”, says Whitehouse. “We perform it at every show and it seemed apt for us to collect for a homelessness charity too. Phil has done so much for charity over the years and it’s a cause which he is well-known for supporting.” The band’s brochure and merchandise will be on sale at the show, with all monies raised going to the Bridge Trust.
No Jacket Required receive great reviews whenever they play, with many saying the band are so close to the original that you can hardly tell the difference. The band has come a long way since their debut at the Rock Asylum in Broadbridge Heath back in 2003. Having performed at The Hawth on ten separate occasions since then, this triumphant return on their 15th Anniversary Tour will once again be the hottest ticket in town.
Tickets priced £21.50 and are available from The Hawth Box Office 01293 553636 or by visiting www.hawth.co.uk
SUZI RUFFELL: Keeping It Classy
Thursday 19th April, The Hawth (Studio), Crawley
A Stand Up Gem’ The Guardian
Nominated Chortle Best Breakthrough Act 2017
‘Following a highly critically acclaimed, total sellout run at the Edinburgh Festival, Suzi Ruffell takes her show Keeping It Classy to venues up and down the UK in 2018.
Suzi Ruffell is trying her best to keep it classy. It’s tricky to accept a birthday present from someone who’s voting record has potentially ruined your future but sometimes you have to enjoy the body lotion and ignore the politics. She has changed a lot since leaving her working class life in Portsmouth.
It has become increasingly hard for Suzi to juggle her love for a Wetherspoons breakfast and boxed wine with her yoga practising, failing vegetarian new life. Whichever way she tries she’s letting someone down! Does it really matter that her cousins care more about the Kardashians than they do about the economy? Is it her job to convince them otherwise? She’s decided yes it is, ruining one family party at a time.
Suzi explores what it means to be a white, gay, working class woman who straddles both the small-minded views of the town she grew up in and the artsy, liberal London life that she chose for herself. Now more than ever, during post-Brexit and one hundred arguments with family, she provides a refreshingly different and important take on whether or not you can ever escape the class you were born into.
Suzi’s innovative style captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude. Lauded as ‘a real stand up gem’ by The Guardian, this young independent woman celebrates her working class roots with a sideways look at the world.
Regarded as one of the best up and coming acts, Suzi was nominated for the Best Breakthrough Act at The Chortle Awards in 2017. She is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. Fast establishing herself on the live circuit by supporting Alan Carr, Josh Widdicombe and Kevin Bridges on tour, she then went on to have a sell-out double header tour with Romesh Ranganathan in the spring of 2015. Her 2016 and 2017 runs at the Edinburgh Festival saw her sell out and receive critical acclaim, nabbing the working class comedy crown of her generation. Suzi’s television appearances include two series of Comedy Central’s ‘The Comedy Store’ and ‘Comedy Roast Battle’, Channel 4’s ‘It Was Alright in the 70s’, BBC3’s ‘Climaxed’ and ‘Ed Fest Live’, and E4’s ‘Virtually Famous’. Suzi is also a regular on Radio 4, including ‘News Quiz’ and ‘The Now Show’.
Suzi co-hosts the hit podcast ‘Like Minded Friends’ with fellow comedian Tom Allen. She is also a talented actor and writer, with one of her sitcoms being nominated for a BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Award. She has also written additional material for TV shows such as The Last Leg, Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.
‘Ruffell is hilarious’ The Skinny
‘Great talent for hitting you with punchlines you didn’t see coming’ Three Weeks
‘Ruffell has nabbed the working class comedy crown of her generation. Sparking, energising, fun, an accomplished act who knows how to engage an audience’ Chortle
Suitable 14+ (PG) likely to be swearing and adult content
Tickets priced £13.50 (discounts: £11.50) are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and www.hawth.co.uk.
www.offthekerb.co.uk Twitter: @offtherkerb @suziruffell
Mercury The Ultimate Queen Tribute
Tuesday 24th April 7.30pm Theatre
Mercury The Ultimate Queen TributeWinners of the National Tribute Awards, Mercury have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to Queen.
The show includes fantastic and authentic performances of the most popular Queen hits, such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and many more.‘
Freddie was an original. He and Queen were the best. But now, in this new century, Joseph, Glenn and Mercury are the next best thing’ – Jer Bulsara (Freddie’s Mum)
Tickets priced £23.50 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and www.hawth.co.uk.
Peter Andre: Unscripted
An Evening With Peter Andre
Saturday 28th April 7.00pm
Interview and much more, with chance to purchase exclusive merchandise.
Gold Ticket: £92.00. As Silver plus seats in the first two rows, meet & greet, and exclusive upgraded photo frame.
Silver Ticket: £52.00 Centre rows C-N, professionally taken and printed 6” x 9” photo with Peter.
Bronze Ticket: £27.00
The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and online: www.hawth.co.uk.
Sunday 29th April from 1.00pm, The Hawth Crawley
The Hawth’s Americana Live! offers a free afternoon of music from, and inspired by, many different styles of American music, from some of the best bands around. American roots, country, folk and everything in between feature in this 6-hour free music celebration.
One of the many bands playing for us at this fantastic event will be Southern Companion, a British take on the Americana/Country genre from musicians who have played with top UK and US artists.
Also performing are Society, who will be offering up some of the best country rock around, while showing off their incredible three part harmonies. The Rosellys, who “capture the essence of country, with folk ingredients baked into a transatlantic roots fusion” (R2) will also be performing. In 2015 they released their first full band album, The Granary Sessions, gathering praise from musicians, critics and audiences alike.
The Savannahs, were founded in early 2017, and formed by singer-songwriters Hannah Rose Platt, Emily Moment, and Rebecca Rosewell, creating an alt-country group. Their beautiful harmonies will be performed to a mix of both originals and rootsy covers.
Another popular band taking to the stage are My Girl the River, an Americana/roots/folk/alt-country duo telling anecdotes, white lies and fables about the Deep South, love and loss.
Inspirational Ags Connolly is a traditional country singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire. Having attempted to write songs for years, Ags found the confidence to take it seriously after attending a workshop with Nashville super-musician Darrell Scott. Since then he’s built a reputation as an inspired songwriter at major festivals and as a constant presence on the touring circuit.
Georgia native Barbara Nesbitt, who has found her home in music will sing the songs that reflect her life, as she writes about the ways, large and small, we abandon and seek that elusive safety of home.
Rounding up the line up is the wonderful Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer. Their first gig as a duo was supporting Joan Armatrading in front of a thousand people. They recently showcased at AmericanaFest 2017 in Nashville and at The Americana Music Association UK Awards.
Admission free. Come along to The Hawth and enjoy an afternoon of great music.
The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and www.hawth.co.uk.
Please pop back to the Homepage to read more great stories by CHT…