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  • Lucy Spraggan - Weds 18th October 2017

    Lucy Spraggan - Weds 18th October 2017

    £15.00 + bkg fee | Mixed Seating & Standing  Licensed Bar & Hot Food  |  Doors 7pm Show 8pm | Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

    Tickets for this show go on release to Arts Club members at 10.00am Friday 19th May 2017 and on general release at 10.00am on Saturday 20th May 2017

    For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 has already been a year to remember. The singer-songwriter has already netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with a huge tour across the UK and Europe.

    Described as ‘a triumph’ by The Sun, I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing was released in January 2017, charting at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart. It was the second release under her own label, CTRL Records.

    Frequently recognized as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase to a new high, with more than 12,000 tickets sold for her recent Dear You tour. Lucy’s festival season is looking equally busy with shows confirmed at some of the UK’s leading festivals.

    Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (Last Night) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo) while still competing on the TV show. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012,

    Lucy immediately signed to Columbia and her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success. Her next record We Are was released on her own label, after Spraggan opted to take the independent route. The album just missed out on a top twenty position.

    Lucy’s music-writing career began with Don Maclean and Kirsty McColl as her major influences, embellished with the folk riffs of Peter, Paul and Mary and taking on the punchy riffs of traditional R and B.

    Her name is now synonymous with the cross-border sound she calls AFLOP; the melodic middle ground where pop and acoustic folk meet, the toe-tapping interpretations of classic sounds and the harmony-heavy ballads that she pulls from modern rhythm and blues, turning the rattle of rap into sing-along folk-style numbers that are hard to forget.

    After releasing four albums in five years Lucy is probably due a rest, but she refuses to let up and the writing process is already underway for album number 5. Her live calendar is looking busier than ever and we are delighted to be a part of her Autumn tour. 

     

  • Barbara Dickson w/support Anthony Toner - Wednesday 14th June 2017

    Barbara Dickson w/support Anthony Toner - Wednesday 14th June 2017

    £28.00 + bkg fee | Unreserved Seating | Licensed Bar & Hot Food  |  Doors 7pm Show 8pm

    Tickets for this show go on general release on Friday 10th March at 9.00am and are only available online.

     

    In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take centre stage as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.

    Emerging from the Scottish folk scene of the late 1960’s Barbara had enjoyed mainstream chart success with hits including ‘Answer Me’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, ‘Caravan’ and the million-selling number one single, ‘I Know Him So Well’.  As Scotland’s best-selling female album artist she has earned 6 platinum, 11 gold and 7 silver albums and cemented her status as one of the UK’s best-loved performers . Her stage career has included the roles of the original Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s long-running musical, ‘Blood Brothers’ and as Viv Nicholson in ‘Spend Spend Spend,’ both of which have won her an Olivier award for ‘Best Actress’. Barbara was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2002 New Year’s Honours for her services to music and drama and she continues to record and to play to sold-out audiences.

    Nick Holland joined Barbara’s touring band in the mid 2000’s playing keyboards and adding vocals on her ‘Full Circle’ album, the first to feature the style of music she now performs. Barbara and Nick recently started working as a duo with Barbara on guitar and piano and Nick on keyboards – adding harmonies to Barbara’s own wonderful vocals. They have performed this way in numerous venues including cathedrals, festivals and theatres and developed an intimate rapport with each other and the audience. “It’s a different experience to working with the bigger band” says Barbara, “but just as enjoyable and gives the music breathing space”

     

    And supporting Barbara on this very special night will be Northern Ireland's Anthony Toner.  Anthony is one of Belfast’s most revered songwriters – an artist acclaimed as much for his insightful and poetic lyrics as for his mastery of finger-style guitar and engaging onstage patter. His first single ‘Sailortown’ – released in 2008 - has become one of Northern Ireland’s most requested radio songs, and he has followed it with a string of heart-filled songs just as memorable, including ‘East of Louise’, ‘Well Well Well’, ‘The Road to Fivemiletown’ and most recently ‘Great Big World’. Six albums into his career, he was shortlisted for the inaugural 2014 Northern Ireland Music Prize and has captivated audiences from Belfast to Toronto, by way of Nashville and Austin, sharing the stage along the way with everyone from Barbara to country music heroes Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith and blues/jazz superstar Van Morrison.

    REVIEWS:

    'Make sure you take some time and get to know Anthony Toner. I have a feeling that Belfast isn't big enough to hold him for much longer. ' Wildy's World

    'Anthony Toner is Ireland's Best Kept Secret; but with albums the quality of this, it won't be long before the mainstream catches on'  No Depression

    'This is a musician who knows his trade. His storytelling songs are wry and lyrical... it's no wonder Toner's reputation is growing' - Daily Telegraph Music, Best Folk Albums of 2015.