What's On at HTH Live
HEADLINE - JOE LYCETT – Having added a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe to his Best Newcomer Award at the 2010 Chortle Awards, it’s no secret that Joe Lycett is a hugely talented up-and-coming comedian with an unaffected, relaxed and effortless stage presence.
‘Rising talent Joe Lycett already possesses the confidence and relaxed, homely charm of an old campaigner’ – The Times
MC – ROMESH RANGANATHAN – From playing comedy clubs all over the country Ranganathan’s profile has grown, as has the respect from his peers, which has resulted in him writing for numerous shows and supporting the likes of Seann Walsh, Bill Burr, Paul Chowdhry and one of his comedy heroes Ricky Gervais.
The last twelve months have been incredible for Ranganathan. He won the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013 and his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival debut was nominated for the coveted Best Newcomer Award 2013.
IAN SMITH – Ian Smith is an award-winning comedian as seen in BBC2 sitcom Popatron, Sky Comedy’s Officially Special, BBC3′s Sweat the Small Stuff and BBC Three At The Fringe. At only 25, Ian has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting young acts on the circuit. A natural comedian and talented improviser, Ian performs storytelling comedy mixed with in the moment interaction. This year Ian performed his debut solo show, Anything, at the Edinburgh Fringe to packed out rooms and critical acclaim.
JOHN KEARNS – Winner: Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2013
Scott launched HTH’s live music journey last April with an exclusive preview show of new songs for his 4th studio album. He loved the venue and the warm Shrewsbury support so much, he promised to return for his official album tour and true to his word this Ivor Novello award winning singer songwriter is back!
Scott has already released three acclaimed studio albums in Passing Stranger (which includes the award winning ‘Elusive’), Elsewhere (featuring Robert Plant) and What The Night Delivers. In addition to his own many sell out tours he has been on the road with Robert Plant, Foo Fighters, Tori Amos, Snow Patrol, Rufus Wainwright and been a central artist in Joe Boyd’s live stage production of Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.
This show will feature songs from Scott’s three previous albums, along with tracks from his new 4th studio album “Home Part 1” due for release early 2014.
Kathryn Williams was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for her second album Little Black Numbers ( the award was won by Badly Drawn Boy). Championed by Guy Garvey and Caitlin Moran, she comes to HTH armed with her highly acclaimed new album Crown Electric, which is both confirmation and summation of the songwriting skills she’s been honing since Dog Leap Stairs. This fine album illustrates that her lyrics have never been more astute, her melodies more memorable nor her arrangements more beautiful.
‘One of my all-time favourite female singers’ – Guy Garvey (Elbow)
‘Should be paid a million pounds to never stop singing’ – Caitlin Moran, The Times
‘A whirling magimix of hypnotic, funky loops, vintage beats and sensuous harmonies’ – MOJO
Touring the UK with partner and fellow musician Sean Feder, Rita comes to HTH Live from sunny California armed with her brilliant album ‘Little Boat’ which has been described as ‘..a little gem of classy Americana’ & “…oozing class from start to finish”. Rita will be telling tales of kitchen tables, miners, mountains, trailers, stray dogs, loggers, hope, forest fires and much, much more beside.
HEADLINE – ROB ROUSE
Star of 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Dave’s One Night Stand and Celebrity Juice.
Come and see Rob do what he does best – honest, frank and seriously funny stand-up. Since winning the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny Award in 1998, Rob has been in demand from all areas of the entertainment industry.
As well as co-presenting the original series of The Friday Night Project opposite Jimmy Carr, Rob has appeared in many of the UK’s most popular TV shows including Spoons and 8 Out Of 10 Cats (both Channel 4), Grown Ups and Comedy Shuffle with Rob Rouse (BBC3), Celebrity Juice and Tunnel Of Love (ITV) and Sean Lock’s 15 Storeys High (BBC2). Rob has co-presented The Big And Daft Radio Show on BBC Radio London and was one of the original cast on Sean Lock’s 15 Storeys High for BBC Radio 4.
Rob’s live work has seen him perform to audiences around the world to great critical acclaim.
‘A man with genuinely funny bones’ – The Sunday Times
‘Threatens to send the audience into actual hysteria… brilliant uplifting fun’ – Chortle
MC – MARK OLVER
Widely regarded as the finest compere in the UK, Mark Olver is a stand-up comedian and televison warm-up artist.
His television warm-up credits include Vicar of Dibley, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Last Leg, 10 O’Clock Live, The Jonathon Ross Show, Stand Up for the Week, Have I Got News for You and Deal or No Deal.
He also regularly comperes and headlines for comedy clubs and promoters all over the UK, including Off The Kerb, Avalon and The Glee Clubs, and has supported such acts as Russell Howard and Lee Mack on national tours.
2011 saw him debut his new show Olver: Portrait of a Serial Killer at the Edinburgh Festival. The show was met with critical acclaim and won The Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Award in 2011. It is a dark mix of comedy and thriller and stupidity and horror and theatre and nonsense.
Chris’s sharply written gags, assured stage presence and blisteringly quick improvised raps have established him as one of the best up-and-coming comics on the circuit, performing in the UK, USA, Australia and India.
His keen wit and intelligent wordplay have seen him rack up over 1.2 million views on YouTube; headline for 1.1 million Dutch comedy fans on RTL4′s flagship stand-up show, The Comedy Factory; appear live on BBC Radio 2 and perform sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where in 2012, he was part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, and awarded the 5th Best Joke of the Fringe.
‘An exemplary writer of quotable gags’ – Chortle
‘Beautifully crafted one-liners, witty wordplay’ – BBC
Master of mayhem, prop lunatic Wes Zaharuk, takes audience on a joy-ride of frenzy machine-gun anarchic physical comedy routines and maniac physical audience interaction. Wes is easily one of the most exciting acts on the comedy circuit.
Wes credits his comic roots to his parents. They made ‘not listening’ an Olympic event. As a child, his parents dressed him in wool pants that were incredibly itchy. Complain as he would, his words fell on deaf ears. When he developed a skin condition that looked like a large, all-dressed pizza, he was tested for allergies. It was found that he was allergic to wool. Through it all, Wes developed his desire to be heard – if only to reduce rash.
About the use of props, such as vacuums, whips, and blowers, in his performance Wes quips: “Show business sometimes lures people who didn’t get enough love early in life. I feel as a child I didn’t get enough unsupervised time with power tools but who has perfect parents?”
‘A rib-tickling dive into the surreal’ – Channel 4
‘Twin Peaks meets Cirque Du Soleil’ – The Toronto Sun
After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a full capacity audience for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut. Her debut album “Adelphi Has To Fly” was met with widespread critical acclaim and Lucy was named by MOJO as ‘Britfolk’s most vibrant and forthright new young talent’, attracting four star reviews from The Guardian and Maverick Magazine among others. She now comes to HTH with her new Band showcasing her brilliant second album ‘Single Flame’ which was released in August 2013 to rave reviews.
Krystle Warren is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri, who has toured the world with Rufus Wainwright. Blessed not only with a voice that slides effortlessly from smoky depths to gilded heights, but also the ability to craft intoxicating songs of love and its loss, and to convey them to an audience with warmth and wit.
There is no Krystle Warren-shaped pigeon-hole, she being equally at home at the London Jazz Festival’s “Jazz Voice” evening at the Barbican alongside the likes of Kurt Elling and Natalie Merchant; supporting country singer Diana Jones at Union Chapel; touring with the high priests of vocal play Naturally 7; or appearing alongside Green Gartside, Lisa Hannigan, Teddy Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock, Scott Matthews and Vashti Bunyan on the Way To Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake tour: She has also shared the stage with Joan As Police Woman, Norah Jones, Kylie and Nick Cave,
Kieran previously toured the U.K. as the special guest of Don Williams, winning thousands of fans along the way, and prompting the country legend to remark: “Kieran Goss is one of the most gifted performers around today. He has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a very special way. This guy is the real deal, and that’s what makes him the star he is.”
Kieran’s performances are first rate with songs of sheer quality. He is one of Ireland’s national treasures.
What makes someone who has a highly successful career as part of one of Britain’s most successful Bands continue to push himself into new areas and put himself under the spotlight as a solo artist? “I just needed an outlet for my creativity? Writing songs is something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember. Wet Wet Wet were on sabbatical but my creativity kept on going” said Graeme.
Performing in an intimate acoustic setting this is a unique chance to see Graeme where he thrives – performing to an audience he can see and hear. The show will revolve around Graeme’s solo material and Wet Wet Wet’s lengthy catalogue. With Iain Duff’s piano and Graeme Duffin’s guitars, the set will create an exciting musical atmosphere giving some old classics a new and original twist.
Amanda Shires is someone you simply can’t ignore and she comes to Shrewsbury in support of her extraordinary new album ‘Down Fell The Doves’. She has previously toured here with Rod Picott in the past but Amanda, voted Texas ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2011, now headlines tours in her own right and, boy, does she put on a show.
Her previous album Carrying Lighting, the critically acclaimed 2011 breakthrough, put Amanda on the map as one of Americana music’s most arresting new voices (and Texas Music magazine’s 2011 Artist of the Year). But as striking as Lightning was, Down Fell the Doves is where the gloves really come off.
Described as having “the voice of an angel”, Canadian Singer/Songwriter Tia McGraff first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBC TV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter. Tia moved to Nashville, meeting and joining forces with Tommy Parham. 6 CDs and 4 CMT videos later, Tia has already achieved a musical career that is respected and celebrated by thousands of fans and industry notables. She comes to Shrewsbury as part of a World Tour in support of her new album ‘Break These Chains’.
Influenced by some of the legendary names of pop and soul, such as the Beatles, Elton John, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder, Californian Ernie Halter first began to make waves for himself with the release of his 2005 collection, Lo-Fidelity.
Since then Ernie has released 5 albums and seen his popularity swell to more than 510,000 Twitter followers, 12,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 11,000 Facebook ‘Likes’. In 2011 Justin Bieber covered Ernie Halter’s “Come Home To Me” making international headlines and exposing Halter’s music to a wide new audience. Ernie comes to HTH Live as part of a boutique tour of the UK having previously shared the studio and stage with the likes of Jason Mraz, Lady Antebellum, Neil Young, Colbie Caillat, Sara Barielles, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Eric Hutchinson, Tony Lucca, Allen Stone, Drake Bell, Sister Hazel, and many more.
For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience.
2013 marked Kiki’s 50th year in the music industry and has cemented her status as one of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists. To celebrate, the duo released their critically acclaimed album “A Place Where I Can Go” which features 11 new tracks including the haunting duet “Horses” with Scottish singer Eddi Reader.
Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “I Got The Music In Me” and the stunning “Amoureuse”.
BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven returns to HTH Live as part of an extensive UK tour supporting the release of her brand new album, ‘Change of Heart’, to be released this summer. Beverley is looking forward to returning to Shrewsbury best intimate venue, following her two sell out shows last November, to perform her new songs alongside the timeless classics Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman, Love Scenes and many more. With a witty narrative and unforgettable melodies, her poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear.
80s pop duo China Crisis come to HTH as part of our autumn season of intimate shows featuring classic music legends. Original vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon will be performing stripped back versions of all their Top 40 hits including Wishful Thinking, Black Man Ray, King in a Catholic Style as well as new tracks from their first studio album since 1994, ‘Autumn in the Neighbourhood’.
Following her Christmas appearance at HTH Live as part of her sell-out UK tour in 2013, Julia Fordham returns to Shrewsbury to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her landmark album ‘Porcelain.’ Julia will be performing the album in its entirety, accompanied by her long-time pianist and album producer Grant Mitchell, as well as many of her other hits, as well as a few surprises along the way.
“To this day, people still stop me in the street and sing songs from ‘Porcelain’ to me. They share stories about how much the album connected with them. So it’s an honour to perform the whole album for the faithful audience that has supported me all these years.”