The Shire Hall is a multi-functional building used for community hires such as parties, wedding receptions and fund-raising events. It is also used as an arts centre with live music, theatre, comedy and cinema.

Howden Live

The Shire Hall is also home to Howden Live, a volunteer-run, charity registered, organisation with a fundamental ethos of ”enjoying live entertainment in the company of others."

A potted history
In 1984, Howden school joined with Howden Parish Council to promote touring theatre and some music, subsidised by the then Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts. In 1986 Howdenshire Live arts was formed. In 1988 Remould Theatre Company joined with HLA to produce the hugely successful community play, ‘Reap The Whirlwind’ as a consequence of which Howdenshire Live Arts, mark 2, was launched.
The years went by and the emphasis moved towards music with the folk, world and jazz genres taking hold. We now have a wonderfully eclectic mix of theatre, jazz, folk, blues, rock and acoustic music for your delectation.
An indication of the quality of artist appearing in Howden is this list: Lillian Boutte, Alan Barnes,Tina May, Herb Geller, Julie Edwards, the Groundhogs, Stan Webbs Chicken Shack, Linda Smith, Acoustic Strawbs, Waterson:Carthy, Mr Benn, Lindisfarne Acoustic, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, Geno Washington, Kiki Dee, Snake Davis, Jim Diamond, Martin Simpson, Ian McMillan, Wilko Johnson, Chris Farlowe, Midge Ure, The Sensational Alex Harvy Band, Chris Difford, Vin Garbutt, June Tabor and Mungo Jerry.
If you have ever been put off by labels on music or theatre please open up your eyes and ears and give us a whirl, you really would have to travel a long, long way to find anything comparable and of such high quality.
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