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.

What's On


February 2024

LES NICOL PROJECT

Les Nicol is an acclaimed guitar player and song writer, a guitar player who has been in the business for decades, Nicol is a seasoned professional who has recorded and toured with various acts, the most notable being Leo Sayer during the 1970s. With his latest recording of the album ‘Reflections’ he decided to put together a collection of songs that represent different times and scenarios experienced over the years.

Friday 23rd February, 8.00pm
£15.00

March 2024

Grease The Movie - Singalong!

What could be better than a night at the flicks singing along to the songs of Grease with a cocktail and a bit of good old fashioned American grub mmm!

Friday 8th March, 7.00pm
£25.00

Chantel McGregor

In previous years, Chantel stepped out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity. Since then, she has built a loyal and growing fan base who follow her every move. If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in her career, Chantel was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on two of his UK tours. Over the last few years, Chantel has received great reviews of her 5 albums, the last 2 being released during the 2021 Covid lockdown. The ‘Shed Sessions Volumes 1 & 2’ were recorded at home and mixed by Wayne Proctor of Superfly Studios due to the pandemic. They were born out of a weekly livestream which Chantel performed throughout lockdown.

Saturday 9th March, 8.00pm
£15.00

Around The World in 80 Minutes

Spring is the time when the world begins to open again for us, and what better way to celebrate this than by planning to travel – or at least spending an hour and a half or so transported to various parts of the world. It's an evening of two halves with the first half being a miscellany of items in the style of our former presentations, as most recently last March with The Crazy English Weather - readings, snippets, anecdotes, factoids and semi-dramatisations, this time on the theme of global travel. In the second half there will be a platform presentation of the fastest version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days that you are likely to behold. Neil King will play Phileas Fogg, Richard Avery will play Passepartout, and all the other parts will be played by Alison Shaw.

Friday 22nd March, 7.30pm
£10.00

The Korgis Time Machine!

Whirl back in time with The Korgis as they take you on a musical and audio/visual journey though the songs and bands that influenced them. They will be putting their own unique spin on songs by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, the sublime harmony of Simon and Garfunkel, the wry humour of 10cc, the quirkiness of Buggles, the creativity of Peter Gabriel and of course, songs of peace and hope from The Korgis. James, John and Al will talk about and play, the music that influenced the big Korgis and Stackridge songs like ‘Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime, If I Had You, Bringing Back the Spirit of Love, If It’s Alright With You Baby and Something About The Beatles. By this time the two-album set UN-United Nations will have been released so expect a smattering of BRAND NEW music mixed in with the classics. If you want to know something, then ask away – yes, there is a spot where we will be taking questions! The Korgis try to recapture their youth – and perhaps yours – in a musical journey that will tweak the memories and leave you in a spin. All aboard The Korgis Time Machine!

Saturday 23rd March, 8.00pm
£18.00

Oasis tribute Fakermaker

Fakermaker’ return to Howden for another classic night of indie bangers from one of Britain’s finest ‘Oasis’. Known for being one of the most entertaining Oasis Tributes on the festival and live venue circuit, ‘Fakermaker’ always give 100% for a guaranteed top night. Get down early for pre-drinks and tunes, doors at 7pm. This one will sell out so make sure you get your tickets early!’

Saturday 30th March, 8.00pm
£15.00

April 2024

Vintage and Retro Dance Night.

Why not come and join us for a great night of music and dance which is taking place to raise funds for Howden Vintage Day 2025. We have the fabulous Elderberries who will keep the dance floor full with hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s from Rock n Roll to Soul to Ska, so there should be something for everybody. They will be supported by DJ Paddy O’Kaye. Starts at 7.30 pm until late.

Saturday 4th May, 7.30pm
£12.50

Band of Friends

The claim that, when asked how it felt to be the world’s best guitarist, Jimi Hendrix replied “Why not ask Rory Gallagher?” has long since been debunked as myth. Then there is the story of Rory’s being invited to join the Rolling Stones. The fact of his joining them to jam together seems substantiated, but the details after that are hazy and disputed. What the two stories do tell you however is how highly the G Man was rated in the rock music world of his time. Even now there are a great many tribute bands throughout the world, with every sort of name you could make up out of a Gallagher lyric or album title; From Italy’s ‘Blue Print’ and ‘Big Guns’, through Scotland’s ‘Against the Grain’, Ireland’s ‘Shin Kickers’, England’s ‘Sinnerboy’ and onwards to the bizarrely chosen Norwegians ‘Bearded Lady’ (From the Rory song ‘Tattooed Lady’). Band of Friends are not a tribute band insists Bassman Gerry McAvoy, they are commemorating Rory’s music. Is there a difference between a Tribute and a commemoration? Well if there is, then it’s most likely down to who is in the band and the replacement of Brendan O’Neill on drums after Ted Mckenna’s untimely passing keeps the original Gallagher band quota high, but most importantly of course there is THAT man on bass guitar, Gerry McAvoy… My last visit to a Band of Friends concert was at the Harmonie in 2018. I remember sitting with Gerry, Ted and Marcel Scherpenzeel shortly before the show discussing all things Rory before taking a band picture on the stairs. There were thoughts after McKenna’s death of calling it a day (see my interview with Gerry McAvoy). Five years on and only McAvoy remains from that trio when a new Band of Friends take the stage in 2023. The new line-up seems rather an odd one at first glance. ‘New’ drummer Brendal O’Neill was in a band with Gerry even before both played together with Rory. Newcastle-born guitarist Paul Rose has been described as ‘The best guitarist you’ve never heard of’ (Seymour Duncan Pick-ups) and was, from his early days a top-notch guitar man, chosen in fact by Rory as the best in a UK competition that attracted over a thousand entries. Guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick has supported many of Rocks biggest acts including Thin Lizzy, Foreigner, Kiss Whitesnake and Heart with his band FM.

Saturday 6th April, 8.00pm
£25.00

Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream

VOODOO ROOM are an exciting Classic Power Trio, paying tribute to the incredible music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton & Cream. Featuring some of the U.K.’s finest musicians, they perform a high energy, world class show in total appreciation of these musical pioneers from the world of classic blues/rock!! NOT a dress up, wig wearing, look-alike tribute band – JUST GREAT MUSICIANS PLAYING GREAT MUSIC – STUNNING!’ Time Out.

Saturday 13th April, 8.00pm
£15.00

MORRIS & WATSON. JOE SOLO & Rachel Makena.

Morris & Watson are based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and have created a unique sonic landscape that blends both traditional and original material. Split equally between fiddle tunes and songs, their sound is unique utilising spacial, octave and digital FX to transform their acoustic instruments and amplify them into exciting new territory. Despite there only being two musicians on stage they capture the entire frequency spectrum, driving their songs and tunes directly into the hearts of their audiences. "They're fantastic" - Kate Rusby "Fun, energetic and totally delightful" - Macstock Festival "Dazzling traditional folk songs, Lizzie and Dan are a great combination" - Ferocious Blog Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play nine countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right. On top of releasing twenty one albums since 2004, Solo has written a series of children’s books for Unison on social justice and equality; ran a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War; hosts a weekly Monday night radio show; had one of his poems used in an international campaign to educate on dementia awareness; co-runs ‘May Day Festival of Solidarity‘ an annual event bringing together voices from music, poetry and politics to celebrate International Worker’s Day; and has opened for the likes of Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Billy Bragg, TV Smith, Grace Petrie, Pete Wylie, and The Blockheads; whilst his songs have been played by John Peel on Radio One, Mike Harding on Radio Two and Tom Robinson on BBC6Music. After 30 years of writing and gigging, Joe made his Glastonbury debut in June 2017, taking to the Leftfield stage a skip in his step and a tear in his eye. As he said later: “It only took 30 years! Imagine what I could do in another 30!” Rachel Makena is an acoustic and backing track singer-songwriter performing original and cover songs. Her songs have been played on BBC Introducing Radio Humberside, Vixen 101, Beverley FM and others. Rachel Makena has performed at Trib Fest, Staxtonbury music festival, Filey Folk festival, Beverley fringe and many more.

Saturday 20th April, 8.00pm
£12.50

May 2024

THE BOOTLEG EAGLES.

The music of the Eagles is etched into our culture. It defines the music of the 1970s. THE BOOTLEG EAGLES take their audience on a powerful journey through the band's career, from their country-rock roots to global chart-toppers. An evening with THE BOOTLEG EAGLES is jam-packed with all of the unforgettable hits and best-loved album tracks audiences love, all performed with the amazing musicianship and stellar harmonies that they deserve.

Friday 17th May, 8.00pm
£16.50

The Ragdolls - A tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

The Ragdolls recreate the iconic sound of The Four Seasons.The first part of the show, the boys will take you back to where it all began, performing the classic 50s songs as The Four Seasons once did. Hits included Still Of The Night, Oh Carol, Teenager In Love and Why Do Fools Fall In Love. With slick choreography and the recognisable falsetto this really sets the scene for a great night. Acoustic versions of songs are a highlight in this part of the show which demonstrate the diversity and harmonic sounds as once done by the great band themselves.

Friday 31st May, 8.00pm
£18.50

June 2024

Kasey Claybourn Dance presents ‘Dancing around the world”

Kasey Claybourn Dance presents to you ‘Dancing around the world” Come on down to the heart of Howden, and enjoy wonderful performances showcasing cultures from around the globe by our dancers, singers and actors. We will take you on an awe-inspiring journey featuring belly dance, Afro styles, ballet, and many more adventures! We cannot wait to see you all and share our joy and passion for the performing arts. Two shows on Saturday with doors open at 2pm and 4pm respectively and one show on Sunday with doors open at 4pm.

Saturday 8th June, 2.30pm
£7.00 - £10.00

Kasey Claybourn Dance presents ‘Dancing around the world”

Kasey Claybourn Dance presents to you ‘Dancing around the world” Come on down to the heart of Howden, and enjoy wonderful performances showcasing cultures from around the globe by our dancers, singers and actors. We will take you on an awe-inspiring journey featuring belly dance, Afro styles, ballet, and many more adventures! We cannot wait to see you all and share our joy and passion for the performing arts. Two shows on Saturday with doors open at 2pm and 4pm respectively and one show on Sunday with doors open at 4pm.

Saturday 8th June, 6.30pm
£7.00 - £10.00

Kasey Claybourn Dance presents ‘Dancing around the world”

Kasey Claybourn Dance presents to you ‘Dancing around the world” Come on down to the heart of Howden, and enjoy wonderful performances showcasing cultures from around the globe by our dancers, singers and actors. We will take you on an awe-inspiring journey featuring belly dance, Afro styles, ballet, and many more adventures! We cannot wait to see you all and share our joy and passion for the performing arts. Two shows on Saturday with doors open at 2pm and 4pm respectively and one show on Sunday with doors open at 4pm.

Sunday 9th June, 4.30pm
£7.00 - £10.00

July 2024

Charley Mai Dance Presents Inside Out

Charley Mai Dance brings to you ‘Inside Out’. Come along and feel good watching an amazing group of dancers from the ages of 1 to 22 dance with all of the emotions! Songs that pull on the heart strings, get you moving in your seats and bring back memories! We are ready to dance our hearts out! Doors Open 6.00pm, show starts 6:30pm

Monday 8th July, 6.30pm
£7.50 - £10.00

Charley Mai Dance Presents Inside Out

Charley Mai Dance brings to you ‘Inside Out’. Come along and feel good watching an amazing group of dancers from the ages of 1 to 22 dance with all of the emotions! Songs that pull on the heart strings, get you moving in your seats and bring back memories! We are ready to dance our hearts out! Doors Open 6.00pm, show starts 6:30pm

Tuesday 9th July, 6.30pm
£7.50 - £10.00

Erasured and 80's disco!

‘Erasured are the UK’s No.1 tribute to 80’s National Treasures ‘Erasure’. Bringing you all the hits and taking you back to a golden era of pop. In 1995 Mark appeared on ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” as Erasure’s Andy Bell, to universal acclaim. Doors open from 7pm for a cracking 80's DJ set.

Saturday 20th July, 8.00pm
£15.00

August 2024

Northern Soul Roadshow

Experience a night of Northern Soul, MC’d and curated by onstage DJ with a live 9 piece band, including all the classics from one of the most iconic era’s in british culture, taking you back to the halcyon days of the Twisted Wheel, Wigan Casino et al. Featuring huge anthems such as ‘Out on the floor’, ‘Turnin’ my heartbeat up’, ‘The snake’, ‘Do I love you’ and many more

Saturday 31st August, 8.00pm
£17.50

September 2024

SIN CITY

After nearly a decade, Ash JD Baker former Angus in "Livewire the AC/DC show" makes his long awaited return to the School uniform. Joining him, former band mate and incredible vocalist Gary John Jenkins will be reprising his role of Bon Scott, Recreating the sound and stage presence of AC/DC in the late 70's. After their stupendous show at the Shire Hall last year Ash informed us that it had been their first ever stand alone gig, you wouldn't have thought it, imagine how good they are now a year on?! Alongside them enters Dave Parker on bass who has held down the thundering low end in AC/DC bands for the last decade. Citing both Cliff and Mark as major influences, he meticulously perfected their tone, musical approach, playing style and attack. Matthew Nixon on rhythm guitar bringing a young Malcolm back to life with aN accurate take on his signature tone and playing style. Joining them is Drummer Al Cormell mastering the swing and groove of Phil Rudd and providing a huge wall of sound for the perfect backdrop! From High Voltage to Highway to hell, SIN CITY will take you on a journey through the years of AC/DC with Bon Scott...

Friday 6th September, 8.00pm
£15.00

CODA: A tribute to Led Zeppellin

Following their barnstorming, sell out show last year it was only a matter of time before we got them back again...CODA - a Tribute to Led Zeppelin are Europe's most authentic and exciting Led Zeppelin tribute band, replicating the power,excitement and magic of a Led Zeppelin show like no other. They are the only proper four-piece Zep tribute band in Europe that looks and sounds as close to the real thing as possible, featuring authentic-looking and sounding instruments as well as incredible, hand-made replica costumes that will take you back to the time when the Gods of Rock ruled the world!

Saturday 7th September, 8.00pm
£15.00

October 2024

Beautiful Couch

Emulating two of Hull's most popular exports (apart from chip spice) The Beautiful South and The Housemartins. The Beautiful Couch first formed in 2002, playing all over the country. 'The Couch' built up a loyal following and a huge reputation in the tribute band world. The Beautiful Couch will be performing all the hits from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins including the ones that you thought that you'd forgotten.

Saturday 5th October, 8.00pm
£20.00

MARTHA TILSTON

“She has the power to draw an audience into her world, leaving all those present with a smile, and a few issues to ponder, too” - Time Out With a pure silken voice and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha Tilston has developed a successful musical career with a large and loyal following. She has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals, recorded and released several critically acclaimed albums, gained a nomination for BBC best newcomer, appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero 7, toured internationally and worked with the some of the world’s most inspiring performers including Damien Rice, Nick Harper, Kate Temptest, Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) and Zero 7.

Saturday October 19th, 2000
£15.00

November 2024

FIRE AND RAIN

‘Fire and Rain’ is not a tribute or sound-a-like act. It’s simply a collection of six of the best musicians from the North of England coming together to play music they love. Expect the classic James Taylor songs including ‘Steamroller Blues’, ‘Shower the People’, ‘Fire and Rain’ and, of course, ’You’ve got a Friend’ plus many other classics played with skill, passion, emotion, humour and humility. ‘Fire and Rain’ are all highly regarded musicians in their own right and include Tom Townsend (Lead Guitar and vocals), Rich Adams (Acoustic Guitar, vocals and triangle!) and Mark Gordon (Keyboards), Rowan Oliver (percussion) with Paul Tilley (Drums) and Bob Walker (bass).

Friday 2nd November, 8.00pm
£15.00

HAMILTON LOOMIS

“My parents had a fantastic record collection and, when I started writing, I gravitated towards what I’d been listening to all my life. I have a huge reverence for the blues and all it encompasses, but I’ve always been fond of R&B and funky music.” A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houston’s famed venue Rockefeller’s. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator and supporter, appearing on two of Loomis’ albums and presenting a cherished red guitar that he still plays.

Saturday 16th November, 8.00pm
£15.00

The Rod Stewart Songbook with Full Live Band

They are back...for the third year running, The Rod Stewart Songbook! This spectacular theatre production is the ultimate homage to Rod Stewart, featuring Pete McCall, Europe’s foremost tribute. Along with his sensational live band, you will be taken on a musical journey spanning 50 years, when one of rock music’s greatest icons sold over 250 million records worldwide. These unforgettable hits include Sailing, Maggie May, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Some Guys Have All The Luck, Baby Jane, Rhythm Of My Heart, You Wear It Well, Hot Legs and many many more.

Saturday 23rd November, 8.00pm
£17.50

HEART OF GLASS

A 17th performance at the Shire Hall is nothing short of legendary!! Sell out performance after sell out performance are a measure of what you are in for with this very, very special show. HEART OF GLASS fronted by the delectable Denise Danielle described as "the closest to Debbie Harry yet!’" A cast iron guarantee of a superbly entertaining night out . Heart of Glass are the foremost Blondie Tribute band in the UK. Lead singer Denise Danielle who has put together a stunning replication of a ‘Blondie’ show with all the favourite classics plus a lot more: Atomic, Maria, The Tide Is High, Hanging On The Telephone, Call Me, Denis, One Way Or Another, Sunday Girl and many, many more. Denise prides herself on authenticity and does 6 costume changes during a show, each reflecting on the various songs. There is no finer exponent of the songs, style and raw energy of Deborah Harry and Blondie. This is like experiencing the real Blondie in 1978.

Saturday 30th November, 8.00pm
£15.00
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