Upcoming Gigs:Saturday, 25th March 2017 This is England - Film showing, Q&A and Club Night
The night launched in Sheffield in May and features a timeline of music from the feature film and subsequent TV series ‘fused with skinhead/ska/reggae/80’s indie classics and the more recent 90’s ‘madchester’/rave/acid house.
Produced by Sheffield Wrap Films, Shane Meadows’ feature film This Is England was released in 2007 to critical acclaim, and quickly made Lol, Woody, Shaun and the gang household names. This was followed up with the four-part television series This is England ’86, co-written by Jack Thorne, which aired on channel 4 in 2010. Both series became multi-award winning, with numerous nominations and wins; BAFTA Best Mini-Series (’88, win, Vicky McClure) and BAFTA Best Actor (’88, nomination, Joe Gilgun)
Five years later and 2015 saw the transmission of This Is England ’90, the final chaper in a decade of the landmark This Is England story. All the gang are back and facing new challenges, with some of the gang embracing the new decade with more gusto than others. Nominated for six BAFTA Awards, the series won Best Mini Series, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Chanel Cresswell in early 2016.www.unityworks.co.uk/event/england-filmscreening-qa-clubnight/
Wednesday, 29th March 2017 Lloyd Cole
‘Burst on to the scene’ is a horribly overused phrase but it’s exactly what Lloyd Cole and the Commotions did in 1984 with ‘Perfect Skin’, ‘Forest Fire’ and their era-defining album ‘Rattlesnakes’. They went from Glasgow clubs to stadiums in 18 months. Hits ‘Lost Weekend’ and ‘Brand New Friend’ propelled LP2 ‘Easy Pieces’ to the upper reaches of the album charts all over the world. One last album ‘Mainstream’ and one last hit ‘Jennifer She Said’, and by 1989 they were gone.
In 1990 Lloyd Cole launched a solo career and has been making albums ever since. In the early 2000s Cole retreated somewhat from rock/pop, performing mostly acoustically, but his 2013 album ‘Standards’ took fans, critics, and maybe even the artist himself, aback with its brash electric rock’n’roll sound. It was universally acclaimed, Cole was back on TV, and there was an undeniable demand for some electric band shows. But there was no band. Cole contacted old Glasgow pals The Leopards (Mick Slaven and Campbell Owens) and asked if they might like to play some shows… supplemented by ex Commotion Blair Cowan on keyboards, Lloyd Cole and the Leopards was born.www.unityworks.co.uk/event/lloyd-cole/
Friday, 31st March 2017 IDLES
IDLES met as a quintet at the death of the indie scene in Bristol and began making visceral and sometimes unlistenable post-punk to a growing crowd. They began with their own club night Batcave and practicing religiously until they felt they had found their sound and their live show; with that in check they have now completed their first album and are savaged in hunger to play their music. They want to give themselves and their art to the audience in a concise and violent way unrivalled by their peers. They have no qualms in terrifying and entertaining in the same breath. They celebrate their influences in a vitriolic and belligerent sound that is both familiar and new. They are a nose-bleed on the ears and they’re here to show you they care.www.unityworks.co.uk/event/idles/
Thursday, 11th May 2017 Kate Rusby
‘Everybody loves and respects Kate Rusby, not just for her lovely voice, but for the way she has moved folk forward while remaining true to tradition…’ Sunday Times
“…exquisite interpretations of traditional material from the pocket sized folk singer with the heartbreakingly tremulous voice and bawdy Yorkshire wit” Daily Telegraph
Of all the stars in Folk Music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby.
A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.
Audiences are sure to be thoroughly entertained by Kate’s choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over her two decades of music making together with a selection of fresh new songs from her latest album Life in a Paper Boat (Autumn 2016 release). As ever, she will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her band. These virtuoso artists are sure to delight you with their exceptional talents.
Damien O’Kane – Tenor Guitar and banjo
Duncan Lyall – Double Bass
Nick Cooke – Diatonic Accordion
Steve Byrnes – Bouzouki, guitar and tenor guitar
The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise. Rusby’s wondrous singing and hugely engaging Yorkshire wit and the intuitive support of the band ensure that audiences will be treated to a truly remarkable and unforgettable concert experience.
Seats for this event will not be allocated in advance they will be allocated based on time of arrival. Doors open at 7pm, the show will start at 8pm.www.unityworks.co.uk/event/kate-rusby-2/
Friday, 12th May 2017 Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club
Actor, presenter, broadcaster, DJ, performance poet, voiceover artist â€“ thereâ€™s not much Craig Charles hasnâ€™t lent his hand to over the years! Most famed for his appearances in cult classic TV series Red Dwarf, and more recently, for playing Lloyd Mullaney in Britiainâ€™s longest running soap, Coronation Street, he also hosts The Craig Charles Funk and Soul show on BBC 6 Music, the longest running show since the station began broadcasting, attracting the biggest audience of any show on the station.
Charles takes the show out on the road for a series of DJ sets, making appearances at some of the UKs biggest festivals, and now heâ€™ll be bringing the show to a city near you! Tickets to catch Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show are on sale now!
Support from Samuel S. Parkes Band.
This event is 18+.www.unityworks.co.uk/event/craig-charles-funk-soul-club-2/