MICHELLE LEWIS – Thursday 06 September 2018

Michelle Lewis writes joyful songs that make you cry, and sad songs that leave you smiling. Her music is rich with melody, her lyrics find beauty in sadness. As a storyteller, she writes intensely visual songs that explore the defining moments in burgeoning and breaking relationships.

More polished than folk and more personal than pop, Michelle’s songwriting is uniquely intimate.

Her single, ‘Run Run Run’, found huge popularity among Boston Marathon runners and was featured on the national cable broadcast of the race. The song’s music video amassed more than 100,000 views in its first month and has more than 350,000 to date.

Michelle is a graduate of the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. She tours frequently across the United States and Europe. Her first release, This Time Around, arrived in 2004. She has been a longtime collaborator with producer Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran, Shawn Mullins), spanning their work on her EPs Broken (2009) and Paris (2011), and her second full-length album, The Parts Of Us That Still Remain (2014).

Michelle is a Boston singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles.

Here is the official video for Run, Run, Run

Tickets are £10 advance and £12 on the door.

Visit Michelle’s website

YORKSHIRE BEST – 15 September 2018

Yorkshire Best is the first in what we hope will be a series of shows featuring the finest local talent. Our first show kicks of in style with appearances from Henry Parker, The Lazarus Boys and Isaac Hughes Dennis.

Henry Parker is a favourite at the Mill and is a stunning guitarist and gifted songwriter. His playing is influenced by traditional folk and blues with a smattering of jazz and psychedelia thrown in for good measure.

The Lazarus Boys are a two piece band from Hebden Bridge: Clive Corner on vocals and guitar, Clive Worley on keyboard and drum programming.

They play all original material, catchy and eclectic in style, from punk to pop from funk to rock. The music is strangely familiar and yet new. And once you hear it you’ll want to hear it again.

Isaac Hughes Dennis is another Hebden Bridge based musician who will be bringing his unique talent and ukulele along. Isaac describes himself as “a 14-year-old goofball who has been armed with a ukulele and put in front of an audience for your entertainment! Watch me pretend to know what I’m doing as I work my way through my eclectic originals, comedic covers, and more! Feel free to laugh (with or at me), clap, dance, and sing along!”

Tickets are £5 in advance and £7 on the door.

Here’s Henry Parker performing Ratcliffe Highway:

And here are The Lazarus Boys performing Dressed To Kill:

CHASTITY BROWN IN CONCERT – Saturday 29 September 2018

“Brooding soul eloquence, alt-rock wiriness, atmospheric pop sweetening and folk-inflected naturalness”
— NPR Music

Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the U.S. and abroad, appearing on the U.K.’s Later…with Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/activist Ani Difranco.

Here’s the official video for Chastity’s song ‘Wake up’

Visit Chastity’s website

Support for the evening comes from Paul Handyside. Paul is a folk and roots singer songwriter. His song writing style has been compared to artists as varied as Chris Difford, Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Elvis Costello, Jeff Buckley and Martin Carthy.

He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! The jangle pop band had album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records from 1982 to 1991 and toured extensively worldwide. During the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware labelmate Martin Stephenson.

Visit Paul’s website here

Tickets are available from Skiddle

DAVE NACHMANOFF – Saturday 13 October 2018

Thirty-one years ago, singer-songwriter Dave Nachmanoff saw Al “Year of the Cat” Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London; ten years ago, he came back to that same venue and performed with Stewart. In 2016, he reassembled the core band from the Year of the Cat album — including occasional Pink Floyd collaborator Tim Renwick and smooth jazz superstar Peter White — and enlisted their musical prowess in support of his latest release, Spinoza’s Dream.

Growing up in the shadow of the nation’s capital, Nachmanoff cut his musical teeth on Pete Seeger, country rock, the Kingston Trio’s early revival folk, and ‘80s new wave, all melded with a soupçon of Brit folk a la Fairport Convention, John Martyn, and Ralph McTell. In fact, Spinoza’s Dream producer Martin Levan had a guiding hand in both Martyn’s Grace and Danger and McTell’s Water of Dreams, two critically-acclaimed classics of the genre.
Over the course of a dozen albums and countless tours, he has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert, Firefall, and John Wesley Harding (among many others), at venues ranging from The Bottom Line to the Glastonbury Festival. He’s also paid his dues in myriad classrooms across the United States, sharing his talents and nurturing the next generation of budding troubadours.

Support comes from Plumhall

Tickets are £10 advance and £12 on the door.

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Here is Dave singing The Painter

The Dave Nachmanoff website

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI – AN ACOUSTIC JOURNEY Saturday 10 November 2018

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, in 1947, as Pauline Matthews, Kiki Dee began her incredible musical journey by singing with local dance bands, and after being spotted by a record company scout in 1963, Kiki was signed as a solo artist to Fontana Records. She went on to become the first UK artist to be signed to the legendary Tamla Motown label before enjoying a string of chart successes including the number 1 duet “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ with Elton John (which she reprsied with Elton at the historic Live Aid concert in 1985) and the sublime Amoureuse.

For almost two decades, Kiki has been working with her musical partner Carmelo Luggeri and 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.
2018 marks Kiki’s 55th year in the music industry and has cemented her status as one of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists. The duo’s latest critically acclaimed album “A Place Where I Can Go” features 11 tracks including the haunting duet “Horses” with Scottish singer Eddi Reader.

Join Kiki and Carmelo at the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue 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”.

Tickets are £21.00 – Advance booking is advised.

Kiki and Carmelo’s Website

Kiki at Live Aid

Kiki and Carmello – Sidesteppin’ (With A Soulman)

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGERRI – AN ACOUSTIC JOURNEY – Sunday 11 November 2018

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, in 1947, as Pauline Matthews, Kiki Dee began her incredible musical journey by singing with local dance bands, and after being spotted by a record company scout in 1963, Kiki was signed as a solo artist to Fontana Records. She went on to become the first UK artist to be signed to the legendary Tamla Motown label before enjoying a string of chart successes including the number 1 duet “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ with Elton John (which she reprsied with Elton at the historic Live Aid concert in 1985) and the sublime Amoureuse.

For almost two decades, Kiki has been working with her musical partner Carmelo Luggeri and 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.
2018 marks Kiki’s 55th year in the music industry and has cemented her status as one of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists. The duo’s latest critically acclaimed album “A Place Where I Can Go” features 11 tracks including the haunting duet “Horses” with Scottish singer Eddi Reader.

Join Kiki and Carmelo at the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue 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”.

Tickets are £21.00 – Advance booking is advised.

Kiki and Carmelo’s Website

Kiki at Live Aid

Kiki and Carmello – Sidesteppin’ (With A Soulman)

WINTER WILSON – Saturday 24 November 2018

Following on from their 2018 tour with the legendary Fairport Convention we are delighted to welcome Winter Wilson to the mill.

Winter Wilson’s current tour showcases their latest album “Far Off on the Horizon”, the follow up to “Ashes & Dust”. Their 2014 release – “Cutting Free” – made the Daily Telegraph’s ten recommended folk albums of the year.

Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. (“Songs for local heroes,” as one punter said.)

Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”.

Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.

But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”

Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.

“Kip Winter simply has a voice to die for” Maverick Magazine

“Sharp, observational and reaching into the heart of a song” Fatea Magazine

THE JON PALMER ACOUSTIC BAND IN CONCERT – Saturday 02 February 2019

Our first gig of 2019 sees the fabulous Jon Palmer Acoustic Band visit the mill on Saturday 02 February. The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a high energy 6-piece folk, roots and rock-n-roll combo (based in-and-around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley) and best described as “a cross between The Pogues and The Oyster Band, with a bit of The Waterboys, The Saw Doctors and the Bruce Springsteen Seeger Sessions Band thrown in”.

With the release in 2017 of their album “The Silences In Between” the band received their second consecutive 5 Star review from RnR (R2) Magazine.

“The best upbeat folk band around”: Yorkshire Gig Guide.

Here’s the band playing the Fairport classic, Meet On The Ledge.

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE – Thursday 14 February 2019

We are delighted to welcome back My Darling Clementine to the mill for a special St Valentine’s day concert on Thursday 14 February 2019.

For what began as something of a side project in 2011 for husband and wife Michael Weston King & Lou Dalgleish, My Darling Clementine is now very much centre stage with 3 albums, over 400 shows across Europe and N. America, some ingenious musical collaborations, accolades and awards, and an ever growing fan base with a genuine love of their music.

Their last album Still Testifying received rave reviews. Bob Harris called it “a triumph” whilst UnCut Magazine described it as “where gospel, country and Southern soul happily collide. Terrific.

Now, the King and Queen of UK country are returning to the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue on Thursday 14 February 2019 for what promises to be another unforgettable night.

Tickets are £13 in advance and £15 on the door. As usual we will have an array of hot food on sale as well as hot drinks. Doors open at 7.15 with advance tickets available from our ticketing page.

Here are My Darling Clementine performing Yours Is The Cross I Still Bear:

KEITH JAMES IN CONCERT – THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN – Sat 02 March 2019

These remarkable songs – stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving over 400 concerts to well over 100,000 people.

Included in the concert are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

Tickets are £12 advance and £14 on the door.

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