Saturday 10 March 2018 sees the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue’s first foray into the world of theatre when we present Spotty Sock’s production of John Godber’s Teechers.
Spotty Socks is Codswallops’ (a charity that nurtures local talent and inspires the next generation of creative thinkers) very own Theatre Company which works hard to prepare budding actors for a professional life in the Theatrical industry. Spotty Socks produce full scale productions of relevant plays in a contemporary manner, engaging wider audiences to the world of theatre.
Teechers features three school leavers, Salty, Hobby and Gail Saunders and their account of their time in secondary school. The play, as is all of Godber’s work, is entertaining, moving and thought-provoking.
We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Foxes Faux to the mill on Saturday 24 March 2018.
Foxes Faux are an English folk rock band with a punk heart whose powerful, melodic music takes a quirky jaunt through country, punk and gypsy tinged rock, erupting from an arsenal of instruments which include a bouzouki, mandolin, melodica, guitar, glockenspiel, violin and banjo. Their vibrant live show is something to witness in its naked, tawdry flesh.
Following on from earlier EPs, the band released their thirteen track debut album ‘Fox Tales’ in 2015 followed with a tour of the UK and Europe which included appearances at Leeds First Direct Arena, Beat Herder Festival, Bingley Music Live, Strummercamp Festival, venues across Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland with support sets for Franz Nicolay, New Model Army and Billy Bragg. Five singles and videos have been released alongside the album; ‘Liars’, ‘Cops and Robbers, ‘Isabella’, ‘Rioters Queue Here’ and ‘Do I Waste My Time?’. Their much-anticipated second studio album ‘Big Ifs’ was released in 2017.
Foxes Faux are guaranteed to have you barn dancing, rocking, two stepping, skanking, congoing and crowd surfing like a foxy thing!
“A rather wonderful band”
Alan Raw, BBC Radio Leeds
“Foxes Faux are a fine band, already on top of their game and more than worthy of being compared favourably with the likes of Mumford and Sons.”
Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Jess Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft. Jon Pareles of The New York Times calls her “a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity…who finds parables in the everyday and also finds humanity behind the archetypal.”
We are delighted to welcome Jess to the Mill as part of her UK Tour. Tickets are £9.00 in advance and £10.00 on the door.
The Rochester, NY native who now calls Hillsborough, NC her home began writing songs as a college student in Kingston, Jamaica, and is known for staking out brave lyrical and musical territory with such albums as Wishes Well Disguised (1998), Draw Them Near (2000), Strawberry Lover (2005), City Garden (2006), Bound to Love (2009), Behind A Veil (2012) and Learning Faith (2014) which Folk Radio UK calls “Unquestionably the finest album of her impressive career.” Before moving to North Carolina, Jess spent eight years soaking up the live music culture of Austin, TX. Bootleg (2015) Jess’s live, full band album captures the dynamism of Jess onstage, backed by some of Austin’s top players. Jess was named a 2015 Finalist in the highly regarded Kerrville New Folk Competition.
The Rob Dylan Band played the mill last year and went down a storm. We are delighted that they have agreed to a return performance in 2018.
The band was formed by a group of musicians who share a passion for the songs of Bob Dylan and The Band. Recreating the ‘Rolling Thunder” style, their performance brings together the lyrical nature of the songs within a powerful musical arrangement which constantly changes and evolves. Described as “the UK’s best tribute to Bob Dylan” this six piece band have been delighting audiences across the country and we are thrilled to have them back at the mill.
“They rocked the Dylan repertoire with a sleek, tight, passionate performance.” Stef Brickelbank
JOSEPH PARSONS is a prolific songwriter, recording artist and performer with over 20 commercial label releases including 2016’s “The Field/The Forest” (Blue Rose Records). His music weaves elements of rock, folk & soul into a distinctive and authentic sound. Both as a solo artist, and also with his band, his stage shows are dynamic, spirited and deeply moving experiences.
Originally from the music city of Philadelphia, Joseph Parsons has made his name by consistently delivering exceptional song driven albums alongside a rigorous touring schedule throughout Europe and the US, including several tours of the UK and Germany with Doghouse Roses.
“Once again, this album shows that Joseph Parsons is one of the most talented singer-songwriters of his time – it has been like this for years. Now must be the time for his deserved breakthrough…..” (Maverick)
DOGHOUSE ROSES are a highly acclaimed folk / Americana duo from Glasgow formed by guitarist Paul Tasker and singer Iona Macdonald in 2006.
The tenth anniversary of the band was marked with the release of their third studio album, ‘Lost Is Not Losing” in November 2016 which subsequently gained superb reviews across the music press. On the week of its release it was album of the week on BBC Radio Scotland, and the Daily Express declared that it ‘delivers an extraordinary punch’.
Previous years saw the duo establish their reputation through the UK and Central Europe, touring on their own and as members of U.S. based alt-country collective The Willard Grant Conspiracy.
Two full length studio albums released in 2008 (How’ve You Been All This Time?) and 2010 (This Broken Key) garnered critical acclaim with R2 magazine stating that the music “mines the best of Scottish and American musical influences”.
“Paul Tasker is one of THE guitarists of his generation” (Maverick)
“In Iona Macdonald’s singing resides a loveliness that cannot be taught.” (Rolling Stone)
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”.