Upcoming …… Mr. Kite Benefits

In 2016, plenty more Mr Kite Benefits to come......some of the benefits below need their details confirmed. These will be added to the website as they become clear. Meanwhile, you can get hold of tickets as indicated below. If you'd like to hear music from some of these artists, listen to our Our Spotify Playlist.

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Boo Hewerdine - 'Swimming In Mercury' Tour
Special Guest Dan Whitehouse
Saturday October 1st, 2016 in aid of Mustard Tree

Ramsbottom Civic Hall
Tickets £14
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
Two acclaimed English songwriters and label mates touring together for the first time, both with new albums. Boo Hewerdine will release
'Swimming In Mercury' in October and Dan Whitehouse released 'That's Where I Belong' in September. The artists first met on a songwriting weekend and later spent time co-writing songs for Dan Whitehouse’s new album.
Boo Hewerdine is well known as one of the greatest (and busiest) songwriter performers in the business but, incredibly, it’s been 7 years since Boo released his last studio album of original material. Not that Hewerdine has been inactive, far from it, the period has been the most productive of his career. Hewerdine wrote lyrics and played on over 30 new recordings by and with other artists during the period including the acclaimed album (Vagabond) and EP (Back The Dogs) with Scottish singer Eddi Reader, the Last Man Standing EP  with Kris Drever of Lau and Duke Special. Reveal Records compiled the first document of his career to date with a fine Best of compilation 'My Name In Brackets' and swiftly followed that with an album of lost recordings found in a box! This album was 'Open' which received five star reviews and was number 5 in the Telegraph Albums of The Year for 2015. Last year was spent writing and producing an ambitious new double album and theatrical show with Chris Difford of Squeeze called 'Fancy Pants' and featuring a number of other guest artists. All that and Boo toured with Eddi Reader in Europe, Asia and played a series of sell out headline shows in the UK and an invite to host Boo Hewerdine & Friends songwriters circle at London’s Kings Place. There has not been a moment when Boo Hewerdine has not been working on something creative. Come down and soak up the new material from both these artists.



Richmond Fontaine - Farewell Tour
Supported by Peter Bruntnell
More support from Jerry Joseph
Monday October 17th, 2016 in aid of Freedom from Torture
The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tickets £17 Advance/£19 Door
Tickets available from the Ticketline Box Office on 0844-888-9991 or online at See Tickets,  WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.70) and Ticketline (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.70 and delivery charge)
It’s been a twenty year ride, and a good one. Richmond Fontaine rose to fame in 2004 off the back of their 5th album, 'Post To Wire', which went on to sell over 20,000 copies and earned them Album of the Month in Uncut magazine. 'You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To', their last record was announced as a final recording. This, the band’s tenth album topped the new official Americana charts as you'd expect and this is one of their last planned shows on a farewell tour.
The farewell tour will feature a requests portion of the show, where fans can choose their top ten tracks for the band to play- either leave a message on the bands’ Facebook page, tweet using the hashtag #RichmondFontaineRequests or email at info@decorrecords.com - the top ten choices will be picked a month before the tour and worked into the set. Come down to The Deaf Institute and wave them off!


Sara Watkins
Friday November 4th, 2016 in aid of Festival Spirit

The
Minden Suite, Fusilier Museum, Bury (previously advertised at The Met, Bury, tickets have been re-issued or refunded)
Tickets £15
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
“This is a break-up album with myself...” says Sara Watkins of her third solo record, 'Young in All the Wrong Ways'. Writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative. Come along to hear Sara presenting her exciting new, heart on sleeve, album.


Heidi Talbot
Sunday November 6th, 2016 in aid of.......

The
Elizabethan Suite, Town Hall, Bury (previously advertised at The Met, Bury, tickets have been re-issued or refunded)
Tickets £17
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland, then, became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies. She now lives in Scotland where she is married to the celebrated fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker. With a background like that, it's hardly surprising she should develop a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana, but subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient. That special mix of talent has led her to share the stage and record with Eddi Reader, Idlewild, Mark Knopfler, King Creosote, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas. Get yourself along for a special night.



Sarah Jarosz
Wednesday November 16th, 2016 in aid of.......

The Elizabethan Suite, Town Hall, Bury (previously advertised at The Met, Bury, tickets have been re-issued or refunded)
Tickets £17
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
Sarah Jarosz returns with her new album, 'Undercurrent', ready to be paraded in all its glory. It's the fourth album from this acclaimed GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and will help to heap up the praise for her music. 

 
Martin Carthy and Peggy Seeger
Saturday November 19th, 2016 in aid of.......
Ramsbottom Civic Hall (previously advertised at The Met, Bury, tickets have been re-issued or refunded)
Tickets £16
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
If you were asked to name the most influential folk music families on the two sides of the Atlantic, the names Carthy and Seeger would not be far from your mind. For many years, Martin Carthy has been at the forefront of the folk scene on this side of the Atlantic alongside wife, Norma Waterson, and daughter, Eliza Carthy. He was named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2002, and again in 2005 when he also won the award for Best Traditional Track for 'Famous Flower of Serving Men'.
Across the water, daughter to avant-garde composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, Peggy Seeger and her relatives Pete Seeger and Mike Seeger have blazed a similar folk path in the US but she is often remembered on this side of the water for her marriage to Lancastrian folk musician, Ewan MacColl. He wrote 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' for her and they had three children. This is a very rare opportunity to capture these two iconic artists playing solo and together.


St. Agnes Fountain featuring David Hughes, Chris Leslie (from Fairport Convention), Julie Matthews and Chris While
Monday December 5th, 2016 in aid of Bury Hospice
Bury Parish Church (previously advertised at The Met, Bury, tickets have been re-issued or refunded)

Tickets £18
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
St Agnes Fountain come together for one month a year with the Christmas Tour each December. Performing 'rhythmed-up' carols and Christmas music, interspersed with laughter and spoken word; they begin their 16th tour this year and arrive in Bury on December 5th bringing their brand new studio album, their eighth, 'Christmas Is Not Far Away'.


Tom Russell
Sunday January 15th, 2017 in aid of.......
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SEATED PERFORMANCE WITH NO SUPPORT ACT
The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Tickets £18 Advance/£20 Door
Tickets available by visiting Jumbo Records, calling 0113-245-5570 or online here (plus booking fee and credit card charge) or online at See Tickets and WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.80)
Need we say more........ singer songwriter, painter, essayist - thirty five highly acclaimed records and published five books. His last release, ‘The Rose of Roscrae’, was deemed: maybe the most important Americana record of all time by UK Folk, the top Folk album of 2015 by Mojo Magazine, and hailed in top ten lists in two dozen publications including The Los Angeles Times. A better recommendation, we could not offer for Tom Russell.



Chatham County Line
Friday January 27th, 2017 in aid of.......
The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tickets £16 Advance/£18 Door
PLEASE NOTE DOORS OPEN AT 7pm
Tickets available from the Ticketline Box Office on 0844-888-9991 or online at See Tickets, WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.60) and Ticketline (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.60 and delivery charge)
Chatham County Line return to parade their new album, 'Autumn', for your enjoyment. Come down and enjoy some timeless, traditional, damn fine music.


James McMurtry
Saturday February 4th, 2017 in aid of.......
The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tickets £16 Advance/£18 Door
PLEASE NOTE DOORS OPEN AT 7pm
Tickets available from the Ticketline Box Office on 0844-888-9991 or online at See Tickets, WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.50) and Ticketline (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.50 and delivery charge)
Hasn't visited the UK since 2009, now's your chance to see one of America's finest songwriters with long-time band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt. Don't take our word for it, Americana all-star Jason Isbell says “James McMurtry is one of my very few favourite songwriters on Earth and these days he's working at the top of his game”. 


Steve Knightley
- ‘Landlocked’ Tour 2017
Friday March 3rd, 2017 in aid of.......

The Met, Bury
Tickets £18
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
In 2017, Steve Knightley will be combining material from both recordings for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes.


John Tams and Barry Coope
Friday April 7th, 2017 in aid of.......
The Met, Bury
Tickets £16
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
John Tams and Barry Coope are a unique collaboration. John, the composer of music for the stage show War Horse and the TV series Sharpe, has been described by Mojo magazine as ‘one of the giants of folk’. His musical career extends back to the Muckram Wakes, taking in the Albion Band and Home Service as well as solo albums. Barry Coope is, of course, one third of acclaimed accapella group Coope, Boyes & Simpson.


Daphne's Flight featuring Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While
Friday May 26th, 2017 in aid of.......
The Met, Bury
Tickets £18
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
Twenty one years after their debut self titled album and one and only UK tour, the tour de force that is Daphne's flight is set to return to the stage in 2017. The new album, as yet untitled, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2017 and will be on the Fledg'ling Record label.

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