Upcoming …… Mr. Kite Benefits

In 2014, 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.

Please check details in advance as Mr. Kite takes no responsibility for anyone who organises their whole life around a Mr. Kite Benefit which changes! If you're unsure, we suggest that you add yourself to the mailing list to keep updated.


Kris Drever and
Boo Hewerdine
Thursday April 23rd, 2015 to help support The Extended Family via
Plan International
The Met, Bury

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 of the nations busiest and most in demand songwriter – guitarists, label mates and musical friends are touring together as a duo for the very first time in 2015. Scotland’s Kris Drever (Lau) and England’s Boo Hewerdine (The Bible, Eddi Reader) have been connected through song for almost a decade, when Kris approached Boo about recording the song “Harvest Gypsies” as part of his classic debut album “Black Water”. Produced by mutual friend and Scottish folk musician John McCusker, that recording led the pair to future live collaborations including a tour with Eddi Reader. The duo finally found the time in late summer 2014 to write new songs and their EP Last Man Standing will be available on the tour - one of the tracks is previewed here. Lovers of great songs will find the evening's entertainment is right up their street.


I'm With Her Tour featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan
Supported by Samuel Ford
Saturday April 25th,
2015
in aid of Cancer Research UK
The Met, Bury

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Phil Beer
Sunday May 3rd,
2015 in aid of
The Island Trust
Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland
Tickets £14 Advance/£16 Door
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50), WeGotTickets and See Tickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.40)
Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.
As the Nottingham Post says "A Phil Beer solo gig is far more than a folk concert. As well as a raft of fantastic anecdotes, he dropped in on a range of American musical greats: Hoyt Axton, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and blues legends, Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Willie Dixon"


Cahalen Morrison and Eli West
Sunday May 10th, 2015 in aid of North West Blood Bikes
Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland
Tickets £13 Advance/£15 Door
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50), WeGotTickets and See Tickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.30)
When Cahalen and Eli released their stunning debut album, 'The Holy Coming of The Storm', it met with instantaneous reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. Bob Harris invited them to record a session for his BBC Radio 2 show, saying their music was “quite extraordinary”, and Mary Ann Kennedy recorded a studio session for BBC Radio 3’s World on 3 as well. Admired by their peers as much as by those who love great roots music, Cahalen and Eli count many recognised names among those who sing their praises. When The Times invited Chris Wood to name his Six of The Best Folk Acts, he singled them out saying they were “passionate, committed, accomplished, searching and sailing in the sea of their own inheritance”. The duo are back on this side of the Atlantic promoting their stunning new album, 'I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands'. This time produced by Tim O’Brien, himself a fan who says they “make music the world needs!”. Safe to say, this will be a top quality night of bluegrass.
“Beautiful rootsy Americana” – Time Out
“Outstanding” – fRoots magazine


An Evening With Chip Taylor accompanied by John Platina
Sunday May 24th, 2015 in aid of.......
Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland
Tickets £13 Advance/£15 Door
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50), WeGotTickets and See Tickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.30)
The New York Times says it best about Chip Taylor: “If you only know him as the as the guy who wrote ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel of the Morning” — you don’t know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today.” He's written songs that have been recorded by Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Frank Sinatra with a passion that still burns brightly today. For a short time, after refusing to play by the Nashville establishment rules, Taylor gave up music for full-time professional gambling but he soon returned to music. All bets are off on this being a night that will linger in the memory of anyone who loves a good songwriter as this is a winner. Chip will be
accompanied by John Platina who is famed for his work with Van Morrison.



Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express

Supported by Jonah Tolchin

Saturday May 30th, 2015 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)
Chuck Prophet blew out of San Francisco and we've been grateful for the wind of change ever since.



An Evening With Slaid Cleaves
Thursday June 4th, 2015 in aid of.......
Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland
Tickets £14 Advance/£16 Door
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50), WeGotTickets and See Tickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.40)
Having spent most of his early years in Maine, 1991 saw Slaid Cleaves move to Austin in Texas as the area became a hot bed of song writing. The following year, he was a winner of the prestigious New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival - a coveted award previously given to such artists as Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen and Steve Earle. In 2000, Cleaves had an Americana charts hit with his album 'Broke Down' - the title track was co-written with his childhood friend Rod Picott. Since then, he's released a series of acclaimed albums and this is a welcome return to appear at one of our benefits.


Steve Knightley
Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 in aid of
CLIC Sargent
St. Joseph’s Club, Chorley

Tickets £16 Advance/£18 Door
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50), WeGotTickets and See Tickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.60)
Steve Knightley, award winning 'Show of Hands' frontman has been touring since January 2014 with his "Grow Your Own Gig" project. He has now taken his original songs about rural life to over 100 unique venues from Cornwall to the Borders. Mr Kite is delighted to host one of the last nights of this tour. Chorley, here he comes.


Tom Russell
Saturday October 10th, 2015 in aid of.......
The Met, Bury

Tickets £20
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
If you don't already know Tom Russell, just check his forthcoming double album folk opera, 'The Rose of Roscrae: A Ballad of The West'. It features a who's who of legendary Americana icons including: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, David Olney, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, Augie Meyers, Fats Kaplin, Barry Walsh, Jimmy LaFave, Gretchen Peters, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Walt Whitman, Moses "Clear Rock" Platt, Jack Hardy, David Massengill, A.L. "Bert" Lloyd, Finbar Furey, Sourdough Slim, Blackie Farrell, Tex Ritter, Glen Orhlin, Pat Russell, John Trudell, Henry Real Bird, Thad Beckman, Maura O'Connell, Eliza Gilkyson, The McCrary Sisters, Ian Tyson, Bonnie Dobson, Lead Belly, Guy Clark, Dan Penn, Gurf Morlix, and Pat Manske.
Would you want to miss this night? I don't think so.


Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe - Writes & Songs
Saturday November 14th, 2015 in aid of.......
Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland
Tickets £13 Advance/£15 Door
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50), WeGotTickets and See Tickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.30)

Two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene's finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Ask anyone on the English acoustic scene who their favourite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer is and nine times out of ten the same name, Steve Tilston, will crop up in the top three of every department. A similar vote would come in for Jez Lowe who has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter having songs recorded by the likes of Fairport Convention, The Unthanks, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Liam Clancy and Bob Fox. This is a rare chance to see these great songwriters trade their talents together on stage.


St. Agnes Fountain featuring David Hughes, Chris Leslie (from Fairport Convention), Julie Matthews and Chris While
Thursday December 3rd, 2015 in aid of Bury Hospice
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)
Christmas comes but once a year and, when it comes, it brings St Agnes Fountain.

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