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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Steve Knightley
- ‘Landlocked’ Tour 2017
Friday March 3rd, 2017 in aid of CLIC Sargent
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)
Back in 2014 ‘Show of Hands’ acclaimed frontman Steve Knightley set out on a mission to play 150 village halls and ‘untapped’ grassroots community venues. His hugely successful ‘Grow Your Own Gig’ tour saw him performing at a bedrock of intimate rural venues, drawing on his treasure trove of songs of the English countryside. Then in 2015 he turned his attention from the land to the sea for his ‘All At Sea’ tour of maritime venues - all within sight and sound of the tide. Songs from both shows were recorded and two albums, ‘Off the beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’ emerged. In 2017 he 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. Knightley, who won the Best Original Song category at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for his biting, banker-baiting 'Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed', has been rated as “one of England’s greatest singer songwriters” and has a prolific back catalogue of inspired songs including the rousing 'Country Life' (about the demise of rural living) to 'Tall Ships' (set in a West Country fishing village) and 'Roots' and crowd pleasers like 'Santiago' and his Cornish miners’ song 'Cousin Jack'.


Roddy Woomble and Band
Supported by Andrew Wasylyk
Thursday March 16th, 2017
in aid of Trees for Life
The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Tickets £15 Advance/£17 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 £1.50)
Having toured the world as the frontman of Scottish Indie giants, Idlewild, acclaimed songwriter Roddy Woomble recently toured the UK in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of his debut solo album, 'My Secret Is My Silence'. Growing up between America, France and the UK, and having lived in Glasgow and New York City, Roddy now lives on Mull in the Western Isles of Scotland, from where he hosts the annual Iona Village Hall Music Festival and has recently published, 'Instrumentals', a collection of words, lyrics and photographs from tours fronting Idlewild, critically acclaimed solo albums and Roddy’s life in Scottish Hebrides. Now established as a leading voice in the thriving British contemporary indie folk music scene, his highly anticipated new album due in 2017 will see Roddy take a darker more lo-fi direction held together by Woomble’s trademark poetic lyrics and those "evocative vocals and consummate gift for a tune”. Come down to The Trades Club and catch a hold of his talents.



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.


Alejandro Escovedo
Supported by Don Antonio (featuring members of Sacri Cuori)
Sunday April 9th, 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)
Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo is releasing 'Burn Something Beautiful' in early 2017. This new album is a highly collaborative affair teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album’s songs and act as producers. Alejandro will be supported and joined on stage by Don Antonio, a project featuring members of Sacri Cuori who have backed the likes of Richard Buckner, Howe Gelb, Dan Stuart (Green on Red) and Robyn Hitchcock.


Tim O'Brien

Special Guest Kaia Kater
Saturday May
20th, 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)
Songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien returns to The Met to parade his considerable talent. He'll be supported by Special Guest Kaia Kater, an exciting, up and coming old-timey player.


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, 'Knows Time, Knows Change', is scheduled for release in the spring of 2017 and will be on the Fledgling Record label.

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