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.


Eliza Gilkyson
Sunday May 18th, 2014 in aid of Trees for Life
The Met, Bury

Tickets £15
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216
or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk and Americana music circles. The daughter of songwriter Terry Gilkyson, whose songs were recorded by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, the White Stripes, and Dean Martin, Eliza was headed for a career in music at an early age. Eliza is now headed back to The Met with a bunch of songs from a new record, 'The Nocturne Diaries'. Described by Maverick in a 5 star review as
"Quite simply, this is a subjectively diverse cornucopia of nocturnal musical delights". Never one to shy away from politics and social issues, she writes about an adolescent gunman ("An American Boy") and looks through the eyes of an abused teenage girl ("Not My Home") with an empathy and insight that's made her one of the most beloved folk artists today. She closes the album on a hopeful note with the lullaby, "All Right Here," about finding the things you need most close at hand with family and home. It's a beautiful, haunting album inspired by the sort of thoughts that keep us awake at night, or as Eliza describes, "torches that illuminated my process over the last year, personal reflections that the night time inspired".


Aoife O'Donovan
Supported by Rachel Ries
Wednesday May 28th,
2014 in aid of Tender Nursing Care
Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland
Tickets £11 Advance/£13 Door
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via Box Office (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50), See Tickets and WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.10)
Aoife O’Donovan is best known as the lead singer of Crooked Still, as a member of the folk noir trio Sometymes Why, and as the vocalist on the Grammy winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names across roots, classical, bluegrass, and jazz leading to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas. Aoife (pronounced “ee-fuh”) steps to the fore with her debut solo album, 'Fossils,' produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, My Morning Jacket, Tift Merritt). She's also played her part in the recent Transatlantic Sessions series - see her perform 'Oh Mama' from the album here.
“A singer of modest rusticity, but as sophisticated as they come.” The New York Times


The Delines
Supported by The Lost Brothers and Aidan Smith
Wednesday June 18th,
2014 in aid of North West Blood Bikes
Night and Day, Manchester
Tickets £12 Advance/£14 Door
Tickets available from See Tickets and WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.20)
The name ‘The Delines’ came to Willy Vlautin in a dream and the idea for the band itself came long before on a Richmond Fontaine tour. Vlautin is the frontman of Portland alt-country outfit Richmond Fontaine and no stranger to critical acclaim in the UK, enjoying cult success and stellar reviews from the like of Uncut, The Observer, The Times and Q Magazine. On tour, Amy Boone was singing the female roles from ‘The High Country’ and ‘Post to Wire’ records, originally sung by her sister Deborah. Backstage Amy would sing soul and opera numbers to warm up and get her mind off the psycho logger tunes. Some of the soul singing must have found its way into Willy's consciousness and, returning home, he penned several songs he hoped Amy would sing. With Amy and Willy alongside the keyboard work of Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) as well as fellow Portlanders Sean Oldham and on pedal steel, Tucker Jackson (Minus 5) the album ‘Colfax’ was born. Now, Amy and Willy alongside other members of Richmond Fontaine are on tour with this record. Don’t miss it.


Roddy Woomble
Support TBC
Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter and performer whose naturally poetic songwriting and consistent touring have won him many thousands of fans all over the world.
In aid of......

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - Seated Show
The Met, Bury

Tickets £15
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216
or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)


and

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - Standing Show
The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Tickets £14
Advance/£16 Door
Tickets available from Jumbo Records on 0113-245-5570, See Tickets and WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.40)


Home Service

Friday September 26th, 2014
in aid of........
The Met, Bury

Tickets £19
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of £2.50)
The reunion of this classic band came about from the discovery of some previously unheard live recordings made by their former sound engineer. These recordings, from the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1986, exhibit a power and commitment that was never fully captured in the studio. The reformed band, in virtually its original lineup, has enjoyed many major gigs and proved to be a thoroughly resounding success with ecstatic ovations from audiences, old and new alike. Expect the same on this night and get your ticket soon to see the outfit voted Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012.


Chatham County Line
Support TBC
Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County Line elegantly reconcile the past and future, tradition and innovation. North Carolina's finest will be here with a new album, 'Tightrope', tucked under their arms. Don't clown around, put the date in your diary now.
In aid of......

Monday, November 17th, 2014
The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tickets £14
Advance/£16 Door
Tickets available soon


and

Friday,
November 21st, 2014
The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Tickets £14
Advance/£16 Door
Tickets available soon


Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band
Tuesday November 18th, 2014
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)
Influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr launches her eagerly anticipated solo debut, Sweet Visitor. Nancy will be joined on stage by James Fagan (Cara Dillon, The James Bros, and co-winner with Nancy of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo) Tom Wright (Albion band, Park Bench Social Club, Eliza Carthy), Tim Yates (Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Albion Band) and Rowan Rheingans (Lady Maisery). Please note that this is a special intimate show in The Studio at The Met which we expect to sell out.


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