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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Tim O'Brien

Special Guest Kaia Kater
Saturday May
20th, 2017 to help support The Extended Family via
Plan International
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 alongside a new album. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, he became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music and started making his living as a musician at age 19. He's worked with his sister, Mollie, among other notables such as Steve Earle as well as forming a highly popular band in Hot Rize. With the latter, Nashville started noticing Tim’s songs, and he had top ten country hits with Kathy Mattea’s versions of Hot Rize songs 'Walk The Way The Wind Blows' and 'Untold Stories'. Other notable covers by New Grass Revival, Nickel Creek, Garth Brooks, and the Dixie Chicks followed. After Hot Rize, O’Brien performed and recorded on his own, eventually releasing fourteen solo recordings, as well as collaborations with Dirk Powell ('Songs From The Mountain') and with Darrell Scott ('Real Time').
'Where the River Meets the Road' is his sixteenth solo release. Each of the 12 tracks on the album is connected to his home state of West Virginia. Two originals, 'Guardian Angel and the title track 'Where the River Meets the Road', tell deeply personal stories of O’Brien’s family - the death of his older sister when he was a toddler, and the tale of his great grandfather moving to his hometown of Wheeling in the 1850s. The remaining ten songs were collected and compiled after more than a decade collaborating with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. O’Brien admits that the scope of his successes would not have been possible if he had remained in his home state. This journey to find work and carve his own path not only mirrors the experience of his own great grandfather, but also the West Virginian experience as a whole. Each song, artist, and songwriter referenced on the album tells a version of this journey.
Tim will 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 DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal
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 a 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 due for release on the Fledgling Record label after all five original members, Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While temporarily put aside their numerous projects in a joyful studio gathering. The members of Daphne's Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a wide range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boy's 'God Only Knows' and Elvis Costello's 'Shipbuilding'. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion. Hang onto your hats for an evening of joyous harmonising.


Ryley Walker
Support TBC
August 30th, 2017 in aid of.......
The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Tickets £13 Advance/£15 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 £1.30)
Ryley Walker is on an unstoppable rise with albums that garner increasing hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut and Mojo – in the process, earning the admiration of other musicians who have chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson with whom Ryley performed a number of gigs in 2016. He’s returning to The Trades Club with a full band in what should be a night to remember.


Slaid Cleaves
Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 in aid of.......
Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland

Tickets £16 Advance/£18 Door
Tickets available online at See Tickets,  WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.70)
Slaid Cleaves has been writing songs that have garnered him attention for many years. However, his last record, ‘Still Fighting the War’ was recognised as one of his finest. With a new record under his arm, Slaid returns to the UK to show us just why he counts the likes of Stephen King and Russell Crowe amongst his many fans.


Roddy Woomble and Band
Support TBC
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'. Now established as a leading voice in the thriving British contemporary indie folk music scene, these dates are in support of his highly anticipated new album.
Tuesday October 17th, 2017 in aid of.......
The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tickets £16 Advance/£18 Door
PLEASE NOTE DOORS OPEN AT 7pm
Tickets available from See Tickets, Music Glue, WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.60)

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Tuesday October 24th, 2017 in aid of.......
The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Tickets £16 Advance/£18 Door
Tickets available via the venue, by visiting Jumbo Records, calling 0113-245-5570 or online here (plus booking fee and postage if not collecting from shop) or online at See Tickets, Music Glue (plus per ticket booking fee of £1.60)


Tom Russell
Saturday November
25th, 2017 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)
Need we say more........ singer songwriter, painter, essayist - thirty five highly acclaimed records and published five books. Tom Russell will be arriving with a bunch of new songs to parade at The Met.

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