Upcoming …… Mr. Kite Benefits

In 2015, 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.


An Evening With Chip Taylor
Sunday May 24th, 2015 in aid of Music In Prisons
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.” Yes, that's 'Wild Thing' as you will know it from The Troggs and/or Jimi Hendrix but he's also 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 Platania who is famed for his work with Van Morrison.



Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express

Supported by The Dreaming Spires (Acoustic Duo)

Saturday May 30th, 2015 in aid of DEC Nepal Earthquake 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)
Chuck Prophet blew out of San Francisco and we've been grateful for the wind of change ever since. As a member of Green on Red, he managed to raise the profile of what became known as Americana music through the 1980's. Since those days, he's released a series of albums under his own name with the able assistance of The Mission Express. These records have established a loyal following that knows a good thing when they hear it. He now returns in support of his latest release, 'Night Surfer'. Check out his new video and the story behind it here.
"He's a Genius. If you buy one record, buy his" - Lucinda Williams
“Prophet's records always seem to find a way into best-of lists. No one layers country, rock and 1960s soul idioms better” - The Times
“Lovely, incantatory and mysterious. God bless Chuck Prophet” - Stephen King
“a really cool artist - Chuck Prophet” - Ryan Adams



An Evening With Slaid Cleaves
Thursday June 4th, 2015 in aid of Galloway's Society for the Blind
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. His fans include Russell Crowe and Stephen King and you're welcome too!


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.


Sam Baker with Carrie Elkin - 'Love Songs and Duets'
Sunday November 1st, 2015 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)
Sam Baker will be joined by good friend, Carrie Elkin, in a tour being called 'Love Songs and Duets' as they will include covers of songs they love and, of course, a selection of everyone's favourite originals.



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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