Saturday 1st April
Modern and authentic folk delivered with power, personality and purpose. B-SYDES (aka rising singer-songwriter Ben Sydes) has been capturing the hearts and minds of audiences since his first EPs and critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Constant Fictions’.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Frank Turner, Gaz Brookfield, Ferocious Dog, Sam Duckworth, Dave McPherson and countless more, he’s honed his craft, found his true voice, and has set himself up to chase the many ambitions within his music.
Bob Fox & Billy Mitchell
Wednesday 5th April
A rare opportunity to see Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox perform once again as a duo
after several years of highly succesful individual work. Both men are fine singers,
masters of vocal harmony and musicians of stunning ability who can bring magic
into any auditorium.
Billy Mitchell has done it all as a performer and songwriter. He spent eight years as
front man of the legendary ‘Lindisfarne’ till their retirement in 2003. Billy’s influence
on the latter-day line-up of the band helped them stay as respected and successful
as they had been prior to his recruitment.
Bob Fox has twice been nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio
2 Folk Awards. His masterful interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs
is one of his greatest strengths and during his time performing with Stu Luckley,
won the Melody Maker -Folk Album of the Year Award in 1978 with their album
‘Nowt So Good’ll Pass’.
Friday 7th April
25 years on from the release of The Seahorses’ seminal album Do It Yourself, vocalist Chris Helme will revisit the iconic record with a series of one-off acoustic performances across the UK.
Formed by Stone Roses’ guitarist John Squire, the English alternative rock band released Do It Yourself to an outpouring of adoration from fans around the world. It reached number 2 in the UK album charts and defined a moment in time for many.
A string of high-profile shows followed, from tours with Oasis and The Rolling Stones and playing Glastonbury, to unforgettable appearances on Top of the Pops and TFI Friday.
This year, Chris will take audiences back to 1997 as he performs the impactful album from start to finish.
Saturday 8th April
Delighted that Samantics are coming back to Katie Fitzgeralds in Stourbridge on 8th April
Samantics is a one man machine of honesty, energy, words and noise. Using lyrics to portray his own unique vision of the world we’re all wandering, he speaks and shrieks from the centre of his erratic heart. Using a trolley full of sounds, including ukulele, bass, beats, piano, harmonies, blips and bloops and more, all brought together with loop station and sampler to create a hot pot of powerful, noisy poetry. It’s not quite hip-hop, but it’s not quite not.
Fitz of laughter Comedy Club
Friday 14th April
Wayne Beese (MC)