Upcoming …… Mr. Kite Benefits

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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Peter Knight and John Spiers
Thursday March 15th,
2018 in aid of SLEAP
Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland
Tickets 15 Advance/17 Door
Tickets available by phone on 0161-761-2216
and online at The Met, Bury (plus per transaction booking fee of 2.50) or by phone on 0871-220-0260 and online at See Tickets, WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of 1.50)
In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special 'one off' concert at that year's festival. In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn't seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say "I was there". It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option, and so 2018 sees the duo undertaking their first extensive UK tour. This exciting new duo will appear in Leyland and be featuring tracks from their upcoming album, 'Well Met' - an aptly named record if ever there was one.

Roddy Woomble
Special Guest Tom Joshua
Wednesday March 21st, 2018 in aid of DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal
The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Tickets 16 Advance/18 Door
Tickets available
online via venue (plus booking fee) or by visiting Jumbo Records, calling 0113-245-5570 or online here (plus booking fee and postal charge) or online at See Tickets and WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of 1.60)
Roddy Woomble travelled the world as the frontman of Scottish Indie giants, Idlewild, supporting the likes of REM, U2 and the Rolling Stones. Having become an acclaimed songwriter, he entered the fray as a solo artist over 10 years ago with his debut album, 'My Secret Is My Silence' which was celebrated on an anniversary tour in 2016. His most recent album, the darker lo-fi 'The Deluder', further established him as a leading voice in the thriving British contemporary Indie Folk music scene. On this tour, he returns to The Trades Club to present an intimate evening playing Roddy Woomble and Idlewild classics that will keep all his fans happy.

The Secret Sisters

Supported by Danni Nicholls
Sunday April 1st
, 2018 in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK
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)
We're welcoming The Secret Sisters to The Met for the first time to offer up the sort of harmonising that only siblings like Laura and Lydia Rogers can achieve. They are appearing in support of their third album, produced by Brandi​ Carlile​,​'You Don't Own Me Anymore'. The title itself hints at the biting and beautiful nature of this record for their new label, New West. They made a promising start to their career with plaudits from all directions and opening spots with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon. After this, they had some difficulties which have caused them to return with a focus on the heart of their talent as they get back on track with the new record. Rather than covering the songs of others, ​'You Don't Own Me Anymore' is focussed on their own significant songwriting talents. Summed up best when Laura says "We are more proud of these songs than we have ever been. Some of the songs are a little more cryptic, but some of them are very pointed and honest and direct. And we had to let those songs happen. We had to let ourselves be angry again, and bring up things we wanted to forget." Prepare yourself for a night of great harmony and song.

The Young'uns - The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff
Sunday April 8th, 2018 in aid of.......
The Grand, Clitheroe
Tickets 16
Tickets available from the venue by calling 01200-421599 or online via venue
We're working alongside The Grand in Clitheroe,
Root Music and MusicNet in supporting The Young’uns presentation, 'The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff'. This joyous folk trio will present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation. From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards, to the banks of the Thames. From Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the early 20th century. Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious, poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting. With their trademark harmony and humour, the Teesside trio present an urgent suite of songs interwoven with Johnny’s own voice and rare images to tell an amazing story.
“The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like?” ★★★★★ The Guardian

Kris Drever
Supported by Hannah Read
Saturday April 14
th, 2018 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)
Scottish songwriter Kris Drever (Lau) celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year and Best Original Track (for his song 'If Wishes Were Horses') at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017. He’s back at The Met to celebrate with us.

An Evening with
Mary Gauthier
Monday May 14th
, 2018 in aid of.......
The Met, Bury
Tickets 17
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of 2.50)
No stranger to pain or demons herself, Mary Gauthier has used songwriting to work through both addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan. On her new album, 'Rifles & Rosary Beads', she has focused solely on the experiences of others. The songs featured on the record were all co-written with wounded veterans and active duty military who say the experience of songwriting was life changing for them, some even said life saving. Mary returns to The Met to present these moving songs and will be accompanied by Michele Gazich on violin.

Heidi Talbot and John McCusker
Saturday June 2nd
, 2018 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)
Two of folk music's most highly regarded and celebrated musicians, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot, are joining forces for the first time as a duo.

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