Monday, 28 April 2008

Hobby Horse planning spring and summer concert series

A SERIES of concerts are being hosted by the Hobby Horse, on The Esplanade, Minehead, throughout the spring and summer.
Organised by Mojo Promotions, the concerts will feature both band and solo/duo artists as well as the best tribute bands, all of which are professional national and international touring acts.
In May, there are two concerts, the first on Wednesday, May 21, features Jinder (pictured) singing the songs and music of Bob Dylan.
It will be singer-songwriter Jinder’s first visit to Minehead.
He has been featuring Bob Dylan songs in his set for many years, and his Minehead gig will take Dylan back to the beginning, stripped down - just vocals, guitar, and harmonica.
Having formed his own record label, the Dylan songs will be the first release.
Then, on Wednesday, May 28, there is a visit from The Castle Boys, featuring Richard Digance and Arnie Cottrell.
Richard Digance has performed to an audience of eight in The Falklands and to half-a-million at Knebworth, with the Beach Boys and Dire Straits.
He has also done lots in between, which led him to a BAFTA nomination and a gold award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He also finds nine letter words on Countdown.
He has survived all trends in comedy and music and remains one of Britain’s most unique entertainers, performing his songs, rhymes, and stories like nobody else.
Others may tell stories and play guitar but they probably have not performed with Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played guitar with Brian May, of Queen, Status Quo, or Joni Mitchell.
He has possibly supported more acts than anybody else in the world - Steeleye Span, David Essex, Supertramp, Elkie Brooks, Joan Armatrading, Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Jim Davidson, Chas n Dave, The Allman Brothers and Cher, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones, Mike Oldfield, and the Beach Boys.
His television specials for ITV ran for a record 11 years and on these shows he played guitar with Brian May, Status Quo, The Moody Blues, Buffy St Marie, Marc Cohn, who wrote Walking in Memphis, Chris de Burgh, Juan Martin, and Elkie Brooks.
The Minehead show will be purely music, with Richard performing with renowned Southampton acoustic blues-roots artist Arnie Cottrell.
It is one of only six tour dates.
Both concerts start at 9 pm and advance tickets are available from the Hobby Horse by calling 01643 702274 - £8 for Jinder and £10 for Richard Digance.
Future concerts at the Hobby Horse will include apres Janis’ Big Brother and the Holding Company vocalist and blues singer from Alabama Lisa Mills, blues-americana from Georgia USA with Bill Sheffield, eight-piece Pink Floyd tribute Breathe, and one of the UK’s top blues slide guitarists, Dave Kelly, from the Blues Band.

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