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John Etheridge (Solo)
Special Guest: Kit Holmes

Friday 17 Oct, 7.30pm
Enjoy an uplifting evening of blues, folk, jazz, African grooves and much more from two outstanding guitarists.

John is one of the world’s most respected guitarists and his music spans a myriad of styles and influences. He was the guitarist for the celebrated jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and has also performed with Soft Machine, Pat Metheny, Andy Summers, Dizzy Gillespie, Nigel Kennedy and is currently in a duo with the eminent classical guitarist John Williams. This is a rare opportunity to see John performing a solo concert.

Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring. Her blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility have guaranteed her three headline shows at the International Guitar Festival. Kit’s third album, Driving into the Blue features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson.

"I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” Sting



  Mark Steel’s Back In Town

Sunday 19 Oct, 8.00pm
This show is based on the BBC Radio 4 series in which Mark writes a show around each town he visits. It’s a sparkling verdict on humanity that he’s mocked them all and somehow is still alive. For this show Mark has found dozens more towns to humiliate, as well as pledging to discover what makes Durham ridiculous. He says:

"I’ve stood behind a Londoner on a cliff in Dorset, who said to his wife 'That lighthouse is getting on my bloody wick.' I’ve seen rivalries such as that in Corby, when I thanked a librarian for finding me a book and she replied ‘Yes, because here we’re not like those miserable arses from Kettering’. I’ve even read a book called ‘A History of the Railway in Didcot’ that starts 'This book is in no way a history of the railway in Didcot'"

There will be pictures, and ranting, some people will call things out, and you’ll be a far better audience than the miserable arses in those other towns.

“a man with a passionate desire to communicate his ideas, who is also very funny” The Guardian



  Jason Byrne
In… You Name The Show

Friday 24 Oct, 8.00pm
It's January and I’m asked as I’m asked each year “what’s the name of your show Jason?” I ask do you mean the one that will be on in August and by the time I get there my show content will have changed at least 546 times? Yes they say. So I’ve asking the audiences to name the show, and that’s exactly what they’ll do over the course of the year, the best name will win £500, there will be a leader board on stage each night and by the end of the tour my show will have a name, thanks to you lot. As featured on Live at the Apollo, The Royal Variety Show. Sony Radio Gold Award winning The Jason Byrne Show (Radio 2) and BBC1’s Father Figure of which he is the creator and star. Recommended 14+

“the outright king of live comedy” The Times



Jeremy Hardy

Saturday 25 Oct, 8.00pm
Jeremy has been a stand-up comic since 1984 and will be one until he dies or wins the lottery. He best known for his work on Radio 4, notably on News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. In 2010, he published a book, My Family and Other Strangers, chronicling his desperate search for interesting ancestors.

“a comic genius” Sandi Toksvig

£14 (£5 conc)


The Red Cross Charity Concert

Sunday 26 Oct, 7.00pm
The County Durham and Teesside branch of the British Red Cross is delighted to welcome back Murton Colliery Band and Youth Connection Singers from Chester Le Street with their junior choir, Drama Tree. Headlining the show is Teesside-born opera singer Suzannah Clarke whose versatile voice has won her international acclaim. Together they provide a wonderful evening of music, with all proceeds used by the British Red Cross (this year celebrating 150 years of humanitarian action) to fund their work caring for people in crisis.

£10 (£8 conc)


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