Eddi Reader needs no introduction. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.
Her return to the Gardyne will no doubt be highlight of the year so book your tickets now.
Tickets : £27.50 (£25 + £2.50 booking fee)
Gary Little is one of the most consistent and funny acts in Scottish Comedy. He is recognised as a master storyteller and in this show he talks Death, Love and Dog-walking! With a post-graduate from the University of Hard Knocks, the inaptly names Gary Little will be striding high with his comedy gold to Eden Court and the rest of Scotland in Spring 2015.
A regular sell-out and fresh from Glasgow International Comedy Festival dates – where an extra 3 sold-out dates were added due to popular demand (two years in a row) – and a full Edinburgh Fringe run to sensational reviews, this big-man is sure-fire hit and is not to be missed.
Despite his imposing physical presence – a 6’ 2” skinhead – Gary has an incredibly personable, relatable style. Combine that with his unflinching honesty and openness – and just a hint of vulnerability – and audiences everywhere fall in love with his easy charm. He has that rare gift which to turn mundane, every-day experiences into pure comedy gold, which will have you simply crying with laughter.
From the stable that brought you the incomparable Illegal Eagles, Phil Aldridge presents a sensational new production…..“The Carpenters Story”.
Widely regarded as the first ever “Tribute” show back in its 1989 incarnation, The Carpenters Story brings the show bang up to date – Phil Aldridge’s lavish arrangements, stunning vocal harmonies and Claire Furley’s uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter combine to bring back memories of pop’s most melodic duo.
Featuring all the songs that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of music. They Long to be Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, I Won’t Last a Day Without You, Goodbye to Love, Yesterday Once More, Top of the World, Please Mr Postman, Solitaire and lots more, The Carpenters Story take you on a magical musical journey spanning 3 decades.
Recently, the show has performed on the “Rainy days and Mondays” tour in conjunction with Smooth FM selling out theatres nationwide.
“It was well played, very accurate – I’m flattered!” – Richard Carpenter
Following their massively successful and critically acclaimed Sweet Home Chicago tour, The Chicago Blues Brothers are back with a brand new action packed show to celebrate over 30 years of the Blues Brothers phenomenon. Backed by the hottest 10 piece band around, the stars of the show not only entertain us with Jake and Elwood, but also classics from Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Cab Calloway!
This non-stop revue is packed with over 2 hours of the very best Blues, Motown & Soul music from both of The Blues Brothers movies – and plenty of laughs too!
Don’t forgot your Pork Pie Hats and Dark Glasses!
‘Official UK No.1 Winner of the National Tribute Awards 2013’ – The Agents Association
FiFirst showing in 20 years for Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart. Over the past three decades or so, Jah Wobble has ploughed his own furrow as a prolific solo artist, as well as becoming a well-respected session musician, with genuine passion for Eastern and Global music.
He has worked with a diverse range of musicians, including Baaba Maal, Bjork, Primal Scream, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Julianne Regan, Delores O’Riordan, Holgat Czukay, The Edge and Chaka Demus & Pliers.
The man born John Wardle began his musical journey when he met John Lydon and Sid Vicious at Kingsway College, London in 1973. It was Vicious who not only nicknamed John ‘Jah Wobble’ after a drunken binge but also loaned him his first bass guitar.
Lydon asked JW to join Public Image Limited (aka PiL) in spring 1978. Wardle’s distinctive ‘low end’ bass became the backbone of PiL’s pioneering sound. After its follow-up, the exploratory yet sinister soundscapes of ‘Metal Box’, Wardle became disillusioned by politics within the band and their reluctance to play live. He eventually split from PiL in mid-1980 and embarked on a prolific solo career.
Wobble is joined on stage by drummer Marc Layton-Bennett and Martin Chung.
The Three Degrees are an American female vocal group, formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group has remained a trio with 2 original members since Sheila Ferguson left many moons ago. Well known for their soulful voices, beautiful gowns, fabulous stage shows as well as songs like “When will I see you again”, “Dirty Ol’ Man”, “Take Good Care Of Yourself”.
They have been continuously touring for more than 40 years and still touring to this day. The Three Degrees are Helen Scott, Valerie Holiday and Freddie Pool.
As long as we know how to love we know we’ll stay alive…
Last year’s sell-out hit musical Tour, I Will Survive, is coming to Dundee, courtesy of InsideOut Productions!
This is all singing, all dancing proof that great friends and a good night out can be powerful in mending a broken heart – think your favourite chick flick, with extra drama and an amazing retro soundtrack!
Whether you missed out last year or can’t wait to see the tale of love, loss and survival again, you’re in for a groovy evening of 70, 80s and 90s pop hits from the production company that brought you A Night at the Musicals, Little Shop of Horrors and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.
In this special acoustic performance Barbara with her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, her latest exploration of the songs of Gerry Rafferty, and some of her classic hit records.
Nick joined Barbara’s touring band in the mid 2000’s after working with Troy Donockley in the Maddy Prior Band and recording with Maddy on a couple of her seminal albums which Barbara knew and admired. He also sang on her ‘Full Circle’ album, the first to feature the style of music she now performs.
In 2009, Barbara with Nick started working as a ‘duo’ where she played all the guitars and piano and Nick, keyboards and vocals. Since then, they have played together in Cathedrals and Abbeys, Folk Festivals and Theatres and developed an intimate rapport with each other and the audience. They say that it’s a different experience to working with the bigger band, but just as enjoyable and gives the music ‘breathing space’.
Tickets : £27.50 (£25 + £2.50 booking fee)
Following on from his highly-acclaimed New York and Philadelphia, Billy Joel ‘Original Touring Band’ concerts, Elio Pace delivers this sensational tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. Featuring the massive hits, Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are and My Life as well as fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook in this electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his magnificent 6-piece band.
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“Elio rocks!” Brian May
“Elio is tremendous… I’m a big fan. Music made the old fashioned way… played” Huey Lewis
“Elio is a treasure trove of musical knowledge. It literally flows through his fingers… if musicians had Jedi masters, he would be one” Raul Malo
“A dazzling talent whose music appeals to all generations” Albert Lee
“Only Sensational” Sir Terry Wogan
Phil & Aly, two of Scotland’s most acclaimed traditional musicians have been delighting audiences across Scotland with their masterful, versatile and amusing performances and leading us in the dance on BBC’s live Hogmanay show for over two decades. Oct 2013 saw the legendary folk duo receive the The Sunday Mail Great Scot Award’s ‘Lifetime Achievement” Award.
In 1986, two members from two of Scotland’s leading bands, “The Boys of The Lough” and “Silly Wizard”, came together to work on a television series.
You could say “the rest is history”.
Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham enjoyed performing together so much that they decided to have a small tour that year. That was beginning of a remarkable working relationship and friendship that has endured and continued to thrive taking them all over the world.
They have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion, bringing excellence in traditional music to venues across the country. Individually they pursue other ventures in performance, television and education. It is when they tour together that they truly shine with over quarter of a century of well-honed skills and hilarious banter delighting audiences everywhere.
Both Phil and Aly have ‘many other strings to their bow”
Phil, who is Artistic Director of Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, had the wonderful opportunity in 2014 to perform at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony alongside Nicola Benedetti. He also arranged & co-produced Pumeza Matshikiza’s performance of Freedom Come All Ye.
Phil also arranged and co-produced tracks on Nicola Benedetti’s new album ‘Homecoming’. He also works with John Ashton Thomas (Hollywood film Orchestrator and composer) on orchestration and arrangements and in 2014 Phil will also be working on a new BBC series on piping.
Aly, who now holds 5 honorary Doctor of Music degrees, was honoured by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013 with a Lifetime Achievement Award and his now world acclaimed “Transatlantic Sessions” will be going network in the USA in 2014. Aly continues to develop that series, while also touring in the autumn each year with Ale Möller & Bruce Molsky.
From punk princess to cult stage actress high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 35 years she has amassed 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums and toured live across the world.
In this lively and energetic concert with her full live electric band you can expect to hear hit singles good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains and It’s A Mystery alongside classics Obsolete, All In A Rage, Danced and Ieya.
Vocals: Toyah Willcox
Guitar: Chris Wong
Keyboards: Andy Doble
Bass: Tim Rose
Drums: John Humpreys
After receiving five star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival, columnist, television presenter, actress and singer Michelle brings ‘Michelle McManus’ Reality – The Musical’ to Dundee. An upfront and humorous take on her life since winning ‘Pop Idol’ just over a decade ago, with famous show tunes from the West End and Broadway. From ‘Chicago’ to ‘Cabaret’, ‘Les Miserables’ to ‘Chess’ this fabulous evening of entertainment is set to have everyone singing along and laughing with Michelle as she recounts some of the ups and downs of her life as a TV reality show winner and exactly how she feels about Simon Cowell and Gillian McKeith.
“A very, very good comedian …. the new queen of the one woman show”. Daily Record
“This show is going to be one serious party”. Evening Edinburgh News
“That voice continues to give us goosebumps”. ScotsGay
With special guest Kai Humphries *
Don’t miss the smash-hit new show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning comedy half-man-half-Xbox!
Daniel’s sold out 7 consecutive Edinburgh Fringe seasons, has made TV appearances including ‘Sunday Night at Palladium’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, ‘Conan O’Brien’ (4 times in one year – the first stand-up ever to achieve this), had his own BBC show, co-created online sitcom M.U.F.F, gave a ‘Tedx’ Talk, has toured extensively throughout UK, Australia, USA, Europe, won a few awards, released a live DVD and is currently working on his pilot for Warner Brothers Studios…
He’s also totally sick of people calling his comedy “dark”.
‘Brilliantly dark’ (Sunday Times);
‘Brilliant’ (Mail on Sunday)
‘Genuinely funny!’ (Time Out)
‘Funny, intelligent, charming’ ★★★★ (4 Stars Plus) (Edinburgh Evening News)
*(support artist may be subject to change)
Age Restriction: 16+
Now established as the World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute, the Illegal Eagles continue to amaze crowds everywhere with their extremely tight harmonies and acute attention to detail.
With over 15 years international touring experience, their uncanny ability to capture the emotion of Don Henley’s vocal deliveries have won mass audience acclaim both at home and abroad.
This latest production features all the classics – Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado, Life in the Fast Lane, Take it to the Limit, and a whole lot more!
“The band were flawless in their delivery both musically & vocally” – The Express
Jay Rayner has been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing he’s learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush. In My Dining Hell, Jay examines our love affair with lousy reviews, reads from accounts of some of the most excruciating nights out he’s ever had & looks at the worst reviews his own work has ever received. A hugely entertaining show in the company of the man recently voted the best food and drink journalist in Britain.
Jay Rayner is an award winning journalist, writer and broadcaster. He has been the Observer newspaper’s restaurant critic for over 12 years, is the resident food expert on The One Show, a regular judge on Masterchef and chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet. He has a lot of hair and a fine collection of flowery shirts.
Celebrating 100 years since the icon was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, this show is far more than a Tribute to Frank Sinatra. From his debut with Harry James in 1939 through the swinging golden years at The Sands during the sixties, to his final goodbye at The MGM Grand in 1994, the magic of Sinatra live in concert is captured perfectly by David Alacey. This lavish production encapsulates not only the wonderful music of the original legend, but also the remarkable personality of the star who ruled the world of entertainment for over half a century.
Including all of the hit songs and anthems made popular by the legendary performer such as “Come Fly With Me”, “The Lady Is A Tramp”, “My Way”, “Strangers in The Night” and of course, “New York New York”. These classics along with rarer gems are performed with amazing accuracy by David Alacey who not only sings like Ol’ Blue Eyes, but also shares his unique mannerisms. Physically resembles him on stage and talks like he is at the Sands in the sixties taking part in an unforgettable evening with Count Basie and his Orchestra. In the words of one of Frank’s closest friends – Buddy Greco “David really is Sinatra..it’s frightening”.
He is joined on stage by the stunning L.A Showgirls, Buddy’s own Big Band under the direction of Paul Drakeley and Guest Stars including star of 7 Royal Command Performances, Las Vegas, Broadway and Movies – the multi-talented Anita Harris. Evergreen British all-round Entertainer and hit recording star (“Up On The Roof” “Stand By Me” and many more) – Kenny Lynch completes the star studded line up.
So don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate one hundred years of a true Legend and experience what it was really like to spend an evening in the presence of the greatest entertainer of the twentieth century doing it as only he could – his way!
Ladies and gentleman from here on in – Frank Sinatra
The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Following huge demand after their performance here last year, Let’s Hang On returns to take you on a musical journey through the history of one of the most successful bands of all time – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons!
Featuring an anthology of hit songs including Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Bye Bye Baby, December 1963 (Oh What A Night!), Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Working My Way Back To You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Grease and many more!
Prepare for an electric atmosphere and don’t be surprised to find yourself on your feet and dancing before the night is over!!
‘You guys are dynamite!’ – Frankie Valli
‘An authentic masterpiece’ – The BBC
‘These guys are absolutely brilliant’ – The Paul O Grady Show
This will be a unique opportunity to see Ricky present some of his most famous songs as they were first written, by him, sitting at a piano. And it’s a chance for Ricky to engage the audience with the stories about the people, places and ideas that influenced his song writing.
Ricky says “I want to be in a room of people and tell some stories and sing some songs. The stories won’t always be true … but the songs will be. There will be a piano, perhaps a guitar now and again, a pile of songs written over four decades and myself. Come and join me if you can.”
“Sit down and listen to a master songwriter” – Glasgow Evening Times
In his 60 years on this planet, comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton has experienced many changes. For instance, he was once a 6’4”-tall professional basketball player, until a tree fell on him. But, of course, change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Why? Is that fair? Some changes are good, some bad. Why can’t they be more clearly labelled? How did we end up working longer hours? Where did all the sparrows go? If you’re feeling flustered because of flux, Andy will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and the changes yet to come.
Award winning comedian and comedy writer ANDY HAMILTON is back with a brand new solo stage show. During the past few years Andy and his writing partner Guy Jenkin have co-created, written and directed the 2015 Election satire ‘Ballot Monkeys’ for Channel 4; the hit BBC 1 sitcom ‘Outnumbered’ and the acclaimed 2014 UK feature film ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’ Their impressive back catalogue includes Channel 4’s ‘Drop The Dead Donkey’.
Andy is also renowned for his long-running BBC Radio 4 sitcom ‘Old Harry’s Game’ and as a panel regular on ‘The News Quiz’ and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue'; He also pops up from time to time on TV shows such as ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘QI’.