Ian Hunter brings golden age of rock n roll to Harrogate

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Not everyone loves Lesley Garrett and string quartets and the Harrogate district has a sizeable fanbase for more earthy musical fayre like rock n roll and folk music, writes Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers.

Thankfully, Harrogate Theatre has stepped into the breach, offering sublime acoustics and a stunning venue in the shape of the Royal Hall.

Its autumn line-up is a must for anyone who remembers the 1970s and 80s – or simply appreciates knock-out tunes from accomplished musicians.

It’s an incredible four decades since Mott The Hoople, one of glam rock’s seminal bands, began its assault on the British music scene. Head honcho and consummate frontman Ian Hunter was one of the era’s most articulate songwriters and a compelling rock n roller – qualities that have only ripened during Hunter’s solo career. Hunter, who performs at the Royal Hall on Thursday, October 25, has gone from strength to strength, with his September release When I’m President marking his 20th album of original songs. Wry, socially conscious, impassioned and as rock’n’roll as he ever was, Hunter’s one-of-a-kind voice is backed by his longstanding all-star combo, the Rant Band.

Three Brit Awards, chart-topping albums and singles and an MBE decorate Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader’s mantelpiece. Reader first came to the record-buying public’s attention in the 1980s with Fairground Attraction, who had a huge hit with Perfect. Reader, who plays the Royal Hall on Tuesday, November 6, has since established herself as a solo performer and one of Scotland’s national treasures with nine LPs in her solo back catalogue which contains folk, pop and more.

Singer-songwriter and former member of illustrious Brit bands Ace, Squeeze, Roxy Music and Mike + The Mechanics, Paul Carrack is a Sheffield – and music – legend. For his performance at the Royal Hall on Wednesday, November 28, Carrack will be playing tracks from his latest album of blue-eyed soul, Good Feeling, alongside a selection of feel-good classics.

‘The Alan Bennett of the Bontempi organ’ (The Guardian), ultra-dour Sheffield singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth is a comedy gem not to be missed.

Graham Fellows is the man behind the man behind the character and has enjoyed enormous success with his brilliant Sony and Perrier-nominated character creation. You can catch him at Harrogate Theatre on Tuesday, November 6.

Kate Rusby at Christmas - Royal HalL, Harrogate

Royal HalL, Harrogate

December 8: In this 20th anniversary year of Kate’s career, the evening will feature songs from Kate’s two albums of Yorkshire-inspired songs and carols.

Come along to hear new variations of familiar carols mostly unheard outside the area together with a selection of old favourites played with her hugely talented band complete with brass quintet.

Tickets for all these events are available at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or through the box office on 01423 502 116.