Joe Brown - 2015/2016 UK tour is heading to Southport,
hits the road again this Autumn on his first UK outing this year and into
2016. It’s a major tour that takes him up to Christmas and then on into 2016
for another 2 months. One of the stops will be at Southport
It’s a long tour, and a tough 1, but it could so easily never have
happened. And not just this set of dates.
Way back in 1960 Joe was on the road as lead guitarist with Eddie Cochran
and Gene Vincent. Joe already had solo hits with People Gotta Talk and
Darktown Strutters Ball so Larry Parnes, his then manager, pulled him off
the tour to do his own headline shows.
A stroke of luck? Fate? Who knows. One thing’s for sure, it certainly could
have saved his life. If Joe’d stuck with the original plan he’d have been in
the car crash that tragically cost Eddie his; and the last 5 and a half
decades of JB music would never have happened.
Since that very 1st hit Joe has toured, performed and entertained like the
master he is; a man with a musical skill set to be envied and totally at
home with the quickfire gag and the effortless repartee that’s now part and
parcel of the cheeky chappie .
Although born in Lincolnshire, Joe was evacuated to London and grew up in
the East End in the pub that his mum ran. He started playing professionally
at 18 and soon outgrew the music hall songs of his parents, embracing
skiffle in his late teens and then rock ‘n’ roll. The revelation that was
Little Richard changed his life.
Much has been written of Joe’s role as a UK guitar pioneer and rightly so.
But, as the man modestly says:- “There was nobody around in those days to
tell you you were doing it wrong.” So he developed his own style which
included playing guitar behind his head (a move that is said to have
influenced Jimi Hendrix).
His guitar playing has been lauded by many of his fellow artists including
luminaries such as George Harrison, Mark Knopfler and Keith Richards, to
name but a few. His receipt of a coveted Mojo Award a few years back proved
one of the most popular awards of the night.
Joe’s last album:- “The Ukulele Album” demonstrated his love of that
instrument, one he’s championed for many years, but his accomplishments are
spread wide. He also plays mandolin, mandola, fiddle, trumpet, banjo and, of
course, electric and acoustic guitar.
Accompanied by his 4 strong band which includes his MD son Pete, the
forthcoming tour will see Joe playing old favourites, rockers and new songs
with a twist. Like a ringmaster overseeing his domain Joe commands the stage
and, like the true professional he is, always delivers.
So what’s in store? A great musical evening, a hugely enjoyable one and
probably a complete revelation. An inspiring tour de force; that’s Joe Brown
We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away! To enter all you have to do is
send us your FULL name and phone number along with the response to
the following question:- "What was the title of his last album? a) The
Guitar Album b) The Ukulele Album or c) The Piano Album. (Answer B!)"
You must email us by 12 noon, on 18 December 2015. our
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Information of the winners will be passed on to the promoter and the Theatre
to enable you to collect the tickets.
Do not forget that he'll be playing with his band and performing songs
career, so even if you do not win, by your ticket for the Southport Theatre
and Floral Hall Complex, on the Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ. To book
tickets for this show go to this
Venues he is still to visit are as follows:-
Saturday, 12 December 2015 - Henley - Kenton Theatre
Sunday, 13 December 2015 - Henley - Kenton Theatre
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 - Milton Keynes - Milton Keynes Theatre
Thursday, 14 January 2016 - Crawley - The Hawth
Friday, 15 January 2016 - Eastbourne - Congress Theatre
Saturday, 16 January 2016 - Reading - Hexagon
Sunday, 17 January 2016 - Weston Super Mare - The Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, 23 January 2016 - Buxton - Opera House
Sunday, 24 January 2016 - Southport - Southport Theatre
Monday, 25 January 2016 - Darlington - Civic Theatre
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - Halifax - The Victoria Theatre
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - Gateshead - The Sage
Friday, 29 January 2016 - York - Grand Opera House
Saturday, 30 January 2016 - Liverpool - Philharmonic Hall
Sunday, 31 January 2016 - Llandudno - Venue Cymru
Thursday, 4 February 2016 - Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Halls
Friday, 5 February 2016 - Bournemouth - The Pavilion Theatre
Saturday, 6 February 2016 - Torquay - The Princess Theatre
Sunday, 7 February 2016 - Bristol - Hippodrome
Monday, 8 February 2016 - Worthing - The Pavilion Theatre
Sunday, 14 February 2016 - Skegness - The Embassy Theatre
Monday, 15 February 2016 - Ipswich - Regent Theatre
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - Folkestone - Leas Cliff Hall
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - London - Cadogan Hall
Friday, 19 February 2016 - St Albans - The Alban Arena
Sunday, 21 February 2016 - Kings Lynn - The Corn Exchange