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Weekly Edition - Published  12 December 2015


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Joe Brown - 2015/2016 UK tour is heading to Southport, Ticket GIVEAWAY!!!

JOE Brown MBE 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 for you.

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 normal
Terms and Conditions apply...  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 website.

Venues he is still to visit are as follows:-

December 2015...

Saturday, 12 December 2015 - Henley - Kenton Theatre

Sunday, 13 December 2015 - Henley - Kenton Theatre

January 2016...

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

February 2016...

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


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