Twelve years after he first visited this corner of the Ribble Valley to accompany Lindisfarne front-man, Billy Mitchell, BOB FOX returns to Mellor Brook for a solo show. Fox has been developing his gift for conveying the hurt, joy, politics and honesty of folk song for over 40 years. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand purveying a sideways take on his native roots which lie between the Tyne, Wear and Tees. He has collaborated with many top musicians and is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards. His work includes The Pitmen Poets and the BBC Radio Ballads as well as many acclaimed solo recordings. In 2011 he succeeded Tim van Eiken and Saul Rose in the role of the Song Man in War Horse in London’s West End, subsequently touring with the show in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.
No doubt he will dip into the War Horse repertoire for his show at Mellor Brook but expect favourites from his broader repertoire: Rambling Rover, In the Bar Room, The Waters of Tyne, Big River, Farewell Johnny Miner, Champion at Keeping Them Rolling and The Bonny Gateshead Lass. As this show takes place on St Patrick’s Day, it has been written into the contract that Bob performs The Galway Shawl
David Metcalfe will play an opening support slot.
Seating is unreserved so arrive early for the best seat. Doors will open at 7.30.
Janet and Pauline will be staffing the bar which will stock a draught real ale, red and white wine by the glass or bottle and a selection of soft drinks.
This show was originally scheduled for Thursday May 7th, 2020
Tickets (£13) are available by sending a stamped envelope and a cheque payable to J Aspin to Shamrock Promotions, 53, Briar Road, Blackburn BB1 9TF or online via Eventbrite
further info: 07377 788 716
Important information: Under the terms of the Centre’s entertainments licence the hall capacity is restricted to 110. The Centre’s management committee took the decision to further restrict this to 50 during the summer months of 2021. The current limit is 100 if all seated. This limit is subject to revision should the Centre management deem such a measure necessary for the safely of its guests. Ticket sales are to be halted at 50 until February 23 when it is hoped a further 50 will be made available subject to Centre management group decisions taken at their next committee meeting (see below).
concert goers will be asked to wear a mask on entry and exit from hall; to use the hand sanitisers provided on entry and exit; to stay away should they feel ill; to wear an extra layer of clothing to compensate for lower room temperature during periods of extra ventilation of room.
The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for 23 February 2022 when measures will reviewed. Please watch this space. Seamus Heffernan