Unleashed and on the road again, two of the UK’s best known and loved singers – Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together again throughout the UK.
And what a treat it is! The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and trad folk arrangements: ‘Sally Wheatley’, ‘Meet Me On The Corner’, ‘Dance To Your Daddy’, ‘Collier Laddie’s Wife’, ‘Clear White Light’, ‘Big River’, ‘Galway Shawl’ and many more..
This is a rare opportunity to see Billy and Bob perform once again as a duo after several years of highly successful individual work. Both men are fine singers, masters of vocal harmony and musicians of stunning ability who can bring magic into any auditorium.
Billy has done it all as a performer and songwriter. He spent eight years as front man of the legendary Lindisfarne till their retirement in 2003. Billy’s influence on the latter-day line-up of the band helped them stay as respected and successful as they had been prior to his recruitment.
In the Seventies he founded the seminal Jack The Lad. He has acted and sung all around the world and in 2005 released his first solo album, The Devil’s Ground. In his enthusiastic review of the album, Pete Fyffe of Folking.com, described Billy as one of the finest singers on the planet“. Billy has most recently completed three sell out tours with The Lindisfarne Story and performs as one of The Pitmen Poets along with Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Benny Graham presenting songs, stories and images of life in the Coal mining communities of Durham and Northumberland.
Bob has twice been nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. His masterful interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs is one of his greatest strengths and during his time performing with Stu Luckley, won the Melody Maker Folk Album of the Year Award in 1978 with their album Nowt So Good’ll Pass.
As soon as I heard Bob Fox sing I realised that he must have one of the best voices in England. I have always regarded him as an artiste of great integrity and ability’ (Ralph McTell). Bob was invited to join the National Theatre’s production of Warhorse in London’s West End in 2011 and subsequently the UK,Ireland and South Africa touring version in 2013 playing the role of Songman.
Billy and Bob first toured together in 2006 producing the highly acclaimed ‘live’ album Five-star B&B’. More tours with Bob followed and a studio album Back on City Road. Their duo show features songs with a strong north-eastern flavour (including several Lindisfarne classics) celebrating the richness of life on both sides of the rivers Tyne, Wear and beyond. Billy and Bob’s close rapport, great songs and lashings of wit make this warmhearted show ideal for audiences of virtually any age or musical persuasion.
A masterclass in live entertainment.
‘Dance To Your Daddy’ – live:
Sunday 23rd MOTTRAM ST. ANDREW (Cheshire)
Village Hall https://www.musicatmottram.com/
Friday 29th BARNARD CASTLE
The Witham 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, County Durham.DL12 8L
Box Office: 01833 631107 https://thewitham.org.uk/
Tuesday 9th DARWEN
Darwen Library Theatre Knott Street, Darwen, Lancs. BB3 3BU
Box Office: 01254 706006 https://bwdvenues.com/whats-on/billy-mitchell-and-bob-fox-2021/
Wednesday 10th STAMFORD
Stamford Arts Centre
27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford ,Lincolnshire. PE9 2DL
Box Office: 01780 763203 https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/
Thursday 11th PENISTONE
Cubley Hall Hotel
Mortimer Road, Penistone Nr Sheffield. S36 9DF
Box Office: 01226766086 https://www.wegottickets.com/event/483742
Friday 12th BIRKENHEAD
Gladstone Theatre Greendale Road, Birkenhead, Wirral. CH62 4XB
Box Office: 01516438757 https://gladstonetheatre.org.uk/events/billy-mitchell-bob-fox/
Saturday 13th CHERRY BURTON
The Village Hall Main Street, Cherry Burton, Nr Beverley, Yorkshire. HU17 7RF
Box office: 01964 551257 https://www.wegottickets.com/event/501226
Saturday 20th ALNWICK
Alnwick Playhouse Bondgate Without,
Alnwick, Northumberland. NE66 1PQ
Box Office: 01665 660550 https://www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk/event/5-star-bb-tour-2020/
Sunday 21st HEXHAM
Queen’s Hall Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland. NE46 3LS
Box Office: 01434 652477 https://www.queenshall.co.uk/events/billy-mitchell-bob-fox
Sunday 28th TWICKENHAM
The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham
67 London Road, Twickenham, Middlesex. TW1 3SZ http://www.twickfolk.co.uk/
Monday 29th NETTLEBED
The Village Club, High Street, Nettlebed, Oxon. RG9 5DD
Box office: 01628 636620 http://nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk/booking/Resources/ABF_June21-May2022_20210317.pdf
Tuesday 30th BARNOLDSWICK
Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre
18 – 22 Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick, Lancs. BB18 5AF
Box office: 01282 813 374 https://www.barnoldswickmusicandartscentre.com/billy-mitchell-bob-fox