Acclaimed stars of music and comedy headline the new season at one of North Yorkshire’s liveliest venues.
A sold-out performance from star of Meet The Richardsons, Celebrity Bake Off and Taskmaster, Lucy Beaumont, will open Selby Town Hall’s autumn and winter programme later this month.
The newly launched season of events features multiple Grammy winners, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees, Juno winners, BBC Folk Award recipients and some multi-million selling chart-toppers, with performers from the worlds of music, standup, theatre, poetry, broadcasting and more.
One of the most critically acclaimed comedians of the past decade, Kieran Hodgson, recently received a fourth nomination for comedy’s most prestigious prize, the Edinburgh Comedy Award (only James Acaster has gained more nominations in the 42-year history of the awards).
He’ll be performing ‘Big In Scotland’, which was the talk of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at the Town Hall on 6 October.
Best-selling author and comedian Sam Avery will be returning to the venue in November with his hit show for mums and dads, How Not To Be A Terrible Parent, while the Town Hall’s hugely popular monthly £10 comedy club will be back for a second year.
Headliners include Live At The Apollo star Brennan Reece and English Comedian Of The Year, Josh Pugh.
There are also sold-out shows from the likes of Stephen K Amos, Chris McCausland, Omid Djalili and poet-comedian Brian Bilston.
For music fans, the venue is set to welcome five stellar acts from North America with an astonishing 19 Grammy Awards between them.
Fourteen of those belong to globally renowned banjo player Ron Block, best known for his work with bluegrass behemoths Alison Krauss & Union Station.
Ron will be playing a full band show alongside Ireland’s BBC Folk Award nominee Damien O’Kane to create what the pair describe as ‘a banjo party’!
Daniel Rodriguez, the former frontman of wildly popular Colorado folk band Elephant Revival, visits the UK for the first time this November with his top quartet, fresh from a US stadium tour supporting The Lumineers.
In January there is a return for Juno winning Canadian close harmony trio Good Lovelies and a debut for two-time Grammy winning bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien, performing alongside his wife, Jan Fabricius.
The Town Hall will also host a long sold-out concert from Illinois singer songwriter Shawn Colvin – the smallest date by far on a rare tour of the UK for the much-lauded ‘Song of the Year’ Grammy winner.
“We’ve got a great mix of new acts and returning favourites, with some pretty illustrious award winners among the artists lining up this autumn and winter.” said Selby Town Council Arts Officer, Chris Jones.
“I’m particularly excited to be welcoming one of the country’s smartest and most inventive comedians, Kieran Hodgson, whose latest show comes fresh from a sellout run at last month’s Edinburgh Festival, as well as a brand-new play from acclaimed actor Liz Grand about the turbulent life of Britain’s most successful children’s author, Enid Blyton.
From banjos to The Beatles and poetry to pop, there’s a fantastic range of shows taking place.”