Hutton Rudby Village Hall has, over the past 5 years, quietly been establishing a reputation for putting on a handful of good quality live gigs alongside all the normal events that make for a vibrant village hall.
Their tagline is ‘little village attracts big names’ and they’ve been successful in booking artists that larger venues would envy; attracted by the ambience of this fantastic Teesside/N.Yorks hall.
December sees the unique Duke Special (real name Pete Wilson) come to the hall as part of a national tour to promote his new album, ‘Hallow’- a setting of the poems of Michael Longley.
It is hard to categorise Belfast born Pete Wilson; a varied career has seen collaborations with – amongst others- Divine Comedy, Clannad and Foy Vance, appearances on Top of the Pops & ‘Later’, numerous festivals and writing musicals on Brecht.
The support act, Dan Donnelly, has a big following locally and also a long friendship with Duke Special. Expect a night where your musical perceptions will be shifted.
January sees Luke Jackson and Amy Wadge return.
Luke is a compelling live performer, drawing comparisons with Richard Thompson, Jeff Buckley and Martin Simpson, amongst others. He was winner of Fatea’s Male Artist of the Year in 2014 & 2016.
Amy is one of the UK’s most prolific contemporary songwriters. She has co-written with many artists, chiefly Ed Sheeran, for which she gained a Grammy (as co-writer of ‘Thinking Out Loud’). An artist in her own right, with five solo albums to her credit, she has been described as ‘the new Joni Mitchell’.
Expect an evening of carefully crafted songs with deep emotional impact and a spellbinding live performance.
For further information about both gigs, and to purchase tickets, head to huttonrudbyvillagehall.org.uk/forthcoming-events.