After a hugely well received sell out gig at Emmanuel in April 2022 with The Lindisfarne Story: 50 Years Of Fog Billy returns on Friday 31 March 2023 with long time collaborator Bob Fox.
This is a rare opportunity to see Billy and Bob perform once again as a duo with their wonderful selection of northern songs delivered with consummate musicianship by two of the UK’s best known and loved singers. Both men are masters of vocal harmony and musicians of stunning ability who can bring magic into any auditorium.
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TICKETS ON THE DOOR Will be £22
Billy Mitchell 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 two 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 Fox 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.
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 warm hearted show ideal for audiences of virtually any age or musical persuasion. A masterclass in live entertainment.
PROCEEDS From this event will be given to the Purple Community Fund working in The Philippines. I spent three weeks there in July/August 2019 working alongside some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Asia, many of whom live on the largest rubbish dump in the world.
SCHEDULE Doors at 18.30. Start at 19.30 Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval).
GENERAL SEATING Emmanuel Church is theatre style with excellent views ‘in the round’ – seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
HOW TO FIND US Emmanuel is a 10 minute walk from Billericay station (which is 25 mins from Liverpool Street). We are also only 5 mins off the A127 and about 10 mins off the A12. Postcode CM12 9LD.
CAR PARKING There is parking for about 70 cars on site – additional parking can be found on the High Street and behind Iceland (which is only a 5 mins walk from Emmanuel).
BAR There will be a reasonably priced bar provided by my friends from Billericay Brewery (a local microbrewery) in the church hall. No drinks, apart from water, however, will be allowed in the church itself.
PLEASE NOTE This is a listening event! Be sure to read Shhh … there’s a band playing!