Spring at The Apex...
There are plenty of tributes and variety shows to keep you entertained. Fleetwood Bac replicate the classic ‘Rumours’ line-up on 20 January; The Chicago Blues Brothers pack their show with the best blues, Motown and sweet soul music on 22 January; and on 16 February, Macca: The Concert celebrates the music of Paul McCartney by including all of his solo hits and a selection of Beatles & Wings favourites. The 60s Hits and Laughter Show 4, on 25 February, brings Marmalade (‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’) and The Swingin’ Blue Jeans (‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’), while on 7 March you can see the brand-new musical telling the story of The Bee Gees, You Win Again.
Tommy Emmanuel (11 January) is the first in the selection of virtuoso guitarists on offer, he has been voted 'Reader's Favourite Acoustic Guitarist' in both Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Paolo Angeli & Derek Gripper (5 February) bring a double bill of solo guitars: Paolo makes beautiful multi-layered music on his unique instrument, which has multi-directional strings, hammers and pedals, while Derek Gripper creates a new form of classical guitar music from European and African folk traditions. Albert Lee (10 March) has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by The British Country Music Association and has been voted Guitar Player Magazine’s “Best Country Guitar Picker” five times.
Paul Young and his band Los Pacaminos are here on 27 January; the Stetson-wearing, tequila-filled, magnificent seven will play the best Tex Mex Border music, from Ry Cooder to Los Lobos. Bruce Foxton brings From The Jam on 19 January, where you can hear classic Jam hits alongside rarely performed B-sides.
With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha Wainwright (24 January) is a beguiling performer and a refreshingly different force in music. Ramin Karimloo is best known as a West End star, but on 29 January his Broadgrass Band bring theatre’s passion to the rootsy sound of bluegrass. Acclaimed entertainer Joe Stilgoe presents original and stylish orchestrations of music from much-loved movies on 17 February - Songs on Film has enjoyed two sold-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
February is a great month for classical music. The European Union Chamber Orchestra with Angela Hewitt, one of the world’s leading pianists, play a programme of Elgar, Mozart, Bach and Haydn on 7 February, while The Academy of Ancient Music play concertos for oboe and violin by Bach, Vivaldi, Albioni and Marcello on 23 February.
Folk fans are also in for a treat - Fairport Convention return on 24 February and The Fureys are back on 31 March. Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations on 19 February, while Finnish, fiddle-playing septet, Frigg bring a blizzard of jigs, reels and their own mix of Nordic folk and American bluegrass on 29 March. Oysters 3 - the three founder members of Oysterband - invite you to an acoustic performance on 21 March.
One of America’s most acclaimed disco, soul and funk groups, Fatback Band (2 March) were awarded the Soul Survivors Magazine “Best Soul Concert” for 2013. Jo Harman & Company return to The Apex on 9 March; Jo's soul-fuelled material ranges from hard rock to heart-melting ballads and The Daily Mirror called her 'the finest female soul blues vocalist in the UK'.
At Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam on 6 March you can see the man who, alongside Steve Winwood, created Traffic in the late 1960s - Mason went on to become lauded for his obvious virtuosity on sitar, vocals, and guitar.
Multi-platinum selling vocal harmony group G4 are Live in Concert on 5 March, and you can enjoy a 'Golden Night of Swing' at The Syd Lawrence Orchestra's 50th Anniversary Tour on 19 March. Famed for their soulful voices, glamorous outfits and songs like ‘When will I see you again’ and ‘Take Good Care Of Yourself’, The Three Degrees return on 30 March, while 1960's favourites The Searchers return on 8 April.
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