Monday, 28 February 2011

Top Jazz Names Coming To The Sands Blackpool Venue

The Sands Venue is bringing top Jazz artists to Blackpool with Snake Davis, Dennis Rollins and Clare Teal all taking to the stage in 2011.

This fantastic line-up begins with Sax virtuoso Snake Davis on Friday 20th May. The top British saxophonist and his Band perform uplifting jazz, RnB, funk and world music. Snake is one of the jazz world’s best kept secrets. He is a saxophonist of almost unparalleled gifts who has played with the best in the business through a career spanning three decades. His interest, love and passion for music began at the age of six when a school teacher nurtured his talents.

His long career started when he joined the soul revue band “Zoot and the Roots” as a session musician. To date, Snake has recorded on more than 400 tracks for over 60 artists and the list keeps growing. He has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown to Paul McCartney, The Eurythmics to Amy Winehouse. Snake is the only saxophonist who can literally make his instruments sing!

On Friday 7th October multi award winning British jazz star, Dennis Rollins, brings his unique upbeat, funky jazz music to The Sands Venue. He is well known on the British and International jazz scene for his versatility and unique approach to the trombone.

Dennis’ mighty sound can be heard to full effect with his groove based, funky dance music and jazz overtones. Now based in Doncaster, Dennis has established a reputation as an artist of excellence and has lent his talents to some of the world’s top jazz and pop personalities such as Jamiroquai, Dionne Warwick, Sting, Tom Jones and Blur.

Friday 21st October presents Yorkshire born Clare Teal who is one of the most successful Female British jazz singers. Winner of ‘Best Vocalist’ at both the BBC Jazz Awards and also British Jazz Awards, Clare Teal is, quite simply, a major star. With an extraordinary voice, the ability to write songs that promise to become classics and a wonderfully sharp wit, Clare is a complete entertainer. Described as “a sensation in the world of jazz” by the Mail On Sunday, Clare possesses a unique, effortless voice that has a distinctive richness and warmth balanced by a rare subtlety and intimacy.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see these amazing performers in action when they perform at The Sands Venue in Blackpool and if you haven’t experience Jazz before, this is certainly a great way to start!

Taking bookings now: BOX OFFICE 01253 62 52 62

Best Kept Secret Unearthed - The Gel..!

THE GEL “…the best kept skin-care secret in the beauty world.” Leslie Kenton

A year ago, I was browsing through my copy of Cygnus Review when I saw an advertisement for The Gel – a skin care product that ‘encourages healing of cuts, acne, sores, burns and other skin problems’. I decided to send for a 60 ml jar - £28. 00 (excluding postage and packing).

My parcel of Gel arrived next morning so I tried it out straight away on a spot that had appeared on my face and quickly discovered how truly amazing The Gel is. When a friend burned her hand quite badly, I sent her some Gel and she was delighted because her burn healed very quickly.

Another friend – an executive chef - burned her hand and again I sent along some Gel with the same result.,

I got in touch with Beth Gagnon, of Gagnon Essentials in London to find out more. According to Beth ‘the Gel was developed in the United State of America over 20 years ago and is now manufactured in the UK. The Gel, containing caesium chloride, draws on the research of a Chinese surgeon trained in both Western and traditional Chinese medicine.

Beth also sent me a copy of an article written by Nona Summers for “Vogue” magazine, in which Nona described a very special facial available at Gagnon premises in London. Definitely on my wish list.

For further information see or call 020 7224 2332.

Lucy London

Great Soul Night At Blackpool Football Club - 19th March

"Calling Out Around The World 6" at the awesome Matthews Hospitality Suite at Blackpool FC on Saturday 19th March 2011

Music Policy: Philadelphia / Motown / Classic Soul / Northern Dance Floor Favourites

DJ Line Up: Keith Fletcher, Rod Allsworth, Jimmy Scriv & Fenny

8pm-2am Admission £6

Tickets from Blackpool FC ticket office - tel 0871 622 1953 option 1.

We are delighted to announce that Debbie Brown-a brilliant artist who specialises in soul artists will be at the event showing and selling her work.

Take a look at her website:

Aussie Karrie Webb Wins Her 37th LPGA Title

Karrie Webb demonstrated precisely the right mix of patience and pluck as she won the HSBC Women's Champions at Tanah Merah by a shot from Chie Arimura, the game little Japanese player who had led for so much of the tournament.

On what was a thriller of an afternoon, Webb, who had been three behind leaving the 10th green, was home in 33 to add a 69 to earlier scores of 70, 66 and 70.

The 36-year-old Australian could not have been more right with her Saturday-night prediction that it would be "a battle right to the end." Arimura, in spite of her relative inexperience of playing among the LPGA contingent, refused to go away and had a 25-footer at the last to force a play-off.

It may have been Webb's 51st title overall but she could not have looked more elated had it been her first which, for the record, was the 1995 British Women's Open championship at Woburn.

"It feels great," she said. "It was a bit of an up-and-down day so I feel very happy to be slinking away with a one shot win.

"Chie," she said, "handled herself really well and was in with a chance all the way. I know she's won in Japan but today would have been a different feeling. She really toughed it out."

Great Summer Season Shows Announced At Blackpool Grand Theatre

Legendary entertainer Joe Longthorne headlines Blackpool’s biggest summer show, The Joe Longthorne Show, every Thursday and Saturday evening at 7.30pm from the 28th July to 29th October 2011.

Joining forces with Joe will be comedian Mick Miller, vocalist Carol Kaye, comedian, singer and all-round entertainer Leye D Johns and songstress Linda McMurray.

The show is full of comedy, song, dance and a chorus of all-singing, all-dancing girls with the very big sound of the Joe Longthorne Orchestra. Tickets are priced from just £10 with a special offer of first child seat free, thereafter £6!

The hilarious Billy Pearce returns with his Laughter Show every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm from 26th July to 25th October. Billy is one of Britain’s greatest comedians and he’ll have you and your party crying with laughter with unique brand of silly humour from start to finish! Tickets are priced from just £10 with a special offer of first child seat free, thereafter £6!

Dancing Queen takes to the stage every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm from 27th July to 26th October you can enjoy a tribute to undeniably the greatest pop group ever... ABBA. During this fabulous evening you’ll be taken on a trip through the 70s ending with songs from the musical Grease. Tickets are priced from just £10 with a special offer of first child seat free, thereafter £6!

Other great shows this summer and autumn include The 40th Anniversary Celebration of The Comedians with Frank Carson, Stan Boardman, Jim Bowen, Mick Miller and Duggie Brown, every Friday evening in August (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) at 7.30pm. There’s also children’s favourite Bob the Builder when he makes two stops at the Grand Theatre; on Monday 1st and Sunday 21st August and The Carnival of Dreams in aid of Donna’s Dream House on Sunday 7th August. Irish country star Dominic Kirwan will have you singing along with some great songs on Monday 8th August and the UK’s top ventriloquist Paul Zerdin will introduce you to some of his friends on Monday 15th August. Carmen and The Magic Flute from acclaimed operatic company Co-Opera will be performed on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th September. Poulton-le-Fylde Band will make their debut with A Night at the Proms on Sunday 18th September. The thundering rhythms made on huge taiko drums will reverberate around the auditorium when the Mugenkyo Drummers arrive on Monday 3rd October. The “wonderfully clever” (David Bowie) and plucking brilliant Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are back for a night of entertainment on Sunday 23rd October and psychic to the stars Sally Morgan returns, perhaps with a message from beyond for you, on Monday 24th October.

Stand-up comedy will continue to shine at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre with visits from Jimmy Tarbuck on Sunday 14th August who will recount anecdotes and tales from a career that has spanned many decades. Or why not enter the “crazy world” of Joe Pasquale on Sunday 28th August? Jason Byrne, with his inspired and original brand of high-energy lunacy will take to the stage on Friday 16th September. Perrier Award winner Reginald D Hunter brings his American-style comedy to Blackpool audiences on Sunday 25th September. One of Britain’s brightest comedy stars Justin Moorhouse who performed a guest spot on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow live from the Grand will return for one night only on Monday 26th September. Of course summer wouldn’t be summer in Blackpool without the return of the “Master of Mirth and Merriment” Ken Dodd with his Happiness Show on Sundays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th October and Sunday 6th November.

To book for any show you can call the Box Office on 01253 290190 or click on, or visit us at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Busting Out! Adult Humour At Blackpool Grand Theatre - 15th March

Meet two bosom buddies from Down Under at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Tuesday 15th March as they star in Busting Out! - their own laugh-out-loud and totally liberating show which is part stand up, part musical and all laughter.

No matter what your age, gender, shape or (cup) size, this side-splittingly funny, smash-hit comedy show from Australia is an uplifting celebration of bouncy songs, wobbly jokes, knicker-wetting sketches and practical demonstrations for your drooping assets!

Busting Out! began with Emma Powell and Bev Killick in Melbourne in 2006 and has since been embraced by audiences across the globe with sell-out seasons in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, including acclaimed appearances at The Edinburgh Festival. And there have been no knockers amongst the critics...

An unmissable night out for the girls (and the fellas will love it too) - you’ll be busting to tell your friends about this fabulous feel-good show of the year!

Busting Out! is an empowering and hilarious celebration of the female body with uproarious song and dance sequences, riotous sketches, shadow play and sparkling stand-up comedy. Give your support to an outstanding pair of fully-rounded performers...

Busting Out! is at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Tuesday 15th March at 7.30pm.

All seats £18. Concessions available. / Please note: This show contains nudity.

Book your seats now by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 290190, online at or at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

DrumChasers World Premiere In Blackpool - 16th March!

Experience the phenomenal new percussion spectacular DrumChasers as it opens for its world premiere at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Wednesday 16th March

Ten incredible percussionists and dancers take to the stage in an explosion of sound and light with a story of rivalry, romance and rhythm in the dazzling world premiere of DrumChasers at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Wednesday 16th March.

Powerful and energetic, moving and funny; this is a sensational new stage show for all ages from renowned British composer Ethan Lewis Maltby and is a follow-up to his international hit Noise Ensemble.

Mr Bennett, a caretaker in an old concert hall, looks after the instruments stored within its walls. However, one night, something happens, something loud and something otherworldly and he is transported to the land of the DrumChasers - a land of percussion where forbidden love struggles to be heard against the noise of rival gangs. It is up to Mr Bennett alone to settle this dispute and bring peace.

DrumChasers has no dialogue - the percussion does all the talking. And with an exciting, strong, clear narrative, it is accessible to all and promises an evening quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

DrumChasers opens for its world premiere at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Wednesday 16th March at 7.30pm. See it here first!!!

Tickets from £12 / Children and school tickets £11 / Family of four ticket £50.

Book your seats now by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 290190, online at or at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Afternoon Tea Dances At The Sands Blackpool Venue From 26th April

The Sands Venue is expanding its entertainment repertoire with afternoons of great live music and dancing. Every Tuesday, from 26th April until Tuesday 14th June, guests will enjoy live music and dance with waltzes, foxtrots and sequence dancing performed by a fantastic live band!

The Frontline Dance Quartet has worked extensively around the world on P&O Cruises and famous liners such as the QEII, Aurora, Oriana and Arcadia. Members of this band have also played with the likes of The Supremes, Joe Longthorne, The Nolans and Manfred Mann!

Owner of The Sands Venue, Mr Peter Swann said; “If these afternoon tea dances prove to be popular with the local residents then we will be happy for them to become a regular occurrence and will extend the schedule of Tea Dances throughout the year”

Tickets are priced at £9.99 which includes a light finger buffet of sandwiches and scones and also a cup of tea or coffee! Doors open at 2pm and will finish at 4.30pm.

The venue is also expanding its evening repertoire of dancing with a special Salsa evening on Thursday 12th May and a Mexican evening on Thursday 1st September, where guests can enjoy these authentic and vibrant musical styles alongside traditional cuisine for these genres.

Tickets can be purchased from box office which is located at the Venue, by visiting online or by calling 01253 62 52 62

Book Now For The Sands Venue Blackpool's Reopening Party - 23rd April

The second phase refurbishment is well under way for The Sands Venue and all of its 2011 events are now confirmed! The first being the re-opening night on Saturday 23rd April with legendary soul sensation Angelo Starr and his band THE TEAM, which was fronted by the late great Edwin Starr.

This 7 piece band brings back all the great Edwin Starr hits: "War", "My Girl", "Higher & Higher", "Celebration", "Stop her on Sight", “Happy Radio" and many more old and new soul hits! The band has been presented with awards by “Blues and Soul” magazine, whose readership for 2 consecutive years voted them 'UK Live Act Of The Year' and alongside James Brown and Billy Paul have twice been honoured at the prestigious European Diamond Awards for Live Music.

This band has been wowing audience all over the world with such a high level of musicianship and exhilarating entertainment! The evening is made even more special with personal waitress service and an exquisite 3 course meal, so prepare to be indulged!

You will also be the first to experience the wonderful new champagne bar at The Sands, so book your ticket early!

Tickets £34.99 including 3 course meal. Box Office 01253 62 52 62

Full event listings for 2011 are now online or contact the box office for more information 01253 62 52 62.

Blackpool Fashion Show At The Winter Gardens In Aid Of Cancer Research

Rae Morris performing on stage at the Blackpool Fashion Show at the Winter Gardens
(Photo Credit: Anthony Baldwin Photography)

Holly Robinson on the Catwalk
(Photo Credit: Anthony Baldwin Photography)

We would like to thank the students of Blackpool and
the Fylde College, who organised The Blackpool Fashion Show on Saturday, 26th February in the Spanish Hall at the Winter Gardens in aid of Cancer Research UK.

We experienced what it must be like to attend London Fashion Week with a glass of champagne on arrival and goody bags to take home.

Rae Morris (top photo), talented local singer/songwriterand local singer Kyle James entertained. We thought the models were professionals they were so good but they were also students from the College and included one of the organisers and two Miss Blackpool 2010 Finalists, Holly Robinson and Lauren Carr - who is also the reigning Miss Radio Wave.

The truly wonderful event was compered by Radio Wave Breakfast Show presenter Hayley Kay.

Well done to all concerned!

Lauren Carr
(Photo Credit: Anthony Baldwin Photography)

The great photos of the catwalk models were taken by Anthony Baldwin of Anthony Baldwin Photography. Find out more about his work at:

Kyle James singing at the
Blackpool Fashion Show  

The photos below of Kyle James on stage and Lucy with local ceramic artist Marie Kershaw were all our own work...!

Lucy with ceramic artist
Marie Kershaw (right)

Cafe Of The Month Award For February - Pavilion Tea Room & Restaurant

The Pavilion Tea Rooms & Restaurant in Ashton Gardens, St Annes has been presented with the Best Kept Secrets award for Cafe of the Month for February.

As well as excellent food and drink, and friendly service, the Pavilion held a delightful dinner jazz evening at the start of the month and also thrilled us with its amazing courgette carrot cake - a carrot cake made with courgettes instead of carrots and which tasted infinitely nice than it sounded....

Reigning Miss Fylde Coast Kerry Capoverde was on hand to present the award to staff members at the recently opened venue, as she toured the area to promote this year's Miss Fylde Coast competition.

Best Kept Secrets aim to reward quality of service, range and freshness of fare, cleanliness of facilties and that certain "je ne sais quoi" with their monthly awards made to cafes and restaurants along the Fylde Coast and beyond.

Local cafe goers and bon viveurs can recommend their own favourites by sending an email to and they can also leave their own comments on cafes that have already been reviewed on this website.

Photo captions: Head Chef Steven Hill receives the February Cafe Of The Month Award from Miss Fylde Coast Kerry Capoverde

Staff members at the Pavilion receive the award from Miss Fylde Coast Kerry Capoverde (l to r: Halid Mujkanovic, Elly Heney, Steven Hill, Sophie Beaton, Nathan Beaumont, Ronald Hill & Kerry Capoverde)

Miss Fylde Coast - FInal Confirmed - Last Chance to Enter!

The date for the final of Miss Fylde Coast has been confirmed as Sunday 22nd May at Thornton Litte Theatre at 7.30pm

In order to have a chance of appearning in the final all entries have to be received by 28th February.

Reigning Miss Fylde Coast Kerry Capoverde (right in picture) and Miss Preston Leigh Osgerby were in Blackpool yesterday signing up contestants.

You can still sign up online by visiting:

To hear an interview with regional organiser Mark Jones about this year's competition and to hear from some of the girls who signed up yesterday, watch this space!

Temperance 7 At Marine Hall - Review & Photos

We drove to Fleetwood along the Promenade in Blackpool just before it shuts to all traffic until the transformation work is complete in June. The Illuminations were switched on because of the Showzam festival and that set the tone for the evening.

This really was a fantastic evening of traditional jazz entertainment.  It started off with a great set by local jazz favourites Mike Lovell’s Six in a Bar with Rosie, who it is always a great pleasure to listen to.

The Temperance Seven, who celebrate 54 years in show business this year, played some wonderful pieces, including their big hit "You Are Driving Me Crazy", "Dinah", our own favourite "Me and Jane In A Plane" and finished with The Charleston for an encore.

Not content with being top-class musicians, the Temperance Seven are also comedians and had the audience in stitches throughout. Singer and announcer "Colonel" Derek Galloway even had his head stuck in a sousaphone at one point...!

If you missed it, there are other jazz events coming to Fleetwood including special jazz weekends at the North Euston Hotel over Easter and in December.

Further Marine Hall dates include the Blue Devils Jazz Orchestra on 17th June and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra on 14th October - for tickets and more details, check out

In the photo: The Temperance 7's "Colonel" Derek Galloway with Lucy

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Dan Forshaw - New CD Release

Highly rated jazz saxophonist Dan Forshaw has a new CD coming out in March called "Metanarrative".

1. Cavehill Stomp
2. All Blues
3. Congestion Charge
4. Cheek to Cheek
5. Footprints
6. Peppa's Dance
7. If I

Dan Forshaw - Saxophones / Chris Smith - Trumpet & Valved Trombone / Mike Taylor - Keyboards / Terry Jacobson - Guitar & Banjo / Simon Goulding - Bass / J Hoy - Drums  (All tracks recorded at the Engine Rooms, Skelmersdale)
To find out more about Dan and his music, or to buy the CD, click on the following links: 

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Sara Creeney Visits Preston FM

Sara Creeney came into the Preston FM studio today to tell us about the debut album that she is working on and to play us some of her new selfpenned songs.

You can hear the full interview with Sara - where she also talks, among other things, about singing for the Prime Minister, fronting a big band in Blackpool Tower Ballroom and her ideas for a James Bond theme song...(!) - in a special show about North West Songstresses on Monday 7th March at 12 noon on Preston FM.

That show will also feature interview clips and songs from: Steph Ashcroft, Rae Morris, Lucy London, Janie Britton of Call Me Diva and Lucy Zirins.

Prior to that, Sara is singing with the Mike Taylor Trio at the Art Deco Cafe in Stanley Park, Blackpool on Sunday 6th March from 1pm to 3pm.

To find out more about Sara and her music, take a look at her website:

To listen to radio promos featuring Sara, click on the relevant sound icon below:

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Special Membranes Gig In Manchester - 4th March!

Legendary band The Membranes play a special one off gig at Gullivers , Oldham Street, Manchester on Friday 4th March

Tickets are £10 each and the first 50 sold receive a free CD of the membranes critically acclaimed 'Kiss Ass Godhead' album.

The link for the gig is as follows:

Tickets are available from here:

Full details can be found on the facebook page:!/event.php?eid=195268167165966

or the official Membranes website at:

Enter Miss Fylde Coast Competition at Houndshill This Saturday!

Top modelling scouts from the Miss England competition, including current Miss Fylde Coast Kerry Capoverde, will be in Blackpool on Saturday 26th February looking for contestants for “Miss Fylde Coast 2011”.

The scouts will be at Houndshill Shopping Centre from 10.00am until 4.00pm with the official Miss England photographer Paul Fisher and will be on the lookout for candidates to take part in the Miss Fylde Coast heat, which is a direct round into the Miss England competition.

Kerry Capoverde, a Primary School Teacher from Lytham, said “We have had a great response for the Miss Fylde Coast competition already and are confident that the next Miss England could be hiding in the crowds. We’re on a mission to take a look for ourselves and make sure none of the regions most beautiful ladies have slipped through the net.”

“I’d urge girls across the Fylde to get dressed up and come and see us at the stand inside Houndshill. Taking part last year was such an amazing experience and I know this year will be even better”

The prestigious title gives opportunity to girls from any background with little or no modelling experience.

The winner of Miss Fylde Coast 2011 will, amongst other prizes, win a place in the Miss England competition where she will have a chance to go onto Miss World 2011, where the main prize is $100,000.

They must be aged between 17 and 24, and must never have been married or have children.

This year Miss England aims to raise money for the Variety Club Children’s Charity through contestant fundraising and activities.

Contestants for Miss Fylde Coast have until 28th February to enter via the website at

Monday, 21 February 2011

Temperance Seven At Fleetwood's Marine Hall - This Friday! Preview

Trad Jazz legends the Temperance Seven will be making a special appearance at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood on Friday 25th February.  Support is from Mike Lovell's  Six In A Bar with Rosie.  7.30pm start

Tickets are £15 each or £12 for concessions. To book, go to

To find out more about the Temperance Seven, check out their website at:

We spoke to Alex Galloway about the history of the band and what to expect at the gig. To hear what he had to say, simply click on the icon below: 

Sunday, 20 February 2011

One Night In Vegas - 2011 Tour Dates Announced!

NEW SHOW FOR 2011 - 5th Anniversary Tour. Starring Martyn Lucas.

A concert style show featuring the music & excitement from the entertainment capital of the world. Las Vegas. Including songs from Michael Buble, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elton John, Elvis,Barry Manilow & Michael Jackson.

Powerful West End hits from ‘We Will Rock You’, & more. Live big band swing. Beautiful dancing girls, spectacular costumes and a voice that will move you. Large video imagery. Featuring West End Performers. Accompanied by a fantastic Live Band.

All this & much more assisted by the fabulous showgirls. Prepare to be dazzled, sing & shout for more as the Number One Vegas show comes to your theatre!

For a full list of tour dates and booking links, visit the official website at:

We met the star of the show, Martyn Lucas, when he came to Blackpool last year and had a chat with him about "One Night In Vegas". You can hear what he had to say by clicking on the relevant soundfile below:

Ballet Lorent - Spring Dates at Bridlington Spa and Blackpool Grand Theatre

balletLORENT, one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary dance companies led by the award-winning Liv Lorent, continues touring ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’ in spring 2011.

‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’, choreographed and directed by Lorent, looks at the huge impact the arrival of a baby has on a relationship. A powerful piece about the ups and downs of unconditional love, BS&T is made up of three parts and performed by Jon Beney, Baptiste Bourgougnon, Gwen Berwick, Gary Clarke, Gavin Coward, Meritxel Pan Cabo and Philippa White.

Says Liv Lorent: “Blood, Sweat & Tears has been created from my own personal experience in addition to that of friends and acquaintances. It is a work that looks frankly at some of the darker sides of parenthood and the demands put on a relationship when a first baby enters the home. It is also a romanticised and fantasy filled reflection of the past tense - pre baby. Blood Sweat & Tears is an extremely honest and empathy fuelled work of dance that is made for men and women who have had babies, or are thinking about it."

To book tickets, follow the relevant link below:

March 10th Bridlington Spa:
March 25th Blackpool, Grand Theatre:

To find out more about Ballet Lorent, visit their website at:

The Dubliners Live - at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Tune into fabulous Irish folk band The Dubliners and enjoy a true toe-tapping concert with no musical barriers in The Dublin Experience at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Friday 11th March.

With millions of music fans across the world and celebrity followers including U2, Kate Bush, Stephane Grappelli, Van Morrison and Peter O’Toole; this beloved band’s popularity is unquestionable and their contribution to the world of folk music is unparalleled.

They are probably the best accident to ever happen to folk music and contribute to it not only with their superb voices, but also with their exceptional talent as musicians and entertainers. And after an incredible forty-nine years of globetrotting they have never compromised through ever-changing musical fads.

People probably don't recognize what The Dubliners have meant to the world of music. They have paved the way for dozens of bands from Ireland and Scotland, and have brought folk music to millions of folk fans old and new all over the world due to their indescribable instrumentals, their wild life style and drinking, their late night sessions, their enormous beards, their extensive touring, their charisma and most of all, their charming characters.

Their many, many hits include Molly Malone, Wild Rover, Black Velvet Band, Whisky in the Jar and Seven Drunken Nights and The Dubliners have always been, and will continue to be, a wonderfully peculiar blend the world will never see again.

The Dubliners – The Dublin Experience is at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Friday 11th March at 7.30pm.

Tickets from £18.50

Book your seats now by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 290190, online at ttp://

Shakespeare For Kids - at Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Shakespeare 4 Kidz’ stunning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream floats into Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on March 1st & 2nd. Catch it while you can!

Shakespeare 4 Kidz transforms The Bard’s celebrated comedy A Midsummer Nights’ Dream into a spell-binding musical you and your children will love and understand with the famous words cleverly woven into modern language.

This dazzling and hilarious production is packed with fairies and fun, royalty and romance, magic and misunderstandings and has proved a huge hit every time it has toured.

Who can resist the story of a Duke marrying his Amazonian queen, two sets of lovers eloping into the woods, Bottom and his funny friends rehearsing a play, feuding fairies and naughty sprite Puck causing no end of merriment with his mischievous magic? But, the course of true love never did run smooth...

Shakespeare 4 Kidz’ delightful production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Tuesday 1st March at 1.30pm and 7.30pm & Wednesday 2nd March at 10am and 1.30pm.

Adult seats £16, Children £10 (Schools £10 plus 1 free teacher’s place with every 10 seats purchased).

Book your seats now by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 290190, or online at

Friday, 18 February 2011

Blackpool Fashion Show 26th Feb: Interview With The Organisers

On Saturday 26th February Blackpool hosts its first major fashion show featuring popular high street fashion from the likes of Debenhams, Warehouse & Oasis as well as local glamour boutiques...t!!

Taking place in the elegant Spanish Hall Suite of the Winter Gardens this event will boast high fashion as well as top performances from local singer/songwriter RAE MORRIS and Channel FIVE's 'Don't Stop Believing' contestants SORORITY. The night will also have a long list of notable celebrities gracing the stage!

There will be a fantastic chance to win some goodies on the night, as well as goodie bags worth upto £10. This will be one event to remember!!!!!!
Tickets will cost £5 per person and all proceeds will go to Breast Cancer UK. This will include entry to a full fun packed show and a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival. Tickets available to buy from Debenhams in the Houndshill Shopping Centre (Blackpool)!

We went along to meet some of the organisers of this fantastic event - Rebecca, Amy, Mikey & Steff (l to r in photo above). To hear what they had to say, just click on the sound icon below:

Cafe Of The Month Award For January - Cafe de Patrick in St Annes!

The Cafe de Patrick at the New Market Cafe in St Georges Road St Annes has been presented with the Best Kept Secrets award for Cafe of the Month for January.

Proprietor Partrick Bolajuzon received the award from reigning Miss TTN Records Emma Holbrook (photo by Albert Cooper).

Best Kept Secrets aim to reward quality of service, range and freshness of fare, cleanliness of facilties and that certain "je ne sais quoi" with their monthly awards made to cafes and restaurants around the North West and beyond.

Cafe goers and bon viveurs can recommend their own favourites by sending an email to and they can also leave their own comments on cafes that have already been reviewed on the website at

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Temperance Seven - Fleetwood Marine Hall Gig Preview!

Trad Jazz legends the Temperance Seven will be making a special appearance at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood on Friday 25th February.  Support is from Mike Lovell's  Six In A Bar with Rosie.  7.30pm start

Tickets are £15 each or £12 for concessions. To book, go to

To find out more about the Temperance Seven, check out their website at:

We spoke to Alex Galloway about the history of the band and what to expect at the gig. To hear what he had to say, simply click on the icon below: 

The Drifters 2011 UK Tour

The Drifters will be back on tour in the UK this year to coincide with the release of the group’s Greatest Hits album The Drifters ‘Up On The Roof’ - to be released on Sony Music on March 21 2011

Billed as the 'Icons' tour, the current recording line up of The Drifters will perform the group’s greatest hits and new material featured on the new album, paying special homage to some of the most prestigious former recording artists of this group including icons Clyde McPhatter, Rudy Lewis, Ben E King, Bill Frederikse & Johnny Moore.

The high-energy concert highlights the numerous musical reincarnations of this group from early Doo Wop classics such as ‘Fools Fall In Love’ and ‘Let The Boogie Woogie Roll’ to much loved early pop/rock ‘n roll hits such as ‘Sand in My Shoes, ‘More Than A Number,’ ‘Come on Over to My Place’, ‘Up On The Roof,’ ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Kissin In The Back Row’ and ‘Save The Last Dance For Me.’

The show also features tracks from the disco era as well as latest releases such as ‘Do You Dream Of Me’ again on the new album, following the more recent reinvention of the group - contemporary new material that has evolved out of the group’s diverse historical musical genres and that is enhanced by the authentic Drifters signature harmonies and sound.

Current Drifters line up member Michael Williams says: "We have just finished a gruelling week of physical training and rehearsals for the forthcoming Icons Tour and we are very excited about going back on the road - expect a show packed with songs recorded by some of the greatest members of this line up - we also have some surprises in store - expect a great show!"

The new 70 date tour starts in the UK at the Liverpool Empire on February 6th. More dates are being added all the time. (On sale dates vary).

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The Drifters New Greatest Hits CD: Out 21st March - Pre-Order Now !

This new Greatest Hits album entitled ‘Up On The Roof – The Very Best Of The Drifters’ includes the original timeless classics such as: ‘Saturday Night at the Movies,’ ‘There Goes My First Love’, ‘Under The Boardwalk,’ ‘Up on the Roof’, ‘Come On Over To My Place’ and ‘Kissing In The Back Row of the Movies’ as well as two bonus tracks performed by the current line-up.

With the exception of the much loved icon Johnny Moore, the current line up is the only line up in the group’s history to have recorded on both of the group’s historic labels – Atlantic Records with the release in 2009 of Five Decades & Moore and now, in 2011 on Sony Music.

The new 70 date tour starts in the UK at the Liverpool Empire on February 6th. More dates are being added all the time. (On sale dates vary).

The album is available to pre-order now from Amazon.

Full Track listing:

1. Under The Boardwalk 2. Saturday Night At The Movies 3. Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies 4. There Goes My First Love 5. You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book 6. Up On The Roof 7. Save The Last Dance For Me 8. Come On Over To My Place 9. Hello Happiness 10. I Count The Tears 11. Down On The Beach Tonight 12. Love Games 13. Dance With Me 14. Can I Take You Home Little Girl 15. Every Nite's A Saturday Night With You 16. Like Sister And Brother 17. On Broadway 18. When My Little Girl Is Smiling

Bonus Tracks:
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Do You Dream Of Me

More info:

Free Leisure Activities For Pendle Women on 8th March!

WOMEN in Pendle are being offered a day of free, fun, fitness classes to celebrate International Women’s Day as Pendle Leisure Trust is running a range of classes at its centres in Colne, Barnoldswick and Nelson.

Classes on offer at Pendle Wavelengths, Pendle Leisure Centre and West Craven Sports Centre will include Aerobics, Pilates, Yoga and more, and participants will also receive a free seven day pass to use at any of the three sites.

Project Co-ordinator, Lucy Cowgill, said: “The reason we are holding this event is to encourage more women to take part in sport and also to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day!

“It is a day all about women to realise our potential in this modern world and to celebrate all women’s achievements throughout the past 100 years.

“We have received funding from Lancashire Sport to allow this event to take place It. It will be a great opportunity for all women in the borough to come together to experience something healthy and active.”

International Women's Day is on Tuesday 8 March and is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

For more information about Pendle Leisure Trust’s events, call Lucy on 01282 661225

Circus Of Horrors At Blackpool Grand Theatre

The spectacular Circus of Horrors screams back into Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Sunday 27th February with the brilliantly bizarre new production The Four Chapters from Hell as part of the resort’s Showzam! ’11 festival.

The terrifying troupe will take you on a journey through all four incredible incarnations of the rocking and shocking Circus of Horrors to celebrate its 15th bloody year of treading the boards.

Travel from a French Asylum where the inmates are liberated and become performers in the show, to Mexico where they try to revive their dead leader in the Day of the Dead celebrations, to Victorian London in the 1890s with the Freak Show in town and finally to Sin City in 2020 - a futuristic vision of Mad Max style civilization inhabited by vampires, zombies and the undead.

The new phantasmagoria Four Chapters From Hell contains some of the greatest, most bizarre and beautiful circus acts on earth from daredevil flying trapeze to a vampiric crow woman suspended only by her hair, whirlwind roller skaters, sword swallowers, pickled and bendy people, voodoo warriors, knife throwers and an almighty cast of 26 of the wildest, weirdest, but most of all, greatest performers on earth with the help of the devil driven rock 'n' roll of Dr Haze and The Interceptors From Hell.

It is a staggering 15 years since the Circus of Horrors first trampled the bloody boards and has since toured relentlessly around the world achieving cult status and generally dragging circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond.

Tickets from £14 - Concessions available.

"Please note: contains some nudity and language of an adult nature – not suitable for children, people of a nervous disposition, chavs and sissies."

Book your seats now by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 290190, online at at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Art Exhibition At Nelson ACE Centre

HOMEMADE chocolate cake and the Leeds-Liverpool canal are among the inspirations for two local artists whose work will be exhibited at the Ace Centre, Nelson.

The exhibition, ‘Melt – Concealed Forms’, of work by Beverley Chapelhow and Keith Parkinson, will open on Saturday 19 February and run until Wednesday 2 March.

Describing her own work, Ms Chapelhow said: “My main body of work stems from a childhood love of homemade chocolate cake that has stayed with me into adulthood.

“This cake coupled with chocolate, cream and other food stuffs is inspirational as I conjure up images, tastes and feelings.”

Mr Parkinson said: “My recent paintings and sculptures are representations of the place I live, by the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. “I create both abstract and representational work exploring light, colour and form, expressing my fascination with the interplay between these elements, and motifs, atmosphere and the sense of place.”

Entry to the exhibition is free and opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.

To find out what else is on at the Ace Centre, visit the website at:

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Sara Creeney - Live Date and Radio Appearance!

Classy up and coming singer/recording artist Sara Creeney will be singing with the Mike Taylor Trio at the Parks Stanley Park Art Deco Cafe in Blackpool on Sunday 6th March from 1 to 3pm. Admission is free.

Tables can be booked for parties wishing to dine or just drop by on the day as a wide range of meals, drinks and snacks is always available. For info visit:

Sara is currently working on songs for her debut album and will be apparing on a special radio show on Preston FM on Monday 7th March at 12 noon about young lady singer/ songwriters from the North West.   In the programme, Sara will be talking about her music and introducing some of her new songs.

In the meantime, to find out more about Sara Creeney, visit her website at:

Pocket Money Cinema At Nelson Ace Centre

Saturday 19th February Pocket Money Cinema: An American Tail (U)

Fievel is a young Russian mouse separated from his parents on the way to America, a land they think is without cats. When he arrives alone in the New World, he keeps up hope, searching for his family, making new friends, and running and dodging the cats he thought he'd be rid off. A timeless classic for kids of all ages!

Running time: 80 mins Screening at 2pm Tickets: £2 adults, £2 children

Saturday 26th February Pocket Money Cinema: The Karate Kid (PG)

With outstanding performances by Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, this remake of the 1984 classic tells the story of 12-year-old Dre Parker. Dre could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. He immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng.

In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Running time: 140 mins Screening at 2pm Tickets: £2 adults, £2 children

Pie, Peas & Poetry At The Nelson Ace Centre - 18th February

It's another of Borderline’s famous evenings of poetry – and whatever else the performers decide to do! There is an open mic session too, where anyone can get up and perform, so bring along your own poem – first come, first served. Included in the ticket price is a pie & peas supper and the bar will also be open.

Tickets for this evening should be booked in advance via the ACE Centre Box Office.

Doors 7pm - Starts 7.30pm - Tickets: £6

Fylde Scout Hut Fundraising Evening - Tickets On Sale Now!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Fitzrovia Radio Hour - Tour Dates!

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour hits the road for its debut UK tour and is coming to a theatre near you over the next few months. 
18th Feb: The Corner Stone, Didcot:
19th Feb: Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead -
17th March: Theatre By The Lake, Keswick -
18th March: Theatre Royal, York -
19th March: Maltings, Berwick Upon Tweed -
16th April: The Point, Eastleigh -
1st May: The Lowry, Salford -
19th May: Chpping Northon Theatre -
20th May: Pound Arts Centre, Corsham -

To find our more about the Fitzrovia Radio Hour, visit their website at:

A full interview with Jon Edgley Bond will be broadcast shortly on both Preston FM and Wireless Radio but, in the meantime, you can hear a brief interview clip by clicking on the icon below: 

Saturday, 12 February 2011

International Womens Day Centenary - Soroptimists Conference

Tuesday 8th March is International Womens Day and 2011 marks  the cenetenary.  To celebrate this, the Fylde Branch of Soroptimists International is holding a special all day conference at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a fascinating programme of speakers - including Preston based Dragons' Den winner Kirsty Henshaw - as well as workshops and an exhibition. Interested businesses, organisations and charities have the opportunity to take a stand in the exhibition area and bookings are being taken now.

For more information, or to book places, call Linda Beddows on 07710 226554 or send her an e-mail to:

To find out more about the Fylde Coast Soroptomists, visit their website at:

A full interview with Linda talking about the Conference and about the Soroptimists in general will be aired shortly on both Preston FM and Wireless Radio and timings of those broadcasts will be confirmed shortly.

In the meantime, you can hear a brief interview clip with Linda talking about the conference by clicking on the icon below:


Friday, 11 February 2011

Jonny Earl Of Nelson Brass Band Looks Ahead to the Regional Championships - click to listen


Yes, it's "Brassed Off" for real - The North West Regional Brass Band Championship take place at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on 27th February and Nelson Brass Band are hoping to qualify for the National Finals.  Click on the icon above to hear what Secretary Jonny Earl has to say about the contest.

To find out more about Nelson Brass Band, visit their website at

Manchester Punk Night For Brain Tumour Operation - 23rd February!/event.php?eid=181405231897187

7pm to late:  The Ruby Lounge,34 High St, Manchester M4 1QB

Little CJ Piper was recently diagnosed with having a cancerous brain tumour on his brain stem. A life saving operation is available but only in the US and there’s a night of fantastic live music to raise money to fund CJ's trip to America and the operation while he's over there. Tickets are £10 and there will also be a collection on the night. The line up for the night is as follows...
  • 7pm – Bell & Brent
  • 7.30 – Leigh's Band
  • 8.00 – Dirty Daggers
  • 8.30 – Crack Shot
  • 9.00 – Our Innocence Lost
  • 9.30 – Those Bloody Snakes
  • 10.00 – The Pyratz
  • 10.30 – The Quangos
  • 11.20 – Leather Zoo
  • 12.10 – Devilish Presley
  • 1am - a raffle of merchandise kindly donated by various bands
If you want to go, it's bet to get tickets in advance. For more information, click on the Facebook link above.

Blackpool Charity Fashion Show - Winter Gardens, 26th February - Rae Morris To Sing!

You can help out a good cause and have a great night out at the same times as Blackpool holdsits first major fashion show featuring popular high street fashion from the likes of Debenhams, Warehouse & Oasis as well as local boutiques.

Taking place in the elegant Spanish Hall Suite of the Winter Gardens this event will boast high fashion as well as top performances from Blackpool rising star, singer/songwriter RAE MORRIS (pic right) and Channel FIVE's 'Don't Stop Believing' contestants SORORITY. The night will also have a long list of notable celebrities gracing the stage!

There will be a fantastic chance to win some goodies on the night, this will be one event to remember.

Tickets will cost £5 per person and all proceeds will go to Breast Cancer UK. This will include entry to a full fun packed show and a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.

Tickets are available from the Debenhams store at the Houndhill Shopping Centre in Blackpool

Roary The Racing Car At Blackpool Grand Theatre

ROARY THE RACING CAR zooms into Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on February 23rd & 24th for the very first time in his high octane live show "Champion of Champions"

It’s the Champion of Champions race at Silver Hatch and Roary is revving up to battle it out with Maxi, Cici and the gang to win the race and lift the trophy. Farmer Green has created some special bio fuel to make sure the race is the fastest and the greenest ever – but hang on – Flash has his eyes on that fuel for his skateboard and Big Chris seems more interested in baking pizza and eating doughnuts than preparing the cars for the race. Luckily, Marsha Marshall is on hand to make sure that everyone will be ready at the track - but who will win the race and be crowned the champion?

As with the animated TV series on Channel Five’s Milkshake! and Nick Jr, this exciting new live show stars racing legend Sir Stirling Moss as the narrator and the veteran voice of motorsport Murray Walker will be commentating on the big race at Silver Hatch racetrack!

Murray Walker comments: "This is the first time that a number of characters from the programme will make a public appearance. I am delighted to be part of this new stage show, Champion of Champions. It is a lot of fun for all the family – anything can happen in Roary the Racing Car, and it usually does!"

Roary the Racing Car LIVE! speeds into Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on Wednesday 23rd February at 2.30pm and Thursday 24th February at 11am and 1.30pm - All seats £11 Family of 3 ticket £30, Family of 4 ticket £38

Book seats now for you and your little racers by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 290190, clicking online at popping into the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Have Your Own Red Carpet Experience For Charity!

FORGET London’s Leicester Square – All the red carpet glamour of a film premiere is coming to the Ace Centre, Nelson, later this month.

‘West is West’, sequel to the iconic ‘East is East’, will be screened on Saturday, 26 February, at a charity event with a red carpet, ‘paparazzi’ snappers, limousines, live entertainment and more.

The film revisits the dysfunctional Khan family in mid-seventies Manchester and sees youngest son Sajid packed off to the Punjab by his tyrannical father, George, in an attempt to teach the teen about tradition.

However, it’s George who ends up with the biggest lesson to learn, and long-suffering mum Ella has to travel to Pakistan to sort out the mess, past and present.

The film will be screened in the Ace Centre’s modern cinema, which seats up to 200 people.

Tickets cost £10 and the event aims to raise money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Shabana Kauser, spokesperson for organiser Synergy360, said:

“The vision is to re-create the glitz and glam of a London premiere in the North. We have the red carpet, limo, paparazzi, drinks on arrival, a make-up artist and photo opportunities.

”It should be a great night out – a chance to see this extremely funny film – and raise money for a cause that is close to our hearts.”

To book tickets, or for more information, call the ACE Centre Box Office on (01282) 661080

Super Savings For Top Rugby League Matches

The best value ticket package in professional sport is back!  Rugby League fans can get to see to three of the country’s premier sporting events – the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, Engage Super League Grand Final and the Four Nations Final - from as little as £45 by purchasing a 2011 Super Saver Passport.

The Super Saver Passport entitles holders to book tickets to all three of Rugby League’s major finals in 2011 for a combined saving of almost £30 for adults and £35 for concessions, guaranteeing fans a place at some of England’s greatest sporting venues, including Wembley Stadium and Old Trafford.

Value seat tickets to all three of the games start from £45 adult and £39 concession with combination tickets to any two of the finals starting from £35 adult, £25 concession.

To book your 2011 Super Saver Passport visit call 0844 856 1113

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Dave Berry Previews Blackpool Grand Theatre Date

The Solid Silver 60s Tour stops off in Blackpool at the Grand Theatre on Tuesday 8th March and features lots of big names from the 60s, including Chris Farlowe, Dave Berry and Wayne Fontana.

To book tickets, call the box office on 01253 290190 or visit the website at

Dave Berry has some great memories of playing in Blackpool. Click below to have a listen:

Monday, 7 February 2011

Swan Lake Ballet in Colne - 14th March

The internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet – La Classique returns to the Muni with the most popular of all classical ballets.

Swan Lake is a favourite of dancers and audiences alike. All leading ballerinas want to dance Swan Lake at some point in their careers and all ballet-lovers delight in this, the ultimate fairytale ballet.

World-renowned soloists Nadezda Ivanova, Andrey Shalin,Dmitry Smirnov lead the company under the direction of Elik Melikov, in yet another world class production of this ballet set to music by Tchaikovsky.

Doors: 6.45pm / Starts: 7.30pm - Adults £22.50 Concessions £20 Children £16
Tickets & Info: