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The Grand / Cloudspotting Christmas Party

The Grand's 2015 weekend programme signs off with this awesome dance-the-night-away convergence of two super acts from Manchester, Honeyfeet and Henge - bringing jazz, hip-hop, jazz, fusion and big slice of imagination and fun to the dancefloor. 
Honeyfeet have cemented their reputation for rollicking live performances, not least as residents of Manchester's famous Matt & Phred's Jazz Club and at the Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival, where they were voted Best Live Performance by the audience!

Fronted by the incredible vocal prowess of singer Ríoghnach Connolly (“seldom has conspicuous talent been more accessible” CityLife), the group behind her bubble and steam, entwining African scales with R&B grooves, jazz melodies with hip-hop rhythms.
In support, the fabulous Henge have turned heads at numerous festivals this year including Beatherder. This incredible self-styled ‘Cosmic Dross’ band are top class instrumentalists, a little tongue-in-cheek and a brilliant band who will warm The Grand dancefloor beautifully. Do not miss their set, starting promptly at 8.15pm.

Honeyfeet and Henge play The Grand Venue, Clitheroe, on Saturday, December 19th (£10adv). 
Doors 7.30pm / Stage 8.15pm / Curfew 11pm
 
Tickets available on our website at the following link - http://www.thegrandvenue.co.uk/event/honeyfeet-henge

BRIT ROCK FILM TOUR

Hosted by Director, Alistair Lee himself. He will be available for a Q&A at the end of the film.
Check out the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG7XrXJ004s

Lunchtime Live

We are thrilled to present a rejuvenated Lunchtime live spring season for 2014.
 
The season features one or two new guest ensembles and a monthly session hosted by our friends at Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club on the third Friday of each month. The club will be attracting some exciting new names to ur line-up we are sure will meet with approval of our audience.
 
And of course we welocme back some of our much-loved regular players, including the monthly residency from local pianist Eric Ainsworth and his trusted quartet of guest musicians. The features the brilliant Jimmy Scaife on drums and the silky smooth vocals of Lyn Fairbanks.
 
The picture is completed by the wonderful home-cooked food prepared by our lovely Sue in The Grand's kitchen, including a specially scrumptious weekly dish of the day. Please contact the box office to book your tables in advance 01200 421599

 

Important Customer Announcement

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have to re-schedule this evenings performance of the Bolshoi Ballet - Presents Spartacus. Re-schedule date will be released a.s.a.p - alternatively we will offer all advanced bookers a full refund. Our greatest apologies for any inconvenience caused by this, we are deeply sorry.

John Lee Hooker Jnr by Tony Dewhurst

JOHN Lee Hooker Junior was crouched on his knees, the barrel of a gun pressed hard against his temple, and shaking with fear he pleads for his life.
“The guy cocked the trigger back slowly and I said to him, ‘Why would I want to die for money?
“I have no money for you.’
“He looked me straight in the eye, smashed me over the head and pistol whipped me.
“Do you know what I did next?
“I crawled over the road on my hands and knees to get my next drugs fix.
“I had the money – it was in my back pocket - and my life had become an insane existence of addiction and horrible violence.
“I believe in the devil – and I was at the gates of hell twenty years ago.”
When John Lee Hooker Jr named his album, All Odds Against Me, it was because for so many years they had been.
The son of the late blues legend, John Lee Hooker, his son’s journey from San Quentin Prison to Hollywood’s red carpet has been an incredible voyage few will ever be able to experience.
And through that music he has battled drugs, alcohol, divorce, prison and near death experiences.
“I’ve been stabbed, locked up in eleven different prisons, half-drowned, overdosed, thrown out of cars and shot in two different states.
“My last time in prison they slung me in the hole because I refused to do anything.
“When I came out they lined me up with the rest of the prisoners, bawling in my face.
“I felt like a slave prisoner and I couldn’t take that hell anymore.
“I’d reached the bottom of the pit.
“I looked up at the sky and shouted, ‘God, help me to get out of this place’. I never wanted to go back and I never did.”
Hooker, 61, admits he is steadily honing his own pathway of recognition through a story of salvation, redemption and success over the last decade.
“I’ve had redemption in two ways: first through kicking alcohol and drugs and spiritually because my God has rescued me from the dark, never ending tunnel that was my life.
“Music has helped me cope, it has allowed me to focus on my life as an artist.
“It gives me a sense of peace, it motivates and challenges me and when I called on God he helped me.
“I make my music to heal pain, express joys and bond us all together.
“I was so low to the ground, but to be able to make people happy through my music makes me feel alive again.
“Maybe I am proof that demons can be defeated because I’m free of the darkness of drugs and alcohol.”
The blues was always in his life, having performed on Detroit’s WJBK radio at the tender age of eight he toured with his father throughout his teens, exposed to blues greats Jimmie Reed, Washboard Willie, and Boogie Woogie Red.
“It was wild at times, and it was incredible to be around.
“And there’s no difficulty in me being who I am.
“I don’t go into a laboratory and stand in front of a mirror trying to create something out of the shadow of my dad – I’m just who I am.
“Dad was a lovely, kind man.
“Next month is probably the last time I will sing the blues because my musical message is going to change.
“Instead, I’ll be concentrating mainly on gospel, praising the man up top who kept me alive.”
John Lee Hooker Junior and his all American band, Grand Theatre, Clitheroe, June 24. £16.50. 01200 421599.
 

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