‘Cockney Rebel’ Steve Harley trio to perform in Leyburn for cancer charity

Steve Harley and Acoustic Trio will perform live in Leyburn in February for charity

By Betsy Everett

The original Cockney Rebel, Steve Harley, known for his generous spirit as well as his prowess as singer and songwriter, will appear with his Acoustic Trio for a concert in aid of Breast Cancer Care in Leyburn next February.

The Garden Rooms at Tennants will be the venue for Steve and his band-mates of long-standing, Barry Wickens on violin and guitar and James Lascelles on piano and percussion, in an evening which promises to be uniquely entertaining.

The set will be built around tracks from Steve’s 13 original albums and will include all-time favourites like Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Sebastian, and the world-wide classic hit, Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me), all blending in with more recent tracks from critically-acclaimed albums The Quality Of Mercy and Stranger Comes To Town.
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As well as the music – subtle lyrics, creative improvisation and great rhythm – Steve will also do a Q&A session from the stage, an unusual departure, but for a musician and lyricist with a fascinating life: one-time newspaper reporter and radio presenter, churchgoer and rock ’n’ roll rebel – there will be much to talk about.

The concert has been brought to Leyburn by Anita Watson of Incredible Artists, the international events company which she runs from her home in Richmondshire.

A friend of Steve’s for many years she is full of praise for his talent and generosity.

“He is doing the show completely for free, as are his two musicians,” she says.

“Steve does a lot of charity work, and is even donating the proceeds of any merchandise sold on the night to Breast Cancer Care.  I met him about 17 years ago when he was touring Germany and have worked with him many times since. He has always supported any charitable causes I have been involved – including a parachute jump I did years ago!”

Anita has talked of her personal experience of the support offered by Breast Cancer Care and is delighted this special charity will benefit from the concert.

Steve says that playing the songs in an acoustic format gives him “time and space to enjoy every second. And we improvise, which is always a big excitement for any musician. We can loosen off the arrangements and really explore. It gets pretty exciting during the acoustic sets.”

Steve will be performing two sets with an interval.

Star supporting act Karl Walsh (and The Happy Future) will start the evening.

In support of Acoustic Trio on the night will be another personal friend of Anita’s, Karl Walsh and The Happy Future. Karl, a Manchester musician and author with a diverse musical career, signed to Factory Records by Tony Wilson with the band To Hell With Burgundy. He then went on to form The Visitors with Mike Crook and Frederick Apps. Today, two thirds of The Visitors, Karl and Freddie, with the addition of Philip John on bass and Karl Markham on lead, make up the four-piece that is Karl Walsh and The Happy Future.

The charity concert by Steve Harley Acoustic Trio, plus Karl Walsh and the Happy Future, is at The Garden Rooms, Tennants, Leyburn,on Sunday, February 18. Doors open at 7pm. Support act 7.30pm, main show 8.10-10.45pm, with interval. Tickets are £25, front, and £23, rear. Seating is not tiered and allocated on a first come, first served, basis. They can be purchased from The Garden Rooms, Tennants, reception at Leyburn, or on 01969 621146 or www.buytickets.at/steveharley . Also check out Facebook page  @Steve Harley Leyburn