Music Box - Lighting-up Lantern

Mark Morriss
Mark Morriss

THE Lantern Theatre has lined up a music strand for 2013 involving a variety of artists.

It includes acclaimed record producer, artist, and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns who stops in Sheffield on his headline tour across the UK and Ireland in support of his debut album If Not Now Then When on February 9.

On Wednesday, February 13 it is the turn of rising star Louise Jordan who plays original works, musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material.

Guy Pratt appears the following week, Friday, February 22, with his one-man show celebrating 30 years as the bass player of choice for the heavyweights of rock and pop.

Winner of the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Lucy Ward is at the Lantern on Tuesday, March 26. Her career has gone from strength to strength, establishing herself as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene at present.

Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, beating a path to Nether Edge on Monday, May 27, last year played French festival Nuit Metis (Nights of Mixed Race). Their music is a mad fusion of afrobeat, hip-hop, folk and reggae.

Former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss returns to the Lantern after his sold out show in 2012 on Friday, May 10, performing songs from his new album alongside classics from the Bluetones’ back catalogue.

Cave tour cancelled

CAVE Painting have been forced to cancel their planned UK tour, scheduled from January 25 to February 8.

Unforeseen personal issues have meant that the band will have to re-schedule dates later in the year. The band say they wish to apologise to fans, and promoters alike for any inconvenience they have caused them. Ticket refunds can be obtained at point of purchase.

The band was scheduled to perform at SOYO on February 4.

Fury remembered

2013 commemorates 30 years since the death of Billy Fury and there are strenuous efforts to see that his name and music is far from forgotten.

Halfway to Paradise - The Billy Fury Story is coming to the Memorial Hall on Sunday, January 27. The show features original members of Fury’s Tornados who backed the Liverpool-born singer in the Seventies with Colin Gold doing the vocals.

Also out on tour is The Billy Fury Years, proclaiming itself ‘The Ultimate Billy Fury show to ever hit the stage’ with Michael King belting out the hits. It comes to the Chesterfield Winding Wheel on February 14.

Billy Fury was born Ronald William Wycherley in Liverpool in 1940. He was an internationally successful British pop singer from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, and remained an active songwriter until the 1980s. Rheumatic fever, which damaged his heart, contributed to his death in 1983.