Blues Hall of Fame British Legend Norman Beaker & Band at Old Fire Station, Carlisle
Back By Popular Demand!
Mama Bear Enterprises Ltd & Old Fire Station present:
BLUES HALL OF FAME BRITISH LEGEND NORMAN BEAKER & THE NORMAN BEAKER BAND
With support by PAUL GILCHRIST'S BARE WIRES
"I have always really enjoyed playing in the Carlisle area. We share a love of music and a good time. I've performed here many times over the years, and the region has given me some of the best memories of my career, among them playing with the late, great Jack Bruce and Dick Heckstall-Smith."
In 2017 Manchester native Norman Beaker became only one of eight 21st-century British artists to be officially recognised and inducted in The American Heritage Society's Blues Hall of Fame®, alongside Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.
The North's very own Legend is one of those very first artists who in the '60's contributed to creating the unique British Blues, R&B and Rock sound that captivated the world. Norman Beaker's rare talent had him honing his skills by accompanying the finest musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, including Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, Van Morrison, and Ruby Turner.
Norman has kept the ageless sound of Classic British Blues alive throughout his distinguished career. Staying true to those genuine innovative roots despite changing trends have only served to keep him cutting-edge and contemporary. In 2015 he released a hit that took UK and Continental charts by storm,
"Only I Got What The Other Guys Want".
"The Norman Beaker Band is the best Rhythm &
Blues band in the UK."--Jack Bruce
No stranger to Carlisle and Cumbria, The Norman Beaker Band became well-known in the area through the years, playing iconic venues such as Front Page and Tithe Barn, often with such colleagues as Jack Bruce and Dick-Heckstall-Smith. A performance at the Tithe Barn saw Jack Bruce playing one of the finest bass solos of his career.
Proud of his Northern roots and honoured to be playing the prestigious Old Fire Station in the city which held so many memories, Norman paid heartfelt tribute to his greatest mentor and friend in his celebrated debut at OFS in June 2018.
Though known primarily as a bluesman, Norman seamlessly moves among the genres of Blues, R&B, Jazz, Rock and Pop with the ease and grace that characterise his performances and original songs.
The Beaker Band's unique combination of talent, uncompromising reliability, professionalism, friendliness and humour have made them one of the best-loved acts in the UK and Europe. They treat every show as the performance of their lives, whether at a small venue to the Royal Albert Hall.
There weren't many of these gifted first and finest who defined the British Blues genre...and now sadly there are fewer still.
Of these rare national treasures who still remain, none serve the music more faithfully than Norman Beaker, whose guitar, voice, and original songs are as fresh and powerful as when he began in the Northern clubs of the '60's...and continue as ageless, resilient and enduring as his home city itself.
Special Guests: Paul Gilchrist's Bare Wires Band
The Beaker Band won't be the only great Northern musicians ushering in the summer. Norman's esteemed Manchester colleague and Penrith resident Paul Gilchrist, who's earned a worthy place in Northern musical heritage will once again be performing with his cutting-edge band Bare Wires, long celebrated on the venue and festival circuit. Norman's influence led to Paul and Bare Wires performing with Norman's colleagues Robert Cray, Chris Farlowe, Ronnie Earle, and Paul's own mentor Norman himself, who penned many of the band's songs. Building on this experience, Paul and Bare Wires became sought after as rhythm section for visiting American musicians Walter Trout, Phil Guy, Lowell Fulson and others.
No true lover of Classic British Blues will want to miss an unforgettable evening with one of the genre's finest!
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The Old Fire Station
Old Fire Station has a remarkable history of its own. Carlisle's Fire Station was based at Spring Gardens Lane. The building was demolished in the early '60s and the Station moved to Warwick Street. The building fell victim to the floods which ravaged Cumbria in 2015. Thanks to the efforts of many, including dynamic arts director, Stephen Dunn (known as "Mr Carlisle"), and Gavin Capstick, contract and community services manager for the city council, the venue opened its doors again nine months after the flood and has since hosted many domestic and international musicians, artists and comedians each month.