Listen to all the best country hits played by guest musicians Ann Duggan and Jim Kitson, and enjoy a free bowl of chilli con carne (or veggie chiili)! Have a tipple of premium bourbon from our bar for that authentic Southern night.
For the past twenty years Ann has slowly but surely been building a sizable following on the UK music scene. It would be true to say that it wasn't until her late twenties that Ann ever considered a career in music. In fact until then, she hadn't even sung in the bath, much less performed in public; but a chance meeting with Leicestershire based songwriter Colin Granger was to change the course of her life forever.
Having been persuaded to road test some of his songs with him in local folk clubs and festivals she embarked on a journey from which there was to be no looking back. She has now established herself as one of the most distinctive voices on the UK live circuit, gigging extensively throughout the country to increasingly enthusiastic crowds.
Ann's voice has taken her from the East Midlands to Clarksdale USA. Along the way she has performed with a variety of musicians and recorded five celebrated albums.
Sometimes she feels that she's more like a character in one of Colin's songs than the person singing them. With two USA tours behind her she has been given the name of 'the white blues lady', and inspite of her having performed with blues greats such as Larry Garner, Lonnie Shields and Mr. Johnnie Billington of Clarksdale, Ann's music might best be described as a seamless mix adding country, folk and rock, played with a powerful combination of energy, melody and lyricism. Perhaps this is why Ann has been adopted by all of these genres of music.
Ann is involved in a number of projects these days involving a variety of top rate musicians depending on the needs of the venue. However, Rob Hines who has been with her from the beginning always forms part of the line-up.
Having been one half of successful band The Senators, Jim turned his hand to acting and musical theatre for many years. Thankfully he is back on the music scene offering up some of your favourite country hits!
Jims's theatre biography includes being Musical Director for many different productions and acting in the follwing:
Theatre credits include: The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios); Pitmen Painters (New Vic Theatre); Grapes of Wrath (Nottingham Playhouse/Royal and Derngate/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Drowned Man (Punchdrunk/National Theatre); Richard III, King John, Tyneside Tales (Royal Shakespeare Company); To Kill A Mockingbird (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Grapes of Wrath (West Yorkshire Playhouse) ; A Walk On Part: The Slow Fall Of New Labour (Soho Theatre); What Happened Is This (Tron, Glasgow); Noir, The Boy On The Swing, The Taxi Driver’s Daughter, 13.1 (Live Theatre, Newcastle); Cooking With Elvis, Office Party (Hull Truck); Son Of Man, Animal Farm, Edmond, Glengarry Glen Ross (Northern Stage); Treasure Island, The Gift And The Glory (Dukes, Lancaster); Great Expectations (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); and The New Tenant (Hungarian State Theatre, Cluj, Romania).
Television credits include: Inspector George Gently (Company Pictures for BBC), Vera (ITV Studios), Emmerdale (Yorkshire TV), Joe Maddison’s War (Mammoth Productions for ITV1), Tracy Beaker Returns (CBBC) and Byker Grove (Zenith Entertainment for BBC)
Jim's latest album of original songs can be found here:
Please note that this event is held on our mezzanine level and has no disabled access due to the nature of the architecture. Many apologies.