The Apex in 2018

From folk to pop, via easy listening, blues, rock and jazz, The Apex has a plethora of acts booked in for spring 2018…

On 16 January, some of Britain’s leading folk musicians (Bellowhead and Faustus members, Nancy Kerr and The Young’uns) come together for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballads, The Transports. Folk fans will also be delighted to hear that Ashley Hutchings revisits Fairport Convention on 31 January, Fairport Convention themselves will return on 23 February, The Fisherman’s Friends will bring their shanty-style choral singing on 8 February, and the ‘Voice of Clannad’, Moya Brennan graces the stage on 23 March

Son of Blues legend Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield is here on 22 January. Like his father, Mud’s big, powerful voice conveys deep emotional resonance and good old fashioned testosterone-laden strut. Ruby Turner returns on 9 February, to sing her exciting mix of blues, gospel and soul. Three Ladies Of The Blues – Connie Lush, Erja Lyytinen, Kyla Brox – perform on 27 March, while Chantel McGregor brings rock-blues with flights of incendiary guitar, performed with effortless virtuosity on 30 March.

Celebrated crooner, Jack Jones returns on 26 January, as part of his 80th Birthday Celebration Tour, while the songs of Andy Williams are celebrated by Jimmy Osmond on 7 February; Jimmy’s show includes easy-listening classics such as ‘Music To Watch Girls By’, ‘Happy Heart’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and ‘Moon River’, along with some of the chart-topping hits that made global stars out of Jimmy and his brothers.

Chris Barber brings his New Orleans style big band trad jazz on 21 February and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra present a big band spectacular on 25 March. Jacqui Dankworth’s new quartet Butterfly’s Wing bring seductive rhythms and cutting-edge improvisation on 7 March.

World music fans can enjoy drums, poetry and trance from Haiti on 26 February. Traditional Haitian ‘roots music’ ensemble Chouk Bwa Libète play music which rises in waves of percussion, vocals and dance and have already ignited audiences at major festivals around the world, including Roskilde and WOMAD.

Rock n roll pioneer Joe Brown performs a solo show on 28 February, and For Those About To Rock on 2 March sees high voltage rock from LIVE/WIRE’s tribute to AC/DC and Limehouse Lizzy’s Thin Lizzy tribute.

And, of course, there’s plenty of pop music to talk about…

Europe’s most successful exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll, Showaddywaddy return on 24 February. There will be another 60s Hits and Laughter Show on 25 February, this time featuring The Merseybeats, The Union Gap and Cupid’s Inspiration. Original members of Hot Chocolate will play all their greatest hits on 31 March.

The Chicago Blues Brothers bring the best songs from the Blues Brothers films on 18 January; Boogie Night 7 on 19 January sees Celebrate recreating Kool And The Gang, Sing Baby Sing (The Stylistics) and Nat Augustin’s Stevie Wonder Legacy; Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites on 20 January; Clive John’s Johnny Cash Roadshow returns on 21 January; The Simon & Garfunkel Story returns on 28 January; Barry Steele is back with The Roy Orbison Story on 2 February; T.Rextasy return on 17 February and former members of The Kinks are back with all their hits in Kast Off Kinks on 22 February.

But it’s not all music; there will be entertaining evenings of conversation with Frank Bruno (16 February) and Michael Parkinson (7 April) and comedy courtesy of Mark Steel on 15 March and Fat Cat Comedy Club on the second Sunday of the month.

For more information, or to book tickets, please telephone 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk. More events are being confirmed all the time –check the website to keep up to date.