Singer Joe Brown is set to appear at the Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn on Sunday 21st February 2016, and two lucky people will be able to visit FREE courtesy of King’s Lynn Online. Just keep reading till the end of this article to find out how to enter our competition.
Joe Brown MBE has hit the road again this Autumn on a major tour of the UK that takes him up to Christmas and then on into 2016 for another two months.
It’s a long tour, and a tough one, but it could so easily never have happened. And not just this set of dates.
Way back in 1960 Joe was on the road as lead guitarist with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. Joe already had solo hits with People Gotta Talk and Darktown Strutters Ball so Larry Parnes, his then manager, pulled him off the tour to do his own headline shows.
A stroke of luck? Fate? Who knows. One thing’s for sure, it certainly could have saved his life. If Joe’d stuck with the original plan he’d have been in the car crash that tragically cost Eddie his – and the last five and a half decades of JB music would never have happened.
Since that very first hit Joe has toured, performed and entertained like the master he is – a man with a musical skill set to be envied and totally at home with the quickfire gag and the effortless repartee that’s now part and parcel of the cheeky chappie.
Although born in Lincolnshire, Joe was evacuated to London and grew up in the East End in the pub that his mum ran. He started playing professionally at 18 and soon outgrew the music hall songs of his parents, embracing skiffle in his late teens and then rock ‘n’ roll. The revelation that was Little Richard changed his life.Much has been written of Joe’s role as a UK guitar pioneer and rightly so. But, as the man modestly says, “There was nobody around in those days to tell you you were doing it wrong”. So he developed his own style which included playing guitar behind his head (a move that is said to have influenced Jimi Hendrix).
His guitar playing has been lauded by many of his fellow artists including luminaries such as George Harrison, Mark Knopfler and Keith Richards, to name but a few. His receipt of a coveted Mojo Award a few years back proved one of the most popular awards of the night.
Joe’s last album “The Ukulele Album” demonstrated his love of that instrument, one he’s championed for many years, but his accomplishments are spread wide. He also plays mandolin, mandola, fiddle, trumpet, banjo and, of course, electric and acoustic guitar.
Accompanied by his four strong band which includes his MD son Pete, the forthcoming tour will see Joe playing old favourites, rockers and new songs with a twist. Like a ringmaster overseeing his domain Joe commands the stage and, like the true professional he is, always delivers.
So what’s in store? A great musical evening, a hugely enjoyable one and probably a complete revelation. An inspiring tour de force – that’s Joe Brown for you.
Can you name the county where Joe Brown was born?
Just email your answer to us, for the chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to Joe’s Concert in Lynn on Sunday 21st February 2016. Don’t forget to include your name and contact details. Prize winner will be announced on New Years Eve.
2016 Tour Dates
Wednesday 13th Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre
Thursday 14th Crawley The Hawth
Friday 15th Eastbourne Congress Theatre
Saturday 16th Reading Hexagon
Sunday 17th Weston Super Mare The Playhouse Theatre
Saturday 23rd Buxton Opera House
Sunday 24th Southport Southport Theatre
Monday 25th Darlington Civic Theatre
Tuesday 26th Halifax The Victoria Theatre
Wednesday 27th Gateshead The Sage
Friday 29th York Grand Opera House
Saturday 30th Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Sunday 31st Llandudno Venue Cymru
Thursday 4th Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls
Friday 5th Bournemouth The Pavilion Theatre
Saturday 6th Torquay The Princess Theatre
Sunday 7th Bristol Hippodrome
Monday 8th Worthing The Pavilion Theatre
Sunday 14th Skegness The Embassy Theatre
Monday 15th Ipswich Regent Theatre
Tuesday 16th Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Wednesday 17th London Cadogan Hall
Friday 19th St Albans The Alban Arena
Sunday 21st Kings Lynn The Corn Exchange