The first gig on Thursday, November 8 is a double bill featuring Grammy-nominated acclaimed American singer/songwriter Kim Richey and Ben Glover, the Northern Irish-born Nashville-based heartfelt singer/songwriter.
The two much-admired singer/songwriters based over the Atlantic are perfect debutants for the grand opening show in the old Courtroom at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
2018 is shaping up to be a significant year for Grammy-nominated acclaimed American singer/songwriter Kim Richey.
She released her first album in five years, Edgeland, on Yep Roc Records in the spring and that accrued heaps of attentive praise.
The major league music mag /on-site American Songwriter premiered Whistle On Occasion, featuring Chuck Prophet and noted that “Kim Richey is a veteran to the craft of poetry and storytelling”.
In support of the album, the Nashville-based artist played a raft of dates with her friend Gretchen Peters.
As a songwriter, Richey has written two Country Number One hits for Radney Foster (Nobody Wins) and Trisha Yearwood (Believe Me Baby), the latter of which was Grammy-nominated, as well as tunes for Mary Chapin Carpenter and Patty Loveless.
Her vocals also appear on Jason Isbell’s praised Southeastern album as well as albums by Ryan Adams and Shawn Colvin.
Ben Glover, the Northern Irish born, Nashville-based heartfelt singer/ songwriter will be sharing the bill. As a songwriter, Glover’s fellow travellers include his co-writers, like Mary Gauthier to be sure, but they also include the characters that he crafts.
On ‘Shorebound’, his latest album, the characters come fully formed, self-aware and self-possessed enough to keep their compasses set on True North even in the roughest of waters.
At the official opening of Middlesbrough Town Hall’s Courtroom in 1889 it was described as “the finest court of its description in the country”.
It was used as a court from 1886 until 1973, becoming a staff canteen in 1978 and then office space from 1990 and has now been brought back to life as a performance space.
Lorna Fulton, Head of Programme at Middlesbrough Town Hall, said: “We are delighted to announce this new strand to our programming and are looking forward to a successful partnership with The Jumpin’ Hot Club.
“I’m sure that our audiences will look forward to seeing some of the finest Americana artists around in the intimate setting of our Courtroom.”
The Courtroom gig follows the Summer Tyne Americana Festival which drew visitors from across the world for a sizzling celebration of Americana music earlier this month.
Celebrating the finest American roots music, the feel-good festival brought together legendary artists, rising stars and the best of the next generation for a weekend-long party.
Kim Richey and Ben Glover play Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday, November 8.
Advance tickets are £10 plus booking fee and are available from www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01642 729 729.