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Coastival Music Nights at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is launching Coastival Music Nights at the SJT featuring local bands and artists covering everything from funk and folk to beatbox, rap and electro-punk.

Acoustic pop wranglers Everyone Loves Ernie, guitarist and folk-rocker Jesse Hutchinson and award-winning songwriter Anna Shannon are among the main acts to perform with support from Frankie Dixon, Connor and Nathen and Suzy Blu.

This new collaboration between the Stephen Joseph Theatre and organisers of the annual Coastival arts festival brings a series of gigs to the theatre bar on Friday 27 November, 8 January and 5 February from 8.30pm.

SJT Touring and Programming Director Amanda Saunders said:

"We’re delighted to host new music nights here at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in collaboration with Coastival. It’s set to be a lively start to the weekend in the surroundings of the SJT bar and Bistro with some fantastic bands and artists from the local and regional circuit."

First on the bill is the four-piece line-up Everyone Loves Ernie on 27 November, bringing a funk flavour to favourite pop hits on acoustic guitar, bass, djembe and a host of percussion. Their set list includes numbers from The Bee Gees to Bruno Mars, T-Rex to Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder to INXS plus a few surprises along the way. They will be joined by Frankie Dixon, an intuitive, unconventional performer who passionately delivers a range of unique, original songs.

On 8 January, it’s the turn of Connor and Nathen to get the night started. The Scarborough-based duo will be mixing Connor Lawlor’s acoustic singer-songwriting style with Nathen Walters’ beatbox and rap before Jesse Hutchinson takes the mic. Jesse has been playing the guitar and singing for over 20 years and is renowned for his passion, sweat and sheer enthusiasm for the music. A popular performer on the local scene, last year he was voted Yorkshire Coast’s Best Solo Act on the entertainments website Yorkshire Coast Gigs.

Former BBC Radio Yorkshire Songwriter of the Year Award Winner Anna Shannon and Leeds-based electro-punk pop act Suzy Blu round off the last Music Nights gig on 5 February. Anna has received acclaim for her solo work on the folk circuit both in the UK and Europe. She is accomplished in guitar, flute, oboe, saxophone, violin, whistle, bowed psaltery and the shruti box, and her compositions, musicianship and distinct voice are admired by folk traditionalists and maritime and shanty enthusiasts.

After going down a storm at Coastival 2014, Suzy Blu are back with their heavy old school beats, feedback-drenched melody, and experimental driving bass. Their live set of ‘80s drum machines synchs seamlessly to a backdrop of psychedelic projections and film.

Tickets to Coastival Music Nights at the SJT are £7.50 and are available online at, from the box office on 01723 370541 and on the door. Food and refreshments will also be available from the Bistro restaurant each night.

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