Sound studio

Get ready for sound and thunder at the Milton Rooms

Renovation work is progressing well at the Milton Rooms in Malton as the exciting new program of events for 2022 is ready for launch in April.

The revamped Milton Rooms website is in the works and new modern lighting and sound systems are being installed in the main lobby and Studio Bar.

Additionally, the main venue is being redecorated at the end of March, which resulted in the cancellation of Ryedale Blues Club on March 31, where Redfish were scheduled to play. Moondogs, whose concert was scheduled for April 1, has been rescheduled to appear on November 26.

Meanwhile, tickets continue to sell well for Fairport Convention, the legendary folk-rock band which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. They visit the Milton Rooms on Friday May 20 as part of their spring tour.

The tour will feature a mix of long-established favorites and a few surprise tracks from albums old and new, including their latest, Shuffle & Go, which was released in 2020.

The band consists of founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, who was part of the original line-up in 1967, longest serving member Dave Pegg, who also played with Jethro Tull, on bass, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on violin, mandolin and vocals and Gerry Conway on percussion.

Other big upcoming events are The Salts Sea Shanties on May 8, an appreciation of a unique figure in British comedy history in Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams on May 27, the Megaslam Wrestling show on May 28, the Lollypops & Moptops Show in June 18 and top veteran saxophonist Snake Davis with Chris Bannister on June 25.

Lisa Rich, Site Manager of Milton Rooms, said: “We can’t wait to get our new program started and in April we are also delighted to welcome back Brass Castle’s Beertown Festival and Ryedale Youth Theater’s Easter production. by Matilda The Musical Jr.

In the meantime, why not get ready for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and other summer festivities with some dancing? Weekly beginners ballroom and Latin dance classes are held in the Milton Rooms on Tuesday evenings from 7-8.30pm and cost £6.

Each week looks at a different style and some basic steps for social dancing. No partner is needed. Classes are conducted in a friendly manner and the bar will be open for refreshments. Classes are taught by a qualified dance teacher. For more information call Andy Grant on 07939 336315.

There are also York Vintage Dance classes every Wednesday evening, except during certain school holidays. Classes are informal and fun and participants will learn a range of individual and couple dances.

Beginner classes run from 7-8 p.m., but you must arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register. The course fee is £5 and new dancers are welcome. Classes for all other dancers start at 8 p.m. For details of coverage of York Vintage Dance Group dances, visit www.yorkvintagedance.co.uk or call Tina on 07949 144313.

Below are some of the upcoming Milton Rooms events with more being added all the time. Visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/themiltonrooms to book tickets.

February

Thursday February 24: Ryedale Blues Club presents The John Doe Trio, one of the most exciting bands on the British blues circuit. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

April

Thursday April 28: Ryedale Blues Club presents Five Points Gang, a London-based blues trio that mixes original new tunes with classic blues standards. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

Friday, April 29: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club presents Kate McCabe and Eddie Brimson. American comedian Kate McCabe moved to Manchester from the United States more than a decade ago with her Scottish partner, while Eddy Brimson has established himself on the live circuit and is considered one of the main heads of British comedy poster art. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

May

Sunday May 8: The Salts Sea Shanties, a co-op of seasoned musicians creating one of the most exciting and energetic sounds around, performing original material alongside their own renditions of traditional songs. 7:30 p.m. Tickets £12.50.

Friday May 20: Fairport Convention stops in Malton as part of their spring tour. Over the band’s 55-year history, there have been many changes, but one thing has remained the same: Fairport’s passion for performance. 7:30 p.m. Tickets £22 until end of March, then £27.

Thursday May 26: The Ryedale Blues Club presents the Tom Killner Band. Tom is an up-and-coming blues guitarist from Rotherham. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

Friday May 27: Cult character: Kenneth Williams. He was a unique and beloved figure in British comedy history, from radio show stealing performances in Hancock’s Half Hour and Round the Horne to over 20 years starring in the legendary Carry On films. Acclaimed actor and impressionist Colin Elmer, who played Kenneth Williams in the UK tours of Round the Horne and Hancock’s Half Hour, reprises his role in this new production telling the story of the great man. 7:30 p.m. £12 tickets or £10 concessions.

Saturday May 28: A new feature for the Milton Rooms, Megaslam Wrestling – Live. The in-ring battle will see Team Megaslam face off against Team Nasty. Megaslam is an engaging live experience for the whole family. 7:30 p.m. Adults £12, children £10, family ticket (two adults and two children) £36.

June

Saturday June 18: Lollypops & Moptops, a must-see show for all fans of 50s and 60s music. The evening’s host is Alan Mosca (formerly of Freddie & The Dreamers), who tells stories of yesteryear with a touch of comedy, while recreating the hits of the super Dreamers. Buddy Walker brings the look of Buddy Holly back to life and finally National Music Tribute Award winners The Temple Brothers pay tribute to The Everly Brothers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets £23.50.

Saturday June 25: Snake Davis with Chris Bannister. Top saxophonist Snake Davis, whose soulful sound has been heard with many great artists from McCartney to The Eurythmics and Klingande to Calvin Harris, is joined by Chris Bannister, a singer-songwriter guitarist of immense talent and class . 8 p.m. Tickets £20.

Thursday June 30: Ryedale Blues Club presents Dust Radio, a roots and blues duo. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

July

Thursday July 28: Ryedale Blues Club presents Jimmy Regal & The Royals, a trio from south London. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

Friday, July 29: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club presents Steph Laing and Sam Avery. Steph Laing’s comedy is halfway between the needy weirdness of Maria Bamford and the upbeat affability of Josie Long. Sam Avery’s friendly and enthusiastic observational style instantly puts audiences at ease, allowing them to regale them with his stories of everyday life. 8 p.m. Tickets £10.

September

Saturday September 17: Five Divide, a welcome return for the first 60s tribute band from the Northeast. 7:30 p.m. Tickets £10.

Saturday September 24: The Sounds of Simon, sadly canceled in 2021 due to Covid restrictions, celebrates the music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. 8 p.m. Tickets £14.

Can you spare a few hours?

Milton Halls is always ready to welcome more volunteers, so anyone with a bit of spare time can join the volunteer team and meet new people, learn new skills and support the site. Many roles are available, including office, technology, bar and reception positions. Email [email protected] for more information.