Ukulele Joe is back on stage

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ROCK ‘n’ roll legend, Joe Brown, brings his latest show to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Saturday.

In 2008, Brown’s Very Best Of album achieved a Gold Record for more than 120,000 sales and was in the UK charts for eight weeks, staying four weeks in the Top 20.

In September that year his 50th anniversary was celebrated with a sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall.

His new CD, The Ukulele Album, has caused a similar stir and due to its success a deluxe version was released in October last year.

Brown has continued to break box office records and recently received MOJO magazine’s coveted Outstanding Contribution to Music Award as well as an MBE.

In concert, Brown plays electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele and banjo and has even been known to contribute the odd trumpet solo or two.

At Dernate, Joe will be joined by his five-piece band including his son and record producer, Pete Brown.

Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets costs £23.

On Wednesday, April 2, wartime cabaret Bless ‘Em All is at Royal & Derngate for a matinee performance.

The show is filled with songs and music from the 1940s and will feature renditions of classics made famous by the likes of Max Miller, George Formby, Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields.

The show stars comedy entertainer Steve Barclay and Lucia Matisse plus support from singers Jamie Steen and Mervyn Francis and the live music of the Martyn St James Band.

Tickets cost £13.50 and doors open at 2pm.

Call 01604 624811.