Music to put a spring in your step

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Thu 8 Feb 2018

Derby LIVE is bringing you plenty of music this spring, so whether it’s folk, acoustic or motown that tickles your fancy we’ve got the thing for you!

This March the award-winning Sam Kelly and his band The Lost Boys will be bringing their haunting harmonies, soaring tunes and melodies, charming anecdotes and instrumental performances of the highest calibre to the Guildhall Theatre. With an intoxicating mix of youthful exuberance and instrumental virtuosity, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys breathe new life into traditional music, letting it rub shoulders with contemporary originals and even the occasional surprise rock cover. Chosen by Cambridge Folk Festival as the pick of the 2016 event, they have quickly become one of the most in-demand bands on the UK festival scene. 

For anyone who loves the sounds of the 60's - and enjoys a few laughs on the way – The Bootleg Shadows, at the Guildhall Theatre on Thursday 29 March, is the perfect musical event. Performing a unique tribute that has audiences humming the tunes and doing the Shadows famous 'walk' long after they have left the theatre Geoff, Keith, Tony, Tim and Binks will take you on a tour of the Shadows career from 1960 up until the early 80s. 

Fans of folk can’t miss out on Scottish songwriter Kris Drever, who celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success last year by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 (for his song If Wishes Were Horses) at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. At the Guildhall Theatre on Monday 23 April  Kris will be performing a 'best of' set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material played live for the first time. 

Irish Legends The Fureys are a must see as they come to the Guildhall Theatre on Tuesday 24 April as part of their 40th Anniversary tour for a great night of music, songs and stories. Hear them sing their timeless classics including I will love you, When you were sweet 16, The Green fields of France, The old man, Red rose café, From Clare to here, Her father didn’t like me anyway, Leaving Nancy, Steal away etc. plus songs from their new CD The Times they are a changing. 

This April hear the sounds of the Eagles from Talon, a band who aim to faithfully re-create the music of the Eagles with honesty, respect and reverence. Sat on bar stools and armed with no more than their trademark four part vocal harmony, acoustic instruments and laid back banter, Talon will leave audiences spellbound as they perform their own arrangements from a wide range of acoustic classics. 

Looking ahead to summer Derby LIVE has several great musical events at Derby Arena. Coming to Derby Arena this summer is Fastlove, a show that is packed with crowd pleasing George Michael anthems. From the Wham classics of the new pop revival to the chart-topping success of the eighties album Faith, plus the awesome tunes of the nineties and noughties, this is a spell binding experience that can’t be missed

Derby LIVE also invites music fans to Derby Arena for the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a 1 million people all over the world and recently performed for the Royal Variety Performance 2016. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated by an exceptionally talented cast and band