Joe Brown bringing his solo tour to Stevenage's Gordon Craig Theatre

PUBLISHED: 17:31 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:48 07 October 2016

Joe Brown will bring his solo tour to the Gordon Craig in Stevenage

Joe Brown will bring his solo tour to the Gordon Craig in Stevenage

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Rock 'n' roll pioneer Joe Brown will be bringing his first solo tour to Stevenage later this month for an upfront and personal concert.

Joe Brown’s Just Joe show can be seen at the Gordon Craig Theatre on Sunday, October 16.

After more than 50 years in the business, this will be the first time Joe has taken to the road by himself.

No band, no supplementary backup musicians, no dancing girls – just Joe Brown, unadulterated, solo, upfront and personal.

Joe Brown MBE is well known for being one of the UK’s original rock ‘n’ roll guitar pioneers.

More recently, since The Concert For George, he has become the leading light and staunch champion of the ukulele.

But his history is unique and remarkable.

From the days of music hall and growing up in an East End pub through the skiffle era of Lonnie Donegan then jumping, almost overnight, into rock’n’roll, Joe’s seen it all.

He toured with the likes of Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and Gene Vincent before headlining shows with The Beatles as opening act.

The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards respects him, George Harrison loved him, and Dire Straits star Mark Knopfler plays with him.

Joe’s also been a radio star, a TV personality, an actor and, not least, the head of a musical dynasty.

To say the man has a few stories is an understatement. And on his solo tour he’s going to tell them.

Anecdotes and the odd joke or two will be interspersed with some of the great music that has made Joe such a popular performer today.

And as if that wasn’t enough, he’s got an old friend along, too.

Special guest for the night will be guitar maestro Henry Gross.

No slouch himself to the odd raconteuring, Henry was the lead guitarist, singer and founder of hit US group Sha Na Na.

Not only that, he was the youngest musician to appear at Woodstock.

• Tickets for Joe Brown’s solo tour date in Stevenage cost £26, with concessions £1.50 off. The show starts at 7.45pm.

Call the box office on 01438 363200 or book online www.gordon-craig.co.uk

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