The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington’s lunchtime jazz helping just gets hotter
Darlington New Orleans Jazz club is delighted to host another visit from red hot gypsy jazz king Keith Stephens and friends.
Keith Stephens’ Hot Club Trio will make a return visit to the club on Saturday 5 August 2017 at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, and doors open at noon for a 12.30 start. Keith’s a master of the guitar, banjo and ukulele and likes to play the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, but the trio also enjoys performing a large repertoire of jazz standards – and more.
With Keith are Roly Veitch on rhythm guitar and vocals and Bruce Rollo on slap bass. There’s an extra treat on offer as well – the trio is joined by Caroline Irwin on vocals, ukulele and cornet. You can be sure she’ll perform to great acclaim, and add a special dimension to the band.
Entry to the gig is just £10 on the door (no need to pre-book), and children 15 and under go free. Darlington for Culture members are eligible for discounted entry on production of their membership card. There’s a licensed bar; tea and coffee is available; and everyone is very welcome to bring their own food along for a picnic whilst the band is entertaining.
There’s the added benefit of plenty of free onsite car parking. It’s also just a short walk from the bus stops on Tubwell Row and Darlington railway station. For more information go to or contact Ray Sams 07860 368022 Graham Foster
Coming up next:
There’s a sizzling September ahead when the club welcomes back fantastic pianist, goodtime vocalist and all round performer Jeff Barnhart on Saturday 2 September. He’ll have people on the edge of their seats as he brings his larger-than-life personality to performances of tunes familiar and obscure, along with the other members of the Mr Men Quartet – returnees Keith and Bruce plus one of last year’s best loved visitors to the club, reedsman John Hallam.
The ever-popular New Century Ragtime Orchestra is back on Saturday 7 October, bringing a big band sound to the lunchtime gig. There’ll be ragtime entertainment, banter, virtuoso group performances and some stunning solos from the Tyneside-based band. It’ll be a packed house as well as a big band, so make sure you arrive early to secure a seat.
All sessions start at 12.30, doors open from noon.

Disco nights at Voodoo

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington. Double Entendre features DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late.

It’s all happening at The Forum
The Forum in Borough Road has got a terrific programme. For the full list of gigs and events, please visit

July @ The Forum

Tuesday 25th – Hilarity Bites Midweek Special
Featuring Spencer Jones & Lloyd Griffith
Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30

Friday 28th – Northern Soul Night
4 Djs spinning quality Northern Soul Oldies
Entrance £3.50 – Doors 7pm – 11.30pm

August @ The Forum

Wednesday 2nd – Open Mic
Just turn up, plug in and play
Free Entrance – Doors – 7pm

Friday 4th – Total Stone Roses
Tribute to the Madchester Rockers Stone Roses
Tickets £12adv/£14otd – Doors 8pm

Saturday 5th – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club
Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30pm

Friday 11th – Darlington R’n’B Club
The Blue Bishops
Tickets £12- Doors 7-30pm

Saturday 12th – Chris Pryke EP Launch
Local singer /Songwriter with special guests
Tickets £8adv/£10otd

Saturday 11th – Slade UK
Always a sell out! Advance tickets strongly advised
Tickets £12 – Doors 8pm

Thursday 16th – Limehouse Lizzy
This great band return paying tribute to Thin Lizzy
Advance tickets advised
Tickets £12 – Doors 7-30pm

Friday 17th – Gasto Promotions presents UK Rock Legends
Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30pm

Friday 24th – Northern Soul Night
4 Dj’s spinning quality Northern Soul Oldies
Entrance £3.50 – 7pm until 11.30pm

Saturday 25th – Ultimate Bowie
Brilliant and popular tribute to David Bowie
Advance tickets advised
Tickets £12 – Doors 8pm

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