Following a successful concert at Muncaster last September the World Owl Trust is holding another fundraising concert. This will be on Monday 30th May 2011 in a marquee in the scenic gardens of Muncaster Castle. The headline act will be the legendary Billy Mitchell Band www.billymitchell.co.uk backed up by Carlisle musicians The Olly Alcock Band www.olly-alcock-band.co.uk. A full bar will be available in addition to a BBQ to make the evening go with a swing. Entrance to the gardens and marquee will be from 6pm with the Olly Alcock Band coming on stage at 7.30pm, followed by the iconic Billy Mitchell and his band. As it is a Bank Holiday why not plan an all day visit to the area with many things to enjoy in the area including Muncaster Castle, the World Owl Centre, and the Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway, known as La’al Ratty. There is a wide range of accommodation available in close proximity to Muncaster Castle from quality camp sites, B&B accommodation at Muncaster Castle through to hotels such as the Pennington Arms in the pretty seaside village of Ravenglass one mile away.
Billy Mitchell started playing the guitar in the sixties when they were all made of wood and mostly the same colour. He formed a ‘beat group’ with some pals at the local youth club and played local clubs and pubs till the sad arrival of full time employment forced their demise.
He then joined with former beat group pals to form a ‘folk group’ during the great ‘folk scare’ of the late sixties and early seventies. The Callies showed the good people of Newcastle what they thought folk music should sound like. They recorded one album, went to London, didn’t like it... then came home.
After a spell in Vancouver, Canada, Billy was invited to return to England to join Jack the Lad with members of the recently split Lindisfarne. Then followed four albums and four years touring the UK and Europe, playing every venue known to man and some that weren’t...
At the end of the seventies he joined with Peter McIntyre to form the hilarious Maxie & Mitch who have spent the last twenty four years playing music in a very funny way to people all over the world who fancied a laugh... 1996 saw Billy join Newcastles’ favourite sons Lindisfarne who enjoyed critical acclaim for their live concerts in the UK and the USA, and their subsequently-released albums of new songs Here Comes the Neighbourhood and Promenade.
Since Lindisfarne’s retirement in 2003, Billy has embarked on a very successful solo career with his Backtrackin’ show and CD, and in 2005 he recorded The Devil’s Ground album, which received critical acclaim and extensive radio play.
In 2006, he celebrated his 60th birthday by forming the first ever Billy Mitchell Band, who played an emotional ‘sell out’ concert at The Sage, Gateshead.
Tickets for what will be a fantastic evening of music in the scenic surrounding of Muncaster Castles gardens are available online here. Alternatively telephone the World Owl Trust on 01229 717393 and we can arrange tickets. Tickets are limited strictly to 200 and are priced at £12.50 for advance purchase with any remaining unsold tickets being sold on the night for £14.50.
Entrance on the evening will be by the Coach Park entrance where parking will be available.
|World Owl Trust
Registered Charity Number: 1107529
Limited Company Number: 5296745
The World Owl Trust is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). The Trust relies on a dedicated membership, visitors, donations and legacies.