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Comedy, Sat 24 Mar 2018


Lantern Theatre

0114 255 1776


Kenwood Park Road,
S7 1NF


Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear come to The Lantern Theatre bringing An Evening of Iona music and more.

Award winning multi-instrumentalist Dave Bainbridge joins forces with Lord of The Dance vocalist, instrumentalist Sally Minnear to bring a spellbinding evening of music that will, in equal measure have you jigging in (or out of!) your seat or bring a tear to your eye. A compelling mix of powerful and ethereal vocal songs (including the occasional emotive Gaelic ballad) and instrumental tracks
(jigs,reels,slow airs, and evolving pieces).

Dave and Sally’s first tour, in the UK July 2015 (culminating in an appearance at the Llanelidan Medieval Fayre in September), was great fun and incredibly well received, since then they have continued to gig around the UK.

Dave Bainbridge
(Piano, keyboard, electric & acoustic guitars, bouzouki)
Best known for his work with pioneering Celtic folk/rock/ambient band IONA and now his new band Celestial Fire, Dave’s multi-faceted career has led him into many musical genres and work with numerous artists including; Strawbs, Jack Bruce, Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Buddy Guy, Gloria Gaynor, Mae McKenna, Moya Brennan, ‘Snake’ Davis, Paul Jones, Phil Keaggy, Robert Fripp, Nick Beggs, Damian Wilson and many others.

Dave gained several performance awards during his time at Leeds College of Music (including BBC Radio 2 Best Jazz Soloist Award). As well as recording 12 albums with IONA, he has also released 3 solo albums and several collaborations with both Troy Donockley and David Fitzgerald.

“Bainbridge has always been known as a fantastic guitar player, with his trademark soaring and searing leads. However, he is an equally accomplished keyboard player….On Celestial Fire, he really shows off his ivory chops….The instrumental parts are some of the coolest I've heard in years….It is far and away my favorite release of 2014 and gets my highest recommendation.” David Taylor -

“Dave Bainbridge is a a genius of immeasurable proportions…If you are unfamiliar with him it’s time to make amends. Trust me.” Nick Beggs (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett etc)

‘Bainbridge’s guitar playing is superb; his electric solos conjure Eric Johnson and Allan Holdsworth.….Looking deeper, the music is genuinely touching, possessing a spiritual quality that speaks to the soul and inspires various states of positivity, from peaceful tranquility to breathless exhilaration.’

“Dave’s fluid, emotional guitar playing, epic keyboard work and expansive compositions combine into one of this generation’s most powerful and original musical voices.” John Kellogg (5.1 producer - Chicago, Foreigner, Black Crows, Deep Purple, ELP)

Sally Minnear
(Vocals, vocal loops, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, tin whistle, violin)
Sally had a minor hit with the song “For You” aged just 18, before forming the acoustic duo ‘Creatures of Habit’ as a vehicle for her own songs. After completing a music degree, during which time she played fiddle and sang in a popular traditional Irish band, Sally secured the featured vocalist role in Michael Flatley’s hugely successful dance spectacular ‘Lord of the Dance’. Sally toured with the production for several years, before leaving to start a family.

Recently she has contributed vocals for several dance music tracks and for the band Misty’s Big Adventure. Sally recorded some wonderful, ethereal vocal parts on Dave Bainbridge’s Celestial Fire album and is also the lead vocalist in his new band of the same name, Celestial Fire.

Daughter of multi instrumentalist Kerry Minnear of the hugely respected and influential ’70’s progressive band Gentle Giant, Sally has been steeped in music throughout her life, with her brother and sister also being successful musicians.
“Sally Minnear’s angelic vocals….I could listen to her all day and never lose interest”

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Sat 24 Mar 2018 19:30


Tickets £13.00

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