New music sessions launched Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre

Suzy Blu
Suzy Blu

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is launching Coastival Music Nights featuring local bands and artists covering everything from funk and folk to beatbox, rap and electro-punk.

Acoustic pop wranglers Everyone Loves Ernie, guitarist and folk-rocker Jesse Hutchinson and award-winning songwriter Anna Shannon are among the main acts with support from Frankie Dixon, Connor and Nathen and Suzy Blu.

This new collaboration between the Stephen Joseph Theatre and organisers of the annual Coastival arts festival brings a series of gigs to the theatre bar.

Touring and programming director Amanda Saunders said: “It’s set to be a lively start to the weekend with some fantastic bands and artists from the local and regional circuit.”

First on the bill is the four-piece Everyone Loves Ernie on November 27, bringing a funk flavour to favourite pop hits on acoustic guitar, bass, djembe and a host of percussion. Their set list includes numbers from the Bee Gees to Bruno Mars, T-Rex to Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder to INXS. They will be joined by Frankie Dixon who delivers a range of unique, original songs.

On January 8, it’s the turn of Connor and Nathen to get the night started. The Scarborough-based duo will be mixing Connor Lawlor’s acoustic singer-songwriting style with Nathen Walters’ beatbox and rap before Jesse Hutchinson takes the mic.

Anna Shannon and Leeds-based electro-punk pop act Suzy Blu round off the gigs on February 5.

Music starts at 8.30pm.