Special Guests 2014

A selection of outstanding and talented ladies who are going to get your day well and truly rocking…. in more ways than the obvious one!

Jo Caulfield

Jo Caulfield

Best-known for her legendary one-woman shows, Jo Caulfield is “one of the finest female comics at work” (The Observer) and has recently been nominated as “the best female Stand-Up in the country” (Chortle.co.uk). She is also Graham Norton’s head writer. “She is, quite simply, a damn funny woman” (The Scotsman).

Jo was born in Wales to Irish parents and brought up in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. She grew up believing the East Midlands was her oyster. At 17 Jo left home and moved to London to sing and play drums in a Rockabilly band. This was an unusual decision as Jo can neither sing nor play drums.

Jo spent many years honing her skills as a waitress and was frequently fired for arguing with customers. She also worked in retail and was a shop manager before being fired for arguing with customers. She then set up her own business selling 50’s vintage clothing, but soon fired herself for arguing with the boss.

Jo Caulfield has come a long way since her first open spot 12 years ago. To misquote the Human League, Jo was working as a waitress in an Italian Restaurant when she found herself drunkenly entering the weekly open mike competition at The Comedy Café in East London. Although she hadn’t prepared anything and could hardly stand, let alone speak, Jo won the competition and was asked back for a 10 minute booking the following week.

After being advised that regular compering was one of the best ways to improve as a comic Jo saved her ‘waitressing tips’, bought a cheap microphone and a small amplifier and opened her own comedy club in the basement bar of The White Horse in Hampstead. It was getting up on stage at her own club every week for 5 years that gave Jo her ability for bantering with the audience and improvising on their comments. As one critic put it, “It’s an amazing knack. Caulfield seamlessly weaves in and out of material and audience banter”.

“Many of the points Jo Caulfield makes about the human condition would have sociologists stroking their beards in admiration, but her audience tend to be laughing too much to notice. Do not miss her.” (The Times).

Ruby Dolls

Ruby Dolls

The Ruby Dolls are impressive theatre-makers, talented singers, passionate cabaret-lovers and enchanting storytellers.
The five Dolls trained as actors and singers. Five years ago, they formed a now critically acclaimed, multi-disciplinary, collaborative theatre company.

Their work is strongly influenced by cabaret. Both the intimacy of it: they play fast and loose with the idea of the “fourth wall” so that they can contact an audience more directly to share our stories; and the variety of it: they infuse their work with dance, puppetry, clowning and their trademark close part harmony song.

They have been premiering Fabulous Creatures - a brand new musical - this summer and are currently showcasing it in the world’s biggest arts festival: The Edinburgh Festival.

Blistered Molly

Blistered Molly

Blistered Molly are a female fronted rock group from Newcastle who have performed alongside Toploader and many other established artists.

They combine strong vocals, complex harmonies and instruments to take on classic rock songs by the likes of AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and many other rock artists, in addition to writing and performing their own original material.

Having won the runners up prize in MTV’s 2012 Open Mic UK national singing competition and performed at the 02 stadium in front of thousands of people, Blistered Molly are well versed performers and are in the midst of recording their debut album whilst performing at various venues across the North East.

Blistered Molly, made up of Rachel Miller, Ashleigh Humble and Jessica Martin, beat off competition from thousands of hopefuls at MTV’s Open Mic auditions, impressing judges with their version of a rock classic by The Foo Fighters.

Now with a full backing band made up from the cream of local talented musicians, the girls are ready to rock n roll and have a number of festivals lined up for the rest of the year. They’ve built up a great following here in the North East since the Open Mic competition, which gave them the opportunity to showcase their unique sound to an impressive audience.

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