Richard O’Brien’s outrageous classic The Rocky Horror Show is thrusting its way back to the Grand Opera House from Monday 29 March – Sat 3 April, featuring Christopher Biggins as The Narrator and Olivier Award winner David Bedella as the celebrated Frank ‘n’ Furter.

Widely celebrated ‘King of the Jungle’ Christopher Biggins said;

“I love performing in Belfast, the interaction with the audience is always brilliant and the Grand Opera House itself is just a gem. The Rocky fans are some of the best in the country too so I can’t wait to come back!”

The Rocky Horror Show has seduced audiences all over the world for more than thirty years so whether you’re a die-hard fan or a Rocky Virgin, it’s time to celebrate this infamous adventure like never before. Brush up on those pelvic thrusts, squeeze into that corset and slip back into those killer stilettos because the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical is back with a vengeance!

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of engaged sweethearts Brad and Janet who are forced to seek refuge in a castle full of the maddest, baddest and sexiest group the world has ever seen. Featuring the timeless classics Sweet Transvestite, Damit Janet and The Time Warp, this is the craziest party you’ll ever go to, so select your seats, dress to impress and get ready for Rocky!

Richard O’Brien is the writer of the The Rocky Horror Show which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre on 19 June 1973. He starred in the 1975 film adaptation as Riff Raff and is also widely recognised as the presenter of the popular TV show ‘The Crystal Maze’. Since premiering, the stage show has been in almost continuous production, and the cinematic version is one of the best known and most ardently followed films of all time.

Richard is currently in the casting process for his forthcoming production of a new pulp fiction detective musical The Stripper, by himself, Richard Hartley and Carter Brown, directed by Bob Carlton. Richard will also be appearing in the show.

Best known for creating the roles of Satan/Warm Up Man in Jerry Springer – The Opera for which he won Best Musical Actor in 2004, David Bedella plays the mad scientist Frank ‘n’ Furter for the 2009/10 UK tour. Bedella has walked the corridors of has BBC1’s popular hospital drama Holby City as Doctor Carlos Fashola and starred in numerous Broadway and US national tours including Jesus Christ Superstar, La Cage Aux Folles, Almost Like Being in Love, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, West Side Story, and A Chorus Line, or which he received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He has also played Frank ‘n’ Furter alongside Meat Loaf in The Rocky Horror Show.

Full casting includes: Mark Evans (Brad) Janet Flaherty (Janet), Brian McCann (Riff Raff), Dominic Tribuzio (Rocky) Ceris Hine (Columbia), Kara Lane (Magenta), Nathan Amzi (Eddie/Dr Scott), Stuart Ellis, Marc Leslie, Daniela Valvano, Charlotte Scott and Henry Davis.

Tickets are available from the Grand Opera House Box Office on 028 90274 1919, online at or in person in the theatre foyer.  Prices range from £13 – £24.25. For further information visit


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Founder member of Fairport Convention In concert:Iain Matthews

The Black Box
10th February 2010
8pm £10

‘It took me forty years to find this place and now I’m here, I wonder where the hell I’ve been looking all those years’.

(Iain Matthews on his revolutionary new album, Joy Mining by Iain Matthews & Searing Quartet, released in November 2009. Iain and Egbert Derix are about to  release a new, eagerly awaited,  double CD/DVD “Afterwords” on MatriX Records)

When some artists are referred to as “legends” it is usually measured in years, or based on the quality of their music. Few are measured in both time and quality. One artist that has been judged by both is Iain Matthews.

Ian Matthews
As a founding member of Fairport Convention back in ’67, Matthews appeared on the bands’ first three recordings (Fairport Convention, What We did on our Holidays and Unhalfbricking) until musical differences caused him to leave in ’69 during the recording of their third album. It had become obvious to him that the group’s newfound traditional folk/rock direction would involve him far less than its previous contemporary work.

The next two years would yield three critically acclaimed releases for his new band, Matthews Southern Comfort. MSC provided the perfect vehicle for Matthews’ musical growth. Some thirty years later, MSC’s music continues to be held in high regard. The band went on to chart a #1 UK single with their version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”. At the pinnacle of the bands’ rise to stardom, Matthews found this overwhelming success to be fulfilling, but restricting. He quit the band to pursue a solo career, and to pursue his love of American country music.

The 70’s, were extremely productive for Matthews, releasing 10 more albums as both solo artists and member of the band Plainsong. 1970’s If You Saw Thro My Eyes would reunite him with his ex-Fairport mates, Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny. Matthews toured the US for the first time in support of this record, the band featuring Richard Thompson, guitarist Andy Roberts and bassist Bob Ronga. Five records followed in the middle of the decade, three with Elektra (including one with Plainsong) and two with Columbia. 1978 brought us Stealin’ Home, thought by some as Matthews’ finest effort of all time. Stealin’ Home also yielded the Top 10 US hit “Shake It”.

His loss of direction in the early eighties proved frustrating for Matthews, and he gave up making music, choosing rather to take up positions as A&R rep’s for Island Records and Windham Hill. In 1986, while appearing at the annual Fairport Convention reunion in England, Led Zeppelin,’s Robert Plant took him aside and impressed upon him the need to once again, rediscover that direction and give the fans a fresh dose of reinspired Matthews. The fire in his belly roared, giving him the mindset to jump back into it, proving yet again the old adage – you can’t keep a good man (dog) down. Case in point – 1988’s Walking A Changing Line, the critically acclaimed collection of Jules Shear compositions. Iain Matthews was back!

Having relocated to Austin Texas, 1990 kicked off the next chapter in Matthews’ career. Gold Castle released Pure & Crooked, which included the wonderful cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Mercy Street”. Group efforts followed. Soon came several releases from Plainsong and Hamilton Pool (w/Michael Fracasso). In 1994, Matthews signed with Austin label Watermelon, releasing The Dark Ride followed by God Looked Down (1996). While with Watermelon, he also produced Eric Taylor’s self-titled album.

In recent years, Iain has appeared on several high-profile releases, including What’s That I Hear – The Songs of Phil Ochs (performing “Flower Lady”), and Nanci Griffith’s Other Voices, Too (performing a duet w/Nancy on “Wall of Death” and providing guitar/backing vocals on “Who Knows Where The Time Goes”). He also toured the UK with Nanci in support of her record during the latter half of 1998. That same year saw the release of his highly acclaimed album Excerpts From Swine Lake.

Early spring 2000 saw Matthews back on European shores, temporarily rooting himself in the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, and bringing us what will most likely be considered his best recording to date A Tiniest Wham.

An introduction to Dutch singer/songwriter Ad Vanderveen resulted in an instant musical bond, with the pair deciding to join forces and work together for the immediate future. Throughout 2000 they toured Europe and together with California native Eliza Gilkyson they formed More Than a Song, a singer/songwriter project. The self-titled album was released in late 2001, followed by an extended European theatre tour in February 2002.

It was during the warm up dates for this tour that Matthews unexpectedly met and fell hopelessly in love with not one, but two southern belles, the beautiful Marly and her 2 year old daughter Madelief. Resulting in him taking his music and his heart to the small border town of Horst, in Limburg, or “Limbabwe” as he chooses to refer to it. “A year and a half in the big city was more than enough time for me to rediscover my Europeaness and dive headlong into it. Now I’m ready for the sticks again,” says Matthews.

Iain has been busier than ever since his move to Holland; a duet album with fellow artist Elliott Murphy, a tribute album to the late Sandy Denny. Both released on his own custom label Perfect Pitch.

With a four and a half year gap since his last solo album A tiniest wham, Matthews released his latest and possibly even better work than it’s predecessor, Zumbach’s coat in August 2004. With tours in Scandinavia, Germany, the UK, the USA and Holland, it was an exhausting, but exhilerating year and maybe the end of an era, of sorts. With his 60th birthday fast approaching, Matthews decided to call a halt to touring . But with the music still flowing through him, in September 2006, he began playing a select number of solo dates. Mostly in his adopted Netherlands and within driving distance of family and home.

2008 became a most special year for Iain in a very unexpected way. Another chapter of his writer series, Common Grounds took place in January, at The Beauforthuis, in Austerlitz. Iain’s guests were his old comrade Ad Vanderveen and a jazz combo, The Searing Quartet. As usual, it was policy for him to perform songs with each of his guests, but what transpired that night was beyond anyone’s expectations, setting a new musical tone for the rest of his already glittering career.

Iain and Egbert Derix, the leader and key composer for The Searing quartet, decided to try out jazz versions of two of his older Plainsong compositions, ‘Christoforo’s eyes’ and ‘Call the tune’ The resulting twenty minutes was both magical and hair raising. Something inexplicable and epocalyptical happened on stage, for both artist and audience. From here on, performing as he’s known it will never again be the same. Fast forward nine months and a revolutionary new album, Joy Mining by Iain Matthews & Searing Quartet, released in November 2009.
‘The best work I have ever done, without a doubt’ says Iain. ‘It took me forty years to find this place and now I’m here, I wonder where the hell I’ve been looking all those years’.
After a successful appearance on Dutch television this February, the quintet plan to dedicate the foreseeable future to playing live together and ‘just see where it takes us’.

All in all, I think it’s safe to say that Iain Matthews, microphone & guitar at the ready, passion in tact and eyes fixed steady on the horizon, is still moving forward and at the top of his game.

Settling in the south of Holland in 2002, he met and married his soul mate Marly. They have 2 children, Madelief, 8 and Luca, 3.

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Volume Control All Ages Gig:Belfast 4 Haiti

Belfast4Haiti All Ages Gig
Belfast4Haiti All Ages Gig

After the huge success of the Belfast 4 Haiti events which took place in various venues across Belfast over the weekend, Volume Control are holding an All Ages gig at the Oh Yeah Music Centre on the Friday 19th February where all proceeds will be donated to  the Belfast 4 Haiti appeal.

The event runs from 6.30pm with non stop entertainment from Northern Irish bands A Plastic Rose, More Than Conquerers, Goodbye Pluto, The Rupture Dogs, Forgetting June, Illicit and DJ Darren Craig.

Volume Control is led by Belfast promoter, Ryan McCann – who recently celebrated his 16th birthday and has gathered a team of enthusiastic young people who ambitiously want to fill the gap and organise events for the teen market.

Admission is £5 and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee

Tickets available in advance from Belfast Welcome Centre, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast, BT1 5AD
028 9024 6609 or online:

For further info contact:  Charlotte Dryden (Oh Yeah Music Centre)

tel: +44 (0) 2890 310 845 or email:

Event Details

Volume Control – All Ages Gig presents Belfast 4 Haiti

Oh Yeah music centre – 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG

Friday 19th February from 6.30pm until 10pm

Admission £5, Strictly No Alcohol