Robert Vincent to play with The Buffalo Skinners at Pocklington Arts Centre

Robert Vincent: new album, Pocklington return

LIVERPOOL singer-songwriter Robert Vincent will showcase his new album In This Town You’re Owned at Pocklington Arts Centre on February 7, one week before its release on Thirty Tigers.

For this return visit, he will be accompanied on stage by PAC favourites The Buffalo Skinners in his 8pm set.

“My last visit to Pocklington Arts Centre, supporting Beth Nielsen Chapman, was such a great night with a lovely music-loving crowd. So, I’m looking forward to being back and playing for the lovely folk of Pocklington,” he says.

Vincent has been hailed by veteran BBC presenter “Whispering” Bob Harris as “the real deal” for his Americana music. On seeing him play in the Bluebird Café at the Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, the legendary broadcaster immediately invited him, to record an Under The Apple Tree Session in his home studio for his BBC Radio 2 country show, describing his performance as “absolutely magnetic”.

Vincent duly received the inaugural Emerging Artist Award from Harris in 2016 and the UK Americana Music Association’s UK Album of The Year in 2018 for 2017’s sophomore work I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins, recorded in his hometown and mixed in Nashville by Grammy Award-winning producer Ray Kennedy.

The Buffalo Skinners: playing with Robert Vincent at Pocklington Arts Centre

His 2013 debut, Life In Easy Steps, drew BBC airplay for its title track on Janice Long and Radcliffe & Maconie’s shows.

He has since toured the UK supporting Paul Carrack, James Blunt and Squeeze and The Pretenders at the Royal Albert Hall. Last spring, he opened for Beth Nielsen Chapman on her Hearts Of Glass tour, including the aforementioned Pocklington show.

Last summer, Vincent was on the supporting bill for his hero, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, in Hyde Park at British Summer Time and joined “the Titan of Twang”, guitarist Duane Eddy, across the UK on his 80th birthday tour.

Now comes third album In This Town You’re Owned, produced by BRIT Award-winning Ethan Johns.

Tickets for Vincent’s Pock gig are on sale at £13.50 on 01759 301547 or at Vincent has further Yorkshire gigs coming up at The Greystones, Sheffield, on March 25, and Leeds Lending Room the next night.

The Felice Brothers to play Pocklington Arts Centre summer gig

The Felice Brothers: two brothers, Ian and James Felice, and two friends, Will Lawrence and Jesske Hume

POCKLINGTON Arts Centre has snapped up The Felice Brothers for a summer gig after director Janet Farmer saw the Americana band at Willie Nelson’s ranch.

Brothers Ian and James Felice and their friends, drummer Will Lawrence and bass player Jesske Hume, have crossed the Big Pond this month for a winter tour that visits Leeds Brudenell Social Club on Monday.

They will return to these shores for more dates in a summer of American and European gigs, among them Pocklington Arts Centre on June 23.

A delighted Janet Farmer says: “I was privileged to see them at Luck Reunion, held at Willie Nelson’s ranch, and can highly recommend their unique brand of American folk rock. Expect a raucous and energetic performance that will be something to truly treasure.

“Tickets for this show will sell fast, so I would encourage you to get yours soon or risk missing out on what will be a sublime show.”

Ian and James Felice grew up in the Hudson valley of upstate New York. Self-taught musicians, inspired as much by Hart Crane and Slim Whitman as by Woody Guthrie and Chuck Berry, they began in 2006 by playing subway platforms and sidewalks in New York City.  

They have gone on to release nine albums of original songs, drawing comparison with Neil Young and Bob Dylan for their song-writing and lawless sound. Last year they returned from a three-year hiatus with Undress, whose songs will be complemented by a selection from their back catalogue on June 23.

Tickets for their 8pm Pock gig cost £20 on 01759 301547 or at

Did you know?

The Felice Brothers served as the backing band for Conor Oberst’s 2017 album Salutations and subsequent tour.