From Jason Manford in a muddle to David Gray’s golden days, CHARLES HUTCHINSON on the pick of this weekend's shows...

Friday night is... comedy night

Jason Manford, Muddle Class, York Barbican, tonight, 7.30pm

SALFORD comedian, actor and presenter Jason Manford completes a hat-trick of performances of Muddle Class at the Barbican tonight. Playing the northern everyman, he first performed this home-spun stand-up show in York to sold-out audiences on October 5 and 6 last year. Manford once more will tackle such topics as personal values, parenting and family. “I’ve been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it’s changed over the years, how the world has changed and how my parents haven’t changed a bit!”

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Gray day: David Gray plays York Barbican

Golden ticket of the weekend

David Gray, York Barbican, Saturday, 7.30pm

DAVID Gray plays York Barbican on the back of releasing his first studio album in four years, Gold In A Brass Age. Now living in London, the 50-year-old singer-songwriter has explored new electronic textures and sound palettes, “doing everything differently” from his past songwriting practice. “Instead of writing melodies, I looked for phrases with a natural cadence, so that the rhythm began with the words. I reimagined where a song might spring from and what form it could take,” he says.

Veteran gig of the weekend

Michael Chapman & Band, The Crescent, off Blossom Street, York, Saturday, 7.30pm

LEEDS singer, songwriter and guitarist Michael Chapman, now 78, will be joined by pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, singer-songwriter Bridget St John and Sheffield cellist Sarah Smout at The Crescent. For the first time in his long career, on this tour Chapman is playing an album in its entirety, showcasing his latest work, True North, which he recorded with producer Steve Gunn in rural Wales.

York Press: Dashing: Pasadena Roof Orchestra at Selby Town Hall

"Liberal dash of British humour" concert of the weekend

Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Selby Town Hall, Sunday, 8pm

THE Pasadena Roof Orchestra are celebrating 50 years of playing music from the roaring 1920s and elegant 1930s in 2019. Their anniversary tour brings the veteran dance band to Selby on Sunday led by Duncan Galloway in a night that combines delightful music with equally delightful tomfoolery rooted in British wit. The setlist will take in the songs of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, classic tunes from Louis Armstrong and sumptuous arrangements of Duke Ellington, Ray Noble and Fletcher Henderson. Over the years, the orchestra has toured the United States five five times, recorded more than 40 albums and provided the music for Just A Gigolo, Marlene Dietrich’s last film.

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Unstoppable force: Jessie Buckley as Rose-Lynn in Wild Rose

Film event of the weekend

Wild Rose, Mothering Sunday preview screening, City Screen, York, Sunday, 2.45pm

IN Tom Harper’s Scottish comedy-drama about mothers and daughters, Jessie Buckley plays Rose-Lynn, a young Glasgow single mother who dreams of travelling to Nashville to be a country singer.

Struggling to readjust to family life after a stint in prison, she fails to connect with her two children, who openly prefer the company of their grandmother, Marion (Julie Walters). Rose-Lynn finds solace in covering her country music favourites, whether on the stage at her local club or while vacuuming the large house that she cleans to make money, but can this unstoppable force of nature make it all the way to Tennessee?