AUGUST 2017

QUIZ NIGHTS

Don’t miss our 9pm Tuesday Quiz. £1 entry all proceeds to Friends of Bingham Park. The chance to Win a gallon of Thornbridge beer!

LEARN TO PLAY THE GUITAR

A series of beginners, 10 week, group workshops in The Backroom [more]

Hamilton Loomis

Wednesday 2nd August / 8pm / £13

Mentored by fellow Texan blues legends Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown and Albert Collins. Bo Diddley was also a huge help and supporter. Hamilton’s live performances have become legendary with his incredible showmanship and powerful mix of blues and funk. His refreshing approach avoids the blues cliches yet stays true to the music prompting many to say he’s the head of the pack of young artists changing the face of modern blues.
“You’d better get outta the way ‘coz he’s comin’!” Bo Diddly.

 

Dirty Cello

Thursday 3rd August / 8pm / £12

Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

“The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” LA Times.

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 7th August / 8pm / FREE

A fantastic line-up of the best and most enthusiastic local talent, plus some guest appearances.

Anyone can join in, all abilities welcome and participation from the audience is always encouraged. P.A. and mics provided, so just bring yourselves, your instruments and your friends to enjoy the proceedings.

Kaela Rowan Band

Wednesday 9th August / 8pm / £12

“To lose yourself in the mellow lull of Kaela’s vocal is a tonic for the soul. A perfect blend of styles delivered with assured mastery by a group of highly accomplished musicians; The Kaela Rowan band provided another example of genuinely outstanding quality of performance on offer at Celtic Connections” Neil McFadyen, Folk Radio UK.
Although she has been a singer since her teens and fronted many bands, Kaela Rowan’s solo career began in earnest in 2014 with the release of her first self-penned album ‘Menagerie’. Her second album, ‘The Fruited Thorn’, saw her return to the songs she learned growing up in the Scottish highlands. Singing in Gaelic, Scots and English she takes the listener on a tour of some of the finest Scots and Irish ballads, arranged in a unique style that is both respectful and innovative.

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 21st August / 8pm / FREE

A fantastic line-up of the best and most enthusiastic local talent, plus some guest appearances.

Anyone can join in, all abilities welcome and participation from the audience is always encouraged. P.A. and mics provided, so just bring yourselves, your instruments and your friends to enjoy the proceedings.

Kirk Brandon, Akoustik Live tickets

Wednesday 23rd August / 8pm / £12

The voice of Spear of Destiny, Theatre of Hate and Dead Men Walking. A special up close acoustic show with master cello player Sam Sansbury.

With over 15 studio albums and countless single releases, his career now spans well over 30 years. He has enjoyed worldwide success with all three of the above bands and is also a leader in every punk rock poll by being the singer and songwriter in The Pack.

“Kirk Brandon is one of the UK’s best kept secrets” Mojo.

Buffalo Skinners tickets

Thursday 24th August / 8pm / £8

Support Robbie Thompson

The Buffalo Skinners are a songwriting collective based in Sheffield. Their music stems from a shared passion for songwriting and singing in harmony. Kieran Thorpe plays Fender Rhodes Keyboard, James Nicholls the Violin, Peter Seccombe the Guitar, Miles Stapleton the Drums and Robbie Thompson, Bass. The band draw influence from 60’s Rock n Roll, Folk, Blues and whatever else they’ve been listening to recently. July 2016 saw them release a third album ‘Cease Your Dreaming’.

“Cease Your Dreaming’ sees a clear development on the band’s firmly established skiffle-folk sound by introducing a variety of influences. Hugely charming and entertaining” 9/10 Exposed Magazine.

Alex McKown tickets

Saturday 26th August / 8pm / £8

Alex McKown is a six times finalist in the British Blues Awards (2011-2016) and his songs have been played on radio stations all over the world, including several plays on the Paul Jones R&B show on BBC Radio 2. Alex normally performs as a power trio but he will be bringing a stellar six piece band to The Greystones. Alex and his band have also played at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, Bowness Bay Blues Festival, Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival, Mold Soul and Blues Festival and the main stage at Newark Blues Festival on three occasions.

Damien O’Kane tickets

Sunday 27th August / 8pm / £13

Damien O’Kane is a musician of many talents. He’s a singer. A very good one, too, with a relaxed, assured vocal style that exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs. He’s also a brilliant banjo player. And a fine guitarist. And an ingenious arranger. Not to mention an accomplished tunemaker, researcher, bandleader and accompanist of rich imagination and fearless vision. As well as being the husband of Kate Rusby he’s also in her band.

Sam Outlaw and his Bandtickets

Monday 28th August / 8pm / £15

Cynicism comes easy, but having a soft heart takes real guts. Sam Outlaw’s new album Tenderheart dares to tread gently and look inward, with unapologetic sentiment and un-ironic nods to country music’s greatest neon rainbow chasers. Since the release of his 2015 debut Angeleno, Outlaw remains one of LA’s only modern country singers to earn international acclaim. And with his follow-up Tenderheart he shows an impressive refinement of his artistic identity. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw’s ‘SoCal Country’ sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country’s neo-traditionalists and LA’s legendary singer-songwriters.

Curtis Eller’s American Circus tickets

Wednesday 30th August / 8pm / £10

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. After beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and lit out for New York City where he rose to obscurity as “New York’s angriest yodeling banjo player”. Having spent years toiling in the musical sweatshops of the industrial north, Eller uprooted his family and resettled in some faded, tobacco town in the North Carolina Piedmont to begin the arduous task of assembling a new version of his band, The American Circus. The latest version of the ensemble is a brutish and inelegant rock & roll outfit specializing in banjo music for funerals, gospel tunes for atheists and novelty dance fads for amputees.