DECEMBER 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]

Dale Storr

Friday 1st December / 8pm / £10

Smokin’ Hot New Orleans Blues and Boogie

The UK’s leading exponent of New Orleans piano takes you on a historical journey covering the great pianists and singers of the crescent city. Expect the likes of Dr.John, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Henry Butler, Allen Toussaint and especially James Booker.

“A Tour-de-force of Rockin’ New Orleans Piano” Blues Matters Magazine

“Dale is the best New Orleans player I’ve ever heard” Richard Hawley.

Calico Fever

Saturday 2nd December / 8pm

Local favourites playing a selection of original material and pop classics.

Calico Fever are a 4 piece band comprising of 2 guitars, drums, bass and vocals. They currently have one album out on EC Productions entitled ‘Being There’.

The bands music is a fusion of gritty rock with an ingredient of country stirred in.

Nick Harper

Sunday 3rd December / 8pm / £15

Support Lauren April

After leaving a streak of rip-roaring, celebratory shows in 2016, road-testing his back catalogue of 12 albums, Nick Harper & The Wilderness Kids (Reuben, Jacob, and Isaac of Port Erin & Wasuremono) are back with a new album Lies! Lies! Lies! and UK tour for 2017. Amidst a backdrop of flags being changed and mottos applied, ‘’350 million reasons why, written on the side of the bus’’, sees Nick and The Kids nailing their colours to the mast and ready to roll. The album was recorded in Studio La Fabrique, France (Radiohead- Moon Shaped Pool, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds-Push the Sky Away) with the legendary producer Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, T-Bone, Peter Gabriel). Blake brings his masterful touch to the unceasingly creative cauldron of Nick, his songs and now, his band.

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 4th December / 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.

Jack Lukeman

Tuesday 5th December / 7.30pm / £12

Jack Lukeman! Who? Well Ireland audiences  have been revelling in his stunning performances for over a decade. There he has been known as Jack L, over the years his song writing has  accelerated in strength  to join his substantial and crafted voice delivered with the finest unique and  entertaining live shows. Something appears to be happening that is bringing him into the public eye in the UK. This year he has been invited to be the special guest opening artist for Imelda May, Neil Sedaka, Jools Holland and Graham Gouldman. Come along and find out what they have all discovered.

“Jack Lukeman’s voice is an irresistible force of nature” The Irish Times

“Brilliant Live performer 5 Stars” Scotsman.

Aynsley Lister Band

Wednesday 6th December / 8pm / £15

Fresh from his richly deserved accolade as “Guitarist of the Year” in the British Blues Awards, Aynsley returns with a brand new album Eyes Wide Open. Each song tells a story; clever observations on life taken from ordinary people in today’s world, delivered in an absolute masterclass in the art of guitar. Back with his band, Aynsley will be showcasing his new material along with popular favourites and some classic covers as you’ve never heard them before. Expect an evening of finely crafted songs performed with a passion and conviction that will have you hooked from the very first chord.
“His guitar playing is a fire hazard” MOJO. “Superb” The TIMES.

 

Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys


Thursday 7th December / 8pm / £13

Support Jellyman’s Daughter
Chosen by Cambridge Folk Festival as the pick of their 2016 event, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys are one of the most exciting, in demand bands on the festival scene. Sam was warded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artist at the Radio 2 folk awards in 2016. Expect to hear haunting melodies, soaring tunes, charming anecdotes and a show of the highest calibre all led by Sam’s unmistakeable vocals.
“What a beautiful singer. He’s absolutely great.” Kate Rusby
“A captivating performer, one of the best voices in British acoustic roots music.” Sean lakeman.

Sound Of The Sirens


Friday 8th December / 8pm / £12

Championed by Chris Evans who was so impressed when he first heard the Exeter based duo he invited them to play alongside U2 and Take That on TFI Friday. They’ve built up a sizeable fanbase after rave reviews of their debut album “For All Our Sins” and through their live shows which combine a natural facility for connecting with audiences and unforgettable performances predicated on energy, warmth, humour and real conviction.

 

The Fargo Railroad Co.

Saturday 9th December / 8pm

Most people love music, that’s where Fargo track our genesis… we all love music and bring a broad spectrum of influences into the door from old school thrash metal to easy listening, jazz to blues, rock & funk to folk, country and bluegrass, between the four of us there is a united love of music with a breadth of appreciation that is eclectic to say the least. As we brought our wonder and love of all these things into a band setting we began a journey through these sounds to find a common ground, sonically, which eventually settled in the broad and deep ocean of Southern Rock. Looking at the mighty works of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, ‘38 Special etc… we began creating our music tailored closer to that sweet 70’s sound keeping the roots of Cash, Young, Dylan, The Band and so on. Where we currently find ourselves musically is somewhere we have come to love.

Otway and The Big Band


Sunday 10th December / 8pm / £14

Musical mayhem and shambolic incompetence from one of the UK’s truly eccentric cult artists. Otways gig with Wild Willy Barrett earlier this year sold out, this time he’s bringing the Big Band featuring members of John Peel favourites The Sweeney and Eddie and The Hot Rods. His big screen debut titled “Otway The Movie, The story of Rock n Rolls Greatest Failure” was runner up in a recent readers poll in the Guardian, his new 2016 album is being recorded, with the Big Band, on the Caribbean island of Montserrat the first International artists to record there since the Stones in 1989. A do not miss show guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Luke Daniels & Nancy Kerr


Monday 11th December / 8pm / £13

Described by Songlines as “a future classic” and by Acoustic Magazine as “an enchanting delight” **** award-winning singer and composer brings his solo show which uses an original 19th century Polyphon machine as part of the performance. Live, clockwork and sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band or Riverdance Orchestra sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and music.
“Intense, poetical and oft dark yet recounted through pleasing melodies. A rich tapestry has been woven into the songs; like a thoughtful unpicking and re-stitching of life’s journey.” R2 Magazine.

Jack Carty

Wednesday 13th December / 8pm / £10

Australian musician, songwriter. His first 2 albums received critical acclaim from the Australian National press and many arts and entertainment websites. He’s been touring consistently throughout America, Canada and Australia taking in many of the major festivals and ealier this year he toured the UK with his good friend Blair Dunlop.

“Put simply…he’s stunning. Such a beautiful voice and songwriter.” Triple J

“He holds an ingratiating charm that suggests a young, lovelorn Billy Bragg.” Nodepression.com

Moulettes

Thursday 14th December / 8pm / £13

Moulettes are a Brighton based British band of multi-instrumentalists with two-part harmony female vocals, amplified cello, auto-harp, electric guitar, drums, bass, synths and samples woven into an incomparable alt.pop/rock/folk universe.

“Moulettes are among the frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach, matching exquisite female harmony vocals against complex, swirling backing featuring violin, cello and bassoon… adventurous, charming…edgy as well as upbeat.” **** The Guardian.

O’Hooley & Tidow ‘Winterfolk’


Friday 15th December / 8pm / £14

How exciting is this winter warmer from Belinda and Heidi?! This show will sell-out, so best get your (ice) skates on!! Join ‘one of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO), O’Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their new album ‘WinterFolk Vol 1’, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker.
Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts.

King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys

Saturday 16th December / 8pm / £15

The guys are at it again! Dazzling musicianship, riveting stage performances, sixty TV appearances, two barnstorming decades on the road and eleven red hot CDs have established them as today’s greatest swing band.
They have toured and performed with B.B. King, Cab Calloway and his Orchestra and the original Blues Brothers Band from the movie, as well as recording with leading Americans.

 

Danny Bryant

Sunday 17th December / 8pm / £13

Described by the blues press as a British blues legend, Danny has been one of the most in demand artists on the International blues circuit for over a decade having carved a name for himself the old fashioned way by playing over 2,000 gigs around the world. With fans that include Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa clearly the man can play!
“A fantastic guitar player… able to take a Fender Stratocaster and really make it sing…” Joe Bonamassa
“What sets him apart is his passion and feeling. Danny’s playing grabs you with its intensity and urgency.” Walter Trout.

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 18th December / 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.

Grace Petrie


Tuesday 19th December / 8pm / £10

A Lefty Christmas Show

Get your tickets quick – give them as Christmas presents!!
Hailed as the political voice of a generation, singer-songwriter Grace Petrie has emerged in recent years as one of British folk’s most powerful new stars. A vocal powerhouse with a truly exceptional gift for lyricism, she articulates life, love and the modern struggle with often blistering honesty, while the warmth and wit of her delivery has charmed audiences both sides of the Atlantic.

“A powerful new songwriting voice” The Guardian.

Winter Union

Thursday 21st December / 8pm / £13

Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other. Expect soaring harmonies and exquisite musicianship as the 5-piece blast through a repertoire of brand new, specially written songs, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, and Christmas classics from both sides of the Atlantic. Originally formed in 2015 for a one-off yuletide concert by members of The Willows, Hannah Sanders and Megson, A Winter Union returned in 2016 for more shows including London’s Cecil Sharp House and a live session on BBC Radio 3. This year brings the band’s first line-up change with BBC Folk Award nominees Gilmore & Roberts joining in place of Megson.

Sinnerboy

Friday 22nd December / 8pm / £10

Rory Gallagher passed away in 1995. He had a huge impact on the blues/rock world and he is widely recognised as Ireland’s first “real” rock star. Apart from his reputation as one of the greatest ever exponents of the electric guitar he left behind an enduring musical legacy which has received fresh recognition and attracted a whole new generation of younger fans over the years. Sinnerboy was formed in 2000 with the sole intention of keeping Rory’s memory alive. The band have headlined Rory tribute shows all over the world faithfully capturing the sound and excitement of a live Rory gig.