JUNE 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]

Steve Tilston

Thursday 1st June / 8pm / £12

Ask anyone on the English acoustic scene who their favourite guitarist, singer and songwriter is and 9 times out of 10 the same name will crop up. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths widely recognised in the folk world and contemporary music for his lyrics, arrangements and subtle, superb guitar playing. It could be no one else!

“…great stuff…great fun, wonderful playing and top songs, what more do you want from an evening.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2.

The Coal Porters

Friday 2nd June / 8pm / £10

A British/American bluegrass/country rock band led by Sid Griffin ( also founding member of the Long Ryders ) and formed originally in Los Angeles California then reorganised after Sid moved to London. Their latest album entitled No.6, was released in September 2016 to rave reviews. It was produced by John Wood famous for his work with Pink Floyd, Squeeze and Fairport Convention to name a few. Joining Sid Griffin in the Coal Porters is Karenza Peacock, she’s played on all Adele’s hits and with Seasick Steve and Paul Weller, Andy Stafford and banjo legend Paul Fitzgerald.
“Great harmonies and memorable songs that recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane.”  Mojo
“…a hugely listenable cocktail of bluegrass and country.” Uncut
“Swell picking, sweet vocals, strong tunes…a bucketful of tradition.” Time Out.

The Clench + Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers


Saturday 3rd June / 8pm / £5 adv / £6 otd

The Clench make adventure music for a misplaced clientele. Trading gritty, urban realities for a sun-kis’t, delta landscape, they forge tales of western fantasy, revenge drama and ultra-violence – and all in time for the last bus home.

“Go West, young man”, the cry went up of ages past. And they did. Except for one guy, who went East. And that’s Bob Collum, who in trading the prairies for the less fetching plains of Britain’s surly southeast. has brought to these shores a tasty, tasteful taste of the music that both he and his native Tulsa, Oklahoma, call home.

David Ford

Sunday 4th June / 7.30pm / £15

Special guests: Michele Stodart & JP Ruggieri

Award-winning songwriter David Ford tours the UK this summer with his forthcoming album Animal Spirits. Recorded in the US with producer James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon), Ford’s fifth solo album perfectly showcases his rare ability to glide between musical styles without compromising authenticity or commitment. This collection of songs continues his fine tradition of classic lyric and melody songwriting, eloquent social commentary and skilled manipulation of the heartstrings. Having gained a reputation as one of Britain’s finest live performers, Ford has assembled a stellar band of international talent to play songs from his biggest-sounding record to date as well as highlights from his acclaimed catalogue.

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 5th June / 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.

Yvonne Lyon

Wednesday 7th June / 8pm / £7

Special guests Duncan Rougvie and Eilidh Patterson

Singer/songwriter Yvonne Lyon is among the best and brightest talent currently emerging from the UK. Her new album, These Small Rebellions features songs co-written with Boo Hewerdine, Andrew Howie and David Lyon plus special guest appearances from Emily Smith, Cara Luft, Steph Macleod and Seonaid Aitken. She has consistently stirred audiences with her emotive performances, combining poignant lyrics with creative melodies and demonstrating a voice that can be both fragile and intense.

Chris Smither

Thursday 8th June / 8pm / £14

Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. One of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris continues to hone his distinctive sound.

“Chris Smither’s struggles make fodder for funny, reflective songs”  San Francisco Chronicle.

“Chris Smither got to know the Devil a lot better after 50 years” Georgia Straight.

Sheffield City Morris Men

Friday 9th June / 7.30pm

SCM were formed in 1975 with the aim of making morris dancing an entertaining spectacle in an urban environment – with additional (and equally important?) aims of singing, playing music, and going to the pub. These aims remain valid in 2017. As well as being known for their unique dance style (the ‘Medup’ tradition) they have also built up a reputation for their music, singing, and general entertainment. They look forward to returning to the Greystones to present a display of rhythmic grace and athletic precision. They also note that whilst Thornbridge beer is the ideal beer to accompany your pizza, SCM’s morris dancing is the ideal dance form to accompany pizza eating… though it’s also good fun even if you are not eating pizza.

 

An evening with Terry Reid 

Friday 9th June / 8pm / £15

One of the greatest rock/soul voices the UK ever produced. He turned down a job with Led Zeppelin recommending his friend Robert Plant instead. He’s toured with The Rolling Stones, Cream, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac and played at Mick Jaggers wedding. In 2012 Rumer featured one of his songs on her album and DJ Shadow asked him to write a song for the album “ Reconstructed “ this became “ Listen “ and the official video had 400,000 plays on YouTube. He’s recently been working with Shine and The Alabama 3.

“Spine tingling, hair standing up on the back of your neck…astonishing by any standards”.

King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys


Saturday 10th June / 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.

Emma Stevens

Sunday 11th June / 8pm / £10

2017 sees the hugely talented British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens release and tour her third album To My Roots. A collection of songs inspired by the eclectic mix of music she grew up listening to. Everything from James Taylor through Eric Clapton and Paul Simon to The Dixie Chicks, The Corrs, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

“I love country music and was lucky enough to spend a month in Nashville recently writing, collaborating and immersing myself in the culture”. Her music is catchy and filmic, and has been used on TV, clients including BBC and ITV.

Rosie Hood

Tuesday 13th June / 7pm / £13 / £11 cons

We’re delighted to support Rosie Hood from The Dovetail Trio, launch her debut solo album, “The Beautiful & The Actual”.
A collection of old and new folk songs, featuring songs collected by Alfred Williams within 10 miles of where Rosie grew up in Wiltshire.
“I have tried to depict the beautiful and the actual”, wrote Alfred Williams in 1923 in the introduction to his book Folk Songs of the Upper Thames. A hammerman, poet, linguist and historian, Alfred  was also a prolific folk song collector. In the years prior to World War I he visited the towns and villages close to his home of South Marston, Wiltshire, and collected hundreds of songs, eight of which Rosie has arranged and recorded.

The supreme guitar master, Martin Simpson will be MCing the evening and maybe joining Rosie onstage for a number or two.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party

Wednesday 14th June / 8pm / £12

Voted THE band to see at Glastonbury by the Huffington Post, Blackbeard’s Tea Party made a huge impact at festivals as diverse as Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Costa Del Folk in Spain, and the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. With this growing reputation, it’s hardly a surprise that they are one of the most in-demand bands on the folk circuit.

We’re happy to welcome them back with their brand of gutsy folk rock. Traditional songs and folk tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.

Otis Gibbs

Friday 16th June / 8pm / £10 adv / £12 otd

Gibbs’ songs feature stories about every day life. He has been compared to Woody Guthrie, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt. His most recent album, “Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth” has been described as “his most pleasing, direct and artful work” by The Tennessean. Alan Harrison of No Depression notes that “The Darker Side of Me” is the type of song that Johnny Cash would be interested in recording. Billy Bragg included Gibbs’ song “The Peoples Day” in a list of “Top Five Songs with Something to Say”, published in the Wall Street Journal. Andy Gill of the The Independent wrote that there is a “authenticity and dedication in Gibbs’ delivery which is somehow cleansing in its purity”.

We Are Not Devo

Saturday 17th June / 8pm / £10

A beacon of hope, reaching out, actively spreading the truth about De-Evolution. It’s duty now for the future spuds as we don the energy domes and hazmat suits that help us snake our way through this wiggly world performing choice cuts of gonzo mutato classics and spudtastic hits from throughout the career of O Hi O’s finest sons, a labour of love and sincerity.

What we do is what we do.

Two sell out shows last year but there’s more work to be done.

 

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 19th June / 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.

Loud N Live


Wednesday 21st June / 8pm / £5 adv / £6 otd

Loud N Live presents
a crackin three band line up
The Telmos – A lost world of honest analogue sound paired with classic pop.
Prime – Powerful, edgy rock with post-punk and funk influences.
Them Sardines – “Lou Reed meets Brian Eno”

 

 

Aynsley Lister, solo


Thursday 22nd June / 8pm / £13

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. 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.

Dale Storr


Friday 23rd June / 8pm / £10

The UK’s leading exponent of New Orleans piano takes you on an intricate journey through the history of New Orleans Piano. He has continuously been touring the UK as far and wide as Penzance to the Shetland Islands whilst also taking in Belgium, Luxembourg and Amsterdam winning over a legion of fans overwhelmed by his mastery of New Orleans Piano. His performances appeal to New Orleans, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Boogie and Stride aficionados alike.
‘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

An evening with John Otway

Saturday 24th June / 8pm / £12

He’s back! The legendary English Comedic Punk Rock Poet Cabaret Performer! An unmissable experience. Musical mayhem and shambolic incompetence from one of the UK’s truly eccentric cult artists. 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.

 

Sam Baker

Monday 26th June / 7.30pm / £15

Sam Baker comparisons have included Townes Van Zandt, Randy Newman and even Lou Reed. But a better comparison might be that of Raymond Carver. Baker’s pen is precise, cunning and original, often weaving humour with human suffering and tender beauty. Baker approaches life with a positive attitude – “Life is a gift. I went through a lot of bitterness- a lot of anger. But those things are toxic. Gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost. Ultimately, I came to understand that these days are wicked short and terribly beautiful. All I’ve got – no matter what I hold in my hands, drive around in, or put in the bank, – all I’ve got is this one breath, and if I’m lucky, I get another.”

Amelia Curran

Wednesday 28th June / 8pm / £8

Amelia Curran is a Juno-Award winning songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from Newfoundland. Curran’s music is distinguished by her intricate and elliptical lyrics, geologic in their resilience and oceanic in their depths. Over the course of a decade, Curran has built a shoreline of song, a place of radical, perpetual collision of matter and form. Watershed, Amelia’s newest album, marks a threshold, a shake-up, a directional change. The tenor of this album is openness, a reflection in part of Curran’s increasingly public efforts to battle the stigma of mental health issues in the arts. As a whole, the album calls for compassion and unification as a breakwater against the sea of cruelties we inflict upon each other, and upon ourselves.

Limehouse Lizzy

Thursday 29th June / 8pm / £16

A second 2017 gig added because so many people were turned away at their sell out show here in February, for the UK’s finest interpreters of the music of Thin Lizzy.

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore. From various TV appearances to actually being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 21st year with their most explosive show and critically-acclaimed line-up yet.

Julian Jones

Friday 30th June / 8pm / £7

Julian Jones is a singer songwriter from Sheffield. His music is a country tinged sound, with an indie pop melodic ring and a meaningful lyrical content.
In recent years Julian has played throughout the UK and also in Austin and Nashville USA.

He has recorded three solo albums and as opened up for artists such as Richard Hawley, Paul Carrack and Ray Davies of the Kinks.