MAY 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]

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 1st May / 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.

Lankum (formerly Lynched) tickets

Wednesday 3rd May / 7.30pm / £16

Lankum (Lynched) are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.

‘The most convincing band to come out of Ireland for years!’ 5 stars, The Guardian.

Calan tickets

Thursday 4th May / 8pm / £14

Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when CALAN, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief.
Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show.
“Folk just got a kick up of the Noughties… ..stunning use of instrumentation, gorgeously crafted songs, sprightly foot-tappers, verve and raw excitement” Belfast Telegraph.

Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson tickets

Friday 5th May / 7.30pm / £15

A striking pair. He is a giant raggedy – bearded Aussie, maybe the lost member of ZZ Top who lives deep in the woods and eats anything that moves. She is a petite Irish blonde that barely reaches his shoulders. He has a deep gruff Howlin’ Wolf esqe voice while she dances with angels in her vocals.

“Stellar.” Rolling Stone “Shabby, hip, country blues that oozes cool.” Guitar and Bass magazine “Beautiful, raw and exciting.” Jeff Lang “If these don’t move you nothing will.” BITS.

Eleanor McEvoy  tickets

Saturday 6th May / 8pm / £12

Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland’s most accomplished contemporary singer/ songwriters. She composed the song “Only A Woman’s Heart”, title track of the hit album ‘A Woman’s Heart’, which remains the best-selling home grown album in Irish history.
An intimate and powerfull live performer she has appeared all over the world on TV shows, films, festivals, and concerts.

 “Generously soulful” Hotpress “..simmers and nourishes with reliable ease”  Irish Times “Top Class” Sunday Times.

Ophelia tickets

Sunday 7th May / 7pm / £5

Born on Highway 30 along the Emerald Coast near the Gulf of Mexico, and raised on the road across two continents, Samuel Taylor and Rebecca Van Cleave’s Ophelia charts a journey of love, life, loss, past, and present with evocative melodies and sizzling songwriting chemistry.
A transatlantic band of vagabonds, Ophelia captures a sound reminiscent of the days of Buckingham and Nicks, with a modern twist. On May 7th, they will be taking to the stage at The Greystones, for their first full band Sheffield performance, and their debut EP Release Party.

 

Roxanne de Bastion tickets

Monday 8th May / 8pm / £10

Following in the footsteps of the 1960’s greats (think Dylan, Nyro, Mitchell and a touch of Beatles psychedelia), de Bastion is on the forefront of the new Singer Songwriter generation: Someone with something to say and a musicality to match.
Since the release of her debut album “The Real Thing” in 2013 and her follow up “Seeing You” EP in 2014, London artist Roxanne de Bastion has made a name for herself across Europe as “a real mover and shaker in the independent music scene” (Ruth Barnes). Over the past 12 months, Roxanne has toured with the Wainright Sisters, Thea Gilmore, Ricky Ross and completing her own UK headline tour, incl. Two sold out London shows and a sold out show in Liverpool.

 

Rachel Ries tickets

Wednesday 10th May / 8pm / £8

Rachel Ries, hailing from the prairies of middle America, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted. With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry. In 2016 Rachel released Cardinal; each of the songs is a key; a direction; a red-blooded essential for living – be it bravery, belief in one’s path or the bonds of family and blood. Returning to the UK with a brand new EP, Rachel will again be joined by Sarah Smout.

 

My Darling Clementine  tickets

Thursday 11th May / 8pm / £14

For what began life as a side project for Michael Weston King & Lou Dalgleish, a labour of love, a homage to the classic country duets, My Darling Clementine is now very much part of the country and Americana landscape, courtesy of 3 critically acclaimed albums, over 350 shows across Europe and N. America, and numerous awards.
The new album, Still Testifying, was recorded over the summer of 2016 and will be released in May. Stylistically, it is a further shifting away from classic country to embrace gospel and country soul. But if the musical landscape has changed then the message and tone of the songs stay pretty constant. Two adults, a man and woman, singing to each, about each other, for and against each other.

Martin Turner   tickets

Saturday 13th May / 8pm / £15

The Beauty of Chaos Tour 2017
Featuring full 45th anniversary performance of Wishbone Ash’s classic ARGUS album….plus more

We are pleased to announce that Martin Turner’s “The Beauty of Chaos” Spring 2017 tour will feature the addition of a complete performance of Wishbone Ash’s seminal 1972 album “ARGUS” to the band’s performance.  “Argus” was voted “Album of the Year” in “Melody Maker” and “NME” polls and achieved a #2 UK chart position. It remains one of the most enduring works of the classic rock era.

The Little Unsaid  tickets

Sunday 14th May / 8pm / £10

John Elliott, known as The Little Unsaid, is an English singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist. John and his band have toured the UK and appeared at most of the major festivals building up a sizeable fanbase with their deeply atmospheric music which combines alt folk, electronica, alt rock and string arrangements. Their live shows have been described as ” a thumping depth of passion recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.
“Extraordinary music, an amazing act.” Bob Harris, Radio 2.

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 15th May / 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.

Madison Violet

Tuesday 16th May / 7.30pm / £15

Madison Violet are an award winning, multi-instrumentalist duo from Toronto, Canada. Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac have recently released ‘The Knight Sessions’ their new album that returns to their much loved rootsy/Americana sound. They have been described as pop, roots, indie, dance and Americana, but think that this quote sums them up best…
“Madison Violet has suddenly appeared like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.”  No Depression

 

Michael Chapman

Wednesday 17th May / 8pm / £12

Self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire with a uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style “this is the sound of a real songwriter who’s lived a real life and all that entails” Q Magazine.
“This self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most under-rated heroes of our time. With his uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style he deserves wider recognition.”
“Wherever he goes Michael leaves his audience spellbound” Norwich Assembly Room.

Anna and Elizabeth

Thursday 18th May / 7.30pm / £14

Elizabeth Laprelle is one of the most sought-after ballad singers of her generation and Anna Gevalt-Roberts a mesmerizing, talented multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo and guitar) and singer, both sharing a desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music.

Creating a huge buzz of excitement on their UK tour earlier this year, they plan to return in May 2017 with their captivating mix of ballads, foot-stomping dance tunes, stories and visual art.

“If you’ve never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in.” Bob Boilen, NPR Music.

Eli West

Friday 19th May / 7.30pm / £13

Well-known for his work with Cahalen Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Jayme Stone and more, the Seattle-based singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. Eli’s debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo and pedal steel – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman and Anna & Elizabeth. The album focuses on the story of his two grandfathers; one a decorated WWII prisoner of war, the other a Brethren preacher and peace advocate. They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other.

Ezio  tickets

Saturday 20th May / 8pm / £13

Remember the last time a song really reached you? Straight in, deep inside, talking directly to you about what you feel as if it was written especially for you? That’s what the music of Ezio is all about, deep, honest, emotional songs that hit a raw nerve. A breathtaking, and often intense, live show that after one experience will get you addicted. Regarded by many as the best acoustic act in Europe.
“Easily one of the UK’s best live bands.” The Guardian
“Lyrics like Morrison or Dylan but somehow more in the real world.” The Scotsman.

Tim O’Brien

Sunday 21st May / 7.30pm / £16

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It has been four years since Tim’s last solo recording. Between collaborations with Darrell Scott, the recent Grammy-winning recording with Jerry Douglas’s Earls of Leicester and the rebooting of Hot Rize; he’s barely had time for a shower. Still, somewhere in O’Brien’s vivid imagination, the seeds of Pompadour began to sprout. Each of O’Brien’s solo albums has a distinctive identity. Many have specific themes, including Red on Blonde, an insightful collection of Bob Dylan compositions, and his Grammy-winning celebration of Appalachian music and its Celtic roots, Fiddler’s Green. So it is with Pompadour, or at least most of it. “It’s kind of a breakup record,” O’Brien says. “I separated from my wife four years ago and got divorced a year after that. So there’s a breakup, an assessment and ultimately delight at the end.”

Whitney Rose

Wed 24th May / 8pm / £10 adv / £12 otd

The past two years have been massive for Whitney Rose, who is rapidly becoming an international sensation. The vintage country pop specialist’s sophomore offering, Heartbreaker of the Year, converted critics’ double takes into palpable buzz with its beguiling blend of then and now. “Whitney Rose has been lighting up the touring venues ever since her breakout album, Heartbreaker of the Year, and standout performance at last year’s AMA. She’s been praised everywhere from ND to The New York Times. And like any serious heartbreaker, she’s got a killer band” No Depression.

Heidi Talbot

Thursday 25th May / 7.30pm / £16

Over the past ten years Heidi has performed all over North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe, Australia and New Zealand performing in the finest concert halls and international festivals. She is equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra, a performing arts center, a folk festival or even at the White House.
Heidi has been nominated for folk singer of the year and best traditional song by BBC Radio 2, best live act by the Scottish traditional music awards and best female vocalist at The Irish Music Awards. She has shared the stage and recorded with Eddi Reader, Idlewild, Mark Knopfler, King Creosote, Tim O’Brien and Jerry Douglas.

Foghorn Stringband //
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

Friday 26th May / 8pm / £16.50

This is set to be an old time Americana spectacular. Steeped in traditional Appalachian music and dance, singer, songwriter, musician and dancer Evie Ladin (ex Stairwell Sisters) has been playing banjo from the age of 8 and clogging since she was just 5. Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry (double bass, percussion) is a skilled proponent of the art of body music. This California twosome are sensational live performers. Foghorn Stringband is renowned for their down home, foot stomping, ass-kickin’ brand of old time music, with shades of Cajun music and honky-tonk. With fiery fiddle, rapidfire mandolin, a rock steady rhythm section and classic harmony singing, this band draws on French-Canadian influences as well as roots in the South and West of the USA. An unmissable double bill by two outstanding bands!

Lisbee Stainton

Wednesday 31st May / 8pm / £10

Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton releases her fifth album ‘Then Up’ in April 2017, ahead of a headline UK tour. For Lisbee’s previous four albums – Firefly (2006), Girl on an Unmade Bed (2010), Go (2011) and Word Games (2014) – she worked with a number of different producers. However, she felt it was time for a different approach for her new album, with Lisbee self-producing what would become ‘Then Up’.Lisbee said, “A large reason for producing ‘Then Up’ was that I wanted the whole ethos of the album to focus on each song as an individual creature to nurture and evolve in its own way. I relished the challenge of discovering whether I could achieve that myself.”