NOVEMBER 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]

Bella Hardy

Thursday 2nd November / 8pm / £16

Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year Award 2015, a no nonsense interpreter of traditional folk music and one of the best songwriters of her generation. Bella will be joined by Midnight Watch band members Anna Massey and Angus Lyon. Bella’s Christmas show last year sold out well in advance so please buy your tickets early.

“A shining star in folks firmament. 5 stars” fRoots
“Nothing short of a masterpiece” Sunday Times
“It all works brilliantly” Q.

 

Chantel McGregor

Friday 3rd November / 8pm / £13

Chantel McGregor is one of the most exciting rock blues guitarists in the country. This is rock blues for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity, peppered by flights of incendiary guitar and flanked by moments of poise, grace and fluidity.… Imagine the technique and tone of Robin Trower, the feel of Bonnie Raitt, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of SRV, the energy of Bonamassa and the intensity of Trout all rolled into one.
“Her loosely spontaneous style moves between rock, blues, jazz and power pop, all overlapping into a series of impressive riffs, styles and blistering solos. This girl is good. Very good.” Plymouth Herald.

Tír Na Nóg

Saturday 4th November / 8pm / £13

Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriting & performing groups to have emerged from Ireland. The legendary John Peel was one of their early champions, featuring them on many of his famed “Peel Sessions”. They toured the world in the ’70s with Jethro Tull, Procol Harum & Roxy Music among others. With the recent upsurge of interest in progressive (psychedelic or acid) folk, as their music is often catgorised, they have once again become the mentors of many young bands and fans worldwide.

 

Harrow Fair

Sunday 5th November / 7.30pm / £12

No strangers to the music scene, Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Starr) and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players) began writing music together while working in Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. With Harrow Fair, the duo has created a musical framework combining their considerable strengths as singers and instrumentalists and are exploring songwriting enhanced by heavy kick drum, rootsy guitar and scorching fiddle.
One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock n roll, the other part gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted, this duo’s evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs is utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying.

 

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 6th November / 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.

Dan Baird and Homemade Sin

Tuesday 7th November / 8pm / £17.50

Following on from Dan Baird and Homemade Sin’s sell-out shows in 2016 we are excited to welcome Dan and the gang back to The Greystones with extra special guest, and Greystones favourite, Otis Gibbs! This is an outstanding line-up and will be a fantastic evening of quality music in the intimate Backroom. With both artists commanding dedicated and committed audiences at The Greystones, and with a new DBHMS album (Otis worked with the band on the record) on the way, a brand-new solo album from Dan Baird, and Otis’s amazing back catalogue and history of fantastic gigs at the venue, this show is sure to sell out!

 

The Elephant Sessions

Wednesday 8th November / 8pm / £12

Recently nominated as Live Act of The Year at the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards this fiery Highland 5 piece are a musical powerhouse. Fusing rich folk and traditional influences with funk, rock and electronica in an instantly captivating progressive, visceral blend. They’ve become renowned for breathtaking live shows throughout the UK and Europe including a sell out headline show at the 2017 Celtic Connections.
“Outstanding levels of innovation, and inventiveness.” Folkwords
“Immense! Tremendous stage presence and wonderful musicality” Celtic Music Radio
“Almost definitely the gig of the Celtic Connections festival” Ticketmaster.

Simon McBride


Thursday 9th November / 8pm / £13

“The Holy Trinity of Belfast rock ‘n roll – Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore – might just be on the verge of becoming a four-leaf clover.” PERFORMER MAGAZINE USA.
After back-pedalling on his solo career to start a family, Simon McBride “the man who everyone wants in their band” is back on the road with his own jet-fuelled outfit.
With his band of fellow Irishmen Marty McCloskey (drums) and Dave Marks (bass) Simon delivers his own distinctive songs (“Hugely accomplished” MOJO) along with crowd-pleasers from the likes of Hendrix and Free plus of course, explosive guitar playing!

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Sunday 12th November / 8pm / £10

One of the hardest working bands in the UK HM&TC play a moonshine mix of folk, pop, rock, balkan, ska, reggae and more. Over the last 2 years they’ve been touring the UK extensively and made hugely impressive debuts in France, Germany and the Netherlands. Gypsy folk & roll, be prepared to dance!
“A bunch of wild gypsy troubadours with more than a touch of magic about them.” Diva Publications

 

Stray Birds

Tuesday 14th November / 7.30pm / £16

Since taking America by storm in 2013 the Stray Birds have gone on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant appearances at big festivals around the world such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, MerleFest and Tønder. One of the outstanding successes of the Cambridge event in 2015, they were filmed for the Sky Arts TV coverage, presenter Mark Radcliffe telling viewers they were “one of the hits of the event,” and adding: “Everyone was talking about them – I know you’re gonna love them.” They continued to build their UK fanbase in 2016 with a tour of sold-out shows and ended the year on a high being voted Band of The Year in the annual Readers’ Poll at AmericanaUK where they also took the Album of The Year award.

Crow Black Chicken

Thursday 16th November / 8pm / £10

Crow Black Chicken have earned a reputation as one of Irelands top blues acts. This power trio of Christy O Hanlon (Vocals, Guitar, Stephen McGrath (Bass) and Gev Barrett (Drums, backing vocals) combine elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock of bands like Gov’t mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin to create their greasy blues rock sound.

“These guys do the nasty blues like the devil hisself was hurting and rock like they’ll skate come judgement day” Ray Wylie Hubbard

“Electric Soup is not only a promising debut, it’s a savage beast of a record: grimy, lean, mean, and soulful.” Allmusic.com

Edwina Hayes

Friday 17th November / 8pm / £13

One of the finest female singer/songwriters the UK has ever produced. With her softly crystalline voice, gentle country folk sensibility, excellent songs, warm hearted humorous banter and effusive personality Edwina has built up an enviable reputation in the UK and Nashville.
“The sweetest voice in England.” Nanci Griffith
“A complete musical feast.” Evening Post
“Edwina is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter.” The Guardian.

 

MAIA

Saturday 18th November / 8pm / £9

Self proclaimed inventors of Psychedelic Sci-fi folk Maia create a  genre busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves; punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass,deep bass and keyboards.
Distorted Banjos and folk elements play over symphonic psychedelic slam jams whilst  ornate  jungle guitar and electronica reverberate across the surface of stomping turbulent grooves …

“Maia a boisterous mix of Robyn Hitchcock and Mercury Rev, killer three-part harmonies and a mad electric banjo,don’t tell your parents about this discovery because they will only mess it up. It was that special” – Bag Thing

William The Conqueror (featuring Ruarri Joseph)

Sunday 19th November / 8pm / £10

William the Conqueror is the result of what happens when you do what you love for a living and decide to go back to basics. Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes have created an outlet for all the ideas that never get the space to blossom because needs must. It’s an excuse to keep playing on your day off. It’s everything but without the pressure. In short it’s three passionate musicians hell bent on doing what they do for the love of it.

 

John Smith

Monday 20th November / 8pm / £15

John Smith is all for the love of the guitar. John plays a rumbling acoustic fingerstyle, but sometimes uses a slide or plays the guitar on his lap. His playing and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds the world over to pin-drop silences and rapturous applause.
This time John is touring his new album ‘Headlong’ – dedicated to the memory of John Renbourn.  The album is produced by Sam Lakeman, features Cara Dillon on backing vocals and has been receiving rave reviews so far:
“You’re smiling even as tears catch in your thorat”  MOJO, 4 stars.
“Refreshing openness and honesty”  Total Guitar, 4.5 stars.
“His most personal statement yet… a wonderful record” Guitarist, 9/10.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters 

Wednesday 22nd November / 8pm / £15

We are delighted to welcome  to ABM Bruce Molsky; one of the most revered  ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. Bruce will be touring the UK solo but firstly with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters in 2017.

A Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice, Bruce, is delighted to present his new group with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch. Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music.  Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers.

 

Said The Maiden

Thursday 23rd November / 8pm / £10

Hugely talented, award winning trio singing traditional folk songs arranged with exceptionally tight harmonies, often acapella, interspersed with fiddle, ukulele and gutar. Warm, faultless, addictive.

“…some of the best harmony singing you are likely to hear!” Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club

“Rising doyennes of the folk scene… I can hear why Said The Maiden have already made themselves a healthy reputation, and I can also sense a strong measure of untapped potential.” David Kidman, FATEA Magazine.

Connie Lush & Blues Shouter

Saturday 25th November / 8pm / £15

“That woman makes my heart sing.” B.B.King
“A voice like a 3am whisky with enough power to fire the national grid.” The Times
One of the finest blues singers in the UK today, voted Best Female Vocalist an amazing 5 times and winner of numerous International awards including European Blues Vocalist of The Year. Connie has now taken her place in the Gallery of Greats alongside Alexis Corner and Eric Clapton to name just two. A Sheffield favourite for over 20 years (remember those packed houses at the Boardwalk?) she has performed in over 30 countries making her one of the most in demand artists on the circuit.

Martyn Joseph

Sunday 26th November / 8pm / £16

Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
Autumn 2015 marked the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album, “Sanctuary” and he’ll be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much loved material.

Aynsley Lister Band

Wednesday 29th November / 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.

Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi

Thursday 30th November / 7.30pm / £15

THE LAST TRAIN TOUR 2017

Guy’s new album, “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry” is an homage to these two hugely influential artists, not only on Guy’s career, but to thousands of musicians around the world. One such artist is the Italian harmonica ace, Fabrizio Poggi, who collaborates with and produced this recording.