Sep
28
Sat
Musicians against Homelessness
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

CAMP STAG, LESSENS, ROSE AND CLOUD, DIVENIRE, TYPICAL HUNKS, THE JESUS BOLT

It’s our annual fundraiser with Musicians Against Homelessness. Raising money for homeless charity Crisis. A stellar line-up of local luminaries and touring tremendousness.

CAMP STAG
Lessens
Rose&Cloud
DIVENIRE
Typical Hunks
The Jesus Bolt

£5 on the door – all profit goes directly to Crisis –

Oct
2
Wed
Martin Harley
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds.

Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz. Last summer in Canada he and Daniel played Winnipeg, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Music Festivals as well as shows in the Caribbean, the US and Europe.

Daniel has played the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee Theatre, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Hardly Strictly, Bluegrass, StordFest, The Kate Wolf Folk Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Chateau St. Michelle, Jammin at Hippie Jacks (Jack’s) and many more.

“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – *Guitarist Magazine***

“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” – *Weissenborn Exchange**

“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – *Roots Magazine***

“Awesome” – *Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2***

“Quite simply a great live act” – *Time Out London*

Oct
18
Fri
Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip
Oct 18 @ 8:30 pm

Mik Artistik is a poet, performer, artist and comedian. With his compadre Jonny Flockton on guitars and a selection of well heeled bass players , they travel from city to city, frightening and delighting adults and children with their special brand of joyous madness.

Iggy Pop played two of their tunes on his radio show on 6Music and called “Plastic Fox” a “stone old classic”, and introduced  “Sweet Leaf of the North” with ”This is a great song”.

Gideon Coe on 6music calls them “The best live act I’ve seen all summer”.

Martin Parr calls them “My favourite band on the planet”.

They’ve played Glastonbury for the last ten years, supported Faust, Chas and Dave , played the London Fashion Show, and Batley Rugby Club , and are loved by all/some.

Mik is supported by Nick Degg, multi-award winning Poetry Slam Finalist, and probably the only poet with a whistled poem in his repertoire.

He has a range of writing styles from bittersweet love poems, to out and out comedic rants. Always delivered with some Northern oomph.

http://mikartistik.com/

https://oldstick.co.uk/nick-degg/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-NKE1T8Gxk

 

Date/Time: Friday 18th October, 8pm for 8.30pm start.

£10 admission.

 

Oct
25
Fri
Thunder Hammer – The Monsters of Rock Halloween Ball
Oct 25 @ 7:15 pm

Brilliant to get the mighty HAMMER back after yet another fab show at Trentham Gardens in front of over 2000 rock fans … Forged in the fires of Stoke On Trent, Thunderhammer, combining their individual musicianship and a wealth of experience gained only from entertaining Rock fans across the U.K and Europe, are set to strike down upon thee with all of your favourite Rock Anthems.

THESE TICKETS WILL FLY OUT SO BE QUICK …..£12 in advance £14 on the door

door 7.15pm starts 8.00pm

Oct
30
Wed
Stand Up Labour Fundraiser – headliner Justin Moorhouse
Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 3:00 am

 

Staffordshire Moorlands Labour Party presents a fundraiser stand up comedy night with…..

Compere Dominic Woodward .
A keen eye for observational comedy and genuine funny bones …..

Andy White -a loveable fool easily one of the best on the circuit. Brilliant mimicry, silly, topical, clever, a jumping Jack Flash of comedy.
Justin Moorhouse
Lindsey Santoro Lindsey Santoro has taken the circuit by storm since making her debut in 2014. Still one of the best hidden gems on the circuit Lindsey, who hails from Birmingham, has in her short time earned a place in the finals of both The English Comedian Of The Year and The Funny Women competitions. Not only has she done that but Lindsey has now progressed into paid work with bookers such as Buzz Comedy Clubs, Spikey Mike (15’s), Who Dares Grins & The Comedy Lounge in Hull.

Justin hosts his own show Tea Time With Justin Moorhouse daily on Manchester’s Sony Award winning radio station Key 103.

TV credits include playing Young Kenny in the award-winning Phoenix Nights (C4), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), The Charlotte Church Show (C4), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), The Grumpy Guides (BBCTwo2) and Shameless (E4).

Justin also appeared in the 2009 Ken Loach feature film Looking For Eric.

Writing credits include The 11 O’Clock Show (C4), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (C4) and critically acclaimed comedy drama An Insurance Inspector Calls (BBC Radio 4).

‘Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd’ (Sunday Times)

‘A comedic tour de force. Excruciatingly funny… brought a tear to a critical eye’ (The Herald)

‘Quirky and imaginative stories… A brilliant entertainer’ (The Stage)

‘Simultaneously down-to-earth and out-of-this-world’ (The List).

DOORS 7.00 STARTS 8.00PM
EARLYBIRD TICKET £12.50
UNWAGED £8

 

 

 

 

Nov
8
Fri
Kristin Hersh
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Throwing Muses’ lynchpin, Kristin Hersh’s prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release.
Her tenth studio album, ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is a highly personalised sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din.
Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept of ‘dark sunshine’, a brooding solo record created with friends to expand her off-kilter sonic vision; a squally, squeaky mix of discordant beauty.
Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality, imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet.
‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is a glorious return to form for one of alternative rock’s true innovators.
“She’s still as powerful a presence as she ever was.” Pitchfork
“The prodigious output and commitment to quality is pretty staggering, but then Kristin Hersh is a very, very special musician.” The Quietus

“Throwing Muses became a byword for college-rock feminism in the late 80s, largely because of Hersh’s uncompromising impressionist poetry of emotional anguish, subjugated womanhood and mental illness.” The Guardian

With support from Fred Abong
doors 7.30pm
Tickets £22 in advance .

Nov
16
Sat
Joni Talks – Songs from the Stage and Screen
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm

We welcome Joni Talks back to the Foxlowe with her show:

SONGS FROM THE STAGE AND SCREEN.

“I grew up in the small town of Leek in Staffordshire attending The Marilyn Jones Dance Centre from a young age, studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz. It was within this nurturing environment that I was able to explore other aspects of performance, discovering that I had a real talent for singing! From here on I would sing at any given opportunity, joining various local operatic societies. I moved to London at 18 when I received a full scholarship to train at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with Honours. I then continued my training at RADA taking part in their Musical Theatre courses, studying privately with their singing coordinator, the wonderful and inspiring Jane Streeton, co-author of Singing On Stage: An Actor’s Guide.

During my professional career, I have been involved in a very diverse range of work. From Shakespeare to Music Hall legend Marie Lloyd, Gothic Musical Theatre and Golden Era Musicals, with many and varied experiences between!

A life changing opportunity came when I auditioned to play Belle in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, directed by Fraser Grant. This was a six month tour of Italy performing in some of the most stunning theatres I have ever seen. Not only did I have a fantastic time working on the show, but it was also a wonderful opportunity to explore a beautiful country…In six months there wasn’t a corner that we didn’t cover!

My main passion is for singing and I have been fortunate enough to perform in cabarets and theatre shows across London with highly skilled pianists and vocalists.

In 2009 I became a part of the theatre company at The Brick Lane Music Hall, London, taking the leading lady role in many of their shows. I have appeared on BBC’s The One Show as part of their Children In Need appeal and Inside Out (presented by Matthew Wright) as part of the Brick Lane cast too. Since the start of their Autumn season in 2012 I have been involved with devising and creating the shows, having had great success with such shows as ‘St George’, ‘Broadway’, ‘Divas’ and ‘There’ll Always Be An England’ throughout 2013. I remained a part of the creative team whilst also taking on the role of leading lady until I had to say a temporary farewell when I had my daughter, Ruby. I have thoroughly enjoyed appearing as a guest artist in their traditional Music Hall shows over the last couple of years as I’ve adapted to my new role of working mum.

2011, I began entertaining onboard The London Showboat, performing a variety of show songs as part of an evening cruise on The River Thames. This saw me through the eventful Jubilee and Olympic Games year of 2012 and continued until 2017 when I relocated back to Staffordshire in anticipation of my second baby, Charlie.

I am now enjoying a freelance career as a vocalist which fits around my family duties. I have found some really special venues around Staffordshire where I have the privilege to appear regularly.

Aside from performing, I also have a real interest in educating and coaching children within the field of performing arts. These opportunities have fortunately been frequent and under very different circumstances. I had the great privilege of being a part of The Italia Conti Associates faculty in the Barbican for four years, teaching my own classes in acting, ballet and musical theatre. I have also worked in a number of primary and secondary schools, sharing my expertise in an environment where the children have not necessarily taken part in any kind of performing arts situation before. Since moving to Staffordshire I have enjoyed lecturing on the Performing Arts course at Newcastle and Stafford college group. It doesn’t matter what the environment is, I have a genuine pleasure in sharing my knowledge and advising/ coaching under the performing arts umbrella because I strongly believe these skills are transferable to every day life, and will stand an individual in good stead no matter what career path they take.”

Tickets are £7.50

Starts 7pm

Doors 6.15pm

 

Nov
22
Fri
Graham Parker
Nov 22 @ 7:15 pm

Regarded as one of the UK’s most distinguished and original songwriters Graham Parker is perhaps best known as lead singer of Graham & The Rumour who preceded the arrival of punk rock and new wave, his career has spanned over 40 years and was recently reinvigorated when acclaimed US film producer and director Judd Apatow cast Parker in his hit film ‘This Is 40’, featuring a performance by GP & The Rumour that signalled the band to reform to play a series of now legendary come back concerts.

Expect songs from early albums with the Rumour, his solo career and the present day with tunes from recent Rumour reunion albums.

support from Stephen Wilson Jnr

doors 7.15pm starts 8.00pm

tickets £24.50

Dec
7
Sat
Laurence Jones Band
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm

THE GIG CARTEL PRESENTS …….

The Laurence Jones band

Laurence Jones is back and is ready to tear up Europe with new self titled album Laurence Jones Band. The accomplished new album recorded in Miami and produced by Gregory Elias is set for release on Friday 27th Sept 2019 on USA label Top Stop Music.

Laurence Jones has been writing songs and performing on stage for over half his age, the Blues Rock troubadour has been fine-tuning his sound playing to packed house across Europe, leading the way for the new generation of blues performers.

The Laurence Jones band is
Laurence Jones – Vocals and Guitar / Phil Wilson – Drums / Bennett Holland – Keys / Greg Smith – Bass

Award winning guitarist, Laurence Jones says: ” I’m really proud to bring you this new album, two years of hard work have gone into the planning and recording of it. I will let the music do the talking though and see you on the road at a show ! ”

 

plus support from   Matt Pearce & The Mutiny

 

 

 

doors 7.00pm starts 7.30 pm £16.00 in advance £18.00 on the door .

Jan
24
Fri
Limehouse Lizzy
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm

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 T.V. appearances to actually being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy.
DOORS 7.30 £15 in advance £17.50 on the door

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