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
5
Sat
Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers
Oct 5 @ 1:30 pm

For all ages! A fabulous, family, festival feature for Leek Blues & Americana 2019. Vintage style jazz/blues. Songs about science, dinosaurs, seaweed, cheese and much,  much more. Free biscuits on arrival!!!

Faster than a speeding puffin, more chocolatey than a chocolate labrador, descending from apes (if they are tall enough) Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers release your ears to play backgammon undisturbed. Tuba, piano, drums, ukulele, tickling and rubbing your senses into a fun stew. Enjoy yourselves, if you can; Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers are greater than you think!

“My favourite album of the year…every track on it is a gem. The lyrics are a thing of beauty”
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing

“Sometimes I love bands because their music is so exquisitely crafted and sometimes simply because it’s irresistibly daft. In the case of Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers it’s both!”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Riotous fun, catchy melodies combined with bonkers lyrics and a winning stage charm. The perfect example of family music done really right. They have every child, adult and grandparent at Just So singing their songs weeks before they arrive; demands for their return the next year before their current set has even finished”  Cathryn Peach, Just So Festival

“If surreal was a path, Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers are floating above the grass alongside it on a cabbage”
Michael Chenhangerangeran, Metro

“Classic English surreality, a delightful mix of Vic Reeves Big Night Out, Bonzos and Music Hall. I want to marry them all”
Bob Fischer, BBC Radio Tees

“It was epic! The Badgers played a stormer and had the crowd eating out of their hand”
Steve Haddrel WOMAD.

General admission: £7.00.

Family ticket: Admits 4 people. At least one must be an accompanying adult. £20.00.

1:00pm doors

1:30pm start.

Nov
6
Wed
Chip Taylor
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm

Songwriters Hall of Fame 2016 inductee has been writing and performing for nearly 60 years and shows no sign of slowing down. The New York Times says it best, “If you only know him as the as the guy who wrote ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel of the Morning” — you don’t know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today.”

Whiskey Salesman, his latest in a remarkable string of recent albums, is at once both personal and universal. It is an album filled with timeless, intimate love songs, poignant, meditative odes to life. And drinking (in moderation) songs. Their spirit is perhaps best captured by the videos Taylor has created for each and every song (included on a DVD). Filmed at his own apartment and local bar, and starring his wife and friends, Taylor welcomes everyone in to his warm, heartfelt world.

Creating distinctive music that is also enduring and influential has been Chip Taylor’s métier over the course of what is closing in on five decades as “one of America’s finest songwriters as well as a masterful singer and performer,” says Rolling Stone. His two best-known songs are only some of the many pop, rock, country and R&B chart hits he wrote in the 1960s (Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Frank Sinatra all recorded his songs). Taylor was then one of the pioneers of the pivotal country-rock movement as a recording artist in the 1970s. His 1973 album, Last Chance, remains a beloved cult classic. But after refusing to play by the Nashville establishment rules, Taylor gave up music for full-time professional gambling in 1980.

“Chip Taylor could’ve rested on his laurels years ago and still been way ahead of everybody else today. Lucky for us he didn’t and he’s making some of the most relevant music out there,” said Buddy Miller just last year. Since returning to music in 1996 he has enjoyed elder statesman stature within the Americana, contemporary folk and singer-songwriter scenes as an artist in his own right as well as in collaboration on albums and in performance with John Prine, Carrie Rodriguez, Kendel Carson and John Platania. In a remarkable and prolific run, Taylor has released nearly an album a year since his return, each rising high on the Americana chart. As England’s The Guardian notes, “Chip Taylor, like Johnny Cash, is well worth rediscovering by a new generation.

Whiskey Salesman follows closely after his acclaimed Fix your Words and A Song I can Live, which Sweden’s foremost music site, Rootsy.nu called “sopowerful and packed with emotions. Joy, sadness, melancholy, a sense of humor. And an abundance of compassion and humanity. It’s an album I will treasure forever. It will have a special place in my record collection, next to Bob Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind” and Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker”. 2015’s The Little Prayers Trilogy, was among the best-reviewed album of his long career. Mojo called it “a masterpiece while Uncut said it was the ”Crowning glory of a storied career” and placed it on its Best of 2015 list. Country Music People gave it ”Five stars .. nothing comes close.”

Taylor has been involved in a series of amazing projects in the last several years. Norway’s premier folk singer, Paal Flaata, recorded a full album of Taylor songs, Wait By The Fire, and rode it to the Top 10 and a Norwegian Grammy nomination. He joined with Carrie Rodriguez for a reunion tour in the fall behind the 10th Anniversary deluxe reissue of their Red Dog Tracks album. The Grammy-nominated Yonkers NY (2009) shows his facility with storytelling within songs. Last year, a lavish reissue of his three 1970s Warner Bros albums (including Last Chance) was released to great fanfare. 2019 may also bring a new book/CD, Son Of A Golf Pro, which combines Taylor’s story of growing up on the golf course with often hilarious songs about the sport.

Fuck All The Perfect People, the title track from his 2012 album, went viral on Spotify, garnering a million streams over a couple of months. Its inclusion on the Netflix smash Sex Education in 2019 resulted in a second wave of streams recently.

As Taylor’s muse continues to fire on all pistons, musical tastemakers agree that fans and listeners should tune their ears into the continuing creativity of a true musical master. “If names like Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt mean anything to you, you should make a point of discovering Chip Taylor,” urges critic Anthony DeCurtis. “Whether you know it or not, he’s earned his way into that exalted company.”

Doors: 7:30pm.

Event start: 8pm.

Tickets: £15

 

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