Mar
24
Sun
Bob Log III
Mar 24 @ 7:45 pm

Bob Log III, Fat Possum recording artist and one man band crown prince of punk blues from Tuscon, Arizona. Witnessing Bob Log live is an unmissable and unforgettable experience. By rights he should be a punk blues stadium super star. He takes to the stage with his face masked in a crash helmet with a black visor and a telephone wired in it for a mic and wearing a blue jump suit. Bob then unleashes a torrent of hardcore Mississippi Delta blues, hip hop beats and punk rock. The crash helmet telephone distorts the vocals and his hands, arms, legs and feet become a blur of jump suit clad limbs as he plays slide, triggers drum machines and drums with his feet simultaneously. Bob then adds extra ingredients to this punk blues bouillabaisse with his unique version of audience participation. More often them not he’ll bounce a couple of audience members on his knees while playing, and then bring on the infamous Boob Scotch. The audience are invited to literally stick their boob in his scotch which he then drinks. If Bob feels satisfied he will then launch into his anthem Boob Scotch!

Bob Log’s identity and history is shrouded in mystery and rumour, probably helped by his stage get up and also when his record company Fat Possum put out an early press release claiming Log had a monkey’s paw grafted on to his wrist after a boating accident as a child. Here’s an excerpt…..”When Bob Log III was a child, he lost his left hand in a boating accident. It was soon replaced with a monkey paw, and a new guitar style was born. ‘It’s my own personal style, see,’ Log says, ‘the paw moves much quicker than a normal hand, so my real hand has to flop around a lot to compensate.'” When asked to explain Fat Possum’s insistence that his right hand is a monkey’s paw, Log replied to an interviewer that, “My hand is just hairy. Very, very hairy. It is NOT a PAW. Fat Possum was drunk.” Log further clarified the monkey paw myth in an interview with Bizarre Magazine: “I’ve got all my limbs. It’s just that when I’m playing my guitar my hand moves so fast it looks like a monkey paw, a hairy paw. My hand moves really fast. Faster than a normal human hand”.

In fact Bob Log III was born in Tucson, Arizona and is a virtuoso slide player who plays with extremely thick strings tuned very loose that gives him his unique “floppy” sound. Growing up, Log listened to artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and AC/DC, later commenting that “That’s what rock’n’roll is to me. You take a guitar, turn it up and have a good time…everyone else can go listen to Pearl Jam if they want to.” Bob Log got his first guitar at the age of 11, and by the age of 16 he had become smitten with Delta Blues, modelling his slide guitar style on that of Mississippi Fred McDowell. Log began his music career recording with Mondo Guano, a four-piece metal-blues band based in Arizona. Upon leaving Mondo Guano, Log went on to perform as one-half of seminal early Delta punk blues duo Doo Rag. Bob Log III was born when Bob was in the middle of a US tour with Doo Rag and his drummer quit. With necessity , ever the mother of invention, Bob donned a helmet he had picked up in a thrift store, took to the stage and kicked his guitar case for percussion and thus the legend of Bob Log was born. Bob Log eventually found his spiritual home on maverick Mississippi blues label Fat Possum in 1998 and released a trio of classic records: School Bus, Trike and Log Bomb.

In this current world of homogenised and mass marketed music, we need true mavericks like Bob Log III more than ever.

£12.50 IN ADVANCE; £15 ON THE DOOR.

 

7.00pm doors

7.45pm start.

Mar
28
Thu
Keith James in Concert – Rescheduled
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm

THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN. This concert has been re-scheduled from February 28th.

These remarkable songs – stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.

The chilling announcement of Leonard’s passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. Our World misses him very much!

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving close to 400 concerts to well over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain

Included in the concert are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence.
Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

‘Good work! Glad you are keeping Leonard’s songs alive’ Sylvie Simmons, Biographer – The Life of Leonard Cohen

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times
‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland

‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine

Apr
12
Fri
Johnny Dowd
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm

Thirty years on from his remarkable, indescribably dark and damn right startling Americana debut Wrong Side Of Memphis, Ithaca, NY, legend Johnny Dowd returns to the roots rock arena with Family Picnic, his new album set for release on March 1st through Mother Jinx Records.
Over the last thirty years, Dowd has been releasing records that defy trends, a unique catalogue of work that stands head and shoulders above many of his lauded contemporaries. Now in his seventieth year on God’s good earth, Dowd has lost none of the vigour, enthusiasm, and attitude that has seen him forge his position as one of America’s most inquisitive musical minds, a musical explorer who has charted expeditions to genre-defying destinations that, at their heart, question, challenge, and dissect in their own way notions of the American Dream. Family Picnic — once again featuring long-time cohorts Michael Edmondson and Kim Sherwood-Caso — is the first time Dowd has really looked backwards in all that time, instead of plunging forward into a sonic unknown with the playfulness of a child.

As Dowd says himself:
“I had to dig pretty deep for this one. Not sure how many more tunes I have in me. Tick tock. This record took an unexpected turn to the past — my past. It’s kind of like Wrong Side of Memphis 30 years down the road. Surprisingly little has changed for me (emotionally, that is). I’m still drawn to the same themes — unrequited love, murder, general foolishness. Waltzes and shuffles and boom chuck beats abound. Ice cream chord changes. Plus Kim Sherwood-Caso and Mike Edmondson. What’s not to like? An Americana classic, if I do say so myself.”

Johnny Dowd has released a number of critically acclaimed albums over the last thirty years and featured on all manner of compilations. His songs featured heavily in the cult musical documentary “Searching for the Wrong-eyed Jesus,” and Dowd has worked alongside artists such as Jackie Leven, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Jim White, and the Mekons, to name a few.

Family Picnic will be released on Mother Jinx Records on March 1, 2019. It will be available digitally worldwide, and the CD will be available at www.johnnydowd.com and on the European tour which begins April 4.

Support from Park Doing.

Tickets £12.00 in advance.

Doors 7.30pm.

Apr
27
Sat
Leek SKA Festival 2019
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm

Leek SKA Festival 2019 – The Skalinskis, Splitters, The Chalk Outlines, Roots to Nowhere, mummyfunk

Formed in 1999 The Skalinskis play a fusion of upbeat dub and ska with a hint of eastern european folk in the mix. In 2019 the band are currently a 6 piece eclectic combo with a tidy beat and a heavy brass section. With 3 albums and years of touring under their belt, the band has honed a live show full of energy that is sure to get you dancing. Their material features driving lyrics, drunken vignettes and adaptations of classic ska/reggae. Guaranteed to Skank up the Dance!

For over a decade, Leicester’s Splitters has been at the forefront of the UK ska scene, dropping dynamite sub ska scorchers and heavy heavy reggae sounds loaded with realness. By mixing the traditional vibes of 1960s skinhead ska with a contemporary edge that speaks of the grit and grime of modern British Life, Splitters have built a reputation as one of the most scorching live acts on the UK circuit.

A Brass Fuelled Ska/Rock ‘n’ Roll Party riot! The Chalk Outlines are a 18 legged Ska Band from West Wales. Formed in 2015 the band has been whipping audiences into a frenzy across their native Wales, The South West and London with their stomping live shows. They’ve played at numerous festivals combined with prestigious support slots for the likes of Bad Manners and the Dualers.

Roots to Nowhere, a 4-piece ska/punk/reggae band from Crewe, Cheshire established in 2009 after the split of former band Empty Pockets. Roots’ songs depict the struggles of the working class and looking at society as a whole, with hard hitting relatable lyrics and music that makes you want to move.

mummyfunk – Happy tunes to make you smile, brought to you with vinyl style. Classic selection.

 

Dress Code: Suit and tie are optional, but be sure to bring your dancing shoes.

Doors + DJ from 5pm, Bands from 7pm.

£10 wristband admission (tickets from Foxlowe Arts Centre and online)

 

May
3
Fri
Definitely Mightbe v Adored – Oasis / Stone Roses Tribute
May 3 @ 8:00 pm

Definitely Mightbe v Adored – Oasis / Stone Roses Tribute

Bio

Definitely Mightbe

Now the longest established Oasis tribute in the world! Together for 18yrs and with over 2,000 shows under their belt, it’s easy to see why they are the most successful and admired Oasis show out there. With several tours on the prestigious o2 Academy circuit, appearances at huge open air festivals, continual tours across the UK and Ireland plus gigs all over Europe, the Middle East and even the Caribbean!

Adored

The Stone Roses were one of the most influential rock bands from England, active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Along with other bands such as the Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets, they comprised the core of the Madchester Baggy scene, centred around Manchester, England.

ADORED-their definitive tribute, reproduce the sound and atmosphere the originals created with such detailed accuracy, you’d think the Roses had climbed on stage beside them!

Friday 3rd May 2019

8.00pm doors

8.30pm start

Tickets £10 from Foxlowe Arts Centre and online.

 

 

May
4
Sat
The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican
May 4 @ 8:00 pm

Doors 7:30pm, Event Start at 8pm.

Tickets £14.00 Book now
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Warning – May have adult content

May
9
Thu
Fairport Convention
May 9 @ 8:00 pm

In association with Cuckoos Nest Folk Club.

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years.

Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television.

Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

“Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue… (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves.”

Guardian

“Vigorous and confident…the music leapt around the room.”

Mirror

Doors 7:30pm, Event Start at 8pm.

Tickets £25.00 Book now
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May
10
Fri
Both Sides Now – The Joni Mitchell Celebration Concert
May 10 @ 7:30 pm

Three decades of music, one night of Joni. Both Sides Now play classics including Edith and the Kingpin, Wild Things Run Fast and Carey.

The music of Joni Mitchell is celebrated in this performance of some of her best-loved songs. As Joni reaches her landmark 75th year, these concerts are also by way of an extended celebration of her life and work.

The Joni Mitchell Songbook draws on a three-decade journey of incredible creativity, from folk singer to mainstream rock artist, as well as an abiding love affair with jazz.

Featuring Big Yellow Taxi (her most covered song), River and A Case of You (both from the breakthrough album Blue), the radio hits of Help Me and Free Man In Paris (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of In France They Kiss On Main St (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Coyote (Hejira).

Both Sides Now is a five-piece band showcasing the outstanding voice of Sarah Miller. During its debut year of 2018, the band played at some of the UK’s leading music venues. The musicians’ CVs include such notable names as Don Felder of the Eagles, Badly Drawn Boy, Ruby Turner and Corinne Bailey Rae.

This is not your usual tribute – it’s a group of Joni superfans dedicated to keeping her music in the live arena.

Doors 7.30pm

 

May
16
Thu
Tom Robinson
May 16 @ 8:30 pm

Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band’s debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. In 2015 he released Only The Now – made with award winning producer Gerry Diver – with many guests including Billy Bragg, John Grant, Martin Carthy and Ian McKellen. It can be heard in full on Spotify, YouTube and Bandcamp.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music. He has won two Sony Radio Academy awards and served as a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee for 15 years. In 2016 he was awarded a fellowship of LIPA for his support of new music through hosting BBC Music’s Introducing Mixtape podcast and his Fresh On The Net music blog.

Doors 8:00 pm, Event Start at 8:30pm.

Tickets £22.50 Book now
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May
18
Sat
The Coldplayer – a Unique Tribute to Coldplay & Chris Martin
May 18 @ 7:30 pm

Prepare to be amazed by the most accurate tribute to Chris Martin & Coldplay. A unique solo tribute show dedicated to the presence and performance of Chris Martin of Coldplay
PLAYING
YELLOW
PARADISE
A SKY FULL OF STARS
VIVA LA VIDA
FIX YOU
ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME
CLOCKS
THE SCIENTIST
IN MY PLACE
AND MANY MORE…..

DOORS 7.30 PM £5.

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