REVIEWS

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Where & Now review

GIG LISTINGS
compiled by Andy Lowe

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OCTOBER

 

 

Monday 27th October ANTON BARBEAU + JOHN + MY CORDYLINE £5

Born in Sacramento, California, living in Berlin, Anton Barbeau is known alternately in various circles around the world as psych-pop troubadour, cosmic shaman and Banana Guy. He has shared the stage with the likes of Robyn Hitchcock, Robin Williamson, Weezer, Emmy the Great and Japanese noise gods Mono. He's recorded with the Bevis Frond, The Loud Family, Robbie McIntosh, Kimberley Rew, Stornoway, Sharron Kraus and assorted members of Sacramento's CAKE. And Julian Cope got him high.

www.antonbarbeau.com

 

 

Tuesday 28th October PLUMHALL + JUDE RAWLINS + AMANDA RAY + THE NEW VERB + late set JANANI SHANKAR £6

7.45 The New Verb
8.30 Amanda Ray
9.15 PlumHall
10.15 Jude Rawlins
11.00 Janani Shankar

Plumhall are Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall, a feisty Yorkshire based duo whose award winning self-penned songs are already winning them plaudits from the likes of R2 Magazine (4 stars), Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and many more. The pair deliver guitar and harmony driven textures of folk, Americana and pop, and have have been wowing audiences on the live acoustic circuit in the UK. Recent winners of the Yorkshire Gig Guide Outstanding Songwriters award 2014, Plumhall were joined on stage by Bob Dylan's legendary guitarist Larry Campbell for a performance of Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) at the BBC Radio 2 award winning folk club The Black Swan in York. Plumhall's debut album "Thundercloud" was released on 1st September 2014 and is already BBC radio playlisted. Plans to tour Canada in 2015 are in the pipeline.

Michelle Plum is a former member of Chumbawamba, Waking the Witch and The Accidental Tourists, and in her own right has supported Aimee Mann, Capercaillie, Ralph McTell, Nerina Pallot, Texas and Shane MacGowan to name but a few. She also provided guest vocals for Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts' UK spring 2013 tour.

Nick B Hall has been a member of the Hall Brothers band nearly all his life, and has supported Fairport Convention, Hugh Cornwell, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, Glenn Tilbrook plus many more. He also provided session guitar for Magna Carta on their 2010 South African tour.

www.plumhall.co.uk

The New Verb – A rare performance from Imogen Goldie, aka The New Verb, with her uniquely cool brand of PJ Harvey and Portishead-influenced songs.

www.myspace.com/thenewverb

Janani Shankar is a singer/songwriter who plays guitar and bass. She has been singing since the age of 3. She was trained in opera at the age of 9. Janani has been performing since she was little. Janani attended Santa Susana High School, a performing arts magnet high school for singing, in Simi Valley. She got accepted into the Carnegie Hall Honors Choir in New York in just her sophomore year of high school. She has sung with Gingger Shankar, onstage hundreds of times. She also sang onstage with The Smashing Pumpkins in Los Angeles in 2008 when her mother toured with them. Janani has had her music licensed out to films including Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz and sold on soundtracks. She also performed at the World Peace Music Awards with her mother when she was about 9. Janani has had many musical influences in her life including Gingger Shankar, Norah Jones and her great grandmother Lakshmi Shankar. She has been writing her own music for years, which consists of rock, jazz, pop and many other influential genres.

www.facebook.com/JananiShankarMusic

 

 

Wednesday 29th October CARL DIXON + PAT CRILLY £6 in advance

Carl Dixon is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. More than that, he is an entertainer who has performed for audiences around the world for many years. A presence on stage, screen, radio and print for three decades has created a following of people who care about the man and his music.

The career of the good-natured native of Northern Ontario includes his beginnings as lead singer/songwriter of Coney Hatch, lead singer of the Guess Who for eight years, and member of April Wine for four years. Carl these days performs a solo acoustic show and with his Carl Dixon Band.

A run of album releases with all the above-named bands, along with concert appearances around the globe, has made Carl internationally known. The resulting fan support was on full display two years ago in response to an unexpected crisis.

In April 2008 Carl had a devastating head-on car crash in Australia while visiting his family. The severity of the crash could have easily claimed his life or at least derailed it. It has instead proved to be a catalyst to new goals and ambitions. While recovering from over fifty separate injuries from head to toe, Carl has at the same time rebuilt his career. In addition to resuming the musical performances, as expected, he has taken on a new direction: motivational speaking.

In describing the experiences, thoughts and habits which led him to a long and happy music career, Carl also makes the connections to the "miraculous" medical recovery which he's undergone since the dramatic events of 2008. Carl is currently completing a book on that theme as well as bringing two new albums of music safely home. His performance schedule continues to increase back toward
his old pace of 100 shows a year.

Carl continues his life-long propensity for fitness and healthy living, a factor which greatly aided in surviving his crash injuries.

Pat Crilly plays acoustic based original, blues, covers, Irish and folk, on guitar, mandolin and bouzouki. Performs as solo, duo or with his band "One man Down".

Regular performer in the 12 Bar Club in London and has played in Scotland, Netherlands, Brittany, NE England, Norway, Herts and London at festivals and roots venues.

Seasick Steve said "this guy's good" after seeing Pat at the 12 Bar Club.

He is a songwriter in many styles folk, blues, jazz and even country.

In the 90's Pat led a successful Irish band playing in Irish bars on Norway's West coast.

He has recorded original material on two cd's "Deep Water" which is bluesy/folky acoustic and "Irish Reels and Russian Roulette" with his "One Man Down" a collection of mostly up tempo Mississippi Sheik style songs and a few self penned original songs.

 

 

Thursday 30th October BLEAK + THE WORKHOUSE + BELLYEYESMILE + a late set from SKYHOOK £6 Hieronymous Bisch Bosch presents

BLEAK is the greatest death.blues band this side of the Delta. Imagine a noise that can melt through bank vaults. Throw in a wall shattering live show. Add twisted humour and a dash of voodoo.
What do you get?

Heavy, brutal, primal, direct, and yet sublimely beautiful, this band drags you by your throat from the plantations of the 1860s Deep South via the jails and chain gangs of the Great Depression and throws you face down among burning rubble and charred corpses of the Rhythm Night Club, Natchez Mississippi.

These guys tried to sell their souls to the devil at the crossroads. He couldn't afford them, so they are going to give you a piece for free instead.

http://facebook.com/BleakBlues
http://twitter.com/BleakBlues
www.youtube.com/user/BleakBlues
http://myspace.com/bleakandblue
www.thebleakhouse.co.uk
www.reverbnation.com/bleakblues

The four piece, Bellyeyesmile, is a maelstrom of Prog, Punk and Psychedelic on both record and live. Formerly Kinky Boot Beasts.

www.bellyeyesmile.com

 

 

Friday 31st October LOS TUPPER + THE PHONIC + GODMODE + JET PILOTS + 5 HANDSOME MEN + SPUNKFLAKES £6 Enterprise Studios presents

 

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

Saturday 1st November DEATHSKULLS + CRIPPLER LBU + WHO CARES? + PUT DOWN + IRONED OUT followed by Johny Clash Club £6 Rucktion Records presents

 

 

Sunday 2nd November open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 3rd November BROMIDE £3

Bromide is the outfit of London-based singer-songwriter and musician, Simon Berridge. He has performed as both an acoustic solo project and with a band under the moniker. Berridge first established Bromide in the mid-1990s, and has released three previous albums, 'Iscariot Heart' (1997), 'No.Space.Anymore. Even.Between.Words' (2003) and 'The Trouble with Bromide' (2008) before 'Some Electric Sometime'. All four albums have come out on Berridge's own label, Scratchy Records.

Berridge uses his native London as a backdrop to most of his songs, which, while often musically melodic and exultant, are lyrically more melancholic. There are tributes on 'Some Electric Sometime' to the now broken-up group the Rocks on 'We Were Reflective', who were signed to Scratchy Records; the Gossip's Beth Ditto on 'Triggers', and with 'Nikki Sudden' the former Swell Maps guitarist and solo artist, who died from a heart attack in 2006 aged 49. 'Treasure Map' tells of a disintegrating relationship, while on the final song, 'Arrangements for a Wedding' a couple on the way to a registry office to book their wedding are shaken up after seeing one bird savagely peck the eyes out of another.

 

 

Tuesday 4th November HOWARD SHAPIRO £5

After gigging in many different bands and choosing to go solo Howard Shapiro making my first appearence at the 12 Bar. With a strong focus on melody and song these are tunes he has have been writing over the last year with just acoustic guitar, and finding his voice/style. Having had some great feedback and being close to finishing some recordings in the next few weeks he is looking forward eagerly to this gig.

 

 

Wednesday 5th November THE FALLEN LEAVES + of ARROWE HILL + THE KULT 45s + BEN COCKET + late set TREES AND THE SLIPWAY £6 London Callin presents Minimum R & B

THE FALLEN LEAVES are continuing their monthly MINIMUM R&B Wednesday residency, building a new following in THE ROOKERY OF ST GILES

7.30 Ben Cockett

8.15 Kult 45`s

9.00 of Arrowe Hill (use of non capitals and capitals is correct)

10.00 The Fallen Leaves - punk rock for gentlemen www.thefallenleaves.net

"This valve amp, treble-to-the-max rave-up would have had the mid-'60s Who or Pretty Things bricking it backstage at the Embassy Club" Mark Paytress (Mojo)

"This sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop will doubtless appeal to the same authenticity-starved youngsters who have made Billy Childish their king" Stewart Lee (Sunday Times)

"a confrontational cacophony of clashing rock'n'roll destroyed and reassembled with strange and awkward angles. The same, but different." Plan B

11.00 Trees and the Slipway

 

 

Thursday 6th November NICK AFRICANO + ECHO WANTS HER VOICE BACK £6

A son of the moon. A butterfly bull. Nick Africano is a songwriter, multi-intrumentalist, band-leader, solo performer, producer, and experiments with watercolors and poetry. His style defies the confines of genre, and lives in the mysterious space of rock and roll, storytelling, and folk music. In an ether of contradiction. Lyrics often softly spoken, or soulfully crooned. His live performances are captivating and spontaneous, moving between acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, and piano.

A relentless performer, Africano has toured the US extensively and most recently has toured in the UK and Switzerland. He currently performs a monthly late-night series at the acclaimed Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.

Over the past 7 years he has recorded 4 albums including I've Ever Desired (2008) The Butterfly Bull (2012) and his first EP Broken (2005) and his currently gearing up to release his first all-analog LP, yet to be named.
He is credited with helping produce Marmalade (2007) with Pokey Lafarge, though as he playfully describes, he was mostly just there for support and as a second ear to help make decisions.

On his last visit, as well as making his 12 Bar Club debut, Africano worked as Musical Director for Les Foules' production of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline in London, also making his acting debut.

www.nickafricano.net

 

 

Saturday 8th November artists tbc £6 Bonnie & Clyde's Renegade Rendezvous presents

Four outlaw bands and a killer Dj til late!

An eclectic night of excellent foot tapping, hand clapping, money maker shaking maximum rock-n-rollbluesskamodrockabillyhillbilly60sgaragepunkfolk!!!

Something for everybody! Musical Cross pollination at its best!

Cheap booze, excellent music, pool room, smoking area in the back, late opening til 3am in the heart of SOho near all night public transport and Tottenham Court Road tube station.

£6 entry, £5 with flyer, £4 with Student Union Card

 

 

Sunday 9th November LACH + supports £6

Songs, stories, comedy from the legendary star of BBC Radio Four's hit series The Lach Chronicles. True tales of testing acid for the mob, beating Joey Ramone in a moshing contest, being saluted by Kiss and loved by Dylan. Free digital download of a Lach album or T-Shirt for each ticket buyer!

'5 Stars! NYC's living legend! The roots of modern songwriting: Dylan, Barrett, Drake and Lach!' (Time Out)

'5 stars! Magical!' (The Herald)

'5 stars! Face-ache funny, beat-punk unplugged joy!' (The Guardian)

'Incredibly bright, influential, funny, poetic. Part of NYC folklore.' (Suzanne Vega)

'Best punk guitarist since Johnny Ramone.' (Billy Ficca of Television)

'Best songwriter I know' - (Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches)

'Brilliant, Antifolk kingpin!" - (Thomas Truax)

'My hero and mentor' - Hamell on Trial

 

 

Monday 10th November EIKO ITOH + ROMEO SISON + TOM BUTLER BAND + KATE THOMAS + WEDNESDAY'S WOLVES £3 Producers' Showcase

A new monthly night to promote some fantastic up and coming talent

5 Acts

30 Minutes Sets

To register to play one of theses nights email 12barshowcase@gmail.com

include links to your music and website and a short bio about yourselves

 

 

Tuesday 11th November SUGAR MAGNOLIA/JACK DAY + TRENT MILLER + special guests PETE GOW £6 Bucketfull Of Brains presents

 

 

Friday 14th November VIVA LAS VEGAS + THE WITCHDOKTORS + THE LOVE ME TENDERS £6 London Callin presents

 

 

Saturday 15th November EUGENE RIPPER + CHOLESTEROL JONES + more artists tbc £6 AntiFolkUK Festival

 

 

Sunday 16th November open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 17th November BRIDGES + AZTECS + JODYS FLAT £5 ESD presents

BRIDGES are a four piece Independent/Alternative band who formed in Bristol in 2012. Rife with excellently executed linear grooves, bellowing vocal harmonies and wonderful bass counter-melodies, BRIDGES have pinned their sound and style into an explosion that makes people move.

In the short time of their existence BRIDGES have toured the UK independently 3 times, released two EP's and played national festivals such as Glastonbury, 2000 Trees, Beach Break Live and Dot to Dot. As well as this the band have supported established acts such as Kids in Glass Houses, This Town Needs Guns, To Kill A King, BLEECH, Little Matador, M O N E Y, Story Books and Brother and Bones to name but a few.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqIIrMJwJd0&list=UUP5qhVke8YTE39YAVuThzTw

AZTECS - Another group of rising starts from the Bristol music scene Aztecs make intense indie-pop, check out their latest single Catapults.

https://soundcloud.com/aztecs/catapults

JODYS FLAT - Brilliant, spacey, stoner grunge band from Kent, Jodys Flat played their first show at 12 Bar Club back in December.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dBX0rVQ14s

 

 

Wednesday 19th November MATT BACKER £6

Matt Backer is a leading guitarist and songwriter, having performed and toured with an array of artists including Laura Mvula, Emilia Mitiku, Aimee Mann, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Kim Wilde, Swing Out Sister, Elton John, Cher, Bananarama, Joe Cocker and Alice Cooper, amongst others.

Matt's new blues album Get Backer is produced by Matt and his long-time collaborator Ian Shaw (Nick Heyward, Julian Cope). The album features special guests including former Shakespeare's Sister Marcella Detroit, Peter Cox (lead singer of Go West), US blues legend Bill Blue and world-renowned blues harmonica player, Adam Gussow. Award-winning British director Steve Graham directed the video to accompany the first single,Histrionic Narcissist Blues (Let's Talk About Me).

Matt's debut solo album, The Impulse Man, resulted in two US Independent Music Network Number 1 singles and won Best Adult Contemporary Newcomer at the New Music Awards in Los Angeles. Mojo described the album as having 'the chunkiest riffs and licks you wish you'd learned to play wrapped around songs reeling with fat choruses and wry humour.'

His second solo album, Idle Hands, earned him Favourite International Artist at the Independent Music Network Awards 2013. Matt was also nominated for Favourite Group/Duo, along with collaborative partner Julian Lennon, who co-wrote, produced, and shared lead vocals on the anthemic single All That You?ve Wanted. The track was play-listed at radio stations across the USA, and reached Number 1 on several Independent Music Network charts.Martin Fry took time out from his position as ABC?s inspired frontman to duet on the track Halfway To Jessica. The single Let's Art, was played on UK radio stations nationwide, including BBC Radio 2.

Matt has toured the world with artists including Belinda Carlisle, ABC (with whom he sold out the Royal Albert Hall performing an orchestral version of their seminal Lexicon Of Love album) and Rumer, on whose double platinum debut Seasons Of My Soul he performed, as well as its follow up Boys Don't Cry.

www.mattbacker.com

 

 

Thursday 20th November GLASSGLUE + JACK HAYTER + POG + HUNGRY DOG BRAND £6 Dogfishtrombone presents

Glassglue - Glassglue are a highly original four-piece featuring Marcel Stoetzler on vocals, who retains his native German accent and has a charismatically unpretty voice and massive stage presence. Matthew Karas alternates between organ and guitar and steers resolutely clear of all the usual rock clichés. The band's material commonly features unusual time signatures and changes, which are executed by the rhythm section of Gianluca Galetti on bass and Ravi Low-Beer on drums, both of whom sound as if they'd be equally happy playing avant-garde jazz. In some ways, Glassglue ARE avant-garde, but their material remains surprisingly accessible - this is still pop music, albeit of a most unusual variety.

www.glassglue.info

Jack Hayter - Jack Hayter has been a member of Spongefinger, Hefner and Dollboy, and plays a unique variety of folk with splashes of electronica and bags of character. According to Tom Robinson of BBC6 Music, he sounds like "Tom Waits and mates running amok in a second-hand music shop." EP Sucky Tart is available now on the excellent Audio Antihero label.

www.jackhayter.com

Pog - Pog, otherwise known as Paul Stapleton and friends, are based in Brighton where Paul also fronts a band called Anal Beard, and produces his own, usually humorous graphic novels. Paul's songs are often indie-pop flavoured tragi-comic vignettes about people trying to find some respite from their drab lives, and as a performer he can charm any audience into submission. Pog can be anything from Paul solo to a 7-piece band - for this performance it will probably be somewhere in between.

www.worldofbeardandpog.co.uk/pogwash

Hungry Dog Brand (solo) - Hungry Dog Brand aka Martin Dowsing "is a kindred spirit to the estimable lineage of confessional punk poets before him. Vic Godard, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Bitter Springs, Band Of Holy Joy... If you like honest types bearing their English souls, this is the shit. Having admitted that, this is a type of borderline anti-English folk that is not for everybody. If you are the sort who enjoys music as storytelling, then dive into Hungry Dog's wracked, ruined tales of life on the dole, never ending rainy days, and losers who never catch a decent break. It's all exceedingly English, and all pretty superb."

Mike Pearlstein, Big Takeover magazine

www.myspace.com/hungrydogbrand

 

 

Friday 21st November BAND OF HOLY JOY + SHIRLEY SAID + QUARTERLIGHT + ANDY ASTLE £8

Forever changing, consistently unique yet, always somehow the same, the Band Of Holy Joy began life as gutter chansoniers using junk shop instruments to propagate a brute romantic madly literate form of dispossessed urban folk music.

Since then the band have scaled a few heights fallen down in one or two gutters, broken up, glued themselves together, toured the world, released a fair few albums for the likes of Rough Trade and fully explored other media by presenting two audio visual song plays: Troubled Sleep at the Shunt Theatre in London 2008 and an Invocation for William Burroughs at the Sorbonne Paris in 2009. They have set up their own label and Internet radio station Radio Joy.

These days the junk shop instruments of old are long gone, and guitars, violins and visuals very much to the fore. But the band continues to write about the same outsider concerns with the same measure of spirit and care and man, they still put on a show.

The Band of Holy Joy - forever changing, consistently unique, always the same. Join the adventure as they pass through your town.

www.bandofholyjoy.co.uk

 

 

Saturday 22nd November CHRIS POPE & THE UKs + THE OUTBURSTS + RAGE DC + ANABOLLIC STEROIDS £6 London Callin presents

 

 

Sunday 30th November SAINTS OF SIN + more £5

 

 

DECEMBER

 

 

Saturday 1st November DEATHSKULLS + CRIPPLER LBU + WHO CARES? + PUT DOWN + IRONED OUT followed by Johny Clash Club £6 Rucktion Records presents

 

 

Sunday 2nd November open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 3rd November LACES + PETER VAUGHAN + NIC DACRE £5

An imitable three piece from London, made up of a guy and two girls, Laces (Ralph, Alex & Camilla) came together through a shared passion for performing and harmony. A group since September 2014 they are quickly proving themselves to be ones to watch out for.

 

 

Tuesday 4th November JOHN + HOWARD SHAPIRO + RIVITA GOYLE £5

After gigging in many different bands and choosing to go solo Howard Shapiro making my first appearence at the 12 Bar. With a strong focus on melody and song these are tunes he has have been writing over the last year with just acoustic guitar, and finding his voice/style. Having had some great feedback and being close to finishing some recordings in the next few weeks he is looking forward eagerly to this gig.

 

 

Wednesday 5th November THE FALLEN LEAVES + of ARROWE HILL + THE KULT 45s + BEN COCKET + late set TREES AND THE SLIPWAY £6 London Callin presents Minimum R & B

THE FALLEN LEAVES are continuing their monthly MINIMUM R&B Wednesday residency, building a new following in THE ROOKERY OF ST GILES

7.30 Ben Cockett

8.15 Kult 45`s

9.00 of Arrowe Hill (use of non capitals and capitals is correct)

10.00 The Fallen Leaves - punk rock for gentlemen www.thefallenleaves.net

"This valve amp, treble-to-the-max rave-up would have had the mid-'60s Who or Pretty Things bricking it backstage at the Embassy Club" Mark Paytress (Mojo)

"This sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop will doubtless appeal to the same authenticity-starved youngsters who have made Billy Childish their king" Stewart Lee (Sunday Times)

"a confrontational cacophony of clashing rock'n'roll destroyed and reassembled with strange and awkward angles. The same, but different." Plan B

11.00 Trees and the Slipway

 

 

Thursday 6th November TONY ANDREWS + NICK AFRICANO + ECHO WANTS HER VOICE BACK £6

Tony Andrews is a singer-songwriter born in London. His Favourite songwriters are Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, John Lennon, Ray Davis, Ray Lamontagne, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson and Bob Marley.

.....Tony cuts keys and changes Watch batteries from an old ice cream van in Portobello Market.

www.facebook.com/anthonymichaelandrews

A son of the moon. A butterfly bull. Nick Africano is a songwriter, multi-intrumentalist, band-leader, solo performer, producer, and experiments with watercolors and poetry. His style defies the confines of genre, and lives in the mysterious space of rock and roll, storytelling, and folk music. In an ether of contradiction. Lyrics often softly spoken, or soulfully crooned. His live performances are captivating and spontaneous, moving between acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, and piano.

A relentless performer, Africano has toured the US extensively and most recently has toured in the UK and Switzerland. He currently performs a monthly late-night series at the acclaimed Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.

Over the past 7 years he has recorded 4 albums including I've Ever Desired (2008) The Butterfly Bull (2012) and his first EP Broken (2005) and his currently gearing up to release his first all-analog LP, yet to be named.

He is credited with helping produce Marmalade (2007) with Pokey Lafarge, though as he playfully describes, he was mostly just there for support and as a second ear to help make decisions.

On his last visit, as well as making his 12 Bar Club debut, Africano worked as Musical Director for Les Foules' production of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline in London, also making his acting debut.

www.nickafricano.net

Eleni Skarpari -- singer/songwriter of EchoWants Her VoiceBack -- released her first single "Bricks and Sparrows" in July 2014, with an official music video, and is currently performing around London.

"….most pretty yet a little noir-ish really. A bit psychedelic even. Acoustic noir." Dublin Castle

"Incredibly sharp lyrics and a phenomenal voice from acoustic songwriter Eleni Skarpari." Chaos Theory

Besides songs, Eleni has also published and continues to write short stories and poems. Some of her songs have won awards internationally and in the UK. "Pink Shorts" (co-written with Labrini Grigoriadou) was recently presented on BBC6 radio after being selected by Tom Robinson. She has further collaborated with artists such a Jack Harris, Raven's Arm and Nick Africano.

www.reverbnation.com/eleniskarpari

 

 

Saturday 8th November STINGIN' NETTLES + TOP BUZZER + RUN DEVIL RUN + ELECTRICS + special gursts + DJ Benny Fonzarelli £6 Bonnie & Clyde's Renegade Rendezvous presents

Four outlaw bands and a killer Dj til late!

An eclectic night of excellent foot tapping, hand clapping, money maker shaking maximum rock-n-rollbluesskamodrockabillyhillbilly60sgaragepunkfolk!!!

Something for everybody! Musical Cross pollination at its best!

Cheap booze, excellent music, pool room, smoking area in the back, late opening til 3am in the heart of SOho near all night public transport and Tottenham Court Road tube station.

£6 entry, £5 with flyer, £4 with Student Union Card

 

 

Sunday 9th November LACH + supports £6

Songs, stories, comedy from the legendary star of BBC Radio Four's hit series The Lach Chronicles. True tales of testing acid for the mob, beating Joey Ramone in a moshing contest, being saluted by Kiss and loved by Dylan. Free digital download of a Lach album or T-Shirt for each ticket buyer!

'5 Stars! NYC's living legend! The roots of modern songwriting: Dylan, Barrett, Drake and Lach!' (Time Out)

'5 stars! Magical!' (The Herald)

'5 stars! Face-ache funny, beat-punk unplugged joy!' (The Guardian)

'Incredibly bright, influential, funny, poetic. Part of NYC folklore.' (Suzanne Vega)

'Best punk guitarist since Johnny Ramone.' (Billy Ficca of Television)

'Best songwriter I know' - (Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches)

'Brilliant, Antifolk kingpin!" - (Thomas Truax)

'My hero and mentor.' - Hamell on Trial

 

 

Monday 10th November EIKO ITOH + ROMEO SISON + TOM BUTLER BAND + KATE THOMAS + WEDNESDAY'S WOLVES £3 Producers' Showcase

A new monthly night to promote some fantastic up and coming talent

5 Acts

30 Minutes Sets

To register to play one of theses nights email 12barshowcase@gmail.com

Include links to your music and website and a short bio about yourselves.

 

 

Tuesday 11th November SUGAR MAGNOLIA + TRENT MILLER + special guest PETE GOW of CASE HARDIN (solo set) £6 Bucketfull Of Brains presents

The first of a series of nights curated by Bucketfull Of Brains? Records and featuring some of the label's artists and specially invited guests. Tonight's show welcomes PETE GOW of CASE HARDIN to join SUGAR MAGNOLIA and TRENT MILLER.

PETE GOW is the enigmatic songwriter and frontman of Case Hardin who released their third studio album, PM, on Clubhouse Records in 2013. PM delivers nine highly original tracks that focus on the lives of dark, troubled souls, whose aspirations have been compromised, either by their own choices or by circumstance.

Pete Gow is a song writer like no other' - Q (Roots Album of the Month)

'Matches Springsteen for raw emotion' - Maverick

In performance Case Hardin deliver high energy, stunning concerts that have done as much to cement the bands reputation as their critically acclaimed albums.

'Their live show truly is a fearsome beast' - R2

SUGAR MAGNOLIA is a duo comprising Bryony Afferson and Jack Day.

Bryony is part of folk-trio Troubadour Rose, whose record Tell Me, released in September 2013, attracted rave reviews from The Guardian and the Daily Express amongst others.

Jack's The First Ten, released the same year, also attracted top reviews across the music press, including being named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine.

TRENT MILLER is a dark country-folk singer from Italy strongly influenced by legendary 80s performers like Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club and Guy Kyser of Thin White Rope. Performing tonight as a duo with violinist Barbara Bartz..

A new single 'Lupita Dream On' is just released (Mon 10th November) taken from the album Burnt Offerings recorded at Chris Clarke's Reservoir Studios.

"Fans of Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark will recognise a kindred spirit in his glowering meditations and steely worldview" Gavin Martin – Daily Mirror

 

 

Friday 14th November VIVA LAS VEGAS + THE WITCHDOKTORS + THE LOVE ME TENDERS £6 London Callin presents

 

 

Saturday 15th November EUGENE RIPPER + CHOLESTEROL JONES + more artists tbc £6 AntiFolkUK Festival

 

 

Sunday 16th November open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 17th November BRIDGES + AZTECS + JODYS FLAT £5 ESD presents

BRIDGES are a four piece Independent/Alternative band who formed in Bristol in 2012. Rife with excellently executed linear grooves, bellowing vocal harmonies and wonderful bass counter-melodies, BRIDGES have pinned their sound and style into an explosion that makes people move.

In the short time of their existence BRIDGES have toured the UK independently 3 times, released two EP's and played national festivals such as Glastonbury, 2000 Trees, Beach Break Live and Dot to Dot. As well as this the band have supported established acts such as Kids in Glass Houses, This Town Needs Guns, To Kill A King, BLEECH, Little Matador, M O N E Y, Story Books and Brother and Bones to name but a few.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqIIrMJwJd0&list=UUP5qhVke8YTE39YAVuThzTw

AZTECS - Another group of rising starts from the Bristol music scene Aztecs make intense indie-pop, check out their latest single Catapults.

https://soundcloud.com/aztecs/catapults

JODYS FLAT - Brilliant, spacey, stoner grunge band from Kent, Jodys Flat played their first show at 12 Bar Club back in December.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dBX0rVQ14s

 

 

Wednesday 19th November MATT BACKER £6

Matt Backer is a leading guitarist and songwriter, having performed and toured with an array of artists including Laura Mvula, Emilia Mitiku, Aimee Mann, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Kim Wilde, Swing Out Sister, Elton John, Cher, Bananarama, Joe Cocker and Alice Cooper, amongst others.

Matt's new blues album Get Backer is produced by Matt and his long-time collaborator Ian Shaw (Nick Heyward, Julian Cope). The album features special guests including former Shakespeare's Sister Marcella Detroit, Peter Cox (lead singer of Go West), US blues legend Bill Blue and world-renowned blues harmonica player, Adam Gussow. Award-winning British director Steve Graham directed the video to accompany the first single,Histrionic Narcissist Blues (Let's Talk About Me).

Matt's debut solo album, The Impulse Man, resulted in two US Independent Music Network Number 1 singles and won Best Adult Contemporary Newcomer at the New Music Awards in Los Angeles. Mojo described the album as having 'the chunkiest riffs and licks you wish you'd learned to play wrapped around songs reeling with fat choruses and wry humour.'

His second solo album, Idle Hands, earned him Favourite International Artist at the Independent Music Network Awards 2013. Matt was also nominated for Favourite Group/Duo, along with collaborative partner Julian Lennon, who co-wrote, produced, and shared lead vocals on the anthemic single All That You?ve Wanted. The track was play-listed at radio stations across the USA, and reached Number 1 on several Independent Music Network charts.Martin Fry took time out from his position as ABC?s inspired frontman to duet on the track Halfway To Jessica. The single Let's Art, was played on UK radio stations nationwide, including BBC Radio 2.

Matt has toured the world with artists including Belinda Carlisle, ABC (with whom he sold out the Royal Albert Hall performing an orchestral version of their seminal Lexicon Of Love album) and Rumer, on whose double platinum debut Seasons Of My Soul he performed, as well as its follow up Boys Don't Cry.

www.mattbacker.com

 

 

Thursday 20th November GLASSGLUE + JACK HAYTER + POG + HUNGRY DOG BRAND £6 Dogfishtrombone presents

Glassglue - Glassglue are a highly original four-piece featuring Marcel Stoetzler on vocals, who retains his native German accent and has a charismatically unpretty voice and massive stage presence. Matthew Karas alternates between organ and guitar and steers resolutely clear of all the usual rock clichés. The band's material commonly features unusual time signatures and changes, which are executed by the rhythm section of Gianluca Galetti on bass and Ravi Low-Beer on drums, both of whom sound as if they'd be equally happy playing avant-garde jazz. In some ways, Glassglue ARE avant-garde, but their material remains surprisingly accessible – this is still pop music, albeit of a most unusual variety.

www.glassglue.info

Jack Hayter - Jack Hayter has been a member of Spongefinger, Hefner and Dollboy, and plays a unique variety of folk with splashes of electronica and bags of character. According to Tom Robinson of BBC6 Music, he sounds like "Tom Waits and mates running amok in a second-hand music shop." EP Sucky Tart is available now on the excellent Audio Antihero label.

www.jackhayter.com

Pog - Pog, otherwise known as Paul Stapleton and friends, are based in Brighton where Paul also fronts a band called Anal Beard, and produces his own, usually humorous graphic novels. Paul's songs are often indie-pop flavoured tragi-comic vignettes about people trying to find some respite from their drab lives, and as a performer he can charm any audience into submission. Pog can be anything from Paul solo to a 7-piece band - for this performance it will probably be somewhere in between.

www.worldofbeardandpog.co.uk/pogwash

Hungry Dog Brand (solo) - Hungry Dog Brand aka Martin Dowsing "is a kindred spirit to the estimable lineage of confessional punk poets before him. Vic Godard, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Bitter Springs, Band Of Holy Joy... If you like honest types bearing their English souls, this is the shit. Having admitted that, this is a type of borderline anti-English folk that is not for everybody. If you are the sort who enjoys music as storytelling, then dive into Hungry Dog's wracked, ruined tales of life on the dole, never ending rainy days, and losers who never catch a decent break. It's all exceedingly English, and all pretty superb."

Mike Pearlstein, Big Takeover magazine

www.myspace.com/hungrydogbrand

 

 

Friday 21st November BAND OF HOLY JOY + SHIRLEY SAID + QUARTERLIGHT + ANDY ASTLE £8

Forever changing, consistently unique yet, always somehow the same, the Band Of Holy Joy began life as gutter chansoniers using junk shop instruments to propagate a brute romantic madly literate form of dispossessed urban folk music.

Since then the band have scaled a few heights fallen down in one or two gutters, broken up, glued themselves together, toured the world, released a fair few albums for the likes of Rough Trade and fully explored other media by presenting two audio visual song plays: Troubled Sleep at the Shunt Theatre in London 2008 and an Invocation for William Burroughs at the Sorbonne Paris in 2009. They have set up their own label and Internet radio station Radio Joy.

These days the junk shop instruments of old are long gone, and guitars, violins and visuals very much to the fore. But the band continues to write about the same outsider concerns with the same measure of spirit and care and man, they still put on a show.

The Band of Holy Joy - forever changing, consistently unique, always the same. Join the adventure as they pass through your town.

www.bandofholyjoy.co.uk

 

 

Saturday 22nd November CHRIS POPE & THE UKs + THE OUTBURSTS + RAGE DC + ANABOLLIC STEROIDS £6 London Callin presents

 

 

Sunday 28th December SAINTS OF SIN + more £5

 

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