REVIEWS

A thanks goes out to Ade Berry for his review
Where & Now review

GIG LISTINGS
compiled by Andy Lowe

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Tuesday 21st October BROMIDE + PETER VAUGHAN + NIGEL OF BERMONDSEY £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.

Nigel Of Bermondsey has performed in cemeteries, abandoned council estates, Shakespeare's Globe, The Southbank Centre, museums (including the Petrie, the Grant & the Cuming), the Blue Anchor shopping centre, Selfridges, & the occasional barge.

He have been commissioned to write and perform original compositions for undertakers, poultrymen, watermen, fishmongers, doctors, university lecturers & artists.

He organizes & appears at interesting events.

www.nigelofbermondsey.com

 

 

Wednesday 22nd October PAT CRILLY with GREG CAMBURN + LIZZIE J TAYLOR £5

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.

Lizzie J Taylor is based in Cambridge and as well as her solo career, plays guitar in local bluegrass outfit The Woodberrys. "Living In The Lowlands", her debut album, speaks eloquently on her behalf. "Americana with an English accent", as her work has been (favourably) described, may be true enough, but the quality, and the delivery of songs that tell personal stories about her life and her family, transcend any easy description.

http://lizziejtaylor.com

 

 

Thursday 23rd October ASH GRAY + more tbc £6

At long last Texas songwriter Ash Gray finally got around to releasing his debut solo album. The title "Once I Got Burned" is hopefully not a comment on his nigh-on twenty year career fronting The High-Class Family Butchers and Ash Gray & The Girls, or holding down the lead guitarist's job in various rock bands in Austin and New York. But it does see a shift away from the gypsy punkgrass of the Butchers and the psych-pop of The Girls as Ash turns in an album of stone Texas country-rock.

Born in the US to parents form Yorkshire, Gray first began to make inroads into the UK music scene when he assembled the Anglo-American 'punk-grass' band, the High-Class Family Butchers during a late-90s sojourn in London. Achieving notoriety (and not-inconsiderable airplay) with their back-porch covers of pop classics and guerrilla-gigging, the Butchers have continued over the years with a flexible line-up including members of Menlo Park, The Ralfe Band and folk poster-boy Seth Lakeman's band. For a time they even included Harper 'Son of Paul' Simon, oddly enough.

Relocating to New York with short-lived hard rock throwback band Cycle Sluts From Hell, Gray began shifting gears after realising that his female guitarist KG was a great harmony singer who blended perfectly with his backing vocalist Helen. He formed Ash Gray & The Girls in late 2008 as an acoustic trio, with him on vocals and guitar and these two singers. After some fine-tuning and the occasional personnel-change, the band launched the album Born In The Summer with a four-night stand at SXSW in Austin in 2012. Returning to the UK at the end of last year, Ash is currently residing in Sheffield, the land of his forefathers. The circle remains unbroken.

"Consistently high quality and faultlessly performed." **** R2 magazine

"An excellent uplifting album that reaches back to the sounds of the summer of love but twists it enough deliver a set of tracks that are home in the present." Beat Surrender

www.facebook.com/ashgraymusic

 

 

Friday 24th October CIRCUS LIFE + FORTUNATE SON + THE RAPSCALLIONS + more tbc £6

Simply stated, Circus Life has vowed to bring pure rock back to the mainstream. While the band may be brand new, its members are no strangers to the rock n' roll lifestyle. Featuring ex-members of the bands Fixer, More, and January Jane, Circus Life embraced their past and came together to create their epic debut album "Little Secrets." Their shared experiences and fierce sense of brotherhood ooze through the music.

Bandleader Tommy Zamp delivers his rich baritone with a swagger that belies his first foray as a lead vocalist, while delivering furious yet seemingly effortless guitar riffs and leads. Backed by the muscular-yet-groovy rhythm section of Jakk Vincent on bass and Rev Swank on drums, Circus Life is definitely the up-and-coming force to be reckoned with.

Within months of the group's inception, demos of the tracks "Quicky Licky Nicky" and "Jet Black Leather Lace" saw regular airplay on the B-Local radio show on krockradio.com. Recognizing that they had a good thing going, the full album was conceptualized and brought to fruition-55 minutes of rock n' roll bliss, from the barnstorming opener "Blown Away" to the metallic boogie of "Dose," the psychedelic blues of "Hard to Breathe" to the tender balladry of "I'm Leaving," the funky swagger of "Made It" to the closing instrumental sigh of "Muse"-and plenty of rock chestnuts in between.

Recently, Circus Life has hit the NYC club circuit with a vengeance, pulling impressive crowds at such venues as Gramercy Theatre, Mercury Lounge, and Bowery Electric. On June 14, 2013, they headlined and sold out their "Little Secrets" record release show at Arlene's Grocery. Their love, respect, and original output of good old, kick-ass rock n' roll is highly infectious. It's music worth experiencing.

www.circuslifeband.com

 

 

Saturday 25th October TOP BUZZER + THE DARK RAYS + DIRT ROYAL + THE DEATH OWLS + LAST OF THE DOGS £6 London Callin presents

The punk pop new wave powerhouse that are Top Buzzer have been making a racket since 2011. Within weeks of their first rehearsal, this London based troop took one look at the ashes of the music industry and set up their own record label, Back2Forward Records, and some six weeks later released their debut release, The Hands Up EP.

This DIY ethos and sheer dedication saw the band tour incessantly. Following their first US tour and appearance at SXSW, the band recorded their debut album "Outside Is A World" as soon as they returned home. This was eventually mixed by Kennan Keating (Nine Inch Nails, Blondie, Alan Vega) who the band met while the Brits were slogging it out on the road Stateside. The New Yorker was blown away by the energy on their self recorded debut and over a pint and a handshake in Brooklyn, this knob twiddling veteran insisted that the band not change their DIY approach but offered to do the final mixing honours.

Back on home turf, the album received great press from the likes of Kerrang, Rock Sound and Big Cheese to name but a few. Their debut single "Remission" taken from the album had plays on Kerrang, Q Radio and BBC Introducing - not bad for an independent debut release by a DIY band. The video for the track was also aired on Scuzz TV.

In tandem, radio stations in the US picked up on the band's work including KROQ and Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg show. Shortly afterwards, their track "You're So Good You're Great" made it to number 2 on the Strummerville (Joe Strummer's charity) download chart as well as the band grabbing the attention of Amazing Radio's Rock Show.

2012 saw the release of "Rebel On The Underground - A Tribute To X-Ray Spex" - a compilation in aid of the US charity Sweet Relief in which the band were one of only two acts on the album not to be from the States. As well as this leading to support slots with Baddies and ska punk legends Goldfinger, this Buzzed-up Poly Styrene classic gained the band rotation on one of Japan's largest radio stations, Inter FM, as well as uber DJ legend, Rodney Bingenheimer's Rodney On The Roq show in LA.

Summer 2013 saw the band as busy as ever with the release of The Sprollie EP and European shows with Californian legends Face To Face and CH3 culminating in a home coming appearance at the world renown Rebellion Festival.

And this year? There's been no stopping them!

www.topbuzzer.co.uk
www.youtube.com/topbuzzermusic
www.twitter.com/topbuzzermusic
http://soundcloud.com/top-buzzer
www.last.fm/music/Top+Buzzer
http://back2forward.bigcartel.com

 

 

Sunday 26th October WORHOL + ABINAYA + SAINTS OF SIN £5

 

 

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 £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.

 

 

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.

www.facebook.com/BleakBlues
www.twitter.com/BleakBlues
www.youtube.com/user/BleakBlues
www.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 + CAVALLI + 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

 

 

Sunday 8th December ELIA LORENZI + MESHANA + RORY SCOTT + PISTOL KINGS + MORE £5 Producers Showcase

 

 

Sunday 28th December SAINTS OF SIN + more £5

 

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