THE RED DIRT SKINNERS
& Dogfinger Steve.
Saturday December 5th £10.
7.30 for 8pm.
The Red Dirt Skinners rule breaking individuality has led to them being the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards (WINNER – Instrumentalist of the Year 2014) and the British Country Music Awards ( Finalist BEST NEW ACT and PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2013). The Skinners were also voted by UK Country Radio as one of the top ten acts of 2014.
The band’s music has wide appeal and comfortably blends Country, Blues, Americana and Folk Music. With a relentless touring schedule, the duo have been described by many as the “hardest working band in the business”. Audiences the world over describe them as “refreshingly different”.
From the first song of the show, it is immediately evident that they love performing live. The Skinners vocal harmonies have been described as “sublime” and “beyond perfection”. Rob and Sarah particularly love the opportunity to interact with audiences both during and after their shows.
“One of the best duos in the business” Blues in Britain Magazine. “The best live act I’ve heard in yonks!” Fatea Magazine.
“Home bred duos don’t come more impassioned or impressive” Daily Mirror “The First Couple of British Country” Classic Rock Magazine
“One of Britain’s most engaging duos of any genre”. Hebden Blues Festival
£15. THURSDAY DECEMBER 31st
(Would that be New years Eve?) 7.30 for 8pm.
THE ZYNX are one of the UK’s top punk / ska cover bands, hailing from Yorkshire and performing classic tracks from the legends of punk and ska…….The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Bad Manners, The Specials, The Jam and The Stranglers….plus many, many more!!!!!!
Formed in 2008, the band have risen on the back of performances at scooter rallies, bike festivals and music venues across the country, bringing them a reputation that culminated in supporting major recording artistes on their UK tours …..such as The Beat and UK Subs, a rare feat for a ‘covers band’, but one they expect to repeat in time to come……plus the coveted spot of backing internationally renowned ‘Badness’ at their “Christmas Special” gigs each year…….
The Zynx are a five-piece unit and travel with a full p.a. and lights set up.
“Every song a classic” – Charlie Harper (UK Subs)
“They blew me away” – Jet (guitarist- UK Subs)
“A relentless, powerful set” – (Tenfootcity Magazine)
“A fantastic set and great fun!” – Ranking Roger (The Beat)
BYOB Folks! Bring along your own liquid refreshment and the odd nibble or three if the fancy takes you……
Saturday January 23rd
TWO PIANOS £10
7.30 for 8pm.
Are you ready to rock & roll like it’s the 1950’s again? Two Pianos will take you back in time to celebrate the magnificent “Sun Studios” era, performing classic hits from Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Chuck Berry and many more.Your evening will kick of to a rockin’ start as two of the UK’s finest and charismatic rock & roll pianists each individually perfom, along with a five piece band, a score of hits including “Whole Lotta Shakin”, “Never Can Tell”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Honey Don’t”, “True Love Ways”, “Chantilly Lace”, “Johnny B Goode”, “Great Balls Of Fire”, “Oh Boy”, “Blue Berry Hill”, “Love Me Tender”, “You Win Again”, “Maybellene”, plus many more! The evening will progress into a climatic and energetic piano duel between the two pianists, resolving into a memorable night of foot stomping rock & roll! A show that even “The Killer” himself thinks “ROCKS!”
Al Kilvo is an Americana piano player from Hull, Yorkshire in England, who plays with a style and verve described as that of the ‘Killer’ Jerry-Lee Lewis himself. As a youngster, Al appeared in many line ups in his native Yorkshire UK before forming an original country-folk band with M.G Greaves and the Lonesome Too. He has toured nationally with Hull’s own Beautiful South taking in major venues such as The Hammersmith Odeon and Edinburgh Playhouse. Al continues to home his skills in the musical styles of Americas southern states.In 2013 Al was invited to record an album with his close friend Johnny Pat in the world famous Sun Studios in Memphis TN with Kenny Lovelace and Robert Hall of The Jerry Lee Lewis band. Subsequently the event and recording have been brilliant and now Al and ‘JP’ are enjoying playing the music they love to a wider audience across Europe and the USA. Later in 2013, Al and JP performed in live venues on world famous Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Phil Brady’s in Baton Rouge as they continue to sell the Americans back their music! Al also continued to perform all over northern England and appeared weekly with his Country band in Cottingham ‘The Fork Handles’
David Barton is a pianist and singer from Hull in East Yorkshire. From the age of eight, David developed a passion for the blues and boogie woogie piano, later discovering the art of rock & roll piano and likened to other artists such as Jools Holland, Meade Lux Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis. At the age of 26, David has already performed alongside some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including jazz maestro Jamie Cullum, American blues guitarist Walter Trout and classical Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins to name a few. David has performed in venues around the country, including the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. ‘He’s better than me. I have a funny feeling he will have his own show here one day’ – Jamie Cullum, RAH London.
Saturday February 6th
HOLY MOLY & THE CRACKERS £10
7.30 for 8pm.
Holy Moly & The Crackers are a seven-piece ‘gypsy folkNroll’ band from the UK. They released their debut album ‘First Avenue’ in October 2012 and an EP ‘Lilly’ a year later – described as “a re-imagining of three traditional folk/blues songs that evokes eras of whiskey and guns on modern punk folk steroids”. Their newest single ‘A Punk Called Peter’ (2015) is “a sort of New Orleans funeral march mixed with some fine and highly danceable reggae”. Tracks from the album and EP have been played by Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and leading music critic Mike Harding.
They are making an impact on both the national and international tour circuit; they have played well over 200 shows throughout the UK, including sell out concerts in London, the Midlands, Yorkshire, Newcastle and Edinburgh. In October 2013 the band toured internationally in Europe. The band has performed at major festivals across the country, including shows at Hop Farm Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown and Cornbury Festival, where they opened for Jools Holland.
Holy Moly and the Crackers are influenced by an eclectic range of styles and artists – the honest grit and gravel of Woody Guthrie, the gypsy bone-cage burlesque of Gogol Bordello: punk, ska, reggae, folk, blues, honky-tonk, Balkan etc. As such they play a unique mash-up of folk/blues, waltz tempos and hoe-downs and french zazou in outlandish carnival style. It is loud, funky and fun.
Saturday February 20th
THE STEVE FULSHAM BAND & THE NICOL BAND £10
7.30 for 8pm.
The Steve Fulsham Band play classic rock and blues like they mean it, which is easy because they do! Based in the City of Culture 2017 , they play a wide range of blues-rock styles: from 60’s British, through swaggerin’ Texan, all the way to all-guns-blazing 70’s stadium rock, while covering, as The Reverend Billy Gibbons put it: “all points in between…” Amongst the classics are their own numbers, five of which feature on their CD ‘On Fire’ ; all composed by Steve. They have headlined the Isis Stage at Stormin’ the Castle and the Blues Stage at the MAG Farmyard Party and have appeared on the British Stage at Colne Blues Festival and for the first time this year, the circuit at Maryport Blues.
With all of those years behind him, there is now a vast treasure in the locker room.
Saturday March 5th.MARTIN TURNER plays the music of WISHBONE ASH
Saturday March 5th
7.30 for 8pm.
An evening of classic Wishbone Ash music…and beyond Wishbone Ash was formed by West Country musicians Martin Turner and Steve Upton, who arrived in London in 1969 to embark on their musical journey. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music’s best loved works and influence numerous successful bands and result in millions of album sales and concert attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts and its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music. Over four decades later, the enduring music of the classic marks of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new.
Saturday March 19th
MAGGIE BELL & DAVE KELLY
In Concert £15
7.30 for 8pm.
Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly renew their partnership in 2015 after a two year lay-off with some selected venues and festivals in the UK and Canada, and will tour the UK in 2016.
The on-stage chemistry is immediately apparent, stemming from their love and respect for the music they play as well as the deep knowledge of the genre. Although both coming originally out of blues/soul explosion of the late 1960’s their repertoire is far broader than just that. When they first got together in 2007 (?) they both wished to sing ‘any song that took their fancy’, so the set includes folk, rock, country, gospel as well as blues and soul.
Their stage craft is as would be expected from two professionals with a collective experience of 100 years, but this is no slick show wheeled out with any predictability. Indeed when Maggie and Dave take to the stage ‘anything can happen’ (and often does). One promoter commented ” I don’t know how they make such a sound with one guitar and two voices – it sounded like a full band”
A wonderful evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times, and no doubt a little humour. Maggie Bell – Scotland’s Queen of Soul, founder member of Stone the Crows, later had an incredibly successful solo career on both sides of the Atlantic, now once again back on the music scene after a 20 year lay off. She was a resounding hit at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert in 2008.Dave Kelly – London’s slide guitar king, having learned his trade in the backing bands of, and recording with, Son House, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells to name but five blues legends, a founder member of The Blues Band, still wowing audiences after nearly 30 years..
Saturday April 2nd
CURVED AIR £15
7.30 for 8pm.
| “CURVED AIR, with a real band attitude and a zest for life;
this is a band you want to see live for the sheer artistry
of how to deliver the musical goods.” – Lee Dorian, Classic Rock
|Curved Air’s concerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship.The band, are still fronted by Sonja Kristina, with original drummer Florian Pilkington Miksa. and veteran musicians who were introduced through Sonja Kristina’s and Darryl Way’s solo projects Sonja Kristina states, “these are virtuoso musicians. Robert Norton on keyboards is exceptional – as is Paul Sax, a unique violinist, one of the first entrants to the Yehudi Menuhin School, and veteran of many alternative bands – a passionate and brave performer .. Both Paul Sax and Robert Norton recorded and toured with my ‘Acid Folk’ band between 1988 and 1996 . All the band are brilliant players and inspiring people. Ex Darryl Way’s Verisma band-mate, bass player Chris Harris is literally our root on bass. Now AIRCUT guitarist Kirby Gregory has returned to Curved Air after 40 years in October 2013 to add his signature guitar sound. There is great chemistry and communication in this incarnation of Curved Air that the crowds love…“
Considered (according to AllMusic) “one of the most dramatically accomplished of all the bands lumped into Britain’s late-’60s prog explosion“, Curved Air is a pioneering British progressive rock group of musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds.They are famed for their unforgettable live performances and ‘Art Rock’ music – the quasi classical imprints of Terry Riley hooked onto beautiful and demonic violin combined with electronic adventurous synths and interwoven with brilliant guitar wizardry mesmerisingly embroidered by the subliminal and exotic presence of a unique girl lead singer Sonja Kristina. All these elements elevated them from the underground Roundhouse scene to top the album charts in the early ’70s.Along with High Tide and East of Eden, Curved Air was one of the first rock bands after It’s A Beautiful Day and The United States of America to feature an electric violin, inspiringly and dramatically explored by the excellent Darryl Way and now by the dynamic Paul Sax. Original keyboard player/guitarist Francis Monkman was the trailblazer for future ‘electronica’ and ambient extemporization. Robert Norton has inherited this sonic template and himself a spinner of ethereal soundscapes extends the boundaries towards further horizons while Florian Pilkington Miksa on drums then and now, with Chris Harris’ bass guitar artistry, provides the expressive rhythmic pulse that is the Curved Air signature.Curved Air have to date released eight studio albums and though progressive innovators they were hailed as Pop Stars when their single, the sultry “Back Street Luv” was a Top 5 hit in 1971. The present line-up of Sonja Kristina, Florian Pilkington-Miksa, Kit Morgan, Chris Harris, Robert Norton and Paul Sax have been touring together since 2009.On 12th November 2012, much to the excitement of their fans and press worldwide, a Live CD/DVD titled ‘Live Atmosphere‘ was released – ‘Songs of revolution, insanity, loss, desire and ghosts: a unique compilation of powerful Curved Air songs played by a vital contemporary Curved Air’.‘Live Atmosphere’ produced by Marvin Ayres , includes a bonus DVD with a tour featurette and an atmospheric visual collage. A new studio album, the first in 36 years, is soon to be released worldwide by US label Cleopatra Records in 2014
Before Curved Air, actress and singer Sonja Kristina performed in the British Folk Clubs during her teens. In 1968 she starred as “Chrissy” in the radical Tribal-Rock Musical ‘Hair’ when it opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. As Curved Air’s lead singer and lyricist she topped the British female vocalist polls – the first UK girl singer to front a Rock band. She won the hearts of a generation of young men and boys and the music cognoscenti.The constant flame leading Curved Air through the decades, Sonja Kristina’s hypnotic attraction endures today, “vibrant and edgy as ever, Sonja, the original prog diva gives a charismatic and highly visual performance. Looking like a glamorous gipsy queen with her flowing red hair and dressed in sparkly black, that signature voice is still smoky and seductive as she spins around the stage around the excellent musicians who are Curved Air“. (Music Street Journal)Curved Air is: Vocalist Sonja Kristina, Drummer Florian Pilkington Miksa, Guitarist Kirby Gregory, Violinist Paul Sax, Bass Chris Harris and Keyboard Player Robert Norton.
“All of the players impress. Although only drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa is from the original line-up, Sonja has found some stunning new instrumentalists who immerse the audience in a set of swirling, whirling solos that emphasize moods and nuances and floating waves of sound that act as a counterpoint to Sonja’s dramatic sense of theatricality“. (Classic Rock Society Magazine)
“Sonja Kristina prowls the front of the stage… expertly playing off the energy of all the performers with her. Guitarist Kirby Gregory… moves through figures, shapes and techniques with deceptive ease… violinist Paul Sax pulling sounds from his instrument like a mad scientist … there’s no denying they remain formidable live!” (Prog Magazine)
“While women in UK progressive rock were relatively few and far between… it’s Sonja that wore the crown. Well the undisputed queen of British Prog is on tour again and what a joy it is to see her and Curved Air back in action… Violinist Paul Sax… sweats for his art right from the off and with virtuoso wizardry sears through the set like a man possessed… the whole group of assembled musicians are perfectly qualified to recreate the band’s uniqueness authentically… Catch them while you can“. (Classic Rock)
Saturday April 30th
TOO REX £14
7.30 for 8pm.
Featuring the incredible Bobby T as Marc Bolan, Too REX bring back the Glam Rock era of the seventies to enthusiastic audiences across the land. With a magical spell binding show that covers most of Marc Bolan’s career, from the early hippy period of Tyrannosaurus REX to the megastar, chart topping days of T-REX, complete with real vintage equpiment, full costume changes, glitter, and more than a dash of star quality, Too REX, the band, come incredibly close to the real thing.
The two hour show usually includes some early singles such as “Deborah”, and “One Inch Rock” and “Ride A White Swan” to the huge hits like “Get It On”, “Telegram Sam”, Hot Love”, “Jeepster” and Children of the Revolution”, to some of the fondly remembered album material, including tracks from the acclaimed Billy Elliot movie soundtrack and even recent blockbuster movie School of Rock with Jack Black who is an avid T.REX fan!
Saturday May 14th
THE JAR FAMILY £12.50
7.30 for 8pm.
Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent.Although on paper the idea of five very different and charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles working together harmoniously seems unlikely, the stunning results of their work to date speak for themselves. Taking their name from the donations jar they passed around at early gigs, the band are a tight knit group who had the foresight to realise that they were stronger collectively than they were individually.
To pursue their ambitious vision some tough early decisions had to be made. With few musical opportunities and even less resources at their disposal in their native North East the band temporarily moved away from their families in Hartlepool and relocated to a deserted farm in the remote Cambridgeshire countryside. There they built themselves a basic rehearsal studio and living in a ramshackle collection of old caravans for over a year they started to develop and refine what was to become the Jar Family sound.
A relentless touring schedule, which has seen the band appearing as special guests to a number of established artists such as Jake Bugg, Babyshambles, Alabama 3 and others has brought their raucous and engaging shows to all corners of the country. Picking up an ever-growing army of admirers as a result of this live activity the band has now established a major fan base of fanatical supporters throughout the UK.
The Jar Family recorded new material at the legendary Monnow Valley Studios in 2014 with acclaimed producer Rupert Christie and are set to release a new album ‘Family First’ in September 2015 amidst more inexorable touring