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September 3rd, 2015
Influx Arts presents… ‘Fragmentia’ »

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Join us for a unique evening of live theatre and song. A night filled with an array of creative delights, sure to tantalise the taste buds……..

Presented by Influx Arts a locally based, multi-disciplinary arts group specialising in comedy, theatre, music and installation pieces.  Influx Arts is a Chester based collective, with strong links to Fragment Arts, Minerva Arts and other community groups, including Flipside Radio. This exciting project explores the theme of life, death and love, taking you on a journey through the unknown. Come along for the ride, we promise you won’t be disenchanted……..

Special Guests Include:

Local Trip Hop/Art Rock Band-I Am Of The Universe I Am Of The Universe (IAOTU), are an exciting alternative rock/electronica band from Wrexham, Wales, with a progressive, distinctive sound.

Performance Artist William Jones will be performing-La Shark! La Shark! ‘ And now a crazed tribute to everything that glitters and dies.  A dance, with a shark in the deep. This is your fight. This is your release. This is your weapon…..’

Ukelele Trio-Ooty and the cloud are a three piece, based in Chester who play a delightful mix of self penned and cover songs in a very laid back, sometimes melancholic style. They have a refreshing and unique sound.

Jon Coley -Acoustic singer songwriter Jon plays a diverse mix of Blues, soul and folk, mixed with his own song writing.  Jon released his debut EP, City songs: Live in London was released October 2013, followed by the full studio album.”Hamster’s Can’t Climb”, released January 31st 2014. Jon is a passionate and engaging act, you’ll be sure to fall head over heels for Jonathan’s majestic voice.

September 4th, 2015
The Roving Crows »

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Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

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Roving Crows are an original must-see act, with roots in Folk and Celtic music. Renowned for their high-energy live performance, their shows pull together funked up traditional tunes and catchy original song.

Think powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms. The band comprises fiddle, guitar, bass, percussion and vocals.

As well as almost constant national touring, the band has released 2 albums and 2 EPs since their launch in 2009. The most recent album ‘Deliberate Distractions’ received 4* reviews in the Financial Times and R2 Magazine amongst many more.

Their latest EP ‘Up Heaval’ was released in March 2015 at the Gloucester Guildhall.

Band of the Year – FATEA Music Awards 2014

Best Live Act – Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014

Best Folk Act  – Exposure Music Awards 2012.

“Great party music…I love that band” Paul O’Grady, BBC (April 2012)

“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC (Nov 2012)

 “The next folk super group in waiting”, Nancy Dunham, folking.com, 2013

 

September 5th, 2015
Everything Is Now DJ Set »

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Tony (Anthony Green) Bear is a DJ, multi instrumentalist and composer based in Chester, North West England. As drummer and founding member of ‘ahead of their time’(!) psychedelic space funk pioneers ‘The Fourth Egg’, Tonys’ tentative steps into the world of music began in his early teens.

Throughout the 1990?s Tony studied music and media production at South Cheshire College, West Cheshire College and The North East Wales Institute (now Glyndwr University) in Wrexham.
Through gigging with his band, Tony met and became friendly with a bunch of local djs/promoters and there began his love affair with nightclubs, loud sound systems and entertaining audiences with music in a completely different way from just sitting behind a drum kit or playing the guitar.

“Having been a music fan for years I was already buying most of the records that my mates were playing in the clubs and when I got fed up with being in bands it seemed like an obvious and natural thing to do to switch to djing. It meant I still got the ‘gig buzz’ but without having to put up with a bunch of unreliable musicians and their ‘oh no yoko’ girlfriends.”

Over the next few years, through a combination of luck, bad luck, stupidity and dogged perseverance, Tony has gigged in and around the North West/North Wales/Merseyside area in a variety of different clubs and to a wide range of audiences. Tony was also a resident DJ at John Lockes’ infamous ‘Trash’ night (Fridays @ High Society, Rafaels, Love Street) for the best part of a decade.

“If you care about what you do, and as the years roll by, your appreciation and love for music deepens somewhat. Obviously, you’re going to want to express that when you go out and play music to people. When I go clubbing or to a gig, I want to hear a satisfyingly wide range of tunes plus a bunch of stuff I don’t know. That’s how we learn. I don’t want to hear the same beat all night or the repetitive nostalgia of somebody elses’ half remebered student yesteryears. But, hey, let’s not get all philosophical about this, it’s meant to be a laugh isn’t it?”

Tony is currently working on his own original music (because he misses being in a band, shhh it’s a secret) and is a resident DJ at Telfords’ Warehouse in Chester. He plays the first Saturday of every month under his ‘Everything is Now’ moniker.

” If you look back over the last fifty or sixty years of popular music, there’s literally millions of songs and records out there that still sound just as good today as when they were released. My mate Ed said ‘If it can be played now then it’s a now record.’ I tend to agree, but that’s only half the story. These days, when I DJ I want to blend all those hip tracks from back in the day with contemporary stuff because whether you like it or not, good music is being released all the time. I love big fat electronic beats, trippy bleeps and massive bass etc. It’s all about striking the right balance on the dancefloor… and having fun.”

October 29th, 2015
John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) »

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I Am Kloot’s singer songwriter John Bramwell, returns to the stage this autumn 2015, armed with his first set of brand new songs since the bands UK 2014 top ten album ‘Let It All In’.

John Bramwell

During 2014 the Mercury prize nominated songwriter (robbed) sporadically turned up at venues in “Any town, anywhere” throughout the UK. Playing a different set every night, and trying out stripped down versions of his 100 or so previously released songs, he regaled, beguiled and during certain parts of the set just flat out confused Kloot fans old and new.  After fifty or so performances of varying length, spontaneity and cohesiveness and armed with a new found confidence in his storytelling abilities, he returned to his home in Crewe and put the finishing touches to his studio / garage and set about recording new songs for his debut solo single ‘Times Arrow’.

With these recordings ready for release to coincide with the tour and a bag of classic songs and great stories, John Bramwell brings poetry, great guitar playing, a beautiful, unique voice and a little chaos to a town near you.

“Arguably the UK’s finest export” – THE NEW YORKER

“Great songs, great voice. The real thing”-  TIME OUT

“Utterly compelling, quite beautiful and frequently hilarious” – THE GUARDIAN

November 3rd, 2015
Blind Boy Paxton + support Jon Coley »

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Meet Jerron Paxton,  a modern day songster, minstrel and bluesman.

His name is Jerron  (say Jer-Ron, giving it two distinct Rs) Paxton, but apparently you can call him “Blind Boy” if you want to.

Jerron Paxton is truly the living embodiment of the true blues in the 21St Century, but he plays it all in the true songster tradition: ragtime, hokum, old-time, French reels, Appalachian mountain music and blues and more – and whatever he plays sounds great .

The young bard was born in 1989, but his vast talent rivals the greatest in the genre. He is the whole package. He’s witty, fast rhyming, poetic, fun, exciting, wonderfully skilled as a musician and a fine singer, he is the continuation of a proud tradition, literally and figuratively. It’s hard to tell at times when Jerron Paxton, a consummate entertainer,  is putting on an act, when he takes his act to real life and when life starts and the act ends. He seemingly appeals to  audiences into the old-times look and sound, but it could also be, as he told the countryblues.com “I just like wearing overalls.”  The artist has even reported to be the real-life son of Robert Johnson’s cousin. At first glance he looks like he’s playing the part of a bluesman in a Hollywood movie, dressed with theatrical retro-schtick, with some type of  various hats, from Derbies to Orthodox Jewish kippa. The tall, corpulent young man almost looks like a young Willie Dixon, and he is smart to make hay when the grass is high, marketing himself directly to the segment of the blues community with a great nostalgic hunger for authentic musicians that accurately portray the image of the romanticized 1930s rural minstrel. It could be that for now, his closest local support group is the Jalopy Theater scene in Brooklyn, where there is an active old time community. For people who are bothered by the way Jerron Paxton, the real-life throwback to the old days, dresses on stage, the old adage applies “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Let him dress the way he wants to. He knows what he is doing. All that matters is that he plays his heart out, and he is one smart young man.

Jerron Paxton comes across not as a young man in his early twenties , but he impresses with incisive understanding and wisdom far beyond his age. “I am a songster. I am not limited to the blues. I sing and play ballads, banjo tunes, fiddle tunes, rags and more.” he told thecountryblues.com. “For me, music is not an academic experiment. I play it the way I feel like it, because it should be an expression of how I see things. I am just learning to have a good time so that the audience can have a good time. Music shouldn’t be forced. It’s upsetting to me that so much music is technique, just skill and not enough feeling. I am happy to play so that the audience feels like I am in their living room. I want people to be enjoying themselves.”

Amazingly, he’s not just the real deal, he may be the most sensational newcomer in the blues in many years. In a good decade maybe a rare brilliant voice will emerge to ignite the acoustic blues world, a massive new talent to take helm the future of the traditional blues. John Hammond Jr.,Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris and Keb’ Mo’ come to mind as milestone movers and shakers in their respective decades. A fabulous new country blues talent as impressive as Jerron Paxton is not just rare, his extraordinary talent is almost surreal.” Top that with his unbridled freedom and range of repertoire , “I am not bound by what any record company has to say. I do whatever I want. I play it the way that I think it should be played.”

When Jerron Paxton gets on stage he breaks into a natural smile that carries  through the entire performance. He exudes total happiness as someone who so evidently loves what he is doing, the audience is immediately encapsulated into his songs. There is a warm intimacy, a natural hearted love for what he is doing that simply engages the audience and create a connection. He calls it , “giving each audience member personal time.” In some way he is reminiscent of a young Louis Armstrong, a man who beamed from ear to ear not because he wanted to play nice to the audience, but because he had such fun. Jerron Paxton is having fun and so will you, with your own “personal time”.

He graces the cover of the Dec, 2012 issue of Living Blues, entitled “The Next Generation of the Acoustic Blues” with an amazing photograph by Bill Steber, who also authored the article.

Jerron Paxton has been blind since age 16,with peripheral vision problems that allow him some sight. He cannot drive and is legally blind, but has enough sight to get around and he can see enough to seem unaffected by his vision problems. People cannot immediately tell that he is blind, so they may falsely believe that he is putting on an act, but not so.

The charismatic songster bluesman, reports that he hails from an African American Jewish family with mixed  Creole /Choctaw Indian ancestry – transplanted  Louisiana sharecroppers who moved to South Central Los Angeles, but Jerron now lives in Queens. In other words, he is a true American.

He is a swiftly capable multi-instrumentalist who picks banjo and guitar, plays harmonica, piano and other instruments, including the fiddle, his first instrument. He is yet unsigned and his biggest fame has been found through the Playing for Change Foundation video II, which has catapulted him to international fame, just as it had done for slide guitarist Roberto Luti.  All of this is peanuts compared to what is ahead for this remarkable musician who vividly and passionately recreates the original blues and is in many ways an uncanny songster.

The virtuoso is a joyous entertainer, humorous with a smooth vernacular, dazzling wit, a terrific storyteller, exuding an affable excitement. He told interviewer Peter Pantepinto, “All I do is play music; I’m too lazy to work.” The truth is, as he told thecountryblues.com, “When you grew up as poor as I did, all you had was family. I started formal music training when I was twelve, when my grandmother let me go to music school to learn the fiddle. Music is my chosen profession. Because of my vision issues, this is a good trade for me. That’s what I love doing. I intend to be successful in that.”

Jerron Paxton masters multiple blues styles and picks like Blind Blake. He feels home in the Piedmont tradition with its ragtime influence. Country blues fans will pick up on Blind Boy Fuller, Gary Davis, but also on the swampy blues of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. He digs deep in the archives of the country blues, from Furry Lewis to Texas Alexander. On the piano he can remind you of Fats Waller, although he cites James P. Johnson and Lucky Robinson as influences.. He is often cited to have said that at the age of fifteen– about the time he started to go blind– that he just didn’t like anything written after 1934. He raised himself on 78s. Sound familiar?

Clearly he is destined for greatness. Just give him a little time. He is very young and his career will ascend like a rocket. Phil Wiggins, harmonica ace, referred to Jerron Paxton as ” a musical genius.”

The young bard is actively touring and playing festivals nationwide. Keep your ears open for a CD which he says may come out in late Summer 2013, with his old friend Frank Fairfield. In the meantime, catch him on YouTube and download the few songs available online.

(source www.thecountryblues.com)

Jon Coley

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Acoustic singer songwriter, originally from Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire, now living in Chester and performing around the Northwest. Jonathan plays an eclectic mix of Blues, soul and folk, mixed with fresh original songwriting, and is making a name for himself locally for his unique guitar playing, influenced by performers such as Nick Drake, John Mayer, Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones and John Martyn, and for his passionate vocal performances.
His first single, Jetsom, was released December 2012. His debut EP, City songs: Live in London was released October 2013 followed by the full studio album.”Hamster’s Can’t Climb”, released January 31st 2014.

 

November 26th, 2015
Dodgy »

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Dodgy’s comeback album from 3 years ago, STAND UPRIGHT IN A COOL PLACE, was a long time coming, 15 years to be precise since the double platinum selling ‘Free Peace Sweet’, and from the four and five star reviews and many media plaudits that were heaped upon Stand Upright…. it seems that the original line up of the band had done the impossible – to reform the band and make a contemporary and relevant album, surpassing their previous work,  testament indeed to the unique chemistry and overflowing creativity of Nigel Clark, Andy Miller and Mathew Priest. Creating a sound with “golden harmonies and echoes of CSN&Y and Fleet Foxes”, and prompting The Word magazine to say

“They’ve just made the record of their career by a country mile”

A result for which the contribution by mixer Matt Pence, known for his work with the likes of Midlake and John Grant, should not be underestimated.

The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including Staying Out For The Summer, In A Room, If You’re Thinking Of Me and the Top 5 hit Good Enough, still a staple of the radio playlists. They sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1997 just before Radiohead. Not bad, considering that they also partied harder than an Ewok.

Since the release of Stand Upright In A Cool Place in 2012, Dodgy haven’t really stopped as live gigs and festival appearances have always been an important part of the Dodgy experience, for many they are the perfect festival band.  The band have been ripping it up at most of the festivals worth their salt, such as Feastival, BT LONDON LIVECamp Bestival, V Festival, Glastonbury, Wychwood, Strawberry Fields, Hardwick Live, Kendal Calling and many many more in the UK and Europe.

Now, three years on from the phenomenal reunion album, the band are finally ready to release their new album in Autumn 2015. The boys believe it is their best ever record, but they’re not the only ones – Cenzo Townshend who has worked with anyone who is anyone nowadays (Florence, U2, Primal Scream etc) heard the demos and demanded to mix some tracks. Similarly, Rob Da Bank heard two tracks and offered Dodgy a slot on the Mainstage at Bestival in September 2015.

“Dodgy’s new album is a revelation” Guardian ****

November 27th, 2015
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