Listings for June, 2012

APPEARING ON Friday, June 1st, 2012

The Janice Graham Band [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4.oo thereafter

JANICE GRAHAM BAND Announced as HMV’s Next Big Thing!

RELEASE DEBUT MINI ALBUM ‘ITS NOT ME’ – FEB 27TH 2012

ESSENTIAL TRACKS – Shades of the Arctic Monkeys lyrical chutzpah and The Specials at their lairiest. Thai brides, illegitimate kids, arson and brass fanfares – It’s got the lot! (THE SATURDAY TIMES)

Snotty as a used hanky and all the better for it. Future Stars: This is musical Murder indeed (EDITOR OF RECORD COLLECTOR)

“I don’t know how my city does it, but I’m glad it does …… The North is about to rise again (MANI, STONE ROSES/PRIMAL SCREAM)

‘These young Mancunians are the best new band we’ve seen in years” (HAPPY MONDAYS)

“One of the best of the new breed of Manchester bands who could easily become our next big thing. Deffo” (CLINT BOON, XFM)

Janice Graham Band could start a party in an empty room. Described as the best thing to come out of Manchester in years the band release their highly anticipated debut mini CONCEPT album It’s Not Me’ on Feb 27, 2012.

Featuring the swinging beats of live favourite and current single NO MONEY HONEY (play listed on XFM, as well as plays on BBCRadio 2, 6 Music, Absolute Radio and features on Sky One’s Soccer AM), alongside the band’s successful debut single MURDER (play-listed on XFM, Q and NME this year), JGB fuse hip-hop, soul and reggae beats with the aggressive tones of lead singer and bass player Joe Jones’ signature vocals, to create a mini-album to sate the hunger of their eager and always growing fan base and fulfil the buzz that has built around the band over the past year.

The mini album is not the band’s first “proper” album, it’s a concept album, a soundtrack to a film screening in the mind of the listener and in the grooves of the record. The album deals with questions and answers on love, life, sex and death. It concerns itself with the harsh brutality of life seen through the eyes of a man whose hedonistic incline leads him down a dark and twisted path of increasingly questionable morality and self –destruction.

“Is it too soon to start talking about album of the year?” (MUSIC-NEWS)

“If It’s Not Me isn’t one of 2012’s albums of the year then this isn’t 2012” (GOD IS IN THE TV)

“It’s Not Me is a contender for a top album of 2012” (MANCHESTER MUSIC)

“The sound of a band in full experimental flow” (ART ROCKER)

With a handful of high profile supporters, ranging from Mani (Primal Scream/Stone Roses) who’s backed the band from the start, to XFM’s Clint Boon and John Kennedy, JGB possess that certain something most bands can only wish for; the band’s passion, attitude and musical insight beyond their years is portrayed even more intensely in their energetic live sets. With a brilliant year of high profile gigs under their belt such as Isle Of Wight Festival and having sold out the Ruby Lounge in Manchester for their single launch, the band followed this by being hand-picked by HMV for their Next Big Thing tour in February 2012. A crowd of over 1000 people saw them destroy the legendary venue ‘The Ritz’ in Manchester. 2012 is about to get better …


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Sheelanagig [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Sheelanagig’s unique blend of Balkan Folk Mayhem has been a firm fixture on the festival circuit for many years. Equally at home on festival stages, music venues and street corners the band have developed a devoted following with their energetic and irreverent live performances, combining elements of story-telling and street theatre with intricate and irresistibly danceable music.

Sheelanagig are touring the UK throughout the summer in support of new album “Cirque Insomnia”, their fourth release and the first to feature original songs alongside the band\’s trademark manic instrumentalism.

http://www.sheelanagig.co.uk


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry

The Rusty Cadillacs bring to the stage a unique and energetic slant on Southern American Mountain music and all things old-time.

If you like a band that will get your toes tapping then this young trio will not disappoint.

Their diverse collection of old-time, bluegrass and american folk songs will keep you on the edge of your seat as you hang on every melody, harmony and chord change.

Come and show your support for young talent and live music by supporting The Rusty Cadillacs as they spread their love of American music around the North West and North Wales.


 
APPEARING ON Monday, June 4th, 2012

A Real Brit Pop Night with DJ Ono [+]

Free Entry

The best of British from the 50′s onwards with DJ Ono of The Suns.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Classes – £3 Intermediate Lessons

Salsa dancing events and lessons are organised by Don Stephens, for people from the whole of the North West. From Anglesey, Bangor and Llandudno, to Rhyl, Deeside and Chester.

The music played each evening is a mix of newer salsa styles, such as funky salsa and salsaton, to the older favorites like Cuban and New York.

Also some bachata, merengue, cha cha and kizomba music is played on the evening.

About the Classes

Salsa lessons are given at the beginning of each Salsa evening. The beginners’ lesson starts at 8.15pm and usually lasts about for 45 minutes. There is a small step introduction session first, in the form of a line.

This lesson is for absolute beginners and people who are just starting out in the salsa scene. You will be learning basic footwork, basic handholds and basic turn patterns. This lesson is usually taken by Don Stephens or guest teacher.

The improvers’ lesson starts around 8.15 and usually lasts for 45 minutes. There is a step introduction first, in the form of a line, using more complicated footwork.

This lesson is aimed at people who already know the basic steps, handholds and turns, but want to put them into more complicated routines for a smoother look on the dancefloor. This lesson is usually taken by Don Stephens or guest teacher.

After the lessons finish, mixed salsa music is played until 12.30am.

All of the events have a friendly atmosphere and are well attended, with an almost even ratio of men and women.

Also there are guest teachers at some of the events so please keep an eye out for future flyers and promotions.

http://www.salsa-inferno.co.uk/index.html


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Window Stage Folkazm with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Stomping Squeeze Box provided by Rusty Mahone on Telford’s intimate Window Stage. See some of the best acoustic acts from the Northwest up close and personal. This week we feature singer songwrite James McGregor.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, June 8th, 2012

John Fairhurst Band with support Andy Hickie & Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm – £4 Thereafter

A molotov cocktail of frantic finger fits and gravel dragged vocals that’s sure to knock you out with its heavy, flailing backside as it crashes past the finish line and keeps on running.

Described as “Possibly the finest guitarist you’ll ever see” – (Chris Long BBC) with “All the slide guitars skills of Robert Johnson” – (Electric Ghost), John Fairhurst and his Band are rapidly gaining the reputation as the hardest working, most musically diverse and utterly stand out Rock and Roll Blues Band on the scene. After 2 critically acclaimed albums, ‘Joys of Spring’ (2008) (“Truly Exquisite” – The Guardian), ‘Band’ (2010) and 10 years playing as a solo artist all over the world including Asia, America,Canada, Australia and Europe, John has expanded the line up into a weighty and heavy-hitting three piece outfit of incendiary electric guitar lines, deep blues bottleneck grooves and trance-inducing, hip-shaking, foot-stomping rhythms. Having met Simon Lovelock (Bass) in Australia eight years ago, where they spent months living in a tent and then years playing together, an unbreakable brotherly bond in music was forged. Completing the line up is James Breen on Drums, Bonham-esque powerhouse and rock steady long term rhythm partner to Simon.

The John Fairhurst Band exploded on to the UK circuit this year, playing nearly 50 festival shows including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Sunrise Celebration and Shambala to name but a few and over 100 packed out gigs across the UK and Ireland. At Greenman in Chai Wallahs, they “…filled a tent in a sunshine drenched field quicker than any festival act has done for a long time. The bluesman’s insatiable guitar work finely turned a crowd of a curious onlookers into a sea of dancing, sweaty bodies.” – (Gareth Main – Bearded Magazine) John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man. Read more… »


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, June 9th, 2012

The Jokers [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4.o0 Thereafter

With DJ Timmy Magic

THE JOKERS, a musical legend in the making, taking rock and roll to the next level. Their original song writing has crafted the influence of classic rock into the new age.

The Jokers began in Liverpool in 2006 with the aim of creating the worlds greatest rock and roll band. The band wanted to create a contemporary sound whilst drawing upon classic influences.

In the past few years The Jokers have begun to take the world by storm, receiving airplay from many radio stations, such as Bruce Dickenson BBC Radio 6, Total Ropck, Planet Rock, Manchester Rock Radio to name a few. They have also played in front of thousands of fans all over the UK at famous venues like, London Astoria, Nottingham Rock City, Glasgow ABC, etc… As well as touring with Fozzy, featuring Chris Jericho of the WWE, on two UK tours,

Their debut album The Big Rock & Roll Show has already grabbed the attention of many influential people in the music industry; it has been mixed by Mike Fraser in Vancouver, Canada, who has worked with the cream of rock such as, Aerosmith, ACDC, Brian Adams & Van Halen; mastered by Gateway mastering, owned by Grammy Award Winner, Bob Ludwig who is responsible for mastering the latest Guns & Roses album, Chinese Democracy. With the recent release of their album The Big Rock & Roll Show, The Jokers are about to bring the world of Rock & Roll crashing back to where it belongs in 2009.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Si (Loose Kites) [+]

Free Entry

This week folk skiffler and all round dude Si of Loose Kites fame will be hosting our open mic so please bring along your instruments and get involved.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Classes – £3 Intermediate Lessons

Salsa dancing events and lessons are organised by Don Stephens, for people from the whole of the North West. From Anglesey, Bangor and Llandudno, to Rhyl, Deeside and Chester.

The music played each evening is a mix of newer salsa styles, such as funky salsa and salsaton, to the older favorites like Cuban and New York.

Also some bachata, merengue, cha cha and kizomba music is played on the evening.

About the Classes

Salsa lessons are given at the beginning of each Salsa evening. The beginners’ lesson starts at 8.15pm and usually lasts about for 45 minutes. There is a small step introduction session first, in the form of a line.

This lesson is for absolute beginners and people who are just starting out in the salsa scene. You will be learning basic footwork, basic handholds and basic turn patterns. This lesson is usually taken by Don Stephens or guest teacher.

The improvers’ lesson starts around 8.15 and usually lasts for 45 minutes. There is a step introduction first, in the form of a line, using more complicated footwork.

This lesson is aimed at people who already know the basic steps, handholds and turns, but want to put them into more complicated routines for a smoother look on the dancefloor. This lesson is usually taken by Don Stephens or guest teacher.

After the lessons finish, mixed salsa music is played until 12.30am.

All of the events have a friendly atmosphere and are well attended, with an almost even ratio of men and women.

Also there are guest teachers at some of the events so please keep an eye out for future flyers and promotions.

http://www.salsa-inferno.co.uk/index.html


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Spectrum Cygnini Cynergy Presents… [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Friday, June 15th, 2012

King Porter Stomp [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With massive horns, heavy bass and deeply socially aware lyrics, King Porter Stomp have quickly established themselves as major players on the UK live circuit. Since forming 4 years ago, the Brighton based high energy seven piece have developed a unique breed of accessible ska, jazz and hip hop which feels as much at home busked on street corners as it is played out on major festival stages. With shows in Austria, 25 UK festival performances and a venue tour of the North last year, the seemingly unstoppable sextet have continued to build a large and dedicated fan base that stretches throughout the UK and beyond. With blistering new material soon to be unveiled, King Porter Stomp are all set to explode this Autumn.
Expect a fast paced, upbeat, high energy show that will leave you entertained, enlivened and enlightened!

http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/entertainment-chester/news-reviews/2011/11/10/king-porter-stomp-come-to-telford-s-warehouse-in-chester-59067-29748194/


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Chester Rocks After Party [+]

The Last Party with support The Thespians

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 Thereafter

£2.00 with valid Chester Rocks Ticket

www.thelastparty.co.uk

“The Sound of 2012” – XFM
“5/5 – We Love This Band!” – Soccer AM
“Manchester’s Next Big Thing” – Manchester Evening News
“Our New Favourite Mancunians” – BBC Radio Manchester
“Destined for big things” – Zeitgeist Magazine
“Brilliant Tunes & Star Potential” – Clint Boon, XFM & Inspiral Carpets
“The Brightest Light in New Music” – Johnny Marr, The Smiths

In Short?

The Last Party played their first gig in Manchester in November 2010. Debut single ‘Bonnie & Clyde” released on April 2012 on our own label TLP Recordings


www.thethespians.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Billy Pilgrim [+]

Free Entry

This weeks open mic is hosted by Lord Scotland spin off Billy Pilgrim. Expect chugging blues and face melting solos from this Chester duo.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Latin Mania [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Classes – £3 Intermediate Lessons

The music played each evening is a mix of newer salsa styles, such as funky salsa and salsaton, to the older favorites like Cuban and New York.

Also some bachata, merengue, cha cha and kizomba music is played on the evening.

About the Classes

Salsa lessons are given at the beginning of each Salsa evening. The beginners’ lesson starts at 8.15pm and usually lasts about for 45 minutes. There is a small step introduction session first, in the form of a line.

This lesson is for absolute beginners and people who are just starting out in the salsa scene. You will be learning basic footwork, basic handholds and basic turn patterns.

The improvers’ lesson starts around 9.15 and usually lasts for 45 minutes. There is a step introduction first, in the form of a line, using more complicated footwork.

This lesson is aimed at people who already know the basic steps, handholds and turns, but want to put them into more complicated routines for a smoother look on the dancefloor.

After the lessons finish, mixed salsa music is played until 12.30am.

All of the events have a friendly atmosphere and are well attended, with an almost even ratio of men and women.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Venus de Milo [+]

Thursday 21 June – Free Admission


 
APPEARING ON Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The Jar Family [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

Introducing The Jar Family – a collective of five singer/songwriters from the North East of England whose sum of their parts is even more than their individual talents.

Reminiscent of a time when musicians realised that through collaboration they could both achieve more and better fulfill themselves creatively, The Jar Family – Dali, Al Devon, Max Bianco, Chris Hooks and Richie Docherty have come together to start building something special.

Now joined by their bassist and producer, Keith Wilkinson and Kez Edwards on cajon drum the band has attracted lots of interest on the live scene…Five equally strong front-men and a vast array of carefully crafted songs of multiple genre and tempo from folk to indie rock “connected by a musical umbilical, which makes them undeniably one great, lively, grinning whole” (mudkiss.com)

The EP, ‘The Livingston Session’ was recorded in the summer of 2010 and was very well received when released in early 2011

First single from the album, the anthemic – Poolie Strut was officially released on August 22nd 2011 and won Record Of The Year 2011 at Radio Six International.. The track was also was recently described by Radio Hartlepool 102.4fm as “The most requested track in our history’” and is still on the stations A-List along with the second single - In for A Penny, which is also now making huge waves across regional radio..

Poolie Strut is also played every home game before kick off at Hartlepool United Football Club and has become something of a local anthem.

November 2011 saw the band tour with Alabama 3 on 5 dates including Leeds and Newcastle’s O2 Academy’s and also opened up for Ocean Colour Scene’s/ Paul Weller band’s Steve Cradock at Newcastle O2 Academy in March 2012. The band are also confirmed to support Babyshambles duo Mik Whitnall & Drew McConnell in April and join The Charlatans at Communion Unplugged 2012.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Golty [+]

Free Before 9pm £4.00 Thereafter

Roots & Reggae

www.golty.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Dave Burton [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Latin Mania [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Classes – £3 Intermediate Lessons

The music played each evening is a mix of newer salsa styles, such as funky salsa and salsaton, to the older favorites like Cuban and New York.

Also some bachata, merengue, cha cha and kizomba music is played on the evening.

About the Classes

Salsa lessons are given at the beginning of each Salsa evening. The beginners’ lesson starts at 8.15pm and usually lasts about for 45 minutes. There is a small step introduction session first, in the form of a line.

This lesson is for absolute beginners and people who are just starting out in the salsa scene. You will be learning basic footwork, basic handholds and basic turn patterns.

The improvers’ lesson starts around 9.15 and usually lasts for 45 minutes. There is a step introduction first, in the form of a line, using more complicated footwork.

This lesson is aimed at people who already know the basic steps, handholds and turns, but want to put them into more complicated routines for a smoother look on the dancefloor.

After the lessons finish, mixed salsa music is played until 12.30am.

All of the events have a friendly atmosphere and are well attended, with an almost even ratio of men and women.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Glendale Family Presents Dark Patrick, Lazlo Baby and Kai Lena [+]

Free Entry

MUSIC IN HOSPITALS FUNDRAISER

Dark Patrick
Ukraine
Experimental/Electronic/

Psychedelic/Ethnic

Actively touring Ukraine, U.K and Russia this Ukrainian/English duo never fails to grab and keep the attention of all kinds of audiences with their breathtakingly delicious musical cocktail.
Dark Patrick combine virtuoso playing on the Hurdy-Gurdy, Bandura, Whistles and Blues Harp with electronic sounds, atmospheric pads, effects and rhythms. This extraordinary phantasmagoric mix of musical styles is accompanied by spoken word and hypnotic haunting vocals.
www.darkpatrick.com

Lazlo Baby
England
Gypsy/Folk

Sounds Like: The Baghdaddies, Balkan Aliens, Musik in the Kitchen, Pogues, Amsterdam Klezmer Band
Foot stomping gypsy folk flavoured with a little pirate and zombie seasoning. and some other stuff too.

The Glendale Family are a collective of musicians based in the North West, with members ranging from Scotland to Australia and a number of places in between. They can most aptly be described as a modern folk band, influenced by sea shanties, heroic figures, tall tales and the natural world. They are the purveyors of good vibes, with a clear motivation to share the energy they create whilst maintaining a gracious approach to their performance


 
APPEARING ON Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Cowboy Outfit [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

If you like toe-tapping Honky Tonk music, The Cowboy Outfit is the band for you. The Cowboy Outfit were formed a couple of years ago from ex-members of The Winchesters, who thrilled the festival-goers of Europe for over a decade, and The Lonesome and Penniless Cowboys, Manchester’s longest running Western Swing band. You’re sure to love The Cowboy Outfit’s sizzling renditions of the best of Hank Williams, Bob Wills and Johnny Cash, with a few surprises thrown in!


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Misty’s Big Adventure [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Misty’s Big Adventure are an 8 piece band from Birmingham led by Grandmaster Gareth, who John Peel once pronounced “The New God”. Since 2004, Misty’s Big Adventure have released four studio albums to critical acclaim, with the NME calling their last album “a
masterpiece”. They have toured all over the UK with The Zutons, The Guillemots, The Magic Numbers, Dodgy, The Bluetones, 50 Foot Wave and most recently with Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. They’ve also made many festival appearances including End Of The Road, Green Man, Bestival, and Get Loaded in the UK and also in Germany, Holland, Poland and Lithuania. They have recorded radio sessions for Stuart Maconie, Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson, John Kennedy and Rob Da Bank, as well as being played by Don Letts, John Peel, Phill Jupitus, Huw Stephens, Janice Long, Chris Hawkins and Irwin Chusid amongst others. Dave Gorman is a big fan and asked them to write the theme music for his BBC2 show Genius. One of their songs is currently the theme tune for a new Radio2 show called Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Cuts. Their new album The Family Amusement Centre features a guest
appearance by Sir Patrick Moore and will be out this year. Previous albums have featured a Noddy Holder voiceover and Gruff Rhys eating vegetables! Grandmaster Gareth has also collaborated with Broadcast, Jeffrey Lewis, Kimya Dawson, Pram and The Zutons.