Featured Event

APPEARING ON Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Flipside presents… [+]

FREE ENTRY

‘The Flipside’ at Telfords Warehouse is an event dedicated to promoting local music and community radio in Chester. Featuring live performances from some of the finest artistes on the local scene with DJ support from various flipside selectors. Basically, if you like music, and you live in an around Chester, then you need to get yourself down to this one. Oh yeah, and its FREE ENTRY!

Check out the cracking line up we have for the next Flipside event!

Jed Is Dead

Jed Is Dead

Jed Is Dead are a band who fuse elements of indie-rock, electro, synthpop and dubstep to create a sound that has been described by critics as energetic, intense and unique. Having formed in 2010 as a traditional guitar-based rock band, a mutual love of all things electronic soon emerged as the band began to reinvent their material using sequencers and samplers. The resulting sound has proved popular with live event organisers and club promoters alike, leading to support slots with 65daysofstatic, Death in Vegas, The Orb, Pop Will Eat Itself and Sonic Boom Six. Known for their dynamic performances, Jed Is Dead are a band who exist to be heard live and at high volume.

Alx Green

Alx Green

“Though Alx has been playing in bands for many years, it was only relatively recently he started to indulge his love for acoustic based music, and we’re very glad he did. The 24 year old self-taught musician grew up heavily influenced by his musical parents and began playing guitar at a very young age.

His latest EP ‘It won’t last’ was recently released just before a week-long tour of London playing a different venue every night to share his music with new audiences, the final night being at the Natural History Museum!

Marrying skilful songwriting with delicate arrangement and performance, but with a vocal capable of travelling from soft and intimate, to huge soaring dynamics, his music is evocative of classic acoustic songwriting, but with a new, fresh voice”

Amber Liana Prothero

Amber is a talented singer / songwriter and guitarist from Chester. She blends powerful, yet delicate vocals with soulful melodies drawing on a range of influences past and present.

DJ support is provided this month by Ole Smokey and the Schott’s list.

 


 
APPEARING ON Friday, July 31st, 2015

Tiro Lark [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

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A 4 piece indie rock and roll band from Liverpool/Chester. These guys are amazing and certainly have a bright future.

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APPEARING ON Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Alex Ayroc & The Vibrations [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Alex Ayroc

Paying tribute to our favourite Reggae songs, Alex Ayroc and the Vibrations have burst onto the scene with a stunning performance at Saughall’s Music In The Park festival. Most notable is frontman Alex and his uncanny resemblance to the master of reggae Bob Marley, however if you dig a little deeper The Vibrations include some of Chester’s greats. Lord Scotland frontman Dave Greenald has taken to the keys whilst original Skatalites and 70’s disco star Locksley Alphonso aka. Jesse Green provides the rock steady percussion. Coupled with rydim bass, guitar, the triangle and ting Alex Ayroc and the Vibrations are about as real as it gets in Chester town.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, October 29th, 2015

John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) [+]

£16 Tickets

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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


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Blind Boy Paxton + support Jon Coley [+]

£12 Tickets

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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.

 


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Dodgy [+]

£15 Tickets

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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 ****