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APPEARING ON Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Aynsley Lister [+]

Tickets £13 

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“Superb” – THE TIMES
“His guitar playing is a fire hazard” – MOJO

 

When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fueled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music.  Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning.  With over 86,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, September 30th, 2016

Golty [+]

Free Before 9pm…£4 after

Golty

Roots & Reggae

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APPEARING ON Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Galactic Funk Militia [+]

Galactic Funk Militia

Galactic Funk Militia is an audacious Funk, Hip Hop and Dance band from Liverpool (UK). Bringing you the Faster-Than-Light Funk by mixing up the heady flavours of the music we love – Jimi Hendrix, P Funk, De La Soul, OutKast, Jill Scott, the Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Kendrick Lamar, and others.

GFM has massive stage presence and the sound to match. Thumping dance floor smashers explode with horns and electric guitar, while liquid ballads seduce your ears with sensuous synth and exquisite melody. All driven by impulsive groove, quick-fire rap gymnastics and completed by the incredible voice of Amber Kuti.

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APPEARING ON Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Open Mic With Lizzy Farrall [+]

Free entry

Slots available from 8pm

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APPEARING ON Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Telfords Beer+Cider Festival W/The Mark Henderson Band [+]

  Telford’s Beer & Cider Festival with 

The Mark Henderson Band

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Six years old and going strong, Friday October the 7th sees the return of Telford’s October Beer, Cider and Folk festival. A three day session dedicated to the wonders of real ale, traditional cider and good music!  That’s right from 6pm on the Friday evening until close of business Sunday night there will be top quality beer, cider and music on offer every hour we’re open.

With over 30 regional and national real ales, traditional ciders on offer over the course of the weekend, as well as our usual selection of national and international beers, it promises to be a fantastic weekend. Throw in a selection of the best Live Music acts from Chester and the surrounding areas, including the likes of Rusty Mahone & Friends, The Mark Henderson Band & many more and the party is already in full swing. To finish off the mix we will also be serving an extended range of snacks from the bottom bar. To further complement the fine array of drinks available, we’ll be having a BBQ on the Friday evening, a Hog Roast on the Saturday evening and another BBQ on the Sunday. We’re spoiling you!

Entry is based on our usual weekend club nights, free before 9pm and £4 on the door thereafter, and Free Entry all night for CAMRA card holders, with the event running from 6 pm on the Friday until close at 2 am, from 12 noon on Saturday again until close at 2am. We will have the bars open again Sunday from 12 noon throughout the evening so come down for our Open Mic session, with free entry all day.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Blind Boy Paxton [+]

£12 Entry

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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.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Ian Mcnabb [+]

Tickets £10

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Robert Ian McNabb is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Best known as the frontman of The Icicle Works, McNabb has since embarked on a solo career and performed with the likes of Ringo Starr,Neil Young/Crazy Horse, Mike Scott (of The Waterboys)  and Danny Thompson of folk band Pentangle.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The Wave Pictures [+]

Tickets £8

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The Wave Pictures return with their brand new album ‘Bamboo Diner in The Rain’ due out on Moshi Moshi on November 11th. ‘Bamboo Diner in the Rain’ sees The Wave Pictures battling against the robot music apocalypse. The new album is a bluesy, boozy love letter to the guitar, filled with American Primitive instrumentals, John Lee Hooker chugs and Link Wray style minor-key surf music.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Mark Radcliffe and Galleon Blast [+]

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Press ganged into service by an unscrupulous gangmaster from the Spanish Main (well….Knutsford actually), the swarthy seadogs of Galleon Blast occasionally get shore leave to ply their raggle-taggle trade wherever folk will have them. With a selection of rum-soaked songs and shanties, the Blasters whip up a squally strumming storm to get all and sundry friggin’ in the riggin’. With traditional tunes and many a seafaring classic from The Dubliners, The Waterboys, The Pogues, Thin Lizzy, The Fisherman’s Friends and Ewan MacColl; you can be sure that these diddly diddly deck-hands will get feet tapping from the poop to the crow’s nest. Galleon Blast feature banjos, whistles, accordions and fiddles from members of The Family Mahone, Full House and Mark Radcliffe and Foes, including the pirate dj himself Mr.Radcliffe – the Jack Sparrow of the Radio 2 Folk Show. Actually, make that the Jack Duckworth of the Radio 2 Folk Show. So, it’s all aboard the good ship Blast for a full-on broadside of buccaneering beat.

Tickets £10

can be purchased at Telfords,

(01244 390 090) or via this link.

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APPEARING ON Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Martyn Joseph [+]

Tickets £16.50 

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Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other.

He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

 

2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his “Let Yourself Trust”, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations.

 

Autumn 2015 marked the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album, “Sanctuary” and he’ll be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much loved material.

 

Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.