Special Events

APPEARING ON Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Doodleplanet [+]

Interactive Art Night
Free Entry

 

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Telford’s is proud to present yet another Doodleplanet event. An exciting interactive art and music event that just keeps getting better and better.

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APPEARING ON Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The Bad Shepherds [+]

Tickets £15.00

Adrian Edmondson’s Folk Punk Explosion – The Bad Shepherds

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Hello, I’m Adrian the Bad Shepherd. This is my band.

These are some truths I know:

  • I love the songs of ’76 – ’82. I was 19 in ’76 when punk arrived. Those songs were the soundtrack to my life as I went through Uni and started pretending to be a comedian. I loved the noise, the faces and the attitude.
  • I love making music. Got my first guitar when I was 13 and along the way I’ve picked up ten other guitars, a banjo, a ukelele, two trumpets, a banjolele, a mandolin, an autoharp, a charanga, two pianos, a tenor guitar, a triangle and even made myself some ‘Coconuts’ (made – strangely enough – from a coconut).
  • I love folk music, I love the noise – at its live best it’s the most exciting music to be in the same room with.
  • It occured to me that punk was the folk music of its day.

I decided to form a band to reflect all of the above.It would be great if you came along for the ride.CheersAdrian


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Northern Film Network [+]

Free Admission

Chester Performs, the arts organisation behind Chester’s week long film festival SCREEN DEVA, and regular programme of contemporary performance SOAPBOX, have  partnered up with Northern Film Network to host a unique panel and networking event on Tuesday 16th March. Chester Performs along with other festival organisers; filmonik , Exposures , Noise Festival and Salford Film Festival will be on hand to answer your questions on the running of festivals and the opportunities available. This is your chance to speak to the right people in the industry. The free event will take place between 7pm-9pm, to book email – info@northernfilmnetwork.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Vintage Fair [+]

Utility Promotions present

Vintage fashion fair and market with a huge variety of stalls and items  from the early afternoon, once your all shopped out and in need of a beverage to wind down from the day join Kai Lena for our Open Mic Session.


 
APPEARING ON Monday, March 22nd, 2010

“Frankly my dear…” [+]

Film Festival Fundraiser – Admission £3


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Vintage Fashion Fair [+]

Utility Productions present

Vintage Fashion Fair

Midday to Early Evening


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Vintage Fashion Fair [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Cancer Research UK Charity Open Mic Session [+]

Free Entry – Donations Welcome


Special open mic session with loads of prizes, special guests being hosted run and organised by some of our lovely restaurant and bar staff in aid of Cancer Research UK

There’s all kind of running.. …..for the last train ….. to get dinner ….. from the fuzz ….. to lasso a unicorn And then there’s running that really means something important. To test the theory that runners do come in all shapes, sizes, colours and ringtones, Leanne, Maria, Tori, Alice, Rachel, Kim and Tina are going to be running RACE for LIFE in our own fair city on 13th June 2010. We are proud to support the work of Cancer Research UK and as a shout out to our friends and family who have been affected by cancer. Please dig deep and sponsor us online – it’s quick, easy and totally secure. Events like Race for Life are vital in funding Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. By sponsoring me now you can help more people survive cancer. Gift Aid it!f you are a UK taxpayer, please remember to tick the Gift Aid box when donating so that an extra 25%, plus a 3% supplement, can be added to your gift at no cost to you.Every pound you donate really does make a difference – so please sponsor us now! Many thanks for your support – Together we will beat cancer. xxxx

http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/gogogogirlss


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, July 15th, 2010

A Kettle Of Fish Featuring Chemistry Lane [+]

Free Entry

An exciting evening of spoken word, acoustic wonder, magnetic vibes and laughter provided by Man of Straw, Richard Molony, The Glendale Family and headlined by the amazing Chemistry Lane. Its free entry and we’d love to see your smiling faces at the bar and on the dancefloor.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Cambrian Community Street Festival Fundraiser [+]

£3 Entry

featuring

SAFEHOUSE
soul band

Fundraising Bash for the Garden Quarter and Cumbrian Street festival later in the year.

A whole day of festivities to celebrate 10 years of the Cambrian Community

Sat. Sep. 18 , 12 – 10pm

Cambrian View and Gladstone Road.

Bands, live music, games, helter skelter, bar, food, dancing. For the whole neighbourhood.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, July 29th, 2010

New Talent Showcase feat. S.C.A.M.S [+]


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Dawsons Guitar Showcase [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I Am Austin – EP Launch [+]

Free Entry

I Am Austin are a two-piece dance-rock duo from Connah’s Quay, North Wales.  Comprising David John Mitchell on vocals, percussion and Adam Hughes on bass they are self admittedly influenced by Death From Above 1979, yet still manage to have their own sound, these boys are going places.

Earlier this year they beat 3,000 other entrants in the Channel 4 Evo Music Rooms competition to be one of six bands to showcase their music on the small screen.  As well as the TV appearance they also won one-to-one mentoring from some of music’s biggest names, and a fully equipped recording studio to produce up to three singles.

This Thursday sees the launcgh of their latest EP.

Check them out at :-

http://www.myspace.com/iamaustinmusic

“They’re absolutely brilliant! It’s just the most brilliant thing I’ve seen in a long time”

Edith Bowman BBC Radio 1


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, December 16th, 2010

DoodlePlanet Christmas Special [+]

Thursday 16th December – FREE ENTRY

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Ho Ho Ho!

Chrimbo is a coming, and so is the DOODLEPLANET Christmas special, to be held at the lovely Telford’s Warehouse on Thursday Dec 16th 8pm until DRAWN out!
Because it’s Christmas (and we love it!), there will be some special festive events thrown in to the mix. Along with the usual showdown of blinding, cutting edge tunes from the talented DJ Matty Setter and plenty of doodling from the talented DOODLEPLANET faithful, there will also be a live Art auction, goodie bags all round, and festive fancy dress!!
So get yourselves in da Chrimbo spirit, get your antlers and santa hats on and come and join the fun!

So there we have it……Blinding tunes, drawing on walls, making communal twats out of ourselves in fancy dress, the chance to bid for some great Artwork, Heidi’s Xmas goodie bags, Telford’s superb hospitality, meeting new people, creating………….all this for free admission! beat that on a Thursday night!!
SEE YOU THERE YEAH!!


David (Compulsive Scribbler)X


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Rockabilly Trailer Trash Bash [+]

Cut Your Teeth presents

VAVOOM

Thursday 27th January – £3 Entry

It’s January. It’s Cold. Your Skint….BUT don’t Cry baby- Cut your Teeth is here replace your winter blues with Red Hot Bop at it’s….

ROCKABILLY TRAILER TRASH BASH!!

A Quality excursion into the seedier, clammier corners of rock ‘n’ roll!!

Featuring

Live High octane action from VAVOOM and their Hot Rod, Rock n Roll and Rockabilly delivered on demonic drums, banging double bass and growlin’ Gretsch guitar.

PLUS

DJ PISSTASHEO Dreges up the sleaziest 1950′s Rockabilly, 50′s Rock n Roll, Surf, Sleaze, 60′s garage, bop and exotica.

and…LIVE POLE DANCING ACTION!!

- Kitch Classic ‘CRY BABY’ Visuals streamed to set the Trailer Park scene!
-ALSO bop while you shop at a prime selection of Vintage/Rockabilly stalls!!!


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Battle of the Bands [+]

£5 Entry – in aid of Claire House children’s hospice

Rythmo Events presents THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS !!!

This is a ‘must go to’ event! It’s all about YOUR musician hero! Dress up as Michael Jackson, Mozart or Beyonce, and listen to the bands battling and playing a song of THEIR favourite.

The best band on the night will win a day in the Aerial Studios AND the best costume will be awarded a £15 HMV voucher!!

There will also be a raffle at the night and you can win fantastic prizes!

All money goes to Claire House, the children’s hospice in the Wirral.

The event will take place at Telford’s Warehouse, situated on Bouverie Street. Doors open at 7pm and the battle begins at 8pm.

Tickets will be on sale from 11.01.2011 @ Telford’s Warehouse, downstairs in Binks (Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3pm) or via private message to us.

Ticket: £ 5

Contact us for any additional information or to buy tickets:
Rythmo.events@gmail.com


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Speakeasy – 1920′s Jazz night [+]

£5 Entry – in aid of NSPCC

************ TICKETS NOW ON SALE DUE TO DEMAND****************

We are a small events organisation who have created a 1920’s themed jazz evening in aid of the NSPCC charity that will be taking place Tuesday 1st March, from 7.30pm till late at Telford’s Warehouse, Chester. ‘Speakeasies’ were established during the prohibition period when selling alcohol was illegal…. Bars in America would have ‘lock-ins’, known as the Speakeasies, and sell liquor to customers.

http://www.myspace.com/daverobertsquartet

**Tickets will be £5 each (non-refundable)
**Raffle tickets will be £1 per strip
** tickets will be available from Telford’s Warehouse, Tel: 01244 390 090
Email to klsevents@hotmail.co.uk or over the phone by contacting Sean on 07807535986.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The Suns and Shy & The Fight [+]

Massive Double Bill Showcase

Tickets £3.00 Advanced – £5.00 On the night


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Dawsons Music Showcase [+]

Free Entry

FeaturingLive performances, equipment and guitar showcases and special one off show prices


 
APPEARING ON Friday, March 11th, 2011

Dead Rock West (USA) [+]

Friday 11th March – £4 Entry

“X meets Wilco? A dream combination for fans of roots-inspired, punk-spirited rock, and one that somehow congeals in Dead Rock West.” – Ventura County Reporter

Dead Rock West’s debut album, Honey and Salt, incorporates elements of country-rock, power-pop jangle and straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll to create an eclectic sound so captivating and exciting that it grabs you from the first note, and holds you to the very last. Their fresh, original sound is impossible to ignore as their extraordinary musicianship, passionate vocals and lyrical proficiency create incredible hooks and harmonies that will be forever burned in your soul.

The vocal harmonies on Honey and Salt stand out from the beginning, as the rich, silky melodies capture the essence of the band’s already impressive sound; adding subtle nuances of raw emotion to the accomplished songwriting. Although this is Dead Rock West’s debut album, it seems as if the band has been together for decades due, in part, to their impressive credentials.

The band:

Born into a musical family, Cindy Wasserman (vox, tambourine) is no stranger to either stage or studio (her brother is two-time Grammy Award winner Rob Wasserman). She has recorded and toured with Grant Lee Phillips, John Doe; Rickie Lee Jones and Mark Olson.

Frank Lee Drennen (vocals, guitar, harmonica) has spent time in a number of groups including Loam and Stewboss, as well as working with troubadour Gregory Page and former Alarm guitarist, Dave Sharp.

David J. Carpenter has toured and recorded with Toni Childs, John Doe, Mark Olson and Grant Lee Phillips. He is equally adept on both electric & double bass.

Drummer Bryan Head, has toured and recorded with The Plimsouls, John Doe, Shelby Lynne, Peter Case and Abandoned Pools to name a few.

Phil Parlapiano (mandolin, octave mandolin, Hammond organ, Vox Continental), previously with Brothers Figaro, has recorded and performed with John Prine, Grant Lee Buffalo, Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart, Social Distortion, and many others.

Honey and Salt was recorded at Grandma’s Warehouse in Echo Park, CA the way they used to do it; 2” tape, 24 tracks, no click tracks or pitch correction machines, and mixed by Grammy Award winner, Richard Dodd (Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Steve Earle, Traveling Wilburys etc.). Rounding out the warmth of the album, The Section Quartet (Sam Phillips, Wilco, David Bowie, etc) added their internationally renowned talents to the closing track on the album, “All I Know”, and pedal steel guitarist, Greg Leisz (Wilco, Paul Westerburg, Sheryl Crow, etc.) provides his distinctive style to the tracks “Going Home” and “All I Know”.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Aynsley Lister – rescheduled date [+]

£10 Ticket

tickets from november 2010 cancelled show will be honoured – contact venue for info

http://www.aynsleylister.co.uk/

“Superb” – THE TIMES

Aynsley has never been an artist to reheat the music of yesteryear. Influenced from an early age by the 60’s RnB era, Lister takes these key elements and mixes them with a more current and melodic lyrical approach.

He is one of very few artists playing rocking blues with a modern edge -tangible, heartfelt, soul searching and full of fine songwriting; played with passion and vitality. His hard hitting rhythms and guitar work are reminiscent of a young Clapton.

Since signing to Ruf Records, Lister has recorded four solo studio albums, and two live albums – one solo acoustic and one along with a live DVD for Germanys ROCKPALAST TV show. He has sold over 75,000 records and now headlines many of the major festivals throughout Europe where he has played alongside blues legends such as Buddy Guy, John Mayall, and Robert Cray aswell as big name pop artists such as Bryan Adams and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. His recorded work has seen him working with Producers Jim Gaines (Santana, SRV) and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia)

In more recent times 2006 saw Lister recording in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Memphis Tennessee where he worked again with Jim Gaines on the Ruf Records collaboration ‘Pilgrimage’. With Gaines producing Lister debut for the label in 1999, it was almost 7 years to the month that they had previously worked together. In September of that year his album ‘Everything I Need’ was released stateside in preparation for this years debut tour.

UPSIDE DOWN is Lister’s fourth studio album and his first to contain all originals. Every aspect and quality that his fans have now come to expect is there, from the raunchy guitar, the melodic voice to the infectious songs but to simply pronounce this release another worthwhile effort would be an injustice indeed: The result is his strongest, boldest and most compelling album to date that could quite easily crossover into the mainstream

“His best album ever” – GET READY TO ROCK

“Deft lyrical touch and musical feel” – ZEITGEIST

“Upside Down’ is a great album” – GUITARIST MAGAZINE

“Bursting with killer riffs and songs” – CLASSIC ROCK

In reality his career is just getting started – he has the ability to reach such a wide-ranging audience from teenagers to folks who grew up in a time when real artists mattered. Right now Aynsley Lister has everything he needs to turn the world upside down…


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Cut Your Teeth Presents – Dig On Swine [+]

Thursday March 31st – Admission £4/£3 cons


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett [+]

Tuesday 19th April – Tickets £10

The pair first achieved notoriety with an eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single ‘Really Free’ in 1977.

Otway’s heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite his ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage. His autobiography ‘Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure’ out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit.

His finest moment came in 2002. Asked what he wanted for his 50th birthday, he requested “A second hit”. A concerted drive, including a poll, scrutinised by the Electoral Reform Society, to select the track, saw “Bunsen Burner” — with music sampled from the Trammps classic “Disco Inferno” and lyrics devised to help his daughter with her chemistry homework — reach the UK number 9 on 6 October, and earned Otway an appearance on Top Of The Pops, BBC Television‘s flagship popular music programme.

Wild Willy Barrett is one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists working today, playing acoustic classical guitar with an original style and virtuosity few could match. His musical style is witty and his humour onstage is dry.

2010 saw the publication of John’s latest book, ‘ I Did It Otway ‘, the second hilarious instalment of his biography.

‘… While Otway so unashamedly needs to be loved, Barrett is contemptuously indifferent to adulation and hostility alike. He won’t play along with anybody – certainly not Otway…. Otway makes a joke; Barrett is not amused. This doesn’t sound like a rehearsed routine. One remembers why they split with such regularity. Clearly it was a challenge to make such an atmosphere work, but before too long it as evident that they were succeeding. ‘ Rychard Carrington, Cambridge, 2008

‘… I urge you to see this act before Otway has to retire on account of developing arthritis, or Wild Willy strains his smiling muscles.’ Chester, 2008

‘…Star rating ***
Never mind the Sex Pistols touring again: the real spirit of 1977, not to mention anarchy in the UK, can be found in the persons of Mr John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett. ‘ Edinburgh Festival Review, The Herald, 2008



 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Retro Market and Craft Fair [+]

Sunday 8th May

Midday – 6pm – Free Entry

On Sunday 8th May 2011, third year art and photography students studying at the University of Chester will be hosting a vintage clothing, art and craft fair at Telfords Warehouse, Chester to raise funding for their final year exhibitions. Between the hours of 12pm And 6pm the atmospheric dancefloor will be converted into an intimate shopping bazaar, thriving with handmade arts and crafts, vintage clothing, accessories and retro homeware, selected, sourced and created by the students of Chester University and local independent vintage retailers offering an exciting and affordable opportunity to spruce up your spring wardrobe!

The students are hoping to spread awareness of their creative talents by selling their own work and promoting their summer exhibition through this event, capturing a wider interest from the community of Chester.
The event will be complimented by a nostalgic and upbeat soundtrack, from punk to soul through to funk and rock n roll.

Evening Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

King King [+]

Tuesday 24th May – Tickets £10.00

“Softly softly” is not a maxim that King King are familiar with. Since surging into life two years ago they have barely stopped for breath, and their electrifying sound and scorching live shows have generated more of a thunderous roar than a buzz.

Straight out of the blocks it was clear that King King is a band which knows how to make an entrance. An exhilarating debut at the Monaghan Blues Festival created such a stir that it prompted organizer Somhairle MacConghail to remark: “King King aren’t just playing the festival. Word is that King King ARE the festival”. With a reception like this there’s little surprise that the phone has been ringing off the hook ever since, and the last year has seen them bring their inimitable brand of multi-faceted blues rock to the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Abertillery Festival and even Glastonbury. This was in addition to a seemingly non-stop series of rousing live shows across the UK and Europe, much to the delight of the band’s burgeoning fan base.

In the midst of all this, a particular highlight of 2010 was King King’s invitation to perform within the hallowed walls of the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. The boys’ set went out on Radio 2 and won the approval of DJ and blues aficionado Paul Jones who was moved to remark: “Here at Radio 2, we think Alan Nimmo and King King are going to go all the way”.

Having signed to Manhaton Records, next came a return to Chapel Studios to record the eagerly anticipated debut album. King King are familiar faces having recorded their critically acclaimed EP Broken Heal at the studio, and again collaborated with the production team behind the Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and the Editors.
The resulting album, Take My Hand, is a bold and wildly enjoyable collection of songs showcasing King King’s unique sound, swaggering from Stones-tinged blues rock through throbbing funk to reflective ballad and back.

http://www.kingkingblues.com/home.html


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Alt Fashion Summer Fair / Baby Brave [+]

Free Entry – Doors Open From Midday

Open Mic Session with Baby Brave & The Lovebites

Free Entry

Emily & Jo picked up their paintbrushes and proceeded to create a series of earnestly peculiar lyrics and sunny folk-pop melodies, splattered with adorable harmonies and contagious catchiness. With a healthy dose of welsh heart from guitarist ‘The Lovebites’, the Braves are sure to get your toes tapping. Expect to be charmed by flute solos, feverish guitar riffs, hypnotic hands and a ukulele named Fiona.

http://www.drumwithourhands.com/Drum_with_our_Hands/Baby_Brave.html


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Skaville JA to Hitsville USA [+]

£4 Entry

Another busy night of the soulful side of 60s Jamaica, underplayed Northern & original R&B with special guests, quality DJ’s and MC’s like our man Champian, cream of the crop from Studio One, rudeboy & rocksteady a specialty.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Chubby Knuckles with Tom Hingley Solo (Ex Inspiral Carpets) [+]

Thursday 16th June – Free Entry

with DJ Timmy Magic

Intimate solo show from ex-frontman of one of the most influential bands to come out of Manchester, The Inspiral Carpets.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Doodleplanet [+]

Thursday 23rd June – Free Entry

Telford’s is proud to present yet another Doodleplanet event. An exciting interactive art and music event that just keeps getting better and better.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Suns [+]

Friday 26th August

Free admission before 9pm, £4 thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

Chester’s favourite sons return to the Telford’s stage with their 50′s surf sound for a massive bank holiday weekend show.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Cut Your Teeth present… [+]

A HORROR FEST WITH FANGS!

high octane Horror, Black rhythm ‘n’ blues, honky tonk and hillbilly meets Rag time, Psychobillly, Surf, Boogie Woogie & Punk.

Featuring. . .


THE SPEED KINGS

Equal parts country, blues and fiery rock and roll, these guys are only concerned with two things: Fun and more fun! Buckle up as they take you away on two-minute blasts into the world of Drag Racing, Hot Rods and weird uncles

PLUS

GROTESQUE BURLESQUE! POLE DANCING FROM THE LUSCIOUS LISA & ROLLER DERBY!

& Rockin DJ’s !!

B GRADE HORROR VISUALS STREAMED ALL NIGHT LONG

Only £5 Entry/ £4 NUS (OR FANCY DRESS)



 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Nick Harper [+]

Tuesday 8th November – Tickets £10.00

To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows – from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own – he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings almost by sheer force of will… and then change them without dropping a beat. For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado.

Read more… »


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Pimp Clinic – The Mouse Outfit featuring Dr Syntax [+]

Saturday 12th November

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

The Mouse outfit is a 10 piece live hip hop band based in Manchester, comprising of drums, samplers, keys, synths, guitar, bass, saxophones, trumpet, flute and vocals.

They have gigged relentlessly around the UK over the last 2 years,  supporting many of their influences including – Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Youngblood Brass Band, Akil the MC (Jurassic 5), Souls of Mischief, The Sugarhill Gang, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), DJ Format, The Nextmen, 6ix Toys, Louis Logic, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, DJ Vadim, The Herbaliser, Fabio.

In 2010 the band played two live sessions for the BBC at Maida Vale, first for BBC Radio 1 and secondly for the Mark Lamarr show on Radio 2. The group have also received support from The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, and The Ras Kwame Homegrown podcasts from BBC 1Extra.

The Mouse Outfit are currently writing and recording with UK  hip hop legend Dr Syntax, Bedos, Baba Israel, MC Presto and Sparkz. The Mouse Outfit have been dubbed ‘The UK’s Breakestra’ as their live show seamlessly blends original tunes with b-boy funk breaks and classic hip hop.

DR SYNTAX

The Mouse Outfit have recently started guesting UK hip hop legend Dr Syntax on live performances.  Having cut his teeth on tracks with Foreign Beggar’s on their debut album ‘Asylum Speakers’, Doc Synners soon gained a reputation as one of the UK’s most talented wordsmiths and charismatic performers.

His 2007 solo album Self Taught received widespread acclaim and was featured in Hip Hop Connection’s Top 100 Albums of the Year. With keen eyed social commentary, contemplative musings on life and straight up cold rhyming, Syntax has showcased his abilities all over the UK and further afield with performances at Glastonbury, Hip Hop Kemp in the Czech Republic and Splash Festival in Germany.

In addition to brand new tracks from forthcoming EPs, The Mouse Outfit and Dr Syntax live shows will feature material from his second album ‘Benny Huge’, available on Dented Records.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Aynsley Lister [+]

Tuesday 15th November – Tickets £10.00

Aynsley has never been an artist to reheat the music of yesteryear. Influenced from an early age by the 60’s RnB era, Lister takes these key elements and mixes them with a more current and melodic lyrical approach.

He is one of very few artists playing blues infused rock with a modern edge -tangible, heartfelt, soul searching and full of fine songwriting; played with passion and vitality. His hard hitting rhythms and guitar work are reminiscent of a young Clapton.

Lister began his career when he signed to Ruf Records in 1998. During his time on the label he worked with producers such as Jim Gaines (SRV, Santana) and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) and recorded four studio albums, two live albums and two DVD’s. However, if these earlier albums were Lister making his mark as a well respected blues rock artist, it was when he signed to Manhaton Records in June 2008 that he showed he had more commercial appeal to a bigger audience.

Read more… »


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Glenn Tilbrook Solo Show [+]

Tuesday 6th December – Sold Out

The Squeeze frontman returns to Telfords Warehouse for another blistering acoustic set. Read more… »


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Cake Bake Sale 1pm – 5pm [+]

Free Entry

The fundraisers for the Final Art and Design Degree Show are holding a Bake-Off Bake sale at Telfords Warehouse on Sunday 11th December, 1-5pm

Come along and sample a range of homemade cakes and bakes, and vote for your favourite! Or just grab a big helping of whichever one you fancy. All cakes are homemade by students at the University of Chester, but don’t let that put you off!

All proceeds will go towards the Art and Design Degree show in June.

Hope to see you all there!



The fundraisers for the Final Art and Design Degree Show are holding a Bake-Off Bake sale at Telfords Warehouse on Sunday 11th December, 1-5pm

Come along and sample a range of homemade cakes and bakes, and vote for your favourite! Or just grab a big helping of whichever one you fancy. All cakes are homemade by students at the University of Chester, but don’t let that put you off!

All proceeds will go towards the Art and Design Degree show in June.

Hope to see you all there!


1. TELFORD’S BAR 11P


 
APPEARING ON Monday, December 12th, 2011

Martyn Joseph [+]

Monday 12th December

Sold Out

Originally hailing from Penarth, Martyn Joseph reached the charts with his 1992 single Dolphins Make Me Cry. But the tale goes deeper than that, for this is a singer-songwriter with more than two decades of performing behind him. Read more… »


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, December 15th, 2011

DoodlePlanet Christmas Special [+]

Thursday 15th December – Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Friday, January 13th, 2012

Emanuel & The Fear (USA) [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

Emanuel and the Fear is a Brooklyn Rock Outfit (from here on out referred to as BRO).  There are many BRO’s in today’s world, but Emanuel and the Fear is the only one that brings 1-200 band members to the stage depending on how they’re feeling that particular evening.

You’re probably wondering what this BRO sounds like?  So are they.

Until they figure that out, they’ve been known to sound like a synth pop band, a heavy metal act with strings, an Irish pub band, a riot, a summer storm, 336 spiders/ants crawling up you legs and into your ears, a classic rock band, a really bad power ballad that despite knowing it’s really bad everyone loves, and due to their recent popularity…The Arcade Fire.  It’s members play/have worked with the likes of The National, From Autumn to Ashes, Sufjan Stevens, Zao, Akron/Family, Ryan Star, and The Canadian Brass.

Having spent hours laboring in the studio for their first two releases, the band took a more organic approach for the new self-released EPHands, by writing and rehearsing the tracks in the 2 months they toured Europe in 2010.  They then recorded and mixed the whole record in 4 days, mostly live in the studio.

“Hands” will be released exactly June 10th, 2011 and will be available everywhere, thanks to the internet. It will be leaked approximately one month prior to June 10th, 2011 also thanks to the internet.

This BRO has been written about!  Sources from the likes of Flavorpill, NME, Village Voice, The Guardian, Paste, Rolling Stone (Germany) and Vice (Germany) have all had something nice to say about Emanuel and the Fear.   They’ll be playing this summer around the northeast of America and are currently booked for the End of the Road Festival in England with a UK/Europe tour to follow.

Emanuel and the Fear may be, at any given time:

Drums – Jeff Gretz
Bass – Gil Goldin
Synth/Vocals – Dallin Applebaum
Guitar – Dan Tirer
Flute – Nic Cowles
Violin – Tom Swafford
Violin/Vocals – Liz Hanley
Cello – Brian Sanders
Trombone – David Nelson
Trumpet – Chris Coletti
Guitar/Piano/Vocals – Emanuel Ayvas

http://www.emanuelandthefear.com/

Tickets available online via SeeTickets



 
APPEARING ON Thursday, January 19th, 2012

“Fresh Outta’ The Box” – Gallops & Del Casino [+]

Thursday 19th January – Tickets £3.00

Spectrum Cygnini Cynergy Presents; “Fresh Outta’ the Box” showcasing the best in new and original music from around the Northwest

Gallops


2011 was a monumental year for Gallops. Playing gigs as diverse as Austin, Texas’ SWX, Cardiff’s SWN Festival, Wrexham’s Papyrus Charity event as well as touring Holland and Germany.

The band has been busy in the studio, expanding their Mathrock sound, posting the demos online to rapturous applause.  Expect to hear material old and new as the band make their Chester debut before releasing their debut album later in the year. www.gallops.com

The Revolutionary Spirit

The Revolutionary Spirit are another band who have had a great year.  From playing a number of Wrexham’s finest ROPE events to performances at Friends of Mine Festival, Manchester and Shoreditch Festival, London, The Revolutionary Spirit have broken new ground in the last twelve months. Mixing 80s, new wave, 90 shoe gaze and psychedelia, to make something truly unique,. 2012 is clearly earmarked to be their year. www.rev-spirit.com

Jaguar Jones

Combining angular guitar riffs with nu rave beats, Jaguar Jones are the perfect complement to the evening. Guaranteed to drag you to the dancefloor, since decamping to Manchester Jaguar Jones have been beavering away at new material the delights of which can be sampled this evening. www.jaguarjones.com

Del Casino

Despite sounding like they are kicking back in Ibiza’s Café Del Mar, Del Casino mix live guitars, percussion with samples and beats to get anyone’s feet shuffling. Lead single “Confusion” was the sound of last summer and is guaranteed to warm the cockles of any January evening. www.delcasino.com

Tickets available online via SeeTickets


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Crackling Vinyl Presents – Y Niwl & Sam Airey [+]

Tuesday 31 January – Tickets £5.00

Crackling Vinyl presents an intimate show at a stunning Georgian Warehouse alongside the Shropshire Union Canal.


After a year on the road as Gruff Rhys’ touring band, Y Niwl bring their thrilling psychedelic surf instrumentals to Telfords Warehouse for the first time. Their debut album Y Niwl was named The Sunday Times Album of the Week on 2 January 2011 and was lauded by both the NME and Drowned in Sound. The track Undegpedwar is currently being used as the theme tune to the BBC television show Football Focus.

“Y Niwl live in the mountains and they’re the world’s highest altitude post-surf band. They sound like post-rockers gatecrashing a Tarantino soundtrack.” – Gruff Rhys

www.yniwl.com

Supporting Y Niwl will be Anglesey’s Sam Airey. Sam’s remarkable songs bring to mind Bonnie Prince Billy or Bon Iver. There’s a compelling depth to his fingerpicked guitar and timeless vocals. Sam recently recorded a session for Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale studios.

www.samairey.com

Tickets available online via SeeTickets


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Spark Events present…RIO – A Brazilian Carnivale [+]

Brazilian Carnivale Night

Wednesday February 1st

A congo dancing, cocktail drinking salsa session in aid of Save The Children.  Featuring live performances from Karamba Samba, Latin Dance Classes with Salsa Inferno Don

Save The Children

An international children’s charity based in the UK which supports both emergency and long-term relief and development projects.  This event is particularly focused on Save The Childrens wonderful work helping the homeless and destitute children in Brazil.

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Vintage & Handmade Fayre (Midday – 6pm) [+]

Free Entry

Vintage and Handmade
at Telfords Warehouse

Do you enjoy affordable vintage style, or perhaps quirky creations made by local hands? Perhaps you’re a little strapped for cash after Christmas, or simply prefer to buy unique goods or items that have been made from lovingly recycled materials? On Sunday 5th February, Telfords Warehouse will be playing host to a Vintage and Handmade Fayre from 12-5pm. The event is free to attend, so why not pop along for a browse at some lovely local handmade and vintage stalls. From handmade jewellery, soaps and bath bombs, patchwork quilts and knitted lovelies, to vintage style clothing, collectables, inspired gifts and much more.  After taking a look at all of the fabulous items we have on sale, you can also enjoy a beverage or sit down for a meal in Telfords Warehouse’s fantastic bar and restaurant.

Do you have any unwanted clothes that you think someone else would like to offer a new home? Why not take part in our Free Clothes Swap stall. Bring along any men’s or women’s clothing and bags in a good, clean condition and swap them for free at our stall. One ticket will be given per item, which you can use to purchase anything else our stall has to offer and give someone else’s unwanted outfits a little love.

For more information and a taste of what will be on offer on Sunday 5th February, check out our event page on Facebook ‘Vintage and Handmade at Telfords Warehouse’, or contact our team at vintageandhandmade@hotmail.co.uk.


 
APPEARING ON Monday, February 20th, 2012

Drag and Gender Swap Night [+]

Tickets £5

Regina Events has organised a charity event where all profit goes to Stonewall – Charity number 1101255 (http://www.stonewall.org.uk/). The event we are hosting is a Drag and Genderswap Night, so come along dressed in drag or the opposite sex or just colourful and camp!


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Crackling Vinyl presents Laura J Martin & Trwbador [+]

Tuesday 21 February

Tickets £5 advance/ £6 door

Laura J Martin hails from the suburbs of Liverpool with influences that ricochet between Serge Gainsbourg, Wu Tang Clan, David Bowie and Herbie Mann. Armed with a flute ready for wrangling, mandolin and a loop station, she sings over her loops and beats, songs inspired by subject matter as disparate as Japanese folklore to real life sentiments and characters.

As well as performing live on Rob da Bank’s Campfire Special (Radio 1), Laura has been invited on live sessions with Marc Riley (Radio 6) and Cerys Matthews, and enjoyed airplay from Gideon Coe and Nick Luscombe (Late Junction radio 3).

Recent activity involves a UK tour (as guest and support) with ‘Jonny’ (Euros Childs and Norman Blake) including a slot at Glastonbury. She has a host of solo gigs around the country supporting names such as ‘Scout Niblett’, ‘Bonobo’, ‘Little Dragon’ ‘Singing Adams’ , ‘Hannah Peel’ and ‘The Simonsound’ (with whom she also performs on their live set).Laura has just finished an improvised album with Euros Childs and Sweet Baboo under the moniker ‘Short and Curlies’, and is now working on an EP with Richard James (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci).

She has had a string of releases including the single ‘Spy’, released this June with Static Caravan, (the AA side featuring Buck 65), and, ‘Inside Your Bones’ a single made in collaboration with ‘The Simonsound’, released with Battered Ornaments (Finders Keepers). Laura’s much anticipated debut album will be officially released in January, you can get hold of pre-release copies on her upcoming tour soon.

http://cracklingvinyl.tumblr.com

 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Crackling Vinyl presents Golden Fable & Pulco [+]

Tuesday 28 February

Tickets £5 advance/ £6 door

Golden Fable are Tim McIver and Rebecca Palin.

The couple met in Manchester and were the driving force behind cult group Tim & Sam’s Tim & The Sam Band. After a heavy touring schedule, a highly acclaimed album and many radio sessions, the duo decided that it was time for a new challenge – Golden Fable was born.

Set up at their home studio in North Wales, dozens of songs were whittled down to a self-produced eleven track LP that is ready for release early in 2012.

Any illusions of a stripped back acoustic duo quickly dissipate when listening to debut single ‘The Chill Pt. 2’. Quirky beats and percussion introduce multi-layered synths, acoustic guitars and Rebecca’s choral vocal style, which bubbles up to a crescendo of electric guitars and duetting vocals. This lo-fi, folk-tinged pop that picks you up and takes you to another place.

The Chill Pt. 2 was self-released November 7th and led to a tour with The Miserable Rich, airplay on 6Music, BBC Radio Wales and XFM and culminated in a BBC Radio One Session at Maida Vale with Rob Da Bank.

www.goldenfable.com

www.twitter.com/goldenfable

Pulco

Ashley Cooke began his musical journey in the critically-acclaimed Derrero ( (3 Peel sessions, 2 Peel festive 50 spots, tours with Gorky’s, Super Furry Animals etc). Since that band’s demise at the turn of the millennium, Cooke’s has released 5 acclaimed albums as ‘Pulco’. Pulco music is home-recorded lo-fi experimentalism – observational, poignant and at times laugh out loud funny. It includes poetry, found sound, ambient noise as well as songs deftly performed with little more than voice and guitar.

http://folkwit.com/artists/pulco
http://twitter.com/pulcoman

http://cracklingvinyl.tumblr.com

 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

King King [+]

Tuesday 27th March – Tickets £10.00

“Softly softly” is not a maxim that King King are familiar with. Since surging into life two years ago they have barely stopped for breath, and their electrifying sound and scorching live shows have generated more of a thunderous roar than a buzz.

Straight out of the blocks it was clear that King King is a band which knows how to make an entrance. An exhilarating debut at the Monaghan Blues Festival created such a stir that it prompted organizer Somhairle MacConghail to remark: “King King aren’t just playing the festival. Word is that King King ARE the festival”. With a reception like this there’s little surprise that the phone has been ringing off the hook ever since, and the last year has seen them bring their inimitable brand of multi-faceted blues rock to the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Abertillery Festival and even Glastonbury. This was in addition to a seemingly non-stop series of rousing live shows across the UK and Europe, much to the delight of the band’s burgeoning fan base.

In the midst of all this, a particular highlight of 2010 was King King’s invitation to perform within the hallowed walls of the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. The boys’ set went out on Radio 2 and won the approval of DJ and blues aficionado Paul Jones who was moved to remark: “Here at Radio 2, we think Alan Nimmo and King King are going to go all the way”.

Having signed to Manhaton Records, next came a return to Chapel Studios to record the eagerly anticipated debut album. King King are familiar faces having recorded their critically acclaimed EP Broken Heal at the studio, and again collaborated with the production team behind the Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and the Editors.
The resulting album, Take My Hand, is a bold and wildly enjoyable collection of songs showcasing King King’s unique sound, swaggering from Stones-tinged blues rock through throbbing funk to reflective ballad and back.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Meet The Brewer – Tatton Brewery [+]

Tickets £9.00 / £7.00 for CAMRA members

Following on from the success of our 1st ever beer festival last October, Telford’s is delighted to announce our first Meet The Brewer evening on Thursday, April 12th.

With the rise of microbreweries and good quality craft beers over the past few years, we’ve decided to take advice from the CAMRA website and host a Meet The Brewer evening.  The aim being to allow our customers to meet the folks who produce their weekly tipples.

For our first evening we’ve invited along the good folks from Tatton Brewery along to pass on some of their knowledge.

On the night Gregg Sawyer, Owner and Head Brewer will be available to talk about his brewery and the beers they produce, whilst our friendly and skilled bar staff man the pumps.  Here is a little overview of the brewery from their website :

Tatton Brewery is a family  business, based in Knutsford in the heart of Cheshire. By combining a custom built modern brewery, an historic local yeast, and years of experience producing internationally renowned recipes we aim to brew Cheshire’s finest beers.

Our brewery has been specifically designed for consistency and quality, we know that each and every pint we deliver needs to be as good as the last.

We have 4 regular beers  always available, complemented by seasonals and occasionals to add variety and a little fun to our range.

www.tattonbrewery.co.uk

The evening will run from 8pm until the pub closes at half past midnight, with Gregg available until 10pm. The first couple of hours will be ticket only, with our bottom bar area only for the beer afficionados, from 10pm it will be open to all.

Tickets are available from Telford’s bar or on the night at £9 / £7 on production of a valid CAMRA card. For this you will get the aforementioned option of meeting Gregg, 4 halves of the beers available and a pork pie.  There will also be live music on the small stage in the main bar with Rusty Mahone and friends.


 
APPEARING ON Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Neil Innes Solo Show [+]

Monday 23 April – Tickets £12.00

Photograph courtesy of John Seedhouse -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/leftlung/3991109106

The manic maestro responsible for The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles and many musical musing with Monty Python makes a triumphant, cue fanfare – Tra Lah La Lah – return to the Telford’s stage.  Whoop Whoop!

Tickets available online via SeeTickets or via the venue on 01244 390 090


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Crackling Vinyl presents Chris T-T + She Makes War [+]

Tuesday 24th April – Tickets £5.oo Adv

christt.com

The genius that is Chris T–T.
Huw Stephens – BBC Radio 1

Chris T–T is a man that we can trust with our lives. If he was standing for Mayor of London, I’d vote for him.
Steve Lamacq – BBC Radio 2

“Outstanding, indispensable genius. A modern-day Blake.”
The Sunday Times

Over the past decade, writer and musician Chris T-T has been one of the most consistently acclaimed artists in British underground music.

Since 1999 Chris has released eight albums, including a trilogy about London: The 253 (2001), London Is Sinking (2003) and Capital (2008), as well as political protest album 9 Red Songs (2005) and more recently the inward-looking Love Is Not Rescue (2010).

Based in Brighton but restlessly mobile, he writes for magazines, websites and books, including a regular column in national left-wing newspaper The Morning Star. Alongside writing and touring, Chris also speaks regularly at conferences and runs songwriting seminars and workshops.

“A national gem of a songwriter.”
The Independent

Emerging from roots in late 90s lo-fi and psych-folk, Chris first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban folk. More recently he has developed into an influential figure of UK song; crossing barriers between punk, psych-pop and English folk, inspiring a generation of successful home-grown artists.

Chris has played shows around the world with artists such as Ben Folds, Elbow, The Divine Comedy, The National, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Delgados, British Sea Power, Arab Strap, Carter USM, Frank Turner, Marcus Brigstocke, Madrugada, Attila The Stockbroker, Robyn Hitchcock, Stewart Lee, Iain Sinclair and many others. He has also played piano for three generations of great British singer-songwriter; accompanying Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.

She Makes War

She Makes War is the solo project of Laura Kidd – multi-instrumentalist vocal chameleon (past collaborators include The Young Punx, Redroche, Michael Gray, Koolwah and Super Mal), filmmaker and video director, photographer, blogger, sometime session musician (previously for I Blame Coco, Tricky, Alex Parks and Lil’ Chris) and strident purveyor of grungey dystopian gloom-pop.

Debut album “Disarm” was co-produced by Kidd and Myles Clarke (Belakiss, Sparkadia, Sneaker Pimps) and self released in September 2010, preceded by two singles – “Let This Be” and “I Am”. The album was accompanied by four quirky handmade music videosdirected/executive produced and edited by Kidd, starring a host of characters from zombie clowns to sleepy lions to intrepid penguins.

www.shemakeswar.com


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Karima Francis with support T.G.Elias [+]

Tickets £7.00 Advance £8.00 On Door

In a word, Karima’s voice is stunning. In a breath, she’s capable of sweeping from ethereally angelic to devastatingly heartbreaking, a power that has seen her captivate audiences live.

Karima Francis is a young singer/songwriter from Blackpool, England. Nineteen years old, as of 2006, she is now based in Manchester, intending to study music. Originally a drummer also providing backing vocals for alternative/indie band Litterbug in her home town, she had only recently became a singer, and also plays the guitar. This change of direction has revealed a singer of enormous range and power who has been likened by some to a young Joan Armatrading, but who has a unique style of her own. This is coupled with a small number of lyrical and powerful self-written songs.

During the 2006 In the City event in Manchester, Karima Francis performed no less than six times and generated a great deal of both local and industry interest. During early 2007 Karima toured extensively, both as a headline act and in support of other musicians including Seth Lakeman and James Morrison during January and February. She has also performed at showcase events at the SXSW festival in Austin Texas.

In Spring 2007 Karima Francis was signed to the Newcastle based independent label, Kitchenware Records. She is to start work on the recording of her first album in June following the end of her May 2007 tour. The album is to be produced by Ken Nelson who has many major credits (Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy, Ray Lamontagne…).


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Crackling Vinyl presents Richard James [+]

Tickets £5

On Tuesday 8th May, Crackling Vinyl is proud to present another night of brilliant live music and superlative vinyl excellence at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester.

Tickets for Richard James and The Gentle Good are £5 from the venue itself (01244 390090).

More information on this event’s artists follows:

Richard James
New album ‘Pictures In The Morning’ released 23rd April 2012 on Gwymon

Richard James, co-founder of seminal psych-folk band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, releases his third album, ‘Pictures in the Morning’ on the Gwymon label on April 23rd.

His first two albums, ‘The Seven Sleepers Den’ and ‘We Went Riding’ were very well received, and as a part of Gorky’s he toured extensively all over the world as well as recording eight albums and numerous ep’s and singles during a thirteen year period.

He has recently started a new project called Pen Pastwn, with a two-hour collection of songs, instrumentals and sound collage in the process of being finished, and a free EP entitled ‘In France’ released online at inchapters.com in December 2011.

He took the band on a week-long trip to Sudan with The British Council in February, and a short film of the trip can be seen on the website. Together with the writer John Williams, he started In Chapters almost three years ago, a music and literary collective based in Cardiff, where Richard is musical director, staging unique multi-media events with writers and musicians in collaboration, as well as the online content. He is in the process of starting a label with musical collaborator and friend Gareth Bonello (aka The Gentle Good), with solo gigs and Pen Pastwn shows coming up during the year.

Some choice quotes/marks etc -

Uncut – 8/10

LOBF -

Lauren Laverne – ‘Yes, love it!’

http://www.inchapters.com

http://twitter.com/inchapters_penp

The Gentle Good

The Gentle Good is also known as Cardiff born Gareth Bonello, a Welsh folk singer and songwriter. His honest and tender vocals are well matched to an intricate guitar style that owes much to the great guitarists of the 60s folk revival. A dedicated multi-instrumentalist his recordings are layered with subtle string arrangements as well as banjos, mandolins and glockenspiels.

Following a series of self released EPs, the debut album ‘While You Slept I Went Out Walking’ was released by Gwymon records in November 2008. The album received praise in the critical press, with Gareth variously being compared to Nick Drake, Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Martyn and Donovan by the likes of Mojo and the Guardian. The mighty Bob Harris repeatedly lavished high praise on the album on his Saturday night show and radio stations throughout the UK have gradually begun to play The Gentle Good.

A captivating live performer, The Gentle Good can enchant an audience with just a guitar, weaving dark stories amongst tragic folk songs as he performs. Recent developments have seen Gareth perform with a string section – delivering a more complete sound closer to those heard on his records.

The Gentle Good is an experienced live act, having delighted audiences at home and abroad at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Lorient Interceltique, The Green Man, End of the Road, Latitude, Swn Festival, In the City, South by Southwest and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

In the summer of 2009 The Gentle Good was one of 12 bands selected through the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition to perform at Glastonbury Festival.

Chester’s excellent 2nd hand vinyl emporium, Grey ‘n’ Pink Records join us in the top bar. Cash back available over the bar.

Previous live guests at Crackling Vinyl have included: Laura J. Martin, Y Niwl, Colorama, Richard James, Toy Horses, T.G. Elias, Georgia Ruth, Chris T-T, She Makes War, Sam Airey, Houdini Dax, Trwbador, The Gentle Good, Golden Fable, Pulco, Harry Keyworth, Greta Isaac, Atlas Twins, Sophie Ballamy.

Crackling Vinyl DJ’s: Ben ‘Soundhog’ Hayes, Sîon Glyn, Elin Bach, Jeremy Horrill, Adam Walton.


 
APPEARING ON Monday, May 14th, 2012

Scott Matthews [+]

Rescheduled date Monday 14th May

Contact venue for details 01244 390 090

Tickets £12.50

Scott’s musical past has seen him experiment with funk, indie, rock and soul, but his solo career has seen him take a more focused route towards folk and blues and he spent most of June 2006 supporting the Foo Fighters on their string of acoustic concerts across the UK. With influences including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Marc Bolan and Joe Satriani, his music is often likened to that of American singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Bob Log III [+]

Tickets £10.00

TOM WAITS : “And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody ever knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying. I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold. That’s what I aspire to basically.”

MILTON BERLE “Hey kid…. DO what thou wilt.”
ROBERT PLANT “Dear Bob, it’s been ages since Sweden.”


 
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 Thursday, July 19th, 2012

SWINGING SUMMER SURF SHOP [+]

Free Entry

Becnicks Wonder Emporium proudly presents it’s SWINGING SUMMER SURF SHOP
A tropical Paradise of Vintage Delights

Featuring-

A varied selection of Sizzlin Hot Summer Stalls cramed with the coolest vintage threads from Becnicks Wonder Emporium and friends.

Hot Boppin DJ’s Pipe and Slipper’s playing the best Surf/Beat/Boogie/Disco/ Rock n Roll/Rockabilly/Swing and Hula Hits.

Island games including-Coco shy, Limbo and Hula Hoop competition.

It’s gonna be the hippest hottest Summer surf party Chester has ever seen and it’s COMPLETELY Free!!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Utility Vintage Market 12-5 / Open Mic Night with Mark Henderson [+]

Sunday 19th August – Free Entry

Utility Vintage Market Presents Summer Fete

On Sunday August 19th 2012 the Utility Vintage Market team will be hosting a relaunch event for their much loved vintage clothing and lifestyle market at Telford’s Warehouse, Tower Wharf, Chester.

The extremely popular event is one of a kind here in the city of Chester and supports the likes of growing independent businesses such as Becnicks Wonder Emporium located on Brook Street who are participating in this unusual shopping experience. Vintage sellers from all over the North West will be standing at the rather aptly named ‘A Delightfully British Summer Fete’ event which playfully toys with the traditional idea of quintessential British etiquette, in keeping with the jubilee and Olympic themes of 2012.

Established artist Nikki Pinder who has previously exhibited her work in the Telford’s Warehouse contemporary art gallery will be selling exclusive customised garments and limited edition prints and will be standing amongst many other local artists, designers and craftsfolk.

The Borders Cheese Carrying Company who famously sell homemade cheeses and chutneys from their custom made narrow boat and will be parked alongside the outdoor seating area on the canalside which will be complimented by folk bands busking and bunting!

Home brewed Welsh cider ‘Rosies’ will be available on draught, alongside a range of flavoured bottled ciders. Telford’s Warehouse restaurant will be open for business, serving their delicious roast dinners made using locally sourced fresh produce.

Event organiser Holly Amelia Ashbrook has said “We are incredibly excited for the relaunch of the Utility Vintage Markets and look forward to encouraging the exploration of British style and culture in an environment very different to that of the City Centre. We hope this event will inspire Chester’s ever growing creative comunity to work together and to support eachother, their arts and their businesses.”

This event is open to the public from 12pm – 5pm. Parking is available and entry is free.

Mark Henderson

Open mic antics with Telford’s legend Mark bringing us his unique folk/blues stylings. Always a popular session, best to get in early if you fancy a set.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Doodle Planet [+]

Thursday 23rd August – Free Entry

Telford’s is proud to present yet another Doodleplanet event. An exciting interactive art and music event that just keeps getting better and better. Compulsive scribbler David Setter transforms the walls of Telford’s into giant canvases with the emphasis on freehand doodling all to the sublime sounds of DJ Matty Setter – expect Latin Beats, Freestyle Funk and Saucy Soul tracks. Everyone is welcome to come on down and scribble to your hearts content…

Interactive Art


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Crackling Vinyl Presents Euros Childs + band [+]

Thursday 6th September

With Support from The Wellgreen and Adam Stearns

Tckets £8adv / £9door

The singer and multi-instrumentalist from Welsh pysch-pop outfit Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. Of his solo project, Euros says it’s about getting ‘as close as I could to party music’.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Crackling Vinyl presents Cate Le Bon & H. Hawkline [+]

Tuesday 11 September – Tickets £5

On Tuesday 11th September, Crackling Vinyl is proud to present another night of brilliant live music and superlative vinyl excellence at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester. This is our first night back after our summer break.

Cate Le Bon

New album released 30th April 2012 on Ovni (Turnstile)

‘Fold The Cloth’ video: http://vimeo.com/33373552

“like a Valley-born Nico locked in the cupboard with The Fall” **** Q

“Cate Le Bon follows her own path” **** MOJO

“her lyrical style recalls the whimsical, pastoral fantasy of Syd Barrett and her music jumps everywhere, from garage rock to harmony pop to electronic….with it’s own sense of logic.” **** The Times

“Le Bon is someone whose take on songwriting is so sideways, it would be completely impossible for anyone else to replicate it” Guardian Guide

“like an unearthed psych classic” NME 8/10

“absolutely brilliant” Drowned In Sound

“Le Bon’s days as a farmgirl in West Wales may be long behind her, but she’s clearly held on to certain agricultural principles: namely, that the right amounts of patience and nurturing can produce glorious yields.” Pitchfork

“How would I describe the album?” muses Cate Le Bon. “Cut a remote island in two and place one half to your ear…”

Cate Le Bon, the Cardiff-based singer who popped up on Gruff Rhys’s Neon Neon album before issuing her own debut album, My Oh My, in 2010, returns with her second album, CYRK, in April 2012. It follows Le Bon’s extensive tour with St Vincent in the USA, where the album has already been released too much acclaim and Cate is currently on her own headlining jaunt.

“CYRK is like a time travel travelogue which continually returns the sea,” says Le Bon, who took the album’s title from the Polish word for Circus and took inspiration from a trip to the Isle Of Eigg. “I mostly write about the sea, matters of the heart and animals – or a mish-mash of all three.”

Recorded with producer Krissie Jenkins in Cardiff and set for release on Gruff Rhys’s Ovni imprint, CYRK found Le Bon raiding Super Furry Animals’s collection of synths, pedals and guitars. “We spent days plugging different things into one another – it was so much fun,” she says.

Players include Le Bon’s “trusty” backing band (Andy Fung on drums, Steve Black on bass and  Niwl’s Sion Glyn on guitar) plus H. Hawkline on synths and Meilyr and Gwion from Racehorses playing brass on Great. “If you listen very carefully,” says Le Bon, “you can hear Gruff Rhys wailing backing vocals on Falcon Eyed too.”

The completed album is a 35-minute blast of colour, ever-changing as it whizzes from the garage pop opener Falcon Eyed to piano-led Puts Me To Work and the psychedelic title track. Elsewhere, the delights of Fold The Cloth, The Man I Wanted (“The only time that I have put a recorder track down and not been ridiculed for it. Result.”), the proggy Through The Mill and closing number Ploughing Out, a track so epic it demanded to be split into two parts. “The song ends with a cacophony of instruments, a mixture of everything that has appeared on the album,” says Le Bon. “It’s the finale. I make my saxophone debut; it will also be the last time I ever play saxophone. I very nearly ruptured my cheeks.”

http://www.Catelebon.com

http://twitter.com/catelebon

H. HAWKLINE

H. Hawkline has released two acclaimed albums on Shape Records, both of which plough a singular furrow across the over-farmed, muddy field of rock ‘n’ psych ‘n’ folk ‘n’ roll. Unequal parts sane Syd Barrett, John Renbourn and Paul Giovanni, H. Hawkline’s song embers will warm any heart yearning for an antidote to the inane and anodyne. He’s ace. And he has hair a stork could nest in.

http://hhawkline.bandcamp.com

http://twitter.com/h_hawkline

Chester’s excellent 2nd hand vinyl emporium, Grey ‘n’ Pink Records join us in the top bar. Cash back available over the bar.

Previous live guests at Crackling Vinyl have included: Laura J. Martin, Y Niwl, Colorama, Richard James, Toy Horses, T.G. Elias, Georgia Ruth, Chris T-T, She Makes War, Sam Airey, Houdini Dax, Trwbador, The Gentle Good, Golden Fable, Pulco, Harry Keyworth, Greta Isaac, Atlas Twins, Sophie Ballamy.

Crackling Vinyl DJ’s: Ben ‘Soundhog’ Hayes, Elin Bach, Jeremy Horrill, Adam Walton.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, October 12th, 2012

Telford’s October Beer Festival Sunday Session Now On [+]

Friday October the 12th and Saturday October the 13th see the return of Telford’s October Beer festival for a second outing!

With over 30 regional and national real ales and 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 The Rusty CadillacsRusty Mahone, The Jake Leg Jug Band and Fellerband and the party is already in full swing. To finish off the mix we will also be serving an extended range of snacks including an outside marquee with a hog roast.

Entry is based on our usual weekend club night, free before 9pm and £4 on the door after with the event running from 6 pm on the Friday until close at 2 am, from 12 noon on Saturday until close at 2am. If there’s anything left unsold after the Saturday we will have the bars open again Sunday so come down for our Open Mic session hosted by The Glendale Family, where it will be free entry all evening!

Plenty of great real ales left for Sunday, now being sold at £2.50 a pint!


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Telford’s October Beer Festival [+]


Friday October the 12th and Saturday October the 13th see the return of Telford’s October Beer festival for a second outing!

With over 30 regional and national real ales and 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 The Rusty CadillacsRusty MahoneThe Jake Leg Jug Band and Fellerband and the party is already in full swing. To finish off the mix we will also be serving an extended range of snacks including an outside marquee with a hog roast.

Entry is based on our usual weekend club night, free before 9pm and £4 on the door after with the event running from 6 pm on the Friday until close at 2 am, from 12 noon on Saturday until close at 2am. If there’s anything left unsold after the Saturday we will have the bars open again Sunday evening so come down for our Open Mic session hosted by The Glendale Family, where it will be free entry all evening!


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Juliet Turner with support from Stephen McCartney [+]

Tickets £12.00

http://www.noisetrade.com/julietturner

A compelling performer. Underestimate her at your cost.
Irish Times

Lauded from everyone from Terry Wogan to Niall Stokes.
Hotpress Magazine

Turner is – always has been, in this writers opinion –
one of the most intriguing of Irish female song writers
Tony Clayton-Lea – Irish Times

There’s a pleasing asperity and knowing toughness underpinning the stylistic and
expressive variety of Turner’s singing….confidently cosmopolitan.
Susan Wilson – Scottish Sunday Herald

Her stage presence is the type that smoulders, drawing you in and making you
sit forward in your seat rather than dazzling and knocking you back on your heels…
…it’s impossible not to have been thoroughly charmed.
Maurice O’Brien – Hotpress Magazine

Juliet Turners’ music is vibrant, personal and deeply moving…a wonderful thrilling ride of innocent pleasure and carnal delight….frankly gorgeous.
Smyth Harper – BBC Manchester website

Turner is a self-conscious artist of broad vision, whose vocal style is beguiling, then winning….. so obviously you are going to listen, as tonight’s capacity audience did.
Stuart Ferguson – Celtic Connections


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, November 8th, 2012

A Night of Song and Laughter [+]

Free Entry

‘A Night of Song and Laughter’

Fragment Arts Collective presents this fabulously entertaining Cabaret show. Guests will enjoy a unique theatrical experience including a spot of ventriloquism, live singing, comedy and guest performances from Chester Ukulele Players.

Featuring special guests:
Dangerous Dave
A ventriloquist act that charms and mesmerises his audience, must be seen to be believed!

The Garden of Eden: Featuring… Adam and Eve
A top-notch comedy act that will tempt the senses and awaken the serpent, Ssshh……Just don’t eat the apple.

Fusion Vocal group

A Chester based vocal group, who will be performing a choral repertoire of contemporary classics, not to be missed.

Plus, a host of other show stopping performances from our energetic and entertaining cast!!

Fragment Arts Collective is a locally based multi-disciplinary arts group specialising in Comedy, Theatre, music and installation pieces. Hot on the heels of our last Cabaret, we have decided to indulge ourselves in another night of fun and are inviting all of you to along for the journey. We promise you won’t be disappointed.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Nine Below Zero [+]

Tickets £13.50

Nine Below Zero are one of Britain’s most respected R&B bands, famous for their no-frills, punchy and direct approach. Frontman Dennis Greaves, with his rasping vocals and stinging guitar work, is joined by fellow-founder Mark Feltham on harmonica, and a driving rhythm section of Gerry McAvoy (bass) and Brendan O’Neill (drums). Their gigs are energetic affairs: non-stop, thrill-a-minute parties.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Martyn Joseph with support from Luke Jackson [+]

Sold Out

Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other.
Touring in support of a brand new studio album “Songs for the Coming Home”, shades of Springsteen, 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.
Martyn’s ability to transcend preconceptions about how one man and a guitar can sound is testament to his talent and stage presence. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s more than one musician on stage.The shows are intelligently constructed, Martyn presenting his audience with challenging narratives and with an intensity that hits with the power of a right hook. He tempers this with songs that comfort and speak to the soul. His great improvisation and immediate topicality lead to an organic fluidity that makes every show different. His comfortable rapport and conversation with his audiences, his sense of humour and his ability to make everyone feel at home lie right at the heart of the evenings success.
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.
Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.

“Britain`s best kept secret……a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer” – MoJo 4* review
“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate”?Tom Robinson BBC 6 music
“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”?Q Magazine
“A profound experience”?The Boston Globe
“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”?Time Out
“Written with craft, performed with passion”?Financial Times
“He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines” – Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

Luke Jackson

On this tour Martyn will be supported by Luke Jackson, a young roots singer songwriter from Canterbury, who performs with passion and writes with a maturity that belies his years. While many of his contemporaries are chasing their 5 minutes of fame in the disposable world of TV talent shows, Luke is ploughing an independent furrow, writing songs of depth and emotional value that connect with audiences the length and breadth of the country.
He is one of the finest emerging talents in the roots and acoustic scene today and is developing into a consummate live performer who once seen, will certainly not be forgotten. His debut album, “More Than Boys”, produced by Martyn, is released in August 2012.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Telford’s Christmas Fayre [+]

Thursday 6th December – Free Entry

Roll up to the canal side on this cold winters eve to fill your bellies with mince pies, your heads with grog and your stockings with vintage gifts!

Telford’s Warehouse will be transformed into the most glamorous grotto in town, thriving with handmade homewares, kitsch kitchenware, retro rags, junk jewellery and quirky crafts brought to you by sellers far and wide who are extremely passionate about vintage and eclectic style. Whether you’re a vintage virgin or a retro vetran, The Yule Tide Bazaar will acco

mmodate all your Christmassy needs!

Christmas is a time for giving and we’d like to give you the gift of free entry, plentiful parking and a time out from the hustle and bustle of late night city centre festive shopping – aren’t we kind?!

Not only will we be supplying a large amount of home made mulled wine to tickle your taste buds, amazing vintage clobber to wrap up your cold bodies, a dollop of live folk ‘n’ roll to heat your ears but we will also be donating all of the proceeds from the stall fees to Chester Aid For The Homeless to warm your hearts. Donations will be very welcome.


 
APPEARING ON Monday, December 31st, 2012

Warehouse of Horrors – Apocalypse Survivors Society 2012 [+]

New Years Eve 2012 – Tickets SOLD OUT

The end is upon us!

As 2012 draws to a close, congratulations on surviving the end of the Mayan calendar, swimming through the annual summer floods and escaping the zombie hordes of the ensuing apocalypse!

Come and celebrate in style, spend New Year’s Eve at Telford’s for the return of the Warehouse of Horrors.

Signalling the death of summer sunshine, this ghostly manifestation has appeared irregularly throughout history, often heralding times of ill-omen. The only way to appease this malevolent entity and avert the doom it portends is through the sacrificial offering of wine, song, costume and dance!

So don your survival gear, load up your shotgun, put your pet zombie on its leash and make sure your here on the 31st December as the Apocalypse Survivor’s Society drinks, cavorts and debauches its way into 2013!


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, January 5th, 2013

The Skin Imps [+]

Saurday 5th January 2013

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Collectively known as The Skin Imps, these three individuals – whom I shall introduce presently – have blazed a trail for many years, but have largely remained in the shadows, honing their skills in preparation for the coming apocalypse, ready to strike from a secret encampment on the bordertowns of society at a moments notice.

That moment is now!

Guided by the voice of God (Lee Majors), they have made it their sacred quest to reintroduce the world to their forgotten childhood, by assaulting them with powerful, mesmerising, dirty and sexual versions of Jamie and the Magic Torch, The Littlest Hobo, Thundercats and many other classic themes from 1980s television. This is their fight, their calling, their honour.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe & Special Guest JP Cooper [+]

Free Entry

The wonderful Ms Deboe brings her considerable talents to our Sunday night free stage. This week we feature a special performance from JP Cooper

JP Cooper

Playing a blend of folk, blues, soul and gospel; JP Cooper is an intriguing prospect amongst aspiring British singer-songwriters. Listening to him perform, either alone or with his band, bears witness to an honesty, intensity and power evoked via the simplest of orchestration. His soulfully expressive, unique vocal style, the kind that cuts through a room to hush a chattering crowd in seconds, is utterly bewitching. His unexpected vocal flights hardly prepare you for the intimacy and empathy to follow, and coupled with a clutch of sensational songs, you will find it almost impossible to believe that he has only been writing seriously for two years and performing solo for barely one. Comparisons are yet to be made (although they inevitably will be..), but there is nothing derivative about his voice or his songwriting.

www.jpcooper.co.uk


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Ian McNabb [+]

Tuesday 12th March – Tickets £12.50

“The sweetest guy in rock’n’roll – a legend as far as I am concerned.” – Alan McGee

Robert Ian McNabb (born 3rd November 1962) first rose to prominence with ‘The Icicle Works’ when they scored two major hit singles”Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)” (Top forty US) and “Love is a Wonderful Colour” (Top twenty UK). Their eponymously titled debut album was also a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, achieving gold record status in Canada. ‘The Icicle Works’ released four albums between 1983 – 1988, all achieving top forty placing, until they broke up immediately after their swansong Blind.

The other two members of the band were Chris Layhe (bass & vocals) and Chris Sharrock (drums), the latter now enjoying great success playing in Oasis. Ian went on to record one more album under the name ‘The Icicle Works,’ signing to Epic in 1989 and using session musicians in place of the now departed Chris’s. Permanent Damage was released in March 1990, but fared badly in the midst of the then exploding ‘Madchester scene.’ Ian comes from Liverpool!

Ian split with Epic that same year and over the next few months he began preparing songs for what would become his first solo album Truth and Beauty. Self-financed, and released on Andrew Lauder’s new label ‘This Way Up’ in March 1993, the album was rapturously received by both fans and critics alike, finding its way into magazine end of year polls, and even making it into Q magazine’s ‘best albums released during Q’s lifetime’!

Now on both a creative and commercial roll, Ian and his new record label knew they had to up the ante for the next release. Ian had written a song called “Fire Inside My Soul” which musically resembled the sound of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Andrew Lauder had suggested to Ian that it might a good idea for him to record his next album with producer John Porter, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. Ian didn’t relish the idea of recording out of his native surroundings, undeterred, Andrew  insisted his idea was a sound one. Rather facetiously, Ian suggested that if the services of Neil Young’s band could be assured, he would gladly make the long journey to California.

When Crazy Horse eventually met with Ian in November of 1993, they all got on famously and spent five days creating the music which would end up being exactly one half of the new record. Released in July 1994, Head Like a Rock was an immediate success. The album returned Ian to the upper reaches of the top forty once again, cementing his position of a great British singer-songwriter in the minds of both the public and the industry. Further weight was given to this fact when the album was deemed worthy of a nomination for the prestigious ‘Mercury prize’. Ian ultimately lost out to ‘M people’ but reckons he had more fun at the party than they did.

For his next album, Ian decided to put together a new band. Ian christened them ‘The Afterlife.’ The resulting album, 1996’s Merseybeast, was once again a top forty success. The tour ended on a high note when Ian got to share the bill at 1996’s Phoenix festival with Young and Crazy Horse. In 1997 ‘This Way Up’ unfortunately went belly-up. Ian decided to take a break for a while. He packed his bag and flew off to Jamaica where he proverbially ‘hung out’ and gathered his thoughts. Upon his return, still reluctant to jump back on the treadmill, he accepted the job of playing bass in former Waterboy Mike Scott’s new touring outfit.

He began writing new songs in January of 1998. In May/June of that year Ian was offered a week-long residency at Ronnie Scott’s club in Birmingham. Playing solo night after night, Ian quickly rediscovered his muse. New songs came fast. He decided he would record an all-acoustic album. Accompanying himself on acoustic and (very quiet) electric guitars with a sprinkling of piano and mellotron.

Ian released the sublime A Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Emotional Party. Danny Thompson (Pentangle, John Martyn. Nick Drake) played upright bass on five tracks, while Mike Scott and Anthony Thistlethwaite (Waterboys) provided some beautiful acoustic guitar, mandolin and saxophone between them. The stark confessional nature of the songs, combined with the stripped down approach produced a work of dazzling intensity. …the Emotional Party was released with little fanfare in October of 1998, accompanied by the longest tour Ian had yet undertaken in the UK. It was, once again, warmly received by all concerned and fared well, though not achieving a chart placing this time.

A late 1999 show at Liverpool’s Life Cafe resulted in a live acoustic recording released as Live at Life. The album features a mix of McNabb classics as well as Icicle Works favourites. Originally only available in limited quantities, this disc was later released by Ian’s new label, Sanctuary. The full-tilt rock band appeared once again on McNabb’s eponymous album released in April 2001 on Sanctuary. This album is a relatively short collection of rocking numbers that express Ian’s love for classic 60s and 70s power pop and rock, with clear nods to the likes of Badfinger, the Who, T Rex, the Beach Boys, and others. It is largely a no-holds-barred rock explosion, through which Ian’s knack for melody and pop sensibility always shines through.

Ian broke with Sanctuary due to their ongoing U.S. distribution troubles. Teaming up once again with Andrew Lauder, this time under the name of Evangeline Records, Ian released a collection of unreleased and demo material that the fans had been clamoring for over the years. Waifs & Strays consists of material from 1993-2000 and demonstrates Ian’s ability to craft winning songs – and then not release them for years. Originally seen as a ‘fans only’ disc, this album surprised everyone by selling strongly well beyond the circle of die-hard fans, demonstrating McNabb’s widespread appeal.

The Gentleman Adventurer, a fourteen track album featuring Ian playing almost all the instruments himself was quietly released in 2002, available firstly only on mail order, although proving popular enough outside of Ian’s dedicated fanbase to eventually receive a high street release. This album contained many fine songs including the enduring in-concert favourites “All Things To Everyone” and “Lady By Degrees”. Ian also used whizz-kid-up-and-coming producer/engineer Mike Cave (The Charlatans/John Martyn) on these sessions, who has appeared to breathe life into recent recordings, and continues to work with Ian up to the present. July 2004 saw the release of Potency – The Best Of Ian McNabb. A long overdue career summary of his post-Icicle Works years, and a fine introduction for the uninitiated. It also featured a bonus disc of rarities, b sides and outtakes.

Ian’s 2005 album, Before All Of This, was previewed by the top 40 single “Let The Young Girl Do What She Wants To.” This was Ian’s first ‘hit’ in 21 years proving there’s life in the old dog yet. The album was divided into two distinct acoustic and electric ’sides’ and featured the enchanting backing vocals of Wirral born singer Livia Johnson, as well as powerhouse drummer Steve Barney (Annie Lennox, Jeff Beck). Long time cohort Roy Corkill returned for bass duties.

In autumn 2006 Ian resurrected The Icicle Works for a sold-out 25th Anniversary tour.

Ian’s autobiography “Merseybeast” was published in October 2008 and was greeted with great acclaim from both critics and fans. But not ex-girlfriends…..


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Doodleplanet [+]

Free Entry

An eggcellent evening of art and music where the walls of Telford’s are transformed into a canvas for inspirational sketches and master pieces. Pens are available to hire or bring along your own medium to create the visions inside your mind. All set to the musical back drop DJing’s of Matty Setter – expect Latin Beats, Freestyle Funk and Saucy Soul tracks.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The Doors Alive [+]

Tickets £10.00

The Doors Alive is the No.1 tribute band to the legendary 60′s Californian rock guru’s The Doors. They re-create the sound, look, presence and feel of a real 1960s Doors concert perfectly and effortlessly, transporting the crowd back in time with such classic hits as Light My Fire, When The Music’s Over, Riders On The Storm, The End and many more.

“The Doors Alive is the best Doors “tribute” band that I’ve seen…Sometimes they sound more like the Doors than the Doors” – Doug Cameron – Assistant road manager to The Doors 1968/69.

“The Doors Alive is the closest thing you will get to being in the same room as the real thing. Close your eyes and you will be transported back to 1966 Whisky a Go-Go and the sounds that made The Doors one of the most iconic and revered bands, 40 years on from the tragic death of Jim Morrison” – Jon Wing – Promoter, Academy Music Group

“If you thought Val Kilmer was good, be warned this guy is even better. Moving and singing like Morrison the rich baritone clung to the air like molasses – Simply THE best Doors tribute band on the road at the moment” – Ron Clooney – Author of “Mr. Mojo Risin”




 
APPEARING ON Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Catfish & The Bottlemen with support The Maydays [+]

Free Before 9pm. £4 Thereafter

Catfish and the Bottlemen are a rock and roll band. Four lads with songs that are loud, explosive, sexy and young – and full of guitars.

Songs about regular stuff, everyday tales of love and lust. What happens when the lights go down. All delivered with a bright-eyed charm which is all their own.

Relentless touring has honed an explosive live performance which belongs on a big stage.

Based around a nucleus of childhood friends who grew up and learned to play music together in Llandudno, North Wales, Catfish and the Bottlemen finalised their line-up just two years ago.
Since then they have pursued a relentless schedule of touring which has taken them to virtually every corner of the UK as well as Ireland, Austria and Germany.

“We are all about bringing back the buzz of live music,” says singer, guitarist, songwriter and all-purpose ringleader Van McCann, 20.

Elder statesman of the band is 22 year old guitarist Billy Bibby, the man who first taught Van to play. They are joined by bookish bass player Benji Blakeway, 22, and rock-solid drum-meister Rob “Dr Bob” Hall, aged just 19.

Don’t try and pin these lads down: while journalists compare them to The Libertines, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks, their own listening is focused on classics like Van Morrison and Elvis Presley. Guitarist Billy cites Mark Knopfler as a hero.

Over the past two years Catfish and the Bottlemen have self-released two singles and two EPs as they have built a following of manic intensity. “When you have people who travel hundreds of miles to see you, that’s an amazing commitment,” says McCann. “It makes us even more determined to put on a great show.”

The Maydays

A five piece from Wrexham fronted by brothers Keano and Nick who create classic guitar music that oozes up beat pop sweetness!!

The Maydays bring a thoroughly dancable brand of jangly indie that’s made for the summer and provides the perfect way to loosen up at the start of a Saturday night.

Definitely one for those in tight jackets and skinny jeans feeling nostalgic for 2007.

“Arctic Monkeys/Libertine-esque. One of the tightest bands around, they put many of their peers to shame” Wrexham Music Magazine

“A clattering riot of guitars with down to earth lyrics. sure to do well” Shoot in Paris DJ’s

www.themaydaysmusic.co.uk


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Glam Rock Open Mic Session with Rusty & The Andy Bennett Band [+]

Free Entry

 

Sunday 16th June marks the end of the Chester Rocks pop festival on the racecourse. As our city bids to become the 2017 ‘City of Culture’ we are truly blessed to have a festival of this magnitude and insight on our doorstep.

Jessie J-Cloth is due off stage about ten, and we would like to invite you all to come on down and listen to some rock. With a band that PLAY guitar, bass and drums.

We’re going to have an open mic night first. Open mic at Telfords means that you play and sing, we don’t allow backing tapes, we don’t have auto tune, and if you wish to mime, that’s fine, but no noise will come out of the speakers.

First we must own up to something. We’ve booked Rusty Mahone to host the night. Rusty is an outspoken, short arsed fat man who has dared to say that ‘Chester Rocks’ actually doesn’t. (read his comments here) and hence, we deeply regret booking him, but his contract is a tough one to get out of, and we’re frankly a bit stuck.

(Rusty is an accordionist who once lent his box to Rolf Harris for the night. He was 35 at the time)

Actually, Rusty has played with bands that you might have heard of if you’re older than twelve, and does a good job assembling the diverse talent that blesses our open mic night into a coherent show.

Rusty’s ‘Meatloaf’ tribute with his accordion led power trio ‘The Bay City Cheese Rollers’ has become the stuff of legend. It just goes to show, you don’t need guitars

 

It happened here on an open mic sunday, and was only recorded as it happened, not beforehand

To end the night we have Warrington’s best kept secret- ‘The Andy Bennett Band’. They smoke fags and stuff, drink beer and snort at boybands. Their amps go up to TWELVE, and they’re not ashamed to sweat as they play.They won’t woo you with choreography and production, they will seduce you with raw guitar, animal drums and throbbing bass. They play ‘The Who’, and you understand why Townsend smashed his guitar. Their takes on Hendrix are both authentic and evocative of what could have been at the same time.

Every note you hear is played by them, created fresh just for tonight, just for you.

Before that, we have open mic with about ten slots available. Our nights are always busy, and given Rusty’s gravitational field, this one will be busier than usual, so if you do want to perform, we ask that you arrive by 8 o’clock (7.30 if you have gear to go on stage). The list will ‘close’ at 8.30. Open mic acts get three songs or 15 minutes (whichever is shorter) to get on stage, perform and clear the stage


 
APPEARING ON Friday, September 13th, 2013

Hey Moonshaker [+]

Friday 13th September – Free Before 9pm, £4 thereafter

see

Beatbox blues duo made up of Dave Crowe (beat-box) and Andy Balcon ( voice guitar).

www.heymoonshaker.com


Heymoonshaker

 

 


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, September 19th, 2013

‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ with THE PIRATES OF PEN-Y-FFORD [+]

Featuring special guests from the original

Family Mahones

Free Entry

Mahones 1

Thursday, September the 19th is ‘International talk like a Pirate day’

‘Why’s that’? you ask

Because it is!

The jokes will flow like rum, and the rum will flow like, well rum possibly

‘Why’s that’?

Because  it does!

We have a local shanty band as well as prizes for best costume and funniest pirate joke. The ‘Pirates of Pen-y-Fford’ are the latest shanty singing sensation from the mud flats of the Dee Delta, and Telford’s are proud to be hosting their only mainland gig this year!

‘Why’s that’?

Because it is!

Just for the evening you can be a Pirate, or a Moll, a wench or even a lady of negotiable affection. Dress up as if you are going to get drunk and look like a drunken ‘Roger’ (the cab’in boy) in the taxi home, Let out your inner Rapskallion and seek sweet treasure in the bilges of the good ship Telford’s- every fair maid likes her entertainment full of sea men.

Just for the evening Pirates will be the coolest dudes in the pub

‘Why’s that’?

Because they ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHHHHH!

Pirates

 

 

 

Brought to you by…

 

The Sound You’ll Hear (aka THE SUPREME TRUTH)

GOOD STRONG MUSIC. It will be both VARIOUS and EXTRA SPESH. we do not understand the point of Rihanna but we know that Wu-Tang are forever.

Humans (aka The GOOD and the BADASS)

We play music for good people who have ears and like denim: skinny jeans, baggy jeans, cut-off into hot-pants jeans. And jeans that have Nice’d Up a Dance or two in their time

Drinking (aka The RAPTURE aka The LIBATION)

Two pint buzz is the world’s best buzz: we sell pints. Two-cocktail buzz is also excellent and often too expensive: but not here. Two for one on a variety of lip-smacking brain-shaking cocktails.

Tequila (aka The TEMPTATION of Jesus Chris)

In the year 1600, Tequila was invented by crazy a Mexican especially for lco Cestrians. THAT’s YOU! Together we will celebrate the intelligence and kindness of Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle by letting you pay 100pesos £1 for one Tequila. Mucho Calor: No Doubt.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, October 4th, 2013

Chubby Knuckles presents… John Fairhurst [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

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John Fairhurst has been honing his craft on the road combining his passions for people and music for years.
After a grueling 200+ shows across 10 countries last year, the release of his latest “Hungry Blues” EP, and a European tour with blues legend Johnny Winter, 2012 was a great year in John Fairhurst world.

With UK festivals (including Glastonbury, Shambala and Boomtown) and European tour bookings across 9 countries so far, a nomination at The British Blues Awards 2013 for Best Original British Blues Song, an ongoing residency at Harley Davidson European Bike Events, a host of collaborations and respective releases and loads of new videos in the pipeline, 2013 is looking even better!
With cracking drumming from Bristol’s Toby Murray and blistering harmonica from Joe Strouzer, theres a new album and a whole lot of shows to come.
This is the sound of modern British blues….


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Martyn Joseph & Paper Aeroplanes [+]

Tuesday 8th October 2013 – Tickets £14.00

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A unique pairing of two of Wales’ finest musical talents appearing together in concert for the first time on this tour.

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Martyn Joseph is renowned across the world for the craft of his song-writing, the power of his performances, and the emotional response to the humanitarian vision his songs provoke. Martyn is a song-writer and performer who has something to say and that connects with audiences on both sides of the pond – as his frequent touring to North America underlines.  His albums attract critical acclaim and his ever-expanding fan-base recognise and celebrate a truly individual and complete talent – who is a mesmerising performer.

Paper Aeroplanes

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Paper Aeroplanes – Richard & Sarah – have been building acclaim for their own music over the past few years. “No pretence , no artifice, just great, memorable songs and a voice that’d charm a piranha” Adam Walton BBC Wales They have been strongly backed by BBC Radio Wales and are the leading lights of a new generation of acoustic performer.  This year they release a brand new album “Little Letters” for the esteemed Navigator label.

This concert will be engaging, provocative and underline the fact that with talent, as possessed by these three great songwriters and performers, Wales is still the “Land of Song.”


 
APPEARING ON Friday, October 11th, 2013

TELFORD’S ANNUAL BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL [+]

Free Before 9, £4 Thereafter

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Friday October the 11th sees the return of Telford’s October Beer, Cider and Folk festival and this year as we’re also celebrating our 20th birthday, it’s going to be three day session!  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 and 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, Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags, 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.

Entry is based on our usual weekend club night, free before 9pm and £4 on the door after with the event running from 6 pm on the Friday until close at 2 am, from 12 noon on Saturday 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 hosted by The Mark Henderson Band, with free entry all day.

Telford's Warehouse 20th Birthday Beer & Cider Festival Tasting Notes

Telford’s Warehouse 20th Birthday Beer & Cider Festival Tasting Notes

 

Live Music From – Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags

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You’ve seen them at every festival. You might of even caught them
playing naked. EVERYONE knows the Scallywags. Bringing pure
happiness to the stage with each musician adding their touch. The
festival spirit is in their roots!! Wherever they go the party follows!!
Playing Stomping, Gypsy, Rumba, Reggae, Swing with a Shiny
African soul, heart felt harmonies, catchy melodies and a positive
message. The Scallywags Keep you dancing from dusk until dawn.
This is World Music, Party Music, Adventure Music.
Goodtimes music!!!

 
APPEARING ON Saturday, October 12th, 2013

TELFORD’S ANNUAL BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL [+]

Free Before 9, £4 Thereafter

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Friday October the 11th sees the return of Telford’s October Beer, Cider and Folk festival and this year as we’re also celebrating our 20th birthday, it’s going to be three day session!  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 and 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, Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags, 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 including an outside marquee with a hog roast.

Entry is based on our usual weekend club night, free before 9pm and £4 on the door after with the event running from 6 pm on the Friday until close at 2 am, from 12 noon on Saturday 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 hosted by The Mark Henderson Band, with free entry all day.

Live Music From – Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags

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You’ve seen them at every festival. You might of even caught them
playing naked. EVERYONE knows the Scallywags. Bringing pure
happiness to the stage with each musician adding their touch. The
festival spirit is in their roots!! Wherever they go the party follows!!
Playing Stomping, Gypsy, Rumba, Reggae, Swing with a Shiny
African soul, heart felt harmonies, catchy melodies and a positive
message. The Scallywags Keep you dancing from dusk until dawn.
This is World Music, Party Music, Adventure Music.
Goodtimes music!!!

 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 13th, 2013

TELFORD’S ANNUAL BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL + Open Mic with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

Beer 1
Friday October the 11th sees the return of Telford’s October Beer, Cider and Folk festival and this year as we’re also celebrating our 20th birthday, it’s going to be three day session!  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 and 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, Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags, 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.

Entry is based on our usual weekend club night, free before 9pm and £4 on the door after with the event running from 6 pm on the Friday until close at 2 am, from 12 noon on Saturday 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 hosted by The Mark Henderson Band, with free entry all day.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Deaf School – Cancelled due to bereavement [+]

We are sorry to inform you that due to bereavement this show has been postponed to a later date.

SEE Tickets will be refunded directly. If you have bought from the venue, please contact us to arrange refund.

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Deaf School

Deaf School are an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1973. Between 1976 and 1978 they recorded three albums for the Warner Brothers label, in an art rock style that had its roots in cabaret, moving towards a harder punk rock sound. The band split in 1978 but have since been recognized as an important influence on many British musicians. According to Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson: “They revived Liverpool music for a generation.” The journalist, author and founder of Mojo, Paul Du Noyer, went further: “In the whole history of Liverpool music two bands matter most, one is The Beatles and the other is Deaf School.” Nearly all its members went on to enjoy successful careers afterwards, notably guitarist Clive Langer, who would produce Madness and Dexys Midnight Runners (two non-Liverpool acts who cite Deaf School as an influence). He would also co-write (with Elvis Costello) the song ‘Shipbuilding’. Clive Langer and Elvis Costello discuss the writing of Shipbuilding in a BBC Radio 4 programme, Soul Music, first broadcast March 2013.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Bonfire Night Burlesque [+]

Tickets £10 Adv

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APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Aynsley Lister Band [+]

£10 Tickets

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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.

In hindsight, it’s clear Aynsley was born to be a musician.  As a child he was hypnotised by his dad’s old guitar and at the age of eight was finally gifted his very own.  The moment he held that first six-string the outcome was inevitable; he was going to be a guitarist.  Blessed with the coolest dad in town, regularly spinning Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac and a whole host of bewitching blues for his spellbound son, Aynsley taught himself to play with relentless dedication and a precociously attuned ear, spending hours copying his favourite records note for note.  Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff weren’t just his heroes; they became his teachers.

Blazing a trail in a bar band from the age of 13 honed his skills.  By 18 he’d started singing and had also formed his first group, during which time he landed a dream support slot with Buddy Guy and released two low key CD’s featuring his earliest original material.  In 1998 those self-penned titles caught the attention of Ruf Records owner Thomas Ruf, who immediately signed Aynsley and hooked him up with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s producer Jim Gaines.  With a maturity that belied his years, the self titled debut announced Aynsley Lister as a major new talent and kicked off a successful relationship with Ruf Records, releasing 7 albums and 2 DVD’s in ten years.  Their influence, coupled with his dynamite live shows and intense touring schedule, earned high profile support slots with established artists like Walter Trout, John Mayall and Robert Cray, whilst rousing festival appearances alongside artists like the Fun Lovin’ Criminals cemented his standing as an artist whose work, although rooted in blues, transcended the genre with a fiery modern sound that was eagerly embraced by fans of rock, pop, soul and acoustic music alike.  In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be named in Classic Rock magazine’s “Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists”, alongside John Mayer, Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa.

In 2008 Aynsley’s huge crossover potential saw him sign to Manhaton Records, where he released the best two albums of his career to date.  Produced by Steve Darrel Smith and featuring Paul McCartney guitarist Robbie Macintosh, 2009′s ‘Equilibrium’ exposed Lister in his best ever form, throwing all his musical influences into a delicious melting pot that delivered sultry melodies, full throttle hard rock riffage and introspective ballads.  ‘Equilibrium’ received fantastic reviews and  stormed into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009.  The subsequent tour saw Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live set to produce the storming ‘Tower Sessions’ record, which was consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll.

With his stock firmly in the ascendancy Aynsley is currently hard at work on his next record, intent on creating the finest album of his career.  He’s wisely chosen to refine the material the best way he knows how; by playing it live.  “When you record songs in the studio and then go out and tour, they evolve and take on a life of their own.  I want to capture that on the new record and want a whole album of songs that translate to the live setting as well as being well written enough to engage the listener of an album”.  The eagerly anticipated new material, slated for release in early 2013, will be distributed on his manager’s label as he’s sagely decided to take control of his career by bringing everything in-house, following other successful artists who’ve cut out the record companies with astonishing results.  Needless to say, a tour in support of that album will surely follow, and that promises to be something special, not just for the fans, but for the main man himself:

“Music is a release for me.  When I play I get lost in it and it’s a very happy place to be”  – Aynsley Lister


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Alx Green featuring Eden Ley [+]

Free Entry

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Eden Ley is a singer/songwriter from Camberwell, London. His music is mostly piano based and could be described as ‘dark pop’ with influences ranging from 50s swing to Talking Heads.

Eden will be performing a few select shows around the UK towards the end of 2013 as he works towards his debut EP release in February 2014.

He’s been working with a number of producers including Grammy nominated Tim Gordine and Brett Shaw (Daughter, Ghost Poet). Expect to be catapulted back to the 50s with his raw and distinctive retro vocals coinciding with his niche style of production.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Nick Harper [+]

Tuesday 26th November

£8.00 Tickets

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Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick was born in London and raised in Wiltshire. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father’s Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985.

Nick’s talent and energy entranced Roy’s fans and it was inevitable that he would begin touring and recording in his own right. The 1994 EP Light at the End of the Kennel was swiftly followed by his powerful 1995 debut long player Seedprompting The Independent to describe him as “hugely talented”.

In 1996 Nick met Squeeze frontman and songwriter Glenn Tilbrook. Tilbrook was so impressed that he offered Nick a job playing with and supporting Squeeze and promptly signed Nick to his own label, Quixotic Records. Following tours in the UK, USA and Japan, Nick recorded the 1998 album Smithereens with Tilbrook as producer. This album and subsequent 40 date solo tour, including dates in New York and Glastonbury, confirmed Nick as a formidable talent in his own right. “If imagination, energy and bags of talent were the only factors in making a successful pop career, few would deny that Squeeze man Glenn Tilbrook has backed a winner in Nick Harper…Splendid stuff” - MOJO magazine. He teamed up with Tilbrook again on 2000′s highly acclaimed album Harperspace. This is the album that confirmed his position at the forefront of a new generation of British Acoustic Performers.“Nick Harper has a quality that stands head and shoulders above anything else you are likely to encounter…The Verse Time Forgot from the new album ‘Harperspace’ is as close to a perfect song as you are likely to get.” Edinburgh Evening News

To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows – from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own – he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings almost by sheer force of will… and then change them without dropping a beat. For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado. His talent and showmanship were recognised in 2003 with a (Glasgow) Herald Fringe Angel award for excellence in live music during his Edinburgh Festival run. “Harper has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place.” The Times

After 6 studio albums, a double live CD and 2 EPs (including Instrumental, a stunning display of his guitar talents), Nick’s work is still as fresh and vital as that of his first solo release in 1994. The recently released sixth studio album,Miracles For Beginners, was a return to a more stripped-down acoustic based style, from the folk tale of the meeting of King Henry 8th and Francis 1st in 1520 in The Field Of The Cloth Of Gold. to a beautiful latin tinged paean to the the Bolivian President Evo Morales in Evo. But, as with his highly personal 2004 “family album” Blood Songs, he still has time to sing about the most important things in his world – family, friends, love, life.

2010 sees the release of Nicks 10th CD The Last Guitar. An eclectic mix of 12 songs showing off Nicks unabashed individuality and bold choices allied to a new maturity. Included are a gumshoe detective story called Pop FictionOne of the 38, a dedication to the trekkers on the Everest trail and Silly Daddy, which has the recording debut of his daughter Lily.

Between solo albums, Nick tours with a vengeance. In the first 8 months of 2005 alone, he’d traversed the UK from Devon to the most northerly point in Scotland, along with 2 dates in Holland and acclaimed sets at Glastonbury, Beautiful Days (with his band Sleeper Cell), Oysterband’s Big Session and other festivals including 2 tsunami benefit gigs in Thailand.

Plan 9 from Harperspace was the spring tour of 2007 promoting the new DVD ‘Love Is Music‘ – a ‘rockumentary’ style film with a selection of Nick’s best loved songs recorded in 5.1 sound.

Also recently released was Nick’s first single for download on iTunes. Taken from the CD ‘Miracles For Beginners‘ and called ‘Blue Sky Thinking‘ it quickly went to no.1 in iTunes downloads. All proceeds from the single were donated to the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Nick had just returned from Nepal after setting a new world record for the highest gig on earth at Kala Pattar above Mt. Everest Base Camp on October 21st 2007, whilst helping raise over £200,000 for the fight against cancer, before going on to play as part of the Love Hope Strength all-star band to approximately 20,000 people in Kathmandu.

Nick has been on two further treks with the foundation to Macchu Picchu in Peru and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania helping to raise substantial funds for local cancer centres and hospitals.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Thea Gilmore – The Christmas Party [+]

Standing concert – SOLD OUT

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“Here’s to tonic, here’s to gin, here’s to sparks and here’s to gasoline…” You’re The Radio

We are lucky to have musicians like Thea Gilmore, musicians that want more from themselves and more from music than some pre-formed, whistle-friendly cud, something to chew on but never fully digest. In an age where artists – male and female – tend to be either hyper-sexualised or completely neutered, Gilmore is that rare creature, an actual adult with a heart and a soul, a grown up with an opinion. Thea Gilmore is a real person tackling the sort of issues real people deal with every day, only, unlike the rest of us, she tackles those issues with an utterly beautiful voice and songs that touch on folk and jazz and rock and Americana.

Not for no reason does Bruce Springsteen buy her records, do artistes ranging from Martha Wainwright to Mike Scott seek to collaborate with her, and not for no reason does Tom Waits’ celebrated percussionist Michael Blair appear on Murphy’s Heart, Gilmore’s tenth album – one that follows a sustained period of artistic and critical success.

2008’s Liejacker was a deeply personal collection that included a track with Joan Baez. It was, in Gilmore’s words, “the lovechild of whisky and heartache”. The Observer seemed to agree, noting that these songs would, “make your heart catch, your skin prickle and your eyes fill with tears”, which seems a good place to start. The Times said that last year’s Strange Communion was so good it just proved that Gilmore is, “unarguably one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation.”  There is the sense of a tipping point being reached. Album ten is a serious landmark release in anyone’s book except, perhaps, that one owned by the artist in question.

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APPEARING ON Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

CARRY ON UP THE CANAL [+]

NEW YEARS EVE COSTUME CAPER

£15 adv / £20 door

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Season’s greetings campers, Citizen Camembert here to invite you to the seasonally sensual, naughtily nice Telford’s Warehouse New Year’s Eve Costume Caper!

Camper than Christmas! Happier than Hanukah! It’s time toCarry On Up The Canal!

Oooooh Matron!

That’s right folks it’s that time of year again for some costumed tomfoolery at the Warehouse. Prepare to be flabbergasted (trust me your gast will never be so flabbered!) by the live musical madness of The Dancing Wu Li Masters and the DJ skills of BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton.

You want to dance? You can dance! You want to drink? You can drink! You want to be wooed? You can be as wude as you want!To paraphrase Julius Caesar, ‘Infamy! Infamy! We’ve got all the Infamy!’

So just like monks going to the laundry, bring your dirty habits down to Telford’s on New Year’s Eve for a good old fashioned shindig to celebrate the coming year. Tickets are only £15 advance, £20 on the door subject to availability.

Whatever you do just remember Keep Calm & Carry On!


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The Doors Alive [+]

£10 Tickets

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The Doors Alive is the No.1 tribute band to the legendary 60′s Californian rock guru’s The Doors. They re-create the sound, look, presence and feel of a real 1960s Doors concert perfectly and effortlessly, transporting the crowd back in time with such classic hits as Light My Fire, When The Music’s Over, Riders On The Storm, The End and many more.

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“The Doors Alive is the best Doors “tribute” band that I’ve seen…Sometimes they sound more like the Doors than the Doors” – Doug Cameron – Assistant road manager to The Doors 1968/69.

“The Doors Alive is the closest thing you will get to being in the same room as the real thing. Close your eyes and you will be transported back to 1966 Whisky a Go-Go and the sounds that made The Doors one of the most iconic and revered bands, 40 years on from the tragic death of Jim Morrison” – Jon Wing – Promoter, Academy Music Group

“If you thought Val Kilmer was good, be warned this guy is even better. Moving and singing like Morrison the rich baritone clung to the air like molasses – Simply THE best Doors tribute band on the road at the moment” – Ron Clooney – Author of “Mr. Mojo Risin”

 


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Paul Dabek ~ Live At Telford’s Warehouse [+]

£5 Tickets

Paul Dabek

After recently returning from headlining in his own show in Las Vegas local comedy magician Paul Dabek will present an intimate and relaxed evening of magic and comedy at Telford’s Warehouse on Tuesday 18th February.Tickets are just £5.00 on the door.
Come and enjoy a drink or two while Paul performs intimate close-up magic then takes to the stage to present his critically acclaimed one man show.

Combining quick-witted humour with mischievous audience participation and jaw-dropping magic Paul grabs his audience from the moment he takes to the stage in a non-stop sprint of magic and comedy at break-neck speed that thrills, excites and most importantly totally entertains, it’s not hard to see why Time Out dubbed Paul ” a superb showman.”

His high-energy, hilarious style has seen him travel over 6 continents bringing his performances to literally hundreds of thousands of people over the last decade.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Wizz Jones & John Renbourn [+]

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Tickets £12

Two of the giants of the British folk blues golden era join forces for a gig at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester, on Tuesday, 25th February.

Wizz Jones began his musical career at the age of 18 leading a country and skiffle band called The Wranglers. Having learned most of his blues licks from Long John Baldry and Davy Graham whilst playing in the coffee bars of  Soho, Wizz followed the time honoured trail – busking throughout Europe with many different musicians including at one time a budding young bluesman named Rod Stewart.

John Renbourn is a musician of an exceptional kind, combining an insight into the techniques of musical structure with an instrumental command and a sense of aesthetic adventurism, which together make him one of the most refreshing, not to say skilled and tasteful guitarists, to grace our ears today.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, February 27th, 2014

An Evening with John Bramwell (I am Kloot) [+]

Thursday February 27th 2014

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Very Special Rare Solo Appearance

John Bramwell, singer-songwriter and frontman of Manchester’s I Am Kloot, has announced details of a brand new solo tour kicking off in January 2013.

I Am Kloot have been performing since 1999, and in that time have garnered major critical acclaim; retained their credible, cult status; and developed a legion of devout fans ‘dedicated to spreading the gospel of I Am Kloot’.

Its been an incredible couple of years for John with the band, with highlights including picking up a Mercury Music Nomination for Sky at Night, and a number 10 entry into the UK Album Charts for this year’s studio album, Let It All In.

Now John is taking a break to perform an exclusive set of intimate solo gigs at some of the country’s best loved venues.

The tour is the only place where fans can buy John’s solo record ‘John Bramwell Live At the Trades’ – a one hour recording of John’s legendary gig at the Trades Club in summer 2013.

This promises to be a very special show for fans old and new.

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APPEARING ON Monday, March 17th, 2014

Simon McBride [+]

£14 Tickets

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McBride is now among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world.” GUITARIST MAGAZINE

“Hugely accomplished.” MOJO

Fast becoming the next Irish blues guitar hero in the footsteps of Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, former Young Guitarist of the Year Simon McBride has undeniable guitar artistry combined with a fine voice and a knack for creating memorable hooks and great melodies.

Rewind to the early-’90s, and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast, who picked up his first guitar at ten and eschewed formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix. At 16, he turned pro, leaving education behind to wow the world as a hired gun in projects that ranged from filling Vivian Campbell’s shoes in Sweet Savage, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong.

Even by the lofty standards of Northern Ireland, where drinkers still raise a toast to the audacious talent of the late Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, this young maestro’s name was soon starting to be dropped in the same reverential breath. Certainly, Simon is a fan, and the energy and aggression of his live show recalls those much-missed Irish masters, but McBride’s sound is his own – as demonstrated on his much acclaimed latest album Crossing The Line. He has supported such great names as Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and and Joe Bonamassa. Now it’s his turn. Step-forward a new world-class talent.

“Ireland has a knack of throwing up diamonds, of which McBride most definitely is one… this boy’s going places.” HIFI+


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Vintage & Craft Fayre in aid of Autism Awarness + Open Mic with Mark H [+]

12:00 – 5:00 pm

Free Entry

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‘Artisans For Autism’ presents the annual Vintage & Craft Fayre. Telford’s Warehouse will host this fantastic fundraising event for Autism Awareness Month during the afternoon of Sunday 13th April 2014.

Organised by local artisans; the venue will thrive with stall holders selling vintage clothing & accessories, retro homewares and quirky crafts. Our vibrant city’s very own artists will be displaying and selling their unique pieces.

A two hour tattoo session, one off artist prints, vintage gifts and coffee shop vouchers are just a few of the amazing fundraising raffle prizes on offer!

An Autism Awareness information hub point will be accessible providing you with lots of information and the chance to discuss and share.

The day will be accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack with Telford’s Warehouse award winning food and drink being served throughout the day.

Our event is open to everybody so please share this invite with friends and family to help spread autism awareness.

Entry is free, car parking is available and families are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Open Mic – 8pm – Late

Free Entry

Open Mic shenanigans with folk troubadour Mark Henderson. Expect smash hits from John Martyn to The Beach Boys. Slots available from 8pm.

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APPEARING ON Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

King King [+]

Tickets £12

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Energetic and dynamic Soulful Blues/Rock!

The meteoric rise to prominence of British blues breakers King King, has seen the racking up a host of accolades culminating in 2012’s Best Band and Best Album at the British Blues Awards.

Since they began touring three years ago, King King’s unique brand of multi-faceted blues rock has won over audiences as diverse as The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the internationally acclaimed Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival in Peer and even Glastonbury.

The driving force behind King King’s unstoppable charge is Alan Nimmo, a virtuoso frontman possessed of an almost impolite level of charisma and the talent to back it up. An award winning bluesman in his own right and widely known across the UK and Europe. Nimmo’s full-blooded style, technical brilliance and impassioned vocals are infections and instantly recognisable.

Surrounding himself with the hottest talent currently working the scene has made King King an irresistible melting pot of influences. The result is a sound which is energetic, potent and irresistibly funky, to quote Guitar & Bass: ‘King King play the kind of blues that’ll lift the most stubborn of frowns’.

Winners of ‘Best Band’ & ‘Best Album’ 2012 in The British Blues Awards.

Winners of ‘Best Band’ & ‘Best Album’ in Blues Matters Magazine Writers Poll 2011.

See more info at kingking.co.uk


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Soar Angelic Festival – Chemistry Lane + Repent DJ’s [+]

Free Entry

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Bridging the gap between the intensity and momentum of a rock band, and the clinical electro loops of dance floor hypnosis, Chemistry Lane surf waves of paranoia that redirect your gaze toward the illusion, like slight of hand in reverse.

Influences range far and wide from shoegaze and orchestral post-rock bands like Slowdive, Spiritualized and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, to new wave groups such and Talking Heads and Echo and the Bunnymen.  Recent appreciation for bands such as Deerhunter and The Phantom Band have allowed the group to unlock a new direction.

Chemistry Lane combine the dreaminess of experimental indie with a layered instrumental depth of sound that results in powerful, almost hypnotic melodies and warm spine tingling atmospheres.

“Melody twists through a perfect storm of oceansize guitars, dark grooves and brooding beats.”


 
APPEARING ON Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Soar Angelic Festival – White Noise Sound [+]

Plus support The Wild Eyes

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

advanced tickets from www.gigantic.com / www.seetickets.com *

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White Noise Sound

Assembled in Swansea, Wales in 2006, White Noise Sound chose to isolate themselves from all around them while they conjured their own particular wall of sound – at once relentlessly pulsating and blissed-out.

Quickly the band began to incite label and media attention and their white-label demos started to receive airplay in the UK (from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Bethan Elfyn at BBC Radio 1), Europe and the US.

After honing their craft across the UK and through Europe – touring with the likes of The Warlocks, Spectrum, Mark Gardener (Ride) and the Super Furry Animals, and sharing the stage with members of Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and the Brian Jones Town Massacre – the sextet completed their debut album in March 2010 with the assistance of Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 / Spectrum / E.A.R) and magician Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals).

A month later, WNS signed to California based label Alive Records – whose back-catalogue, amongst many others, includes releases from The Black Keys, Beachwood Sparks, Iggy Pop and James Willamson, T-Model Ford and The Soledad Brothers.

The band’s eponymous debut was officially released 21.09.10 (US) / 17.01.11 (UK) to widespread critical acclaim and WNS toured through Europe in its support.

2011 / 2012 saw WNS collaborate with Belfast techno DJ Phil Kieran, the product of which was a Beatport chart-topping single – with remixes by the likes of Maya Jane Coles – and two exclusive live shows in Cardiff and at the MTV EMA fringe festival in Belfast.

WNS2, the band’s second album, was completed in early 2014; mixing and production duties were undertaken by Phil Kieran and Cian Ciaran with the release to follow later in the year.

 

The Wild Eyes

Hailing from North Wales, now based in Liverpool, the trio released their debut 7”, ‘I Look Good On You’, in 2012. This blazing nugget of garage rock delirium was backed with the hypnotic, krautrock inflected grooves of ‘Too Much’. Both sides received radio play on BBC Radio Wales and Merseyside, and led to acclaimed appearances at Liverpool Psych Fest, Focus Wales, Liverpool Sound City and the Liverpool International Music Festival.
An outbreak of gigs across the country saw the band earn a fierce live reputation, as they bared their awe at the still potent power of rock n’ roll, burning with an intensity born in the small towns of their youth. Sharing bills with acts as diverse as Deap Vally, Night Beats, Stealing Sheep and label-mates The Lucid Dream, the group made allies and won fans far and wide in their pursuit of aural transcendence. The Wild Eyes are drenched in reverb, mystery and sweat.

In late 2013 the band expanded into a four piece and entered the studio with local weird-pop heroes Clinic to commence work on their debut LP. An experiment in telepathy and alchemy, the result is due to be released in 2014. In preparation for its unveiling, the band are due to embark on a series of gigs across the UK, with festival appearances being scheduled for the summer.

Call it psych, call it art-rock, call it rock n’ roll, all petty fuss is eschewed by this band of obsessives, in love and enthralled with the purity and noise of pop music.

*guarantees entry after 9pm, non refundable for arrival before 9pm.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Soar Angelic Festival – Three Dimensional Tanx [+]

Plus Support Balduin & Lords Of Thyme

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

advanced tickets from www.gigantic.com / www.seetickets.com *

Saturday is the climax of Soar Angelic with a whole day of goings on. The afternoon will see the dancefloor transform into a relaxed arthouse style cinema with retro, psychedelic and abstract cult film screenings complete with a snack kiosk serving flavoured popcorn. Plus a record fair will stand in our bottom bar area with stalls from VOD Music, Grey & Pink plus Woodstock Records. All this topped of with the evenings bands courtesy of Sunstone Records.

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Three Dimensional Tanx

These days, the music press is littered with bands described as ‘psychedelic’, ‘drone-rock’, ‘with hints of Krautrock’ and so on. In their own high-energy way, Lancaster/Manchester-based Three Dimensional Tanx have been ploughing this particular furrow for over 10 years now. During this time, they have been ‘sound carriers’ for Can man Damo Suzuki, performed at Tate Britain with artist Linder, played at a Spacemen 3 art exhibition at the request of Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualised, Dead Skeletons) and smashed it at 2013’s Liverpool Psych Fest.

Their live reputation is so fierce, that they managed to get a full crowd at Liverpool Psych Fest even though their set clashed with Fuzz and Hookworms. They’ve also played with bands like White Hills, Gnod, Trembling Bells, Lucid Dream, the Cosmic Dead, Helicon and many more from the UK’s psych-scene.

The band’s recorded work was on hiatus as former guitarist David Blackwell left to concentrate full-time on the Lovely Eggs. However, with two new members, the now 5-piece Three Dimensional Tanx set to work creating a new album for a new era.

Album opener ‘I Am Go’ is just over 2 minutes worth of psych-garage-rock. ‘Caterpillar’ is a stoned-groove that starts off almost ‘baggy’ and builds up so much it ends up NEU!-ishly monolithic. ‘Loose Id Syd’ encapsulates the MC5 and Stooges energetic riffing with early Who drums splattered all over it. Elsewhere, there’s the swirling, intense ‘Here Come the Flies’, the multi-layered onslaught of ‘Backwards Telescope’ the synth/sequencer/drum-machine-based ‘Clark’s Momentum’ and four more tracks that are all different but share the unique Tanx approach.

The dynamic rhythm section propels the band with a rarely encountered ferocity. All kinds of electric guitars, their trademark 60’s Philicorda organ, a host of synths, electronics, and even electrified zithers and harp make for a vivid soundscape. The vocals are sometimes deep in the mix, at other times biting like a rabid John Lydon. If the live sound is sometimes a wall of noise, then the studio album reveals the riffs, motifs, interplay and other subtleties. But this is committed rock n roll.

Balduin with Lords Of Thyme

Balduin was born in Bern, Switzerland in December 1978.

He wrote his first song at the tender age of 8. Later, as part alchemist, multi-instrumentalist, he decided to form his one-man band called “Creative Cookery”.

It’s not easy painting words for Balduin. Creative cookery with a drop of alchemy and nostalgic mellotronic ingredients? Lysergic meltdown of cinematic and psychedelic audiophilatelies.

The Lords of Thyme are from the Southern English Midlands. With an eye towards the crystalline acid folk of Pentangle and rougher hue of John Martyn and Mr Fox, these acid folk rockers are a welcome addition to the Sunstone catalogue.

They were formed after ex-Circulus members Joe Woolley, Tali Trow and Pat Kenneally decided to make a record together. Now bolstered by the pristine voice of folk songstress and Belle of London City Michelle Griffiths, the Lords are touring the UK to promote their debut single, lovingly mixed by John Wood (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Nico, The Incredible String Band)

The band plan to enter the studio after their UK tour, to work on a follow up, for release in the late summer.

*guarantees entry after 9pm, non refundable for arrival before 9pm.