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APPEARING ON Friday, February 1st, 2013

Rook & The Ravens [+]

Friday 1st February

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Rook and The Ravens are an alternative rock band from Manchester UK. They have been bubbling under the surface for a couple of years now: their history will reveal they’ve racked up endless acclaim and shared countless stages with an expanding roll-call of exciting and successful musical talent; both at home and internationally. Glastonbury Festival kicked serious doors ajar for the fledgling band after blistering appearances on fringe stages – including being booked for the main stage of Summer Sundae Weekender on the strength of one such performance. A hat-trick of improving slots at Cheltenham’s Wychwood Festival, headlining the second stage in 2011, built momentum for a band that had meanwhile forged a successful working union with producer Andy Macpherson (Teenage Fanclub, The Who, Take That, Debbie Harry and Corey Hart). Thesef- released debut collection Sixteen Holes in Sixteen Souls, garnered praise from many quarters selling outofits limited run of 2000 copies. Notably, the band was invited to co-headline Georgia’s Tbilisi Open Air Altervision festival, playing to 40,000 people. A self-released single f o l l owed, Alpha, w h i c h h e l p e d establish a following a n d w o r k i n g relationships in the Republic of Ireland. New self-titled E.P., along with The Judge promo video heralds the band’s best work yet.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

F.O.E. – Freedom Of Expression [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With their sound suiting adjectives such as organic and rootsy, FoE are sensible enough to have some impressive tricks up their sleeve: heady jazz soliloquies, funk-inspired digressions and electronic deviations add to their eclectic credentials.

We have a fresh and exciting sound that is hard to categorise. Our music is an eclectic fusion of break-beat, electronica, hip hop and jazz. We pride ourselves on our live performance and our ability to always get people to groove and dance to our music.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Open Mic Session with Tom Durkin [+]

Free Entry

Acoustic country ‘n’ blues man Tom Durkin will be hosting this weeks open mic. Bring your weapon of choice and join in the fun.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Latin Mania [+]

Salsa Classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Clesses £4 each or £6 for both

Latin MANIA!
Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Telfords has hosted a salsa club in Chester for over 15 years and we’re now launching Latin MANIA!

Learn Cuban salsa lessons every Wednesday with Banderas (Havana, Cuba), Lee Baker and Rachel Forshaw. Lessons are provided for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. You don’t need a partner – you’ll change partners all the time in a friendly, fun group.

8.00 pm: Separate classes for Beginners and Improver level

8.45 pm: Intermediate level partnerwork and Improver (and above) rueda (Cuban group dance, performed in a circle or ‘wheel’)

– Beginner classes introduce you to salsa music, teach the basic footwork steps and let you take your first steps dancing with a partner.

– Improver classes build up your repertoire of fundamental partner work sequences.

– Intermediate classes build up more advanced partner work and solo patterns, and help develop body movement and musicality.

9.30 pm till 12.30: Dance into the night with a mix that includes salsa, timba, bachata, regaetton, merengue, latin pop and more.

Classes are just £4 for one class or £6 for two classes. Entry to social dancing after 9.30 is free.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Window Stage Folkazm with Mark Henderson feat. Jozeph Roberts [+]

Thursday 7th February – Free Entry

Folk, Roots and Blues provided by Mark Henderson & Co. on Telford’s intimate Window Stage. See some of the best acoustic acts from the Northwest up close and personal. This week we feature Jozeph Roberts…

Jozeph Roberts


Jozeph has been listening to acoustic music since his early teenage years and the innovative guitar playing of pioneering musicians like Bert Jansch and Davy Graham became particular favourites. The lyrical writings and songs of Bob Dylan and Donovan inspired many youngsters to pick up an instrument and Jozeph belonged in that category.

In the late 1980?s, Joz formed a duo with Mike Bowden and they called themselves ‘Masque’. Mike and Joz played at many venues both in England and over in Holland. This duo acted as a support for the late John Martyn in Burnley, Dick Goughan at Padiham town Hall and Richard Thompson at the international one club in Manchester.

By the early 1990?s he pursued a solo career playing mainly solo gigs at various folk clubs around Britain.

Moving forward to 2002, Jozeph decided to form Chorlton Folk Club as a complete acoustic venue. The club has grown in popularity and is a weekly fixture for many people in the local area. Visitors passing through add to the mix and you can never be quite sure what to expect. All credit to Jozeph for his commitment to the club for nearly ten years.

He continues to play at other venues outside the club and we do see him perform at the club on rare occasions. He has recorded recently at Ken Powell’s studio and the song, After the Dance which is part of his new cd features Ken’s partner Ruth on harmonies.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, February 8th, 2013

Crackling Vinyl Presesnt…. Gallops [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

“Gallops customarily serve up instrumental soundscapes that match metallic brawn with a serrated electronic edge…. attending to both cerebral and dancefloor pleasures.” MOJO

Out of the unassuming Welsh town of Wrexham, Gallops re-emerge having expanded their tight, punchy math-rock constructions into something of a more panoramic scope for debut LP Yours Sincerely, Dr. Hardcore. A group who take all you know about the more technical, leftfield strands of the musical periphery and turn them inside out, they express a joy in the freedom of being able to jump between time signatures and textures, rather than treating such dexterity as a po-faced exercise in instrument proficiency.

Gallops first streaked into view in 2010 with a self-titled EP, following that up with Record Store Day release ‘Joust/Eukodol’. Even between those two releases the group’s thirst for progression was evident, but so too was their desire for fun whilst doing it, tracks bouncing round with the giddiness of a pinball in a machine. That infectious energy was seized upon by many, leading to performances at 2011’s SXSW conference and also a recent tour of China. Now in 2012, and with their debut album ready, the band’s guitarist Mark Huckridge thinks that the group’s creative forward momentum is showing no signs of slowing;  “We’ve really opened up a bit more and found our sound now” he enthuses, “the compositions are less linear and feel a bit more free.”

Those already aware of Gallops probably won’t be too surprised to learn that they recorded the album with Three Trapped Tigers’ Matt Calvert, the sessions taking place at House of Strange studios in London. TTT share a similar attitude in maintaining a light touch to their experimental cravings and it was important to have an outsider detached from the process who could take on ideas and feedback with an impartial ear. The band are unlike many others in that they refuse to settle on a specific way to write their songs; sometimes they come about as a result of an improvised idea, other times a song will emerge fully sequenced by one of the group, the rest needing to be filled in at the practice room. A perfect case in point of the almost collage-like nature of their song structures is the aforementioned ‘Crutches’, a track that apparently used to be a lot shorter until different jams and ideas kept finding their way onto the end of it, the result of playing it at the end of their live set.

This shifting strategy in the creative process helps to give their music a tremendous sense of free energy, the album constantly veering from a more orthodox guitar sound to territories as wide and varied as German kosmische, panoramic soundtracks never-to-be, and passages of minimalism and techno rhythms influenced by labels such as Cologne’s Kompakt. Indeed, Gallops happily list further, more indirect touchstones such as  Arvo Part, Sunn O))), and film score composers including Vangelis and John Carpenter, but insists again that “An important factor in the song writing process was to groove and not to overcomplicate things, which could’ve been a very easy trap to fall into. We wanted to avoid being clever for the sake of it.”

With so much coming from all sides – every member of the band bring their own ideas to the table for consideration – it’s remarkable how Yours Sincerely, Dr. Hardcore retains such a tight, lean set of tracks. Some are sprawling in their length, but every element and intersection feels completely vital, meaning that the overall experience never seems to wander during its 55 minutes. A battle between guitars and electronics is the centre piece of an LP packed with power, pace, groove and intelligence. There’s no shame in pushing yourself to your technical limits, but there is if you don’t sound like you’re having a blast doing it; it’s a viewpoint that Gallops clearly hold keenly.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, February 9th, 2013

A Shrewdness Of Apes [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Live Blues outfit from Chester featuring the vocals of the mighty yet  powerful Mercy Elise Birch and the gritty down and dirty Charlie Goodfella joined by a smattering of drums, a hankering of Hammond, a tinkling of ivory a blast of brass and a thrumming of guitar and bass… i don’t know where all these units of measuring are coming from… but who cares its all about the music.

These guys are reknowned for their rousing beerhall renditions and of classic and contemporary blues with a bit of Creedence thrown in for good measure.  I’m off to the bar, see you on the dancefloor!


 
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 Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Latin Mania [+]

Salsa Classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Clesses £4 each or £6 for both

Latin MANIA!
Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Telfords has hosted a salsa club in Chester for over 15 years and we’re now launching Latin MANIA!

Learn Cuban salsa lessons every Wednesday with Banderas (Havana, Cuba), Lee Baker and Rachel Forshaw. Lessons are provided for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. You don’t need a partner – you’ll change partners all the time in a friendly, fun group.

8.00 pm: Separate classes for Beginners and Improver level

8.45 pm: Intermediate level partnerwork and Improver (and above) rueda (Cuban group dance, performed in a circle or ‘wheel’)

– Beginner classes introduce you to salsa music, teach the basic footwork steps and let you take your first steps dancing with a partner.

– Improver classes build up your repertoire of fundamental partner work sequences.

– Intermediate classes build up more advanced partner work and solo patterns, and help develop body movement and musicality.

9.30 pm till 12.30: Dance into the night with a mix that includes salsa, timba, bachata, regaetton, merengue, latin pop and more.

Classes are just £4 for one class or £6 for two classes. Entry to social dancing after 9.30 is free.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, February 15th, 2013

Wille & The Bandits [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 thereafter

With DJ Nick Power (The Coral)


http://www.myspace.com/willesband

Free admission before 9pm, £4 thereafter

One of the most exciting and talked about acts to emerge in the past year, their sound seems to be an amalgamation of the best elements of music from every era creating a new vibe which is wholly their own. Imagine dusting off your old vinyl and blasting it out in your new spaceship.One of the most exciting and talked about acts to emerge in the past year, their sound seems to be an amalgamation of the best elements of music from every era creating a new vibe which is wholly their own. Imagine dusting off your old vinyl and blasting it out in your new spaceship.

The band are embarking on a similar trail to those great British bands of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Cream and the Rolling Stones by trying to put their take on the blues into a different format and bringing it into the present, whereas the bands in the 70’s sped it up and made it electric the bandits are taking a different approach to the rhythm section using more hip hop and reggae grooves.

“Front man Will Edwards’ whiskey soaked drawl and inspired slide guitar licks hark back to the 1930’s Mississippi, while drummer Andy Naumann and bassist Kieran Doherty drag the Bandits brilliantly unique sound into the 21st century” (GO2 Magazine)

Wille is regarded by many as one of the most innovative lap steel players in the country while the guitar lays across his lap all sorts of sounds can be heard, from the soft trippy soundscape’s associated with Dave Gilmore’s playing right through to the thunderous distorting blues licks of Rage against the Machine, add this to Wille’s gravelly voice and the more than capable rhythm section ‘The Bandits’ the concoction becomes irresistible.

The Bandits and Wille endeavour to cover a wide range of genres from mellow folk and Americana to bouncing reggae and full on blues rock. The band are comfortable in any situation, whether it be a sit down affair or a huge festival stage, they have the musicanship and songs to play the right music at the right time to please any audience


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, February 16th, 2013

The Blind Hearts [+]

Saturday 15 February

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

The Blind Hearts

Moving Manchester to the Mississippi

The Blind Hearts are a hillbilly rabble of 5 scruffy young guitar pickin, harmony-hollerin, bourbon-swiggin folk-blues-country yokels from Manchester, London and Japan.

?The band are used to fighting against the odds. Just as national radio picked up on the buzz – debut single (Oh Lord and I) Keep On Losing was pick of the week on Absolute Radio‘s Sunday Night Music Club show – drummer J Hirano was forced to return to his native Japan for almost 2 years. Yet the ‘Hearts vowed to wait for him, demonstrating a genuine “we’re all this together” spirit.

?The irony was not lost on them: the very thing delaying their burgeoning success was the immigration policy of a government supposedly motivated by the same attitude. “Like assaulting the working man with 2 years of cuts wasn’t enough…” they remark drily.

Meantime, unable to record but with friend Taan Parker standing in on drums for live shows, festivals across the UK saw wildly acclaimed sets from the band, supporting a growing list of greats including Seasick SteveEd SheeranMichael KiwanukaAlabama3 and Ocean Colour Scene. The performances featured guest appearances from associates as diverse as Alabama3Motorhead and new Northern soul legend Jess Roberts.

?With J’s elusive long term visa finally granted when the powers that be relented “after he provided the third copy of his great aunt’s dental records”, the reunited band immediately decamped to The Charlatans Big Mushroom studio, where Charlatans guitarist Mark Collins produced the widely acclaimed single “Crying Shame”.

Their forthcoming shows could represent the last chance to catch them in a small venue…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Neal Thompson [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s longest running open mic is this week hosted by Neal Thompson. Bring your weapon of choice and join in the fun.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Student Band Assesment [+]

Free Entry

Students from the local university will be putting on a show as part of their final project. Expect a sellection of covers and original material spanning a wide range of genres.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Latin Mania [+]

Salsa Classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Clesses £4 each or £6 for both

Latin MANIA!
Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Telfords has hosted a salsa club in Chester for over 15 years and we’re now launching Latin MANIA!

Learn Cuban salsa lessons every Wednesday with Banderas (Havana, Cuba), Lee Baker and Rachel Forshaw. Lessons are provided for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. You don’t need a partner – you’ll change partners all the time in a friendly, fun group.

8.00 pm: Separate classes for Beginners and Improver level

8.45 pm: Intermediate level partnerwork and Improver (and above) rueda (Cuban group dance, performed in a circle or ‘wheel’)

– Beginner classes introduce you to salsa music, teach the basic footwork steps and let you take your first steps dancing with a partner.

– Improver classes build up your repertoire of fundamental partner work sequences.

– Intermediate classes build up more advanced partner work and solo patterns, and help develop body movement and musicality.

9.30 pm till 12.30: Dance into the night with a mix that includes salsa, timba, bachata, regaetton, merengue, latin pop and more.

Classes are just £4 for one class or £6 for two classes. Entry to social dancing after 9.30 is free.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Spectrum Synergy Presents… Cut Ribbons [+]

Free Entry

“We’re Cut Ribbons. We’re quite Welsh and we have a lot of time for anyone who’d like to come to a show and drink a beer with us.
We’re from the musical hotspot of Llanelli, and have released two singles to date through Barely Regal and Kissability. We’ve played festivals like Reading and Leeds, Boardmasters, and SWN and supported the likes of The Joy Formidable and Dry The River.
We spend a lot of time on our death bus listening to Deftones and quoting Arrested Development.
We’ve had our track Paper Shields on the Radio 1 Introducing Playlist. You can still download it for free from here. Come hang out with us soon. We promise you’ll have a great time.
Lots of love and hugs xx”

Plus Support from…

Silver / Back / Club

“Deliciously atmospheric” – Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
“Music so lovely I just happily paid 3 quid for it” – Dan Salter, Echoes And Dust
“Musicianship in droves” – Kane Fulton, Skrbblr Magazine
“Some of the most exciting music I’ve heard in an age” – Dan Read, The Core

The Uninvited

New Wave/ Synthpop/ Alternative Indie Rock Group. Formed in 2011.

After regrouping in 2012 with a new singer, the band quickly began gigging and have played Wrexham Central Station, Telfords Chester, Liverpool Kelly’s, Wrexham Saith Seren, World Peace Day Festival Wrexham, The Compass, Chester and Manchester Castle. They have supported Wooden Ships and Von Haze.

The band are currently working towards recording their debut e.p. for launch early next year and planning a handful of gigs in between.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Crackling Vinyl Presents – The Keys [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Hailing from the Welsh capital of Cardiff, contemporary psych-rockers The Keys are back with their signature brand of cosmic flavour to release their first full-length album, ‘Bitten By Wolves’ through See Monkey Do Monkey Recordings on May 2nd 2011.

Following the release of 2010’s mini album ‘Fire Inside’, the band have been capturing the imagination of industry and public alike, garnering praise and support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Clash magazine, Metro, BBC 6 Music, Radio 2, Shindig!, Mark Lamarr and BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn.

Having risen from the ashes of the much lauded Murry The Hump – once labelled by Alex James of Blur as ‘the best new band in Britain’, counting Damien Hirst and the late Joe Strummer as fans and notching up several John Peel sessions – The Keys are a band whose musical pedigree cannot be argued with.

Drawing on a range of quality influences from Animal Collective, Captain Beefheart, Can, Spirit, The Black Keys, Frank Zappa, Panda Bear and Spiritualized, The Keys adeptly blend together the new and the old, sitting alongside the likes of Super Furry Animals, The Coral, Malachai, Tame Impala and The Bees. ‘Bitten By Wolves’ was recorded and produced by the band themselves, with frontman Matthew Evans at the helm (and a little help from El Goodo’s Pixy Jones on the haunting ‘When You’re Young’).

The Keys have also graced many a stage across the UK and are stalwarts of the Welsh live circuit, including the much-loved Swn festival. Their performance at the 2010 led to them being branded as one of the Top 5 bands you should have seen.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Misty’s Big Adventure [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

Local Hip Hop & Folk star Chris Ingram hosts this weeks open mic. Be prepared for tequila fueled foolary.


 
APPEARING ON Monday, February 25th, 2013

Student Band Assesment [+]

Free Entry

Students from the local university will be putting on a show as part of their final project. Expect a sellection of covers and original material spanning a wide range of genres.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Latin Mania [+]

Salsa Classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Clesses £4 each or £6 for both

Latin MANIA!
Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Telfords has hosted a salsa club in Chester for over 15 years and we’re now launching Latin MANIA!

Learn Cuban salsa lessons every Wednesday with Banderas (Havana, Cuba), Lee Baker and Rachel Forshaw. Lessons are provided for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. You don’t need a partner – you’ll change partners all the time in a friendly, fun group.

8.00 pm: Separate classes for Beginners and Improver level

8.45 pm: Intermediate level partnerwork and Improver (and above) rueda (Cuban group dance, performed in a circle or ‘wheel’)

– Beginner classes introduce you to salsa music, teach the basic footwork steps and let you take your first steps dancing with a partner.

– Improver classes build up your repertoire of fundamental partner work sequences.

– Intermediate classes build up more advanced partner work and solo patterns, and help develop body movement and musicality.

9.30 pm till 12.30: Dance into the night with a mix that includes salsa, timba, bachata, regaetton, merengue, latin pop and more.

Classes are just £4 for one class or £6 for two classes. Entry to social dancing after 9.30 is free.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Queens Minions [+]

Free Entry

With DJ Ono

Dirty rock and roll blues band!