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APPEARING ON Friday, March 1st, 2013

Mad Jack & The Hatters [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Mad Jack & The Hatters are the UK’s New Electric Hillbilly Blues Superstars…..They are bringing the oldest forms of music back out of the closet and giving them a severe dusting-down!  Their Unique Sound, Intense and Unforgettable Live Shows & Crazy Antics will have you Jumpin’ ‘n’ Hollerin’ from Minute One!!

They have already played some of the biggest and most popular Venues & Festivals in the country and they’ve barely started. That’s the beauty of this band…every audience loves them….It really has to be seen to be believed!  Forget old & Young, Mod or Rocker, and all that jazz….If you’ve got a pulse you’ll dig this band!!!


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Heymoonshaker [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Tony Bear

Beatbox Blues Duo Heymoonshaker have created a fresh sound that is intriguing audiences all over the world. Their Youtube busking videos prove their international appeal with over 10 million views in total”….

Some people may argue that Beatboxing is nothing more than a gimmick or a simple party trick, Dave Crowe one half of Heymoonshaker, a master of this trade, would disagree. After honing his talent and pushing his skills to the point of human implausibility, he opted to take these skills and turn them into an art form. This transition was made possible when Crowe met Andy Balcon, in New Zealand, 2009; a blues guitarists with uncompromising musicianship and a voice that howls like a wolf. Since their meeting they successfully embarked on a pursuit of musical reinvention and discovery. Premiering on the streets of Nelson (New Zealand), they broke free from the everyday backpacker trail of vineyards and youth hostels, and instead took there talents to the East Coast bar circuit which led them to Christchurch where the sound was shaped. After a break to focus on solo projects, the pair reunited in order to continue what they had started. Their sound is now true fusion, harmonizing urban sounds and deep bass with a roots mentality and blues, rock and roll rhythms. Heymoonshaker are far from being a party trick and have their feet firmly in the 21st century.
Believers in an alternative life style of constant travel, Crowe and Balcon have been taking their unique stage show around the world since February 2012, from Sweden to Australia, Switzerland to New Zeland, Germany to France and Italy. Recording their debut album (self titled) at Wetlab studio’s with music maestro Viktor Benzen – Shaker captured the frame for what has grown into an unexplainable musical spirit.

Their presents in the UK continues to grow too, in terms of live status and online reach, with a summer tour visiting Beach Break Live, Greenman Festival, Shambala, Wilderness and Kendal Calling; and seeing a constant growth of views for their Youtube hit ‘Cream F Feeling’. With a hardcore gigging schedule, relentless live energy, unique performance style and musical clarity Heymoonshaker are a band to place your chips on.

www.heymoonshaker.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Open Mic Session with Mercy Elise [+]

Free Entry

50% of Me & Deboe, Mercy Elise hosts this weeks open mic session. Come down and join this ecelecticly diverse singer songwriter whose beautiful vocals will insipre anyone to get up and have a go. Free entry – free stage.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Latin Mania [+]

Salsa Classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Classes £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, March 7th, 2013

Window Stage Folkazm with Mark Henderson feat. Gary Edward Jones [+]

Thursday 7th March – 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 Gary Edward Jones…

Gary Edward Jones is now a singer songwriter from Liverpool, but he wasn’t always.

It was a visit to Las Vegas in 2003 that enabled this mild-mannered builder from South Liverpool to realise his dream of becoming a musician.

“I never thought I was good enough, I knew being a musician was the life for me but how that was going to happen I didn’t know… until Vegas,” said Gary.

Gary performed at the Palms Hotel Acoustic Asylum to great acclaim – it was the confidence boost he needed to change his life and pursue the path he had always dreamed of.

A prolific songwriter from childhood, Gary chosen a more practical career in woodcarving which steered his path through living in London, becoming a father and the breakdown of relationships.

It has been these life milestones which have provided Gary with rich content to produce some of his best work yet.
Behind the exterior of Gary the builder, lies a unique ability to translate some of life’s most extreme sensitivities into powerful, meaningful music steeped in soul.

Gary’s talent has seen him produce tracks with fellow singer songwriter Thea Gilmore and drummer Steve Barney.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, March 8th, 2013

Crackling Vinyl Presents The Blue Bottle Veins [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

At barely a year old The Bluebottle Veins have certainly caused quite a stir in their short life. The group, made up of Terry Cowley, Gareth Jones, Steven Owen and Dylan Tattum, have recently exploded out of their North Wales homes to deliver their visceral mix of Rock and Roll, with a healthy dose of the blues thrown in for good measure.

Drawn together through their love of the blues as well as the classic songwriters of today and yesteryear, 2013 is looking to be The Bluebottle Veins’ year thanks to a feature in John Robb’s Louder Than War as ‘New Artist of the Day’ as well as a host of online reviews citing them as an act to lookout for.

From their unique vocals to their classic guitar hooks, The Bluebottle Veins are as exciting as new music gets. Their EP will be officially released this year.

www.thebluebottleveinsfb.com


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, March 9th, 2013

The Jokers [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

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

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

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

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Depo (Shy & The Fight) [+]

Free Entry

Beardy Weirdy guitarist Depo from Shy & The fight fame hosts this weeks open mic night. Kicks off around 9 pm… Be there early for a slot.


 
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 Wednesday, March 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 Thursday, March 14th, 2013

DJ Austin! [+]

Free Entry

Mixed-Up Music Porn Without the Restrictions of Genre nor Age : Killer Songs that Arrive Like a Burglar and Leave Like a Best Friend.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, March 15th, 2013

By The Sea with Coral DJ Set (Nick Power) [+]

Friday 15th March – Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

The Wirral’s By The Sea released their debut album in late 2012, mixed by their friend Bill Ryder – Jones

“We hope it sounds like a series of failed Springsteen anthems played with too many chorus pedals. That is the theme.”

By The Sea make music that can’t contain itself, that is so bursting with joy it sounds like it is tripping over itself in its desire to get out of the speakers. And yet whilst some of these songs sound like anthems, there is a constant introspection that stops them from ever sounding bloated.

There have been comparisons to early Stone Roses, The Go-Betweens and dreampop, but like fellow young Northerners, MONEY, they are pulling on past influences and making them sound like the the most disorientating love affair that ever failed.

This album comes out on Dell’Orso and on vinyl by our friends at Great Pop Supplement. Dream Waters is the current GPS 7” single, and Alone Together will come out as a single in January with a remix of Game Of Circles by label mate, Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals)

“By The Sea are a hugely exciting Merseyside based band who are more than successfully crafting that melancholic yet entirely satisfied sensation; the one that feels like you’re semi-drunk on England’s annual baking hot afternoon, even though it’s pissing down with the ferocity of Charlie Brooker outside” – Not Many Experts


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, March 16th, 2013

The Musgraves [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter


With a ‘Q The Music Track of the Day’ in the bag and a BBC 6Music Record of the Week for the infectious ‘So Sofia’, further airplay on BBC Radio 2 and Q Radio plus growing support from regional radio stations across the UK, Midlands based roots-pop four piece The Musgraves established themselves as ‘ones to watch’ via their critically acclaimed debut EP, ‘Lost In Familiarity’.

British Telecom (BT) adopted the band in 2011 using an instrumental of their epic ballad ‘Discover Me’ as the bed for the ‘Adam and Jane’ TV wedding campaign. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze6z9bY5790

The debut single, ‘Last Of Me’, has already been championed by Graham Norton on his BBC Radio 2 show. The track explores the imminent end of a long-term relationship – the loss of love, friendship and, ultimately, identity – but, in true Musgraves style, it sits on a feel-good pop arrangement brimming with 50s and 60s pop/soul influences.

“…Beautifully crafted Pop-Folk songs that capture a tremendous sense of effortless energy and emotion showing a song writing ability well beyond their years and far above that of you’re average band. Undoubtedly they have potential to go far…”
BBC West Midlands

“…The freshness and enthusiasm of these musicians has been coupled with mature song writing and a polished production sound rarely found on a debut independent release. The result is folk-infused alt-pop at its best…”
The Line of Best Fit

www.themusgraves.co.uk


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

Another acoustic session from lady’s man Alx Green. Young, handsome and with a great voice to back it all up. Come and show us what your made of… kicks off around 9pm.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Crackling Vinyl presents Sex Hands + Irma Vep [+]

Tuesday 19th March – Tickets £6.00 Advance

SEX HANDS

Split 12” single on Song, By Toad out now:

http://songbytoadrecords.com/paws/song-by- toad-split-12

‘Way No Way’: http://youtube.com/watch?v=FQ4ntdd7AEU

Sex Hands are three childhood best friends from North Wales, and one new pal from Manchester via Runcorn, making music inspired by the hit TV series Friends. Taking in members of NW notables Klaus Kinski, Irma Vep and Waiters, they enigmatically straddle the line between uniquely irresistible melodic delights, and unhinged macho-man party anthems. Your curiosity may already have been piqued by their recent, excellent (and free to download) collection ‘Series 1’. This though is proudly their first appearance on vinyl, and sees them flex their muscle through pulse-rasing standouts; ‘Way, No Way’, and ‘Ichiban’.

(from the IceCapades website)

“Shouted, brilliant lo-fi.”

THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“They write songs The Vaccines would give up their substantial inheritances for. They’re potentially as game changing as Pavement were. They’re Wales’ best new band.”

BBC MUSIC

http://sexhandsband.tumblr.com

http://twitter.com/sexhandsband

IRMA VEP

Limited edition vinyl LP ‘HAHA’ available now on Turquoise Coal. Promo video, of sorts: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UZRuNmPx_3Q

Irma Vep is the solo incarnation of Klaus Kinski drummer Edwin Stevens. Turquoise Coal’s debut release, HAHA is in fact the tenth full length Irma Vep album, although the `irst to appear on vinyl. We think it is the best thing we have heard in ages.

In the great tradition of drummers’ solo albums, HAHA is more ‘Oar’ than ‘No Jacket Required’, more Nixon & Jarvis than Ringo Starr, and bears little relation to Klaus Kinski’s fearsome “broken glass dipped in napalm and rammed up your nostrils” sound.

The LP is a stark, stripped down and intimate affair, achingly personal and uncompromising. Edwin plays everything himself… through amps… onto tape. The record was recorded in two days last November and the resolutely lo-`i result radiates an unpolished warmth seeped in melancholy, guilt, humour, sex, disgust and other stuff.

HAHA is no single-gear ride though – tracks like ‘What’s That in Your Mouth‘ and ‘All People Are Poison‘ see Edwin rocking out with abandon, perfectly complementing the affecting poignancy of songs like ‘There’s Nothing Wrong with Feeling Wrong‘ and ‘Be a Mother‘. Edwin reckons that HAHA is the most normal thing he’s ever done – happily on this occasion, ‘normal’ has no connection with ‘mundane’ and it turns out to also be one of the very best things he’s ever done.

You won’t hear a more human record this year. HAHA’s understated magic stands alongside the likes of the Velvet Underground’s 3rd album, Skip Spence’s “Oar”, Big Star’s 3rd, Neil Young’s “On the Beach”, Leonard Cohen’s “Songs of Love and Hate” or early Palace Brothers… without sounding at all like any of them.

The record comes as a numbered edition of 200 copies in screenprinted sleeve by Dylan Hughes with exclusive art print insert by Alexandra Humphreys together with a CD of the album so you can also groove while on the move.

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CRACKLING VINYL

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Crackling Vinyl began in November 2011 as an excuse for music enthusiasts, Adam Walton, Ben ‘Soundhog’ Hayes and Elin Bach to play their favourite records in their favourite music venue (Telford’s Warehouse, Chester) far away from the weekend madness of endless requests for the kind of R&B that wasn’t pressed on Chess Records.

Crackling Vinyl evolved to encompass live music. They would bring unique and acclaimed artists to Chester for the first time, at a very affordable price: a high quality watermark in a city keen to experience the best, upcoming touring artists.

Previous live guests at Crackling Vinyl have included: Gallops, Paper Aeroplanes, Katell Keineg, Alun Tan Lan, Gulp, Zervas & Pepper, Euros Childs, Cate Le Bon, Laura J. Martin, Y Niwl, Colorama, Richard James, H. Hawkline, Mowbird, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Toy Horses, T.G. Elias, Georgia Ruth, Chris T-T, Sex Hands, Irma Vep, She Makes War, Sam Airey, Houdini Dax, The Gentle Good, Trwbador, Golden Fable, The Wellgreen, Pulco, Harry Keyworth, Greta Isaac, Atlas Twins, Jessica Ball, Sophie Ballamy, Bright Young People – a fascinating selection of artists who have graced Radio 1, 6Music, Radio 2 and Radio Wales.

Crackling Vinyl DJ’d for the whole weekend at this year’s Green Man Festival (the Walled Garden stage). We also hosted an acclaimed day of live music – and night of excellent records (including guest DJ’s Martin Carr [Boo Radleys] & Liz Hunt [The School]) – at this year’s S?n festival in Cardiff and were invited to DJ The Joy Formidable’s first North Wales show in over two years.

It has been an eventful first 12 months for Crackling Vinyl.

Crackling Vinyl’s next event is on Tuesday 19th March at Telford’s Warehouse, Chester and features Sex Hands and Irma Vep.

Crackling Vinyl also DJ stone classics from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s: psych / soul / pop / garage / r ‘n’ b every other Friday night at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester, with live music that encompasses some of the more serrated bands that we love. Please see the website for full details.

Adam Walton* is BBC Radio Wales’ longstanding new music presenter with a particular love for lysergic soul, off kilter Welsh pop and 60’s oddities. Adam’s late night, weekend radio show is a haven for strange and original Welsh sounds.

Ben ‘Soundhog’ Hayes is one of the most respected record collectors, music enthusiasts, DJ’s and ‘bootleggers’ in the UK. At the vanguard of the new millennium’s fascination with ‘bastard pop’ Ben earned support and respect all over Europe, from the likes of XFM, MTV & BBC Radio 1. A recent return to bootlegs (Whole Lotta Helter Skelter – brilliantly grafting The Beatles to Led Zeppelin) has earned tens of thousands of views on YouTube and airplay on 6Music and Radio Wales. His DJ sets extol a kaleidoscopic love of music, particularly Moog synthesisers and compressed acoustic guitars.

Elin Bach is an artist, a librarian and record lover from Mold, Flintshire. Her philosophy is brilliant and simple: all 7”s, “nothing after 1972”. Expect to hear anything from Georgie Fame to something inspirational and half-?forgotten in the Welsh mother tongue. If you are very good, she will do a little dance behind the DJ booth. It’s a manifestation of the joy she has for the records she plays.

“pretty cool… loads of interesting sounding musicians”

Cerys Matthews, 6Music

“a set of evenings dedicated to genuinely brilliant  music.”

Ian Hughes, Daily Post

You can hear part of one of our DJ sets here:

http://www.mixcloud.com/cracklingvinyl/purple-and-red/

FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS:

Fri 22nd February                  The Keys

Fri 8th March                         The Bluebottle Veins

Tue 19th March                      Irma Vep / Sex Hands

Fri 22nd March                      My First Tooth

Tue 2nd April                          Sen Segur / Siddi

Fri 5th April                            The Jar Family

Fri 19th April                          Wilson Minds

Tue 30th April                        Sweet Baboo


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, March 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, March 21st, 2013

Tatty Jeans / DJ Ono [+]

Thursday 21st March – Free Entry

Originally a 3 piece and now a duo, Tatty jeans are a Chester and North Wales based alternative indie rock groove band that use sampling technology (the invisible guitarist) together with live drums, bass guitar and vocals. Bursting with energy, bass groove riffs, distortion bass and driving drums, this band is something that is a little different from the norm. Both Taylor (bass and vocals) and Sean (drums and sampler pad) are well established musicians however are also still young, with the average age between them currently being at 27.

If you love live music and think it sounds a bit crazy to have a band with just bass guitar and drums, come and check out Tatty Jeans, live at Telfords, Thursday March 21st 10pm, you won’t be disappointed!


 
APPEARING ON Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Crackling Vinyl Presents… My First Tooth [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Northampton’s My First Tooth began life in 2007 as a side project for singer/guitarist Ross K. Witt. Following the addition of violinist Sophie Galpin to the line-up, a 3 track EP was recorded, followed by extensive touring with the likes of Noah & The Whale, Shearwater, Chris TT and Johnny Flynn. The duo clocked up over 200 shows in the UK & Ireland before releasing the ‘My First Tooth & The Rubies’ EP in April 2009 on Alcopop Records to considerable critical acclaim.

Drummer Gareth Amwel Jones, bassist Jo Collis and guitarist/trumpeter Joel Harries were recruited and the band hit the road, playing with The Antlers, Woodpigeon and Langhorne Slim, performing at summer festivals and at In The City 09 and releasing their first single ‘Margaret Yen’ in December 2009.

Finding a gap in their relentless touring schedule, the band recorded their debut album with producer Paul Wilkinson (Duke Special), redefining themselves as a more raucous prospect than the early EPs would suggest, while losing none of the melodies and heart-tugging boy/girl harmonies that first drew them praise.

Since slimming down to a 4-piece following the departure of guitarist Harries, they have drawn comparisons with Beirut and The Arcade Fire while touring constantly. Their new single ‘Orchards’ was released in July 2010 followed by the band’s debut album ‘Territories’ in October. They have received airplay from BBC Radio 1, 4, 6, XFM and Absolute Radio, culminating in an XFM X-posure session.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Father Sculptor [+]

Saturday 23rd March – Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Father Sculptor was formed in Glasgow in early 2012.

THOMAS DAVID – VOICE
FELIX – THE DRUMS
JOSEPH – GUITARS
PHILIP – BASS GUITAR
MATTHEW – KEYBOARD & VOX

NME – ‘[Father Sculptor] mix subtle undertones of religious fervour with darker takes on Marr’s intricate, chiming webs of sound.’

THE GUARDIAN – ‘A dark patch of middle ground between the Cult and the Smiths with goth-lite miserablism. Shockingly traditional, and startlingly 1984’

HOOTING & HOWLING – ‘Have you ever heard a song that just totally exceeds the confinement of four walls? It breaks down every barrier – drink, drugs, indifference – and completely immerses your senses. This is Dysmirror.’

JOURNAL ONLINE – ‘Misery hasn’t sounded this good in years’

COMING OF AGE – ‘Always beautiful, always melancholic, always intelligent, always melodic’

INCENDIARY MAG – ‘Dysmirror is an unholy screech of thumping, wide sweeping chords and declamatory verse. I suspect they listen to classical music of the romantic variety a lot; their chord changes have this sweep that sort of points to too much Brahms or Brueckner.’

THE FLY – ‘The heirs to The Smiths’ miserable throne’


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Open Mic Session hosted by Heidi Browne [+]

Free Entry

Heidi has been writing and gigging for ten years has and has amassed over 40 songs, written on guitar and piano. Heidi plays the violin and flute parts heard on her tracks.  Though a fan of the 1950’s aesthetic, her attitudes embody those of the modern, free-thinking, outspoken woman. Fiercely individual, her personality can be felt through her witty lyrics and unusual guitar-playing style which has brought her highly deserved recognition as a BBC Introducing pick for 2013.

Do not expect sentimental love songs…

 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, March 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, March 28th, 2013

The Glendale Family Presents… The Black Diamond Express [+]

Thursday March 28th – Free Entry

THE BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS ROLL OUT ALBUM #1 UNDER THEIR OWN STEAM

The self-funded and self-released debut album, ‘Brimstone for Hell’ from Scottish BAFTA nominees, The Black Diamond Express is released May 5th 2013.

Disillusioned with the established music industry, the Edinburgh-based 9-piece chose to take a different track. They spurned the advances of major labels and are instead going it alone. Following their Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2012 and building on a solid Edinburgh International Festival reputation, the roots rockers took the bold decision to self-release in protest at the control wielded by some of the industry’s heavyweights.

“We were seeing interest from some of the major players,” says violinist Cameron Henderson “But it didn’t feel right. It was a choice of integrity. We had to finish this our way rather than bending to fit the requirements of big business.”

Formed in 2007 the BDE have garnered praise on the back of an extensive catalogue of new music, stirred with a large measure of roots and blues. They are described by The List as “an 9-piece soaked in poetry, myth and bourbon… The BDE somehow stay true to both Robert Johnson and The Sex Pistols… armed with bellowing sermons and a swaggering, suited performance equally worthy of The Spiegel Tent or Glastonbury.”

Their synergy and onstage presence ensure that everyone – both band and audience – enjoy themselves. These factors made the unorthodox decision to release a ‘live’ first album a remarkably easy one, even though the process was more challenging than traditional routes.

The band were last year nominated for a Scottish BAFTA for their work on the short film ‘A Zombie Musical’. In another outing members were closely involved with flourishing educational project ‘The Tinderbox Orchestra’ and performed for the Dalai Lama on his recent State visit. Adding to a loyal and committed fan-base, this is a band with celebrity endorsement.

“I freakin’ love The Black Diamond Express,” enthuses Never Mind the Buzzcocks comedian Phil Nichol. “It’s the only trip I’ve ever been on where I’ve enjoyed the journey more than the destination. Actually, that’s a lie – I enjoyed the destination too.”

As well as the  May 5th launch of their long-awaited opus at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, the band have just opened the year supporting American giants The Mavericks. This is followed closely by a whistle-stop round of national and international tour dates; plans for a feature documentary are in the pipe-line too. For a chance to join them on the way, check them out at theblackdiamondexpress.com.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, March 29th, 2013

Chubby Knuckles presents Shy & The Fight [+]

Good Friday 29th March –

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Shy and the Fight are a 7 piece alternative folk/pop collaborative based in and around Chester and North Wales.

Michael Deponeo (Guitar, Vocals), Christopher Done (Bass, Vocals), Thomas Hyndman (Guitar, Vocals), Carrie Anderson (Violin, Glockenspiel, Vocals), Jackson Almond (Keys, Electronics, Banjo), Tom Wootton (Drums) and Samuel Williams (Drums, Percussion, accordian) have been together since late 2009 and within their short time together, have gotten off to a fantastic start playing at a wide range of venues from local bars and touring venues to larger events including the first ‘Stop Making Sense’ festival at the ‘Garden’ festival site in Croatia, Chester rocks festival and focus wales.

Regularly performing across the UK, alongside many reputable acts, they have built up a substantial live fan base and have made frequent appearances on the Adam Walton show on BBC Radio Wales having also recorded a live session for the show. this has led to interest elsewhere including being a top pick on montreal’s cism radio station. And even more recently the band were surprised to hear their song had been played a couple of times on Jen longs introducing show on BBC radio 1.

Their track ‘How to stop an imploding man’ was used in the controversial Jack Wills advertising campaign for their Easter catalogue earlier this year, petitioned against by the daily mail.

Shy and the Fight are a dynamic group and their energetic performances are definitely not something to be missed!


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Safehouse [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Rythm and Blues Review

Authentic blues, soul and funky rhythms from this Chester collective.  An all round great party band with stax of stage appeal.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Easter Sunday Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Easter Sunday Open Mic Party

This year, Easter Sunday happens to coincide with Rusty Mahone hosting our open mic night.

Wow! Anyone would think we plan these things! Rusty has a lot of plans for this night, including the debut of his new project ‘The Green Smoke Hokum Band’ and a blistering set from Motion Empire to let you dance yourselves into Bank Holiday Monday.

Open mic slots are available too with registration closing early at 8.30- although Rusty is good at fitting in late comers. Feel free to contact Rusty via https://www.facebook.com/mahonesofchester if you want to book a spot in advance. There will, unusually be a drum kit available along with limited back-line, and sets will be three songs or 15 minutes- whichever is shorter.

Live music from 8.30 until 11.30 with real ale. tequila and banter! Why on earth would you stay in?

The Green Smoke Hokum Band

Not very long ago a man was sat up the dusty end of Chester Library when, suddenly a book fell on his head. It vanished into his pocket and the man left the library. The book was old and told stories of Chester. Specifically it was about Bryn Mullhanon, rouge, chancer, brewer and allegedly, smuggler.

These stories have not been aired for many years, but they tell of love, danger and battles with the excise men. It tells the story of the Beeston Dragon, and Bryn’s last stand when ‘The Bootle Boys’ as the Excise’s thugs were known, attempted to destroy the brewery under the castle. Bryn died, but the Brewery was saved.

It tells of a racy inter-county wedding that only happened after a dangerous elopment- the girls dress was found afterwards and people thought that the Dragon had eaten her. The Dragon really existed- it was a preserved elephants head on a cart, and it looked fearsome as it spouted flame from the top of the hill. It stank too, but it did keep people’s noses out of the castle.

Such Epic Mythology must be heard, so in a mysterious crypt under one of Chester’s finest drinking dens The Green Smoke Hokum Band was formed. Four musicians assembled. Four muso’s of Pedigree. Chums for a month and destined now, before your eyes, to bring the real History of Cheshire to life.

The Incredible String Band, Whitesnake, Mansun, Barclay James Harvest, Tower Struck Down, Peter Kaye, Rolf Harris, The Family Mahone. Thea Gilmore.

Not a bad festival line up, but that’s just a quick list of people who have worked with members of this self dubbed ‘stupor group’

Fluff on fiddle, Pip on bass, Andy on percussion and Rusty on accordion and guitar provide the heartache and fireworks pre-requisite for such a grandiose project.

Expect gypsy-jazz, punk attitude and anthems, madchester dance rhythms, stirring marches and heart rending ballads that will leave you singing along and believing every bit of the story.

It is just possible that a 1/12 scale balsa wood model of Beeston Castle may descend into the audience.

Motion Empire

Motion Empire a 3 piece band from the Chester area, combine Rock and indie elements perfectly, with the upbeat catchy melodies of indie music and the big riffs of the rock world. The blend of alternative rock and indie rock sound comes from Ben Lee on guitar and vocals, John Hall on bass and Mark French on drums and vocals, all combining to make one awesome wall of energy and sound.

The band has gradually expanded their sound to include a variety of genres, and are continuously expanding their song repertoire with a mixture of amazing originals and creative covers.

“An indie / alternative 3 piece from Chester, with strong musicality and rhythmic drive”

-Wirral Festival of firsts

“A fresh face on the alternative rock scene, motion empire present us with a blend of indie rock and post 90’s alt rock. FFO: PLACEBO, SMASHING PUMPKINS”

-Exes & Crosses

http://facebook.com/motionempire