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APPEARING ON Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Crackling Vinyl presents SEN SEGUR + SIDDI – Postponed [+]

Sorry, this show has been postponeduntil the autumn. New date to follow…


SEN SEGUR

The odd ball wizards from Penmachno are here again, soaking wet after a dip in the secret psychedelic well, situated in the upper reaches of the Conwy Valley. Having formed in 2010, the band have released the ‘Penrhydd’ EP as well as the ‘Sarah/Nofa Scosia’ cassette single & their latest EP ‘SUDD SUDD SUDD‘ is out now on Recordiau IKaChing.

Experience the idle rebuke.

Sarah700’ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohb3sDK9VnA

“Sen Segur grew wings and soared above the laden clouds as their set of Welsh psychedelia progressed.”

BBC Green Man Festival review

http://soundcloud.com/sensegur

http://youtube.com/sensegur

http://sensegur.bandcamp.com

http://twitter.com/sensegur

SIDDI

‘Un Tro’ stream: http://ikaching.co.uk/cerddoriaeth-music-2/cerddoriaeth-music/

Siddi are the folk duo from Llanuwchllyn, consisting of brother and sister, Osian and Branwen Williams. They have been working on their new concept album, Un Tro, for two years having come across a fairy tale based in Cwm Cynllwyd, which has been used as the album’s background story – with each song telling different parts of this sad story.

As well as performing with Siddi, Branwen sings with Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, and Osian with Candelas.

Un Tro was released by I KA CHING Records in early January. A free song off the album can be downloaded from http://siddi.bandcamp.com , the full album from the usual music downloading sites, or a hard copy from http://sadwrn.com

<a href=”http://ikaching.bandcamp.com/album/un-tro” mce_href=”http://ikaching.bandcamp.com/album/un-tro”>Un Tro by Siddi</a>

http://siddi.bandcamp.com

http://twitter.com/siddiband

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, April 3rd, 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, April 4th, 2013

Window Stage Folkazm with Mark Henderson feat. Matthew James Breen [+]

Thursday 4th April – 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 month we feature Matthew James Breen…


 
APPEARING ON Friday, April 5th, 2013

Chubby Knuckles presents… The Jar Family [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Formed in 2010, Hartlepool band The Jar Family is a collective of singer-songwriters Max Bianco, Dali, Al Devon, Richie Docherty, Chris Hooks and former Squeeze bassist Keith Wilkinson.

Providing an escape from the backdrop of their hometown’s economic hardships, and driven by a collective will to succeed, The Jar Family have forged a distinctive style of north-east blues & roots, uniquely coined as ‘Industrial Folk’, which, following a series of sell-out acoustic shows, and the July 2010 release of their now highly collectable ‘Livingston Studio E.P.’, the band quickly built a loyal fan-base.

Having amassed such a sizeable collection of songs, the band decamped to the seminal Sawmill Studio to record ‘The Jar Family Album’ in June 2011, but not before adding the in-demand Kerry ‘jubjub’ Edwards on Cajon to complete the 7-piece line-up. Produced by Keith Wilkinson, the album was then mixed by the legendary John Cornfield (Muse, Supergrass, Razorlight, Oasis, Athlete).

In addition to being very well received by the national music press, their debut single, ‘Poolie Strut’ became the most requested song in Radio Hartlepool’s history and has since been played at all of Hartlepool United’s home matches, leading to the home faithful chanting the song on the terraces.

November 2011 then saw the release of The Jar Family’s second single ‘In For A Penny’ which preceded the band’s first ever UK tour, supporting the infamous Alabama 3, gaining them many new fans as they further enhanced their reputation as the north-east’s buzz band.

Throughout 2012 they have opened for Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock, followed by a run of tour dates and festival appearances across the UK, including slots opening for The Charlatans and Babyshambles, Ren Harvieu, The Sunshine Underground, King Charles, Jake Bugg etc., as they prepare for the release of their new single, ‘Broken Minded’ on August 6th. Their debut album ‘The Jar Family Album’ is available on i-tunes and will soon be available in selected stores as well as from the bands sparkling new online store.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Everything Is Now presents… Banda Bacana [+]

Saturday 6th April – Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter


This vibrant, North Wales based, 7 piece draws upon a wealth of varied and impressive musical backgrounds to create fresh and exhilarating dancefloor-filling sounds.

Playing some seriously catchy tunes, they go from slinky Latin grooves through supple Afrobeat and Caribbean  rhythms to James Brown inspired funk.

“Uplifting, celebratory….the horns sound fantastic, the guitars amazing….it’s played beautifully and with great spirit” Adam Walton, Radio Wales


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, April 10th, 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, 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 Friday, April 12th, 2013

Crackling Vinyl Presents… Cut Ribbons [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

“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”


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Modou N’Diaye & Kassa Afro [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Master Drummer and kora player Modou N’diaye is a member of the famous Cissokho family of Griot musicians and oral historians from the Casamance region of Southern Senegal. As a virtuoso drummer and percussionist with a superb repertoire of rhythms, he plays a variety of West African instruments ranging from djembe, sabar and talking drum to his leading instrument, the 22-string kora (West African harp).

Growing up within a griot family in Ziguinchor, Modou learnt to play the kora from the age of 5. These traditional influences continue to inspire his music today. He is very proud of his heritage and has developed his own unique style over the years. The group Modou N’Diaye & Kassa Afro blend together with beautiful harmonies, the dulcet yet lively tones of the kora, bass guitar, calabash, djembe and the occasional appearance of the heart-warming vibrant Fulani flute fusing together traditional and modern sounds.

Since his arrival in the UK and after mesmerizing audiences at Glastonbury Festival 2002, he became a regular performer and teacher at both Womad Charlton Park and Drumcamp from 2002 until present.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Open Mic Session hosted by Jon Parry [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s finest and longest running open mic sessions, this week hosted by Jon Parry.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Dead Belgian [+]

Tuesday 16th April – Tickets £7

Dead Belgian are a Liverpool-based band playing the music of Jacques Brel.  They began life in 2007, inspired to share Brel’s music with all who would listen.  Each member brought their own influences to the band, from European folk to progressive rock, stripping the songs to their bare bones and fattening them up again using a ramshackle drum kit, ukulele, guitar, accordion, saxophone, mandolin, clarinet and flute.  Dead Belgian have developed a playful and inventive sound that meshes dense melodic patterns, demonic waves of intensity and passages of sparse frailty with vocals that have drawn comparison to Edith Piaf, Anthony Hegarty and Nico.  It is a sound unique to themselves while still capturing the beauty, passion and humour of the original work, a rousing and rowdy back-porch reinvention of Jacques Brel’s honest and poetic stories.

Andy Delamere – percussion, vocals

Fionnuala Dorrity – vocals, guitar, ukulele

Simon James – saxophone, flute, clarinet, mandolin, mandola, vocals

Matthew Wood – accordion, vocals

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“Dead Belgian blew us away with a stunning performance of power, beauty and finesse”

Walthamstow Folk

“Alternating between French and English, singer Fionnuala Dorrity sings the songs as Brel did – coquettish during ‘Madeleine’, passionate in ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ and tortured in ‘Au Suivant’.  Highlight of the set though was the concluding ‘Le Moribond’, a rousing and upbeat version which will cast out memories of Terry Jacks and Westlife forever.”

The Word

Love & Death weaves between playful abandon, a delicate sparseness and compelling theatre. Dead Belgian have created a sound that is all their own, while remaining true to the spirit of Brel’s music and poetry.

Folk Radio UK


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, April 17th, 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, April 18th, 2013

Obelisks [+]

Free Entry

Deep in a hypodermic dream, at the back of junky autoclaves Obelisks are plotting the end of history, the full glottal stop of civilisation in whispered mirror shards and long black rivers, filled with the carcasses of a thousand gods a millennia and last summer ago. Their explosive manifesto has unraveled across the country over the last year since they were formed in a filmic haze of brittle distortion, ghostly euphoric electronica and choruses big enough to be seen from space; their sound a dazzling and panoramic blend of Klaxons, Sigur Ros, Mew, and Oceansize. It is their aim to be the biggest underground success of the decade, release the finest debut album of all time and annihilate civilisation before exploding in a conflagration of literature, mirror shards and junk tinged bodily fluids… with live shows that fall somewhere between a tsaoist riot and a nightclub at the end of the world, support shows with Lightspeed Champion, Succioperro and Gallops, this band have long been considered by those in the know one of the north wests’ finest underground band and simply have to be seen to be believed.

We believe in the catalogue model catwalk of ruined psychotherapy couches and hope you do too, come worship at the altar of Obelisks…


 
APPEARING ON Friday, April 19th, 2013

Wilson Minds with DJ Nick Power (The Coral) [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Paul Wilkes, Liverpool’s prodigal son, mixes the sound of dark edgy alternative rock with some of the biggest songs and one of the greatest voices you will ever hear. Album to be released soon, produced by Brit award winning producer of the Verve. Get on board early!

www.wilsonminds.com


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The Roving Crows [+]

Free Before 9, £4 After

Winners of Best Folk Act at the Exposure Music Awards 2012.
Multi award winning original folk-fusion outfit. Formed in early 2009 The Crows inexhaustible energy and unrivalled ability to connect deeply with the audience gives them real stand-alone status. The Crows fuse folk, ska, reggae and klezmer in a unique and energetic performance.
Top Celtic Rock Band and Top Fiddle Player at The Irish Music Awards 2012.
“Great party music…I love that band” Paul O’Grady, BBC (April 2012)”.
“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC (Nov 2012)

www.rovingcrows.com

www.facebook.com/therovingcrows

www.youtube.com/therovingcrows

http://twitter.com/therovingcrows


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Open Mic Sessions with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

Tequila fueled, folky goodness provided by Telford’s very own Chris Ingram.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, April 24th, 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, 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 Friday, April 26th, 2013

Crackling Vinyl presents… Washington Irving [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Since the release of their debut EP Little Wanderer, Head Thee Home in 2010, Washington Irving have been attracting an ever-growing fan base across the UK with their powerful blend of raucous folk pop, blending elements of the Arcade Fire, the Band, the Waterboys, Big Country, and the Pogues. Produced by Marcus Mackay (Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol, Sparrow & The Workshop), the EP has received airplay from the likes of Vic Galloway and Huw Stephans on Radio 1, as well as being firmly supported by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson. Having toured all over Scotland, the band performed at T in the Park, made its debut outside Scotland with a string of dates in Ireland as well as a sold out show at the Lexington in London with Dry the River before finishing the year off with a live session on Radio 1 with Vic Galloway.

In January 2011 the band played a sold out headline show at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, and in April they completed their first UK tour to coincide with their new single – Abbey Gallop. The single was Produced by Ramsay Miller, formerly from The Cinematics, and mixed at Castle of Doom Studios 2 by legendary producer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Broken Records, Super Furry Animals, Teenage Fanclub). Summer 2011 saw them perform at Festivals across the UK including Camp Bestival, Knoydart, Solfest, Rhythm festival, Stockton Weekender, and their highlight of the year – headlining the main stage at Insider Festival.

The band kick started 2012 with a storming performance at the 02ABC1 with Mull Historical Society as part of Celtic Connections. Currently working on their debut album, the band have had a great summer at festivals like Stag & Dagger, Brew in the Bog, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, Wickerman, Deer Shed and Hop Farm.

“Their melding of folk songs with sleek, modern pop proved invigorating to watch….Best of all, their material had a raucous nature that made it impossible not to leave in strident spirit.” **** The Herald

“With their debut EP, Washington Irving show a storytelling impetus similar to that of their namesake; considered lyrics paint a picture at the intersection between the past and the present.” **** The Skinny (EP review)

“If there was any justice in the world, Washington Irving would be spread across the playlists of RADIO 1 & BBC 6 music, like a rash!” Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music

“Washington Irving have found a wonderful balance between tapping into that beautiful Scottish habit of being completely miserable (think Frightened Rabbit’s seminal The Midnight Organ Fight for cheer level) and fantastically upbeat” Rockfeedback

“…Wielding a varied array of instruments, their songs blossom with a life seldom seen outside a full orchestra. Given the size of the room and the attendance, the end result was a joyous cacophony of noise, and an atmosphere of abandon.” Music News


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The Fallows – E.P Launch [+]

Saturday 26th April

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

The first production recording to be released by The Fallows produced by Simon Jones (The Verve) at Faktory Records in Chester.

E.P. – We Are The Fallows

1. Fireworks

2. Sparks

3. Shut Your Eyes

4. Streets

5. The Debutante

A limited number of CD’s will be available to perchace on the night.

The Fallows are a four-piece indie rock n roll band hailing from the North West, with roots firmly in Chester, the Wirral and Liverpool. Intense energy rising through delicate melodies has come to epitomise their unique sound. Since forming in 2010 the band has gone from strength to strength,with three self-initiated single releases to date.Heavily featured on BBC Merseyside and notorious on the Liverpool music scene,over the past two years the band has built up infectious support through high-tempo sets, fuelled with incredible rock n roll music and ferocious energy. 2012 saw the release of Shoot Your Gun, the bands third single, hot off the back of Lazy Eye and the blues-tinged The Caine. The band has now firmly set it’s sights on 2013, with a hugely anticipated EP to be released early in the year. The Fireworks EP has been recorded with legendary bass player Simon Jones (The Verve) and will be supported with a sell-out home town gig.To fully experience the mesmerising melodies and frenetic drive of The Fallows’ sound,check out the latest gigs and keep up to date through Facebook and on Twitter for releases, tickets and news.

www.thefallows.net


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Darren Eedens [+]

Sunday 28th April – Free Entry

A very special host for you this Sunday… All the way from Toronto, Canada it’s Darren Eedens…

Darren Eedens is a full time banjo/ guitar picker… in the bluegrass folk, roots, rockabilly styles … both on the road and in the studio

Currently playing solo as well as for MIKEY CHUCK RIVERS, THE OLD SALTS, MIDWAY AFTER DARK, LILY FROST and more.

An old soul with the imagination of a child, darren eedens tells stories, bends truths, and creates upbeat rhythmic tracks with hauntingly morbid lyrics. With his many influences ranging from the folk and bluegrass pickers of the past, he uses his unique and powerful voice to captivate anyone within earshot. With an unmatched live energy, he shares his views on life and more often death, shedding a beautiful light on the tragic tale. Standing on tables belting out words beyond his years, audiences are silent, only adding the necessary stomp clamps to many of the entirely acoustic pieces. You can catch darren eedens playing hard and fast, with his banjo, guitar and mandolin as his weapons of choice, sometimes using his voice as his only instrument. It is not uncommon to find darren belting lyrics out at the top of his lungs, standing on top of bars, tables and chairs. He breaks any barriers that one would expect to find when attending a show to see a solo act. His energy is unmatched and from the first note picked literally has the entire audience silent and yet ready for a party.
Read more… »


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Crackling Vinyl Presents Sweet Baboo [+]

Tuesday 2nd April – Tickets £6 Advance / £7 On The Door

Sweet Baboo

‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMQ8h42HOJU

A native of the North Wales countryside, Sweet Baboo aka Stephen Black is a single minded, idiosyncratic singer possessing an ear for sparkling melody and a gift for a deft lyrical turn – from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinkling boastful to deliciously self-deprecating.

Having already been shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize in 2011 for his third album ‘I’m A Dancer/Songs About Sleeping’, Black’s evolution as a songwriter and musician is still very much in motion with the new album ‘Ships’, a concept album about the sea – and a marked step up from his earlier material that reveals his true talent is only beginning to be revealed.

Influenced by the likes of The Beach Boys, Daniel Johnston and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Black indulges his love of brass heavy pop on ‘Ships’ which is released on April 22nd 2013 on Moshi Moshi Records.

Black’s productivity is all the more remarkable given his extra-curricular activities which have seen him working with an ever-growing array of musicians including Cate Le Bon, Slow Club and H. Hawkline. He has also performed with and produced Euros Childs, The Pictish Trail, The Voluntary Butler Scheme and Islet and collaborated with Gruff Rhys.

www.sweetbaboo.co.uk

https://twitter.com/Sweet_Babs

www.facebook.com/sweetbaboomusic

http://sweetbaboo.bandcamp.com

http://www.moshimoshimusic.com/artists/sweet-baboo

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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: 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/