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Listings for November 29th, 2013

APPEARING ON Friday, November 29th, 2013

Merry Hell [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter


Merry Hell: A Northern based 7-piece offering blistering folk/rock with a message. Uplifting, inspiring and insightful in equal measure with an interesting past and a promising future.

Launched in 2011, Merry Hell combine male and female vocals, mandolin, electric guitars, bass, drums and keyboards with an ambition to revolutionise the genre.

Musically they range from the anthemic to the intimate whilst combining lyrical playfulness with astute observation and comment, they offer your favourite songs that you haven’t yet heard plus a live experience that is both infectious and inspiring.  A band with a history, a pedigree and most importantly, a promise for the future.

Merry Hell has risen phoenix-like from the embers of 90’s cult rabble-rousers The Tansads.  – for many who knew them, the finest band never to make it BIG – a quasi folk-punk-rock orchestra that enjoyed a career spanning 5 albums and countless tours. Brought together again in 2010, for 3 triumphant reunion gigs at their spiritual home of The Citadel, St Helens, the venue for their celebratory live album, ‘Drag Down the Moon’.

As the dust settled on the reunion shows, the decision had been made that a revitalized band should take the spirit of The Tansads forward into a new era. So Merry Hell was raised.

The Kettle brothers, John, Bob, and Andrew are back, joined by John’s wife, Virginia, who brings both acoustic guitar and the perfect vocal foil to Andrew’s gravelly delivery. Former Tansads, Lee Goulding on keyboards and drummer Andy Jones consolidate the line-up, completed by bassist Andrew Dawson.

Known for their original, emotionally charged and anthemic songs, this band are just as much at home producing exquisitely crafted recordings in the studio as they are in their high-energy assaults on the souls of live audiences.