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APPEARING ON Sunday, August 19th, 2012

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

Sunday 19th August – Free Entry

Utility Vintage Market Presents Summer Fete

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Henderson

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

Acoustic tunes and poetry from Chris Ingram, bring along your guitar and join in the fun!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry

The Rusty Cadillacs bring to the stage a unique and energetic slant on Southern American Mountain music and all things old-time.

If you like a band that will get your toes tapping then this young trio will not disappoint.

Their diverse collection of old-time, bluegrass and american folk songs will keep you on the edge of your seat as you hang on every melody, harmony and chord change.

Come and show your support for young talent and live music by supporting The Rusty Cadillacs as they spread their love of American music around the North West and North Wales.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Baby Brave and the Love Bites [+]

Free Entry

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

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

See Alx light up the stage at this weeks open mic. Come along and bring your instruments and best singing voice. www.alxgreen.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Open Mic Session with Dave Burton [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe & special guests Golden Fable [+]

Free Entry

Another installment of free stage frolicry, tonight hosted by the wonderful Ms Deboe.

We are also happy to say Golden Fable will be making a guest apperance during the evening.

Golden Fable are Tim McIver and Rebecca Palin.

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

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

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

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

www.goldenfable.com

www.twitter.com/goldenfable


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Andy Hickie [+]

Free Entry

Andy Hickie is a roaming singer songwriter from the mountains of North Wales. Spending the last three years touring the UK and Ireland, Andy has established a firm reputation on the touring circuit, built on the quality of his songs and the high energy of his live performances. Living out on the road in his trusty camper van ‘Dean’, Andy has been earning his troubadour stripes gigging, collecting stories and sharing his songs the old fashioned way. Join in the fun with your own stories and songs starting at 9pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Open Mic Session with The Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

More open mic mahem with Chris and Co. Plus if there’s anything left unsold after the Saturday Beer Festival we will have the bars open again Sunday evening so come down. Its Free Entry… no excuses.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Open Mic Session with Stacey Cohen [+]

Free Entry

Stacey Cohen’s music is part folk, part storytelling, part metaphor, part mountain-stream. Her sound is part urban but flows with the poetics of the North Wales mountains where she lives.

Stacey’s debut album ‘Butterfly Kisses’ (2009) showcased a woman loud, proud and unafraid to speak her mind. Described as, “off-beat and quirky, haunting and poignant” and, “unique, dark, earthy”, Stacey is continually pushing the boundaries of her writing both lyrically and musically to produce tracks that have to be listened to again and again.

May 2011 will see the release of Stacey’s latest offering, an ep recorded in Feb 2011, during a short visit to her family in Uruguay.Brought together by Stacey’s Uncle, folk singer Juan Pendás. The songs are stripped down, embracing Stacey’s UK folk roots; whilst offering the perfect space for her authentic, unforgettable vocals.

Singing live, Stacey has captivated audiences across the UK and beyond with intense, inspiring performances that effuse with love, intimacy and the energy of a woman who knows how to own the stage. Stacey’s vibrancy and spirit are engaging a fan base that is growing along with her musical accomplishments, guaranteeing a stunning show whenever she performs.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Open Mic Session with James McGregor [+]

Free Entry

A fun night where all can take to the stage and join in. Hosted this week by James McGregor.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Haversack Ruse [+]

Free Entry

Acoustic and Electric duo, rip roaring styles from all over the shop! Deceptively intriguing rhythmic sensations abound…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

2012′ s most regular host is back again to light up the Telford’s stage. Come and join in the fun and showcase your best songs, poems or interpretative dance moves.  £1 tequila all night to help give you that Dutch courage.

www.alxgreenfb.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s longest running open mic is this week hosted by Chris Ingram, local musical hero and Tequila smasher. Bring along your instruments and take to the stage for fun and laughter.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry

Acoustic open mic evening where all are welcome to take on Telfords stage. Hosted by Sarah Deboe, it should be a great night for all and with free entry and how can you say no.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Kai Lena [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s finest and longest running open mic session hosted this week by Kai Lena


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Christmas Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

Warm up for  Christmas or  top up your alcohol levels from the weekend with our Christmas Open Mic Session hosted by Mark Henderson. Sample some of our lovely ales, wines and even a mulled wine or three to warm to soul!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Goodbye 2012 Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Come down for the last Open Mic Session of 2012 and warm up you liver ready for the New Years Eve mayhem! Hosted by Chester’s favourite accordianist Rusty Mahone.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Chris Done [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s longest running and best Open Mic night returns for 2013. Hosted this week by Shy & The Fights Chris Done.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Danny Gruff [+]

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

2012 was a great year for Alx Green. Lets see if he can be the host with the most this year. Open mic starts 8:30pm. Be there early to secure a slot.

www.alxgreenfb.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Dave Burton [+]

Free Entry

Telford’s Open Mic night, the best and longest running in Chester. This week hosted by Dave Burton.


 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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


 
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 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 Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Tom Durkin [+]

Free Entry

This Super Sunday’s Open Mic is hosted by Country & Bluegrass loving Tom Durkin. Get down early for a slot and lets have a hoe down!! Live music starts at 9pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Open Mic With special guest host Rob Vincent [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s longest running open mic is hosted by Rob Vincent, who’s making a special trip across the Mersy to be joined by all on the Telford’s stage. Live music starts at 9pm.

If there’s a lot of half-finished, semi-fulfilled, vaguely unsatisfying music around these days – songs that say nothing to you about your life – then maybe it’s because the people who make it haven’t lived much of a life themselves.

Not so in the case of Robert Vincent, the searingly honest Liverpool singer-songwriter whose mix of folk, rock and country is like a Mersey Van Morrison or a Scouse Springsteen.

Born into a house that rang to the sounds of Johnny Cash, The Beatles and Pink Floyd, Robert knew before he was five years old that he wanted to be a musician. When he became a father at 17 he had to balance the hard graft of life in a working band with the responsibility of providing for a family. He’s seen setbacks and false dawns, he’s come near to success only to have it snatched away, but he’s never lost his faith in his music. And now that faith is coming good.

“I’ve done the whole thing of trying to be what people want me to be,” Rob explains in his warm and good-humoured Scouse drawl, “And in the end I just thought I’ve had enough of this. The songs I’ve written now, some of them sound like Johnny Cash and some of them like 50s rock’n’roll – but they’re what *I* wanted to write. And the funny thing is, the more honest I am the better people like it.”

The result is Rob’s debut album ‘Life In Easy Steps’: a set of songs that are alternately as open and empathic as ‘Second Chance’, and as raw and righteous as ‘Riots Cry’ – all held together by a singular lyrical vision and a voice that can soothe, comfort or tear down a wall. In a sea of plastic pop, this is real rock and roll.

“There’s no smoke and mirrors about it,” Rob says with a smile. “It’s like a good old fashioned country record. Sing what you mean – and sing it like you mean it.”

It all goes back to that house in Crosby, north Liverpool where, alongside country and The Beatles, his older brothers initiated him into the mysteries of Pink Floyd. ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ taught young Rob that a song could be cosmic and mystical – but it had to be a proper song too. He became fascinated with lyrics. “It wasn’t just what Roger Waters wrote but why he wrote it,” he says. “That really interested me as a kid. And then I started meddling with the guitar…”

Rob left school at 16 to dabble in local bands, growing mildly frustrated that his mates only wanted to play standards and not write their own songs. A job as a roadie for a covers band earned him a few quid and a chance to get up and sing a couple of numbers – ‘All Right Now’ and the inevitable ‘Wish You Were Here’. “You’ll give anything to get up and have a go at that age,” Rob recalls.

Then his girlfriend became pregnant. “It was a massive, massive thing to happen when you’re so young,” he admits.

For a while music had to take second fiddle to providing for the baby. He worked in catering jobs and even as an Estate Agent – but there was always a band too.

One of them, a group called Boa, won Rob the chance to represent Liverpool at a festival marking 50 Years of Rock’n’Roll in Memphis in 2004 and to record at Sun Studios, Sam Phillips’s fabled Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll. But just as Boa seemed about to happen the band fell apart. “After that,” Rob says, “I thought, I’m doing my own thing from now on.”

By 2007 he promised himself he’d never be left high and dry again. His band ‘Night Parade’ recorded a debut album but management wrangles kept it from being released. More setbacks, more refusal to give in. But Rob was now in the rhythm of writing his own songs and more convinced than ever that he knew what he was doing – and why he was doing it. He’d also started working with one Pete Smith, Grammy award winning co-producer of Sting’s ‘Dream Of The Blue Turtles’. Together they recorded ’Life In Easy Steps in Brighton.

The years of hard work put grit and insight in these songs by an artist who’s still barely in his thirties. When you’ve worked in a band for four or five years and the rug gets pulled, it can feel like you’re left with nothing, he thinks. But that’s not really the case. You’ve got all that experience, that practice. It toughens you up and focuses you. You find you can write about people as they are – the good and the bad.

So Rob Vincent’s songs are compassionate and perceptive. There’s a wild evocation of the fact that every life is lived in the eye of a storm on the blues-blazing ‘Riots Cry’, and forgiveness for former friends who’ve let you down in ‘How Do You Sleep’. There’s an elegy for the wasted opportunities of a dead relationship, where your partner can’t change, in the plangent, Lennonesque ‘Second Chance’.

And he’s not frightened of getting a little cosmic either. The intimate, gently strummed ‘Stars’ takes that familiar spine-chilling moment when you look up into the vastness of the night sky and realise your insignificance, and then flips it. We might be tiny, the song says, but what matters is what we are to one another. “I’ll be here in the light of the stars,” sings Rob, and in the end that’s all that matters.

“Having a kid so young gave me a way of looking at how people act towards each other, especially with children,” he explains. “There’s a song on the album called ‘Heaven Knows’ that wonders if maybe we were happier when we had more social boundaries, not fewer. I’m not religious but you wonder if some things – not everything, but some things – might have been a bit better in the days when we all went to church on a Sunday, dealt with all the grief and misery of the week, and came out feeling better. I think people are missing those boundaries.”

“The record is about trying to be the best person you can possibly be,” he continues, “And I think that’s what most people want from themselves. You want to be a better human being. I write from the point of view of being a dad, and worrying about the world my kid is growing up in. The world focuses so much on the individual – iPhone, iPad, I, I, me, me all the time – and there’s something unhealthy about it. We feel cut off from other people. But if music is good at anything, it’s reconnecting us.”

Rob’s mum likes to remind him of a tale from when he was perhaps four years old. They’d got off a train in comfortable Freshfield near Southport, where footballers and businessmen reside in spacious houses near the woods and the beach. Little Rob pointed to one of the big houses. See that, mum? he said. When I’m a rich rock star I’ll buy you one of those.

“Daft, isn’t it?” he says, laughing. “I was only four. But the thing is, I didn’t really want to be rich. I just never, ever wanted to do anything else but this. It’s been hard work getting here but I’ve never, ever wanted to pack it in. I know what I’m here for – to do this. It’s always been music for me. One hundred per cent.”

Written by editor of Q magazine, Andrew Harrison…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Open Mic with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

Aaaaaahhhhhh Alx my hero!! Open Mic starts from 9pm. Be there early for a slot.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Open Mic Session Hosted By Mark Henderson [+]

Bank Holiday Sunday 26th May – Free Entry

Open mic antics with Telford’s legend Mark bringing his unique folk/jazz/blues stylings to the show. Bring your instruments and best singing voice and join in the fun.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Sunday 2nd June – Free Entry

The wonderful Sarah Deboe hosts this weeks open mic. To take part turn up around 8pm and find her wondering the bar area pen in hand, ready to slot you in.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Banjo [+]

Sunday 9th June – Free Entry

Rock and or Roll with this weeks open mic hosted by 60’s throwback Banjo. Slots available from 8pm. £1 Tequila just to make Monday even more fun!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 16th, 2013

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

Free Entry

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Open Mic session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

Hosting open mic this week is the peace, love and good vibes ambassador Chris Ingram. Help him fight the good fight by coming along and singing your song. Open mic starts around 8pm. Free Entry and £1 Tequila… that’s good vibes!!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Festival Themed Open Mic with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

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For those of you unfortunate enough to miss out on this years Glastonbury and bands like The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello amongst numerous others, then here is the next best thing. Open Mic featuring artists such as Mark Henderson, Thor, and Chris. You can even join in and play songs from your favourite festival appearances. Free Entry and £1 tequila. Much cheaper than a warm can of larger in some muddy tent!!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Jon Parry [+]

Sunday 7th July – Free Admission

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Tom Durkin feat Cocos Lovers [+]

Free Entry

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Country boy is back again to host Chester’s longest running and best Open Mic Session. Free entry, Free stage, Free fun!!

Cocos Lovers

Operating well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Coss) are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channeling influences from Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots. Hailing from the small but musically rich town of Deal, they are a close-knit 7-piece band of family, friends and former au pairs. Their music swells with powerful choir-like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies, and they’ve earned a reputation for fantastic live performances with an ever-changing instrumental line-up of mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, violin, musical saw, flute and a unique blend of drums and percussion.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

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Born with angelic good looks and a voice from heaven Alx Green is fast becoming Telford’s most regular host ever. If you haven’t seen this god of a man yet join us tonight for Open Mic shenanigans and £1 tequila madness. If you are lucky enough he might just dedicate a song to you. Live music starts about 9pm. Get there early for a slot.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

Peace love and good vibes open mic night with Chris Ingram. £1 Tequila!!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Danny Gruff [+]

Free Entry

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Cheeky chappy Danny Gruffy hosting this weeks open mic. Join in the fun from 9pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Banjo [+]

Free Entry

Banjo

Banjo doesn’t play the banjo but if you do come and join in the open mic from 8pm. Free Stage, Free Entry.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Open Mic Session – Irish Special with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Sunday 25th August sees the Telfords Warehouse bank holiday open mic featuring the Kerrygold Band with Rusty Mahone as referee and host.

The Kerrygold band are a fluid collective set with rennet, and like their singing relative Connie Lingus, neither is strictly suitable for vegetarians.

Rusty plays the accordion and has bad dress sense. His last dress was simply appalling and just didn’t suit him at all.

Being serious, The Kerrygolds bring us a rapskallion infusion of all that was good about Irish Music in English ‘Irish Theme’ pubs early this century. They sing of Rovers, of wanderers, beer, whisky, sex, extra marital affairs and Rovers. Rovers are important, even though nobody quite knows what one is. They dare to flirt with controversy too, and when feeling particularly truculent have been known to sing ‘The Fields of Athenry’ which appeared in a Daily Mail top ten of rebel songs. Dangerous stuff.

Members of the band are well versed in Irish culture, having been to Dublin a few times on the ferry, and some of them have eaten curry cooked by one of the Dubliners. Saint Daniel O’Donnel was once heard to remark

“The Kerrgolds? Don’t they make Cheese?”

Yes Daniel they do, but at least it’s not soapy mild cheddar!

There is an Irish theme to the night just in case you hadn’t noticed. Expect green lights and Guinness. Any performers making an effort with Irish material will be rewarded with a taste of Rusty’s Champ that is maturing under his allotment hedge ready for the evening.

Rusty


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Open Mic with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry

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Chester’s longest running open mic is hosted this week by Sarah Deboe. Slots fill up quickly so be here early to ensure yours. Free Entry and £1 tequilas!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

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After releasing some new material Alx in now in the process of planning a small UK tour but he can still find time to host our Open Mic. Is there anything this man can’t do!? Slots available from 9pm, be there early to get yours.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram featuring Matt Hammer [+]

Free Entry

Matt Hammer

Matt Hamer’s unusual ‘tapping’ style always manages to captivate his audience. His influences include, John Martyn, Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Foo Fighters, Nirvana and The John Butler Trio.

Chris Ingram

Did somebody say Tequila?? Chris Ingram may well have done. He hosts this weeks open mic. Free Entry & Free Stage.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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

Free Entry

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Everybody’s favorite jolly joker Chris Done hosts this weeks Open Mic. Free Entry, Free Stage.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

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With the absence of this weeks Folkazm Mark Henderson will be hosting our Open Mic Session with his usual buddies joining in the shenanigans. Slots are available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 13th, 2013

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

Free Entry

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Friday October the 11th sees the return of Telford’s October Beer, Cider and Folk festival and this year as we’re also celebrating our 20th birthday, it’s going to be three day session!  That’s right from 6pm on the Friday evening until close of business Sunday night there will be top quality beer, cider and music on offer every hour we’re open.

With over 30 regional and national real ales and ciders on offer over the course of the weekend, as well as our usual selection of national and international beers, it promises to be a fantastic weekend. Throw in a selection of the best Live Music acts from Chester and the surrounding areas, including the likes of Rusty Mahone & Friends, Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags, The Mark Henderson Band  & many more and the party is already in full swing. To finish off the mix we will also be serving an extended range of snacks.

Entry is based on our usual weekend club night, free before 9pm and £4 on the door after with the event running from 6 pm on the Friday until close at 2 am, from 12 noon on Saturday until close at 2am. We will have the bars open again Sunday from 12 noon throughout the evening so come down for our Open Mic session hosted by The Mark Henderson Band, with free entry all day.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Heidi Browne [+]

Free Entry

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Open Mic session with host Hedi Browne. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Jon Parry [+]

Free Entry

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Open Mic Session with Tom Durkin [+]

Free Entry

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Country boy Tom Durkin hosts this weeks open mic. Slots available form 8pm. Free Entry, Free Stage.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Andy Hickie + feature artist Little Arrow [+]

Free Entry

Open mic tonight hosted by Andy Hickie. Slots available from 8pm. Just find this hairy beast to get your name on the list…Andy Hickie 1

We also feature Welsh band Little Arrow

 

Hailing from St Davids, Little Arrow make bitter sweet nu folk to heal the weary soul. Like a Fairport Convention from Venus, or a Laura Marling from Mars their mix of otherworldly melodies is as infectious and surreal as it is unique. Forget the Camden Crawl – the finest acoustic music you’ll hear this year comes courtesy of the ancient drovers routes and Saints of Wales.

After finishing Cardiff band Fredrick Stanley Star, William spent much of 2010 in the wilderness of West Wales where, inspired by his surroundings, he continuously wrote and recorded songs with friends and family members. The result is this rich and enchanting sound, which exhibits an accomplished, enigmatic artist at work.

The bands first album, ‘Music, Masks & Poems’ was released in 2011 and their brand new album ‘Wild Wishes’ is available from March 4th, 2013.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Open Mic Session with special guest host Hanami [+]

Free Entry

Open Mic as usual but with special guest host Hanami. They will be around from 8pm to organise the running order and will play a feature slot part way through to coinced with their latest album release. Read a bit more about them below…

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Hanami is a duo born from the necessity to keep their gypsy souls
alive whilst celebrating street music as a protest against an
unsatisfying and wasteful society. Their love of nature and music
combines in the title of their debut studio album ‘Philomelos” due to
be released in November through Smugglers Records. “Philomelos”
comes from the ancient Greek tongue and means song loving, by
way of a song bird.
As part of the album’s release in November, Hanami will hit the road
throughout England and France to perform at all their favourite
venues. In the spring of 2014 Hanami will also return to mainland
Europe in search of new street corners and music lovers.
Their strange and enchanting combination of psychedelic folk,
acoustic guitar and marching drum, along with male/ female
harmonies has kept audiences hooked in cities across Europe for the
past three years. Living the life of the busker has given obvious
strength to their vocals and helped them to build a captivated
audience. Chanted protests, jingle jangle crooners and eerie folk
tales of the road come together in a colourful explosion on this rare
debut and are sure to stand the test of time.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 24th, 2013

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

Free Entry

www.edenley.com

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

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

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Open Mic Session with Banjo [+]

Free Entry

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Kicking off the festive season in style with 60’s throwback Banjo, who will host this weeks Open Mic. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Me and Deboe [+]

Free Entry

Open Mic slots available from 8pm with your hosts Me and Deboe…

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Pic from – Tay Ren

A simple combination of two voices and two guitars make up ME and Deboe: a cocktail of infectious rhythms, haunting melodies and clever lyrics is the potent result.

Classically trained Mercy Elise and self-taught Sarah Deboe move effortlessly between powerful chords and delicate, percussive riffs to bring a stripped back and distinctly original sound to both their own music and their cover versions. Sharply observed, frequently witty lyrics are their trademark and brought to life by Mercy’s strong, raw contralto and Sarah’s softer, blue-eyed soul.

 


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Depo [+]

Free Entry

Depo

Chester’s longest running Open Mic Night is hosted by beardy Depo who is set to woo you with love songs and ballards. Join him on the stage with slots available from 8pm. £1 tequila shots to give you that dutch courage.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Open Mic Session with St. Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Rusty

Hohoho. Sherry fueled open mic from St. Rusty Mahone. If you are lucky he may even let you sit on his knee. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

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The last open mic of 2013 will be hosted by tequila sippin’, shanty shoutin’, father to be chris Ingram. No doubt he will give a good send off to a wonderful year of performances and we hope you can all join in the fun. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Tom Durkin [+]

Free Entry

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Kicking of another year to Chester longest running Open Mic Night, Tom Durkin, will woo you with his country blues and deep South serenades. Slots are available from 8pm and we can’t wait to see what new talent 2014 has to bring. So come one come all and join in the fun.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

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Last year Alx hosted our open mic over 6 times & with numerous other performances Alx has become very comfortable with the Telford’s Stage. So if you would like to perform with us then he will make you feel right at home. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Heal The Last Stand [+]

Free Entry

We are in for a treat this Open Mic with virgin hosts Heal The Last Stand. Get ready to pass around love and good vibes with these shanty folksters. Slots available from 8pm.

Heal The Last Stand, from Wrexham, North Wales, U.K. Since 2007.

Born in a town famous for race riots and rooftop sieges, Heal the Last Stand sing about mankind’s fundamental desire for peace.
Influenced by 60/70’s west coast Folk/Americana, these counter-culture aficionados echo the deep sentiments of the Summer of Love, with an Ocean of harmony like Crosby, Stills & Nash meets First Aid Kit.

Heal are 3 siblings and a close friend, 4 strong vocalists demonstrating effortless harmonic ability, accompanying themselves with piano and full-bodied acoustic guitars, offering up heartfelt songs both epic and intricate. Six years in, Heal are recording their first full studio album, their third self-release to-date.

Headliners at this year’s Focus Wales Music Conference and Small World Stage at Glastonbury Festival.
Heal are currently promoting their new single ‘The Gathering’ out 21st September 2013, which has been play-listed on BBC Radio Wales and Calon Fm.
BBC Radio Wales ‘Artist of the Week’ 16-20 Sept 2013.
Performing at Wales’ premier music conference and festival, SWN – 18th Oct 2013

Thom Bithell – Guitars/Vocals
Laura Dickenson – Guitars/Vocals
Joey Dickenson – Guitar/Bass/Vocals
Stan Dickenson – Piano/Vocals

“The 4 coolest musicians and peace troubadours to emerge from the UK in a very long time, with music that will change the world”
– Mike Dooley author of “Infinite Possibilities” & “Notes from the Universe”

“They dish out a cerebral dose of four-part harmony folk. Each number is laden with a groove that manages to be complex, full-bodied and complete with nice and sleazy rhythms played out on an Elton John piano.”
– ARTROCKER

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**Headliners at this year’s Focus Wales Music Conference and Small World Stage at Glastonbury Festival, BBC Radio Wales Artists of the Week**

Heal The Last Stand, from Wrexham, North Wales, U.K. Since 2007.

Born in a town famous for race riots and rooftop sieges, Heal the Last Stand sing about mankind’s fundamental desire for peace.
Influenced by 60/70’s west coast Folk/Americana, these counter-culture aficionados echo the deep sentiments of the Summer of Love, with an Ocean of harmony like Crosby, Stills & Nash meets First Aid Kit.

Heal are 3 siblings and a close friend, 4 strong vocalists demonstrating effortless harmonic ability, accompanying themselves with piano and full-bodied acoustic guitars, offering up heartfelt songs both epic and intricate. Six years in, Heal are recording their first full studio album, their third self-release to-date.

Headliners at this year’s Focus Wales Music Conference and Small World Stage at Glastonbury Festival.
Heal are currently promoting their new single ‘The Gathering’ out 21st September 2013, which has been play-listed on BBC Radio Wales and Calon Fm.
BBC Radio Wales ‘Artist of the Week’ 16-20 Sept 2013.
Performing at Wales’ premier music conference and festival, SWN – 18th Oct 2013

Thom Bithell – Guitars/Vocals
Laura Dickenson – Guitars/Vocals
Joey Dickenson – Guitar/Bass/Vocals
Stan Dickenson – Piano/Vocals

“The 4 coolest musicians and peace troubadours to emerge from the UK in a very long time, with music that will change the world”
– Mike Dooley author of “Infinite Possibilities” & “Notes from the Universe”

“They dish out a cerebral dose of four-part harmony folk. Each number is laden with a groove that manages to be complex, full-bodied and complete with nice and sleazy rhythms played out on an Elton John piano.”
– ARTROCKER


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

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Folk, shanties & good vibes from host Chris Ingram. Slots available from 8pm


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Open Mic Session with Heidi Browne [+]

Free Entry

Recent winner of Open Mic UK competition, Heidi Browne will host this weeks Telford’s Open Mic Session. Slots available from 8pm.

Heidi Browne


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

As Folkazm has been put on hold for a couple of months we have allowed Mark Henderson to return to the big stage to host this weeks open mic session. Expect the same culprits playing folk & blues plus loads of other interesting & amazing acts. Wanna join in?? Slots available from 8pm.

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APPEARING ON Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Fabian [+]

Free Entry

Not a stranger to the Telford’s stage but a brand new host, Fabian…

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22 year old London-born singer-songwriter Fabian Belassie is rapidly becoming a name to watch out for. His reputation as a compelling performer has grown through regular appearances at open mic nights, acoustic shows and festivals around the north-west of England, where he has been at University for the last 3 years.

Inspired by the rich music heritage of the area – The Beatles, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Joy Division, New Order, Elbow as well as contemporary RnB and pop – Fabian writes from the heart about love, loss, longing and, most of all, hope. Whether playing piano or acoustic guitar, his rich, emotive voice is the glue that brings it all together.

Fabian has supported up-and-coming UK singers Lucy Rose and Billy Lockett and is due to start his 1st EP this Spring. Hear Fabian’s music and come and say hello atwww.facebook.com/FabianBelassieMusic



 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Open Mic Session + The Lonesome Southern Comfort Company [+]

Free Entry

Open mic as usual but with a headline performance from Switzerland’s ‘Lonesome Southern Comfort Company’ Here’s a bit about them…

The Lonesome Southern Comfort Company

LSCC

The Lonesome Southern Comfort Company was founded in 2006 as solo-project of John Robbiani (guitar, vocals and history enthusiast).

The solo part became less lonesome when John decided to rent a studio, gather some friends and label-mates (including Peter Kernel, Lake Nation and Far from the Madding Crowd) and hit rec. Giving birth to the first self-titled album “Lonesome Southern Comfort Company” (published in August 2008, On The Camper Records). A country-folk rush just in time for a political “outing” a couple of months before the 2008 U.S. elections. After-which, as all structures take form, LSCC completed itself with the arrival of Duke (drums), Abraham (guitar) and Boris (viola).

In 2010 LSCC released “Charles The Bold” – a combination of alternative-americana-indie-rock and history. The album was inspired by Charles le Téméraire, duke of Burgundy and his battles against the Swiss in 1477 (sound cool? well it is.). With this album the band began touring Europe seriously and matured into an acid-psychedelic live performance.

The fantastic new album “The Big Hunt” was released on September 30th 2013 in Europe (October 30th 2013 in the UK). The new 9-track album is a combination of alternative-country folk with electronic influences. Loyal history traveling through the air with recorded memoirs and daring tales.

LSCC will be touring “The Big Hunt” this fall across Europe (Spain, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and in November they’ll hit the UK for the first time. Beware.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

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More Open Mic shenanigans from Chester’s favourite folky Mark Henderson. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Any Hickie [+]

Free Entry

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Horse! Open Mic slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Me & Deboe [+]

Free Entry

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Pic from – Tay Ren

A simple combination of two voices and two guitars make up ME and Deboe: a cocktail of infectious rhythms, haunting melodies and clever lyrics is the potent result.

Classically trained Mercy Elise and self-taught Sarah Deboe move effortlessly between powerful chords and delicate, percussive riffs to bring a stripped back and distinctly original sound to both their own music and their cover versions. Sharply observed, frequently witty lyrics are their trademark and brought to life by Mercy’s strong, raw contralto and Sarah’s softer, blue-eyed soul.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Open Mic Session with Alx Green feat special guest Stefan Melbourne [+]

Free Entry

Open Mic as usual hosted by Alx Green featuring special guest artist Stefan Melbourne.

Stefan Melbourne

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When you hear an artist that reminds you of your fondest memory, your dreams, the best film you’ve seen all year, your favourite record of all time and your first love that has to be a good day. Manchester based singer songwriter Stefan Melbourne possesses that very gift.

Filed neatly next to popular troubadours Ben Howard, Ray Lamontagne and Bon Iver, Melbourne binds fragile, heartfelt lyrics to simple yet robust musicality and delivers them with “An incredible voice which sounds like a huskier take on Tim Buckley’s.”

After a busy 2013, supporting the likes of Ryan Keen, Kathryn Williams, Rae Morris, Nathaniel Rateliff, George Ezra, John Smith and Luke Sital Singh. 2014 sees Melbourne return with his new EP ‘The Way We Fall’. Recorded over 5 cold December days in Manchester’s Sacred Trinity Church with producer Sam Jones. (Alex Turner, Soweto Kinch, Corinne Bailey Rae) It also features Dave Walsh on Drums (Tom McRae), John Parker on Double Bass (Nizlopi/Paper Aeroplanes) and vocals from Welsh Songbird Chloe Leavers. ‘The Way We Fall’ is a stunning sonic document from a singer-songwriter with great things ahead.

Expertly Crafted” – R2

“Stunning, great songs, great voice” – Pull Up The Roots

“Someone to keep a very close eye and ear on.” – Louder Than War

“Introspective blues via an incredible voice, which sounds like a huskier take on Tim Buckley’s.” – Clash


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Tom Durkin [+]

Free Entry

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After suffering ‘man flu’ and missing his last Open Mic Session, Tom Durkin, the 50’s country throwback is back in business hosting this weeks acoustic night. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Hanami [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s longest running open mic session is this week hosted by nomadic Hanami…

Hanami

We move from town to town, city to city, country to country, we mirror our audience as they mirror us

Free forming foundations, two swans drifting untouchably out to sea, harmonic beans on toast, from the sky to the ground, living on the floor, cross stitching lines across time, children dream whilst nuzzling the velvet bust, houses built out at sea, singing shantys for sanity, clarity, freedom, future, past and present, getting off easy, twanging bellies before the heavy brick, rushing blood and air, careering toward the unknown in the promised Eastern horizon.

Feet on peddles, hands clamped to the wheels ringing, hair trailing behind, paws pounding, tounge lolling, nose sniffing, down the road mama down the road, the hound is following.

We’ll get there in the end.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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

12:00 – 5:00 pm

Free Entry

Vintage market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

Open Mic – 8pm – Late

Free Entry

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

markhendoarty

 


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Bake Sale 1pm – 3pm + Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Head on down Easter Sunday and treat yourself to some fantastic cakes, muffins, scones and other such treats. By doing so you will aid the charity Sports Relief so there is no need to feel guilty either. Available for afternoon tea from 1pm – 3pm.

Open Mic – 8pm – Late

Easter open mic with Rusty Mahone. Eggcellent idea!!

Rusty Mahone


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Jon Coley [+]

Free Entry

Regular performances across the acoustic folk scene in Chester have given Jonathan Coley quite a reputation. Jon plays blues and folk reminiscent of John Martyn & Bert Jansch. Jonathan’s guitar playing is subtly sublime with a natural rhythm and effortless melody, and a voice with charm and presence to match.

Jon Coley


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Ellie & Molly [+]

Free Entry

Molly & Ellie

Making their hosting debut, but no stragner to the Telford’s stage is Chester duo Ellie & Molly. Their haunting harmonies acompanied by simplistic metranomic acoustic guitar playing have silenced many a crowed at previous open mics and shows throughout the city. You can join the pair on stage with slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

Chris Ingram

Chester’s longest running open mic session will be hosted this week by Chris Ingram. Expect shanties, folk tales and poetry and join in the fun from 8pm. Free Entry.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Fabian [+]

Featuring Burning Out (Acoustic)

Free Entry

 After a successful debut hosting Chester’s best open mic session Fabian is back for some more and this time he’s bringing Chester indie outfit Burning Out in for a feature acoustic slot…

Fabian

22 year old London-born singer-songwriter Fabian Belassie is rapidly becoming a name to watch out for. His reputation as a compelling performer has grown through regular appearances at open mic nights, acoustic shows and festivals around the north-west of England, where he has been at University for the last 3 years.

Inspired by the rich music heritage of the area – The Beatles, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Joy Division, New Order, Elbow as well as contemporary RnB and pop – Fabian writes from the heart about love, loss, longing and, most of all, hope. Whether playing piano or acoustic guitar, his rich, emotive voice is the glue that brings it all together.

Fabian has supported up-and-coming UK singers Lucy Rose and Billy Lockett and is due to start his 1st EP this Spring. Hear Fabian’s music and come and say hello atwww.facebook.com/FabianBelassieMusic

Burning Out

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Burning Out are a 4 piece Indie Rock band from North Wales. These welsh rockers have the face and body of indie music, but their music has the heart and soul of good ‘ol rock and roll!

They incorporate fast and thundering drums, hooky riffs and afro tinged rhythms which all comes together to deliver a powerful and energetic live performance, guaranteed to blow the back doors of even the most filled venue! They have played in many different venues across the UK including supporting well known artists such as Catfish and The Bottlemen.

The group made a bang as soon as they started, with there Demo EP being played across loads of radio stations including BBC Radio 1 Introducing, BBC Wales and BBC Introducing Merseyside which gained support from fellow welsh rockers Catfish and The Bottlemen.

They went from strength to strength as there first ever single release ‘Killer’ sent them on a successful summer tour in 2013 and manged to maintain the level of radio airplay.

In 2014 they are set to release there first ever EP entitled ‘Drive’ along with 2 new band members Alex Jones and Mat Peters. As if that isn’t enough already….. the group are set out to do another summer tour in 2014 which ends with a mini tour of Germany before returning home to play there biggest homecoming gig to date!

Keep an eye on these boys…….and there quiffs.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Dave Greenald [+]

Free Entry

If you are not quite ready to let go of the weekend, then have no fear Dave Greenald will lift you spirits, despite his apperance he’s quite a cheery chap and plays some pretty decent songs too. He’s the front man of supergroup Lord Scotland who will be playing next weekend so if you like this stripped down version you will love him in full swing.  You can join him on stage from 8pm for Chester’s best Open Mic night.

Dave Greenald


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Open Mic Session with Alx Gree [+]

Free Entry

alx green

Alx’s ever expanding catalogue of songs and impeccable guitar playing is beginning to cause quite a fuss. If you want to see what it’s all about then pop along to this weeks open mic from 8pm. You can even get up to play if you like. One thing Alx doesn’t do is bite 😉


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson & Co. [+]

Free Entry

markhendo02As the canal festival draws to an end why not wind down with our open mic session hosted by Mark Henderson. Come and get cosy in our intimate stage area and take in the incredible musical tallent Chester has to offer. Unwind with a nice ale or sip at a single malt whilts musicians serenade you with everything from folk to blues. If you have your guitar handy you could even join in the fun. Slots are available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Jon Coley [+]

Free Entry

Jon Coley

Chester’s longest running open mic session is hosted this week by Chester’s very own Jon Coley. Head on down from 8pm to get a slot. Free Entry.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Open Mic Session with Banjo [+]

Free Entry

Banjo

Banjo plays guitar. I know it’s confusing. He also sings songs. If you do too then why not come along and join in the Open Mic Session  from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Richard Maloney [+]

Free Entry

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His throwing ability may make you laugh but nothing compared to his comedy mash up acoustic singer songwriter abilities. Rich will be playing the host with the most tonight with open mic slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Jon Parry [+]

Free Entry

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


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram plus guests Leo’s Hide [+]

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Chris Ingram

It’s time again for the Scottish invasion. Chris Ingram hosts this evenings open mic session. Slots available from 8pm.

Leo’s Hide

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This charming Wrexham based, three piece folk band are focusing on harmony driven acoustic folk, blues and americana.
With a whole new sound, a successful European tour and the release of their recent EP, Leo’s Hide plan to continue the momentum with a UK tour.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Tom Durkin [+]

Free Entry

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Open Mic Session with country boy Tom Durkin. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Ashley Fayth [+]

Free Entry

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Ashley Fayth’s whimsical songs are thoughtfully crafted and delivered, but with the simplicity and natural ease “of a clear river over rounded stones”, according to talent agent and industry guru Robert Singerman.

Hailing from the island of Newfoundland, a hotbed for some of Canada’s best storytellers and creative writers, the award-winning songstress delivers musical short stories saturated with colourful imagery and poetic prose.

David Farrell of Canadian entertainment blog NewCanadianMusic.com credits Fayth with having “a voice as clear and as beautiful as Waterford crystal,” and with “writing songs that are guiless enough to make you smirk and blush. In fact, it is not hard to call her sweetheart”.

Cleverly knit lyrics, playful rhythms, and flawless vocal delivery come together to form beautiful songs that are at once moving, witty, thought-provoking, and entertaining – a quirky yet enticing synthesis of the earthy and the ethereal.

And although Ashley’s dark side does surface in some of her more sombre and seductively haunting renditions, her sound is still overwhelmingly playful, refreshingly poppy, and irreproachably sweet.

The Newfie songbird moved to the UK last year to begin her Master’s thesis on The Importance of Green Space in 18thCentury British Literature but “got distracted” and wrote and recorded her single “Peanut Butter” which immediately picked up songwriting awards from both Universal Music and the Canadian Songwriters Association, leading Ashley to put her academic career on hiatus while she completed the album, Wonder Wonder.

Songs from Wonder Wonder were featured on BBC Radio 2, CBC Radio, and on more than 100 regional and national stations worldwide, at one point charting on college radio stations in the USA. “Peanut Butter” was also included alongside The Civil Wars and Los Lonely Boys on a compilation released by Inspire Entertainment.

Recently, Ashley has played showcases at CMJ in New York, South by Southwest in Austin, SoundCity in Liverpool, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and has been touring independently, in addition to representing Canada on theInternational Songwriters Tour, in the UK and North America.

Ashley is currently in the process of writing material for her new EP, I am the Bird scheduled to be released later this year.

Wonder Wonder is available for purchase in Ashley’s shop, on iTunes, and from all other major online music distributors. Visit Ashley’s website and join the mailing list to receive free downloads, news, and exclusive material.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Open Mic Session with Mark Handerson & Co. [+]

Free Entry

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Chester’s best and longest running open mic session is this week hosted by Mark Henderson. He’s quite possibly the friendliest person in Chester too so feel free to approach him if you want to jump up on stage and strut your stuff. Slots available from 8pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

alx green

Open Mic Session with Chester heart throb, talented guitarist, singer songwriter, voice of an angel and all round nice guy Alx Green. Slots available from 8pm.