Sat 1 Raw Gallagher
Raw Gallagher are a Rory Gallagher tribute band playing only his music, the blues, the rock, the slide and the acoustic, from the early days of Taste, through to the 70’s and 80’s, up to his final work. Current members are Phil Vincent on drums, Steve Norton on bass guitar and Steve White on guitar and vocals. Raw Gallagher started performing in October 2000, playing locally in South Yorkshire. Four years on they’re performing at recognised venues the length and breadth of the UK, from Aberdeen to Southampton, Newcastle to Cardiff, often in London and touring Scotland and Ireland.
Sun 2   Closed
Mon 3
Tue 4 Acoustic Road Tour '06
The Acoustic Road Tour is a collaborative effort to showcase the talents of a group young musicians from across the UK. Each member of the tour brings his or her own individual talents to the table and as a collective promise to provide one of the brightest and most innovative new ideas on the live music scene. The tour, although the brainchild of Alex Graft, is by no means a solo effort and each of the artists involved has provided not only their time, but talent and drive to this bold new venture. The artists involved include: Katie Skilling, Alex Graft, Adam Boucher, Tenex, Gary J, James Tinney, Irene Rae, Dale Campbell and Suzy Thomas.
Wed 5

The Acoustic Collective presents...
Haggis + Shiela Mosley + Pete Burnham & Friends

Thu 6 The Crooked Jades
plus The Smokey Grass Mountain Band
£7adv £8door
Compared to everyone from The New Lost City Ramblers and The Pogues to Gillian Welch, Nick Cave and Tom Waits, The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe. Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, the band has created a unique sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa.
Fri 7 Cold Flame
plus Dust
Cold Flame are one of the most exciting and original progressive rock bands in the country. Formed in 1984, they have established themselves as one of the most innovative bands on the circuit playing all over England and Europe whilst releasing a number of acclaimed albums. For the past six years Cold Flame have successfully performed their renowned Jethro Tull tribute show and are acknowledged as one of the U.K’s leading Jethro Tull tribute acts. Cold Flame play in a variety of musical styles that encompass the blues, as well as elements of folk, jazz and the full spectrum of rock.
Sat 8 Split Whiskers
plus The Al Brown Band
Split Whiskers are back and they mean business. If you enjoy rough and tumble, blues based slide playing and finger-snapping, foot-tapping, buttock-crunching, raw rock'n' roll, then here is your chance to hear them played by Split Whiskers in their unique style. This Cambridge based six piece are a terrific live band that specialises in the blues, skiffle, gypsy jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. A mixed bag of young 'n' old misfits, they bring a lively new slant to the blues, with their infectious sense of fun and micky-taking. The current Split Whiskers line-up features - Gilby J. Fletcher (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Wright (guitar), James Doherty (keyboards and accordian), Brad Marriner, (bass) and Mick Carpenter (drums).
Sun 9   Closed
Mon 10
Tue 11 Persuasive Electric Blanket Lounge
feat. Ambrose Tompkins, Intermission To Saturn, Didier Souchon
The Persuasive Electric Blanket Lounge is a monthly club night for live and recorded psychedelic, folk and experimental sounds. 3 bands per night, liquid wheel projections, and music from the likes of Six Organs Of Admittance, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Incredible String Band, Devendra Banhart, Espers, Spacemen 3, Red Krayola, United States of America, Fifty Foot Hose, PG Six, Wooden Wand, Cream, Soft Machine, Comus, Broadcast, Nico, and many more.
Wed 12 Bob Cheevers
plus Cliff Bywater
When I close my eyes, Bob Cheevers sounds like Willie Nelson singing with the honesty of Jackson Browne and the balls of Steve Earle... but in a voice that is completely his own. When I open my eyes, I see a middle aged man having the time of his life in front of an audience he has spellbound with his tall tales and true stories." -Tom Hamilton, music promoter, Glasgow. "Bob Cheevers has forgotten more good songs than most songwriters write. A contemporary of those other masters of the songwriting art, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Cheevers is the real deal and still waiting to be truly discovered. – Flyin’ Shoes Review
Thu 13

From Ocean Colour Scene:
Simon Fowler & Oscar Harrison

plus The Jack Of Hearts Band
Rare unplugged show from the men behind on the UK's most popular bands of the '90s.

Fri 14   Road Kill
plus Disco Hussy
£4adv £5door
Sat 15 Deborah Bonham Band
plus Outroads
Deborah is the younger sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. She was five when she started going to Led Zeppelin concerts and with such an illustrious brother it was no surprise when she became a singer and songwriter herself. After John died in 1980, when Debbie was 17, she was invited to Robert Plant’s house and it was there she recorded her first proper demos. As siblings of stars go, Deborah is a damn good act in her own right. She's blessed with a powerful rock-blues voice, which she uses to screamingly good effect. No, she's not trying to be Led Zep, but big brother would definitely be proud and she should be checked out by all lovers of contemporary blues and rock.
Sun 16 Black Sheep Girls
Their music has been described as "a raw, soulful campfire experience brought to the stage" With influences ranging from Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and Mary Gauthier to Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell. The Black Sheep Girls sing songs that fit in both your vintage record collection as well as your Ipod. Covering everyone from the above mentioned to singing each others self-penned songs about the road, love, loss and the downtrotten, The Black Sheep girls tell the story of life on the road, the people they've met along the way and those hidden amongst us.
Mon 17
Tue 18 Moot Davis & The Cool Deal
feat. Pete Anderson
plus DJ Hillbilly Metallica

With a talent for writing and performing songs with the passion and honesty of such legendary honky-tonk balladeers as Hank Williams Sr. and Webb Pierce, Moot Davis’ music is not a throwback, rather the evolution of an art form that has been sadly missed. This is honky-tonk for the new millennium. So who better to produce his debut album than Grammy Award-winning producer/guitarist Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam) who also leads Moot’s band The Cool Deal. So whether your tastes run toward country, blues or honky-tonk, Moot Davis offers an alternative to bland music-by-the-numbers. If you can listen to Moot Davis and not move your feet, check your pulse – you may be dead.
Wed 19 Eve Selis Band
plus Lovin Cup
And as with fellow frontwomen Bonnie Raitt, Maria McKee and Melissa Etheridge, Eve Selis’s voice can arc-weld material from almost any genre into a personal manifesto. And any vocalist would covet her band too. Marc Intravaia and Jim Soldi (ex-Johnny Cash band) are legitimate first-chair guitarists, each capable of leading a major band. Together, they’re an embarrassment of riches, a stereo six-string storm of intertwining rebel riffs in the service of energized melodies and steel-beam song constructs. Add Sharon Whyte's work on keyboards, accordion and vocals and the rhythm section of bassist Rick Nash and drummer Bob Sale and you have the specs-sheet for electrified Americana that’s as good as it gets.
Thu 20 The Paperboys
plus Nels Bryden
The Paperboys are an astonishingly eclectic folk-rock quintet from Canada. Bands capable of bringing this much conviction to such a diverse range of styles are rare indeed so checking out The Paperboys would be a wise move for anybody who enjoys artists like Paul Simon, Loudon Wainwright, The Waterboys, Steve Earle or The Band. “The Paperboys know how to grab melody hooks in pop friendly songs...while fast and flashy banjo and whistles pace the trad and trad-sounding jigs and reels.” - Dirty Linen.  “If you don't believe a jig can shred, listen to The Paperboys.” - Seattle Rocket. “The most exuberant band I've heard in ages...breathtaking.” - Folk Roots.
Fri 21 Jimmy Carl Black Band
Jimmy Carl Black was the drummer for Frank Zappas original Mothers Of Invention and their 1980's reincarnation The Grandmothers. Born in El Paso, Texas, he is best known for his Cheyenne heritage and his drooping moustache. His trademark line was "Hi boys and girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group." In 1991 Black began an enduring collaborative relationship with left-of-centre guitarist Eugene Chadbourne. Shortly after this Jimmy relocated to Europe after which the drummer's musical activity kicked into high gear again, touring and recording with Chadbourne, The Grandmothers, The Farrell and Black Band and Liverpool based Zappa tribute The Muffin Men.
Sat 22

Never The Bride (acoustic)
Findley Webster

£6adv £7door

Never The Bride
Imagine Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge and Robert Plant, all rolled into one, throw in a bucketful of world-class original songs, add some fine musicianship and you might get some idea of what to expect from one of the best live acts you will ever see - Never the Bride. Their songs range from beautiful slow ballads to all-out kick-ass rock-outs (occasionally both in the same song!). With Nikki Lamborn 's incredible voice and electric stage presence making every gig an unforgettable experience, Never The Bride are one of British rock music’s finest live acts and have supported The Who, ZZ TOP and The Pretenders. "Nikki Lamborn is the best female vocalist since Janis Joplin and I should know what I am talking about, I knew Janis!" - Roger Daltry.

Findley Webster
Findley Webster’s commanding stage presence and positive attitude have earned her widespread popularity and many die-hard friends. Her debut album “Kiss My Tiara” received critical acclaim from many sources in the media including national TV and radio appearances. The infectious and irresistible variety of her songs encompass a multitude of emotions: love, hate, denial, sin, betrayal and sexuality, that will force you to examine your beliefs. Findley combines a broad range of pop, rock, funk and contemporary ideals to create a unique and stylish brand of entertainment. Once seen Findley is not easily forgotten.

Sun 23

Steelyard Blues Band
The Steelyard Blues Band was formed after the success of Steelyard Blues Duo in mainland Europe and the UK. They decided to expand the duo format to include a rhythm section and to give themselves a greater variety and dimension to their sound. This has been extremely successful and the band have been invited to play at many blues festivals across mainland Europe and the UK. Steelyard have supported such famous blues and rock artists as The Yardbirds, Spencer Davis Group, Fernando Nohrona, Connie Lush, Kosmic Blue, Sherman Robertson, Johnny Sansome and many, many more.

Mon 24
Tue 25 The Hacienda Brothers
and Joe Sun
Chris Gaffney and Dave Gonzalez originally joined forces to explore their shared love of classic country and early soul. They have since integrated roots-rock, blues and a southwestern flavour into the mix to create a style truly their own. Although a great songwriter, it is Chris Gaffney’s singing ability that sets him apart, having learned from some of the greatest by backing country singers such as Webb Pearce, Hank Snow and Ferlin Husky. As the primary singer and songwriter for the Paladins, Dave Gonzalez is a master technician on the guitar. His virtuosity shows as much in his restraint as in his playing. Although Gonzalez has earned his reputation on guitar, what burns inside is his desire to constantly write new songs.
Wed 26 The Wailin' Jennys
plus Dan Arborise
£8adv £10door
From The Andrews Sisters to The Supremes to The Roches to The Dixie Chicks, every generation seems to have a trio of sweet-voiced women to stir things up. Although Canadian-based singer-songwriters Ruth Moody, Cara Luft and Nicky Mehta each have solo careers, they create truly gorgeous music when they band together. The trio's album 40 Days is filled with sweet harmonies, smart songs and great vibes. The Jennys blend so well both with their vocals and their original songs that it's hard to distinguish one's style from that of another. They sound like a sister act without being one. Count The Wailin' Jennys as the most melodious trio in Americana music, more upbeat than fellow Canadian female trio the Be Good Tanyas and when these Jennys wail, it's well worth your time to listen.
Thu 27 David Wyatt Band
plus, Dan Britton, Andy Griffiths and Joel Owen
dan britton

David ended 2005 in grand style, playing some of the countries major venues supporting Tommy Emmanuel and making a big impact everywhere he performed. David is currently recording his second album and many of his new songs will be heard tonight. Although working in the same contemporary songwriter field as David Gray, Damien Rice and James Blunt, David is very much his own man with tons of his own ‘Wyatt’ style and charisma. As always David is accompanied by his marvelous band featuring the virtuoso, funky drumming of Gav and Neil’s skilful fretless bass.
Fri 28 American Blues Special
The Eric Sardinas Band

The Eric Sardinas Band
“This is the most exciting young blues guitarist to emerge since Stevie Ray Vaughan. The man’s musicianship is a gonad smashing wonder of nature" - OC Weekly. "If Satan had a blues band, this would be it. Think blues, only harder, faster and meaner. Unpredictable, edgy and intense.”- Music Connection Magazine. "This is some of the nastiest, rowdiest, gut-bucket, straight-off-the-Dockery-Plantation stuff heard in ages.” - Blues Access. "Eric Sardinas is a full-time slide playin’ virtuoso.” - Inside Blues. "Sardinas’ playing is fiery, intense and passionate, breathing new life into the timeless tradition.” - Blue Notes.

please note -

Due to unforseen circumstances
Studabaker John & The Hawks

have posponed their tour until 2007.
Sat 29

Selecter Acoustic
feat. Pauline Black & Nick Welsh
plus Lee Rogers
£8adv £10 door
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Featuring singer-songwriter Pauline Black and songwriter/producer Nick Welsh, Selecter Acoustic came to being in 1998 as an offshoot of the legendary Two-Tone band The Selecter. Their show features all The Selecter hits, tracks from their recent CD’s, Unplugged For The Rude Boy Generation and Requiem For A Black Soul, plus stories that chart the beginnings of ska and reggae through Two-Tone to the present day. Pauline has been the singer in The Selecter since its formation in 1979 when the band spearheaded the Two-Tone movement alongside The Specials. Nick is best known for being the bassist in The Selecter, but he was also in Bad Manners and has worked with Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Rico Rodriguez and Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Sun 30 Hamilton Loomis Band
"Innovate, don't imitate." Hamilton Loomis took his mentor, Bo Diddley's advice. It speaks volumes when the likes of Diddley, Johnny Copeland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and Albert Collins take you under their wings. The twenty-something Texas sensation isn't just another cat-in-a-hat with a Strat. He has crafted his blues roots into a funk-a-fied recipe all his own. A multi-instrumentalist, Hamilton was playing drums and piano at age five, guitar at age six and then conquered the harmonica. Gigging non-stop since age fourteen, by seventeen he had played the world-famous Delta Blues Festival for an audience of 40,000 and before he was eighteen he was writing, arranging and performing his own material.
Mon 31


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