MARCH 2006
Wed 1

Dawson & The Exiles
perform The Cordell Collection
plus Tony Jones and Wallace
St Davids Day Special
Dawson is well known as a gifted songwriter, a fact that has been recognised by The Arts Council Of Wales in the form of a commission to write and record The Cordell Collection. Twelve folk songs based on the characters and stories contained in the epic 'Welsh' novels of author Allexander Cordell. These books are set in South Wales at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and are tales of rebellion, unionism and the struggle for Workers rights. The songs and the books are in English and will be performed by The Exiles, Dawson's superb acoustic folk line-up.

Thu 2  
Access to Music
Fri 3
Stax of Soul
Stax of Soul are the UK's leading Soul and Motown 'live' party band. Established for over 10 years their professionalism shines through, hence the many re-bookings and testimonials they receive. With a pulsating brass section, driving rhythms and dynamic male and female vocals, Stax of Soul are guaranteed to make this a night to remember. Their repertoire includes unforgettable classics from the Blues Brothers and Commitments, and the vaults of the legendary Stax, Atlantic and Motown record labels, effortlessly recreating those foot-stomping, hand-clapping, days of the soulful '60s. So go on shake a tail feather, you know you want to...
Sat 4

The Cadillac Kings
The Cadillac Kings play blues, swing, boogie, jive and rock 'n' roll, the way it used to be and with the simplest of intentions - they want everybody to have as much fun on the dance-floor as they do on the stage. They dig amplified blues-harp with a real fat tone, the warm sound of a big-bodied Gibson guitar, the groove and slap of a double bass, tasty laid back shuffle drumming, a rockin' boogie piano and vocals that can stroke your thighs or strip your paintwork!! Sounds like one hell of a party to us!

Sun 5
Stereo Junks, Nice Peter
and Oliver Kennet & The Big Sticks
Pete Shukoff is from Rochester, NY , plays funny songs and had a funny band , but eventually the band shed its skin, and we are left with just Pete, playing funny songs under the name, Nice Peter . His favorite color is red. The Stereo Junks are a raw glam / punk / rock 'n' roll band from Finland, who cut up The Stones, Who, N.Y. Dolls and Guns 'N' Roses into a fresh new sound. Their drummer's called Rip and their favorite colour is black. Local up and comers Oliver Kennet & The Big Sticks round out what has to be one of our more eclectic bills of late.
Mon 6  
The City Acoustic Club

Open mic every Monday, all welcome.
Tue 7
Little Toby Walker
plus Tony Alles and Big Wayne Hogan
"As a blues guitar player, I am stunned and in awe of Toby Walker's pickin'! Not only does he master diverse blues styles, but plays them with both flash and depth. Add to that his fine songs, singing and friendly presentation, and it's obvious that Toby Walker is one of the most enjoyable artists in today's Blues World." - Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin.   "Walker's guitar work is inspired. His fingerpicking is as intricate as any linen finery... A pinch of Piedmont, a dash of Delta, a solid Chicago undercurrent minus the amplification but not the electricity - A brilliant, remarkable guitarist." - Brian Beatty, Blues Revue   "A real killer with fantastic technique. He just knocks me out." - John Hammond, blues musician
Wed 8
Stevie Jones - album launch
plus Peter Wyeth, Hannah Brine
David Hughes and John Budding
Thu 9
The Coal Porters
plus The Slowdown Boys
£7adv £8door
The Coal Porters began as a country rock band in the manner of Sid Griffin's previous group The Long Ryders, but have evolved into a fine bluegrass band. In fact the transition has been so successful that the band were invited as one of only thirteen acts to showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass festival in Kentucky. Sid is a fine and evocative songwriter, as "Fair Play, Virginia" and "Maybe I'll Cry Tomorrow", from last years How Dark This Earth Will Shine prove. Although reviews for the album have been incredibly positive, it barely hints at why the Coal Porters bring audiences to their feet every time.
Fri 10
The Hamsters
Sat 11
Zoot Money
plus Kevin Brown
£7adv £8door
Since his '60s R&B revue Zoot Money has been a formidable contributor to the British music scene maintaining a career as a classic R&B singer and keyboard player. His early career fused R&B with jazz when he teamed up with Andy Summers (Police), Nick Newall and Colin Allen to form the Big Roll Band - bringing a fresh sound to the R&B scene. Since his early days with Alexis Korner, Zoot has featured with The Alan Price Band as well as their offshoot, The Electric Blues Company. In recent years he's played in partnership with Dick Heckstall-Smith & Spencer Davis, as well as Mick Taylor and Pete York.
Sun 12  
The Red Sharks
plus Thee Dirty Stooges
Leicester based rock 'n' roll, party band with a manic show, perform songs from their new album. Support from the best Iggy and The Stooges cover band in UK.
Mon 13  
The City Acoustic Club

Open mic every Monday, all welcome.
Tue 14  

with Nick Jackson Band, The Razors,
and Claire Mooney

Wed 15
Matt Schofield Band
plus Things In Herds and Scott Matthews
Inspired by the blues, infused with the funk rhythms of New Orleans and topped-off by the virtuoso musicianship of jazz, Matt Schofield is being talked of as the finest guitarist to have emerged in Europe for several generations.   Britain's Guitarist magazine described Schofield's guitar playing as "Dynamite", while America's Blues Revue calls him "The entire package - a singer with range and soul, and a guitarist who delivers with devastating tone and superb dynamics."   BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones picked Matt as one of his highlights of 2005, commenting "I think it's time he became a big star."
Thu 16
FOS Brothers
plus James Warner Prophecies

Twin acoustic guitars, mandolin and powerful vocals set in an ambient back drop of drums and percussion. The FOS Brothers fuse their inherited Celtic traditions with passionate original songs awash with fire and vitality. Solid unpretentious stuff from a band who are out to enjoy themselves with the audience. If this is the standard of new acoustic Roots music, put me on the mailing list! - Alan Sturge, Malvern Fringe Festival   The FOS brothers have played on our stage at Glastonbury every year for the last 10 years and still pack the house. Take every chance that you get to see these guys - they are worth it every time. - Andy Hope, Glastonbury Festival
Fri 17
Elvis Fontenot & The Sugar Bees
plus Yellowbelly
Sat 18
Lazy Lester
plus Ian Siegal
£8adv £10door
He may be known as Lazy Lester, but the 65-year-old blues legend and Louisiana swamp music innovator is anything but a slacker. Playing music since his teens, Lester is a spirited singer and gifted multi-instrumentalist (on harmonica, guitar and percussion) whose songwriting gifts have inspired countless rockers like The Kinks (who covered I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter), Dave Edmunds (who turned Lester's I Hear You Knockin' into one of his signature tunes) and The Fabulous Thunderbirds (who cut Sugar Coated Love). At an age when most folks are entering retirement, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Sun 19

Olly Allcock Band

This Blues Band is different! The difference being the interplay between two front 'men', one a guitarist with extensive experience of the blues/rock scene, and one a female sax player whose been jamming jazz and blues all her life. Add to this a stonkin rhythm section, forceful three part vocals, plus Olly's unique repartee and the final result is a band that gives 110% entertainment. As well hard hitting originals the band play a collection of classic rock & blues covers. The bands recent performances at Burnley Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival and The Great British R'n'B Festival at Colne were all a great success.

Mon 20  
The City Acoustic Club

Open mic every Monday, all welcome.
Tue 21  
The Acoustic Collective presents...
Rai Studley + Liz Allen + Tom Favell
Wed 22
Billy Mitchell
plus Dan Webster
£6adv £8door
Winner of the ‘Best Folk / Roots Performance’ for 2005 by the Leicester Mercury, Billy Mitchell’s influence on the latterday Lindisfarne helped the band stay as respected and successful as it had been prior to his recruitment. ‘Backtrackin’ with Billy Mitchell’ is a show that allows Billy the opportunity to visit the song books of his favourite writers and performers whilst also sampling his years with Lindisfarne and Jack The Lad. Also featured are songs from his most recent , critically acclaimed album, ‘The Devils’ Ground’. “…this is a magnificent tour-de-force and is one of the roots albums of the year." - Classic Rock Society Magazine. "The best work of his career to date” - Croydon Advertiser.
Thu 23

Acid Reign
with Diesel Park West and Ambrose Tompkins
Diesel Park West present a live flashback to San Francisco, Acid Rock and The Summer Of Love. Journey back to 'Frisco '67 with Diesel’s, Ambrose Tompkins and guests for a far out evening of tie-die and groovy vibes. The Diesel’s will be playing a full on electric set featuring, alongside selected original tunes, songs from Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Moby Grape, Love, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead and from LA the Byrds, culminating in a spectacular light-show and jam. It promises to be a night to savor, with proceeds going to a worthwhile community health cause.

Fri 24
Wilko Johnson
plus The Rompers
Back in the early 70's Dr. Feelgood's gritty R&B was the order of the day and the band's trademark sound owed much to Wilko Johnson's double-fingered guitar style and songwriting talents. Many of his compositions, including 'Sneakin' Suspicion', 'Back in the Night' and 'She Does It Right', have since become standards. Booted out of Dr Feelgood in 1976, he formed The Solid Senders, before joining Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Following 1980's Laughter album, he jumped ship with fellow Blockhead, bassist, Norman Watt-Roy, who remains with him to this day. For the best manic blues and R&B this side of the (Canvey Island) Delta, look no further.
Sat 25
The Men They Couldn’t Hang
plus Saltflat
£10adv £12door
Coming together in London in the early 80s, TMTCH had early success with a fantastic cover of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields Of France' (1984), which soon became a big hit on the Indie charts. The albums that followed - Night Of A Thousand Candles, How Green Is The Valley, Waiting For Bonaparte and Silvertown all met with critical acclaim and the band were a force to be reckoned in concert halls across Europe. Disbanding after 1990's brilliant Domino Club, TMTCH eventually reunited in 1996, and continue to sell out venues across the land with their firebrand mix of punk passion, rousing guitars and folk roots.
Sun 26
Paul Curreri
plus David Celia
The New Yorker calls this 30-year-old guitarist & songster from Virginia "exquisite... brings a renewed eloquence to the medium." Says Americana-UK: "full of soul, hushed insight, and (at last) originality." Of his 2003 effort, Songs for Devon Sproule, which was produced by Kelly Joe Phelps: "One of the very finest records in awhile. And, not just in this genre. Any genre." - Vintage Guitar Magazine. This marks Paul's 5th visit to the UK, now with a new live record, Are You Going to Paul Curreri, tucked beneath his arm. "Spontaneous & poetic... playing unpredictably, altering his phrasing, his routines thankfully haven't been hammered into regular shape." - The Independent UK.
Mon 27  
The City Acoustic Club

Open mic every Monday, all welcome.
Tue 28
Skinny Molly
plus The Mile
£6adv £8door
Formed in 2004 by guitarists Mike Estes (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Dave Hlubek (Molly Hatchet), Skinny Molly's aim was to focus on original songs and forging a new sound, rather than relying on material from their noted former bands. Southern Rock fans showed great support when the band toured Europe in 2005. Dave has since re-joined Molly Hatchet a band he founded in the 70's. Keith Whalen has stepped in and the new line-up, played some real barn-burners, when they visited the UK in the autumn. Now with even more energy and spark than ever before, Skinny Molly are ready to take on 2006 with a vengeance!
Wed 29
Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans
plus Roger Dean Young and Lisa Redford
£6adv £8door
Corb Lund was an award-winning rodeo kid, who grew up in Southern Alberta, Canada. His music is influenced by his experiences riding horseback, chasing cattle, rodeoing and living on the family farm and ranches in the foothills of the Rockies. Coming from four generations of ranchers and cowboys, Corb left his home and moved to Edmonton where he studied jazz guitar and bass and was a founder member of Canadian independent phenomena, The Smalls. Corb's much anticipated, Harry Stinson produced, second solo disc 'Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer' is a real scorcher and should be out in time for the tour.
Thu 30
Ann Duggan Band - acoustic
plus Dana Wylie
Fri 31

Dog Breath
plus DeSade and The Forty Fours
"Dogbreath? Well there's a soupcon of Tom Waits; but more of the Screaming Blue Messiahs, Wilko-era Feelgood's and danceable punkers, Gang Of Four. Indeed their speed-funk suggests that James Brown has relatives in up-country Sweden, driven by a monstrous Bastard Son Of Bo Diddley Beat, shot through with caterwauling slide and industrial strength rhythm guitar.If Fuzz, cut, crunch and in the midst of all that, GROOVE with a capital GRRRRRRR...!" - Joe Cushley, Blues Matters   "Forgive me internationalists but REAL funk? Real deadly slide guitar? from Sweden? who knew?" - Rick Saunders, Deep Blues


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