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Coming to The Musician in October 2020

Tickets
Fri 2nd Oct 2020
Small Fakers
£11.00adv
The Small Faces are without any shadow of doubt, one of the most sensational British bands of the 1960s, and are as much a part of the soundtrack to the fabbest decade ever as The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, The Who, or anyone else for that matter!
Hitting the charts as teenage mods with their very first disc, 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It', the four diminutive Cockneys went on to release numerous timeless classics including, ‘Sha-La-La-La-Lee’, ‘Here Come The Nice’, ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘Lazy Sunday’.

The Small Fakers were officially launched on a chilly night in February 2007 at a central London shindig attended by fans and associates of the East End's very own fab four, the seminal, sensational Small Faces.
The buzz in the audience that night was intense. Could the SMALL FAKERS even hope to come close to replicating the sound, and the look, of the Small Faces
Forty Tenth promotions
Tickets
Sat 3rd Oct 2020
Marisa and the Moths
£10.00adv £12.00door
feat: Marisa and the Moths, Finding Kate and Izzy Thomas
Doors 7:30pm - 11:50pm
'Cute band name’, you say? Trust us: there’s nothing moth-like about these guys. Featuring soaring vocals from Marisa Rodriguez and satisfying (yet sparingly deployed) lead flashiness from virtuosic six-stringer Sophie Lloyd, occasionally grunge, it's also the sort of sharp, chunky modern hard rock that makes you think of Halestorm, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, alongside touches of various rock heavyweights.

Marisa And The Moths are a new band on the scene, and yet they've already rapidly gathered a following which continues to grow at pace. They were recently played as a featured artist on Kerrang! radio and written up as a featured artist in Classic Rock magazine, where their debut single 'Skin' was included on the front cover CD. Their debut self-titled album (released 15th November 2019) has been met with an incredibly positive response from the public. The album charted in the UK album downloads chart to number 66. They were also awarded Album Of The Year 2019 by Female fronted rock and metal revolution.
Magic Teapot
Tickets
Sun 4th Oct 2020
Mike Peters
£18.00adv £20.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Mike Peters is known primarily as frontman of the internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm. Mike is also an inspirational solo acoustic performer and (as a two times cancer survivor), founder of what is now regarded as the world’s leading rock and roll cancer charity ‘Love Hope Strength Foundation’.
Xander Promotions
Tickets
Wed 7th Oct 2020
James Oliver Band
£6.00adv £8.00door
James Oliver has already rubbed shoulders with many of the greats of the guitar firmament Albert Lee..Bill Kirchen..Greg Koch to name a few. Now, having recorded three vital, very contemporary albums with his band his old band, he is preparing to write a new chapter of not only his career but also Welsh music history.
His progress since forming Glas in early 2012 has been steady rather than spectacular with nearly 2000 gigs, playing every gig in the Valleys before expanding horizons beyond. See him on stage, though, and spectacular is very much the word. Little wonder the late, great Deke Leonard of Man/Iceberg fame was moved to say that ‘Speaking as a guitarist, James Oliver scares the hell out of me.’
Bill Kirchen says 'James Oliver is the real deal, a passionate roots rocker loaded with guitar firepower'.
As music business veterans will tell you, success is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration. As he enters the next stage of his career, James Oliver has a track record that shows he will not allow an ounce of his talents to be wasted. And with new musicians to interact with, chances are the music in store will exhibit hitherto unheard dimensions to delight his growing army of fans. With his new album of original material set for release in 2020. James plays blues, rock a billy, rock and country…it’s all here in one explosive pickin’ package.
Thu 8th Oct 2020
Looma
Sorry due to a family crisis Tim Edey is not able to perform tonight.
Looma will be playing two sets starting at 8pm. Doors 7.30pm

Three parts English, one part Orkney, Looma play acoustic roots and folk music from the swamps of Louisiana to the Swedish midnight sun, and everywhere in between. Bringing together folk, blues, cajun, bluegrass and country traditions, as well as original songs, Looma mix driving energy with strong vocals and foot-tapping tunes.

Looma are:
Liz Logie Piano Accordion and percussion
Mark Theobald Harmonica, Ukelele, Vocals
Bob Gilmour-Evans Guitar, Vocals
Tim Garland Cittern Fiddle, Vocals

Liz is an Orcadian who has played the accordion since she was ten, being inspired to play by her father who was a well-known Orkney accordion player.

Mark was a National Harmonica League 'Player of the Year' in 2013 and 2014, playing Irish and blues music.

Bob has been performing and writing songs since he was a teenager. He has recorded his own album and guested on several others. Many artists have covered his songs.

Tim has been performing traditional and self penned material for over thirty years, both as a founder member of radical folk group FIELDWORK and with KASUTIMA Ceilidh band, playing nationally at clubs, festivals and on national and local radio. He has also performed regularly as a solo artist and in a duo with Indian percussionist Nitin Odedra. He has made five albums with FIELDWORK and two solo albums.
Xander Promotions
YouTube
Tickets
Fri 9th Oct 2020
The Bon Jovi Experience
£10.00adv £12.00door
Bon Jovi, the greatest stadium rock band of all time is now re-created by the sensational Bon Jovi Experience.

Lead singer Tony Pearce takes on the noteworthy task of emulating the legendary namesake of the band Jon Bon Jovi and he does so with ease and panache. The only tribute band in the world to have shared the stage with the real McCoy.

This show includes all the hits: Livin’ On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name, Keep The Faith, Bed Of Roses, Always, Bad Medicine, It’s My Life and many, many more.

The best tribute I have ever seen: Jon Bon Jovi
Wake Up Promotions
Tickets
Sat 10th Oct 2020
Chris Helme
£11.00adv
plus support
Chris Helme
“With the Seahorses over his shoulder, Helme continues to create glorious music in his own name.”
Chris Helme first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ which saw him touring extensively and sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones, U2 and Oasis in numerous support slots. Now solo- he is still rightfully remembered for Britpop classics ‘Love Is The Law’ and ‘Blinded By The Sun’ – songs that evoked everything the 90’s stood for, the excitement, the culture and the bands that provided a voice in a period of political and social imbalance.
Chris’ enviable back catalogue, is bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it’s his last solo album ‘The Rookery’ that portrays him at his very best. The album combines melody with imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brings each track to a lush, blossoming climax. Add to this Chris’ keen ear for arranging, plus some brooding string passages and it becomes the perfect platform for his wonderful songs. Melodies rooted in traditional folk are reimagined on an album of rich variation, testament to his most powerful weapon – his voice.
Chris Helme Contact: Leila Cooper at Strada Music
Xander Promotions
Tickets
Thu 15th Oct 2020
Nick Harper
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH RMT MUSIC PRESENT
£12.00adv £14.00door
NICK HARPER is one the UK’s best kept musical secrets. Those who have witnessed the spellbinding, one-man show will tell you this. A childhood growing up surrounded by the musical prowess of some of the 60’s most revered songwriters & musicians, not to mention being son of Roy Harper, along with 20 years of crafting songs & touring the land has spawned a truly one-off, original guitarist & songwriter who stands alone as a UK great, to be cherished & revered.

For over two decades, he has been dazzling audiences, reviewers & fellow artists alike with his heady
mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship & sheer bravado. An imagination bursting with ideas has
seen Nick release 11 solo albums to critical acclaim, earning a Number 1 spot in the charts with the seminal hit ‘Blue Sky Thinking'.
More recently, in 2017, Nick recorded his full band album Lies! Lies! Lies! with legendary producer
Tchad Blake at Studio La Fabrique, South France (studio of choice for Nick Cave, Morrissey & Radiohead). The album received strong support from BBC 6 Music coupled with Nick & band being greeted by rapturous, capacity crowds on the tour that followed.
Early 2018 saw Nick return to the live circuit with a newly formed solo set featuring quadraphonic sound & reimaginations of songs pre-chosen, by request, by Nick’s fan base. The ‘100 Things’ tour proved to
be a hugely successful return to the stage with all but a handful of shows selling out.
2018 also saw Nick Harper perform his first spoken word piece, A Wiltshire Tale, at some of UK’s most prestigious venues. It is a journey through Wiltshire’s (where Nick later grew up) history, landscape &
wildlife. Depicted through the voices of three characters, this one-man show bears witness to this most
magical of counties in spoken word, poetry & live music.
2019 Nick embraced his legacy and extensively toured the UK with the award-winning show, 58
Fordwych Road. It centred around a living room in a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid 1960s. Then the abode of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper & his wife Mocy. The flat was an after hours hang-out for the legends who played at Les Cousins in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion in swingin’ sixties London. People like Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, Sandy Denny & others dropped in, to drop out, jam & try new tunes. But, all along, there was
someone else there… a toddler, part of the family, inhaling the music & absorbing the vibe; Roy’s young
son, Nick Harper. This heart-warming show that saw Nick play renditions of the great’s masterpieces
and was a rare opportunity for fans to hear Nick perform his father’s material – needless to say it was fiercely endorsed by his fans.
Nick has recently set off into deep Harperspace to retrieve his new album which will be available in Autumn 2020 to accompany one of his most extensive UK tours to date. Keep an eye for updates as one of the UK’s most loved creative pioneers begins to unveil his latest work…
Xander Promotions
Tickets
Sat 17th Oct 2020
Ultimate Leppard
£10.00adv £12.00door
Ultimate Leppard are the U.K’s and truest tribute to Def Leppard. Based in Def Leppard’s hometown of Sheffield, they re-create the most authentic Def Leppard sound yet, providing audiences with the ultimate Def Leppard experience! The band focuses primarily on Def Leppard’s most successful era the 80’s and 90’s, playing songs from High n Dry through to Adrenalize. Experience an engaging and authentic musical feast featuring awesome vocal abilities, monster guitar riffs and the true Def Leppard sound exactly like the real thing. Costumes, mannerisms and the Def Leppard look are all re-created, although you won’t find any comedy wigs or gimmicks! These guys go all the way and guarantee the audience always get rocked!

Ultimate Leppard deliver atmosphere and authenticity in spades making this the ultimate Def Leppard experience!
Doktor Dyper
Tickets
Sun 18th Oct 2020
The John Hackett Band
£10.00adv £12.00door
feat: The Kentish Spires
Doors 7:30pm - 11:00pm
The latest incarnation of The John Hackett Band features
John on guitars, keyboards and vocals (and flute!)
Nick Fletcher (lead guitar)
Jeremy Richardson (bass, guitars, vocals)
Duncan Parsons (drums, keys and vocals)

Following the release of 'We Are Not Alone' (Esoteric EANTCD21067), they band are out and about playing material drawn from the album, along with choice tunes from from John's previous progressive rock albums, Another Life (Esoteric EANTCD1053) and 'Checking Out Of London' (HackTrax HTRX002), plus new material.
Following the success of their debut album The Last Harvest, The Kentish Spires released Sprezzatura in July 2019.
www.TheKentishSpires.bandcamp.com
The Kentish Spires collectively bring a vast wealth of musical experience – weaving woodwind and reed instruments over a solid foundation of guitar, bass and drums – with era-appropriate synths and powerful male vocals.
Forty Tenth promotions
Tickets
Thu 22nd Oct 2020
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 8:00pm - 11:00pm
'Spellbinding... Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together’ FRoots

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique. Since emerging in 2016, the duo recorded two studio albums, Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018), produced by award winning producer David Travers-Smith in Toronto. Both albums have gathered praise for the craft and skill of their musical writing and arranging.

‘Awesome… a supremely divine album.’ Americana UK

The duo have toured the UK, North America and mainland Europe, enrapturing audiences at shows and on festival stages with the sparkling beauty of their acoustic style.

'Dreamy reveries, softly warm vocals, stirring guitar arrangements - Sanders & Savage wield an elusive sort of magic' MOJO
Xander Promotions
YouTube
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Tue 27th Oct 2020
Josh Smith
£15.00adv £15.00door
plus Tony Alles
Blues rock guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter and producer, Josh Smith, is hailed the world over as a master guitarist with raw talent and power to spare. Blending his signature mix of blues, rock and jazz into dynamic original songs, Smith is known for his incendiary live performances, whether at the Grammy Awards or the Kennedy Center Honors with Mick Jagger, Raphael Saadiq and others. Josh has been named the 16th best living blues guitar player in the world by Guitar World Magazine.
Opening for B.B. King was just the beginning for this in-demand artist and lead guitarist for artists such as Taylor Hicks, Ricky Fante (Virgin Records), Raphael Saadiq, actress Taryn Manning, Universal Music Group hip-hop artists Benny Cassette and Tara Ellis, and more. He has the distinction of inducting Neil Diamond into the Kennedy Center Honors with Raphael Saadiq’s band and honoring Solomon Burke at the Grammys with Mick Jagger.
Along with touring the world, recording and performing with renowned artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, Kirk Fletcher and others, Smith is also a producer and owns Flat V Studios in Los Angeles. He has produced artists Reese Wynans (Joe Bonamassa), Artur Menezes (winner of the Eric Clapton 2019 Crossroads Festival) Seth Rosenbloom, Jamey Arent and many more.
“Josh is one of my favorite musicians on the planet. His musical depth and guitar playing transcend the boundaries of the blues genre into a genre of his own. I am proud to always share a stage with him and even prouder to call him my friend.
--Joe Bonamassa

Josh’s latest and 11th album, Live At The Spud, was released January 8, 2020 on Flat V Music, and features Smith and his power trio recorded live over two nights at the legendary Baked Potato in Los Angeles. The new album features Smith on guitar and vocals, Gary Novak on drums and Trevor Carlton on bass. The goal was to present an unedited look at a normal night at the Baked Potato. Compelling, improvisational and explosive. Josh is currently touring worldwide in support of the live album.
Magic Teapot
Tickets
Wed 28th Oct 2020
Richard Dawson
£15.00adv
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm
PLEASE note the change in both date and venue

Following the mind bending Hen Ogledd show in August Magic Teapot proudly and very excitably presents Richard Dawson!

'At times deeply, painfully intimate, but also witty, bawdy, surreal, disquieting, nostalgic, brash and fearlessly individual' — The Quietus

'Dawson rewards you generously, with kitchen-sink realism, a psychedelic take on fable, and an almost pugilistic sense of compassion' - The Observer

A singular voice, part savant-genius, part court jester, his music echoing with voices past, present and future.

Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album 2020. Where critically-acclaimed predecessor Peasant (2017) gave a voice to the citizens of the ancient early medieval northern kingdom of Bryneich via a set of narratives as bawdy as Chaucer and as epic and bloody as Beowulf, 2020 is an utterly contemporary state-of-the- nation study, that uncovers an equally tumultuous and even bleaker time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown. This is England today.

Nuanced and challenging, the ten songs also conversely feature Dawson’s most melodic moments yet. Many of his musical trademarks – unexpected time signatures, strange flourishes and welcome digressions,sounds simultaneously harsh and honeyed, sensitive and abrasive – are in place, but more than ever such disparate components are corralled to create a highly focused collection that offers a thoroughly dire diagnosis of the UK, yet is shot through with flecks of hope.

Dawson tours these bold, lyrically unflinching songs with three piece band, starting in UK in Nov 2019.

'At times deeply, painfully intimate, but also witty, bawdy, surreal, disquieting, nostalgic, brash and fearlessly individual'
The Quietus

'Dawson rewards you generously, with kitchen-sink realism, a psychedelic take on fable, and an almost pugilistic sense of compassion'
The Observer

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