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Coming to The Musician in September 2020

Wed 2nd Sep 2020
Rozi Plain
£11.00adv £13.00door
plus Charlotte Carpenter and Sally Hossack's Dream Band
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm


Rozi Plain has been making music since her brother gave her a guitar when she was 16. Raised in Winchester, she spent a few years studying art and painting boats in Bristol, where she met long-term collaborators Kate Stables and Rachael Dadd, and where she made her first two albums. She has recently moved to London, and is set to release her third LP, Friend, in 2015.

Rozi's most recent offering, Joined Sometimes Unjoined, is made up of ten tracks of intoxicatingly sad and beautiful pop. Her songs are full of heartwrenching harmonies and they are dotted with unexpected instrumental flourishes that crash about and bring them to life. In 'Eating In Your House', the vocals climb out of a backdrop of muted guitars, handclaps and the occasional yelp. They rise out with melodies that draw you in. The sparseness of the half-mumbled lyrics means that there is always something hidden, like the discarded scraps of a torn up poem. The excruciatingly beautiful 'Take It' is somehow simultaneously brimming with sadness and optimism.

Her new single, 'Jogalong' feels like chasing birds barefoot in a dewy field, and in a stroke of onomatopoeic song-naming genius, could also be the soundtrack to Follow That Bus.

Rozi’s taken her joyous live show on the road around the Europe, the UK and the USA, and toured with an assortment of folk-mongers, from luminary, Devendra Banhart, to Lost Map’s very own starlet, The Pictish Trail.
Xander Promotions
Fri 4th Sep 2020
Adam Norsworthy
With special guest Max Manning from The Della Grants
£8.00adv £10.00door
plus Max Manning
Adam has been hailed by many as one of the country’s finest and most-respected singer-songwriters. Best known as the lead singer of renowned british-blues rock band The Mustangs, Adam has also forged an impressive solo career.

Half English/American and the son of a folk-singing mother and journalist father, Adam’s passionate, moving lyrics and storytelling is matched only by his ear for melody. A multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, he has been playing live since age 15, and been in a number of bands from Britpop boy/girl duo FRIDAY, to modern Blues Rock band The Mustangs. He is also the guitarist in the highly-regarded Milk Men, another regular band on the UK’s live music circuit.

Adam’s solo music and his work with his other bands is available from Amazon, iTunes and the band’s respective websites.

“An amazing lyricist, achingly beautiful..a major talent” Blues Matters Magazine.

“Adam Norsworthy is one of the UK’s best kept songwriting secrets” – R2 Magazine
Sat 5th Sep 2020
London Calling
The U.k's premier homage to the Clash.
£13.50adv £15.00door
Playing all the hits and tracks from London Calling and marking the 40th Anniversary of Sandinista.
Wed 9th Sep 2020
John Otway
Rock veteran Otway dubbed himself "rock'n'roll's greatest failure" after many unsuccessful attempts to produce a second hit single to follow his 1977 classic (Cor Baby, That's) Really Free with Wild Willy Barrett.

However, a mere quarter century later, he was back on Top of The Pops with the wonderful disco pastiche, ‘Bunsen Burner’ and back in the charts as a birthday present from his adoring and patient fans.

And, more recently, his "Beware Of The Flowers Cause I'm Sure They're Going To Get You Yeah" voted the seventh greatest lyric of all time in a BBC poll.

John Otway and his hard hitting band attack his favourite set list with gusto, leaving plenty of room for anarchy, fun and acrobatics that are his trademark.

‘He's a cabaret act masquerading as a rock act. He is gleeful, anecdotal, funny and life-enhancing.’
Canterbury Fayre Review.
Doktor Dyper
Fri 11th Sep 2020
This Winter Machine
£12.00adv £15.00door
feat: I Am The Manic Whale
Doors 7:30pm - 11:30pm
This Winter Machine formed in mid 2016 after a series of ads led to jams that quickly turned into writing sessions.
Members have shared a stage with artists as diverse as Marillion and Uriah Heep, Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Magnum and Uli Jon Roth.
The debut album 'The Man Who Never Was' was released in Jan 2017 to widespread critical acclaim and a great response from the public.
They were nominated in the Best Newcomers category at the Classic Rock Society annual awards, which they won in 2018 and have also been included in many 'Names To Watch' lists for 2017/18.
Last album A Tower Of Clocks has sold many copies around the globe plus their third album Kites is currently in production.
I Am The Manic Whale are the support act for this fine evening, and have also appeared at two Danfests and other festivals on the circuit. Imagine It Bites and late period Genesis and this would be a fine description of this impressive band.
Sun 13th Sep 2020
Section 25
£8.00adv £10.00door
plus Kevin Hewick and DJ Tom Moderne
Doors 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Powerful, mesmerising and expressive. Perhaps the most maverick and enigmatic of the bands that were part of the now legendary Factory Records roster. Section 25 were formed in Poulton-le Fylde, Lancashire in 1977 by brothers Larry and Vin Cassidy. Their classic Northern Sound defines punk and electro in one. Having worked with Ian Curtis, Martin Hammett and Bernard Sumner on four Factory Albums they now continue to record for LTM. They pre-dated ambient, chillout and massive beats by a decade. Their explorations of hypnotic basslines, thrusting motorik drums and rusty colliding slabs of melody and feedback produce a truly unique and zen like sound.
Mon 14th Sep 2020
20th Century Music Quiz
New venture for Xander Promotions in association with Brian Quizmaster - how much do you know about 20th Century Music? Only £2 per head on the door and teams can be up to 6 people. Cash prize for the winning team! Quiz will start at 8.30 prompt.
Wed 16th Sep 2020
Peter Bruntnell
Full Band plus B.J Cole
New C.D Tour!
NME claimed that "Peter Bruntnell's records should be taught in schools". And with 9 studio albums under his belt and countless high-profile fans picked up along the way the music doesn't stop. Followers include REM’s Peter Buck , Scott McCaughey, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar. Peter Bruntnell is a well established act who is looking forward to continuing sharing his music with followers old or new.

"His songs should be taught in schools" - NME
"One of England's best..." - Rolling Stone
Doktor Dyper
Fri 18th Sep 2020
Cancelled, new date May 2021 tba
Tonight's billing of German band Karibow promises to be a wonderful evening of prog.
Oliver Rüsing first formed KariBow as a six-piece band somewhere near the end of 1996, but as other obligations pressed upon the lives of each member the band dissolved. Oliver himself went on to be an art professor and word is that he was also a drum teacher. But Oliver has a gift for writing songs and composing and playing music. KariBow became a personal project for which, if I have this correctly, he wrote, composed, played all instruments (guitars, keyboards, bass, and drums), recorded, and produced all on his own. A steady succession of albums followed over the years, released in small numbers and not for a broader market beyond friends and a small interested fan base.

That began to change in 2011 with the release of "Man of Rust". His very wise and perceptive wife told him to stop making albums for the shelves and to get his music out there. Oliver submitted the album to the German Rock & Pop Musicians' Association (DRMV) and it was chosen for the award of best arrangement. Three years later, he released "Addicted" and it too won the same award, this time for best progressive band. That led to Oliver's most ambitious project yet, the phenomenal "Holophinium", a full album of progressive melodic rock with a band and a cast of stellar guests including Sean Timmins, Colin Tench, and Michael Saddler of Saga. A second disc featuring the multipart 37-minute track "Letters from the White Room" was part of the package. KariBow toured with Saga and have since played some festivals in Germany as well. With KariBow's fan base suddenly growing, an interest developed in earlier albums (at the time of the release of "Holophinium", only "Addicted" was also available on CD and "Man of Rust" was a download only). Oliver, fresh of the tour with Saga, took a brief holiday and then jumped back into the studio. The result is a re-release of "Man of Rust", remixed and remastered, with three extra studio tracks not included on the original version. Last years album Monumento features many guests in the prog world and has had many fantastic reviews. Playing one of four UK dates, tonight's performance will be a full set, so not to be missed.
Doktor Dyper
Wed 23rd Sep 2020
£17.00adv £20.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 11:15pm
Pallas are a rock band from Aberdeen in Scotland. They first rose to prominence as part of the progressive rock revival of the early 1980s, alongside contemporaries Marillion. Signing to EMI's Harvest Records, they recorded 'The Sentinel' which is still regarded by many as one of the zeniths of '80's prog. The band was dormant throughout much of the 90's, but resurfaced in 1998 with a new album 'Beat the Drum' and a new label, Inside Out. From that moment to this the band has maintained steady progress releasing regular albums and DVDs, as well as a parallel schedule of archive releases. After another comeback in the late 2000's, the band are back once more. A new album The Edge Of Time features mixes of their back catalogue line up consists of..
Paul Mackie: Vocals,
Graeme Murray: Bass, 12-string, Taurus pedals, vocals
Niall Mathewson: Guitars
Ronnie Brown: Keyboards, vocals
Colin Fraser: Drums, vocals
Xander Promotions
Thu 24th Sep 2020
£13.50adv £15.00door
Man first started off at the end of the sixties, called it a day towards the end of the seventies, then in the early eighties realized they could do nothing better than get together again. They have been through more lineups than you can shake a stick at, with various members coming and going at a rate which gives Pete Frame nightmares. (Pete loved Deke's books, by the way). Micky, Martin and Deke have pretty much been the core of the Manband, though a while back Terry Williams had another spell after John (Pugwash) Weathers had kept the drum stool warm for a few years; and Phil Ryan returned for a brief period after a 20 year hiatus.
Forty Tenth promotions
Sun 27th Sep 2020
Sam Carter
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus Paul Handyside
Doors 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later... with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Described as "the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation" by Jon Boden (Remnant Kings, ex-Bellowhead), Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists. Recent collaborations have included Sweet Liberties, an EFDSS and Folk By The Oak joint-funded project which saw Sam, Nancy Kerr, Maz O’Connor and Martyn Joseph delving into the archives of Parliament in search of inspiration for songs about the pursuit and development of democracy. Sweet Liberties toured major UK venues, spawned an album of the same name and featured on BBC Radio 3’s World On 3 in late 2016.

Sam’s third solo album How The City Sings was released in April 2016 and captured this fervently admired singer, songwriter and guitarist at his most passionate and moving, with The Guardian calling it a "bittersweet electric-folk concept album" in their glowing 4-star review .

Sam continues to break new ground in his work with Jim Moray in False Lights, a band with the stated aim of updating the template of folk rock and making a joyful racket. Their second album Harmonograph, described by Folk Radio as "the work of two modern masters in perfect harmony", only built on the success of their Folk Award nominated debut Salvor which fRoots hailed as "a game changer for all involved, and perhaps even the scene in general".

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