Archive for December, 2012

Tuesday 15th January 2013 – The Yirdbards & Mike Scott

We are delighted to welcome back our old favourites to kick off the new year.

Paul Darby and The Yirdbards’ newly released second album Where the Thorn Trees Grow is already stirring hearts. The songs have a strong spiritual power, often drawing on man’s potent relationship with nature, the earth and society. Many of the songs are written by local writers and close friends including Mike Scott and Peter Please, but others, such as Riversong and I Am The Land, are by the Lake District songsmith Paul Metsers who delves deep into the question of what it is to be human.

This album follows The Yirdbards highly successful debut I Will Sing You This Song which received airplay on both national and local radio, including BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Johnny Coppin.

For more information call Cartwheel Records on 01672 851 332, 07973 653 603, or email yirds@yirdbards.com


Mike ScottAlso joining us to do the support slot is another favourite (and writer of one of The Yirdbard’s finest songs) Mike Scott, he needs no introduction to most of you but if you’ve not seen him then come along.  With these two superb acts it will surely be a tug on all your emotions!

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Al O' Kane

Al O’Kane

Rounding off for our final acoustic night of the year we have a great solo musician and a great band in support along with lots of festive fun!

Al O’Kane has played gigs alongside the likes of Eddie Martin, Kevin Ayers, Stringer/Bessant, Jim Bob, the Saw Doctors and Ade Edmondson.

Currently gigging as an Original Solo Acoustic Artist, he is also recording his debut album “Oort Cloud Visitor”. In his own words OCV is “an alternative folky blues-rock crossover with a bit of country thrown in for good measure” …it’s taking time, but he wants to get it right – OCV will be Al’s finest collection of original songs to date and will be pushing a very new sound – its due for release in the new year.

“My music and songwriting are constantly evolving and I’m always egging myself on to try new things. Music is my life, my love and my meaning – over the last few years I’ve completely re-taught myself a unique finger picking guitar style that I can actually call my own. It’s been a really exciting, yet hibernatory time – I’ve been working with new people, writing and rehearsing loads as well as fine tuning my sound – I can’t wait to get out there!”…

“The songs I write are based upon my imagination, spirituality, humour, opinions and experiences in life, whether that’s people or situations I’ve encountered, or an inner exploration on a certain feeling or topic, it all depends on the song and what head-space I’m in when I write… I like to mix it up and get something different”

Killing No Murder are back to take the support slot this time, this fantastic band from Trowbridge have been together for around 18 months and just get better and better each time.

We’ll also be in the Christmas spirit with Jen’s famous mince pies, pass the parcel and a huge raffle as always!

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