Archive for December, 2013

The Yirdbards

YirdbardsJust as we did in 2013 we are kicking of the year with club favourites The Yirdbards who seem to get better and better with age, particularly Paul’s!

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


Joining us for the support slot is Tim Webb who is one half of The Cleverly Brothers who closed our 2013 programme joined by Bertie Wright, Tim’s 16 year old next door neighbour who plays the most amazing melodeon as you can see below.


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The Cleverly Brothers

What a way to finish 2013 which has been our most attended year since we started in 2010. It’s been a while since these boys entertained us so we’re looking forward to a bit of new material from them which we believe they have!

The Cleverly Brothers comedy duo are (in real life) Tim Webb & Merv Grist. However you describe the music of Radstock’s premier in-breds, the Cleverly Brothers, you’re not even halfway there. Not even 4/8ths. Identical twin brothers Don (54) and Phil (56) tell it like it is, down on the ‘Twelve Toe Estate’. Their hilarious send ups of all things tacky, sleazy and dodgy has punters heading home with tears of laughter and/or a police caution.

Crazy comedy songs and links that will have you in stitches! In existence as a music/comedy phenomenon since their emergence at the Village Pump festival in 2001, the Cleverly Brothers have built up a great fan base through regular appearances at The Sidmouth and Trowbridge festivals, and at pubs, clubs and private parties in the south-west. Their cutting observations of everyday life in the Mendips have made them infamous in both the local and national press.

They have been called to account on radio to explain their musings, and won a prize on Radio 4 for one of their sketches. Radstock n’ Roll? Country music at its cruelest? Farntarstic! Attending a Cleverly Brothers gig can bring you many benefits and, during the show, the ‘Clevs’ will tell you how to fraudulently claim them all! You also get to learn the Club Foot cider dance, discover how to break open slot machines with a crowbar, and get the chance to moo like a chicken.

Doing the opening slot this week are the Melksham Ukulele Social Club and it is their first gig. This 12 (or maybe 13) strong act hope to entertain you with some good singalong numbers, rumour has it that it may contain a couple of Seend residents too. Plus we have a few floor spots already booked including a pair of Karen’s with something to put the wind up you.

And, it wouldn’t be our Christmas party without mince pies this time by the fair hands of Mr Fawthrop himself!

Plus the raffle
Plus a silly game or two.

See you there

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