Archive for May, 2015

11016814_1064654393547394_3296545851234901310_nOur most booked performer at the club and usually the most requested. Mike Scott became a ‘certain age’ earlier this year and still continues to write and perform with his brilliant wit and funny take on life. Not all of it is funny though, Mike writes some very serious, thought provoking and moving stuff. We can’t wait to have him back.

Taking the support slot is talented pianist and singer Will Lawton whoWillLawton3 most will know from The Home Fires doing a solo slot although I believe he has guests joining him!

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Ash MandrakeAsh Mandrake is one of the most exciting and original acts on the circuit today.  Impossible to pigeon-hole, his act incorporates music, loop machines, stories and comedy.  He designed his own double- necked guitar, his hats and his costumes.  This is folk rock, but many other styles are also used.  He has been described as imaginative; an incredibly skilled musician and songwriter; as unique, brave, and completely naturalistic.He is an independent spirit who has built a tiny business from doing things that come naturally.  He lives on the road in vehicles and he tours constantly.  He started touring back in 2008. He took three seats out of his Nissan Micra, put a futon in; and managed to do 137 gigs all over the UK, before driving it into the ground (he’s on vehiclenumber five now).  He moved out of bricks and mortar in Feb 2012.  He describes his approach as the antithesis of X Factor – it involves putting one foot in front of the other, bare foot if necessary.  If you really mean it, you’ll find shoes along the way.This eclectic artist has released several CDs of his work, the latest being twin releases in 2014 – “Barons and Bananas” and “Wizards And Kings”.  However, it’s almost impossible to catch the true sensation of Ash in full flow except in live performance.

In support this week…..

Dr. Zebo’s Wheezy Club

When you put two old folkies together with a seasoned jazz bassist you get the Wheezy Club.  One minute you arein the 1930s with an old Ellington swing number and then you are listening to a traditional Irish fiddle tune (there may have been a Tom Waits song squeezed in between!)This friendly trio create great, foot-tapping music – they are fantastic in pubs, brilliant at wedding receptions, but so far are untried at tupperware parties (but game).

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