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Friday 16 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

Virtuoso guitar supremo Chantel McGregor's stunning live performances have demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the new age, with a loyal and growing fan base who follow her every move.


If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in her career she was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on two of his UK tours.


Over the last few years, Chantel has received great reviews of her 5 albums, the last 2 being released during the 2021 Covid lockdown. The ‘Shed Sessions Volumes 1 & 2’ were recorded at home and mixed by Wayne Proctor of Superfly Studios. They were born out of a weekly livestream which Chantel performed throughout lockdown. As well as the 2 albums, Chantel also released a rock cover of ‘Stupid Love’ by Lady Gaga and had a track on ‘Gumbo Blues, a tribute to Dr John’, both through Cleopatra Records in the USA. She also released the single ‘I Will See’, which she co-wrote and recorded with David ‘Nova’ Nowakowski (Scars on 45). Chantel is currently writing for her next studio album, and is debuting some of the new tracks on her UK tour.


Chantel said ‘I’m over the moon to be back out on tour again, the last couple of years have been incredibly tough for everyone in the music industry and it’s just so wonderful to be able to play live music in front of great crowds once again’.

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Thursday 22 Sep 20228:00pm Book Now

"Political, intense, angular and beautiful.” — BBC Radio 1


Luke Concannon has early memories of falling asleep at Irish family parties to the sound of guitars, singing, and dancing.  Upon meeting double-bassist John Parker in school, the two formed the folk duo Nizlopi (best known for the “JCB Song”) selling a million records in their twenties and deeply influencing a young Ed Sheeran.


Through the strain of recording and touring world-wide with a small family-run label, Nizlopi parted ways. Invigorated by a hitch-hiking trip to Palestine, Luke wrote his first solo album ‘Give It All’ kindling the fire for a solo singer song writer career. EP ‘In The Sea’ followed, with single releases including ‘Join The Liberation’. Luke followed his love, singer Stephanie Hollenberg, to the United States and they married in 2019.

 

‘Ecstatic Bird In The Burning', Luke’s new album, is a mesmerisingly honest collection of songs. Part love letter, part poem, part call-to-action, it explores the ecstasy of being alive, even (perhaps especially now) in a burning world.


Luke now resides on Abenaki land in Vermont with his wife Stephanie, wonderful neighbours and fifteen chickens.


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Friday 28 Oct 20228:00pm Book Now

Cologne based Americana quartet Stereo Naked, led by Julia Zech of acclaimed all-female Parisian outfit Fierce Flowers, embark on their first full scale tour of the UK, supported by Melbourne bluegrass and swing duo Rain Of Animals. 


Stereo Naked have repackaging their shared passion for bluegrass and old-time music, taking it out of its niche and capturing a wider audience, just as great bands such as Elephant Revival and Lake Street Dive do, with an indie-Americana edge, pop sensibilities and sharp, engaging writing. Their music draw the listener in with hand crafted story songs, close harmonies, bass, banjo, mandolin, guitar and an abundance of homely charm.


Dazzling with a style that’s influenced by the finest American roots music traditions, Stereo Naked continue to tickle taste buds that others fail to reach as they notch up a marathon's worth of concerts and tours across mainland Europe.

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Thursday 24 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now

Jimmy Carpenter, saxophonist, singer-songwriter, and arranger, began his musical journey over 35 years ago. In the '80s, he toured the east coast with the renegade blues band, The Alka-Phonics, in the ’90s with the blues-rock band The Believers, with whom he learned about the music business.


Over the years, Jimmy has toured internationally with Tinsley Ellis, Jimmy Thackery, Walter Wolfman Washington, Eric Lindell, and others. In 2012 Jimmy joined Mike Zito, his long-time friend and musical cohort, and recorded and toured as a member of Mike Zito and the Wheel. In addition to touring nationally & internationally, Jimmy has written, arranged and recorded the horns for many artists, and has gained a reputation as a master Blues, Rock-n-Roll and R&B saxophonist. Jimmy has also released three solo albums: Toiling in Obscurity, (2008); Walk Away (Vizztone 2014), and Jimmy Carpenter Plays the Blues (Vizztone 2017). After many years in New Orleans, he currently lives in Las Vegas with his partner in crime and musical inspiration, Ms. Carrie Stowers.


In addition to leading his own band and playing with numerous others, he is the Musical Director for the Big Blues Bender, and leader of the Bender Brass, The Bender’s house band. He is the current president of the Las Vegas Blues Society, and in 2020 was nominated for a Blues Music Award, his 5th for Best Instrumentalist/Horn.

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Friday 25 Nov 20228:00pm Book Now

Legendary Irish folk band Dervish are one of Ireland's best known traditional acts, described by the BBC as “icons of Irish music”. They received a prestigious lifetime achievement award at the most recent BBC Folk Awards, a fitting tribute to the band after more than 30 years of recording and performing all over the world, playing at festivals from Rock in Rio to Glastonbury and appearing on bills alongside James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and even Iron Maiden! .


Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan, regarded by many as the most distinctive voice and finest front-woman in Irish traditional music today. The instrumental line-up of fiddle, flute, bouzouki, mandola, bodhran and accordion draw from seemingly limitless depths of talent, finesse, subtlety and fiery energy. Exceptional musicianship, breath-taking vocals, vibrant sets of tunes and instantly compelling songs all come together to make Dervish as complete a band as are to be found anywhere in the tradition.


All six members are steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in north-west Ireland. It’s an area which matches Atlantic coastline with storied mountains and rural landscapes. It has inspired a host of musicians, artists and writers, including the Nobel Prize-winning poet W. B. Yeats.

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Thursday 1 Dec 20228:00pm Book Now

Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.


In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 21 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics.


Although the albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain and around the globe as their reputation reaches further afield, it is, without question, their magical live performances which have endeared them to an ever-growing audience (tickets were again being sold for this year's tour as the curtain fell last year).


Chris While and Julie Matthews


Chris While: vocals, guitar, bodhran, dulcimer, banjo, darbuka and percussion.

Julie Matthews: vocals, piano, guitar, acordion and gazouki


The duo have been nominated ten times in the BBC Folk Awards in the 'Best Song', 'Best Duo' and 'Best Live Act' categories and winning Best Duo in 2009. In 2019 year they celebrated 25 years - making them the longest lasting female duo in the country - with a brand new album and an extensive tour of the UK as well as numerous summer festival performances.


Chris and Julie are more powerful and popular than ever in their 29th year as a duo and remain at the very top of their game.

Chris Leslie


Chris is a multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Oxfordshire. Primarily known as a member Fairport Convention, he has toured and recorded with, amongst others: Steve Ashley, the Albion Band, Jez Lowe, Ian Anderson, Whippersnapper, Alan Stivell and Feast of Fiddles. Chris has also provided music for a number of Radio Four plays and classic serials.


His fiddle playing has been heard on the TV series Heartbeat, Midsommer Murders and Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland.


Chris plays: fiddle, mandolin, tenor guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, banjo, oud, whistle, Native American flute and anything else he can lay his hands on!




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Saturday 10 Dec 20228:00pm Book Now

Nymphette of the Nail Varnish and the High Priestess of Hair Spray, acclaimed songstress MARI WILSON presents a Christmas cracker of a show.


Mari will be performing her much-loved, fabulous hits, Just What I’ve Always Wanted, Cry Me A River, Beat the Beat and many more favourites, along with tunes of yuletide yesterdays. Singalong-a-Christmas and more seasonal surprises will be sure to captivate, charm and entertain you until you drop, like the needles of a Norway Spruce.


Dressing up is a must - it’s Christmas after all - so don’t get your tinsel in a tangle, rummage through your gladrags and doll yourself up with something cheery and bright to ensure your holidays go with a swing, as you join Mari for a bumper of a Christmas party.


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Friday 16 Dec 20228:00pm Book Now

Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over forty years.


Chris has co written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time such as Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love, Tempted and many others. Squeeze returned with two new albums in recent years Cradle to the Grave in 2015 and The Knowledge in 2017.


Chris hosts songwriting retreats and has done so for over twenty-five years, some in prisons, some in rehabs, but mostly in Somerset with the Buddy Holly Foundation at Pennard House. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the music industry.


His autobiography Some Fantastic Place was released in 2017 and found some wonderful praise in the UK press and with fans around the world who recognised his journey into recovery while touring with his friends in Squeeze. The book continues to be part of his solo touring and became the focus of his sell out two week run at the Edinburgh Festival. A stand up show with a bit of sit down.


In 2020 Squeeze did not stand still while the global pandemic took centre stage, they toured in America with Hall and Oates, covering over 23,000 miles and playing to more than 180,000 fans. The year ended with a tour supporting Madness, Chris also took the stage to sing with his mate Jools Holland. Online workshops, zoom concerts from home raising money for charity totalling £60,000 and podcasts with his chums in the industry he is a busy bee. Another book? Who knows, another solo record, yes indeed.


Support comes from folk roots singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon

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Wednesday 18 Jan 20238:00pm Book Now

The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some  righteous folk and country music. There's a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.


Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, the band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada's top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver).


Instrumentation alone instantly sets LAS's sound apart: consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn't seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on how the song needs to feel - and what the song has to say. When those voices come together the power of the harmonies is unshakable. It's clear to anyone who's heard LAS that they just don't sound like any other band.

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Saturday 18 Mar 20238:00pm Book Now

Thoughtful Nashville songwriter, deft roots instrumentalist and stunning vocalist Rachel Baiman's music is centred around themes of global social and political issues and love in hard times moving effortlessly between bluegrass, folk, old-time and country.


Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer” she says of her childhood. While her classmates went to church or temple on Sunday mornings, Baiman attended the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago, a non-religious community formed around discussions of morality and current events. “That was always a tough one to explain at school” she says with a laugh.


As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music,”—Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling—“I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen. Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”

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Wednesday 28 Jun 20238:00pm Book Now

After the success of her tour in 2022, Nell Bryden is back on the road with an extensive set of dates promoting her latest album ‘Arms Around The Flame’.


In the lull of the pandemic Nell Bryden has been anything but quiet. She has written and recorded a whole new album in Manhattan and LA, digging deeper than ever to document the breakdown of her marriage. Themes of heartbreak, self-empowerment and resilience resonate throughout the album, already being called her strongest yet. With four more songs added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist since her release of her greatest hits album, “The Collection,” Nell is spoilt for choice on what to play. Expect one fabulous song after another from this New Yorker.