midweek, we CLOSE THE CURTAINS
outside of the weekends, we close the curtains and dim the lights, for a series of intimate, candle-lit gigs in our conservatory. A limited number of tables are available for dinner during these shows (unless otherwise stated), for which booking is strongly recommended. Doors at 8.30pm, show starting at 9pm.
weekends mean LATE NIGHT LIVE
Late Night Live comes at the weekends, where the music gets a bit louder, the drinks flow a bit faster and things go on a bit later. A band plus DJ continues to be the format of these nights, often with one of the band themselves spinning for the night, offering an insight into the musical influences that go into the bands own sets, but more importantly keeping you dancing either side of the band being on stage. Entry to all Late Night Live gigs remains free, with things kicking off about 10pm.
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Thursday 7th August, 9pm
Mad Dog McCrae
Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery………… Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance.
Thanks to three storming gigs at Glastonbury 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their official video ‘Happy Bus’, regular radio play by esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and in no small part the utter dedication of their huge fan base – momentum is definitely gathering pace.
Fresh and up for it, the Mad Dogs are touring the UK throughout the whole of November 2013 and tickets are flying. And if you can’t wait that long, you’ll find them in a festival field near you this summer. Check the gig list for details.
Mad Dog Mcrea’s name is firmly established on the live music scene, and they are in huge demand from festivals, live music venues and traffic wardens across the country.
They were named ‘Best Live Act’ at the 2012 South West Music Awards, and in the same awards in 2011 their last album ‘The Whirling Dervish’ scooped ‘Best Album of the Year’. A much-anticipated live studio album is underway, due for release later this year.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!
The Mad Dog Mcrea line up:
Michael Mathieson – guitar/vocals
Dan Crimp – whistles & flutes
Graham Anderson – banjo/mandolin
Nicky Powell – fiddle
Jimi Galvin – bass
Pete Chart – drums
Mad Dog are acclaimed, not only for their music but for the off stage antics that seems to surround them. One such story, which has become local folklore in Donegal, Ireland saw the Mad Dogs under the influence of the local moonshine, returning from a festival in the dead of night on their newly refurbished and very plush tour bus. Confused and very lost they decided to park their large bus off-road on a nearby beach. Parking very close to the water’s edge they continued to party inside the bus until the little hours blissfully unaware of the rapidly rising Atlantic tide. The bus began to sink in the sand as the ocean quickly engulfed the inside of the bus. Realising their predicament the band proceeded to vacate the bus and swim to safety. As the bus disappeared under the Atlantic waves the drenched and dazzled band could only look on as their equipment and instruments sunk into the depths of Davy Jones’ locker. All was lost that night except a vague memory of the incident, the hats on their heads and The Music…
Monday 11th August, 8.30pm
Luke is a rising 19 year old Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.
With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making ripples on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Paul Brady, Chris Wood, Steve Knightley, Karine Polwart and Oysterband. Last autumn he made his debut in Scotland, winning praise for a stand-out voice, songwriting skill and stage presence that completely belies his years.
His debit album More than Boys, produced by the acclaimed Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph, launched at the Shrewsbury Festival, has been receiving plaudits from critics and airplay on numerous radio stations and 2014 sees the release of his accomplished follow up album, Fumes and Faith, which Luke has co-produced with Cardiff-based American record producer Mason Neely It’s a belting roots and blues infused album of 11 original songs and his voice is richer, his fan base is bigger and he has delivered startling performances on the UK festival scene, from Cambridge to Sidmouth and The Great British Folk Festival.
With a wealth of finely-observed narrative songs, The album emphasises the exceptional maturity and versatility of one of the most exciting young singer songwriters and live performers on the scene!
“an outstanding heir to the likes of Richard Thompson and Martin Simpson” - Acoustic magazine
“A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence” – Mike Harding
“A fantastic voice, a great year and a terrific new album” - Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2
“For a while after Nic Jones and Chris Wood there was a big gap and you wondered where the next generation was coming from – now Luke’s the next guy” – John McCusker
“Luke has already acquired both an unmistakable voice and a strikingly individual vision, so has a tremendous head start on the competition” – fRoots
“An assured second album…his guitar playing is sweet and stylish and his voice is growing in command” – The Telegraph
“ A sumptuous voice loaded with maturity and a melodically blessed guitar style – with wisdom and musical clout beyond his teenage years we’ll be hearing much more of Luke” – Spiral Earth
“A young man enjoying some notable patronage – a debut album of surprising maturity and a compelling listen” – Properganda
“A maturity beyond his 18 years reminiscent of a young Tim Buckley with a touch of Nizlopi thrown in for good measure”-– Northern Sky
“One of the strongest first albums I’ve heard in absolutely ages. This is an album to buy now and be able to say ‘I was there’.”- FATEA
“Luke Jackson sings with an extraordinarily rich voice and possesses a guitar technique astonishing for one so young. I first heard him sing four years ago and even then his songwriting suggested a performer of rare promise” – Steve Knightley, Show of Hands
“This teenager has a voice you could get lost in. He has a musical maturity and a songwriting ability that belies his years. His roots may be firmly within folk music but his exuberant stage performance suggests emerging rock star! “ – London Life
Thursday 14th August, 8.30pm
The Whiskys, with support from Dr Wook
Built on a solid base of driving guitar and beats, the five-piece from Inverness hail from Folk Rock roots, but their influences and sound add up to much more than the sum of their parts to offer a genuinely exciting experience for music lovers who like a party but aren't averse to using their grey matter.
The band have played at, and packed out tents at mainstream festivals such as the Wickerman, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Rockness, Jocktoberfest, Brew at the Bog, B-Fest in Wick (Scotlands most Northerly Festival), (Scottish music industry showcase event) goNORTH, the IPO Festival in Liverpool (which included a set at the Cavern Club), as well as high profile support slots with acts such as Alabama 3, Admiral Fallow, Big Country and Dog is Dead, earning rave reviews in the process.
Their acclaimed first album ‘The Taming of Me’ has won plaudits from far and wide, and their eagerly-awaited second album is currently being recorded.
Whether singing about love, riots, the dysfunctional modern family, or the general confusion of modern society, the Whiskys' delight in shining a light on the windows of our lives with a blend of clever lyrics and hooks which pull you in - and in time-honoured cliche - leave you thirsty for more.
Saturday 16th August, 9.30pm
Sivu & Paul Simon Saunders
Taken from an online review of his album...
'Sivu is a singer-songwriter known by his adopted Finnish name (he's James Page on his gas bill) and for a tremulous quaver that if it's not falsetto certainly aims high. He sounds like a one-man Wild Beasts, which admittedly is easy to say of any male solo artist these days with a voice that isn't as deep as a chopped and screwed Tyler, the Creator. He's managed by ATC (Nick Cave, Laura Mvula), and he's about to be signed to a major to work on an album with Alt-J's producer Charlie Andrew, on the back of a couple of singles that occupy the polite middle ground between An Awesome Wave's idiosyncratic indie and Hayden Thorpe and Co's neo-operatic pop, with a dash of Gotye's textured Australiana. The accompaniment, whoever is responsible for it (our info just mentions Sivu, no other musicians), is ornate but not overblown, going beyond the usual bass and drums. The lyrics, evincing a preoccupation with the religious, point towards a sensitive individual, not a Liam Gallagher type. Although he is a self-confessed doubter, fully expect to hear a choir of Sivus on several of the tracks.' 'Debut single, Better Man Than He, released in February, came accompanied by a video – possibly something of a first? – filmed at Bart's Hospital in London and featuring a 24-year-old musician singing live from within an MRI scanner. It has been viewed half a million times on YouTube, indicating that the barometer hasn't quite swung away from quirky indie yet.' 'It opens with some askew la-la-la's (they're more like lo-lo-lo's) and grows into a melody that, if it had a temperature, would definitely be warm. 'We'll find faith in the most magical of places,' sings Sivu, an agnostic whose mind sounds pretty open. Follow-up single Bodies further posits Sivu as the new Gotye, of which there have been several this year, albeit not quite as many as new Adeles. His voice suggests a more embraceable Thom Yorke while the producer works the pitter-patter of a beat and the glissando of strings to maximum effect as Sivu gets all Old Testament. There's another track entitled God Speaks In Tongues while on Family Tree he comes over all forlorn as he realises, 'I guess heaven ain't the safest place'. Think Jake Bugg with a degree in Religious Studies. The buzz: 'Effortlessly instant pop songs, laced with sentiment and bright ideas' - This is Fake DIY. The truth: Heavenly - not bad for an agnostic. Most likely to: Cite Genesis (the book of the bible). Least likely to: Cite Genesis (the prog band). What to buy: The Bodies EP is released on June 3 by Third Rock. File next to: Gotye, Wild Beasts, Alt-J, Arcade Fire.
Wednesday 20th August, 9pm
The Sunset Sons
Sunday 14th September, 8.30pm
The Rachel Newton Trio
Thursday 18th September, 8.30pm
The Last September
Friday 26th September, 10pm
The Post Orgasmic Sunshine Band
Tuesday 30th September, 8.30pm
Adam Holmes & The Embers
Thursday 2nd October, 8.30pm
Thursday 9th October, 8.30pm
Tuesday 14th October, 8.30pm
Idlewild (acoustic) - SOLD OUT
Thursday 23rd October, 8.30pm
Whisky Moon Face
Tuesday 5th November, 9pm
BONFIRE NIGHT PARTY!
With The John Langan Band!
Friday 28th November, 10pm
The Banjo Lounge 4