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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Friday 6th May:
Grand Re-opening/Nepal Earthquake relief fund/John Langan Band & The Wook
At long long last, the great date of our re-opening is on the horizon. We're almost back, briming with excitment, new ideas, old staples, a new day!
Storm Desmond visited in December, stopped in for a brief spate of demolition, then was on his merry way. Not even the most Ardbeg and Thistly Cross soaked bam had come close to replicating the havoc reaped by big Dessy on 5th December.
Following a lot of red tape, cleaning up, research and design (not to mention cheerleading from you, the benevolant masses), the rebuild began. A lot more labour, craftmanship, design and redesign later, we are now nearing the end and wil soon be a bridge wel and truly over troubled water. A full 6 months will have passed and we've missed you all mightily.
Quite fittingly, 2 of our most long standing and loved acts are joining us to raise the curtain on the new Old Bridge, in the shape of The Langan Band (formerly John Langan Band) and a'bodies favourite DJ, The Wook.
The event will be ticketed at £5, with all door proceeds going straight to The Nepal Earthquake relief fund. A number of our friends and regulars have forged close ties with some of those badly affected and are making the trip out to Nepal, where they will hand over the proceeds. They will be ensuring the funds go straight into the hands of those who need them the most. We hope you'll support us in supporting them and dig deep for anything you can afford. We think we've had a tough 6 months following our flood. It's hard to imagine how badly the people of Nepal will have been struggling in the year since the earthquake.
Tickets wil be available in advance, in cash, from The Bunkhouse. You can call to have some put aside on 01479 811181, then pay and collect in person later. Monday to Friday 9.30 till 5pm (5 till 8pm Wednesdays).
We won't be serving food that night (though will be providing lots of nibbles), as we want as many people as possible to be able to make it down for a glass of fizz on us (very generously supported by Corney & Barrow), a catch up and generally a bit of a knees up (and we may only be getting our new cooker delvered that day ;-)).
Can't wait to welcome you all back, make you some delicious drinks and get everyone back together again.
Lots of love and excitement,
Team OBI (and team Nepal!) x
Saturday 14th May:
OBI CLUB: Shaka Loves You
It’s that time again… its Shaka time!! Firm favourites and friends of the OBI, Shaka is nothing but pure enjoyment for the ears.
Scotland’s bad-boy AV funkers Shaka Loves You boast a full audio-visual show with live percussion. Effortlessly fusing elements of funk, soul, disco & hip-hop with custom visuals and turntablism, SLY create the perfect, good times live show.
Since forming in 2012 Jamie & Marty have already shared the stage with heavyweights such as Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, DJ Yoda, Mr Scruff, James Lavelle & A.Skillz and have an impressive number of gigs and performances behind them.
As well as their weekly residency at Glasgow’s home of funk & soul; The Buff Club, the boys have played clubs from Edinburgh to Amsterdam as well as festival appearances up and down the UK including T in the Park, Beat Herder and Eden. Add to this a Canadian mini-tour in the summer of 2015 and you get a picture of how the boys are spreading their funky sound far & wide.
Complementing their live show, SLY are regularly releasing their own music and videos. 2016 has got off to a flying start with Craig Charles picking up the boys' track ’Soul On Fire’ on his ‘What’s big in 2016’ show on BBC 6 Music. This track also attracted the attention of Mixmag, which gave it an 8/10 review. Their first EP, released in 2013 hit the top spot on Juno download and their second, a heavily disco influenced affair released on Good groove Records also climbed the nu-disco charts to No.1.
They are now bringing this fun and energy once again to The Old Bridge Inn so please come and join us for some much needed dancing and good times!
Wednesday 25th May:
Adam Beattie & The Consultants
Scottish songwriter Adam Beattie is taking his brand new album, The Road Not Taken, on an extensive UK tour and is bringing it to The Old Bridge Inn.
Adam Beattie’s “folk stews and dirty blues” mixes Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry. Emotional but laced with wry humour, gentle but gutsy at the core, Adam’s beautiful melodies combine with inventive lyrics to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. His exquisite voice and intricate guitar work fuse to create an intoxicating musical experience.
From the Celtic waltz of 'A song of One Hundred Years' (a song he wrote for his grandfather) to the blues-tones of ‘The Man Who Loves Too Much’, and from the melancholy jazz ballad ‘Catch the Biggest Fish and Let it Go’ to the Turkish infused 5/4 groove ‘I’m On Your Side’, Adam has created a breathtakingly beautiful sound that is all his own, and a show that has earned him support slots with the likes of Bert Jansch and Jolie Holland.
His band 'The Consultants' is a fluid line up of musicians featuring piano, violin, double bass, French horn and drums. He is often joined by long-term collaborator and singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey. Adam has been playing and recording since 2003 and has released three studio album; 'Songs Of One Hundred Years' (2012), 'We'll Wave From The Shore' (2009) and 'Abu Bozy' (2006), and one live album; 'Arena Sessions' (2015). He has a new album due for release in April 2016. As well as extensive touring in the UK, Adam has toured in Germany, Ukraine, France, Italy, Cyprus, Holland and Belgium.
Sunday 29th May:
Federation Of The Disco Pimp, plus DJ set from OC
This Bank holiday is set to be fun filled with great music coming from Federation of The Disco Pimp and a DJ set of funky tunes from OC.
The FOTDP have provided unstoppable grooves since 2010 and are Scotland’s premier exponent of modern funk. Combining elements of Old-School Funk, Disco, Psychedelic and Jazz, this 7 – piece band of scots are legendry for their endless energy and amazing live sets.
Following a successful debut release on Japanese label ‘p-Vine records’ in 2011, FOTDP finally released their first full length album, ‘More than dancing’ in 2012, produced by Brooklyn based engineering and production legend ‘Joel Hamilton’ (Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Justin Timberlake, Lettuce). Upon its release, ‘More Than Dancing achieved ‘A-playlist’ radio selection national, radio airplay internationally and inclusion on P-Vine records Japan label. FOTDB have since been included on P-Vine’s fourth compilation album (their third feature with the label) & Freestyle records ‘Craig Charles funk & soul club compilation’.
Championed by renowned actor and funk legend Craig Charles (BBC 6), Stephen Duffy on ‘The Jazz House’ (BBC Radio Scotland) and Christian Bragg (Jazz FM), FOTDP have gained a solid reputation in the UK funk scene resulting in further live performances supporting Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show across the uk.
Federation Of The Disco Pimp have toured the uk, Europe, North America, sharing the stage with various international artist including – George Clinton & Parliament, Family Stone, Fred Wesley & the JB’s, Giles Peterson, Roots Manuva, Lee fields, The James Taylor Quartet, the Neill Cowley trio and Hot 8 Brass band.
Friday 10th June:
It is the first of our shows in June and summer is slowly approaching! We have a fantastic pair lined up to kick us off.
James Hickman and Dan Cassidy are a transatlantic folk and roots duo. Dan Cassidy (USA), an exciting and virtuosic fiddler, provides the tunes and harmony singing while James Nathan Hickman (UK), brings driving guitar playing and wonderfully unique vocals to their mixture of new and old folk music.
James' and Dan's duo was formed in 2008, beginning with several successful local shows in James’ hometown of Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire. Their relaxed banter and unique musical style was well received and they were soon performing further afield. The following year, with the prospect of more comprehensive tours approaching, they recorded and released their debut album ‘Severn Street’, featuring arrangements of traditional songs and tunes and several of their own compositions.
Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.
Thursday 23rd June:
Daimh, support from Leo Stannard
Daimh are a Gaelic super group who are based in the West Highlands of Scotland. They shall be bringing some beautiful folk music to The Old Bridge Inn with jigs, reels and ballads for an absolute delight to the ears.
Daimh were formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.
With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by “new guy” Murdo “Yogi” Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up.
Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmaments most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals. Recent accolades include last year’s award for the “Best Folk Band in Europe” at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of “Folk Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
Support will come from Leo Stannard who is a 20 year old singer from Leicester. His influences include Damien Rice, Neil Young, Bon Iver and John Martyn which can be heard through his incredible voice.
Wednesday 29th June:
The Rubber Wellies
The Rubber Wellies will be bringing a wonderful and happy vibe for everyone to enjoy on a relaxed summer evening. In January 2016, the band shortened their name from Harry Bird and The Rubber Wellies to The Rubber Wellies.
The Rubber Wellies are a travelling folk band, who over the last seven years has cheered audiences all over from Galway in Ireland to Gisborne in New Zealand. It all started in 2008 with an initial line-up of Harry Bird, Christophe Capewell and Maria Blackwell (wellies, get it?!).
After the success of “Long Way to Be Free” (2009) and “The Bones on Black” (2012), their third studio album, “Bricks and Feathers”, was released in May 2015 with the help of the usual crew of far flung welly misfits. Their shifting line-up now sees them perform as an intimate duo, a stomping seven-piece or anything in between. Regulars on tour in recent years include: Ian “Dodge” Paterson (all kinds of bass), Jamie Bird (banjo, mandolin), Heather St John (vocals), Adam Downey (percussion) and Kate Theodore (fiddle).
If you have any queries please call The Bunkhouse on 01479811181.