Friday, 18 December 2015

A note from The Joe Strummer Foundation

A note from The Joe Strummer Foundation ...

Strummerville Calling


From everyone at TJSF HQ we would like to wish you the very best of festivities and new year celebrations. Your ongoing support really does mean everything to us and we wouldn't be here without you. 

"without people, you're nothing"

Thursday, 17 December 2015

A Christmas 1960s Happening at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.

** Tuesday 22nd December at St Mary in the Castle...
------------------------------------------------------------ A Christmas 1960s Happening

Featuring both internationally known and up and coming performers, this 1960s Happening promises to be a groovy and eclectic musical mix, a fun-filled evening where live opera meets pop; and where talented young musicians at the start of their career get to perform alongside established artists and legends of the ‘60s.

Headlining the event are Cream lyricist Pete Brown and composer/multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Bruce, who will be performing classic songs from and about the 1960s, alongside Buick 6 and the Locomotions.

Tickets available here...

Advanced booking advisable
Doors open at 7.30pm.

St. Mary in the Castle | 7 Pelham Crescent | Hastings | East Sussex | TN34 3AF

Gun Supported by King King @ Glasgow Barrowlands on December 18.

Gun Supported by King King @ Glasgow Barrowlands on December 18. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Band From County Hell - Upcoming Dates

Check out Lincolnshire's very own Celt Rock Legends the Band From County Hell - Upcoming Dates

2 Dec The Axe and Cleaver West Street Boston
19 Dec The Barge and Bottle Carre Street Sleaford

February 5   The Fishpond, Matlock DE4 3NR
February 20   The Guildhall, Grantham NG31 6PZ
March 17   Spanky Van Dykes, Nottingham NG1 5JT
March 18   The Drill Hall, Lincoln LN2 1EY
March 19  The Crew, Nuneaton CV11 5LA
April 2   The Rum Runner, Retford DN22 6EN
April 16   The Axe & Cleaver, Boston PE21 8QH
May 20   The Fishpond, Matlock DE4 3NR
June 4   The Blackfriars Theatre, Boston PE21 6HPT
June 18   The Crew, Nuneaton CV11 5LA
July 2   Compton Verney Festival, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ
September 10   Old Nick's Tavern, Horncastle LN9 5DX
October 15   Rogue Saint, Lincoln LN1 1UB
November 12   The Crew, Nuneaton CV11 5LA
December 10   The Axe & Cleaver, Boston PE21 8QH
December 17   The Barge & Bottle, Sleaford NG34 9GX

Find out more about the Band From County Hell at these links...

News From Calaita Flamenco Son (UK/Spain)

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CALAITA FLAMENCO SON (UK / Spain) - Authentic flamenco with energy and spirit, available UK dates 19 September - 2 October 2016. Debut album out now on the World Music Network / Riverboat Records

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"The UK should consider itself very lucky to have such a talented quintet in its shores" - ★★★★ ~ Songlines

"Flamenco at its finest" - Folkworld

With their debut album release on the World Music Network / Riverboat Records label in 2014 and a 5 star review in Songlines Magazine, ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’ are available for UK dates in the Autumn 2016. Half of the members are based in the UK and the other in Spain, they are a tight group with energy and spirit. Brought together by Seville born singer Chico Pere, UK based guitarist Glenn Sharp and percussionist Leo Paredes, ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’ offer authentic flamenco perfect for any event / venue or festival. Their live concerts include both traditional flamenco palos as well as more contemporary flamenco rumbas written by the group. From passionate and sorrowful seguiriyas to vibrant bulerias and rumbas. ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’ are Chico Pere – voice and guitar, Glenn Sharp – guitar, Leo Paredes – Percussion, Diana Castro – voice and Matt Nickson – flute and saxophone.

“Calaita display passion and Flamenco spirit, energy and spontaneity”

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About the debut album, released by World Music Network / Riverboat Records:
The whole album was recorded in 3 days at Wavelength Studios in the UK. The album was then produced and mixed by Glenn Sharp and mastered at POB Audio. The album includes all the very best from ‘Calaita Flamenco Son’ with traditional flamenco palos such as ‘alegrias’, ‘bulerias’ and ‘seguiriyas’, and the more popular sounds of flamenco rumba, including the amazing song ‘un mensajito’ by Chico Pere, always a popular encore at their live shows. The album has a little something for everyone. The aim of this album was to capture the energy and spontaneity of their live shows and this is achieved perfectly.
Some recent gigs have included:
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
The Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Birnam Arts Centre, Perthshire
Night & Day, Manchester
The Continental, Preston
Lantern Theatre, Liverpool
El Parque del Salao, Lanjaron, Spain (flamenco fusion festival)
Instituto Cervantes, Spain
The Dancehouse Theatre
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
La Casita Papel, Granada, Spain
Huddersfield University
Mint Lounge
Big Hands
The Cornerhouse, Manchester
Platt Fields Festival, Manchester
Musicport Festival, Whitby
Mintfest Festival
Live at LICA
Some press quotes from recent shows:
"A well crafted debut album that has a genuine flamenco soul. Superb" - World Music Central
“A wonderful experience, a true journey into the flamenco spirit” - LICA
“It was great to see such a band in Spain appealing to all ages of flamenco lovers” - Lanjaron Festival of Music
“Brilliant, passionate, a treat for the festival goers” - Musicport Festival
“Heaven sent. Calaita played and brought the sun from Seville to damp Kendal” - Mintfest
“Awesome” - Ipswich Arts
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For bookings, promo CDs, general information please contact:
Gail Cooke
Laughing Dog Music
+ 44 (0) 7905 952 374
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Available for concerts and touring AUTUMN 2016
mob: + 44 07905 952374


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay - Two of Britains Finest Young Guitar Players

Cambrian Records Presents Two of Britains Finest Young Guitar Players - Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay

Two of Britain's finest instrumental guitar players Jim Ghedi and Toby Hay after there 2 month Solo Tour in the Autumn are now planning a short run of dates in the UK as a duo performance for the first time.

Solos and Duets for 6 and 12 String Guitar.

“Truly the most intense guitar performance i have ever seen”
Nowthen magazine

Highly respected Solo Finger-style guitarist Jim Ghedi after years of experimentation and travelling around Europe has returned with a focused and signature sound. Exploring finger-style experimental Guitar composition, with a wide repertoire of influences ranging from african music, jazz and eastern european folklore he has crafted his style of playing working heavily in rhythmic phrasing as well as melodic & harmonic experimentation.

Having an impressive history of both collaboration and supported work for such acts as James Blackshaw, Richard Dawson, Dead Rat Orchestra, Cam Deas, C Joynes, Stephanie Hladowski, Alasdair Roberts, Alex nelson’s Death Shanties, The Big eyes family players and Trembling bells.
He releases his album ‘Home is where i exist, now to live & die’ with Cambrian Records later this year, material inspired by his time spent living in Brussels & returning to reconnect with home.

Wonderful majestic guitar compositions”
Dying For Bad Music
Toby Hay is a guitarist and composer from near Rhayader in Mid Wales. He makes instrumental music inspired by the landscape, people and history of the area. Following in the footsteps of the American Primitive guitarists like John Fahey and Robbie Basho, and the British Folk revivalists like John Renbourne and Bert Jansch, he composes music for the 6 and 12 string guitar.

His music has been supported by radio stations across the UK, Amercia and Australia, and he has performed across Britain, playing Swn Festival, Machynlenth Comedy Festival and Greenman Festival, as well as supporting artists like Ryley Walker, Songhoy Blues and Marika Hackman.
Influenced by Indian Ragas, African Kora music and ancient Welsh harp music from the Robert ap Huw manuscript he makes music to capture the atmosphere of the special and under represented part of Wales where he lives, adding to the long tradition of Welsh string music.


Monday, 14 December 2015

The Beehive, December Soul Weekender, Peterborough

Its Santas Soul and Funk Party Weekend at The Beehive!
Join the team at The Hive for great music, great atmosphere and a packed pre Christmas Weekender vibe.
+ don't forget it's Free Admission, Suberb Food, hosptialty and friendly atmo!

Friday, 11 December 2015

New From DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show

DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show Nottingham, UK
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Upcoming Shows
Saturday, December 12
Hockley Skiffle  •  Nottingham, UK  •  2PM
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Saturday, December 12
ALBUM LAUNCH EVENT - Beauvale Priory 'Shooting Rooms'  •  Beauvale, UK  •  8PM
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Saturday, December 19
Brown Cow  •  Mansfield, UK  •  8PM
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"There's harmonica, accordion, banjo, fiddle and guitars (washboard of course) and songs that could have been penned by The Pogues (Every City Needs A Whorehouse) or Ewan McColl (Lady Chatterley's Bower)."
 — Paul Kerr, Americana-UK

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Ramblin' Man Fair 23 & 24 July 2016 with Whitesnake.

Ramblin' Man Fair 23 & 24 July 2016 with Whitesnake.

Janne Ersson Monster Big Band With American Vocalist Michael Somerville

Jazz Festivals & Jazz Clubs and Others Please Take Note...

The Janne Ersson Monster Big Band including american vocalist Michael Somerville are available in 2016 for jazz festivals, jazz clubs and private parties.

The band is by many critic,s considered being one of the best big band,s in europe in the style of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich.

The band has played major jazz festivals as Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, Imatra Big Band Festival, Finland, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Sweden and many others. The band was started in1997 to tribute the music of Sinatra and Buddy Rich
For more info regarding interst in booking the band in 2016 please contact us.

Phone: +46 (0) 702 233996

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Les Paul Foundation Gift Bundles on Sale

Les Paul Foundation Gift Bundles on Sale

The Les Paul Foundation has put together two holiday gift bundles in honor of Les Paul’s 100th anniversary year. You can purchase both bundles now in the Les Paul store with plenty of time to arrive before festivities begin.

The first bundle includes a copy of Les Paul – In His Own Words, the Les Paul Guitarist & Inventor T-shirt (tan), and a pack of Les Paul signature 100th anniversary guitar picks for $100

The second bundle includes 2 copies of Les Paul – In His Own Words for $100. You can buy one for a friend and one for yourself. All proceeds will benefit the Les Paul Foundation.

Full Details...


Sunday, 6 December 2015

Soon @ Kirton Town Hall - Danny and the Champions of the World.


7:00 PM

Adv Tickets: £12.50

from the OneStop store in the town. from 01652 649230

£14.50 on the door

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Venue:  Town Hall, Market Square, Kirton in Lindsey, N Lincs, DN21 4LZ
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Sunday 20th

 December, 2015

With work finished for Christmas, what better way to set us all up for the festive season than a concert from DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD.  Fronted by Danny George Wilson they are the UK's top band playing the Americana rock circuit.  With Paul Lush on guitar, Henry Senior Jnr on pedal steel, 'Free Jazz' Geoff Widdowson on keyboards and saxophone, Chris Clarke in bass and Steve Brooks on drums they will have us dancing in the aisles.
The band's rich mix of Americana and soul is intoxicating.  Danny's voice oozes character and the Champs are all top musicians.
Their 2103 album 'Stay True' was one of the year's best albums.  In 2014 they followed it up with a double live album 'Live Champs' recorded at The Jazz CafĂ© in London.  Early this year they brought out 'What Kind of Love'  which got 5 star reviews across the music press.
Live they are simply flawless and take the music to another level, they are like Springsteen filtered through a stack of Stax 45's.
Support will come from the charismatic Clubhouse Records artist from Rutland, Paul McClure.  The passing world is the subject of Paul's songs, in particular the loves and losses that come his way.  He is the perfect opening act for the Champs
Advance tickets are priced at £12.50.  Tickets can be obtained from the One Stop store in the town, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from
They will be £14.50 on the door

and so on to 2016 ... we 

have some fantastic acts 

lined up for the new year.

  First up is:


on Saturday 6th February

Rod Picott is the son of a welder from Berwick Maine, who now lives in East Nashville.  Rod started out as a sheet rock hanger and his songs bear the real life scars of blue collared America, they are inhabited by manual workers, circus hands, boxers and working girls.
Rod has toured the UK every year since 2001 and has built up a substantial following over that time.  Live he is extremely entertaining.  Whilst his songs make the listener think, his between song banter make audience members laugh and smile.  He is the complete entertainer.
Support will come from the hugely popular Hull trio Farewell Fairground who, over the last 3 years have built up a large following on the north bank of the Humber and beyond.
Advance Tickets for this concert will be £11.00, and can be obtained from the usual outlets.
Other acts booked in 2016 include Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, Callaghan, The Mighty Doonans, The Shook Twins, Hannah Aldridge, Lynne Hanson and the Good Intentions, 10 string Symphony and Gilmore & Roberts, with more to be announced.

Bring Your Friends for a

 Great Night Out and Save

 on Tickets!

We would like as many people as possible to come and enjoy the concerts we put on. Why not ask your friends? 
Any person buying 6 tickets up to one week before any concert will get £1 off the ticket price on all tickets purchased. 
This offer is available only by ringing Brian on 01652 649230 or emailing him on

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Dog and Bone Lincoln folk Jam Session Sunday 6th December

It's the Dog and Bone, Lincoln, 
Jam session this Sunday 6th December
3 pm start. 

Everyone welcome, any instrument, any genre welcome.

Real Ale on tap too,               

 10 John Street

Lincoln LN2 5BH

01522 522403

Thursday, 3 December 2015

WASSAIL! WASSAIL! ALL OVER THE TOWN @TopicRecords Christmas Newsletter

The latest news and special offers from Topic Records.


December is upon us and, as Bob Copper sings in The Trees Are All Bare:
‘Now Christmas is come and our song is almost done
For we soon shall have the turn of the year.’

In a year that has seen a fond farewell to The Full English, a welcome to a stunning album and tour by Simpson-Cutting-Kerr, celebrations of Bob Copper and Ewan MacColl on the 100th anniversary of their births, 80th birthday parties for Shirley Collins and tours from Martin Simpson, Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy, it’s clear that folk music continues to resonate loudly in our modern world, and Topic is proud to contribute to its ongoing evolution.

All of us at Topic wish everyone a peaceful Christmas in 2015.

All customers placing mail orders which are received by Topic up to midnight on Friday 18th December will be entered into a randomly chosen draw to win one of only 5 signed CD copies of Martin Carthy’s last Topic studio album, ‘Waiting for Angels’.
Christmas special offers

We have some seasonal titles from Topic and our good friends Fledg’ling on offer at the special price of only £6 each during December:
TSCD562  WATERSON:CARTHY  Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man
TSCD563  THE WATERSONS  Frost and Fire
FLED 3006  THE YOUNG TRADITION  The Holly Bears The Crown
FLED 3060  JOHN KIRKPATRICK  Carolling & Crumpets

Four more fabulous albums are also on offer at this great price:
TSCD774D  VOICE + VISION songs of resistance, democracy + peace 2CD
FLED 3094  THE YOUNG TRADITION  Oberlin 1968

FLED 3097  BOB & RON COPPER  Traditional Songs from Rottingdean

All customers placing mail orders which are received by Topic up to midnight on Friday 18th December will be entered into a randomly chosen draw to win one of only 5 signed CD copies of Martin Carthy’s last Topic studio album, ‘Waiting for Angels’.

£3 bargains from the Topic catalogue

If you need ideas for Christmas presents (or just a present for yourself), these wonderful Topic titles make great stocking fillers at only £3 each!:

TSCD496  A.L. LLOYD  English Drinking Songs
TSCD528  OLIVER KNIGHT  Mysterious Day
TSCD550  BRASS MONKEY  Flame of Fire
TSCD565  TIM VAN EYKEN  Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves
TSCD571  ELIZA CARTHY  Dreams of Breathing Underwater
TSCD574  THE WATERSONS for pence and spicy ale
TSCD582  PETER BELLAMY  Both Sides Then
TSCD822  LINDA THOMPSON  Won’t Be Long Now

We have very few copies remaining of the wonderful book with 7 CDs celebrating Topic’s 70th anniversary, Three Score and Ten; these will not be reprinted once they have gone, so get your copy now at the special price of only £25 during December.


Topic and Fledg’ling collaborated on a stunning review of the artistry of Lal Waterson in the limited edition book and accompanying CD teach me to be a summer’s morning. This month we are offering this superb assessment of a unique talent at only £15.

Tour news

Martin Carthy has a few pre-Christmas tour dates during December, starting on 5th December at Kings Place in London with support from The Devil’s Interval.
Martin Carthy tour dates

Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band play at the Great British Folk Festival, Skegness on the weekend of 4th to 7th December.
Eliza Carthy tour dates

During December, Martin Simpson travels as far North as Barnard Castle in Co. Durham (5th Dec) and as far South as St. Helier in Jersey (19th Dec, his last gig this year).
Martin Simpson tour dates