Friday, 30 January 2015

The Fyreflies Upcoming Gigs

The Fyreflies Gig List

31/01 The Black Swan, Lincoln: 8.30 01526 342481
07/02 Birchwood Social Club, Lincoln: 8.30 01522 873697
12/02 The Prince Rupert, Newark: 8.30
14/02 Queens Head, Newark: 8.30 01636 702327
21/02 Red Lion, Ruskington, 8.30
22/02 The Strugglers: 4-7pm
01522 535023
28/02 Queens Head, Newark: 8.30 01636 702327
08/03 The Strugglers: 4-7
01522 535023
17/03 The Navigation, Newark (St Patrick's Day): 8.30
26/03 The Prince Rupert, Newark: 8.30 t
05/04 The Ship, Boston 8.30 01205 358156
10/04 The Galway, Retford: 9.30
11/04 The Gatehouse, Lincoln: 8.30 1522 532964
12/04 The Strugglers, Lincoln: 4-7
01522 535023
26/04 The Navigation, Newark: 8.30

Check out the Fyreflies at...

Look Out It's The Broom Busters!!!

Look out it’s
The greatest Rock’n’Roll, Blues & Ska Party on this – and probably any other – planet

Born in the heart of Big City Birmingham, fronted by the wild, wacky – and not a little scary – Charlie Wolfman Sylvester, this five piece combo generates enough power onstage to blast off into space, which can happen on a not irregular basis.

Wolfman is the band’s secret weapon, and it’s not surprising that the man has a background - and what a background.

Remember the exuberant and colourful JALN Band that seemed to inhabit – alongside Kool & The Gang and Chaka Khan - the Top of the Pops Studio throughout the 70s and 80s with a seemingly endless run of disco soul hits? Managed by pop guru Pete Waterman the band toured the world for some 25 years and clocked up hit after hit. And that’s where The Wolfman came from, the star of The JALN Band. Then The Wolfman decided to return to his roots – and The Broombusters were born.
Extravagant, entertaining, infectious enthusiasm and danceability in spades – that’s The Broombusters.

Coming at you.
Don’t duck, just dance.
For more information please contact
Big Bear Music, Po Box 944, Birmingham, B16 8UT Tel: 0121 454 7020 -

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Wildwood Music Festival August 2015

LIVE ARTS IN BRIGG; The Wilsons, supported by Dave Vermond

   LIVE ARTS IN BRIGG – concert with The Wilsons, supported by Dave Vermond

It might seem unlikely that a group who have sung on both Broadway and at the Albert Hall could be performing in Brigg, but that’s what’s happening in a concert at The Angel, BRIGG in March.

The group in question is The Wilsons, a group of five brothers from the north-east who opened in Sting’s musical‘The Last Ship’, on Broadway last summer. Before their two special performances with Sting at The Sage in Gateshead at the end of April you can see them in Brigg first!

The brothers each have unique and very powerful voices which have gained them a huge following wherever they go. Singing either individually or in close harmony, they perform both traditional and more modern material – along with a large helping of humour – making every concert a truly memorable one. One of the brothers, Chris, has close links with the area, having lived in Winterton for a time some years ago, when he was a popular local singer.

Their support at the concert is also familiar to local audiences. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Vermond was a great favourite when he sang regularly in the area a few years ago. His witty songs, great voice and brilliant musicianship will perfectly complement The Wilson’s powerful performance – it promises to be a terrific concert, so don’t miss it!

The concert is at the Angel Suite, Brigg on Sat March 7th  at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Brigg Tourist Information Centre £12 (£14 on the door). Tickets may also be reserved on 
01652 678771 or 01652 653217.

Martin Simpson @ The Greystones, Sheffield, UK Feb 5.

Stand In Blues Band @ Tap & Spile Lincoln. Feb 6

Check Out Swing Creole 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Introducing The Xavier Dotras Trio

The Xavier Dotras Trio.

This band is an ensemble led by the pianist Xavier Dotras. From 2004 the group has forged an excellent career supported by 5 recordings, and together with important musical critics and a considerable curriculum of performances abroad (England, Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Rumania).
The last work, called “Paintings” (Picap-2014), is homage to the painters of the XIX, XX and XXI centuries. The well-known vocalist Carme Canela has collaborated in this CD.
You can see a video-clip on the following link:
More information:

The Norman Beaker Band with Larry Garner: Dates Available in May and June 2015

The Norman Beaker Band with Larry Garner: Dates Available in May and June 2015

Norman Beaker...
Norman Beaker has been at the forefront of the British Blues scene for over 4 decades playing with Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, Jack Bruce, Tony Ashton, Paul Jones, Eric Burdon and many others.
BB King commented, “Norman is like a white Freddy King”, a compliment indeed, and not one wasted on the many artistes Norman has subsequently worked with including: BB King, Jimmy Rogers, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, Fenton Robinson, Chuck Berry, Carey Bell James Booker, Jon Lord, Larry Garner and Ruby Turner to name just a few.

What they say about Larry Garner...
Garner's mellifluous lead guitar chops are akin to B.B. King's and are relatively free from rock influences ... Extremely musical and imminently listenable blues that should bring the name Larry Garner to a large audience.- Blues Revue

Is Larry Garner the best songwriter in blues today? Yes, easily. - "West Coast Blues Review”
In a decade when veterans and youngbloods alike rely too heavily on overdone standards and cover material, Garner churns out clever, challenging, uncompromising and thoroughly
contemporary songs.- “Living Blues”

All enquiries to...
Sally Sharp-Paulsen
Mama Bear Enterprises
Giljevegen 186
5430 Bremnes
Video link...

Norman Beaker Website...

Larry Garner website

Monday, 26 January 2015

Introducing The Fyreflies

Introducing The Fyreflies

The Fyreflies are a Lincoln-based duo: Ben (guitars, vocals and bass drum) & Darryl (mandolin, vocals, guitar, flute, didgeridoo and bass) - and the occassional guest percussionist. As well as performing eclectic popular covers (including tracks from REM, The Cult, The Stranglers, Mumford & Sons, The Clash etc.) in their particularly folk/rock style, they also like to infuse Celtic rock, sea shanties and other genres with 'Ooomph'!

They also perform much of their own material, which has also been successfully received over local radio, festivals and other events. Along with the tight harmonies, evocative and bursting guitar/mandolin work, and their ability to engage with the audience, The Fyreflies could have you jigging in the hull of a galleon, singing along to rocking tunes or have you humming along with the Faeries.

For further information and booking enquiries contact Darryl at

Drew Holcomb @ Kirton Town Hall 6th Feb.

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Town Hall Live

7:00 PM

Advance Tickets:


Door prices are £1.50 higher

start around
7.30 PM
Kirton Town Hall
Market Square
Kirton in Lindsey
North Lincolnshire
DN21 4LZ
Tickets can be purchased in person from the "One Stop" shop in Kirton in Lindsey
Over the Phone, call Brian on:

01652 649230
Online at:
Or at concerts prior to the date
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Drew Holcomb



Performing @
Kirton Town Hall Live

Friday 6th February

East Nashville is a hotbed of talented musicians, none more so than Drew Holcomb and his band The Neighbors.

Drew is one of America’s finest song writers. His songs are descriptive and tremendously catchy.  They have been used in countless TV shows and commercials in the States.

In 2013 Drew and his band released their finest album up to then ‘Good Life’.  It was on many critics ‘best of 2013’ lists.

In January 2015 they release the follow up ‘Medicine’ which is even better.  Now Drew is back in the UK to play songs from both albums.  He will be accompanied by band member Nathan Dugger on lead guitar.

Advance tickets are priced at £11 otherwise £12.50 on the door. Tickets can be obtained from the One Stop store in the town, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from

Don't miss it!

The next time at Town Hall Live ...

The Mighty Doonans


Saturday 21st February

Another coup - Don’t miss it!

Nine piece family band, The Mighty Doonans live shows are totally entertaining.  Their musical versatility provides a balance between traditional Irish and English folk songs, as well as upbeat dance, soul and sax numbers.

Throughout their set the band jump between acoustic and electric instruments providing an evening of music which offers a bit of everything.

The Mighty Doonans are a much sought after on the festival and concert hall circuit, having played major venues across the country.

Advance Tickets for this concert will be £14, and can be obtained from the usual outlets.


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

Friday, 23 January 2015

Glasshouse Acoustic Session - Key Theatre Peterborough - Sunday February 1st

Glasshouse Acoustic Session - Key Theatre Peterborough - Sunday February 1st
3 pm - 6 pm
a very eclectic mix of styles and genres, so something for everyone.
Line  up...
3.00 pm - 3.35 pm Keith Luckey
3.40 pm - 4.15 pm Ria Woods
4.20 pm - 4.35 pm Thomas Dunleavy
4.40 pm - 5.15 pm J J Stone & the Campfire

5.20 pm - 600 pm Skyfight

Admission Free

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Frogbelly & Symphony UK/Ireland April 2015 Tour (a few dates left)


Frogbelly & Symphony
Frogbelly and Symphony are born of the clash and fusion that characterised the late 20th century. Disparate influences from the Old World to New York are brought together in the furnaces of Sheffield and Brooklyn, revealing a stylistic repertoire that injects the indigenous workingman’s soul into the periphery of the bohemian metropolis. Academically trained in traditional instrument playing and constantly experimenting with production techniques, the band systematically processes every imaginable acoustic influence.
Coming from an experimental post-punk and noise approach on their first record, Frogbelly and Symphony have now put the material for their first full length album together. Song arrangements, the recording of the instruments and the environment in a technical and cultural sense are bound together. A progressive rock sound echoes in folk landscapes. Urban poetry, pop melodies and repetitive chants cast a rousing wave of contemporary performance.
Frogbelly & Symphony Live in New York
Frogbelly and Symphony have played over 100 shows in Europe, UK and US. Their sets usually feature a theatrical rock show, often involving the audience in pieces of improvised performance. However, paying tribute to their roots in folk music the band has also played a series of shows with acoustic instruments in pubs, clubs and rather intimate environments. The band performed their first series of shows in New York in early 2013, followed by 2 tours throughout 2013 across continental Europe and the UK. In the midst of their 2013 road schedule, Frogbelly and Symphony released an EP entitled “the EYE” (Labelship, UK).
In September 2014 the band toured the east coast and midwest US, road-testing their new songs and performance featured on their forthcoming full length album. The tour was well received and was followed by several press appearances. WFUV Radio picked their pre-release Track “Patch of Blue” for the UK/NY shows and the band played an official CMJ showcase in NYC. The new album is by now set for release in April 2015.
With a typically uncompromising approach to production values, the band has utilised the abilities of sound-engineer and producer legend Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Dresden Dolls, Bill Laswell) and tracked the album in the fabled BC studio in Brooklyn. It was subsequently finalised and mixed at The Laundry Rooms Studio in Sheffield, UK.
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Frogbelly & Symphony
Meet the band:
Liz Hanley – Vocals, keyboard, violin. From a Boston Irish family Liz expanded on her roots by studying classical violin at NYU and now lives in Brooklyn. She is a member of various traditional folk ensembles and can often be found at sessions around the globe.
Tom Hanley – Vocals, bass, composition, production. Pendular between Sheffield, UK and Brooklyn NY he collaborates with engineers and studios on both sides of the pond in order to achieve the stylistic variety which has become the hallmark of Frogbelly and Symphony.
Ben Trott – Guitar. Ben studied classical and jazz guitar in Sheffield, UK and is an integral member of the traditional folk music scene in the UK. He cross-links traditional playing, jazz rooted improvisations and brutalist rock barrages into a sound that is as distinctive as it is versatile.
Ray Rizzo – drums. From Louisville, KY to Brooklyn, NY he has lent his skills as a drummer to artists like like Julia Stone, Trixie Whitley, Bonnie‘Prince’Billy, Glen Hansard, Ben Folds and Michael Shannon. He is also the initiator of Louisville’s Motherlodge festival.
For Liz, Tom, Ben and Ray this band has become a canvas of their collective experiences and intellectual exchange. Often their ideas have previously been articulated by great writers throughout the ages. Frogbelly and Symphony idiosyncratically appropriates, shares and recreates words and tunes. They are not afraid to quote what has already been said perfectly:
John Clare's An Invite to Eternity, Rumi's Ache and Confusion have left their imprints on their writing as well as fragments of Joseph Heller's Catch 22 and Langston Hughes' Vari-Colored Songs.
Tom Hanley: " ... nowadays we're blessed with the possibility to take the inspirational tint from centuries of musical and lyrical repertoires. You may describe our work as a subjective look on an inexhaustible miracle."
For all enquiries, availability and a few dates remaining for APRIL 2015 in UK and IRELAND please contact:
+44 (0) 7905 952374


Jive Aces @ Lincoln Drill Hall on Sat 24 Jan.

Don't miss this one!

Monday, 19 January 2015

King King Spring Tour 2015.

The Janne Ersson Big Band On The Road Again.

                           Jazz Clubs & Jazz Festival 

Fore more than 18 years "The Janne Ersson Big Band" has been the leading big band in the style of Buddy Rich & his music and is considered to be one of the best, or perhaps the best big band in Europe in this style of music.

The band are on the road with the american jazz singer Michael Somerville who tributes the american songbook (Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Joe Williams and Matt Monro)

This combination is rather unique with a blasting big band at it's best and a great, great jazz singer tributing all the great vocalist's of the century.

The band recently played Berlin, Germany with an enormous response from the audience and are now playing Jazzclub Birdland, Hamburg, Germany on Jan 30-31.

For booking or info please contact us at or phone +46 (0) 736-664160

JEBB Production



I I mer än 18 år har Janne Ersson Big Band varit det ledande storbandet i Europa när det gäller Buddy Rich och hans musik och bandet räknas idag som det förmodligen bästa i Europa i denna genren.

Bandet reser även numera med den amerikanske sångaren Michael Somerville som då hyllar The Great American Songbook (Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Joe Williams samt Matt Monro)

Nyligen var bandet i Tyskland, Berlin och fick ett enormt mottagande av publiken där. Nästa anhalt blir Hamburg den 30-31 jan på jazzklubben Birdland.

För mer info eller bokning var god kontakta oss här: eller tel +46 (0) 736-664160



No Fest 4, 11 April, Stamford.

Introducing Ricky Cool & the In Crowd

Introducing Ricky Cool & the In Crowd

Listen To Them Here

Enquiries to...

Big Bear Music
P.O. Box 944
B16 8UT
T: (+44) 0121 454 7020

Monday, 12 January 2015

Stand In Blues Band @ The Jolly Brewer Lincoln 16 Jan

King King @ Lincoln Drill Hall on Friday 20 February

King King @ Lincoln Drill Hall on Friday 20 February 8 pm. Don’t miss this one!

Winners of an incredible 7 awards at the 2014 British Blues Awards (including Best Band for the third year running), the amazing and quite frankly awesome King King return to the Drill Hall for the very first night of their latest UK tour for a stunning night of original rock & blues.

With support from Laurence Jones, Winner of 'Best Young Artist' at The British Blues Awards 2014. 
Please note this is a standing gig.

Tickets: £14 Adv (£16 OTD) from 01522 873894

Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln. LN2 1EY 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Barcelona International Dance Competition 2015

Barcelona Dance Award
from 2nd to 6th April 2015
International Competition
for Dance Schools & Groups

...because the "Dance" happens here,
at this exact moment and place.

Where you are The PROTAGONISTS!                                                            

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Two Great January Gigs at Lincoln Drill Hall.

Two Great January Gigs at Lincoln Drill Hall...

Friday 23 January 8 pm
Limehouse Lizzy
Renowned for an action-packed explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Phil Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive and well and dominating stages worldwide. Attention to detail, playful audience interaction and great musicianship have led to their performance being described as ‘beyond tribute’, by both audience and critics alike. Please note this is a standing gig. Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions)

Saturday 24 January 8 pm
Jive Aces
Having become the first ever band to reach the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent, the Jive Aces followed this up with a performance for HM The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. They have established themselves as the UK's top Jive & Swing band and are renowned for their hot, swinging music and high-energy stage show playing songs made famous by such greats as Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Sammy Davis Jnr as well as a selection of superb originals.

Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)

Venue Details...

Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln. LN2 1EY.

Box Office 01522 873894        Web 

Check Out The Bluecrow Record Store on Amazon.

Check Out The Bluecrow Record Store on Amazon...

Kent DuChaine at the Dog and Bone Lincoln 28 February 2015

Kent DuChaine, is an American blues singer and guitarist. He currently lives in Fort Gaines, Georgia but guess what???

On February 28 he’ll be at the Dog and Bone in Lincoln.

This is a gig that’s not to be missed.

Check out his web site and a YouTube link here...

Venue details...

Dog and Bone, 10 John St, Lincoln, 

Monday, 5 January 2015

Check Out the Bluecrow Book Store.

Check Out  the Bluecrow Book Store.

Browse here for works by authors who were once, quite probably, angry young men...

Band From County Hell Upcoming Gigs

Band From County Hell Upcoming Gigs  

Feb 14 The Fish Pond Matlock Bath
Feb 21 The Boars Head Kidderminster
Feb 28 The Crew Rock bar Nuneaton
Mar 06 The Generous Briton Melton Mowbray
Mar 14 The Rum Runner Retford
Mar 20 The Leopard Doncaster
Mar 21 The Warehouse Grimsby
Apr 11 The Railway Oakham
Apr 18 The Axe and Cleaver Boston
Apr 23 The Pint and Poppy Nottingham
May 09 The Tap and Spile Lincoln
May 15 The Fishpond Matlock
Jul 04 The Crew Rock Bar Nuneaton
Jul 26 The Deerstock Music Festival East Bridgeford
Aug 23 Wildwood Festival Bardney
Sep 12 Old Nick's Tavern Horncastle
Oct 31 The Crew Rock Bar Nuneaton

The Band From County Hell are a five-piece Celtic rock band and have been described as one of the most exciting and original Celtic bands on today's circuit
For more information about the band check out their website...

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Topic Records - Another Year Another Anniversary

another year
another anniversary
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2015. Whilst the Topic office recovers from our 75th anniversary celebrations, 2015 sees our colleagues at Fledg'ling Records begin to celebrate 21 years of idiosyncratic record releasing.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bob Copper's birth, Fledg'ling are releasing a new CD edition of the influential 1963
BOB & RON COPPER 'Traditional Songs from Rottingdean' album.
The package contains Bob Copper's notes and bears a striking resemblance to the original design. This is the album that influenced so many performers from the 'Revival' both here, in the United States and in Ireland.

During 2014 our 75th Anniversary monthly special offers proved to be very popular. Many of you took the opportunity to catch up with albums you were missing from your collection or purchase a gift for a friend.
We will be continuing with a series of attractively priced special offers each month throughout 2015.
The classic TOPIC CDs chosen for January at the special price of only £6.00 each are:

TSCD562  WATERSON:CARTHY ~ Holy Heathens & The Old Green Man
TSCD577  JUNE TABOR ~ Ashore


Those nice chaps at Fledg'ling will celebrate 21 years of the label with their own monthly special offers.
The CDs they have chosen for January at the special price of only £21.00 for this bundle of 4 classic albums from their catalogue are:

FLED 3082  IAN KING  Panic Grass & Fever Few


Stocks are dwindling fast - this may be the last chance to acquire a set of limited edition Topic anniversary button badges at only £3.00
Happy New Year.