Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Touring Artists from Laughing Dog Music 2015 / 2016

RAGGED UNION BLUEGRASS (Colorado, USA) 7 - 23 October 2016 Ragged Union’s hard-driving bluegrass, with a tinge of the traditional and a healthy dose

RAGGED UNION BLUEGRASS (Colorado, USA) 7 - 23 October 2016

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Ragged Union Bluegrass
Ragged Union’s hard-driving bluegrass, with a tinge of the traditional and a healthy dose of the blues is infectious and mesmerising. And since their inception a couple of years ago are becoming a firm favourite with music lovers up and down the land!
“This is your grandfather’s bluegrass music but NOT his lyrics or subject matter. These tunes are ‘traditional’ in their approach and in RU’s presentation, but the subject matter of the lyrics is wholly modern; that is, they deal with modern angst, problems, even fixations in both a literal and metaphorical way. And this is the crux: that’s entirely different than how bluegrass music has been ‘updated’ to date. It is beyond appropriate; it is fresh and innovative while preserving through their instruments the things one likes about bluegrass music.”
Some pretty powerful words for a band who is just now releasing their first album. The music coming from this six-piece Colorado based ensemble, lead by husband and wife Geoff and Christina Union, is memorable and provides a platform for players performing original tunes and off-the-beaten path standards, winning fans in the process.
There is an intimacy and tightness surrounding the vocals, with award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, and up tempo arrangements giving way to the edgy, outsider songwriting that has become an earmark of their style.
'Hard Row to Hoe' was recorded in the fall/winter months of 2014 in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Former Rebecca Frazier/Hit and Run banjoist, and current player for Finnders and Youngberg, Aaron Youngberg, engineered and mixed the project consisting of thirteen tunes, eleven singers, two instrumentals, ten originals and three covers.
Band members Christina Union (lead and tenor vocals), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin, vocal), Chris C-Bob Elliot (Banjo), Pat Hoeper (fiddle), and Michael Sivcovich (upright bass), have created a sound that is masterful in the hands of seasoned musicians and with an appeal that is infectious.

MAIA (Leeds, UK) New album launch tour Spring 2016

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The eagerly anticipated new album by MAIA will be out in the new year and it's a corker as you'd imagine. MAIA are self-proclaimed sci-fi folk evangelists and have spent the last 3 years touring and playing festivals and as a result have morphed and matured into what has been described as "Harmonic psychedelic sci-fi folk and disco rock....". Winners of the Yorkshire Gig Guide award for ‘Outstanding Live Band’ in 2014, MAIA are taking a break from recording to play a string of dates to showcase some of the new material from their forthcoming album to be released in the Autumn. Their genre busting mix glides easily from sweet stunning vocal harmonies to complex blissed out grooves; punctuated by echoing banjo, shimmering mandolin, spooky brass and captivating vocal melodramas.
Tour dates available in Spring 2016

GUY DAVIS & BROOKS WILLIAMS (USA) - 10 - 28 November 2016

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Guy Davis & Brooks Williams
A special debut and UK 'Inside the Delta' tour for New York blues legend GUY DAVIS and Statesboro, Georgia born roots and americana singer-songwriter BROOKS WILLIAMS, ranked one for the top Acoustic Guitarists of all time.
Two beautiful guitarists displaying a level of skill and humanity that makes audiences smile wherever they perform.
Whether Guy Davis is appearing on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor’s, “A Prairie Home Campanion”, “Mountain Stage” or David Dye’s,“World Café”., in front of 15,000 people on the Main Stage of a major festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a Music Camp, Guy feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his ‘all’.
Brooks writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro Georgia native is, according to americanaUK, “impossible not to like."
Click here to see Brooks performing 'Top of the World' on his cigar box guitar at The Ram Club, Thames Ditton, England (November 2014).
Click here to see Guy performing 'Shaky Pudding'

CURTIS ELLER (USA) - April 2016

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Curtis Eller
Lace up your dancing shoes here comes Curtis Eller! Banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer..after beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and headed for New York City where he rose to obscurity as "New York's angriest yodeling banjo player". Siting Buster Keaton, Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley as his primary musical influences, Eller became a staple of the beer halls, burlesque houses and underground theaters of the eastern seaboard. Fame proved elusive.

Having spent years toiling in the musical sweatshops of the industrial north, Eller uprooted his family and resettled in some faded, tobacco town in the North Carolina Piedmont to begin the arduous task of assembling a new version of his band, The American Circus. The latest version of the ensemble is a brutish and inelegant rock & roll outfit specializing in banjo music for funerals, gospel tunes for atheists and novelty dance fads for amputees. A lavish, Hollywood, dance sequence unfolding on the floor of a Chicago meatpacking plant in 1894.
Eller's numerous compositions describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Past recordings have seen a ghastly parade of historical luminaries, from Abraham Lincoln and Buster Keaton to Amelia Earhart and Joe Louis, sharing the spotlight with a host of Civil War generals and corrupt 19th century politicians.
The group's latest phonographic recording, "How to Make It in Hollywood", is a compact collection of glittery show tunes, sentimental tear-jerkers and rock & roll rave-ups whose lyrics are populated with two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, lapsed gospel singers and forgotten pop stars. Eller relentlessly tours the US and Europe with an expanding and contracting cast of misfits. Coming to a UK town near you in April 2016 for 10 days only!

DAVE FORMULA & THE FINKS (UK) - Autumn / Winter 2015

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Dave Formula & The Finks
Keith & Dave Angel, Andy Seward and Dave Formula have formidable individual and collective musical backgrounds that they have brought together to form their classic, groove organ outfit - Dave Formula & The Finks.
Influences on the band from New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago & Philadelphia, are re-interpreted through the music of genuinely legendary artists: The Meters, Booker T & The Mg’s, Curtis Mayfield & Jimmy Smith.
When all this is mixed in together & combined with their storming original tunes, they create uniquely exciting music & a psychedelic soul-sound like no other band playing on the planet today. At a recent club show the promoter had to ask the packed crowd to stop dancing and sit down, as the whole floor of the Victorian warehouse-venue was moving so much he was afraid it would fall through to the storey below.
Dave Formula is the keyboard player, songwriter and soundtrack composer from Manchester, who is perhaps best known for his work with Magazine, long regarded as one of the most significant & influential British bands. He also played & wrote for New Romantic ensemble Visage as well as world music band, The Angel Brothers. It was during the 1960’s in his first band, The St Louis Union, that he developed his love for the Hammond organ and a great dance groove.
Dave rejoined his Magazine colleagues for a run of sold-out shows in February 2009 to great critical response and in summer 2009 Magazine played European festivals and a sell- out show at London's Royal Festival Hall. The band closed the year with a headline appearance on Later with Jools Holland and BBC’s Electric Proms. They released an acclaimed new album & toured again in 2011.
Live dates available in October / November / December 2015
For all enquiries, availability, interview requests, promo CDs etc please contact:

Monday, 28 September 2015

Celebrate Rocktober with some great live music @ Lincoln Drill Hall

Celebrate Rocktober with some great live music @ Lincoln Drill Hall 

Thursday 8 October 8pm

Joanne Shaw Taylor
Tickets: £20 Adv (£22 OTD)

Saturday 10 October 8pm...
Andy Fairweather Low
Tickets £20

Saturday 17 October 8pm
A Co-Promotion by Jazzpac & Lincoln Drill Hall
Lady Sings the Blues
Tickets: £16 (£14 concessions / £8 Students & Under 16s)

Thursday 22 October 8pm
Midge Ure - Breathe Again
Tickets £22.50

Tickets from 01522 873894

Monday, 21 September 2015

A New Message From King King

King King

We have some fantastic news to tell you. We will be opening for the legendary Thunder on a series of Arena and Concert Hall dates in February, finishing up at Wembley Arena on the 20th.

Joining us on the tour will be indie rockers Terrovision.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on 25th September

A Limited amount of tickets are available from 24th September from Plant Rock :

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Keith Luckey @ The Crown, Lincoln Road, Peterborough Sunday 20 September 2015 4pm

Keith Luckey @ The Crown, Lincoln Road, Peterborough
Sunday 20 September 2015

Danny Schmitd @ Kirton Town Hall Live


7:00 PM

Advance Tickets: £12

from the OneStop store in the town. from 01652 649230

£13.50 on the door

The music
starts at approximately
7.40 pm
Venue:  Town Hall, Market Square, Kirton in Lindsey, N Lincs, DN21 4LZ



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Saturday 26th

 September, 2015

Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 50 most significant songwriters of the last 50 years, DANNY SCHMIDT from Austin, Texas has amassed a cult following for songs that possess stunning poetic and poignant imagery.  Drawing comparisons with Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, Danny is considered a pre eminent writer, an artist whose songs conjure up magic from the mundane.
His songs are lyrically rich and finely crafted.  They accentuate the narrative, they celebrate subtlety.  They are filled with nimble wordplay and cool cadences, they move with the light feet of a dancer, but in their tone and theme, they contain weight, depth and substance.
Live, his guitar playing is exceptional and a voice that is distinctive and mellifluous.  
Everything about the man is gentle, except for his insight is crushing.

For his latest UK tour he will be joined by his wife CARRIE ELKIN on harmony vocals.  Some of you may remember Carrie from her headline THL concert in September last year.  The tour will celebrate the release of Danny's latest CD 'Owls, which is the follow up last year's beautiful duo album with Carrie 'For Keeps'.
Support will come from Harrogate singer and keyboardist Vicky Whelan.  Last year Vicky recorded her latest EP 'Closer To The Sun' with her band Dragonfly Tattoo.  It boasts a haunting blend of fragility and strength.
Advance tickets are priced at £12.  Tickets can be obtained from the One Stop store in the town, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from
They will be £13.50 on the door

Then next time at TOWN HALL LIVE ...


Saturday 10th October, 2015
On 10th October we welcome back AMANDA RHEAUME and her band back to Kirton, she played support to Andrew Combs back in September last year.
Amanda from Ottawa is an award winning singer song writer with a powerful, slightly gritty, deeply personal but instantly accessible folk/ roots sound with elements of pop, rock and soul in her songs.  She will be joined by Anders Drerup on guitar and MJ Dandeneau on bass.
Support will come from York based musician Dan Webster and his band.
Advance Tickets for this concert will be £12, 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

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Check Out This Weekend's Live Music at Lincoln Drill Hall

Great Live Music This Weekend @ Lincoln Drill Hall

Friday 18 September 8pm Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick. Support from Liz Lenton. £14/£12/£8 students
Saturday 19 September 12 pm Saturday Session with Keith Luckey in The Cafe/Bar Free
Saturday 19 September 8pm National Youth Jazz Orchestra £16/14/£8 students & Under 16s
Wednesday 23 September Paul Armfield in the Room Upstairs £6 Adv (£7.50 on the day)
Tickets 01522 873894

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

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Happy Birthday Otis Redding

Happy Birthday Otis Redding 9 September 

King King Nominated For Best New Band In Classic Rock Magazine

King King

Great news for the King King boys ! They have just found out that the band has been nominated for 'Best New Band' in Classic Rock Magazines - Rock & Roll of honour awards.

And an honour it certainly is for them! This is fantastic news for the band but there is one way to make it even better ;-)

Click the link here !

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Penguin Cafe Tonight Sunday 6 September 7.30pm at Lincoln Drill Hall

Penguin Cafe Tonight Sunday 6 September 7.30pm at Lincoln Drill Hall

The Penguin Cafe was founded by Arthur Jeffes in 2009, bringing together a talented and disparate group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight, initially to perform his father Simon Jeffes’ legacy of world renowned Penguin Cafe Orchestra music, ten years after his untimely death in 1997.

Arthur, a talented composer in his own right, quickly began to create new and unique genre-defying music, with the spellbinding philosophy of the Penguin Cafe always in his mind. A uniquely exciting opportunity to hear this extraordinary brand of globally inspired but category-defying music that will bring Festival800 to a magnificent close. Tickets: £16 from 01522 873894

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Keith Luckey gigs for September

Here are the details of Keith Luckey gigs for September. Maybe see you somewhere along the way?

Sat 12 Sep 8.45 pm
The Strugglers Inn, Westgate, Lincoln 01522 535023
Real Ale and real shitkicking-stuffstrutting-singalong-lofi-punkablly in the Beer Garden of one of Lincoln’s best loved traditional pubs.
A special heart wrenching version of ‘Queen of the Silver Dollar’ will be performed for Landlady Anna!                                                                                                                 Sat 19 Sep 12 pm  - 2 pm
Lincoln Drill Hall Cafe/Bar Saturday Session, Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY
Pop on down to the Drill Hall cafe/Bar for a bite to eat and a coffee or even perhaps a beer and tap your feet and maybe sing along to some 50s & 60s favourites and perhaps a few sad country songs.

Sunday 20 Sept – 4 pm
The Crown Pub, Lincoln Road, Peterborough. PE1 3HD
Sunday Afternoon Chilled Session at the Peterborough Telegraph ‘Pub of the Year 2014’
Come along and Singalongakeef! Real Ale Served Here!

Sat 26 Sep
The Golden Lion, 73 Seas End Road, Moulton Seas End, Spalding. PE21 6LD
My first booking at this Lincolnshire country pub so I’m really looking forward to making some new friends here.

Sun 27 Sep
Private Party King’s Lynn.Sorry, but you’re not invited!

Kevin Thorpe Blues Night, Retford, 17 October.

Kevin Thorpe Blues Night, Retford, 17 October.

King King Reaching For The Light Now Out On 180 gram Vinyl

King King
The 180 gram vinyl edition of King King's new critically acclaimed album 'Reaching For The Light' is now officially released.

The vinyl edition has been produced in the UK by the Vinyl Factory on the classic EMI 1400 press at the original EMI pressing plant and was specifically mastered for vinyl by the legendary Ray Staff (Led Zepplin, Genesis) at Air Studios.

Available right now from Amazon with free auto rip:

Or order through the KingKing website for signed copies:

Go get your copy today!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Barcelona Dance Award 2016.

barcelona dance award
from 24 to 28 March 2016

Where you are The PROTAGONISTS!

International Competition
for Dance Schools & Groups:

all web info on:


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

News from Topic Records 'This September it's June'

Back in 1976 when June Tabor's debut album was released the Topic press office came up with a rather splendid headline - this September it's June. The media of the day weren't entirely convinced and no publication used the caption. Here in the Topic office we'd like to announce that all of June Tabor's splendid recordings are available at the very special price of only £6 each throughout September. The perfect opportunity to catch up with albums you are missing from your collection or purchase a gift for a friend.


We continue our monthly choice of CDs at a very special price with 4 more great Fledg’ling titles:
FLED 3028  SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ The Power of the True Love Knot
FLED 3083  IAN MATTHEWS & The Searing Quartet ~ Joy Mining
FLED 3088  ANDY ROBERTS ~ Urban Cowboy

Our colleagues at Fledg'ling are pleased to announce two exciting new releases:

FLED 3098  PLAINSONG ~ Reinventing Richard (the songs of Richard Fariña)
Plainsong – founded by Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts in 1972 – have championed Richard Fariña’s songwriting since the group’s inception. With Reinventing Richard they have produced a classic album that imagines how his songs might have sounded, if written and first recorded in a 21st century electro/acoustic setting.

FLED 3099  JOHN KIRKPATRICK ~ Tunes From The Trenches
Squeezebox maestro John Kirkpatrick has recorded a glorious selection of of songs from the First and Second World Wars. In a programme that highlights two different kinds of material – as you’d expect there’s a smattering of the popular hits of the day, interspersed with a selection of songs sung on the Front Line by service personnel.
Many thanks for continuing to support Topic.