5 Things – This Week in Staines


Feel the Raw Blues with Papa George & Steve Simpson

Papa George at Staines

Papa George & Steve Simpson Thur 24 July 2008 8:30P £3


The Papa George Band has built up a solid reputation in its own right, and their recent CD brought in some fine comments, from both live playing for BBC Radio 2 and also at many gigs… “The first song was an upbeat shuffle, from the new CD, “DOWN AT THE STATION” – the very apt “Man With The Blues”. Papa George is a true picture of the man with the blues, with his pinstriped suit and Strat in hand, bringing in next, the favourite, “Blackjack”. His guitar sound is what a Fender Stratocaster is all about. He made it sing on, “Cleansin’ My Soul”, a new soulful blues number.”

The tools of his trade are Fender Stratocasters, Flying Finn Guitars, an Amistar Reso-phonic Stager (specially commissioned by Resound, UK) and National Reso-phonic steel guitars. Papa George’s solo version of his self-penned “Broken Mirror” (“Being Free…ain’t no crime” PG – Solo CD) was selected for the “Artists in Resonance” CD, which forms part of the National Reso-phonic Guitars 2003/4 catalogue. Two songs (from “DOWN AT THE STATION” PGB) have attracted recognition: “Blues With A Feeling” was used as part of the soundtrack of “World Without Waves”, which won the Milagro Award for Best South-West Film, at the 2004 Santa Fe Film Festival and “Moonshadows On Coconut Grove” was included on a compilation album, “A Place Called Hawaii 3”, which won an Hawaiian Music Award for Best Compilation Album.

If you don’t catch Papa George with Steve Simpson at STAINES Riverside Club this week then check them here:

Fri 27 July TURKS HEAD St Margarets, Twickenham
Sun 29 July CARDINAL WOLSELY The Green, Hampton
Fri 03 August CARDINAL WOLSEY The Green, Hampton



Enjoy the liberty of an exciting Argentinian Tango


Libertango: Barrio de Tango – July 24 2008 at The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ 8:00P £11

Enjoy the beauty, passion and sensuality of this fantastic dance! The show leads you from the essence of tango to the stylish modern tango revival. Revelling in the beautiful dance art of Argentine Tango, the show combines a touch of history, humour and drama for an entertaining evening with live band and singer. The show takes place in a street in Buenos Aires.

Part of the Guildford Summer Festival Links: Electric Theatre Box Office on 01483 444789


Go ProgRock with Magenta, Kingston


MAGENTA, House Of Progression, The Peel, Kingston , JULY 26 8:00P

When Rob Reed released Revolutions in 2001 under the banner Magenta little did he realise that he had started something that would take on a life of its own. Revolutions was a huge success, and this led to clamourings for a live show, so, in characteristically meticulous fashion, Rob put together a band built around his keyboards and the exceptional voive of Christina Booth.

The band played some prestigious festivals in those early days, including Progeny in London, and Bajaprog in Mexico. 2004 saw all the early promise come to fruition with the released of the acclaimed second album Seven, a live double album and their first foray into the singles market with two well-received EPs, “Broken” and “I’m Alive”, not to mention some remarkable live performances, culminating in The Classic Rock Societies Best Live Band award. 2005 saw the release of The gathering live DVD, a headline appearance at the Rosfest festival in the USA and more yet more awards. The bands reputation continued to increase as an entertaining, dynamic live act, with fans travelling to UK gigs from as far away as Italy, Russia, Hungary, Peru, USA, Canada and New Zealand.

The long awaited third studio album Home was released in 2006 to worldwide acclaim, with live concerts following in Portugal and Holland. In September, the band played in front of it’s largest crowd yet, as 4000 witnessed them support Roger Hodgson in Belgium 2007 saw the band moving forward yet again, signing with Tigermoth Records at the beginning of the year. The single “Speechless”, released in March, made a dent in the UK singles chart, and all the band’s EPs were re-recorded and gathered together as “The Singles” in April.

The band also played live in Barcelona, Spain with IQ at the Tiana Festival and made another trip to the USA, this time at Nearfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After a short break, the band played some highly successful live dates at the end of the year, one of which – at the Point in Cardiff – was taped for a live DVD for release in 2008. 2008 has already seen the band pick up Best band and best Female singer at the Classic Rock Society awards, and with the new album Metamorphosis due in April, the future continues to look very bright for Magenta – the true colour of Progressive Rock.

Band Members:

Rob Reed – keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals. Christina – lead vocals, lyrics. Chris Fry – guitar, vocals. Daniel Fry – bass. Kieran Bailey – drums. Colin Edwards – guitar and keys Steve Reed – lyrics


Genesis, Garbage, Marillion, Massive Attack, Mew, Mike Oldfield, Bjork, Renaissance, It Bites, Pink Floyd, Eurythmics, Yes.

Links: http://www.myspace.com/magentauk


See Seal- at Shepherds Bush Empire THIS MONDAY


Seal- Mon 21 Jul 2008, 19:00 The Shepherds Bush Empire

MON 21-JUL-08 DOORS 19:00

Seventeen years ago, before he became an internationally acclaimed, three-time Grammy-winning pop vocalist and songwriter who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, Seal was a hot property on Britain’s house music/rave scene. He hooked up with legendary producer Trevor Horn and scored two hits, 1990’s “Killer” (with techno artist Adamski) and 1991’s U.S. Top Ten single “Crazy,” from his eponymous debut album — a genre-defying fusion of soul, pop, rock, R&B, and propulsive grooves that announced the arrival of an innovative new talent.

Now the London-born Seal is preparing to release his fifth album, System, due in November from Warner Bros





Folk it up with Kindred Spirit at Shepperton

Kindred Spirit at Shepperton

Kindred Spirit – Jul 26 2008 8.00P Barley Mow, Shepperton

Kindred Spirit are renowned for their stunning takes on some classic tracks and will take your breath away with an incredible version of Bob Dylans, All Along The Watchtower. The stunning nature of the treatment of these tracks is due to the hauntingly beautiful and deeply emotional voice of Elaine enhanced by the extraordinary flute playing of Annie Parker in combination with the phenomenal violin playing of Gavin or Sim Jones.

Another very special feature of the Kindred Spirit band is the musical interplay between lead instrumentalists Gavin or Sim and Annie. Not only do they produce beautiful solos and foot stomping jigs and reels but they are superb at on the spot improvisations and fly into thrilling musical duels live on stage. This is a chance for you to experience & enjoy our favourite local folk band.

Links: http://www.myspace.com/kindredspiritukband

Also, see them at:

Sep 27 2008 8:30P The Barley Mow, Shepperton
Sep 27 2008 8:30P The Wheelwrights Arms, Reading


Get Your Tickets for Beck Theatre, Hayes

The Beck Theatre Grange Road Hayes Middlesex UB3 2UE

Visit AdPontes-Staines Regularly for Staines Arts


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