5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Duncan Mckenzie & Alec McCabe at Staines

Duncan McKenzie at Staines

Nov 13 2008      9:00P The Staines Riverside Club £3

Those that regularly read this column and support live music in Staines will be familiar with Duncan McKenzie the smooth acoustic and blues operator who has recently been gracing our Thameside venue with his superlative fretwork and polished repertoire of soft, yet invigorating, blues. He has worked, recently, with Mike Piggott and, ofcourse, Big Jim Sullivan. He is now back in town with Alec McCabe.

If you like your blues to be soft, luxurious and professional- this show is not to be missed.  We are very luicky to have these guys in town!

Alec McCabe is a guitar teacher (originally from Australia) who also works as a duo (with  Lizzy Templer) sometimes adding musicians to the mix to create Freepeace a standalone rock band.


http://www.myspace.com/duncanmckenzieuk

2.

Audio.Video.Disco – EP Launch Party- Staines

Audio Video Disco at Staines


Nov 15 2008      8:00P  Audio. Video. Disco. EP Launch Party     Hob Staines

So it all started when Matt and Rich played lots of acoustic guitar for a long time and eventually they got a bit bored of the acoustic circuit and decided it was time for a change.

So in came the help of Adam Linton (bass) and Tom Smith (drums) into the band. Everything seemed to fall into place very quickly and new songs were written in a flash and we hit the ground running. All we needed was the band name….so after months of rubbish ideas and even worse ideas we settled on Audio.Video.Disco. meaning “I hear, I see, I learn” in latin and as rich described it, it was the coolest thing matt has ever come up with in his life!

They have played alongside established pop act Alphabeat, played headline shows at The Fighting Cocks, sold out in their hometown and had a storming set at The Clapham Grand, things are majorly looking up. The band are set to record with engineer / producer Phil English in September and are currently preparing for their biggest gig yet……a headline slot at the London Astoria 2. It’s gonna be mad, get a ticket, don’t be the only person to miss out……

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/audiovideodiscouk


3.

Blues and R&B at Shepperton

Debbie Giles Band at Shepperton

Nov 15 2008      9:00P  Barley Mow     Shepperton

A new entry into the UK blues and R&B circuit

Powerful and passionate vocals with rockin’ rhythm ‘n blues” is based in Guildford, Surrey playing venues in London and mainly the southern counties.


Featuring Debbie Giles (vocals) Phil Headsmith (lead guitar/vocals) Baz Payne (Bass/vocals) and Neil Turfitt (Drums). They have all individually logged years of experience as professional musicians and have developed their own blend of Rocking Rhythm & Blues with Phil Headsmith’s orginal songs.


Most recently in June 2008 they have launched their new album “Shake it Just a Little”, whilst in their live set feature numbers by Thin Lizzy, BB King, Al Green and Jimmie Vaughan, Georgia Satellites to name a few.. Debbie & Phil’s duets have become a focal point of this ‘live band and recently have been featured in “guest radio sessions” with Delta, County Sound 104fm and BBC Radio Swindon.


Formed in October 2006 the band caused a storm when they opened for Mike Pender’s Searchers in July ‘07 at Basingstoke Live Festival.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/debbiegilesband

4.

Tight Pop/Rock at Staines

A Girl Called Kate at Staines

Nov 15 2008      8:00P at the Audio. Video. Disco. EP Launch Party     Staines

A Girl Called Kate

Mikool: Vocals/Guitars

Benzie: Vocals/Bass

Jake: Guitars

Megan: Synth/Vocals

Alex: Drums

If you like  The Subway, The Automatic, The Killers etc, You are gonna love this!

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/agckband



5.

The Folk Group of the Year- at Windsor

Lau at Windsor

Nov 12 2008      7:00P Lau     Windsor Fire station Arts Centre

“BBC RADIO 2 FOLK GROUP OF THE YEAR 2008”

Lau is a formidable union of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Scotland today; Kris Drever (guitar and vocal), Martin Green (piano accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Winners of “Best Group” at the BBC Folk Awards 2008 and with a year of dates around the globe ahead, look set to cause serious musical trouble worldwide.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/laumusic

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