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STEVE MORRISON — Guitar Star Live in Staines

Since being on the telly [Guitar Star, Sky Arts 2015] the home-crafted bluesman STEVE MORRISON has become a bit of a draw.

We saw him and his band “Blues Abuse” [with Alan Hughes on drums and the legendary Alan Glen on harmonica] playing live at the superior RIVERSIDE CLUB, STAINES last Thursday.

During the first half of the electrifying show we enjoyed “Call Me the Breeze” JJ Cale [Naturally, 1972] which was rewarding, buoyant and appropriately transient.

Steve’s picking technique is impressive … he provides bass notes, chords and twiddles — often simultaneously.

Steve provides bass notes, chords and twiddles — often simultaneously... Photo Credit @neilmach 2017 ©
Steve provides bass notes, chords and twiddles — often simultaneously… Photo Credit @neilmach 2017 ©

Steve’s own composition titled “Love Has Gone” was gently set.

With baroque influences and a supreme lament-filled sob at the end, given up by Glen.

The sprinkle of finely chosen guitar notes fell like a confetti of anxious teardrops.

Another self-penned number, the “James Bond” theme called “Climbing On Top of the World” (“writing that was at the very top of my to don’t list…” Steve told the Staines audience) seemed crenelated and indented.

A fine blend of thrill, suspense and remarkable release.

In the second half, the happy crowd at the club were enlisted to join in with the choruses “just think of this place as a church… a church that sells beer…” we were told.       So we sang as we swayed.

Everyone from Elvis to Beyoncé via Suzi Quatro has covered Little Willie John’s “Fever.”

The Morrison version of this Peggy Lee favourite [penned by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell] had all the ingredients we’d expect from a bigger blues-band – tangy bass line [played by Steve] yummy guitar work, and an awesome voice filled with heart & heat. And the “sax” licks were deliciously handled by Glen.

Full marks to Steve and his buddies for an entertaining live show.

The night had a whole lot of memorable moments (not just virtuoso guitar work, but also great drum solos, some fabulous blues-harp flurries and not to mention many gossipy revelations from Steve’s “telly” work — ) this was just like a traditional British rhythm and blues evening.

Another night of incredible quality musicianship at Staines, brought to us by the highest calibre musicians imaginable.

Words & Photos Neil Mach 2017 ©

Link: http://www.stevemorrison.eu


5 Things – This Week in Staines


Heavy Classic Rock Masters – in Staines

Netherworld at Staines

Netherworld Nov 28 2008      8:00P Staines Riverside Club     Staines £3

Fronted by the awesomely talented Jason Stretch on vocals and guitar, backed by the brilliant bass playing and vocals of Paul Smith and the dynamic drumming of Ian Roberts, NETHERWORLD ROCKS. Covering the best classic rock songs known to this planet, this three-piece bring their wealth of professional talents together for this new project.

Previous gigging and recording credits include ; Bad II The Bone, British Lion, Steve Harris (Iron Maiden),Hal Lindes(Dire Straits) Neil Murray(Whitesnake,Black Sabath) Reload, The Dhogie Band and Phil Mogg (UFO).

You will not fail to be impressed by the superbly tight musicianship of these three heavyweight players



Also check them at:

Nov 29 2008     8:00P The Cardinal Wolsey     East Molesey Surrey
Nov 30 2008     6:00P The Dog & Partridge     Middlesex, London and South East
Dec 5 2008       8:00P Ye Old Swan     Burnham, Berkshire,


Big Rock/Punk Sounds – in Staines

Her Enemy

HER: ENEMY Nov 27 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin *with nixa*     Staines £3




Hot Dance – Latin and Jazz – Live at Ascot

palenke at Ascot

Palenke      Saturday, 29th November  8:45P   Jagz Ascot £8

Columbian band with a passionate Latin repertoire. Back by incredible popular demand, Adrianna and her fellow Salsa partners are back and ready to shake Jagz from its very foundations! Palenke, Londons leading Latin American Dance band, was born in 1990 to the collective talents of Fernando Suarez – Kinacho and Lisandro Zapata from Colombia. Both are highly professional performers and are widely experienced in the Latin and Jazz scene. The Bands eclectic repertoire is passionate, dynamic and eminently danceable: from the characteristically hot blooded tempos of Cuban Salsa and Brazilian Lambada, the traditional folk rhythms of Colombian cumbia and Dominican Merengue, to the latest Caribbean Reggae and universally popular Spanish style Gypsy Kings.

Saturday, 29th November
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7pm. £26 for 2 courses and entrance (£30 for 3 courses). Entrance for the bands is £8 but is strictly limited and on a first come first served basis. Entrance for dining or just the band INCLUDES free entrance to the nightclub




Smooth Jazz Piano at Ascot

John Donaldson Quartet

John Donaldson Quartet Sunday, 30th November    Lunchtime     Jagz Ascot

The winner of the piano category at the 2006 British Jazz Awards

Jazz gigs began when he was a student in 1978. He was part of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s resident trio, backing visiting guest soloists in the city. In 1980 he won the prize for best soloist at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition.

In 1982 he moved to California . He worked there and gigged with local notables including Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, John Handy, Richie Cole, Paul Jackson and David Baker as well as working in groups alongside Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, and Louis Romero.

Since returning to England in 1993 he has worked with many of the leading musicians on the British scene including groups led by Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Clark Tracy, Alan Barnes, Don Weller, Dick Pearce and Norma Winstone.

Sunday, 30th November
Show will start at 1pm to 3.30pm
Ticket cost: £6.00
Special – entrance and roast lunch £12.

‘With remarkably little publicity or fuss John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting jazz pianists with his own distinctive style’
Dave Gelly. The Observer.


Top Unsigned Act of  the Year- at Staines

Nixa at Staines

Nov 27 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin *with HER:ENEMY*     Staines £3

“One of the top 10 unsigned acts in the UK”
Metro National Newspaper

Rock / Tropical

Nixa are rock. They’re here to remind you that despite reality TV, plastic indie tat, the cult of celebrity, and production-line pop, ultimately it’s still all about the music. They write great songs, and have a lot of fun while they’re doing it – and that’s their manifesto. Fundamentally, they just love music and want music to love them back, and as a result they have so many riffs that they’re currently being investigated by The Monopolies Commission. Multi-layered and yet accessible to anyone who’s ever felt adrenaline surge through their veins, Nixa songs combine addictive melodies, intertwining vocals, riotous screaming, ferocious guitars, pulsing drums, and dirty bass to create an energetic morass that climbs the walls and rips the roof off. Nixa was born in the summer of 2006 after a massive gangbang involving Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Soulwax and Death Cab for Cutie: the custody battle still rages…




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Whispers about Cheekees / The Exchange


Long time readers of this blog may no doubt remember that I reported that that ‘Cheekees’, formerly The Exchange and, more recently ‘Diamonds and Denims’ had shut for good…


I first got a very vague interest in “The Exchange” (back in the day) , when I heard that Quentin Tarantino had gone there one night in the 1990’s ( probably about 1994). Tarantino… in my town? In a club in my town? Wow!

Well, a little bird has told me (this week) that Cheekees / Exchange is gonna re-open in the not too distant future as a live-music venue… wow! Apparently, the venue may be called something like ‘Sticky Fungus’ and has the general support and approval of the local authority, police and businesses.

The venue may well be opening soon- watch this space for more details HOT OFF THE PRESS!!

This is just what the town needs- it was such a pity that we lost the Town Hall Arts Centre. We wish the new ‘owners’ of the Exchange good luck in this worthwhile enterprise…


Ad Pontes Staines- music arts & going out IN STAINES

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this is from a facebook page
Hi there – a date for your diaries. The Old Telephone Exchange (and previously Cheekies) has been taken over by a couple of sincere, music-loving guys who are creating Staines’ premier live music venue. Think It will be £7 admission. There will be 3 great bands playing (Miss Pink Shoes and Beat 6 have confirmed). The 3rd act will be either Suzerain, or The Sketch.

Drinks will be around a very reasonable £2.75 mark (50p cheaper than most pubs/venues in the area). There will be food available.

There will be a gaming area (Nintendo Wii, pinball, retro machines incl Space Invaders Pacman), 8 foot video screens (so can see the band from many vantage points), a £50 000 sound system and many great people (including your good self we hope!!)

From Whispers about Cheekees / The Exchange, 2008/11/10 at 10:07 PM



Lee Homan and Andrew Peters had a dream…To create a live music venue where people could have fun in a safe, friendly environment. After much searching (of prospective venues and souls), they came across an unlikely candidate in the form of The Old Telephone Exchange (at the back of the High St…formerly Cheekees Nightclub and worse still Diamonds and Denims Gentlemen’s Club. Well, they were overcome with the size and scope of the place but this was to be the antithesis to these former incarnations, with the emphasis on LIVE MUSIC (rock/indie/jazz/rhythm and blues/punk/metal…) as opposed to someone spinning a CD (‘Rollover DJ’ by Jet comes to mind!!) I.E. Real people playing instruments!!!

Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf at Staines Riverside Club

…. We have got a Blackfoot Sue track on a K-Tel album (remember those?) up in the loft. Thinking about it, the track is most likely ‘Standing in the Road’ a No.4 hit single for the band in the UK and one of those ‘if only there were more’ numbers. It sounded a lot like 1970’s Slade with a thudding base and a stomping drum, but a bit meaner and a bit more moody, like a Free track. But no, in fact, the song was by a band that was most often found in the ‘girl teen’ magazines like Jackie, June or School Friend etc. in the poster pages in the middle titled ” Most fanciable fella ” or “Boys I would most like to snog”. Yeah, as far as I can remember, Blackfoot Sue were a 1970’s boy band with lots of long hair and pouts who had a mean and raw edge in music that didn’t quite go with their ‘pop-tastic’ persona.

Starting out as a progressive group (not unlike the band ‘Tomorrow‘ or even Soft Machine) but with a haunting, driving tribal beat, riff-orientated melodies and soaring vocal harmonies- this Brummie/Hounslow band evolved into a household name in 1973 with a beautifully polished gatefold-sleeved album and a media-friendly glittery public image. And I will bet you a pound to a penny that you have heard that pounding, hummable single ‘Standing in the Road’ several times yourself in your life (at School Discos and Wedding Receptions) and you would still swear that it was Slade even after reading this review!

Well Blackfoot Sue have now incarnated into Cry Wolf and I was lucky enough to see and hear them at the Staines Riverside Club last year. They are now heavy, bluesy, mature and very, very serious and I will be going to see them again next week! Heavenly mix of vibrant raw rock and blues. Oh, and they still have long hair and pouts too!

Well worth a night out…. and the lager is good at The Riverside too !


You can also check out CRY WOLF at:

Cry Wolf



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If you miss them in Staines, try to catch Cry Wolf at one of these local venues:

July 5 WEST BYFLEET SOCIAL CLUB Station Approach, West Byfleet, Surrey
July 6 THE SHIRE HORSE 82 Whitton Road, Hounslow, Middlesex
July 10 THE GLOBE INN 104 Windmill Road, Brentford, Middlesex 
July 12 EGHAM UNITED SERVICES CLUB Milton Road, Egham, Surrey
July 18 THE CARDINAL WOLSEY The Green, Hampton Court Road, East Molesey
July 19 THE RED LION 166 Heath Road, Twickenham, Middlesex
July 20 THE WINDMILL 37 Stafford Rd, Wallington, Surrey
July 26 THE SURBITON FLYER 84 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey
July 27 THE SIX BELLS High Street, Brentford, Middlesex

East of Ealing

East of Ealing at STAINES


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Big Band – at Staines

Royal Holloway University ‘BIG BAND’

BIG BAND -Royal Holloway


The Royal Holloway Big Band ‘Graduated’ …. 8:30PM Tickets £3

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5 Things- This Week in Staines


See the Kast Off Kinks

Kast off Kinks

Kast off Kinks, Eeel pie Club, Twickenham Wed Apr 30th 2008 8PM

Having gone from British Invasion hitmakers to late Sixties cult heroes to
bonafide arena-filling rock stars in the Seventies and Eighties, the Kinks are, it
would seem, cult heroes again for the time being – a position that their bright
and sometimes discomfited leader no doubt savors. On the eve of their induction
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, Ray Davies had this to say: “The
Kinks have always been outsiders. I’m an outsider. To be accepted is unique for
us. I’m pleased for the people who believed in me all along. It’s nice for them to know that their faith wasn’t misplaced.” To quote a slogan popular with those who love the band, “God Save the Kinks.”

John Dalton, Mick Avory, Dave Clark, John “The Baptist” Gosling are the remaining ‘kast off’ Kinks !



Go to listen to the Nashville Teens at Bracknell

the Nashville Teens Bracknell

The Nashville Teens at the Silver Birch, Bracknell. Sat 3rd May 8:00PM

One of the Worlds finest R&B singers, Ray Phillips (vocalist) has stayed loyal to the Nashville Teens through thick and thin, turning down offers to move to other groups, including an offer from Jack Bruce to be lead singer with Cream. Ray is a keep fit enthusiast and as well as his dynamic performance with the Nashville Teens, he also works with the World Class Maclaren Motor Racing Team.

Colin Pattenden (bass guitar)cut his teeth as a session guitarist for the likes of Englebert Humperdink and Leapy Lee in the sixties, but made his mark as a founder member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in the early seventies. He has also played with Mungo Jerry, The King Earl Boogie Band and The Jackie Lynton Band.

Simon Spratley (keyboards & vocals) is a music teacher by day and has played with many other bands, including Cheques In The Post and The Ian Campbell Blues band.

Ken Osborn is an accomplished lead guitarist who has played with other bands including Spank The Monkey, The King Earl Boogie Band and the Jackie Lynton Band.

Despite his youthful looks, Adrian ‘spud’ Metcalfe has drummed with the Teens for 25 years, and – apart from Ray – is the longest serving band member in the Groups history.


The Jackie Lynton Band is playing Staines Riverside Club on Fri 9th May 2008 9:00pm


Go see the Agency Girls at Beck Theatre

The Agency Girls at Beck Theatre Hayes

The Agency Girls at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Thu 1st May 8:00PM

1ST MAY 2008

Running time 70 minutes

With the characters rushing in and out of doors at one hundred miles an hour, The Market Theatre has slowly made this style of comedy their theatrical trade mark and this year’s show will not disappoint!

The play is set in a remote cottage where two unsuspecting men have both, unknowingly, booked the same venue for a weekend away with their respective mystery women. One of them has used traditional booking procedures, to secure the property and the other the infallible internet.

70 Minutes of sexual innuendo, comic confusion and ridiculous reasoning will make this a night to remember and a farce not to miss. However, you will need to book early as this show is only on for one night!

From the company that brought the hilarious adult panto Beauty and the Big Beastie.

Adults only!

Click here for tickets for Thursday 1st May at Beck Theatre


Go to see Nigel Havers at Woking

Single Spies

Single Spies- New Victoria Theatre, Woking 5th-10th May 2008

By Alan Bennett

Monday 5 – Saturday 10 May 2008
New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Stars Nigel Havers with Jack Ryder (Eastenders) and Diana Quick (Brideshead

Single Spies opened to ecstatic reviews at the National Theatre in 1988 and went
on to become a huge Wet End hit. The two plays, An Englishman Abroad and A
Question of Attribution sparkle with Alan Bennett’s trademark wit and delighted a
public intrigued by espionage and fascinated by forgery.

Box Office: 0870 060 6645


Simply Ballroom – One Night Only !!!

Simply Ballroom

Sunday 4 May 2008 at 8:00 pm New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Featuring a cast of International Championship Dancers, with choreography by TV’s Dancing Stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag.

Simply Ballroom is a lavish production where the colour and spectacle of ballroom dance fuses brilliantly with live theatre.

Featuring a cast of outstanding world-class dance champions whose performances in the Waltz are exhilarating; their passion in the Tango breathtaking and their Paso Doble – just one of the many highlights of this spectacular show – has astounded audiences in every venue around the country.

This electrifying production showcases the exceptional talents of the cast through a number of styles, including the Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Quickstep and many, many more.

Running Time
2h 10m

Box Office: 0870 060 6645


Get Your Tickets for Beck Theatre, Hayes

The Beck Theatre
Grange Road

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