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Gemma Lawrence Trio – Staines Conservative Club

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The Gemma Lawrence Trio – She’s The Bossa

Under the watchful eye of Winston Churchill the sultry sounds of the Gemma Lawrence Trio trilled through the Staines Conservative Club bar. Gemma Lawrence was giving up her smoky best for a handful of true-blue blue-rinse blue-blood Tory ladies and their senior partners, who gave polite but mild applause. The atmosphere was, in every respect, ‘genteel’.

Gemma is a jazzy blues singer with leanings towards Country. A little bit country and a little bit rock n roll, if you like. In fact, she has recorded a Country album in Nashville with some of Tennessee’s musical royalty – including Gordon Mote. The trio is a guitar based combo, perhaps lacking the heartbeat of percussion at times, but never lacking direction or gusto.

The band includes singer/songwriter and all-round renaissance man Jonny Palmer on one guitar (together with his handy synth) along with Mark Dorsett and his fresh-faced blues-style pickin’ on the other.

But the main focus is on the classy lady Gemma and her slinky voice. Gemma reminded me of Diana Krall, not only in appearance but also in style. Like Diana, Gemma is able to ooze out those husky contralto lows and also the nerve tingling highs. Another piano based singer that came to my mind was Vonda Shepard, perhaps because of the mid-tempo jazzy familiarity of the sounds.

Gemma is very much the ‘band leader’ of the trio, constantly pointing direction and motivating the other musicians, getting things moving if needed or slowing things down when the mood requires. Her voice is strong, dense and smooth as an all-over cocoa butter body rub. Sticky and sweet. It gets right into all those aching places. The Southern U.S. swamplands are dark, mysterious places with hidden depths. And those Southern bars are smoky, sultry and  somewhat risky. These are the colours, smells and textures expressed in Gemma’s songs. Deep, deep lows are contrasted against ringing highs and cheerfully sweet melodies.

Gemma’s set started with the somewhat ironic ‘Stealers Wheel’ piece “Stuck in the Middle With You” (possibly more famous these days as a theme from the ‘Reservoir Dogs’.) This song kinda summed up what it was like playing the Staines Con Club on a cool quiet evening in Staines. “It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face…”

The set also included some old favourites like the Hoagy Carmichael ‘Georgia on My Mind’ or ‘Ventura Highway’, ‘Under The Broadwalk’ and even ‘Suspicious Minds’. I particularly liked the upbeat “I Saw Her Standing There” (one of my favourite Beatles numbers) and the Kenny Young / Drifters classic “Under the Boardwalk”.

At times I could have done without the ‘nuts and bolts’ being on show so much. You know the kind of thing, “Another key change now” or “We need more time here” or the fiddling with amps / mike stands etc. In my opinion music, like all craft, should magically conceal the hard work, grease, sweat and effort that goes into making it. The rough edges need to be smoothed out for public consumption. But, maybe I am being too harsh.

Stand out songs for me were the self penned “Always The Same”, a soothing and reliably efficient song (the delivery reminded me of Crystal Gayle,) and the Duffy/Hogarth track “Warwick Avenue”. It is a shame that Gemma didn’t include any Amy Whinehouse in her song-book too but maybe that would have been a step too far for the respectable members of the Con Club!

For funky, jazzy, smooth sounds, the Gemma Lawrence Trio can be thoroughly recommended. Catch them soon at a venue near you or you could see the trio at this years  Walton Soundfest.

© Neil_Mach
May 2009

www.myspace.com/gemmalawrencetrio

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Luscious Pop Punk Sensations- in Staines

Over and Out at Staines

Over & Out
Mar 08 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines


With A MAN DOWN

Staines’ favourite Brightonians OVER AND OUT return to smash up the Hobgoblin once more.

By now they need no introduction…

Their mixture of Rancid-esque pop punk guitar riffs and luscious 4 way vocal harmony has awarded their live show almost legendary status around these parts. Currently signed to Punktastic Records.

“KKK’s’-”Three-way revolving frontline that slips in and out of polished shining harmonies.” – Kerrang!

In tow are OAO’s good friends A MAN DOWN. Mixing hardcore with catchy melodic vocals, these energetic punkers are sure to get you pogoing.

Make sure you book your tickets in advance for this one… here >>>

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/overandoutmusic

2.

Ska Sensations – Live at Guildford

Imperial Leisure at Guildford

Imperial
Leisure
Mar 04 2009
Boileroom
Guildford


Vocals, horns, guitars, bass, mix desk, percussion – this is a 10 piece ska army! When ADPONTES last saw this SENSATION we were simply blown away by their energy and electricity.  An amazing live band .. just about to embark on a European tour so catch ’em while you still can…

Playing with STAINES very own local ska-sters : Abstract Genius

www.myspace.com/imperialleisure


3.

60’s, 70’s & 80’s Soul Band – Ascot

Frank the Cat at Ascot


Frank
The Cat
Mar 07 2009
Jagz
Ascot

With their vibrant versions of sixties, seventies and eighties soul, disco and funk covers, Frank The Cat has built up a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts on the circuit today.

The ten piece band is made up of the tightest rhythm section, a three piece brass section to blow you away, two mighty fine girl singers and the soulful lead vocal talents of Roy Gayle.

Anyone who’s seen Frank The Cat at one of their regular venues or at a private party will testify – you’ve just got to get on up – and dance…

Playing songs from such artists as: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Kool and the Gang, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind and Fire, Al Green and Stevie Wonder.

Frank the Cat radiate an infectious party atmosphere… delivering a dynamic and lively experience, they come with their own flexible sound system, sufficient for a small bar or large auditorium… with lights and can also provide background music to suit your personal taste during the evening, to make a very special event oh so much more special.

Saturday, 7th March
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7.30pm. £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


Links:

http://www.jagz.co.uk


http://www.frankthecat.com/

4.

Fresh NEW blues & Heavy Rock – Live Twickenham

Four Wheel Drive at Twickenham

Four Wheel Drive
Mar 05 2009
Filthys
Twickenham

Four Wheel Drive is a band that exists to play live. They deliver what can only be described as a relentless onslaught of good time, balls out Rock ‘N’ Roll. Ben Austwick and Paddy Achtelik provide rhythm guitar interplay that constantly bombards the audience from both sides of the stage; while Ben also hits you with incendiary, gut-wrenching, Blues-based lead guitar.

The rhythm section generates a force capable of knocking down walls, yet with enough control to retain the R’n’B feel of ’70s Aerosmith and Rolling Stones. The band have been clocked at close to 120 decibels in rehearsals, almost earning the Guitar Institute their first ASBO!

This musical force of nature is topped and led by Jamie’s vocals. Switching between a sleazy drawl and a ball-busting scream, the vocals compliment both the Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Rock elements of the band. Tightly rehearsed vocal harmonies add an extra dimension to the songs, giving the live performances the same depth as the recordings.

The songs have always been written with the live show in mind and the delivery is enough to get anybody’s mouth away from their pint. Four Wheel Drive is made up of a highly “driven” collection of individuals whose lives are designed around the band to make sure it is constantly moving forward. New material is always being written and they can, and do, play any night of the week.

Jamie and Ben’s mutual love of all things Rock ‘N’ Roll make them a well suited writing partnership. Above you will find a taster of the music they’ve written since graduating from The Institute in summer 2007. After finding guitarist Paddy Achtelik at the new Guitar Institute in Kilburn, and introducing extremely talented drummer Will Richards thanks to ACM in Guildford… The Band is ready… It’s Time To Go.

Link:

www.myspace.com/4wdtheband




5.

Mercury Prize Nominated Strings-  Windsor

Basquiat Strings at Windsor

Basquiat Strings
Mar 07 2009
Firestation
Windsor

Basquiat Strings are a five piece string group with their own repertoire of originals (composed by cellist Ben Davis) and arrangements.   Ben finds inspiration from the raucous, driving Hungarian string groups of Transylvania, the luxuriously rich Brahms sextets and the unruly compositions and workshop arrangements of Charles Mingus. Well, all that and people asking him to fix strings for their sessions…

The players have all trained classically yet are “naturally bilingual….wholly imbued with jazz’s improvisational facility.” (Chris Parker)   The group has been involved with various other live projects including that of Juliet Roberts and Andrew McCormack; and has recorded for Ty, Darren Emerson, Monica Vasconcelos (Nois 4) Border Crossing and the Ed Moto produced Jazzinho record.

Basquiat Strings were nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize for their album “Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford”…

The Auditorium Firestation Arts Centre

Links:

www.myspace.com/basquiatstrings

http://www.firestationartscentre.com

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Swashbuckling Pirate Punk- in Staines

Peerless Pirates at Staines

Peerless
Pirates
Feb 26 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines


With Doctor Pop and Meat Eating Orchids

“A Pirate’s Life For Us….”

This happy band of Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire pirates are coming to Staines this week to spread the news of their good deeds…

Pirate Cleef – Voice, Guitars
Pirate James – Bass, Voice
Pirate Dan – Drums, Voice

These shipmates play honest indie, alt, pop-punk sounds … join in me hearties!

Link:

www.myspace.com/peerlesspirates

With The Meat Eating Orchids…

The Meat Eating Orchids are an English rock band notable for producing a musical hybrid of 60’s pop and a brash alternative rock sound. Formed by founding members Matt Gogarty (Vocals), Sam Pickett (Vocals, Guitar) and Stuart Boyde
(Bass).

“Meat Eating Orchids forgive no one just yet…”
The Band takes their name from a line of the song Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana. A reminder of a less harmonious past between members. After a long and fruitless search for the right drummer, while writing songs, the band were joined last
minute by friend Christian Jeyes (Drums). After one practice the group went on to record their debut EP Meet The Meat Eating Orchids at Peak Studios with Producer Chris Hamilton in the English countryside…

Receiving an astounding reception among friends and family, the EP circulated wider and all but sold out the initial hundred copies of ‘Meet The Meat Eating Orchids’ EP.This led to a couple of invitations to appear on local radio stations
and an offer to play Surface Festival Unsigned 09. With this the band took their first tentative steps onto the live music scene…


Links:

www.myspace.com/themeateatingorchids

2.

Post Punk Legends – Live at Windsor

Durutti Column at Windsor

The Durutti
Column
Feb 27 2009
Firestation
Windsor


The first band to release a record on the legendary Factory Records, The Durutti Column have become the blue-print for post-punk, and a genuinely iconic musical institution.

In their 30 year’s career they have become one of the most treasured figure-heads of the British alternative scene, led by the charismatic musical virtuoso, Vini Reilly.  Their unique sound has been of influence to countless artists over the past few decades from The Red Hot Chili Peppers to Brian Eno, Morrissey and even Gilbert and George.

It is a real honour to have a band of this stature perform at a local venue: The Firestation (just a few stops down the line to Windsor & Eaton Riverside from Staines) and certainly a highlight of their early spring programme.

http://www.myspace.com/thedurutticolumnmcr

FRIDAY 27th FEBRUARY Firestation Windsor
£10 (GA) £9 (Conc) £8 (Mem)
http://www.firestationartscentre.com/


3.

Chertsey Band -Album Release Party- Staines

Seigfried Sassoon at Staines


Siegfried
Sassoon
Mar 01 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines

The Siegfried Sassoon – a heartwarming and very talented local Indie / Pop / Rock band-  are showcasing their latest album (album release party) this week at THE HOb STAINES

“Muscle Beach/The Al Gore Rhythm 7″ out 23rd March!”

SO COME ALONG AND SUPPORT THESE CHERTSEY BOYS!!!


Link:

www.myspace.com/thesiegfriedsassoon 4.

Sizzling Salsa, Jazz & Latin – Live in Ascot

Riamba at Ascot

Riamba
Feb 28 2009
Jagz
Ascot

With its flair for performing in a variety of settings and musicians from both world and jazz music backgrounds, Riamba is one of the sought after Salsa bands on the London scene today.

Riamba came together in 1998 with the aim of performing traditional Cuban music in the Son style – the roots of Salsa.

Drawing upon this style as its inspiration, the group set about creating a sound that combines the hot rhythms of Latin America with European harmony and the virtuosity of jazz. A combination that has resulted in a sound that energises
musicians and dancers alike.

Riamba is made up of some of London’s finest musicians who have studied in Europe, Argentina, Columbia and Cuba. Their careers have led them to perform with internationally acclaimed artists in such diverse venues as: Pizza on the Park, The 606 Club, The Royal Festival Hall (London); Blue Note Club (New York); The Sydney Festival (Australia) and The National Theatre (Ghana).

Saturday, 28th February
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7.30pm. £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

Jagz Ascot

Link:

http://www.riamba.com/index.htm




5.

‘Authentic’ Delta Blues –  in Shepperton

Delta Echoes at Shepperton

Delta Echoes
Feb 28 2009
Barley Mow
Shepperton

The Delta Echoes are a talented duo who re-create the country blues of the 1920s and 30s, played on Gibson acoustic and National steel guitars (most of them older than their players!), harmonica and kazoo.

They are: Richard Scruton, of Rich Pickings fame, well-known on the local folk and blues scene and an authentic interpreter of the guitar picking of the great Delta bluesmen, and Stuart Cumberpatch, who has been playing lap style and bottleneck blues on National guitars for most of the last 20 years – ten of them with the legendary Kennet Sheiks. The duo occasionally expands to a sextet with added double bass, mandolin, violin and jug!

Link:

www.deltaechoes.co.uk

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Rock Out at Staines

Overthrow at Staines

Overthrow
Feb 12 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines
With: MR KAMIKAZE + THE NEW ASSASSINS


Overthrow are a 4 piece band from Guildford in the UK. They have been playing together for about two and a half years. Throughout the last year they have been gigging across the country, and also recording a new six track EP “So Much Power, So Little Time” which is OUT NOW!!

Lots of energy and motivation is guaranteed… so come and see ’em!

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See the ADPONTES Review of the NEW ASSASSINS here…one of STAINES favourite bands!

2.

Classic Rock & Heavy Metal – Staines

Raw Glory at Shepperton

Raw Glory
Feb 15 2009
Dog & Partridge
Staines


Raw Glory is Ronnie Garrity (bass), Paul Manzi (vocals), Mick Underwood
(drums), Cosmo (guitar)…

Over many years Mick Underwood has played, toured and recorded with a host of artists as diverse as  Paul Rodgers (Free and Bad Company). Some of the bands he was a member of include The Outlaws, The Herd (with Peter Frampton), Episode Six, Quatermass, Peace, Strapps, Gillan (with 4 Top 20 albums, 2 of which were Top 3), Quatermass II and so on… as well as far too many recording sessions to remember, let alone list in their entirety.

Cosmo toured extensively in the UK and US with The Heavy Metal Kids, and then Curtis Knight & the Squires (a former member of Jimi Hendrix’ pre-Experience band). He has also worked with Frankie Miller, Andy Fraser (Free), Lionel Morton (The Four Pennies), David Jack (East Of Eden), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Brian Connolly (Sweet) and the legendary Jordanaires (Elvis’ backing group) – the list is endless!

www.myspace.com/rawgloryrock


3.

Rock, Soul & Country  – Shepperton

Micky Kemp Band Shepperton


Micky Kemp
Band

Feb 14 2009
Barley Mow
Shepperton


Micky Kemp writes the songs, plays rythmn geetar and sings,

His devastating good looks and charm have made him a big hit with the over 70’s and under 5’s, it seems to have failed miserably on all points between.

He is ably assisted by One of the UK’S great guitarists, Ex Ian Hunter etc etc Darrell Bath. Darrell sings a bit too and plays lead guitar, a master of understated playing and tone perfection, Dazza loves playing guitar, drinking and british sitcoms, he can be found most evenings watching George and Mildred.

Link:

www.myspace.com/mickykempband

4.

Stunning Jazz & Latin Singer – Live in Ascot

Trudy Kerr Jagz Ascot

Trudy Kerr
Feb 15 2009
Jagz
Ascot

Trudy has been singing at JAGZ for more than ten years. A very versatile singer who has entertained our Saturday revellers as well as the more serious jazzers on a Sunday. She now prefers the more serious side of the business and is only working the major jazz clubs in town or on tour.

Her musicians with her at the JAGZ show are Michael Garrick, piano, Geoff Gascoyne, bass, and Sebastion De Krom, drums.

Sunday, 15th February
Show will start at 1pm to 3.30pm
Ticket cost: £6.00
Special offer, entrance and roast lunch £12

Link:

www.myspace.com/trudykerr




5.

Awesome Classic Rock Covers Band – in Windsor

Netherworld at Old Ticket Hall Windsor

Netherworld
Feb 13 2009
Old Ticket
Hall
Windsor


Fronted by the amazingly 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, you will not fail to be impressed by the superbly tight musicianship of these three heavyweight players … Previous gigging and recording credits include; Steve Harris(Iron Maiden) Hal Lindes(Dire Straits) Neil Murray (Whitesnake/Black Sabath/Queen)… check the ADPONTES-STAINES live review here.

THE OLD TICKET HALL, WINDSOR, SL4
Cost: £3
+ DJ PLAYING 80’s & 90’s HITS – BAR OPEN TILL 2AM

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/netherworldrock

Other local dates for NETHERWORLD fans:

Mar 1 2009      5:00P The Dog & Partridge     Staines
Mar 7 2009      8:00P  Hounslow Staff Social Club    

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

See MiMi Soya at Staines

MiMi Soya at Staines

Oct 2 2008      7:30P The Hobgoblin (18+)     Staines

MiMi Soya

Formed in the British summer of 2006 MiMi Soya have risen fast in their short career. Now the pop punk quartet from sunny Brighton aim to bring their addictive melodies, innocent lyrics and beastly guitar riffs to the world.

After the initial EP self release which included the anthemic lead track “Crazy” and the visionary salsa pop song “A Memoir”, they then recruited their current front woman Hero at the start of 2007 and started creating brand new stadium
crowd pleasers. Since playing shows constantly they’re bringing their intense, passionate, killer live shows to a town near you. With crowd participation and band energy second to none, it’s visual ecstasy for their fans.

Now signed to LAB Records with Crown management (Sugababes, Good Shoes, Get Cape,Wear Cape. Fly) in tow, expect incredible things. MiMi Soya are hot, you’d be crazy not to check out their mixed gender, punk-driven singalong anthems!

Hero – Vocals
Chris – Guitars/Vocals
Mike – Bass/Vocals
Joe – Drums/Nudity

http://www.myspace.com/mimisoya

You can purchase the new MiMi Soya EP Here >>>



The Four Penny Knee Trembler [Single]
~ Mimi Soya (Artist)

Price:     £3.99

2.

Catch some Contemporary Jazz – at Ascot

Nicolas Meier at Ascot


Nicolas Meier Band 5 October 2008      1:00P Jagz Ascot, with Roast

Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier is one of the rising stars of a vibrant British jazz scene, his trademark sound a mixture of Methenyesque jazz and spicy Turkish and world music rhythms. Already well known in Europe, where his Meier Group have
toured extensively and shared the bill with such illustrious names as Elvin Jones, Brad Meldau, Trilok Gurtu and Bill Evans. Meier and his band recently won the enormously prestigious Grand Prize Of The Jury and 1st Prize Jazz Guitar at Jazz
a Juan Revelations 2006 a competition for the finest new jazz musicians and bands in Europe run by the legendary Jazz A Juan Festival.

But he is becoming increasingly well known in his adopted country as well where his Meier group features brilliant Israeli world-bebop saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, bassist Tom Mason and drummer Laurence Lowe who all contributed to his hugely well received Naim label debut ‘Orient’ .

As well as leading his own band, Meier has worked with the likes of Harry Beckett, Dave O’Higgins, John Etheridge, Gilad Aztmon, Renato D’Aielo and Deidre Cartwright. He has recently recorded “Guidance” featuring Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons with a guitar orchestra (acoustic, electric & synth guitars) for American Classical label Centaur and until last year was in the nu-metal, techno, industrial band Avoidance Of Doubt, with whom he recorded some Indie label ‘EPs. He also recently formed
nu-metal-industrialists Seven. He cites influences as diverse as John McLaughlin,P at Metheny, Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea and Erkan Ogur.

Sunday, 5th October
Show will start at 1pm to 3.30pm
Ticket cost: £6.00
Special -entrance and roast £12

Jagz Ascot 01344 878100


3.

Get Midi Midis at Staines

The MidiMidis at Staines

Oct 5 2008      8:00P MIDIMIDIS + MORE @ The Hobgoblin, Staines

Post punk / Electro / Thrash

‘Displaying an infectious enthusiasm for life, due to their independently motivated work ethic and energetic albeit shambolic lifestyles, MidiMidis loaded up with no memory card being removed. Spawning from an element of confusion and a longing for a bold incorporation of interesting and innovative influences, MidiMids represent a creative surge of creativity orchestrated by two brothers-in-law. Two brothers who enjoy spending far too much time drinking beer and experimenting with retro midi sounds on their old dusty unreliable laptops, GameBoys, GameGears and scuzzy broken guitars.

From an early age, the two have embraced everything from Gary Numan, AC/DC, Howard Jones and Bahuaus, to Nirvana, The Velvet Underground, and Television. MidiMidis create their minimalist fuzzy-buzzy 8-bit music by meticulously weaving the harsh feedback-heavy guitars of Sonic Youth together with the sharp angular work of Talking Heads, Kraftwerk and Human League.

Whether pondering over forgotten thoughts, the ubiquitous subject of relationship breakdowns or pining after a bottle of wine, lead singer Marcus manages to somehow circumvent the bile bitterness that many a songwriter would fall for. He treats these and other dark subjects with a bohemian carelessness and humorous irreverence only to the back drop of feedback laced angular guitars and electro bass and midi bleeps.

http://www.myspace.com/midimidis 

4.

Play with Spectrum 7 – at Staines

Sepctrum 7

Spectrum 7 Oct 5 2008      8:00P Hobgoblin w/ The midi midi’s     Staines,

Its Rock Time!

In early 2006 two friends Sean Shreeve (Bass) and Jon Hardless (Guitar) began their early careers like most musicians; crafting songs in their bedrooms. Soon the ideals and conventions of a traditional rock band set-up were wearing thin with
the duo and they began to look for new and innovative ways to bring their vision of the way bands should sound to a future generation of listeners. Shreeve and Hardless immediately got to work crafting unconventional musical structures and
electronic beats on their Playstation while layering lyrics, guitar and bass riffs over the top. Although the band was still in a very premature form the duo managed to convince vocalist Jason Mirchandani to come onboard and after scrapping
their Playstation in favour of a laptop the group began hoaning their unique sound. Spectrum 7 were born!

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/spectrum7



5.

Check Get Set Radio at Staines

Get Set Radio at Staines

Oct 2 2008     8:00P Hobgoblin w/Stay Away From Paris     Staines

Pop Punk / Rock

Will – Vocals/Guitar ; Steve – Guitar/Vocals

Ruby – Bass; Jonas -Drums

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Get Your Tickets for Beck Theatre, Hayes



The Beck Theatre
Grange Road
Hayes
Middlesex
UB3 2UE

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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

Check Out this New Band in Staines

So Long Cynical

So Long Cynical  Sep 4 2008      8:00P Hobgoblin     Staines

So Long Cynical are an up and coming five-piece from the busy Guildford scene. Consisting of Tom Keech (guitar) and Matt Truseler (bass) – who were both previously part of 4 Laps Behind and The Comanche Cipher – along with Christian Babbage (vox), Tommy C (drums), and the very recent addition to the band – Dom Roe (guitar). After Tom and Matt’s departure from hardcore act The Comanche Cipher they were looking to create a band with a much more light hearted and upbeat approach. They found their perfect partners in crime in old friends Christian and Tommy C, who shared the same drive and ambition to ignite their listeners with a refreshing relief from the “SCENE”. Together they strive to bring back melody and a positivity to the ever growing dark and depressing music scene. With powerful chorus’ come striking melodies, and creative breakdowns. They look set to inject some new excitement into the UK’s music scene.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/solongcynical

Also check them at:
Sep 7 2008       8:00P The Fighting Cocks     Kingston
Sep 8 2008       8:00P Platform 9                 Guildford
Sep 11 2008     8:00P Remix Bar                 Woking
Sep 27 2008     8:00P The Boiler Room        Guildford

2.

Latin & Salsa Fun at Ascot

Riamba at Jagz


Riamba Saturday, 6th September
The Jagz Club & Restaurant, Ascot

With its flair for performing in a variety of settings and musicians from both world and jazz music backgrounds, Riamba is one of the sought after Salsa bands on the London scene today. Riamba came together in 1998 with the aim of performing traditional Cuban music in the Son style – the roots of Salsa. Drawing upon this style as its inspiration, the group set about creating a sound that combines the hot rhythms of Latin America with European harmony and the virtuosity of jazz. A combination that has resulted in a sound that energises musicians and dancers alike. Riamba is made up of some of London’s finest musicians who have studied in Europe, Argentina, Columbia and Cuba. Their careers have led them to perform with internationally acclaimed artists in such diverse venues as: Pizza on the Park, The 606 Club, The Royal Festival Hall (London); Blue Note Club (New York); The Sydney Festival (Australia) and The National Theatre (Ghana). Saturday, 6th September Show will start at 8.45 Ticket cost: £8.00 Doors open from 7.30pm. £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 The Show:

Friday, 29th August
Show will start at 8.00
Ticket cost: £6.00
Entrance for the night is £6. Doors open at 7.30pm for dining and 8.30pm for drinking. 2 courses for £22, 3 courses for £26.

The Links:

http://www.riamba.com/

Jagz Station Hill Ascot

http://www.jagz.co.uk/


3.

All our ‘local heroes’ play The Hob, Staines

Rock Goblin Charity All Dayer at THE HOB

Chairty Day at The Hob, Staines Sunday 14th September

GET YOUR TICKETS THIS WEEK !!!

The lovely people at the HOB (Hobgoblin, Church Street Staines) are running a charity all day event on Sunday 14th September. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE at the HOB this week …. SO DON’T MISS OUT.

Just about every one of out local talented bands will be playing. And all for charridee!  So get the date in your diary and get your advance tickets. Don’t Miss Out On This!  THIS IS THE BIG ONE!!

4.

Car Crash Telly at The Hob Staines

Car Crash Television at The Hob Staines

Car Crash Television at The Hob Staines, Sunday 7th Sept 8:00P


Car Crash TV are a new band, they are 5 chaps who have come together to write hard rock music, they have all played many gigs with many great bands. They write music about the past, present and the future and anything else in between that makes them feel good.

Be sure to come check them out at Staines this week…

Lew- Vocals Jim- Guitar Kybs- Drums Sambo- Guitar/Vocals Ski- Bass

Lots of Fun !!


5.

New Rock Tessa Jones, Staines

Tessa Jones The Hob Staines

Tessa Jones Sept 04 2008   8:00P  The Hob, Staines

An exciting, fresh new band, based in Guildford Surrey!

Comprising of former members of Hooray For Me, The Excuse and The Off Position!

http://www.myspace.com/tessajonesband

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Get Your Tickets for Beck Theatre, Hayes


The Beck Theatre Grange Road Hayes Middlesex UB3 2UE

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