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Last night at the wonderful Staines Riverside Club we witnessed rare magic when WILLY FINLAYSON AND THE HURTERS came to town bringing their smooth quality rock and soft ‘n’ soulful covers.

The last time we saw Willy in Staines was with his band project HALF MEAL TICKET, then with Steve Simpson (now in retirement) and Dean Barnes (much missed.)

Edinburgh born Willy is a talented guitarist, composer and extraordinary vocalist and he fronted Bees Make Honey (1974 ) and later the famous country rock band Meal Ticket. They provided the theme for the brilliant play-for-today “Dominick Hide”.

Willy Finlayson – Carnation-cream and tobacco voice…

In staines The Hurters played songs like the award-winning “She Will Be Loved” [Maroon 5] with its insistent chorus.

These were emotionally rendered, and even at times perhaps overwrought. Though Willy’s smouldering carnation-cream and tobacco voice helped  alleviate any anguish.

Classy blues numbers, such as “Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile (Every Woman I Know)” (Ry Cooder, 1980) had good rebound and veritable trim.

And for the many upbeat numbers (Bruce Springsteen is a favourite songwriter) Willy provided eloquent slur to go with that amazing golden brogue.

Dave Colquhoun – bullets of masculinity and power…

The great revelation of the night was the “new” guitarist Dave Colquhoun.

Dave is actually an experienced session man, currently with Rick Wakeman’s band.

He has his own band projects and previously worked with Go West, Paul Young, Belinda Carlisle, T’pau, Bananarama and, of course, Bucks Fizz.

Dave added bullets of masculinity and power to ballads such as “Hungry Heart” or dark twists of sadness or tiny bee stings of articulation… In other words, he provided nuance and fragrance to every soulful song. Such was his impressive play that he earned  several bravos of his own during the evening.

Tempo was provided by acclaimed blues bassist Malcolm Hoskins who was a firm and steadfast rhythmic-energy maker.

Towards the end of the evening we were treated to a few songs from “surprise guest” LIZA MARSHALL.

Her husky chocolate-syrup voice always wins applause, and her smooth song-choice included the singalong gospel number “People Get Ready” [Curtis Mayfield 1965.] This allowed Dave to express his more imaginative and jazzy side.

As usual, a very fine evening of quality musical entertainment in Staines.

Words & Images: @neilmach 2017 ©

Link: http://www.willyfinlayson.com/


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

Sticky End for Live Music in Staines?

Sticky End for Live Music in Staines?

Message from STICKY FUNGUS:

I guess by now that most of you (even those that have not yet visited The Club) have heard that Sticky Fungus has closed. That is correct. However…….

The club Had to close as we were informed that the Licensee had been objected to by the local Police and Licensing Authority and insufficient numbers through The Club made it un-viable. That was enough to cause a temporary closure.

Unfortunately, since we have been closed, The Club has been subject to a serious theft. Sound and Light equipment plus fixtures, fittings and Drink Stock with a total value in excess of £10,000.00 was stolen. Some has been returned but insufficient to immediately re-open. The Police are aware of who is responsible and when CID have finished with evidence and video images, those who carried out the theft, will be prosecuted….


With the sudden closure of Sticky Fungus just four weeks after its faltering opening (and let’s not forget that the whole project was on/off on/off on/off more times than a professional stroboscopic light show at a Hawkwind concert in downtown  Vegas) together with the total collapse of the Phoenix as a venue, along with the complete dogs dinner at the Dog & Partridge (the latest owners apparently left in quite a hurry … without leaving a gig diary) and it would be easy to assume that the live music scene in Staines is looking shakier than Shakin’ Stevens standing on a lilo in the North Sea.

But that good ole musical equivalent of a soup-kitchen- The Hob (Hobgoblin, Staines) – is still going strong (thanks to the sheer dedication and hard work of those nice folks BUCKLE UP) every Sunday and Thursday (ACE & GRAVITY IS DEAD are on JUNE 7th entry £3) and don’t overlook the Staines Riverside Club.  Yes, yes, it may look like your nan’s front living room and have the same atmosphere as a fun-night in at a retirement home in Eastbourne, but they have hosted some magnificent acts there over the years … none more exciting than this week’s headliners – BRAINSCAPE – Friday 5th June entry £3…

And just a few stops down the line at Windsor & Eton riverside you have got the thriving Old Ticket Hall venue – almost on your doorstep. (Jun 12 2009 they host ALOUD OUT for all you Killers and  Kaiser Chiefs fans out there)… not to mention The Firestation Arts Centre a short walk down the hill from the riverside station (20th June sees Post War Years + MidiMidis + Vienna Ditto all in their Basement Studio entry £5.)

If you have the cash left, you could take a mini-cab to the ROYAL OAK HAMPTON ( Friday 12th June – Smileys Heros – or Saturday 13th June – Netherworld .) Or pop along to The Barley Mow, Shepperton – a really comfortable pub – who are hosting a classic rock night with local favourites BandX on Saturday 6th June.

We at ADPONTES really hope that Sticky’s can get up and running again (soon) and , if and when they do, we will support them as much as possible …. but in the meantime DON’T GIVE UP on STAINES ….

“Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That rivers flowing
That rivers flowing”

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Pure Pop Punk from Local Boys

Stay away from Paris

Stay Away From Paris Dec 21 2008      8:00P Hobgoblin, Staines     w/ Loaded Dice

The Walton based power/pop Punk band  Stay Away From Paris like to make HAPPY music! Come and Chat, We love it. Come abd listen- they will love it even more! Bands they have had the pleasure to play with include Mimi Soya, Look! I’m A Ghost, The Winning Post, Blue Sky Summer, We Have A Getaway, Over & Out, Exit Avenue, Get Set Radio, Indie Fisher and many more! Now p-laying with Shepperton faves Loaded Dice at a venue near you, Make a night of it.




Boogie Down to the Modern Groove- in Ascot



Dec 18 & 19 2008      Jagz Ascot

It takes something very special to become a member of Grooveology. All members are professional musicians who work with the likes of Elton John, Rod Stewart, Boy George, Jools Holland, Tony Hadley, ABC, James Taylor Quartet to name but a few. 2005 saw the band entertain over 20,000 guests at more than 70 gigs. These bookings covered the entire UK, from Inverness on the north coast of Scotland to Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands Their sets include songs from the 60’s right up to the modern grooves of the new millennium with all the classics in between.

Thursday, 18th December
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £10.00
Christmas Menu, call 01344878100 for details Limited Tables so please book early or call to check availability

Friday, 19th December
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £10.00
Christmas Menu, call 01344878100 for details Limited Tables so please book early or call to check availability


Peoples Popular Pub Band – at Windsor



Dec 20 2008      9:00P Old Ticket Hall WINDSOR

The PFJ are an exciting pub band from Berkshire who play late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s retro rock from Aha to ZZ Top – stuff like “I Will Survive” to “Ace Of Spades”, with a bit of “Teen Spirit” and “Tiger Feet” thrown in.

AdPontes-Staines saw them at the Rising Sun, Slough and, even though they had to squeeze into a tiny corner, the boys managed to play a ‘full-on’ rock concert with sounds, lights, and electrifying energy.

The PFJ take their name from the Peoples Front of Judea (not to be confused with the Judean peoples popular front etc. etc. from Life of Brian) And, as the name suggests, the band oozes fun and humour as well as not a little musical talent.

Their choices (for the set list) is a head-bangers wet dream including some very old favourites like Ace Of Spades (Motorhead) and Paranoid (Sabbath) but mixed with some highly original (and hilarious) covers like I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) or Crazy Horses (Osmonds). When you add songs like Turning Japanese (The Vapours)and Video Killed the Radio Star ( Buggles) into the mix you realise that you are witnessing a highly innovative fun-time band.

The PFJ squeeze out every possible sound from their 6 piece outfit, featuring vocals, 2 guitars, bass, drums and even a stage dancer. Just to add to the party spirit, the PFJ come out in their patented Judean costumes and even tend to do some costume-changes during their set.

I went to see them again last Sunday at The Old Ticket Hall, Windsor but, unfortunately, the band were on after the rugby semi-final and I couldn’t be bothered to wait around until about 10:30pm to see them…

Since forming in 2000, the PFJ have won over crowds of drunks on a regular basis… make sure you catch their amazing live show at the old Ticket Hall WINDSOR on the 20th to put you in the Christmas Spirit!




Relentless Rock n Roll – in Staines

Moscow Flyer at Staines

Four Wheel Drive

Dec 18 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin     Staines

Tcatch them at Staines on 12th at The Hob

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.



If you miss ’em at them Hob try to catch ’em here:

Dec 21 2008     3:00A
FILTHY’S Christmas all-dayer     Twickenham

Dec 31 2008     8:00P
FILTHY’s New years Eve.. (+ filthy’s all-stars)     Twickenham


Raw Rock Covers- at Slough



19/12/08 Rising Sun Slough

Ozzy, Blackstone Cherry, Nickelback  etc.

Performing hard rocking covers, 5 piece Rock Covers band Spiderwire unleash hard rock hell with Energy, Decibels and Excitement on the unsuspecting public. If you’re expecting to get your slippers on and snuggle up by the fire, Spiderwire is not the band for you. Performing only to those who are about to rock (we salute you).

Playing songs from these great artists; Gun’s, Buckcherry, Ozzy, Blackstone Cherry, Nickelback and even Ted Nugent, plus many more.



Check ’em in the New Year at:

16/01/2009 Rising Sun Reading

17/01/09 Plough Inn reading

31/01/2009 The Bull Theale, Reading

22/05/08 The Three Mariners Bagshot


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The Firestation Windsor

Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor Ribbon Cutting

The New Firestation Arts Centre in Windsor is now open – and ADPONTES was there to help celebrate the cutting of the ribbon.

Using the captivating space of the former Victorian Fire Station the centre will host a range of events in its first exciting season. The comedienne Arabella Weir will bring her witty and insightful show to the venue on Saturday 4th October [£12 adv booking] and will be an unmissable ‘night out with the girls’. The new space is also privileged to be chosen to host the Cambodian festival sensation Dengue Fever on Fri 21st November [£9 adv booking.] This critically acclaimed and entertaining group will be performing in Windsor prior to headlining at the ICA London. This is a night not to be missed. The Firestation will also be home to cinema, theatre, dance and all kinds of other artistic events. Staines and AdPontes readers are sure to support this venue. We wish the Firestation our best wishes for a great future.


Firestation Arts Centre
St Leonards Road


The Big Jim Sullivan gig


Thursday 21st August BIG JIM SULLIVAN GIG

Unfortunately, “BIG JIM” sent his apologies but could not be with us on the 21st August… he is currently off sick.

We all (here in Staines) send our heartfelt ‘get well soons’ out to BIG JIM.

For those of you that came to see Big Jim hoping for something special, we are sure that you were not disappointed because Duncan McKenzie put on an excellent show and pulled out all the stops with his buddy Alec McAbe to play some sizzling music.

Big Jim Sullivan and Duncan McKenzie in Staines

Awesome Blues Guitar !


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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

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