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News from The Bridges – December 2009

Loaded Dice

Another year over …. and it’s goodbye to old friends … ‘Loaded Dice’ the Shepperton band has decided to call it a day and to concentrate on academic studies and some solo projects. The ‘Best Live and Unsigned Band’ winners have issued a statement: “After nearly 6 years of playing together we have decided to take a break to concentrate on other projects and boring things such as uni. We want to say thank you so much for making our time together so special and memorable for us we will truly never forget the wonderful memories. Who knows we may be back sooner than we think but for now this is goodbye. In particular we would like to thank our friends and family for all their support you know who you are and we are very grateful.”

Heavy metal covers band ‘Netherworld’ has also hit rough waters. The sensational guitars of Jason Stretch and the nimble bass play of ‘smiffy’ will not be wasted though – the boys have started up a new project titled ‘Bad Penny’. They are joined by Rob Owens, “The Mighty Mammal” from our local circuit favourites ‘Rough Justice’ who will provide the power-house percussion. Look out for ‘Bad Penny’ at a venue near you in the New Year and check them out on: http://www.myspace.com/badpennylive.   The new band will be playing at Ye Old Swan Inn, Burnham on Jan 16th and The Royal Oak, West Molesy on Jan 29th.

Doug Lip

Finally, we have to say goodbye to the incarnation that was ‘Blue Fuses’ – a favourite local ‘hard rock’ outfit famous for their Pink Floyd and AC/DC numbers that had been playing together for 15 years.  Guitarist Doug Lip and drummer Just Will are to soldier on without the talented vocalist and bassman Noel Jones who has decided to take a break from gigging. We wish him well. A new band is expected, it will probably be re branded as ‘Fused’,  and rehearsals have already started with a newly recruited bassman, Simon.






WE ARE NOW preparing our 2009 AD PONTES STAINES LIVE MUSIC GIG GUIDE and Jan, Feb and March 2009 are already up!

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We cover the STAINES and SPELTHORNE area – but anywhere that is within about 30 minutes easy travelling time from STAINES…. we will ADD FREE to our guide.

We are currently averaging 780 HITS A DAY on our main site…so that’s an amazing 22,000 hits per month…. can you miss out on that kind of coverage and potential for success?

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If we don’t know that you are out there, then how can we help you get where you want to be?


Ad Pontes Staines- music arts & going out IN STAINES

5 Things – This Week in Staines


See Some Art at the Sunbury Art Trail Weekend

Sunbury Art Trail

Surrey Open studios, Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury – Art Trail

Friday 13th June to Monday 16th June

The Studio & Craft Centre, Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury

Featuring the work of artists:

Malcolm West
Hildegarde Reid
Robert Shaw
Freda Anderson
Sue Munson
Robin Lee Hall
Douglas & Pauline Burnett
Annie Shaw
Mary Shanahan


Get the Prog-Rock Sound with Pendragon


Jun 14 2008 8:00P The Peel, Kingston, Pendragon

Back in 1978, Stroud, Gloucestershire, four friends got together and decided to form a band. Zeus Pendragon consisting of Nick Barrett [guitar/vocals], Julian Baker [guitar/vocals], Nigel Harris [the most sought after drummer in the Stroud area] and Stan Cox [bass] was born.

Young and full of ambition Zeus Pendragon started out playing cover versions of classic rock tunes by Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and Santana and their first gig was ironically the same day that Nick left school, burning his maths text book and picking up his guitar on the way… The future had been determined.

The Zeus part of their name was later dropped when the logical and visionary Julian decided it was far too long to fit across a t-shirt, and this ridiculous cross pollination of Arthurian and Greek mythology just seemed plain silly.

Fast Forward to 2005 …. the release of Believe, the 7th studio album by Pendragon which reflected a renewed youthful exuberance and fresh approach both musically and visually for the band.Once again a line up change reared its ugly head, and after 20 odd years with the band Fudge Smith was replaced by 26 year old whipper snapper Joe Crabtree on drums. The band now had a real firecracker of a drummer underpinning the rhythm section which brought a renewed need to fight and the passion and energy of the band was almost like they were 17 years old again for the upcoming Believe tour.Pendragon undertook the biggest tour of Europe they had ever done and followed it with a release of the brilliant And Now Everybody To The Stage dvd.

2007 sees the 21st anniversary of The Jewel dvd release called Past And Presence which includes most of the musicians from those early days and shows how this tenacious band can still thrill, evolve and capitalize on its strengths over a 28 year period where so many others have failed.

So to the future, a new album is on the cards and a year full of festival dates just goes to show that in this hurly burly world of fickle pop music….some ships were built to last.



Go rock with Rough Justice – Staines

Rough Justice - Staines

Rough Justice Fri 13th June Staines Riverside Club, Laleham Road £3

Sensational rock covers band with a huge local following,

Not to be missed



Get your Dancing Shoes On… dancing in the aisle

Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in The Streets Monday 9 – Saturday 14 June 2008 – Woking Theatre

The Hit West End Show

Dancing In The Streets

Experience the energy, emotion and electricity of Motown in Dancing in the Streets, the spectacular celebration of classic music from the heart of Detroit!

Featuring legendary Motown classics including I Heard It Through The Grapevine, My Girl and Dancing in the Streets and a full supporting company of singers, dancers and an amazing live band, Dancing in the Streets re-creates the energy, style and music of all your favourite Motown stars!

Box Office: 0870 060 6645


Join in the celebrations at Egham – Magna Carta day

Magna Carta Day at Egham

HMagna Carta Celebrations – High Street Egham Sat June 14th 11:00 to 4:00P

FTo celebrate the ‘signing’ of the Manga Carta (check the facts here) this years event at Egham will include Morris Dancers. live bands, brass band, dancing irish vocals, a belly dancer and lots & lots of fun


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5 Things- This Week in Staines


Take in a Piano Recital , Egham

Nadia Giliova

Nadia Giliova at United Church, Egham, Wednesday Apr 16th 2008 8PM

The pianist at this Egham and District Music Club evening concert will be Nadia Giliova, who studied piano at the Kharkov Special School of Music in the Ukraine and subsequently graduated from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Nadia has been a prize-winner at a number of national and international competitions, including the International Prokofiev Competition in Moscow, the Petrozavodsk International Piano Competition and the 2003 Grieg international Piano Competition in Oslo. Since her English debut in 2002, Nadia has performed at a number of important venues, festivals and music series across Great Britain. She is due to play “The Seasons” at the Wigmore Hall in 2008.

Visitors – £10

Concerts held at:
United Church, High Street, Egham (next to Literary Institute)


Go to see the ‘Bee Gees’ at Hayes

Bee Gees fever

Bee Gee Fever at the Beck Theatre, Hayes. Thu 17th April 8pm. £12-£25

Bee Gee Fever – the ULTIMATE Live TRIBUTE to the music of The Bee Gees

Since 1999 Bee Gees Fever have been wowing audiences across the UK and Europe with their stunning live tribute to the music of the Brothers Gibb.

From the soulful ballads Too Much Heaven and How Deep Is Your Love through to the high energy disco classics such as Stayin Alive and Night Fever, the band faithfully recreate the songs that have helped make the Bee Gees musical legends over the last four decades. With a full show of over 2 hours, there is something for everyone from every era of the Bee Gees glittering career, and create a striking visual tribute too as they pay tribute to the Saturday Night Fever image of the late 70s.

Unlike some tribute acts, all the songs are performed totally live, no backing tapes or sequencers, just five guys, their voices and their instruments. This gives the show a raw energy which will get even the most reserved feet up on the dance floor.

Bee Gees Fever perform to theatre and festival crowds both in the UK and in Europe and have worked with the likes of Suzi Quatro, Hot Chocolate, The Manfreds and the Foundations – plus a host of todays brightest chart stars such as Liberty X, Atomic Kitten, Gareth Gates and Busted.

They also perform regularly at the Bee Gees Fan Club’s Convention in Manchester, to an audience made up of fans from all over the world and some special guests such as Blue Weaver, the keyboard player in the Bee Gees disco era line-up and responsible for co-writing many of the 70s classics. In 2004 the band were asked to headline a festival in Emmen, Holland on a bill which also featured The Troggs and Chris Farlowe, and they have continued to play to packed audiences all over the UK.

Bee Gees Fever
The Beck Theatre , Hayes, GB
Thu 17 Apr 2008, 19:30

Click here for tickets for THIS THURSDAY >>>



Go see Rough Justice, Rising Sun

Rough Justice- Rising Sun, Slough

Rough Justice at Rising Sun, Slough on Sat 19th April 8pm. Free entry

Energetic rock covers from a hard working local band. Now is the chance to catch the boys Rough Justice

Sat 19th Apr: Rising Sun, Slough

* Dangerous Dave – Bass
* The Stoner – Guitar
* The Mighty Mammal – Drums
* Caesar – Guitar
* Hog – Lead vocals



Go see ‘Hanging Hooke’ , Riverhouse Barn, Walton

Hanging Hooke

Hanging Hooke- The Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames Fri April 18th 8pm

Take the Space present – Hanging Hooke
Friday 18th April 8pm – tickets available

Hanging Hooke

by Siobhan Nicholas.

Chris Barnes (Midsomer Murders, Hornblower) stars in this new play, which comes highly recommended by a friend of Riverhouse.

Christopher Wren loved him. Isaac Newton loathed him. Robert Hooke, this genius of the 17th century provoked intense loyalty, controversy, jealousy and hatred. His recently unearthed manuscript sold for millions. But was “England’s Leonardo” buried by another Da Vinci plot?

“a gem of a show… this was story telling of the highest order”.


full price £12.00
conc. £10.00

Booking Details

By Post

riverhouse boxoffice
Manor Road
Surrey KT12 2PF

By Phone 01932 253354 (24 hrs)


Go to see ‘Big Jim Sullivan’ at Staines Riverside Club

Big Jim Sullivan and Duncan Mckenzie at Staines

The Big Jim Sullivan & Duncan Mckenzie, Apr 17 2008 8:30P The Riverside Club, Staines

The Big Jim Sullivan / Duncan Mckenzie

Big Jim Sullivan started playing the guitar at 14 and within 2 years was
already a professional. Richie Blackmore went to see Jim every now and
then for the odd lesson. “It wasn’t that odd” said Jim “Richie was a precocious talent even then, he learned to be an individual very quickly. To be truthful I think that telling him to be an individual and making him use his little finger is all I needed to tell him. The rest was natural to him.”

Hitting the big time at 17 as one of Marty Wildes original Wildcats. The Wildcats, including Jim, had the pleasure of meeting and backing the charismatic Eddie Cochran on his ill-fated tour of England. Jim went on to become one of the most sought after session guitarists throughout the sixties and seventies, his flexibility for every style of music meant he was always busy, averaging 3 sessions a day, playing on an enormous number of hits, (at least 1,000 chart entries).

In early 1969 Jim joined Tom Jones, touring extensively and although often in the background with the rest of the band he featured many times with special guests on Toms TV shows.

Jim left Tom late 1974 and immediately teamed up with Derek Lawrence, the producer of ‘Deep Purple‘, ‘Wishbone Ash‘ and more. Derek and Jim had a record label called ‘Retreat’. They also produced various artists over a period of two years or so. Among these artists were ‘Labi Sifri‘, ‘Chas ‘n’ Dave‘, ‘Mcguiness Flint‘, ‘Tiger‘ and more. Together they went to the states and produced a Glam Metal band called ‘Angel‘. This band was very big in America and Derek and Jim Stayed in the States and produced more artists and a second ‘Angel’ album.

Jim now tours with Duncan Mckenzie, a friend of long standing and a great artist in his own right. The duo covers music from jazz standards to Jimmy Hendrix.

A rare chance to see a true Guitar Hero here in STAINES




Get Your Tickets for Beck Theatre, Hayes

The Beck Theatre
Grange Road

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A Concert For Linda - ADPONTES-STAINES original artwork 2008 © NEIL_MACH

A CONCERT FOR LINDA Saturday 28th June 2008 Russell Road, Shepperton, Middlesex

A live music event in Shepperton, on the banks of the River Thames to raise money for the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Bands:-

The Unusual Suspects 1.10PM – 1.55PM
Timeless Blues & Soul

The Cohn Heads 2.00PM – 2.45PM
The music of Grammy Award Winner Marc Cohn

From The Ashes 2.50PM – 3.35PM
Classic & contemporary rock at it’s best

Morockansoul 3.40PM – 4.25PM
The ultimate party band. Disco, Pop, Soul & More!

Replicant 4.30PM – 5.15PM
Uncompromising heavy rock

Rough Justice 5.20PM – 6.05PM
the godfathers of rock ‘n’ roll

Red Rocket 6.10PM – 6.55PM
At the top of their game!

!daft! 7.00PM – 7.45PM
Don’t miss ’em!

The Grand Finale! 7:45PM – 8.00PM

All profits will be donated to the Spelthorne Multiple Sclerosis Society & other associated charities.


Adults: £10
Kids: £5
Family: £25
Kids under 6 free.
Family Ticket = 2 Adults & 2 Kids.

An online booking fee of 50p per ticket applies.
This pays for the e-ticket service, so the full price can go to the charity.