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Raw Glory – Dog & Partridge Staines

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An acquaintance recently stopped me and quizzed, “You are interested in music aren’t you?” Answer: “It is my life”. Question: “Have you got Rock Band – you know- the game?” Answer: “No!”  Reply: “Mate, you should get it. It is so goo-ood that I went out and got the guitar controller and the drum set for it last week.  Probably cost me about seven hundred quid for the whole set up.”   I was tempted to respond:  “Why don’t you just go out and buy a second-hand acoustic guitar and learn how to play the real bloody thing”. But I did not. Because we all know (from Homer) that, “If something is too hard to do, then it’s not worth doing..”

The day after this short exchange I went to see Raw Glory at The Dog & Partridge, Staines Feb 15th. (BTW: The pub is doing an Open Mic/Jamming Session every Wednesday starting 25th Feb- so come on down,) and I thought, “Now, here are some fellas that didn’t waste their youth playing video games”.

Take Russell Crowe and stick a frizzy mop on his bonce and you have got Paul Manzi, the lead vocals. Cosmo, the lead guitar, looks a bit look Judas Priest (Halford) and Mick Underwood looks like your uncle (but he is on the drums so it doesn’t matter what he looks like… a  ‘guest’  was playing the nite I saw the band,)  Ronnie Garrity is a kindly looking gentelman on bass. Mick Underwood has played with just about everyone- and their companions- in the rock universe. Peter Frampton, Paul Rodgers, Gillan etc etc. You name ‘em and he has played with ‘em. The man has a rock n roll pedigree that is as long as a roll of sari silk. And twice as extravagant.

But it is the sensual and slinky Paul Manzi who lives, breathes and becomes your own true ideal of a rock n roll hero. He is as supple as Robert Plant and as lithe as Jim Morrison. He is the front man you have always wished you could have become- had you not spent your entire childhood playing on the poxy computer.  He is a singer, gyrator and a genuine rock n roller.

This band is a celebration of glorious raw rock. They grind and chug their way through each and every one of your favourite rock anthems (you know the drill, AC/DC, Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Free) pausing only briefly between each song to take a well earned swig. Their combined energy is breathtaking and the noise is like a sustained artillery barrage from a line of mutliple launch rocket systems. This band is truly a thrusting pulsing power pack of adrenalin and sweat.

Check this high voltage rock and roll act at a venue near you. Startling!

© Neil_Mach


Feb 2009

Mar 14 2009      9:00P The Globe, Brentford
Apr 10 2009     9:00P The Cardinal Wolsey, Hampton
Jul 4 2009     10:00P The Rising Sun, Slough

www.myspace.com/rawgloryrock

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Los – Hobgoblin Staines

STAINES  HOBGOBLIN
Thursday 19th February 2009

Los at staines

Self-obsession and self-absorption are not kind words for a band…but there is genius afoot here…so these guys can be
forgiven for being a tadge ‘up themselves’. Los is a trio of power-hungry power-rangers. Chris Hamilton (guitars) is the Paul
Benedict (Rev. Lindquist) of the tribe. He rallies and hounds the troops, biting heels like a sheep dog on the loose. Daniel Hale looks like a hairy 1974 version of Jeff Bridges (Thunderbolt & Lightfoot) and provides the substantial percussive element  and then we have the blonde heroine, Helen Sargent, on vocals and synthesizer. It wouldn’t be unfair to describe their sound as a kind of ‘Ting Tings’ for grown-ups with Chris playing the multi parted Jules De Martino character and Helen playing the Katie White role.

The band cites influences from the late Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana right through to Nina Simone. Note that all these artists are considered ‘serious’ as in highly academic and ‘significant’. But don’t imagine that Los mitigates any excitement just because they may possess a ‘Guardian Reader’ following and post-graduate credentials. They are more animated than words alone can describe! Think of an army of whirling dervishes together with a host of Cossacks playing rugby football together and you get close to the idea of the mayhem and energy of a Los gig.

Unusually, there is no bass guitar within the Los structure. So Helen provides (at times) some moody keyboard baselines to add some darker colours to the overall texture. But the ace of bass ain’t all that, especially when the extraordinary guitar-work of Chris is enough to satisfy any cravings you may have for deeper contextual tones.  There are imaginative chord  progressions aplenty and occasional funk or jazz elements springing up like unexpected fireworks. The total effect is more substantial than pop art or art-rock … more like the musical equivalent of heavy-duty sculpture.

The melodies are often hidden beneath swathes of disproportionate energy like a nutmeg might be hidden under several layers of a daunting crinoline Elizabethan petticoat. And the organic and frenzied drumming from Daniel is demonstrated like a kids magic show- with sleight-of-hand and colourful tricks, conjured up from nothing, for the adoring crowd.

Softly creeping up on you like a bar-lounge lizard, some of the gentle songs seem to sweetly hypnotize and mystify you and,
before you know where you are, they suck you into their cruel world like a cephalopod might devour her prey- captured and
drained- drawn in by unseen suckers. Without knowing, your are about to be digested in bite sized chunks. It is at these moments when Helen comes into her own and, at the high points, her soulful vocals can be favourably compared to the work of some mighty divas such as Doris Troy.

One of my favourite Los numbers is ‘Ba Ba Ba’. This song is about missing someone so badly that it messes with your head. We
all know the feeling. The rat-a-tat percussive elements from Daniel Hale and the stunts performed by Chris are, this time, outshone by the sheer drama of Helen’s singing. Her face a series of contortions and extortions, she gurns her way through the number and you can share her anxiety and suffering. In fact, you might even somehow feel to blame for the pain of living through it all. My, my…this lot could probably qualify for some sort of Arts Council grant with all those theatricals and histrionics going on.

My only (small) criticisms are that I would like to have seen Chris play ‘to the crowd’ rather than to his band-mates. He seemed, to me, to be too shy to face his audience and too self-conscious to be part of the act. I would also have liked to have heard a lot more keyboard work from Helen. Frankly, it seems a pity to bring your synth all that way and then let it become a shelf for your drinks.

But, all-in-all, this was a powerful piece of work by a great three-part talent. A tipping point maven trap for any person who may genuinely want to witness artistic, non formulaic, rock and jazz-laced blues.

© Neil_Mach
Feb 2009

Reverend Lindquist
[
Rev Linquist]

Link:

www.myspace.com/wearelos

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Small Outfit, Big Sound Ideas at Staines

2 Sick Monkeys at Staines

29th JAN 2009  8:00P at HOB STAINES £3 2 SICK MONKEYS

2 Sick Monkeys formed in December 2000, as a live two piece bass and drums, primarily to support Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream) at a drum event in Swindon.
They have now played over 400 gigs (270 in the last 3 years) including 4 European tours.

They describe themselves as tight, melodic and percussively in your face.
Basically……small outfit, BIG SOUND!!

2 Sick Monkeys are with:

Page Not Found

Page Not Found are a punk rock group form Slough Berkshire UK.

Formally known as Ollie Impossible, Page Not Found play their own style of Fast paced skate punk. After the change the band along with new bassman have wasted no time and headed straight into the studio to record some material.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/2sickmonkeys

www.myspace.com/pagenotfoundrock

2.

High Quality Funk & Groove – Ascot

Mimosa at Jagz Ascot

Jan 30th 2009 8:45P at Jagz Ascot MIMOSA £5

Whisk together smooth soul, funky grooves and a hint of rock, fold in a combination of catchy brass riffs, fat bass, creative guitar as well as watertight drums and percussion. Heat for 2 hours with probably the best vocal talent in the south and you have the unique sound of Mimosa.

Some people have said – “it’s a bit like being attacked by a shark wearing a woolly jumper” “best served hot with Mango Chutney a cold beer!” “You’ll drive through an
amber light to see them!” “Just like the Brand New Heavies, only not as famous!” The band have spent the last year putting together a high quality varied mix of songs to give a great show, keeping people grooving well into the night. Gigging since April 06, this band will definitely impress and leave you wanting more. Time to find out what you have been missing……

Links:

ww.myspace.com/mimosaband


3.

Stripped Down Classic Rock – Shepperton

Firewater at Shepperton


Jan 30 2009      9:00P Kings Head-Shepperton FIREWATER


The ED HUDSON project “Firewater” was formed in 2000 and has been regularly gigging around London and the South East since then. The early blues
material gave way to more classic rock songs as time went on and the duo format lends itself to a stripped down approach to the songs, showcasing the considerable talents of singer Ed Hudson and lead guitarist Tim Scopes.

If you like blues and classic rock (and don’t like being deafened in the process of hearing it!) go and see ’em -you will not be dissappointed….

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/firewaterduo

4.

80’s & 90’s  Hits – Live Band – Live in Windsor

!Daft!

Fri 30 Jan Old Ticket Hall, Windsor £3 !Daft!

!daft! are a party rock cover band comprising 5 professional standard musicians who perform high energy and dynamic gigs across the Home Counties and West London to consistently excellent responses. Our sets and gigs are designed
to be fun, enthusiastic and crammed with recognisable anthemic tracks from artists including Queen, Guns N’ Roses, The Killers, The Fratellis, Green Day, Elvis, Bon Jovi, Madness, Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis, Michael Jackson… even ABBA and Take That, plus many more legendary groups.

Random quote: “It’s like going to see all your favourite rock bands in one night!!”

Links:

http://www.daftonline.co.uk




5.

Aerosmith to ZZ Top Covers – in Hampton

Prezence

Jan 31 2009      9:00P  The Cardinal Wolsey Hampton Court PREZENCE

Prezence are fast becoming a STAINES and area fafourite covers band… playing a huge mixture of classic rock from way-way back to much more modern material from the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Foo Fighters etc. A thoroughly enjoyable evening is guaranteed…. also coming to venues in Staines, Hampton, Walton-on-Thames soon (keep checking our ADPONTES music pages for updated GIG GUIDE)

Link:

myspace.com/prezencerock

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

‘Jam’ with everything – Guildford

Jam DRC

Jam DRC (The Jam Tribute)
Jan 10 2009      8:00P The Boileroom     Guildford. Surrey

Jam DRC is the foremost Jam covers band and this week you have a chance to catch the band at Guildford.

A mutual love for The Jam is the driving force behind The Jam DRC. Named after the 5CD box set, which gathers together pretty much everything the Jam ever recorded, The Jam DRC are Jam fans playing Jam songs.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/jamdrc

The Boileroom, 13 Stokefields, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LS

http://www.theboileroom.net/

2.

MONKEYSUIT MUSIC- WITH DJ Mark is Egg

Tripwires


10 Jan 7:00 Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor – The Tripwires

You know MONKEYSUIT for their outstanding events at The Oakford Social Club and so we are very happy to have them nearby at WINDSOR

The Monekysuit headliners have yet to be confirmed but Tripwires and The Good Natured are all on board, as are Monkeysuit’s resident DJ’s DJ Mark Is Egg and The Plundercats, so pretty convinced this is going to smash it!

Links:

http://www. myspace. com/monkeysuitmusic

http://www. myspace. com/tripwires

http://www. myspace. com/thegoodnatured

Tickets £5 (all ages) and more info from http://www. firestationartscentre. com


3.

Classic Rock, Funk and Soul –  Windsor

Double JD

10 Jan 2009 9:00P  DOUBLE JD at THE OLD TICKET HALL, WINDSOR  £3


Double JD are one of the premier covers bands in the south of England. Too many bands play what they want to play – they play what you want to hear! Their brand of high energy Rock, Soul, Funk and Blues covers will have you singing and dancing from the start.

You can’t beat variety. These boys will ensure that you will never be more than a song or two away from one you know and love. How many bands play Wilson Picket, then Elvis? Or Cream then Stevie Wonder? They will want you to have a good time and to do that, they will keep the set fresh, upbeat, dancable and full of huge sing-alongs.

If you miss ’em at Windsor – try to catch ’em here:

Fri 23 Jan – The Stag, Farnham Common 9:00P

Sat 7 Feb  – Wooburn Club, Wooburn Green 9:00P

Sat 28 Feb – The Walnut Tree, Bourne End 9:00P

Sat 28 Mar – The Horns, Watford 8:00P

Fri 10 Apr – The Stag, Farnham Common 9:00P

Links:

http,//www.doublejd.com/

4.

Local Indie Rock Legends – in Windsor

Disco

09 JAN 2009 09:00P – AUDIO VIDEO DISCO at OLD TICKET HALL WINDSOR
with fiN

Old Ticket Hall – Windsor
01753 854554

Audio.Video.Disco. are a new breath of fresh air to the indie, pop genre, not afraid of writing catchy melodies and annoyingly difficult to pigeon-hole, they are a cut-above the norm.Formed mid-way through 2007 when duo Matt O’Daly and Richard Berkshire moved away from their acoustic roots and decided to start a proper band. In stepped Adam Linton (bass) and Tom Smith (drums). The line-up was complete.

Now having already played alongside Alphabeat, a set at the illustrious Clapham Grand and a headline show at the Astoria 2, this band have already attracted the attention of producer/engineer Phil English. The band recorded their current EP at
Phil’s Alexander Sound Studio in Milton Keynes.

Their EP launch was a huge sell out success and the band sold more tickets than when Hard-Fi played the same venue. Now with a solid fan base built up over the past year the band are set to make some serious waves amongst the current crop of bands coming out of the West-London area.are a new breath of fresh air to the indie, pop genre, not afraid of writing catchy melodies and annoyingly difficult to pigeon-hole, they are a cut-above the norm. Formed mid-way through 2007 when duo Matt O’Daly and Richard Berkshire moved away from their acoustic roots and decided to start a proper band. In stepped Adam Linton (bass) and Tom Smith (drums). The line-up was complete. Now having already played alongside Alphabeat, a set at the illustrious Clapham Grand and a headline show at the Astoria 2, this band have already attracted the attention of producer/engineer Phil English. The band recorded their current EP at Phil’s Alexander Sound Studio in Milton Keynes. Their EP launch was a huge sell out success and the band
sold more tickets than when Hard-Fi played the same venue.

Now with a solid fan base built up over the past year the band are set to make some serious waves amongst the current crop of bands coming out of the West-London area.

About fiN – Extract from Staines Blog – for full review click here

The fiN song-book is replete with the kind of discordant harmonic treasures born from a day of muted pleasures out on the Bedfont Lakes. Their sounds contain a heartfelt diet of melodic instrumentation and a fullness and roundness of experimental rhythm, jarred in all the right places by periodic gusts of sheer power – broken up by sudden unexplained lulls. In fact, their music is, at  times, like that most treasured of all things – an almost perfect English summer’s day – in that it is menacingly fragile and always on the verge of predictable heartaching tragedy.
[ © Neil_Mach 2009 ]

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/audiovideodiscouk

http://uk.youtube.com/fintelevision


5.

Plug in to ‘AC/DC’ live at Rising Sun, Slough

The Donkeys

THE DONKEYS Sat 10 Jan: Rising Sun, Slough

The Donkeys are a four-piece rock covers band from Essex featuring tracks by Ac/Dc. Led Zep. Metallica. Free. Bad company. Iron Maiden. Ect. + many more.
The band is in it’s 15th year and cover some 70 gigs a year.

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

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.

Links

http://www.myspace.com/stayawayfromparis

2.

Boogie Down to the Modern Groove- in Ascot

Grooveology


Grooveology

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


3.

Peoples Popular Pub Band – at Windsor

PFJ

PFJ

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!

Links:

http://www.thepfj.com/

4.

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.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/4wdtheband

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


5.

Raw Rock Covers- at Slough

Spiderwire

Spiderwire

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.

Links:

http://www.spiderwire

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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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

Sing & Dance Along with Abba Gold at Hayes

Abba Gold at Hayes

ABBA GOLD The Beck Theatre, Hayes Friday 6 June 2008 7:30P

CLICK HERE YOUR TICKETS

The fantastic and sensational Abba Gold – Live on stage. A non stop high energy performance from one of the leading Abba tribute bands who have been thrilling audiences since 1992 with hits like Money Money Money, Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper and many more.

Get those feet tapping and vocal chords ready to sing-along to your favourite hits. A spectacular show for Abba fans of all ages – bring the whole family.

JOHN HESSENTHALER PRESENTS
ABBA GOLD
BECK THEATRE
GRANGE ROAD, HAYES
FRIDAY EVENING 19:30
6TH JUNE 2008

2.

Get Folked Up with Eleanor McEvoy

Eleanor McEvoy


Eleanor McEvoy – June 4 2008 at West End Centre, Queens Road, Aldershot 8:00P £9

In a world where the word star and the gift of talent are often devalued, Eleanor McEvoy is neither an overnight success nor a four week wonder. A musician and songwriter of note, the real deal, possessing all of the qualities that go to make up the complete artist.

Her career began at the age of four when she took piano lessons, taking up violin at the age of eight. Upon finishing school she attended Trinity College in Dublin where she studied music by day and worked in pit orchestras and music clubs by night.Eleanor graduated from Trinity and was accepted into the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland where she worked four years before finally taking the plunge to concentrate on her passion for songwriting.

After a long hard slog, the girl who spent the year of 1988 busking in Union Square, New York had come a long way, a route that took her through the disciplines of classical music, Irish traditional music and contemporary music to a point where she finally found success in 1992.

It happened when one of her songs “Only a Woman’s Heart” inspired the title for, and appeared on, the “A Woman’s Heart” anthology album. It has since gone on to become the best selling album in Irish history, staying in the Irish Top 10 for over a year.

Since then Eleanor has gone on to become an artist and performer known throughout the world. Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans six albums, several singles and appearances on numerous compilation albums and is today recognised as Ireland’s most successful female singer songwriter having enjoyed personal chart success and numerous cover versions of her songs. (Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, amongst others). Her song “All I Have” features in the most recent series of the HBO cult series “Six Feet Under”.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/emcevoymusic

http://www.westendcentre.co.uk/


3.

Go rock with Rosenbridge at West End Centre

Rosenbridge

Rosenbridge, June 6 8:00P West End Centre, Aldershot

Rosenbridge are a three piece progressive instrumental rock band from Guildford/North Camp.

Band Members Richard Fennings – Guitar
Ben Wainhouse – Bass
Greg Foord – Drums

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/rosenbridgemusic

Also catch Rosenbridge at:

Jun 19 2008 7:15P The Peel, Kingston w/ Agent Elf + Rigid Sky

4.

Great Band – Foulplay – at Ye Old Swan, Burnham

Foulplay

Fouplay- Jun 7 2008 9:00P Ye Old Swan, Burnham , Berks

The time (before last) that we saw Foul Play at the cosy and bijou ‘pubette’ that is the Jolly Farmer, Staines, the band had managed to squeeze their four-piece guitar-based band plus amps & speakers plus some keyboards with female vocalist (plus two backing singers), into a space that was just about big enough to seat a pot-plant.
(They normally keep the pot plant on the corner table by the window.)

On that night, the band kept bringing out more and more songs from their plentiful archives like some kind of deranged ‘rock school’ lecturers.

“Do you remember Little Richard? No, well here’s some. Do you remember Rockabilly? No, well here’s some. Do you remember Surf Music? No, well here’s some”….their repertoire included everything ( as in EVERYTHING) from bygone ages of old-time rock and roll and skiffle, through to classics from the glam-rock seventies, big numbers from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and even into modern indie rock territory. I was astonished when the five piece ( and mainly guitar-based combo, remember) attempted- and pulled off with some aplomb- some 2-Tone British Ska.

That was the time before last.

When we saw the band last summer they had a new lead guitar player in the shape of Pete Downes – and, boy, can he play !!!

The lead singer, Lee Ridley, (who uncannily resembles David Brent) is still the main dynamo for the group and provides some nice chunky chords for Pete Downes to ornament and adorn. But they have now ‘lost’ the keyboards. But they retain Carl Gaywood on drums and Huw Stokes on Bass.

When did you last see a band without keyboards attempt a Pink Floyd number? It is typical of these boys to attempt Pink Floyd now they DON’T have keyboards any longer! Yep! The Foul Play boys even did a track from Dark Side of the Moon… God bless ‘em.

So if you like classic rock, and you like some fancy guitar work, and you like a good old sing-song why not go on a musical journey through the entire seven ages of rock with Foul Play?

You could do lot worse than coming down the Jolly Farmer the next night the boys are playing. It could be an education.

[Below] David Brent … sorry Lee Ridley foreground, with Pete Downes on lead

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/foulplayuk

http://www.petedownes.com

YE OLD SWAN : 34 High Street, Burnham, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 7JP

Also see Fouplay at:

Jun 14 2008 9:00P
The Carpenters’ Arms Hayes, London and South East
Jun 28 2008 9:00P
The Red Lion Egham, London and South East
Jul 26 2008 9:00P
Filthy McNasty’s at The Red Lion Twickenham
Aug 9 2008 9:00P
Ye Olde Swan Burnham, London and South East
Sep 6 2008 9:00P
The Red Lion Egham, London and South East
Sep 27 2008 9:00P
The Jolly Farmer Staines, London and South East
Oct 4 2008 9:00P
Ye Olde Swan Burnham, London and South East
Dec 13 2008 9:00P
The Red Lion Egham, London and South East
Dec 19 2008 9:00P
The Jolly Farmer Staines, London and South East
Dec 20 2008 9:00P
Ye Olde Swan Burnham, London and South East



5.

Laugh out loud with Andrew Lawrence at Walkabout

Andrew Lawrence Comedy

Andrew Lawrence -Sat 07 June 2008 20:30 Walkabout, Putney London

with Scott Cappuro, Colin Cole


CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Andrew Lawrence’s dark, musical comedy landed him a place in the final of So You Think You’re Funny? in 2003, and won him the BBC New Act of the Year Competition the following year. His debut Edinburgh show in 2006 was nominated for the if.comedy best newcomer title, and his 2007 follow-up nominated for the main award.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/andrewlawrencecomedy

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The Beck Theatre
Grange Road
Hayes
Middlesex
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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

Travel to ‘Havana’ in Woking

Havana Rakatan - Woking

Havana Rakatan, Woking Theatre Tue May 13-Sat May 17 2008


A dazzling dance spectacular direct from Cuba
Havana Rakatan – Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 May 2008 New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Direct from a sell-out run last summer in the West End, Havana Rakatan is now bringing all the heat of a Cuban summer to Woking. From the sexy, spontaneous rumba to the slick footwork of the cha-cha-cha, this is a show that’s guaranteed to get head’s nodding and feet-tapping. Featuring one of Cuba’s most popular bands live on stage, this is a captivating and colourful journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country.

Box Office: 0870 060 6645

2.

Go into the Enchanted Woods at Sunbury

Into the Woods


Into the Woods- Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury, 14th – 17th May £8

A Musical by Stephen Sondheim

Riverside Youth Theatre
14th-17th May 2008
Riverside Arts Centre

Into the Woods is an award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Bernadette Peters’ performance as the Witch, and Joanna Gleason’s portrayal of the Baker’s Wife, brought acclaim to the production during its original Broadway run.

Inspired by Bruno Bettelheim’s 1976 book, The Uses of Enchantment, the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, and including references to several other well-known tales.

A revival at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio in Covent Garden (with Clive Rowe) had a limited run from June 14 – June 30 2007. This is the second Sondheim musical to be staged by the company, following 2003’s Sweeney Todd.

This performance is brought to you by the Riverside Youth Theatre at Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames
Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th May 2008 at 8pm Tickets £8
Box Office: 01932 779686

Riverside Arts Cente
Sunbury-on-Thames
59 Thames Street
Sunbury

links:

http://www.riversidearts.co.uk/

http://www.sondheimguide.com/woods.html


3.

Go to chuckle at Walton- Comedy Night

Rob Deering at Walton

Comedy at Walton, Rob Deering & Co, Riverhouse Barn, Fri 16th May 8PM

Comedy at Riverhouse Barn
Gallery Studio
Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT122PF

Box Office 01932 253354

Local lad Rob Deering has been described as one of the leading stand-ups of his generation [Time Out] working since 2000 and a favourite at the Edinburgh Festival since 2003. Rob is famous for his ‘classic rock’ based routine and observational humour seen from a 30’s something perspective.

At the mike:

Rob Deering, Dan Atkinson & Kevin Bridges
Friday 16th May 8pm

also, note your diary for 20th June…

John Gordillo, Noel Britten & Steve Williams
Friday 20th June 8pm

http://www.riverhousebarn.co.uk/

4.

Go to see the Fourmustgetbeers Playing at Slough

The Fourmustgetbeers at Slough

The Fourmustgetbeers- Sat 17 May Rising Sun, Slough 2008

The Fourmusgetbeers are establishing themselves as one of the best bands on the pub scene around the West London area. After a number of personnel changes the line up now consists of, Mitch, vocals/guitar, and Paul bass/vocals, Andy lead guitar, Dave drums, and featuring Oded keyboards. The boys play covers covering four decades, classic rock to punk ,funk and always the unexpected songs that make you go (I know this one! What the hell is it called?) They play for fun and have fun playing, which reflects in their superb live performances.

If you like The Rolling Stones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, Whitesnake, The Clash, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, ACDC, ZZ Top, Ozzy, Black Label Society and lots of BEER you should love this!

http://www.myspace.com/thefourmusgetbeers

5.

Listen to the Sound of Youth

Camberley Youth Orchestra

16 & 17 May 2008 at 7:30 pm Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley

Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra

Date: 16 May 2008 – 17 May 2008
Starts at: 19:30
This event will be held at: Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY

Friday 16th May – In Support of The Rotary Club of Camberley – 7.30pm
Saturday 17th May – Celebrating 25 Years of Making Music – 7.30pm

Come and enjoy these talented young musicians play a variety of music – Big Band Style!

Please note: Tickets cannot be booked through the normal Box Office, only by calling Mike Wells on 01276 506788

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