Sunday Rockshow & Stashtin Promotions Presents; CAUDA PAVONIS +Alien Stash Tin + Mouri

The first of a series of Sunday Rockshow Live gigs that will run through out 2017

Featuring...
CAUDA PAVONIS - Bristol death rock icons with string of acclaimed albums and tours under their belt. Most recently seen opening for Toyah and Department S.

ALIEN STASH TIN - Local space rockers, infamous for their smoke, lasers and giant badgers.

MOURI - Based between Bristol and Andover, this young band are one of the most exciting live acts around.

Plus DJ Movie Mark on the decks

Entry £3.00 on door...

Rico Presents; MAYERS + Special Guests (tba)

Thriving up-and-coming indie pop group. Taking the UK by storm with their eclectic urban sound. Consisting of 4 members: Sherman, Myles, Raca and Pete.

With their new single HOUSE OF CARDS currently circulating on BBC Radio, you may have already stumbled across them! Shows currently planned all around Europe in 2017 this is a great chance to come and see their live show and cheeky wit!

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

 

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‎The Feminists (Berlin) + The Flux Capacitors + Hazel Winter (Solo)

The Feminists
https://www.facebook.com/TheFeministsband

The Flux Capacitors
https://www.facebook.com/BristolFCs

Hazel Winter - solo set
https://www.facebook.com/hazelwintermusic

& More TBA


Berlin girls THE FEMINISTS, and their mothership are set on course and flying at warp speed to Rock n Roll Street. This mysterious troupe, with a documented penchant for sweet dresses and subtle make-up, show not only skin and sweat, but also an electrical stage presence. With the unique Samantha Fuchs as frontwoman, the force of the band is irresistible.
Once the rythm machine fires up, the sweating, dance-crazed frenzy is guaranteed both on and in front of the stage. With their kleptomanic approach to genres, taking in hard 70's rock to garage, punk, gypsy, and even reggae, like five bands in one, THE FEMINISTS leap over musical boundaries with style and aplomb. Pair this with musicians who know their instruments intimately, and the desire to literally pound the groove into your ear, and you have a MUST SEE live act. With the release of their first LP 'HUNGRY FOR LOVE' the girls set the controls for Planet Earth, to liberate us from the gloom of everyday life with the power of unbridled ROCK!

Hosted by Bristol's premier time-traveling vegan rock band - The Flux Capacitors.

£5Adv £7 on the Door

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TERRY AND GERRY

After 27 years the Birmingham based cult skiffle cow-punk band Terry and Gerry are reforming for a tour in honour of their biggest fan, the late John Peel. They will be playing all over the country in February/March 2017

BBC disc jockey and avid fan John Peel promoted the band when apparently by chance he picked out their demonstration tape because his wife’s best friends were also known as Terry and Gerry. He thought the coincidence was too great to ignore! The band recorded four critically acclaimed sessions for the John Peel show and got a very fond mention in his autobiography.

In the mid-eighties the four piece band released six singles and one album. ‘From Lubbock to Clintwood East’: Each went to Number One in the indie charts. Reviewing their single on Radio One Morrissey declared ‘I love it!! Don’t know why!!’ The band toured extensively in the UK, Europe and America gathering fans from Joe Strummer of ‘The Clash’ to Shane MacGowan from ‘The Pogues’.

Terry and Gerry regularly appeared on radio and TV, including sessions for ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ and ‘The Tube’, they wrote numerous theme tunes for Central TV and were the subject of a 30 minute documentary by the legendary film maker Norman Hull, which aired on British Television in July 1986.

Still as energetic and vibrant as ever they continue to chronicle the lives of the people from the city they love, Birmingham.

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£10 on the Door

Tickets: £9 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

 

 

JERRY DAMMERS (The Specials)

We are delighted  to welcome Jerry Dammers back to the bolt for a DJ set !

Founder of The Specials and 2 Tone Records, Dammers was hugely influential in the 70s and 80s ska revival, achieving seven consecutive UK top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, including number ones “Ghost Town” and “Too Much Too Young”. An anti-apartheid campaigner, Dammers wrote the song “Free Nelson Mandela”, and went on to receive a South African national honour in April 2014 for his role in the movement. Regularly taking his legendary record collection on the road and DJing around the country, Dammers is currently heading up The Spatial AKA Orchestra, playing his own compositions as well as tributes to Sun Ra and other experimental jazz artists.

DJ ROY STRONG: Support comes from Space Invader Radio's Roy Strong, a regular at Big Chill, Cosies to name but two who will be armed with a killer selection of reggae, ska, soul, funk and modern dancefloor beats and breaks.

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£10 on the Door

Tickets: £9Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

NEVER4GET FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER "DJ Night"

Never4get Festival is a charity event to raise money for three different charities.

1) Disabled children learning musical instruments (http://m.oriols.co.uk/)

2) Disabled children attending live music events with a Carer (www.giventolive.com)

3) Macmillian cancer care

https://m.facebook.com/never4getfestival/

This project is all in memory of two friends of mine who were musicians who sadly lost their lives too early.

To give you an idea of the scope of projects myself and the team have worked on here are some links

Onion Fest https://www.facebook.com/ian.sideout/posts/10204495103399261

This  is a charity event held each summer to raise money for the victims of the thsunarmi after we lost a friend in Thailand

Phylum https://m.facebook.com/phylumhiphop/

This was a monthly hip hop night I ran in Guildford.

Planet Grunt Stage https://www.facebook.com/Planet-Grunt-Stage-1423617401199840/

This is the stage crew who will be helping with the festival.

£2/3 on the Door
 

Bizarro Promotions Presents; SONGDOG + Steve Bush & Fran Fey

Songdog is a vehicle for the dark, folk-tinged songs of Lyndon Morgans (originally from Blackwood in South Wales), with accompaniment from Karl Woodward (banjo/mandolin/harmonica), Dave Paterson (accordion/percussion) and Jasper Salmon (violin).

Their recent single ‘It’s Not A Love Thing’ has been played on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and is a trailer for Songdog’s next album, 'Joy Street'. 'Joy Street' was recorded at Manchester’s Airtight Studios with Nigel Stonier in the producer chair (his other production credits include Fairport Convention, Joan Baez and Thea Gilmore) and is due for release early 2017.
Songdog’s last album was the critically-acclaimed 'Last Orders at Harry's Bar'; earlier Songdog releases included ‘A Life Eroding’, ‘A Wretched Sinner's Song’, ‘The Time Of Summer Lightning’, ‘Haiku’ and ‘The Way of the World’.
The music has received praise from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robert Wyatt.


"Compelling stuff and yet another mighty album from a unique talent and one of the best out there.' Jeremy Searle, Maverick

'Songdog are the most beautifully sardonic and poetic force ever to emerge from Blackwood, Wales..' Gavin Martin, The Mirror

“Lyndon Morgans, the singer-songwriter at the heart and helm of Songdog, is a latterday Beat poet, a Welsh Jacques Brel” Nick Toczek, R2 (Rock’n’Reel)


“...darkly melancholic songs reflecting on a life of lust, pain, hedonism, betrayal, lost opportunities and "good times... pissed away".' Nigel Williamson, Uncut


Support - Steve Bush and Fran Fey, have been writing, recording and gigging together for a decade now. Their first album,'Row of Ashes' was released in November 2008. with the follow up, 'Earl Grey and Leather' released in November 2016. Steve Bush first stepped out in Bristol with Essential Bop - one of the city's seminal new wave bands. His reputation for intense stage performances and ascerbic lyrics has not diminished since. In 2001, after many years in London, Steve – having just returned to Bristol - released the acclaimed 'Blossom Freak' album. Fran hails from Wales. Proficient on guitar,mandolin, zither and ukelele, Fran has played all over the world, including jamming with Arab Musicians in Kuwait and playing echoing space music atop the Himalayas. He is an urban rustic and guru combined.

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£9 on the Door

Tickets: £7Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

JOHN HEGLEY + Diego Brown and The Good Fairy

Poet, comic, singer, songwriter and glasses-wearer. John Hegley captivates audiences with travel tales and amusing anecdotes, blurring the line between profound description and fine comedy. A consistent favourite at the Edinburgh Festival and with over half a dozen bestselling books under his belt, he is not to be missed.

'Awesomely mundane... Comedy's Poet Laureate' (The Independent)

'Scandalously talented' (Sunday Times)

'Bl**ding marvellous' (NME)

'Marvellous, joyful fun' (The Daily Telegraph)

'An incurable entertainer' (The Guardian).

www.johnhegley.co.uk

DIEGO BROWN AND THE GOOD FAIRY: We are part low-fat milk. Our musical education started at the age of about 7 at the knee of a second cousin who later changed the course of Anglo-Latin American relations. And we never looked back.

Some say we’re like the Carpenters on a lost weekend in Twin Peaks. Someone once said we’re the most surreal musical experience since the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.One writer said we were the talk of the chip van queue at Sidmouth international festival.

We tend to think of performance as a two-way thing. We have high expectations of our audience. And they usually come up trumps. If it doesn’t have a story we think it’s unlikely to make a song. And if it’s not a song, what’s the story?

If you want the facts, try these: guitar, banjo, ukelele, drum, accordion, fiddles, swannee, kazoos, cymbal, shakers, drawings, cake, prizes, fuzzboxes.

Tickets: £8 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

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KATEY BROOKS & BAND + Circe`s Diner


“Rising singer-songwriter had the crowd eating out of her hands…” The Independent

"We'd even compare it to the impact of Jeff Buckley" Supajam

Singer-songwriter Katey Brooks’ unique sound epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Born and raised between Bristol, London and Arizona to musical parents, the Indie Award nominee is best described as a female Hozier, with all the haunting intensity and every bit of the soul.

The writing for her forthcoming album began in the chaos of London life, continuing on tour in the dusty expanse of Australia at the beginning of 2015, and finding its completion on the side of a beautiful little mountain in the Welsh wilderness. Now under the wing of UK based label Abandon Music Group, Brooks packed in tours in the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada in 2016, and is excited to return to Bristol for a hometown show with her band, playing songs from the new album, with a sprinkling of old favourites for the diehard fans!

http://kateybrooks.com/
http://facebook.com/kateybrooksmusic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx7QjmL9JLs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAGWiBOCHuQ

CIRCE'S DINER

Dedicated to self-penned, honest, rootsy tunes the music from the Diner touches base with Country, Americana, Folk and Pop traditions yet the presentation and lyrical content comments on modern life through wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers!

Circe's Diner's tracks have been taken to live radio performances, airplay with BBC Introducing, live video sessions, film sync (High Tide. 2015) and performances across the UK and Europe including Glastonbury Festival and performing to the Great British Bakeoff’s family in the final. 

http://facebook.com/circesdiner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BeKO7KCcfc

JOHN E VISTIC SOUND SYSTEM

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JOHN E VISTIC SOUND SYSTEM: Bristol's mighty fronted dirty blues rockers are an explosive three known for their raucous rock and roll and unrelenting live performance. The band have played shows and Festivals across Europe, such as Glastonbury, Shambala and Secret Garden Festival. 

https://www.facebook.com/johnevisticrocknrollsoundsystem/

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

BIG JEFF`S MOSH PIT with THE FUTURE HISTORY + DJ Cactus County

After the  rip roaring success of its launch on Fri Nov 25th King of the gig goers, Big Jeff Johns, new club night, Big Jeff’s Mosh Pit is back!

Together with DJ/artist Cactus County, live band                                           THE FUTURE HISTORY "It's bright, it's bold and it's beautiful" - BBC Introducing

https://soundcloud.com/the_future_history

https://facebook.com/thefuturehistoryuk

will playing a live set, but most of the night will be given over to DJ sets by Big Jeff & Cactus County.  Expect to hear an energetic assortment of alternative floor fillers, obscure indie, 60’s garage, rock, prog, metal, punk and even Thai-psychedelia. You’ve all seen Jeff dancing in the mosh pit at gigs, now this will be your turn to get up the front and move!


Doors open at 7.30pm for low key DJ sets by Jeff and Cactus County; the live band, THE FUTURE HISTORY will be on at about 9pm; followed by a heavier DJ set from DJ BIG JEFF then Cactus County takes over at the decks till 1am.

Tickets are £4Adv  from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel: 0117 9299008 Ticket link: http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/?/170114THUBIGJ1

£5 on the Door

THE QUARRYMEN - The Band that became the Beatles...

John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen – the band who were on stage with John Lennon on Saturday July 6th, 1957 (the day John met Paul McCartney) – got back together in 1997 to celebrate the most momentous meeting in pop music history. They enjoyed themselves so much at that reunion and interest from fans was so great that they decided to re-form the group forty years on!

The current Quarrymen lineup includes three of those five original musicians, – Len Garry, former tea-chest bass player, now playing guitar and replacing Lennon as lead singer, – Rod Davis, from Quarry Bank School, at first the banjo player but now on guitar and Colin Hanton on drums, who played with John, Paul, George on the famous 1958 Percy Phillips recording session which produced “In Spite of All the Danger” and “That’ll Be the Day” which was featured on the Beatles’ “Anthology, Volume 1” CD set. On piano is John Duff Lowe who was invited by Paul McCartney to join the group in 1958 and who also played on the Percy Phillips session.

The other members of the original group were John’s lifelong friend, washboard player Pete Shotton, who retired in Dec 2000 for health reasons, and guitarist Eric Griffiths who sadly died in January 2005, but not before thoroughly enjoying several tours with the newly reborn “Pre-Fab Five” – as the New York Post referred to them in 1998 after their gig at the legendary “Bottom Line” in Greenwich Village.

Anyone knowing their Beatles’ history is aware that The Quarrymen eventually evolved into the Beatles. It is precisely their stories of the group’s origins and of course the Skiffle and early Rock music that the Quarrymen perform, that draw to their shows not only Beatles’ fans, but all those who enjoy the history of the music and of the fifties.

The Quarrymen play the music which influenced the birth of the Beatles, the Skiffle and Rock ‘n’ Roll of the mid fifties – “Rock Island Line”, “Mean Woman Blues”, “Midnight Special”, “Twenty Flight Rock”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, and many more, played in the style of the hundreds of similar groups who were laying the foundations of British Rock Music. Of course the difference with the Quarrymen was that it was fronted by one very special man, John Lennon, who gathered together his best mates way back then to embark on the most famous journey in music history.

As well as their music, the Quarrymen share their Liverpool sense of humour in the stories and anecdotes with which they pepper their performance, giving Beatles fans a unique insight into the origins of their favourite group and the city in which they grew up.

Since 1997 the Quarrymen have played all over Europe, in Canada, Japan, Cuba, and Russia, and have visited the USA many times, performing in New York, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas and across the country. They have appeared on stage with Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Tony Sheridan and Laurence Juber and have made countless TV and radio appearances. In 2007 they were featured on the BBC TV’s hour long documentary “It was 50 years ago today” which dealt with the “Day John Met Paul” in Liverpool. In 2010 the Quarrymen undertook a 21 day tour of the US in conjunction with the Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” during which they played 17 gigs from coast to coast, culminating in a mammoth concert in New York on what would have been John’s 70th birthday, where guests included Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton and Neil Innes. In 2013 they were featured in the Channel 4 documentary “Rock ‘n’ Roll Britannia”. The only authorised Beatle biographer, Hunter Davies, also wrote the story of the Quarrymen which was published in 2002.

The Quarrymen have released two cds, “Get Back Together” in 1997 and “Songs We Remember” in 2004 and in 2009 Horst Fascher’s Star Club-tv released a 60 minute dvd.

hottest news of the moment is that the Quarrymen have now been joined on bass by Chas Newby. When the Beatles came back from Hamburg at the end of 1960 they left Stuart Sutcliffe in Germany with his new girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, so that when the next gigs came their way they were without a bass player. Chas was a school friend of Pete Best and he was quickly recruited into the band and played with them on four occasions before he went back to university. The most famous of these was at Litherland Town Hall on December 27, when the sound that the Beatles had forged in their long hours on stage in Hamburg absolutely blasted the crowd and kicked off Beatlemania.

Chas plays a left handed-Hofner bass, rather like you-know-who, and his musical ability and his gentle sense of humour will prove a great addition to the Quarrymen’s lineup in 2016.

The Quarryman were also seena the Liverpool Premiere of THE BEATLES touring years.

www.originalquarrymen.co.uk/

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£10on the Door

Tickets: £9 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

 

THE VIBRATORS + The Wrong` Uns + UK`s LOWEST + DJ Gaz Le Punk

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The Vibrators are a British punk rock band that formed in 1976. They were one of the pioneering punk bands that played at London’s Roxy Club. They headlined in January 1977, supported by The Drones. In March 1977 the band supported Iggy Pop on his British tour. Later that year they backed ex-Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter. Now in 2011 the band celebrate THIRTY-FIVE YEARS of making records and touring heavily, in 2010 the band did more than 130 gigs. Get ready for many more years of PURE MANIA!

http://www.thevibrators.com/

THE WRONG` UNS: Bristol based punksters!

http://soundcloud.com/thewronguns

UK`S LOWEST: Bristol based teenage punk rock band. Have released 2 singles and an album since they formed in January of 2013. Have played with bands such as UK Subs, Buzzcocks, GBH, Anti-Nowhere League, Subhumans and Penetration and are leaving their mark on the local punk scene. 

www.soundcloud.com/u-ks-lowest

DJ GAZ LE PUNK: Great punk rocks sounds from Bristol's top DJ`s!

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£8 on the Door

Tickets: £7Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk


IAN PROWSE and AMSTERDAM + Cloudy Apple

Merseyside hero Ian Prowse has formed two successful bands Pele and Amsterdam. Pele released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G Records. Six singles troubled the lower ends of the UK charts but abroad they scored hits in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Holland and most notably a Number One in South Africa with 'Megalomania'. Pele were a noted live act completing nine tours of the U.K.

Ian then formed Amsterdam and their first single for Beat Crazy Records 'The Journey' was a UK top 40 single in February 2005. Follow up single 'Does this train stop on Merseyside' also hit the UK Charts.

The song regularly elicited an emotional response from Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel's widow Sheila Ravenscroft went on the station after the DJ's death and confirmed that 'He was not capable of playing it without crying'. The song itself got a further lease of life as one of the centre pieces of Irish legend Christy Moore’s latest album which spent 5 weeks at the top spot in his home country.

Ian also has a long standing friendship with Elvis Costello who used Amsterdam[3] as his backing band on the Jonathan Ross television show as well as opening act on several occasions. The relationship was blessed on record when Prowse performed a duet with Costello on a cover of The Searchers 1964 hit 'Don't throw your love away' for the Liverpool Number Ones Project on EMI Records in 2008.

The last Amsterdam album 'Arm in Arm' ended up being voted 14th best ever album out of Liverpool by the local press, which when you consider the Beatles released 10 is some feat! Lead off single 'Home' was played on 21 consecutive days by Radio 2's Janice Long. Janice is a huge fan of the band having had them in no less than 4 times for live sessions.

2012 saw Ian release 'Does this train stop on Merseyside: The Very Best of Ian Prowse' to across the board rave review and

2014 has seen Ian release his very first solo album 'WHO LOVES YA BABY' to blanket praise.

 

'Rousing, inspirational rocking anthems and celtic soul finery' Daily Mirror 4/5

'Dynamic, hugely enjoyable and ultimately uplifting' R2 Magazine 4/5

'Passionate, engrossing, evocative songs'. Record Collector 4/5

'A Magnificent collection of songs' Liverpool Echo

 

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£12 on the Door

Tickets: £10Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

DR FEELGOOD

Canvey Island, Essex, was an unlikely birthplace for Britain's finest R&B band. Its bleak industrial skyline set against the cold waters of the Thames estuary, keeps it from inclusion in most holiday brochures, but in the 1960's it was home to teenage friends Lee Collinson, Chris White and John Sparkes.

The line up has changed since those early days but these doctors still have the Feelgood factor!

Touring pretty much continuously since 1973, Dr Feelgood always give 100% of the finest British rhythm and blues to make you feel good. Performing such hits as including "Milk & Alcohol", "Down At The Doctors" and "Roxette", the Doctors will see you now!

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£16 on the Door

Tickets: £14 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

PAT FISH (Jazz Butcher) + Short Stories

Along with Alan Moore and Rockingham Castle, Pat Fish remains a Northamptonshire institution. Boozer, intellectual and troubadour, Fish has released an entire canon of Jazz Butcher albums since the early eighties and has intermittently reformed the JBC to critical plaudits.”

Erik Morse, Spacemen 3 & the Birth of Spiritualized

“Pat Fish, the Jazz Butcher, is one of the most brilliant incisive pop writers that Britain has produced since the glory days of Ray Davies and Pete Townshend.”

Alan McGee, Creation Records

Born in West London at a time that left him just too young to be a hippie and just a little too old to be a punk, Pat Fish grew up in an era where the Bonzo Dog Band appeared on children’s television, Syd Barrett was on Top of the Pops and the Adult World was represented in shows like The Avengers and The Prisoner. Disappointment was an inevitability.

Fish failed to “get” the glam rock thing (probably too much of an excitable wee football fan) and found that the seventies drove him down some fairly obscure musical paths before punk rock came along to save the day. By then, however, all those mad little songs by Eno, Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen, John Cale, Peter Blegvad and Tony Moore were already locked up in his head.

Fish started making records under the name of the Jazz Butcher in 1983 and nobody has quite succeeded in putting a stop to this yet. He has recorded for Glass Records, Creation Records, ROIR of New York and Vinyl Japan of Tokyo. Overall he has written and released fifteen albums of original music, three live albums and innumerable singles and compilations.

In 2016 Fire Records issued the album Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, originally released as a fan-funded project in 2012. In 2017 Fire will be undertaking a major re-issue programme, making several Jazz Butcher albums available once again on vinyl, CD and digital formats.

With the Jazz Butcher, Fish has toured worldwide. As a solo artist, recent shows include Hamburg, Dortmund, New York City, Tokyo, Brussels and London, as well as his adopted home town of Northampton where he still regularly turns out with his acoustic guitar to support visiting artists.

He likes collaborations, too. Apart from his lengthy association with Northampton-based digital hooligans Wilson over the years 2001-2009, Fish has recorded and appeared on stage with David J, Spacemen 3, Bristol’s The Blue Aeroplanes, German band M Walking On The Water, French indie art rock band Chelsea Paris and acclaimed Los Angeles shoegazers, The Black Watch.

The thing about Pat Fish is that he is not tribal about music. Some people know him from his friendship with Spacemen 3, others for his fondness for Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth; some know him because he has worked with members of Bauhaus, others regard him as a “classic” independent songwriter in the vein of Pete Astor or Dan Treacy. Fishy just fetches his acoustic guitar and his notebook and heads for the railway station.

His current inspirations: as always, the Velvet Underground, Alex Chilton, Peter Laughner, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Kevin Ayers, John Martyn, Davy Graham and many, many more.

Do you like your melodies sweet and your humour as black as pitch? Would you take a chance on something simple, intimate and direct from an artist who is on record as saying “What I do is not entertainment” but who regularly induces little bursts of outraged laughter from the audience? Do you want to see the real thing? You should maybe go and see Pat Fish.

www.jazzbutcher.com

www.facebook.com/pat.fish7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PczUJb45iHk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irwapN_H6vg

Plus

SHORT STORIES: Formed in 2007 in Bristol, England by Tim Rippington and Stephen Miles. Tim and Stephen were at school together, a year apart but sharing the same musical values that made them firm friends. After school, the two went their separate ways – Tim spent the next twenty years playing in various indie bands such as the Flatmates, the Five Year Plan and later the Beatnik Filmstars. He also ran his own recording studio for five years, and produced records for, amongst others, the now legendary indie label Sarah Records. In 2003 Tim formed a new band Forest Giants, who made four great LPs before folding in 2007. In the meantime, Steve became a school teacher, dabbling only briefly in music with a spell as drummer for Bristol indie band Modesty Blaise.

In 2007 the two met for the first time in 20 years, and discovered that they still had much in common and The Short Stories were born. Since then several albums and singles have been released which can be heard here, 
https://theshortstories.bandcamp.com/

 

Ticket link here - http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/?/170427THUPATF1

 

 

 

THE FALLEN LEAVES + The Kite Collectors

FALLEN LEAVES: If you can imagine a cross between The Who and The Ramones you might get somewhere close to the sound of The Fallen Leaves.

There's been a real buzz of positivity around The Fallen Leaves for some time now, what with their sessions with Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music and on Resonance FM and a glowing review in the Sunday Times by comedian Stewart Lee for their album "If Only We'd Known". Front-man, Rob Green, is a proper singer, and with his vintage microphone he’s a crooner in the grand old tradition which contrasts perfectly with the visceral attack of guitarist Rob Symmons (original Subway Sect member) instinctive, primal playing style. Rob often seems to be intent on wreaking as much damage to his guitar as possible without actually smashing it on the stage. Banging it and shaking it to get optimum power, he twists the strings to breaking point, spilling out classic Garage Rock riffs to songs such as "Passing By" and "Trouble". Joined by ex-Chords drummer, Brett Buddy Ascott and the throbbing bass of Matthew Karas, The Fallen Leaves may well be one of the best live acts you have never seen.

"Three albums into their career as standard bearers for a particularly British brand of guitar music - at that fine spot where The Pretty Things meet Pretty Vacant, over a decent cup of tea - The Fallen Leaves have taken 12 songs from those CDs for this vinyl LP collection of their self-styled 'Minimum R&B'. Vocalist Rob Green and long-time compadre Rob Symmons, superb original guitarist with the Subway Sect, formed the band in 2004, and have co-written all the material. These finely-crafted songs are sharp and direct with a minimum of overdubs, yet the band also know the value of well-placed backing vocals. After all this staccato activity, each side closes with a longer track (Shining and Trouble, respectively) in which they stretch out to great effect, mirroring the force of their live shows. An excellent showcase of the band at their best" Max Décharné, Mojo Magazine


 

The Kite Collectors, a three-piece based in Bristol, were formed in 2013. The band takes their inspiration from new wave, early psychedelia and garage rock. Regularly featured on independent Internet radio stations in the UK, Europe and USA, the band has an impressive output - in just three years they have released two albums, a mini-album and a CD single. They are currently recording their third album.

https://thekitecollectors.co.uk/

https://youtu.be/jkRbT-yqlGE

Ticket link - http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/?/170504THUFALL1

 

 

PRIVATE PARTY *Wedding*

THE THUNDERBOLT IS CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY (Wedding)

PRIVATE PARTY *Wedding*

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THE THUNDERBOLT IS CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY!

THE VAPORS

New Wave band The Vapors who had a worldwide hit with 'Turning Japanese' in 1980 have reformed after 35 years in 2016 to perform a small number of gigs.

The band who split in 1981 have resisted numerous offers to reform over the years but decided to get back together for the 'Waiting for the Weekend' mini tour which took in Dublin, London, Liverpool and Wolverhampton during Oct and Nov 2016.

Originally discovered by 'The Jam' Bass player Bruce Foxton and co-managed by Paul Wellers father John, the band reached number 3 in the UK charts with Turning Japanese, number 1 in Australia and Top 40 in the USA.

They also supported The Jam on tour playing to 1000s of fans nightly and toured the USA and Australia before internal issues with their record company saw the band split up. .

Taken from the now iconic album 'New Clear Days' the song Turning Japanese regularly features on 80s, Punk and New Wave Compilation albums and has been used in films such as Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and Charlies Angels.

Guitarist Ed Bazalgette went on to be a successful TV director after the band split with notable credits such as BBCs Poldark and Dr Who and lead Singer Dave Fenton went back to being a Music Lawyer for the Musicians Union after but this year has retired from the practice to once again take up the reigns as frontman of The Vapors.

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£20 on the Door

Tickets: £18 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk