ALAN CLAYSON AND THE ARGANAUTS

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Alan Clayson and the Argonauts were one of rock's most glorious and enjoyable follies, and somewhere there is a parallel universe where they are bigger than the Beatles" - Rock 'N' Reel, June 2007

Prior to becoming a famous author, Alan Clayson was the chief show-off in a travelling asylum called CLAYSON AND THE ARGONAUTS. There are still people around today who'll tell you that surely this was The Greatest Group Ever Formed. Certainly, the stage act defied succinct description and, crucially, Clayson was being spoken of and written about in the same sentences as the likes of Wreckless Eric, Tom Robinson, John Otway and Elvis Costello. 

CLAYSON AND THE ARGONAUTS left the runway in 1976 shortly after a promoter in Reading found their recital so disturbing that he hustled them from his premises at gunpoint. Too hot for Berkshire to hold, the consequent sweep of events embraced a BBC Radio One In Concert and headlining at venues like the Marquee, the 100 Club, the Roundhouse, Amsterdam's Melkveg and any number of university hops - such as that at Queen's in Belfast at the height of the Troubles, where an ecstatic audience were still demanding more after six encores. 
En route, the outfit experienced the wreckage by an over-excited crowd of a Luton auditorium; a near-lynching at Barbarella's in Birmingham; a punch-up and correlated car chase from Canning Town; a season in a red-light district sur le continent (the "Hamburg" period); some woman jumping onstage to tear off all her clothes at Islington's celebrated Hope-and-Anchor, and a bloke doing the same at the Granary in Bristol. 
A debut single was a "turntable hit" (e.g. Number Three in Time Out), and its UK B-side was a Top Twenty entry in Belgium. A valedictory album, What A Difference A Decade Made, was a critical cause celebre, earning rave reviews in Folk Roots (!) and The Observer. Two tracks and further Clayson compositions were "covered" by the likes of Dave Berry, Stairway and, this very year, the winner of the Indonesian version of Pop Idol.
Since completing their original mission in 1985, the legend of CLAYSON AND THE ARGONAUTS endures still, and the forthcoming tour might stand as an artistic apotheosis if it were not for the promise of surprises yet to come.

PRESS COMMENT: all the quotes below come from Melody Maker, New Musical Express, Sounds, Evening Standard, Time Out, The Observer, Daily Express, Newbury Weekly News, Ugly Things, New York Village Voice, Wokingham Times, The Stage, Sounds and Folk Roots.

"Clayson is in a premier position on rock's lunatic fringe" 

"Incredibly strange and strangely incredible" 

"January might be a bit early, but Clayson and the Argonauts might well be the show business sensation of the year" 

"Lively and vivid imagination at work here"

"Curiously appealing evening of baroque and roll"

"What A Difference A Decade Made is likely to delight the legions of fans who have followed Alan Clayson and the Argonauts over the past ten years"

"Alan Clayson's original songs are utterly delightful in their originality"

"If you like your musical entertainment to be a little out of the ordinary, then this enjoyable extravaganza would definitely have been for you" 

"Tight, complex, full of interplay between the lead instruments of guitar, sax and keyboards; they sound quite unlike anything else. Each number bristles with ideas, and a lot of work has gone into getting things right."

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission: £7 on the Door

Tickets: £6 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

THE MEN THEY COULDNT HANG

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The Men They Couldn’t Hang are a British rock band whose mixture of folk and punk is totally infectious. They are still as good as ever after over 30 years of raising hope, hackles and hellfire through the street corners and country lanes of Britain and beyond! Coming together as penniless buskers they played their first show in Camden Town in 1984 alongside the legendary Pogues as both an accident and a laugh – a philosophy that still holds true a lot of the time. Their music is not dissimilar in many ways. Added to that earthy humour and vitality has grown an explosive collision of folk and rock and an implacable social conscience that has seen them thrill and inspire 3 generations of concert goers with their euphoric blend of material.

https://www.facebook.com/tmtchofficial/

Admission: £20 on the Door

Tickets: £18Adv + bf from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

MILES HUNT - The Custodian Tour 2018

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Miles Hunt: The Custodian Tour. 2018

The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt embarks on a solo acoustic tour of the UK in October this year under the guise of The Custodian. With a back catalogue of over two hundred self penned songs to choose from, written over the last four decades, Hunt says that the idea of becoming The Custodian came from a conversation with one of his musical heroes.

I was in New York a few years back and was invited to guest at a Tom Robinson solo show. Tom has long been an inspiration to me and given the opportunity to perform with him... well, lets just say I couldn’t polish my boots quick enough. During our brief rehearsal together on the afternoon of the show Tom asked me who I felt now owned the songs that I have written over all these years. I answered that whoever the publishing company I signed with probably did, but ultimately, I did. Tom was quick to correct me pointing out that all of my songs now belonged to my audience. Going on to explain that the songs I have written have been part of the sound track to thousands of people’s live and it is those people that now truly own them. He said that my position was now of The Custodian, the person who’s job it is to see that the songs are treated and performed with the respect the audiences deserve. It was an incredibly important thing to have said to me and something I have not and will not ever forget.”

With this in mind Hunt has rehearsed over sixty of his best loved compositions to perform in chronological order on his upcoming UK tour.

There are a couple of songs from the back catalogue that I just couldn’t bring myself to sing again. Either a lazy or nonsense lyric, or just a rotten set of chords. When you’ve been at it as long as I have I don’t think anyone could expect a 100% strike rate. But really there are only two or three songs I would prefer no to revisit.”

As well as performing songs Hunt will also be reading a handful of excerpts from his three acclaimed books, ‘The Wonder Stuff Diaries’.

I’m so very thankful to my younger self for keeping hand written diaries during the early years of The Wonder Stuff’s activities. I’m fortunate that I do have a pretty decent memory of what went on in those days, but to have the actual voice from the past, recorded on the page, to tell me straight how things were and how I felt about what was going on, well, I would like to buy that young man a beer for having the foresight to give such a gift to his elder self.”

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

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

A.G Promotions Presents - THE ORANGE SKIES + The Strays + Rain Children + 50 Year Storm + CS Fly

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THE ORANGE SKIES: In late February 2018, Ethan (rhythm guitar/vocals), Dylan (lead guitar/vocals), Joey (bass guitar/vocals), and George (drums) met to form a band. Ethan and Dylan showed off with pride the songs they had already written, songs like Jimmy Johnny Jenny, Vivian Albert, and the Prophecy of St Peter, songs with influences everywhere within the rock genre, from the Beatles to the Stone Roses, the Velvet Underground to Chuck Berry. With the addition of songs like Oh My and Rockin’ Chair, and Joey joining the writing fold with Blood of Heroes, the band began to gather speed, and played their first gig in late April, at the Colston Hall in Bristol. With 5 gigs now under their belt, and 6 more yet to come, this band’s only trajectory is up.


THE STRAYS: The Strays ethos is simple, to produce vibrant, exciting music that people just want to move to, with a nod to vintage style and rock and roll, topped with a modern gritty vibe. Energy, power and fun is the driving factor and this is apparent in their performance style, which is larger than life, interactive, and deliciously unpredictable.

After smashing onto the scene and releasing their debut EP in April 2017, the Cheltenham based Garage Rock n Roll band were endorsed by Vocalzone and featured as ones to watch in UK Rock n Roll Magazine.

2018 saw the release of their eagerly awaited second EP ‘Brand New Day’ coupled with a support slot on Republica’s reunion tour and a packed UK festival schedule. Next stop is a featured spot on the BBC Introducing stage at Witney Music Festival and a run of support slots for Daniel Wakeford. All this plus the band being immortalised in a worldwide release of the Garage Band card game means the only way is up for these raucous rock n roll rebels.

RAIN CHILDREN : Rain Children are a wide lens, cinematic expression of Gothic music, both contemporary and nostalgic. They combine classic song writing with a tension and drama that is uniquely their own.

50 YEAR STORM

C S FLY: Groove-rock power trio from Bristol. Their sound blends rock, soul, blues, R&B, a touch of funk, a pinch of country… as reflects their influences – everything from J J Cale to Creedence, the Stones to the Stooges, Ann Peebles to Alabama Shakes.

https://csfly.bandcamp.com

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission: £6 on the Door

Tickets: £5 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

PRIVATE PARTY

THE THUNDERBOLT IS CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY!

MARK MORRISS (THE BLUETONES)/ NIGEL CLARK (DODGY/CHRIS HELME (THE SEAHORSES)

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Mark Morriss (The Bluetones)

Best known as the frontman in The Bluetones, Mark Morriss released his debut solo album Memory Muscle on June 2, 2008. Getting his hands dirty with his own set of songs has been an inspiring experience for Morriss, who started trying them out acoustically at open mic nights in London way back in 2004. 'I'd just turn up with my guitar, play five or six songs, along with everyone else. I didn't want any special favours, and just enjoyed the experience of stripping things right back down' - Morriss.

http://www.markmorrissmusic.co.uk/

Chris Helme (The Seahorses) First rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire's post-Stone Roses band 'The Seahorses' released his brand new solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Still rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics 'Love Is The Law' and 'Blinded By The Sun' - songs that evoked everything the 90's stood for, the excitement, the culture and the bands that provided a voice in a period of political and social imbalance. Present day societal context may well in fact mirror those times but the man himself, now, appears cut from an entirely different cloth.

Helmes has an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it's his latest offering The Rookery's knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brings each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme's keen ear for arranging and those brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.

http://www.chrishelme.co.uk/


NIGEL CLARK: Bass playing vocalist with Britpop hitmakers Dodgy, Nigel is also a singer songwriter in his own right, with a more mature, introspective side emerging.

https://www.facebook.com/nige.clark

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission: £19 on the Door

Tickets: £15 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

THE EMPERIALS Xmas Ska Romp

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The Emperials are a long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows.

With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with the tightest and most energetic brass section in the land adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals.

With a set consisting of our own take on classic ska songs, from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, we never fail to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more. 

http://www.theemperials.co.uk/

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£7 on the Door

Tickets: £6 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                               Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

PRIVATE PARTY

THE THUNDERBOLT IS CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY!

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