Glastonbury Gig Guide W/C 22nd March 2018
Welcome to the gig guide magazine for Glastonbury. Happy Spring Equinox and we look forward to a very interesting weekend…
Gig of the week
Friday 23rd March
Mad Dog Mcrea + Huw Eddy & the Carnival – Bocabar/ Red Brick
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
It was at Glastonbury in 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their ‘Happy Bus’ video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and others………. Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and loyal to the hilt, fan base – that Mad Dog Mcrea began to become more than just a very popular, West Country festival act; – whilst obviously killing it live – Mad Dog Mcrea, determined that their fans and media alike – should see them as serious and acclaimed recording artists too.
Mad Dog’s new album ALMOST HOME, produced by Sean Lakeman, is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for – Dave Podmore writes engagingly about Mad Dog stuff – as one might expect, all night drives, police car chases – Folk musicians, in particular have been playing tribute to the hero’s of WW1 of late – MDM are no exception, offering up their bone chilling song – “You Can’t Find Me”. “The Sound” written by Seth Lakeman includes beautiful guest vocals from Suzie Mac.
In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – encapsulates that – and so much more.
Igniting in the southwest of England and acquiring four rowdy, loud mouth northerners on the way, ‘Huw Eddy & The Carnival’ was born in Leeds. Pedalling sound waves with a core of Indie Folk, yet lashings of Rock and Roll and Americana, finished off with the soulful and uncompromisingly powerful voice of Huw Eddy. They bring you a non-stop electric show that forces you to throw down your drink and just dance. Delivering songs and vocal melodies that will tug at your heartstrings, as well as have you chucking your hands in the air through pure uninterrupted revelry.
2017 was the bands busiest year. Following the release of their single ‘Cut me down’, the carnival has been shuddering the floor boards of stages from venues to festivals across the UK and Europe showing audiences how to let loose and have a damn good time!
With highlights such as FIMU festival Belfort, two successful UK and Europe tours, international airplay in the US and Europe and BBC Scotland’s track of the week with their single ‘Fading’ – Huw and his Carnival are relentlessly building momentum and now they are announcing the arrival of their pulsating parade to the masses.
Thursday 22nd March
Glastonbury Grow Room 012 Ant Noel and the Peabody Drakes- King Arthur
With a line up including acoustic guitar, fiddle, double bass, clarinet and accordion you would be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard it all before... believe me, you’d be wrong!!
Jersey-born Ant Noel is a Somerset-based musician creating original music which can loosely be described as folk-rock, combining influences from the wider realms of Celtic, Klezmer and Americana music.
Ant has released three albums to date: 'Hurricane Rising' (2010), 'Under City Lights' (2012) and 'The Water's Line' (2014). A new album is currently in production and due for release later this year.
The Peabody Drakes, Ant's talented backing band, are: Anneka Johnson (drums), Alex Pearson (double bass, vocals), James Stallwood (clarinet, vocals) and Paul Dix (violin).
Friday 23rd March
Mad Dog Mcrea + Huw Eddy & the Carnival – Bocabar/ Red Brick
Greg Hancock- Hawthorns Hotel
Greg Hancock is a Devon-based singer-songwriter with a growing following around the UK. Greg will be performing at Hawthorns as part of a tour to promote his album "A303"
After many years overseas writing songs in private it was only five years ago that he began to perform in public.
After numerous appearances both as a soloist and as a duo with cellist Jo Hooper, and supporting some of the top names in the modern folk/ acoustic scene such as Cara Dillon, Boo Hewerdine, Lucy Ward, Jim Causley, Jacob and Drinkwater and Charlie Dore, in 2017 he recorded a full length album titled “A303” which fully showcased his intricate guitar playing and quirky, unexpected song structures and subject matter - and was enthusiastically received and has been given extensive airplay.
The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet + Tim Hawthorn- The King Arthur
The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet is a code name created by Daevid Allen, which original idea is, as he says, 'an international ideological/spiritual/aesthetic communications network for artists of all kinds who share the common vision of warm hearted, pan-stylistic, inclusive art forms which serve the drive towards conscious evolution'.
Tim Hawthorn local bard and beautiful musicianship.
Truthseekers - The City Arms, Wells
A live act from Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. A collection of influences creates a unique sound for the Truthseekers.
Saturday 24th March
Live For Children’s Hospice SouthWest- Chloe Warren, Kray-z Legz, Oska Zaky, The Bad Cowboys and Tom Dummer.
An evening of live music supporting Children's Hospice South West at Bocabar Glastonbury, the Red Brick Building, Glastonbury.
Chloe Warren Formerly the lead singer of Bristol based band South Divide, Chloë has headlined all of the top venues in Bristol as well as supporting other artists at the o2 Academy and sharing the bill with huge acts including Primal Scream at Brisfest and UB40 at the Godney Gathering this summer. In 2014 Chloë decided to come away from South Divide and re-formed under her own name when she also released her self produced album entitled “The Midnight Novel”. Aside from on stage, her music is constantly receiving radio play from both local and national radio stations and her tracks “Hereafter”, “Little Boy’s Lies”, “Shadow chasers” and “Beyond the Veil” have also been recognized and aired by BBC Introducing.
Kray-Z Legz Never letting his disability or undergoing countless major operations stop him, he developed a passion for writing lyrics an telling his own story!!! Now producing new material alongside Lost4TZ Productionz an hosting many events around Great Britain on a regular bassis!!!
Oska Zaky is a young singer song writer, supporting himself with an electro acoustic guitar.
His love of music came from knowing he wanted to play from a very young age started on the violin aged 4 being inspired by seeing Nigel Kennedy at the Glastonbury Extravaganza. Oska now plays double bass. Oska learnt the guitar to support his singing late 2014 and now actively writes and mixes his own tracks.
The Bad Cowboys Veterans of the local Glastonbury music scene, Steve Bilsborough and John Carroll have developed a country influenced acoustic sound. Their close harmonies and catchy tunes are full of poignant, satirical and sometimes humorous lyrics, and contain such obscure subject matter as: superheroes, corporate takeovers, scrabble, and also the now infamous song about the town of “Street”
Tom Dummer Singer/Songwriter who builds up his sound using a loop station, backed up with delays/reverbs & octave pedals. Percussion created using the guitars body. One man band!
Nik Turner- The King Arthur
Nik Turner is an English musician, best known as a former member of space rock pioneers Hawkwind. Turner plays saxophones, flute, sings and is a composer. While with Hawkwind, Turner was known for his experimental free jazz stylisations and outrageous stage presence, often donning full makeup and Ancient Egypt-inspired costumes.
Xyz 2018 Return- Riflemans Arms
The first XYZ of 2018 is HERE !!!! Continuing on from last years amazing free entry events they continue to bring you top line ups of artists with amazing production levels inside the intimate venue that is The Riflemans Arms, Glastonbury.
To start 2018 with a bang we present:
▪️Chris Oldie (Dreadzone) DJ SET
▪️Modify Perspective (Liquifyah)
▪️ Connor C & TGA
Hosted By Boxy & Fader
Sunday 26th March
Blues Jam- Hawthorns Hotel
Not a quiet way to spend a Sunday evening but if you are into your Blues this gets jam packed for some great quality partying.
Tuesday 27th March
Robin Williamson - Assembly Rooms
Harpist, singer and storyteller Robin Williamson is a master of his art, an inspiration to many through his many songs with The Incredible String Band in the 1960s and 70s, and his varied subsequent bardic career. One of the finest folk and experimental musicians of his generation, Robin's work and presence displays a talent worthy of the great poets, with fine skills on harp and guitar. He returns this year for his tenth annual spring concert in the atmospheric stone hall at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, for a full length solo performance.
Doors open at 8 p.m. for an 8.30 start - tickets are available for £15 on the door, or £14.30 (including booking fee of £1.30) in advance from the Bristol Ticket Shop -www.bristolticketshop.co.uk - 0117 929 9008 - or £13 in advance from The Speaking Tree (bookshop), High Street, Glastonbury.
Open Mic- Hawthorns Hotel
The seemingly unstoppable Glastonbury Open Mic night is on every week at Hawthorns Hotel in Glastonbury. Sign up at 8pm and perform somewhere between 8.30 and 11pm (ish).
Wednesday 28st March
Open Mic -The King Arthur
Some Villains from Burnham release their new song Skin off of the Outliers EP. Five minutes of soaring indie rock.
The band's music is a cacophony of hard drums, angular riffs, unusual rhythms and interesting chord inversions; all attempting to straddle the line between the experimental and the accessible.
Subject matter ranges from themes of love, life and loss to false gods, society, and maniacal circus ringleaders.
To this point the band has achieved success, including an appearance on BBC Radio 6 Music, their own headline shows at London's The Lexington, as well as at Bristol's legendary venue, The Fleece.
Recommended out of town
Friday 23rd March
The Pop Punk Disas-Tour comes to Chicago’s Yeovil
The Pop Punk Disas-Tour kicks off in Yeovil Featuring Ocean Sunset View and Saving Sebastian. Support comes from A Decade Late and Banana High
Ocean Sunset View are a 3 piece Pop Punk/Punk Rock band from the South West UK. These boys are becoming known for anthemic and often fast punk, as well as being a bit cheeky and writing the odd song about masturbation. Influenced by the likes of Blink 182, Yellowcard and Lagwagon, OSV are already lined up for a bunch of shows and festivals in 2018, as well as a UK tour and a new music video!
Saving Sebastian are a lively 4 piece pop punk band from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. 2018 is already shaping up to be their biggest year yet, with plans to head on tour early into the year, hit as many festivals as possible. Aswell as drop their second record for your listening pleasure. Coming fully packed with raw, honest songs and a vastly energetic stage presence that's sure to get you off your feet!
Influenced by Blink-182, New Found Glory, NOFX.
A Decade Late Three piece alternative rock band from the Yeovil area.
Banana High are an original Ska/Reggae/Punk Hybrid from the Yeovil area, with a unique sound and AWESOME vocals!
Saturday 24th March
The Pretty Things (Farewell Show) & Dr Feelgood – Cheese and Grain- Frome R&B Fest
The Pretty Things are an English rock band, formed in 1963 in London. They took their name from Willie Dixon's 1955 song "Pretty Thing". A pure rhythm and blues band in their early years, with several singles charting in the United Kingdom, they later embraced other genres such as psychedelic rock in the late 1960s (with 1968 S.F. Sorrow being one of the first rock operas), hard rock in the early 1970s and new wave in the early 1980s. Despite this, they never managed to recapture the same level of commercial success of their very first releases.
Dr. Feelgood are a British pub rock band formed in 1971. Hailing from Canvey Island, Essex, the group are best known for early singles such as "She Does It Right", "Roxette", "Back in the Night" and "Milk and Alcohol" . The group's original distinctively British R&B sound was centred on Wilko Johnson's choppy guitar style. Along with Johnson, the original band line-up included singer Lee Brilleaux and the rhythm section of John B. Sparks, known as "Sparko", on bass guitar and John Martin, known as "The Big Figure", on drums. Although their most commercially productive years were the early to mid-1970s, and in spite of Brilleaux's death in 1994 of lymphoma, a version of the band (featuring none of the original members) continues to tour and record to this day.