LIVE MUSIC EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT

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Free admission. All gigs start at 9:30pm unless otherwise stated.


Dinner served from 6pm to 9pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 5pm to 7:30pm on Sunday music nights


From time to time, we have live music on Fridays and Sundays, and earlier start times.
In these cases, details are always provided in the listings below

Saturday Apr 26 – Bare Bones Boogie Band

BBBB

A stripped-down, no nonsense blues band, closest in sound and attitude to the classic British blues boom of the 60s and 70s, when bands like Free, Fleetwood Mac and the Stones were inspired by BB King and Robert Johnson, and in America when Janis Joplin was reinventing Etta James. Live, the BBBB give it their all, with no apologies for their rawness, nor for their tenderness – heavy, soulful blues! The BBBB unites a wealth of experience with past releases on Locomoto, Bad Moon and Mad Dash Records and several hundred live performances from the 100 Club to the Great British R&B Festival.

SPECIAL Monday Apr 28 – Birds of Chicago

Oh yes, - they're back with a little one in tow.! Welcome back Alison, Jeremy and their new little warrior - Ida Maeve Robertson Lindsay.

Birds of Chicago

Nero and Russell are most at home on the road - pick almost any night in the next two years and you can bet they will be in some festival, theater, pub, VFW hall, roller rink (they wish) or living room, dovetailing their voices, singing their songs of hope, despair, love.... and electric seahorses. And honey bee apocalypses. And ice cream. It's familiar and strange stuff - the everyday and the magical. Come see ‘em, they won't be hard to find.   

Saturday May 3 – The Wirebirds

Jenny Haan and the Wirebirds

Jenny Haan, lead vocalist of 70's hard rock funk band 'Babe Ruth' features with The Wirebirds playing good time blues-rock including standards by BB King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn as well as less-often heard numbers by Albert Collins, Little Walter, etc

6pm Monday May 5 – Fowokan

Forged from their time together in “Cymande”, the legendary British funk band, FOWOKAN re-unites core member Sam Kelly (drums/bvs) with lead vocalist, Jimmy Lindsay. Indeed, it is as lead vocalist that Jimmy’s musical excellence comes to the fore.

Fowokan

In 2009 Jimmy performed at The British Lovers Rock Show where he received an Award for his contribution to Lovers Rock and British Black Music. With a lengthy legacy in the UK and international music scenes, Jamaican-born drummer, Sam Kelly, is highly respected for his musical ability across all genres including reggae, R&B, soul, jazz and funk.  FOWOKAN is also Paul Jobson (MD/keyboards/bvs), Spy Austin (bass/bvs), Tony Qunta (guitar/bvs), Michael ‘Lally’ Carey (guitar/bvs) and Jerome Marcus (percussion/bvs).

The members of FOWOKAN have performed live at the London Jazz Festival Stratford, The Jazz Café London, The BBC Soul Britannia All Stars Tour and One Love Festival.  FOWOKAN have also supported OSIBISA at Fairfield Halls, Croydon as part of the African Music Festival 2013.  There are European tours and Festival Appearances scheduled throughout Germany and France during 2014.

8pm Tuesday May 6 – The Grand Slambovians

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/americana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry and under the radar while producing several critically acclaimed studio albums.  ‘A Box of Everything’ the band’s next release (due out April 1st, 2014) is a compilation of the ‘Greatest Hits’ you’ve never heard from this reclusive band. 

The Grand Slambovians

Their melodic avant-folk conjures a quirkier Tom Petty or fuller Buffalo Tom with an exotic instrumental arsenal. If you like Dylan, Bowie, The Decemberists, you’ll find a lot to love about this band which features an otherworldly slide mandolin, accordion, cello and styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems.  Headlining major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, they built their career from the ground up with a loyal fan base supporting them all the way.

Saturday May 10 – Spank The Monkey

 

Spank the Monkey

21st Century Rhythm & Blues - Spank the Monkeys live performances have introduced younger audiences to the glory that is British R and B whilst reminding more senior onlookers of the halcyon days of such luminaries as the early Stones, Dr Feelgood and the Yardbirds.

6pm Sunday May 11– Krista Detor Trio

 

Krista Detor

Of Songwriter Krista Detor’s work, Rolling Stone says, “A Small Miracle...” The Boston Herald says, simply, “All songwriters should be this good..”, Detor’s solo albums have reached national and international prominence, including #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart, and placement within the top 10 of the U.S. Folk and Independent Music charts.

She has performed with such notable artists as Suzanne Vega, Joan Armatrading, The Neville Brothers, Louden Wainwright, Sam Phillips, and John Gorka, among others. Her latest album, Flat Earth Diary, was released January, 2014, and has been met with equivalent acclaim: "Magnificent!.. 5 Stars!" - Maverick, "Almost too beautiful. 4.5 Stars!" - Written in Music, Holland, and "Flat Out Brilliant!" - NewryDemocrat, Ireland - among others. She'll be touring the album in the U.S., Canada and Northern Europe, for the whole of 2014, as she works on a handful of exciting collaborative projects.

As "Dug Deep, Found Steel" kicks off with the title track, five minutes plus of blues rock with an Americana edge, it lays down a marker that for the next forty four minutes, be prepared to give your ears a real blast, don't worry they'll thank you for it, they were waiting for something to shatter the wax anyway. Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective are a six piece that pack plenty of punch, from vocal, through guitars into blues harp and percussion. Now it has to be said that this isn't an album that's going for the intellect, if there is a theme, it's the salvation brought about by a good woman and on that theme it delivers a solid set of songs, but this is an album that's as much about the deliver as it is the message and boy does it sound like they had fun making the thing.

Saturday May 17 – Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective

Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective

As "Dug Deep, Found Steel" kicks off with the title track, five minutes plus of blues rock with an Americana edge, it lays down a marker that for the next forty four minutes, be prepared to give your ears a real blast, don't worry they'll thank you for it, they were waiting for something to shatter the wax anyway. Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective are a six piece that pack plenty of punch, from vocal, through guitars into blues harp and percussion. Now it has to be said that this isn't an album that's going for the intellect, if there is a theme, it's the salvation brought about by a good woman and on that theme it delivers a solid set of songs, but this is an album that's as much about the deliver as it is the message and boy does it sound like they had fun making the thing.

Bank Holiday Saturday May 24 – Case Hardin

 

Case Hardin

Case Hardin take their name from the female lead in Boston Teran's noir thriller 'God Is A Bullet' (Pan 2000). In the finest tradition of naming groups, it came about by virtue of being the book that band- leader and songwriter Pete Gow was reading when the call came through that they had secured their first gig; necessity was, once again, the mother of invention on that day. You will see Case Hardin in any manner of musical configuration - stripped back to a duo, augmented by regular contributors and pick- up musicians alike and all points in between.. each night the songs are different, they have to be... framed and pitched for the band, for the audience, for the mood, for the hell of it.. often all four, as is the case tonight at the Brase.

6pm Bank Holiday Monday May 26 – Tia McGraff

"Tia's voice has a special beauty. She has the rare ability to touch people with her music and somehow make them better..." Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 - Bob Harris, Whispering Bob BBC Radio 2

Tia McGraff

"Tia McGraff is a fantastic singer with her own vocal personality which reminds me of an early Linda Ronstadt. She is a very intuitive songwriter who knows what a song needs to make it tick. A joy to work with. It's just a matter of time till that magic moment when everyone agrees it's Tia's time".

Tia McGraff was born in Port Dover, ON, Canada, and began writing and recording at the age of 19. After releasing 2 CDs on her label Bandana Records, and 4 videos on CMT Canada, Tia moved to Nashville to further her writing career. It was here that she met her partner in life and on stage, songwriter/producer Tommy Parham. Together they have released 2 albums; toured main stage festivals and songwriter venues around the world (including the famous Bluebird Café); have songs placed in movies starring actors like Ashley Judd; and most recently had their song, All Of Us, placed in an Australian TV commercial promoting multi-culturalism. Tia's version of the same song was aired in a video on World Youth Day in Sydney in front of the Pope and over 500,000.

Tia and Tommy are the modern day indie artists who are reaching and building a fan base around the world. Their music is heartwarming, uplifting, and as one of her fans exclaimed, "Tia's music makes your heart rest!" Tia McGraff's latest CD release, Day In My Shoes was nominated for best Alt Country Recording of the Year at the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards!

Saturday May 31 – Steve Ajao Blues Giants

Steve Ajao

Steeped in the Blues and Jazz all his life, Birmingham guitarist Steve Ajao and his Blues Giants (Mike Hatton – Bass, and former Au Pairs drummer Pete ‘Washboard’ Hammond) have been amazing audiences for over 30 years and Steve is regarded by many as one of the hottest Blues guitarists in the UK. Close your eyes one moment and you’d think you were listening to a band direct from the Mississippi Delta, and the next, to Jimi Hendrix. Few players around offer this kind of guitar genius and this powerhouse three piece remains an absolutely must-see act, especially when the band wander off, New Orleans marching band style, and mingle with the crowd while playing Number Nine or Travelling Riverside Blues!!

6pm Sunday June 1 – Kieren Halpin

“These songs made me think, laugh and cry – all in one evening”“Great songs, great singing, great guitar playing and great stories”

Steve Ajeo

If the mark of a great songwriter is the number of artists singing their songs – then Kieran Halpin must be considered a great modern writer of songs. There can be few writers on the acoustic/folk  scene in Europe today who have had more songs covered. Names like Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, The Battlefield Band, Ilse De Lange, John Wright, Flossie, Niamh Parsons, Chris Jones and countless more have recorded his songs. In fact his songs can be heard in folk clubs, pubs and festivals all over the world sung by the famous and not so famous. Often the songs are better known than the writer himself! Some have been translated into German, Finnish and Spanish! He has recorded albums in his native Ireland, Scotland, London, Nashville, Oxford and Sydney.

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