Live Music at the Brasenose Arms




Saturday August 7th - Feed Me

Feed Me

Since their formation in 2007, Feed Me have become known as one of the fastest rising young blues bands on the Northern Blues Scene. Feed Me are reaching new audiences with their own original take on the blues. The band gained popularity in their local area after supporting touring bands and artists such as Sherman Robertson, and relentlessly playing gigs and festivals in their home county.

The band took their music on the road around the north of England in late 2009 and were encouraged when in January 2010 their 5 track EP sold out after 3 days of playing in Leeds and Harrogate. Their tracks have also been played on the GTFM Blues Show, Stockport Pure FM's Roots Music show and their local commercial station, CFM.

As for 2010... Feed Me have just completed their self-released debut album 'Blood On The Moon' and are looking forward to hearing their fans' responses. This year they will be back on the road playing shows all over the country, including a slot on the main stage at the Maryport Blues Festival.

Sunday August 8th Jamie Clarke's Perfect

Jamie Clarke's Perfect

Fairport Cropredy Convention Fringe Festival 2010 Lineup!!

August 8th - 15th

Jamie Clarke's Perfect, Ahab, Bruise, King King feat. Alan Nimmo, Wamma Jamma, Simon Kempston, Bryana Hardyman, Ashley Hutchings and Rainbow Chasers, Blair Dunlop, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Dave Onions, Spank the Monkey, The Producers, Leatherat and Rimski's Bicycle Piano

Saturday August 21st - 3AM

3am write and perform their own songs amidst a nostalgic selection of re-arranged classics. Brothers Tim and Andy Renton have been playing together, or in separate bands since the 1970’s. In 2004 the two of them started 3am – joined by Chris Parren, keys, Trev Turley on bass, Helen Turner vocals, and her husband Iain on second guitar. Worked hard, had a lot of fun and a reasonable amount of local success – including gigs at Guilfest 2007 and 2008, The Chichester Blues Festival and The 100 Club - until August 2008 when Trev, Iain and Helen split.

Since then the band has had a couple more line-up changes – happily adding Fussi Andeson on bass – and working with new vocalists. In February 2010 we were delighted to add the lovely Tola Lamont as our exciting new singer songwriter. She's been fronting bands - most recently with Jake Knowles - in "My Friend Jake". Tola has been in various original bands - co-wrote and recorded two albums with her previous band, Bridgefield, who also performed in and around London, including Water Rats, Kings Cross; The Kings Head, Fulham; The Purple Turtle, Camden and the Half Moon, Putney.

August Bank Holiday

Fri August 27th and Sat August 28th

Friday August 27th - Connie Lush and Blues Shouter 9:30pm

Connie Lush

We're proud and delighted to host Connie Lush - one of the finest blues singers that the United Kingdom has ever produced - at the Brasenose Arms. Connie will perform with Blues Shouter in the bar on Friday August 27th, and in the garden with a host of other great talent (see below) on Saturday August 28th.

Connie was voted Best UK Female Vocalist by readers of Blues In Britain for 5 separate years, earning a richly deserved place in the Gallery of the Greats. She is also increasingly recognised on the continent, particularly in France, where she was honoured in the French Blues Trophies awards as European Singer of the Year for 2002. There are no separate awards for male & female singers in the European category, so Connie defeated all challengers.

Connie’s musical talents go beyond singing. She is a highly accomplished songwriter, confirmed by many excellent self-penned songs that form the content of her live & recorded repertoire. She has also written TV themes and featured as a DJ on Jazz FM.

Saturday August 28th - Connie Lush, Los Pistoleros, and The Happy Club

August Bank Holiday

Joining Connie Lush and Blues Shouter we have Bobby Valentino and the fabulous Los Pistoleros, ".. Britain's super-star Americana band and the British (even though 2 of them are Irish) answer to the Mavericks (though they're not really "country" players).The music they play encompasses the best elements of the Americana that they love including R'n'B, Tex-Mex, Rock'n'Roll, Country and Swing. Recently they released their debut CD, “Trigger-happy“, on the legendary (Track Records) to critical acclaim and later this year will see the release of a live album recorded at Dingwalls in London.

The line-up includes Bobby Valentino on vocals, violin & rhythm guitar; B.J.Cole on pedal steel guitar; Martin Belmont on lead guitar, 6 string bass & vocals; Kevin Foster on bass & vocals and Jim Russell on drums.

As a Four piece band from the midlands, The Happy Club has been circling the UK for just over a year. Now Re-formed, their sound has developed into a Progressive Indie style, which is creating a buzz in the North Oxfordshire/South Warickshire music scene with a busy summer lined up for the boys.

Join us for the last summer Bank Holiday, 12pm start, BBQ, outdoor bars and some of the best local and national live blues, roots and indie music (for young, old and everywhere in between!) you'll ever have the pleasure to experience.

Saturday September 4th - Howard Smith and the Razors

Howard Smith and the Razors

Howard Smith and the Razors are a Midlands based band featuring Howard Smith (Guitar/Vocals), Bugsy (Bass) and Cozy (Drums). The band has been playing a broad range of blues based material over the last 15 years with several different line ups. The Razors have been described as tight as hell and loose as the proverbial goose and always an exciting proposition live.

Saturday September 18th - Johnny Dickinson

Johnny Dickinson

"The UK's most potent slide player! A truly talented songwriter and singer too! Johnny Dickinson is a fast rising talent bound for international recognition."

AMBLE, in Northumberland, is a very long way from America’s Deep South, so it would be hard to describe the bottleneck slide playing of Johnny Dickinson, one of that seaside town’s sons, as authentic. Until you hear it, that is. Dickinson stepped unassumingly onstage ready to impress the folk-hardened audience at The Pleasance last night with an odd yet perfect mix of delta blues, Celtic airs and, no kidding, Japanese and Middle-Eastern melodies, all on slide guitar.

If this had been an edition of The Old Grey Whistle Test, broadcast on national TV, Dickinson would be a guitar hero by tea-time tomorrow.

As it is, he’ll just have to travel the length of the country gently playing his "twists and bends" and singing with his rich, addictive voice to a few hundred at a time until he finally gets the recognition he deserves. Martin Lenon, The Scotsman, Reviewing a performance at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh.

Friday September 24th - Cherry Lee Mewis 9:30pm

Cherry Lee Mewis

"Cherry could well be Britain's answer to Bonnie Raitt, no mistake!" Blues Matters

She’s a 5ft nothing 24-year old white girl from North Wales who has helped turn roots ‘n’ blues music into a cool, swinging fusion that’s both classic and stylishly modern.

It’s 2 years on from Cherry’s first blues effort, Little Girl Blue, which was received with open arms and introduced a whole new audience to the smouldering sound of Cherry Lee Mewis, firmly securing Cherry’s place as one of the rising stars on the UK Blues scene today, taking her music from the tiny clubs of Bedford, to festivals in the UK and Europe, such as Italy’s Tropea Blues Festival, Shetland Blues Festival, The Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival, naming just a few.

The winter of 2008 saw Cherry finally pack her bags for good and leave her tiny village hometown in north Wales, to her adopted home of Bedford. Cherry served her apprenticeship endlessly gigging in clubs and bars developing not only her powerful soulful voice, but her performance and style too.

On her debut, Little Girl Blue, she showcased her range of different influences, singing with raw power and emotion, hurt and pain. Her 2nd blues album, Southbound Train, released January 2010, is a heady mix of foot-stomping barnburners to bluesy slow-cooked rockers with a spoonful of jazzy shuffle, supported by a band of slick smokin’ musicians.

Like most great blues performers, Cherry is best experienced live! As well as performing all over the UK, she and her band have just returned back from supporting Walter Trout on tour. The great hobo bluesman himself, Seasick Steve says,

"The only people who are going to keep the blues alive and kicking are the kids picking it up, these young bands out there - they got all the future."

!!Day-Night special!

Saturday September 25th

The Day: African Linx returns to the Brasenose 12pm start

AfricanLinx Music Fesitval

African Linx is privledged to bring some of the best West African musicians to audiences across the UK and beyond. Keep an eye on the website for the lineup which will be finalised soon.

The Night: Tommy Allen and Johny Hewitt 9:30pm start

Tommy Allen and Johny Hewitt

The well-balanced musical mixture of Tommy Allen and Johny Hewitt has come from years of love and passion of the true blues. These two guys in everyday life perform in totally different style bands; though grown from the same roots, these roots are where Allen and Hewitt meet and take us on their very own journey to where the delta headed to Chicago and became electrified. You would have seen and heard music like this along Maxwell Street every day with the likes of Robert Nighthawk, Carey Bell and many other artists who bridged that pre-war acoustic and post-war urban electric styles. Tommy Allen and Johny Hewitt, the duo, are no-frills, no-nonsense, raw and honest and like Johny says, “Let the music speak for itself”.

Friday October 1st Special: Derrin Nauendorf and Carus Thompson European Autumn Tour

Derrin Nauendorf and Carus Thompson

Our old friend Derrin is bringing another aussie with him this time!.

Melbourne based Carus Thompson is part of Australia's much celebrated roots scene. He first picked up a guitar aged 12 and has worked as a professional musician since he was 18, melding his songwriting with a combination of blues, roots, country and folk. While his local efforts have seen Thompson playing alongside Xavier Rudd, The Beautiful Girls, John Butler and The Waifs, he's actually had more success in Europe and internationally. Creature of Habit, his latest album, has gone down a treat in Germany and picked up substantial radio airplay. Meanwhile, the last couple of months have seen Thompson playing sold-out shows in Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands and UK.

Closing their UK tour before heading off to Germany, Derrin and Carus will perform solo and together. Derrin will be performing tracks from his new album 'Skin of the Earth' which has already received multi-star reviews from various mags and radio stations.

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