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New England

Jan
26

New England

New England have been entertaining audiences at Zeffirellis for almost three years now.

Over this period, the band  have steadily developed their own brand of contemporary country rock. Alongside an exciting mix of songs from artists such as, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown and Keith Urban, New England also feature an ever growing collection of original material, highlighting  the strong vocal harmonies that they bring to the music.

New England have also just released their first album ‘Driving South’ which will available on the night. 

George Moulder on Lead Vocals, Guitars and Harmonica

Nick Cripps on Bass Gtr and Vocals

Phil Middleton on Drums and Lead vocals

Richard Greenough on Lead Gtr and Vocals

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Steve Oakes Quartet

Jan
27

A stalwart of the North West jazz community for many years, guitarist Oakes returns with his fine band and a repertoire not a little influenced by some of the great contemporary players of his instrument. Always a pleasure to hear.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Busquitos

Feb
02

The Busquitos

The Busquitos play a very catchy mix of brilliantly played music, sung with

an impressive Louis Armstrong like hoarse voice, and dazzling, funny

entertainment that will put a smile on everyone's face! And if the time is

right, they will mingle, wireless and play a serenade organize a limbo- or

line-dance or get the audience to sing along to one of their catchy jazzy

tunes.

 

Happy swingin' music for all ages!

 

 

 

The Busquitos are:

 

Jelle van Tongeren (winner of "The Golden Satchmo!", Hot Club De Frank)-

violin and Thomas Streutgers (winner of "The Big Boss Award", Big Jay Mc

Neely, JZZZZZP, Rude Rich & The Highnotes, The Soulsnatchers)- saxophone .

Two brilliant instrumentalists who have been showing their skills on stages

all around Europe and beyond... 

To round out this swinging quartet, they invited guitarist Frank Meester (Hot Club De Frank)

and bassist/vocalist Ronald de Jong (nominated for Holland's best

blues-bass-player 2010, Big Jay McNeely, Shane Mac Gowan, Boyd Small) to

join them.

 

The Busquitos play a large variety of music that goes back from anywhere as

far as the 'roaring twenties' until yesterday.  Hot Club, Jazz, Pop

Rock&Roll, Classical Music, you'll hear it all! Songs by Disney, Django

Reinhart, the Mills Brothers, Sonny Rollins, and Irving Berlin, just to name

a few as well as catchy tunes as Yackety Sax (Benny Hill), The Nanny,... etc

etc

 

And they play their own, very catchy, original tunes too!


Matthew Read Trio

Feb
03

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches to music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influences from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. After the launch of their first album Anecdotes in early 2016, the trio visits us for the first time playing, amongst other things, a brand new set of melody-driven original compositions from its forthcoming second album - Anecdotes 2 - featuring Benedict Wood,Guitar; Arthur Newell, Drums, and Matthew Read, Double Bass.


Wes Finch

Feb
09

Wes Finch

Songwriter and guitarist Wes Finch’s musical style feels rooted in folk but has the ambition and sophistication of pop. His live shows are engaging, energetic and intimate and over the last few years he’s shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Lucy Ward at various venues, folk clubs and festivals.

Recently relocating to Yorkshire, Wes continues to play throughout the country in between recording new material both as himself and with the poetry-inspired The Rude Mechanicals Band.

Hear songs from the two bands as well as some well chosen covers of classic pop and rock songs in a solo performance in this unique and intimate setting.

"...a welcome and singular addition to the list of newbloods reinvigorating British folk music...Non-trad acoustic roots delivered with an edgy, risk-taking sonic boldness" (Nigel Williamson in Uncut) 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Gerry Richardson Trio

Feb
10

Electric organ virtuoso, singer & and long-time Sting associate Richardson leads his superb trio, featuring the sparkling alto saxophone of Garry Linsley and much-respected session drummer Adam Sinclair , through a set paying homage to the musicians he reveres, from Ray Charles to Jimmy Smith to Mose Allison and Donald Fagen. Great covers and smart originals - not to be missed if you love the evocative, steaming noise that is the old electric sideboard in full flight.


Northern Sky

Feb
16

Northern Sky

Originally Abby Colombi and John Osborne, the band has expanded to become a five-piece.

Amy Beeton now joins them on cello with Lucy Johnson on additional vocals and Martin Kirton on percussion.

Their list of self-penned songs is increasing by the week from the delicate “Catch The Light” (Radio Cumbria’s Track of the Week) and the anthemic Technicolour Love to the stomp of “Leap of Faith”.

A staple of BBC Introducing, they are not to be missed

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Nick Svarc Trio

Feb
17

A rare opportunity to hear a classic jazz sound. The organ-guitar-drums trio was a staple back in the 50s & 60s, with players like Jimmy Smith, Booker T Jones, Jack McDuff and Ray Charles popularising the format. Tonight guitarist Svarc leads his contemporary take on the genre with a groove-driven performance echoing the heyday of the great trios.


The Red Canary Dance Band

Feb
23

The Red Canary Dance Band

The Red Canary Dance Band (RC) is a new trio I have set up of piano, drums and vocals. Promo is being filmed this weekend if you would like to see any of it, but it has me on a 1930s style drum kit and Chris Lloyd from The Big Easy on piano, as well as a trained female singer, so you can trust it will be good. 

The band has been put together to play for swing dances, but there are a lot of harmonies and feature pieces (including washboard and tap dancing) that mean is will also be a good all round show for a listening audience.


The Family Tree

Feb
24

Tonight we welcome an old friend of the venue, Lakeland expat and master bassist Gavin Barras. Most of the repertoire for tonight’s performance was composed on instruments built over the last 50 years by Gavin’s father, and the music is inspired by Gavin’s immediate family – he’s a new dad – his  extended ‘musical’ family, childhood memories, and places he’s lived. It’s cinematic in places, with lots of grooves and catchy melodies. The supporting players are of the highest order;  Dave Walsh on drums, Jim Faulkner on guitar, and pianist Dan Whieldon. Bringing it all back home.


Kent DuChaine

Mar
02

Kent DuChaine

Kent was born in Wyzata a town in Minnesota & was taught to play ukulele, guitar & clarinet by his father by the age of 11. He later learned to play piano & electric guitar at school. He played in a local band with school friends performing 60’s music. While reading the sleeve notes on an Eric Clapton album he was intrigued to find out more about Blues

music & eventually he opened up for & performed with many of the greatest Bluesmen &

women, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White,John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans.

In 1979 Kent found his beloved “Leadbessie” a beat up 1934 National Steel guitar & kitted it out with heavy gauge strings to cope with his ferociously powerful playing style. He decided to move down South to be nearer to the roots of the Blues music he now embraced. Kent now lived the “Blues Life” riding the rails & running the roads, living in an old Cadillac then a tent & a motorhome playing venues all across the U.S.A  playing nearly every night.

1989 Kent met & established a partnership with the legendary Bluesman Johnny Shines

( a travelling companion of Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues” ) Together with harmonica great Snooky Pryor they were honoured with the coveted W.C.Handy award

for the best  country Blues album of the year. Kent & Johnny performed over 200 shows together across North America, while Kent also continued his solo career. In 1992 Kent was one of the pallbearers who carried Johnny Shines to his grave.

 

In the early 1990’s Kent decided to spread the Blues he loved in the UK & Europe & to date has well over 100 overseas tours completed & 8 solo CDS & 1 DVD under his belt.

The Sunday Times listed him as one of the 5 best concerts in the UK in 2001 & a further crowning honour came when he was asked by Alabama’s State Culture Officer to represent the State on a cultural visit to Italy despite him no longer living in Alabama.

 

Kent had just finished a 6 week tour in the UK in 2015 & was about to fly home, when he was asked by Ben “Boogie” Waters if he would cancel his flight in order to play in a

B B King tribute concert in central London in aid of the British Heart Foundation together with a number of luminaries including music legends Bill Wyman & Elliott Randall. Kent was only too happy to be part of such a superb evening.

 

When not thrilling music lovers with Delta Blues, Urban Blues & his own original compositions Kent can be found in beautiful South Georgia pursuing his favourite hobby fishing, on the shore of a large lake on the border between Georgia & Alabama,

in a house which Kent has literally built with his own hands, reading D.I.Y. manuals along the way. Since the divorce from his fourth wife Sarah he has invested in a large motorhome in which he travels to gigs across the length & breadth of the USA & Canada.


Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme

Mar
03

Details of our ongoing Saturday contemporary jazz programme will be published here shortly. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Mar
09

Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Cumbrian based guitarist Matt Cowe returns to Zeffirellis with another show featuring the music of American guitar legend Chet Atkins, playing classic country and swing tunes from the 50’s as well other tunes from Chet’s long career.

 

Chet Atkins’ music has a unique nostalgic charm, full of melody and virtuosic playing and this will be a rare opportunity to hear this style live.  He will be recreating Chet’s retro sound with an authentic line up featuring local musicians Steve Simpson on double bass, Jack Davies on drums and Jon Moore on rhythm guitar.   

 

Check out Matt playing at last year’s prestigious Chet Atkins’ Appreciation Society convention in Nashville here:

https://youtu.be/iHzXPu8BhW8?list=PLXAZORK28Noutioyah-pPQsqPMXV42LsA

 

And Matt’s popular YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/W4YOxjo1PGs?list=PLXAZORK28NotZgbL9MhiJDBaBLIlL8voj

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Lucy Mae

Mar
16

Lucy Mae

Jazz infused Soul and RnB, co-written with French multi instrumentalist Luc Phan, Mae’s sound is unique, giving nods to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Sade. Her lyrics about life and the struggles and beauty that come with it are beautifully reflected in Phan's instrumentals. Ambient and enticing.

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

4Square

Mar
23

4Square

"Manchester's ferocious folk foursome"

4Square play their music with finesse, fire and virtuosity, yet an understated maturity which has grown throughout their seven year journey as a band.

The sight and sound of simultaneous fiddle and clog dancing and virtuosic mandolin will stir the senses and quicken the pulse, galvanised by an engine-room of driving piano and percussion.

By contrast, the listener is then stirred and softened by 4Square's mellow, melancholic three part-harmony singing.

In outright musical journey, all in an acoustic setting.

4Square have played at many festivals great and small, both in the UK, and further afield, in Canada, Denmark, Greece, Norway, The Czech Republic and Sweden.

Their latest album "Hearth & Home" is available for purchase on the SHOP page.

NICOLA LYONS: Fiddle, Vocals, Clog Dancing

JIM MOLYNEUX: Piano, Accordion, Vocals

MICHAEL GIVERIN: Mandolin, Guitar

DAN DAY: Percussion, Vocals

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Retrosettes - Duo

Mar
30

The Retrosettes - Duo

After getting back from their European tour promoting the release of their first album in Germany, The Retrosettes will appear at Zeffirellis as a stripped back duo.  Lead singers Helen and Paul Bytheway (also a married couple) are the driving force behind the vintage themed band, and they will appear playing piano and guitar with 2 lead vocals.

The couple will take you through their influences from 50s rock n roll, to 60s pop, right through soul, country and disco.  Their acoustic versions of popular songs from the last 60 years show off some of the best songwriters of all time from Bowie, to Bob Dylan, the Animal, The Beatles and everything in between.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Apr
06

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They'll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights. 

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Unplugged

Apr
13

Stevie Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kikbak

Apr
20

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced Lakes based musicians: Pete Kassel -Guitar and vocals , ( Guitarist Magazines ' Guitarist Of The Year 1997 ) . Julie Rogerson - ( Alto, Soprano saxes and vocals ). Steve Wildgoose- ( bass ). Mike Kidson- drums, ( ex drum technician for Phil Collins / Paul Mcartney amongst many others and Tour Manager for many years with Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike and The Mechanics , Robert Plant , The Who , AC/DC...... and so many more ! ).

The band plays a vibrant and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues , Soul, Jazz, Rock and Funk classics by such artists as Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder , David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

Blue Blood Blues

Apr
27

Blue Blood Blues

Fronted by Lauryn Graves. this duo look back to the sound of the blues from the 1930’s right through to the present day. Lauryn’s stunning vocals are beautifully enhanced by Steve Strachan’s energetic yet sympathetic accompaniment on the piano. This duo is a must see for any lover of the blues.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Wes Finch & Amit Dattani

May
04

Wes Finch & Amit Dattani

Songwriter and guitarist Wes Finch’s musical style feels rooted in folk but has the ambition and sophistication of pop. His live shows are engaging, energetic and intimate and over the last few years he’s shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Lucy Ward at various venues, folk clubs and festivals.

Recently relocating to Yorkshire, Wes continues to play throughout the country in between recording new material both as himself and with the poetry-inspired The Rude Mechanicals Band.

Hear songs from the two bands as well as some well chosen covers of classic pop and rock songs in a solo performance in this unique and intimate setting.

"...a welcome and singular addition to the list of newbloods reinvigorating British folk music...Non-trad acoustic roots delivered with an edgy, risk-taking sonic boldness" (Nigel Williamson in Uncut) 

Amit Dattani is a singer songwriter known for his unique brand of roots-driven guitar and striking lyrical originality. Behind his raconteur spirit lies superb musicianship, nimble finger-picking and a versatility which has garnered a strong reputation on the live circuit, with over ten years performing across the UK and Europe under his belt. 

Amit has supported the likes of Charlie Parr, John Smith, Blind Boy Paxton, Willy Vlautin, Kathryn Williams and Mark Morris

​"Echoes of John Fahey and Leo Kottke" - Roots and Branches

"A fantastic picker!" - Charlie Parr

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Dale Storr

May
11

Dale Storr

'If there is a better New Orleans-style pianist in the UK than the outrageously talented Dale Storr, please point me in his or her direction because he or she must be very, very special'
- Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain

'A Tour-de-force of Rockin' New Orleans Piano' - Blues Matters Magazine

'Dale is the best New Orleans player I've ever heard' - Richard Hawley

'I've seen Dr.John's shadow' - David Barard (bass player for Dr.John)

'Dale Storr's musical journey has taken him from his rural Lincolnshire upbringing to his own musical mecca, New Orleans. Dale's early musical interests were inspired by his parents' record collection of early rock'n'roll and country music. His interest grew deeper when he began playing the piano at the age of six cocking an ear to the piano-based music of Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. The slip-note piano of stylist Floyd Cramer was also another influence that had entered Dale's musical sub-consciousness. As a young boy, his emerging talent led to him winning numerous school and county music competitions as a solo instrumentalist. He also started performing live in local venues at the age of ten, playing organ. His ability eventually took him away from home to the city of Sheffield. Here he performed with a series of local bands most notably, Sheffield's own rock'n'blues legend, Frank White.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

No Soap No Radio

May
18

No Soap No Radio

No Soap No Radio offers a considerable and kaleidoscopic catalogue of great songs and dynamic, accessible music, boasting great rhythmic command and heart-stopping refrains. Their latest release, While You Were Gone, is a compelling album demonstrating everything that makes No Soap No Radio distinctive and memorable.

Built on the songs of guitarist/vocalist Mark Wilson, No Soap No Radio's sound spans musical genres – from classic rock and pop to the complex jazz-influence of Steely Dan’s fusion or Etta James’ blues – whilst firmly asserting its own stamp.  Combining grace, substance and edge, with spacious melodies and subtle arrangements, the songs are both immediate and complex.  The lyrics are cerebral, wry and dry, with movingly poetic, sometimes dramatic, visual metaphors firmly rooted in vignettes of the everyday – situations, journeys, satire and affection. 

Wilson’s heartfelt vocal delivery is intimate and passionate conversational and intense, always pushing the emotional depth of his lyrics.  Bassist Tim Appleby’s classical and jazz roots give the songs depth and direction, perfectly complemented by drummer Paul Taylor’s dynamic and sensitive approach, fusing jazz delicacy with driving rock and Latin punch. Lead guitarist Steve McCormick has the rare ability to move seamlessly from background to foreground, through subtle orchestration and chord work with syncopated rhythms to visceral and searing lead guitar solos. With a sonic palette spanning heavy metal and country, Steve moves fluidly between melodic, inventive finesse and brilliant, abrasive attack.

Based in the north of England, No Soap No Radio have built a loyal following over a number of years. Their new album, While You Were Gone, will be released on June 17th and will be available to buy direct from the band’s website (www.nsnr.co.uk) and digital platforms.


Elaine Davidson

May
25

Elaine Davidson


Elaine Davidson is one of the most gifted singers and songwriters I have ever worked with. Elaine has the unique ability to write a beautiful melody, an incredibly honest lyric and deliver it with true depth and passion. Listening to Elaine’s music recalls a time of mastery in songwriting and story telling and you will get lost in the uncluttered, unfiltered true beauty of it. She is a one of a kind true English Folk Singer with a beautiful voice as well as an accomplished acoustic guitarist, see her live whenever you can, it will be a truly magical experience.'
                                                     Warren Huart (Aerosmith, James Blunt, The Fray) record producer, Los Angeles
 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Paper Cranes

Jun
01

Paper Cranes

Paper Cranes are a folk duo from the South of the Lake District. The pair grew up on the in the shipbuilding town of Barrow-in-Furness. Jon started playing music as a drummer and later picked up a guitar and started to write songs finding inspiration in the work of Ben Howard and others alike.
Eventually, Jon asked Beckah to sing on one of his tunes. This led to the forming of Paper Cranes.  The pair started playing every local pub, open mics and shows that would have them. Growing popularity and a unique blend of two vocals made the rootsy duo stand out. They supported Ocean Colour Scene’s acoustic set and performed Kendal Calling in their first year.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Northern Sky

Jun
08

Northern Sky

Originally Abby Colombi and John Osborne, the band has expanded to become a five-piece.

Amy Beeton now joins them on cello with Lucy Johnson on additional vocals and Martin Kirton on percussion.

Their list of self-penned songs is increasing by the week from the delicate “Catch The Light” (Radio Cumbria’s Track of the Week) and the anthemic Technicolour Love to the stomp of “Leap of Faith”.

A staple of BBC Introducing, they are not to be missed

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore

Jun
15

Kris Dollimore

During a career in music, spanning four decades, Kris has graced some of the world's greatest stages and has played with many international bands and artists. These include The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Adam Ant and Del Amitri.

His guitar skills have always been admired, in whichever genre he has played. Now those skills are honed to perfection and they need to be. He has chosen a field where his playing is at it's most exposed. A man, a guitar and sometimes a voice. No room for error and nowhere to hide. With largely an acoustic repertoire, a fair portion of that being instrumental, in the vein of John Fahey and Jack Rose, precision playing is expected and delivered.

 

Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist 11 years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the UK and Europe, earning a hard core following of loyal fans which is growing by the day. This is backed up by the success of his first three albums, "02/01/1978", "Now Was The Time" and "No Ghosts In This House", which all received great reviews from the music press, both at home and abroad. His fourth album 'All Grown Up' has just been released and is attracting the same positive interest as it's predecessors.

 

In the past year Kris has started work on a band line up, to sit alongside his solo work. The first few gigs have been great and have been rewarded with  a fantastic response.

 

Kris burns with a passion for his music and wants to bring it to as many people as possible. If you know him from his past life, don't fear change. Follow Kris down new roads and you'll feel all the richer for it.


Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Jun
22

Matt Cowe plays Chet Atkins

Cumbrian based guitarist Matt Cowe returns to Zeffirellis with another show featuring the music of American guitar legend Chet Atkins, playing classic country and swing tunes from the 50’s as well other tunes from Chet’s long career.

 

Chet Atkins’ music has a unique nostalgic charm, full of melody and virtuosic playing and this will be a rare opportunity to hear this style live.  He will be recreating Chet’s retro sound with an authentic line up featuring local musicians Steve Simpson on double bass, Jack Davies on drums and Jon Moore on rhythm guitar.   

 

Check out Matt playing at last year’s prestigious Chet Atkins’ Appreciation Society convention in Nashville here:

https://youtu.be/iHzXPu8BhW8?list=PLXAZORK28Noutioyah-pPQsqPMXV42LsA

 

And Matt’s popular YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/W4YOxjo1PGs?list=PLXAZORK28NotZgbL9MhiJDBaBLIlL8voj

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Black Pony

Jun
29

Black Pony

Indie-folk duo Black Pony are singer/guitarist Daniel Ray and Sarah Edmondson on violin, e-piano and organ. Together they combine elements of folk, country, and soul to create songs at once intimate and anthemic, rhythmic and melodic. Little aural movies.

Irish-Australian Daniel traveled a lot of miles to find such a simpatico musical partner in formally trained Sarah and her vivid sonic palette. A bit of lightning strikes every time they take the stage. Come along for the ride.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Jul
06

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They'll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights. 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Washboard Resonators

Jul
13

The Washboard Resonators

This duo of guitar, banjo and washboard play footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk like it was on the street corners of America in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. The band has played many gigs, including Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival, C FAB Folk Festival in Lincolnshire and may pubs and bars. This duo is perfect for situations where something acoustic, but energetic and lively is required.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Jul
20

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Ben Wiiliams

Aug
03

Ben Wiiliams

A Manchester based singer-songwriter who moulds the classic songwriting sound of Paul Simon with the laid back nature  of  Jack  Johnson,  Ben  Williams  is  a  difficult  artist  to  pigeonhole  and  is  all  the  better  for  it.  His  new  self-­‐produced  album,  ‘Who  Do  You  Think  You  Are?’,  has  been  seven  years  in  the  making,  as  Williams  –  earning  a  living  as  an  in-­‐demand  session  guitarist  –  wrote  his  own  songs  in  the  spare  time  he  had  between  playing  and  recording  with  other  artists.  With  a  clear  passion  for  music,  he  wrote  something  like  60  songs  over  this  period,  of  which  the  best  11  have  been  chosen  to  make  up  his  debut  album.  Self-­‐produced  and  featuring  a  selection  of  the  finest  musicians  in  Manchester,  Williams  has  delivered  a  genuine  gem  of  a  debut.  Often  quirky,  sometimes  funny,  and  occasionally  more  reflective,  the  songs  demonstrate  a  fantastic  range  of  approaches  and  ideas.  

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Elliott Morris

Aug
10

Elliott Morris

With hundreds of gigs behind him, Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter began playing electric guitar when he was 11, but launched his solo set at 17, just a year after starting to explore the possibilities of the acoustic instrument. Elliott taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.

He has supported Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Jon Gomm, Paul Carrack, legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He gigs regularly with Dave McPherson (InMe) and has played many times with old friend, Ed Sheeran.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Blues Collusion

Aug
24

Blues Collusion

Coming from two very different musical and cultural backgrounds (Amera was born in Birmingham, UK and Rolly, Hungary), they have been able to cleverly combine their diverse music skills, influences and experiences to create a unique, current and original blues sound which is likely to appeal to Blues fans both old and new.

For Amera, her lyrics are all about emotion. She has always allowed emotions to drive her music and lyrics and finds it more difficult to write a song if she can't ‘feel’ the emotion behind it. All of songs on the Album tell a story, some of sadness and regret (as is typical of original Blues songs) but also a different kind of Blues – a yearning for ‘something’ or merely an emotion, such as love that is so desperate, it is almost painful.

For Rolly, it is more about his sheer love for Blues music which began when first started learning to play the guitar. The more he played Blues and listened to the music of great Blues artists, the more he became hooked. At the same time, Rolly became impressed by the story of the Blues and its transformation from its origins, right up to the modern era. He also learnt a lot about Blues music at University (he graduated as a Music Producer at Staffordshire University).
Currently, he loves the challenge of composing music, which has his own take on Blues but, at the same time still conforms to blues ‘rules’.


Kikbak

Sep
07

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced Lakes based musicians: Pete Kassel -Guitar and vocals , ( Guitarist Magazines ' Guitarist Of The Year 1997 ) . Julie Rogerson - ( Alto, Soprano saxes and vocals ). Steve Wildgoose- ( bass ). Mike Kidson- drums, ( ex drum technician for Phil Collins / Paul Mcartney amongst many others and Tour Manager for many years with Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike and The Mechanics , Robert Plant , The Who , AC/DC...... and so many more ! ).

The band plays a vibrant and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues , Soul, Jazz, Rock and Funk classics by such artists as Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder , David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Red Canary Dance Band

Sep
14

The Red Canary Dance Band

The Red Canary Dance Band (RC) is a new trio I have set up of piano, drums and vocals. Promo is being filmed this weekend if you would like to see any of it, but it has me on a 1930s style drum kit and Chris Lloyd from The Big Easy on piano, as well as a trained female singer, so you can trust it will be good. 

The band has been put together to play for swing dances, but there are a lot of harmonies and feature pieces (including washboard and tap dancing) that mean is will also be a good all round show for a listening audience.


About Time

Sep
21

About Time

‘About Time’ started just two years ago with a gig in The Brewery Art’s Centre’s, Warehouse Cafe in aid of The Down Syndrome Association. Following this success the band members wanted to continue performing together.

You can expect to hear lounge music with jazzy edge incl. songs from Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Carole King and others.

The Band consists of experienced local musicians although the vocalist Aggie originates from Poland. Keith Redfern – who has been playing guitar for years in a variety of bands from punk to funk and now fuses it all into his own style..., Ken Johnston – Welsh born Anglo-Scot, first encountered a double bass 50 years ago after playing alto sax and guitar!  On the Lancaster scene since arriving in ’92.  Martin Chadderton, our drummer is never happier than when he is quickening the pulse with his infectious beats. His genres include Brass, Community and Flamenco!        

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Hazeyjane

Oct
12

Hazeyjane

Creation of Northamptonshire-based composer, acclaimed acoustic guitarist and singer Chris Brown, hazeyjane is the vehicle for the live musical expression of his own original songs and adaptive arrangements of celebrated pieces of poetry. Chris' voice is often said to resemble that of David Sylvian and his ambient acoustic guitar style uses unusual tunings and spider capos to create exquisite guitar figures and motifs that give his songs distinctively airy, graceful and spacious qualities.

The soundscape settings of his songs are enriched by the accompaniment provided by the signature singing sound of Kevin T Ward s fretless bass and his use of harmonics, stopping and chords to add rhythmic expression, texture, and colour.

The hazeyjane line-up was bolstered recently by the addition of percussionist David 'Hopi' Hopkins and his myriad nuanced, percussive textures, which contribute greatly to the overall mood of the hazeyjane sound.

Most rewarding to a listening and discerning audience, hazeyjane aim to produce mellow and melodic music that is, in turns, intense and intimate, dreamy and dynamic, relaxing in its mellifluence but hauntingly atmospheric; music that, ultimately, seeks the sublime.


Washboard Resonators

Nov
02

Washboard Resonators

This duo of guitar, banjo and washboard play footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk like it was on the street corners of America in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. The band has played many gigs, including Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival, C FAB Folk Festival in Lincolnshire and may pubs and bars. This duo is perfect for situations where something acoustic, but energetic and lively is required.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The After Hours Quintet

Nov
16

The After Hours Quintet

Say hello to the creme de la creme of the northern traditional-jazz scene; specialising in all things swing.

With a 'Speakeasy - Selection' spanning the whole Century, they've seen action in the fields (Womad 2017, Bestival 2017, Boomtown, Party like Gatsby - Copenhagen) and turned their hand to a wedding or two!

Their own quirky takes on modern classics ('Toxic', 'Sing it back', 'Crazy') sit seamlessly along side a burgeoning repertoire of New Orleans & Gypsy Jazz.

This trio show will be featuring:

Max Miller -  Guitar / Banjo

Elliot Roffe - Upright Bass

Oly Clarkson - Clarinet, Sax, Guitar, Harmonica, Saw and Vocals.

More info visit www.theahq.com


About Time

Dec
14

About Time

After a popular debut at Zeffs last year, we welcome About Time once again.

You can expect a laid back lounge music – with a jazzy edge including songs from Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Carol King and others.

The Band consists of experienced local musicians although the vocalist Aggie originates from Poland. Singing was Aggie’s passion from a very young age and finally she has reached her dream of performing with her own band.

“Aggie has a warm and vibrant tone, coupled with sensitivity and musicality that shines out of her voice”.

Keith Redfern – has been playing guitar for many years in a variety of bands from punk to funk and now fuses it all into his own style… Ken Johnston – Welsh born Anglo-Scot, first encountered a double bass 50 years ago after playing alto sax and guitar. Martin Chadderton – is never happier then when he is quickening the pulse with his infectious beats, his genres include Brass, Community and Flamenco.

About Time will perform at Zeffs with James Bell, who will join the band as a Special Guest.

James has played the alto saxophone for over 20 years, his passion for music has led him to study jazz and earn him a degree in Music Practice from UCLAN. James regularly plays with his jazz quartet “The Luca Brasi Four” in and around Lancaster and performs solo saxophone at various functions in the North West.

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

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