SATURDAY 8th June:
Saint Mary’s Church: ‘Hathern Band’ 7pm Tickets £8 in Advance or on the Door £10
Tickets £8 from Alison 01664 503530 Derek or Janet 01664 569245 or reception at Samworth Office proceeds to Saint Mary’s Refurbishment Project. Tickets on the Door £10
The Noels Arms: ‘Truckstop Honeymoon’ 9.30pm
Hollering with all their hearts over a five- string banjo and a doghouse bass, Trucktop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Touring across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz and straight up Rock ’n’ Roll. Vaudevillian wit and showmanship spike their energetic live shows, while the fearless honesty of their songs touches the hearts of listners around the world
“Tales of cheating spouses, bad attitudes, short-change romances, endless asphalt and dodgy diners, all told with a “psychobilly” sense of playfulness, ringing banjo and a bass as certain as a highway centerline”
The Herald, Newcastle, Australia.
“They spit on enough conventions to keep things interesting”
The Onion, Madison WI
Truckstop Honeymoon’s story begins in New Orleans, where Katie played wash-tub bass and blues piano in the streets of the French Quarter. There she met Mike, who slung a banjo and sold his CDs to tourists as a curative for hangovers and small mindedness. After a court house wedding, they hit the road together. They spent their wedding night in a truck stop somewhere between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Swamp. There Truckstop Honeymoon was born.
In 2005 Mike and Katie’s home and recording studio (the 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor) were washed away by hurricane Katrina. After a few months of living out of their van, they took their young family to the midwest music mecca of Lawrence, Kansas. Here they quickly established a reputation not only as a band, but also as producers of other recording artists. They rebuilt their studio, while continuing to tour Australia, Europe and the US. They even founded the first (and only) annual Mardi Gras parade in Kansas.
The music of Truckstop Honeymoon tells a story that is sometimes ferociously funny, sometimes bitterly sad, but always affecting and believable. They where top fun last time, take a look at The Truckstop Children, from last time round HERE:
“Charming, incisive and funny”
Sing Out Magazine, USA
“It’s gritty, grisly and guttural, and makes for damn fine music”
Where Y’at Magazine, New Orleans LA
“Truckstop Honeymoon got the the chops”
The Stranger, Seattle WA
The Genny B (Generous Briton): ‘Mandarins’ 9.30pm
It’s been far too long! Just over a year in fact. , My mate Roger’s band from Nottinghamshire. The ‘Mandarins’ are at the Generous Briton this Saturday to entertain your evening!
From the Band:
“Heralding from the sunny northern realms of Nottinghamshire, by huge demand the ‘Mandarins’ are at the Generous Briton this Saturday to entertain your evening! Having played at multiple festivals around the local area, the Mandarins are a completely live four-piece covers band comprising of Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and Drums with 3 members providing vocals, playing an eclectic mix of rock pop and indie, ranging from Guns n’ Roses to Small Faces via Oasis and the Eagles, you might even find some Tina Turner in there!
More information at www.mandarinsband.co.uk
Here’s a little video I shot last time, Lots of string-bender-icity and wha wha wowness going on here:
The Grapes: ‘Skaman T’ 10pm
Hey You.. ! Don’t watch that, watch this…
The Ultimate in Good-Times Music meets one of the country’s greatest Ska Tribute performers in one night of bouncing, rollicking, dance crazed madness.
My set list is full of banging Ska Revival Tunes pumping from a quality sound system accompanied by a great light show. Book yourself a fantastic evening with one of Britains best Ska Entertainers.
A Jaw Dropping Tribute to the greatest Ska bands ever heard. The SKA T show features tracks from Madness, The Selecter, The Specials, The Beat, and Bad Manners.
Dance the Night Away with some of the greatest Ska tunes ever recorded.