Live Music Wed & Thur from 9.30pm, Fri & Sat from 11pm
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May 2013 Listing
Mike Willox (solo)
Ubiquitous ivory-tinkler and Magnificent Seven mainman Mike Willox reveals his inner lounge lizard as he takes his solo opportunity in the spotlight to explore his wide-ranging repertoire of jazz tunes and arrangements.
Will Edmunds Duo
Singer/guitarist from the Baked Potato Trio & Carnyvillans does his blues/pop/soul solo magic.
Bert Miller & The Animal Folk
It’s impossible not to be charmed by Bert’s hand-knitted organic cabaret-folk songs, uninhibited whimsy and unlimited love for all things zoological. They’re straight outta Totnes, of course, and always up for fun.
Sun 5 (12pm)
The Roaring Trowmen
Well if you’re trying to sing through a force eight gale as you round Cape Horn a bit of roaring comes in handy, though this sea-shanty quartet tone it down a little when it’s an indoors gig on dry land, apparently. Still – expect full-throated harmonies, tales of maritime exploits and a fair bit of jolliness all round.
Guitarist Craig Sutton is on a mission to take the flamenco style into a whole new place. His solo performances use loop station technology to build up big, anthemic sounds that add a rock edge to what is still, at heart, a traditional Spanish music.
Cathy Jones & Tristram Cox
Cool Latin vocalist Cathy Jones and deft guitarist Tristram Cox know their way round everything from Bossa Nova to street samba and the music of contemporary Brazilian artists. http://www.myspace.com/quartetobossa
Picking up from his much-missed Backyard project, trumpeter Gary Alesbrook brews awesomely funky original jazz with this rocking 5-piece supergroup that also includes soul diva Marie Lister (vocals), Andy Nowak (keys) and the Saffron Monkey rhythm powerhouse of Richie Blake (bass) and Danny Cox (drums).
One of Bristol’s best mestizo bands, conjuring a smile-inducing Eurobeat from their mix of Spanish, French and English roots and then stirring in a healthy pinch of Caribbean spices to give it that worldwide beach party vibe.
Pearce, Davis, Lewis
Zut alors! Classic Hot Club style Gypsy jazz from the impeccably swinging combination of John Pearce (mighty violin), Brett lewis (nifty guitar) and Trevor Davies (snare extraordinaire). Formidable.
This ridiculously good lap-steel guitar player rolls out his own contemporary folk songs of freewheeling wisdom interspersed with classic blues tunes and a rocking band.
Zu Zu Men
Not so much a covers band, more a ‘discovers’ band the ZuZu Men give their distinctive good-time flavour to otherwise familiar tunes and thus find something fresh in each and every one. Why, they even have a banjo player!
Three fine and funky companions head fearlessly into the mysterious world of acid boogaloo (think Funk Inc, Clarence Wheeler, Rueben Wilson) for a shamelessly blues-driven session of grooviest grooves.
Don’t know where they got that monicker from but they got the music from gypsy campfires and Paris cafes where the name Django has nothing to do with Quentin Tarrantino.
Lady Nade’s voice has the husky resonance of a life well-lived and lessons learned, and yet she’s one of Bristol’s brightest young sparks. Her songs sketch moments of emotional transformation, love and loss, arranged with care and effortlessly delivered in That Voice. Yummy.
Rin Tin Tin
Gypsy rockabilly folk-jazz intended to keep you dancing from an acoustic 4-piece who match their energy with swing.
Celestine & James Morton
Forget all those X Factor shriekers and wobbly R’n'B drama queens, Bristol’s soul-jazz diva Celestine takes her cues from real legends like Aretha or Chakha, whether singing a classic dance floor filler or an upbeat version of a great jazz standard. Naturally she gets the best musicians aboard, too, and James Morton’s ever-impressive saxophone is a natural foil for that dazzling voice.
Sun 26 (12pm)
A cappella foursome with a seaward eye and unafraid to admit to a row-ho-ho every now and then, probably because their lively arrangements and easy attitude keeps them well entertaining.
If you’ve already seen Jim Evans play you’ll remember his home-made biscuit tin slide guitar and impressive hillbilly beard. Then you’ll remember he’s a damn fine folk and blues player and singer, too.
Hard working multi-instrumentalist Lukas Drinkwater pops up all over the place, in trad and swing jazz bands, alongside folky singer/songwriters – plus he’s even one of the Three Daft Monkeys. But it’s nice to give him a chance to just be himself with a guitar and a few of his own songs – so we did.
Monkeys don’t come much funkier than this 7-person brass-bound rhythm machine with their driving grooves and lots of flamboyant solo playing aimed at getting you dancing.