Mon 22 Dec 2014 We’re pleased to be able to announce that our headline act for the 2015 Derby Comedy Festival will be Jimmy Carr with his hit Funny Business show!Jimmy’s been described as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’. Which, let’s face facts, is not that impressive. It’s like being the ‘tallest dwarf’ or the ‘healthiest Glaswegian’. Really not that big a deal. Funny Business is Jimmy’s brand new stand up show. Audiences should come for the witty and incisive musings on the human condition and stay for the knob gags.The announcement of Jimmy as headliner for the festival is really good news as his show in last year’s festival had to be cancelled due to the closure of the Assembly Rooms.Jimmy will be performing at the Derby Arena on Fri 10 Jul and there will be a 48 hour pre-sale for all those who had tickets to see him at last year’s festival. Tickets are on general sale from 24 Dec 2014
Going out on a limb here! about to introduce to you one of the most exciting alternative rock bands in the UK, and their based in Derbyshire!!!
Refreshingly different, The Four Fours, Matt – Vocals, Chris – Guitars and Rich on Drums (I’d love to give you their surnames but, apparently, they don’t have one… none of them!!!) were originally members of math rock outfit ‘You Slut!‘ which comes through in this new venture but a lot more as well! Mixing various styles, The Four Fours have come up with a sound that deserves to be heard… and preferably LIVE!
Their recently released EP, entitled ‘Count To Ten’ is a gem! Two tracks of ‘interesting’ lyrics based on Si-Fi and love and a great alternative rock sound. The choruses are far too catchy, bordering on infectious…
You get what I mean?
It’s almost pop but with enough of their soul still there to earn the ‘alternative rock’ title, I like these guys… a lot!
They tell me they intend to release a new track on the 29th September, I’m looking forward to that but while we wait try this…
no video this time:
It’s early days yet for The Four Fours but if they continue to write tracks like ‘Count To Ten’ and ‘Messing With History’ then they could well be destined of big things, we will be watching intently and enjoying their journey almost as much as they are!
The Four Fours appear on www.theguywithastick.com playlist and video list and will soon be featuring on the video page.
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Ok! I know hardcore is not everyone’s favourite, often people don’t get it, it seems, they say, like a load of banging and screeching. All I can say is these people haven’t seen… Statutes!
Statutes are a Nottingham based Melodic Hardcore outfit with great stage presence and a tremendous sound. Formed from old friendships, Statutes consist of: Rich Herrick – Vocals, Adam Kinson – Guitar, Tom Whitmore – Guitar, Mark Abbott – Drums and Ollie Jones – Bass. According to the guys they formed Statutes “With the sole aim of writing music that we enjoy to play”.
Statutes particular form of ‘hardcore’ has an emphasis on ‘melodic’ sounds and well thought out lyrics. Lately, the guys have been busy playing throughout the East Midlands, promoting their new album: IN THE THROES OF…
In The Throes of… is a cleverly worked out album of 11 quick tracks that are musically sound and to the point. Recorded at Nottingham’s ‘Stuck On a Name Studio’, the album was released on 7th September and is available to buy at all major online retailers and can be previewed at Statutes SoundCloud Channel (see link below).
TheGuyWithaStick wish Statutes well with the new album, we look forward to seeing them again soon, we also look forward to adding a video from ‘IN THE THROES OF…’ to www.theguywithastick.com soon!
Statutes Facebook page: www.facebook.com/statutes
SoundCloud preview of Statutes album: ‘In The Throes Of… soundcloud.com/statutes
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HOLY & HORNY
HOLY & HORNY
This extraordinary, thought provoking show is a compelling story of love, longing and the ultimate betrayal.
In the production, actress and author Tonya Joy Bolton explores one woman’s struggle to remain holy despite being horny as hell! She draws on a variety of art forms such as comedy, mime, physical theatre, song, poetry and drama.
This enthralling show follows Sheila’s amazing journey as she embarks on a set of disastrous dates which lead to unexpected life-changing consequences.
Suitable for age 15+. Contains strong language and sexual content
© Derby Theatre 2014
Derby Theatre and Déda in association with Crying Out Loud on behalf of Circus Evolution present
By Pirates of the Carabina
Get ready for a captivating night at the circus packed with thrills, extraordinary feats, laughs and fantastic live music.
Our stunning troupe of acrobats, aerialists, daredevil stuntmen and musicians are going to put on a jaw-dropping spectacle for you.
But there’s a problem; no one is prepared and mishaps, disasters and disagreements threaten to wreck the show. A flying aerialist is still ironing her dress, a cranky diva gets tangled in the rigging, and is that one of the stuntmen dangling from the lighting bar?
Flown is confidently choreographed chaos. It’s big, beautiful and bonkers; an experience for everyone to treasure.
Flown is presented by Derby Theatre and Déda in association with Crying Out Loud on behalf of Circus Evolution.
© Derby Theatre 2014
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Hailing from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, Matt Henshaw describes his current location has Derby, Nottingham and Leicester… he gets about this guy! In fact, Matt Henshaw has to be one of the hardest working musicians around. It often seems there is not a day or night goes by that Matt is not adorning a stage somewhere in the UK, it’s quite understandable to suspect there may well be several Matt Henshaws, all cloned from the original, but no! I can assure you there is only one Matt Henshaw… only one, brilliantly talented, trend setting, soul saving, Matt Henshaw!
Matt describes his style of music as ‘rhythmic gospel’, and in doing so Matt invents a whole new genre which, without the blink of an eye or a scratch of music journalists head, the genre is accepted… and why not! What Matt does, and does expertly, is his own thing! He’s not bothered about ‘pigeon holes’ or classifications, he is bothered about his life and his life is music!
Matt has had something of a rebirth lately, standing-down from his University job to concentrate on relaunching his career in music, following his epiphany on the road to stardom and alcoholism which saw the demise of his former, and very highly rated, band ‘Censored’ in 2008. Since this time Matt has done some amazing things, from recording a cracking album with MC Rudimental st al, to re-launching his career. You can’t keep this guy down, he is determined, he’s confident and he is one of the most decent human beings I have had the pleasure of meeting he’s also destined for success!!!
TheGuyWithaStick have included a couple of Matt Henshaw tracks on the acoustic playlist on the ‘Feature’ tab at www.theguywithastick.com
For a fuller list of Matt’s upcoming events follow this link
The beautifully enchanting Elizabeth Cornish and her band, comprising of: on drums – Adam Wykes, bass – Jason Skinner and on additional guitar – Mark Riley Cardwell, are wonderful a tremendous acoustic folk band following in a great tradition, and doing it justice!
Influenced by the likes of David Gray, Alanis Morissette and Laura Marling (which comes across in Elizabeth’s guitar playing) with undertones of Susan Vega, Elizabeth Cornish and the band are becoming quite a force in the region. Elizabeth’s voice is well suited to the genre mature yet amazingly gentle…
… her finger-picking guitar play is highly complimented by Mark’s electric guitar and Jason’s bass play with it all brought together by Adam’s drums and Elizabeth’s vocal, and what vocals they are… a master class in folk pop!
I always thought that the best thing to happen on the 15th of March was my birthday, so you can imagine how distressed I was to be ‘gazumped’ by a piece of plastic!!! Ok! it wasn’t ‘just’ a ‘piece of plastic’, it was something much more precious it was the birth of an album… Elizabeth Cornish’s album called ‘Displaced’ which had it’s launch at the Cookie on March 15th this year… and what an album it is!
Below is the title track…
…It truly is a must for any music collection!
There’s an old saying about ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’, well, in time, Elizabeth Cornish and the band will be those giants!
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