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Hailing from London, Sisteray first came to the attention of http://WWW.THEGUYWITHASTICK.COM through their participation in Edgar’s Gift Cd ‘The 29 Rock You Cancer’, to which they, very kindly, donated a track. Since then, Sisteray have been working tirelessly in developing their craft and they have become a polished, professional and extremely busy, indie/Grunge outfit who are, quite frankly, worth their weight in gold…

SISTERAY comprises of talented songwriters Niall Rowan (vocals) and Dan Connolly (guitar) along with, the equally talented, Marco Polo (drums) and Mick Hanrahan (bass guitar), take their inspiration from a rich variety bands, such as, Velvet Underground, The Clash, The Smiths and The Replacements. Their upbeat melodies are a clear, lyrical, observations of 21st century Britain which they punctuate with high-octane indie/grunge sound and electrifying live performances which have been key to making their live shows unmissable.

In 2015, Sisteray played to their first fully sold out gig and are continuing this trend on their current tour of the UK and with several tracks released over the past months and one more due for release on 1,2,3,4 Records on 16th September at the Ally Cat in London, clearly, Sisteray are keeping extremely busy.

The Leeds Festival was something of a revelation in term of how far Sisteray have come in a relatively short space of time and most, certainly, since THEGUYWITHASTICK first saw the guys back in 2014.

Sisteray certainly have a lot to offer and are well worth seeing live, however, if you can’t get to one of their gigs, do yourself a favour and visit their website http://www.sisteray.com and/or their YouTube channel and get to know these guys. Sisteray really are a class act!

Sisteray’s stated ambition is “to rewrite the indie guitar rule book” and I wouldn’t bet against them doing just that!

http://www.sisteray.com

http://facebook.com/Sisteray

http://Twitter.com/sisterayuk @sisterayuk

http://YouTube.com./sisteray

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OLD TATTOOS

the debut album by

THE BRANDY THIEVES

Many of you know about my love of The Brandy Thieves. A great Leicester based band with influences from folk, punk and soul, with a healthy dose of scar thrown in for good measure.

The Brandy Thieves came together in late 2012 during which time they have produced some of the best festival anthems around. So, it came as something of a surprise to find that, until November 2015, they had not produced an album! The guys have released a couple of ep’s but not a full album… well they have now it’s called ‘Old Tattoos’ and I got my hands on a copy of it!

Through their music, The Brandy Thieves use well crafted lyrics and an array of musical instruments to tell, in the great folk tradition, a story. Stories based on their experience of life. They tell stories of alcohol fueled benders and the kind of social commentary that can only come from a life well lived. Their songs are catchy and easy to get into and before you know it, you are hooked!

If their ep’s and live gigs tell you a story, then their new album, ‘Old Tattoos’, use those stories to take you on a journey; the journey of The Brandy Thieves. The album brings together their music from the very beginning of their existence to where they are today. In many ways the listeners become voyeurs, watching through sound, the very personal journeys these guys have gone through and which comes through in their lyrics and music.

I loved the new album, Old Tattoo’s and have it playing at least once a day, much to my kids annoyance; they are big fans of The Brandy Thieves but, they tell me,  “you always have it on!”. Well that may be near the truth but I make no apologies for it! So The Brandy Thieves first album, Old Tattoo’s’, should be in everyone’s collection and I can hardly wait for their next one!

The Brandy Thieves are a very talented bunch who deserve to have much wider recognition than they currently enjoy! So, watch out Mumford and Son, you have some serious competition!!!

 

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/thebrandythieves

TWIT: @thebrandythieves

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The Brandy Thieves

Idle Empire

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I’ve been waiting for a while to tell you about these guys. Based in Nottingham and Leicester, Idle Empire are a three-piece indie/acoustic band that have been going since in January 2014. Idle Empire are part of something of a revival in the acoustic/gypsy sound, and they do it well!

 

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Comprising of Alex Oxley- Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Ollie Horton on Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals and Tom Sellars on Violin.

They come together brilliantly, combining Alex’s vocals with Tom’s violin and Ollie’s lead guitar. Alex Oxley’s voice is really quite unique with influences from the likes of John Lennon, Paolo Nutini and George Esra, which lends well to high tones of the violin and is aided and abetted by Ollie’s strong backing vocals… I really like these guys!

I had the opportunity to chat with Alex at the launch of Carmen – Seduction Of The Promise album, where Alex played a solo spot as an opener to the nights proceedings. Alex was telling me that now, through studies, they have to work much harder to get to gigs, however, they relished challenge. My strong impression was, that, they have the talent and determination to to rise to any challenge.

The guys will be playing an unplugged session at The Musician in Leicester on the 2nd Jan, looking at the gig list, it should be a very good night indeed!!!

 

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Moscow City Ballet comes to the East Midlands

It’s always a bit of an anti-climax, you welcome in the new year with optimistic vigour only to be thwarted by the cold and dark of the Great British winter. Well, we may well have found something to give you the warmth that is cruelly lacking this time of year.

What is this antidote to jack frost and a lack of daylight?

Well, maybe this it:

 

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The Moscow City Ballet begin their eagerly awaited 2015 tour with two of their much-loved and enchanting performances of Swan Lake and Giselle.

Giselle beautifully tells the tale of those eponymous village girl who dies of a broken heart when her peasant lover Albrecht is unmasked as a nobleman who is betrothed to another.

Swan Lake is a signature piece of the Moscow City ballet company’s repertoire. The orchestra, choreography, interpretation, beauty and outstanding virtuoso performances win repeatedly rave reviews.

So, throw away those winter blues and get some central heating for the soul with a visit to the Royal and Derngate and the Moscow City Ballet from 12th – 17th Jan 2015.

For further information click HERE

Acid Haystack and the Shattered Villain

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I bumped in to these guys at an open mic session some time back and just on seeing them once and having an all too brief chat with them between venues, I became hooked!

 

 

Acid Haystack and the Shattered Villain, composed of Andrew Mills and Daniel Heath, have been getting into people’s heads for sometime now, largely through The TGC Project which brought together various music talent into one vast, live, jamming session. This new venture demonstrates what they have learned from their previous lives and presents it live to a growing fan base, of which TheGuyWithaStick is most certainly one!

Acid Haystack and the Shattered Villain have been making a name for themselves over the last few months, playing supporting spots with the Strangler Figs and Brandy Thieves and getting a write-up in Music In Leicester. Their style is folk/bluegrass. Their mastery of the guitar, banjo and mandolin is a joy to watch and fun to listen to as are their original lyrics, laced with humour but certainly not a comedy act, and then… before you know it you are hooked!

I don’t know when their next gig is but I hope it’s soon, we could do with a lift after the holidays.

All the best lads, we’ll see you soon!

 

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Jimmy Carr to headline Derby Comedy Festival | Derby LIVE.

Jimmy Carr to headline Derby Comedy Festival | Derby LIVE

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

via Jimmy Carr to headline Derby Comedy Festival | Derby LIVE.

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Bombay Bicycle Club

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We are pleased to announce that Bombay Bicycle Club will embark on their biggest and most ambitious tour yet.

Bombay Bicycle Club’s critically acclaimed fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, captures the results of singer Jack Steadman’s picaresque adventures in the likes of Turkey and India throughout 2013.  Joyously escapist, its electronic-inflected and Bollywood-referencing sound made good on the Eastern promise, as it went straight to Number 1 in the album charts (Feb 2014) and reached silver status in record time.

The press were effusive with their praise “Buoyant, wistful and heart-rending” said The Telegraph, “sensational” said Sunday Times Culture, whilst The Times chimed in “Bombay Bicycle Club remain one of the most inventive indie bands out there.”

The band’s broad and varied body of work means the North London four-piece are both as at home with the intimate acoustic nature of Eyes Off You as they are with the euphoric highs of first single Carry Me and the exhilarating rush of album openerOverdone.  In songwriting terms Bombay Bicycle Club, who are still only 24 years old, posses a kind of dynamism that’s been missing from young British bands for years. They have mastered the melodic, the melancholic and at the same time, the euphoric.

With an expanded live line-up to cater to the ever-increasing range and complexity of their songs, this tour is not only their biggest in terms of venue, but also in terms of sound.

It follows on from their poignant, career augmenting performances on the Other Stage at Glastonbury and the Radio One stage at T in the Park, and their appearances to come at Reading and Leeds (NME/Radio 1 stage headliners).

“Bombay Bicycle Club have grown from talented teens overflowing with ideas into a slick outfit with a confident grasp of their place in pop.” **** The Times

“They continue to confound expectations.” **** The Independent

“A brooding, impressive return.” Uncut 8/10

“A real standout.” **** The Sun 4

“One of 2014’s most exhilarating returns.” NME

“Sincerely captivating and euphorically playful.” Clash 9/10

“Bombay Bicycle Club remain one of the most inventive indie bands out there.” Saturday Review

 

 

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The Four Fours

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…

 

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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…

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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.

 

The Four Fours on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefourfours on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/thefourfours

 

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