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CURVE ANNOUCE NEW PRODUCTION OF ROALD DAHL’S FANTASTIC MR FOX TO TOUR THE UK IN 2017

 

Curve and Nuffield in association with Lyric Hammersmith present

ROALD DAHL’S

FANTASTIC MR FOX

Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft

Directed by Maria Aberg  Designed by Tom Scutt  Music by Arthur Darvill

Lyrics by Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel

3 – 9 April

UK TOUR: from 25 January until July 2017

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In celebration of Roald Dahl Day marking Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday on 13 September, producing partners Curve and Nuffield in association with Lyric Hammersmith, today announce a major UK tour of Roald Dahl’s FANTASTIC MR FOX, in a brand new musical adaptation for the stage. Following its world premiere at Nuffield Southampton Theatres this Christmas (22 Nov – 8 Jan. National Press Night: Wed 30 November, 7pm), FANTASTIC MR FOX will transfer to the Lyric Hammersmith for a 4-week run (25 Jan – 19 Feb) and will then tour to a further 16 venues nationwide, including Curve (3 – 9 April). This brand new family show is a playful re-telling of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book; a brilliantly witty tale of the clever Mr Fox outfoxing three greedy farmers, brought to life on stage with live music and songs. Tickets are now on sale.

 

This new musical adaptation of FANTASTIC MR FOX is a flagship production for the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations marking the centenary year of the world’s number one storyteller and hotly follows the release of Steven Spielberg’s movie version of THE BFG. Published in 1970, Roald Dahl’s FANTASTIC MR FOX delivers family fun at its finest and remains a firm favourite amongst Roald Dahl fans of all ages. The story of Fantastic Mr Fox and his heroic adventures became a global sensation following the popular success of Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated movie version (released in 2009), which starred George Clooney in the title role.

 

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson says:

“We’re excited to be working with such an accomplished partner as Nuffield Theatre to bring FANTASTIC MR FOX to the stage in this brand new musical version, and delighted that so many people across the UK will be able to see it during the 2017 tour.”

 

This new commission by Curve and Nuffield in association with Lyric Hammersmith brings together a stellar creative team: playwright Sam Holcroft, director Maria Aberg, designer Tom Scutt, composer Arthur Darvill, lyricists Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel, sound designer Claire Windsor, lighting designer Lee Curran, casting director Annelie Powell and movement director Ayse Tashkiran. Casting to be announced.

 

Chris Stafford, Chief Executive and Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director at Curve, say:

“We are delighted to be working with our friends at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on this new production. We’re thrilled to be working with an exceptional creative team, led by Maria Aberg and that  FANTASTIC MR FOX will join recent Curve productions such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sister Act, reaching new audiences and touring across the UK.”

 

Sam Hodges, Director at Nuffield Southampton Theatres says:

“This co-production, with our partners Curve, marks significant growth for Nuffield. I’m delighted to be able to announce our second London transfer in as many years and an ambitious national and international tour, reinforcing Nuffield as one of the country’s leading producing companies.”

 

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director at the Lyric Hammersmith says: “We are delighted to be the London home of FANTASTIC MR FOX, continuing our tradition of world-class family theatre.”

 

Sam Holcroft’s most recent play, Rules For Living premiered at the National Theatre in 2015. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre. Other theatre credits include: The Wardrobe and Edgar And Annabel (National Theatre); Dancing Bears (Soho Theatre); While You Lie (Traverse Theatre); Pink (Tricycle Theatre as part of the Women, Power and Politics Season); Vanya (adapted from Chekhov, at The Gate); Cockroach (National Theatre of Scotland).  

 

Maria Aberg’s Dr. Faustus for the Royal Shakespeare Company opened at the Barbican this week following its Stratford season. Other directing credits include: The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days Of Significance (RSC); Polly Stenham’s Hotel (National Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange); Ionesco’s The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath); D.C. Moore’s Alaska (Royal Court). Maria has also directed at Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. Forthcoming directing projects include: The Great Gatsby (Royal & Derngate, Birmingham Rep) and The Winter’s Tale (Romateatern, Sweden).

 

Nuffield Associate Tom Scutt was nominated for a Tony and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Costume Design for King Charles III in 2016. He received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Set Designer in 2013 for Constellations and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Kensington Gardens. In 2007 he received the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design and the Jocelyn Herbert Award for his work with Headlong Theatre. His many theatre credits include: King Charles III (Almeida, West End, Broadway); Constellations (West End, Manhattan Theatre Club, Royal Court); The Deep Blue Sea, Medea, 13  (National Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Elegy, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway); The Weir (Donmar Warehouse); A Number (Nuffield, Young Vic, Tour); Mr Burns, King Lear, Through A Glass Darkly, The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theatre); East is East (Trafalgar Studios, National tour); Hope, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, No Quarter, Remembrance Day (Royal Court); Absent Friends (West End); South Downs/The Browning Version (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End); Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company); Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Headlong), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nuffield).

 

Arthur Darvill is an actor and composer, best-known for his regular appearances as ‘Rory’ in BBC TV’s Doctor Who and as ‘Rev. Paul Coates’ on ITV’s Broadchurch. Arthur’s most recent theatre work as composer includes: I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre); I Heart Peterborough (Eastern Angles); The Bacchae (English Touring Theatre); It’s About Time (Nabokov/Latitude); and Jack And The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). He won the Musical Theatre Matters Award, and was nominated for the 2009 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Been So Long (Young Vic/ETT).

 

FANTASTIC MR FOX is produced by Curve and Nuffield in association with Lyric Hammersmith 

 

www.fantasticmrfoxlive.com  Twitter: @MrFoxLive #FantasticMrFox  Facebook: /FantasticMrFoxLive

 

ABOUT ROALD DAHL AND HIS LEGACY:

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories.

He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller.

Born in Cardiff of Norwegian descent, Roald Dahl (1916–1990) joined the RAF at the age of 23 and began writing, initially for adults, after being injured in a plane crash during WW2.

Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he’d had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years’ worth of chocolate wrappers), he went on to write some of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961, was a hit and every subsequent book became a best-seller.

Today, his stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, and the multi-award winning Matilda The Musical from the RSC with music by Tim Minchin. The latest Roald Dahl story to hit the big screen is Steven Spielberg’s #1 box office blockbuster The BFG.

2016 marks Roald Dahl’s centenary. Entitled Roald Dahl 100, 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

Roald Dahl said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

We believe in doing good things. That’s why ten percent of all Roald Dahl income* goes to our charity partners. We have supported causes including: specialist children’s nurses, grants for families in need, and educational outreach programmes.

Find out more at roalddahl.com

The Roald Dahl Charitable Trust is a registered UK charity (no. 1119330)

* All author payments and royalty income net of third party commissions.

 

ABOUT CURVE:

Curve is a major producing theatre, creating exceptional and compelling experiences. We use our unique home and talent to entertain, inspire and engage with a diverse audience and play a leading role in the development of our industry, our city and our global community. At the heart of this is the ambition to offer our local audiences world-class theatrical experiences.

 

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve is developing a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work and dance. All of this presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement and learning opportunities, which firmly places audiences and communities at the heart of what Curve does. Recent productions and co-productions Made At Curve include: our Community Company production of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone, Spring Awakening (with NYMT), Sister Act (& UK tour), Legally Blonde (& Daegu Opera Festival, South Korea – Winner Best Musical), Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (& Haymarket Theatre, London & UK tour), Ishy Din’s Wipers (in collaboration with Belgrade Theatre Coventry & Watford Palace), Roald Dahl’s The Witches (& Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong & UK tour), Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Hairspray (& UK tour), Shakespeare’s Richard III, Akram Khan’s Until the Lions (with Roundhouse, London), Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical, and Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (& UK national tour).

 

For more information, please visit curveonline.co.uk

Curve is a registered charity (no. 230708)

 

ABOUT NST – NUFFIELD SOUTHAMPTON THEATRES:

  • NST – Nuffield Southampton Theatres is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies based at the Nuffield Theatre at the heart of the Highfield campus of the University of Southampton.

 

  • NST (previously Nuffield) won ‘Regional Theatre of the Year’ at The Stage Awards 2015 & Best Design UK Theatre 2015 (The Hudsucker Proxy).

 

  • The Company is led by Samuel Hodges, supported by a team of associates: directors Blanche McIntyre, Natalie Abrahami and Michael Longhurst, designer Tom Scutt and playwright Adam Brace, and develops and produces work with some of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic regional theatres, including Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Royal & Derngate, Northampton.   

 

  • In 2017 NST – Nuffield Southampton Theatres will co-produce with Headlong and West Yorkshire Playhouse a new production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion directed by Sam Pritchard (24 April – 13 May 2017).

 

  • In 2017, NST will open a new arts venue in the centre of Southampton at Studio 144.  This new venue will include a flexible 447 seat main house theatre, a 135 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal and workshop spaces. It will transform NST’s ability to show new high quality professional work from local, national and international artists.  It will expand the programme to include dance, film and music.  Nuffield will run the new city centre venue alongside its existing theatre on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.
  • Nuffield Laboratory is the creative development programme for new work and new talent; through which Nuffield collaborate with artists at all stages in their careers to experiment with new ideas. All of Nuffield’s new produced work is developed alongside the Laboratory, which also provides a programme of talent development opportunities such as creative residencies, scratch nights, networking opportunities and skills development workshops.    

 

  • Nuffield Connect aims to enrich the experience of Nuffield and its work for all through a vibrant programme of engagement and enrichment. Nuffield Connect engages over 5000 people through its programme animation activities, its Youth Theatre and Drama Club, its adult workshops and outreach projects including RSC Open Stages. Nuffield also continues to host the prestigious Hampshire Youth Theatre annually.       

 

  • Nuffield is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity, receiving additional core funding from the University of Southampton, Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council.      

 

For more information visit nstheatres.co.uk

Nuffield Southampton Theatres is a registered charity (no. 286876)

 

ABOUT LYRIC HAMMERSMITH:

The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. Over its hundred and twenty one year history it has been responsible for creating some of the UK’s most adventurous and acclaimed theatrical work. It has also gained a national reputation for its work with and for children and young people. Recent productions include the smash hit Bugsy Malone, Ghost Stories which transferred to the West End and has toured the world and the Olivier award-winning production of Sarah Kane’s Blasted.

 

The Lyric’s dual commitment to producing the highest quality contemporary theatre, whilst nurturing the creativity of young people is what makes it unique within the cultural ecology of the UK. It is a local theatre rooted in its community with a national and international reputation for the quality and innovation of its artistic work.

 

In April 2015 the Lyric reopened following a multi-million pound capital project, which saw the addition of the Reuben Foundation Wing housing state-of-the-art facilities for theatre, dance, film, music, digital and more. The ‘new’ Lyric is now the largest creative hub in West London and home to an innovative partnership of like-minded leading arts organisations who work together to deliver life-changing creative opportunities for thousands of young West Londoners.

 

For more information, please visit lyric.co.uk

Lyric is a registered charity (no. 278518)

VENUE LISTINGS:

WORLD PREMIERE:

 

    22 November 2016 – 8 January 2017    SOUTHAMPTON Nuffield Theatre   

    Performance times vary, see website for schedule    University Rd, Southampton SO17 1TR       

    Tickets £10 – £25    Box Office 023 8067 1771 | nuffieldtheatre.co.uk       

UK TOUR 2017:

 

    Wednesday 25 January – Sunday 19 February    LONDON Lyric Hammersmith 


    Performance times vary, see website for schedule    Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL   

    Tickets £15 – £40    Box Office 020 8741 6850

        lyric.co.uk

       

 

    Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 February    CARDIFF New Theatre

    Tue 7pm, Wed 2.30pm, Thu & Fri 2.30pm & 7pm    Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3LN                
Sat 11am & 3pm     Box Office 029 2087 8889



    Tickets £11 – £23.50    newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

 

    Tuesday 28 February – Sunday 5 March    DARTFORD Orchard Theatre


    Tue, Thu, Fri 7pm; Wed 10.30am & 5.30pm    Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED       

    Sat 10.30am & 2pm; Sun 10am    Box Office 01322 220000

    Tickets: £17.50 – £22.50    orchardtheatre.co.uk

 

    Monday 3 – Sunday 9 April
    LEICESTER Curve   

    Mon 7pm, Tue 10am, Wed & Thu 1.30pm & 7pm     60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB       

    Fri 7pm, Sat 11am & 3pm & 7pm, Sun 11am & 3pm    Box Office 0116 242 3595

    Tickets: £10 – £20    curveonline.co.uk

 

    Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April    OXFORD Playhouse       

    Sales open in Nov    11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW 
       

        Box Office 01865 305305

        oxfordplayhouse.com



 

    Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April     COVENTRY Belgrade

    Tue – Sat 7pm    Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

    Wed, Thu, Sat 2pm    Box Office 024 7655 3055

    Tickets: £18.50 – £22.50    belgrade.co.uk       

 

    Tuesday 2 – Saturday 5 May    SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre   

    Sales open in Nov    55 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 1DA 


        Box Office 0141 249 6000

        sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

 

    Monday 15 – Saturday 20 May    EDINBURGH King’s Theatre                Mon – Sat 7.30pm    2 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ

    Wed & Sat 2.30pm    Box Office 0131 529 6000

    Tickets: £12.50 – £22.50    edtheatres.com

 

    Monday 22 – Saturday 27 May    GLASGOW Theatre Royal   

    Mon – Sat 7pm    282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA

    Thu 1.30pm, Sat 2.30pm    Box Office 0844 871 7602*

    Tickets: £14 – £25 (Premium £31.50)    atgtickets.com/glasgow

 

    Monday 5 – Saturday 10 June    HIGH WYCOMBE Wycombe Swan

    Mon – Fri 7pm, Thu 2pm    St Mary St, High Wycombe HP11 2XE

    Sat 10.30am & 2.30pm    Box Office 01494 552875

    Tickets: £17 – £25    wycombeswan.co.uk       

 

    Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 June    PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal Plymouth            Sales open 23 Sep    Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR

        Box Office 01752 267 222

        theatreroyal.com

 

    Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 June    NORWICH Theatre Royal
   

    Sales open in Nov    Theatre St, Norwich NR2 1RL

        Box Office 01603 63 00 00

        theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

 

– FURTHER TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED –
Fees may apply. Suitable for ages 5+

The Fantistic Mr Fox

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I first came across Siobhan Mazzei shortly before I started TheGuyWithaStick and was impressed by the quality of her songwriting and strong presence on stage and I have been a fan ever since.

Siobhan Mazzei is a very talented songwriter and musician who is not afraid of trying something different. Yes her music is influenced by folk and would sit easily between Janis Joplin and Suzanne Vega but don’t be fooled! Siobhan Mazzei is as comfortable with folk as she is with garage, in fact, Siobhan, through her music and words refuses to be hemmed in by narrow boundaries of genre, which makes TheGuyWithaStick very happy indeed!

The video below is an early one but exemplifies her willingness to be that little bit different….

Siobhan is clear, that, without lugging a guitar and, often an amp, around the streets to play in a local hostelry followed immediately by a street festival elsewhere you won’t develop as an artist. Yes! Siobhan Mazzei is very hard-working, very talented and very much eager to learn and develop her craft, and she’s doing a great job of it!!!

We like Siobhan Mazzei at TheGuyWithaStick!

The question, then, is what else can Siobhan do to progress, to perfect her craft, to take her in different directions without losing the very essence that is Siobhan Mazzei?  Well, Siobhan had added four elements to do just that and they are:

Joe Doyle on Bass, Tom Scarlett on lead guitar and production and Les Hayden on drums, all three highly talented musicians in their own right and all bringing to the table a depth of experience in songwriting, instrumentation and production to name but a few, on top of Siobhan’s own vocal style and songwriting talent.

Siobhan Mazzei Band performs ‘Waiting Awake’ (Not the best quality video i’m afraid)

I asked Siobhan what she thought the guys brought to the table and the way she answered was telling. Her excitement and enthusiasm for everything the guys contribute leapt out at at me, I didn’t think she would stop!! But, the biggest thing I think the guys bring is confidence and a much more relaxed stage presence.

It can be a long, lonely journey tramping the boards on your own week in week out, but, to find people, particularly experienced and highly talented people, who share your outlook is a rare commodity indeed but that is exactly what Siobhan has done! The SIOBHAN MAZZEI band have propelled Siobhan to much greater heights. Siobhan has gone from a really good warm-up act to an accomplished and talented singer/songwriter with a band to envy! Her voice is powerful, as powerful as any one and up there with the likes of Stevie Nicks and yes! Suzanne Vega with a hint of Tanita Tikaram if that’s at all possible… Hell! Anything’s possible with The Siobhan Mazzei Band!

Les Hayden’s drums are top draw, at times he hits them so hard you feel he has a real personal problem with them, Joe Doyle’s bass is clever and frames the set wonderfully while Tom Scarlett’s guitar is perfectly in tune with Siobhan, as though they think as one? These guys truly are a class act. No more Siobhan warming-up the audience for someone else (although she will continue doing what she loves), The Siobhan Mazzei Band are a magnificent headline act in their own right!

Wait a second, I did say their were four elements and I’ve only told you about three! Well, the fourth element is simple, it’s a touch of brilliance… Four different people with four different characters but one brilliant band….. The Siobhan Mazzei Band.

Siobhan Mazzei Band – ‘In Wolfs Clothing’ E.P. is available via the link below and should be in everyone’s collection…

https://siobhanmazzei.bandcamp.com/

 

fb.me.com/siobhanmazzei

Twitter: @shedthefred

 

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Siobhan Mazzei Band

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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

Gigs:

 

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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!

 

(©Photographs by Philip J Vernon 2014 all rights reserved)

 

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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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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When On Mars By Wet Lettuce & The Magik Bean” on YouTube

Wet Lettuce and the Magik Bean were one of the first bands to appear on theguywithastick.com back in March since which time the band have perfecting their sound and stage craft and working with Burton based record label LMC Records, with whom Wet Lettuce have produced a cracking track called ‘When On Mars’ along with video to accompany it.

The guys also got together for an interview, introducing both themselves and their new release…

The track itself really brings-out that funk/rock sound that theguywithastick has raved about…

‘When On Mars’ By Wet Lettuce & The Magik Bean

We understand that the guys are working on new material, due for release in the coming months, until then, ‘When On Mars’ is available for download via iTunes and HMV just click the link below.

Wet Lettuce are gigging across the region and wider so keep an eye out, they could be in a venue near you very shortly!!!

http://www.facebook.com/WetLettuceandTheMagicBean

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/when-on-mars-single/id927875075

https://www.hmvdigital.com/releases/3916660

 

 

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Carmen: Seduction of the Promise

So I got this ‘tweet’ from Meri Everitt from The Flying Kangaroo Alliance, telling me to get over to St Martins Coffee and see a singer called Carmen, who was launching her album ‘Seduction Of The Promise’. So, under orders, I went along.
Carmen, aka Dee Gomez-Walker, was occupying her mind between setting-up and greeting guests, clearly nervous, she thanked me for coming. As guests made their way upstairs to the gig, people seemed genuinely excited about the gig, I wondered if they knew something that I didn’t, because, in truth, I feared Dee would become over-run by her nerves and not be able to go on… But I was wrong!

The gig was split into four sections each consisting of original material and well thought out covers. Her voice slightly quivering, Carmen produced an intelligently thought-out first set with some great covers, her rendition of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ was absolutely captivating and as she run through her set it became clear just how the album got its name. Carmen’s style blends jazz, funk with seductive overtones of Latina, which suits Carmen’s personality and pays homage to her background….

Carmen’s backing band know a thing or two of the genre as well, all accomplished musicians and given the stage area was a little too small to fit them all on, they delivered their end effortlessly and professionally, which enabled Carmen to settle quickly after the first set and deliver, what was, a truly accomplished performance which represented the album well!

‘Seduction of the Promise’ is a great little album and well worth a listen. It’s ideal for de-stressing and having that mellow moment with someone close, in fact, there are many reasons to get a copy of the album than not, and, with Christmas just around the corner, it could earn you enough ‘brownie’ points to see you through until Valentines day!!!

http://www.facebook.com/Cosmonaut Cult

 

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Bombay Bicycle Club

3rd DEC 2014

 

Bombay Bicycle Club

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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