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

Matt Henshaw can be seen all over the UK including OSFEST Music Festival in Derbyshire on July 26 and Leicester’s Simon Says on July 27th

For a fuller list of Matt’s upcoming events follow this link



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Matt Henshaw


The Bollywood Party

Sat, 28 September 20139pm  Till Late |Derby Market Place 






As part ofDerbyFeste finale,Surtal Arts and Charity Shop DJ has put together ‘after party’ to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema. Derby’s Market Place will be transformed as it welcomes people to experience dazzling world of Bollywood andentertainthe audience with spectacular dance and music extravaganza,Mubai style street food withthelegendary vegetariancatererMirch Masala and Bollywood fashion accessories made available by some of the Asian design houses in Derby .The event also showcases an exclusive exhibition of rare hand painted Bollywood cinema, courtesy of Charity Shop DJ.Although its a late start but it is a family friendly event so please come and join us for a party of life time… not forget to bring your dancing shoes!’The programme includes: 

Starting with Dhol Drummers at 8.45pm will lead you from Cathedral Green (near Silk Mill Museum) to the dazzling Bollywood Party on the Market Place.

Kicked off by the FlameOz fire show.

Featuring live drama, music and dance with Javvani Dance Company.

Derbys very own Bhangra singers, JK, Kulvinder Johal, Gurbhej Brar and music producer Truskool make a special appearance to support Bollywood Party as they performs their latest blockbuster single ‘Puth Jattan De’.

Gurbhej Brar, Kulvinder Johal and the hottest commodity within the UK Bhangra industry – JK have become the hottest commodity in the Bhangra industry courtesy of talented local music producer Truskool.

The music for ‘Puth Jattan De’ is supplied courtesy of none other than the trendsetter himself – TRU – SKOOL(Surjit Singh Olk0). ‘Puth Jattan De’ is the long awaited return of Tru-Skool after the record breaking INTERNATIONAL SMASH HIT album ‘Back to Basics’ alongside the Panjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh. Tru-Skoolis one such artist who is synonymous with going against the grain and providing music that others wouldn’t dare to. True-school has ensured that ‘Puth Jattan De’ receives the royal treatment it deserves with crisp, clean compositions, menacing percussion and a double dose injection of Panjabi Folk. Once again, Tru-Skool has spared no efforts in delivering a sound that is unreservedly RAW, unflinchingly FOLK and unmistakably pure PANJABI.

This track will be a delight for audiences locally and internationally as ‘Puth Jattan De’ boasts a truly versatile and varied line up of vocalists that each bring a distinctively different flavour to the track. The track has been used in one of the Panjabi film recently and already its been a mega hit in India. Puth Jatten De is bound to get everyone to dancing.

An exhibition of original Indian cinema posters from Charity Shop DJs own collection.

Mumbai street bazaar and DJs playing the hits of Bollywood. Join in, learn the steps, and shimmy to Bollywood hits past and present.

Dont miss live performance by Bollywood Grooves on stage at 9.45pm.

And more….

Food stalls – inspired by the street foods of Mumbai

Stalls full of wonderful Indian jewellery and fashion

Live Cooking demonstrations

Bollywood Face painting.

Come along and bring your friends and family to this fun filled evening!

For more details please visit Derby Feste

Sutal Arts, Derby

Strangler Figs


I have talked about these guy before. I told you how refreshing their style of play is, I’ve said how good they are musically and I’ve talked about Joe Pickering’s voice, yet I feel the need to go further.

Some will know that I’m a sucker for the Hammond organ, a key board is good, if it’s played well, but a Hammond organ… well that’s something else. The Strangler Figs don’t have a Hammond organ but you wouldn’t know it. The way Freddie Pickering uses the keyboard gives the strong impression that he has a Hammond organ hidden away somewhere, up his sleeve or in a different dimension, just out of sight of the rest of us… I don’t know where but I’m sure it’s there… somewhere! You can hear it running through every song complementing Joe’s voice and guitar play and answering the call of the bass line.

Now when I say ‘Bass line’ I don’t want you to get the wrong impression. Sometimes the drums can drowned out the Bass but this is not the case for the Strangler Figs. James Lyons, who, incidental is as mad as a bag of spanners, bangs out the beat with vigour but intelligently, he knows his stuff and does it very well indeed. Then there’s the Bass itself. Well, when I say ‘Bass’ I mean double Bass not bass guitar. It’s often difficult on stage to keep instruments in tune, this is particularly the case for acoustic instruments, so imagine how difficult it must be to keep a double bass in tune for a full set. Well that’s just what you get from Joel Hanson’s double bass, impressive if not ever so slightly barking!

All of this is brought together by the backing vocals of Rosie May Price who is most certainly not there to be part of the furniture but an integral part of the line-up and Joe’s unique vocal range and intellectually mature lyrics adds layers that simply isn’t available to other groups.

If you’ve not yet seen the Strangler Figs then get to a gig, they are playing at The Shed this Friday, Western Park in June and SimonSays in July, so there’s ample chance… no excuses!


Under A Banner


The name Under A Banner leads one to the idea that there’s some sort of cause here, well these guys have a great one, one which will challenge provoke, and inspire an audience out of it’s collective, impoverished, X Factor, trance and into a World of meaning.


The mighty Under A Banner are a 5 piece, alturnative rock/folk band, originating from Wolverhampton but adopted by Leicester, Under a Banner are one of 29 bands who have donated a track to Edgar’s Gift charity CD ‘The 29 Rock You Cancer’ available on the blue tabs at and at


Under a banner, consisting of Adam Broadhurst on guitar and vocals, Jon Price on guitar, Si Hill bass and backing vocals and Tim Wilson on drums, percussion along with the odd guest musician, deliver a festival feel to any venue. Through smart playing, clever lyrics and Adams voice, which gets in your head and stays there for weeks, Under A Banner are something of a welcome change from the usual, run of the mill, alternative rock scene, much of which spend a great deal of time succeeding at being anything other than ‘alternative’. The sound they produce is an acoustic driven powerful alternative rock that punches you in the face until you wake-up from your mechinised, manufactured music slumber and see real life as its intended to be, crafted in to real songs which are powerful, thought provoking and hooks the audience in; have a listen to ‘How Martyrs Are Made’ and you’ll see what I mean… I love it!


Check out theguywithastick’s new playlist and the new ‘video’ page to see much more of Under A Banner… you won’t be sorry!




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Lakeside Arts Centre



£16 (£14 concessions)
£11 restricted view
Thursday 03 April 8pm
Djanogly Theatre

By Saul Bellow
Adapted for the stage by Jack McNamara

Running Time: 100 minutes including interval

***Suitable for ages 14+ ***

A hilarious one man show about saying the wrong thing…

Henry Shawmut is a man who often says things he shouldn’t. He once made an unkind comment to a lady in passing and now, years later, he had decided to apologise. But saying sorry isn’t always that straightforward. Harry uses us, the theatre audience, to help rehearse the most elaborate apology in history, taking us through the contours of his hilarious, shocking and uniquely moving life story.

This heartwarming production marks the first UK stage adaptation of a work by the Nobel Prize-winning American writer Saul Bellow. A forefather of modern jewish humour, he paved the way for Woody Allen, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Please Note: There will be a post-show discussion with Judie Newman, School of American Studies, The University of Nottingham.

Original article: Lakeside Arts Centre© 2014




10 – 19 APRIL 2014      

Curve Announces Full Festival Line-up Celebrating the Best Talent in the East Midlands 

Leicester’s Curve theatre today announces the full programme for its first annual arts festival, Inside Out, which celebrates the region’s best up-and-coming talent from 10 – 19 April.

Taking place over 10 days during the Easter holidays, Inside Out is packed full of exciting new shows, including comedy, dance, and plays as well as family-friendly workshops, free performances, live music and interactive installations – all created by over 150 emerging East Midlands artists who are taking the country by storm.

Suba Das, Curve’s Associate Director who is curating Inside Out commented:

Inside Out has something for everyone to enjoy, from family-friendly experiences to rule-breaking fresh new theatre, and with over 40 free performances and workshops, it’s never been easier to try something new and exciting from these emerging artists working right here on our doorstep. With a sensational line-up of local theatre makers, musicians and performers, Inside Out proves without doubt that the future of British theatre can be found right here in the East Midlands. We are very proud to be able to support these artists on their journey, and are all hugely excited to bring them together at Curve for our first festival.”

Family highlights include Derby based company Maison Foo’s hilarious, nonsense-filled Alien Tour of Curve, taking groups of all ages backstage and around the building on Saturday 12 April. Then, on Tuesday 17 April, families can take part in a full day of free creative workshops, open mic jams and performances at Lyric Lounge. Kids of all ages can enjoy free hip hop, rap, urban poetry and funny storytelling, before taking part in comic book workshops and spoken word Slam sessions.

Throughout the festival, Curve’s Foyer Stage will be transformed into the magical Inside Out Park, created by Leicester designer Kate Unwin. Using a treasure trove of scenery and props from Curve’s best loved shows, the Inside Out Parkwill be an enchanting place to chill out and experience an extensive programme of free live music and performance. TheInside Out Park’s highlight will be a free gig by BBC Introducing on 17 April, starring the region’s best up and coming bands.

There will also be an opportunity to see talented local actors from Leicester perform the UK premieres of two extraordinary New Plays from India; OK Tata Bye Bye by Purva Naresh and The Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road by Ayeesha Menon. Both were originally developed by the Royal Court Theatre and Rage Productions in Mumbai. Directed by Curve Associate Director, Suba Das, these hilarious new plays will run from 17 April – 19 April in Curve’s Studio.

On 15 April, new spoken word, hip hop show, Shame, looks at moments in life when you knew you were doing the wrong thing. Devised at Curve, Leicester-based poet John Berkavitch explores the feeling of shame through combination of contemporary dance, animation and original music by dance DJs Jamie Woon and Royce Wood Junior.

Inspired by courageous people willing to risk everything for what they believe in, see three British women take action inSmall Acts of Protest on 11 April. Presented by all-female Nottingham based theatre company, The Gramophones, this joyous celebration of the power of protest was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Another Edinburgh festival smash, Fine Frenzy’s Vessel will dock at Curve on 12 April.  Using only raincoats, rope and torchlight, Vessel tells the story of five siblings that reunite to build a boat in memory of John, a brother lost at sea, whilst confronting their troubled past.

Cardboard Citizen’s production Glasshouse, sees three interwoven stories that look into the lives of members of a single family on the fringes of homelessness on 17 April. Featuring haunting poetry from Kate Tempest, this Forum Theatre play evokes a dark gritty city illuminated by moments of comedy and tenderness. Audience members are also invited to join the actors on stage to help influence the outcome of the play.

Drama highlights also include award-winning Nottingham writer and theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck’s The Trilogy on 11 April. Comprising of three devised experimental performances inspired by the work of William Shakespeare The Trilogyfeatures The Beginning an interpretation of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, The Middle, a deconstructed Hamlet andThe End, triggered by a stage direction from A Winter’s Tale.

Leicester based artists will bring the festival to a close on 19 April with Elaine Pantling performing her new one-woman show, The Last Cuppa and Off The Fence presenting, England Expects by Tom Glover. This new play follows the story of Vesta Tilley, music hall’s greatest male impersonator and her role in WW1, in this centenary year.

As well as this electrifying mix of fun and inventive new theatre, Inside Out is giving opportunities to get involved and take part in free writing workshops and acting master-classes led by BBC WritersroomThe Actors Centre and Writing East Midlands.

For more information on Inside Out visit

Reproduced from original article @ Curveonline© 2014

Gallery Exploring the Nottingham Art Scene

This article courtesy of:      Something is happening in the East Midlands, as a city of 300,000, Nottinhgam is home to three thriving studio spaces and two high quality public galleries Primary Studios is filled with inspiring, eclectic … Continue reading


Bridget Riley, Movement in Squares, 1962. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Bridget Riley 2013. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London
Bridget Riley, Movement in Squares, 1962. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Bridget Riley 2013.

12 Apr 2014 – 29 Jun 2014

Artists include Tomma Abts, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Zarina Bhimji, Anthony Caro, Helen Chadwick, Prunella Clough, Richard Deacon, Jeremy Deller, Barry Flanagan, Elizabeth Frink, Gilbert and George, Barbara Hepworth, Yoko Ono, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Walter Sickert, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mark Wallinger, Cathy Wilkes and Rachel Whiteread.

Virtually every significant artistic movement since the Second World War is touched on in this major exhibition drawn from The Arts Council’s own national collection, curated by Nottingham Contemporary’s Director Alex Farquharson. Spanning seven decades of art made in Britain, Somewhat Abstract shows the work of 70 artists, eight of them Turner Prize winners.

Abstract art is the exhibition’s starting point. Yet as its title suggests most of the art works are near-abstract, rather than truly abstract. They are works in which the world has undergone a transformation. The image has lost its definition to become something else, while still retaining a sense of where it came from.

Abstract art is generally non-pictorial. The word abstract is also used to describe a thought or theory that is removed from concrete facts and circumstances. This includes the systems, models and diagrams that we use to explain the world, or control it.

For this reason Somewhat Abstract reflects ideas and perspectives outside of art itself. It alludes to nature and landscape, architecture and technology, history and power, modelling and map-making. Its artworks consider social and economic systems, class and gender, bodily experience and existential questions, while the scales it deals with range from the macro to the micro. It includes paint on canvas and bronze sculptures, both staples of earlier abstract art. However it also includes nearabstract photography, together with artworks made from resin, plasticine, pig’s blood, burnt objects – and a computer driven chandelier synced with a morse code monitor, signalling a text by the avant garde musician John Cage through magnificent crystal.

In the mid 20th century abstraction and representation were seen as opposites, with artists forced to take sides. This old distinction no longer holds true, with many contemporary artists moving nimbly in and out of abstraction. Most of the work in this exhibition belongs in the more ambiguous spaces between “isms” familiar from textbook art histories. Abstractions now shape our world, from minimalist architecture to global finance. Even the all pervasive digital image is formed from abstract squares of coloured light, if you get close enough.

Nottingham Contemporary© 2014