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SISTERAY

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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

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!

 

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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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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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THE BOB CATS

 

THE INIMITABLE STU CROWN AND THE BOBCATS BLUES BAND.

The purpose of TheGuyWithaStick is to celebrate originality, which is what you get with The Bobcats. Heavily influenced by the likes of BB King and Peter Green, The Bobcats effortlessly blend originality with good old, traditional, 12 bar blues. A good smattering of the blues favourites pays homage to the past greats, but, they do it their way… The Bobcats way!!!

The Bobcats are a very good, 3 piece, traditional, 12 bar blues rock band who are not afraid to learn and refine their art through some grueling practice sessions. Comprising of Stu Crown lead/vocals,  Dan Fraser-Betts on bass and Boppa on drums. They have been together since 2013 and can be seen playing throughout the region on a very regular basis. Stu Crowns persona and, almost hardcore voice along with Boppa’s attack of the drums and Dan’s 6 string bass are a trio well matched and completely suited to blues rock…

 

TheGuyWithaStick held back on reviewing The Bobcats, not because they are not original or inconsistent but purely because of the fake American accent Stu Crown uses between numbers. The plain fact of the matter was, we didn’t get it!; we didn’t get the reason for such a cliché, we couldn’t understand why a band as good as The Bobcats would use a fake American accent instead of their own and why on the one hand you have the charismatic and highly original persona of Stu Crown and on the other, you have that accent. I put this to Stu who tells me he is moving away from the accent, I felt he meant the accent had served its purpose and it is now time to move on… I hope I’m right because they don’t need it, the way they look and the way they play is all they need… these guys are VERY GOOD!

These guys make a statement… This is the blues, we are The Bobcats and this is the way we play… original and charismatic, yet as traditional as they come.

 

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We’ve seen The Bobcats many time now and each time we pick-up a little more understanding, a little more originality. They strive for perfection and it shines through in their performance each and every time. If you have not yet seen The Bobcats, do yourself a favour and check them out, you certainly won’t regret it!

 

Check out The Bob Cats on Facebook www.facebook.com/thebobcatsbluesband and bobcatsbluesband.co.uk

 

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The Bow Bridge Band

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We at TheGuyWithaStick feel privileged to be able to indulge our passion for live music right here in the East Midlands. The music scene throughout the region is absolutely kicking nowhere more so than in City of Leicester, where, on a daily basis, you can see a wide variety of bands and soloists, from teenagers to the more ‘mature’ artists, playing just about every genre possible to imagine.

With originality in abundance, bands like The Bow Bridge Band set-out to deliver an ‘experience’, one that will leave you shouting for more. infact, Bow Bridge are the epitome of pop rock, with its roots based firmly in the blues.

The Bow Bridge Band consist of Peter Stafford on lead/vocals Howard Fairey on bass and  Barry Gibson on drums, when they are not gigging around Leicester, the guys can be seen, busy as hell, at their day jobs, at a local hospital. However, Bow Bridge are not a ‘cobbled together’ outfit looking for a way to unwind after a long day saving lives, these guys are good!… bloody good!

 

 

Currently working on their second album, The Bow Bridge Band offer-up a cleverly conceived set of classic hits together with some well crafted original numbers. Their musicianship is of a high standard and on stage they really seem to gel and enjoy, which, in turn enables the audience to ‘believe’ in the band and come away with an infectious euphoria. They work well together and enjoy their craft; you certainly get your monies worth with Bow Bridge.

We at TheGuyWithaStick are looking forward to getting our hands on a copy of Bow Bridge’s new album and hope to be in the audience the next time they play, which, I believe is on the 19th of September at Odd Bar, Millstone Lane in Leicester.

Check-out The Bowbridge Band on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thebowbridgeband

 

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Sam Bradshaw

Playing under the name ‘Instrumental Sam’, Sam Bradshaw is an accomplished experimental guitarist from Leicester. Using the slapping style long before a certain advert for an expensive money-lender mad it popular, Sam captivates audiences where ever he plays. A stalwart of Leicester’s music scene, Sam is equally comfortable playing the festivals as he is playing at the local pub. In fact, the very first time I had the pleasure of hearing Sam play was in a City centre pub where he worked; he finished his shift behind the bar, grabbed his guitar and set about enthralling the regulars with a number of his own compositions…

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TheGuyWithaStick have had the pleasure of including a couple of tracks from Sam on our acoustic playlist, available on http://www.theguywithastick.com/playlist.html, in fact, without Sam it is unlikely that TheGuyWithaStick would have come into existence… It’s all his fault!!!

Sam is a must have for any gig or music festival, he sets the mood and hints to the crowd of a great time to come. If TheGuyWithaStick was to put on a gig or two, Instrumental Sam would be on the bill, of that there is no doubt!

Finally, I would like to pass-on my congratulations to Sam on becoming a father for the first time, no doubt another great guitarist in the making… like father like son?

Sam is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/guitarmansam83

 

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Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

 

 

Shrek

Shrek The Musical

Show dates: Wed 10th September – Sun 28th September Running time: 2hours 42mins

Direct from the West End and larger than life!

We are delighted to announce our fabulous new cast for the SHREK THE MUSICAL UK Tour! Joining Dragon and Dean Chisnall as the beloved Shrek are Faye Brookes as Princess Fiona, Idriss Kargbo as Donkey andGerard Carey as villain Lord Farquaad!

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family.

Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!

Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a BelieverSHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure.

Recommended for ages 5+. Children aged 3 and under will not admitted.

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