Edinburgh Fringe preview at 12 Bar
Saturday, 09 June 2012 16:28
Bar ‘till 2 am.
Three acts preview their PBH Free Fringe shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
8 00 Sergeant Buzfuz: Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself
Alternative folk singer Sergeant Buzfuz AKA Joe Murphy chronicles the history of the first fourteen centuries of the papacy in song. “I love the fact it’s like nothing else I’ve ever heard” (Mark Lamarr, Radio 2) “eye-opener and eyebrow-raiser” (Gideon Coe, BBC 6) “you won't hear anything else like it, EVER” (Subba-Cultcha) “I find myself almost lost for words...absolutely glorious” (Peter Muggs, The Arts Desk) “You will either love or hate this... truly a musical Marmite moment. Me? I loved it.” (Folkwords) “brave” (Socialist Worker)
9 00 Matt Tiller
Offbeat musical comic tackles life, love and medieval history through songs, stand-up and musical rants in this warm, engaging show. Matt sings about everything from his unconventional military family, strange childhood holidays, growing up in a hotel through to the adult tribulations we can all relate to. `Hilarious’ (New Statesman) `Has many crying with laughter’ **** (Hairline) ‘Endearingly shambolic…all good fun.’ (The List) ‘A deal of charisma’ (Chortle) ‘A very funny man’ (XFM Manchester) ‘Sharp and astutely observed’ (British Comedy Guide)
10 00 Christian Reilly: This is Not A Love Song
Perrier/Chortle award-winner, ex-member of Rich Hall’s Otis Lee Crenshaw band and star of ‘Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me’, Christian Reilly sings about Modern Monetary Theory, etc. Come, feel the noise. Not necessarily in that order. "Seriously cool, seriously funny- the power behind my high-backed armchair" (Richard Herring) If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re probably a Christian Reilly fan already” (The Guardian) “Blisteringly funny songs” (The Stage) “The comedy equivalent of Motörhead slamming straight into Ace Of Spades" (The Scotsman)
Thomas Truax on tour
Monday, 12 March 2012 12:30
14 March, Wed: Leeds Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen's Road Leeds LS6 1NY 0113 275 2411
15 March, Thurs: Hull, Adelphi, 89 DeGrey St
17 March, Sat: Sheffield Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS support: Post War Glamour Girls
22 March, Thurs: Portsmouth Fat Fox, 11-13 Victoria Road Southsea PO5 2SP
23 March, Fri: Brighton, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Middle Street. Brighton, BN1 1AL. Phone: 01273 749465 http://www.drinkinbrighton.co.uk/stickymikesfrogbar
29 March, Thurs: London, Dusk 'til Dawn, 1 Archway Close, Archway, London, N19 3TD supports: Caught Leaves, John E Vistic £5
Sheepy on tour
Monday, 12 March 2012 12:26
February 25 LIVERPOOL Milk Studios
February 28 MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club
March 1 HULL Adelphi
March 2 SHEFFIELD Frog And Parrot
March 15 LIVERPOOL Mello Mello
May GERMANY/AUSTRIA/CZECH REP/BELGIUM: tour with Vamos
May 18 LONDON Prince Albert (Brixton)
May 19 LONDON 12 Bar Club
February at 12 Bar: final monthly Blang
Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00
Blang @ The 12 Bar Presents
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, WC2
Monday February 13
All The Queen’s Ravens
and a late set from deXter Bentley
Bar ‘till 2 am.
8 30 Slate Islands
A Celtic noir punch made from folk, cabaret and the delicate and monstrous observations of Highland storyteller Polly MacLean. Expect their debut album on Blang later this year. “well executed, witty and more than a little disturbing. You wonder what other dark tales you'll find lurking when the album drops later in the year.” (Sounds XP)
9 15 All The Queen’s Ravens
Putting the flame into flamenco, All The Queen’s ravens whip up a storm of Spanish and English folk rhythms led by the dueling voices of Laura Hillman and Charlotte Aggett.
10 00 Sergeant Buzfuz
Tonight Sergeant Buzfuz unveil their fifth album ‘Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself’ which chronicles the story of the papacy from St Peter to the early 15th century. "Popes manages to be political, amusing, adventurous, intelligent and incredibly memorable, features which are rare in isolation, and seldom ever found in the same song at the same time. It’s quirky without being whacky, imaginative without being self-indulgent, and funny without being throwaway. It may even at times make you feel angry." (Sweeping The Nation)
11 00 deXter Bentley and the JERMS
Now a quintet, Richard deXter Bentley, presenter of Resonance FM’s Hello Goodbye show and possessor of fine folk-soul tenor voice and the JERMS, spinners of delicious warm acoustica, sing beguiling songs about everything from taking a girl who hogs the candy floss to the beach to the death of NY Doll Arthur Kane. The latter, a 7 inch white vinyl Blang release prompted The Mag to praise its “great mini-climaxes spread throughout it's four and a bit minutes” (steady on!) and caused the Norman Records reviewer to speculate “I'd like to think he looks like David Essex and has an eye for the ladies!”
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 15:14
Bar ‘till 2 am.
8 15 Holloway Tales
On a Saturday afternoon in November ten songwriters assembled at different points of Holloway Road and spent the day roving around the pubs and cafes. Their mission, to write a song inspired by something they’d seen, heard, experienced or imagined that day. Tonight they present their songs.
9 15 All acts play another 2 songs each.
December Blang at 12 Bar Club
Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00
Bar ‘till 2 am.
8 30 Listen Lisse
Lisa McKendrick sings from her third album ‘Sunset Over Cairo’. Minimalist post-punk drone-rock.
9 15 Fear Of The Forest
Kate Arnold (ex-Sergeant Buzfuz) unveils her new experimental ethnomusical quintet. Tonight Kate (dulcimer/violin/vox) is joined by Jon Clayton on cello and players of electric guitar, hurdy gurdy and Arabic percussion.
10 00 Ricky Spontane
Ricky Spontane, "the Liverpudlian garage-punk behemoths it's ok to snog during your first date", as the NME once said of them, return to the London stage for the first time in over two years, in a rare live appearance.
Singer Richard Batchelor breaks out of self-imposed Parisian exile, to be joined by Stephen A Wood, Talya S Davies and Bozwell Feign, to promote their new limited-edition mini-album, "Spontane 3", which, rather logically for the Spontane, is their third album, hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed "Spontane Time" and "Hit The Town", and appearances on such fab compilations as the Blang "Fruit Machine" album, and Guided Missile's "Hits And Missiles", among many others... They will be playing selections from "Spontane 3", as well as old favourites; rockers, rollers, slowies and strollers. It’s Spontane time again!
November Blang at 12 Bar Club
Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00
Bar ‘till 2 am.
8 30 The Soft Close-Ups
Lounge-pop torch songs from ex-Luxembourg singer David Shah aided and abetted by Aug Stone.
“such a talented, criminally overlooked lyricist/vocalist." (God Is In The TV)
"David [is] still disturbingly blessed with an unnerving knack for cobbling together a nifty slice of attractively drilled candy pop” (Losing Today)
9 15 The Magnetic Mind
The 60s psych-garage and West Coast folk-rock inspired Magnetic Mind are like a mix of the Nuggets folk, pop and punk compilations, but with Ellie Foden as lead singer they mostly bring to mind The Great Society. Currently recording their first single with Liam Watson at Toe Rag.
10 00 Sheepy (Predator EP launch)
Alan McGee would have sold his drugs and leather trousers and commandeered a taxi to Liverpool had he heard Sheepy in the heyday of Creation Records. The lyrics are a mix of innocence and urban observation. The music stands effortlessly with the best of that city’s pop music heritage over the last 50 years. His first single on Blang, Predator, is a punk-pop joyride but that’s just the start. There’s a lot more to come from this skinny young Scousepop dreamer.
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