As of the time of writing, we have no idea how long this Cornonavirus / Covid-19 Pandemic is going to last. But, because of it and all the social distancing rules put in place, as well as losing general trade, we have lost some fantastic live events.
We will do what we can to reschedule these, but, in the meantime, this is what we have all missed out on so far…
As the situation we’re all in changes so rapidly, we’ve had to adapt and modify our own business model accordingly. As the advice from government is for us all, to as best as possible, stay home and only leave the house if it’s absolutely necessary, we feel it’s only right, and in the best interests of everybody in our community, and for our own safety that we keep the walk in retail side of The Tuppenny closed in a “Lock-Out”, despite the categorisation of off-licences as an “essential service”. So, for the time being, The Tuppenny is a delivery only service (which we have nicknamed “Deliverbrew”).
We are continuing to offer this delivery only service to ensure you have all the essentials you need to survive an extended period home schooling / stuck with your hormonal teenagers / unable to escape the partner you suddenly don’t get on with. But, we are taking things on a day to day basis as advice changes, and are taking as many precautions as possible.
We are only going to be delivering on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with orders needing to be with us by 6pm the day before. Every order needs to be made via our new webshop to keep things clearer and more secure (sorry, no more Facebook or Telephone orders). All product is being disinfected as it is packed and staff will be freshly gloved as they pack and for each delivery. We will leave the delivery on your doorstep, knock and back away severl metres to make sure you are home to receive it (although, where else are you going to be?) We think we will be safer than getting your groceries via supermarket home delivery.
Of course, as recommendations change, so will we.
Further news is also coming on the quiz and other things to entertain you as you while away the weeks behind closed doors. We’ve got your backs folks (from a safe distance of course…)
I am sure many of you just heard the latest announcements from the government. Consequently we will be closing the bar at 6pm tonight, and re-opening as and when we are allowed to. We hope to be able to survive this and ride it out, and come back as soon as we can. In the meantime, please bear a thought for our wonderful staff, who we are trying to look after as best we can.
We are going to continue to operate as a delivery and take away business so you can still get your Lock-Out slice of Tuppenny’ness in your lives – the online shop is on it’s way with an increased selection. In the meantime use email@example.com or messagenger here on Facebook to get in touch with delivery orders. We will follow this message up with our takeaway plan as soon as we have thought of one….
In the meantime, stay safe, metaphorically hug your loved ones close and WASH YOUR HANDS….
See you on the other side for one hell of a party Team Tuppenny!
With the advice yesterday afternoon from the PM that the public are being asked to think carefully about how much time they spend in public places like pubs, we feel it’s sensible to reduce our opening hours. As the vast majority of our daytime customers are of an older generation, and therefore a higher risk demographic, as of Tuesday 17th March, we will be opening from 4pm.
We take our responsibility towards public safety really seriously and we’d ask you do the same. Please keep in mind all of the advice we’ve been given and if you feel you need to stay home, please do. If however you would like to come out and spend your time in our bar, there are a few things you could do to help us keep everybody as safe as possible. If you’re able to, could you use contactless payments where possible, and please could you bring your own empties back to the bar? Also please don’t be offended if you see the team handling your empties with disposable gloves. You’ll notice a bit of an upsurge in things being sprayed and wiped (sorry for the lemon fresh scent all over the place!) It mind sound trivial, but some of the ever popular board and table top games will be going away for a little while, you’ve no idea how difficult it is to sanitise Jenga blocks and Connect 4 counters! and again, please bear with us if your waiting at the bar while we wash our hands after wiping down your tables.
We can’t thank you all enough for the messages of support we’ve received recently and we hope to see as many of you as possible in what is quite a challenging time for our fledgling little indie business. To those of you who we won’t see for a while (including co-owner Linda, who is voluntarily isolating after a recent holiday to Spain) we hope it isn’t too long until our paths cross again.
Stay safe, look after yourselves, and each other. Much love, Jamie, Linda, Hayley, Ed and all the rest of Team Tuppenny. X
We are squeezing an extra bonus Thursday Night Music Club into March, as frankly, we couldn’t turn down a tour date from the brilliant Jake Martin. As an added bonus, he is bringing along for a ride Jess Silk, an artist who is new to us, but sounds like just our cup of tea! Magic!
Jake is an energetic and charismatic folk punk singer/songwriter from the UK. Jake intelligently blends the art of story telling; depicting tales of life, love, and the road, with dark wit, politics, and his own cheeky brand of cider fuelled humour. Add Jake’s witty ability to captivate and animate any room of strangers, his memorable sing along anthems, and the occasional bit of furniture climbing, and the result is an electrifying “every show like it’s the last” performance.
Jess Silk is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from the Black Country. Her shouty but melodic brand of folk/punk music often has her being likened to a female Frank Turner or Billy Bragg, and it gets people sitting up and listening. Armed only with an increasingly sticker-covered acoustic guitar and a distinctive, gravely voice that many don’t expect, Jess plays to audiences up and down the country and has shared stages with many well known names among the folk/punk scene.
An always welcome return for regulars Richard and Amy and Co. Richard is probably best known for playing some great shows at The Tuppenny. Oh, and for releasing 14 albums as the composer behind studio project Karda Estra. Inspired by weird soundtracks, easy listening, gothic and library music, art pop, dark folk and prog rock, his solo recordings and gigs feature new songs and instrumentals plus rearrangements of Karda Estra pieces that can fit into a live setting, accompanied by long-time collaborator the fantastic Amy Fry. Tupp regular Gary Nash usually pops up too…
Support from fellow Psychedelic Folkies Rebsie Fairholm and Marvin B Naylor…
You know you are doing something right when promotors and venues of the scale of SoP and The Tuppenny are attracting artists of the calibre of Matt Owens, artists with 2 top 10 albums (plus 2 top 20 ones) to their name….
Matt is a British singer-songwriter and musician, who came to prominence as one of the founder members of indie-folk band Noah and the Whale, and for fronting Rock’n’Roll band Little Mammoths.
Releasing four albums, Noah and the Whale achieved huge success in the UK and overseas, selling over one million albums in the UK alone. The band toured the world between 2006 and 2015, playing hundreds of festivals, including Austin City Limits, Fuji Rocks and Lollapalooza, as well as touring with the likes of Arcade Fire, Bahamas, and Laura Marling.
February 2019 saw the release of Matt’s debut solo album, “Whiskey and Orchids” to widespread critical acclaim including a 5 star review in Maverick Magazine. It is an album that sits closest to “Americana” with its rich, lyrical storytelling, shot through with gallow’s humour, combined with Matt’s return to his beloved acoustic guitar, betraying hints of favourite artists Neil Young and Warren Zevon. Nigel Stonier produced the album which featured Tom Waits’ drummer Michael Blair, Thea Gilmore, Carleigh Aikins from Bahamas, and Robert Vincent.
Local support comes in the fine shape of NASH, aka Gary Nash, who is known more for playing drums and percussion with Richard Wileman & Amy Fry, guitar and vocals with AT-IT and The three of Us. NASH has embarked on his own songwriting and performing adventure. The RUN and RUN Acoustic albums are a culmination of almost 3 years of work and feature skilled and impassioned folk and americana songs
Two delicious, seasonal beers, brewed by Yonder Brewing & Blending are making their way in to cans and to celebrate they are launching these beers across the UK at 25 bottle shops and bars on Thursday 27th February, including at The Tuppenny
As a bonus Stu, the founding brewer at Yonder, will be joining us at The Tuppenny to celebrate the occaison and talk wild fermentation, blending and foraging. Of course, there will be a bar full of draught Yonder beers too and all the usual fun and games.
WE are pleased to welcome back Larkham & Hall, an Alt-folk/alt-country duo writing artistic, attractive songs with a lyrical intensity rarely seen these days. Think Leonard Cohen with Marianne Faithful, at dawn after all night out at sea with a lot of tequila.
The Americana flavour comes from the influence of the great sixties folk artists and storytellers such as Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, John Prine, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.
Throw in quiet influences from a little punk and a little rock and you have the idea…Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, Nick Cave, Patti Smith.
Lately World music influences have been creeping in via Elliot’s exploration into Flamenco and modern Spanish music from the likes of Joaquin Sabina.
John Oakes is a singer/songwriter who grew up listening to American folk singer/songwriters of the 1960s and tells stories about life, loss and legend. A vereran of the local scene John is known for originally recording and performing under the name of J.C. Leonard and with his former bands Grubby Jack and Albion.
Sick and tied of all that valentines naffness? Don’t sit at home and wallow. Grab all your single mates and come and join us avoiding it as well. Chill out with a board game or two (we have loads, but bring your own if you prefer), a cool playlist and enjoy the best bar selection in town. PDA’s are barred for the night
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so we are copying this rather spiffing idea from our buddies at The Grapes in Oxford. GO visit them when you are over that way!