A brilliantly eclectic line up of musical pals – Zero Gravity Tea Ceremony comes from the bizarre mind of local auteur Charlie Miles (Sexjazz) and is a warped ambient and soundscapes project. Emily-Jane Sheppard is a more straight ahead folk-pop artist, but one with latent psychedelic aspiration and a penchant for classic soul.
Strikingly Authentic Cosmic Blues project courtesy of Peter Cousins (Pignose, Teddy White) – A three string guitar, a stack of songs about everyday despair, redemption and apocalyptic philosophy, tied together with a whisky soaked voice that could tempt the chains from the walls of a a prison cell.
Add the sonic junkyard that provides the shamanic percussion of Brendan Hamley (Astral Ponies, David Celia) and you have something a bit special.
We are having a bit of a party for New Years Eve! But foolishly, we are letting those two idiots behind the quiz and their far more talented pal run it. We could regret it, but this three headed bearded party machine have promised us some good times and the best music from the last 6 decades or so.
I you have ever been to the quiz, you probably know what to expect…!
We will be open a little later than normal to see in 2019 with all our usual craft beer loveliness available, bubbles, cocktails and maybe some treats….
Woohoo! We had such fun at last years Swinging Christmas Swing-along we thought we would do it all again!
So, welcome back ace crooner Slim Ditty to guide us through yultide in vintage style with the best swing jazz, music hall and Vaudeville numbers from 1920s through to 1950s.
Wear your favourite Christmas Clobber to the show (we would specify Christmas Jumpers, but it got a bit hot for all that wool and acrylic last year, so if you wanna wear your Santa PJ’s, go for it!)
We are super pleased to welcome back, in duo format, The True Strays – ace purveyors of Rhythm and blues fuelled, good time vintage roots rock and roll who will be playing an extended set.
Taking influences from Chess Records’ Muddy Waters and Little Walter, British Invasion R&B, Grunge and modern day blues artists; all levelled out with a serious dedication to writing a great song.
Having spent four years touring with Sam Green and the Midnight Heist and having founded their own Smokin’ Juke Joint venue at Fieldview Festival, the boys are no strangers to bringing a room full of people into a Friday night frenzy.
Whether leading festival line-dances or sparking late night revelry, the True Strays bring 21st Century Rhythm and Blues with anthemic choruses and a healthy measure of the heat of the swamp. They are the ultimate Delta Rock & Roll Revivalists
As a special treat, Hip Route’s slide guitar maestro and Tuppenny friend Jim Blair will be opening proceedings. As there will be plenty of music going on please get down early!
MARK HARRISON takes elements of blues and folk, adding his own twist to produce something totally original. With his music, with its memorable tunes and strong and compelling rhythms, Mark is doing something fresh and different, tapping into the timeless quality of the early blues to produce music totally relevant to the present day. His highly distinctive songs cover a wide range of non-standard topics. They all have something to say or a story to tell. They’ll make you move, make you think, make you smile.
RAZE*REBUILD: Alt rock with a melodic punk soul. Huge hooks, slick guitar lines and hearts worn firmly on sleeves. Normally at least, as for this show the band play a special, stripped back acoustic set for us.
LEON DAYE: Leon has been writing, recording and performing as a musician for over 20 years. He is an energetic performer who draws inspiration from various musical styles; his songs range from upbeat pop-rock sing a longs to folk based traditional songwriting with delicate melodies and heartfelt lyrics.
LEWIS CLARK is normally found fronting the a three-piece band called The Essentials but whether in full band mode or as a solo act his music is nothing short of beguiling. It may be made up of recognisable swathes of folk and blues but it is the injection of Balkan folk rhythms, gypsy jazz vibes, lyrical depth and a truly charismatic live performance that really makes him stand out.
WILL DAVIES normally performs with Swindon band Flour Babies, but for thsi show will be giving us a stripped back acoustic set of creative songwriting, as honed via standout performances with Sofar Sounds and The Shuffle.
So, in late October, two of the core members of Swindons greatest ever band, XTC, unite on stage for the first time since 1982, and play a run of gigs at the Swindon Art Centre over the road.
As we seem to have been adopted as “The Meeting Place” by all the travelling XTC fans we thought, as well as opening on a Monday for them, we would offer a special new burger.
So, please welcome to the menu for a limited time….. the DEAR GOD burger….
Essentially two burgers in one, the Dear God is an absolute monster of a burger. A massive patty made with nothing more than Helen Browning’s 100% organic ground beef, with just a pinch of seasoning topped with a mound of oozy, juicy barbecue pulled pork, all in a seeded bun. Served with homemade slaw. Choose if you want it with cheese or bacon or both!. £12. (Add £1 for Each topping)
This will be available only when the TC & I shows are on – so get in early!
Coming up in our second October session – a stripped down, scrubbed-up and suitably intimate show especially for The Tuppenny. Not only are the guys expanding their set with some special songs, they will be bringing a hat load of friends, for this gig doubles as Kid Calico himself’s birthday!
Original olde time music hall, 60’s psychedelia, and new-world country rock, riding in with a grin (and possibly tank-tops) from the borders of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.
Music for people seeking foot tapping thrills, heart tugging anthems, daring circus ditties and Mexican waltzes proven to cause ankle injuries.
Full details here.