The clever thing about Stay Lunar is that whilst they have remained true to all the essential pop ingredients, infectiousness and accessibility, they also play with rock’s groove and drive and even then they still find time to hop generic demarcations and plunder from other genres to build a new sound for the current market of pop-pickers, indie kids and alt-rock aficionados alike. It will be interesting to see how this all translates to an acoustic set!
Ed has been trying to put on a show for Brightr (aka Laurie Cunnigham) for quite some time, but it never seemed to work out. But finally, here we are, bringing you pretty melodic acoustic jams played by a semi-gloomy, but erratically chatty dude. Brightr has played over 500 shows in 16 different countries since beginning in late 2014, from an abandoned train station in North Germany to a prestigious punk festival in Gainesville Florida. Spreading his own brand of gloomy-emo-pop music infused with a stage presence that can only be described as “group therapy”. Enjoy!
After an incredible debut last time out for us, and an even better set at The Shuffle down at the Beehive, we just had to bring these guys back as soon as we could.
There is something of the jazz approach at the core of Will and Weasel’s sound – interesting timings and intricate riffs hung on fluid, free-flowing musical structures – but there richly textured and layer music contains much more besides. Indie melodics, rock weight and progressive meanderings all add poise and power. They could be your best new find of the year…unless you have seen them already, in which case you have already made a note in the diary to be there…
Support from local singer / songwriter NASH, Better known 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. Recent radio interviews described NASH’s music as ‘Rennaisance man’ and ‘musical ear-worms’ with ‘catchy choruses’.
It’s time for something a bit different at The Thursday Night Music Club as we host multi-cultural pop / Afrobeat act TwoManTing!
TwoManTing was formed in 2004, when Jon Lewis and Jah-man Aggrey were working together in world/dance band Le Cod Afrique, performing at the likes of WOMAD, Montreux Jazz Festival and Glastonbury.
Since then, the duo has been performing regularly throughout the UK, and particularly on the Festival circuit. Festie shows have included Glastonbury, the Secret Garden Party, Musicport, Green Man, Whychwood, Ely Folk Festival, Big Green Gathering, Off the Tracks, Sunrise Celebration, Broadstairs Folk Week, Small World, Waveform, Nozstock, Bearded Theory….to name but a few.
Recent arts centre shows have incuded support slots for Mali desert-blues stars, Tinariwen, Muntu Valdo and N’fali Kouyate, and home-grown legends, the Oyster Band.
“Full of such bright, tuneful moments, this will really take-off in an intimate live setting” fRoots Magazine
“Brilliant – love this sound! If you want a bit of early summer, then get this in your ear-holes!” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Such is the blast of sunshine this emanates, it might well cure rickets” Venue Magazine
The Thursday Night Music Club are pleased to welcome back the fantastic Chris Webb!
Chris writes and plays songs. He’s been doing so for a while. He’s played with a list of musicians. He likes gigs. He does it for a living. Sometimes he plays guitar on other people’s songs. He might play your songs if you ask real nice.
The Thursday Night Music Club presents two of our favourites returning, on the same bill!
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.
We are pleased to welcome one of the brightest new stars on the UK Country / Americana Scene. Music from 8.30pm, entry Free
Hannah Rose Platt is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, talented guitarist and storyteller. Hannah has just finishing recording her second album, a co-production with AMAUK Instrumentalist of the Year Winner, Thomas Collison (Dreaming Spires, Danny & the Champions of the World). Her latest video ‘Chanel and Cigarettes’ debuted on SKY and Freeview TV, she also performed live on BBC One and was named as a rising independent star on the Americana scene in ‘Billboard’ magazine.
Last year Hannah wrote and released the heart-wrenching and striking track ‘Sorry’. A song written from personal experiences of her own and of her friends, of domestic abuse in it’s many forms, with all proceeds donated to Women’s Aid.
Hannah recorded her debut album Portraits in Nashville where she worked with some of the industry’s leading names, Grammy award-winning musicians Mark Fain, (Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton) Stuart Duncan (Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss) Her melodic, poetic and powerful music offers self-written narratives to ordinary people who had no one to unfurl their stories; tales of luck, stoicism, loneliness, love, heartbreak and hope. She warmly builds characters like an author, penning songs that almost eavesdrop on other people’s lives. ‘Portraits’ was released independently to widespread critical acclaim, receiving 5star and 4star reviews across the board after which, she was invited to legendary BBC broadcaster Bob Harris’ home to record a live session for his ‘Under the Apple Tree’ youtube channel. Championed by broadcasters Sid Griffin, Baylen Leonard and Ralph McLean, Hannah has also had TV sync successes, with several tracks used for Channel 4, and considerable airplay on BBC, national and international radio.
REVIEWS AND PRESS
“Hannah Rose Platt is a young, north of England Emmylou Harris in blossoming before our eyes and ears”
– Sid Griffin
“A country-folk singer destined for musical stardom…sheer talent & determination…a captivating artist…future big successes to come for this gifted singer-songwriter”
– Glamour Magazine
“Powerful and affecting music” – Harpers Bazaar
“Platt doesn’t put a foot wrong in a series of superb vignettes…one of the most assured and accomplished debuts of the year”
* * * * *- R2 Magazine (5 stars)
“London-based Americana musician debuts compassionate and mesmerising album…this gifted storyteller takes the essence of human struggles, love and heartbreak, and intertwines them into tender songs surrounded by hope and fragility… * * * * – Maverick Magazine (4 stars)
“One of the finest home grown debuts you’re likely to hear in this, or any decade”
– Sean MgHee (Editor at R2 Magazine)
Originally this show, with this line up, was meant to happen back in May 2017, but due to illness Larkham & Hall had to pull out. Despite both acts playing here in the interim we always felt this was a line up worth returning to. So here it is!
LARKHAM & HALL – 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.
CANUTE’S PLASTIC ARMY – Canute’s Plastic Army is an acoustic duo consisting of the vocals of Anish Noble-Harrison (previously of the well known Teddy White Band) and Neil Mercer on acoustic guitar and backing vocals (previously of Rumour Shed and the Dacoits). The band started as the solo project of Neil who started playing and writing on his own due to running out of band mates. In spring 2016 Anish and Neil played around with a few covers and found a shared love of dark, twisted songs by artists as disparate as Odetta, Cate Le Bon and Pulp. They also found that Anish’s soaring, passionate vocals and Neil’s intricate, dynamic acoustic guitar was a potent mix. They quickly started writing dark and twisted songs of their own. Their first EP, Building Walls, was released in summer 2017 on Secret Chord records. They have gone on to expand their sound, constantly writing new songs and sometimes using a loop pedal to layer their guitar and vocals and add dynamics and power. They are currently demoing tracks for their next EP or album.