Live Music

Live Music Session #12 – B-Sydes + Neil Morris

B-Sydes Sept 17 Tupp smallAfter the Shuffle excitement and a little summer break from live music over August, we return with a bang on Thursday September 7th with a cracking folk-punk show featuring 2 of the hardest working musicians around.

B-Sydes (AKA Ben Sydes) is a folk-punk singer-songwriter based in Cambridge/ London.  On his travels Ben has been lucky enough to share stages with Frank Turner, Gaz Brookfield, Ferocious Dog, Ben Marwood, Beans On Toast, Dave McPherson, Sam Duckworth, etc

After recording 2 EP’s, ‘Handshakes Turn To Headlocks’ and ‘Wrecked Vessels’, Ben released his debut album, ‘Constant Fictions’, in May 2015 on Aaahh!! Real Records.
|This year has been taken up with work on album number 2 interspersed with some live touring. Ben is no stranger to Swindon, having played a handful of SoP shows already at other venues.

Support Neil Morris was born and raised in the Black Country, started playing bass when he was about 12ish. Formed *Kerz* who would later become HoldUp with a few friends in school in around 1996ish. They gigged a bit and then split up in around 2000. Bored of trying to form new bands and making them tour he switched to acoustic guitar and went solo.

Since going solo he’s toured the UK 9 times and played shows with Carlos and The Jackal, The Dawn Chourus, Oxygen Thief, Ben Marwood, My Name is Ian, Jackrabbit Parole, Adam Boucher, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun.

All in all, it should be a fantastic night of music, tempered only by Neils rather unusual sense of bumour! More details and info on the artists can be found on the event page.

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Live Music Session #7 – Jamie R Hawkins

The first of our live music sessions for April  will be on Thursday 13th and feature the marvellous melodies of Jamie R Hawkins. Jamie is a popular  and familiar face around the towns music venues and until recently was part of the SoP Live set up, and we are really glad the guys have seen fit to let us host a show for him.

Jamie is an award-winning  singer / songwriter whose style evokes such classic songwriters as Squeeze’s Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook, Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Justin Currie of Del Amitri. The classic guitar lines and effortless melody that spring from his songs make them instantaneous and accessible and a heady combination of from the heart self analysis and universal truths, stark realities and street level wisdom make the lyrics as appealing as the melody driving it. Put the two together and you have something quite magical.

But don’t just take our word for it, come along and hear for yourself. Music will start around 8pm and entry is free but as always we encourage you to pop some cash in the hat too!

Full details to be found on our event page here.

Jamie’s website is here.

SoP Live are here.

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Live Music Session #6 – Joe McCorriston + Nick Parker

The middle event in a busy week is our latest live music session from SoP Live, this time featuring the the rather marvellous Mr Joe McCorriston and equally as marvellous Mr Nick Parker, two artists used to playing bigger stages than ours!

Joe McCorriston is an independent Lancaster-born Singer-Songwriter, who has earnt a reputation for his tireless work rate and upbeat energetic live show, whilst most of the time only armed with an acoustic guitar. His upbeat and fun acoustic folk-punk has earnt him a raft of support slots including with Frank Turner (by personal reqauest of Frank himself) and with our own Gaz Brookfield.

Another tour buddy of Mr Brookfield is Somersets Nick Parker, a lyrical an often humourous songwriter. Touring to promote the release of his new album, the punnish and fantastic Besta Venya, Nick has made a name for himself with a bag of songs which are in turn charming, funny, poinant and heartfelt, much like the man himself.

As always entrance is free but we encourage you to support the artists by popping some money in the hat. It should all kick off at 8pm.

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Record Store Day List Launch

We are very pleased to host tonight’s Record Store Day 2017 list announcement on behalf of our good neighbours RPM Records, featuring your first opportunity to find out what will be released on the big day. The guys from RPM will be providing you with your own copy of the release list so you can plan your purchases in advance as well as a raffle with some fantastic prizes, all related to music.

If that’s not enough, the team at SoP Live will be bringing you live music from the extremely talented Phil Cooper, a contemporary singer/songwriter who has earned excellent reviews from the national press, with his thought provoking songwriting and energetic, often unpredictable live performances drawing comparisons to Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook and Ben Folds. Support comes from Oli Norman who deals in more ephemeral soundscapes and acoustic atmospherics.

Details of raffle prizes are below and are available from RPM Records and The Tuppenny. Raffle tickets are £1 each or a strip of 5 for £3. Good luck!

Top prize – Pro-Ject Turntable

Second place prize – a vinyl carry case

Third place prize – a pair of headphones

Runner-up prizes include David Bowie – Sound & Vision 7” picture disc, a voucher for 10 records cleaned and a selection of music-related books!


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Live Music Session #5 – Catgod + Moleville

Our first live music of March is a very special and different show courtesy of SoP Live. It features Oxford collective Catgod who combine Latin beats, soul grooves and trip-hop sounds with melodic female-male vocal harmonies and lyrical guitar work. This set will be a special, stripped back affair.

catgod-march-2017-tupp-webIn support we have the sounds of Moleville – piano-led, cinematic, melodic and moody. On
record this features toy synths, cut and paste drums and broken electronics soundtracking the swan songs to sing at the end of the world. Live, this becomes a sparse, melancholic and extraordinary experience.

As always, entry is free but we encourage artist donations. Music from 7pm.

Acclaim for Catgod:
“slick, polished and effortless sounding Jazz, Blues and Soul inspired Dreampop songs” – The Ocelot Magazine

“Worthy of exotic new pet band status in your life” – Nightshift Magazine

Acclaim for Moleville
“haunting jazz…swirling futuristic dream-pop… a late night one on one conversation….intimate, direct and succinct.” – Dancing About Architecture.


Christmas Music Quiz Champs Crowned

quiz-champsSo, last week the chaps from The Swindon Shuffle resurrected the classic old  Songs of Praise Christmas Music Quiz. We had a blast as did the teams and the guys. So much so in fact, that their quizzes may become a more regular thing so watch this space!

Winners were the boffins of Heavens Knows We’re Quizzerable Now (Pictured with beardies Ed and Paj from The Shuffle) who walked away with a mini-keg of Good Old Boy Best Bitter courtesy of our friends at West Berkshire Brewery and a bottle of Hayman’s Gin with a slab of Fever Tree tonic that we supplied. All competing teams took away a pack of craft beers courtesy of the legends at Renegade Brewery, who also provided some extras for the best team name – “The Swindon Swingers Club Christmas Party”. Huge thanks to our hosts and sponsors as well as all of the teams who competed. We managed to raise a healthy £80 for Swindon Homeless Shelter.


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Live Music Session #2 – Pete Gow

pete-gow-dec-16-tupp-webOnce again the boys at Songs of Praise have arranged a serious musical treat for you on Thursday 22nd December in the shape of Pete Gow. Best known as the front man and songwriter for Case Hardin, Pete brings his solo set to The Tuppenny. Folk, country and blues all blend together to form a late night Americana tinged with melancholy and emotion. Pete is one of the greatest current songwriters any of us have had the pleasure of seeing live.

‘Matches Springsteen for raw emotion’ Maverick

In support is home grown musical talent and adventurer Shaun Buswell. Normally found in the eye of an orchestral storm both musically and logistically, here is a chance to catch him solo and stripped back to his bare essentials…acoustically speaking.

Entry is free, but the tip jug will be doing the rounds, so please be generous as it all goes to the artists.

If you want to know about more that the Songs of Praise guys have going on their website is here. The Renegade teams site can be found here, check out some of the blog entries for really silly beer stories!


Lets get Quizzy!

xmas-quizOn Sunday 18th December we risk our reputation and hand over the place to the chaps from Swindon Shuffle and their resurrection of the back-in-the-day classic Songs of Praise annual Christmas Music Quiz. Luckily questions are not set by Rich Craven any more so are eminently answerable.

The format will be pretty much the same as the summer quiz they hosted to open up the festival – teams of no more than 6 people, and it is a minimum of £2 per person to enter – all entry money will be donated to the Swindon Homeless Shelter. Prizes will include beer from the guys at Renegade Brewery and West Berkshire Brewery.

That’s it really, so come along, drink, be merry, try to answer some music questions, and don’t forget to laugh at the idiots on the microphones!

(And for anyone who is concerned, it’s a music quiz at Christmas, not a quiz all about Christmas music – although there may be one or two rounds!)

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Live Music Session #1 – Rob Richings

Rob Richings Dec 16 TuppWe hook up with musical maestros Songs of Praise and the good folks at Renegade Brewery to bring you our first session of live music. So, on Sunday 11th December at 4pm we will be hosting an afternoon in the company of the brilliant Rob Richings.

Rob is a Swindon native (although he spent many years living in Ireland) who has just released his debut album Parkas and Boots, which has been attracting some great reviews (R2 Magazine described it as “a fine album with a good mix of sensitivity and pathos (without drifting into melancholia) and above all positivity.“)

Following a battle a few years ago with cancer, what comes out of Rob’s songs is, understandably, incredibly poignant. After all, nothing quite focuses the mind on the past like the possibility of not having a future.

As Rob notes: “The album is very nostalgic. It’s not something that others would notice, but in my head I know it’s there. I managed to piece together 10 songs that all split along childhood days and the sense of openness and community that came with rural living.”

Renegade beers will also be on offer for the duration of the event! Entry is free but the tip hat will be doing the rounds so please be generous – all funds go to the performers.

IF you want to know about more that the Songs of Praise guys have going on their website is here. The Renegade teams site can be found here, check out some of the blog entries for really silly beer stories!