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We Love The Big Blue Shed Present The Hawklords:

Following the success of their critically acclaimed Top 40 Album Chart release FUSION, in 2016, which featured a guest vocal appearance from Kim McAuliffe, of Girlschool, The Hawklords return to the UK tour circuit in 2017 with a new album, entitled "SIX" which is being scheduled for release to coincide with their forthcoming live dates.

The band's amazing lightshow will once again be provided by veteran lighting designer Dave 'Lighthouse' Johnson, who is creating a brand new show to melt your minds and rock your retinas!
The Hawklords promise an "out of this world" space-rock extravaganza at every venue.

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We Love the Big Blue Shed presents:

Boo Hewerdine is well known as one of the greatest (and busiest) songwriter performers in the business, but incredibly, it’s been 7 years since Boo released his last studio album of original material God Bless The Pretty Things (Reveal Records 2009). Not that Hewerdine has been inactive, far from it, the period has been the most productive of his career.

Boo wrote Radio Ballads for the BBC’s Olympic and recent Child Migration series. Elsewhere new songs were commissioned for art galleries and museums, including the Beneath The Dark Cloth project at the Met in New York.

There has been a huge array of writing and producing with both established and upcoming artists and ‘passing something on’ to budding writers via his much loved songwriting workshops.

Boo spent three years writing a daily blog which lead to podcast fun with that staff of The WORD (RIP) and invitations to join Radio broadcasts such as The Verb (BBC Radio 3) and a moment of personal satisfaction when his work was included in the radio round up Pick Of The Week on BBC Radio 4.

A chance meeting with American guitarist Brooks Williams one snowy night in Ely lead the pair to form State Of The Union (a duo who’s sound is simple, vibrant and alive, contemporary songs wrapped up in old time blues and country soul. State of The Union have recorded and released two albums and an EP, in quick succession, live in the studio with engineer Mark Freegard, the duo appeared on BBC1 TV Andrew Marr show performing their cover of Pet Shop Boys Rent.

Hewerdine wrote lyrics and played on over 30 new recordings by and with other artists during the period including the acclaimed 2014 album (Vagabond) and 2015 EP (Back The Dogs) with Scottish singer Eddi Reader, Last Man Standing Ep (2015) with Kris Drever of Lau and Duke Special. Reveal Records compiled the first document of his career to date with a fine Best of compilation “My Name In Brackets” and swiftly followed that with an album of lost recordings found in a box! This album was Open which received five star reviews and was number 5 in the Telegraph Albums of The Year 2015. Last year was spent writing and producing an ambitious new double album and theatrical show for Chris Difford of Squeeze, details of which are soon to be announced. All that and Boo toured with Eddi Reader in Europe, Asia and played a series of sell out headline shows in the UK and an invite to host Boo Hewerdine & Friends songwriters circle at London’s Kings Place. There has not been a moment when Boo Hewerdine has not been working on something creative. His every day continues to be full of music and he has waited patiently to tell some older personal stories that will feature on his new May 2016 released Born EP and forthcoming Swimming In Mercury album (due September 2nd on Reveal Records).

www.wegottickets.com/event/390579 

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A Union Music Store Presentation

Wild Ponies are back with an awesome brand new album - we love these guys so much!

This is an amazing treat as we have John Craigie opening and he is worth the ticket price alone!

Although they're based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017's Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

https://unionmusicstore.com/events/gigs/wild-ponies 

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/408249 

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A Union Music Store Presentation

“The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.” Chet Atkins, CGP (music legend)

“If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith! The world champion!” Tommy Emmanuel, CGP (two-time Grammy nominee)

Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. Now a seasoned performer in his forties with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit, Richard has become renowned worldwide for his mastery of instrument and for his knock-out entertaining shows.

Played with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Nato Lima, Boots Randolph, Tommy Emmanuel, John Jor­genson, Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Pass, Biréli Lagrène, Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Earl Klugh, Suzy Bogguss, Victor Wooten, John Cowan and countless more.

Fully seated gig

7:30pm For tickets Union Music Store or www.wegottickets.com/event/408630

All enquiries to: https://unionmusicstore.com 

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Often hailed as ‘Wigan’s answer to Jimi Hendrix’, John Fairhurst has been wooing the live circuit for over a decade with his astounding guitar skills, but it was arguably 2016 that saw him break through to international demand.
Touring the Netherlands with Dutch act ‘My Baby’ including sold out shows at Amsterdam’s Paradiso, Fairhurst played to rapturous audiences across a rammed festival schedule with no less than nine shows at Glastonbury alone, as well as Boomtown, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Green Gathering, Small World, Bimble Bandada and countless others.
Kicking off 2017 with a sweatbox show at the famous 100 Club for London Blues Week alongside Eric Sardinas (Steve Vai), John’s ascent shows no signs of slowing.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine USA recently hailed Fairhurst as in the Top 3 Resonator guitar players worldwide, being the only European on the list.
His headline slot of Blues Alive Festival was aired across Czech National Television, while his music also featured on several movie soundtracks including ‘Plan Z’ and the upcoming Martin Scorsese feature.

Support from Dead Reds

http://www.johnfairhurst.com

www.facebook.com/TheDeadReds 

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 7:30pm - Tickets £8 from www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Brighton/The-Con-Club/John-Fairhurst/13041185/?preview=c4999754b2&skcampaign=166~19689650~~wf_jjj.wbuasnveuhefg.pbz~ 

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We Love the Big Blue Shed presents:

Penetration is a punk rock band from County Durham, formed in 1976. They re-formed in 2001 with several new members. Fronted by distinctive singer, Pauline Murray, their debut single, "Don't Dictate", is now acknowledged as a classic punk rock single and their debut album, Moving Targets (1978), is still widely acclaimed.

Their second gig was supporting The Stranglers at Newcastle City Hall. Significantly, the band also played at the now-legendary punk club The Roxy during its first 100 days. On 9 April 1977, the band appeared on the same bill as Generation X. Early in their career, the band also supported The Vibrators and toured with the Buzzcocks.

After the release of their second single, Penetration recorded the first of two sessions for John Peel at BBC Radio 1 in July 1978. Later that year, the band released their debut album. Moving Targets was number 6 in the Sounds Critics' albums of the year; and it made number 13 in the NME critics' chart. In 1979, Penetration toured Europe, the US and Britain but the gruelling schedule began to take its toll and, following second album Coming Up For Air, the band split in October.

In 1980 Pauline Murray collaborated with The Invisible Girls, which also included Penetration member Robert Blamire as well as other Manchester musicians such as Vini Reilly, guitarist in The Durutti Column, Steve Hopkins and John Maher. Produced by Martin Hannett, the resulting album spawned the singles "Dream Sequence" and "Mr.X", with a further non-album single "Searching for Heaven" released in 1981. Pauline’s solo work was compiled and repackaged by boutique reissue label LTM last year.

Penetration reformed for shows in 2001 which turned into a permanent thing and have since played Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool many times. Penetration released an acclaimed album of new material called Resolution in October 2015. The current recording line-up of the band is Pauline Murray, Robert Blamire, Paul Harvey and Steve Wallace. John Maher (ex-Buzzcocks drummer)

Support from JaZZ RiOT and Mickey's Girl

Doors - 8pm £15 adv (+bf)

www.wegottickets.com/event/395104 

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Initially once a month, "Sundays in the Bar" will be on the last Sunday of each month from 4 to 6 pm with free entry for all and will feature an eclectic mix of music. Next up on Sunday 29th October we're honoured to have our hero Steve 'Snips' Parsons from Sharks performing in a solo role, possibly joined by a friend or two on some of the songs. This really will be an afternoon not to be missed - be there!

For those of you who don't know...

Along with legendary guitarist Chris Spedding and the late Andy Fraser of Free, Steve was a founder member of Sharks back in 1971. After the band folded, Steve spent the next three years touring and recording with drum legend Ginger Baker. He went on to release two solo albums in the late seventies then retired from performance in 1982. He spent the next 25 years working in the worlds of television and film, composing, writing, directing and producing. But in 2015 Sharks hit the road again and the band has performed several times in Lewes, including here at the Con Club.

A film of the Sharks story, produced by Steve and Chris, called "One Last Thrill" is currently in the making.

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We Love the Big Blue Shed presents:

Heeding Woodie Guthrie's maxim, Alabama 3 have never feared the reduction of their technology. Consequently, Alabama 3 acoustic is brave enough to go out on the road armed only with a battered acoustic guitar and harmonica, preaching Guthrie's word that 'this machine kills fascists.'
In homage to the classic delta blues slide players like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker and their own Rockfree Base (though not in that pantheon of greats), we present our own narco-acoustic slant on Alabama 3 and the music that has inspired us along the way.
Complete with Larry Love's gravelly ash-stained vocals, Nick Reynolds bank robber melodies on harmonica, they provide a raucous show, which is in no way constrained by the boring maxim that often goes with acoustic gigs!

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 7:30 - Tickets £19.25 from the usual on line retailers including:

www.gigantic.com/alabama-3-lewes-con-club-2017-11-02-19-30 

ACTS: Andy Field, Yuriko Kotani; headlining Mike Wilmott, Mc: Dave Mounfield

For this month Comedy Night is one week later than normal on the second Thursday of the month - Remember, remember...to come to this amazing bonfire of comedic talent we've stacked up! Warm your laughter cockles after the big weekend in Lewes. Sure it reads like a wowcher voucher but I just don't care. Andy Field is on fire at the moment; winning awards and competitions as one of the most original and surreal new comedy voices in the UK. There's fireworks aplenty from exciting Japanese comedienne Yuriko Kotani, and all topped off with a very famous Guy of stage, TV and Screen, Canadian Mike WIlmott! Lighting the blue touchpaper and standing back will be our own dear disappointing Roman Candle, Dave Mounfield.

ANDY FIELD Winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2015, as well as finalist in the 2014 Leicester Square New Act of the Year, Andy has made an impact on the comedy scene with his unique style and fresh approach to traditional stand up.

A regular at festivals such as Latitude, Bestival, Leefest and Secret Garden Party, Andy is fast becoming a familiar face at top comedy clubs around the country. He has hosted his own webseries in the Tub, in which he interviewed up-and-coming bands in the bath (of course). He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Brunel. Andy returned to Edinburgh in 2017 with a brand new hour of sketch meets stand up, The Andy Field Experience, which garnered numerous 4 and 5 star reviews.

YURIKO KOTANI Winner: Squawker Award 2015 Runner-up: So You Think You're Funny 2015 Time Out 'One to Watch'. Yuriko Kotani is the Japanese comedian who was named as "One To Watch" by Time Out in 2015. She went on to become first runner up in So You Think You're Funny? and won BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2015. Yuriko's blend of tightly scripted off-beat punchlines and disarming persona has been delighting audiences in comedy clubs across the UK. "leftfield rising star" - Time Out (February 2015).

MIKE WILMOTT Already an established comedian in his home country Canada, Mike Wilmot started working in the UK as a stand-up comedian in 1995. For over a decade Mike has built up a reputation as one of the unsung heroes of the UK comedy scene achieving rave reviews throughout the country for his unique stand-up. In 2003 he won the coveted Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. ‘The highlight was Mike Wilmot, a fast talking stand-up whose close-to-the-bone repertoire leaves the audience in a state of hilarity that most comedians can only dream of’ – The Sunday Times.

Doors : 7:30. Show: 8:00pm 

Tickets: Union Music or reservations on 07582408418 or
http://www.wegottickets.com/ComedyAtTheCon 

Early bird online from £8.00 @ www.wegottickets.com only, plus booking fee. Union Music:£10/8 (concessions) plus booking fee. Door £12/10. 

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The Men They Couldn't Hang came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden town alongside the legendary Pogues and the Boot Hill Foot-Tappers. Paul Simmonds, Philip 'Swill' Odgers and his brother Jon, veterans of the Southampton based pop-punk band 'Catch 22', met Pogues roadie Stefan Cush whilst busking in Shepherds Bush in London. Their early line up was Stefan Cush (Vocals, Guitar), Philip Odgers (Vocals, Guitar, Tin Whistle, and Melodica), Paul Simmonds (Guitar, Bouzouki, and Keyboards), Jon Odgers (Drums, Percussion) and Shanne Bradley (Bass). Championed by the late John Peel their first single, a cover of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields of France' (1984), became a big hit on the UK Indie charts and a staple of Peel’s festive 50. It then appeared on their first album, "Night of a Thousand Candles", which was released in 1985. The album also includes the singles 'Ironmasters' and 'Greenback Dollar''/'Night to Remember'. Signing for MCA the following year, they recorded their second album, "How Green Is the Valley", produced by Mick Glossop. Included on this album are the singles 'Gold Rush', 'Shirt of Blue' and 'Ghosts of Cable Street'.
In 1987 Shanne Bradley left the band and was replaced by Ricky McGuire, famous for touring with punk legends the UK Subs at the tender age of 17. With their third release in 1988, "Waiting for Bonaparte", The Men They Couldn't Hang were starting to achieve recognition across Europe for their political comment and raucous live shows.
One year later, they followed up the success of "Waiting for Bonaparte" with their fourth album, "Silvertown". In 1989 they played to over 250,000 people in Estonia as communism started to crumble and followed this with an unforgettable Reading Festival appearance. At the height of their career, TMTCH recorded the brilliant "Domino Club" (1990) produced by Pat Collier however, this was to be their last studio album for a while as in early 1991, after a blistering farewell tour the band called it a day.
The split didn’t last long as the band were invited by Vince Power to appear at his 10th anniversary celebrations for the Mean Fiddler venue in London and the band performed occasional gigs including a fantastic 2 ½ hour 10th anniversary gig of their own in 1994.

Date: Sat 18th Nov, 2017
Doors: 7:30pm
Ages: 14 and over
Price: From £18.00 via usual on line ticket agencies

 

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Andrew’s trademark has become his rare ability to put into words, feelings you didn’t even know you had, 'It’s one of the reasons why I make music; to bring out those things that people feel, but haven’t always got a voice for. I like to bring the inner person to the forefront'. And over the years, anthems like ‘Lay Your Love Out On Me’, ‘Naked Without You’ and ‘Complicated’, to name but a few, have done just that.

www.ents24.com/lewes-events/lewes-constitutional-club/andrew-roachford/4923158 

7:30pm

Dictionary Pudding + Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival are gobsmacked to announce:

faUSt in LEWES

Following the hugely successful Sun Ra Arkestra residency, Dictionary Pudding and Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival return to Lewes Con Club to present the incredible free-form krautrock innovators, faUSt

As Krautrockers, faUSt had a worldwide career. On their first three albums in the early 1970s, they inhabited the vast field from improvisation to bricolage to rock'n'roll with the ease of rogues and the determination of declared sonic renegades. They were big in Britain before the notion of Krautrock had made the rounds in Germany. One can still feel the breathing of this music, the bubbling of this primal soup, in current faUSt pieces, in the stone-age thudding of "Fish", which faUSt anticipated in 1972 on "Mamie Is Blue". But you will also be able to distinguish the as-yet- unheard if you allow yourself enough audio time. The sound of a squeaky door from the house of Jean-Hervé Péron, for which the musician has the same kind of enthusiasm others might reserve for a brilliant guitar riff ("gripping, touching"); or the minute-long fadeout of "Fish", which Zappi Diermaier is so excited about. The only plan is for the band to take off without a plan. "We let the music play through us," says Jean-Hervé Péron. Everything else is up to the listener, to make his own film. Jean-Hervé Péron has a little tip for us: Listen to the fish.

This intimate 2-night residency will see faUSt improvise with hand-picked local musicians as well as presenting their world-renowned chaotic art-rock live show, a truly unmissable experience!

For more deails www.facebook.com/pg/dictionarypudding 

 

 

Dictionary Pudding + Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival are gobsmacked to announce:

faUSt in LEWES

Following the hugely successful Sun Ra Arkestra residency, Dictionary Pudding and Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival return to Lewes Con Club to present the incredible free-form krautrock innovators, faUSt

As Krautrockers, faUSt had a worldwide career. On their first three albums in the early 1970s, they inhabited the vast field from improvisation to bricolage to rock'n'roll with the ease of rogues and the determination of declared sonic renegades. They were big in Britain before the notion of Krautrock had made the rounds in Germany. One can still feel the breathing of this music, the bubbling of this primal soup, in current faUSt pieces, in the stone-age thudding of "Fish", which Faust anticipated in 1972 on "Mamie Is Blue". But you will also be able to distinguish the as-yet- unheard if you allow yourself enough audio time. The sound of a squeaky door from the house of Jean-Hervé Péron, for which the musician has the same kind of enthusiasm others might reserve for a brilliant guitar riff ("gripping, touching"); or the minute-long fadeout of "Fish", which Zappi Diermaier is so excited about. The only plan is for the band to take off without a plan. "We let the music play through us," says Jean-Hervé Péron. Everything else is up to the listener, to make his own film. Jean-Hervé Péron has a little tip for us: Listen to the fish.

This intimate 2-night residency will see faUSt improvise with hand-picked local musicians as well as presenting their world-renowned chaotic art-rock live show, a truly unmissable experience!

For more deails www.facebook.com/pg/dictionarypudding 

There’s not many bands that have the respect of EVERYONE on the punk scene. But Charlie Harpers UK SUBS is that exception. Formed in 1976, the mainstay of the band has been vocalist Charlie Harper, originally a singer in Britain's R&B scene (now venerated as the godfather of UK punk) the band has continued and thrived. 2010 marked the fifth decade in which the U.K. Subs had continually graced the Punk Rock scene, widely recognised as one of the most consistently and visibly successful punk bands - they maintain and pioneer the true spirit of punk rock, without the compromise and watering-down that has affected so many of their contemporaries.

Bar from midday - Doors 7:30pm

For tickets www.ents24.com/lewes-events/lewes-constitutional-club/uk-subs/5025605 

 

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East Sussex
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