Caburn201909

Once again The Con Club plays host to local bands The Manatees and Caburn, this time in aid of Southover Bonfire Society.
The Manatees are a genre-defying band, writing and performing original songs with hints of 60's surf and Dylan.
And Caburn will be playing the Conclub for the third time with their original written stomping songs of roots, rock and alt-indie post apocalyptic soul.
The night will be finished off with a bouncing set of floor filled TUUUUNES! from local DJ Might Al Boy.
All for £8, what a bargain! www.facebook.com 
Tickets on the door.

Bar from 4:30pm - 7:00pm to late

Geno201909

The Big Blue Shed presents: Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band

Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band had two of the biggest selling UK albums of the sixties. Amazingly both of these were live albums. Hand Clappin, Foot Stompin, Funky Butt Live was in the album charts for 48 weeks of the year 1966 and was only out-sold by The Sound of Music and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.

US soul acts rarely visited the UK and, having come over as a part of the US Air Force and stayed, Geno was our soul man. His level of touring and the high energy of his gigs was, and still is (as immortalized by Dexy's Midnight Runners in the 80's hit Geno) the stuff of legends. During his sets, the beat was continuous and the hits were incessant. It was really Geno who pioneered this Go, Go style of performing and the audiences simply could not get enough. With the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Pink Floyd in support Geno could never relax.

These spiritual meanderings were abruptly halted when, in 1980 Blighty beckoned once more. A call came from old friends in the UK that a tribute called Geno (mentioned above) had gone to number one in the charts. In interviews, the singer, Kevin Roland, was speaking of this legendary soul man, whose name they used to chant up and down the land and public interest in Geno was growing for a new generation. Soon, Anglophile Geno, was back in the UK and back on the road.

The arrival of the nineties saw Geno go back to his roots (he was a Blues singer originally in his home, town of Evansville, Indiana) doing a show he called Cut Loose and Singing the Blues. This was a great success and spawned the band The Purple Aces. He then took this band to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, had a great reaction and a three week sell-out run. This in turn resulted in a collaboration with Ray Fenwick (The Spencer Davis Band) and an album called Change Your Thoughts You Change Your Life.

For tickets £20 + b/f  www.facebook.com/pg/GenoWashingtonOfficial/events/?ref=page_internal

or www.wegottickets.com

Bar from 4;30pm, doors 8:00pm

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Stomping Backwoods Americana

The Curst Sons unique sound mixes traditional American roots genres with powerful original songs and gutsy live shows. Their inspiration is the pre Rock n’ Roll world of Blues, Gospel and Old Time - given a jolt of electricity and a kick-ass stomp.

Since 1998 they have released six studio albums and one 10” vinyl EP, have been Runners up in the international Song Writing Competition (ISC), nominated for Best Alt Country Album in the Independent Music Awards and for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards. They have played far too many pubs, clubs and festivals to remember, twice been Time Out magazine’s critic’s choice and recorded two live sessions for the much missed Mark Lamarr show on BBC Radio 2.

This brilliant trio plays bluegrass, gospel and rockabilly as if their lives and loves depended on it - tuneful originals full of superior lyrics. Time Out

They gnarl and twist together elements of bluegrass, rockabilly, country and blues and spew forth a sound that is instantly recognisable as their own. What may be overlooked is the fact that the Curst Sons are damn fine songwriters as well as potent lyricists.
If it is true that the Devil has all the best tunes, then he must undoubtedly have nicked some of them from The Curst Sons. Ken Brown FATEA

They’ve got humour and soul and there’s absolutely nothing else like them. Morning Star

The Curst Sons never fail to deliver a foot-stompin, barnstorming performance of such intensity you’re left grinning like an idiot by the end! Hastings Independent Press

The Curst Sons are - Willi Kerr -Vocals, Percussion. Tim Dunkerley -Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals.  Dave Simner -Guitar, Banjo, Vocals. Scott Smith -Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals

www.thecurstsons.com

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - Free Entry - All Welcome

Stuart Bligh Big Blue 2019

Our September Sundays in the Bar Sunday afternoon gig features the welcome return to the Con Club of blues singer/guitarist Stuart Bligh.

Stuart, of local Blues/Rock band,The Big Blue, will be playing an acoustic solo set of classic tunes and cool Blues.

Expect a wide ranging set of songs from artists such as Eric Clapton, Santana, David Bowie, Glen Campbell, Otis Redding and many more.

We're really looking forward to it. Don't miss it!

http://www.the-big-blue.com/

3:30 - 5:30 pm FREE ENTRY All welcome

Dende201910v2web

This is Dende's official celebration of playing music together for 10 years and it will be so good to be back in our home town of Lewes!

Dende is a 9 piece fun-fuelled positive party band playing an up-for-it mix of tunes with a firm rooting in Afro-Latin rhythms. From Cumbia to Calypso, Samba to Flamenco and Latin Dub. We bring you the joy of deep harmonic horns, sweet vocals, a totally having it percussion section, accordion, guitar, heavy bass lines and lashings of dub siren. 

It has been a busy summer for Dende playing festivals up and down the country but this will be a special one off show playing tunes from over the last 10 years amongst friends.

Warming up the place will be 2 great slectors Bambaman and Artemis Roots who are resident Djs with the Mighty Dende Sound System bringing MORE FYAH!! to the Con Club playing some tropical Reggae, Dub, and Dance Hall Vibes

just £5 to make every one feel welcome!!! www.eventbrite.com     Con Club members are FREE

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Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00pm to 11:30pm.

A Complete History of Soul Music

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF SOUL MUSIC!

Performed by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons and The Chain Gang with very special guests The Paddock Choir, directed by Ruth Kerr

A Con Club Sunday Afternoon Concert presented by The Ripple

From 2pm until 4 30 pm

Tickets £6 in advance / £7 on the door

Advance tickets available from Union Music, Si's Sounds and online from WeGotTickets

The Ripple presents...For those of you don't already know, the purpose of the not-for-profit Ripple project is to deliver a series of live music performances and other Lewes-related entertainment events under the Ripple banner and to donate as much money as possible to local charities and good causes.

It started this year as a coming together of musical talent in Lewes on the first Bank Holiday weekend in May. Participants included The Con Club, Rocket FM, Depot Cinema, Union Music, Starfish, Si’s Sounds, The Royal Oak, Radio Lewes and The Oyster project.

It was a real success - all the events were well attended and a decent amount of money was raised. It's emcouraged us to embark on a series of pop-up events through the winter that will culminate in ‘A Bigger Ripple’ next May VE Day Bank Holiday weekend.

For more information please see The Ripple website at https://www.lewesripple.uk/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lewesripple

Funke201910web

Mojo Music Present: Funke and the Two Tone Baby - A one man sonic explosion. Uncategorized and uncharted. Jammed halfway between frenzied alt-blues and metronomic dance beats. Combining guitar and harmonica with beatboxing and effects that seamlessly collide the organic with the mechanical to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody.

www.funkeandthetwotonebaby.co.uk

www.facebook.com/funkeandthetwotonebaby

Genghis Khan (Live): www.youtube.com

Tickets £8 adv + b/f  www.skiddle.com

TotalStoneRoses2019web

The Total Stone Roses play a 90min set of all of the best roses material including ‘She Bangs The Drums’, ‘Fools Gold’, ‘Waterfall, ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ and ‘Love Spreads’

Throughout the last year or so, The Total Stone Roses have been playing gigs and stunning audiences throughout the country building up a solid fan base that makes them a force to be reckoned with in the tribute scene. The band are all in their early to mid twenties, bringing the same passion, vigor, arrogance and charisma that only the young have, the old want and that cannot be faked. This same drive is what gave The Stone Roses their ‘X Factor’ and took them to the heady heights of success and fame that they achieved in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s and beyond.

The Total Stone Roses are all pro musicians that do this for a living; all players involved are top draw Leeds College of Music graduates. They strive to re-create the roses sound live and are meticulous in the recreation of their material. You will not find a better sound a like band this side of 1989!

TICKETS: £15 + b/f  Ages 14+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by a parent/guardian)

Tickets may be available on the door but we strongly advise you purchase them in advance to avoid disappointment

www.seetickets.com 

www.facebook.com/thetotalstoneroses/

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00pm to 11:30pm

RoryMcLeod201910web

The Big Blue Shed presents: Rory Mcleod - ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments!

Rory has travelled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth. www.facebook.com/rory.mcleodtalkativemusic/

www.facebook.com/events

Tickets £14 + b/f  www.wegottickets.com/event/464720

Doors 7:30pm

Sunscreem201910

UK Electronic pioneers Sunscreem are back with their live show at Lewes Con Club. 21 years after their classic debut album O3 the band are still writing and creating new tracks as well as performing their much loved early material.

Lewes Con Club
Saturday 19th October
7.30pm - 11.30pm

Over 18s only
Advance tickets £10 + booking fee
Tickets available from https://www.skiddle.com/e/13603916

Polecats201910

The Big Blue Shed Present the The Polecats - formed in 1977. The original line-up was Tim Worman (a.k.a Tim Polecat, vocalist), Martin "Boz" Boorer, (guitarist and vocalist), Phil Bloomberg (bassist), and Chris Hawkes (drummer), who originally played under the name "Cult Heroes." Finding difficulty persuading promoters to book them on the rockabilly circuit with a name sounding "too punk", they adopted Hawkes' suggested band name The Polecats. Hawkes was later replaced by Neil Rooney.

The band were first signed by the fledgling British rockabilly record label Nervous Records, and recorded their first single "Rockabilly Guy" at Guitarist Alan Warner's "Lane Studios" in 1979. Formerley with the hugely successful "Foundations" band Warner toured and recorded with the Polecats for about a year.

In 1980 the band signed to Mercury Records, and released their most successful LP, Polecats Are Go! They had UK chart success with a David Bowie cover "John, I'm Only Dancing", a reworking of "Rockabilly Guy", and another cover version of the T-Rex (Marc Bolan) song "Jeepster". In 1983, they hit the charts in the United States with their song "Make a Circuit With Me." Shortly after this, John Buck replaced Neil Rooney on drums.

Boz Boorer left the group to work as a guitarist, musical director, and co-songwriter with Morrissey, but led a Polecats reunion in 1989, which produced a live album and a new studio set. Raucous Records released a compilation album of Boz Boorer's work entitled Between The Polecats in early 2001.

Tim Polecat moved to Los Angeles, California and formed the band 13 Cats with drummer Slim Jim of the Stray Cats, stand-up bassist Smutty Smith of The Rockats, and guitarist Danny B. Harvey of The Swing Cats. Their album 13 Cats is available on Cleopatra Records. Tim Polecat also works as a successful art director and production designer for film, commercials, and music videos. Musically, Tim Polecat also continues to work as a film composer and solo singer-songwriter and is currently touring the US with Slim Jim Phantom as "The Whammy!!"

Phil Polecat continues to play with The Polecats, Katy Prado & The Mamboleros, Trio Farouche and as a session musician.

Tickets £18 + b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/469804

 

 

WorryDolls201910web

The Big Blue Shed presents: 

Worry Dolls are an exciting duo born out of the joint talents of multi-instrumentalists Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones, whose debut album Go Get Gone was released earlier this year.

Serendipity brought Zoe and Rosie together at an open mic when they were 18, whilst studying music in Liverpool. Both redheads with guitars, on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Paired by their teachers for an opportunity to have their songwriting critiqued by Paul McCartney, they were inspired to start co-writing, and could now be described as an almost telepathically linked songwriting force.

Discovering a unique chemistry and symbiotic vocal harmony with their voices, they set off together making music as Worry Dolls. It was a new sound, blending the tender urgency of Zoe’s Irish-influenced voice with the fiery integrity of Rosie’s vocals and rhythmic guitar. Zoe transferred her fingerpicking skills to ukulele, followed by Earl Scruggs-style banjo, motivated by players like Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks) and Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons).


Tickets £12 + b/f www.gigantic.com

http://www.worrydollsmusic.com/

 

Feelgoods201910

High energy Rhythm & Blues played the Canvey Island way, recreating the unmistakable sounds of 1970's Dr Feelgood.

A packed house last year, be great to see YOU again! The Feelgood Band! With a seal of approval from Wilko Johnson, Sparko and Figure!
“Man, it’s great. It’s just what it would’ve been like to see Dr Feelgood in the club days. 100% spot on stage presence and performance' - WILKO JOHNSON “The closest to the originals I have seen” - John Sparks aka SPARKO “Go and judge for yourself, it’s worth it” - John Martin aka BIG FIGURE Louder Than War: “The UK’s Premier Dr.Feelgood tribute, a spellbinding performance” Stephen Foster BBC Suffolk and Dr.Feelgood connoisseur “Just seen the excellent FeelgoodBand, a fantastic celebration of the timeless music of Mk 1 and 2 Dr Feelgood . Loved it from start to finish. It would be sheer Stupidity to miss them."

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:30 to 11:30 - £5 OTD - Club members free

LooseCaboose2019

LOOSE CABOOSE is back following the Summer break with its usual mix of 60's Soul, Northern, R&B, Latin & Jazz.

Guest DJ for the night and residents Rachelle Piper and Martin Jackson seducing you onto the dance floor with their tunes.

£6 on the door. 7:30pm to 12:00

Strictly no talc - thanks!

Contenders2019

For our "Sundays in the Bar" afternoon for October, we welcome Lewes's very own Contenders. As always, great beer drinking music - just make sure you're there!

Live music 3:30 to 5:30pm, free entry all welcome

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The Big Blue Shed Presents:  The Guana Batz are an English psychobilly band that was formed in 1982 in Feltham, West London. It was one of the first psychobilly bands and is considered influential to its scene. The band is most well known for its frequent appearances at the Klub Foot, an early psychobilly club.

The original group members were Pip Hancox (vocals), Stuart Osborne (guitar), Dave "Diddle" Turner (drums) and Mick Wigfall (upright bass). Wigfall was removed by Osborne early on, who preferred a bass guitar player for the band. Mick White soon joined the band as bass guitarist. However, by 1984, the Guana Batz decided to again feature an upright bassist, and replaced White with Sam Sardi.

Turner quit the band in May 1987, the hectic touring schedule having grown too much for him, and opted to devote his time to his girlfriend and his construction job. He was replaced by former Get Smart drummer, Johnny Bowler. When Sardi left the band, Bowler switched to upright bass, and John Buck joined the band on drums. Mark Pennington of the Caravans played upright bass for the band after Sam Sardi left and prior to Johnny Bowler switching to bass.

Hancox’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pig Dog, was humorously referred to as the band's "fifth member." After being hit by a car, he was replaced by Hancox's new dog, Muttley, who would be featured on four Guana Batz album covers. Although Muttley has died, he reportedly lived to an old age.

The band broke up in 1990, but reunited in 1996. They are still touring today. Osborne still lives in London, and also plays for The Unknowns. Hancox, Bowler, and Buck have relocated to San Diego, California. They have occasionally performed in the southern California area with ex-Stray Cats members under the moniker the Guana Cats.

The band have toured with the likes of Stray Cats, the Meteors, the Cramps and pretty much all the great alternative, psychobilly and rockabilly acts worldwide over the last 35 years.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/GuanaBatzAreGo/

https://www.facebook.com/GuanaBatzAreGo/photos/pb.170012529681337.-2207520000.1519075651./2002390013110237/?type=3&theater

Tickets £18 + b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/481238

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contact iconLewes Con Club

139 High Street
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1XS
United Kingdom

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Monday to Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Sunday
12 noon - 8 pm

N.B. Hours may be extended on gig nights.

MEMBERSHIP

The current membership year started on 30th June 2019. Renewals are now closed, but new applications are always welcome.

Please mail all membership enquiries to membership@lewesconclub.com

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Q - Where are you?
A - We're located at 139 High Street in Lewes town centre. If you're coming by road from the Brighton direction we're on the left, just after Shelleys Hotel before the bottleneck and next door to Lewes Old Grammar School (see the map below).

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