What’s On at the John Peel Centre

Dec
3
Fri
Martyn Joseph
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Martyn Joseph @ John Peel Centre

Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar, multi-award winner Martyn Joseph creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate.

He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums and thousands of live performances.

Often compared to Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews, he has created his own reputation as a mesmerizing live performer in his own right. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, he’s a jaw-dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice.

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time.”

His song “Nye” celebrating Nye Bevan, the author of the NHS, has been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics everywhere, including Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show and Tom Robinson’s 6 Music show. Uncut magazine described his latest album “Here Come The Young” as “anthems of hope that bigotry and hatred will not prevail”.

He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour.

www.martynjoseph.net

“Stunning, heartfelt music” (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2)

“Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative” (MOJO)

“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” (Q Magazine)

“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today” Tom Robinson BBC 6 music

 

Doors open 7.00pm.

Tickets £18.00

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

 

Please note that this event has not been organised by the John Peel Centre, and all aspects of it are the responsibility of those who have hired the Centre for the evening.

Dec
4
Sat
Kanda Bongo Man
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Kanda Bongo Man @ John Peel Centre

The man who single-handedly gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance, Kanda Bongo Man is one of the most well known stars of world music, and is one of the first pioneers of Soukous music.

His music has always been driven by optimism and happiness. It contains melodies that curl through the patterns like vines on a trellis.

Its lilting, rippling, dance groove smiles from every register with inseparable melody and rhythm. He is one of the most famous exponents of music from Congo and has been at the heart of the Soukous scene since the 80s.

 

 

Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets £14.00.

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

Dec
10
Fri
The SoapBox UnFestival
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 11 @ 12:00 am
The SoapBox UnFestival @ John Peel Centre

SoapBox UnFestival feat: Sally Army, Elly Tree (solo), The Pookajee Players, SoapBox Open Mic Hour with Amy Wragg, and The Decibel Kid (DJ set). Free zine inc.

Join us for an evening of Festival fun with a joyful line-up of live music, poetry, comedy, DJ’s, fairylights and beautiful décor. We are delighted to welcome the comedy/music duo ‘The Pookajee Players’ back with their funny musical nonsense and peculiar style of live performance. Then Amy Wragg will be hosting the SoapBox Open Mic Hour, featuring you lovely lot! Poets, musicians, comedians – all welcome. Sign up on the getonthesoapbox facebook event page to pre-book your slot. Ticket holders only.

Shortly after this madness, we will be treated to a guerilla gig from Elly Tree (solo), playing her magical and uplifting folk/roots/poetry. Armed with only a ukulele and a voice, this remarkable artist is one of our longtime favourite singwriters and vocalists. Come and see why.

Headlining the night is the devastatingly funny, brilliant, danceable and ridiculous in equal measure; Sally Army, a SoapBox stage favourite. No, not the brass band people who play at the supermarket. This is the five-piece multi-genre band who play in wedding dresses, and are responsible for such earworms as: ‘A Nice Cup Of Tea & A Biscuit’ and ‘Invaders of Personal Space’, the unofficial pandemic anthem. Guaranteed to get you on your feet and laughing till your bellyaches they are the best band you’ve never heard of. The SoapBox Unfestival will finish with a DJ set from The Decibel Kid, a Suffolk based electronic artist, playing beats, blips and bass. Come dressed in your Festival best and join the SoapBox family. We’re weird, But you are too. So thats okay then.

£15 in advance. £20 otd, if available.

www.getonthesoapbox.co.uk

Doors open 7.30pm.

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

 

Please note that this event has not been organised by the John Peel Centre, and all aspects of it are the responsibility of those who have hired the Centre for the evening.

Dec
11
Sat
BC Camplight
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
BC Camplight @ John Peel Centre

This event has been rescheduled from Sunday 29th August, 2021. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date.

BC Camplight plays a special solo fundraising gig to celebrate John Peel’s 82nd birthday.

“I’m pretty sure the BC Camplight live experience isn’t something you can find elsewhere,” declares Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight. “It is a journey every night. One moment, I’m basically doing a stand-up routine and the next, the band and I are playing like we plan on dying that evening, giving our everything. Then I’m on speakerphone to my Mom on stage before assaulting my piano. I’m very thankful that, after all this time, the audience is finally there.”

Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, new album Shortly After Takeoff is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his “Manchester Trilogy”, following 2015’s “How To Die In The North” and 2018’s “Deportation Blues”. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.

“It’s important to stress that this isn’t a redemption story,” he says. “I’m a guy who maybe lives a little hard and I’m in the thick of some heavy stuff. But as a result, I think I’ve made my best record.”

 

Support: Samuel Taylor.

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £12.00

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

Dec
17
Fri
Stretch Soul Gang
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Stretch Soul Gang @ John Peel Centre

Support: East Angles Brass

Stretch Soul Gang are a six piece, energetic, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, and Jazz band from Suffolk, England.

“excellent showmanship, inch-perfect falsettos, soothing basslines, and a great set of songs like the tunes Ain’t Got No Money and Sharks at the Wheel prove that Stretch Soul Gang are one of the most promising acts in the East” -Music Blog 42 30/09/17

East Angles Brass Band are a funky horn and percussion collective from Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. Their number can fluctuate anywhere between 5 and 10 members and with plenty of improvisation involved, each show feels truly unique! With a sound heavily influenced by the street bands of New Orleans, East Angles play a mixture of original compositions, traditional ‘NOLA’ tunes and a few pop songs given a brassy twist, all designed to get you on your feet and dancing!

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £6 in advance / £8 on the door

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

Dec
18
Sat
Renegade Twelve (SOLD OUT)
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Renegade Twelve (SOLD OUT) @ John Peel Centre

Please note that this event has not been organised by the John Peel Centre, and all aspects of it are the responsibility of those who have hired the Centre for the evening.

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

Dec
21
Tue
Common Ground Theatre Company: Sherlock Holmes Meets Count Dracula
Dec 21 – Dec 23 all-day
Common Ground Theatre Company: Sherlock Holmes Meets Count Dracula @ John Peel Centre

SHERLOCK HOLMES MEETS COUNT DRACULA

Lady Emilia Adwater engages the services of Sherlock Holmes to investigate the disappearance of her head butler and other domestic staff in her neighbourhood, down in deepest Suffolk. The disappearances coincide with the arrival there of the mysterious Count Dracula who has moved into nearby Carhorn Abbey.

Dr. Watson, masquerading as a life insurance rep. is sent to assess the situation, and on his return to Baker Street starts behaving rather strangely.

Sherlock Holmes faces his most dangerous adversary. Will he get to the bottom of the mystery, before the Count can carry out his dastardly plan to infiltrate British high society? Can he save the London season from becoming a ravening gorefest? It’s a case he can really sink his teeth into! But will the effort of solving it drive him completely bats?

Created by the writing team best known for their hugely successful Christmas shows for Eastern Angles, don’t miss this classic comedy mystery peppered with Common Ground’s trademark sparkling wit, ingenious staging and hilarious songs.

John Peel Centre
Tuesday 21st Dec, 7.30pm
Wednesday 22nd Dec, 4pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 23rd Dec, 4pm

Adults – £14
21 and under – £10

Running time – 2 hours (including interval)

 

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Jan
8
Sat
Ghosts of Atlantis
Jan 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Ghosts of Atlantis @ John Peel Centre

Support: To the Nines and Existentialist 

Hailing from deepest, darkest Suffolk, Ghosts Of Atlantis are a metal band that carry a wealth of experience and professionalism.

Like both Cradle Of Filth, and Devilment before it, Ghosts Of Atlantis continues the tradition and staple of the witch county trademark sound. The sound is dark and aggressive, sinister and twisted, yet universally appealing due to big chorus lines, emotive orchestration and massive hooks

Sonically, the band crosses many genres and lyrical styles, from poetic spoken word elements, full choirs, and memorable choruses to guttural destruction carried forth through the main vocals. Ghosts Of Atlantis (G.O.A) features both present and past members of Devilment, Failed Humanity, The Conflict Within and Cold Lazarus.

​The band members involved have been signed to Nuclear blast, Candlelight records and New rising records. All of the members have been in bands together for the last 9 years, and the chemistry within the band is superb. All have been on either headline or support tours across the world in their various projects. Some names of note include Lacuna Coil, Motionless in White, Times of Grace, Prong, Biohazard, Lock up, and Soilwork. Add to this, a long line of festivals such as Graspop, summer breeze, Rockharz, hammerfest, Wave gothik treffen, and main stage performances at Bloodstock open air in the UK.

 

 

Doors 7.30pm.

Tickets £8 advance / £10 on the door

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar.

Jan
31
Mon
emerge: local band night
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

emerge is our local band night, showcasing exciting new local talent. Come along to support these talented artists and potentially see the international stars of the future!

“Worth supporting if you live locally, these emerge nights” – Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6 Music

Do you want to perform at one of our emerge nights? Then send us an email to emerge@johnpeelcentre.com, with details of who you are, where you are from, and a link to a video of you performing live. We are after acts who are able to perform approx 30mins of original music.

£3 entry on the door

Licensed bar.

Feb
6
Sun
IVW22: JPComedy ft. Jarlath Regan, Ray Badran & Jacob Hawley
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
IVW22: JPComedy ft. Jarlath Regan, Ray Badran & Jacob Hawley @ John Peel Centre

This superb line-up for Independent Venue Week 2022 features Jarlath Regan, Ray Badran & Jacob Hawley.

Jarlath Regan is an all-rounder, but his talent for stand-up was spotted early. His first few gigs earned him places in the finals of every new act competition, tour support spots for Ardal O’Hanlon, Marc Maron and Jack Whitehall, invitations to the world’s biggest comedy festivals and television appearances on the BBC, NBC and Comedy Central.

As a presenter and podcaster he has won a legion of loyal fans through the creation of his multi-award-winning global hit podcast An Irishman Abroad. Jarlath’s ability to extract honesty from the likes of Sir Bob Geldof, Gabriel Byrne and Boy George has become legendary.

Jarlath’s other credits include Tonight at the Palladium (ITV), Stand up Central (Comedy Central)  Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up (Comedy Central), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Live at The Stand Comedy Club (BBC Radio Scotland), The Blame Game (BBC Radio Ulster) and The Apprentice You’re Fired (TV3).

Jarlath is also an outspoken advocate for equality and organ donor awareness. After donating a kidney to his brother he penned his hugely successful one man standup show Organ Freeman to tell his story and raise vital awareness of live donation. The show won rave reviews, sold out it’s run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Square, Vicar Street and Soho Theatre and Tatler Magazine named Jarlath their Comedy Man Of The Year.

What the Press Say:

★★★★ “skilfully seeded stand-up that confirms Regan’s abilities to move with belly laughs and tears in a single routineThe Scotsman 

“More laughs in the first 15 minutes than most comedians can muster in a whole hour”  – Metro 

“Regan is an expert storyteller and this is a beautifully constructed show that I could have happily listened to for twice its length.” – The Arts Desk

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Ray Badran is an acclaimed Australian comedian and winner of Best International Comedian at the New Zealand Comedy Guild; who is renowned for his quirky and sharp observations.

Ray can be seen on the 6 part Comedy Central series No Experience Necessary which he wrote and starred in as, well as the latest series of Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club on ITV1. Ray is ready to tackle the big issues in life such as pockets, Subway sandwiches and fridges with his characteristic whimsy and off-beat observations.

“It all adds up to a beautiful, hilarious shambles”New Zealand Herald

“Getting the entire crowd in hysterics” – Arts Review Australia

★★★★★ “This is uncomplicated comedy in its purest form” – Broadway World

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After reaching the finals of the BBC New Comedy Award, writing and starring in numerous shorts for BBC3 and featuring on Radio 4 and Talksport, Jacob Hawley has become a critically acclaimed new voice in comedy.

A well honed live act, Jacob regularly performs at some of the biggest and best clubs in the UK and he is currently developing his own projects for TV and Radio.

The New Statesman described him as “The Distinctly Millennial rising star of The Edinburgh Fringe”, and he received a litany of four star reviews, including:

★★★★  “Intelligent and important, his self-aware set sees him explore themes of class and identity in the modern world expertly” – The Sunday Post

★★★★  “A down-to-earth talent who’s got it in spades, it’s an impressive, strong debut show that makes it feel like he’s already been doing this for years” – The List

 

This show is not to be missed!

Line up subject to change

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10.00 advance / £12.00 on the door

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

Feb
11
Fri
Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us
Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us @ John Peel Centre

In his new show 50 Things About Us, Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, standup, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.

Mark picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?

It is a show about money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, unicorns, guns, bungs, sods of soil and rich f*ckers.

And how we have so much feeling for such a hollow land.

The show is in the vein of The Manifesto [Mark’s book] meets a sweary History channel!

Suitable for ages 16+

 

Tickets £17.50 (*£12.50 for under 21s, students, carers who are accompanying the person they support. ID may be required for age/student verification), available in advance from the Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays), or book online (fee applies).

Doors open at 7.30pm, for an 8pm start. There will be an interval.

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

Please note that this is a seated event, with seating unallocated, though all with a good view.

Mar
6
Sun
Steve Knightley
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Steve Knightley @ John Peel Centre

Steve Knightley, frontman and songwriter of folk/roots heavyweights Show of Hands, has an impressive back catalogue. He’s regularly cited by emerging artists as a source of inspiration.

His enduring appeal is partly due to the fact that he’s as at home in a folk club or village hall as he is gracing the stage of a sell-out Royal Albert Hall concert. The Show of Hands fan base extends to luminaries such as Peter Gabriel, who described them as ‘one of the great English bands’. With his song-writing and commentary more razor-sharp and relevant than ever, Steve Knightley continues to remain at the cutting-edge of folk, roots and acoustic music.

Steve has always respected the audience’s interest and involvement in the stories behind the songs. Following the success of his intimate one man show, his latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard new material, he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics, and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own.

“Committed and distinctive songs of love, conscience and history” – BBC Radio 2

 

Doors open 7.00pm.

Tickets £20.00

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

 

Please note that this event has not been organised by the John Peel Centre, and all aspects of it are the responsibility of those who have hired the Centre for the evening.

Apr
17
Sun
Ian McNabb
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Ian McNabb @ John Peel Centre

In 1981, Ian formed The Icicle Works with Chris Sharrock (drums), and Chris Layhe (bass and vocals). They quickly gained a following through their debut single release, Nirvana, and extensive live performances up and down the country.

The Icicle Works became part of the Liverpool renaissance movement of the eighties, alongside acts such as Echo And The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, WAH!, Heat, OMD, Black, Dead Or Alive, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Lotus Eaters, and China Crisis. They signed to Beggar’s Banquet records, and under the guidance of Martin Mills scored a top 20 hit with Love Is A Wonderful Colour in the U.K ; and top 40 placings in the U.S, Canada, and Europe with Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream), with their eponymous debut album. The Icicle Works achieved top 40 placings in the UK for all four of their albums – The Icicle Works, The Small Price Of A Bicycle, If You Want To Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Songs, and Blind – until they split up in 1988.

Since then Ian has worked on various music projects and has released a number of solo albums. In 2009 he published his autobiography. This decade, Ian has released a number of albums, including some harder rocking albums, an album of cover versions, and an collaborative album.

No support – Ian McNabb will be performing 2 sets of an hour each, with a break.

 

Doors open 7.30pm. On stage at approx 8pm.

Tickets £15 in advance / £18 on the door

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

Apr
23
Sat
Honey & The Bear | Alden, Patterson & Dashwood
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Honey & The Bear | Alden, Patterson & Dashwood @ John Peel Centre

Joining forces for an evening to showcase the best in contemporary Folk, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood and Honey & The Bear are proud to bring you their own twists on the tradition, storytelling woven in to song and harmonies abound in a magical night to remember.

Honey & The Bear are a roots-inspired duo from the Suffolk Coast. Their softly interweaving vocal harmonies and foot stomping rhythms combine elements of Folk & Americana. The multi instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart and Lucy Hart, include Guitar, Banjo, Ukelele Mandolin and Double Bass and have been writing & performing together up & down the UK since early 2014.

“Accomplished, easy-on-the-ear acoustic folk-pop for grown-ups” – fRoots Magazine

“Beautiful harmonies and charisma from both aside, they were very obviously enjoying each other’s company which enhanced the atmosphere of the evening … Jon and Lucy spoke, played and sang with ease making it all look effortless … Their lyrics were significant without being contrived, and were enhanced by their storytelling and communication with the audience in between numbers.”

www.honeyandthebear.co.uk

Norwich-based folk trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

Their independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ received widespread critical acclaim and was awarded ‘Editor’s Choice Album of the Year’ by fRoots, the UK’s leading publication specialising in folk and world music.

Over the last three years the trio have made a name as one of the best new acts on the scene and have toured the UK and Europe extensively including main stage slots at the UK’s most prestigious festivals and a tour with folk legends Show of Hands.

‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
★★★★★ Album Of The Year Editors Choice – fROOTS Magazine
★★★★★ R2 – ‘Talented and poetic triumvirate’
★★★★ Songlines – ‘Obviously something of enormous promise’

www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.com

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10.00 advance/£12.00 on the door

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please note that this is a seated event. Seating is unallocated, though all have a good view.

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

 

May
6
Fri
The Mentulls
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Mentulls @ John Peel Centre

Winning over audiences with their own brand of progressive, bluesy pop/rock, The Mentulls music transcends genres, sounding new and fresh yet timeless and classic all at the same time. Add in Andrew’s searing, soaring guitar work, Jamie’s ‘prog star’ style Hammond, synthesiser and piano work plus the soulful vocals and multi instrumental prowess of David Neil Crabtree, and you have something truly unique and special.

Being genre defying and original has been the band’s objective since it was formed by Andrew & Jamie back in 2008. In the years following the formation of the band, they have carved themselves a niche on the international rock scene, impressing a growing fan base and critics alike.

In the words of one well respected journalist, “these are genuine rock stars with the chops to make it happen live as well as on album”, which perfectly sums up the band’s ability to bring the goods in the recording studio as well as creating an impressive show on stage. Currently filling the drum stool at live shows is sterling drummer Steve Gibson (Van Morrison, Chris Farlowe, Jack Bruce, Buzzcocks).

As well as touring internationally in their own right, the band have earned their stripes opening for and touring with legendary acts like Wishbone Ash, Focus & Walter Trout. They are also equally at home on major festival stages sharing the bill with the likes of The Stranglers, Feeder, FM and Cats In Space.

When summing up the band, one reviewer proclaimed, “It’s hard to stand out, unless you are as superb as The Mentulls that is.”

Website: www.thementulls.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thementulls

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thementulls

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10.00 advance / £12.00 on the door

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.

May
7
Sat
Fairport Convention
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fairport Convention @ John Peel Centre

Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same – Fairport’s passion for performance.

This concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including Full House which was released 50 years ago this year. The band skillfully interprets traditional ballads and the repertoire also includes plenty of contemporary compositions. Their latest album ‘Shuffle & Go’ was released in February 2020.

Fairport Convention has won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.

The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar (celebrating his fiftieth year in Fairport), Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on percussion.

“Stuffing their set with a surprising amount of new material for a vintage act, Fairport are still clearly having fun and brought the house down.” – The Guardian

“Fairport is an institution, a festival, purveyors of memories, and keepers of the folk flame. But most of all they are a brilliant live band.” – Folk & Tumble

 

Doors open 7.00pm. On stage approx. 7.30pm.

Tickets are £25 seated or standing, available from the Box Office on 01449 774678 (10am-2pm weekdays) or book online (fee applies).

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Seating is limited to those who have purchased a seated ticket.

Licensed bar.

May
20
Fri
The Allergies LIVE
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Allergies LIVE @ John Peel Centre

The JPC Funk and Soul Shack presents: A live band set from The Allergies.

“The Allergies are neck deep in the world of scratchy samples…This is truly funk and soul for the 21st century!” – Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music.

Since forming in 2012 The Allergies have made it their mission to reshape funky vintage sounds for the modern dancefloor.

Both skilled turntablists in their own right, and known for their 45 only vinyl sets, the duo of DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat first bonded over their love of classic hip-hop and beats, then decided to pool their knowledge and skills into making their own music.

“We like breaks, funky basslines, horns, and dancefloor grooves. We’re inspired by the golden eras of funk, soul, disco and hip-hop, and we try and cram that into three and a half minutes”.

Along the way they’ve racked up two ‘Tune of the Month’ awards in Mixmag, topped download charts, and helped headline the BBC 6 Music festival in their native Bristol last year.

In 2015 they were snapped up by Jalapeno Records, and dropped their debut album, As We Do Our Thing, a year later. On release it gained ‘Album of the Day’ status on 6 Music, and became the bestselling hip-hop album in the iTunes and Juno charts.

The LP took in all their funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breakbeat influences, and featured guest vocals from HypeMan Sage, BluRum13 and Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper, who mesmerized in lead single/video, Rock Rock.

The Allergies’ second album Push On charged up the UK’s official indie album charts on its debut and became album of the week on Juno. The singles started racking up serious plays on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 in the UK as well as across Europe, with a second 6Music ‘Album of The Day’ and a coveted ‘Album of the Year’ award to crown things off in 2017. Not to mention a feature in national paper – The Observer and another album of the year award from Juno Records.

After breaking onto the scene with a Mixmag ‘Tune of the Month’, The Allergies (DJ Moneyshot and Rackabeat) continued in their mission to bring re-fuelled funk and feel good hip-hop to the masses. The three LPs that followed, on Brighton’s Jalapeno Records, were sonic steps forward for the pair, winning them die-hard fans and BBC 6 Music ‘Album of the Day’ and ‘Album of the Year’ awards along the way.

With each successive release they found strength in numbers, with the duo forming a crack team of vocalists, rappers, and musicians around them, fleshing out their sound. Andy Cooper, of underground LA rap legends Ugly Duckling, became their powerhouse front man. Soul-sensation Marietta Smith, the deadly diva. And Dub FX’s sax star Mr. Woodnote, their master of the badass brass.

This unit, formed in the studio, since took to the stage, becoming The Allergies live band. What followed were barnstorming festival sets, and sell out shows at the world famous Jazz Cafe in London. Album number four, Say the Word, will be released summer, 2020. So, get ready for Latin, funk, hip-hop, boogie, and beats, on this one. Plus super special guest slots, and future Allergies live show classics in the mix. Business as usual, then!

 

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