Spear of Destiny – Stockton’s Georgian Theatre 4th August 2022

Thank you to everyone who came to last nights show featuring Spear of Destiny and UK Dissent. It’s always difficult arranging shows in the Summer especially when you are also competing with a festival that attracts a big chunk of your audience.

Despite that it was an excellent turn out far exceeding (my) expectations so thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for the show. Thanks also to Nick doing the sound and as always thank you to all at The Georgian Theatre. I’ve said it many times but these shows would not happen without their help. We’re lucky to have them.

Biggest thanks go to the bands though, they’re the ones we all want to see. UK Dissent are everything you want from a support band and getting a bit of a name for themselves now after previously supporting Theatre of Hate. Big thanks to them.

Spear of Destiny – what can I say. They never disappoint. Playing a set mixed with old and not so old tracks they leave everything on stage. Hard to believe frontman Kirk Brandon is 66. Long may they continue and long may they keep coming back to Stockton.

The Fallen Leaves play Don Craine Tribute Show.

The Fallen Leaves play at a tribute to the Downliners Sect Don Craine who sadly passed away earlier this year. Ticket details in the post below with some info on Don.


Contemporaries of the Rolling Stones, Pretty Things and The Yardbirds, Downliners Sect came into being in Spring 1963 when deerstalker-hatted rhythm guitarist Don Craine of the Downliners found Keith Grant and the Sect was born. They played their own brash and exciting brand of R&B and still do.

Critic Richie Unterberger wrote: “The Sect didn’t as much interpret the sound of Chess Records as attack it, with a finesse that made the Pretty Things seem positively suave in comparison.”

Their first single on EMI ‘Baby What’s Wrong’ entered the charts and their second ‘Little Egypt’ made them stars in Sweden.

We were quite influenced by the Downliners Sect’ – David Bowie

Downliners Sect were IT’ – Van Morrison

Both Steve Marriott, and Rod Stewart, auditioned for a place in the band but were turned down because they both wanted to be frontmen, while Don Craine and Keith Grant did not wish to relinquish that role.

They remained true to their beliefs and never ‘sold out’.

They recorded Lou Reed’s ‘Why Don’t You Smile Now’ before he went on to form The Velvet Underground.

Embraced by Punks in the mid-1970s who recognised their uncompromising spirit.

In the 90s Don and Keith teamed up with Billy Childish and Bruce Brand to form Thee Headcoat Sect Touring extensively and recording two acclaimed LPs.

Don and Keith played together for 60 years. They agreed that, whatever happened to either of them, the group would carry on.

With the loss of Don, in February, Keith, as promised, carries the name Downliners Sect on. This concert is a tribute to the Deerstalker wearing Head man himself, Don Craine.

All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Masonics and Fallen Leaves as long term fans are honoured to play this tribute as guests of The Sect.

Inspired and influenced by Downliners Sect both groups recognise the Sect as pioneers, they just follow.

The Masonics, featuring Bruce Brand of Thee Headcoat Sect, Mickey Hampshire, John Gibbs and Miss Ludella Black are influenced by Chuck Berry, Link Wray, The Sonics, Bo Diddley, Johnny Moped and The Beatles.

The Fallen Leaves, formed from members of Subway Sect and The Chords, are Champions of the Glorious Underachievers . Believing a good idea played badly supersedes a bad idea played well, they play simple songs for complex people. They are Punk Rock For Gentlemen.

“This valve amp, treble-to-the-max rave-up would have had the mid-’60s Who or Pretty Things bricking it backstage at the Embassy Club” Mark Paytress (Mojo)

Tickets are available here https://tickets.halfmoon.co.uk/…/2022-08-21-an…

There’s a great interview with Don Craine here

The Fallen Leaves – Westgarth Social Club Sat 7th May

This Saturday 7th May sees the return of the best live band in Britain.

Hard to believe it’s been over 2 years since The Fallen Leaves played at the Westgarth Social Club. If you’ve seen them before then you’ll know what to expect, if you haven’t then try to imagine a cross between the Who and the Ramones and you’ll be somewhere close.


Simple Songs For Complex People.

Punk Rock For Gentlemen.

No Jeans. No t-shirts. No Cover-Versions.

The Fallen Leaves believe in the DIY Punk ethos.

Song, Sound and Performance are all.

Recordings are live, minimal overdubs.

As the self proclaimed champions of the glorious underachievers The Fallen Leaves ask you to remember … Simple and easy are not the same thing.

Doors are 7:30pm and tickets are here https://tinyurl.com/5y3fe9t5

Support comes from The Girl With The Replaceable Head (featuring ex Go-betweens drummer Lindy Morrison) and @The-Moron-o-Phonics.

Theatre of Hate – Georgian Theatre Stockton Wed April 13th 7pm.

Just over a fortnight until we’re back with a proper full on show in the Georgian Theatre and it’s great that our first normal show will be with Kirk Brandon‘s Theatre Of Hate, a band that have played many times for us at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton and they never dissappoint.

Early doors for this one now due to the addition of Simple Mind’s bassist Derek Forbes to the bill along side Sunderland punksters UK Dissent.

Stage times will be in the event page soon, tickets are available on line here https://tinyurl.com/yc2e66mm or pay a bit more on the door. What ever you do don’t miss out!

Wolfgang Flur – Georgian Theatre 22nd April 2022

Tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/wuj4d54y

Wolfgang Flur was a member of Kraftwerk between 1973 to 1987. A period when they released classic albums such as Autobahn and Trans Europe express. He is the only surviving member of that classic Kraftwerk line-up who is currently making and releasing new music!

After leaving the band Wolfgang joined the band Yamo and has since progressed a solo career both as a DJ and a musician releasing several albums, most recently Eloquence: Complete Works in 2015.

In 2022 Wolfgang announced the release 3 collabaration albums, the first of which is to be released in March this year entitled ‘Magazine 1’ featuring some of the most famous names of synth-pop and electronic dance, past and present.

Featuring Midge Ure (Ultravox), Peter Hook (New Order) and Claudia Brücken (Propaganda), alongside the legendary Techno DJ’s Juan Atkins and Carl Cox and Electro-Pop titans U96, plus appearances by celebrated alternative electronic artists and composers Ramón Amezcua (AKA Bostich)MAPS and Anushka, adding just a frisson of deft contemporary nuance to the proceedings!

Wolfgang’s live shows are a mix of audio and visual representation which draw in the audience who become absorbed into his original music, mixing old and new into a maelstrom of sound.

Goodbye Mr MacKenzie – Cluny Show Rescheduled

The Goodbye Mr MacKenzie show scheduled for February 12th at the Cluny in Newcastle has had to be rescheduled. The show will now take place on Thursday 22nd September 2022. Original tickets remain valid for the new date or refunds can be obtained from the point of purchase.

Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/vatmuu28

The band have issued the following statement:

“We’re sorry to bring more bad news but after consultation with various promoters & our agent all February shows have been postponed. We can’t begin to explain how upsetting this decision was to make after the great feeling surrounding the shows in December. The new dates for England will be announced on Tuesday and the Scottish dates will be announced shortly after that. Of course all tickets are still valid. We hope everyone understands that this is primarily for the health and safety of the venue staff, the band and of course the fans. Stay safe everybody & we WILL see you soon.”