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Spear Of Destiny 1st May at The Westgarth

Going to be a good night at The Westgarth on Wednesday. Doors are 7:30, The are on at 8:15 and Spear Of Destiny at 9:30.
Advance tickets are £15 and will be £18 on the door. I’ll accept paypal payments at the cheaper advance price right up until 7:30 or I’ll be at the venue from around 5 if anyone wants to pop in and get them before doors open. No booking fees when using paypal via this link.

Next Shows

Two shows coming up early next month – just in time for pay day and the bank holiday weekend. You can get tickets at the venue behind the bar or on line from SEE etc but the best way is to buy direct from me using the Paypal link and then there’s absolutely no fees or booking charges and free postage. Advance tickets are £15 (SOD) and £8.50 (FT) It’s more on the door so get in touch!

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Kitty Daisy & Lewis

Kitty Daisy & Lewis play The Georgian Theatre in Stockton on Saturday 8th June with doors at 8pm. Tickets are available from the venue and on line at SEE Tickets here

It’s hard to believe that Kitty Daisy and Lewis have been around so long and yet are still so young. They initially broke through in 2006 when their second single “Mean Son Of A Gun” was released.

The trio of siblings, from a musical family – dad, Graeme Durham, an engineer at London’s Exchange studio, mum, Ingrid Weiss, the former drummer in post punk band  “The Raincoats” – have have now released 4 albums, the most latest being 2018’s “Superscope” a sparkling analogue production, recorded in their vintage studio in Camden Town.

Described as “a gift to those of us who still believe in magic,” London sisters & brother Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Durham are an extraordinary trio of songwriters who can play any instrument they lay their hands on.


Photo By Jackson Lavell-Lee

They are often pigeon holed with the retro tag, but Superscope is no genre exercise. Yes, they are proud of their influences – R&B, blues, funk, jazz and soul – but their music is cast in their own image. “There’s no nostalgia, no recreation of past eras,” says Daisy. “It’s a mixture of all of our minds, a real melting pot.”

Superscope continues to harness their ability to create pop infused soul, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and more, mixing up genres to perfection emerging with their musical armoury. The first fruits from the band’s studio session arrived in the shape of the single “Down On My Knees”, a high octane burst of infectious glam tinged rock ‘n’ roll, an impressive introduction to the album.

Starting out young, they have inspired audiences and gathered an impressive fan base from Amy Winehouse to David Lynch. Each rotating on different instruments with a live set that includes punk-infused pop, R&B, jazz, soul, blues, ska, country, rock ‘n’ roll and more, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis mix up genres to perfection!

Kitty Daisy & Lewis tickets available from SEE Tickets and other on line outlets.

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Filthy Tongues – A Potted History

Goodbye Mr MacKenzie were a Scottish group that formed in the Eighties and built up a name for themselves after releasing a great debut album entitled “Good Deeds And Dirty Rags” and the classic “The Rattler” single.

Sadly the band never made the breakthrough they deserved and the core trio of Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly along side Shirley Manson formed a new band entitled Angelfish to run con currently alongside Goodbye Mr MacKenzie.

Angelfish were short lived. Despite a minor hit with a track entitle “Suffocate Me” Manson soon left to join a band the renowned American promoter Butch Vig was putting together entitled Garbage – the rest is history.

The remaining trio were joined by American singer Stacey Chavis to form “Isa & The Filthy Tongues”.  The band released 2 fine albums and contributed several songs to the New Town Killers film sound track. The film was directed by “Skids” vocalist Richard Jobson, in the years to come Metcalfe would find himself working along side Jobson and contributing to the “Burning Cities” album which  the returning Skids released in 2018.

“Isa & The Filthy Tongues” faded away but in 2014 some new tracks attributed to “The Filthy Tongues” appeared along side a book of poetry produced by Metcalfe and the writer Paul Hullah.

Then in 2016 came the album “Jacobs Ladder”

“Jacobs Ladder” received rave reviews across the music press with comparisons made to the work of Nick Cave. A distinctive album capturing the tone of Edinburgh’s seething under belly.

‘A vivid and visceral exploration of Edinburgh’s underbelly that recalls Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at their most intense.’
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‘Easily one of the albums of the year…it’s an enthralling ride’

The band have played a number of shows,  with prestigious support slots to the likes of Brix & The Extricated, Pete Wylie and The Skids as well as head line shows across the UK.

In 2018 the follow up album “Back To Hell” was released again to great press reviews.

‘This is part of a planned trilogy and is a riveting, driving follow-up. If there’s a more exciting band currently playing north of the border, I’ve yet to hear them.

If indeed “Back To Hell” is the second part of a triptych then we eagerly await the release of the next album.

In the mean time The Filthy Tongues continue to play live and return to Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club on Friday May 3rd. Tickets available here

The story also turns full circle with Metcalfe, Wilson and Kelly now bringing Goodbye Mr Mackenzie back to life and playing a series of quickly sold out shows – but more on that later!