Primordial soup: Andy Warren and Bid went to school together, Lester Square and Adam Ant both attended Hornsey School of Art. The latter two formed a band called “The B-Sides”, which Andy joined sometime in 1976. Bid also joined a couple of months later, and Adam left shortly after. Lester, Andy and Bid occasionally continued to write and rehearse together (it was around this time that some of the songs later to be used by The Monochrome Set were written, e.g., Goodbye Joe, He’s Frank, Puerto-Rican Fence Climber, Lester Leaps In), until Adam formed The Ants with Lester and Andy. Whilst Andy continued on with Adam to record the first Ants album, Lester left The Ants in 1977, to form, firstly The Zarbies & The Ectomorphs with Bid and Jeremy Harrington, and then The Monochrome Set with Bid (Jeremy joined later).
All shows £8 advance or £10 on the door except THE CLASHED which is a free entry show.
Tickets from the venue or on line or message me to buy direct.
First show of the Autumn/Winter schedule sees the return of the Tyneside troubadour Martin Stephenson
Martin is an outstanding singer and songwriter, whose career in music now stretches back over thirty years of critical acclaim and relentless touring.
The Daintees became one of the first bands to sign to the Newcastle based label Kitchenware, releasing a string of albums until disbanding in 1992. Martin has played literally 1000’s of shows, both solo and with the reformed Daintees. This will be his 3rd solo appearance at The Georgian Theatre. Each show is unique, there is no set formula, just great songs mixed with fabulous stories and jokes along side a total engagement with the audience.
Tickets available from the venue and usual on line outlets.
A variety of circumstances mean I’ve not had time to update the site as I’d intended these last few months. Still here though and hopefully over the upcoming weeks there’ll be more content added.
The first Fast Forward show is on October 22nd featuring The Space Agency with support still to be arranged and tickets available from the venue, on line or contact me directly.
Here’s a taster of the band in action in France last month.
Latest confirmed show features Allan Crockford’s other band The Galileo 7. Allan is of course a current member of Graham Day & The Forefathers and has previously been in a who’s who of the so called Medway scene having been in The Prisoners, The Prime Movers, The Solarflares and played along side James Taylor and Billy Childish. Quite some pedigree.
This show is a joint promotion with Good Hip who regularly feature up and coming young bands at their excellent “Get Hip” nights at the Music Lounge in Stockton. Well worth checking out.
Tickets are on sale now for the show which takes place at The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Saturday 8th April with support from Thee Strawberry Mynde.
Latest confirmed show for 2017 is a headline show at The Georgian Theatre featuring the James Taylor Quartet. After The Prisoners split in 1987 James formed the JTQ who quickly became renowned for their live performances and for over 25 years have set the standard in the coolest funky acid jazz.
The show takes place on Friday 17th March 2017 at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton with support from Thee Strawberry Mynde.
More news to follow on this show including a link up with a very popular local music night.
Tickets available now from SEE and the venue.
Support on the Pete Wylie show are a band from Scotland called The Filthy Tongues. Been trying to arrange a show for them since January. Took some getting sorted but they’re going to be here as support to Pete instead of the planned head line show but that one will happen next year now.
Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly were the core-members of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, a stunning live band with Metcalfe resembling the MC of a debauched, vaguely gothic cabaret, which effortlessly churned out pop classics, sinister dark Blues and full-blown stadium-fitting anthems.
The core trio, along with the Mackenzies’ keyboardist and backing singer, Shirley Manson, evolved into Angelfish, ably aided and abetted by Talking Heads and Blondie manager Gary Kurfirst, and quickly established a hardcore following as the band appeared in both the UK national and US College charts. They recorded a well-received album in Connecticut with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth from the Talking Heads, and the video for the single Suffocate Me caught the attention of producer and musician, Steve Marker, who was actively sourcing possible lead singers for a new project he was working on with fellow musician/producers Butch Vig and Duke Erikson. The project was Garbage. Manson was lured from Angelfish to front the nascent Garbage and the rest, as they say, is history.
2016 and The Filthy Tongues are once more back to the original, ever-dependable trio, but working a revolving-door policy featuring various musical and literate contributors and collaborators. The new eight-track album finds The Filthy Tongues in familiar territory – highly literary musings on their hometown of Edinburgh, but also evocative of such celebrated US Deep South scribblers as William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, possibly why Nick Cave and The Bad Seed’s classic Delta-Blues First Born is Dead album comes to mind. But it’s definitely an ‘Edinburgh’ album, a journey through the dark, damp closes and stairwells of the Old Town and all that goes with it. It’s claustrophobic, and menacing with nary a glisten of sunlight, but it’s all the more compelling and captivating for that.
Martin offers this ‘The LP is pleasingly grotty and more than a bit gothic. All based around a dark neo-feudal Edinburgh’.