Grace Petrie plays legendary local folk club

Well lap my poons, I thought I had formally told you all about Grace Petrie coming to town but I was talking a load of rubbish. 

SO RE-CAP, Grace Petrie spent 2017 mostly touring with Billy Bragg playing weeeally big venues, before heading off on a Autumn / Winter jaunt with comedian Josie Long called “A Very Lefty Xmas” and releasing her latest album “Heart First Aid Kit” 

Reigning from Leicester, I cannot help but make the link that after the cities football club won the Premier league, she continued the cities success and took it on the road. 

Very political Grace is perhaps further left or more vocal than Chris T-T. Musically she pitches somewhere around the inevitable comparison to tour mate Billy Bragg, but with the early Billy fire in her belly. I’d say, if you didn’t know her, but were a fan of Chuck SJ Hay who regularly plays for us, then you’d be in safe company with Grace. If you’re into your political folk, then Robb Johnson is your other obvious comparison. Oh & she’s a staunch Labour support, advocate & activist, so, want to hear a voice of a movement, then look no further. 

Now, since booking this show & sticking it on sale, Sheer & #GigFam favourite Gaz Brookfield has also added her to his usual Xmas Bristol gig party, this year being held at SWX. So, as per, we are slap bang in the centre of our scene. 

Grace is also a natural fit for the venues regular identity. Trowbridge Village Pump Folk club regularly hosts Grace’s peers and contemporaries. It’s unusual for us to veer so close to what they do, as I don’t like to step on their toes, but I felt confident that Grace was closely linked enough to our scene as it to not be an issue & they’ve come out in full support of our gig, so I’d like to expend my thanks to them. 

She even once did a Channel 4, Random Acts video, I’ll leave that with you here…

Now, with a run down of our headliner, let’s quickly look at the support – Jim Lockey

Jim is the same Jim from Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun. Jim & Sheer go waaaaaayyyy back to like 2004 or 5 or something. Jim has played countless shows for us, his album “Songs About Death” is a solid gold scene classic and he’s the most performed artist at 2000 Trees Festival. His shows at the forest sessions are legendary. 

For an idea of what he sounds like, here’s his cover of Bright Eyes “Landlocked Blues” still a firm favourite of mine.

I haven’t yet cleared it…. but opening the show will be non other than another Gaz linked act, and someone I’m very fond of, Chuck SJ Hay. I believe they now go by the stage name SJ Hay. Go follow & them on Instagram, and like, root about – That’s part of the fun isn’t it, discovering acts & stuff??

Friday 25th May 2018
@ The Village Pump, Trowbridge 
Doors 8pm. 
8.30 – 9 – Chuck SJ Hay
9.15 – 9.45 – Jim Lockey
10 – 11.15 – Grace Petrie
16+
Tickets £8 adv from WeGotTickets, or £10 otd. 

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Gaz Brookfield makes his Trowbridge debut…

That doesn’t seem right, does it? Gaz Brookfield the self proclaimed “land pirate” who has toured (probably) every town in our fair isle, and was based in Wiltshire for a decade or so, has yet to make an appearance in our county town?!?!

Yet my fellow compadres this is the case. Gaz has never performed in Trowbridge. Never at the Village Pump, or Stallards or even the White Hart. So now on his 5th studio album, his never-ending tour finally rolls into Trowbridge at the Town Hall Arts. Bypassing the usual pup gig entry level show you have to do when visiting a new town, Gaz jumps straight to the top of the pile, in what is arguably our nicest small venue. 

Previously in this room we’ve hosted Chris T-T, Mark Morriss, Professor Elemental and coming up we have Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, Axes and Levellers front man, Mark Chadwick – who has previously personally invited Gaz to tour with him, so we’re very much becoming a member of that scene and establishing Town Hall Arts as a venue of choice for these sorts of artists and shows. 

As you would expect, tickets have been strong for this gig, despite it being on the unlucky day of Friday the 13th. 

You can still pick up cheap advance tickets over at WeGotTickets – We’ve seen the pre-sales and I am delighted that I know so few of them – This is going to be a totally new crowd to Sheer, to our shows and what we do, in an amazing venue and space, with amazing support in the shape of Chuck SJ Hay.

Chuck has played for us only a handful of times, but they’re an absolute talent. We haven’t seen anyone play acoustic guitar  quite so aggressively since Oxygen Thief. They’ll play a lot of angry protest songs, about gender, equality and society at large. 

to recap:

Friday 13th April 2018
Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge
Doors 8pm.
8.45 – 9.15 – Chuck SJ Hay
9.30 – 10.30 – GAZ BROOKFIELD
14+

Tickets £8 adv. £10 otd. 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ORIGINAL LIVE MUSIC – This is just the beginning Trowbridge, please get involved now.

Sheer Music Present… MARK CHADWICK (The Levellers) solo.

Sheesh, us right? Not content with Frank Turner or Ginger Wildheart, we’re now gunning for Mark Chadwick. 

It’s fair to say we’re in the best form we’ve been in, over the past 14 years. It’s been an amazing year, and will only improve by the end of 2018. 

So how did this come about? My friend Rob Talbot told me he was putting him on only last Friday, in Glastonbury in October. Not only a few days later did I receive an email looking for regional shows on route. I asked Rob if it would be OK, and he very graciously said it would be. Trowbridge is far enough away from Glastonbury as to not affect his show, and we’re very strict on there being only 100 tickets (Rob’s has 300) 

So, I have a very intimate show with the Levellers frontman, playing all the classic songs, in a very limited space. This is a hot ticket, please grab them why you can!

Official Bio: 

One of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick, has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of the Levellers, the band he has fronted for over 25 years. Still going strong, the Levellers are festival favourites and have cemented their cherished status with headline performances  at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival and Boomtown and many European and UK events and in 2003 they successfully created their own annual Beautiful Days Festival which takes place in August at Escot Park in Devon.
During this time Mark has released two solo albums ‘All the Pieces’ and ‘Moment’ and his upfront and personal solo performance will see him play a mixture of material from these albums and Levellers classics. Be warned, Mark will have you up dancing!

Support comes from Phil Cooper. Phil is on his 2nd album tour cycle, (being launched in Trowbridge on April 6th & 7th!) and recently shared a post on Facebook about his top 10 albums. One was Mansun, which Phil & I had been swooning over frontman Paul Draper’s solo shows in the past year, so seeing Phil share a Levellers album, I couldn’t type a message quick enough offering him the support. What’s not to like, offering a mate a show he’d love?? 

Oh, and Phil is local and great – His 2nd album is a career high, and he should be rightly proud. 

TICKETS will be priced at a paltry £15 in advance, which we expect to sell out quite quickly. However, in the event there are some available on the door they will be more expensive, let’s say £20. 

Friday 19th October 2018
@ Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge.
£15 adv / £20 otd.
Doors 8pm.
8.45 – 9.15 – Phil Cooper
9.30 – 10.30 – MARK CHADWICK (solo) 
16+. 

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/434715 

AXES hit the road, and visit Trowbridge

That’s right, this Big Scary Monsters signed, art-rock, noise & rhythm London based 4 piece, featuring an Iranian and a Viking, announce a brief whistle stop tour of the UK, AND stream new material via, Feckingbahamas.com.

Once again I am over the frickin’ moon that we’ve managed to get a band of this calibre to Wiltshire. It feels even better to say County Town of Wiltshire AND the number #1 Most Up-and-Coming-place-to-live. Obviously because of all the cool shows. Natch. 

AXES are the embodiment of fun. Furiously fast guitar work, bouncy fun rhythms and just a glorious cacophony of noise. Their last album, “Glory” says it all. On the cover they’ll all riding horseback. Horseback. I’ve run out of superlatives. They’re great if you like loud fun music. 

https://weareaxes.bandcamp.com  /  http://www.weareaxes.com

Support for the show will be Bristol / Chippenham / area poly-rhythm band, HOGGS BISON

You’ll remember them for their support slot to Alpha Male Tea Party at the Village Pump last August as a warm up to ArcTanGent, apt then this show is a warm up tp math festival Portals then. 

Their debut album “Aeons” was marvellous and I’m proud as hell that we have musicians like this, following in the steps of Thought-Forms to showcase Wiltshire as a hotbed of experimental music. 

Tickets for the show are available through TicketSource, WeGottickets or direct from Town Hall Arts

Doors 8pm.
Friday 15th June 2018
Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge
8.45 – 9.15 – Hoggs Bison
9.30 – 10.30 – AXES.

16+. 

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Tellison announce tour & Trowbridge date

 

Greeting pop pickers, today I have pleasure of sharing with you the Tellison mini-tour, poster and live audio of the last time we worked with them.

For those who don’t know, Tellison are a BSM / Alcopop!, 4 piece band from London. Ploughing an indie-rock furrow, with choruses designed at gang chanting, that has received such plaudits as “a wonderful sense of hope, regret and youthful abandon” – KERRANG!, “This band deserve your love” – Rock Sound and “Tellison deserve to rule the world.” – The Fly. 

We’ve loved Tellison for some time now, having caught them on Kevin Devine’s full band tour a few years ago. In fact for the Alcopop! 10 Year Anniversary show, Gareth Nichols and I mixed & recorded their entire set, you can hear a track on the Sheer Soundcloud.

Tellison open this brief tour in Trowbridge at the Village Pump. Possibly our most ambitious show in such a small venue. (Well, we did do Alpha Male Tea Party there, so perhaps not!). The tour also includes a show at Manchester’s Punk Festival, that’s also set to include Tom Aylott, so we felt it appropriate to invite Tom to open the show. 

It’s also our first Trowbridge co-pro with our brother-from-another-mother, Hit Or Miss Pomotions aka Mr Rob Dahl aka Mr Cheese & Grain aka The Daddio, friend of all the popstars!

Tickets are available through our usual provider, WeGotTickets here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/429484

Sheer Music & Hit Or Miss Present…
Thursday 19th April 2018
@ Village Pump, Trowbridge
Doors 8pm.
8.30 – 9 – Tom Aylott
9.15 – 9.45 – Stay Voiceless
10 – 11pm – Tellison.

14+ // £7 adv 

Tellison Poster - All dates

Sheer Music Presents… Dave McPherson

Waaayyyy Haaayyyy it’s that time of year again!

We like to have Dave McPherson at least once a year, and shortly after our Turner show in January, we open our Trowbridge account for the year by having the InMe front man headline the coolest little slice of venue in town. 

Last time Dave played for us was in this very venue, supported by the wonderful Oxygen Thief. We have plans for Barry to return in March, so there will not be a repeat of a line up. Instead we’re welcoming Ravetank over from Bath for the first time and Heartwork over from Wales. Heartwork seems to be going from strength to strength, so fingers crossed 2018 will be an even bigger year for him. 

What a banger of a line up that is, if I do say so myself. 

We’d really love you to come hang out with us at this show to further strengthen the affinity between Dave and Sheer, as we really want to book InMe this year too, so like…. come show him some love!! 

Luckily Dave has never played either a quiet show or a bad show for us, hence the friendship we share, but putting it out there that we want to push on and bring in the big one, can’t be a bad thing. 

So, what do you need to know?

Friday 9th February 2018
@ The Village Pump, Trowbridge (aka The Lamb)
Doors 8pm. 
8.45 – 9.15 – Ravetank 
9.30 – 10 – Heartwork
10.5 – fin. – DAVE McPHERSON. 

Tickets £5 adv. or £7 otd.
WeGotTickets – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/423768 

Normal rules apply, we like our shows to be inclusive and open to the next generation of live music fans, as such, if you’re 14+ you’re welcome to attend – just don’t go trying to lig! Oh and The Lamb in Trowbridge aka the Village Pump has excellent Wheelchair entry, so, roll up without fear.

Sad Song Co. returns to Wiltshire.

No sooner has the dust settled after Frank Turner announced his Level III show in Swindon, another member of the band is announcing their Wiltshire return. Cue Nigel Powell aka Sad Song Co and quite possibly the nicest drummer we’ve ever met (we’re still holding out on meeting Dave Grohl one day…) rocking up at The Lamb in Devizes on February 16th.

Nigel is the former drummer in 90’s rock band, the Unbelievable Truth, 00’s Noiseniks Dive Dive and most recently seen at the stool in the Sleeping Souls (who need little introduction here.) (Note: those with really long memories will remember Nigel dragging his drum kit into the crowd when Dive Dive tore Devizes apart on their debut album tour…)

You may also remember that Nigel played as Sad Song Co in Chippenham last year at Old Road Tavern, which was a lovely show and came with some excellent supports (Non Canon & Mike Barham). The attendance was excellent and the show just fantastic.

This 4th solo album “Worth” was recorded by Graeme Stewart (Radiohead) and mixed by Chris Kasych (Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young etc) which is due for release the same week as this gig & tour, so  you can guarantee that for a brief period, all eyes will be on Nigel from our scene! And if like me you’re pining for Chris T-T *still* rest easy, as Chris provided lyrics for the album. I won’t ruin which track, just see if you can figure it out.

OK, so tickets for the show are available from WeGotTickets priced £6.50 adv. £7.50 otd, and this venue is 14+.

Doors 8pm.
8.45 – 9 –
9.15 – 9.45 –
10 – 10.45 – Sad Song Co.

Trowbridge Arts Centre residency announced

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