A free gig, festival additions and a new merch item…

LOADS of announcements here… Please shared & tag your friends so everyone sees it!

First up… OUR AXES SHOW IS FREE ENTRY.

In light of the recent Wiltshire Times article about the future of Town Hall Arts (summery – Victim of their own success, require “35k to survive, 60k to thrive” in funding) we decided that the line up of AXES (multi-nationality & gender) some what reflected the diversity that the Town Hall Arts is all about, and thus have made our event FREE ENTRY in an attempt to fill the venue to bursting with like-minded individuals. 

Re-cap on what the show is all about, Axes are signed to Big Scary Monsters, whose roster has a long and beautiful relationship with performing our shows. The band themselves are an art rock band, with crazy time signatures, structures and dynamics all over the place. Real fun, feel good, dancy, indie rock noise, with silly song titles (Wet Wet Wet Wet or Rainbow Bacon or Fleetwood Math etc).

Support comes from Wiltshire’s own art rock band, Hoggs Bison, who is none other than Tom Mallard from Chippenham’s Riverbank studio. The band have put out their own debut album on vinyl, titled “Aeons” and last year performed at math-festival “Arc Tan Gent”. Following in the footsteps of previous Wiltshire outfit, Thought-Forms, it’s fair to say we have a strong history of producing this sort of quality & long may it continue!

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

ALL ROADS LEAD TO fROME! still… That’s right, Somerset council haven’t changed any of the sign posts around, so indeed all roads do still lead to Frome. 

We, very quietly announced last week that, Scout Killers, All Ears Avow, Drew Bryant, She Makes War & Rob Lynch were added to our line up – In case you missed that announcement, and many of you did, here’s the new again. 

I cannot stress how difficult it was to tie up some of these sought-after acts. Rob Lynch is a slippery salmon, but credit to Rob Dahl for chasing him like some sort of 90s pop fan. He didn’t manage to scare Lynch away, like say, Dan Buckingham would have, and instead agreed to come play instead. 

It’s also with great admiration that we include Scout Killers on the bill. The band recently sold out successively larger shows at Village Pump in Trowbridge, followed by The Nest in Bath. We’re predicting big things for the band, who only inked a deal with American band Soil’s Ryan McCombs management agency & are set to make a further leap when their album is recorded in June, and released later this year. It’s great to see some of our talent breaking out, so do keep a lazy eye on this band. 

I’m tickled pink that Laura She Makes War has also agreed to the gig, joining her friends Barry Dolan aka Non-Canon and Ben Marwood on an already excellent bill. 

Rob & I have been very lucky over the past two years that the bills do get better, fingers crossed this year we’ll beat out previous records. The line up speaks for itself. 

CHUCK HAY TO RETURN.

OK, so you kinda get it by now, Chuck SJ Hay is great. They’ve done some amazing gigs for us, and they’re someone we really believe in. But we can’t simply keep giving the same show over and over, at some point something has to give, so we’ve made the decision to add Chuck to the Justin Sullivan show at The Vic in Swindon. Much like the recent Grace Petrie gig, Chuck will play an early set, which won’t affect the other acts or times. 

Chuck really is someone coming into their own. Confidence seems to grow in the performance and there is a real message there. So far the gigs have managed to turn new people on to their music and things are definitely coming together for this Brighton based artist! A couple of high-profile supports and we could see Chuck develop into a real regular on this circuit. I predict that they’ll be opening Gaz’s Xmas shindig in Bristol in 2019. I’m calling it now. 

OH and one last thing… 

After recently seeing some wicked enamel pin badges, I’ve decided to produce some Sheer ones. Very simply, they say “Sheer Music est 2004” round the outside, and #GigFamily on the inside & will look amazing! Rob Escott (who does most of our posters) is mocking us up a design (when he get 5 minutes for my slave driving…) 

I did hope they would be ready in time for the Axes show, but alas the turn around is 4 weeks, so I’m way out. However, they will be beautiful and a perfect summery of what we’re about – a big family of gig lovers and friends. Defying age, gender, religious or sexual barriers, live music and our shows are joyous spaces where we come together to have fun together & I can’t think of anything more beautiful than that. So this is a pin badge to celebrate that! 

You invented the #HashTag, I just ran with it! 

So there you have it – big update……. 

SEE YOU ALL AT THE AXES SHOW & don’t forget to pick up tickets for All Roads Lead To Frome (please!) 

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Tim Wheeler in Marlborough, Jimmy Moore in Devizes

Sound Knowledge (the guys we did the Computers show co-pro with earlier this year) are proud to announce that TIM WHEELER from ASH will be promoting his début solo album by performing a FREE ENTRY gig, Monday night at the Azuza Cafe in Marlborough. 

Doors are 6.30 with the performance scheduled for 7pm. Entry is free, but if you intend to buy the album, please, please buy it from Sound Knowledge that evening (there will be plenty of copies) and you will have an opportunity to meet and great Tim and get your copy signed after his performance. Check out the Facebook page >HERE<

This is the second time Tim has been in Wiltshire for acoustic sessions, after Ash premièred their fifth studio album, Twilight Of The Innocents, in 2007, also at Sound Knowledge.

We were also at that performance and it was intimate. I drove our lot up from Devizes and forced them to listen to the first album from electro-poppers Oppenheimer, of which Tim featured on the track Orchid. I wore my Jetplane Landing t-shirt and despite being 24 I totally fan-boyed at Tim saying I had a cool shirt. 

If I’m being completely honest, it was a calculated move. I knew he would know them, as Jetplane Landings front man Andrew Ferris is the CEO of Small Town America, the label who put out the Oppenheimer album. Cynical? Perhaps, but I meant it sincerely. 

If I wanted to do that again, I’d wear an Emperor Yes! t-shirt on Monday, as Ash Gardiner from Emperor Yes! has done some recording work with Ash, and performed for me in Swindon recently, but I think once is enough. 

Needless to say, it’s going to be a really cool, busy affair – Kudos for Sound Knowledge for maintaining an enviable level of high profile acts coming to their store. This really is something to consider and support in the Wiltshire music scene. 

WE continue with regular live music at The Lamb in Devizes this Friday too, with Swindon’s Jimmy Moore, popping through as part of his “Good Times” South West tour. Support comes from Jack Moore and recent, impressive débutante Blossom Bowes. I believe entry is £2 / a donation to Jimmy and doors will be 8pm. 

Check out that events Facepage >HERE<.

AND finally…. Listen to this kick ass version of Jack Moore’s song, I Capsize from his Soundcloud.

 

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So Beard Yet So Far

Another year, and another climatic end to our live music programme at The Lamb in Devizes. The shows are coming thick and fast now, with the dust barely settled after Dave McPherson announced that “Devizes was his favourite” (*shucks* bet you say that at all your shows Dave) we have another international jet setter in the shape of Swedish pop act, LAST BOX OF SPARKLERS.Last Box Of Sparklers is a pop act led by former Flaming Moes front man, Erik Gunnar Nyberg. He put the fast paced pop songs to rest in his previous outfit to craft a slower, more pronounced version of indie pop. Still with one foot in the Swedish melodic language but now with more attention paid to the production detail than before, has resulted in 4 EPs, one album and a recent double sided single “Cat Power Girl / GROWL ! ! !” (You can listen to one side of the single, below.) 
Erik has recently started to perform live, usually with just his voice and his Squire Jaguar guitar, Devizes will be the lead show on his 10 date southern UK tour, titled “So Beard Yet So Far”  – We are humbled and honoured to host this very special performer. 
Heading out in the road with Erik, is one of Wiltshire’s finest men. Shaun Buswell will already be familiar to the Devizes folk, after his fine performance supporting Chris T-T at The Lamb, around this time last year. Not to mention the first ever live music performance at St Marys Arts Centre back in March of this year. 
Shaun is a self confessed musician, comedian, radio DJ and challenger. You can also add in acting “extra” after moonlighting in recent TV programmes including an episode of Dr Who recently.
His shows vary from solo-man-with-a-guitar to a 70 piece band and symphony orchestra. Playing folk, orchestral and indie music, Shaun has managed plays on MTV, VH1, XFM & BBC, been Amazon’s #1 in their “Hot 100” and had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, along with completing 4 successful UK tours. If all that was not enough he also completed his Underground Orchestra Challenge and found time to do it again with the Edinburgh Fringe Orchestra Challenge. Relentless. PHEW.
Opening the night will be TAMSIN QUIN. A regular performer in Wiltshire, Tamsin is signed to Swindon label, Secret Chord Records, having released an EP earlier this year. Her history of gigs is envious to say the least as she goes from strength to strength with each successive support slot.

Capable of selling out the Lamb as a head liner, Tamsin is equally confident at opening a bill, knowing that her song craft and performance is enough to make others raise their game. This is an exceptionally strong bill of live music that you’re every likely to see and no where willl you see it FOR FREE like you do at The Lamb in Devizes.

Friday 7th November
@ The Lamb, Devizes.

16+
Free Entry.
Doors 8pm.
8.45 – 9.15 – Tamsin Quin
9.30 – 10 – Last Box Of Sparklers
10.15 – 11pm – SHUAN BUSWELL
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Do you play an orchestral instrument OR do you know anyone who does? This is a rare opportunity to be involved with musical experiment, much larger than the sum of it’s parts. Shaun is once again challenging himself to form a form of orchestra. You can read about that 
BUT if we happen to have piqued your interest, you’re actively encouraged to come to Shaun’s performance Friday and JOIN IN! Please follow the link above and contact Shaun, and help make this musical performance even more special than it already going to be!
Kieran J Moore 
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The Lamb is getting a facelift

Eek! The once humble, Parisian style mood of the venue is being given a facelift this week by Jonn King – He has already completed the stairwell, hall and downstairs toilets, while the main work in the function room comes next week – sneak pics below!

BUT DON’T PANIC the front bar, main toilets and smoking area / garden remain unchanged.

The function room looks set to lose it’s oddly shaped tables and random assortment of chairs, for a more uniform layout. The new lick of paint was certainly needed and I hope give a cleaner impression!

I’ll also have this ace little booth to store my kit in, and look dead professional and what not to stand behind. The first show AFTER the work looks set to be Friday 9th May, the Devizes Festival acoustic showcase, which features Barney Goodall among others! >check that out here<

You’ll all get the chance to see what work has been done TOMORROW evening, when Gaz Brookfield comes to town. Free entry from 8pm.

In other news, we have a massive show to announce Friday, so please keep your eyes peeled in the usual spaces. And a big shout out to Gnarwolves who have been upgraded to the main stage at this years Reading Festival, well done lads.

The Lamb Stairwell

 

Stairwell (leading into function room)

 

The Lamb downstairs toilet

 

The downstairs / wheelchair toilet

Sheer Music receives Civic Award.

Most of you will already know, so I had better make haste and mention it for everyone else, to avoid being accused of banging on about it. Last Tuesday, I received a letter from count. Elanor Oddy of Devizes TC, informing me of being nominated and awarded a Civic Award for “Services for the People”. 

This was a nomination made by a local musician and friend, Tim Henley, who wanted to recognise the 10 years of effort, put into organising, promoting and raising the profile of the Devizes Music scene. 

This came as a surprise, as I can only vaguely remember the concept of Civic awards and wasn’t really something that was at all on my radar. Still needless to say, it’s a great opportunity to once again raise the profile of local live music in Devizes and what we do, to a much wider group of people.

I’ll be gladly accepting this award, in the spirit in which it is given, at a Mayoral drinks evening on Thursday 24th April in  the Town Hall in St Johns Street at 6.45pm. Anyone wishing to come and witness this municipal event are welcome to, though directly after the reception there will be a coincidentally timed gig by GAZ BROOKFIELD in The Lamb, directly opposite, which is where the real party will be happening! 

So please come, drink and be merry – Let’s start celebrating The Lamb, and Sally King. Say thanks to Tim for the nomination in the first place, welcome back Gaz Brookfield and a string of excellent supports and continue ploughing this furrow, which has now become my life. 

Yesterday Chris Palmer said to me, “in 20 years time, you’ll be running this town (culturally)”. I’d like to think in 20 years I’d be returning to this town, but in any event, Devizes has singularly been the most consistent and interesting musical place in Wiltshire for a decade. And for that all I can thank, is you. 

Check out this Thursdays Gazette & Herald for an article about it, a picture taken by our one time dedicated photographer, Vicky Scipio, some ramshackle answers from me and a preview of the Gaz Brookfield gig! AND remember to pick up a copy of CRAMMER our local fanzine on Music & the Arts from Devizes Books. 

Devizes festival Battle Of The Bands

For the 7th year running, I will be presenting the Devizes Festival Showcase event, where we get the best up and coming acts in the area, and whack them all in the Corn Exchange, across multiple stages. This year however, I am handing over the organising, booking and running duties to the excellent ABE JUGGINS, who has been on of the best, most reliable promoters in the area for some time. 

We are super excited to announce that this years Showcase event will be a 3 stage affair, and FREE ENTRY. 

The top floor of the venue will be curated by me, via THE LAMB. The main hall stage head lined by our much loved, and well know Marlborough guests, THE VOOZ, which is sponsored by THE WAREHOUSE STUDIOSWhile in the basement, curated by Abe Juggins and sponsored by DNA we have guest head liners, BAND HEADCOUNT

The way the stages and battle works out, is fairly straight forward. Abe is running a clutch of shows throughout Fridays in May at The Bell By The Green. Each show will be booked with 4 or 5 new bands from in and around the area. If you wish to play any of these gigs, drop Abe Juggins a message.

Each heat, gives one “audience voted”, band to the final at the Corn Exchange on Friday 13th June, with the rest of the bill being hand picked from bands who have played our various gigs for the past 6 months. 

We basically want a good quality, entertaining line up, which you have some say over as a participating audience member!

You can find out everything else, including line ups etc over on Facebook (obviously…) facebook.com/events/729852800379732/

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Chap Hop comes to Devizes!

BOOM! Not one but TWO Chap Hop superstar shows are coming to Devizes over the summer. 

For those uninitiated of you, Chap Hop is the bizarre, unexpectedly excellent marring of the Queens English and Hip Hop. Imagine George Formby meets The Sugarhill Gang. 

One of the creators of the scene, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, will be performing at Devizes Town Hall, on Saturday 21st June as part of Devizes Fringe Festival, a free entry event that will require a ticket. Those tickets will be available from WeGotTickets in May. 

To follow up this foray into uncharted Hip Hop musical landscapes (in Devizes at any rate) will be the equally excellent, Professor Elemental, who will be performing at St Mary’s Arts Centre on Saturday 19th July. Tickets available from WeGotTickets, priced £9 now.  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/263296#.UxOGeuN_vE0

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No end to the quality live entertainment in Devizes!

I hate to boast, but Devizes is a truly great place to be entertained right now! There seems to be no end of quality live performances on offer!

FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY, will see Sheer Music’s first ever foray into uncharted blues territory, when Plymouth based “one man, blues trio” Thomas Ford comes to town. We wouldn’t normally go any where near the blues, what with having one of the finest promoters around in Ian Hopkins and his established venue The Long Street Blues Club, but this guy is so good, we had to take the risk. Prepare to be impressed!

You can read all about this guy in today’s (Thursday 27th) Gazette & Herald via the What’s On section, or check out on all the usual social media. (links on the Gigs tab, to your right!).

 Thomas will be performing in the front bar at The Lamb, in St Johns Street – We’re expecting a full house, to get in before 9pm to nab a good spot!

Oh, and did I mention entry is FREE?? Golly we are good to you! 

“The rising star of British blues” (www.rootscd.com)

http://www.thomasfordblues.com/

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10 – 10.45 – 2nd Set