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HAIRSPRAY — The Magna Carta Arts Centre

The successful Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY — with music by Marc Shaiman, the lyrics of Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan — came to the Magna Carta Arts Centre this week.

It was presented by The Performance Academy. The dance school that was established more than 35 years ago as the Lynne Davis dance school. In 2001, Lynne’s daughter, Annelly [James] took over the school and it became officially known as “The Performance Academy.” The show was directed by the talented local actor TJ Lloyd with lighting by Andy James, sound by Dave Gates and stage management by Nigel Martin.

We saw the show at the exceptional Magna Carta theater on Thursday.

The story follows the curvy teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, and is based on the true history of the “Buddy Deane Show” broadcast by WJZ-TV Baltimore, and taken off-air mid-season due to problems relating to integrating black and white dancers. The theatrical show addresses issues of size and racism, as well as focusing on the love-life of adolescents and living in the big city in the 1960s.

Liezel Abrahams played the upbeat, pollyannaish principal female Tracey with style and gusto. The drag-role of mother Edna was played by George Hedges in the show we saw, and we thought George perfectly captured the part’s self-effacing and diffident nature. Callum Reynolds as the optimistic joke-store Dad/Husband was also noteworthy.

With an ensemble of more than forty talented showsters, often all on stage at the same time, this presentation was a hugely exciting event from start to finish. The cast handled the numbers with aplomb, style and spirit.

impressive drama, extravagant costumes, enthusiastic dances & sincere vocal performances…

Villainess Velma (played by Neve Crossley) and daughter Amber (played by the Cilla-esque Fay Etson on Thursday) had some of the most ambitious songs to perform … but they pulled them off successfully. Aaron Hutton — wearing his Dad’s drapes & drainpipes as Corny Collins and Daniel Hann (Link Larkin) played the dapper male heart-throbs.

Worthy of special mention were: the the mega-talented and much-in-demand Helen Roper (who played by Penny Pingleton in the show we saw on Thursday with dynamic and zippy energy.) We were also captivated by the prepossessing Kola-Olukotan girls: Aliyyah (Motormouth) Ameerah (a member of the singing group “The Dynamites” alongside Leah Warmington and Katerina Saragoudas) and little dancer  Aishah (ensemble).

The show was full of impressive drama, extravagant costumes, enthusiastic dances and sincere vocal performances.

The Magna Carta Hairspray Show was exhilarating from start to finish with enthusiastic support from all … and let’s not forget: You can’t stop the beat once it starts!

Tickets are still available for Hairspray The Broadway Musical at the Magna Carta Arts Centre Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February (inc matinée on Sat.)

Bez and Domino Bones with Garage Flowers

Bez at Firestation Windsor

Bez and Domino Bones + Garage Flowers

The Firestation Arts Centre

St Leonards Road Windsor SL4 3BL
February 05   8:00p

Ignition! In Association with muhead.com returns for 2010 after a year and a half of bringing the very best in bands you may know and bands you certainly don’t!

And what a way to kick off the new season, an appearance by the living legend that is …Bez!

Mark Berry, better known to millions as ‘Bez’ was the figurehead for a generation,as the freaky dancing, maraca playing mascot to seminal Salford band and ‘Madchester’ legends The Happy Mondays.

Bez’s life and career have more ups and downs than most, from bankruptcy to winning celebrity Big Brother, to reforming the Mondays to best selling author. His autobiography ‘Freaky Dancing’ has become a modern day classic, charting his unbelievable life and times, with terrifyingly funny anecdotes of his chemical excesses.

Bez is now back in the public eye having formed a new band Domino Bones taking on the role of ‘Lead Ranting Preacher, Tambourine and Freaky Dancing’ and is joined by the considerable talents of Monica Ward on lead vocals, Winker (ex-Bodnies) on Bass, Simon Moore (of Ian Brown and Stone Roses fame) and the fantastic Wags (former band member of Happy Mondays and Black Grape) on guitars.

Formed around a camp fire in Joe strummer’s back garden! Bez and Domino Bones last single/video for “Rattle’ was supported by MTV2 and VH2. Their manic stage show has seen them storm the most prestigious festivals and support slots, including: Glastonbury, K-festival, D-Percussion, Get Loaded and they were also support to Ian Brown on his recent tour.

Soulful, Rock n’Roll, Reggae, Funk and Baggy all fall into the mix, along with an explosive live show, Bez and Domino Bones are a sheer hedonistic joy of a band…

Support comes from Reading based Indie upstarts ‘Garage Flowers’, hipness, attitude and swagger combine with a ear for a tune to make a formidable live force..

The Firestation Arts Centre

St Leonards Road Windsor SL4 3BL
February 05   8:00p

Bez and Domino Bones + Garage Flowers





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‘Jam’ with everything – Guildford


Jam DRC (The Jam Tribute)
Jan 10 2009      8:00P The Boileroom     Guildford. Surrey

Jam DRC is the foremost Jam covers band and this week you have a chance to catch the band at Guildford.

A mutual love for The Jam is the driving force behind The Jam DRC. Named after the 5CD box set, which gathers together pretty much everything the Jam ever recorded, The Jam DRC are Jam fans playing Jam songs.



The Boileroom, 13 Stokefields, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LS





10 Jan 7:00 Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor – The Tripwires

You know MONKEYSUIT for their outstanding events at The Oakford Social Club and so we are very happy to have them nearby at WINDSOR

The Monekysuit headliners have yet to be confirmed but Tripwires and The Good Natured are all on board, as are Monkeysuit’s resident DJ’s DJ Mark Is Egg and The Plundercats, so pretty convinced this is going to smash it!


http://www. myspace. com/monkeysuitmusic

http://www. myspace. com/tripwires

http://www. myspace. com/thegoodnatured

Tickets £5 (all ages) and more info from http://www. firestationartscentre. com


Classic Rock, Funk and Soul –  Windsor

Double JD


Double JD are one of the premier covers bands in the south of England. Too many bands play what they want to play – they play what you want to hear! Their brand of high energy Rock, Soul, Funk and Blues covers will have you singing and dancing from the start.

You can’t beat variety. These boys will ensure that you will never be more than a song or two away from one you know and love. How many bands play Wilson Picket, then Elvis? Or Cream then Stevie Wonder? They will want you to have a good time and to do that, they will keep the set fresh, upbeat, dancable and full of huge sing-alongs.

If you miss ’em at Windsor – try to catch ’em here:

Fri 23 Jan – The Stag, Farnham Common 9:00P

Sat 7 Feb  – Wooburn Club, Wooburn Green 9:00P

Sat 28 Feb – The Walnut Tree, Bourne End 9:00P

Sat 28 Mar – The Horns, Watford 8:00P

Fri 10 Apr – The Stag, Farnham Common 9:00P




Local Indie Rock Legends – in Windsor


with fiN

Old Ticket Hall – Windsor
01753 854554

Audio.Video.Disco. are a new breath of fresh air to the indie, pop genre, not afraid of writing catchy melodies and annoyingly difficult to pigeon-hole, they are a cut-above the norm.Formed mid-way through 2007 when duo Matt O’Daly and Richard Berkshire moved away from their acoustic roots and decided to start a proper band. In stepped Adam Linton (bass) and Tom Smith (drums). The line-up was complete.

Now having already played alongside Alphabeat, a set at the illustrious Clapham Grand and a headline show at the Astoria 2, this band have already attracted the attention of producer/engineer Phil English. The band recorded their current EP at
Phil’s Alexander Sound Studio in Milton Keynes.

Their EP launch was a huge sell out success and the band sold more tickets than when Hard-Fi played the same venue. Now with a solid fan base built up over the past year the band are set to make some serious waves amongst the current crop of bands coming out of the West-London area.are a new breath of fresh air to the indie, pop genre, not afraid of writing catchy melodies and annoyingly difficult to pigeon-hole, they are a cut-above the norm. Formed mid-way through 2007 when duo Matt O’Daly and Richard Berkshire moved away from their acoustic roots and decided to start a proper band. In stepped Adam Linton (bass) and Tom Smith (drums). The line-up was complete. Now having already played alongside Alphabeat, a set at the illustrious Clapham Grand and a headline show at the Astoria 2, this band have already attracted the attention of producer/engineer Phil English. The band recorded their current EP at Phil’s Alexander Sound Studio in Milton Keynes. Their EP launch was a huge sell out success and the band
sold more tickets than when Hard-Fi played the same venue.

Now with a solid fan base built up over the past year the band are set to make some serious waves amongst the current crop of bands coming out of the West-London area.

About fiN – Extract from Staines Blog – for full review click here

The fiN song-book is replete with the kind of discordant harmonic treasures born from a day of muted pleasures out on the Bedfont Lakes. Their sounds contain a heartfelt diet of melodic instrumentation and a fullness and roundness of experimental rhythm, jarred in all the right places by periodic gusts of sheer power – broken up by sudden unexplained lulls. In fact, their music is, at  times, like that most treasured of all things – an almost perfect English summer’s day – in that it is menacingly fragile and always on the verge of predictable heartaching tragedy.
[ © Neil_Mach 2009 ]





Plug in to ‘AC/DC’ live at Rising Sun, Slough

The Donkeys

THE DONKEYS Sat 10 Jan: Rising Sun, Slough

The Donkeys are a four-piece rock covers band from Essex featuring tracks by Ac/Dc. Led Zep. Metallica. Free. Bad company. Iron Maiden. Ect. + many more.
The band is in it’s 15th year and cover some 70 gigs a year.


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Whispers about Cheekees / The Exchange


Long time readers of this blog may no doubt remember that I reported that that ‘Cheekees’, formerly The Exchange and, more recently ‘Diamonds and Denims’ had shut for good…


I first got a very vague interest in “The Exchange” (back in the day) , when I heard that Quentin Tarantino had gone there one night in the 1990’s ( probably about 1994). Tarantino… in my town? In a club in my town? Wow!

Well, a little bird has told me (this week) that Cheekees / Exchange is gonna re-open in the not too distant future as a live-music venue… wow! Apparently, the venue may be called something like ‘Sticky Fungus’ and has the general support and approval of the local authority, police and businesses.

The venue may well be opening soon- watch this space for more details HOT OFF THE PRESS!!

This is just what the town needs- it was such a pity that we lost the Town Hall Arts Centre. We wish the new ‘owners’ of the Exchange good luck in this worthwhile enterprise…


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this is from a facebook page
Hi there – a date for your diaries. The Old Telephone Exchange (and previously Cheekies) has been taken over by a couple of sincere, music-loving guys who are creating Staines’ premier live music venue. Think It will be £7 admission. There will be 3 great bands playing (Miss Pink Shoes and Beat 6 have confirmed). The 3rd act will be either Suzerain, or The Sketch.

Drinks will be around a very reasonable £2.75 mark (50p cheaper than most pubs/venues in the area). There will be food available.

There will be a gaming area (Nintendo Wii, pinball, retro machines incl Space Invaders Pacman), 8 foot video screens (so can see the band from many vantage points), a £50 000 sound system and many great people (including your good self we hope!!)

From Whispers about Cheekees / The Exchange, 2008/11/10 at 10:07 PM



Lee Homan and Andrew Peters had a dream…To create a live music venue where people could have fun in a safe, friendly environment. After much searching (of prospective venues and souls), they came across an unlikely candidate in the form of The Old Telephone Exchange (at the back of the High St…formerly Cheekees Nightclub and worse still Diamonds and Denims Gentlemen’s Club. Well, they were overcome with the size and scope of the place but this was to be the antithesis to these former incarnations, with the emphasis on LIVE MUSIC (rock/indie/jazz/rhythm and blues/punk/metal…) as opposed to someone spinning a CD (‘Rollover DJ’ by Jet comes to mind!!) I.E. Real people playing instruments!!!

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See Some Art at the Sunbury Art Trail Weekend

Sunbury Art Trail

Surrey Open studios, Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury – Art Trail

Friday 13th June to Monday 16th June

The Studio & Craft Centre, Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury

Featuring the work of artists:

Malcolm West
Hildegarde Reid
Robert Shaw
Freda Anderson
Sue Munson
Robin Lee Hall
Douglas & Pauline Burnett
Annie Shaw
Mary Shanahan


Get the Prog-Rock Sound with Pendragon


Jun 14 2008 8:00P The Peel, Kingston, Pendragon

Back in 1978, Stroud, Gloucestershire, four friends got together and decided to form a band. Zeus Pendragon consisting of Nick Barrett [guitar/vocals], Julian Baker [guitar/vocals], Nigel Harris [the most sought after drummer in the Stroud area] and Stan Cox [bass] was born.

Young and full of ambition Zeus Pendragon started out playing cover versions of classic rock tunes by Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, and Santana and their first gig was ironically the same day that Nick left school, burning his maths text book and picking up his guitar on the way… The future had been determined.

The Zeus part of their name was later dropped when the logical and visionary Julian decided it was far too long to fit across a t-shirt, and this ridiculous cross pollination of Arthurian and Greek mythology just seemed plain silly.

Fast Forward to 2005 …. the release of Believe, the 7th studio album by Pendragon which reflected a renewed youthful exuberance and fresh approach both musically and visually for the band.Once again a line up change reared its ugly head, and after 20 odd years with the band Fudge Smith was replaced by 26 year old whipper snapper Joe Crabtree on drums. The band now had a real firecracker of a drummer underpinning the rhythm section which brought a renewed need to fight and the passion and energy of the band was almost like they were 17 years old again for the upcoming Believe tour.Pendragon undertook the biggest tour of Europe they had ever done and followed it with a release of the brilliant And Now Everybody To The Stage dvd.

2007 sees the 21st anniversary of The Jewel dvd release called Past And Presence which includes most of the musicians from those early days and shows how this tenacious band can still thrill, evolve and capitalize on its strengths over a 28 year period where so many others have failed.

So to the future, a new album is on the cards and a year full of festival dates just goes to show that in this hurly burly world of fickle pop music….some ships were built to last.



Go rock with Rough Justice – Staines

Rough Justice - Staines

Rough Justice Fri 13th June Staines Riverside Club, Laleham Road £3

Sensational rock covers band with a huge local following,

Not to be missed



Get your Dancing Shoes On… dancing in the aisle

Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in The Streets Monday 9 – Saturday 14 June 2008 – Woking Theatre

The Hit West End Show

Dancing In The Streets

Experience the energy, emotion and electricity of Motown in Dancing in the Streets, the spectacular celebration of classic music from the heart of Detroit!

Featuring legendary Motown classics including I Heard It Through The Grapevine, My Girl and Dancing in the Streets and a full supporting company of singers, dancers and an amazing live band, Dancing in the Streets re-creates the energy, style and music of all your favourite Motown stars!

Box Office: 0870 060 6645


Join in the celebrations at Egham – Magna Carta day

Magna Carta Day at Egham

HMagna Carta Celebrations – High Street Egham Sat June 14th 11:00 to 4:00P

FTo celebrate the ‘signing’ of the Manga Carta (check the facts here) this years event at Egham will include Morris Dancers. live bands, brass band, dancing irish vocals, a belly dancer and lots & lots of fun


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Go to the Hobgoblin, Staines and see Page not Found

Page Not Found at The Hob, Staines

Page Not Found at The Hob, Staines Sunday Dec 09 at 8 PM £2

Page Not Found are a punk rock group form Slough Berkshire UK. Formally known as Ollie Impossible, Page Not Found play their own style of Fast paced skate punk. After the change the band along with new bassman have wasted no time and headed straight into the studio to record some material. ….

Sounds like: Blink 182


The Hobgoblin Pub
Staines, Middlesex UK


Go to see Ravi at Baroosh! High Street, Staines

Ravi at Baroosh! Staines

Ravi at Baroosh, Thursday Dec 06 8:30PM

The local vocal and guitar hero will be playing in the refined atmosphere of Baroosh this week.

With a huge repertoire of sing-along clap-along tunes- some soulful, some upbeat, but all memorable, you are in for a hugely enjoyable night. Ravi plays unplugged so you don’t need your ear-defenders for this polished performance…

24-26 High Street


Go see the “Elvis” Tribute at the Yum-Yum Tree

Darren Alboni is Elvis

Elvis Night at The Yum Yum Tree, Sunbury Sat December 8

Darren Alboni is Elvis at the Yum Yum Tree ELVIS night.


Yum Yum Tree Chinese Restaurant
9 Staines Rd West,
TW16 7AB.

Phone to book a table 01932 783585


Book your tickets for Local Ice Skating at Windsor

Windsor Skating

The Royal Windsor Ice Skating Rink, Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor
Saturday 2 December to Sunday 7 January. Closed Christmas Day

Advance booking* is recommended, especially at Christmas and New Year and busy days like weekends- for this local spectacular ice rick.

In the shadows of Windsor castle and by the sparkling Thames, only the really posh and the royal come out for skating at Alexandra Gardens…. just a few stops down the line from Staines station to Eton & Windsor Riverside. Why not go shopping after skating in Windsor town centre?

There will be ten one-hour skating sessions every day between 10am and 10pm, with short periods between certain sessions for ice cleaning. Sessions will be: 10 – 11am, 11am – 12midday, 12.15 – 1.15pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.45 – 3.45pm, 4 – 5pm, 5.15 –

6.15pm, 6.30 – 7.30pm, 7.45 – 8.45pm and 9 – 10pm.

Go To ADPONTES-STAINES.COM for your ADVANCED tickets now!


See Curtis Eller’s American Circus in WINDSOR

Curtis Ellers American circus

Curtis Eller Saturday 08 Dec at 8pm Windsor Arts Centre £8.50

Curtis Eller is New York City’s angriest yodelling banjo player. He sings about pigeon racing, performing elephants and Jesus – all of which he has seen with his own eyes. He started his career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde time Circus in Detroit, but has since turned to banjo playing because there is more money in it. His biggest musical influences are Buster Keaton, Al Jolson and Abraham Lincolne

There is a special screening of a Buster Keaton short which will be shown at the beginning of this gig

Box Office: 01753 859336

Windsor Arts Centre
The Old Court
St Leonards Rd

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