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The Neon Knight Bows Out

The much-admired Woking, Surrey music producer and sound engineer MARTIN BIRCH died on 9 August 2020.

Martin “the farmer” Birch was closely associated with British rock acts such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath,, and especially Iron Maiden.

BIRCH a.k.a. “the headmaster” is considered to have been (along with Tom Allom) a pioneering Metal producer.

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Birch gained his first recognition for his work on The Faces 1970 album “The First Step” (producer/engineer.)

He produced ten Iron Maiden albums, from Killers (1981) through to Fear of the Dark (1992).

His “Piece of Mind” by Iron Maiden (1983) is often cited as the best produced metal record of all time.

He began his career as an audio engineer with Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple, and went on to produce and engineer eleven albums for Deep Purple. In fact, he gained his first recognition for his work on The Faces 1970 album “The First Step” (producer/engineer.)

He began at the old De Lane Lea Studios in London where Deep Purple’s Fireball (1971) was recorded (he worked as an engineer on the project) and later worked at the Battery Studios in Willesden, London (aka Zomba) where he worked on Killers, Iron Maiden (1981) among many other projects.

As a musician, Birch played rhythm guitar on Adam Faith’s “I Survive” (1974) , and he provided backing vocals for Roger Glover’s “Elements” (1978) and tape techniques for Maiden’s “Somewhere In Time” in 1986. He earned writing & arrangement credits for several recordings including: Maiden’s “Live After Death” (1985) and Whitesnake’s “Don’t Break My Heart Again” (1981).

Iron Maiden’s first album to feature vocalist Bruce DickinsonThe Number of the Beast” ( recorded in 1982, at Battery Studios) is often described, by rock ‘n’ metal cognoscenti, as “Metal’s Sergeant Pepper”. During the recording,      Birch was involved in a collision with a mini-bus transporting a group of nuns. According to legend, after the crash he was presented with a repair bill for £666!

Since his semi-retirement in 1992, and after producing Maiden’s Fear of the Dark, Birch had been mainly working on preparing box sets and re-releases.

Engineer & Producer Martin Birch
Engineer & Producer Martin Birch

Selected discography

1969 – Beck-Ola, Jeff Beck (engineer)
1970 – In Rock, Deep Purple (engineer)
1972 – Argus, Wishbone Ash (engineer)
1973 – Penguin, Fleetwood Mac (producer, engineer, mixing)
1975 – Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (co-producer, engineer, mixing)
1980 – Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath (producer, engineer)
1982 – Saints & Sinners, Whitesnake (producer, engineer, mixing)
1982 – Assault Attack, Michael Schenker Group (producer, engineer)
1983 – Piece of Mind, Iron Maiden (producer)
1984 – Powerslave, Iron Maiden (producer, engineer, mixing)
1992 – Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden (producer, engineer, mixing)

Cow live at Bed Bar, Woking – July 2011

“Cow” are an acoustic 4-piece soul and pop band with a California sound and a kinda sixties-style kookiness concealing a modish edge, flavoring both their sound and their image. This band would not seem out of place supporting The Mamas & the Papas  on the Ready Steady Go! show circa 1966…

The band has already ably supported the Woking ‘Modfather’ Paul Weller and has created quite a lot of buzz and excitement on the music scene. I went to see the band as they launched their superbly packaged “Sunrise” E.P at the sumptuous Bed Bar in Woking.

The band is seated in a half-circle and play acoustically, without drums. Female vocalist and guitarist – Maxine  – is located in the centre of the group, looking relaxed and regal. She provides the warmth and depth to vocals, but Mark and Ben (on guitars) provide some interesting harmonies and generally descanted sounds. Michael is twanging the bass guitar. They reminded me of the kind of band that would be warmly appreciated on the Val Doonican show! But their insightful lyrics and creative compositions, and the constant intertwining, reminded me more of songs by  Loves  Lee Arthur in Los Angeles in the 60’s … together with the delicate air of mystery that lies beyond every song, and the vaguely uncomfortable feeling you get when you realize that you are being  taken up the-garden-path by the lyrical sub-texts and the arrangements.

“Sunrise” the ‘Side A’ on Cow’s new E.P. is like a sixties fruit-cup of love. Not unlike anything by the Mamas & the Papas in aspirations or moodiness. At first glance, this could be put down as a light pop song, but by rubbing its delicate surface, it reveals darker secrets. There is a flourishing yet controlled burst of chukka-chukka rhythms set amongst a profusion of squelchy guitars, but the flamenco style beats and the pervasive chords get heads nodding and feet tapping.

“New Day” ( this song went town well at Wembley Arena when Cow supported Paul Weller) is a foam-wrapped eerily haunting song, shrouded in mysterious folksy froth. And ‘One in B’ sounded like a less funky ‘Long Train Runnin’ (‘Dooble Brothers’).  This song evoked (for me) memories of joss sticks, turtle-necks and snuggling up in your Afghan, on quilted cushions, listening to Jefferson Airplane.

“Get To Luv You” sounds every bit as dippy and preppy as anything by the Partridge Family – a saccharine sweet and high-pitched jaunt. If the haunting emotions bring a tear to your eye and a slight ache to your heart, never mind, because the songs are joyful and  tender enough to lighten your mood and put a shake in your hipsters. Perhaps I could have done with some keyboards to ‘flesh the sound out’ – it felt a little like a watercolor wash at times. But, nonetheless, enjoyable.

“Fragile Foundations” has lustrous autumn gold vocals from Maxine against mellow chords and feel good bass lines.  ‘leaving ain’t no good when you’re misunderstood‘ she sings, while lofty harmonies provided by Ben tend to lift you to a higher place.
Gentle ‘Donovan’ style sweet sixties vibrations linger long after in your mind, even once the sweet chorus finishes…

Passionate, inspiring, folksy, Amercican style sixties soul – from this intimate and creative group. For your gentler side!

© Neil_Mach
July 2011

Links:

http://www.cowmusic.co.uk
http://www.twitter.com/cowuk
http://www.reverbnation.com/cowuk

HMS Pinafore – New Victoria Theatre Woking

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I must admit that I was a bit concerned about the choice that Peter Mulloy (Artistic Director, Carl Rosa Opera) had in mind to play the pompous desk-pushing first sea-lord (The head of the Queen’s Naveeee) Sir Joseph Porter in the latest production of Pinafore. Corrie Street butcher Fred Elliott was not a face that I had previously connected with the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. But the 71 year old actor, John Savident, had previously performed in Phantom of the Opera (as well as giving 11 years exalted service on The Street) and has enjoyed a brilliant career on stage, television and in film. In many ways he makes the perfect Sir Joseph Porter.  Just the right amount of parody and pastiche.

Gilbert & Sullivan went to painstaking lengths to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of the original work, even going to Portsmouth to make detailed drawings of a real quarterdeck to be replicated by D’Oyly Carte. At the time (1878) the operetta was a huge box office success- and so it was with some pleasure that I noticed that the same kind of attention to detail was present (in production) in the new show at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. I was also pleasantly surprised that the theatre was full.

Beverley Klein (Orlovsky: Die Fledermaus – English National Opera and Golde: Fiddler on the Roof – Savoy Theatre) presented a relaxed and rosy bumboat woman – Little Buttercup. Wyne Pencarreg (winner of the Erich Vietheer Memorial Award from  Glyndebourne) played an efficiently capable Captain Corcoran.  Perhaps baritone Gareth Jones (Dick Deadeye) could have been more forceful in vocal style and – at times- his voice was lost in the huge auditorium at Woking. But Josephine (Olivia Safe) was a pleasant and lightly agile soprano.

The best thing about all Gilbert & Sullivan operas is that they stand the test of time. When Sir Joseph sings “I grew so rich that I was sent – By a pocket borough into Parliament….I always voted at my party’s call” the audience cheered and chuckled. You could not help but be reminded of the ignominy faced by many of today’s ‘Sir Joseph Porters’ in a Parliament scandalised by a bunch of pocket-lining over-promoted junior clerks. Likewise, how many people do you know (family and friends) who, “In spite of all temptations – To belong to other nations – Remain (probably begrudgingly) English Men” ? Almost everyone I know is thinking of moving abroad for the sake of their own sanity!

And so the performance zipped merrily along – and all too soon- we found ourselves at the finale ‘Oh Joy, Oh Rapture. Unforseen’ and the jubilant celebration of right over wrong, good will prevailing over wickedness and a really English kind of muted successful conclusion – in other words a bit confused and bedraggled with everyone facing an uncertain future.

All in all, the show was light and frothy in all the right places but stern and stubborn when required. The choreography (by Steve Elias) was spot on – I particularly enjoyed the lines of pattern – almost like coiled ropes being rolled and unrolled on stage- and the gentler hornpipes, vortices and flourishes. Stage management was excellent and the costumes were efficient and convincing. The lively ensemble proved to have plenty of gusto and moved the show onwards in leaps and bounds.

Very highly recommended – whether you are a Gilbert & Sullivan ‘vet’ or new to comic opera – please try this show…

© Neil_Mach
May 2009

Link:

http://www.carlrosaopera.co.uk/

Next Shows (last in series)-   Tuesday 16 June to  Saturday 20 June at Theatre Royal, Windsor (01753 853 888)

(This autumn Carl Rosa Opera will be reviving their West End production of The Pirates of Penzance with Jo Brand as the
Sergeant of Police)

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

See The Comanche Cipher at Staines

Comanche Cipher at Staines

Sep 25 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin     Staines

The Comanche Cipher

“London five piece The Comanche Cipher deal in progressive hardcore that’s big on hooks and aggro and has landed them support slots with the likes of With Honor, Enter Shikari and Send More Paramedics. Their debut EP comprises of five tracks
of from-the-gut metallic bluster that has been honed to precision and is primed to inspire the kind of mosh pit melee that will leave noses bloodied and limbs bruised. With diamond-edged riffs hacking and scything at you throughout, they know
exactly when to unleash a thick breakdown or an anthemic melody to ensure that intensity levels are never given the chance to flag. A damn good introduction”
3/5 – Kerrang!

You can purchase the new Comanche Cipher EP Here >>>



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~ Comanche Cipher (Artist)

Price:     £6.99

2.

Catch some Contemporary Folk – at Staines

East of Ealing


East of Ealing Sep 25 2008      8:00P Staines Riverside Club

London based, but including global themes at times political, dark, humorous,irreverent, but always dancey with influences from Celtic to Cajun, Ska to S.African and Reggae to Russian their original numbers takes passengers heads around the world and feet to the dance floor.

At the helm,Stephanie Graffitti steers the band with her full steam ahead rock fiddle Madshipman Mik P bales them out on acoustic and electric guitars while Paul Castleman on drums keeps the engine room pumping to the E.O.E beat.
Jim Bean’s squeeze-boxing and vocals repels all borders as the band journey into the great unknown!

Check out these pirates for the 21st century at a gig or festival and enter the mosh pit with like-minded hippies, gremlins, rock chics, grockles, mums, dads, saucepan lids, punks, skunks, grannies and groovers all dancing to the soaring sexy fiddle, stompin’ squeeze-boxing, drum thumpin’, guitar hammering sound that is EAST OF EALING….take no prisoners!

other dates:

Nov 1 2008      8:30 Roots @ The Red Lion    Isleworth

Nov 15 2008     8:30 Filthy’s             Twickenham

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/eastofealing


3.

Get your lycra on and Dance- at Woking

Flashdance at Woking

Flashdance – until Saturday 27 September 2008 Woking Theatre

Take Your Passion Make It Happen !

Bruno Langley (Coronation Street), Bernie Nolan (The Bill, Brookside), Noel Sullivan (Hear’Say) and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt star in Flashdance

Sparks will fly this autumn as the World Premiere production of Flashdance – The Musical explodes onto the stage in Woking starring Bruno Langley (Coronation Street), Bernie Nolan (The Bill, Brookside), Noel Sullivan (Hear’Say) and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Alex.

Set in Pittsburgh, USA, Flashdance tells the story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, whose dream is to obtain a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. It’s an unmistakably unique musical about holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds. The show features an iconic score including the smash hit Maniac, along with Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the Academy Award winning title track Flashdance – What a Feeling.

Full of pulsating raw energy and breathtaking choreography by Arlene Phillips (Strictly Come Dancing, Grease, Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever) Flashdance – The Musical promises to be the theatrical event of the year – so take your passion and make it happen!

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Some tickets still remaining- mention ADPONTES when booking!

Box Office: 0870 060 6645 4.

Prepare to Rock, Classic Rock at Egham!

Blue Fuses at Egham

The Blue Fuses Sep 27 2008      9:00P The Crown     Egham

Rock Party Time!

The sensational finish to the first half of the show is their version of the famous Floyd classic (and I begrudgingly acknowledge now a Scissors Sisters ‘classic’ too)- Comfortably Numb. The light touches and the gentle imagery of this set-piece gradually build up to an earth shattering climax when Doug really comes into his own and gives the audience several minutes of truly exalted classic rock guitar. Almost holy…

Review by Neil_Mach Sept 08

TO SEE THE FULL ADPONTES REVIEW OF BLUE FUSES CLICK HERE

If you miss ’em at Egham, try to see them here:

Oct 25 2008      9:00P Cardinal Wolsey     Hampton

Dec 27 2008      9:00P Cardinal Wolsey     Hampton

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/bluefusessurrey



5.

Classic ‘Covers’ Party band at Staines

Brainscape at Staines

Brainscape Fri 26 SEPT 2008 Staines Riverside Club 8:00P £4

This band takes classics and rocks with them. A perfect PARTY band, so come on down!

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Bloodloss – Staines

Bloodloss at STAINES HOBGOBLIN

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STAINES HOBGOBLIN
Thursday 11th September 2008

Bloodloss – Staines – Hob Neil_Mach Sept 2008

Bloodloss are in appearance, general style and musical ability, much like ‘Lamb of God.’ But, as with most successful basic metals bands from The New Wave of American Heavy Metal, you will find that there is a lot more going on ‘in there’ than you might at first think. There is a glimmer of melody and arrangement in the music of these bands – and these elements along with a generous slice of virtuosity can also be found in the music of Bloodloss … so compare this band to ‘Machine Head’ or ‘Chimaira’.

Barry O’Connor is the muscle-bound rhapsoidein wearing a British Bull Dog T-shirt and strutting and posturing across the stage with that British vim and vitality that we are so accustomed to. He takes the extreme de rigueur / Thrash Metal vocals (i.e. shouting hard) to the next level, but he can also occasionally mystify and delight the audience with some truly mournful and tuneful notes. Barry also drums with AfterDeath ( an up-and-coming London-based metal band) and it is very clear that his vocals are kept in perfect trim by his ‘insider’ knowledge of the rhythm. Bloodloss employs (almost) a twin-lead guitar-sound with Rob Ironmonger on number 1 lute and Mark Browell on No 2 (who also helps with supporting vocals) and these two churn out the kind of grinding chord progressions you so urgently and desperately need. Sometimes these chords are as unusual, complex and demanding as a high-class Tokyo call-girl who has found herself with her wrist-watch caught in the Vicar’s flies, but those ripping lead breaks lead you (and her) , ever onwards, to a place of wonder and, ultimately, sinful climax. The (temporary) bass chitarrone thumped those low-lines following the rhythm guitar riffs but also employed some deft intermezzi techniques and some nifty progressions. The thrashing drummer Daniel Kelly, on the bongos, is just a blur of hair, stamina and testosterone. Blast-beats came naturally to him, as do some magical ‘rim of the snare’ techniques and plenty of hyper blasts when the occasions demand them.

The low syncopated power chords and the powerful metalcore vocals (think ‘Killswitch Engage’) provide the petulant pomp to this team of screamsters. Their songs, like ‘Inside My Mind’ and ‘Taken Down’ speak of life, light, darkness and focussed, strain. “It is a struggle to be in a band” shouts out Barry, to the bassist from the support act (Demure), “Isn’t it brother?”. Clap, clap, clap. We all agree … as if we knew. The band do not underestimate the simpler facts-of-life though, ( the songs are often interrupted by reflective and gentler moments when simple chords are crafted,) or the more euphoric moments we live, when the vocals, fuzzy guitars and rhythmic blasts reach a ‘state of grace’.

There are several nods towards modern advocates of complex progressive metal (like ‘Opeth’), not just in the style, with occasional guitar interludes, but also with some uncommon time signatures and dynamic shifts… and polyrhythms abound. Grunts and shouts are more in order than the screams of some bands and are actually more tuneful and pleasing (think ‘Slipknot’) than some nu-metal bands. These styles elevate the ambience and the pomposity of Bloodloss to new highs. Yes , mood and rhythm and texture is more important than melody to the bands of this genre but in the music of Bloodloss pleasing musical arrangements can also be found. At the barnstorming end of the evening there was a timely and welcome breakdown- conducive to a bit of moshing/body-slamming- and so Bal attempted to create a wall of death inside the limited space of the Staines Hob with the – erm- nine or ten members of the ‘crowd’. And so moshing commenced.

All-in-all Bloodloss live was a strong, mesmerising and absolutely exhilarating experience and I thoroughly recommend this London/Guildford act to any metal fan.

To sum up and to quote Bal on the night, “If You call yourselves ‘Metal Heads’ then this is the time, this is the place, and this is the band

© Neil_Mach
Sep 2008

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You can see Bloodloss next at:

Sep 16 2008 8:00P RSVP, Woking Woking

Sep 27 2008 8:00P The Drama Club Bracknell

Oct 5 2008 8:00P The Phoenix Staines

Oct 10 2008 8:00P The Star Inn Guildford

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/thisbandisbloodloss




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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

Visit a Dolls House at The Rose, Kingston

A Dolls House

A Dolls House – the Kingston ROSE theatre  9 September – 27 September

Post performance talk: Tuesday 16 September

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Peter Hall

In 1879, Ibsen’s new play stunned the world and provoked outrage. One critic compared it to the ‘dropping of a bomb into contemporary life’. Beautifully crafted and powerfully moving, no work better distils Ibsen’s genius than A Doll’s House.

The cast includes Catherine McCormack (The Land Girls, All My Sons), Finbar Lynch (Proof, Not About Nightingales), Anthony Howell (Foyle’s War), Christopher Ravenscroft (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries) and Susie Trayling (National Theatre, Heartbeat).

Box Office: 0871 230 1552

Rose Theatre, Kingston
24-26 High Street
Kingston KT1 1HL

http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/

2.

Blues, Funk ‘n Soul it up – at Ascot

Robin BiBi


The Robin Bibi Band at
The Jagz Club & Restaurant, Ascot Sat 13th Sept

Robin Bibi is one of the UK’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E.King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched the Robin Bibi Band in 1996. The Band’s debut album ‘Blue Thrash Therapy’ was released a year later and quickly sold out leading to a recent re-release. Five albums on, Robin’s acoustic album ‘Fast Life Songs’ has also received critical acclaim and continues to sell well.

Blues, funk, soul, rock, reggae and jazz are all rolled together in The Robin Bibi Band’s own feel-good concoction. Above all, the Band’s aim is to give their audience a night to remember whilst guaranteeing the best British Blues Rock can offer in a tried and tested, exciting, spontaneous, power trio format.

Because of their widely known reputation with a highly entertaining stage presentation, the Robin Bibi Band are now one of the busiest bands round the Southern music venue circuit and have played most of the major Blues festivals in the UK, Ireland, and Europe.

The music is exuberant passionate, dynamic, exciting and fun! It’s music played straight from the heart, it will move your head, your heart and of course your feet!

The Ascot show:

Saturday, 13th September
Show will start at 8.00P
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7.30pm. £26 for 2 courses and entrance (£30 for 3 courses). Entrance for the bands is £8 but is strictly limited and on a first come first served basis. Entrance for dining or just the band INCLUDES free entrance to the nightclub

Jagz
Station Hill
Ascot
SL5 9EG

http://www.jagz.co.uk/

http://www.robinbibiband.co.uk/

Also see Robin Bibi at:

MON 29th BULLS HEAD 373 Lonsdale Road Barnes SW13
Robin is appearing with Never The Bride


3.

Have a Laugh- at Hayes

Jongleurs at Hayes

Jongleurs – On the Road The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Fri 12 Sep 2008, 8:00P

Best of British Stand-Up …on the road

The Jongleurs On The Road tour brings their top-quality stand-up shows to theatres and other venues across the UK, in areas

without a dedicated comedy club. They’ve been touring now for over two years, visiting more than fifty venues along the way

– from Newcastle to Newbury, Liverpool to Luton, Yeovil to Yorkshire. Hayes, Middlesex, is next…

JONGLEURS – ON THE ROAD
BECK THEATRE
The Beck Theatre
Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE
FRIDAY EVENING 20:00
12TH SEPTEMBER 2008

Tickets from £10

Click Here for tickets for BECK theatre THIS FRIDAY

4.

Prepare to Rock at The Hob Staines

Bloodloss at The Hob Staines

Bloodloss with Demure at The Hob Staines,  Thu Sep 11 2008      8:00P

Formed in 2006 BloodLoss is a pure all out metal 5 piece band from london/guildford with Barry O’connor on vocals, Daniel Kelly on Drums, Mark Browell On Guitar, Rob Ironmonger on guitar. With influences ranging from Metallica, Pantera, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Chimaira, Machine Head and  As I Lay Dying.  You must not miss the show!

Also more Bloodloss dates:

Sep 16 2008      8:00P RSVP, Woking     Woking

Sep 27 2008     8:00P The Drama Club   Bracknell

Oct 10 2008     8:00P The Star Inn         Guildford

http://www.myspace.com/thisbandisbloodloss

We salute you!


5.

Swing dance at The Rose, Kingston

Swing Dance at The Rose

Swing Dance Rose Theatre Culture Cafe Sun 14 Sept 2:00P to 5:00P
Admission free of charge, and no ticket required

Following the huge success of the first Sunday Tea Dance at the Rose in May, we’re delighted to announce three further dates throughout the summer. The Jive Joint Dance Company has been promoting and staging dance events across Surrey over many years and is bringing its legendary Sunday afternoon Tea Dance to the Rose Theatre, Kingston for dancers of Modern Jive, Swing, West Coast Swing, Rock n Roll, and, for latin dancers, Salsa, Merengue & Argentine Tango under the direction of international DJ John Vassallo and fellow DJ guests. Why not pay us a visit after shopping perhaps, have a boogie, a drink or a coffee and a snack. If you are a non dancer, watch the various dance styles on display and simply enjoy music
from the 1940’s right up to the present time.

Links

http://www.johnvassallo.co.uk/pages/danceevents.html

http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/culture-cafe

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So Long Cynical with Tessa Jones + Get Set Radio

So Long Cynical

REMIX BAR, WOKING  SEPTEMBER 11

With Tessa Jones and Get Set Radio

So Long Cynical

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New York Loose feat . Brijitte West
Punk / Rock

Fighting Cocks, Kingston Surrey , Sep 19th 8:00P

Fighting Cocks

Links

http://www.myspace.com/brijittewest

http://www.myspace.com/nyloose

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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

Travel to ‘Havana’ in Woking

Havana Rakatan - Woking

Havana Rakatan, Woking Theatre Tue May 13-Sat May 17 2008


A dazzling dance spectacular direct from Cuba
Havana Rakatan – Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 May 2008 New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Direct from a sell-out run last summer in the West End, Havana Rakatan is now bringing all the heat of a Cuban summer to Woking. From the sexy, spontaneous rumba to the slick footwork of the cha-cha-cha, this is a show that’s guaranteed to get head’s nodding and feet-tapping. Featuring one of Cuba’s most popular bands live on stage, this is a captivating and colourful journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country.

Box Office: 0870 060 6645

2.

Go into the Enchanted Woods at Sunbury

Into the Woods


Into the Woods- Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury, 14th – 17th May £8

A Musical by Stephen Sondheim

Riverside Youth Theatre
14th-17th May 2008
Riverside Arts Centre

Into the Woods is an award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Bernadette Peters’ performance as the Witch, and Joanna Gleason’s portrayal of the Baker’s Wife, brought acclaim to the production during its original Broadway run.

Inspired by Bruno Bettelheim’s 1976 book, The Uses of Enchantment, the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, and including references to several other well-known tales.

A revival at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio in Covent Garden (with Clive Rowe) had a limited run from June 14 – June 30 2007. This is the second Sondheim musical to be staged by the company, following 2003’s Sweeney Todd.

This performance is brought to you by the Riverside Youth Theatre at Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames
Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th May 2008 at 8pm Tickets £8
Box Office: 01932 779686

Riverside Arts Cente
Sunbury-on-Thames
59 Thames Street
Sunbury

links:

http://www.riversidearts.co.uk/

http://www.sondheimguide.com/woods.html


3.

Go to chuckle at Walton- Comedy Night

Rob Deering at Walton

Comedy at Walton, Rob Deering & Co, Riverhouse Barn, Fri 16th May 8PM

Comedy at Riverhouse Barn
Gallery Studio
Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT122PF

Box Office 01932 253354

Local lad Rob Deering has been described as one of the leading stand-ups of his generation [Time Out] working since 2000 and a favourite at the Edinburgh Festival since 2003. Rob is famous for his ‘classic rock’ based routine and observational humour seen from a 30’s something perspective.

At the mike:

Rob Deering, Dan Atkinson & Kevin Bridges
Friday 16th May 8pm

also, note your diary for 20th June…

John Gordillo, Noel Britten & Steve Williams
Friday 20th June 8pm

http://www.riverhousebarn.co.uk/

4.

Go to see the Fourmustgetbeers Playing at Slough

The Fourmustgetbeers at Slough

The Fourmustgetbeers- Sat 17 May Rising Sun, Slough 2008

The Fourmusgetbeers are establishing themselves as one of the best bands on the pub scene around the West London area. After a number of personnel changes the line up now consists of, Mitch, vocals/guitar, and Paul bass/vocals, Andy lead guitar, Dave drums, and featuring Oded keyboards. The boys play covers covering four decades, classic rock to punk ,funk and always the unexpected songs that make you go (I know this one! What the hell is it called?) They play for fun and have fun playing, which reflects in their superb live performances.

If you like The Rolling Stones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, Whitesnake, The Clash, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, ACDC, ZZ Top, Ozzy, Black Label Society and lots of BEER you should love this!

http://www.myspace.com/thefourmusgetbeers

5.

Listen to the Sound of Youth

Camberley Youth Orchestra

16 & 17 May 2008 at 7:30 pm Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley

Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra

Date: 16 May 2008 – 17 May 2008
Starts at: 19:30
This event will be held at: Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY

Friday 16th May – In Support of The Rotary Club of Camberley – 7.30pm
Saturday 17th May – Celebrating 25 Years of Making Music – 7.30pm

Come and enjoy these talented young musicians play a variety of music – Big Band Style!

Please note: Tickets cannot be booked through the normal Box Office, only by calling Mike Wells on 01276 506788

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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

See the Kast Off Kinks

Kast off Kinks

Kast off Kinks, Eeel pie Club, Twickenham Wed Apr 30th 2008 8PM


Having gone from British Invasion hitmakers to late Sixties cult heroes to
bonafide arena-filling rock stars in the Seventies and Eighties, the Kinks are, it
would seem, cult heroes again for the time being – a position that their bright
and sometimes discomfited leader no doubt savors. On the eve of their induction
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, Ray Davies had this to say: “The
Kinks have always been outsiders. I’m an outsider. To be accepted is unique for
us. I’m pleased for the people who believed in me all along. It’s nice for them to know that their faith wasn’t misplaced.” To quote a slogan popular with those who love the band, “God Save the Kinks.”

John Dalton, Mick Avory, Dave Clark, John “The Baptist” Gosling are the remaining ‘kast off’ Kinks !

http://www.john-dalton.com/kok.htm

2.

Go to listen to the Nashville Teens at Bracknell

the Nashville Teens Bracknell


The Nashville Teens at the Silver Birch, Bracknell. Sat 3rd May 8:00PM

One of the Worlds finest R&B singers, Ray Phillips (vocalist) has stayed loyal to the Nashville Teens through thick and thin, turning down offers to move to other groups, including an offer from Jack Bruce to be lead singer with Cream. Ray is a keep fit enthusiast and as well as his dynamic performance with the Nashville Teens, he also works with the World Class Maclaren Motor Racing Team.

Colin Pattenden (bass guitar)cut his teeth as a session guitarist for the likes of Englebert Humperdink and Leapy Lee in the sixties, but made his mark as a founder member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in the early seventies. He has also played with Mungo Jerry, The King Earl Boogie Band and The Jackie Lynton Band.

Simon Spratley (keyboards & vocals) is a music teacher by day and has played with many other bands, including Cheques In The Post and The Ian Campbell Blues band.

Ken Osborn is an accomplished lead guitarist who has played with other bands including Spank The Monkey, The King Earl Boogie Band and the Jackie Lynton Band.

Despite his youthful looks, Adrian ‘spud’ Metcalfe has drummed with the Teens for 25 years, and – apart from Ray – is the longest serving band member in the Groups history.

http://www.nashville-teens.com/

The Jackie Lynton Band is playing Staines Riverside Club on Fri 9th May 2008 9:00pm


3.

Go see the Agency Girls at Beck Theatre

The Agency Girls at Beck Theatre Hayes

The Agency Girls at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Thu 1st May 8:00PM

THE AGENCY GIRLS
BY K.R.S FOSTER
BECK THEATRE
GRANGE ROAD, HAYES
THURSDAY EVENING 20:00
1ST MAY 2008

Running time 70 minutes

With the characters rushing in and out of doors at one hundred miles an hour, The Market Theatre has slowly made this style of comedy their theatrical trade mark and this year’s show will not disappoint!

The play is set in a remote cottage where two unsuspecting men have both, unknowingly, booked the same venue for a weekend away with their respective mystery women. One of them has used traditional booking procedures, to secure the property and the other the infallible internet.

70 Minutes of sexual innuendo, comic confusion and ridiculous reasoning will make this a night to remember and a farce not to miss. However, you will need to book early as this show is only on for one night!

From the company that brought the hilarious adult panto Beauty and the Big Beastie.

Adults only!

Click here for tickets for Thursday 1st May at Beck Theatre

4.

Go to see Nigel Havers at Woking

Single Spies

Single Spies- New Victoria Theatre, Woking 5th-10th May 2008

By Alan Bennett

Monday 5 – Saturday 10 May 2008
New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Stars Nigel Havers with Jack Ryder (Eastenders) and Diana Quick (Brideshead
Revisited)

Single Spies opened to ecstatic reviews at the National Theatre in 1988 and went
on to become a huge Wet End hit. The two plays, An Englishman Abroad and A
Question of Attribution sparkle with Alan Bennett’s trademark wit and delighted a
public intrigued by espionage and fascinated by forgery.

Box Office: 0870 060 6645

5.

Simply Ballroom – One Night Only !!!

Simply Ballroom

Sunday 4 May 2008 at 8:00 pm New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Featuring a cast of International Championship Dancers, with choreography by TV’s Dancing Stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag.

Simply Ballroom is a lavish production where the colour and spectacle of ballroom dance fuses brilliantly with live theatre.

Featuring a cast of outstanding world-class dance champions whose performances in the Waltz are exhilarating; their passion in the Tango breathtaking and their Paso Doble – just one of the many highlights of this spectacular show – has astounded audiences in every venue around the country.

This electrifying production showcases the exceptional talents of the cast through a number of styles, including the Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Quickstep and many, many more.

Running Time
2h 10m

Box Office: 0870 060 6645

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Grange Road
Hayes
Middlesex
UB3 2UE

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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

See Brock & The Badgers Live , Staines

Brock and the Badgers at Staines

Brock & the Badgers, Riverside Club, Staines Thu Apr 24th 2008 8PM

Brock and the Badgers have earnt their place in rock history as Windor’s finest blues-rock band selling several albums over the years and reaching no. 7 in the UK charts with “Living By Numbers”.

The new-look Brock and the Badgers is a a three-piece outfit concentrating on blues and rock covers (Hendrix/Yardbirds/ZZ Top/Rory Gallagher/Peter Green and some gutsy self-penned material which ranges from the out-and-out blues to more accessible rock/pop.

Visitors – £3

http://www.brockandthebadgers.co.uk/

2.

Go to listen to Oceansize at Kingston

Oceansize at House of Progression, Kingston Peel


Oceansize at the HOP, The Peel, Kingston. 26th April 7.30pm.

Oceansize + special Guests (Tickets on
sale now 020 8546 3516)

When Oceansize christened themselves back at the start of the third millennium,
they didn’t just pick a name, they set themselves a challenge. Their mission statement was to make the biggest music possible, adventures on the high seas of
future-rock giganticism that could never, ever stop. It also meant that every album
they made would have to be even bigger, heavier, than the last one. Now a
supporting band for Coheed and Cambria’s European leg as well as
Apocalyptica.

http://www.myspace.com/oceansizeuk


3.

Go see a Shakespeare play at The Rose, Kingston

Romeo and Juliet- Rose Kingston

Romeo & Juliet at The Rose, Kingston 22 April – 26 April 2008

A Northern Broadsides Production
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barrie Rutter

A chance meeting brings together two youngsters from rival families. Determined to pursue their forbidden love they risk all to be together and fall victim to a cruel destiny, paying the ultimate price for their devotion.

Romeo and Juliet is a heart-rending love story of tragic proportions, filled with passion tenderness and bitter recriminations. Award-winning company, Northern Broadsides, return to the Rose Theatre and bring their inimitable warmth, charisma and energy to this timeless romantic tragedy.

Tickets £5 – £27

Matinee(s) Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Evening(s) 7.30pm

24-26 High Street
Kingston KT1 1HL
United Kingdom

Box Office 0871 230 1552

What better way to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday?

4.

Go enjoy Red Rocket in Woking

Red Rocket

Red Rocket- FRI 25TH April at O’Neills Woking

RED ROCKET are a four piece covers band, based in West London, consisting of female vocals, backed by guitar, Female bass/vocals and drums/vocals.
They are; Steph, Mike, Mark & Sophie.

May Dates

FRI 2ND GRAND JUNCTION ARMS – SOUTHALL 9 – 11
SAT 3RD Red Lion – Twickenham9.00 – 11.00
SAT 10TH GUILDFORD CITY CLUB 9.00- 11.30
FRI 16THO’Neills – Shepherds Bush 10.30 – 12.45
FRI 23rd Brookhouse-Hayes 10.00- 12.30
SAT 24TH Horns – Watford
FRI 30 TH O’Neills Woking 10.15- 12.45
Sat 31stO’NEILLS N.FINCHLEY 10.00-12.30

June Dates

FRI 13 TH Rising Sun Slough 9.45- 12.45
SAT 21ST Afternoon Laleham school fete 12.00- 3.00pm
SAT 21ST Red Lion – Twickenham 9.00 – 11.00
FRI 27 TH O’Neills Woking 10.15- 12.45

http://www.redrocketlive.com/

5.

Laugh with Geoff Norcott, Walton-on-Thames

Geoff Norcott at Walton

Friday 25th April 8PM – Comedy once a month at Riverhouse Barn, Walton

Described as “The first comedian of rap” by Craig Charles, Geoff is a high-energy performer whose strength is his devastatingly accurate parody of the violently misogynist attitude that pervades the rap scene.

Faithfully recreating the genre’s hateful lyrics and arrogant stance, he uses the usual weapons in the musical comedian’s armoury to drive his point home. But that message, and the accuracy of his renditions raise this well above the norm.
Away from the parodies, his more straightforward stand-up on everyday observational topics are delivered with an easy confidence and no small measure of charm.

Riverhouse box office
Manor Road
Walton-on-Thames
Surrey KT12 2PF
01932 253354 (24 hr booking line)

Comedy nights also on:

Friday 16th May

Rob Deering, Dan Atkinson & Kevin Bridges

Friday 20th June

John Gordillo, Noel Britten & Steve Williams

http://www.riverhousebarn.co.uk/

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Hayes
Middlesex
UB3 2UE

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