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Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1ET
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Al's Fest: Snake Oil

Al's Fest is a Memorial Music Festival in memory of Alan James.

Al's passion for living life to the full involved Music and Bikes!! He was a keen guitarist in Ratzinasack and was most remembered for his role as singer and guitarist in Snake Oil!

So what better way to pay tribute to Al than to get his favourite two local bands up on stage to play the night away, plus the reunion of Snake Oil (for one night only)!

The remaining members of Snake Oil will be performing the songs of the past in their Rock, Roll and Rockabilly style, with guest performers! Covering classics by Joe Walsh, Steve Earle, Jimi Hendrix, Creadence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd and loads more!!

Snake Oil will be supported by: Mind The Gap - a local hard working Rock covers Band, covering songs by Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and so many more in their own fun and energetic performance!

Ratzinasack - a local hard working Rock Covers Band, covering AC/DC, Cranberries, Status Quo and loads more in their unique style!

This will be a night not to be missed if you like Live Music, Beer and Bikes!!

All proceeds will go to St Nicholas Hospice.

Please note that this event is a hire, and all aspects of it are the responsibility of the organisers hiring it for the evening.

Sat 7 Apr

£8.25

Amici

The a capella choir from Suffolk performs music drawn from all periods between the Renaissance and the twenty-first century.

Sun 11 Mar

£7

Amici In Concert

Amici present a lively programme of a cappella music drawn from all periods between the Renaissance and the twenty-first century.

Amici is an a cappella choir formed in 2006 by our present director, Adrian Knott. We have performed extensively across East Anglia and have also been on concert tours to France, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic over the past few years. Our repertoire is broadly based, stretching from the late-medieval period to the twenty-first century, and encompassing a wide variety of styles, but there is a particular focus on the madrigals and sacred music of the Renaissance.

£7 adults, under 18s free.

Please note that this is a seated event (seats unallocated, all with a good view). The event is not organised by the John Peel Centre, and is the responsibility of the organisation who have hired the Centre for the evening.

Sun 11 Mar

£7.70 some concessions

Barnstormer With Attila The Stockbroker

Poetry set from Attila, then his 'early music meets punk' band Barnstormer.

'An absolute honour to do a gig at the place set up by Sheila, John's widow, in his name. With 2 sessions and countless plays in the early 80s John Peel gave me the start which has enabled me to earn my living doing what i love for 36 years.' - Attila

BARNSTORMER Although there's always been an element of music in his set, 2018 is the year when spoken word performer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Attila the Stockbroker prioritises his musical side for the first time after 37 years and over 3000 gigs primarily working as a poet. He'll be touring all over the UK with his unique band Barnstormer. A description not used lightly. They literally don't sound like anyone else.

Barnstormer aim to do with early music & punk what the Pogues did with Irish music & punk. Attila describes their sound as 'Roundhead Renaissancecore and Baroque 'n' Roll'.

Attila has always loved early music and plays a lot of the instruments crumhorn, cornemuse, shawm, bombarde and five different recorders as well as violin, viola , mandola and mandocello. A lifelong socialist and activist, he has always been fascinated by the radical movements which exploded at the end of the English Civil War and the execution of Charles 1 - radicals who can be described as the first English socialists. And his songs are inspired both musically and lyrically by the events of that tumultuous time. So instruments and ideas fit together: they are from the same period.

The songs are mostly based around the time at the end of the war, after the King was executed and, in the words of a ballad of the time, the world turned upside down. Previously marginal ideas of social justice and equality spread across the land. Barnstormer's songs are about the Diggers, the Levellers, the Ranters and their leader Abiezer Coppe, the radical factions of the New Model Army and their confrontation with Cromwell's grandees. There is an epic piece about the narrow escape of Charles 11 after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 in a coal boat which sailed from the end of Attila's road in Shoreham Port near Brighton. (If he'd been caught, we'd probably be spending more money on the NHS now instead of the Royal Family!) There are some earlier references to Wat Tyler and the Peasants' Revolt as well. And all with an eye on what's happening now, which is essential. Attila has written a couple of very modern early music songs too. One's about a visionary with a beard and the initials JC!

History is mainly presented as the story of kings, queens and nobles but real history is about us and our battles for justice. As our country becomes more and more divided along class and generational lines, and the extremes of wealth and poverty become even more sharply defined, we can learn a lot from the events of the past.

Although their politics are similar, there's one very important difference between Barnstormer and the Roundheads though. Some Roundheads, apparently, thought drinking beer, dancing and having fun was evil. Attila and Barnstormer think it should be obligatory.

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/Barnstormer1649

Tickets £10 in advance (plus booking fee online), £12 on the door.

Fri 11 May

£11

Blackballed

Blackballed, fronted by Marshall Gill (vocals/guitar), who is more usually seen playing guitar for New Model Army, with Tom Wibberley (Bass) and Leon Gill (Drums), are a full tilt powerhouse blues/rock band from Manchester with a ton of passion and style. Fusing all the best ingredients from blues and rock to psychedelic soulfulness, they conjure up an energy that once discovered won't be forgotten.

https://youtu.be/8QWEBnWKmdg

Since their inception in 2012, Blackballed have been smashing down the walls at every show and powering on from strength to strength building on an ever increasing fan base. The band released their second album "Fultons Point" last year, and also played the John Peel Centre last August. This gig was reviewed by Francine Carrel in B-Side Music Magazine, who said:

"I walked out with ears ringing and a massive grin on my face. Blackballed live is totally incomparable with Blackballed recorded. It was one of the most entertaining things I've ever seen."

The full review can be read here: www.b-sidemusic.co.uk/post/164325770680/live-review-blackballed-the-wilsons-mesonical

www.blackballedband.org

Support TBC

Thu 24 May

£8.80

Connor Adams, Jerry Harmon, And Steve Young

An evening of indie folk and original songs as the musicians perform in the round.

Thu 12 Apr

£10; £8 adv

Connor Adams, Steve Young, Jerry Harmon - In The Round Tour

Connor Adams, Jerry Harmon, and Steve Young are coming to Stowmarket to perform their 'In The Round' tour, each taking turns to play a song.

Connor Adams

Connor plays energizing indie/folk, and draws influence from acts such as Ed Sheeran, Eminem & Foo Fighters, which on its own is a very healthy blend of influences. Using his emotive and intimate style of performing, Connor also blends his honest and relatable lyrics to portray his emotion and with this comes accomplishment. Connor performs live with a loop machine, as well as two vocal microphones and his acoustic guitar. This allows him to layer and blend his music in a way, which is quantized and projected to his audience.

Having supported The Darkness at 2,000 capacity venues across the UK, he is now following up from his debut EP that reached no.5 in the iTunes singer-songwriter charts, as Connor has more music in the pipeline to release early 2018 and we can only look forward to this news from a star in the making.

An up and coming star BBC Music Introducing

Jerry Harmon - "The Smoky Mountain Gypsy"

After years of success as a performer in America, sharing the bill with the likes of America's most celebrated musicians: Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, and others, Jerry has quickly gained recognition as an amazing performer in the UK and mainland Europe performing at major events there. He has appeared at such events as North Carolina's renowned Merle?Fest, The Bath International Music Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival, and The Winnipeg Folk Festival. Jerry Harmon was born into a rich family tradition of music. His home, deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge / Appalachian mountains, reverberated daily to the sound of music in many different forms.

Harmon's musical career was launched at an early age, strumming a banjo fashioned from wood and groundhog hide by his uncle Gene. Radio programmes featuring Hank Williams Sr, Flatt & Scruggs and Ray Price also proved a lasting influence. Jerry's new studio album 'Walk Softly', which was selected by Country Magazine as one of the highlights of 2017, sees him team up with acclaimed producer Pat Holt (Dr. Hook, Keith Bryant, Darlene Austin) for a record that embraces both his songwriting heritage and the contemporary country scene. Grandmas Are Sexy Too is a playful ode to women of Jerry's generation.

Steve Young

Steve is a globe trotting session guitarist, teacher & entertainer turned Singer/Songwriter. Early TV appearances with Lionel Richie & Peter Andre soon led to full time touring duties with world famous artists, most notably ex Savage Garden front man Darren Hayes which took Steve on trips around the world performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, Brisbane QPAC, LA Roxy and many more and ending as co-writer on his last album in 2012.

Since writing and releasing an EP in 2014 and crowd funded Album in 2016 Steve has performed at The London O2, Country 2 Country Festival, and Time Out London's 'Rising Stars of UK Country'. He has also done multiple shows at the Edinburgh Free Fringe, recorded live for Bob Harris' - Under The Apple Tree Sessions, opened for Carlene Carter (daughter of Johnny Cash's wife June Carter), as well as opening sets for Broadway Star - Ramin Karimloo, UK Blues Artist - Jo Harman, Brit Award winner Tom Odell (Help Refugees) as well as many solo gigs around the UK.

A top talent says Radio 2's Bob Harris

Sublime & Beautiful according to Radio 2's Janice Long

Please note that this is a seated gig, with seats unallocated (but all with a good view).

Thu 12 Apr

£8.80

Guesthouse

A grandmother, mother and a daughter have to set aside differences as they decide the fate of their family-run guesthouse in this drama from Eastern Angles. Written by Essex playwright Nicola Werenowska and directed by Tony Casement.

Wed 14 Mar

£12.65–£13.75

Thu 15 Mar

£12.65–£13.75

Ink On The Road

The Best of the 2018 INK New Short Play Festival

A surprise package of the four best plays and performances from the INK Festival of new short plays at The Cut in Halesworth. Now in its fourth year, the 2018 line-up includes the world premiere of 'The Famous 5', a unique collaboration by a stellar cast of East Anglia's most prolific writers, Richard Curtis, Esther Freud, Blake Morrison, Libby Purves and Steve Waters. These celebrity fans and friends of INK weave five magical tales from the same mysterious suitcase. This unusual piece is directed by a young East Anglian director Huw Brentnall, who makes his INK directorial debut under the watchful eye of INK's artistic director, Julia Sowerbutts. Three other pieces of theatre, chosen for their originality and brio, will complete this entertaining showcase of talent from the East of England.

Doors open at 7pm, with the event beginning at 7.30pm.

Please note that this is a seated event, and seats are unallocated (although all with a good view).

Concessions pricing applies to under 25s, disabled, and unwaged.

Thu 19 Apr

£11 some concessions

Jerry, Steve, & Connor - In The Round

Connor Adams, Jerry Harmon, and Steve Young are coming to Stowmarket to perform their 'In The Round' tour, each taking turns to play a song.

Connor Adams

Connor plays energizing indie/folk, and draws influence from acts such as Ed Sheeran, Eminem & Foo Fighters, which on its own is a very healthy blend of influences. Using his emotive and intimate style of performing, Connor also blends his honest and relatable lyrics to portray his emotion and with this comes accomplishment. Connor performs live with a loop machine, as well as two vocal microphones and his acoustic guitar. This allows him to layer and blend his music in a way, which is quantized and projected to his audience.

Having supported The Darkness at 2,000 capacity venues across the UK, he is now following up from his debut EP that reached no.5 in the iTunes singer-songwriter charts, as Connor has more music in the pipeline to release early 2018 and we can only look forward to this news from a star in the making.

An up and coming star BBC Music Introducing

Jerry Harmon - "The Smoky Mountain Gypsy"

After years of success as a performer in America, sharing the bill with the likes of America's most celebrated musicians: Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, and others, Jerry has quickly gained recognition as an amazing performer in the UK and mainland Europe performing at major events there. He has appeared at such events as North Carolina's renowned Merle?Fest, The Bath International Music Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival, and The Winnipeg Folk Festival. Jerry Harmon was born into a rich family tradition of music. His home, deep in the foothills of the Blue Ridge / Appalachian mountains, reverberated daily to the sound of music in many different forms.

Harmon's musical career was launched at an early age, strumming a banjo fashioned from wood and groundhog hide by his uncle Gene. Radio programmes featuring Hank Williams Sr, Flatt & Scruggs and Ray Price also proved a lasting influence. Jerry's new studio album 'Walk Softly', which was selected by Country Magazine as one of the highlights of 2017, sees him team up with acclaimed producer Pat Holt (Dr. Hook, Keith Bryant, Darlene Austin) for a record that embraces both his songwriting heritage and the contemporary country scene. Grandmas Are Sexy Too is a playful ode to women of Jerry's generation.

Steve Young

Steve is a globe trotting session guitarist, teacher & entertainer turned Singer/Songwriter. Early TV appearances with Lionel Richie & Peter Andre soon led to full time touring duties with world famous artists, most notably ex Savage Garden front man Darren Hayes which took Steve on trips around the world performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, Brisbane QPAC, LA Roxy and many more and ending as co-writer on his last album in 2012.

Since writing and releasing an EP in 2014 and crowd funded Album in 2016 Steve has performed at The London O2, Country 2 Country Festival, and Time Out London's 'Rising Stars of UK Country'. He has also done multiple shows at the Edinburgh Free Fringe, recorded live for Bob Harris' - Under The Apple Tree Sessions, opened for Carlene Carter (daughter of Johnny Cash's wife June Carter), as well as opening sets for Broadway Star - Ramin Karimloo, UK Blues Artist - Jo Harman, Brit Award winner Tom Odell (Help Refugees) as well as many solo gigs around the UK.

A top talent says Radio 2's Bob Harris

Sublime & Beautiful according to Radio 2's Janice Long

Please note that this is a seated gig, with seats unallocated (but all with a good view).

Thu 12 Apr

£8.80

Leisure Tank

An alt rock duo from Berlin with KC McKanzie on guitar/vocals and Budi on drums.

Sat 24 Feb

£7.70

Louise Distras

Louise Distras

Acoustic punk songstress.

Fri 13 Apr

£8.80

Loving Life

The Kettle Girls present an evening of music with proceeds from the event going to charity.

This is a seated event and seating is unallocated.

Doors are at 7.30pm for an approx. 8pm start.

Please note this event is a hire and the JPC is not responsible for the planning or content of the event.

Sat 28 Apr

£8.80

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson

Brilliant mix of English tradition and American music from the virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and singer, a former BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year.

Fri 23 Mar

£16.50

Paul Mosley + Jack Harris

Singer-songwriter Jack Harris was the youngest ever winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival's 'New Folk' Award in 2005 (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Anais Mitchell). He has also been the recipient of an EFDSS creative bursary for songwriting. His songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. They are literate, curious songs, often in character, always intriguing. His third full length album, 'The Wide Afternoon', assembles 11 new songs, rooted in folk and blues traditions, telling real and imagined stories in a husky, intimate vocal accompanied by excellent, fluid guitar picking.

"A priest of song" - Anais Mitchell
"Powerful, poetic melodies" \*\*\*\*\* - The Guardian
"A natural, captivating songwriting talent" 10/10 - The Telegraph \*\*\*\*\*

Paul Mosley is a singer/songwriter and composer, 10 years and 7 albums into a slightly bonkers career taking in festivals from Glastonbury to Green Man, commissions from an Icelandic Farmers choirs and Danish Puppet Theatre, touring with everyone from Shane MacGowan to Neko Case and Ron Sexsmith, his own 5 star folk opera 'The Butcher' starring chart star Jamie Lawson and BBC Folk Award winner Josienne Clarke and Albums Of The Year from BBC6Music and Resonance.fm.

"Wonderful, these songs really do soar and Mosley's slightly mad scheme really succeeds" - Americana UK
"Astonishing, brings to mind West Coast Americana and hazy, dreamy 70's folk pop" - The Daily Country
"Beautiful, intimate and affecting. This is great modern folk writing" \*\*\*\* - R2
"A darkened folk masterpiece" \*\*\*\* - The Quietus
"Sometimes disturbing magic realist folk pop. Excellent" \*\*\*\* - Q Magazine
"What a voice!" - Jools Holland

Please note that this is a seated gig, with seats unallocated but all with a good view.

Fri 4 May

£8.80

Weapon Uk

Onwards & Upwards UK Tour 2018

'Metallica opened its early live sets (and 'Kill em all' album) with 'Hit the Lights', a song that begins with a noisy two - chord flourish meant to evoke the opening of a concert. However, in a further illustration of NWOBHM's important role in Metallica's musical direction, the opening chords - drum fills and all - seem to have been lifted directly from Weapon's 'Set the Stage alight', the 1980 release from the influential fledgling NWOBHM band. (C) Metallica Biography 'Damage Incorporated' Published 2006

March 1980: Danny Hynes places an advert in the wanted section of the UK's legendary Melody Maker. He is looking for a band, just as Jeff Summers places one looking for a singer! Danny auditions and is offered the job in Jeff's band 'Fast Relief'. After several weeks in the studio and a couple of gigs under their belts, Danny and Jeff decide to replace the rhythm section. Danny recommends his best friend and bassist, Baz Downes, who played in his former band 'Snatch'. Jeff calls in Bruce Bisland the young up and-coming Scottish drummer. One rehearsal, a name change, and 'Weapon' are formed.

Weapon went on that year to support Motorhead on the 32 date 'Ace Up Your Sleeve' UK Tour, beginning on October 22nd 1980 at the Ipswich Gaumont (now the Regent Theatre). The band toured for the next 18 months before management/contractual problems arose, forcing the band to split. The boys remained and still are the best of friends, so much so, that in Summer 2005, they re-grouped to celebrate what would have been their 25th anniversary.

Since then the band have split again, and reformed, with a few changes of personnel. They had to change their name to Weapon UK (long story), and have played a number of live dates and released a new album, 'Rising From The Ashes'.

Following a series of UK dates in March 2017 the band returned, yet again, to Scream Studios to re-record their 1980 hit 'Set The Stage Alight', with the new rhythm section. They also recorded their version of the Thin Lizzy song 'The Rocker', one of Danny's favourites! The onto Norway for a couple of shows. With 'The Rocker' & 'Set The Stage Alight 2017' set for a worldwide digital release on the 28th October the band headed out on a series of UK gigs, climaxing with their 'critically acclaimed' appearance at 'Grimm Up North - Rock & Metal Festival in Bury, Greater Manchester on Sunday 1st October.

Monday the 23rd October 2017 - Weapon UK sign a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records GmbH. The story continues….

www.weapon-uk.com

With special guests Kill For Eden + TBA

Kill For Eden are London-based purveyors of classic hard rock, radio ready riffs, and powerful female vocals. Their music has been championed by XFM (presently Radio X) and Kerrang!, and seen the band likened to Skunk Anansie, Halestorm, The Cult, and Garbage. The quartet have released two EPs and a self-titled album, that boasted "blistering riffs, hook-laden choruses, great vocals and a strong selection of tunes" (Fireworks Magazine).

www.killforeden.com

Licensed bar.

Wed 2 May

£11

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