ART’S COOL PRESENT
+ Special Guests
Thur 24 Jan – 7pm
Formed in May 2017 in Bristol, through friendship, and a desperate need for artistic and sonic self-expression, Heavy Lungs went on a frenetic spree.
From the first packed out show at Crofters Rights, to recording an ep in 3 days, a raucous set at Simple Things last year, to supporting Idles then Metz. They went onto play outside Bristol home turf across the country and are fresh off a sold out UK tour with brothers, IDLES. This is the beginning.
This is Heavy Lungs.
The return of the fabulous Rattle on the Stovepipe.
Great harmonies, terrific song writing and traditional
songs and tunes steeped in the Appalchian tradition
with links to the old country.
Dave Arthur – banjo, guitar, melodeon, vocals
Pete Cooper – fiddle, vocals
Dan Stewart – guitar, banjo, vocals
Plus open mic
Phil “Swill” Odgers + Bobby Valentino
Phil “Swill” Odgersis well known as one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of UK folk rebel rockers The Men They Couldn’t Hang. He is also a formidable solo artist in his own right. Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Tokyo and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in!
Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed ‘partial’ autobiography “Tales from the Tracks” and knock-out album “Roll to the Left” and sold out UK tour – Phil “Swill” Odgers rides into Margate town accompanied by the larger than life Bobby Valentino(playing some mean violin). They’re “off the wagon again” playing their first gig of 2019 and the venue is the wonderful Tom Thumb Theatre.
As well as being a founder member and singing with the inimitable The Men They Couldn’t Hang he is a well-loved and prolific solo artist in his own right. He has appeared as a special guest to Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, David Bowie and Van Morrison.
A fine acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter, his influences are far-reaching, ranging from his Scottish roots, through 50’s/60’s rock ‘n roll, punk, folk and country.
Billy Braggrefers to him as “a natural born troubadour”.
Elvis Costellohas described him as “an undervalued national treasure, his writing style is a combination of Scottish roots, Irish roll and Anglicana”
DJ Liz Kershaw, in her radio show, said that “Swill has a voice like honey and an extraordinary way of writing a song that tells a story we can all relate to but no one’s told before”.
Swill has the ability to tell unique tales with cinematic imagery from kitchen sink realism and social commentary to technicolor splendour.
Swill has recently launched a new pledge campaign which is set to produce another excellent volume of songs (with some surprising guests).
At this special performance at The Tom Thumb, you have the opportunity to hear songs from this album, along with favourites from Swill’s back catalogue and even some classics from The Men They Couldn’t Hang!
To make this gig even more special Phil will be accompanied by renegade virtuoso Bobby Valentinoon fiddle.
Bobby Valentino comes with an outstanding pedigree of his own. He co-wrote and played violin on The Bluebells smash hit “Young at Heart”. Bobby has played on records by Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Alabama 3 and Paul Weller to name but a few! He has also contributed to many recordings by The Men They Couldn’t Hang as well as frequently appearing with them on stage.
Bobby’s vocal talents are demonstrated on his solo albums “This is Murder” and “Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake” both of which will be on sale on the night along with an array of Swill’s vast collection of material.
Phil “Swill” Odgers and Bobby Valentino – a combination not to be missed!
Website – www.swillodgers.co.uk
Support comes in the form of Slick Pixie.
Playing acoustic versions of Americana, folk, modern Irish mixed in with a couple of pop covers, this small but perfectly formed 4 piece band Slick Pixieare proud to have a multi-instrumentalist line-up including guitars, mandolin, banjo, double bass, U-bass and accordion to make up their sound. They then add to this mix some high quality lead and harmony vocals.
Slick Pixie expect to have the Tom Thumb jumping for the get go!
As part of Independent Venue Week Dan Lyons and his band will be playing a very special show. He will be showcasing music from his upcoming debut album. Support will be coming from Human Interest (Harry Very Friendly) and DJ Spencer Deathwaltz (Death Waltz Recording Company) will be spinning the hottest and hippest tunes until late. The 2nd of February is the date, and what better way to spend your Saturday night inside Europe’s smallest theatre listening to music you’ve never heard before whilst rubbing shoulders with some ne’er-do-wells and sharing a drink with friends? Open your third eyes, Mrs May is watching you. We can offer a place to hide, at least for a while..
Dan Lyons is a musician living and writing in Margate, Kent. Perhaps better known as a drummer, having playing with Fat White Family and Phobophobes, 2018 saw the release of Dan’s first two singles under his own name. A trip to Texas to play SXSW Festival and his first headline shows in London and Paris followed shortly. This year he is releasing his first full length album – a collection of intensely beautiful and intimate songs that hark back to the golden days of songwriting.
Luke Wright seeks poetry’s top job. Has own quill.
With a new Poet Laureate due in 2019 Wrighty’s chucking his hat in
the ring. But he’s a dark horse at best. He turned down his last invite to
Buck House and he’s really got to stop penning one-vowelled invectives
about Tory politicians if he’s to get a look in.
So he’s a on a mission to reinvent his poetry, to unite rather than divide.
But can one poet ever really represent an entire nation? And just who
are these previously laureled rogues? Luke delves into the murky world
of poets laureate past, while serving up a sparkling set of new poems.
Luke Wright, Poet Laureate started its run of previews at Latitude
Festival in July 2018, playing to a crowd of 800+ punters and earning a
standing ovation. It went on to play full houses at the Edinburgh Fringe
Luke Wright is an award winning poet and theatre-maker. Poet Laureate is his 12th
solo stage show. Since 1999 he’s performed thousands of gigs with everyone from
Beck to Patti Smith. His shows have toured the world and for the last eight years
he’s performed to hundreds of thousands of people in Britain as John Cooper
Clarke’s warm-up act.
His play What I Learned From Johnny Bevan won a Fringe First, e Stage Award
for Acting Excellence and a Saboteur Award. A follow-up play Frankie Vah was
hailed in the press during a three week West End run and 50 date national tour.
His debut collection Mondeo Man was called “a riot” by Huffington Post in a five
star review. Wright is a regular on BBC radio and in 2012 he was Newsnight’s only
ever ‘poet-in-residence’ on National Poetry Day.
“Cool poems.” Patti Smith
ART’S COOL PRESENT
+ Special Guests
Sun 10 Feb – 7pm
Her songs evoke the familiar and the peculiar, the poetic and the plain. Pretty Faces sat proudly on the Flightless Records roster of 2017 and her distinctive voice also featured on King Gizzard’s apocalyptic album Murder of The Universe, as the
omnipresent female narrator.
“Leah Senior is an amazing folk singer, very, very talented, and nothing like King Gizz’s music at all. her songs equally terrifying, joyous, sad and exciting. We get chills watching her
perform.” – King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard.
“Enchanting..Recalling Joni Mitchell playfulness through cosy folk, minimalism” – Rolling Stone Australia
Soon joined by fellow musicians Neil Batey on bass and Steve Nye on drums, the band considerably improved their profile in the last 19 months to play 20 gigs across 13 venues in London, Margate & Birmingham – to rapturous applause & reaction from fellow Smiths fans.
The Joneses have developed a very unique style based on The Smiths live gigs, as opposed to the studio recordings. This introduces a stripped down, dramatic show with nods towards punk and rockabilly genres. This delivers a very lively and engaging show, with performances by Aidan ‘Morrissey’ recreating some of the antics performed by the original front man, which include wearing tattoos, brandishing and throwing flowers, undressing, rolling around the stage (where space permits) and thrashing about in Morrissey’s distinctive style.
Simone Hurst – Switch Radio – Mancunian Mondays radio presenter quote:
‘The Joneses tribute to The Smiths has the best Morrissey front man I have seen in The Smiths tribute scene, a must see if you can get to their gigs. They offer something unique in the highly polished Smiths tribute market – a band that connects with the audience.’