John Etheridge with The Buster Birch Trio
Halstead Jazz Club
Sunday 10 February 2008
Village Hall Knockholt Road, Halstead, Kent.
Admission only £5.00 doors open 7:00pm music starts 8:00pm
for more info and directions see www.halsteadjazzclub.com
"One of the best guitarists in the world" - Pat
"I never wanted to be a star, just a highly
respected musician like John Etheridge" - Sting
Guaranteed to be a great night of music when this master
guitarist joins forces with one of the finest rhythm sections
on the circuit.
John Etheridge is not just another great guitarist, he is a
master of the instrument and he knows how to use it to best
effect in an enormous range of settings.
He is fast, a
great chord man, inventive but subtle, as good with a pick as
finger style, as at home on acoustic as on electric guitar.
Critically, he knows what to leave out, when to use nuance and
suspense and when to let rip. Taste and talent are the
indisputable hallmarks of this incredibly accomplished and
well-rounded musician who reads, and responds to his fellow
musicians and his audience equally well.
His range is well
illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the
iconic Stephane Grappelli while simultaneously doing likewise
with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine. John
is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar and his
willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his
ability to excel in any of them.He has also played with John
Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis,
Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene,
Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others.www.
Buster Birch has a degree in music from the University of
London and a post-graduate diploma in jazz performance from
the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since finishing his
studies and turning professional he has travelled extensively
as a musician, performing in over 30 countries.
of great versatility, Buster has worked with many of the UK’s
finest jazz musicians, including; Peter King, Jim Mullen,
Gerard Presencer, The Bobby Wellins Quartet, Geoff Simkins,
Alan Barnes, John Critchinson, Ian Shaw, Derek Nash, Mark
Lockheart, Chris Lawrence, Steve Waterman, Chris Batchelor,
The Branco Stoysin Trio, The Deirdre Cartwright Group, Julian
Nicholas, Ashley Slater and others; in the orchestral world,
he has performed with, among others, The Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra. He also has extensive experience in musical theatre
and his recording credits include many jazz albums as well as
pop (Lily Allen) and film score studio sessions.
Buster is also deeply involved with music education,
teaching drums to all levels, giving music workshops and a
course director of the highly respected Glamorgan Jazz Summer
School. He is also a professor at Trinity College of Music
where he lectures in jazz history.
Vanity Fare The Kent band are on a big tour in the
OH BOY.. NON STOP 60's with PJ Proby, Chris
Farlowe, Mike Pinder & Brian Poole.
Two dates in Kent Are,
May: Sun 11th Winter Gardens, Margate 01843 292795
Fri 27th Central Theatre, Chatham 01634 338338
Vanity Fare earned a unique place in late 60's and
early 70's music history. They achieved great popularity on
the British and European Pop scene, when their updated version
of an old Sunrays number "I Live For The Sun" hit the
Next singles "Early in the Morning" and "Hitchin' a
Ride" achieving gold disc status, the group became established
worldwide, particularly in the USA, where both songs were top
ten hits and stayed in the charts for a total of twenty three
The bands current stage show reflects much of their
thirty-four year history and features their own hits plus
songs that have influenced them along the way.
Keith James & Rick Foot Present 'Lorca'
Their most exciting endeavour yet - 'Lorca'.
Consisting of an 11 track studio album and concert tour
based on the works of celebrated Spanish poet and dramatist
Federico García Lorca, the project has been two years in the
For more information on the project, including details of
the concept, photo gallery, press info and more, please visit
the dedicated website at
Live Electro-Acoustic Music Venue
Sandgate Hotel, Sandgate, Kent
Monthly From Wed 6th
So far we've confirmed Raphael Mead, who'll be playing with
Geoffrey Richardson and Andy Briggs, and Nic Bennett is
duetting with Kevin Iverson from Springtide and just waiting
for confirmation of the third act but hoping either Syd Arthur
or Lucy Kitt (who are both confirmed for Sellindge Music
Festival this year) will be playing an acoustic set.
The night will be 7-10pm at the The Sandgate, £5 on the
door £3 with a flyer Get flyer from Kentgigs.
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The BritBus Tour Limited
London WC2N 4HS
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Fax: +44 20 7812 6566
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BBC Kent Introducing… in 2008.
Bands and Live Dates at the bottom of this
If you don't already know, BBC Kent Introducing… is the
BBC's biggest ever initiative for unsigned British artists,
giving them unparalleled opportunities to be seen and heard.
The aim is for local BBC new music shows to unearth acts and
then pass them up to national radio - in particular Huw
Stephens BBC Introducing… show on Radio 1 which airs every
Wednesday at 9pm. In the last few months several Kent bands
have made the leap through us to Radio 1 airplay, including
Maidstone's Outa City Committee, Tunbridge Wells' Paisley
Grammar and Chatham's Brigadier Ambrose - who were featured on
Huw's 'Tips For 2008' show on the 2nd of January 2008.
BBC Kent Introducing… want to offer more than just the
opportunity to have your music featured on BBC Kent
Introducing…. They want to be the place where music venues in
Kent and around the country come to find the best bands to
play gigs. They want to be a place where the music industry
come to find the next new band for their label or to support a
The plan is to grow BBC Kent Introducing… from it's current
half hour online show. They are also thinking of promoting a
regular tour which travels the best venues in Kent every week,
arranging gigs for bands and providing live music for fans
with the promotional possibilities that only the BBC can
offer. Last summer Bob Geldof's Kent TV expressed an interest
in filming these bands which would also offer excellent new
promotional networks. The BritBus also want to get involved
and be represented at these events. There are also
opportunities to make BBC Kent Introducing… a longer show also
available on radio.
In order to achieve there is a need to build a buzz around
BBC Kent Introducing…. Spread the word.
BBC Kent need your help to achieve this. As you can imagine
they are in contact with over 200 Kent bands and it's just not
possible to chase all of them on a regular basis. The bands
that work hard to keep the BBC up to date with their latest
songs, news and gigs find that they get results. If you are
playing with bands around the county make sure they are signed
up to BBC Kent Introducing….
What you need to do:
1) Please sign up to the newsletter which will will be used
this as a mailing list from now on to send out information and
requests to bands and new music fans. If you are not signed up
to this you WILL miss out on BBC Introducing... opportunities
- which in 2008 will include the chance to play on the BBC
Introducing... stage at Glastonbury, perform at the BBC
Electric Proms and get a session at the legendary Maida Vale
studios. It's easy to subscribe and unsubscribe.
2) Listen to BBC Kent Introducing… which is online every
Wednesday and is new and improved in 2008. You'll be able to
hear the best acts Kent has to offer, find out where they're
playing, get advice on what it takes to step up to national
level and get feedback on your music. One of the best ways to
find out how to be a success is to listen to how other bands
have achieved theirs. Make sure all your fans listen and
support other local music as well - the more people that
listen the greater the audience for your music.
3) Make sure you are a friend on the MySpace site - this is
the quickest and easiest way for Kent venues and music fans to
find and hear music from local bands.
4) Update the records - please fill in the following
information as briefly as possible and return it to
Band members: e.g. Andy Smith (19)
(Vocals/Guitar), Ben Jones (18) (Bass Guitar), Dan Stevens
Where from in Kent:
Contact email address (not for
Contact phone number (not for
Upcoming gigs: e.g.
1st January 2008, The
Beacon Court, Gillingham
2nd January 2008, The Britania
3rd January 2008, The Happy Frenchman,
4th January 2008, The Grey Lady Music Lounge,
5) MP3 your latest music to kents_dot_unsigned_at_bbc_dot_co_dot_uk and/or
post a copy to the address below.
You will need to fill in
an agreement with the BBC preview here
BBC Kent Introducing...
It Hugs Back - from Maidstone
Mr Basista -
from Tunbridge Wells
Floors & Walls - from Thanet
AntiKid - from Erith
Fri 7th - The Loft, Maidstone
Thu 13th - University of
Kent Rutherford Bar, Canterbury
Thu 20th - The Forum,
Thu 27th - Tap N Tin, Chatham
Brigadier Ambrose - from Chatham
Down - from Tunbridge Wells
Motion Picture Soundtrack -
Outa City Committee - from Maidstone
Fri 4th - The Loft, Maidstone
Thu 10th - University of
Kent Rutherford Bar, Canterbury
Thu 17th - The Forum,
Thu 24th - Tap N Tin, Chatham
Eben - from Canterbury
Paisley Grammar - from
2 places TBC
Fri 2nd - The Loft, Maidstone
Thu 15th - University of
Kent Rutherford Bar, Canterbury
Thu 22nd - The Forum,
Thu 29th - Tap N Tin, Chatham
Hopefully continuing in the following order every month
The Loft - 1st Friday
UKC Rutherford Bar
- 2nd Thursday
The Forum - 3rd Thursday
Tap N Tin -
If you have any ideas of how we could help bands in
Kent or would like to get involved with helping out BBC Kent
Introducing… in any capacity then drop an email to
The Oasthouse Social Club - Rainham Kent
The Oasthouse at Rainham is a popular venue for Indie and
Unsigned band with a flexible and proper approach to enable
the local music fans.
Over the years Vic of DefZone has
constantly introduced new and young bands from around the UK.
For some the Oasthouse has been their first gig.
Oasthouse has recently started promoting two gigs a month -
one traditional set up and an acoustic night which starts on
26th January with One Day Elliott.
Close Rainham Kent (07984 002808 Promoter) DefZone Event One
Day Elliott + Bender Crack Corn + Antmonkey - Acoustic.
no under 16's - No ID no Alcohol doors 7.30pm £3.00
The website is at http://www.oastclub.co.uk and myspace
which is http://www.myspace.com/theoasthouse.
Contact via dougalberry_at_hotmail_dot_co_dot_uk
Oasthouse (Rainham and Wigmore Community
Association), Grananry Close, Rainham, Kent - Next to Rainham
2nd Saturday of the month - rock night - live
4th Saturday of the month - acoustic night in the
Doors 7:30pm - finish 11pm
Over 16 /
ID for alcohol
9th - Oasthouse
Mirrortone - Medway - rock
Sittingbourne - metal
VenXia - Maidstone - metal
23rd - Oasthouse - acoustic
The Johan Experiment -
Bexleyheath - acoustic singer/songwriter
Los Salvadores -
Sittingbourne - folk punk acoustic set
Tom Anderson -
Whitstable - acoustic singer/songwriter
Other DefZone events
Red Lion, Crete Hall Road,
Northfleet (just under the overcliff)
Doors 9pm - live
music ends at midnight - rock/cheese DJ until 2am
Over 16 (over 14 with responsible adult) / ID for
SIA security staff
Burger bar open 9pm to
Big screen TV / pool table / covered smoking
garden / dart board
16th - Red Lion
Violation Complex - Bexley - industrial
Rise of the Simians - Hastings - metal
Crossbows - Dartford - alt rock
Face to Face
The popular Kent Rock Band have taken January off from the
gig circuit to rehearse a whole new batch of songs, they felt
it was about time to change their set list,
Face to Face return on the 30th January at Herne Bay, where
they will debut their brand new set.
Rehearsals are going
very well & some of the new songs are quite challenging,
they promise a few suprises for their return in 2008.
For further news and dates check their website
Players needed for Traditional Music sessions
are many traditional sessions, open stages and sing-arounds in
Kent these days, with the traditional sessions covering styles
from English to Celtic to French/Breton/Eastern European to
However while some of the young people's
open stages are doing well, there is a worry that there are a
lack of new people, particularly young people, particularly
fiddlers, at the traditional sessions.
Please see the
following plea for new players :
plea for new players at traditional sessions - particularly
If you are interested in coming along,
but would like to practice some tunes first, here is a pointer
to finding out what tunes are played at the different
......| What tunes do they play at the different
JOOLS HOLLAND ANNOUNCES SUMMER CONCERT
Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra,
Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise
Marshall, has announced a summer concert at Bedgebury Pinetum
& Forest, near Goudhurst, Kent.
This should prove a
popular return to the venue where the act last played to a
sell-out crowd in 2003.
Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra has
become established as one of the most prolific touring acts in
the UK, creating their own unique big band sound playing a mix
of boogie-woogie, swing, jazz and R&B. They now play an
average of 100 live shows a year, touring Britain and the
world to audiences in excess of 250,000. It's been a
particularly busy time for the music maestro recently with the
publication of his autobiography, 'Barefaced Lies and
Boogie-Woogie Boasts' and top 10 chart success with his latest
album 'Best of Friends'.
Commenting on the booking Elspeth Hill for Bedgebury
Pinetum says "We are delighted to have secured a date with
Jools again. The concert will be supporting The Forestry
Commission's valuable social and environmental programmes and
is the first confirmed date as part of our summer concert
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be
performing at Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Nr Goudhurst,
Kent, on Saturday 7th June 2008.
Tickets are £30 (subject
to booking fee) and go on general sale from 9.00am on Friday
11 January 2008 from ticket hotline: 01842 814612 or buy on