From: Chris Ashman [chris_at_kentgigs_dot_com]
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Subject: Wotson -10-02-2008 - Kent & E Sussex Gig Guide
Kent & E Sussex Gig Guide - Newsletter

Sunday 10 February 2008

Alexandra Hotel (43 Railway Street Chatham Kent Me4 4RJ 01634 830545) Leighs Rock Band 5-7pm
Halstead Village Hall (Halstead Village Hall Knockholt Rd Sevenoaks Kent 07711 561510) John Etheridge With The Buster Birch Trio 7pm Door 8pm Music £5
Louis Armstrong (Maison Dieu Road Dover Kent Ct16 1ra 01304 204759) Blue Rhythm Kings 1920's Jazz .
Mount Edgcumbe (Off Mount Ephraim - The Common Tunbrige Wells Kent Tn4 8bx 01892 526823) Andy Bad Robinson 7.30pm Free
The Grey Lady Music Lounge (70-72 The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells Kent Tn2 5tw 01892 544700) A Musical Evening with Paul Dunton and Guests

Monday 11 February 2008

Maverick _at_ Zebra Bar (15-17 King Street Maidstone Kent Me14 1ba 01622 744481) Tripple Header With Winter + Kendel Carson Trio + Kathleen Haskard £11 Door Adv.£9
Walnut Tree P.H. (234 Tonbridge Rd Maidstone Kent Me16 8sr 01622 727260) Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs .

Tuesday 12 February 2008

New Inn (2 Harnet Street Sandwich Kent Ct13 9es 01304 612335) Live Music .
The Flower Pot (96 Sandling Rd Maidstone Kent Me14 2rj 01622 757705) Electro Acoustic Jam Night - Country & Blues Soul & Folk Just bring your own instruments From 8pm

Wednesday 13 February 2008

Angel Inn (Addington Green West Malling Maidstone Kent Me19 5bb 01732 842117) Kev Reynolds Versatile Solo Entertainer
Beacon Court (Canterbury St Gillingham Kent Me7 5tp 01634 853186) Panic Plan + D-FiNiTiVe + The Gallants(Formerly Quad Riot) 8pm £5 Door In Adv.£3.50
Gulbenkian Theatre (University of Kent Canterbury Kent Ct2 7nb 01227 769075) Brass Monkey Featuring Martin Carthy John Kirkpatrick Martin Brinsford & Roger Willaims 7.45pm £15 £13
Plough Inn (Lewson Street Norton Nr. Faversham Kent ME9 9JJ 01795 521348) Landlord Tenant Act Covers
The Grey Lady Music Lounge (70-72 The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells Kent Tn2 5tw 01892 544700) A Musical Evening with Paul Dunton and Guests

Thursday 14 February 2008

Gulbenkian Theatre (University of Kent Canterbury Kent Ct2 7nb 01227 769075) Mark Watson - Can I Briefly Talk To You About The Point Of life As Seen On BBC2's Mock The Week 8.30pm £14
New Inn (2 Harnet Street Sandwich Kent Ct13 9es 01304 612335) Live Music .
The Butt Of Sherry (132 High St Hythe Kent Ct21 5ld 01303 266112) Jack Pound Open Stage .
The Grey Lady Music Lounge (70-72 The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells Kent Tn2 5tw 01892 544700) Valentines With Rachel Munroe Quartet
Walnut Tree P.H. (234 Tonbridge Rd Maidstone Kent Me16 8sr 01622 727260) Stand-Up Adult Comedy With Dave Thompson .

Friday 15 February 2008

Angel Inn (Addington Green West Malling Maidstone Kent Me19 5bb 01732 842117) Russ Davey Great Performer Classic Songs
Britannia (Fort Hill Margate Kent Ct9 1hh 01843 223269) Band TBA .
East Kent P.H. (72 Oxford Street Whistable Kent Ct5 1da 01227 272018) Sound Story Ex Shiver .
Gate Inn (71 Dymchurch Rd Hythe Kent Ct21 6jn 01303 260086) Heroes New Wave Tribute
Komedia (44 Gardner Street Brighton Sussex Bn1 1un 01273 647100) The Sharpee's Rock & Blues Guitar Stars ReCovered
Lower Bell (201 Old Chatham Road Aylesford Kent Me20 7ef 01634 861127) Phoenix Three
Sportsnet Bar (Radnor Park Avenue Folkestone Kent CT19 5HX 01303 850555) Scouse Soundz Karaoke
The Bull Inn (5 Tonbridge Rd Barming Maidstone Kent Me16 9hb 01622 726468) Learning Curve Rock
The Frenchman (Christchurch Road Folkestone Kent Ct20 2sx 01303 259815) Just Floyd Tribute Act .
The Grey Lady Music Lounge (70-72 The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells Kent Tn2 5tw 01892 544700) Seymours Jump Authentic Jump Jive
Three Horseshoes (139 Mongeham Rd Great Mongeham Deal Kent Ct14 9ll 01304 375812) Carey & Rathbone 8.30pm .

Saturday 16 February 2008

Britannia (Fort Hill Margate Kent Ct9 1hh 01843 223269) Surf Dude Grandad .
Duke Of Edingurgh (1 Heath Road Barming Maidstone Kent Me16 9lq 01622 727122) The Erics Rock/Soul Band
Gulbenkian Theatre (University of Kent Canterbury Kent Ct2 7nb 01227 769075) Preston Reed - Blues Rock Funk & Jazz One Of The Worlds Most Gifted Guitarist 7.45pm £12 Cons.£10
Lower Bell (201 Old Chatham Road Aylesford Kent Me20 7ef 01634 861127) Blues Shift
Ocean Inn (2 High St Dymchurch Kent Tn29 0ng 01303 872152) User Friendly Rock Covers .
Red Lion (Crete Hall Road Northfleet Gravesend Kent Da11 9aa 01474 566127) Rise Of The Simians + Violation Complex + Foxes & Crossbows + Late DJ 9pm £5
The Frenchman (Christchurch Road Folkestone Kent Ct20 2sx 01303 259815) Realm 79 .
The Grey Lady Music Lounge (70-72 The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells Kent Tn2 5tw 01892 544700) The Groove Agents Latin Funk Disco
Woolpack Inn (Church Road Smeeth Nr Ashford Kent Tn25 6rx 01303 812196) Where's Brian? 70's Rock 8.30pm .

Gig Guide



John Etheridge with The Buster Birch Trio
Halstead Jazz Club
Sunday 10 February 2008
Halstead Village Hall Knockholt Road, Halstead, Kent.

Admission only £5.00 doors open 7:00pm music starts 8:00pm for more info and directions see

"One of the best guitarists in the world" - Pat Metheny
"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.
A musician 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 Spring .....
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
June: 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 charts.
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 weeks.

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 making.

For more information on the project, including details of the concept, photo gallery, press info and more, please visit the dedicated website at


The Lower Deck
Live Electro-Acoustic Music Venue
The Sandgate Hotel, Sandgate, Kent

Monthly From Wed 6th Feb

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.

More Info

Kate Sampson
Music & Marketing Director
Sellindge Music Festival

Julia Jones

Julia Jones
The BritBus Tour Limited
53 Chandos Place
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4HS
Telephone: +44 20 7812 6570
Fax: +44 20 7812 6566
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BBC Kent Introducing… in 2008.

Bands and Live Dates at the bottom of this message

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 headline act.

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 kents_dot_unsigned_at_bbc_dot_co_dot_uk:

Band name:
Band members: e.g. Andy Smith (19) (Vocals/Guitar), Ben Jones (18) (Bass Guitar), Dan Stevens (20) (Drums)
Where from in Kent:
Myspace link:
Website link:
Contact email address (not for publication):
Contact phone number (not for publication):
Upcoming gigs: e.g.
1st January 2008, The Beacon Court, Gillingham
2nd January 2008, The Britania Margate
3rd January 2008, The Happy Frenchman, Folkestone
4th January 2008, The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Tunbridge Wells

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...

Tour Dates

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, Tunbridge Wells
Thu 27th - Tap N Tin, Chatham

Brigadier Ambrose - from Chatham
Seven Story Down - from Tunbridge Wells
Motion Picture Soundtrack - from Canterbury
Outa City Committee - from Maidstone

Fri 4th - The Loft, Maidstone
Thu 10th - University of Kent Rutherford Bar, Canterbury
Thu 17th - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Thu 24th - Tap N Tin, Chatham

Eben - from Canterbury
Paisley Grammar - from Tunbridge Wells
2 places TBC

Fri 2nd - The Loft, Maidstone
Thu 15th - University of Kent Rutherford Bar, Canterbury
Thu 22nd - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Thu 29th - Tap N Tin, Chatham

Hopefully continuing in the following order every month there after:
The Loft - 1st Friday
UKC Rutherford Bar - 2nd Thursday
The Forum - 3rd Thursday
Tap N Tin - last Thursday

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 james_dot_bursey_at_bbc_dot_co_dot_uk


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.
The 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.
Oasthouse Granary 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 and myspace which is

Contact via dougalberry_at_hotmail_dot_co_dot_uk

Venue Details
Oasthouse (Rainham and Wigmore Community Association), Grananry Close, Rainham, Kent - Next to Rainham Station
2nd Saturday of the month - rock night - live bands
4th Saturday of the month - acoustic night in the bar
Doors 7:30pm - finish 11pm
£3 entrance
Over 16 / ID for alcohol
Cheap bar

February gigs

9th - Oasthouse
Mirrortone - Medway - rock
Vialate - 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
£5 entrance
Over 16 (over 14 with responsible adult) / ID for alcohol
SIA security staff
Burger bar open 9pm to midnight
Big screen TV / pool table / covered smoking garden / dart board

16th - Red Lion
Violation Complex - Bexley - industrial metal
Rise of the Simians - Hastings - metal
Foxes and 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

New Players needed for Traditional Music sessions
There 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 Renaissance ....
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 :
......| A plea for new players at traditional sessions - particularly younger players.txt
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 sessions:
......| What tunes do they play at the different sessions.txt
Beau Webber


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 weekend".

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 line



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