Onstage next week

Thurs 2 Dec: The Fruitful Earth/ Pat Smyth
Inspired by the rock’n’roll bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s The Fruitful Earth are an earthy, soulful, female vocal and piano led band. You’ll hear shades of Carole King, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell in their uptempo, rocking, classic sounding songs. Great musicianship underpins tight arrangements and melodies that will stick with you for days.
Pat Smyth, former songwriter with the sublime Smokey Angle Shades, plays a solo acoustic gig this evening, a real treat. Songs of rare quality and beauty sung with sizeable charisma, he’s an artist not to be missed.
Pat Smyth onstage at 8.45 pm
The Fruitful Earth onstage at 9.45 pm


Sat 4 Dec: Phillious Williams/ Skinny Lister

Phillious Williams is a  songwriter extraordinaire, singer of dark mysterious ballads and rock’n’roll noir. Echoes of Jacques Brel  and the drama of Spector’s teen symphonies rattle through his tightly wound vignettes, performed impeccably by his fine band of double bass, organ, guitar and drums.

www.myspace.com/philliouswilliams

Skinny Lister can be anything up to a seven piece- their sound is very much of the new alt-folk UK scene, energetic, anthemic acoustic songs based around ukelele, acoustic guitar and accordian, all with a sweet pop sensibility.

www.myspace.com/skinnylister

Skinny Lister onstage at 9.00 pm
Phillious Williams onstage at 10.00 pm

Sun 5 Dec: Lucy Kitt/ Josienne Clark

Lucy Kitt is a young songwriter of significant talent. With influences ranging from Martha Wainwright to Joni Mitchell, she has a classic Laurel Canyon sound that blends blues and folk, sung with with a beautifully assured voice.

www.myspace.com/lucykitt

Josienne Clarke sits comfortably in the tradition of the finest of English folk singers, from Sandy Denny to June Tabor. Her stunning voice and fine playing provide the perfect setting for songwriting of the highest calibre, a perfect start to a Sunday evening at The Glad.

www.myspace.com/mondesirmusic

Josienne Clarke onstage at 8.15 pm
Lucy Kitt onstage at 9.15 pm

Tues 7 Dec: Upstairs Open Mic Folk Club
A new monthly open mic folk club at The lad in the intimate surrounds of our new upstairs acoustic lounge. Based around the combined talents of Dan Raza, Ben Folke Thomas, Trent Miller, Quiet Loner, Harrisburg and more. No microphones and no amplification, it’s folk music stripped right back to its roots.
Begins at 8.30.
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Little George Sueref performing right now

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Novembers awaited music events…

November Events at The Glad

Tues 2 Nov:  Upstairs at The Glad- Folk Club

A new monthly open mic folk club at the Glad in the intimate surrounds of our new upstairs acoustic lounge. Based around the combined talents of Dan Raza, Ben Folke Thomas, Trent Miller, Quiet Loner, Harrisburg and more. No microphones and no amplification, it’s folk music stripped right back to it’s roots..

Begins at 8.30

Thurs 4 Nov: Little George

Since his standing ovation and by popular demand The Glad is pleased to announce to return of Little George.
Over the years Little George has worked consistently as a professional blues musician performing with many renowned blues artists including  Lazy Lester, Big Jack Johnson, Homesick James, Honey Boy Edwards, R.L. Burnside, Big Lucky Carter, Chick Willis and Jimmy Thomas. In addition he has made guest appearances on  The Charlie Gillett Show, The John peel Show, Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2)  Jools Holland (BBC)and Andy Kershaw (BBC).

Here is a taste of Little George backstage at Womad Festival

To hear more songs
http://www.myspace.com/littlegeorgesueref

Little George will play two sets, the first beginning at 8.30 pm.

Sat 6 Nov: Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers/ Troubadour Rose

If you like your rock’n’roll unadulterated and with a twist of bordello’s’n’bars then Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers are for you. High octane and impeccably played, the energy given off by the band is explosive. Crammed with big bursting flavours of rockabilly, surf rock, The Clash, The Boss, and straight up soul revue, TMIB put on a a seriously entertaining show.  Fresh off the back of their new album mixed by Tony Platt of AC/DC ‘Back In Black’ and ‘Highway to Hell’ fame, Subba Cultcha magazine reckons watching them is like ‘every nerve is jangling and every neuron is firing’, while Blues In London raved ‘they’re superbly crafted songs, catchy and dark’.

www.myspace.com/tommansiandtheicebreakers

Troubadour Rose are a five piece female fronted ball of rock’n’roll energy. Based around guitar, banjo, fiddle, double bass and drums, they’ve been championed by Tom Robinson on 6 Music, for obvious reasons once you hear them. Citing influences as diverse as Stevie Nicks to The National, and Iron and Wine to The Pretenders, their mighty pop folk reflects their immaculate taste.

www.myspace.com/troubadourrose

Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers onstage at 10.00 pm

Troubadour Rose onstage at 9.00 pm

Sun 7 Nov: Ben Folke Thomas/ Green Diesel/ Jareth Tait

Ben Folke Thomas (solo) . A rising star of the London alt-folk scene, Ben’s music is infused with the spirit of John Prine, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. His hard driving acoustic style and squealing harmonica bring excitement and fantastic energy to songs that manage to be both intense and seriously catchy at the same time.

www.myspace.com/benjaminthomas1

Green Diesel have been building up a keen following on the Kent folk circuit ever since with their high energy live show drew  admiration from the likes of Circus Envy and the Hi and Lo. The band’s new ‘Kings At Sea’ EP draws heavily on their Kentish heritage, with several songs dealing with stories from the county, while the EP’s instrumental cut is a tune learnt at the band’s local, ‘The Bear’ in Faversham. The band continue to spin their tales of Victorian travelling shows, macabre circuses and Kentish shipwrecks into 2011 and beyond,….

www.myspace.com/thegreendieseltheory

Jareth Tait is a very accomplished singer songwriter, a purveyor of soulful, introspective songs that combine influences as wide as John Martyn and Bill Withers with a contemporary acoustic style.

www.myspace.com/jarethtait

Ben Folke Thomas onstage at 9.30 pm

Green Diesel onstage at 8.30 pm

Jareth Tait onstage at 7.30 pm

Thurs 11 Nov: James Mathe/ Tommy Hinkley and the Wandering Horse

The brainchild of Moon Music Orchestra guitar hero Tommy Hinkley, the Wandering Horse combine classic sounding songs in the tradition of Dylan’s late seventies period and Laurel Canyon era Neil Young  with shades of Jason Pierce’s mellower soulful Spiritualized explorations to create  a perfectly balanced mix.

www.myspace.com/tommyhinkley

James Mathe onstage at 10.00 pm

Tommy Hinkley & The Wandering Horse onstage at 9.00 pm

Sat 13 Nov: The Voxx/ Billy Bones

The Voxx are a London based 3-piece who have shared the stage with the likes of the View, The Subways and Babyshambles, culminating last summer in a heady climax with a support slot for the Prodigy in Croatia. Their spectacularly spaced-out moments call to mind early Spiritualized while their raunchier side reveals a satisfying combination of over-driven guitars and hook-laden melodies worthy of Pixies or Nirvana. Currently working hard on their debut album produced by Mark Gardener (Ride), NME describes them as ‘a sound smeared with the spirit of dirty, infectious rock’n’roll…do not miss’,MOJO maintains they’re ‘a three man assault of strutting guitars and mesmeric sex-laden grooves’, while the inimitable Alan Magee says they’ve got ‘f**king great songs’.

http://www.myspace.com/thevoxx

Billy Bones stalk the stage like a bunch of cheeky Victorian undertakers. Somewhere between the sound of Beirut, The Pogues and the Libertines on strong hallucinagenics, they make a beautiful racket- you won’t have seen anyone like this before….

www.myspace.com/billybones

The Voxx onstage at 10.00 pm

Billy Bones onstage at 10.00 pm

Sun 14 Nov: Adam Beattie and the Consultants/ Whiskey Moon Face

Adam Beattie’s monthly Sunday residency is without question a jewel in the Glad’s crown. Beattie sings dark, evocative songs in the style of Tom Waits and Nick Cave’s ballads with a hugely powerful voice, backed by superb playing from the band of double bass, drums and electric guitar. Always full, and always complete silence and rapt attention when the band play- never fails to be a great Sunday.

www.myspace.com/adambeattie

Adam Beattie and the Consultants onstage at 9.30 pm

Whiskey Moon Face onstage at 8.30 pm

Thurs 18 Nov: Acoustic Suicide

The Glad’s longest running residency, is curated by Resonance FM’s Dexter Bentley and Doug Hart from Hydrogen Jukebox Records. A cornucopia of left of centre musical delights, three acts on, always interesting and always a great crowd.

http://www.myspace.com/acousticsuiciderecords

Music will begin at 8.00 pm

Sat 20 Nov: Los Salvidores/ Support to be confirmed

Los Salvidores onstage at 10.00 pm

Sun 21 Nov: Jeremy Mendonca and the Rejection/ Quiet Loner/ The High Chapparals

Long time Glad stalwart Jeremy Mendonca brings his new project to this Sunday evening. Expect perfectly executed country and bluegrass tinged  Americana sung with a genuinely native U.S. voice. Veteran of the very  well respected Norton Money, Jeremy is a key player on the London roots scene.

Jeremy Mendonca and the Rejection onstage at 9.30 pm

Quiet Loner onstage at 8.30 pm

The High Chapparals onstage at 7.30 pm

Thurs Nov 25: The Vamp/ Support to be confirmed

The Vamp are a superbly energetic five piece, percussion, double bass, guitar, clarinet and sax, that cite influences as wide as Gogol Bordello, Tom Waits and Django Reinhardt. An ideal Gladstone band, you’ll hear flavours of Eastern European folk- the type for drinking and dancing to that is- mixed with what we could only describe as how the house band in a Bukowski novel might sound..

www.myspace.com/thevamplondon

The Vamp onstage at 10.00 pm

Sat 27 Nov: The Dog Roses/ The Runners Club

The Dog Roses are a stunning roots, Americana, country rock’n’roll band. A five piece based around drums, double bass, guitar, accordion and scorching fiddle they do for country and bluegrass what the Pogues did for Irish music- inject it with a huge dose of rock’n’roll. Great songs and fantastic players guarantee a seriously good night out, not to be missed.

www.myspace.com/dogroses

The Runners Club are a very exciting prospect indeed. A match made in heaven, they’re Nic Dawson Kelly backed by Tom Mansi & the Icebreakers. The Icebreakers are a blisteringly hot rockabilly/ r’n’b combo- if you’ve caught any of their shows down here you’ll know what we mean. Nic Dawson Kelly is a product of the same UK scene that has produced Laura Marling, Johhny Flynn and Jamie T.  Tonight, the Runners Club make their live debut- here’s a little of the press Dawson Kelly has received for his recently released album  ‘Old Valentine’.  The Times:  ‘a visceral, compelling new presence on the UK music scene’, The Sun:  ‘one of the most distinctive British voices in years’, Q magazine: ‘a soulful take on some of the finest blues-folk around..’.

www.myspace.com/nicdawsonkelly

The Dog Roses onstage at at 10.00pm

The Runners Club onstage at 9.00 pm

Sun 28 Nov: The Ramshackle Union Band/ Mouth 4 Rusty/ Mancub Babywoman

Playing the second of their three date residency,  the Ramshackle Union Band are a truly  great band. Based round guitar, banjo, bass and drums they twist one part Violent Femmes, one part Dylan’s ‘Desire’, and one part Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ round a centre based in pure bluegrass- their name sums them up in spirit but not in ability, there’s nothing ramshackle in how they play- a seriously exciting new band for The Glad.

www.myspace.com/theramshackleunionband

Mancub Babywoman , aka Rob and Charlotte from the Moon Music Orchestra/ Loose Salute, are a classic, heart-warming, male/ female duo. This is the sound of Nancy and Lee if their drinks were spiked, with a touch of Conor Oberst on the side…

The Ramshackle Union Band onstage at 9.30 pm

Mancub Babywoman onstage at 8.30 pm

Mancub Babywoman onstage at 7.30 pm

Mon 29 Nov: Eist- trad folk round table session.

Always a lovely evening this one, and becoming increasingly popular-  Glenn, Catherine and a group of friends sit round one of our tables with guitars, low whistle, bodhran, beautiful female harmonies and play traditional songs from across the spectrum. The basis are traditional  Irish songs, but you can also hear bluegrass and country, all played by Eist along with a selection of folk musicians who turn up on the evening- every month is different!  As in any session in Ireland you’re free to talk away, listen, join in, or all three…Any traditional players and singers are more than  welcome to bring their songs and instruments too..

Music will begin around  8.00 pm

Tues 30 Nov: Barbarossa/ Daniel Orcese in our upstairs acoustic lounge…

Daniel Orcese needs no introduction. Mainstay of the Moon Music Orchestra, tonight he plays solo acoustic songs from his new ‘Borough Lovers’ solo album. Introspective and deeply soulful, there are elements of classics form Skip Spence to Van Morrison in his uniquely original songs.

Music will begin around 8.30 pm

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Much anticipated – October’s music events!

Sat 2 Oct: Tom Mansi and The Icebreakers/ The Vamp

If you like your rock’n’roll unadulterated and with a twist of bordello’s’n’bars then Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers are for you. High octane and impeccably played, the energy given off by the band is explosive. Crammed with big bursting flavours of rockabilly, surf rock, The Clash, The Boss, and straight up soul revue, TMIB put on a a seriously entertaining show.  Fresh off the back of their new album mixed by Tony Platt of AC/DC ‘Back In Black’ and ‘Highway to Hell’ fame, Subba Cultcha magazine reckons watching them is like ‘every nerve is jangling and every neuron is firing’, while Blues In London raved ‘they’re superbly crafted songs, catchy and dark’.

www.myspace.com/tommansiandtheicebreakers

The Vamp are a superbly energetic five piece, percussion, double bass, guitar, clarinet and sax, that cite influences as wide as Gogol Bordello, Tom Waits and  Django Reinhardt. An ideal Gladstone band, you’ll hear flavours of  Eastern European folk- the type for drinking and dancing to that is- mixed with what we could only describe as how the house band in a Bukowski novel might sound..

www.myspace.com/thevamplondon

Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers onstage at 8.45

The Vamp onstage at 10.00

Tues 5 Oct: Upstairs at The Glad- open mic acoustic folk night.

A new monthly open mic folk club at the Glad in the intimate surrounds of our new upstairs acoustic lounge. Based around the combined talents of Dan Raza, Ben Folke Thomas, Trent Miller, Quiet Loner, Harrisburg and more. No microphones and no amplification, it’s folk music stripped right back to it’s roots..

Begins at 8.30

Weds 6 Oct : Tim Barnes Bluesnight (dj- vinyl, roots selection)

Tim’s regular monthly night of the finest in dusty blues, folk, and all things roots. Expect everything from Jackson C Frank to Son House, all from the lovingly tended record boxes of the admirably bearded Mr Barnes.

www.bluesnight.org

8.30 til 11.00 pm.

Thurs 7 Oct: The Fruitful Earth/ Tommy Hinkley and the Wandering

Horse.

Inspired by the rock’n’roll bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s The Fruitful Earth are an earthy, soulful, female vocal and piano led band. You’ll hear shades of Carole King, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell in their uptempo, rocking, classic sounding songs. Great musicianship underpins tight arrangements and melodies that will stick with you for days.

www.myspace.com/thefruithfulearth

The brainchild of Moon Music Orchestra guitar hero Tommy Hinkley, the Wandering Horse combine classic sounding songs in the tradition of Dylan’s late seventies period and Laurel Canyon era Neil Young  with shades of Jason Pierce’s mellower soulful Spiritualized explorations to create  a perfectly balanced mix.

www.myspace.com/tommyhinkley

Tommy Hinkley and the Wandering Horse onstage at 9.00 pm

The Fruitful Earth onstage at 9.45

Sat 9 Oct: Foreign Slippers/ Salaryman

Gabrielle Froden. a.k.a. Foreign Slippers, is a Swedish singer-songwriter signed to the splendid Izumi label, home to Duke Special, Betchadupa, and the Mummers amongst others. Hers is an epically beautiful sound, stemming from the same places as Arcade Fire and Band of Horses, brought to life by a splendid live band.  Of her cd currently on sale through Rough Trade, TLOBF said ‘…moving, dramatic, wonderfully sung..a very very impressive piece of twinkling beauty. Quite an experience.’

www.myspace.com/foreignslippers

Salaryman are one of The Glad’s favourite bands. Brilliantly catchy melodies and tightly wound, perfectly composed new wave pop nuggets sprinkle their set, all  written in the mould of classic Squeeze-era Gifford and Tilbrook, Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello.  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and leave you with a chorus ringing in your ears.

www.myspace.com/thenewscorporation

Salaryman onstage at 9.00 pm

Foreign Slippers onstage at 10.00 pm

Sun 10 Oct: Adam Beattie and the Consultants/ Jess Bryant

Adam Beattie’s monthly Sunday residency is without question a jewel in the Glad’s crown. Beattie

voice, backed by superb playing from the band of double bass, drums and electric guitar. Always full, and always complete silence and rapt attention when the band play- never fails to be a great Sunday.

www.myspace.com/adambeattie

Jess Bryant onstage at 8.30

Adam Beattie and the Consultants onstage at 9.30

Sat 16 Oct: The Moon Music Orchestra/ Lord Rochester/ Billy Bones

Kings of the Glad, Warriors of Soul, Keepers of the Folk, The Moon Music Orchestra are a six-man-and-one-woman whirlwind of freak-folk-soul-brother-and-sisterhood, the spawn of Dexy’s and Devendra’s one night stand, the filling in Van Morrison and Sly Stone’s sandwich, the icing on the Gladstone Saturday night cake.  It’s epic, it’s emotional, it’s the weekend, you don’t want to miss it.

www.myspace.com/theholymoonmusicorchestra

Lord Rochester.

Billy Bones stalk the stage like a bunch of cheeky Victorian undertakers. Somewhere between the sound of Beirut, The Pogues and the Libertines on strong hallucinagenics, they make a beautiful racket- you won’t have seen anyone like this before….

www.myspace.com/billybones

Billy Bones onstage at 8.30

Lord Rochester onstage at 9.15

The Moon Music Orchestra onstage at 10.15

Sun 17 Oct: Stealing Sheep/ The Kirkland Turn

The Kirkland Turn are based around the sublime harmonies of Daryl Kirkland and Katie Shields, bringing a pure and deeply soulful sensibility to perfectly pitched folk gems. Each song sounds as though it’s rightful place is alongside the classics in your cd collection.

www.myspace.com/thekirklandturn

The Kirkland Turn onstage at 8.30

Stealing Sheep onstage at 9.30

Thurs 21 Oct: Acoustic Suicide

The Glad’s longest running residency, Acoustic Suicide is curated by Resonance FM’s Dexter Bentley and Doug Hart from Hydrogen Jukebox Records. A cornucopia of left of centre musical delights, three acts on, always interesting and always a great crowd

http://www.myspace.com/acousticsuiciderecords

Music begins at 8.30

Sat 23 Oct: Dog Roses/ Saturday Night Fish Fry

The Dog Roses are a stunning roots, Americana, country rock’n’roll band. A five piece based around drums, double bass, guitar, accordion and scorching fiddle they do for country and bluegrass what the Pogues did for Irish music- inject it with a huge dose of rock’n’roll. Great songs and fantastic players guarantee a seriously good night out, not to be missed.

www.myspace.com/dogroses

Saturday Night Fish Fry onstage at 9.00 pm

Dog Roses onstage at 10.00 pm

Sun 24 Oct: Paul Handyside/ Erin K & Tash

Paul Handyside, Arista and Kitchenware recording artist, brings his Americana-with-a-British twist to the Glad- here’s just some of the excellent press he’s had for his current album : “.. as a singer-songwriter he excels. His shimmering hymns offer care-worn sensitivity and reflections that are sentimental but not mawkish….an absolute joy” Q Magazine “…a rootsy acoustic troubadour with a masterful grasp of his craft…rare tenderness and a genuine emotional impact”  Mojo  “… an inspiring listen… an accomplished singer-songwriter plying his trade superbly well” Maverick Magazine.

www.myspace.com/paulhandyside andysideH

Erin K (from Texas) and Tash (from Amsterdam) have developed their own style of anti-folk. Their lyrics range from the contemplative to the tongue-in-cheek, touching upon subjects as diverse as cupcakes, horses, sex-dolls and relationships- casual and otherwise. Their live performances include an array of unusual instruments, horses heads and other  visual aids. Having played  such venues as the Troubadour and Bush Hall, the band are set to headline London’s anti-folk festival for the second time.

www.myspace.com/erinkmusic

Erin K & Tash onstage at 8.30 pm

Paul Handyside onstage at 9.30 pm

Mon 25 Oct: Eist- traditional Irish round table session.

Always a lovely evening this one, Glenn, Catherine and a group of friends sit round one of our tables with guitars, low whistle, bodhran, fiddles, beautiful female harmonies and play traditional songs from across the spectrum. As in any session in Ireland you’re free to talk away, listen, join in, or all three…Any traditional players and singers welcome to bring their songs and instruments too!

Music will begin at 8.30

Weds 27 Oct: The Gladstone Trio

Bop influenced guitar, double bass and drums jazz trio- high grade musicianship, expect everything from Miles to Mingus and all points in between. There’s no stage and no amplification, they tuck themselves into a corner and play sets across the night. Feel free to chat or sit up the front and listen intently….

Music will begin at 8.30

Thurs 28 Oct: R.W. Hedges/ Monks Kitchen


Sat Oct 30: The Snakes/ Redlands Palamino Co.

The Snakes are a five piece London based Americana/ Alt country outfit, favourites of Bob Harris (‘a fantastic album’) and Mark Lamarr (‘phenomenal’)  amongst others. You’ll hear echoes of everything from exile-era Stones to Lee Hazlewood in their fine playing and perfectly executed songs.  Described as ‘new heroes of country-rock’ by Americana-uk, and purveyors of ‘really joyous guitar pop with infectious choruses’,  we should be in for a treat from their first Glad performance

www.myspace.com/the_snakes

Redlands Palamino Co have been described by Uncut as ‘the best British coutrypolitans since the Rockingbirds’ in their four star album review. Four stars from the Sun,  4.5 from Maverick magazine, ‘the album of the year’ from Rock’n’Reel magazine, their pedigree is impeccable. Mining the same fertile ground as The Jayhawks, Ryan Adams, and ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ style Byrds, they’re  very much the real deal, a definite highlight of this Autumn’s gigs at The Glad.

www.myspace.com/theredlandspalaminoco

The Snakes onstage at 9.00 pm

The Redlands Palamino Co onstage at 10.00 pm

Sun 31 Oct: The Ramshackle Union Band/ Firestations/ Herons!

A definite Gladstone favourite, the Ramshackle Union Band are a truly great band. Based round guitar, banjo, bass and drums they twist one part Violent Femmes, one part Dylan’s ‘Desire’, and one part Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ round a centre based in pure bluegrass- their name sums them up in spirit but not in ability, there’s absolutely nothing ramshackle in how they play.  A very exciting new band, definitely not to be missed.

www.myspace.com/theramshackleunionband

Firestations are a male and female duo  specialising in hazily psychedelic folktronica, a laid back dreamily textured sound  sound supported by perfect vocal harmony.  The Line of best Fit describes their sound as ‘relaxing, downtempo folk, embellished sensitively and with restraint by electronics; a soft loop of beats here, a gently throbbing synth there.”  Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Sunday evening..

www.myspace.com/firestations

Herons! are an acoustic duo that make beautifully delicate, introspective music- theirs is a modern  American indie folk sound, with echoes of everything from the Decemberists to Sufjan Stevens more folky offerings.

www.myspace.com/heronstheband

Herons!  onstage at 7.30

Firestations onstage at 8.30

The Ramshackle Union Band onstage at 9.30

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Tom Hinkley – Rays of Pale Light

Gladstone Arms are excited to announce that Tom Hinkley (member of the Moon Musical Orchestra) will be performing on the Thursday 7th of October 2010 along with his current band.

Tommy Hinkley

“Rays of Pale Light”

2010 Palomino Records

(Reviewed by Daniel Orcese)

Tom Hinkley, has more than fulfilled his promise as vocalist guitarist with Moon Musical Orchestra with a collection of songs released as his solo debut  “Rays of Pale Light”.

Stepping from the side of the stage into the centre of the studio with Matt Cousins (erstwhile companion in Findlay Brown’s band). The record constitutes  a gospel flavoured eulogy no less, to the redemptive power of love.

Expertly crafted, thoughtfully  written and mature in execution,  expect a collection of contemplate ballads.

Backbeat, electric bass, acoustic guitar and Tom’s lazy croon  sit within a warm cocoon of idiosyncratic string arrangements, Rhodes and Hammond.  Think  “Dion-ized on the Tracks.”

Tom sounds like he has come to a turning point, in his life, as a man and as a musician. I think these songs chart the course of the search for the answers he’s been looking for.

They deal with the big questions we all ask each other, as friends and as lovers.

They confront  doubt,  frustration  and fatigue  but ultimately proclaim a belief  in the ultimate victory of positivity.

Acceptance,  patience,  hope and yes the big one…..  love.

Nice work brother Tom,

Golden are the hands indeed.

x

“Rays of Pale light” is available for purchase at the Gladstone for £10. Please ask at the bar.

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Remaining acts for September

Weds 29 Sept  : The Gladstone Trio

Bop influenced guitar, double bass and drums jazz trio- high grade musicianship, expect everything from Miles to Mingus and all points in between. There’s no stage and no amplification, they tuck themselves into a corner and play sets across the night. Feel free to chat or sit up the front and listen intently….

Music will begin at 8.30

Thurs 30 Sept   : The Ramshackle Union Band/ Skinny Lister

First things first, the Ramshackle Union Band are a great band. Based round guitar, banjo, bass and drums they twist one part Violent Femmes, one part Dylan’s ‘Desire’, and one part Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ round a centre based in pure bluegrass- their name sums them up in spirit but not in ability, there’s nothing ramshackle in how they play- a seriously exciting new band for The Glad.

www.myspace.com/theramshackleunionband

Skinny Lister can be anything up to a seven piece- their sound is very much of the new alt-folk UK scene, thoughtful, fragile acoustic songs based around ukelele, acoustic guitar and accordian, all with a sweet pop sensibility.

www.myspace.com/skinnylister

Skinny Lister onstage at 8.30

Ramshackle Union Band onstage at 9.30

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