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’.
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..
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.
8.30 til 11.00 pm.
Thurs 7 Oct: The Fruitful Earth/ Tommy Hinkley and the Wandering
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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..
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.
Herons! onstage at 7.30
Firestations onstage at 8.30
The Ramshackle Union Band onstage at 9.30