Yazmin Lacey

After her storming show in March we had to get her back. Soul meets jazz meets good times.

"Yaz is a beautiful soul, a poet and an engineer of the sweetest melodies. Her knack for shaping phrases gives her the subtle genius of a legend in the making. Do not sleep on this girl" - Acoustickle

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Part of Cambridge Jazz Festival - www.cambridgejazzfestival.info

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 14 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Richard Spaven Trio

RICHARD SPAVEN TRIO

"Richard Spaven is one of the most unique artists in the world.Triple threat drummer, composer, and producer, his voice rings true with clarity and promise. He is the point where jazz meets the world José James (Blue Note Records)

Richard Spaven's widely acclaimed album The Self explores and defies genres, from Drum and Bass to Broken Beat to Dubstep and more. Spaven has gained international recognition and praise for supplying the drums for many artists on stage and in the studio. José James, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, TY and more recently Jameszoo.

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SKELTR
Skeltr's sumptuous, technically prolific saxophone solos are combined with mysterious samples, synths and loopers for a heart-wrenching and thoughtful cascade of modern and technical soulful funk. Having recently warmed up for KNOWER on their recent UK tour and played alongside Dinosaur at the famous 'Oslo Jazzscene' in Norway - Skeltr are making big waves in their first year. Having had their debut album recently played on Jazz FM and earmarked by Giles Peterson as one to watch, Skeltr's winding musical journey is one not to be missed.

'After a matter of seconds of the opening number, it was clear this was going to be one of those extra special gigs.'
Paul Bream, Jazz North East

'An electrifying new duo in which Sam Healey's roaring sax lines soar above Craig Hanson's drum patterns, electronic soundscapes and samples, manipulated live in the moment: a striking, expansive sound with a buzzing energy at its core.'
Steve Mead, Manchester Jazz Festival

Cambridge La Raza, Thu, 15 Nov 2018 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Paul Draper (acoustic)

https://www.facebook.com/pauldraperofficial/

Ex Mansun frontman, Paul Draper, now goes it alone creating art which straddles dark pop and progressive rock at the same time.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 16 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Vanessa Haynes Celebrates Aretha Franklin

Friday Nov 16th
Emmanuel United Reformed Church

Doors: 7:00pm
Performance: 7:30-9:45pm
Tickets: £15 / £12

Possessing one of the finest voices in contemporary British UK soul, Vanessa Haynes (Incognito) and her 10-piece band present a retrospective discography of music spanning several decades for this very special Festival tribute that celebrates the life of the late and legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (1942-2018).

Vanessa Haynes is a London-based singer/piano player who has been performing worldwide over 15 years. She became one of the lead singers of the internationally acclaimed UK jazz/funk band Incognito in late 2008. The band boasts 17 Studio Albums and 2 Top 20 Hits (Always There 1990), (Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing 1992) and after 35 years is still touring today.

In early 2008 Vanessa became a backing vocalist to Van Morrison, performing around the world with him. She has worked and recorded with other notable artists including Anastacia, Mario Biondi, Goldie, Chaka Khan, LuLu, Billy Ocean, Dave Stewart and Leon Ware.

Her solo album Stay With Me has received rave reviews her stunning performance of Aretha Franklin's Ain't no Way this year at Cheltenham Festival with the Guy Barker Big Band and The BBC Concert Orchestra, received a standing ovation.

Cambridge Emmanuel United Reform Church, Fri, 16 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Vanessa Haynes Celebrates Aretha Franklin

Friday Nov 16th
Emmanuel United Reformed Church

Doors: 7:00pm
Performance: 7:30-9:45pm
Tickets: £15 / £12

Possessing one of the finest voices in contemporary British UK soul, Vanessa Haynes (Incognito) and her 10-piece band present a retrospective discography of music spanning several decades for this very special Festival tribute that celebrates the life of the late and legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (1942-2018).

Vanessa Haynes is a London-based singer/piano player who has been performing worldwide over 15 years. She became one of the lead singers of the internationally acclaimed UK jazz/funk band Incognito in late 2008. The band boasts 17 Studio Albums and 2 Top 20 Hits (Always There 1990), (Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing 1992) and after 35 years is still touring today.

In early 2008 Vanessa became a backing vocalist to Van Morrison, performing around the world with him. She has worked and recorded with other notable artists including Anastacia, Mario Biondi, Goldie, Chaka Khan, LuLu, Billy Ocean, Dave Stewart and Leon Ware.

Her solo album Stay With Me has received rave reviews her stunning performance of Aretha Franklin's Ain't no Way this year at Cheltenham Festival with the Guy Barker Big Band and The BBC Concert Orchestra, received a standing ovation.

Cambridge Emmanuel United Reform Church, Fri, 16 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cambridge Jazz Festival: Lorraine Baker's Eden

Unreserved seating available.

"Lorraine has a magical quality in her playing which is perhaps the rarest of all things musical."

Jeff Williams, Drummer/Composer/Educator

​Lorraine Baker is embarking on a 19 date UK tour to support the launch of her debut album Eden, released on independent jazz label Spark!, and funded by the Jazz Services Recording Support Scheme along with a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Her newest project features new arrangements of jazz tunes originally performed by legendary drummer Ed Blackwell.

​Inspiration for this album came from a unique experience, when Lorraine gained the opportunity to perform the Don Cherry tune Guinea with international bassist Dave Holland, who had played and recorded with Ed Blackwell himself. Lorraine has always admired the dance-like quality of Blackwell's playing, and has crafted her latest project with the drums at the centre, re-arranging tunes that Blackwell famously played and adding exciting modern compositional twists. Tracks include 'Dakar Dance;' a drum-heavy, infectious riff-based tune, 'Thumbs Up;' a raw fusion of progressive rock and afro groove, and 'Blues Connotation;' with an agitated, edgy introduction exploding into hard driving swing.

​Critically acclaimed pianist and mentor Liam Noble features on the album, who will be replaced by the incredible John Turville for the tour. Lorraine's lifelong musical partner Paul Michael features heavily on electric bass and the quartet is completed by Cambridge based Alex Merritt on tenor saxophone. Lorraine has performed at many prestigious venues including Tokyo Opera House, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and the Royal Albert Hall amongst many more.

Lorraine Baker - drums

Paul Michael - electric bass

John Turville - piano

Alex Merritt - tenor saxophone

Cambridge Espresso Library, Fri, 16 Nov 2018 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Harry Greene Trio Featuring Ashton Jones

Harry Greene studies at The Royal Academy in London and has been nominated for the best young Jazz musician of the year. He is a fabulous musician and is as at home playing guitar as he is on the saxophone. Harry is joined by the world class rhythm section of Joe Taylor on drums and Alan Carruthers on bass.

Ashton Jones is a British soul singer with a throwback style rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic, and performances that deliver soulful melodies, gritty funk and sparks of falsetto. Ashton prides himself on offering a brand of energy, flare and musicianship that captivates the audience. Recently selected to support Grammy Award winning, multi platinum selling artists SHALAMAR on their UK tour, and with numerous sold-out shows of his own, including Montreux Jazz Cafe at Harrods and two performances at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Ashton is certainly a performer in demand.

Cambridge Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, Sat, 17 Nov 2018 at 8:30pm buy tickets

Harry Greene Trio Featuring Ashton Jones

Harry Greene studies at The Royal Academy in London and has been nominated for the best young Jazz musician of the year. He is a fabulous musician and is as at home playing guitar as he is on the saxophone. Harry is joined by the world class rhythm section of Joe Taylor on drums and Alan Carruthers on bass.

Ashton Jones is a British soul singer with a throwback style rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic, and performances that deliver soulful melodies, gritty funk and sparks of falsetto. Ashton prides himself on offering a brand of energy, flare and musicianship that captivates the audience. Recently selected to support Grammy Award winning, multi platinum selling artists SHALAMAR on their UK tour, and with numerous sold-out shows of his own, including Montreux Jazz Cafe at Harrods and two performances at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Ashton is certainly a performer in demand.

Cambridge Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, Sat, 17 Nov 2018 at 8:30pm buy tickets

Hinds

Under 14s welcome with an adult

_Like its title, 'I Don't Run' is firm, assured and powerful
- DIY_

_That cheery yet punk-as-fuck attitude is studded through their second LP. NME

'I Don't Run' enhances Hinds' endearing charm and espirit de corps CLASH

A triumph that shears off the fuzz of their debut, but leaves their charm intact. - TRIUMPH OF THE WEEK, SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

A chemistry that can't be manufactured. - UNCUT

the new LP is a step up in every way from Hinds' 2016 debut: more sophisticated songwriting, more dynamic production, deeper emotional range, and, somehow, even catchier hooks. - THE FADER

After releasing their highly anticipated sophomore album I DON'T RUN in April, and ahead of appearing at this year's Reading & Leeds Festival this weekend, HINDS today announce an Autumn 2018 UK and European tour. With 17 shows in the UK this will be the band's longest and largest UK tour to-date, and it will include a special one day Hinds' curated mini-festival at London's 1,500 capactiy Hackney Arts Centre on Saturday 1st December.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 20 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sink Ya Teeth

https://www.facebook.com/sinkyateeth/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"f you have even a passing interest in the last 40 years of dance culture, Norwich duo Sink Ya Teeth's debut is sure to sound familiarand that's the point. Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford's self-titled album is a veritable archive of au courant reference points: the rubbery basslines of Liquid Liquid, ESG's call-and-response dance-punk, the alluring menace of dark disco, New Order's synthetic ecstasy, the cold atmospherics of electro. These sounds have been revived before, notably during the 2000s, as the retro-futurist electroclash movement and the side-long revelries of early DFA gave way to bloghouse, a microgenre that played fast and loose with dance music's past. Now, nostalgia for '80s club music also calls back to that period.

But Sink Ya Teeth surpasses mere genre mimicry, as Uzor and Cullingford channel the feeling as well as the sounds of classic dance music. Style is easy to copy, but attitude is hard to fake, and Sink Ya Teeth have plenty of the latter. I feel a little depressed/A little melancholy at best, they intone in deadpan unison on breakout single If You See Me, their disaffection a perfect match for the dry beat and rubbery bass. In an interview with M magazine, Uzor described the squiggly track Pushin' as channeling a frenzied and almost sexualized addiction to religion and salvation. When she sings, And when the sermon begins/She feels the tears of a thousand years of sin/But he keeps pushin', it evokes dance music's long relationship with carnality and guilt, from Donna Summer's I Feel Love to the opening of LCD Soundsystem's 45:33." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 21 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cavetown

https://www.cavetown.co.uk

Under 14s welcome with an adult

Robin is an 19 year old singer-songwriter born in Oxford, England, based in Cambridge, England, who has been writing and producing his own music from his bedroom studio since 2013. Coining the stage name 'Cavetown', Robin has made multiple appearances on stages around Cambridge, captivating his audience with his gentle sound, and moving some to tears with his nostalgic and introspective lyrics. From singing the Harry Potter theme flawlessly at the age of two, being first taught acoustic guitar by his Dad at the age of eight, and gradually building a YouTube following of over 300,000, Robin has always had a love of music and an ambition to share his creations with the world.



Music is a running talent in the Skinner family; his paternal Grandmother was a Country and Western singer in the 1950s and is well known in Hawaii for her appearances on the popular music magazine program Captain Honolulu. His father is a Fellow and Director of Music at Cambridge University, and founder of the award-winning early music ensemble Alamire, while his mother is a professional Baroque flautist for various orchestras, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists.



Robin has been surrounded by the arts since he was born, fuelling his passion for not only music, but creative writing and drawing. He has branched his creative skills into art and graphic design, gaining experience through the production of his own merchandise. Robin has an intuitive understanding of social media, interacting with his audience through weekly live streams on YouTube and Krue TV.

He has gone on to produce six albums of original music as well as three singles, constructing his own unique genre through experimenting with elements of folk, alternative, electronic, and hip hop sounds. Robin has also covered over 20 songs on his YouTube channel by artists such as Pinegrove, Twenty One Pilots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Joji, Peach Pit, and other musicians who have inspired his compositions over the years.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 22 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Self Esteem

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/RLTSELFESTEEM/

Self Esteem is the brand new project from Rebecca Taylor.

10 wonderful years in a successful indie band, and Rebecca finds herself musically re-incarnated. Self Esteem is the next chapter of her enthralling story. Drawing influence from everything and anything pop culture, the dark and light within her own life, her experiences on the road in a band that she loved but was no longer the place for her creatively, and the freedom that came from stepping away - her new sound is dramatic, direct and deafeningly exciting.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 22 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cambridge Jazz Festival: The Ridout Family

The Ridout family is an extraordinary UK jazz phenomenon. Father Mark is a much sought-after guitarist, who has played for Jimmy Smith, Natalie Cole and Eddie Parker. Sax and recorder player Tom recently graduated from the RAM, where his sister Alexandra has just started studying trumpet. They were two out of the five finalists in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016, which Alexandra won. Tom has recently released his debut album "No Excuses" with a sold out launch at the Vortex. They are joined by Flo Moore on bass and Tristan Mailliot on drums.

Cambridge Espresso Library, Thu, 22 Nov 2018 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Sleeper

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

After 19 years away, Britpop band Sleeper announced their return in 2017. Fronted by singer-turned-novelist Louise Wener, the band had eight UK top 40 singles between '93-'97 including the breakthrough hit 'Inbetweener', accompanied by the classic supermarket promo video starring Dale Winton, and two top 10 singles with 'Sale Of The Century' and 'Nice Guy Eddie'.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 23 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Resolution 88 + Run Logan Run

"Wow. Soulful music, played with passion and incredible skill. This harkens to the best funk-jazz of the sixties and seventies and takes it to a new level. Think Headhunters for the new millennium." Bob Power (The Roots, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo), NY

"Resolution 88 ... this is an exciting young band from Cambridge who take their influence from the immensely important, barrier-breaking mid 70's funk jazzer Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters - they've come out of nowhere at the last minute! There's absolutely no-one around at all like these guys at the moment!" Craig Charles (The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show)

"Resolution 88 have gone with the ... influence of mid-70's Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters and do it in the most heavyweight, sincere and unique way." Snowboy (Blues & Soul Magazine)

Resolution 88 was started in 2012 as an original funk jazz project. Tom O'Grady, the keyboard player and MD, was inspired by Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters and more recent ground-breaking artists such as Kaidi Tatham. Resolution 88's music is based around the sound of the Fender Rhodes piano, complex changes and heavily syncopated funk / broken beats.

With critical acclaim, flourishing sales and a fast growing fan base Resolution 88 have toured in the UK supporting the Blackbyrds (Donald Byrd's famous protégés), Medeski, Martin & Wood, Nels Cline and Snarky Puppy.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 23 Nov 2018 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Chris Difford (acoustic Book Tour) + Boo Hewerdine

https://chrisdifford.com/

***please note, that due to the nature of the venue, there will be no bar. Please bring your own refreshments***

Chris Difford is a rare breed. A a member of one of London's best loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as Cool For Cats, Up the Junction, labelled with Love, Hourglass and tempted. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry in writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork.

November sees Chris resuming his "Some Fantastic Acoustic Book Tour", Chris will regale the audience about some of the key events in his life in music from his autobiography Some Fantastic Place and perform some of his biggest hits acoustically.

Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His Kitchen sink drama style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen, Mark Ronson, Kasabian and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze's music and to Difford's way with words, while journalists were so moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair the "The New Lennon & McCartney".

Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film 'Still Crazy', for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. The film soundtrack was also nominated for a Grammy. He also has written with Jools Holland, Paul Carrack and Elton John, Lisa Stansfield & Bryan Ferry.

Chris hosts songwriter workshops and has done so for over 26 years. In 2014 he formed a partnership with 'The Buddy Holly Foundation' to run a week of writing at Pennard House Glastonbury. Other writing events include Guardian Master Classes held in London and smaller events held close to his home in East Sussex.

'Chris To The Mill' a box set of his 3 studio albums came out in March 2017 on Edsel Records. His forth studio solo album followed shortly after called 'Fancy Pants' a play with music, written with Boo Hewerdine whom he toured with earlier this year.

Cambridge St Phillip's Church, Tue, 27 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tony Wright (terrorvision)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/laikatone/
https://www.facebook.com/terrorvisionofficial/

Tony Wright is best known as the singer for Bradford rock band Terrorvision. However, when he's not touring with Terrorvision, he writes, records and tours under his own name with a setlist made up of songs he has written on his acoustic guitar - some upbeat, some melancholic, but all thought-provoking.

To say Tony is a busy man would be an understatement. In addition to his three albums with his post-Terrorvision band 'LaikaDog', he has now released two solo albums to date with a third one in the works. 'Thoughts 'n' All' is just Tony and his acoustic guitar. The follow up, 'Walnut Dash', released last year brought the evolution of Tony with his acoustic guitar and a full band.Tony will be out and about picking up inspiration anywhere he can find it in preparation for the new release. Be sure to catch him on the road because you never know - you might just end up being the subject of one of his songs.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 27 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sound Of The Sirens

http://www.soundofthesirens.net

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a stunning debut collection. 'For All Our Sins' is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital.

Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. They have played a number of shows & festivals over the last few years garnering fans in the UK and Europe as well as supporting Rick Astley and Kiefer Sutherland on their UK tours.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 29 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sunflower Bean

https://www.facebook.com/SunflowerBean/

Under 14s welcome when accompanied by an adult

Marked by two vocalists who often take turns within a song, Sunflower Bean is an indie pop trio out of Brooklyn. Formed in August 2013 with singer/guitarist Nick Kivlen, singer/bassist Julia Cumming, and drummer Jacob Faber (all teenagers at the time), they quickly earned attention for their alternately rock-edged and dreamy guitar tunes, and were invited to open on tours for the likes of DIIV and The Vaccines.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 30 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction

https://www.facebook.com/UKSubs/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

It's December so we've got the mighty UK Subs back for their annual Christmas show. Expect attitude, moshing and all your favourite punk anthems.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 6 Dec 2018 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Aaahh!!! Real Records Christmas Party

Join us here at Aaahh!!! Real Records in celebrating all things Christmas with these four acts:

TIM HOLEHOUSE

Well travelled purveyor of modern delta blues.

TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR

Honest Scottish folk-punk.

ASKARI

Solo grime set from Asher "Askari" Baker from South London's Askari OAM.

FALSE ADULTS

Three-piece nerd-pop-rap.

In addition there will be record/CD stalls, giveaways, and other festive fun.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Thu, 13 Dec 2018 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The 55 + Keith's Shed + 24 Valves

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

The Portland Arms welcomes young Indie-Rock group, The 55 for their 2018 Christmas show. For this performance, they'll be playing a mix of their unique versions of some well known tunes, as well as debuting a handful of original new material. If you like indie-rock, with a trumpet (and who doesn't?), you'd better check these boys out. Cambridge rock-royalty, Keith's Shed return to The Portland to show these youngsters how it should be done, and support comes from the brilliant 24 Valve, so get here early.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 23 Dec 2018 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Green Mind Xmas Party: Lemondaze + Maud + Special Guests


https://www.facebook.com/lemondazeband/
https://www.facebook.com/maud.cambridge/

Another year and another christmas party, with some of our favourite locals.

This year's headliner is Lemondaze who've been our favourite new local band by far. Pushing all our musical buttons they take the best of 90s shoegaze and twist it into new energetic shapes. For fans of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Dinosaur Jr and more.

Maud are a sparser affair, with chorus drenched guitar and spindly bass, bringing to mind Warpaint, The XX and more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 29 Dec 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Louise Distras (acoustic)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.louisedistras.co.uk/

Tipped as the voice of punk's next generation, Louise Distras plays a socially conscious and insightful brand of protest poetry that, in a spiritual sense, is also firmly descended from the Clash bloodline. Having released debut album 'Dreams From the Factory Floor' only this September, she is already gaining wide-spread acclaim, and was hailed by The Guardian as putting punk and protest back into the mainstream.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 17 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wave Pictures

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Back with a new album, The Wave Pictures make a welcome return to their home from home, The Portland Arms

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Brass Funkeys

https://www.brassfunkeys.com/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

The Brass Funkeys draw from the traditions of New Orleans with skilled musicianship, rolling from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk. Reggae, DnB, gypsy, swing and Latin influences are exposed in an eclectic live show revealing a band bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Estrons

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/Estrons/

On very rare occasions, from the most destructive of places, beauty can emerge. Ever since singer Tali Källström and guitarist Rhodri Daniel met as two strangers with disparate tastes and influences, the two have been carving out a body of work that resembles an essence of chaos and beauty; a feeling of estrangement, an expression of morbid elegance, inspired by opposing sides. The funny thing about opposites, is they need each other in order to exist - one wouldn't be what it is without the other.

From this place of tension, Estrons found their debut album. Ultimately, the bind that ties them is their love of creating fresh, exhilarating music, and with ​You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough​, they've done just that.Beginning as an experiment, Estrons quickly became significantly more important than intended. They are simply aforce that cannot be forced.

With its off-kilter rhythms, angular guitar work and clashing atmospherics, the album is both arresting and thrillingly disorienting a fitting sound for a band of highly driven, frustrated, volatile people.#

Vocals and instrumentals collide together throughout, creating a wild, beautiful noise likely mirroring the self-confessed love/hate relationship between Rhodri and Tali, tied together by bassist, and long running producer,Steffan Pringle, whom they eventually convinced to join them. Despite the odds, they have captured a sound of their own. Estrons' music can be off-putting at first glance, says Rhodri. It's only when you make your way through it that you get it. I have no time for music that doesn't leave some sort of a mark. And nor, evidently, does he make it.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 30 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Smith

https://www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Essex-born John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK's finest guitarists and songwriters. Raised by the Devon seaside and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 10 million Spotify streams. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer.

Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John's intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, Smith's obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. Whether by way of album or concert, he leads the listener, enthralled in his presence, on a viscerally emotional journey.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 1 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Cancer Bats

https://www.cancerbats.com/

A heavy, destructive, powerful explosion of southern metal, hardcore and punk rock. Their first release in 2005 saw the band touring across North America and today, only a few years later, they tour worldwide. A ferocious act, Cancer Bats have only one message and one mission: 'destroy'.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 7 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kevin Krauter

https://www.facebook.com/kevinkrauterxo/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Best known as one of several guitar players, songwriters, and vocalists in the Hoosier indie-rock band Hoops, Krauter has been making music all by his lonesome for much longer. He grew up in a family heavily involved in local musical theater, even appearing in three productions of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

He played in high school bands, but didn't get serious about writing and recording until he enrolled at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. His first efforts - recorded in his dorm room -- weren't intended for any kind of audience, but a friend asked him to record a few tracks for a class project. Eventually those sessions became 2015's Magnolia EP, a short collection of gentle, gauzy songs that reveal his early obsession with one of his first musical heroes, Vashti Bunyan.

It was his first taste of the music business, and the experience left a huge impression. I'd never put any music out under my name. I'd never put out a tape before. It all came together quickly.Krauter began recording and releasing music prolifically, first with Hoops and then on his own. The ChangesEP, released in late 2016, showcases his deft guitar playing, mixing soul-baring songwriting with bossa nova rhythms and intimately lo-fi production. It was supposed to be a low-key release, but Changes became a word-of-mouth hit that amassed a small but avid cult behindit. I didn't think it was going to make any huge waves for me, but a lot of people told me they were still listening to it a year or more later. They were living with it, and I thought that was cool.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 11 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kris Barras

https://www.krisbarrasband.com/

Kris Barras is one of the U.K's most exciting Blues-Rock Guitarists. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies with blistering technique has thrilled audiences worldwide for the past 13 years. The band's unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them one of the 'must-see' Blues bands of 2018.

Kris was voted in the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the world by the reader's of Music Radar/Total Guitar Magazine.

Kris has signed a multi-album deal to legendary Blues record Label, Provogue/Mascot Label Group. He joins a roster with artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 13 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Fatherson

https://www.facebook.com/fathersonband/

Sometimes you just have to rip it up and start again. Come early 2017, Fatherson comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ross Leighton bassist Marc Strain and drummer Greg Walkinshaw found themselves at a turning point. Digging up their roots and decanting to a new studio home in Glasgow, they longed for a change. Sum Of All Your Parts (out September 14th via Easy Life Records) is the result, and their most assured record to date.
Forming in Kilmarnock, Scotland, in early 2010, Fatherson immediately captured hearts with their raw, honest alt-rock sound. Inspired by Scottish stoicism as much as their own personal turmoil, debut album I Am An Island and its 2016 follow-up Open Book were masterclasses in full-throttle rock songwriting, and garnered support from (and tours alongside) their north-of-the-border brethren in Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and Twin Atlantic, as well as further runs alongside the likes of Kings Of Leon, Augustines, Enter Shikari and more.

Bedford Esquires, Wed, 27 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

She Drew The Gun

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/SheDrewTheGun/

"A voice for the voiceless, Louisa Roacher's lyricism is poignant and powerful as she offers a critique on social norms and government actions, her words lifted higher by zero-gravity synth lines and psychedelic splashes of guitar. Spoken-word that borders on rap at times, Roacher performs poetry that challenges the status quo to create a sonic revolution; how can one be free whilst one lives in pain, she defiantly sings." Clash Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 6 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Bluetones

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Mark Morriss and the boys continue to go from strength to strength twenty years on. They appeared just as the Britpop boom was waning - which helped in getting their debut album 'Expecting To Fly' to the top slot in the UK charts. Musically, they endorse a tight but lithe sound, with a nod towards psychedelia, that falls somewhere between The Stone Roses, classic pop and a little touch of Oasis swagger.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 13 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jack Lukeman

"Jack Lukeman has had great success over the years with themed albums not least his early interpretations of the work of Jacques Brel and latterly, with The 27 Club.

The Kildare man's latest album strips away the novelties and lays 12 new and mostly effective tracks on the line.

His voice remains his strongest selling point, booming across the swinging, strutting brass of The King of Soho and crooning a dark lullaby on Diamond Days.

It also ties together the hotchpotch of styles, from the omnipresent string section to Sweet as Freedom's 1970s era Elton John pomp and Sky News Blues, a twangy, tongue-in-cheek blues-pop number." Irish Times

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 14 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kristin Hersh (full Band)

In lieu of a Throwing Muses tour we have the next best thing, with her touring band featuring Fred Abong (Throwing Muses/Belly) and Rob Ahlers (50FTWAVE)

Throwing Muses' lynchpin, Kristin Hersh's prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. Her tenth studio album, 'Possible Dust Clouds' is a highly personalised sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din.

Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept of 'dark sunshine', a brooding solo record created with friends to expand her off-kilter sonic vision; a squally, squeaky mix of discordant beauty. Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality, imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet. 'Possible Dust Clouds' is a glorious return to form for one of alternative rock's true innovators.

She's still as powerful a presence as she ever was. Pitchfork

The prodigious output and commitment to quality is pretty staggering, but then Kristin Hersh is a very, very special musician. The Quietus

Throwing Muses became a byword for college-rock feminism in the late 80s, largely because of Hersh's uncompromising impressionist poetry of emotional anguish, subjugated womanhood and mental illness. The Guardian

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 14 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dub Pistols

One of the hardest working bands in showbusiness, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the UK dance scene in recent years and new album 'Crazy Diamonds' finds the band at their uncontrollable, bass-driven best.

A rampant mix of dub, reggae, ska, punk, breaks, beats and drum 'n' bass, the album is a full-on dub-quaking extravaganza, built for big fields and summer sound systems. It also happens to feature some of the biggest names in the game including Dancehall dons Beenie Man and Cutty Ranks, reggae singer Earl Sixteen, hip-hop act Too Many T's, seminal MCs Navigator and the Ragga Twins, and long-time collaborator Lindy Layton.

Tracks like killer new single 'Crazy Diamonds' (ft. Too Many T's) or summer-anthem-in-making, 'Rise Up' (ft. Earl Sixteen and Navigator), prove that the Pistols are one of the best around at rockin' the joint. This is futuristic skank, complete with blazing horns, brazen brass and epic drums and bass.

Proudly working class as a band, the Dub Pistols have been tearing up venues and festivals throughout their career. Inspired by the Second Summer of Love, the band were founded by ubiquitous Londoner Barry Ashworth in 1996 and have been at the forefront of beats culture ever since.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 16 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Drenge

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Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Drenge's new album, Strange Creatures, produced by longtime collaborator Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Fall)comes out on Feb 22nd. The follow up to their critically acclaimed albums Drenge (2013) and Undertow (2015), as well as this year's Autonomy EP, Strange Creatures includes the singles 'This Dance' and 'Autonomy', and was recorded in Sheffield at McCall Sound earlier this year.

The album was made after months of chiselling away, ripping themes and ideas apart, and sewing them back together, and is described by the band as the most considered record we have ever made. To coincide with the release of the new album, Drenge have announced a UK tour for spring 2019 including a Cambridge date.

Speaking about the new album, the band say It's a nocturnal record. A psychological horror movie on wax. Warped hallucinations from mundane observations as you move through it. Is that a school or a skyscraper on fire in the distance? Or maybe it's just the ski village? You drive nearer, past roadside diners jammed with dancing teenagers, through Uncanny Valley, past the most unhygienic nightclub in the world. The stereo sounds like it's going to fall apart at any moment. The car judders to a halt and all you can hear is the sound of the sea.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 1 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Penelope Isles

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Hailing from the Isle of Man, Penelope Isles is the sounds of Jack and Lily Wolter, with the help of friends Becky Redford and Jack Sowton. Currently based between Brighton and Cornwall, the band perform melodic fuzz pop with dynamics that will transfix and satisfy. Hypnotic, chiming bedroom pop music. For the lovers of Radiohead, The Magic Numbers and Deerhunter.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dream State

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A five piece, female fronted, alt-rock / post hardcore band from south Wales who formed at the end of 2017. Sparking glowing comparisons to Emarosa and A Day To Remember, Dream State strike you with hard hitting vocals, powerful guitars, and earnest emotion.

Peterborough The Met Lounge, Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 7:45pm buy tickets

Piroshka

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Piroshka is the Hungarian for Little Red Riding Hood, and
gives a subtle nod to a certain red hairdo that stood out in the 1990s Brit-guitar-pop scene. It's also the alter ego of four notable talents - Miki Berenyi (Lush), KJ 'Moose' McKillop (Moose), Mick Conroy (Modern English) and Justin Welch (Elastica).

Making gorgeous bittersweet, euphoric pop that is much more than the sum of the four parts, Piroshka's music combines physical force with sublime delicacy and lyrics that reflect the brutal times we are currently living under. The band will be making their live debut in November 2018.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 5 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

"The pig has several connotations. Most civilisations and cultures have seen them as arbiters of fertility, virility, strength and abundance. The Buddhist tradition swings the other way, seeing the pig as ignorant, illusory, greedy, lustful. Other religions see them as unclean. Then there is the Celtic fable of Manannan, who owned a herd of pigs that never dwindled they were forever replenishing their numbers.

I could go on. The point is that the pig is multifaceted and almost indefinable a shifting construct for people to hang their hopes and fears on. It is also a heave bag of flesh that wallows in mud and s*** all day until taken to the slaughterhouse. A myriad of strong, indelible, contradictory images, fit for a Newcastle heavy psych band that can't reign in their swine (although they have reined in members of likeminded noisemongers Khunnt and Blown Out)." The Quietus

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 9 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

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Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

There are buskers that will make you cry, they're so good, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself. CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The band from Bedfordshire started out as guerrilla buskers, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators.

They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.

It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined 18 months ago Joel Barford (drums) and more recently by Tom Seals (keys) both accomplished young jazz players their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements said Richie.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 12 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Malena Zavala

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"Malena Zavala's debut album is a transcendental dream in musical form: Aliso immerses listeners in lush lullabyes and sweetly haunting tapestries of sound that blur the lines between fantasy and reality, allowing us to revel in the alluring haze between asleep and awake." Atwood Magazine

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson

http://www.martinsimpson.com/

Under 14s welcome with an adult

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. His own song writing has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic Love Never Dies, to the profoundly moving Never Any Good. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon and many more. Simpson is a very regular nominee in the BBC Folk Awards and received Musician of the Year in 2002 and 2005.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 27 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets