The Wedding Present - The Tommy Tour

The Wedding Present released the album Tommy in 1988. Tommy is a compilation by The Wedding Present gathering their first four singles, their B-sides and selected tracks from two early radio sessions. It was released on their own record company, Reception Records.

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Storey's Field Centre is Cambridge's newest venue and is located on the Eddington development, off Huntingdon Road in Cambridge. Stagecoach buses that stop near it include the Citi 5 and 6 (stops on Huntingdon Road), the Uni 4 and Guided Bus route U.

A map of how to find it can be found here - https://tinyurl.com/ybr38cfb

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Wed, 3 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Nightingales + Near Jazz Experience + Stewart Lee

https://thenightingales.org.uk

The Nightingales was formed by former members of Birmingham's original punk group The Prefects. With an ever fluctuating lineup, based around lyricist / singer Robert Lloyd, the band recorded a bunch of singles, three albums and many radio sessions for John Peel before it stopped working in the late 80s.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Blaenavon

http://blaenavon.com/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Hampshire trio Blaenavon have delighted fans with news that their sophomore record is nearly complete. The band are currently working with Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice, St. Vincent), who was recently voted the prestigious Music Producer Guild's Producer of the Year.

Today Blaenavon announce a run of intimate shows across the UK where they'll be showcasing the new material live for the first time, taking in towns and venues that the band has never visited before.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 4 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Vanilla Pod (last Ever Cambridge Gig)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

King's Lynn skate punk stalwarts VANILLA POD are calling it a day having formed all the way back in 1995.

The past 20+ years have seen the band share stages with pretty much any punk band you can think of - No Use For a Name, Less Than Jake, Bouncing Souls and Samiam, to name but four - as well as countless festivals and worldwide tours.

http://www.facebook.com/VanillaPodRock

Plus special guests GRIEVING and HOLDING PATTERNS (ex Crash of Rhinos)

http://www.facebook.com/GrievingBand
http://www.facebook.com/HoldingPatternsBand

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records, Debts and Booze & Ababoonsass

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 5 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mahalia

http://mahaliamusic.co.uk/

"Mentored by Ed Sheeran and recruited for guest vocals by Rudimental, Mahalia Burkmar has paid her dues since signing to Atlantic Records at the age of 13.

Celebrating her 20th birthday with a sold-out gig in front of a friendly crowd, the neo-soul singer from Leicestershire could sense her time had finally come. I talk a lot, admitted Burkmar, who gave a tearful yet triumphant speech about her journey navigating the music industry.

Her extended apprenticeship was evident in a sprawling set list ranging from sub-Sheeran soppiness to sultry grooves such as last year's single No Pressure.

While Burkmar may have shifted towards an edgier electronic sound in search of a breakthrough, she still strummed acoustic guitar and incorporated several of her earlier teenage tunes. This one I wrote about a bitch at school, she said of Silly Girl.

Recent songs such as Proud Of Me, including snapping beats and guest rapper Little Simz, were more accomplished despite a lyrical preoccupation with finding fame. Yet Burkmar's warmth and openness meant cynicism wasn't an option during a show that featured actual dad dancing when her family appeared on stage with a birthday cake. She even halted proceedings to attempt some slightly inept DJing.

The simmering soul of Sober was deemed worthy of being sung twice as well as a radical costume change, for which Burkmar ditched her blonde wig to reveal braids underneath. It was a striking statement of authenticity from an artist who seems destined to be a star by the time she's 21." Evening Standard

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 7 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hunter And The Bear

https://www.facebook.com/HunterAndTheBear/

The heroes British rock needs right now - The Huffington Post

Hunter & The Bear go into 2018 as they left 2017.. with throttle open and foot down.

Ending a massive year of touring and festivals last year with a sold out 15 date UK tour and the release of the crowd enchanting 'Skin Tight' in November, the band quickly got to work challenging themselves to raise their songwriting game once more. The first that their ardent fans will hear of their efforts will be new single 'Charlotte St' released on March 30th - a gritty and powerful pean to boy meets girl with an anthemic chorus and thunder in the rhythm section.

March sees the band play a sold out show at The Garage in London on March 2nd - their biggest headline show to date and Glasgow King Tuts on March 29th, a gig that sold out in less than four hours.

A summer of festivals and an eight date UK tour in October ensures that Hunter & The Bear will take another huge leap forward this year.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 9 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Steven Adams & The French Drops

https://www.facebook.com/stevenjamesadamsings/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Following a few years of performing and recording solo (see 2014's House Music and 2016's Old Magick), Adams has a new band - featuring members of The Drink and Absentee - and a new album; Virtue Signals (Hudson Records).

"He returns with a new band and fresh intensity, particularly on the furiously Neu!-like "Ex Future" and "Free Will"
UNCUT
"National treasure has a great new band"
THE GUARDIAN
"Indie snowflake remoaners left casting about for a smart, literate purveyor of melodic indie rock should really be taking Steven Adams to their hearts"
ECHOES AND DUST

Though the band worked on the songs for several months, the album was recorded in a little over a week, in September 2017, at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge. It was produced by Ben Nicholls, (Nadine Shah, Cara Dillon, Kings of the South Seas). Adams was initially ambivalent about having a producer on board, but Ben's head is full of music. He came to a rehearsal and started making the occasional suggestion about songs and arrangements. At first we were a bit freaked out, but everything he suggested worked. In the studio he was in charge, which was oddly liberating. The album was then mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell.

It's over 16 years since Adams started making music with The Broken Family Band, generating critical acclaim with each subsequent release and maintaining a dedicated cult following ever since. So, all these years later having been called a national treasure enough times to fill a pirate's chest, without ever having become an actual pop star why does Steven Adams still do it? I try not to overthink it or to feel reliant on this for anything other than what it is; sounds, words, feelings, and an excuse to hang out with good people. That's virtue signalling, in case anyone asks.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 11 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bloody Knees

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

http://www.facebook.com/BloodyKnees
http://www.facebook.com/OtherHalfUK
http://www.facebook.com/LemondazeBand

Cambridge/London based four-piece, playing indie/punk/grunge/slacker rock. Touring in support of new EP "You Can Have It".

Last time they played for us was a sold out Blue Moon so act quick.

Support from indie pop three piece OTHER HALF and shoegaze foursome LEMONDAZE.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records & Green Mind Gigs

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 12 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Among The Citizens + Blushes + Searching Grey + The Fifths

https://www.facebook.com/amongthecitizens/

Cambridge's Among The Citizens play dream pop that references 80s synth pop, post punk like The Cure and more modern influences such as Jaws, The 1975 and more. They've steadily built a loyal fanbase through hard gigging and look set for bright things.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Fri, 12 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dawn Landes

https://www.facebook.com/dawnlandes/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Through four full-length albums, Dawn Landes has blazed her own path with songs that are as fresh as they are timeless. Still, there's no mistaking that strains of Nashville reside in her voice and in her musical soul, and now, with her fifth album, Landes is finally bringing them to centre stage.

Meet Me At The River is Landes' self-described Nashville record, and she has assured its pedigree by enlisting the production skills of Fred Foster, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who played a pivotal role in the careers of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Kris Kristofferson.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

https://www.facebook.com/clapyourhandssayyeah/

'Clap Your Hands traffics in melodic, exuberant indie rock that pairs the shimmering, wafting feel of Yo La Tengo with a singular vocal presence that sounds like Paul Banks attempting to yodel through Jeff Mangum's throat. Or imagine the Arcade Fire if their music were more fun-loving and less grave.' - Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 18 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Laura Veirs

https://lauraveirs.com/

"It may have been five years since her last album, 2013's Warp and Weft, but Oregon-based singer-songwriter Laura Veirs has not been idle. As well as case/lang/veirs, 2016's collaboration with kd lang and Neko Case, she has been raising two small children and hosting a regular podcast in which she discusses with her fellow musicians the trials of juggling work and family.

Veirs's 10th solo album is perhaps her most satisfying yet, the deceptively simple songs sketched out on acoustic guitar or piano (the lovely The Meadow is particularly minimalist) and subtly embellished by her band and producer husband, Tucker Martine. Lyrically, there's a theme of making the most of adversity: opener Margaret Sands is a profoundly moving lament seemingly for a friend who has died, yet whose memory lives on in the sounds of the sea (now she's married to the swell). There's a dreamlike quality to it, evoking Julia Holter. Elsewhere, When It Grows Darkest looks for glimmers of hope amid the Trump nightmare, and Heavy Petals is a salute to David Bowie. Best of all is Seven Falls, on which regret-laced childhood reminiscences are set to Jon Hyde's pedal steel." The Guardian

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 18 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Fickle Friends

Fickle Friends are a '80s-inspired indie-pop five-piece from Brighton. Fronted by Natti, they describe themselves as, 'pop but with a slightly mental indie feel' and with those claustrophobic synths, scattered beats and a gigantic pop hook, she's not wrong. They have been making waves since they unveiled their debut single SWIM, which gained nearly six million plays on Spotify.

The band caught the attention of BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, Apple Music's Zane Lowe and even captured the interest of Billboard Magazine in the US.

Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 20 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Goat Girl

https://www.facebook.com/goatgirlofficial/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Straight out of south London and determinedly DIY, Goat Girl are feisty, furious and fearless. Their incendiary rock, with shades of mid-noughties Cat Power and Medway garage girls Thee Headcoatees, challenges everything from national apathy in to the perils of public transport on Creep on the Train. The latter features the refrain I really want to smash your head in, and while singer and guitarist Lottie's vocals are delivered deadpan, the firestorm of sharp riffs, pounding rhythms and defiant bass make the anger palpable." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 22 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Kiran Leonard

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/digitalsustain/

Kiran Leonard has announced a brand new album Western Culture, released 19th October 2018 on Moshi Moshi. Ahead of this, he shares its lead single "Paralysed Force".

Kiran Leonard: ""Paralysed Force" is about how insecurities you should settle within yourself often get transplanted onto other people you know. Projecting the question towards another allows you to shirk responsibility for your own wellbeing, but all this does is suspend the issue at hand, and prolong an inevitable falling back.

"There's also a sort of compulsiveness, a wanting to be suspended, that's involved in it all, because sometimes it feels good not to have to think about yourself. I suppose the song's about being caught between those two points -- basically, that even if you know you're being irresponsible (and possibly daft), there's still a desire to give yourself up."

The album Western Culture marks a huge sonic progression due, in part, to the involvement of his venerable live band (Andrew Cheetham on drums, Dave Rowe on bass and Dan Bridgewood-Hill on guitar, synth and violin) on record for the first time. It is also the first Kiran Leonard album to have been made in a professional studio.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 23 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

We Are Scientists

https://www.facebook.com/wearescientists/

Under 18s welcome with an accompanying adult

13 years since we first put them on in the Portland, we're delighted to bring them back for this intimate show. From their earliest days WAS have been both an explosively energetic indie rock band and also one of the funniest purveyors of inbetween song banter. Book early.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 24 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Her's

https://www.facebook.com/thatbandofhers/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"If there's any worth still left in going to university, it's the opportunity to meet people from other places, broaden your horizons and realise that horizons are fairly bleak no matter where you're from. Such is the story of Her's, a warped jangle-pop duo consisting of Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow and Audun Laading from Kristiansand, Norway, who met studying music in Liverpool and formed a bond over shared humour and coastal town life." London in Stereo

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 25 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bc Camplight

http://bellaunion.com/artists/bc-camplight/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

BC Camplight is a name to become synonymous with star quality.' - Time Magazine. The Philadelphia singer-songwriter, falling somewhere between Ben Folds and Badly Drawn Boy, moved to Manchester UK in 2012, where he brought his brand of quirky indie-pop to new audiences.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 29 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

An Evening With Robyn Hitchcock - 40 Years Since 'live At The Portland Arms'

http://www.robynhitchcock.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

On the 40 anniversary of The Soft Boys legendary album 'Live At The Portland Arms' we are thrilled to welcome back founder member Robyn Hitchcock playing music from his back catalogue, showing his evolution since this seminal album was recorded on November 1st 1978

**Please note this is not an album playback show**

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 30 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

The Blinders

https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

They emit smelting loud, visceral political punk rock with enigmatic, psychedelic poetry and diverse, raw music which takes them over, live on stage, forcing them to pour everything they've got into frenzied performances, leaving only blood-stained instruments behind. This verging-on madness experience is shocking audiences out of austerity inflicted apathy, into instant obsession.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 6 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Goldblume (album Launch Show)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Having initially formed in 2015, Cambridge three-piece GOLDBLUME celebrate the release of their début album "HUSK", available the following day on AAAHH!!! REAL RECORDS.

HUSK is a record that is impossible to pigeonhole neatly, drawing aspects of math-rock, grunge, punk and alternative rock. Following on from 2015's Real Nice and 2017's Go Figure EPs - as well as the standalone single, 'Fawning', and a session with BBC Introducing - HUSK is a mature step forwards, showing Goldblume in a whole new light, and reaching a new level of songwriting craftsmanship.

http://www.goldblume.co.uk

Plus special guests SUNSHINE FRISBEE LASERBEAM and FES.

http://www.facebook.com/SunshineFrisbeeLaserbeam
http://www.facebook.com/FESuk

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 8 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Haley (haley Bonar)

http://www.haleybonar.com/

Having followed up her hugely acclaimed album Impossible Dream with an exclusive Record Store Day 7 release Bratt, HALEY (FKA Haley Bonar) returns to the UK for a series of intimate shows this November.
HALEY was first discovered by Low's Alan Sparhawk who spotted her at a local open mic club in Duluth, Minnesota and was so impressed he immediately invited her to join them on tour. Which is how, a week later, nineteen-year-old Haley was transformed from college student to ambitious dropout, crammed into a Honda Civic with a guitar and a drummer for company, touring the US opening for Low.

In the decade since Haley has released a succession of recordings, each of which have garnered more praise than the last, and has seen her collaborate with the likes of Andrew Bird (with whom Haley occasionally plays live) and Justin Vernon (who contributed guest vocals to the Last War album). Her most recent album, Impossible Dream picked up wild acclaim from the UK music press, followed by two sold out UK tours, and her debut appearance on Later with Jools Holland.

She chose International Women's Day 2017 to announce that she would officially adopt her mother's maiden name (McCallum, a Scottish name meaning a person of peace) and now performs and releases under the moniker HALEY, the first fruits of which were the single Bratt, released for Record Store Day 2018. She says of the single:
These two songs are kind of the last ones I wrote with lyrics in them, at least, for the time being. "Bratt" was intended to be sung from a teenage perspective, appropriating that unsentimental attitude while simultaneously looking back at yourself at that age, all of the insecurities that went along with it, letting go of your self-judgement on the past."

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 9 Nov 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cc Smugglers

https://www.ccsmugglers.co.uk/

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

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