Half Ton Studios Xmas Party - The British Public + The British Ibm + Pete Um + Allotment + More

All profits going to Addenbrookes Neurosurgery Ward

A mix of some of the many fine bands who've played at Cambridge's Half Ton Studios in the 10 years since its inception.

The British Public + The British IBM + Pete Um + Allotment + The Basque Roads

www.facebook.com/thebritishpublic

www.facebook.com/TheBritishIBM

www.facebook.com/PETE.UM.GRIST

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 23 Dec 2017 at 7:05pm buy tickets

Moonstrips + Ian Jeffs + Pickering Brothers + Ricky Boom-boom

Moonstrips 9.30
Ian Jeffs 8.45 - 9.15
Pickering Brothers 8.15 - 8.45
Ricky Boom-Boom 7.30 - 8

Moonstrips are psychedelic adventurers, channelling both classic psych like Floyd and noisier more recent examples like Spiritualized.

Cambridge's husky voiced troubadour, Ian Jeffs has been playing around Cambridge for years in various bands from Delphi, Twelve Clay Feet and more.

Pickering Brothers play songs which demand tubthumpery, cow slinging and smiles.

Ricky Boom-Boom is a local musical savant who seems to have dabbled in most genres, but in this guise he's ploughing an alt-blues-country furrow.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 28 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

This Is The Kit

https://thisisthekit.co.uk

"Listened to loud, these songs drift warmly away on the air, but up close, Stables' voice burrows into the ears, sounding direct and sweet, like a dear old friend you're reconnecting with, or a more grounded Cat Power. Her banjo has a similar urgency when it breaks through, especially on the stirring Empty No Teeth, but the rougher, indie-guitar tracks are the best. Take the title track, its staggered harmonies juddering infectiously against softly shuffled drums, or Hotter Colder, guiding us through a spirit world playfully yet uneasily a mood that suits Stables well." The Guardian

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Isaac Gracie

www.isaacgraciemusic.com

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Pastoral and folky songs recall everybody from Jeff Buckley to Ryan Adams NME

A singer / songwriter from Ealing, London who generated industry salivation for a single song he recorded on Garageband in his bedroom; 'Last Words'. It signalled a young artist wearing his emotions on his sleeve and in control of a quite incredible voice.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hot Snakes

www.facebook.com/HotSnakes

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

We can think of many things to say about this show, but to be quite frank, Sub Pop have said it more eloquently already:

"On Friday, January 19th, 2018, Hot Snakes entire discography -- Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice, and Audit in Progress -- will be reissued on CD / LP / CS / DL worldwide through Sub Pop. The first pressing of the LP reissues of these albums will be on colored vinyl (Automatic Midnight on orange, Suicide Invoice on yellow, and Audit in Progress on pink) and each album will come with its own, new set of 6 stickers designed by the band's Rick Froberg. And Jan. 19 will be the first time any of these albums have been available on cassette.

These influential post-hardcore all-stars boasting members of Pitchfork, Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Earthless, Obits, Burning Brides, OFF!, The Delta 72, and more released three of our favorite rock records of the past 20 years: Automatic Midnight in 2000, Suicide Invoice in 2002 and Audit in Progress in 2004. And now, finally, they're ours! As we await the somewhat-later-in-2018 release of their first new album since 2004, please make these Sub Pop reissues yours"

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Inheaven

"It's the sound of all your messiest student rock nights packed into 39 breathless minutes." NME

"Noisy, riotous, anthemic and bristling with excitement, INHEAVEN is an album to rage along with." DIY

"A complete throwback to everything that's been missing for over twenty years, INHEAVEN have blown the cobwebs off and are ready to kick some life back into a stale scene." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Goldblume

Excitable alt-rock from the dark heart of East Anglia. One for fans of twisty alt-rock, like early Biffy, Reuben et al. Travelling many miles to play reasonably attended shows. Receiving mutual respect and making friends. Playing loud raucous music in cramped spaces.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dead!

www.facebook.com/wearedeaduk/

Support from The Kenneths + The Black Cortinas

Dead! are a band of four fiercely creative people in their late teens and early 20s. These ambitious, imaginative young men found themselves in a cultural cul-de-sac as they watched their music scene disappear around them on their native Isle Of Wight a few years ago and decided to do something about it. The quartet aren't the sort of people who wait for opportunities: they go out and hunt them down. With a fire in their belly, they formed a band, toured Europe off their own back, moved into a house in London together, released their own music, made their own videos and now have a fervent fan-club who follow their every move. They are one of the UK's most exciting new rock'n'roll bands, armed with a stack of raucous, punky anthems and a gung-ho, do-or-die attitude. This was the way it had to be. There are no half measures for Dead!.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 5 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Amazons

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/theamazonsforever/

The Amazons are a blistering, melodic rock quartet from Reading. Fusing the sheer force of Nineties punk and grunge (Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine) with the melodic sensibilities of more contemporary acts like Bombay Bicycle Club and Tame Impala, The Amazons are beauty and aggression wrapped together harmony.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 8 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Orphan Colours + Fred's House

https://www.facebook.com/orphancolours/

After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of UK alt country outfit Ahab, song writer Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of Ahab originator Dave Burn.

Being firmly a part of the London country scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, whose drummer Steve Brookes, already having toured heavily with Ahab, became a permanent member of Orphan Colours in 2014.

A contact of Brookes later lead to a meeting between Llewellyn and Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott. The lead guitarist was in the midst of auditioning lead singers for his solo project and the two found common ground in their appreciation of Tom Petty and Jason Isbell. When Abbott heard Llewellyn's demo's for the new Orphan Colours project he immediately signed up.

Graham Knight was quickly drafted in on bass and vocals, having already played shows with ahab throughout 2012, he was an obvious fit.

The band have some impressive credentials with Llewellyn and Burn having already honed their songwriting craft during their tenure with Ahab, who swiftly built a reputation as an unmissable live act after their performance at the Cropredy Festival 2010. That performance paved the way for a collaboration with legendary producer John Leckie and being championed by BBC 2 DJ 'Whispering' Bob Harris. The band went on to play many successful tours in UK, Denmark, Germany and Australia as well as notable festivals; Bestival, Green Man, Wilderness and Board Masters amongst others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Thomas Truax

https://www.thomastruax.com/

"Born of the anti-folk scene from way back when, Thomas Truax has been cutting his own peculiar furrow for some time now. What sets Truax apart from his peers is the unique instrumentation he builds and uses from his recordings and live shows. As anyone who's seen him over the years will attest, Truax live is a rather unforgettable experience. His bike wheel drum machine (named Mother Superior) and the strung gramophone horn (or Hornicator, if you prefer) are eye catching and fascinating props that add to Truax's performance." Music OMH

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 15 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Brass Funkeys

https://www.facebook.com/brassfunkeys

Under 18s 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 Portland Arms, Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Wandering Hearts

https://www.facebook.com/thewanderinghearts/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Harmony drenched alt-country band from London.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 19 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bouquet Of Dead Crows + Saint Agnes + The Mighty Arms Of Atlas

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/deadcrows/
https://www.facebook.com/wearesaintagnes/
https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyArmsofAtlas/

BOUQUET OF DEAD CROWS

Formed in 2013, Bouquet of Dead Crows are an alternative Rock/Pop band from Cambridge that combines big riffs with big melodies. The Band released their debut album 'Of The Night' at the end of 2015, which was recorded at the Parlour Recording Studio (Evil Scarecrow, Napalm Death, Evile) in Kettering. The album is available from German Shepherd Records.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 20 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pale Waves

www.facebook.com/palewaves

Fast rising 80s influenced indie pop. For fans of Fickle Friends, The 1975 and more.

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

Will Hoge

http://www.willhoge.com/

Hoge follows in the footsteps of musical archetypes like Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Hank Williams, Van Morrison, etc. They exist outside the traditional economic constraints of 'success' and 'failure', and do their own thing on their own time. Rock music with the verve of early Springsteen and the wryness of Warren Zevon.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 26 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Xcerts

http://www.thexcertsband.com/

Scotland's knack for producing incredible power trios continues with The Xcerts. Two Scots and one Brightonian have taken the emo pop template and run with it.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 28 Feb 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Lumley

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/TomLumleyMusic/

Tom Lumley is a Indie singer/songwriter originally from Cambridgeshire. He has been writing and gigging for the past three years with his band behind him.

During this time he has played at popular venues in the UK supporting the likes of The Hunna, Coasts, The Sherlocks, Airways and playing festivals such as Dot To Dot, Green Meadows (BBC Introducing) etc.

Whilst constantly being busy out on the road Tom has also spent a lot to of time in the studio releasing his music of which his debut EP 'Dream City' charted at No.2 in the UK iTunes Rock Chart and No.46 in the UK iTunes Album Chart. It has also gained radio airplay up and down the country, including constant support from his local BBC Introducing show and being tipped on Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 show

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Yazmin Lacey

https://www.facebook.com/YazminLaceyMusic/

Yazmin Lacey sings with the directness and emotional clarity of classic soul. Having written in her bedroom for her whole life, she began to play acoustic shows in 2014. As her reputation grew locally in Nottingham, she came to meet the diverse group of musicians who would form her band.

Together, they've written an EP which combines Yazmin's incisive songwriting with the vitality of jazz. Her sound resonates with lovers of soulful and honest music. 'Brilliant singer/songwriter and great new name for the UK' Gilles Peterson July 2017.

Black Moon EP was recorded in a makeshift living room studio and selected by Gilles Peterson to be BBC Radio 6's Record of The Week (June 2017). It was produced by Yazmin and her band, talented multi-instrumentalists whose solo projects (Three Body Trio and Broadstrokes) are finding their own success.

After numerous high profile collaborations (Warren Xlnce, Congi) and support slots (Daudi Matsiko, Fatima, Low Leaf), Black Moon is Yazmin's first physical release and has already received airplay on NTS, Jazz FM, BBC 1xtra, BBC 1 BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 6 Music and more.

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

Roddy Woomble

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.roddywoomble.net/

"Moving away from the folk styling of his solo output, and further again from his noisy past, Woomble has begun a new journey into the realm of classic songwriter. 'Jupiter' aside, this is a thoroughly grown-up, thoughtful collection with the capacity to become cherished." Drownedinsound.com

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 25 Mar 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker

While much of their music is characterised by lush chamber ensemble orchestrations, what truly sets them apart is the combination of Josienne's divinely nuanced, emotionally affecting voice and Ben's intricately expressive, adroit guitar technique. They cite Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Nic Jones and Pierre Bensusan as respective influences but theirs is a captivating sound that's all their own.

Although Ben Walker (who grew up in Worcestershire) studied classical guitar from childhood and Josienne Clarke (from West Sussex) is a classical music degree dropout, both are keen to stress that they're bog standard comprehensive school kids who didn't benefit from a conservatoire education. The elegance and sophistication of their music comes entirely from their own discipline, rigour and craft. To emphasise the point, Josienne has been known to quip: We're not posh, just pretentious!

This self-deprecating humour is key to their much-loved live shows. Given Josienne's often devastatingly sad and poetic lyrics, and the frequently death and doom-laden nature of the songs they interpret, she feels it's only fair to lighten the mood. The misery, mirth and sheer beauty of their performances has taken them to such auspicious stages as Cambridge Folk Festival, Bristol's Colston Hall and London's Purcell Rooms. A far cry from the pub backrooms and sparsely attended acoustic nights where they began.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 5 Apr 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Shonen Knife

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

www.facebook.com/ShonenKnifeOfficial

This Japanese 3-piece punk-pop band have been performing for over 30 years, with catchy tunes coming on like a female Buzzcocks or Ramones. They were championed by the late Kurt Cobain, supported Nirvana in the States, and were personally chosen by Simpsons creator Matt Groening to play 2010's All Tomorrow's Parties festival and by comedian Stewart Lee to play 2016's ATP.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 11 Apr 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Alex Cameron

www.facebook.com/ALKCM

Under 14s welcome with an adult

"Cameron's obscure blend of synth-pop and neo-electronica, along with his dark, lurking persona seem to fit the criteria of a background character of a David Lynch film. There's something about Cameron that makes you want to learn more and more about him, creating a perfect illusion that there's more to his act than his music and his presence. However, his darkness gracefully fades on Forced Witness, an album that is clearly not as focused as Jumping the Shark, but rather, an album that broadens Cameron's horizons as, not only a musician, but as a showman. The mystery of Alex Cameron continues to be unsolved, but after Forced Witness, his identity and place in the indie world seems to be much clearer, and at times, all the more impressive." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 14 Apr 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill's Black Magick Fun Hour

Award-winning comedian off telly and radio dabbles in the occult. What happens when you invoke Mercury, trickster god of the spoken word? A show that - in the words of Neil Gaiman - is "absolutely hilarious".

"As always, O'Neill is much more intellectual than he seems. While tales of Hermes helping to write his show and contacting the Moon Goddess on Parliament Hill might sound strange, you are left pondering the power of the incantation and rethinking the way jokes work. This is a strange broth of a show, with little bits of many things bubbling away in there, but it is highly enjoyable." - The Scotsman

www.andrewoneill.co.uk

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

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 20 Apr 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Grant Lee-phillips (grant Lee Buffalo)

https://www.facebook.com/Grant-Lee-Phillips-58176757138/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

ID essential on the night for entry - this is an anti touting measure at the artist's request

"The music is played with laidback precision, immaculately arranged and produced with a consistently warm vibe." Record Collector

"a bittersweet study of fate and circumstance that resonates long after it's over." Uncut

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 24 Apr 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Gengahr

https://www.facebook.com/gengahrband/

Gengahr create effortlessly smooth and melodic indie-rock that journeys along a laidback sun-kissed path with a sound that could easily stem from influences drawn from icons such as The Smiths and Modest Mouse, to the more recently revered Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Youth Lagoon.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 30 Apr 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Wheeler

https://www.facebook.com/johnwheelermusic/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Finding himself still alive, having failed to die from small pox, pancreatic cancer, or liver failure, The Hayseed Dixie frontman brings a new show for 2018 that draws from the last 18 years on the road.

Featuring songs and stories spanning the career of Hayseed Dixie and John's solo records the show is by turns humorous, irreverent, sardonic and absurd - just like life on the road.

John's playing a plugged in electric guitar and is joined by percussionist Pete Robbins, so this ain't no soul searching shoe gazing evening.
Come drink a few beers with them and rock your face off.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 4 May 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Monochrome Set

https://www.facebook.com/themonochromeset/

Under 18s welcome with an adult

It's 40 years since The Monochrome Set formed and the legendary band are on the road once more, bringing their hook-crammed melodies and dark sense of humour to The Portland Arms.

Featuring original members Bid (Guitar/Vocals) and Andy Warren (bass) with John Paul Moran (keyboards) and Mike Urban, who was previously in the band in the early 90s, on drums, The Monochrome Set formed in 1978 and were heavily influential in the 'post-punk' scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk.

The band's early releases were on the legendary Rough Trade Label before signing with Virgin offshoot Din Disc. They also released several albums on the Cherry Red label, making a notable appearance on that labels' well known 'Pillows and Prayers' compilation.

Though The Monochrome Set split in 1985 the next decade saw several reunions for both live gigs and further studio recordings, their album release count now being well into double figures.

After a hiatus of over a decade the band reformed full time in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing four new, critically acclaimed, studio albums. This year, 2018, is the fortieth anniversary of the band's formation and they will be releasing a box set of their first four albums to celebrate this in February, that month will also see the release of their fourteenth, new, studio album, 'Maisieworld', both on the German label 'Tapete

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 12 May 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bully

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

www.bullythemusic.com

"The band's second album, Losing, is grimier and less sugar-slick than their 2015 debut, Feels Like, where songs like Trying and Milkman offered hooks so punchy they bordered on pop-punk. Here, by contrast, Bognanno seems frozen in the moment where she's poised to jump but hasn't left the ground yet, tensed and ready to strike as she sings out the snags in her interpersonal malaise. More second-person pronouns pepper her lyrics than ever, whether she's figuring out how to traverse a toxic relationship or nursing one hell of a crush. Her sandpaper scream is still the most immediately arresting element of Bully's music; when, on Running," she seethes, You say I'm running/But I don't care/I'll admit it/I get anxious too/Just like you, it lands less like a confession and more like an uppercut." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 15 May 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock

http://www.robynhitchcock.com/

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in 'Storefront Hitchcock' an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as 'paintings you can listen to'. His most recent album THE MAN UPSTAIRS is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) the album was critically acclaimed by MOJO, UNCUT and THE QUIETUS.

"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone

"As a performer, he's as much a wandering bard as a rock star." - The Believer

"Some spectral, lingering, emotional thundercloud hangs over The Man Upstairsharks back to that infinitely distant yet eternally resonant emotional big bang" UNCUT

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Thu, 17 May 2018 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock

http://www.robynhitchcock.com/

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in 'Storefront Hitchcock' an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as 'paintings you can listen to'. His most recent album THE MAN UPSTAIRS is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) the album was critically acclaimed by MOJO, UNCUT and THE QUIETUS.

"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone

"As a performer, he's as much a wandering bard as a rock star." - The Believer

Some spectral, lingering, emotional thundercloud hangs over The Man Upstairsharks back to that infinitely distant yet eternally resonant emotional big bang UNCUT

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Fri, 18 May 2018 at 7:30pm SOLD OUT