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Sari Schorr: debut album, UK tour and radio feature

Sari Schorr

New York-based singer songwriter Sari Schorr releases her debut album via Manhaton Records on 2 September.  Sari plays the Colne R&B Festival on 29 August followed by extensive UK tour dates.

‘A Force Of Nature’ is produced by blues veteran Mike Vernon who heard Sari perform at an award ceremony in 2015.  The album features guitarists Walter Trout, Innes Sibun and Oli Brown.

She came to wider attention in the USA touring with the likes of Joe Louis Walker and Popa Chubby, whilst garnering comparisons with both Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.  Aside from music, Sari is also active campaigning for humanitarian causes via Amnesty International and her own project ‘Matters’.

On Sunday 28 August at 20:00 on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, she chats to Pete Feenstra about her music with tracks from the new album.  This show is repeated on Tuesday 30 August at 21:00 GMT

More information
Album review

UK tour dates

September
Sept 5 Half Moon Putney, London (Album Launch)
Sept 9 Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington
Sept 10 Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire
Sept 11 Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester
Sept 14 The Tunnels, Bristol
Sept 15 Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex
Sept 16 New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC Billericay
Sept 17 Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead
Sept 23 Selby Town Hall Yorkshire
Sept 24 The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcestershire
Sept 25 Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, Lincs
Sept 28 Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29 Cranleigh Arts Centre, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey

October
October 1 Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford
October 6 Bar Brunel Bridgewater


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Photo: Mark Hughes/MHP Studios

Devon Allman tour starts 29 August

Blues rocker Devon Allman starts a week long UK tour on 29 August at the Colne R&B Festival.  His new album ‘Ride Or Die’ is released on 16 September via Ruf Records.

29 August – COLNE, Lancs – Great R&B Festival
30 August – SWANSEA, The Scene
31 August – LONDON, the Borderline
1 September – BASINGSTOKE – The Stage
6 September – CHISLEHURST, The Beaverwood Club
7 September – WORTHING, Pier Southern Pavilion

Album review
www.devonallmanband.com


Winterstorm brings rock to Troon

On Sunday 21 August, in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall previewed the Winterstorm event playing tracks by some of the artists appearing including Tygers of Pan Tang and FM.  (20:09)

Winterstorm - Troon, Scotland, November 2016

Troon’s only real rock claim is that Elvis Presley set foot in Britain once at the nearby Prestwick Airport.  The Ayrshire town is perhaps best known as the home of this year’s Open Golf Championship rather than being a hotbed of rock.

However one man is trying to change all that. Ian McCaig has promoted a few summer shows in recent years in Troon but has now set his sights on an altogether more ambitious plan – Winterstorm – a two day indoor festival in the town with an impressive initial line up announced  including FM, Ricky Warwick, Toseland and Last In Line, the “superband” featuring Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice.

Winterstorm Festival, Scotland - November 2016

The town centre location means there will be no camping, no bad thing in November in Scotland, but there are accommodation packages available in several local hotels.

Tickets went on sale on 1st of August starting at £49 for the weekend.  As well as the main stage at Troon Concert Hall three pubs in Troon will be offering live music during the weekend, after show parties with guest rock DJs, and a host of other surprises.

Friday 25th November
Doors 6pm
FM/ Toseland / Praying Mantis/  Tygers of Pan Tang / The King Lot (Plus more to be announced)
Saturday 26th November
Doors Midday
Ricky Warwick Fighting Hearts/ Last In Line/ Inglorious/ Amorettes/ Vega/ Mason Hill/ Bloodlines/ Hyena Kill
(Plus more to be announced)

More information (Official website)

Gig reviews (archive)

FM (November 2015)
Ricky Warwick (July 2016)
Toseland (March 2016)
Tygers Of Pan Tang (January 2016)
Inglorious (July 2016)
Vega (May 2016)


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John Verity tour dates and Radio Special

On Sunday 14 August, John Verity was special guest in The Pete Feenstra Feature on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.

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John Verity

John Verity began his music career in the early 1960′s, supported Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in the USA with his early band Tunnel, and secured a deal with ABC Dunhill/Probe Records.  His album ‘John Verity Band’ was released in 1973.

Whilst on tour promoting the album, Verity was spotted by Rod Argent who was looking for a new lead vocalist for his band following the departure of Russ Ballard.  He joined the band Argent in 1973 and stayed until 1976.

After this time, Verity formed Phoenix with Argent rhythm section Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford and made two albums before following a twin career of co-producer (Charlie, Saxon etc) and solo musician/sessionist working with artists such as Colin Blunstone, Brian Connolly (Sweet) and John Parr.

Verity’s latest solo album ‘My Religion’ features originals and favourite covers and has also been released on vinyl with a bonus track.

Get Ready to ROCK!’s Pete Feenstra chatted to John for his “Feature” show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in August 2016, discussing his career and the new album.  This show was first broadcast on 14 August and is repeated on Thursday 18 August at 23:00 GMT.

UK Tour dates

Friday August 19th-Blakeney Harbour Rooms, Norfolk.
Saturday August 20th-The Meeting Room at Elland, West Yorks.
Friday September 16th Barrington Theatre, Ferndown, Dorset.
Sunday September 18th The Diamond at Sutton in Ashfield, Notts.
Saturday October 8th- Barleston Village Hall, Nr Stoke ST12 9AA
Thursday October 20th- Blues Bar at Tring
Saturday October 22nd – Weston Super Mare Pier (in support of Teenage Cancer Trust)
Friday November 11th – Bingley Arts Centre
Friday 18th November, Silverdale Hotel, nr Grange Over Sands
Saturday November 19th – True Blues Club, Newton-le-Willows WA12 9LW
Sunday November 20th – Clowne Rock & Blues, Nr Chesterfield S43 4PL. tickets on door. 9pm show.
Friday November 25th Newcastle Rock & Blues Club NE12 9AR
Sunday 27th November – Basement (City Screen) York
Friday December 9th JV’s early Xmas celebration! @ Cardington Village Hall

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Gigs to go to

Chantel McGregor

1 SEPTEMBER – 4 OCTOBER 2016

CHANTEL McGREGOR (pictured), 5 August-30 September
www.chantelmcgregor.com
GRYPHON,16 Sept. Gryphon Facebook
DEVON ALLMAN, 29 August-7 September www.devonallmanband.com
THE WHO, 29 August-7 September www.thewho.com
GRAHAM PARKER/Brinsley Schwarz, 7-30 September
www.grahamparker.net
SARI SCHORR, 9 September-6 October www.sarischorr.com
JUSTIN HAYWARD, 9-25 September www.justinhayward.com
JUDIE TZUKE, 17 September-18 November www.tzuke.com
CATS IN SPACE/Space Elevator, 21 September – 2 October
www.catsinspaceband.com

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Feature video

GLITCH CODE Glimmer

Album review

SARI SCHORR Black Betty

Sari’s new album ‘A Force Of Nature’ is released by Manhaton Records on 2 September.

She plays Colne R&B Festival on 29 August and extensive dates in the UK in September.

Album review

RAVENEYE Hero

RavenEye – featuring guitarist Oli Brown – release their debut album ‘Nova’ via Frontiers, 23 September


Festivals banner

Here’s a quick round-up of some key 2016 festival events – for more information about tours/festivals see our upcoming section. These are mainly the events we’ve been notified of – if you’re running an event and are not listed please let us know via the contact section.

Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness 22-24 January
Review

Giants Of Rock, Minehead 29-31 January
Review

Hard Rock Hell AOR, Pwllheli, 10-13 March
Review

Hammerfest, Pwllheli, 10-13 March
Review

Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 17-20 March
Review

Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire 26-29 May
Review

Breaking Bands Festival, Stoke Prior Country Club, 27-29 May
Review

Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse 3-5 June

THE BLOCKHEADS, KING KING, NELL BRYDEN, MIDGE URE, JUDIE TZUKE and more.

Download, Donington Park, 10-12 June
Review

Stone Free, The O2, London 18-19 June
Day 1 (Alice Cooper, The Darkness, Blackberry Smoke…)
Day 2 (Rick Wakeman, Marillion, Steve Hackett…)

SOS Festival, Prestwich, Manchester 15-17 July
Review

Moondance Jam, Walker Minnesota, 21-23 July
(Boston, Chicago, Sixx: AM, Queensryche…)
Review

Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone, 23-24 July
Day 1 (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Europe…)
Day 2 (Black Stone Cherry, Thunder, Airbourne…)

Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 23-24 July
Day 1 (Thunder, The Answer, Blues Pills…)
Day 2 (The Darkness, Terrorvision, The Dead Daisies…)

Cambridge Rock Festival, Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, Cambridgeshire, 4-7 August

DON AIREY, JIM CREGAN, CARL PALMER, FOCUS, CURVED AIR and more.

Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11-13 August

FAIRPORT CONVENTION, STEELEYE SPAN, RALPH McTELL, GRYPHON, HAYSEED DIXIE and more to be announced.

Watchet Live Festival, Somerset, 26-28 August

LEVELLERS, UB40, THE FEELING, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT and more

Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne, Lancs 26-29 August

WILKO JOHNSON, NINE BELOW ZERO, BERNIE MARSDEN and more.


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