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Butlins Big Weekends kick off UK festival calendar
In his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 8 January, David Randall previewed the Butlins Big Weekends: The Great British Rock & Blues Festival and Giants Of Rock
Two major rock events get 2017 underway in terms of the festival calendar.
The Great British Rock & Blues Festival weekend, is held at the Butlins resort in Skegness, Lincolnshire from Friday 20th to Monday 23rd January 2017.
Amongst the acts appearing (rock stage) are Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Top Topham’s Early Yardbirds whilst the blues stage welcomes Billy Boy Miskimmin, The Blues Band, Paul Jones & Dave Kelly, Lil’ Jimmy Reed, Toronzo Cannon and Moreland & Arbuckle amongst others.
Tickets are priced from £99.
Festival review (January 2016)
Selected interviews (opens link to Mixcloud page)
Nine Below Zero (September 2016)
Joanne Shaw Taylor (September 2015)
Toronzo Cannon (April 2016)
Popa Chubby (December 2016)
Rainbreakers (February 2016)
Moreland & Arbuckle (July 2016)
Laurence Jones (August 2016)
The following weekend, Giants Of Rock takes place at Butlins resort in Minehead, Somerset from Friday 27th to Monday 30th January 2017.
Steve Hackett headlines the event which also includes Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull, John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest, Popa Chubby, Gun, Bernie Marsden, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Phil Campbell’s All Star Band.
Hackett’s appearance at the event comes ahead of his run of UK and Ireland tour dates, which kick off in Dublin on April 26.
Tickets are priced from £85 per person.
Festival review (January 2016)
Selected interviews (opens link to Mixcloud page)
Gordon Giltrap: new album and radio interview
Gordon Giltrap may be best known for his 1978 hit single ‘Heartsong’ but his 50 year-plus career has positioned him as one of the most influential and progressive acoustic guitar players.
Gordon was influenced by the sixties folk greats Bert Jansch, Davey Graham and John Renbourn but went on to forge his own unique style which also embraced the progressive rock genre in the late-1970s. His band and albums included future Marillion drummer Ian Mosley as well as bassist John Gustafson who had also played in Roxy Music and Ian Gillan’s band.
His work has frequently melded guitar and orchestral sounds and his latest album is a collaboration with Paul Ward with whom he has collaborated for some years. ‘The Last Of England’ incorporates a popular collection of songs known as ‘The Brotherhood Suite’ which first appeared in the 1990s. Now newly re-recorded, Ward’s sympathetic orchestral arrangements give an extra dimension.
The album is released on 20 January via Angel Air Records who this year celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Gordon is the subject of Get Ready to ROCK! Radio’s ‘Eclectic Mix’ on Sunday 15 January, when David Randall chats to him about his music and including tracks from the new album.
David is a long-time fan and says “I last saw Gordon playing in a major guitar festival in Merseyside. It was memorable for not just the music but the fact that I was breathalysed on the way home. Fortunately I hadn’t been drinking, but surely the police would realise that you need full concentration at a Gordon Giltrap gig and nothing should impair enjoyment of his considerable dexterity.”
Photo: Mick Dodsworth
Deborah Bonham: 100 Club gig on 20 January
In this hour special David Randall chatted to Deborah Bonham about her music and influences. (First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 5 April 2015).
Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Featured Artist Deborah Bonham plays London’s 100 Club (Oxford Street 7:30pm) on Friday 20 January. Support is Jo Burt.
Deborah is a regular performer at major festivals and in 2015 appeared at Giants Of Rock.
2017 will see the release of enhanced versions of her albums via Cadiz Music including ‘The Old Hyde’ (featuring Jason Bonham & Mick Fleetwood), ‘Duchess’ (featuring Paul Rodgers & Jerry Shirley and ‘Spirit’, featuring Robert Plant.
Deborah will be performing songs from these albums plus several originally recorded in 1985 for her debut album ‘For You And The Moon’. A new album ‘Looking Back At The Moon’, a collection of the 1985-1991 sessions including the best of ‘For You And The Moon’ and some unreleased tracks is now available.
In recent years she has been a regular collaborator with Paul Rodgers – her performance at The Royal Albert Hall as his guest received a standing ovation at the sell-out concert.
More recently, Robert Plant stepped on stage unannounced to a delirious crowd at Deborah Bonham’s show to perform Led Zeppelin’s ‘When The Levee Breaks’ with her band and then Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ classic, ‘Shakin’ All Over’. At the London Palladium in June 2016 she opened for Foreigner later joining them on stage for their encore.
Glenn Hughes UK tour starts 20 January
David Randall chatted to Glenn Hughes in October 2016 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio and the sequence includes tracks from ‘Resonate’.
Glenn Hughes plays a series of dates in the UK – rearranged from November 2016 – in January/February.
Tickets can be booked via myticket.co.uk and www.seetickets.com. Special guests on all UK shows is Stone Broken.
Says Glenn, “I am happy to announce my UK and European tour. My team have been hard at work to make this happen, so my band and I can perform on this tour to promote my new album Resonate. All love and see you down the front.”
The tour follows the release of Glenn’s twelfth studio album “Resonate” which reached #6 in the Official UK Rock Album Chart. Get Ready to ROCK!’s David Randall listed the album in his Top 5 selection for 2016.
For the past couple of years Glenn has focused on his solo career. 2015 saw his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Deep Purple MKIII whilst his 40+ years career has also seen him with artists such as Trapeze, Hughes/Thrall, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and most recently with Black Country Communion and California Breed.
Friday 20 January – The Riverside, Newcastle
Saturday 21 January – Islington Assembly Hall, London
Monday 23 January – The Robin 2, Bilston
Tuesday 24 January – The Garage, Glasgow
Thursday 26 January – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Friday 27 January – O2 Academy 2, Manchester
Sunday 29 January – Sub 89, Reading
Monday 30 January – The Junction, Cambridge
Wednesday 1 February – The Church, Leeds
Thursday 2 February – The Fleece, Bristol
Popa Chubby: on tour in the UK from 18 January and new album
Pete Feenstra chatted to Popa Chubby for his Feature show broadcast on 11 December 2016 on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. Thos sequence includes tracks from ‘The Catfish’
The self-proclaimed ‘King Of The New York City Blues’ plays UK dates in January.
Popa Chubby also releases a new album ‘ ‘The Catfish’ via earMUSIC drawing on more than 25 years of consistent recording and touring. The album features a heady mix of blues rock, soul, and R&B.
Born Ted Horowitz in 1960, Popa Chubby’s first album – ‘Booty And The Beast’ – was released in 1995.
When asked what he wanted to achieve with this latest release, Popa Chubby simply said: “Bigger, Badder, Older,Wiser, Louder, Stronger.”
Wed 18 London 100 Club 100 Oxford St, Fitzrovia, London W1D 1LL 020 7636 0933 www.the100club.co.uk 7.30pm – 11.00pm £17.50 Adv + Bf / £20.00 Otd
Fri 2o Wavendon, The Stables, Stockwell Lane Wavendon Milton Keynes MK17 8L Box Office – 01908 280800 8pm £16.50 http://www.stables.org/Whats_on/Event/Popa_Chubby
Sat 21 Barnoldswick, Music & Arts Centre, 22 Rainhall Rd, Barnoldswick BB18 5AF
Sun 22 Skegness Great British Rock & Blues Festival
Mon 23 Boom Boom Club, Sutton, Surrey
Ticket Line: 0208 761 9078 – 0788 865 7952. www.feenstra.co.uk
Tues 24 Chislehurst, Beaverwood Club Beaverwood Road Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6HF. Ticket Line: 0208 761 9078 – 0788 865 7952. Tel Venue: 020 8300 1385 / 0635 www.feenstra.co.uk/chislehurst/index_f.htm#
Fri 27 Stirling Tollbooth Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE 01786 274000 8pm £14 £12
Sat 28 Southport, The Atkinson Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB 0161 480 2833 http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/whats-on/events/ 8pm £18 + B/ fee.
Sun 29th Minehead, Giants of Rock
More information (Artist website)
Forthcoming festivals 2017
We list here a selection of festivals/large events taking place in the first part of the year – if your event is not listed please contact us with the details.
The Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness, Lincs 20-23 January
including THE BLUES BAND, POPA CHUBBY, TORONZO CANNON, JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR
Giants Of Rock, Minehead, Somerset 27-30 January
including STEVE HACKETT, IAN ANDERSON
Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 25-28 May
including SKUNK ANANSIE, THE ALARM, CAST, MADNESSS
The Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffs 2-4 June 2017
including HOWARD JONES, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, MARTIN TURNER
The Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 29-30 July 2017
including LAST IN LINE, KING KING, SAXON, BROKEN WITT REBELS, STONE BROKEN
Popa Chubby UK dates 18-29 January (news plus interview)
Glenn Hughes UK dates 20 January-2 February (news plus interview)
Butlins Big Weekends (Great British Rock & Blues, Giants Of Rock)
Dave Mason Traffic Jam Tour, 23 February – 7 March (news plus interview)
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2017
AVENGED SEVENFOLD/Disturbed/In Flames 7-22 January
POPA CHUBBY 18-29 January
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR/Broken Witt Rebels 19-28 January
THE PRETTY RECKLESS 19-24 January
COLIN BLUNSTONE 20 January-18 February
GLENN HUGHES 20 January-2 February
BLACK SABBATH 20 January – 4 February
TYKETTO (pictured) 21-30 January
GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL 20-23 January
GIANTS OF ROCK (Steve Hackett/Ian Anderson) 27-30 January
BLACK STAR RIDERS Testify Or Say Goodbye
Black Star Riders new album ‘Heavy Fire’ is released via Nuclear Blast on 3 February. The band play UK dates 2-19 March.
AARON KEYLOCK All The Right Moves
Taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Cut Against The Grain’, released 20 January via Mascot Label Group/Provogue.
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