KENT & E. SUSSEX GIG GUIDE
Sunday 6 February 2011
Dog & Gun (213 Boxley Rd Maidstone
Kent M14 2tl 01622 759046) B Sharp 5-7pm Free
(Maison Dieu Road Dover Kent Ct16 1ra 01304 204759) Bona Jazz 8pm Free
(42 East St Faversham Kent Ct10 1nn 01795 532529) Hullabaloo Swing Jive & Blues 2.30pm to 5pm Free
The Eagle Tavern
(124 High street Rochester Kent Me1 1jt 01634 409040) Neil Angilley & Marc Parnell
The Eagle Tavern
(124 High street Rochester Kent Me1 1jt 01634 409040) The Little Big Band Featuring Artists From The Rock
Monday 7 February 2011
Lower Bell (201 Old Chatham Road
Aylesford Kent Me20 7ef 01634 861127) Jam
Walnut Tree P.H.
(234 Tonbridge Rd Maidstone Kent Me16 8sr 01622 727260) Hot Fudge Sundae 9pm Free
Tuesday 8 February 2011
The Flower Pot (96 Sandling Rd Maidstone
Kent Me14 2rj 01622 757705) Electro
Acoustic Jam Night - Country & Blues Soul & Folk Just bring your own instruments From 8pm Free
Wednesday 9 February 2011
The Eagle Tavern (124 High street Rochester
Kent Me1 1jt 01634 409040) Jam
Night Biggest & Best In Rochester 9pm Free
Thursday 10 February 2011
The Eagle Tavern (124 High street Rochester
Kent Me1 1jt 01634 409040) Alibi
The Tower Theatre
(North Road Shorncliffe Folkestone Kent Ct20 3lh 01303 277175) Jazz At The
Tower presents The
Pete Abbott Sound with Mike Austin & Claire Harris A Swinging Group With Music For
(Forge Lane East Farleigh Kent Me15 Ohj 01622 726368) Bodegas Rock Covers .
Walnut Tree P.H.
(234 Tonbridge Rd Maidstone Kent Me16 8sr 01622 727260) Stand-Up Adult Comedy With Neil
McFarlane 9pm Free
Friday 11 February 2011
Beeches Restaurant (501 Seven Mile Lane B2026
Mereworth Maidtone Kent Me18 5qy 01622 813038) Gary Emanuel Michael Jackson
course meal and entertainment Ent. 8.30 £25
East Kent P.H.
(72 Oxford Street Whistable Kent Ct5 1da 01227 272018) Crispey Duck Combo 8.30pm Free
(68 High Street Ashford Kent Tn24 8tb 01233 625512) Bitten By Monkeys 6 Piece R'n'B / Rock and Soul Band 8pm Free
(Maison Dieu Road Dover Kent Ct16 1ra 01304 204759) Roger Betts Blues Band 8pm Free
(201 Old Chatham Road Aylesford Kent Me20 7ef 01634 861127) Any Other Business 8pm Free
(The Broadway Lamberhurst Kent Tn3 8db 0189 2 890260) Canary Wolf Blues Duo 8pm Free
Saturday 12 February 2011
East Kent P.H. (72 Oxford Street Whistable
Kent Ct5 1da 01227 272018) Get
Carter 8.30pm Free
(68 High Street Ashford Kent Tn24 8tb 01233 625512) The Flack Supported By Jamie &
The Portraits 8pm Free
(Maison Dieu Road Dover Kent Ct16 1ra 01304 204759) Alchemy Rock 8pm Free
(201 Old Chatham Road Aylesford Kent Me20 7ef 01634 861127) On Edge 8pm Free
(42 East St Faversham Kent Ct10 1nn 01795 532529) Left Of The Dial Pop Rock Band 8.30-11pm Free
(2 High St Dymchurch Kent Tn29 0ng 01303 872152) Turmoil 8pm Free
Prince Of Wales
(Dymchurch Rd Hy the Kent Ct21 6pg 01303 266270) Martin Matcham Solo 8pm Free
listed here, on our website online and to the media for as little as £3 per
Weeks Details based on that available to us at our Monday deadline
New Music Website Creates Unique Link Between Musicians And
Record Labels Audio
Rokit.co.uk is a new service that shows
musicians which record labels, publishers and managers are currently looking
to sign new acts, as well as gig opportunities for bands. Recently launched,
the website makes the whole process of pitching music "more efficient and
This exciting new website comes with a built in song management
tool, allowing it's members to upload their music and profile to the Audio
Rokit server and pitch their music to pre-listed music opportunities with
"I needed a better way to pitch my music. Like most musicians, I
love the creative process but not the boring ?networking' and pitching of my
music! The problem is the pitching is the vital part, without a professional
pitching strategy you are left with songs sitting on your hard drive and no
hope of being spotted, says Darren of Audio Rokit." Darren, the founder of
AudioRokit.co.uk interviewed record label A&R prior to designing the
internal management system to make sure it was exactly what they wanted also.
"This only works because we have listened to the industry. The whole website
was designed around the needs of the A&R first, we knew that if they
found value with our service, it would ultimately benefit musicians."
Already endorsed by successful musicians and published
songwriters, the future looks bight for AudioRokit and its members. Record
label CEO Shabs commented, "This will help a lot of composers place their
songs, as well as giving artists a chance to go direct to the companies that
are actively searching for new talent."
The Kent, Essex and Brighton heats of Metal 2 The Masses will
be held by Unified Sounds as usual in 2011.
Each area can host between 27 and 36 Bands and ALL will be
Enquiries about the format email m2tm_at_unifiedsounds_dot_co_dot_uk
Please note that Bloodstock have included a host of different
genres over the years, the most obvious being heavy metal but the festival
has also covered hard rock, industrial and of course all the extreme metal
Over the past 3 years Unified Sounds have successfully helped
the likes of Snakebite, Silent Descent, Splintered Soul, Zocalo, Sanctorum,
Silas, O.M.T. Denounce, Cursed As Angels, The Inbreds, SevenYearsDead and
Echoes Fall play at Bloodstock. Snakebite went onto play Wacken in 2010. Will
you be next?
Heats will be based on number of applications with 3 bands per
heat supplying 1 winner who will reach a second round and the winner of that
going to the finals to be held over the weekend on May 28/29/30. Bands who
impress with their efforts over the course of events may also be invited to
play the finals and will be given equal chance to impress the Bloodstock reps
who choose outright who takes the stage at Bloodstock 2011. A maximum of 10
bands will play the final from each region and a minimum of 1 band going to
Bloodstock to play the Unsigned - New Blood Stage with full weekend passes
for all members.
http://www.kentgigs.com Sponsors bandquest prizes
Red Admiral Records - New Releases
Jazz and Easy Listening
Hamlet Zhou & The Movement Band
Genre: World Music /
Mbira / Zimbabwe
Red Admiral Records -
Release: 14th January 2011
Hamlet Zhou (36) is a Zimbabwean musician and songwriter, though
originally born in the country he moved to the city for a better education.
Hamlet started playing at the age of 9 with a home made
banjo/guitar. His reputation as a guitarist and vocalist has progressed for
the past 15 years gaining regular live and recording experience with
musicians from Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. Performing at
festivals such as
Mapungubwe, Opikopi, The Standard jazz festival, Masa festival in the Ivory
Coast, Africa festival Germany and Roskild festival in Denmark.
Hamlet Zhou - lead vocals and guitars,
Lazarus Wiliam - drums and backing vocals
Alastus Mushoriwa - keyboards and bass guitar
Since the band's formation and release their first album
?Chirimumoyo' in 2006 they have been ambassadors of Zimbabwean traditional
music to South African festivals. They play Mbira music, which is important
to keep the flame of Zimbabwean culture burning. It helps the young grasp
traditional values and maintains their identity, as the generations are
slowly moving from African and Zimbabwean culture towards western type of music.
The Band use their music as media to maintain and safeguard the
threatened culture to teach all generations to lead lives free of killer
diseases such as HIV/AIDS. The song titled ?Mavanga' advises the young to
take heed of advice from the elderly in order to live safely and longer.
Band members were groomed into refined artistes by Mbira music
masters such as Andy
Brown, Chioniso Maraire, Ephert Mujuru, Dawn Gumbo, German
Chiweshe and Thomas
Maphumo now stationed in America.
Local music events are held around town mainly at beer out-lets,
and are a real crowd puller. Visitors to Harare from all over the world enjoy
cultural music. They attend the shows creating a big market for traditional
music instruments such as Mbira and beating drums. They can learn how to play
the instruments and export them to their countries at the end of their visits
which also helps support the musicians and workers of the area.
The Movement Band members want to sustain and take cultural
music to greater heights with a cultural music centre in Harare.
Manufacturing traditional musical instruments and teaching people how to play
the them. Approaching potential donors such as Non Governmental Organisations
(NGO's) for assistance has been a help but more is needed to secure the
future of Zimbabwe culture so the band welcome any opportunity to tour and
exhibit to the outside world through events and festivals, in Africa and
Red Admiral Records Jazz Season brings together Jazz and Easy
Listening artists from UK, Canada and USA.
Jazzy Season for Red Admiral Records features select World class artists from
around the globe combining new, smooth and sexy melodies with jazz standards
performed by regional writers and musicians.
- CD Album: Sweet
Jazz / Swing
Released 7th December
Barbara Jean is a singer/songwriter from New York whose ballads and solid
swing tunes provide the perfect vehicle for her mellow voice and direct
"Sweet", is a fine collection of original material and runs the
gamut from soulful ballads to cool swing.
Born into a musical family (her mother was a cellist and her sister, an
accomplished pianist) she began her professional music career as a bassist in
Phoenix - country, pop, rock and roll. After two years on the road on the
hotel circuit, Barbara recorded with new-country group, Gotham Rose, opening
shows for greats George Jones, Patty Loveless, Toby Keith and Diamond Rio,
among others. The group received extensive radio play across
Europe in the 90's and remains a project she is extremely proud of. In 2000
she set down her bass and picked up a mic with her hometown swing big band.
Soon, the area's most gifted jazz musicians were calling and Barbara now
lives, writes and sings in upstate New York.
- CD EP: Love Me
Jazz / Easy
Listening / Swing
Melissa Lauren Pisarzowski is a popular accomplished singer and writer
making her mark in the Toronto music scene. With a strong influence in jazz,
Latin, and blues, Melissa has developed an original style of her own melting
together old school sounds with modern flare.
On "Love Me her latest CD release, Melissa presents 3 of her latest
compositions with minimal backing exposing the smooth and seductive vocals
that have brought her the opportunity to work with so many top music
A graduate of York University's music program, Melissa began studying voice
at the age of twelve and discovered her passion performance. She has had the
privilege of studying with some of Toronto's most respected musicians
including Barry Elmes, Mark Eisenman, and Al Henderson. Melissa's love for
swing and jazz music started when she started performing with the Toronto
All-Star Big Band; she continued singing with them until 2004. She had the
opportunity to work with and open for many wonderful musicians; Jeff Healey,
Gordon Lightfoot, Ranee Lee, Henry Questa, Tommy Ambrose, Peter Appleyard,
Buddy DiFranco, Jackie Richardson, and Clark Terry to name a few.
- CD Album: Psychodrama
Jazz - Nu Jazz
ZOO create a unique blend of jazz-infused grooves, warm, absorbing and
emotive, beautifully intimate, atmospheric, with rich harmonies and
Psychodrama their 3rd album on the Red Admiral label pushes their unique
envelope one stage further.
- CD Album: After
Easy Listening /
Instrumental / Jazz / New Age
Gary Swinard was born in Ashford, Kent, England. His music career spans more
than 4 decades playing guitar, bass and keyboards. He has worked along side
and in the company of many great icons that are still performing today.
After Five demonstrates Gary's his desire to mix some of his originals that
include Smooth Jazz, Relaxation and New Age with some old classic tunes of
yesterday. In 2009 Gary set about recording two albums with his close friend
& sax player, Joe Bolero. "After Five" is the first of these. Stuffed
full of mature and relaxing music to get into, with a glass of your favourite
liquid After Five.
In 2001 Gary moved to Florida USA, his first six months was spent getting
used to the Florida life style before getting back into music.
2001-2002 He joined a well known local band JIMMIE DEE & NITEFLIGHT
before setting up his own 7 piece show band in 2003-2008 THE PRAIRIE DAWGS
now called THINK BIG LIVE Specialising in tributes. The band covers The Blues
Brothers, Elvis, Garth Brooks, and the one tribute Gary loves to perform,
Eric Clapton. Apart from playing many of the major hotels in Orlando these
shows have also taken the band to Nashville and Las Vegas
- CD Album: Electro
Jazz / Easy
Listening / Swing
Roger Allen has played the Guitar professionally for the last fifty
years, after starting at four years old on a Ukulele given to him by his
Electro Swing Guitar is a compilation of some of Roger's favourite standards,
played his own way. A timeless piece of work.
Roger has played in a diverse number of situations and countries, Canada,
Australia, Holland, France and the USA . He has worked with his own trio and
quartet, but his love of recording and the influence of Les Paul (who he has
jammed with on stage) finally encouraged him to make his own backing tracks
which always made life easier when moving around the world and to different
For many years running his own company, making industrial films and radio
documentaries in England and Australia, he became an accomplished sound
recording engineer, stills and film cameraman. Roger returned to the UK in
1995 and now resides in Ramsgate, Kent.UK.
- CD Album: In
Search Of Peace
Easy Listening /
Noel Bannister is a professional composer and musical arranger based in
Crowborough, E.Sussex (UK). He has an international reputation as a pianist,
having played all over the Northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to
In Search Of Peace presents 47 minutes of relaxing music ideal for healing,
meditation and soothing after a tough day. Within each of us there is an
inner silence which, given the many distractions of modern day life, is
sometimes difficult to access. This music represents an antidote to the
hectic lifestyles most of us lead, a journey of the imagination to a place of
inspiration, healing and inner peace. A calming and tranquil backing for
video or film and ideal for background music when entertaining or dining with
Red Admiral Records Artist downloads and Previews are also availa ble at iTunes and good stores