KOLARS is a Los Angeles duo that blends rockabilly, disco, glam, and mod sounds with modern rock through minimal instrumentation: guitar and a tap-dancing drummer. As Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument, tapping out the hi-hat rhythm with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit, using dance to transform rhythms into natural extensions of her movement. It’s quite the workout and undeniably mesmerizing to watch.
We wanted to create dance music that combines all the genres of music we love, but with our own original twist, says Kolar. It’s that idea of taking a pop song and getting people to move to it. To listen but also feel it in their bones. The result is a kinetic, pulsing sound anchored in vintage style with a modern sensibility towards production.
Beguiled was formed back in the late nineties by Guitarist ‘PJ’ Jennings and singer/guitarist/songwriter Phil White. The line up in terms of drummers and bass players has changed a few times over the years, but the current line up comprises of the two founder members, plus Nick Meyers on drums/vocals and
Marcos Eguia Bass guitar and Keyboards.
Beguiled is a hard rock band taking influences from classic bands such as Sabbath and Zeppelin, right through to more progressive acts like Pink Floyd and Dream Theater,Opeth.
The band has recorded a number of original songs and Albums over the years the most recent being “Live at the Portland, Cambridge” a live double CD which comprises of 13 great pieces of music released on Friday 15th December 2017. The bands music is written by Phil White and PJ who basically form the core song writing team in the band.
The band is based around Northants/Cambridgeshire/Suffolk and has gigged extensively in these areas plus Beds, Herts and Bucks.
The band prides themselves on playing challenging songs with lots of dynamics, but are equally at home with straight no nonsense hard rock classics. The live show always has plenty of variety and keeps the listener guessing as to where they will take the music next.
Venue closed for private event, pub open as normal
A comedy double bill with stand-up from NORMAN LOVETT
(The original Holly in BBC’s ‘Red Dwarf)
‘Exquisite stand-up comedy’ (Guardian)
‘It’s not an act – this man really is this funny’ (Scotsman)
‘He is funnier than ever’ (Evening Standard)
‘Lovett turns aimlessness into an art’ (Times)
‘A true original’ (Chortle)
And an Edinburgh preview of ‘DAVID EPHGRAVE: MY PART IN HIS DOWNFALL’.
The 1991 holiday camp talent show winner, frontman of Best Hertfordshire Band 1998 and Most Promising Student 2002 pinpoints where things went wrong.
Among the Daily Telegraph’s 20 Funniest One-Liners and Comedy Central’s 35 Funniest Jokes from the 2017 Fringe.
‘As smooth as they come’ (BBC.co.uk).
‘A very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with… a natural entertainer’ (ViewFromTheGods.co.uk).
‘Devastatingly witty’ (EdFestMag.com).
‘Never a dull hour’ (List).
‘An eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous’ (Camden Voyeur)
Doors 7:15pm. Starts 7:30pm.
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
‘Fading Lines is a sustained exercise in restraint, De Graaf’s airy voice anchored by backing from assorted US indie luminaries, who provide just enough muscle without overwhelming her.’ The Guardian
‘Ripe with subtle nuance, Fading Lines is an exquisite debut. Seemingly simple yet running far deeper than cursory listens reveal, it’s a record that sticks with you long after the closing notes of the aptly titled ‘White Fuzz’ fade out.’ Clash Music
Julys Headline: RYAN McDONNELL
“Apollo-quality” **** – Three Weeks
“McDonnell is a cut above the rest” **** – Broadway Baby
“A forceful, leave-no-pauses onslaught” – Chortle
“Candid and insightful” – The Irish Post
Advance tickets available at the bar or online for just £6. or £7.50 on the door.
Rock Band The T Clemente + supports TBC
Conceptualized by guitarist and song writer Teddy Clemente, the T Clemente Band is quickly rising to be one of the San Francisco/San Jose strongest original rock band contenders. Teaming up with Grammy nominated producer, Robert Berry, drummer David Lauser, best known for his work with Sammy Hagar, and the powerful vocal stylings of Amanda Dieck, the T Clemente Band has repeatedly delivered a solid vintage 70’s/80’s rock sound that continues to excite audiences all around the world.
The T Clemente Band has had the pleasure of rocking the stage with the likes of: Michael Schenker, Y&T band and the late Ronnie Montrose. The band just did their third United Kingdom Tour last August, 2017 and their 2nd year performing at The Cambridge Rock Festival main stage.
Currently, the band is in the studio producing their third album, Man Machine, expected to be released early 2018.
A much welcome and long-overdue return to Cambridge for the unique and unmissable pairing of Mick Flower and Chris Corsano.
Formed in 2005, this duo melds the propane-lit, overdriven drone-ragas of MICHAEL FLOWER’s electrified shahi baaja and the truly extraordinary free drumming of CHRIS CORSANO. In the years since, they have toured and recorded together when their other commitments allow, delivering an ecstatic onslaught of free sound that shifts seamlessly between tumultuous intensity and blissed-out serenity. With a combined pedegree taking in the likes of the Vibracathedral Orchestra, MV & EE, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Rangda, Bjork, Bill Orcutt, Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty and an army of other outfits, the pair are an essential conduit between the parallel worlds of psychedelic noise-rock and contemporary free jazz.
THE PLANK / PLANKESTRA
The Plank or Plankestra are an improvising quartet emerging from the Norwich & Norfolk Sonic Arts Collective (NNSAC), and featuring trumpet, electronics, percussion, clarinet, and guitar. Regular performers at the collective’s Plink Plonk night alongside the likes of Steve Noble, Kit Downes, John Butcher and Alan Wilkinson, the ensemble delivers a playful, abstract and highly textured variation on free improv.
Private birthday party in venue
Hailing from York, Joshua Burnell & his 6-piece folk-rock band have shaken the world of folk music with their epic fantasy ballads and fiddle tunes bolstered with the swirling distortion of the Hammond organ. Join them for their tour promoting the brand new album: Songs From The Seasons.
For any followers of folk or rock, this is not an event to be missed.
“This was excellent stuff. They would go down at storm at Cropredy… Burnell and the band deserve all the success they get.” – York Press.
“I’m willing to bet the live tour will be great.” – Songlines Magazine.
Joshua’s previous album, Into the Green, was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews – ‘A giant of an album that should be on everybody’s summer listening.’ (Liverpool Sound And Vision) – and to follow it up, Joshua set himself his most challenging project yet: to release a folk song every week for a year.
The idea behind the ambitious Seasons Project was for Joshua to arrange, record and release a traditional folk song every week to form four seasonal albums. Annie Haslam, from the symphonic rock band Renaissance, has provided four stunning pieces of artwork (one for each season) and over 25 local musicians have featured on the project. As of the 13th December, the project came to a successful conclusion, after earning the Highly Commended Best Performing Artist award at the York Culture Awards. Shortly following this, a live performance of some of the material gained an overwhelming majority of audience votes at the Great British Folk Festival and Joshua and his band were announced as the winners. The album has since earned glowing 4-star reviews in The Sun & Songlines Magazine and a 5-star review in Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine, with many more to follow.
After what has been a momentous year, Joshua Burnell has selected 14 of the strongest tracks from the Seasons project to form his next major release – Songs From The Seasons. Book your tickets now to join Joshua Burnell & his band as they bring the live show to Cambridge