Past Gigs

Past gig reviews

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The Big Blue supported by Joel White

10 January 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

The opening night was headlined by The Big Blue, a hugely popular local band fronted by Stuart Bligh , and they brought in an enthusiastic audience of over 100 people. Stuart has become a bit of a legend in Sussex and his band were the ideal act for the first night. The audience was gripped by Stuart's brilliant guitar solos and was treated to a wonderful mix of classic blues featuring numbers from Hendrix, Cream, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy etc.

www.the-big-blue.com

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Finesse supported by Faye & Ben

24 January 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

Finesse a polished duo with Colin on keyboards and Ruth providing the smooth vocals were joined on this occasion by Tony Holmes ( the Ultravox drummer ) and entertained us with a great mix of jazz, easy listening numbers of the Carpenters and the Beatles and some good old rock 'n roll – an excellent cabaret style act.

Earlier in the evening we were entertained by Faye and Ben a young duo who featured in last year's finals of Eastbourne's Showcase for young performers along with Joel White who was the overall winner. Faye has a very powerful voice and gave us great renditions of Dolly Parton and Bonnie Tyler numbers along with some original songs and Ben provided great support on acoustic guitar.

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Lindsay Field

7 February 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

A mixture of original ballads, swing and country rock was provided by Lindsay Field, a lady with a gorgeous voice, and her band headed by the talented Mick Rose on keyboards. The comments varied from 'Lindsay sounds just like Karen Carpenter' to 'A great blend of original songs and covers in their own unique style'

www.lindsayfield.com

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The Joel White Band

7 February 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

On the same bill as Lindsay was Joel White and his band. Joel is quickly gaining a reputation as a brilliant musician who brings life to every song he performs. This guy can do everything from Blues, Soul, Rock and Pop and to illustrate this he opened with a classic ' Johnny Be Good ' followed by Stevie Wonder and Hendrix numbers and some of his own compositions which are as equally well received as the popular covers.

www.joelwhitemusic.com

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The Eavesdroppers

21 February 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

The Eavesdroppers are wonderful performers of traditional Irish music and folk music in general. Peter, John and Tim make up a very talented and charming Trio who entertained us with a great mix of ballads, jigs and reels. Wonderful vocals from Peter ( my favourite being Caledonia ) and great instrumental performances from all of the guys on fiddle, guitar, box and whistle had the audience clapping, toe tapping, jigging and singing.

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Freekey supported by The Angels

6 March 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

Freekey, fronted by the gorgeous and talented vocalists Michelle and Zoe and supported by guitarists Chris and San, delighted their audience with an energetic mix of pop,rock,disco and reggae. Virtually everyone in the room was on the dance floor and clamouring for more from a very versatile and popular band.

Earlier in the evening The Angels a local a-capella group demonstrated their lovely harmonies when performing a Beatles medley.

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Southern Nights supported by Joel White

27 March 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

Southern Nights a country rock band from Worthing took everyone back to the early days of rock 'n roll with wonderful renditions of numbers made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and Ricky Nelson amongst others – boy can these guys play. A brilliant line up which included Dick Middleton who in the 60's played with Gene Vincent and Johnny Hallyday ( the French Elvis ) - talking point of the night was Fraser Wigg's virtuoso performance on keyboards.

Joel White had earlier opened up the evening with another of his brilliant solo performances.

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Tortishead supported by New Street Adventure

3 April 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

Tortishead provided us with a rather different approach to rock by merging two seemingly incompatible songs into one and coming up with a Tortishead special. These guys put their heart and soul into what effectively was a party style set but unfortunately for them there were too few party goers to create the right atmosphere.

www.tortishead.net

New Street Adventure fronted by local boy Nick Corbin had earlier played a very lively set of original material in front of their local supporters. Nick is not only a very talented musician but also a talented songwriter. Nick lists Paul Weller amongst his musical influences and it was not therefore surprising to hear some people saying how much the band sounded like The Jam.

www.myspace.com/newstreetadventure

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John Crampton

17 April 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

This was a very poorly supported gig for some peculiar reason since John is a very talented and highly regarded musician. Those that did attend were treated to a fantastic performance of footstompin' blues – brilliant instrumentals on a 1930's National Steel Guitar and also on harmonica to then combine with a stunning blues voice. John can one minute be heard playing a virtual classical guitar piece and the next minute launches into a gutsy rendition of 'Pick A Bale Of Cotton'

For those of you who missed this - you have been warned – don't miss out when John returns to The Cinque Ports Club as part of The Uckfield Festival on Monday 14 July 2008 ( visit www.uckfieldfestival.co.uk for ticket details )

www.johncrampton.co.uk

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Harmony Glen supported by Hannah Walker

1 May 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

What can I say about Harmony Glen, my good friends from Holland, who play traditional Irish music with haunting ballads from Nienke and Vincent and up tempo Irish and American numbers with the band all going head to head in duelling banjo's style. These guys are wonderful characters with bundles of energy all keen for you to share in their enjoyment – Vincent ,a brilliant player of both box and the bodhran ,introduces each song with a quaint and quirky story, Nienke , the radiant redhead on guitar and spoons, lights up the stage and then we have Sjoerd, a magician on banjo, fighting for our attention with Dominique, the tall clown on double bass – put together you have Harmony Glen who treated us to a magical evening ---- Please note that Harmony Glen are returning to the G – Spot on Thursday 24 July 2008

www.harmonyglen.com

Local girl Hannah Walker, accompanied on guitar by Gary Page- Mitchell, opened up the evening providing us with marvellous entertainment featuring songs from Dolly Parton and Katie Tunstall amongst others. Hannah has a wonderful voice and showed us already that at the age of 16 that she can do justice to a wide range of songs both old and new – look out for Hannah when she appears at the Civic Centre's Luxford Lounge on Thursday 17 July ( 6pm to 7.30 pm ) as part of the Uckfield Festival.

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Smokestack

15 May 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

Another great night of superb music performed by a very talented trio. Smokestack provided us with a unique mix of original songs, blues ,jazz and latin sounds. Everyone was entranced by Phil Mills vocals and expertise on harmonica and slide guitar. All in all a great band and easy to see why they featured on Paul Jones Radio 2 programme. If you missed this one or would like to see Smokestack again they are appearing at The Cinque Ports with John Crampton on Monday 14 July 2008 as part of the Uckfield Festival ( www.uckfieldfestival.co.uk )

www.smokestack.co.uk

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The Parlophones

29 May 2008

8.15 - 11.15pm

A brilliant sixties band performing great songs from the Beatles, Searchers, Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many others. These guys really sound like the real thing and got literally everyone up dancing, even those who didn't know that they could dance ( I have the pictures that may be used as evidence!!!!!! ). Another great night which proves that nothing beats live music at the G – Spot. Keep your eyes open for The Parlophones return later this year.

www.parlophones.co.uk

Artists

SUPERLUNGS

BIG BLUE

SOUL, SEALED, DELIVERED

HARMONY GLEN

THE SLIP JIG STRING BAND

JOEL WHITE with GARY BELL and BAND

HARRY KANE & THE MONEYMAKERS

GOT MILK

COLDHEAT

THE PARLOPHONES

HARMONY GLEN

HANNAH WALKER

PAUL DUNTON

JEMMA POULTON & STEVE McCORMACK

LINDSAY FIELD & MICK ROSE

SEVENSCORE

'HOWLIN' BOB FIEBERTS

SOUTHERN NIGHTS

RICH SOMERS

NICK WILSON

LUKE HYTTNER & THE COLOUR CLUB

SWEET SWEET LIES