Saturday Shenanigans

Sat 1 Feb 2020


Hay NAWR #5
Alula Down
Alula Down is an experiment in folk song and minimalism with voice, and instruments made of wood & reeds. It is the duo project of Mark Waters & Kate Gathercole, longtime players in Heed the Thunder, Sproatly Smith and Vaginapocalyse.  
Ellis Green
Cassette-loop ambience. Local artist Ellis Green's compositions bring together fragmented melodies and harmonic drones in a fog if tape hiss.  
Neil Pulling on his Organ
Swansea-based performance artist bringing his brilliantly original one-person show to Hay.

Last Act TBC
Tickets £5 on the door - cash only!
Community event 7.30pm
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Sat 8 Feb 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Chameleon

Chameleon are an amalgamation of various influences - the earthiness of blues and soul with the experimental elements of jazz funk to create a hybrid Avant Rock genre. 
Underpinned by the tight rhythm section of Osian Owens (Bass) and Noel Woods (Drums), and topped with the guitar of Dafydd Owens, keys from Andy Challinor and Natalie Phelps on vocals an sax, they take you through their looking glass giving you an insight into music the way they see it – as a cultured electric band pumping out get ‘em up good times.
Book tickets £5.00 8.00pm
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Sat 15 Feb 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Flats and Sharps

"The picking is exhilarating, the harmony vocals precise. You can but admire" -. Fred Deller, Mojo

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.

2020 is a new album year for Flats and Sharps – a wonderful collection of songs that is sure to only increase their popularity as a highly skilled Bluegrass outfit.

"I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity. If you can prove your disappointment, I’ll personally send you a cash refund" - Mark Ellen, R2 Magazine 

"One of the hottest new up-and-coming bluegrass bands". - Folk and Routes

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Sat 22 Feb 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Alden Patterson and Dashwood

Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro and guitar around beautifully written original songs and melodies.

‘Something of enormous promise’ - Songlines

Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home. Their stunning live performances have engaged and impressed audiences across the UK and Europe and have included an extensive support tour with folk legends Show Of Hands and main stage shows at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals.

‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 


Editors Choice Album Of The Year - fRoots

‘Talented and poetic triumvirate’ - R2 Magazine


Book tickets £5.00 8.00pm
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Sat 29 Feb 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: The Mighty Vipers

The Mighty Vipers are an eight-piece party machine from the north of England. A composite of brass band culture mixed with the protest activism of punk rock, driven forward with a reggae-inspired groove. 

“Like a steamroller of sound; smashing you round the face with a wet kipper while you make your best sex face” – Express and Star

Just like the black, sooty stuff that fuelled the industrial revolution, the Vipers are miners of kinetic frenzy, both onstage and off, creating a unified sea of sweat, smiles and celebration. Set your brain into defragmentation mode and let the soul man your human.

“Mighty Vipers are a new ska band from Shrewsbury and their album Elemental is a great take on all the bits of the ska story from Rocksteady and Calypso to Punk Ska. Also great lyrics and melodies – It’s hard to disagree with that having heard Chasing the Sun” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music


Book tickets £6.00 8.00pm
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Sat 7 Mar 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: The Schmoozenbergs

Conjuring up the mood of 1930s Paris, fused with flavours of Eastern Europe and the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs’ uplifting music will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. With roots in Gypsy Jazz, and influences beyond, their two guitars, violin and double bass bring you irresistible rhythms, evocative melodies and playful improvisation to create an upbeat and heart-warming sound.

“a voyage of delight, a foot tapping whirl of expressive energy” - Liverpool Sound and Vision

Based in Bristol, the band formed in 2012, and have had a busy seven years of live shows, including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Shambala and Green Man, international dance events and national venue tours.

In 2019, the band wrote and recorded an album of original music, with the support of funding from Arts Council England. On this tour, their live show will contain a mixture of new music from this album (entitled “Awaken”), alongside imaginative interpretations of classic jazz and swing tunes by the likes of Django Reinhardt, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.

Expect an energetic and engaging live show, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step!

“Upbeat good time music” - Songlines

 “The musicianship is excellent, laidback and accomplished...played with love and abandon” - Folk Radio


Book tickets £7.00 8.00pm
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Sat 21 Mar 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Evening Jazz with The Jukes


The Jukes are back! Resident jazzers at several pubs in the Greenwich area, this is a classic quintet/sextet/septet. They are big fans of Hay and love to escape London (and their day jobs) for the weekend whenever possible. 

This is jazz from the era of smoky black & white movies, created by artists who died tragically young far too often. Music created from suffering. Bebop and classic American songbook. Join us for a drink!
Abby Harte (vocals), Matthew Shorter (piano), Christian Lewcock (drums), Toni Sotos (bass), Ant Poole (alto sax), Hubert Spall (tenor sax), Mark Phillips (trumpet)
Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 28 Mar 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: True Strays

The True Strays are a vintage loving, blues fuelled, dirty rock and roll band. Their live shows are a joyous hoedown of huge bass driven riffs, a howling tornado of resonator guitar, cacophonous drums and soaring Hammond organ.

“Rising stars of the UK Americana scene” – The List

Influences span the history of modern music with great admiration for the delta blues of the 40s and 50s, British Invasion and Psychedelic Rock of the 60s and 70s, Southern Rock and Soul and modern age Punk, Rock and Blues artists. Blues music is at the heart of everything they do but their sound isn’t bound to those rules or that genre.

Influences include greats like Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac, The Doors and Pink Floyd and more recent punk and rock and roll bands like Nirvana, QOTSA and Idles.

“A hip-shaking barrage of blues rock n roll.”  Clunk Magazine

 “Their creations have vitality, it’s more than just words and music, they pack a real punch and make you sit up and take notice…” – Blues & Roots Radio

Book tickets £8.00 8.00pm
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Sat 11 Apr 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Crinkle Cuts

Crinkle Cuts deliver you a blasting of tantric funk, smooth reggae and new-wave latin ska woven together with good vibes for an eccentric, exotic and eargasmic live performance. The Bristol 7-piece have brought their electric live show to stages across the UK and Europe and have built up a reputation for getting crowds dancing through the night, whilst they dance through the stage.

As well as their incredible live performances, Crinkle Cuts music has been well received with the BBC describing the Crinkle Cuts as “Amazing!” Bigger than Patrick, their new LP is out right now to stream on Soundcloud or to purchase on Bandcamp, iTunes and other major online stores.

Known for their tracks ‘Two Shoes’ and ‘Dan’s Song’, their debut album is underway, which includes the new hit ‘Slipped on a Banana' and is not one to be missed!

"The Pleasure is All Yours" is perhaps best imagined by thinking of a mix of early Chili's, and the Cat Empire by way of the Black Seeds. Album artwork designed by legendary urban artist Sweettoof.

The new singles "Whiskey Smile" and "Pick Up the Junk" are out NOW to stream or download on all platforms; watch this space as the only way is up for the UK's only self-proclaimed Tantric Funk band.


Book tickets £8.00 8.00pm
Sat 18 Apr 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: The Grahams

The Grahams are New York grown, Nashville based couple Alyssa and Doug Graham. With stellar songwriting and bold arrangements, the new record is a love letter to the timeless pop albums Alyssa and Doug grew up with, harkening back to a time when Brian Wilson, Nancy Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, The Ronettes and Diana Ross & The Supremes ruled the airwaves.

The 2015 follow-up, Glory Bound, influenced by the couple’s train adventure all over America, was declared, “easily one of the best Americana albums of the year” - No Depression. Rattle the Hocks, a film directed by North Mississippi Allstars’ Cody Dickinson, chronicled the journey and became an international film-festival favorite.

With their new album, comes a new sound. Kids Like Us, is a love letter to timeless pop albums, harkening back to when Brian Wilson & Dusty Springfield ruled the airwaves. Written during a wild motorcycle ride along Route 66, at the height of the 2016 election season, the chaotic stimulus they witnessed was channeled into bold, aching melodies that grew out of motel-room whispers and studio experimentation. “Everything about Route 66 – the neon signs, motels, cars, the menus – are stuck in a different time,” Alyssa says. As a result, the music has moments of fantasy & the supernatural. It’s big, lush, ambitious & profoundly satisfying with its own unique alt pop sensibility.

Book tickets £8.00 8.00pm
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Sat 25 Apr 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Mr Tea and the Minions

United by a love of tea, energetic dancing, cheeky riffs, silly hats, and cake, Mr Tea and the Minions have been unleashing their colourful explosion of musical mayhem on unsuspecting audiences since 2013.

“The Minions seamlessly weave Balkan Beats with ska, dub and swing to create a bouncing set. It’s impossible not to get involved.” The Independent

Their raucous Ska Folk blended with full-fat Balkan beats and a squeeze of tangy Dub has made them party-starting festival favourites – and has inspired frenzied dancing all over the UK (and on a number of forays into continental Europe), with almost 100 festival appearances including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Belladrum, Wilderness, Nozstock, and Goulash Disko, to name just a few.

Their highly anticipated new album ‘Mutiny’ is out now and is sure to catapult the band to new heights with it's mix of high energy, melodic and exciting original songs that the band are extremely excited about unleashing on the world!

“Upbeat, playful and exciting.” 365 Bristol

 “Mr Tea and the Minions played one of the best performances we have ever seen! Expect great things from these guys.” Swingamajig Festival

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Sat 3 Oct 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Roving Crows

“Genuinely the next big thing on the folk scene”  - Andy O’Hare, BBC

Over ten years and evolving incarnations, Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. The band play with genuine passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, a must see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, Celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by solid, thumping rhythms and driving, innovative bass.  Roving Crows comprises; strong lead vocals and 4 part harmonies, guitar, fiddle, percussion and bass.

“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC

“The next folk super group in waiting”  - Nancy Dunham,

The band have received countless awards for their impact on the folk scene: International Artist of the Year - Australian Celtic Music Awards 2017, Best Live Act - Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014, Best Folk Act - FATEA Music Awards 2014, Top Celtic Rock Band - Irish Music Awards 2012, Top Fiddle Player - Irish Music Awards 2012.

Check out their live video for White Petticoat


Book earlybird tickets £10.00 8.00pm
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