Saturday Shenanigans

Sat 17 Oct 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Junior Bill - RESCHEDULED

Due to current government guidelines advising against attending public venues, this event is to be rescheduled to a later date. If you have already bought a ticket, it will be valid for the rescheduled date. If you have any queries, please email and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible. 

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Tickets £6 advance / £8 OTD
Doors 8pm

At first glance Junior Bill’s set is a joyous high-energy conga of skanking world music and new wave pop delivered with perfect exuberance by a terrific band. A guaranteed good time. On closer inspection though, frontman Rob Nichols’ songs about resentful mortgage payers, toothless care home dwellers, lost asylum seekers and clueless high street urchins actually tell sad stories about the worried state of the nation and it’s mistrustful inhabitants as we drift inevitably towards our post Brexit fate. 

Musically eclectic, they reference reggae, laced with snips of soul, hi life and hip hop as well as punk and indie. In their shows they build a cohesive backdrop from these disparate elements with carefully crafted setlists that frequently change the mood from shouty singalongs to soulful sadness and back.

Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 7 Nov 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Cable Street Collective - RESCHEDULED

This event has been rescheduled - NEW DATE TBC

Tickets £8 adv. / £10 OTD
Doors 8pm

2019 was the biggest year yet for Cable Street Collective. Building on the critical hype and radio play (on the likes of BBC Radio 6Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio, among others) generated by their second EP, Where Now From Here? they spent the summer touring extensively – playing at Glastonbury, Shambala Festival and a whole host of festivals and venues up and down the country. 

“Spicy indie pop with a tropical feel.”– CLASH Magazine

The band initially broke through onto the festival circuit with the release of their first EP, The Best of Times, in 2014, and have since built up a stellar reputation as a live act with back-to-back summers tearing up the likes of Boomtown, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, The Isle of Wight Festival, and the Lake of Stars Festival (Malawi), as well as those mentioned above. 

Their sound mixes African-influenced guitars and beats with soulful female vocals and western melodies, creating an idiosyncratic alt-pop sound that’s all their own. Live, the band are joined by a horn section, and their sets are guaranteed to get everyone to their feet. 

“Their music grooves like a b*stard.”– Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music & BBC Introducing) 



Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 21 Nov 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: True Strays - RESCHEDULED

This event has been rescheduled - Date TBC 

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

Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 28 Nov 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Monster Ceilidh Band - RESCHEDULED

Tickets £8 Earlybird / £10 Advance / £12 OTD
Doors 8PM

Monster Ceilidh Band seamlessly blend electronic dance music with traditional folk music and will encourage diverse audiences from all over the world to get up and feel alive!

"An unbeatable live experience" - R2

They've been pioneering a mix of different styles with traditional and contemporary folk tunes which has been endorsed by outstanding live performances at award-winning festivals such as Boom Town, Greenman, and Bestival alongside more familiar folk offerings at folk festivals in Sidmouth and Cambridge.

"A leap into the future" - fRoots

"Monster Ceilidh Band hurls tradition into the 21st century"  Driftwood Magazine

Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 5 Dec 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Sam Brookes (Trio)

Tickets £8 advance / £10 OTD
Doors 8pm

London based songsmith and former Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’ Sam Brookes is still one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets.

“There are vast emotional reserves at work” – The Independent 

 Inspired by the folk revivalists of the 60s, a sixteen-year-old Sam Brookes began to write and perform while training as a gilder in his late father’s workshop. By his mid-twenties, Brookes had begun to receive serious critical recognition and his sophomore album, Kairos, was acclaimed by The Independent as one of the stand-out records of the year, tipped for a Mercury Prize nomination and received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2. With over 5 million plays on Spotify, it is fair to say that those who know his music, love his music… and those who don’t, are about to.

Brookes is reminiscent of Tim Buckley as he glides between the lower and upper registers of his four-octave range. His pure voice, evocative lyrics and soaring melodies have made him a rising figure in the alt-folk scene. Nowin demand as a vocalist and collaborator, the long list of artists Brookes has worked with includes Scott Matthews, Lucy Rose, Newton Faulkner and Basement Jaxx.

“He excels at propulsive, narratively rich folk, delivered in a soaring, clear-as-a-bell singing voice” – The Sunday Times


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Sat 27 Feb 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Mischa & His Merry Men

Tickets are £8 advance / £10 on the door

Doors open 8pm

A dynamic and inspiring collective of musicians who infuse an array of genres culminating in a melting pot of sax, strings, drums & keys. Mischa & His Merry Men deliver an energetic and compelling performance with their uplifting, socially charged originals taking you on an exciting voyage laced with messages of peace, love & unity… the revolution starts here!

Sat 20 Mar 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Roving Crows

Tickets £10 adv/£12 OTD
Doors 8PM

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

Over ten years and evolving incarnations, award-winning Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre playing with passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, they are 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.  

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

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

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

Book earlybird tickets £10.00 8.00pm
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Sat 27 Mar 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Crinkle Cuts

Tickets are £8 advance / £10 OTD

Doors open 8pm

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.

Sat 24 Apr 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Mishra

Tickets are £8 advance / £10 on the door

Doors open 8pm 

Mishra are a global folk collective with strong roots in U.K folk, out of which they weave a tight web of intricate, Indian-influenced original music that defies definition and has already brought awards recognition since their formation in 2017. Originally a creative collaboration between Kate Griffin (The Unsung Roots) and Ford Collier (BBC R2 Folk Award nominated The Drystones), they have expanded into a collective with a continent-hopping instrumental palette that includes Indian tabla, double bass, Irish whistle, and African calabash. At the heart of their sound are Kate Griffin’s inimitable voice and clawhammer banjo, which soar above the driving rhythms produced by jazz-folk double bassist Joss Mann-Hazell and renowned tabla player John Ball (Rafiki Jazz, Indus), while multi-instrumentalist Ford Collier weaves an agile counterpoint on low whistle and adds yet more drive on percussion and guitar. They perform in line ups that range from duo to quintet, making each performance a unique experience. In 2018 Mishra won Cambridge Folk Festival’s first ever Christian Raphael prize, the prize money from which they used to record their debut album The Loft Tapes, which features live-in-the-room analogue recordings of their uniquely accessible Indo-folk and was featured in Songlines magazine, where it was described as an "airborne amalgam of cross-continental pollinations" (Tim Cummings) . In December 2019, Mishra celebrated the album release with a U.K-wide tour, in which different concerts featured different combinations of musicians from the collective. The album is distributed by Hudson Records.

"Fascinating stuff... I'm really enjoying Mishra's blend" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“An airborne amalgam of cross-continental pollinations … More servings please” -Tim Cummings, Songlines Magazine

"Brilliantly executed Americana and folk mixed with Indian music... Lovely sound, beautifully sung… Gosh that’s tasty!“ -Mike Brocken, BBC Radio Merseyside

“It is a powerful and heady cocktail, yet at times almost mystical as well, bringing together the flavours and ingredients of four different continents, and producing a sumptuous feast for the ears… The Loft Tapes has undeniably forced its way into my top ten albums of 2019.” -David Auckland, Folk Radio


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Sat 8 May 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Neil Younger

Tickets £6 adv/£8 OTD
Doors 8pm

A Tribute to the Legendary Music of Neil Young

Performing his best loved songs from across an extraordinary career spanning over five decades.  

We can’t wait to welcome back the U.K’s #1 Tribute Band to Neil Young,  Neil Younger.

Don’t miss your chance to hear this atmospheric set!

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Sat 17 Jul 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Mica Jane

Tickets £6 adv / £8 OTD
Doors 8pm

Mica Jane: a fresh new sound defined as a subtle mix of indie, folk and reggae with an upbeat and soulful vibe.  Mica Jane's tropical Indie Folk warms the heart and makes it dance. Together with her band, these four uniquely phenomenal artists create music for lovers of Paul Simon, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mumford and Sonsand The Skints. The four work together to capture a fascinating sound complemented with a stunning vocal delivery. Aspiring to capture the poetic visceral power of Bob Marley’s lyrics combined with the fascinating and sweet melodies of The Staves. Mica Jane's warm and witty storytelling is not to be missed. These fascinating beats and melodies, combined with such vibrance, is pure food for the soul.


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Sat 24 Jul 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: The Hawkmen

Tickets £8 adv/£10 OTD

Doors 8PM

Described by UK Rock'n'Roll Magazine as “upbeat, extremely danceable, and a ridiculously enjoyable sound that flows like sweet nectar", are The Hawkmen. Blending their influences of rhythm’n’blues, soul, and rock’n’roll, they cook up a classic, rootsy, hybrid storm. Following the early successes of Soul 45 and Craig Charles Favourite, 'Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover', a northern soul remix of Emma Beatson’s debut single Do It, The Hawkmen’s blazing Keep On Working EP was released yielding another 45 and played on repeat on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6. 

"From songwriting to production, it’s totally in the pocket” – Craig Charles BBC 6 Music

Sat 21 Aug 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: FiddleBop

FREE ENTRY - donations being taken on the night to go to a charity (TBC)
Doors 8pm

Sparkling songs and tasty tunes are on the menu... daily-bread jazz from the 1920s (when "jazz was king"), chilli-hot swing and bop from later decades, plus jazzy-flavoured sides of classic pop and of songs written just yesterday. FiddleBop bring rich, instrumental pizzazz and tangy vocal harmonies, lightly seasoned with wit, repartee and banter. Music which, with its Gypsy jazz roots, can most definitely be hot unto cooking. 

The band will get those feet stomping and get that heart thumping (in a good way, of course) for the traditional Gypsy tune "Dark Eyes", and when searing though Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia". Their music can be sweet and chilled, too: as in the delicate instrumental explorations of John Coltrane's exquisite "Naima", and the tender and nostalgic close-harmony vocals of "Here, There, And Everywhere".

Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 25 Sep 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Jo Carley And The Old Dry Skulls

Tickets £7 advance / £9 OTD
Doors 8pm

Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls play a unique hybrid of early 20th Century music infused with dark imagery. Intense and compelling, they combine 1930’s voodoo sounds with a steamy broth of vaudeville, blues, skiffle, early ska, old-timey country and folk. Singer Jo Carley is smack in the middle of the mix, with a snarl and a twinkle as she uses her sweet melodies to tell of terrible things. This is made even more bewitching as she switches from fiddle to mandolin to washboard. The driving force is Tim Carley’s one-man-band set-up with guitar, kick-drum and foot tambourine (the rattlin’ shoe)! They are joined by multi-instrumentalist James Le Huray on double bass and banjo.

"A spooky slab of backwoods punk, mixed with medicine show huckster and old timey roots music. JCODS make deliciously devilish sounds. Something wicked coming this way. Highly recommended" - Folkcast

‘Shake Them Rattlin’ Bones’ is their second album and was recorded at East London’s Space Eko Studios. It features nine tales that lure you between the cracks of reality and take you downtown to the underworld, where the hobos and down and outs are up to no good, jug bands hustle for change on poor man’s corner, zombies walk the night and the Voodoo Priestess rules all...

Dedicated to the subversive, the world of Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls is dark, animated and unusual. A band that lives to perform, Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls seek to amuse and draw the audience into an underworld filled with wonder, the macabre and the imagination.

"Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls were a joy to behold. Rooted firmly in a bygone era when Voodoo and Black Magic were rife, the audience were all spellbound by the performance and its originality" - Adrian Blacklee - Blues Matters Magazine 

"London Junkyard Punk or Punk-yard London Junk?? Multi genre, non specific, absolutely great. It's brilliant!" - Punky Radio


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Sat 23 Oct 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Mark Harrison Band

Tickets £6 advance / £8 OTD
Doors 8pm

 "really excellent … he takes very real things, normal things that happen in life, and he writes about them in a way that makes you think afresh about them" - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK.  His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and his band (consisting of some of the UK’s top roots musicians) to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Recent appearances on BBC Radio 2, as guest on Cerys Matthews’s show and on Anneka Rice’s Pick Of The Week show, have further added to his growing reputation.    

 Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. Mark’s live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, and audiences frequently comment on how big a part these play in their enjoyment of the shows. Delivered in a manner often described as ‘wry’ and ‘dry’, these mark him out even more as a unique artist. 

"fresh as morning sunshine and as sharp as a well-honed razor'" Folkwords

 Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics than intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel. 

A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style.  Mark tours extensively. He has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, Bearded Theory, The Great British Folk Festival, Lakefest and Jazz FM Love Supreme and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He has released six albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US. 

"Mark Harrison keeps getting better" - Classic Rock Magazine

Book tickets £6.00 8.00pm
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Sat 30 Oct 2021

Saturday Shenanigans: Mr Tea and the Minions

Tickets £8 adv / £10 OTD
Doors 8PM

“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

United by a love of tea, energetic dancing, cheeky riffs, silly hats, and cake, Mr Tea and the Minions unleash their colourful explosion of musical mayhem on unsuspecting audiences. 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 releasing to the world!

“Upbeat, playful and exciting.”  - 365 Bristol

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.

 “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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