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UK & Ireland Winter Tour 2014


The UK’s finest purveyors of Western swing, country blues & ragtime

Following a busy summer Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra will be hitting the road again for an extensive winter tour of the UK & Ireland in support of their second album Talk About The Weather, released to much acclaim earlier this year.

An intensive touring schedule since the release of their widely praised 2012 debut Money Isn’t Everything, as well as a diverse array of radio appearances, including BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, Jazz FM and Amazing Radio among many, has emphatically established the band as one of the most entertaining and hard working bands on the UK roots circuit.

On Talk About The Weather Rob Heron’s songwriting is even more engaging, quirkily satirical, the band’s ever impressive musicianship yet more refined. And the variety of musical styles covered broader still, featuring as it does a healthy dose of upbeat ragtime numbers, a couple of straight up country songs, a crooner, and a mambo!

The subject matter explored in their songs is a key part of the band’s identity, encompassing such disparate topics as the Great British weather (hence the title), coffee, the proposed HS2 rail network, arcade gambling, rogue landlords and kitchen utensils!

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra play their own brand of Western swing, blues, Gypsy jazz and country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve memorably coined it.

Drawing on an eclectic range of styles and influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, irresistible arrangements and an expanding repertoire of original material; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern.   The band’s songs, full of character, satire, and good old fashioned hollerin’, are primarily penned by enigmatic front man Rob Heron.

In addition to Rob Heron (vocals, guitar), the white-hot six-piece comprise Ben Fitzgerald (guitar, vocals), Tom Cronin (mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Colin Nicholson (accordion, vocals), Ted Harbot (double bass, vocals) and Paul Archibald (drums, kitchens utensils, piano), with the majority of the band meeting while studying Folk & Traditional Music at Newcastle University.

“That’s one hot band right there!” Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

“skewed Texas swing, gypsy jazz and hot, humorous country blues” Scotland On Sunday

A combination of offbeat, quirky lyrics and wonderfully tight and inventive musicianship” Folk Radio UK

“I did not believe it back in 2012 when Heron and his cohorts delivered the stunning swing and ragtime debut album, Money Isn’t Everything from the American period country blues hotbed of… Tyneside. But two years on, they shuffle along with the Forties-tinged follow-up and it is just as jaw-dropping. Self-penned ditties like Drinking Coffee Rag, High Speed Train, I’m Feelin’ Blue and the sassy Penny Drop Mambo should be emanating from crackly 78s, they have such a sense of the time.”Scottish Daily Express






Sat 1           Penryn                                    Miss Peapod’s

Sun 2           Redruth                                  The Melting Pot Cafe NB. Afternoon show (Doors: 11.45am, Music: 3pm)

Thurs 6        Brixham                                  Brixham Theatre

Sat 8           Lewes                                     The Con Club

Sun 9           MilvertonSomerset                   The Victoria Rooms

Mon 10        Bath                                       The Bell Inn

Tues 11        Leamington Spa                       Zephyr Lounge

Weds 12       MartletwyPembs.                      Burnett’s Hill Chapel

Thurs 13      Bristol                                     The Stag & Hounds

Fri 14          Southampton                           Marshals

Sat 15          London                                   The Harrison

Sun 16         Camber Sands                         Rhythm Riot! 1950s Rhythm & Blues and Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend

Tues 18        Newcastle upon Tyne              The Cumberland Arms with The Wiyos

Weds 19       Leeds                                     Trinity Church

Thurs 20      Hull                                        The New Adelphi Club

Fri 21          Liverpool                                The Kazimier

Sat 22          Dublin                                    The Grand Social

Sun 23         Dundalk                                  The Spirit Store

Mon 24        Cork                                        The Crane Lane Theatre

Tues 25        Wexford                                  The Sky & The Ground

Weds 26       Glastonbury                            The King Arthur

Thurs 27      Clevedon                                Curzon Cinema

Fri 28          Edinburgh                               The Jazz Bar

Sat 29          Stranraer                                The Grapes

Sun 30         Glasgow                                  Woodend Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club



Thurs 4        KingslandHerefordshire             Coronation Hall

Fri 5            ChelmarshShropshire                Parish Hall

Sat 6           WhitbourneHerefordshire           Whitbourne Church Hall

Sun 7           PutleyHerefordshire                  Putley Parish Hall

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Watch the recent video for ‘Drop Dead Cynical’ here: 


The infinitely epic and enormously addictive AMARANTHE have announced a UK leg to their extensive touring schedule, set to cover much of the globe. The band are currently playing headline shows in the US following their remarkably successful stint with WITHIN TEMPTATION.

AMARANTHE are hugely excited to be returning to the UK next March in support of their brand new record,MASSIVE ADDICTIVE, out now via Spinefarm RecordsOlof Morck (Amaranthe guitarist) says:-

“So the time has finally come to announce our first European shows on the ‘MASSIVE ADDICTIVE’ world tour, and the UK is up first! We had the great pleasure of playing several cities in the UK earlier this year, finally visiting places beyond London. All those shows felt like a tremendous success, so we have chosen to extend our next UK run even further, bringing the AMARANTHE machine to entirely new places! Make no mistake United Kingdom – expect nothing less than to get massively addicted when AMARANTHE hits YOUR city in March 2015!”

UK dates as follows:

March 17th O2 Academy Islington, London 
March 19th ABC2, Glasgow
March 20th Academy 3/Club Academy, Manchester
March 21st Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
March 22nd The Marble Factory, Bristol

Tickets are available here:


Meanwhile, the band recently dropped an official video for DROP DEAD CYNICALwhich quickly established itself in the top 10 most viewed new music videos in the world that week!

Watch the video for DROP DEAD CYNICAL here:


The album can be purchased at the band’s UK merch store HERE.



  1. “Dynamite”
  2. “Drop Dead Cynical”
  3. “Trinity”
  4. “Massive Addictive”
  5. “Digital World”
  6. “True”
  7. “Unreal”
  8. “Over And Done”
  9. “Danger Zone”
  10. “Skyline”
  11. “An Ordinary Abnormality”
  12. “Exhale”

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Watch them in session together above!

5 dates already sold out


 “Even a few years ago, the idea of British Country music spelt wannabe Dollys, line-dancing seniors and unconvincing American accents. Now though, fresh artists with country influences and the dexterity to create a credible home-grown version of the music are emerging” – Sunday Times


Two fast-rising acts, The Shires & Ward Thomas, on a joint tour that is set to be a landmark moment for the UK scene. The bands will take it in turns to headline on a series of dates around the UK. This is the moment fans of fresh and exciting country music have been waiting for!


Country music in the UK has been having a renaissance in recent times, what with the success of the television series ‘Nashville’ and of the huge Country 2 Country event in London, which saw some of the biggest US names playing the UK. It isn’t just American talent that’s enjoying this resurgence though: The UK has produced a new wave of talent who are putting a British spin on the down south sounds of Nashville.


Chief among this new wave are The Shires and Ward Thomas, two bands from the Home Counties who have taken inspiration from the sounds of Nashville legends such as Johnny Cash and Dixie Chicks. Not content to merely copy the USacts though, these bands are flying the flag for a British Country music that reflects the lives of young people living in the UK. This shared vision has led the bands to team up and take their music on the road for the nationwide ‘Home-grown tour’.


Both bands have come a long way since they played the pop-up stages of C2C in March 2014, with both acts having an A-Listed track on BBC Radio 2 and The Shires an iTunes UK Country No.1 with their debut single Nashville Grey Skies, while Ward Thomas’s debut album “From Where We Stand” went to No.1 on both the OCC Country Chart and iTunes’ Country Chart.


The seeds for this tour were sown when the two bands ran into each other in a road house in Nashville while they were both paying pilgrimage to their spiritual home. The chance to take their shared message out on the road together seemed too good to miss and the ‘Home-grown tour’ was born.


It seems that The Shires have come from nowhere overnight, but behind that first impression lies the story of two musicians who have been working towards this moment for a long time. Crissie has been singing her whole life, and came to love country music through artists like Dolly Parton and Faith hill, whereas Ben has toured as a singer/songwriter with the likes of K.T. Tunstall. Introduced by a mutual friend after a comment from Ben on Facebook, the pair instantly felt a musical connection, and discovered that they both lived near each other in “the Shires”.


Hampshire and Country music may not be obvious bed fellows but 20-year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas (who have been singing harmonies together since childhood) have had Country music in their blood ever since they were introduced to the sounds of Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss by a Canadian cousin in their early teens. One listen to the vocal cadences and close harmonies on their debut album ‘From Where We Stand’ and Nashville and Hampshire suddenly don’t seem all that far apart.

Tickets on sale now

Tour Dates

Nov 4th: Birmingham Glee Club Last few tickets available

Nov 6th: Liverpool Academy 2

Nov 7th: Bristol Thekla Last few tickets available

Nov 9th: Oxford Academy 2 Last few tickets available

Nov 10th: London Bush Hall – Ward Thomas to headline SOLD OUT

Nov 11th: London Bush Hall – The Shires to headline SOLD OUT

Nov 13th: Manchester Band on the Wall Last few tickets available

Nov 14th: Gateshead The Sage SOLD OUT

Nov 16th: Leeds Brudenell Social Club Last few tickets available

Nov 17th: Norwich Waterfront

Nov 19th: Dublin Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin2

Nov 20th: Belfast McHugh’s Basement Bar

Nov 22nd: Yorkshire, Pocklington Arts Centre SOLD OUT

Nov 23rd: Glasgow King Tuts SOLD OUT

Nov 24th: Middlesbrough the Empire

Nov 26th: Nottingham Rescue Rooms Last few tickets available

Nov 27th: Milton Keynes The Stables

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Stream new track ‘I’ll Be The First’

Watch the ‘I’ll Be the First’ video 

Kill It Kid have announced the release of their new album ‘You Owe Nothing‘ on November 10th via Sire/Warner Records and are giving away their first single ‘I’ll Be The First‘ for free download via their website –

There’s a long tradition of young British musicians falling in love with the American blues. It started in the sixties when the likes of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Led Zeppelin became mesmerized by the sounds that emanated from the backwoods and bayous of the South.

Continuing in this unspoken ritual is Kill It Kid vocalist and guitarist Chris Turpin, who fell under the spell of Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell. After reading Johnson’s name in an early interview with The White Stripes, the budding guitarist took to Berwick St in London and combed record store bargain bins for the keys to unlock this legacy for himself.

I bought a Robert Johnson compilation for just a few pounds” he recalls. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was the most potent, intense guitar music and single voice I’d ever experienced. I had never heard anything like it before. That’s why I started a band. I wanted to capture that same essence.

So, like any good bluesman, Turpin took his acoustic guitar and started performing – constantly. Playing three times a week at open mic nights “for a pint”, he developed impressive chops both instrumentally and vocally. Soon, other musicians began to take notice. Drummer Marc Jones approached him, followed by co-vocalist and pianist Stephanie Ward. In 2008, taking their name from a Blind Willie McTell tune, Kill It Kid was formed.

Over the course of the next four years, they toured hard and grew a loyal following, releasing music via indie label One Little Indian Records. During that period, they rounded out their line-up with bassist Dom Kozubik. In 2012, Sire Records A&R legend Seymour Stein caught a show and signed the band. A year later, the quartet retreated to Los Angeles in order to cut their self-titled full-length debut for the U.S. with producer Julian Raymond [Cheap Trick, MUTEMATH]. Now, Kill It Kid arrive at a crossroads between unadulterated blues catharsis, tight rock ‘n’ roll song writing, pensive folk musings and distorted grunge attitude. Impassioned vocals give way to finger-splitting string bends and impenetrable riffs with unmitigated emotion.

The end result is ‘You Owe Nothing’; an album that is meant to be experienced as one dynamic piece, like any timeless record. “We just want people to enjoy it and appreciate it,” explains Turpin. “We hope you get a kick out of it. It’s simple rock ‘n’ roll music. This was written as a record. You need to listen to it as a whole. That’s the way to find some solace and release inside the music.”

New single ‘I’ll Be The First’ slides from handclaps into a propulsive and powerful beat and an anthemic hook while ‘Don’t It Feel Good’ and ‘Blood Stop Run’ sees Ward take the mic, adding an intensely sensual female edge to the music during its heaviest moments and nodding to the likes of Southern sirens Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.

You could call it ‘New British Blues’, but there’s an element of heaviness and even doses of Americana, folk, and country” concludes Turpin. “We started off with the ethos that we’re doing this for ourselves and not to please anybody else. The modus operandi of this band is to create something honest and simple.”

Catch the band live at the following dates in the UK:

November 2014 UK Tour

1st November – Leeds, The Cockpit
2nd November – Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
3rd November – London, Oslo
4th November – Bath, Komedia
5th November – Birmingham, Academy
6th November – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
8th November – Open, Norwich

Find Kill It Kid at their Official Site | Twitter | Facebook YouTube

‘You Owe Nothing’ is available to pre-order now at Amazon here


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Monday 20th October 2014

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Ticket: £22

Box Office: / 01372 742555


Brit-Award winners BLAKE are back and better than ever, with a refined new sound, new songs and their biggest UK tour yet. Re-inspired by the enduring trio harmonies of The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees, The Lettermen & Boyz-II-Men, BLAKE’s latest concert show entitled ‘In Harmony’ sees them combining classic songs from their first four award winning albums, with exclusive new songs from their upcoming 5th album ‘In Harmony’ released 20th October. Musicals, pop and classical songs collide in the groups’ most eclectic stage spectacular yet, accompanied by great musicians and impressive video projections!

Returning from summer tours to the United States, Russia, Eastern Europe, South Africa & Asia, we expect their famous and hilarious rat-pack banter with the audience to feature some fascinating new stories! Supporting this tour as special guest artist will be the beautiful Brit-Award-nominated soprano Camilla Kerslake, performing her own spellbinding songs and joining the boys for some breath-taking duets throughout the evening. Camilla has previously toured with classical superstar Andrea Bocelli and she also joined with BLAKE to headline the Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.


Following on from previous years, BLAKE are once again searching the UK for talented local choirs to join them on stage as part of their ‘In Harmony’ tour. Over the last 5 years the group have been joined by more than 250 local choirs around the UK and overseas, in venues as far apart as Manchester, Moscow and Manila. Humphrey Berney says “We three guys got our musical starts in life through performing in choirs, so it’s been inspirational to see so many UK groups sending us their YouTube clips for consideration over the years. We look forward to welcoming 20 more talented groups of singers to our shows this Autumn”. Choirs simply need to email their latest videos to the BLAKE website and the chosen groups will perform alongside BLAKE on five big ensemble songs, as well as present their own solo song to the audience. Performers in past guest choirs for BLAKE’s shows have recently been seen attaining places at prestigious London music colleges and even taking star roles in West End shows. Ollie Baines says “We’re delighted that our campaign to get local choirs on professional stages results in new solo stars being found. Singing within a choir is the best way to build confidence as a vocalist. The UK should be proud of its choral heritage.”


Alongside their upcoming national tour, BLAKE are due to release their 5th studio album, also entitled ‘In Harmony’ on 20thOctober. Celebrating the unique mix of music enjoyed in the bands live shows, this CD draws from the worlds of classical, musicals and pop music, linked together with stunning trio harmony and lush acoustic backing. Three guest artists appear on this album, including Brit-Award nominee Camilla Kerslake, rising classical soprano Rebecca Newman and Filipino superstar Rachelle Ann Go, who is currently starring in the new production of Miss Saigon on the West-End in London.


This album is BLAKE’s second to utilise the unique PledgeMusic system, which allows new and existing fans not only to pre-order a signed copy of the album but also to pledge for VIP experiences with the band, including backstage passes (with champagne in the interval with the singers), album recording studio days & even baking classes with BLAKE at a top London baking school. More details can be found on the PledgeMusic website where fans can also get updates on the album making process. Ahead of their 5th album release on October 23rd, the group have just launched an Extended Edition of their current album ‘Start Over’, featuring 6 previously unreleased tracks & US only songs.


Over the last seven years BLAKE have performed three times for the Queen, stunned audiences at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and Wimbledon Centre court, along with performing to half a billion people live on Chinese television. They already have extensive overseas tours confirmed for 2015, including festivals in Barbados, Russia, China and South Korea; don’t miss out on seeing them at a theatre near you in their final UK dates of this year.


Watch the 2014 BLAKE epk Video…


Watch BLAKE performing ‘Hallelujah’ live in concert…


Blake – ‘In Harmony’ 2014 Tour


Wed 17th            City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds        

Fri 19th                 Gala Theatre, Durham                         

Tues 23rd            Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe    

Wed 24th            Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon                

Thurs 25th           Venue, Cymru                                         

Sun 28th              Octagon Theatre, Yeovil                      



Thurs 2nd            The St Albans Arena, St Albans        

Fri 3rd                   Grand Hall, Scarborough                     

Wed 8th               Towngate Theatre, Basildon             

Fri 10th                 Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn                

Tues 14th            Palace Theatre, Southend                  

Fri 17th                 Playhouse, Epsom                                 

Sun 19th              Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury            

Mon 20th            Artrix, Bromsgrove                                

Wed 22nd           Apex, Bury St Edmunds                       

Thurs 23rd           The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering           www.

Sat 25th                Solihull Arts Complex, Solihull           



Sat 22nd               Union Chapel, London                         

Thurs 27th           Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne                   

Sat 29th                Playhouse, Harlow                                


Blake’s new album ‘In Harmony’ will be released on 20th October. For more information and tour dates

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