Coolham live music club
Coolham Villager, Graeme Tame has established the Coolham Live Music Club, aiming to bring the best in live music to Coolham Village Hall. Tickets for all evening events are £20 including a fish supper (or similar) or £15 without supper and are available from Graeme on 07889 775173 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard on 07971 627639. There will be no licenced bar at these events so please feel free to bring your own refreshments.
All events are not for profit with any surplus from ticket sales etc being donated to Chestnut Tree House Childrens' Hospice
Doors open at 7.15, music starts at 8pm - see below for latest events
Saturday 5th September
Larry Miller Band with support from Mike ‘Dr Blue’ McKeon
Larry Miller was so well received at Ashington last year that we were keen to get a return date into his busy touring schedule this year. For those who haven't experienced Larry's full power Blues Rock yet.
Mike McKeon is a well respected blues and roots singer/songwriter based in Brighton. He is gaining a great reputation as a live performer and will be opening for Larry.
Ben Waters and the Hoedown Band featuring David Lee #2
Friday 2nd October
Coolham regulars will already know what a tremendously talented and entertaining pianist and vocalist Ben Waters is but the addition of visiting Australian jazz violinist, David Lee, will add another dimension to these shows. Earlier in the year, Ben and his band visited Oz and played a series of large sell out gigs with David as a touring member. They got on so well and enjoyed working together so much that David has decided to return the compliment and visit the UK for a month, touring with Ben in what has been christened the Hoedown Band. To give you an idea of what we can expect, please take a look at this video clip from their Australian tour.
"The Coolham Supergroup"
@ Coolham Village Hall
Saturday 10th October
'The Coolham Supergroup' with support from the Nigel Bagge Band
We have persuaded a number of the most popular musicians to play at Coolham in 2014 to come together to form our very own supergroup for a one off gig. This band will comprise Ron Sayer Jnr (vocals and guitar), Alex Butler from Red Butler (guitar), Steve Watts from Jo Harman's Band and the Massive Organ Trio (keyboards), Spy Austin (bass) and Sam Kelly (drums). With this amount of musical talent and experience sharing a stage it is bound to be a gig that should not be missed.
However, not content with that, we also have a superb support band fronted by Nigel Bagge on vocals and guitar with Mike Piggott (violin), Jim Bryan (bass) and Marianne Hillier-Brook (drums).
Mike Dowling with support from Danny Kyle
Saturday 17th October
An evening of the finest bottleneck blues with US based Mike Dowling, Armed with an engaging voice, self-deprecating wit, and an arsenal of elegant interpretations of old blues, swing, ragtime, and original tunes, Mike digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favouring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. He can't be pigeonholed as a blues player, or even as a fingerstylist, he's far too versatile for that. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.
Opening the evening will be Danny Kyle, who opened for Jo Harman at Coolham last year, holding the audience in spellbound silence and making many new fans with his engaging personality, great vocals and outstanding guitar playing.
Aynsley Lister with support from The Mike Ross Duo
Saturday 28th November
When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fueled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 86,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.
Mike Ross describes his music as 'uplifting, intelligent Americana. Classic country with a bluesy bias and a soulful swing. Picture Marriott, Parsons and Stills down the local boozer'.
Protect the Beat fronted by Derek Nash with support from the Across the Water Trio featuring Harry Greene
Saturday 6th February 2016
Returning by popular demand, following their sell out gig in January, Protect the Beat play jazz funk at its absolute best with the brilliant saxophonist, Derek Nash (Jools Hollands R & B Orchestra, Sax Appeal) fronting a group of exceptional musicians.
Opening the evening will be a trio lead by a young saxophonist and guitarist, Harry Greene, who is heavily tipped to become a household name within the jazz fraternity. Harry is just 17 but has already been playing the sax for nearly10 years His passion is jazz/blues/fusion and he loves the freedom of improvisation. He will be backed by Marty Prior on bass and Brian Kettle on drums. Take a look at the youtube clip to see what to expect from this brilliant young musician.