Live

We were lucky enough to be able to provide 15 live streams to The Bristol Fringe over Lockdown. Here is a little info about the acts that took part including artists in Japan, San Francisco and France plus an album launch. We very much hope to return to advertising new live events on this page soon. 

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Join us over on the The Bristol Fringe Live page for our last Lockdown takeover featuring a fantastic double bill. On Friday 12th we see Kevin from the Kevin Figes Quartet who is launching his new quartet album Changing Times [Pig Records] and then on Saturday 13th we are lucky enough to have Banjo-Vie, Franglo Hillbillies, for some red-neck rock. Join the events to get notifications and stay tuned for videos and more info between now and then.

 

​Kevin Figes (saxophones, flutes,) launches at home, in Lockdown his new Quartet album ''Changing Times''. Already gaining critical success come along and join Kevin who will perform some solo adaptations [and some duo with his son Miles Figes-Jones] direct to your home. His exceptional promo video
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snxRLd5ROnM] clearly showcases his new pieces and CDS are available from Kevin's Pig Records website and I'm sure he won't mind if you pre-order too www.pigrecords.co.uk

''Changing Times'' will be available shortly on Pig Records [June 12th] and demonstrates Kevin's ability and growth as an accomplished composer in his own right. The music has a self conscious avoidance of a groove enabling odd flavours to emerge. The piece All That I Want (Is Somewhere To Lie Down) feels like a bossa nova'' - Tony Benjamin

''This is the sound of a true original at work, with a sensibility that’s at once very personal, very international in its inspiration, but somehow identifiably English in its character. Utterly intriguing.'' - SussexJazzMag.com -

Further reading:-

Kevin Figes is a distinctive voice both as a player (Saxophones and flute) and composer on the UK jazz scene. Never standing still, his ethos is to strive to produce new music which is challenging, well-crafted and from the soul. Kevin began studying saxophone with Elton Dean and later attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with Tim Garland. He has since established himself as one of the most creative and in demand players on the Bristol scene and beyond.

“There’s an osmotic attraction to Kevin Figes’ music. It possesses remarkable creative breadth, taking in fusion, post-bop and contemporary abstraction… and gradually seeps into the consciousness until it won’t let go.” - Adrian Pallant Review

Composer:
As a composer Kevin has consistently pushed his own boundaries in the Trio, Quartet and Octet context releasing numerous albums on his own label Pig Records.

In 2011 he formed the band “4 Sided Triangle” which included guitarist Mike Outram, and their first CD was released on Pig records in July 2012 to excellent reviews and widespread radio play.

His quartet have released four CDs: “Circular Motion” (Edition,2008), “Hometime” (Pig, 2010), “Tables and Chairs” (2013, Pig) and ‘’Weather Warning’’ (2016, Pig) which all received much critical acclaim. The Quartet tours the UK regularly, with help from Jazz Services including a seventeen-date tour to launch ‘’Tables and Chairs’’ and has been broadcast several times on Radio 3. A brand new release “Changing Times” (Pig, June 2020) sees Kevin embark on a more conceptual album. This recording has received notable media attention already and is set to tour in the near future.

To find Kevin’s latest album release ‘’Changing Times’’ which explores a wider world of compositional influences, please follow this link. www.pigrecords.co.uk

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Week two now completed:

So we are looking forward immensely to our second week of Livestream courtesy of The Bristol Fringe Live starting Wednesday 20th May. But first here is some info about the acts coming up.

 


Wednesday 20th:

Kevin Figes is a regular name on the Bristol scene and a distinctive, formidable composer, front man and record label owner. Never standing still, his ethos is to strive to produce new music which is challenging, well-crafted and from the soul. Kevin's new album ''Changing Times'' is due out on June 12th. This is his fifth quartet recording and is fearless in its dynamic and risks. Kevin will be playing solo this evening and who knows what to expect from this artist's plethora of instruments, styles and influences.  It will be awesome I am certain.
For Kevin's music see www.pigrecords.co.uk

Thursday 21st:
Leon Daye is a favourite regular on the Cirencester, Stroud and Cotswolds scene. Rarely without his trusty guitar Leon covers everything from Indie to Rock and quality pop covers to his own orginals. His group The Leon Daye Band is a regular at family festivals and events. Tonight Leon will play his original material. www.leondaye.com

Friday 22nd:
John Law, Internationally acclaimed pianist and composer and tonight he joins us with a prepared set promoting his recent quartet album 'Configuration' which has been released on Ubuntu Music. Hailed as his best album yet John is clearly earning his reputation as one of the UK's best contemporary pianists.   
www.johnlaw.org.uk 

Saturday 23rd:
Matthew Edwards is a UK/US based singer songwriter who heads up Matthew Edwards and The Unfortunates. Splitting his time between the two continents Matthew's style has been described as ' melancholy art pop'.
"Blessed with understated charm, originality and pure lambent beauty" - Shindig 
www.matthewedwardsandtheunfortunates.com

Sunday 24th: 

Toss from Frankenstein's Lobster takes to the virtual stage again. Toss is a very unique talent being an operatic singer and also a dab hand at Ukulele rock. Bring your ukuleles and guitars and play along with Toss. He'll be sharing the chords with you so a great opportunity to hone your uke talents.

More info on these artists is available on this website. Take a look at our artist page to find out and to hear more.

To book any of these artists for the Autumn or for events into next year then please contact me Janinka at janinka@noplacearts.co.uk.

But, most importantly, like and share the event to get more folk on board. These guys are giving their time and talents for free so let's give back and be there, on your sofa, that's all.

To donate to the artists please make a donation when they are performing to  https://www.facebook.com/donate/513046632718709/

or you can do this at the Fringe website www.thebristolfringe.co.uk 

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Week one now completed:

So we are looking forward immensely to our week of Livestream courtesy of The Bristol Fringe Live starting Monday 27th April. But first here is some info about the acts coming up.

 

Monday 27th sees Patsy Gamble opening our week. Patsy is a saxophonist and will be playing her own original Jazz compositions. Patsy has pretty much worked with everyone in the industry and has a band called Hipkiss with Muddy Manninen [Wishbone Ash]. To support this artist please hop over to her website www.patsygamble.co.uk

Next up are another Stroud Duo Lewis Dickenson and his guitar partner Dav. This maverick pair will be sure to entertain with their guitar yoga and other shenanigans. They are awesome players too so their quality is by no means compromised by their entertainment. Find out more and support these lads at www.lewisanddav.co.uk.

Third in line is Will Lawton performing solo tonight but his usual sidekicks form part of Will Lawton and the Alchemists. They have a new album coming out soon so Like their Facebook page and get ahead of the plan. Will will be playing heartfelt originals for his Live Stream, He has a powerhouse of a voice and a sensitive approach to his playing. Support these guys at www.willlawtonmusic.co.uk.

Our next bunch of talented artists starts in the form of Jason Wick from the soon to be [already for some] legendary Little Red Kings. Regular on the festival scene LRK perform a blend of classic rock with a contemporary twist. Jason will be performing solo but it will be no less of a gig. He's a great interactor and will keep us entertained during his live session. They have a new album 'The Magic Show' out soon which can be preordered. Please take a look at their website www.littleredkings.com where you can even buy stickers and badges. It all helps. Jason is performing on Thursday night after the weekly NHS applause so he will start a bit later at around a quarter part eight.

Friday night sees Seth Bye, who tried to run away with Giffords Circus, but is now house bound with two other musicians. Seth is a fiddle player and heads up two contemporary folk bands Gathering Tides and Filkin's Drift. This Lockdown band is known as the Packhorse Band debuted on their village green in Gloucestershire last week. We want to know more about that Seth. So follow these guys on Facebook [they have great Youtube videos] and take a look at their sites too. www.gatheringtides.com and www.filkinsdrift.com

Saturday night, Toss from Frankenstein's Lobster takes to the stage. Toss is a very unique talent being an operatic singer and also a dab hand at Ukulele rock. He's also a ghost hunter [he might tell us more]. Either way all F'lobster fans will know this band rock hard so let's see what he can do with his blend of Ukulele and Baritone vocal chords. Check out their Facebook page but more importantly tune in. I for one, want to know how they came up with this name.

Sunday we are in for a double treat as Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura join us from Tokyo direct and live. This will be so exciting. This formidable duo are experienced globe trotters and play around the world constantly so performing to an international audience isn't unusual for them but in this context it is.  They play incredible improvised music of a highly sophisticated level. Check out their website and plethora of YouTube videos meanwhile to see what's in store. Please drop by and support this gig and let's give this duo a warm UK welcome.

Sunday night sees young virtuoso violinist Theo May perform with his talented dad, Greg. Theo hails from Malmesbury, home of no place arts and has persuaded his dad to learn some of his compositions. His dad Greg is a great player and performs on clarinet. Theo is a Keith Tippett protege and one of our younger artists. He composes and performs folk, jazz and improvised pieces. He hopes to record this material with his band The Odd Unit in the summer. We may even be treated to hearing his 16 string custom built violin (built by Theo's dad) so tune in for what will be our final gig of the week and sure to be a fabulous finale.

More info on these artists is available on this website. Take a look at our artist page to find out and to hear more.

To book any of these artists for the Autumn or for events into next year then please contact me Janinka at noplacearts@hotmail.com.

But, most importantly, like and share the event to get more folk on board. These guys are giving their time and talents for free so let's give back and be there, on your sofa, that's all.

To donate to the artists please make a donation when they are performing to  https://www.facebook.com/donate/513046632718709/

or you can do this at the Fringe website www.thebristolfringe.co.uk