CultureKiddo at the Brixton Book Jam, Hootananny 2nd December 2013

December 4th, 2013

Walkin on sunshine in the bleak midwinter as Culture Kiddo has seen fit to cover Zelda Rhianda’s superb Brixton Book Jam Monday night. Tessa Ditner, accredited enabler to Skin II’s 3rd coming, also expertly read her stunning piece from up & comin comedy novel ‘Charlie and the Latex Factory’ on the night. charlieandthelatexfactory.com
Stellar in her bespoke Am Statik’s rubber dress, which was only possibly upstaged by the piece itself. It’s available on Amazon, but I’m ready for the musical. Enough about me, she gave me a glowing review for my narrative triptych of various militarised types. I’ll let her do the talkin …..

 

Tessa Dittner, Culture Kiddo

Tessa Ditner, Culture Kiddo

“I was glad not to be reading straight after the brilliant Marianne Hyatt who really knows how to perform and make her writing live. Harpers and Queen described her as “she is triumphant live; the men love her because they are Pavlovian, the women love her because she makes them feel like Calamity Jane” I really loved her performance of the fun yet political ‘AirCon’.”

‘Brixton Bookjam’s Hootananny Garden’ – December 2013

CultureKid – http://culturekiddo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/brixton-bookjam-december-2013.html

Woohoo! Twas an awesome event and I was completely mesmerised by the range of spoken word talents. Keep on truckin Zelda! Here’s some of her lovely audio footage

Myself, Tessa Ditner, Dave McGowan backstage Hootananny in Brixton

Myself, Tessa Ditner, Dave McGowan backstage Hootananny in Brixton

Collum&Hyatt duet for ROCKABILITY @ I LOVE THUNDER SuperSessions – 26 Oct 2013

October 11th, 2013

Join rock band I Love Thunder and special guests for a night to remember at Waterman’s Theatre. I Love Thunder are a band with a difference; most of them have some form of learning disability.
Over the past 6 months they have been using their BBC Performing Arts Funding to jam with a series of performers from a variety of different genres. This show will be a celebration of these encounters and some of the magic they all experienced along the way.

The evening’s line up will feature the following acts performing on their own and then joining I Love Thunder to showcase some of the highlights from their work together.

Marianne Hyatt and Bob Collum with Phil Martin
Two shining stars on the London country scene, both hailing from Texas. Expect sweet harmonies and authentic country tunes. Joined today by multi-instrumentalist Phil Martin on the fiddle and whatever else he feels like playing!

“…she is triumphant live; the men love her because they are Pavlovian, the women love her because she makes them feel like Calamity Jane” – Harpers and Queen

“..Collum’s Anglophile Americana reaps subtle yet sustaining dividends” – Daily Mirror

Philip Wells and Sirish Kumar
Philip and Sirish explore the relationship between rhythm and speech. Sirish is an internationally renowned tabla player and Philip a champion of performance poetry under the moniker ‘The Fire Poet’. Together they form an unusual combination, often resulting in the most unexpected sonic journeys.

“Wells is superb – poetry for the people at last!” THE TIMES

Andrea Black with Winston Blissett
Andrea has recorded 5 albums of her own featuring her distinctive jazzy percussive guitar work and amazing voice. Tonight Andrea will be supported by Winston, who has played bass with many artists during his career, including Massive Attack, Rod Stewart, Boy George – the list goes on!

“Andrea’s music feels timeless and honest, with a beautiful and highly intimate quality that’s not easily forgotten” – Gennaro Castaldo, Head of Marketing @ HMV

The Alix Anthony Band
Alix is one of the most amazing guitarists on the London scene. He wields his midi guitar to create extraordinary sounds in a classic 3-piece power trio format. Expect a sprinkling of Jimi, some major funk and plenty of blues.

“Alix has got it all, a brilliant guitarist, the voice of a god and an explosive presence that had the crowd on their feet” – Village Voice

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ROCKABILITY in the UK!

ROCKABILITY in the UK!

Waterman’s Arts Centre, 40 High Street, TW8 0DS London,

For more information about I Love Thunder:

www.ilovethunder.co.uk
www.facebook.com/ilovethunder.theband

Nick Radclyffe
Band Manager
07767445318
[email protected]

The Lovelies who Launch – the COUNTRY SOUL SESSIONS @ The Spice of Life, Soho – 6 October 2013

October 11th, 2013

Some lovely footage for ya from THE COUNTRY SOUL SESSIONS’s kick off at THE SPICE OF LIFE – SOHO on 6th October. The juke was jumpin on a Sunday night – says it all really.

Big thanks to Steven tagg-Randall for this vid. Here he is pictured with me back stage, c/o CSS

On the other side of the camera:  Mr Steven tagg-Randall

On the other side of the camera: Mr Steven tagg-Randall

Also backstage with me is the proprietor of COUNTRY SOUL SESSIONS himself: Drew Morrison

Mr Drew Morrison himself at CSS launch, The Spice of Life - Soho

Mr Drew Morrison himself at CSS launch, The Spice of Life – Soho

Bob & I were thrilled to kick off the launch…. here’s proof

photo c/o Alex Morrison

photo c/o Alex Morrison

Collum & Hyatt kick off the launch with pleasure Photo c/o Alex Morrison

Collum & Hyatt kick off the launch with pleasure
Photo c/o Alex Morrison

Pedal-steel player Allan Kelly came to show support - what a dude! Photo c/o Alex Morrison

Pedal-steel player Allan Kelly came to show support – what a dude! Photo c/o Alex Morrison

These boots were made for kick off   Photo c/o Alex Morrison

These boots were made for kick off
Photo c/o Alex Morrison

Let’s Duet – BobbyC & Me at the brand new COUNTRY SOUL SESSIONS, Soho – 6 October 2013

September 17th, 2013

The Devout Sceptics will be playing songs from their forthcoming debut long player ‘Losers’ Quarter’ (Shade Factor Records) at the 6th of Oct Country Soul Sessions.

The Country Soul Sessions are back..... & this time in Soho

The Country Soul Sessions are back….. & this time in Soho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Augmenting the night will be the very wonderful Marianne Hyatt & Bob Collum who will be performing in duet mode.

BobbyC & me

 

Photo Zoe Street Howe

THE SPICE OF LIFE is a wonderful venue in Soho, which has played host to some of the best musicians in the world.  House band Drew Morrison and the Darkwood will be in support. Entry £5  Great food and drink too. Entry £5.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpiceOfLifeSoho?fref=ts

The SPICE OF LIFE 6 Moor Street, W1D 5NA London, United Kingdom

(Photos – Jane Hale & Zoe Street-Howe, respectively)

I LOVE THUNDER Supersession – Bob Collum & Marianne Hyatt – 26 October 2013

September 17th, 2013
BobbyC & Me duet & then jam out with I LOVE THUNDER at Watermans

BobbyC & Me duet & then jam out with I LOVE THUNDER at Watermans

COUNTRY DIRT @ ‘Motorcycle Cultures’ – Chelsea College of Art & Design, 19.30 4 July 2013

June 26th, 2013
Get yer motor runnin!

Get yer motor runnin!

COUNTRY DIRT are so damn psyched to play the

International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference on America’s birthday 4th July!  Check it out :  KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ADVENTURE TRAVEL WRITER LOIS PRYCE:

‘Red Tape & White Knuckles: London to Cape Town on a 250’

Not the 1st time we shared a bill with Ms Pryce.  the ‘DIRT supported THE JOLENES over at the Windmill a coupla years’ back.  She was mean on a banjo – and I’d wager she’ll get some motors runnin here….. but 10.30 on a picnic party day. I’ll be petitioning for footage.  We’re on at 7.30pm.  Hope she remembers us!

 

COUNTRY DIRT at The Water Rats – 17 June 2013

June 21st, 2013

Million thanks to Steven Tagg-Randall for this gem

COUNTRY DIRT will extend your weekend Monday 17th June at The Water Rats

June 16th, 2013
COUNTRY DIRT on at 8pm

COUNTRY DIRT on at 8pm

‘THE GIRLS ARE’ Gig of the Week – TIGER TAILS Rock-n-RoarRRRRR at ALLEY CAT, Denmark St – Thurs 23 May

May 17th, 2013

COUNTRY DIRT GigOfTheWeek at ‘THE GIRLS ARE’  – http://tinyurl.com/a4phzz3

Previously Regent Sounds Studio in the 60s- where the Stones recorded their first LP, THE ALLEY CAT (4 Denmark Street WC2H 8LP http://www.alleycatbar.co.uk ) serves up TIGER TAILS: a night of hot girl fronted rock-n-ROARRRR next Thurs 23 May. Starring …

ROCK-n-ROARRRRR!!

ROCK-n-ROARRRRR!!

COUNTRY DIRT

http://www.countrydirtband.com/home

“London’s premier country+bluegrass band, fronted by Texas’s very own and very striking Marianne Hyatt” – Gary Crowley, BBC London

 

PSYCHO-DELIA

http://psychodelia.co.uk

Riot Grrrrl Pop Art

 

MISSY DEEVEE

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Alleycat Bar & Club, 4 Denmark Street, London, WC2H 8LP
T – 020 7836 1451
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COUNTRY DIRT press release

April 26th, 2013
COUNTRY DIRT - photo by Klarke Caplin www.klarke.com

COUNTRY DIRT – photo by Klarke Caplin www.klarke.com

Look alive, City Slickers! 5 great Country swingers & Western slingers are back in the saddle, hot on the trail and kickin up some COUNTRY DIRT….. for your listenin pleasure

That’s right, COUNTRY DIRT proudly shake some stardust off that ol C&W collection and put a spitshine on your boots made for dancin. You might just call it grab-ass bluegrass, you might just say it’s Countronica, but you darn tootin well KNOW it’s only Rock-n-Roll from a different branch of the same root: a li’l Gram, some ol Hank and a whole lotta Wanda.

COUNTRY DIRT formed in Nov 2009, and hasn’t stopped giggin since. By New Year’s Eve of the new decade they were invited to play Johny Brown’s Mining For Gold show on Resonance FM and now in 2013 they’ve become darlings of BBC London’s Gary Crowley, who touted them “London’s premier country+bluegrass band”.

Frontin up the posse is Texan twirler Marianne Hyatt (Dragstripper, Temple of Sound,, Anarchistwood). Singin from the same hymn sheet and playin some Big Guitar to boot is the electric Patmo Sheeran (Big Self, Stone Rangers). Frank Brown (Clitoris Allsorts, The Hangin Ropes) put his soul on layaway to play the Devil’s banjo, but switch hits to harp & resonator guitar if the flames get too high. George Blacklock (Blacklock & Brown, Dog’s Module) cuts a rug on the mighty mandolin, but also moonlights on vocals, harp & guitar when duty calls. Billy Bob Staunch (Jegsy Dodd & the Original Sinners) shoots from the root with some lo-down dirty bass your mother may have warned you about. Bryn Morrow keeps em all in line with badass beats that are not afraid to cross the border
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“London’s premier country+bluegrass band, fronted by Texas’s very own and very striking Marianne Hyatt” – Gary Crowley, BBC London

….adding aural shooting stars and neon fire to the roadhouse vibe – Gavin Martin

Think Burrito Brothers & their dirty sister – Tim Perry, The Windmill

Countrified bluegrass, banjos, sunshine…. with great titles, titles like Pussy Whip …. Country Dirt are fun, they have their tongues stuck firmly in cheek as they bring a collective smile to the face of the venue. They have some seriously good bluegrass country rock there. -The Organ

Sounding somewhere between cult favourites Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Cowboy in Sweden-era Lee Hazelwood lays another outfit from London’s Deep South. Country Dirt is an alt. Country band of the highest order – Hackney Hive