with: Under A Banner + Nick Parker
Friday 28 April 2017
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
£8 in advance £10 on the door
British folk-punk for a summer’s afternoon, a sound forged in festivals and bonfires, with fiddle-driven rabble rousers and songs that stir the soul. The Leylines was started by a group of West Country musicians driving home from a session at the legendary Sawmills Studios. Levelling The Land by The Levellers was on the car stereo. Something about the sound of the record, the rolling Cornwall landscapes and the smell of summer connected in writer and vocalist Steve’s head. Steve, a product of council estates and stints in the Army, put his observations on the state of the nation into music and started writing. Adding the different musical backgrounds of band mates Matt (guitar), Pete (bass), Dave (drums) and Hannah (violin), The Leylines have created a style that combines the acerbic social commentary of the Mod and Punk eras, and a folk-rock vibe that will send you right back to those long, hazy festival days.
The band saying is: “If you wouldn’t go out and have drink with someone, don’t work with them.” With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fan base, The Leylines guaranteed to have their audiences up on their feet – and they will be having as much fun as their audience while they’re doing it!
The band are very proud to say that in 2016, on top of a packed gig list, they have played headline slots at Watchet Festival, Bodstock Festival, Hazy Daze Festival, Wistful Festival and more, also playing the mainstages at Something Else In The Dean, Farmer Phils Festival, Kindred Spirits Festival and Chagstock as well as many other festivals. They have also seen a dramatic rise in nationwide following after playing alongside such chart topping bands as Toploader and Scouting For Girls, as well as festival favourites Mad Dog Mcrea, Ferocious Dog and 3 Daft Monkeys. Having released their debut album in July this year, the band has had some fantastic reviews and announced their first national tour in 2017. In November 2016, The Leylines signed with booking agency, Midnight Mango, who also coordinate bookings for artists such as The Boomtown Rats, The Bad Shepherds, Molotov Jukebox, Sheelanigig, Big Country and The Blockheads. Their debut album “Along The Old Straight Track” is available to stream on all major streaming sites.
We love The Marrs Bar – and we’re bringing two of our favourite acts with us, both of which have been here before with us in 2016. Join us for what promises to be another sweaty, ridiculous night.
UNDER A BANNER
Under A Banner have been making powerful, passionate and poetic alternative rock for around three years. This ‘alternative’ folk-tinged band have forged not just another band but something in which people are becoming emotionally invested.
The band features Adam Broadhurst- vocals and guitars, Jake Brooks – guitars and backing vocals, Simon Hill -bass guitar, Tim Wilson- drums, percussion and backing vocals, Kat Davis- keyboards.
Career highlights for the band so far include supporting New Model Army; having their music used by the charity Safe World for Women and award winning Californian author Rachel Thompson; being played on BBC Introducing West Midlands and Shropshire, BBC Nan Gael, dozens of online and FM radio stations, including Stafford FM and the increasingly popular Wyldwood Radio; being featured in Indie Shaman magazine and dozens of popular music blogs including Echoes and Dust, Here Comes the Flood, House in the Sand and Their Music Cottage.
Glastonbury (UK) based Nick Parker was 13 when he first picked up a guitar and tried to string together a few chords. By 14 he had put down the guitar and picked up the mandolin. Not least of all because he wanted to be in his brother, Ant’s band and they needed a mandolin player.
The first few gigs came and went, under the name ‘The Mandolin Brothers’ (genius) before they changed their name to ‘Why?’ (equally genius) and they spent the next 10 years bouncing around on stages at hundreds of venues around the UK and Europe, reeling out their folk/rock/skiffle (latterly known as friffle) sillyness to sweaty teens and twentysomethings.
In February 1998 Nick finally put down his eight string and picked up a six (mainly because his fingers had gotten too fat for the intricacies of a mandolin) and started guitar band ‘Tobermory’.
After various false starts, a few flirtations with industry ‘big’ boys and a few mini tours to Germany (including one where they went all the way to the east for a three gig weekend, two of which were cancelled) Tobermory played their last gig in 2004.
‘The Gadabout Crowd’ was next on Nick’s ‘to do’ list, which was more of a folky/rocky affair. The crowd dispersed after only a few months of gatherment and Nick decided to go it alone.
Now under the name of ‘Nick Parker’ (again quite clever), Nick has released two full-length albums, 2010’s ‘The King of False Alarms’ and 2014’s ‘Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird’ on German label Tonetoaster Records.
Starting to feel a bit lonely, Nick recruited a few mates who quickly became known as the False Alarms who took to traipsing around Europe with him, Tetrissing their drums, bass, guitars, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, lapsteel and accordion into the back of his tired old bandwagon.
Playing his tongue-firmly-in-cheek folky/country/straggly songs, Nick’s shows – solo or with the False Alarms -are as intimate and light-hearted as they are passionate and downright sweaty.