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Fine Tuned: February 08

Fine Tuned, an area dedicated to our local music scene including artist profiles, news and gossip and a handful of gig recommendations.

February 23


Joe Volk has been the singer in Gonga since he graduated from UWE.  He is also the singer with Crippled Black Phoenix and when he can find the time, records his own songs, accompanied by an acoustic guitar.  He's signed to the Bristol-based record label, Invada and has got a busy year ahead with the second Gonga album due out in the summer and two more Crippled Black Phoenix albums within the next few months.  Joe is also hoping to record a follow up to his solo debut, Derwent Waters Saint.


-The Bath-based jazz singer, Clare Teal is releasing her new album on Monday, February 25.  Get Happy is on W14/Universal and includes three songs co-written by Clare herself.

-Love Songs For The Revolution is the new album by Jack Bird.  It's available on the Sieze The Means Of Production project - either via the STMOP website or from Jack's Myspace site.  Jack himself is playing tonight at the Seven Stars in Bristol.

-Random Flow, a new Bristol-based internet record label is celebrating more than ten thousand downloads in only three months of operation.   It was set up by Ben Banyard to release his own and others' alternative hip-hop and all its music is home-made and available for free via the Internet Archive.

-Demos can now be sent in by those hoping to play this year's Keynsham Music Festival, which is being held on Sunday, July 6.  Details of how to submit are on the event's website.


-Jukes, Evi Vine, The Heath Robinson and Roger Tarry are playing the Folk House tonight, Saturday, February 23.
-Riot Noise are supporting Electric Six at the Bristol Carling Academy on Monday, February 25.
-Alex Taylor, Amelia Tucker, Ryan Inglis and Sally-Anne Langton are on the bill for a free gig at the Fleece on Monday, February 25


JOE VOLK - You, Running
JOE VOLK - Toecutter (Our Lady)
CLARE TEAL - All For Love
JACK BIRD - One More Night
PHRENIQ - In This Lifetime
THE WRAITHS - The Darkness
RIOT:NOISE - When You're Down
ALEX TAYLOR - Stranger
JUKES - Land All At Sea

February 16


Selfservice are a teen band from Bristol who moved to London to work with Guy Chambers, the songwriter best known for collaborating with Robbie Williams.  Flo, Sophie, Mark and Ben all live together as well and so far they're having a ball.  Their six-song eponymously titled EP has been released by Guy Chambers' label, Sleeper Recordings and highlights of the band's career so far include a tour with Pete Bennett of Big Brother fame and playing the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.  They're working on material for their first full album and have plans for a tour later this year.


Roni Size and Reprazent are on the bill for this year's WOMAD festival, both playing and DJing alongside another Bristolian, DJ TC.  Reprazent are playing the Thekla on Wednesday, February 20.

Tractor have a new CDR out with Superfire Records called Cattle - they're free and available at gigs or the Superfire website.

Safetyword are taking their new trio format on the road for a mini tour this week.  They're visiting Nottingham, Cheltenham and London then finishing at The Croft in Bristol on Friday.

John "Jai" Howe, the former Wurzels bassist has died of brain cancer.  Ill health forced him to leave the band last year.  He passed away on Thursday the 5th of February with close friends, family and former bandmates surrounding him.

Phil Smith is back in Bristol tomorrow after nearly 15 years.  The guitarist formerly fronted the west country bands Fluke and The Heat and is supporting Michael Schenker at the Thekla with his band, Headsmith.


The cellist, Beth Porter is playing her first solo gig at the Old Farmhouse in Bath tonight, Saturday February 16 - she's supporting Ruby Brown.

Also tonight, a local music fan's celebrating his thirtieth birthday with the help of some of his favourite acts at The Croft.  Pounderfest features Jar, SJ Esau, Il Goblini and the Hinkley Veltones.

All Flaws, Visions for Kody, Roxys Wardrobe  and Electroscope are at The Cooler in Bristol next Thursday, February 21.


SELFSERVICE - One Night Alone
TRACTOR - A Man From A.N.O.T.H.E.R P.L.A.C.E.
THE WURZELS - Down In Nempnett Thrubwell
HEADSMITH - Telling Lies
BABEL - Tell Me It's Love
ROXY'S WARDROBE - Pins And Needles
HINKLEY VELTONES - Baby Don't Leave Me

February 9

The Cedar are a six-piece band who play 18 instruments between them in a single gig and specialise in heartfelt vocals, keening melodies and a big folk-influenced sound.  They formed when two of the founder members met while playing for Jane Taylor.  A new EP is currently being recorded and is due out in April, with a tour planned to take place soon after.
In this week's Fine Tuned, Kate spoke to The Cedar's lead vocalist and songwriter, Neil Gay, keyboardist, Eleanor Murphy, viola-player, Emma Hooper and drummer, Ben Ostler.


The Mudheads are celebrating an unexpected plug from a national newspaper - they were chosen as one of the 5 local bands people in the UK should go and see in 2008 by The Times.

Fortune Drive start their next UK tour with a Valentines night gig at the Moles in Bath this Thursday, February 14.  They're supported by The Volt and First Of The Giants and their tour will take in Cambridge, Southampton, Reading, Swindon and Cardiff.

Eleven Eleven are in need of a new rhythm section - drummers and bassists are being asked to contact the band if they regard themselves as competent, comitted and interested in the band's music.

Tiny Radio are starting to host open mic nights.  The set-up currently advertises the wares of local acts by playing their music in pubs.  This Tuesday, February 12, James Reich from Venus Bogardus will be among the performers at the Blue Lagoon on the Gloucester Road in Bristol.

Southbank, the club that used to be the Holy Cross in Southville is starting to hold open no-mic nights on Mondays.  Musicians, acrobats, jugglers, poets, comedians and other types of performer are all welcome to take a turn.


Sam Braithwaite, Matt Wescott, Rob Clarke and Rimus - this afternoon, Saturday, February 9 at The Seven Stars.

Dutty Girl bring their female fronted hiphop to the new Bristol city centre venue, Start The Bus.  They're playing at the Baldwin Street club on Thursday, February 14.

Ultranova are a must for '80s synth-pop fans - they're bringing their version of the sound to the Gimme Shelter night at The Hatchet next Friday, February 15.


THE CEDAR - All Your Stories
THE CEDAR - Aftertaste
THE MUDHEADS - Unconditional Love
ELEVEN ELEVEN - Human Nature
HAZEL WINTER - Poor Hand Well
MATT WESCOTT - Ignorance Is Bliss
BELLATRIX - Layered Freestyle
ULTRANOVA - The Games We Play

February 2


Rozi Plain is a singer/songwriter originally from Winchester. As well as her solo shows, she can be seen with the band Arctic Circle and also in collaboration with Rachael Dadd, Greg Ashby and Francois, among others.  She has an EP out on Cleaner Records called A Noisy Noise Annoys A Noisy Seagull and has just finished recording her first LP proper, which she hopes to release on Fence Records later this year.


Two albums are being launched by Men Diamler at The Cube next Friday, February 8.  "Sea Shanties For The Far Inland" is coming out on Dulcet Thud and "Lon Chaney Vs. Dandelion Batman" is a limited edition CD-R. Pekko Kappi, Ice Bird Spiral and Kath & Phil Tyler are also playing at the party.

The crew from Bristol Rocks are busy recording a protest song as part of their campaign to persuade Bristol City Council to rethink its decision not to go ahead with plans for a new arena.

Local musicians are being invited to take part in a demo derby, hosted by Bristol's festival of overlap, Venn.  It's taking place on February 28 at The Cube.  A music industry panel will listen and give instant feedback and advice on demos either submitted in advance, or brought in on the night.

Funding-related schedule changes have led to the demise of one of Bristol's local radio shows devoted to the city's gig scene.  Word Of Mouth on BCFM aired for the final time last Monday.


Saturday, February 2 - SeriousMusic and Cajita are at The Croft.
Wednesday, February 6 - Ian Perry, One Too Many, Ryan Inglis and Dave Green are playing the acoustic night at the Old Tavern in Stapleton.
Friday, February 8 - Santa Dog and The Kick Inside play Espionage at The Cooler.


ROZI PLAIN - Knives And Forks
ROZI PLAIN - Roof Rook Crook
MEN DIAMLER - No Matter What I Do
TORN - Small Mercies
SJ ESAU - All Agog
IAN PERRY - Young Men In A Field Of Gold
SANTA DOG - Pop Coloured

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