An intriguing mix of gypsy jazz, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences, TG Collective was born in Autumn 2006, built around the core of guitarists Jamie Fekete and Sam Slater, alongside the unusual combination of flutes, violin, double bass, trumpet, clarinet, cajón and percussion.
Creating ‘an exciting, sensuous sound’, TGC perform original music and arrangements, touching on influences as varied as Paco de Lucia, Django Reinhardt and JS Bach, and have built up a strong following with their intense live performances. The band is completed with the double bass and trumpet of Percy Pursglove; flautist Holly Jones; Louis Robinson on violin, Lluis Mather’s clarinet, and cajón/percussionist Joelle Barker, with interchanging shapes of ensemble within a performance.
We are delighted to welcome back legendary guitarist John Etheridge, this time accompanied by extravagantly talented singer Vimala Rowe. They will be featuring numbers from their much-lauded album, ‘Out of the Sky’, as well as other pieces. A fortuitous meeting in North London brought them together and they have developed a highly personal repertoire from an eclectic mix of music, original and traditional. Both performers have taken from a wide range of influences. Etheridge has over the years worked in classical, jazz and progressive rock, from Soft Machine to joining forces with such names as Stephan Grapelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams and Chris Garrick. Rowe’s span seems almost instinctive, effortlessly absorbing and blending the worlds of all the great soul and jazz singers into a personal mix, including Indian classical, African folk, and Syrian Aramaic. She has performed as Billie Holliday in the musical Cafe Society, worked with Paco Pena’s flamenco troupe, and has many original compositions to her name.
One of the defining features of the duo’s work is the commitment and passion of their delivery. Rowe is a fiery performer by any standards, yet the paring down to just two brings intimacy as well as drama, from the big effect to the delicate gesture. The pieces are carefully chosen to surprise, but above all to take the audience on an emotional journey through joy and pain, sombre and swinging, dark and light: a real musical journey.
“John Etheridge has explored many genres, styles and legacies in his career, but his curiosity never dimmed, and in Vimala Rowe he has found a singer of quite astonishing versatility and adaptability” – London Jazz News
‘Out of the Sky’ review: “A recording that simmers with a quiet intensity. The performances are emotive and tightly focussed, often beautiful but infused with a gentle, almost spiritual power.” – The Jazz Man
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Guitar legend, John Etheridge’s career spans four decades, and a range of styles from Soft Machine to hot club jazz with Stephane Grapelli and more recently playing with the eminent classical guitarist John Williams. He plays with awesome dexterity and his solo gigs are famed for their intimacy and warmth.
Tickets £10, £9
The band play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it. Influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern.
The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’! With thousands of touring miles under their belts, they have earned themselves a strong fan base in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Their debut album, ‘Money Isn’t Everything’, caused a sensation when it was released in 2012, winning a host of rave reviews – many of them 5-star. Their follow up album, “Talk About The Weather” in 2014 also received great radio play and reviews.Throughout 2015 the band have continued to show their passion for touring and playing live with multiple SELL OUT shows across the UK and beyond. Most recently the band played a spectacular performance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. With plenty more incredible shows lined up for the rest of the year, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are best experienced live!
Directed by Sam Campbell and produced by Nick Hayes. This video was filmed on one of the oldest railways in the world, Tanfield Railway, built in 1725.
with support from Men Are Singing
Start the New Year with a rambunctious and soulful musical experience brought to you by The Rat Affair; a band of musicians, theatre makers and visual artists.
Shifting between sensationally boisterous Eastern European folk and sparse reflective piano works, join The Rat Affair and their unique sound as it enraptures the listener like a rallying call.
“That’s what being in love sounds like – dramatic and blistering and gorgeous”
Sarah Gosling, BBC Introducing
With support from Men Are Singing, a Cornish, all-inclusive, cross-generational male voice choir. Singing songs by Ivor Cuttler, Björk, Talking Heads and some of their own.
It’s the perfect night to shake those New Year’s blues!