Mike Bezzie & Friends
Venue Address (Get Directions)The Horse Bar, Waterloo
Date and Time
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 7:30pm
Hi To One & All!
We kick off the year in fine style on Tuesday February 18th 7:30-11pm with another strong line-up.
John Dougherty happens to be in town again and we have snapped him us headline act this time! John delighted us last March with a rousing and emotional set. He first began as a solo performer on the London acoustic scene two decades ago before forming The Whole World in the mid-nineties. The band achieved great success including a BBC Radio London competition win. the band morphed into Calvin, who continued to push John's songs forward into the next decade. John eventually released his debut solo album "Songs From The Water's Edge Part 1" which collected some of the best songs from this period. Since then John has moved out of London, become a renowned children's author, got actively involved in campaigns to save libraries and hospitals. These days John manages to combine his diverse skills into his music and is a captivating solo performer. His songs range from upbeat pop to moving balladry with some strong opinions thrown into the mix. Here is clip of what John does best:-
Apple Rabbits is the current guise of Jay Fisher. Jay, originally from London, grew up in East Anglia but returned at the end of the 80's/beginning of the 90's to launch a solo recording career with Mauve Records and released a few things under his own name which garnered him some attention at the time. However. not one to tread water, Jay formed dance, dub & electronica band Canteen in the mid-90's and released some singles in this guise and more recently J.B. Presley. Kilburm State Records was founded 12 years ago and Apple Rabbits was born. Apple Rabbits have released 2 albums during this time and are hard at work on the third currently. The first album is mainly song-based with some intricuit arrangements and production. The second album is more soundtrackesque with some songs thrown in too. We will hopefully hear some of the new Apple Rabbit songs at the gig. Apple Rabbits will return in solo acoustic mode as they debuted at the Top Of The Winter Horse And Stables (TOTWHAS) last May. Enjoy the songs stripped back to rich acoustic guitar and stunning vocals. Here is a clip of them almost acoustic and almost solo:-
Mike Bezzi & Friends make a welcome return after they made a charming debut almost a year ago. Mike's family are from Italy but he grew up here in the late 60's and early 70's. He was in a succession of bands until he reconnected with his first musical love of Marc Bolan. Mike played guitar in T.Rextasy and Bolan Boogie along with Vinni Venus on keyboards and Bolan affectionadose in the 90's. In recent years Mike has started to focus on his own music again and he formed the "Mike Bezzi Vanity Project" and put together the cd "Blackwater Well" at the end of 2012. This features a mix of full-blown classic 70's/80's rock with some more introspective acoustic moments in between. Mike will sing and play acoustic guitar at the gig, he will be joined by long-time friend Vinni on amazing backing vocals and son Luis on bass. Here is Mike in live action recently:-
Rabidwhelk is the curent minikor for Joe Blackford and we are pleased to announce that they will be making their debut at the next TOTWHAS. Joe is based in South West London and is a young prolific songwriter. As well as Rabidwhelk, Joe has been involved with two other local bands namely Three Word Poem, JSA and Cane Hill Drive-Thru. Rabidwhelk's recordings are a mix of acoustic, electronic, guitar pop, piano ballads, vocal harmonising and electronic beats at various times. Rabidwhelk will be playing for us acoustically and hopefully playing some of last year's releases "Idle Graves", "Dirty Shoes" and (the brilliantly titled) "Welcome To Rose Hill". They have of course already started writing and recording more songs since then, so it will be hard to predict the set list! Here is a stripped down version of what they may be like:-
O'Bui & Thorne (whoops, sorry couldn't find smaller picture!) will open proceedings. They have been putting the finishing touches to Fluxhead's "Hungry Years" album which is about to be pressed. You can hear the results so far at the following link :- https://soundcloud.com/boysteroussounds. If you want to order a copy of the 11 track (when it's finished) CD for a fiver, please let us know at Boysterous Sounds so that we will include this in the production run. At the TOTWHAS. O'Bui & Thorne will be playing songs from their latest project, which are songs put to the words of lyricist Rupert Cook. Here is an audio link to what we will sound like:-
Looking forward to a great night