Big Untidy News

Slim Chance

August 27th 2011
Rhythm Festival

Sept 1st 2011
Horns, Watford

Sept 23rd 2011
Borderline, London

October 13th 2011
Trades Club Hebden Bridge

October 14th 2011
The Barrels Inn, Berwick

October 15th 2011
Cluny 2, Newcastle

October 16th 2011
Fibbers, York

December 10th 2011
Cranleigh Arts Centre

New single due soon!

Tir na nOg

Whimsical maybe but very important in an Untidy way all those years ago Tir na nOg play a short series of UK gigs later this year:

Sep 1 ...The Blue Sky Bangor, Wales
Sep 2 ...The Fishpond Ballroom,Matlock, Derbyshire
Sep 3 ...The Barfly Club Camden, London
Sep 5 ...Kitchen Garden Centre King's Heath, Birmingham

Robb Johnson

"Ed Milliband is a nice man, as nice as nice can be,
he married not for love but for electability,
he pleads he is our leader, so please don't go on strike,
what a silly pleader, we'll do what we like".

New Robb Johnson album "Some Recent Protest Songs" (IRR080) is due out on July 18th, containing 13 of that very type of song the media claim doesn't exist anymore. The CD will bhe available form Robb at the following gigs:
Faversahm Folk Club, July 6th
The Bell Bath, 1pm July 10th (with John & Tim, an acoustic Irregulars "don't frighten the hippies" line-up)
Bradford Topic Folk Club, July 14th
The Lost Horizons Folk Club, Sheepwalk Pub, Leytonstone, July 15th
then at Tolpuddle
UNISON Unizone tent 2pm July 16th
& m/c on the main stage on the 17th

but, as Robb says, "it would be great if you could order them from shops & Proper etc - i THINK they should be priced under £12 - be really good to get an album with the words "protest songs" in the title a bit of notice...This government is clearly a collection of nasty, heartless greedy bastards intent on destroying the very idea of a civil society; I think we should be hearing a lot more of these songs that don't exist anymore".

The Jesus of Cool

Hang out the flags Nick Lowe will return in September with The Old Magic, his first studio album of new material since 2007's At My Age.
"I'm sixty-one years old now, Lord I never thought I'd see 30," Lowe sings on "Checkout Time," The line cuts right to the quick. For though he spent his 20s "busy not fitting into three successive movements: pub rock, punk and new wave" (NY Times), Lowe has mined fertile new creative ground in recent years and the eleven tracks on The Old Magic dig deeper still. As NPR observes, "Few musicians get better with age. Nick Lowe is an exception."
The Old Magic was recorded in London with Lowe's crack backing band anchored by Geraint Watkins (keyboards), Steve Donnelly (guitar), and Robert Treherne (a.k.a. Bobby Irwin, drums). Additional musicians include Ron Sexsmith, Paul Carrack, and Jimmie Vaughan among others. The album was co-produced by Lowe, Neil Brockbank, and Treherne.
Amidst urbanely insistent grooves ("Sensitive Man"), and spare-yet-imposing shuffles (the aforementioned "Checkout Time"), The Old Magic features three exceptional, recently road-tested Lowe ballads - album opener "Stoplight Roses," "House for Sale" and "I Read A Lot." Then there's "Restless Feeling," a shimmering dance tune worthy of the roller rink that Lowe wrote for a fictional band he calls Coastline. As is his custom, Lowe also peppers The Old Magic with three covers -- by Elvis Costello, Tom T. Hall and Jeff West -- that fit seamlessly with his originals.

Slim Chance

Watch out for September release of a Slim Chance 4 track EP

Asleep with Bob

Asleep At The Wheel take their Bob Wills musical riding again in 2011. Below are the current dates
and cities. Tickets are on sale now! Plus, they'll have some special surprises in
store for these upcoming performances so stay tuned for more information as it
is announced!

Galveston, TX The Grand 1894 Opera House
July 8 - 10, 2011
Fri. July 8th - 8pm
Sat. July 9th - 3pm
Sat. July 9th - 8pm
Sun. July 10th - 3pm

Ruidoso, NM The Spencer Theater
August 25 - 27, 2011
Thu. August 25th - 8pm
Fri. August 26th - 8pm
Sat. August 27th - 2pm
Sat. August 27th - 8pm

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BluesMaster Bob Festival Dates

Sat June 11- Robert Hokum & The Guv’nors
Wallingford Blues Festival,
The Regal Centre,
Wallingford, OX10 0AL.
Excellent Festival with a very friendly atmosphere. Wallingford is on the Thames and makes for a good day trip, or better still a weekend!

Sat July 9 – The Great West Groove (trio of Robert Hokum, Nigel Appleton & Steve King)
The Wigginton Festival
Wyke Lane
Tring HP23
This is actually a ‘Classic Car Show’ with bands, we’re onstage 4-5pm (last band on). I’d never heard of Wiggington before we got offered the gig and have never played a Classic Car gig…..

Sat July 23 - Robert Hokum & The Guv’nors
Ealing Blues Festival
Walpole Park
London W5
You’re all familiar with this one aren’t you? Other acts include, Sandi Thom, Tim Aves, Connie Lush, Sam Kelly, Debbie Giles, Michael Messer, Stompin’ Dave, Five Field Holler & Tom Rodwell.

Fri 12 August – Blues Sans Frontieres (Robert Hokum, Sam Kelly, Mehboob Nadeem, Paul Clarvis)
The Cathedral 6.30pm
Brecon Jazz Festival
Blues Sans Frontieres is a project that we’re very proud of, having managed to do something original with the Blues. Check out the videos at Brecon is one of the country’s most prestigious jazz festivals and we’re honoured to get this gig.

Sun 21 Aug - The Great West Groove (trio of Robert Hokum, Nigel Appleton & Steve King)
Bentworth Blues Festival
The Star Inn
Nr. Alton
Hants. GU34 5RB
With bands in the garden of the pub, in the pub and on the village green opposite. This is the most rural and unpretentious of Blues Festivals.

The Big O

Roy Orbison - The Monument Singles Collection (Monument/Legacy, 2011)

Roy Orbison’s five year blaze of musical glory on Monument Records is distilled here to the singles that rocketed up the chart over and over again. This 2-CD/1-DVD set collects all twenty singles released in the U.S. on the Monument label, dividing the A- and B-sides between the CDs. Disc one is an intense concentration of hits and valiant misses that digs deeper than the regularly anthologized chestnuts. All of the A’s, save “Lana” and “Paper Boy,” made the pop chart, offering up lesser known sides that include the pained “I’m Hurtin’,” despondent “The Crowd,” blue-collar “Working for the Man,” and a bluesy cover of “Let the Good Times Roll” that features harmonica from Charlie McCoy.
The set’s DVD features a 25-minute black-and-white film of a 1965 live date recorded for a Dutch television station. Orbison was in Holland to pick up an award for “Oh, Pretty Woman,” his last chart-topper, and nearly his last single on Monument before decamping for MGM.

Poly Styrene RIP

With sadness, we can now confirm rumors of the passing of Poly Styrene, punk rock icon & lead singer of U.K. band X-Ray Spex. According to a posting on her official Facebook page by her long-time friend Symond Lawes, “i just spoke to her mother and its very true, she passed away quietly last night, her mother and daughter were with her, bless you marianne. symond xxx”. She was 54.