Gigs For the Weekend
By One Giant Leap
Friday 16 Nov 2018 16:56:00
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This weekend's gigs, as featured on Bob Fischer's BBC Tees show on Thursday night. Featuring two festivals and a host of great acts - something for everyone right across Teesside.

FRIDAY November 16th

Sonic Sisters Club #1

Venus, Charlotte Grayson, Loz Campbell and GGAllan Partridge.

The Studio, Hartlepool


Tickets are £5adv £8otd available from seetickets

The Studio presents the first SONIC SISTERS CLUB .... an eclectic aural celebration of the music and song of talented sisters of Hartlepool and beyond.

On Friday 16th November, The Studio in Hartlepool will present the very first Sonic Sisters Club in celebration of the talented women of Hartlepool and beyond with music, art and song. The all-female line-up for this premiere night is outstanding and features the talents of Venus, Charlotte Grayson, Loz Campbell and GGAllan Partridge.

FRIDAY November 16th

A Day In Helsinki, The Lemontops, Independent State Of Mind

Music Lounge

7.30pm until 1am

£3 Entry

Fantastic acts and great people and beers head down for a great night !!

A Day In Helsinki - 

Born and raised in the cold north eastern wastelands of Northumberland on a diet of coal and Brown Ale, A Day in Helsinki make music from their souls based on their experiences of social depression, alcohol abuse, not owning coats and falling out of love. Their songs about hurt and love pull at your heartstrings making you want to embrace those you love whilst ramming your head through a car windscreen at the same time. James' lyrics and melodies are complimented by the rhythm section in Ian on bass and Anthony on drums whilst Thomas 'pedals' Moon puts the icing on the top with lead guitar. Our music will be quiet at times and loud and raucous at others, but it will never be noise and it will always be passionate. At times it will be bitter, at others joyful, but it will never be dumb and it will always be sincere. It will be unique and we will never shy away from exposing our souls.

The Lemontops - 

Pysch/Garage/Power Pop

Independent State Of Mind - 

Acoustic instrumentals with didjeridu and guitar. A rhythmic explosion of barbwire melodies, twisting strings and splintering beats.


Friday 16th November

Marie Marx

Ivy House, Dovecot Street, Stockton

Live from 9pm

Marie plays her own original material on guitar using a unique, self taught finger picking style to accompany her enchanting vocals. 

Free Entry/18+ only.


Friday Nov 16th

'The Swiss Extensive ' + special guests ' Marie Marx ' + ' The Mavs '~

Friday at 8:30 PM


 The Swiss Extensive ' have chosen to unveil their new singer for the first time with this gig @ the wonderful Whole Latte Love.
Recently described as "Morcheeba meets Hendrix" ... 
"Sweet, soulful, psychedelic and groovin' " ... 
If you might imagine such an audible thing. 
Also featuring the fine songstress that is ' Marie Marx ' with her current trio. 
And Excellent alternative duo ' The Mavs '




Connor Thomas Music

Amy Hopkinson

The Full Moon Market, Durham Marketplace

The event starts around 5:30 and their are loads of great stalls offering street food and stuff too!



Saturday 17 November

Cath and Phil Tyler



Today's Price:
£8.50 + £0.10 booking fee


Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia’s Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle. Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as ‘one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene’, their music being ‘a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition’.

“Folk moves into a new era with Cath and Phil. Their combination of earthiness and grit, raw yet heartfelt and beautiful singing and immaculate playing makes this one of the most exciting and most moving albums I’ve heard in a long while.”
- Fiona Talkington, ‘Late Junction’, BBC Radio 3

“One of the most satisfying - and satisfyingly authentic - records of American traditional music to come out of this country in recent years. Timelessly primitive and powerfully compelling, it gets through to you so much so that the entire disc demands immediate repeated play.”
- David Kidman, FRoots

“There’s an earthiness and grittiness and a reality about this that I find personally incredibly appealing, the simplicity of the music is absolutely stunning.”
- Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Dumb Supper is one of those rare modern folk albums that will find a home in both the longstanding ‘traditional’ music community and among those attracted to the form’s more experimental and lo-fi possibilities….It’s a weird looking-glass effect many folk fans will be familiar with: the straighter you play it, the stranger it gets…Shirley Collins always understood this and so do Cath & Phil Tyler.”
- Frances Morgan, Plan B Magazine

“Absolutely great music, it’s raw and uncompromising but I think it gets right to the heart of the story”
- Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2


Saturday 17 November

Terry & Gerry

Howlin' Ric & The Rocketeers

Charlie Thomas

Westgarth Social Club

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Birmingham-based skiffle outfit make their now annual visit to Teesside in November 2018. 

Tickets available online:

After 27 years the Birmingham based cult skiffle cow-punk band Terry and Gerry have reformed for a tour in honour of their biggest fan, the late John Peel. They have been playing all over the country in Oct/ Nov 2014 and have gigs in place for 2018.

BBC disc jockey and avid fan John Peel promoted the band when apparently by chance he picked out their demonstration tape because his wife’s best friends were also known as Terry and Gerry. He thought the coincidence was too great to ignore! The band recorded four critically acclaimed sessions for the John Peel show and got a very fond mention in his autobiography.

In the mid-eighties the four piece band released six singles and one album. ‘From Lubbock to Clintwood East’: Each went to Number One in the indie charts. Reviewing their single on Radio One Morrissey declared ‘I love it!! Don’t know why!!’ The band toured extensively in the UK, Europe and America gathering fans from Joe Strummer of ‘The Clash’ to Shane MacGowan from ‘The Pogues’.

Terry and Gerry regularly appeared on radio and TV, including sessions for ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ and ‘The Tube’, they wrote numerous theme tunes for Central TV and were the subject of a 30 minute documentary by the legendary film maker Norman Hull, which aired on British Television in July 1986.

Still as energetic and vibrant as ever they continue to chronicle the lives of the people from the city they love, Birmingham

The main support band will be Leeds-based Rockabilly band Howlin' Ric & The Rocketeers which is basically the X Ray Cat Trio minus drums and sax whilst the drummer becomes the vocalist/guitarist.

Locally-based Charlie Thomas is also confirmed as the opening act.


Saturday 17 November

Pete Morton

Avril McCall & Dennis Firman

Little Theatre Club, Mbro



PETE MORTON is a dynamic and compelling performer and folk singer-songwriter with a wealth of great songs and an interesting take on world events and social injustice. His songs have been described as an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment wrapping their way around the folk tradition and all delivered with feeling and warmth. Songs like ‘Another Train’ and ‘When we sing together’ have become folk club standards and his performances are a joy. Which is why we have invited him back for his fourth gig at Toft House.

“Not only impressive but a revelation” – The Guardian

“A writer who manages to express everything, from the highly personal to the truly international” – R2 magazine

AVRIL McCALL is predominantly from a folk/traditional background but with an ear for all genres of music. She is a lover of words and the sentiment of a song which she aspires to convey in her delivery. DENNIS FIRMAN is a blues player extraordinaire, being a member of two-piece band Easy Street. They team up tonight to combine both of their styles of music.


Saturday 17 November

Songs From Northern Britain 3#

1pm – 11pm

Doors 1pm. Show starts 1.30pm.

Georgian Theatre/Green Room/ Georgian Bar


All Ages Show

Brilliant line up showcasing the brightest Teesside and Scotland acts compered by BBC 6 Music's Vic Galloway.

Songs From Northern Britain returns on Saturday 17th November 2018.
The third instalment of the Teesside/Scotland next-generation showcase will be headlined by Rascalton (Scotland) and Mouses (Teesside) and once again compered by BBC 6 Music's Vic Galloway.
Set across 3 stages the all day micro-festival features another top line up from a whole load of acts who are on the rise.

Also featuring Swears, Fauves, Nieves, Serinette, Nel Unlit, Leedie MC, Twist Helix, Dressed Like Wolves etc.

Saturday 17 November

Likkor Men, Fires of Freya and Esprit De Corpse

Music Lounge



A killer lineup with some blasting tunes get down for this its going to be a blast !!
The Likkor Men - 

Pounding and pulverising Fuck Rock from the Iron North!"

"Demented psychotic rock music from another planet!"
that's what they say about us..well those brave enough to publish their true thoughts

Fires of Freya - 
Newcastle based Rock/Alt Rock band with a mix of high energy powerful riffs and paired-back ethereal sounds together with rough and ready powerful and melodic vocals that deliver an emotional punch!! Rated 5***** by NE volume magazine and likened to the mighty Fleetwood Mac!!!

Esprite De Corpse - post-punk, heavy garage, death blues


Sunday 18th November

Mary Lattimore + Tom Fletcher

Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe



We're absolutely chuffed to be able to bring Mary to The Waiting Room! The L.A based, classically trained Harpist,  first came to attention playing as part of the Valerie Project. 

A true Harp-innovator, Mary uses her effect peddle (and on her latest work Electric Guitar, occasionally vocals, theremin) to loop and weave complex, meditative compositions that have almost dizzying emotionallity. She is absolutely, mesmeric (can you tell we're fans!)

 With a string of heavy-weight indie collaborations including the likes of Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Steve Gunn and many others, she's touring the UK with Meg Baird (supporting KV) and we jumped at the chance to have her play this intimate date. 



Monday (19th Nov.)

Tony Wilson at The George & Dragon

Stockton Folk Club 

Next we welcome an old favourite, Tony Wilson, to the new-look George & Dragon. Once a regular visitor, we saw less of Tony as he pursued an alternative career as a storyteller in schools. Now he’s back in the folk clubs where he’s shown he’s still in fine singing voice and the guitar is working well too. We had to reschedule Tony from June after a clash with the football World Cup, so this is an overdue return. It promises to be an entertaining night of songs and, more than likely, a few stories as well. Hope to see you there.


THURS 22nd

The Hangmen / Autumn Hostage / ManFrog

Whirling Dervish




10:30 *** The Hangmen *** (Punk/Rockabilly)

Punk outlaws originating from Teesside, boasting a retro line-up of guitar, drums and stand-up bass. Veteran underground 'cult' band indiscriminately shooting Rock n' Roll ammo using Psychobilly hardware. The original 'dark punk rock & roll' maestros who are quite simply the genuine undiluted article. 

9:45 *** Autumn Hostage *** (Indie/Punk)

After a 3 year hiatus, Autumn Hostage return!! Catchy indie beats with a crunchy rock sound.

9:00 *** ManFrog *** (Rock/Hard Rock)

Brand new alternative/rock band with a progressive twist. Catchy riffs and jaw dropping solos.

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