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Advertised as a ‘jam with a difference’ Marmalade at the New Vic in Basford proved to be exactly ‘as it says on the tin’ or jar in this case. The concept is musicians from all sorts of backgrounds producing a sound that is both original and 100% Stoke.

On my visit their was an upright piano, didgeridoo, a plethora of assorted drums and percussion instruments, violinist, acoustic guitars, saxophone, mouth organ, vocalists (including singing, spoken word and rapping) and a big screen pumping out various images to both induce and inspire the musical creations.

It most certainly was like nothing I have ever been to before and I was soon welcomed in and urged to pick up an instrument and ‘have a go’ Being a bit of a novice and of a nervous disposition musically I decided on shakers (because they looked the easiest) and they were the closest.

The group was very welcoming and best of all FREE to take part.

The group runs every Monday from 7:30 until 10 pm at the rear of the New Vic Theatre

Contact stephen.harvey70@ntlworld.com for more details

Movember comes to an end

That’s right mo brothers and mo sistas, the time is nearly upon us, and that face fuzz is preparing to make a date with the razor. Movember comes to an end in just a few days so what better way to celebrate than with ‘Last Of The Mostaches.’

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Stoke Gigs Needs You!

Since its conception in early 2010, Stoke Gigs has come a long way. We can proudly boast that we are now one of the biggest local music sites in Stoke! We’ve taken part in the Guardian Student Media Awards 2 years running, been involved in local music competitions as well as the UKs biggest music festival, Oxjam, and even hosted our own club nights.

We have forged strong links with local venues and artists, but it’s simply not enough! We’re now looking to expand even further, but we need your help!

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Bowling For Soup headline Victoria Hall

Best known for their singles Girl All the Bad Guys Want, Almost, High School Never Ends and 1985, pop-punk band Bowling for Soup make their Victoria Hall debut.

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Gig Guide Friday 14th – Friday 21st October

After what seems like an eternity away, Stoke Gigs is back, and we’re going to be very busy! We’re doing a bit of a overhaul on our content pages and want to feature even more music and news. If you want to get in touch click here, but if you just want to see what’s coming up this week in music then read on.

Friday 14th
This evening Dead Radio Society play The Rigger in Newcastle to promote the release of their new Plan Z ep. The gig is free entry with live music all night, finished off by the Plan Z stage show. Support comes from John Macleod, music starts at 7:30pm.

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City Voices and Age UK


City voices were delighted to welcome two members of the Age UK North Staffordshire, Goldenhill and Sandyford memories group. The group meets at Goldenhill community centre to talk about their memories of the area and to raise funds for good causes. The group is currently working on a book and so sent Jim Dutton and Jenny Bell on a fact-finding mission to one of Stoke on Trent’s most popular writing groups based at the City Central Library, Hanley on September 23rd to ask for help and advice, as well as poems and stories relating to Goldenhill.

The pair was then treated to poetry recitals from Paul Williamson, Tom Larvin and Derek Payne. There were also stories and comedy quips from local authors Stephen Harvey and Alan Barnett. To finish the session local short story writer and poet Lily Meigh sang a ditty that she had composed to the group and guests. City voices will be guests at the Goldenhill group in the following months so watch out for that one!!

Anyone interested in either group can contact:

Alan Barnett – City voices writers forum – 01782 814023

Jim Dutton – Goldenhill memories group – 01782 200729

http://www.cityvoices.co.uk/

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly‏ headline The Box

Acclaimed English songwriter and the voice of articulate, noughties youth – Sam Duckworth arrives with Get Cape Wear Cape Fly for a special one-off show at The Box in Crewe on Saturday September 24th.

The Southend-born troubadour, who named his solo project after a solution from an old Batman adventure game, saw his debut album The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager make the top albums of 2006 lists of both Q and NME.

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Propoganda comes to Stoke

Propaganda has long been hailed the UK’s biggest indie night, and has managed to attract an impressive 20,000 people a week to its 20 club nights across 4 countries. The brand have recently signed up several new clubs, and The Sugarmill, in Hanley, are one of it’s newest recruits.

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Gig Guide Friday 2nd – Friday 9th September‏

This weekend is quite a busy one by anybodies standards! If you’ve got a gig you’d like to add email us with the subject line GIGS or leave us a comment and we’ll include you.

Friday 2nd

Manchester based Skinless Finger make their long-awaited return to The Box in Crewe tonight. Ash Powell, Nick Rogers, Phill Smallwood and Gaz Evans have seized the headline slot to fill the sizable shoes of old friends Bleached Wail. Returning to their Cheshire roots, the four piece have been busy building up a solid reputation in Manchester. The Retrospective make their long awaited return along with Save The Mastersound and The Flares. Doors open at 8pm and entry is £5.00 on the door.
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