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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

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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 joins Movember Campaign

In case you didn’t already know, this month is dedicated to facial hair, all in the name of changing the face of men’s health and raising money for some very important charities!

The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember, which challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache.

Stoke Gigs has decided to join the cause and aim to raise as much money as possible. If you want to join the Stoke Gigs Mo-Team and help us raise money, or just donate, click here or the Movember logo.

Reginald D Hunter headlines Victoria Hall 26/10/2011


In just over a decade since he began performing, Reginald D Hunter has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known and most distinctive performers.  His work is often brutally honest, frequently controversial but always meticulously measured and thought out.

His latest tour Sometimes Even The Devil Tells The Truth, supported by special guest, Steve Hughes, comes to The Victoria Hall, Stoke on Wednesday 26th October.

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Dave Spikey brings Words Don’t Come Easy to Stoke

Award-winning comedian Dave Spikey continues his critically acclaimed ‘Words Don’t Come Easy’ stand-up tour this Autumn with 22 new dates, which stops off at the Victoria Hall in Stoke on Friday 18th November. Of course anyone who has seen one of Dave’s live shows, or read his best-selling autobiography Under The Microscope, will know that words come very easily to the hugely popular comedian.

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David Essex to star in All The Fun Of The Fair

Following a record breaking West End season at the Garrick Theatre where it was nominated for Best New West End Musical 2010 by What’s On Stage, TV’s newest Eastender star, David Essex, stars in his own musical set in a world of an authentic East End funfair to The Regent Theatre.

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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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