What’s On

On this page we will bring you details of which artists we have booked for 2017

Please note that for gigs at The King’s Head; this is a pub room and not entirely seated. If you need a seat, we advise you get there early. Refunds will not be given.

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“The best house band in the country” Wizz Jones.

 

Friday January 12

Dai and the Ramblers

Supported by The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8:00 pm £10

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Dai and the ramblers

Drop everything for this!

Dai and the boys are back to get 2018 off to a roof-raising, foot-stomping start.

The Ramblers had the Kalamazoo rocking last January  and return on a wave of rave reviews  for a “sublime” new album featuring their glorious mix of zydeco, rockabilly and rhythm and blues.
The superlatives pile up.  “Quite simply, they ooze class,” said the New Roots critic. “Brilliant musicians, brilliant songs, brilliantly played.”
Dai Price, guitarist, dulcet-toned singer and songwriter, has assembled quite a band: accordion maestro Alan Dunn has been sideman for Loudon Wainwright III and Richard Thompson; fiddle player Bob Loveday has worked with Van Morrison and Jeff Beck, while  the ensemble is anchored by ace slap-bass man Rupert Gillett.
It is, as New Roots puts it, “a masterful combination.”
Ace Records boss Ted Carroll, who got them into the studio for their first album  a while back, is effusive. “One of the best bands I’ve ever seen,” he says. “And in 50-plus years I’ve  seen them all.  Just about as good as it gets.”

Friday  February 9:  The Eva Abraham Band

Supported by The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8:00 pm £10

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Eva Abraham
What talent we have in our midst!
Eva and her excellent band make a long-awaited return to the Kalamazoo  for the Klub’s short season celebrating exceptional local musicians.
The Muswell Hill artist continues to pile up the plaudits for her albums and spine-tingling stage shows.

Don’t try to pigeon-hole this performer — her repertoire is a glorious mix ranging through Americana, jazz, gypsy, folk, blues and cumbia.

Just file her under Class Acts.
“Lush and tender, pure and evocative” — that’s how Time Out reviewed this husky-voice artist who, according to Dazed and Confused, “shatters the image of the female singer-songwriter.”
Eva is joined by her guitarist Drew Salida, double bassist Rick Foot and percussionist Stef Pitsillides, all of whom will be with her to record her new live album at the Square and Compass in Dorset on February 13.

Friday  March 9 :  The Gypsy Dreamers

Supported by The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8:00 pm £10

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Gypsy Dreamers
Captivating Django jazz meets classical, chanson and pop
Bringing together four successful multi-instrumentalist singers who have performed all over the world, from Sidney Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival, picking up the Michael Kamen Award for composition along the way, Gypsy Dreamers present a sophisticated and hugely entertaining mix of pop, jazz and world music.

Reviews:

“Dynamic hybrid jazz-meets-classical project that explores tango, bossa nova, pop, jazz and world sounds via violin, cello and percussion.” – Time Out

Natalie Rozario – Cello/Voice: “Majestic cello” – All About Jazz
Patrick Naylor – Guitar: Best Jazz CDs of 2015 shortlist – Daily Telegraph

“Sensitive and unflashy with a shapely melodic line” – Jack Massarik CD Choice in The London Evening Standard

“Inventive acoustic guitar virtuoso” – Time Out

Friday April 13: Wizz Jones

Supported by The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8:00 pm £15

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Wizz Jones
Wizz loves guesting at the club he calls “the good old Kally”  – and we love him too. The Kalamazoo without Wizz just wouldn’t be the same!
If you had any doubts about the measure of influence the folk-blues maestro had on the biggest rock stars we’d refer you to Keith Richards, whose own story features vivid memories of the great man in the early 1960s.
“Wizz used to drop in, with a Jesus haircut and a beard,” recalls Keith in his  autobiography.  “Great folk picker, great guitar picker. Wizz to me then was like ….Wizzzzz.
“I mean, this guy played in clubs, he was on the folk circuit. He got paid!  He played pro and we were just playing in the toilet. I think I learned “Cocaine” from him – the song and that crucial fingerpicking lick of the period, not the dope.  Nobody, but nobody played that South Carolina style.

“Wizz Jones was a watched man, watched by Clapton and Jimmy Page at the time too, so they  say.”
**extract from Life by Keith Richards, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson

Friday  May 11: Hans Theessink and Brooks Williams

Acclaimed blues masters £15

Friday June  8: Tim Eriksen

Brilliant US multi-instrumentalist reworking  Appalachian tradition £15

Friday  July 13:  Martin Carthy

One and only “father” of English folk £20

Friday August 10: Blinkin’ Buzzards

The Kalamazoo’s house band, with special guests £10

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