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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Friday September 8

Andy Eastwood

Supported by House Band The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8.00 pm £15

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Virtuoso: a musician (or other artist)  of the highest technical skill. Even the dictionary definition hardly does justice to our guest star tonight.

How can anyone conjure up such sounds from the four guts strings and the little wooden box that is the ukulele?  How can anyone dispute that he is the greatest exponent of the instrument and the ukulele-banjo? But it ain’t just Andy’s skill  that sets him apart and makes the him most unusual of all the Kalamazoo’s great roster of musicians.  Like his hero, George Formby, he is natural-born vaudeville entertainer.  “Sensational,” is The Stage’s verdict. The Formby factor, and the influence of his idol, is all part of this Lancashire lad’s show but there’s so much more. In the blink of an eye he can switch from When I’m Cleaning Windows to classical pieces .. from the William Tell overture to Moonlight Serenade.

This Oxford University music graduate, the only student ever to perform his degree recital on the ukulele, will have pianist David Carter alongside him for tonight’s show.

Meanwhile  house band The Blinkin’ Buzzards will be ready with some uke tunes in honour of our guest.

Eastwood is an act like no other you’ll see at the Klub. Catch this gig!

 

Friday October 13

The Ronnie Smith Band feat Michael Messer

Supported by House Band The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8.00 pm £12

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Ronnie Smith Band

Ron Smith could walk tall in Nashville.  His country songs are as good as anything you’ll hear in Music City.

Just don’t expect to hear them sung in a Tennessee twang. Ron doesn’t do fake  accents. He’s London through and through as are so many of his finely crafted songs.

As Rock & Reel puts it: “He pitches it right. He is, after all, British, and the songs benefit from that earthy honesty.”  Amazon UK Review agreed: “Smith’s charming London accent  offers a rare innocence and sincerity.”

Michael MesserRon will once again have slide guitar maestro Michael Messer at his side for a long-overdue second Kalamazoo appearance.  Last time they were known as National Debt.
Messer’s Dobro work, subtle, tasteful and under-stated, is the perfect complement to Smith’s songs of  love, loss and life in London town that have featured on three acclaimed albums.  “Songwriter, poet, performer? Ron has it in spades,” says Brian Healey, of Music Maker.
Ron and Michael are joined tonight by Dominic Geraghty on double bass.

Friday November 10

Robin Williamson

Supported by House Band The Blinkin’ Buzzards

8.00 pm £20

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Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson Image courtesy of Laurie Lewis

Robin Williamson would surely have a place in any folk music hall of fame.

Few performers have had such influence as this man – and fewer still remain at the top of their game after 50 fabulous years.

He’s also an important part of our history – when he  first played for us nearly a quarter of a century ago, he drew a crowd  that stands as a record for the Kalamazoo.

 

As founder of the  ground-breaking Incredible String Band, with its mystic mix of folk, jazz and Eastern sounds, he fired the imagination of many a musician.  Robert Plant and Paul McCartney cite the twice Grammy-nominated Williamson as an influence.

This legendary singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and story-teller is also a brilliant exponent of the Celtic harp – restoring it,  as he says, to its ancient role as “spontaneous accompaniment to the spoken word.”
On it you may hear traditional Celtic songs thought lost in the mists of time. Or a Pink Floyd cover.  Or even a re-working of a Jerry Lee Lewis country classic.
That’s Robin for you. . A true original. And, as a BBC reviewer said:”They don’t make them like him any more.”

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