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Published on May 21st, 2013 | by Nottingham Drinker


You May Leave Here For 4 Days In Space, But When You Return, It’s The Same Old Place

You May Leave Here For 4 Days In Space, But When You Return, It’s The Same Old Place



Well most seemed to be on the ball with the last issue lyrics, of course, the title is actually at the bottom of this article, just seeing if I could catch anyone out. It was “Rockin’ in the Free World” by Neil Young from the album Freedom.

Not much in the paying gig section this time, just a couple at the Royal Concert Hall: Sat 15th June Moody Blues (you must have heard of them, still going strong); Rues 25th June Bonnie Raitt American Blues songstress.

Here are a few gigs by Kick n Rush a Comedy Skiffle Band hailing from Mansfield: Sat 25th May – Beer Festival, Eyre Arms, Rampton; Sat 29th June – Dixies Arms, Bagthorpe; Sun 7th July (afternoon 2pm) – Beer Festival at the Spanish Bar, Ilkeston; Sat 20th July (afternoon 3-30pm) – Marquee at Old Vic, Beeston.



The local gig guide follows, if anyone else wants their dates putting in, just get in touch with me here at the Drinker (e-mail address at the bottom) it’s all-free. I’m only interested in keeping live music, just that, LIVE!!

So give these places and all the others a visit, all the music is free (mainly) and you’ll see some excellent bands, and all it will cost you is a few pints.

Please note; can you send all gig info to me and NOT to the editor, he only sends it on, in future anything that doesn’t come to me will be ignored




2nd Midnight, 9th The Pulse, 16th Cactus Jack, 23rd Wild McBride, 30th Highway Junkies


7th Full Circle, 14th Fargo, 21st Tin Soldier, 28th Twisted

All gigs 6 – 8.30pm unless otherwise stated



Music – Tuesday from 9pm

11th June Jackson Walker 25th June Everards “Meet The Brewer” night with The Old Nick Trading Company 9th July Mark James 30th July Swing Gitan.



Acoustic night every Thursday


6th Alexa Hawksworth & Will Jeffrey, 13th Jamie Larkin, 20th Ben Hicklin, 27th Steve McGill


4th Alexa Hawksworth, 11th Rob Burgundy 18th Ben Hicklin, 25th Steve McGill



Jazz Club All gigs start 8.30pm (doors 7.45 pm) Admission for all gigs £5.00 on the door.

resident trio ‘BoHoP’ backing a guest soloist



Saturday music from 8.30pm (beer from outside bar)


1st Ben Hibbert; 8th Whisky Bob Shaker; 15th The Bar Stewards (sons of Val Doonican);

22nd Jo Barber; 29th tbc.


6th Maniere des Bohemiens; 13th tbc; 20th tbc; 27th tbc.


GLADSTONE, Carrington Triangle Folk Club

Every Wednesday from 8.30pm – upstairs

Guest nights are

19th June – Roy Bailey (over 50 years of passionate peaceful socialist song)

17th July – Lester Simpson (songwriter and former Folkwaves presenter)

All other Wednesdays singarounds; which are free to members, (who pay a £5 sub for a year)

New singers or musicians are always welcome.


HAND & HEART, Derby Road: 1st Thursday of each month 8.30pm. Free entry

On the Verge events’ showcase acts ‘on the verge of folk

June 6th – Muha + 2 other acts; July 4th – Anwyn Williams, In the North Wood.



Old Nick Trading Company every Wednesday night from 9pm



Bands on from 9pm, Sunday jazz from 1.30pm


Sat 1st – Summer Gathering: special event, all day, live music (bands tbc); Fri 7th Kellys Heroes (Celtic/Folk); Sat 8th The Score (70’s/80’s Alternative); Fri 14th Ska-Ra-Bouche (50’s Ska);

Sat 15th El Gecko (Alt Country/Rock + Roll); Fri 21st Shades Of Blue (Rock Covers);

Sat 22nd The Blue Sparks (blues/rock); Fri 28th The Last Orders, Houseband (classic covers);

Sat 29th 3 Legged Cat (rock covers).

Sun Jazz – 2nd Tommy Saville Quintet; 9th Pete Johnson Quartet; 16th Shipstone St Jazz Orchestra; 23rd Dean Masser Quartet.


Fri 5th Pesky Alligators; Sat 6th Satnums Tash (Accoustic Indie); Fri 12th Mozmic Dawn (60’s);

Sat 13th Giles Rivers Band (bluegrass/country rock) plus Zulu Rd (folk); Fri 19th Ska-Ra-Bouche (50’s Ska); Sat 20th Mick Ridgeways’ Mojo Hand (rock/blues); Fri 26th The Last Pedestrians (Metal/Skiffle);

Sat 27th Swansong (Rock/pop/blues).



Every Wednesday Colin Staples Jam Session

Every Friday; Navigation Blues Corporation, every Sunday; Open Mic night

First Sunday of every month Harry & the Last Pedestrians



Poppy Folk Club, 2nd or 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:30pm

June 16th Singaround & Music Session July 21st Andy Cutting (Melodeon legend from Derby (£8)

Contact Julie & Phil 0115 9812861, or



Every Wednesday, Steak Lounge 2 Course Steak Dinner for 2 people w/a bottle wine or 4 x Pints of Navigation Ale for £19.95, Live Music from 8pm.

Every Thursday, Irish Country & Folk with Martin Taylor from 9pm

Friday, Blues, in association with the Nottingham Blues Society from 9pm


7th Booba Dust; 14th Thieving Lloyd Cole; 21st Guy Tortora; 28th Sons of The Delta.


5th Blues Boy King; 12th Ghost of a Quest; 19th Howlin’ Mat; 26th Blueswamp Southern Full band.


Saturday gigs from 9pm


1st El Gecko, 8th Dr Comfort & the Lurid Revelations, 15th 3 Legged Cat, 22nd Last Pedestrians, 29th TBC


6th Mood Indigo; 13th Wild Wood Duo; 20th Dr Comfort & the Lurid Revelations; 27th Last Pedestrians.


For further info visit their website: –



Regular Performers

1st Sunday of the month 4pm: Swingologie (jazz swing from ex-members of the Hot Club with Richard Smith and Ben Martin)

2nd Sunday of the month 3pm: Traditional/Irish Music Session (all musicians welcome)



Music for the VicFest in July:

Sat 13th 1pm Matt Palmer; 3.30pm Cruel Sister; 6.30pm New Tricks

Sun 14th 1pm Green String Theory; 3.30pm Acushla; 6.30pm Kelly’s Heroes

Sat 20th 1pm Giles Rivers; 3.30pm Kick ‘n’ Rush; 6.30pm Backline Blues Band

Sun 21st 1pm Three Eyed Fox; 3.30pm Derrin Neundorf; 6.30pm Richie Muir Band

Sat 27th 1pm Fab 2; 3.30pm Booba Dust; 6.30pm Crazy Heart

Sun 25th 1pm Toetappers; 3.30pm Bouviers; 6.30pm Pesky Alligators

Further information on all festival events will be available on

Also, don’t forget, when you visit these pubs for the entertainment, fill in your score sheets. Scores go towards deciding who goes in the beer guide.

So if you’re at a loose end, drop in and support these places and tell them where you heard about them.

My contact details are, and keep the info coming.

Thanks, Ray Kirby. (Keep on rocking in the free world)

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