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Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Nottingham Drinker


I Know What I Want But I Don’t Know How To Go About Getting It…

A few got the last one, but left others scratching their heads; well, it was going back into the mists of time (issued in 1965, probably before half of you were born…!) Anyway, it was Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire, issued as a single.

Seems like most of the bands are either on their holidays or on at one of the big festivals – they are certainly not coming to Nottingham, but at Rock City on Saturday 21st September are Y & T, an American heavy rock outfit. Or for those old enough to remember the 1960’s the Seekers are doing their 50th anniversary farewell show on Wednesday 25th September at the Royal Concert Hall.

A word of warning for anyone going to a gig at the Ice Arena: they are now ripping punters off by adding a 12% “administration fee” even if you pay cash. You have been warned.

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

Contributors: Can contributors please send all gig info direct to me (Ray Kirby) and not to the editor please, as there is a danger of it going astray. Thank you.

Air Hostess, Tollerton:
Sun 4th F.O.G.; 11th Hell to Pay; 18th Sore Point; Sat 24th Wholesome Fish; Sun 25th Never Say Never.
Sun 1st Verbal Warning; 8th Jester; 15th Firewire; 22nd Airborne; 29th Whiskey Mama.
Please note: All gigs start 6:00pm & finish at 8.30pm unless otherwise stated

Bread & Bitter, Mapperley Top:
Music on Tuesdays: 13th Aug – Green String Theory; 27th Aug – Paul ‘Robbo’ Robinson; 10th Sept – Baron Lewis; 24th Sept – The Brace.
All music starts at 9:00pm. Free entry. Contact the pub for more details.

The Canalhouse has Live Music every Thursday from 6:30pm: “Canalhouse Acoustic Sessions”. Contact the pub for more details.

Commercial, Beeston:
Beeston Jazz Club First Friday of every month. All gigs start 8.30pm (doors 7.45 pm) Admission for all gigs £5.00 on the door.  See:
Resident trio ‘BoHoP’ backing a guest soloist.
Sept: 6th – Simon Spillett (Saxophone)

Crown, Beeston:
Saturday music from 8.30pm (beer from outside bar)
Aug: 3rd Crazy Heart (Yammas, Greek); 10th Danial Jorenson (Mauritzon Street food); 17th Jack of Harps (Hungarian); 24th Boothill Toe Tappers (Malaysian Nada Badaya); 31st David Laly (Thai Sanchez).
Sept: Sun 29th Steve Plowright – folk.

Gladstone: Carrington Triangle Folk Club:
Every Wednesday from 8.30 – upstairs
Guest night Sept: 11th – Richard Grainger, £5 non-members.
All other Wednesdays 8.45 sing-arounds, which are free to members. Membership is £5 subscription for a year.
New singers or musicians are always welcome.

Hand & Heart, Derby Road:

1st Thurs of each month @ 8.30pm: ‘On the Verge presents…’
Aug: 1st – Andrew Duhon, The Most Ugly Child + support.
Sept: 5th – Pennyless + support.

Lincolnshire Poacher:

Every Wednesday: Old Nick Trading Company – starts 9:00pm.

Lion, Basford:
All music free. Every Thursday Open Mic with Steve ‘n Steve from 9pm.
Bands on from 9pm:
Aug: Fri 2nd Shin Kicker; Sat 3rd Amber Heard / The Last Orders; Fri 9th The Score; Sat 10th Leggomen; Fri 16th Nava Cross; Sat 17th The Push Rods; Fri 23rd Ready Steady Sixties; Sat 24th The Disco Prophets; Fri 30th Pesky Alligators; Sat 31st Smokin’ Gun.
Sept: Fri 6th Goldrush; Sat 7th Mispent Youth; Fri 13th Kellys Heroes; Sat 14th Mojo Boogie; Fri 20th Salmagundi; Sat 21st 3 Eyed Fox; Fri 27th Shades of Blue; Sat 28th Last Pedestrians.

Sunday jazz from 1.30 –3.30pm:
Aug: Sun 4th John Marshall Quintet +Guest; Sun 11th Teddy Fullick Quintet; Sun 18th Stevie Smith’s Art Blakey Tribute; Sun 25th Ben Martin 4.
Sept: Sun 1st Rachael Pennell Band; Sun 8th Deli; Sun 15th Tony Harper & Brian Archer; Sun 22nd Shipstone Street Jazz Orchestra; Sun 29th Pete Wilde Quintet.

Navigation, Wilford Street:

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 & Pint at Lady Bay:
Poppy Folk Club: 2nd or 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:30pm.
There is no meeting in August, bucket and spade time!
Sept: 15th – Concert with the wonderfully talented Nancy Kerr and James Fagan. Doors open 7pm. Concert starts 7:30pm. Tickets only £7.50.
There will be a charge for guest artists, contact the club for details
Contact Julie & Phil 0115 9812861
Or or

West Bridgford Jazz Club: Upstairs at the Poppy. See:
Doors open 7.45pm, performance 8.30pm £6 on the door
Sept: Fri 20th – Matt Chandler (Guitar), backed by the BoHoP rhythm section

Trent Navigation:
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: Various Artists including Bob Wilmot, Dino Baptiste, Mood Indigo & Craig Baumber.
Every Thursday: Irish, Country, & Folk with Martin Taylor from 9pm.
Friday Night Blues in association with The Nottingham Blues Society from 9pm:
Aug: 9th Blues Boy Dan; 16th Old Dog Duo; 23rd Guano; 30th Kris Dollimore.
Sept: 6th Gwyn Ashton; 13th Crazy Heart; 20th Blues in a Bottle; 27th Robin Bibi.
Saturday gigs from 9pm:
Aug: 3rd ShinKicker; 10th Paul Gibbard; 17th Mood Indigo; 24th Dr Comfort; 31st Motown Gold Rush.
Sept: 7th Kris Ward; 14th Last Pedestrians; 21st Andrew Stollard; 28th ShinKicker.
Free Entry. For further details:

Vat & Fiddle:
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).

Victoria Hotel, Beeston:
During August, the Victoria are promoting Sunday afternoon acoustic in the garden. All music will start around 3:00pm and is free of charge.
4th Robin Auld; 11th David Lacey; 18th Richie Muir; 25th Daniel Johnson.
For more details:

Don’t forget: when you visit these pubs for the entertainment, fill in your beer score sheets. Beer scores go towards deciding who goes in the Good Beer Guide.
My contact details are: so please keep the info coming in.
Thanks, Ray Kirby. (Keep on rocking in the free world)

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