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Honkytonk Wednesdays at the Glad are a feast of early Twentieth Century Americana. You’ll hear old-time jazz, country blues, jug band music, ragtime, stride piano styles, mountain music, barrelhouse blues, speakeasy and New Orleans classics on the stereo, and a live act that specializes in any facet of these playing two sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm.

Tonight we have the magnificent Dakota Jim on piano and vocals, and Louisa Jones on vocals and double bass (both from Whiskey Moon Face) playing New Orleans classics, old-time jazz standards, and the smokiest of barrelhouse blues, a real treat, guest musicians on the night.


The Glad’s monthly trad Irish & Roots round table session. Curated by Irish trio Glenn Comiskey, Catherine Doogan and Mary Quinn (folk group Mariah Wade), it’s an evening of traditional Irish, English and American folk songs performed round our big table (with the accompaniment of a few pints..). Guests with a traditional song or instrument from any part of the world are always very welcome.

Music begins at 8.00 pm.


Sugar Magnolia is a collaboration between husband and wife duo Jack Day and Bryony Afferson. Bryony Afferson is part of folk-trio Troubadour Rose, favourites of the Gladstone Sunday Sessions. Their most recent release,Tell Me, from September this year, attracted rave reviews from The Guardian and the Daily Express amongst others. Jack Day’s The First Ten, released in January this year, also garnered top reviews across the music press, iand was named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine. Combining mandolin and fingerpicking guitar with Afferson’s high lonesome vocal and Day’s gravel soaked tones, the quality in their songwriting shines like a beacon.

Sugar Magnolia onstage at 9.15 pm

Wiltshire’s Peter and the Mountain share a sparse miniimal aesthetic with Ontario’s Great Lake Swimmers, and a similarly wide eyed and spiritual sense of melody. Intelligent and sensitive economy of playing from his band gives a sense of space to Peter Beckwith’s yearning melodies and intimate subject matter, making for a beautifully delicate and moving set of songs.

Peter and the Mountain onstage at 8.15 pm

Northern Irish singer Tom McCann, in a solo incarnation of his bull band Down In Autumn plays an opening set of bittersweet acoustic songs, gently melodic observations in the mould of the much missed Elliot Smith.

Tom McCann onstage at 7.15 pm


Gladstone favourites The Ramshackle Union Band return for what promises to be another epic Saturday night performance. Never failing to produce a fantastic show, the rich vocal harmonies and raucous tumbling rhythms in their alt-Americana sound calls to mind the country funk of The Band and Crazy Horse and the rock and roll attitude of the Violent Femmes. Their sound is in debt to classic roots music, whilst at the same time feeling vital, fresh and thoroughly cutting edge.

The Ramshackle Union Band onstage at 10.00 pm

The Orange Circus are a raucous, footstompin’, full blooded Americana/ bluegrass act from the U.K and Virginia in America. A unique co-operative, they’re a family band that can include members of all ages from junior to senior. Concentrating mainly on updating traditional songs taken from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, they continue an historical musical lineage in a fresh, exciting way. Bring your dancing shoes- they put on a brilliantly entertaining show- great playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy are guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the heart and encourage the biggest of grins.

The Orange Circus Band onstage at 9.00 pm

London based indie-folk act Last of the Barstools draw influence from Leanard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen to Bright Eyes and The National and all points in between to form their story based songs, delivered with dual male/female lead vocals in time honoured fashion. Fiddle and pedal steel with full rhythm section flesh out their Americana tinged sound…

Last of the Barstools onstage at 8.15 pm


It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark/ Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it/ You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes,
You’re paralyzed….House band The Gravestones will be providing the soundtrack for the Glad’s very own Highway to Hell! Fancy dress is most definitely encouraged, a Bloody Mary to start the night anyone?

From 7.00 pm onwards, bar open til midnight.


Honkytonk Wednesdays at the Glad are a feast of early Twentieth Century Americana. You’ll hear country blues, jug band music, ragtime, stride piano styles, old-time mountain music, barrelhouse blues, speakeasy and New Orleans classics on the stereo, and a live act that specializes in any facet of these playing two sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm.

In a departure from our usual pre-50′s Americana style, tonight we have a showcase from Uk Bluegrass star Jason Titley. Playing with a guitar/ mandolin/ stand-up bass three piece, he’s on the road to produce his highly acclaimed new album ‘Still Rollin’”. Contributors to the album include such bluegrass legends as Tim O’Brien, Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers), Brad Johnson, and Tony Furtado, which tells you something about the company he keeps. We’re absolutely thrilled to have him here, it promises to be a very special evening, and real treat for any bluegrass/ Americana/ roots fans out there…marvellous solo debut from the UK’s very own bluegrass guitar ace

Two live sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm

★★★★ ‘marvellous solo debut from the UK’s very own bluegrass guitar ace’ Rock’n'Reel Magazine

★★★★★ ‘exceptionally impressive album, with a sparkling array of special guests peppered all over it…as good as anything acoustic coming out of the USA right now.’ Maverick Magazine

★★★★ ‘…one of the great British bluegrass guitar stars.’ The Scotsman

‘Excellent….worth catching live…’ The Telegraph


Featuring immaculate three part harmony, guitar, banjo, charring piano and xylophone, the Self Help Group create a gloriously rich sound that will put you in mind of Pentangle, Crosby Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac and Massive Attack, often in the same song. Their most recent album was described by the legendary Bob Harris on Radio 2 as ‘absolutely stunning’, and received a four star review from the influential Maverick Magazine

The Self Help Group onstage at 9.15 pm

A firm favourite of the Glad’s Sunday nigh sessions, Ned Roberts is a wonderfully accomplished folk musician with a style that sounds as though he’s been around forever. His delicately balanced Laurel Canyon-esque songs delivered with a beautifully poetic turn of phrase, exquisite musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility sit comfortably among the classics of the acoustic folk world.

Ned Roberts onstage at 8.15 pm

A favourite of BBC 6 Music in his previous musical incarnation, ‘The A Train’, James McKean and his band the Blueberry Moon specialize in splendidly epic melancholic country-soul vignettes supported by rich full band arrangements. They will be previewing songs from their forthcoming album ‘No Peace For The Wicked’.

James McKean onstage at 7.30 pm


Sat 25 Oct: The Delta Jacks/ Hot Teeth

The Delta Jacks are a rough and ready hard edged country rock’n'roll band. They describe themselves as ‘full of the evil swagger of Howlin’ Wolf, the solemn anger of Johnny Cash and the wild joy of Hank Williams’ and in their won words they take inspiration from the ‘jealous holler of the harmonica, and the carousing twang of the bruised Appalachian banjo’. High tempo and hard as nails, they’re shaping up to be an ideal Saturday night band!

The Delta Jacks onstage at 10.00 pm

Born from the ashes of the Moon Music Orchestra, Bobby J and Hot Teeth bring you the heaviest, most psychedelic of grooves lashed to the shiniest of glammed up super sparkling hooks. Think Queens of the Stone Age meet Funkadelic put though a day-glo Prince filter.

Hot Teeth onstage at 9.00 pm


Honkytonk Wednesdays at the Glad are a feast of early Twentieth Century Americana. You’ll hear country blues, jug band music, ragtime, stride piano styles, old-time mountain music, barrelhouse blues, speakeasy and New Orleans classics on the stereo, and a live act that specializes in any facet of these playing two sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm.

Ruby Theodore & Her Howlin’ Boys mix of old school boogie woogie and stride piano lead by Ruby’s hot jazz and blues vocals,complimented by double bass and guitar, bring a touch of the glamour of the speakeasy to the down home style of the honkytonk. Expect a mix of old time jazz and blues from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller to Bessie Smith and more from this four piece, led by the stunning vocals of the marvelous Miss Theodore.

Two sets, 8.30 pm & 9.30 pm


Alani Charal has collaborated with an impressive array of established artists, from Blur to Nitin Sawhney during her illustrious career in music. Currently producing her debut album, with help from Andrew Hale (Sade) and Damon Albarn, she blends the melancholic romanticism of 1940′s swing ballads with a contemporary soul edge. Songs of true depth are sung by a wonderfully rich and soulful voice to match- she played at The Glad for the first time two months ago and completely enchanted all present. She plays tonight with a three piece ensemble- this is definitely not one to miss.

Alani Charal onstage at 9.15 pm

Described by Time Out as playing ‘dusk-lit songs, strong and tender and sung in a voice that curls darkly at the edges in a way that will entice fans of Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor’, the wonderfully talented Ellie Rose Rusbridge performs solo at the Glad tonight in what promises to be a very special performance.

Ellie Rose Rusbridge onstage at 8.15 pm

Duo Young Causeway make their second appearance for our Sunday Sessions- they impressed us so much the first time we immediately booked a return date. Immaculate harmonies and fingerpicking alt folk with a beautifully light touch make for a wonderfully accomplished act.

Young Causeway onstage at 7.30 pm.

Karen Grace has recently released her debut EP Deep Down Things, produced by Iain Archer (Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg) and Dave Lynch (Ed Harcourt), with contribution from Elbow’s Jote Osahn. It caught the attention of BAFTA nominated Director of Photography Robert Hollingworth, and multi award winning editor and director Jon Coutts who created a stunning video for her song Deep Down Things. Her beautiful contemporary alt-folk sound calls to mind the sophisticated stylings of Laura Marling and the Moullettes, and subtly brings out her classically trained background.

Karen Grace onstage at 7.00 pm