Category Forthcoming events


Currently working with Talk Talk producer Tim Friese-Green, East London collective Firefly Burning blend influences from the chamber folk style of Sufjan Stevens and the post-minimalism of John Adams. to modern classical composition and Eastern and African folk music. Close harmonies and intricate rhythms set an intimate and intense atmosphere that demands and repays close attention. A truly unique ensemble, they’re a real Sunday evening treat.

‘the music is so utterly hypnotic…Firefly are intoxicating, beautiful and affirming’ Matchbox Magazine

‘urgent dancing piano lines and frantic strings over which Bea Hankey sings with majestic, hypnotic grace..’ Time Out

‘music that paints sound pictures and takes the audience in myriad directions at will…a vital, indefinable band. Like no other band I have seen before.’ For Folks Sake

‘quirky, challenging and innovative music…uncompromising in their bold and stark musical vision.’ Bright Young Folk

Firefly Burning onstage at 9.00 pm

Jamie Doe aka Magic Lantern’s debut album ‘A World In A Grain Of Sand’ was self-released in June 2011 on Hectic Eclectic Records. Recorded with a full ensemble it was a stunning piece of chamber folk, receiving critical acclaim from press and radio alike. 2014 sees Jamie return Magic Lantern to its solo roots, with a focus on emotional intensity and directness. Last year saw Magic Lantern commissioned to write scores for a number of plays and films in addition to extensive touring. The second Magic Lantern album ‘Love of Too Much Living’ is due to be released in Autumn 2014 on Smugglers Records.

“Bitter sweet, beautiful music” BBC Radio 3 Late Junction “A classic album, I love it!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio “Outstanding acoustic songwriting” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

Magic Lantern onstage at 8.15 pm

The Sunday session begins with a set from debut Glad artist Oh Sister, a superb female artist with echoes of Laura Marling and Rickie Lee Jones in her intense and intimate songs.

Oh Sister onstage at 7.15 pm.


Miami Miami are a new project from the Moon Music Orchestra’s Daniel Orcese and Tom Hinkley. A razor sharp four piece, they reference the same rich seam of late 70′s new wave power pop as bands like the Strokes and early Kings of Leon. Bringing their own mod roots to the fore, their lean and clean edged super confident songs are in and out in under the three minute classic pop rule.

Miami Miami onstage at 10.00 pm

A recent graduate of Goldsmiths Music College alongside such alumni as James Blake, Jamie N Commons and Katy B, Tom Morley draws on contemporary alt folk and left field indie musical influences from Grizzly Bear to The Dø to produce a dynamic and heavily hook laden, anthemic indie folk sound. A wonderful young talent with a superb band to match, he’s without doubt an exciting prospect for future glory.

Tom Morley & Band onstage at 9.00 pm

The Healing open up our Saturday night with a short set of Americana tinged loose limbed slacker pop.

The Healing onstage at 8.00 pm


The Hot Rock Pilgrims are an exciting new Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music quartet featuring members of some of our favourite string bands to play at The Glad- The So Last Century String Band, Solid Gone and Amy Harrison & The Second Hand String Band. They feature guitar, claw hammer banjo, dobro, upright bass and fine country harmonies. In their own words, they sincerely promise us they’ll ‘take us on a high-energy pilgrimage of the Appalachian sound and its musical descendants’.

The Hot Rock Pilgrims onstage at 9.15 pm

With echoes of the Everly Brothers in their country close harmonies Ghost Town Showdown bring a contemporary edge to their bluegrass sound. Highly accessible hook laden songs delivered with excellent musicianship has led Maverick Magazine to describe them as ‘British country music at it’s best’.

Ghost Town Showdown onstage at 8.15 pm


A night of high grade foot stomping’ bluegrass with members of The Absentees Ben Somers (upright bass) and Leanne Thorose (mandolin/fiddle) and featuring U.S. banjo star Julie Elkins. With family roots in East Kentucky, Elkins comes from a long line of
bluegrass musicians and singers. In 1999 she joined the trailblazing bluegrass/Americana band, Kane’s River. Elkins was
awarded an IBMA award for “Recorded Project of the Year” for her contribution to “Back To The Well,” with the Daughters of Bluegrass. It’s a bank holiday weekend, there’s no early morning on Monday, so get yourself down here for some fantastic musicianship and fine harmony singing!

Two sets across the evening, 8.00 pm & 9.00 pm


Playing their second gig for us here at The Glad, four piece the Ragged Flags incorporate American country rock into their British pop folk sound.

The Ragged Flags onstage at 9.45 pm

Indie folk singer songwriter A Kid Called Sorrow begins our Saturday nights with a set of wry, melodic and distinctly northern acoustic songs that carry a torch for the kitchen sink dramas and pop classics of late ’50′s and early ’60′s Britain.

A Kid Called Sorrow onstage at 9.00 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


We’re excited to announce the return of the mildly disturbing Fred Strangebone and his Pub Quiz. Expect dark humoured trivia, unintentional sing-alongs and heckling- there will also be piano accompaniment. The previous quiz featured rounds on bodily excretions, serial killer’s pet dogs and R&B music, and it’s probably going to follow a similar path this time around we should think. It’s absolutely free to enter, it starts at eight thirty- get here good and early to bag a table!

Quiz begins at 8.30 sharp.


Featuring James McQuillan on piano.
Fred presents his second Quiz night at the Gladstone.
Expect dark humoured trivia, unintentional sing-alongs and heckling. The previous quiz featured rounds on bodily excretions, serial killer’s pet dogs and R&B music.
Play as part of a team or as a quiet loner. Begins at 8.15 pm.


Adam Beattie continues his their ever popular Sunday night monthly residency. Playing with his full band, The Consultants, tonight, Beattie ploughs a similar furrow to Tom Waits and Nick Cave’s more downtempo work, noir folk blues with a dark edge and a big heart that never fails to move an audience. These days he’s also bringing influences from old-time jazz, swing and parlour songs into his sound, though still never straying far from the deep and rich flavours of the folk blues and jazz stew cooked by the likes of Waits and Dylan over the last decade…

Adam Beattie and the Consultants onstage at 9.15 pm

Playing solo tonight, Scottish songwriter David James Herbert is a Glad stage regular with both his own act Vive La Rose and Padraig Whelan’s band. Dealing in downtempo, soulful Americana tinged alt-folk, his newly recent single “Tinderbox” was produced by Moritz Hausler (Bat For Lashes/Everything Everything), and features guest musicians Mark Neary (Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds/The Hours) and Nicky Francis (Goldheart Assembly).

“Potential to break into the big time…heavy with spirit, emotion and sadness” Billboard Magazine

David James Herbert onstage at 8.15 pm

Led by classically trained Helen Riley, singer-songwriter, guitarist,and violinist , Bells in the Birches offer a quirky and emotive blend of American and and British musical styles, taking wide ranging influences from artists as disparate as Laura Marling to Johnny Cash.

“Lush, sophisticated arrangements and inventive, genre-swerving musicianship.” Manchester City Life

Bells in the Birches onstage at 7.15 pm


Born and raised in Liverpool Eoin Quiery’s songwriting fuses the melodic sensibilities of his hometown with the poetry and storytelling if his Irish ancestry. Channeling the folk tradition through modern electronica, country and post-rock Burning Wheel comfortably blend such disparate influences as Primal Scream and the Pogues to produce a highly original and excitingly edgy rock’n’roll show.

McDowell open proceedings tonight with a set of acid tinged acoustic dream-pop. A male and female duo that combine acoustic guitar, flute and dual harmony, it’s the first inklings of the sound of summer!

McDowell onstage at 8.15 pm