Weds 31st Dec: New Years Eve Party with Superglad DJs- Free Entry.
We’ll be ushering in 2015 to the perfect party sounds of ska, reggae, rocksteady, jump blues and rock’n'roll from our resident DJs on the decks. It all starts round 7.30 pm, it’s free entry as ever, and the bar will stay open til one.
Whiskey Moon Face are an alternative folk group based around double bass, accordian, clarinet and banjo, led by the stunning vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones. They combine elements of Eastern European traditional music, old-time New Orleans jazz, the baroque folk of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut, and their own unique take on contemporary folk to make for a superbly realized and truly beautiful sound.
Whiskey Moon Face onstage at 9.00 pm
Theo Bard’s expert picking on the guitar, bold beats and uplifting lyrics combine to make a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of his beloved London. Classically trained from the age of four on violin, Theo has also studied folk playing and singing styles and African percussion. He curates the renowned London folk event Woodurner, and is a most welcome addition to our Sunday Session stage.
Theo Bard onstage t 8.15 pm
We’ve got two very special guests appearing at 7.30 pm, old friends of The Glad’s Sunday Sessions, they’ve given us many fantastic Sunday nights down here. It’s lovely t have them back, be sure to get here early to catch them.
We’ve got a musical festive feast for our Christmas party this year, and not a turkey in sight! Four fantastic bands on the night, all beginning at 7.30 pm- it’s free entry, we’ve got christmas pies and hot toddies on the menu, and santa costumes are definitely encouraged! Jingle-bell rock will be delivered down the Glad chimney by the magical means of cosmic country from Panama Red, mod inflected power pop from Glads, heavyweight roots from Turnstile Junkpile and fingerpickin’ Americana from Hallelujah Trails, all from 7.30 pm.
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.
Ruby Theodore & Her Howlin’ Boys mix of old school boogie woogie and stride piano lead by Ruby’s hot jazz and blue 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.
We’ve got our traditional carols at the Glad again this year, it’s always a really lovely evening. Come down and join us for Christmas pies, hot toddies and a singalong, we’ll be giving out lyric sheets so there are no excuses! From 7.30 pm.
Featuring immaculate three part harmony, guitar, bass, drums and glockenspiel, Brighton five piece the Self Help Group create a gloriously rich sound that will put you in mind of Crosby Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Massive Attack and The Cowboy Junkies- 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 9.00 pm
Acoustic duo Swallow and the Wolf build their sound from picked acoustic guitar, bass heavy piano lines, lo-fi drums, rich cello lines and melodic vocal harmonies. Their songs manage to be both intimate and epic, balancing poetic lyrics with widescreen sounds. Three Eps into their recording career, they’ve received much acclaim thus far- here’s some of what’s being said about them in the media…
‘Russell Swallow is an acoustic evangelist…clearly a man with poetry in his soul’- Tom Robinson, BBC6 music
‘very, very beautiful’ – Chris Hawkins, BBC6 music
‘the romantics of Fleet Foxes, the upbeat poppiness of Patrick Wolf, and the brooding of Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley’- For Folk’s Sake
Swallow and the Wolf onstage at 8.15 pm
We begin our Sunday Session with indie-folk troubadour Jacob de Berker. Citing Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens and Elliot Smith as influences, his lyrically intricate songs are delivered with guitar and banjo accompaniment.
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 10.00 pm
Favourites of Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 and Radio 6, and Gary Crowley on GLR, six piece Lazy Heart Parade play anthemic indie folk with a nod to Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire that combines ukelele, violin and mandolin with a modern indie rock electric edge and attitude. Whipsmart lyrics and superbly catchy hooks backed by excellent musicianship make for a splendid Saturday night act.
Lazy Heart Parade onstage at 9.00 pm
Citadelles are a collaborative group underpinned by the songwriting of Adam Fletcher, working within a diverse range of influences ranging from Bright Eyes to Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Tune-Yards and beyond. His ambitious arrangements are preformed with meticulous care by his band of six piece band of drums, bass, piano, cello, guitar and saxophone.
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.
This week we have acoustic blues guitarist supreme John Drain and mouth harp magician Marco Farris, plus washboard percussion, playing firing, red hot Delta and Country Blues styles. Guaranteed to be fierce…!
Brighton duo Lucas and King impressed us so much when they got in touch we immediately gave them our headline Sunday slot. A beautifully smoky and charismatic voice leading excellent guitar arrangements, their songs have a weight to them rarely found in new acts. We’re very pleased to have them here for their first gig at The Glad,
Lucas and King onstage at 9.00 pm
Norwich based singer songwriter Mari Joyce has a timeless quality to her pure folk style. Her fine voice and assured songwriting is underpinned by sensitive cello, violin and percussion arrangements to make for a perfect Sunday Session sound.
Mari Joyce onstage at 8.15 pm
Sarah Beresford, aka Oh Sister, is a singer songwriter blessed with a richly emotive voice, a poetic turn of phrase and a talent for writing finely crafted alt-folk. It’s her first time playing our Sunday Sessions, we’re very pleased to have her here.
‘…just by watching her play, you can tell what a dedicated artist she is…she plays as if there is no one else on the room’ The Independent.
The Dog Roses are a rocking roots, Americana, country rock’n'roll band. Hugely respected on the UK roots music scene, they’re a five piece based around drums, bass, guitar, accordion,scorching fiddle and mandolin, and they do for country and bluegrass what the Pogues did for Irish music- inject it with a huge dose of rock’n'roll. Great songs and fantastic players guarantee a seriously good time, a fantastic Saturday night band.
“This is what you get if you mix country music with west coast harmonies, indie attitude and the odd furious burst of vitriolic home-made punk” – CZine
The Dog Roses onstage at 10.00 pm
Gladstone favourites The Ramshackle Union Band return for what promises to be another splendid 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.