GWYN ASHTON'S "PROHIBITION" VOTED ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2007!
CHICKEN LEGS WEAVER "NOWHERE"
FIRST PRESS REVIEWS!
Blues Matters #31 April-May 2006-
CHICKEN LEGS WEAVER Nowhere
The Sheffield based punk/Blues band now signed with Riverside Records have a distinct sound and thrust - and the voice of Andy Weaver is prime stand-out here (what does he gargle with?)…then there's the music that he
dominates with his guitar, outlandish, irreverent or what, well yes, it's just creative and so different to anything else right now you'll either love it or hate it. Traditionalists beware then. The legendary Johnny Dowd produces this album which was recorded in the USA. The band have shared the stage in the last year with, amongst others, the Alabama 3 as their status grows. The music, thought provoking, stark, mind crunching, energetic, melancholy even, oh yes and catchy in parts. Particularly liked In The Ground with it's infectious lead pattern, Love Locked resembles the feel of a battle torn landscape, The Enemy Cannot Harm You carries the warning words “but watch your close friend”, Howling Road is story like and spellbinding. The slide work throughout the album is sterling stuff. Do take a listen but beware.
Album review by Dominic
Pedler for Guitar Techniques. June 2006
CHICKEN LEGS WEAVER
Those who think the Arctic Monkeys are the menacing new face of Sheffield haven¹t heard the harrowing urban blues of slide guitarist Andy Weaver and his tight trio that were first discovered by Sonic Youth¹s Thurston Moore.
Weaver¹s spiritual roots may lie in the Mississippi swamps of his Delta heroes, but this powerful debut updates the themes of fire and brimstone and devil-dealing with ballsy grooves and song structures that ditch the 12-bar format in favour of a 21st century blend of garage blues, gospel and punk.
The slippery slide of Desert Rose and the dreamy arpeggios of Howlin¹ Road capture Weaver¹s subtle range of guitar textures, but it¹s his apocalyptic vocals that steal the show with ominous strains of Son House, Howlin' Wolf, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash.
Atmospherically produced by Johnny Dowd, this is soul-searching contemporary blues from the wrong side of the tracks, as convincing as the Black Keys, Blues Explosion and White Stripes. ****
Classic Rock, June 2006
CHICKEN LEGS WEAVER
Scary music from the Deep South… of Sheffield
By its very nature, the blues is fed by dark and negative emotions. And yet British three-piece Chicken Legs Weaver are a blues band like few others. Likened to Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits and the White Stripes, it was Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore that first championed them.
Produced in a remote log cabin in upstate New York by Johnny Dowd, Nowhere ties together several disenfranchised and distinctly melancholic strands, including blues, punk, alternative rock and even gospel in a disturbing style that’s been called nu-blues. Its songs are largely slow and menacing, the moodiness of In The Ground and Howling Road serving to double the shit-your-pants effect when Your Enemy Cannot Harm You finally kicks in.
GWYN ASHTON: ALL 3 ALBUMS RELEASED IN GERMANY FOR THE FIRST TIME
15th March 2006
CHICKEN LEGS WEAVER SIGN A PUBLISHING DEAL WITH BUG MUSIC
22nd February 2006
Sheffield’s alternative punk-blues heroes have now signed a deal with leading independent music publisher Bug Music for their debut album “Nowhere”, to be released in April 2006 on London-based rock label Riverside Records.
CHICKEN LEGS WEAVER SIGN WITH RIVERSIDE RECORDS
22nd February 2006
“Clearly the best band the UK has produced in a while”
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
“Awesomely deranged punk-blues trio” - The Guardian
Sheffield’s alternative punk-blues heroes have now signed a deal with London-based rock label Riverside Records.
The band has built up a staunch following up North and released several EPs, including “Wishbone Hands” on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Yod label, with cover art by Billy Childish and sleeve notes by Nick Kent.
Chicken Legs Weaver’s debut album “Nowhere” was recorded in Ithaca, New York, and produced by alt-country legend Johnny Dowd. “Nowhere” will be released in April on Riverside Records and distributed in the UK by Nova via Pinnacle.
In the past year the band has shared the stage with Electric Six, Alabama 3, Johnny Dowd, The Buzzcocks and many more. They also played the Leeds Festival in 2005. They are touring Europe in February and will tour the UK again in April to promote the release of “Nowhere”.
Tour dates will include a press launch show at the Borderline on 4th April with Johnny Dowd.
BRAND VIOLET: NEW SINGLE OUT 16/02/04
5th January 2004
With excellent reviews of their debut single Alien Hive Theme, inclusion on several highly rated Indie compilations and airplay nationwide including on Virgin Radio, Brand Violet are growing their ‘cult’ status in the UK.
Brand Violet’s new single Head is a compressed, brutal, delicately balanced sculpture finished with a sledgehammer as engineers scrambled to capture the band’s locomotive live sound against the dynamic vocal delivery of Sally-Anne Marsh. It also features the haunting Soul Patch and the short film The Liberation of Tibet, shot in Brighton and featuring live footage of the band.
Catch Brand Violet live:
15/01/04: London, Metro Club - "Head" single press launch
28/01/04: London, Infinity Club, Old Burlington St - The Band Agency's Music Industry Night
16/02/04: London, Barfly - "Head" single launch
GIRLS ON TOP ON TOUR IN FRANCE
12th September 2003
After a year which was rich in events (release of their debut album “Ovulater”, UK tour with Rachel Stamp, support slots with The Damned, The Parkinsons, Screamin’ Stukas and the UK Subs), London’s sleaziest girl band is getting ready for some European touring in the Autumn, including some support slots with The Donnas, the Bellrays and the Wampas in France.
The band will be joined by new bass player MEL ROXY, who replaces Amanda Pukon, who went on maternity leave (yeah, they do THAT too!) last month.
Mel has played with WangDango, who supported Girls On Top ate London’s Borderline last year and earlier on with Lovecraft. Both bands also featured female drummer Bambi, who replaced Liddy Lustre on a couple of dates during the Rachel Stamp tour in 2002.
Mel’s main musical influences are The Clash, AC/DC and Ministry. Her favourite bass player is J J Burnell. Mel is also the motorcycle and martial arts enthusiast, inspired by Mad Max II and Enter the Dragon.
8 Oct Angers, Le Chabada – with Les Wampas
9 Oct: Evreux, L’Abordage with The Donnas
10 Oct Poitiers, Festival Presse-Papiers
11 Oct: Nantes, La Barakason (MJC Rezé) – Ladyfest festival –
15 Oct: Strasbourg, La Laiterie
17 Oct: Paris, Le Nouveau Casino, Punkista festival
30 Oct: Tulle, Festival O Les Choeurs with Les Wampas
1 Nov: Nevers, Festival Nevers a Vif, with The Bellrays
Mel Roxy on bass! (Photo: Gabi Sanders)
RIVERSIDE GETS NEW UK DISTRIBUTOR
11th September 2003
All records on our label will from now on be distributed in the UK by Nova/Pinnacle. Look out for the first reissues:
- The Inmates "Fast Forward" 29/09/03
- Girls On Top "Ovulater" 29/09/03
Also Brand Violet's debut single "Alien Hive Theme" will be out on 13/10/03
GWYN ASHTON ON TOUR WITH JOHNNY WINTER
24th June 2003
Australia's guitar master is embarking on a tour of Germany with the legendary Johnny Winter: Gwyn will play a solo acoustic set to open the shows. Gwyn and Johnny met in Corsica last year when they both appeared at the Patrimoniu guitar festival, then met again in Los Angeles in January when Johnny played at the House of Blues.
30 Germany, Leipzig, Anker
1 Ulm, Ulmer Zelt
2 Nürnberg, Löwensaal
4 Mechernich, Burg Satzvey, Bourbonensaal
5 Munster 12. Schöppinger Blues Festival (WDR)
6 Berlin, Columbiahalle
8 Erfurt, Gewerkschaftshaus
9 Affalter (near Chemnitz), Zur Linde
10 München, Elserhalle
15 Merzig, Stadthalle
16 Mainz, KUZ
18 Hamburg, Fabrik
GIRLS ON TOP LIVE IN PARIS!
9th May 2003
London's favourite rockin' chicks will pay a visit to France on 18th May for a gig at LEspace B, 18 rue Barbanegre, 75019 Paris, they will come back on 14th June to headline the Ladyfest festival.
BRAND VIOLET: DEBUT SINGLE OUT 16th June
9th May 2003
Brand Violet's first single "Alien Hive Theme" will be released on Riverside Records in the UK on 16th June 2003 (distribution: ID/Universal Music). The band has also just shot a video, directed by Simon Hanning.
Click here to watch the video.
The single will feature a second track "Retrovision Coma USA" as well as the "Alien Hive Theme" video.
The band has just given an interview to rock n'roll girl web site MissMinx, check it out here.
GWYN ASHTON TO SUPPORT EDGAR WINTER
7th May 2003
After opening for Johnny Winter in Corsica last year, Gwyn Ashton will be supporting Edgar Winter at his Mean Fiddler gig in London on 23rd May. The two musicians met last January in Los Angeles when Gwyn was invited by Johnny Winter to his concert at the House Of Blues on Sunset Boulevard
28th February 2003Londons finest female-fronted guitar combo (www.drownedinsound.com)
This is fabulous. The B-52s showering Sergio Leone in M&Ms The Cramps performing Barbarella shop quartets surf punk with well observed nods to Sid n Nancy(www.liveclub.co.uk)
Come and see for yourself! Riverside Records present Brand Violets first show as a signed band, with support from Sub Rosa and My Symptoms.
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London E1 7RU, on stage 10PM.
Formed Halloween Night 1999, Brand Violet were signed in early 2000 to Stevo Pearces Some Bizarre label before abandoning both singer and label in a clichéd and defiant act of apparent self-destruction.
In 2001, they came to the attention of former Arista head Martin Heath, who introduced them to singer Sally-Anne Marsh, late of Zomba/Jive Records.
Within a year they are receiving rave online reviews as well as comparisons to both early Blondie and the Pixies.
Now signed to Riverside Records, Brand Violet are
Cobra Jone: Drums
Sally-Anne Marsh: Vocals and theremin
Henderson Cat Shatner : Bass
Girls On Top confirmed for Punk Aid28th February 2003 Girls On Top will perform at the Punk Aid Festival on Saturday 12th April in Brixham, Devon. The show will be headlined by The Damned and will also featured The Groundhogs. The Sunday show will be headlined by the Dead Kennedys while John Otway will headline on the Friday. More info on Punk Aid: click here
9th February 20031. 14th Feb, VALENTINES NIGHT: Last Rockers present Girls On Top at Fusilier & Firkin, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London. Support from Toxic Slut and Fighting Cocks.
2. 19th Feb: Girl On Top support Swedish rockers Screamin Stukas at The Garage, Highbury Corner, London
3. 21th Feb, JOE STRUMMER TRIBUTE NIGHT: 17 bands, 17 Clach songs featuring Girls On Top, The Libertines, The Parkinsons, 14 other bands and a few mystery special guests .at Fusilier & Firkin, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London.
Date: 29th May 2003 Info: Schwung 2003
THURSDAY 26-Sep-02 Northampton Soundhaus
FRIDAY 27-Sep-02 Tunbridge Wells Forum
SATURDAY 28-Sep-02 Nottingham Rock City
SUNDAY 29-Sep-02 Cardiff Barfly
MONDAY 30-Sep-02 Sheffield Barfly
TUESDAY 1-Oct-02 Wolves Little Civic
WEDNESDAY 2-Oct-02 Leicester Charlotte
THURSDAY 3-Oct-02 Southampton Joiners
FRIDAY 4-Oct-02 Harlow Square
SATURDAY 5-Oct-02 London Mean Fiddler
The Garage: 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD - Tube: Highbury & Islington - Box Office: 0207 607 1818 -
Metro Club: 19-23 Oxford Street, London W1R 1RF - Tube: Tottenham Court Road - Box Office: 0207 437 0964
Gwyn Ashton will be appearing at the following festivals this summer.
- 9 June: Isle Of Wight Festival - UK
- 15th June: Power Bash- Liechtenstein
- 28th June: Blues On The Farm - UK
- 13th July: Olsztyn Blues Nights - Poland
- 16th July: Patrimonio Guitar Festival (with Johnny Winter) - France
- 20th July: Blues & Jazz Rallye 2002 - Luxembourg
- 8th August: Bath International Guitar Festival - UK
At the end of the Summer, Gwyn will enter a studio to start recording the follow-up to "Beg, Borrow & Steel", his all-acoustic album released last year.The new album, as yet untitled, will see a return to Gwyns trademark in-your-face, greasy rockin blues.
GIRLS ON TOP HIT
LONDONS BORDERLINE IN JUNE
3rd May 2002
Londons queens of sleaze GIRLS ON TOP will bring their trashy glam punk nroll show to The Borderline on Saturday 8th June, to celebrate the release of their debut album "Ovulater". They will be supported by Vegas Showgirls and Wang Dango.
As the fans say, the record is only half of the story and the band is also attracting a growing number of followers on the back of their no-mercy performances. In the crowd, one will spot the Parkinsons, the UK Subs and the Vibrators, all regulars of the dirty chicks gigs.
They will also headline the Rock The Abbey festival in Titchfield on 15th June, which also features Rachel Stamp and Rockbitch.
The Borderline: Orange Yard, Off Manette Street - Soho, London W1 - UK
Box Office: +44 (0) 20 7734 2095
on Riverside Records
20th March 2002
Metal queens Girlschool will release their new album "Not That Innocent" in France on 26th April 2002. A sample track will also be featured in the May issue covermount CD of Hard Rock Magazine (France), and an exclusive interview will also appear in the same issue.
1. Coming Your Way
3. Little Green Men
4 . Mad Mad Sister
5. A Love Too Far
6. Stay Wild
9. I Told You So
10. Have A Nice Day
11. Born To Be
13. Everybody Does It
Girls On Top: Debut album "Ovulater" out on 25th March
24th January 2002
London's hottest band Girls On Top will release "Ovulater" on 25th March 2002. The release wiil be followed by a UK tour in April-May. "Ovulater" will include most of GOT's stage faves, and "He's Been Around" will be released as a single to UK radio stations in February.
Girls On Top in concert on Saturday 2nd February at the Dublin Castle, London. Tel: 020 8806 2668
THE INMaTES: 15th Anniversary album out in March
15th January 2002
British R&B stalwarts The Inmates will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their legendary album "The Inmates Meet The Beatles Live In Paris" with a digitally remastered re-release featuring bonus tracks recorded during the same concert as the rest of the album. The new version will have 6 more tracks than the original 1987 vinyl (4 of them never released before), including the gigs encore (3 non-Beatles songs), which features stand-out live versions of their classic songs "Dirty Water" and "Tell Me Whats Wrong".
The band will be playing a one-off gig, in its original line-up, at Londons Borderline on 29th March.
"The Inmates Meet The Beatles" 15th Anniversary Edition will be released in in France on February 22nd (distribution: Night & Day) and in the UK on March 4th.(distribution: BMG).The Borderline: Orange Yard, Off Manette Street - Soho, London W1 - UK
Box Office: +44 (0) 20 7734 2095
GWYN ASHTON: UK TOUR IN 2002
23rd December 2001
The Aussie guitar master, who was voted 2001s 3rd best guitarist (after Jeff Beck and Gary Moore) by Frances Guitar Parts magazine, will be touring the UK with his band in 2002. The following dates have been confirmed:
14th March: Bullfrog Blues Club, Southsea - 0239 243 6267
15th March: Halifax R&B Club, Halifax - 01422 380 192
17th March: Worcester Park Club, Surrey - 01784 460 094
20th March: Full Moon, Newcastle-Under-Lyme - 01782 625471
24th March: Torrington, Nth Finchley - 0208 445 4710
30th March: Cartoon, Croydon - 0208 239 1616
31st March: Cavern, Liverpool - 0151 236 1962
3rd April: Half Moon, Bishop Stortford - 01279 834 500
4th April: Boat Race, Cambridge - 01223 508 533
18th May: Club Riga, Southend - 01702 348 020
23rd May: Half Moon, Putney - 0208 780 9383
24th May: Kite Club, Blackpool - 01253 620 870
6th June: New Crawdaddy Club, Basildon - 01702 347 007.
In the first half of March, Gwyn will be touring Europe with Band Of Friends (i.e. the Rory Gallagher band: Gerry McAvoy, Lou Martin, Brendan ONeill, Mark Feltham) for a series of concerts wich should be recorded for a Rory Gallagher Tribute Concert album to be released towards the end of 2002.
20th December 2001
French magazine Guitar Parts has just published its list of Best Guitarists of the Year:
1. Jeff Beck
2. Gary Moore
3. Gwyn Ashton
4. Popa Chubby
5. Izzy Stradlin
GIRLS ON TOP TO PLAY AT 999S 25TH ANNIVERSARY BASH
29th November 2001
The sleazy glam-punk girl band from Camden will be thrashing it out at the Underworld for 999s 25th anniversary concert on Sunday 9th December.
Doors open 6.30PM
The Underworld, 174 Camden High Street, London NW1
Tel: 0207 482 1932
The Inmates: cover story in Blueprint
2nd November 2001
The November 2001 issue of Blueprint Magazine, the magazine of the British Blues connection features an exclusive interview with Bill Hurley, singer of The Inmates. The magazine dedicated its November issue's cover to The Inmates and also features a competition to win copies of The "Meet the Beatles" album.
The Inmates Live with Bo Diddley
25th October 2001
THE INMATES have been added to the bill for the BO DIDDLEY concert at London's Astoria on Sunday 11th November 2001.
THE INMATES made their come back last month, in their original line-up, with a smashing gig at London's Borderline, coinciding with the releases of their live album "Meet the Beatles" . This is their opportunity to pay tribute to Bo Diddley, the spiritual godfather of many British R&B bands. Expect such classics as "The Walk" and "Dirty Water", as well as self-penned R&B scorchers and a few pumped-up Beatles covers.
London Astoria: 157 Charing Cross Rd London WC2, UK.
Tickets £17.50 adv
Girls On Top sign with Riverside Records
14th October 2001The outrageous glam-punk girl band GIRLS ON TOP has signed a deal with Riverside Records. Their debut album will be released in the UK in March 2002, distributed by BMG. Performing together for 5 years now, GIRLS ON TOP have won a reputation in London for a pulse-racing and vulgar stage-act. Their songs are punk-driven pastiches of modern living - the lyrics direct, full of sarcasm and anger and they have all the sleazy appeal of the New York Dolls.
In front of a silver- strip curtain, Neil Downe frantically fingers his guitar neck while Liddy Lustre squeals and thrashes her pearly Ludwig kit to death. Bassist and biker chick, Amanda Pukon pouts and throbs magnificently as Vicki De Vice writhes and taunts the audience, makes love to a hoover and gives birth to a monster baby.
1998 saw the appearance of GIRLS ON TOP on TV as the fictitious band 'Trash' on Kavanagh KC. December 1997, the CD EP on the G.O.T label was released, featuring the cult classic "Barbie is a smackhead". Along came Camden's Nana records with a vinyl compilation of female artists (Spy 51, Gertrude, Some Sonic) and G.O.T's cottaging anthem "Boys meet". 'Ovulater', the tasteless CD LP, also on the G.O.T. label, was spawned at the end of 1999, and kicks off with "Fuckhead". It features the X-Ray Spex inspired, "Head in the oven", an on-stage fave - the hard and heavy "Monster baby", and the seedy slavery of "Trainee sex-god".
GIRLS ON TOP hit Paris in spring 2000 to a riotous reception with queues round the block! They played a national biker rally, 'Smoking Dog' in Epping, an outrageous private party in the Oxfordshire countryside and filmed a webcast for the Mean Fiddler organisation at LA2. During all this were performances with the UK Subs and the Vibrators at the Underworld, Monarch and an Xmas special at the Borderline which was rammed.
2001 G.O.T. went wild live with the Celtic Bones, The Parkinsons, 999 and Emergency. Also Charlie Harper's birthday party at the 100 Club. GIRLS ON TOP finally made Noo York City in August for a 4 date tour including CBGBs & Don Hills and so impressed the local punks, freaks & groovers that they made the cover of NY Waste magazine and a live video is to be broadcast on a Manhattan cable channel.
Check them out live in London: 18/10, Hope & Anchor, Islington, - 2/11, Gossips, Soho
Gwyn Ashton live in Germany
11th October 2001
Gwyn Ashton will tour Germany in October/November!30.10.2001 Erfurt Gewerkschaftshaus (with Randy Hanson)
31.10.2001 Freudenburg DucSaal
01.11.2001 Bielefeld t.b.c.
02.11.2001 Schwerin Speicher
03.11.2001 Flensburg Volksbad
09.11.2001 Osterode / Harz Stadthalle (with Mick Taylor)
10.11.2001 Wehr Sporthalle Öflingen
14.11.2001 München Stars im Kunstpark Ost
15.11.2001 Nürnberg t.b.c.
16.11.2001 Gotha Stadthalle
17.11.2001 Heuthen Schwarzer Peter
Nine Below Zero: Third Degree Tour
21st September 2001
Nine Below Zero will be back to France in October for a series of live dates in support to the release of their album Third Degree (out 25/09):
17 October: Reims
18 October: Macon
19 October: Le Cylindre, Besancon
20 October: St Agreve
21 October: Le Climax Club, St Etienne
24 October: Brest
25 October: UBU Club, Rennes`
26 October: Centre cultural le loup blanc, Niort
27 October: Centre cultural ACAC Latitude, Concarneau
Gwyn Ashton confirmed for the International Guitar Festival
17th September 2001
Gwyn Ashton will perform at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain on 22nd November in Wirral, sharing the bill with Nils Lofgren, Tommy Emmanuel and The Christians.
While touring in continental Europe, Gwyn will also add selected UK club gigs such throughout October and November, preparing for his UK tour in March 2002 to promote his acoustic album "Beg, Borrow & Steel".
10th August 2001
Third Degree, Nine Below Zero's third (and last) album originally released by A&M will be released in France, for the first time on CD, by Riverside Records on September 23rd. This completes the classic Nine Below Zero trilogy, started with "Live at the Marquee" and "Don't Point Your Finger".
The release will be followed by a tour in October. 2000-2001 has been an amazing year for NBZ, who have had a well-deserved come back, releasing all their classic albums for the first time on CD as well as their excellent new album "Refigerator", playing over 50 concerts in France and taking the Cognac Blues Passions festival by storm with a totally sold-out gig. And there is more to come...
Gwyn Ashton added to the bill for the Inmates launch gig
25th July 2001
Gwyn Ashton will be The Inmates special guest at Londons Borderline on September 20th. The gig will coincide with the UK release of his acoustic album "Beg, Borrow & Steel" (3rd September) while The Inmates will be celebrating the release of their "Meet the Beatles" live album (24th September). Both albums are released by Riverside Records, distributed through BMG.
Gwyn Ashton is playing festivals throughout Europe this summer with Fun Lovin Criminals, Frank Black & The Catholics, Eagle Eye Cherry, Canned Heat, Peter Green and Big Brother & The Holding Company. He was also seen hitting the Great Gransden stage in July joining Uli Roth, Graham Bonnet, Dave Murray and Don Airey for their finale. Although Gwyns new album is entirely acoustic, one can still expect some full-on electric guitar action on stage!
The Borderline: Orange Yard, Off Manette Street - Soho, London W1 - UK
16th July 2001
The Inmates will play a one-off gig at Londons Borderline on September 20th to celebrate the UK release of their legendary album"Meet the Beatles - Live in Paris" on Riverside Records (out 24th September). The album has never been released in the UK before and both masters and artwork had been lost for almost 15 years. The band still features its classic line-up of Bill Hurley (vocals), Peter Gunn (lead guitar), Tony Oliver (rhythm guitar), Ben Donnelly (bass) and Eddie (drums).
In 1987, the leading French newspaper Libération organised a concert in Paris to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sgt Pepper album. They asked The Inmates to do that unique gig, bringing the dirty sound of stonesy R&B to the songs of The Beatles, like the Stones themselves did in 1963 when they covered I Wanna Be Your Man. "Meet the Beatles" is the live recording of that memorable concert. The album was praised by Paul McCartney himself and went to #1 in Scandinavia.
The Inmates are currently preparing a UK tour for the end of 2001, before touring Europe for the first time in over two years.
The Borderline: Orange Yard, Off Manette Street - Soho, London W1 - UK
The legendary "Meet the Beatles - Live in Paris" by the Inmates will be released this year by Riverside Records. Both original masters and artwork were lost after the album's original release in 1987 and no reprint had been possible since. The album comprises 13 tracks (2 more than the original vinyl LP), all written by Lennon-McCartney and performed live in a gun-smoking R&B style.
18th June 2001
The Aussie guitar wonder will release his third album on Riverside Records on September 3rd (September 18th in France).
"Beg, Borrow & Steel" was recorded Down Under with an all-Australian backing band, and is a journey through Gwyns musical roots: all tracks have been recorded with acoustic instruments, which breaks from Gwyns usual brand of hard-hitting, bluesy rock. Most songs were played on his 1936 National Steel guitar (hence the title!) with just the right measure of double bass, Hammond organ, piano, harmonica and drums (with brushes, natch!). As usual, Gwyn wrote most of the songs.
After his critically acclaimed debut with "Feel The Heat", followed by the electric masterpiece "Fang It!", recorded with Rory Gallaghers rhythm section, Ashton is set to surprise once again with his versatility.
with Peter Green and Canned Heat
6th June 2001
Gwyn Ashton will rock Germany this summer at open-air festivals with Canned Heat, Peter Green and Janis Joplin's band:
22 June "Delitzsch Open Air" in Delitzsch (near Leipzig) with Peter Green Splinter Group and Canned Heat
23 June "10th Schöppinger Blues Festival" in Schöppingen (near Münster) with Peter Green Splinter Group and Canned Heat
20th July "Plauener Blues Festival" in Plauen / Sachsen with Canned Heat
21st July "Tiefenbrunnen Open Air" (near Jüterbog) with Canned Heat
10th August "Burgwedel Zeltfest" in Burgwedel (no support)
11th August "Blues-Rock Open Air" Gross Lindow Sportplatz (near Frankfurt/Oder) with Big Brother & The Holding Company
....Also in France::
17th August: Free Wheels, Cunhlat, with Fun Lovin' Criminals, Franck Black & The Catholics, Eagle Eye Cherry
.......And in Belgium:
18th August: Swing 2001, Wespelaar
.........And then in the UK:
26th August: Dragon Blues Festival, Wrexham, North Wales
Nine Below Zero: Refrigerator album & tour
30th April 2001
After the successful releases of the legendary albums "Live at the Marquee" and "Don't Point your Finger", Riverside Records will release NBZ's new album "Refrigerator" in France on June 12th.
The release will be followed by a summer tour starting 14th June:14 June : Strasbourg - La Laiterie
Gwyn Ashton: concert in London with Dan Baird and new album in September
30th April 2001
Aussie guitar master Gwyn Ashton is coming back to the UK for one concert supporting ex-Georgia Satellites Dan Baird at Londons Mean Fiddler on June 8th. Gwyn has been touring in Europe since last years release of his critically acclaimed second album "Fang It!", recorded with Rory Gallaghers rhythm section (Gerry McAvoy on bass and Brendan ONeill on drums).
Gwyn Ashtons next album (recorded in Australia) will be released by Riverside Records in September 2001 and will be a "roots" one, with songs performed mostly with acoustic instruments.
Mean Fiddler - 165 Charing Cross Road, London W1 - tel: +44 (0) 207 434 9592
Gwyn Ashton masterclass in Total Guitar
23rd April 2001
The May issue of Total Guitar magazine (UK) out now features a 4 pages guitar tutorial by special guest columnist Gwyn Ashton. Gwyn's masterclass includes transcriptions of licks and chords he uses in his songs, and audio tracks on the covermounted CD.
Gwyn Ashton back to Germany and Switzerland
22nd March 2001
Gwyn Ashton takes his "Fang It!" tour to Switzerland and Germany in March and April. The tour will include a gig with glam rock legends Slade and one with fellow Aussie blues rocker Rob Tognoni.
Friday 22/03 Pontressina Pitscna Scena (Hotel Saratz)
Saturday 23/03 Einsiedeln TC Crows
Sunday 24/03 Siebnen Clublocal MC Ramblers
Monday 25/03 TBC
For information about concerts in Switzerland, plase contact Freebird concerts. Tel: +41 55 422 24 35
Friday 30/03 Hannover Blues Garage
Saturday 31/03 Gotha Stadhalle (w/Slade)
Wednesday 4/04 Roth Kulturfabrik (w/Rob Tognoni)
Friday 6/04 Bremen Meisenfrei
Saturday 7/04 Mulheim Star Club
Sunsay 8/04 TBC
Wednesday 11/04 Berlin Miles
Thursday 12/04 Rostock Pumpe
Friday 13/04 Hamburg TBC
Saturday 14/04 Greussen Kulturhaus
Sunday 15/04 Erfurt MuseumkellerFor information about cobcerts in Germany, please contact Fabulous Germany Concerts. Tel: +49 45091320
Fang It! out in Canada
13th February 2001
Gwyn Ashton's new album Fang It! will be released in Canada on 28th February, distributed by PHD Canada Distributing
Gwyn Ashton: Benelux dates, March 2001
6th February 2001
Gwyn Ashton will be back to Belgium and Holland for his first concerts in the Benelux since the release of his new album "Fang It!"
- 9/03/01: Harelbeke R&B Club, Marktstraat 87, Harelbeke 8530, Belgium
- 10/03/01: De Border, Tegelen, The Netherlands
For more information, please contact Freebird Blues Agency.
Rory Gallagher tribute concerts
22nd January 2001
Gwyn Ashton is joining ex-Rory Gallagher sidemen Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O'Neill, who both play on Gwyn's new album "Fang It!", for a series of tribute concerts in France in March. The "Band of Friends" will also feature Rory Gallagher's keyboardist Lou Martin, original Nine Below Zero harmonica player Mark Feltham and Nine Below Zero's Dennis Greaves.
15/03 Le Splendid, 1 Place du mont de Teree,59800 Lille, France. Tel: 03 20 33 17 34
16/03 Le Plan, Ris Oranges, France. Tel: 01 69 02 09 19
17/03 Disney Village, Marne la Vallee, France.
Nine Below Zero on tour in France
19th January 2001
Nine Below Zero are back! The legends of British R&B will be touring in France in Feb/March 2001:16/02: Les 4 Ecluses, Rue de la Cunette 59140 Dunkerque, France. Tel: 03 28 63 82 40
17/02: Le Splendid, 1 Place du mont de Teree,59800 Lille, France. Tel: 03 20 33 17 34
18/02: Les Hesperides, Le Bourg Strat Veur 29890 Plouneour Trez, France. Tel: 02 98 83 47 00
20/02: Cabaret Sam, Rue Alexandre Fleming Boulogne / Mer, France. Tel: 03 21 87 32 69
21/02: Le Ninkasi Kao, Rue Marcel-Adrieux 69007 Lyon, France. Tel: 04 72 76 89 04
22/02: La Cooperative Mai, Rue Serge Gainsbourg, Clermont Ferrand, France. Tel: 04 73 14 48 08
23/02: Le Plan, Ris Oranges, France. Tel: 01 69 02 09 19
24/02: La Luciole, 171 Rue de Bretagne, Alencon, France. Tel: 02 33 32 83 33
25/02: Le Baccardy, Zac de Kerguiniou, Callac, France. Tel: 02 96 45 57 7722/03 Aubervilliers, France.
23/03 Marne la Vallée, France.
24/03 Annecy, France.
27/03 Salon de Provence, France.
28/03 Six Fours les plages, France.
Fang It! out in Australia and New Zealand
7th January 2001
Gwyn Ashton's new album Fang It! is now out in Australia and New Zealand, distributed by Stone Hut Music.
Nine Below Zero: Don't Point Your Finger
6th January 2001
After the legendary "Live At The Marquee" released in 2000, Nine Below Zero's classic album "Don't Point Your Finger" will be released in France for the first time in CD on January 20th. The album was Nine Below Zero's first studio recording and was produced by Glyn Johns, who had also produced Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Faces.
£2 off "Fang It!" with Classic Rock and Virgin!
15th November 2000
We have teamed up with Classic Rock magazine and Virgin Megastores to offer a special deal for the purchase of Gwyn Ashton's new album "Fang It!".
The December issue of Classic Rock (out now, with Tommy Iommi on the cover) features a free CD which contains a track from Gwyn's album. The magazine also contains £2 money off vouchers which can be used with the purchase of "Fang It!" at Virgin Megastores.
The vouchers are valid at any Virgin Megastore in the UK or Ireland until 31/01/2001
Gwyn Ashton back to tour the UK
13th November 2000
After a few warm-up dates in Germany and Holland, Gwyn Ashton is starting a UK tour this week, which will include two special double bill shows with Nine Below Zero.
"Fang It!" UK Tour 2000
Wed 15/11 Cambs, Fenstanton King William IV
Saturday 18/11 London, Soho 12 Bar Club
Monday 20/11 Derbs, Chesterfield Royal Oak
Wed 22/11 Lincs, Boston Axe & Cleaver
Thursday 23/11 Sheffield Boardwalk
Friday 24/11 Lincs, Skegness Marine Boathouse
Saturday 25/11 Derbs, Glossop Moon & Sixpence
Sunday 26/11 Lancs, Burnley Talbot
Tuesday 28/11 Wales, Swansea Tawey Delta Blues Club
Friday 1/12 Beds, Luton Eddie's Bar
Saturday 2/12 Beds, Leighton Buzzard Wheatsheaf
Sunday 3/12 Northants, Northampton Romany
Tuesday 5/12 Durham, Redcar Elgins
Wednesday 6/12 Yorks, Northallerton Tannerhop
Thursday 7/12 Liverpool The Masque
Friday 8/12 Swindon Swiss Chalet
Saturday 9/12 Bristol Ship Inn
Friday 15/12 Birmingham Robin Hood (with Nine Below Zero)
Saturday 16/12 Bath Porter Butt
Tuesday 19/12 Ipswich Corn Exchange (with Nine Below Zero)
Wednesday 20/12 Cambs, Fenstanton King William IV
Friday 22/12 Northants, Kettering Rising Sun
Thursday 28/12 Nottingham Old Vic
Friday 29/12 Northants, Burton Lattimer Waggon & Horses
"Fang It!" hits Amazon's top 100
8th November 2000
Gwyn Ashton's new album "Fang It!" entered Amazon France's top 100 albums chart yesterday for the first time (#85), followed by Gwyn's debut album "Feel the Heat" (#94). We got drunk.
Gwyn Ashton's exclusive interview in Guitarist
27th October 2000
Gwyn Ashton has been recently interviewed by Neville Marten and the 3 pages feature appears in the December issue of Guitarist Magazine (UK), where the Aussie guitar master talks about his new album Fang It!, scaring his audience, the Australian scene and vintage guitar stuff. Out Now. Read the interview here
Fang It! to be released in the Benelux and Scandinavia
11th October 2000
Gwyn Ashton's new album Fang It! will be simultaneously released in the UK, The Benelux and Scandinavia on Monday 23rd October. Distribution will be handled by Bertus Distributie in the Benelux and Helen Communications in Scandinavia. Ashton's debut album Feel the Heat will also be available through the same channels. A tour of Europe is planned for next year, and Gwyn will do a one-off club gig in Holland before that, at Cafe Rocks (Entshcade) on Sunday 12th November.
Gwyn Ashton live in Paris!
18th September 2000
Gwyn Ashton will be performing live in Paris at the Chesterfield Cafe, to promote the release of his new album "Fang It!", starting on Tuesday 19th September. He will also play live on France Inter (19/09, 3pm to 4pm - 21/09, 11am to 12:45pm) and Paris Jazz (20/09).
Chesterfield Cafe - 124 rue de la Boëtie - 75008 PARIS - France - tél +33 (0)1 42 25 18 06 - fax +33 (0) 1 42 25 00 66
Concert dates : 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 September 2000Show time : 11:30pm Tuesday to Thursday - Midnight Friday and Saturday
Gwyn Ashton performs live with Gerry McAvoy & Brendan O'Neill
12th September 2000
Gerry & Brendan joined Gwyn Ashton on stage at the "Fang It!" press launch party at The Borderline (London), on Monday 11th September, and played three songs from the forthcoming album: "I Boogied", "Getting On Down" and Rory Gallagher's "Who's That Coming?".
Gwyn Ashton: new album launch party at the Borderline, London, 11th September 2000
21st August 2000
Gwyn Ashton will play at the Borderline in London on September 11th to showcase his forthcoming album "Fang It!", to be released October 23rd (Riverside Records, distribution BMG).
"Fang It!" was recorded with special guests Gerry McAvoy (bass) and Brendan ONeill (drums), and produced by Nine Below Zeros Dennis Greaves. All of them are expected to attend the show at the Borderline, and even join Gwyn for a few songs
Gwyn Ashton will play with his usual touring band composed of Ben Christie (ex-Alamo Leal, bass) and South Australian drummer Trapper. Support will come from acclaimed US guitarist Colin John.
Orange Yard, Off Manette Street
Soho, London W1 - UK
Box Office: +44 (0) 20 7734 2095
Gwyn Ashton's new album...out soon
7th August 2000Gwyn Ashton's new album "Fang It!" will be released in the Autumn and features ex- Rory Gallagher sidemen Gerry McAvoy on bass/backing vocals and Brendan O'Neill on drums.
"Fang It" contains 10 original tracks penned by Ashton, plus a cover of Gallagher's "Who's That Coming?" which was recorded in one blitzing take, nailing everyone in the control room to the walls!
"Fang It!" was recorded live at Matrix Studios in London, UK engineered by Kenny Jones and produced by Nine Below Zero's Dennis Greaves. It promises to be an even bigger showstopper than Ashton's debut CD "Feel The Heat" released last year.
"Fang It!" track list:
1. Breakin' All The Rules
2. Livin' On A Faultline
3. Gettin' On Down
4. How Can I Leave You (If You're Gonna Come Too?)
5. Gettin' Better
6. Cold As Ice- (tribute to Albert Collins)
7. Leave That Girl Alone
8. Hot In Here
9. I Boogied
10. Who's That Coming?
11. Faded Memory
The release in France (19th September) will be followed by a series of performances at the Chesterfield Cafe in Paris, 19th-30th September. The UK release (23rd October) will be followed by an extensive UK tour in October-November.
Classic and new Nine Below Zero releases
on Riverside Records!
23rd June 2000
Riverside Records have just added the legendary British R&B band Nine Below Zero to their roster of artists. The London label is planning to release their back catalogue in France for the first time in CD format: the first release is scheduled for September 12th and will be nothing less than the all-time classic "Live at the Marquee" debut album, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the recording. A 20th Anniversary tour is also planned in France for October. NBZ's new album "Refrigerator" will be released soon after the "Marquee".
Members of Nine Below Zero have already participated to other projects for Riverside Records: Dennis Greaves produced Gwyn Ashton's forthcoming album (release in September 2000) and both Gerry McAvoy (bass) and Brendan O'Neill (drums) played on it.
Gwyn Ashton live at the Borderline - London, UK
9th June 2000
Gwyn Ashton will play at London's Soho venue The Borderline on June 21st, which will be his first gig there since the UK release of his debut album Feel the Heat, and a practice run before the band's tour in the Czech Republic.
Orange Yard, Off Manette Street
Soho, London W1 - UK
Box Office: +44 (0) 20 7734 2095
Gwyn Ashton to play at "Cognac Blues Passions"
24th May 2000
Gwyn Ashton will participate for the first time to Cognac Blues Passions, Frances largest Blues festival, held in Cognac at the end of July. Gwyns performance will take place on Friday 28th July evening, at the Blues des Anges venue.
Cognac will turn into "Blues Town" this year again on 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th July, and the festival will be headlined by Ray Charles.
- Cognac Tourist Office: +33 (0) 5 45 82 10 71
- Saintes Tourist Office: +33 (0) 5 456 74 23 82
- Angoulème Tourist Office: +33 (0) 5 45 95 16 84
Centre d´Animation - 9A, place de Cagouillet - 16100 COGNAC - FRANCE
Tel +33 (0) 5 45 32 17 28
Gwyn Ashton to headline the "Blueprint" stage at the Thurrock Festival
28th April 2000
Gwyn Ashton has confirmed his participation to T2000 at Belhus Park (Essex) on August 12th. The Australian bluesy rocker will be headlining the "Blueprint" stage, which will feature blues and blues-influenced artists, and is sponsored by the UK magazine of the same name.
The bands performance will certainly include new songs from the forthcoming album, recorded with ex-Rory Gallagher sidemen Gerry McAvoy (bass) and Brendan ONeill (drums), and produced by Nine Below Zeros Dennis Greaves. The album release is planned for the Autumn 2000.
The festival will feature more than 50 bands and DJs playing on four stages. The thousands of pounds that have been raised over the years have gone to local charities. This year the organisers are hoping to register the festival itself as a charity with a view to sponsoring young people to study music.
Gwyn Ashton in studio with Rory Gallaghers rhythm section
4th April 2000
The Australian blues rocker has begun recording sessions for his second album on the Riverside Records label. The album is being recorded at Matrix Studios in London (home to INXS, Oasis and others), and will feature ex- Rory Gallagher sidemen Gerry McAvoy on bass and Brendan O'Neill on drums.
It is being engineered by Kenny Jones (Oasis, Robbie Williams etc) and produced by Nine Below Zero's Dennis Greaves. It promises to be an even bigger showstopper than Gwyn's critically acclaimed debut album Feel the Heat, acknowledging Gwyn as one of the fastest rising guitarists on the European rock/blues scene.
A European release is planned for September 2000 and Gwyn will be playing some of the new songs at festival gigs throughout the summer, including the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne (25/08, main stage).
Gwyn Ashton confirmed for the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival
13th March 2000
The "Thunder from Down Under" has confirmed he will be playing at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne (Lancashire) on August 25th 2000. It will be his second Colne gig: Gwyn opened the festival two years ago, and he will be playing this year just before the headliner. In the meantime, his critically acclaimed debut album Feel the Heat was released in the UK, establishing him as one of the fastest rising rock/blues guitarists today.
Leisure\Services, Bank House, 61 Albert Rd, Colne BB8 0BP
Tel: 01282 661 220
Fax: 01282 661 221
GWYN ASHTON TO ROCK GERMANY IN MARCH
4th March 2000
Gwyn Ashton is going to tour Germany in March, which is the band's first visit to continental Europe since last year's tour in France. The band already played a few dates in Germany last year, and even ended up doing a last minute replacement for Walter Trout, who had to cancel a gig while the audience was already in the venue!!
European Tour 2000 - Germany
10/03 Bremen (Meisenfrei)
11/03 Mulheim (Star Club)
13/03 Bonn (Jazz Galerie)
14/03 Koln (Kuppers Club)
16/03 Hannover (Faust)
17/03 Schwerin (Speicher)
18/03 Lubeck (Werkhof)
19/03 Kiel (Raucherei)
22/03 Rostock (Pub n'Satt)
23/03 Berlin (Quasimodo)
24/03 Jena (Rosenkeller)
25/03 Lutterwitz (Gasthof)
GWYN ASHTON BACK TO THE UK FOR CLUB TOUR
20th November 1999
Feel the Heat - UK Tour 1999
5/12 Oxford (Gloucester Arms)
8/12 Boston (Axe & Cleaver)
9/12 Darlington (Atomic)
10/12 Blackpool (Station Hotel)
12/12 Swindon (Swiss Chalet)
13/12 Leighton Buzzard (Renoirs)
16/12 Clapham - Beds (Fox & Hounds)
17/12 Lower Pilsey (Coach House)
18/12 London (12 Bar Club)
19/12 Eynesbury (Hare & Hounds)
22/12 Fenstanton (King William IV)
23/12 Bath (Porter Butt)
*** Rockin' All Over the UK ***
6th September 1999: UK release of Feel the Heat, the ass-kicking debut album by
2nd to 23rd October: UK TOUR WITH
....and now all over France!
Gwyn Ashton - Feel the Heat tour 1999 - France
5/11 - St Chelly d'Apcher (Salle Municipale)
6/11 - Cluses (Maison des Allobroges)
12/11 - Marseille: Live on Radio Galere 11am-12noon
12/11 - Marseille (afternoon acoustic showcase: Virgin Megastore)
12/11 - Marseille (Poste a Galene)
15/11 - Paris (New Morning)
20/11 - Torcy (Espace Lino Ventura)
3/12 - Paris (Hard Rock Cafe): TELETHON SPECIAL - LIVE BROADCAST ON FRANCE 2 NATIONAL TV AND OUI FM
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