MARCH 2014

MARCH

THE LIST IS CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED. IF YOU'RE ON THE MAILING LIST OR YOU FOLLOW US ON TWITTER YOU'LL BE NOTIFIED WHEN THINGS GO LIVE. 

NOT ALL EVENTS ARE PRE-BOOKABLE. 

CONCESSIONS ARE FOR STUDENTS WITH VALID ID, OVER 60s & MUSICIANS' UNION MEMBERS. 

BK = BEAR KEEPER (MEMBERS)

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


THUR 05 MARCH

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.

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FRI 06 MARCH

PAUL HEGLEY BAND

“Ball-bustin’ blues straight outta Bedfordshire. Think Black Keys, think B.B. King, think big fat guitars" - Classic Rock Magazine. 

DOOR 7.00PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)


“Since arriving in London from Israel at the end of the end of the '90s, Asaf Sirkis has earned a reputation as one of the world's premier drummers”
- Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

 

SAT 07 MARCH

SIRKIS/BIALAS QUARTET

DOOR 7.00PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £7 (BK)

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The SIRKIS/BIALAS QUARTET is a new collective between Israeli UK resident drummer Asaf Sirkis and Polish vocalist Sylwia Bialas. With the emphasis on band interaction and the sheer joy of playing they celebrate music covering a wide range of influences and dynamics, from the most delicate ballad all the way to high energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between.


“A stunning example of innovative blues. Great promise for the future” 
– Jazzism

THUR 12 MARCH

KRISSY MATTHEWS

Guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Krissy Matthews joins us on the tour of his new album - a collaboration between the highly talented 22-year old and the legendary Pete Brown, best known for co-writing many of Cream’s celebrated hits of the 1960’s with the late Jack Bruce. www.krissymatthews.com

DOOR 7.00PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)


"One of the nation's finest bands in ANY genre.
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.” 

- Grahame Rhodes, Bluesinthenorthwest.com

 

FRI 13 MARCH

CADILLAC KINGS

DOOR: 7.00PM

MUSIC: 8.30PM        

£10 / £9 / £7 (BK)

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Firm favourites on the blues & jump-jive scenes, The Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK's top blues and roots musicians. Inspired by the sounds and styles of the ‘40s & ‘50s with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise, this is a band with a reputation for wowing their audiences, from intimate clubs to major festivals, from theatres to dance-halls, the length & breadth of the UK & Europe, from the Canaries to the arctic circle!

“Good time blues at its very best, do not miss these guys!” 
- Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain Magazine


SATURDAY 14 MARCH

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This gig kicks off a series of monthly (amicable) Bedford musical invasions bringing you some of Bedford’s finest song-writing talent. 

The Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra deliver an unusual marriage between intimate singer-songwriter, think Cohen, Cave, and Waits, coupled with the sweeping final-scene grandeur of Morricone, Nyman or even Shostakovich. All underscoring bespoke live films by artist Andy Holden.

The most recent album, ‘An Anthology Of All Things’, couples the orchestra with a 50 piece choir, and was listed in the 10 Best Albums of 2014 by The Guardian's Imogen Tilden. 

Also performing is the sublime Rebecca De Winter. Expect charming tales of of unusual characters, trinkets of the human condition, woven together into a set of perfectly concise and unique songs with a sound that fuses the Alternative Pop soul of Ryan Adams with the pure piano balladry of Ben Folds and Regina Spektor.

 

 

DOOR 7.00PM / MUSIC 8.00PM

£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)

NO ADVANCED BOOKING

 

"Johnny Parry vaults his way from being just another singer-songwriter to something more akin to the UK's equivalent of Sufjan Stevens, an artist with a distinctive musical vision" - The Independent


THUR 19 MARCH

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


“Put simply, for any lover of guitar music - jazz or otherwise - this exhilarating note-perfect journey is probably going to be 2012’s must-have album”

- Jazz Journal International (5-star review).

 

fRI 20 MARCH

OXLEY-MEIER GUITAR DUO

Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of latin America to English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, synth, glissentar guitars and more! 

For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier guitar duo aim to entertain by playing with a spontaneity and an intuitive interplay between them that keeps them fresh and fired up from gig to gig. 

As a composer, Pete was recently selected as one of only a handful of British jazz musicians to have his compositions included in the definitive ‘European Real Book’ (Sher Music). www.peteoxley.com

Nick is currently guitarist in guitar supremo Jeff Beck’s band, and this tour is wedged between forays with the Jeff Beck band to Europe and the USA! www.meiergroup.com

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.30PM

TICKETS: £10 / £8 / £5 (BK) 

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sAT 21 MARCH

LEON GREENING'S BURNING
HARD BOP PIANO TRIO!

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.30PM

TICKETS: £7 / £6 / FREE (BK) 

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London based hard bop pianist Leon Greening presents his trio with Adam King (double bass) and Steve Brown (drums). Regular performers at Ronnie Scott's, tonight they'll be playing some tracks from Leon's CD 'Cookin' In Brooklyn' which features tunes by some of his biggest influences, including Bud Powell, Bobby Timmons, Wynton Kelly, Victor Feldman and Dudley Moore, plus some originals. 


 'Dale is the best New Orleans player I've ever heard'
- Richard Hawley

THUR 26 MARCH

DALE STORR

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.30PM

TICKETS: £8 / £7 / FREE (BK)

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Recent recipient of the award for 'Best Piano Player 2014 at Bronte Blues Club', Dale is currently touring to promote his new solo album 'New Orleans Piano:LIVE'. This is an intimate solo show with piano and vocals, but it's musically diverse, ranging from an up tempo boogie to a slow minuet whilst always rooted in New Orleans Rhythm n’ Blues. 

 'A Tour-de-force of Rockin' New Orleans Piano'
- Blues Matters Magazine


 

FRI 27 MARCH

THE GRAHAM ROBINS BAND + GUESTS

2008 Indie Award Nominee Graham Robins continues his monthly residency at The Bear Club with his trusty band and the odd special guest, in an ever-changing programme of soul and blues. 

Graham is an outstanding and soulful singer-songwriter who has performed at numerous festivals in the U.K. & Ireland including: Cambridge Folk Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The North Devon Music Festival, The Castlebar International Blues Festival and The Westport Arts Festival.

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.30PM

TICKETS: £12 / £8 (BK)

ADVANCED BOOKING HERE


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SAT 28 MARCH

AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH PAUL MIRO

As the frontman and songwriter behind the 1990s Kerrang-obsessed rock powerhouse that was Apes, Pigs & Spacemen, Paul Miro cut a compelling
and audibly jaw-dropping figure.

With his colossal vocal range, and tendency to flip between ground shaking guttural barks and heart-shredding melodic masterpieces, AP&S grabbed the throat of UK rock in 1995, poured a giddy cocktail of rock and grindcore metal down its parched neck before churning out a trio
of critically acclaimed albums.

In the intervening years, Miro has ploughed a unique furrow, drawing together disparate influences and stunning original material on a
series of critically acclaimed solo releases, alongside composing a mind-boggling amount of music for TV and film.

Paring the songs down for solo acoustic performance shows the full scope of Miro’s unmistakable voice. 

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.30PM

TICKETS: £9 / £6.50 (BK)

ADVANCE BOOKING HERE


SUNDAY 29 MARCH

JAZZ JAM

2pm - 5pm


Luton’s jazz initiative 'Focus On Jazz', founded by DJ/Dancer Perry Louis, presents a new residency of the popular Jazz Jam, now housed at The Bear Club. 

Last Sunday of the month. Every month.