MAY

MAY

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NOT ALL EVENTS ARE PRE-BOOKABLE. 

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

BK = BEAR KEEPER (MEMBERS)

IF YOU DON'T SEE THE DATE HERE, WE ARE NOT OPEN. 

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


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THURSDAY 03 mAY

SLOW NIGHT

Clod Magazine DJs explore acoustic jazz eras, plus exotic, quixotic and rarified sounds, played on a record player and digital device. 

BAR OPEN FROM 5.30PM

EVENTS START FROM 7.30PM

FREE.


FRIDAY 04 MAY

BIG MAMMA'S DOOR

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No other band in the UK grinds and swings the blues like Big Mamma's Door. 

They've played clubs and festivals all over the country, fronted by the wonderful vocal talent of Fiona McElroy. Big Mamma's Door have been working on an entirely new showcase, devoted to the music of the Chess and Modern labels - guaranteed to have you dancing all night long. 

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


"One of the best, if most unlikely, acts to come out of Brighton – hands down – this brilliant trio plays bluegrass, gospel and rockabilly as if their lives and loves depended on it, mixing Americana classics with tuneful originals full of superior lyrics" 
Time Out

SATURDAY 05 mAY

THE CURST SONS

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The Curst Sons unique take on Americana mixes traditional roots genres with gutsy live shows and powerful original songs.

Now in their twentieth year the Curst Sons have released 6 CDs and one 10” vinyl EP on their own Curst Mountain label. They have been runners up in the international song writing competition (ISC), nominated for 'Best Alt Country Album' in the Independent Music Awards and for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards.
They have played far too many pubs, clubs and festivals to remember, twice been Time Out magazine’s critic’s choice and recorded two live sessions for much missed Mark Lamarr show on BBC Radio 2.

www.thecurstsons.com

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 06 MAY (AFTERNOON)

JAZZ JAM

With its new home on the first Sunday of the month,...  Come to watch, come to play, come to drink...

Find the Jazz Jam on Facebook HERE

DOOR: 1.30pm
MUSIC: 2.00pm - 5.30PM
£4 / £3 (BK)

NO RESERVATIONS. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. 


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SUNDAY 06 MAY (EVENING)

THE UNSIGNED & UNSPOILT SHOWCASE

Crazy James is a singer/songwriter/rapper from Luton.. He's been creating music for over ten years now, performing up and down the country, appearing on BBC introducing and releasing music commercially. Over the past year he has headlined shows at the Luna Lounge in London, as well as the famous Notting Hill Arts Club and recently performed at the O2 Academy.

Here, James presents a more cut-back acoustic vibe show and will be supported by the exciting and authentic sound of April Blue.

APRIL BLUE's songs spring from a bed of brooding electronic soundscapes. Frontman Ozz LP's soulful vocals drive the music, finding their perfect compliment in the deep rhymes of rapper Ian Morcher. Meanwhile, the sultry grooves of the band masterfully walk the line between laid back sleaze and gritty Rock. Their original sound has earned them recognition as 'Best Pop Artist' at the NMG awards, 'Slickest Sound' at the NVMAs and backing from BBC Introducing, where their third single 'Valentine' featured as track of the week.

DOOR: 6.30PM
MUSIC: 7.30PM  
£10 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 10 MAY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 11 MAY

AN EVENING WITH MARY GAUTHIER

Following last year's wonderful and intimate sell-out concert at The Bear Club, Mary returns with violinist Michele Gazich for a special night of music featuring songs from the new album RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS, a heart-wrenching series of songs written over four years at the 'Songwriting With Soldiers' workshop, where Mary worked hand-in-hand with veterans to open up debate and awareness on an array of mental and physical health issues associated with being an ex-serviceman. A life-changing, and in some cases, a life-saving experience for many of the soldiers' stories featured in this brave and beautiful new work. 

A Louisiana-native turned Nashville-resident, Mary Gauthier (it’s French - pronounced Go-SHAY) has had an extraordinary life.  A teenage runaway who found her first shelter among addicts and drag queens, struggled with drug addiction and became a chef/owner of three restaurants in Boston before selling them in 2001 to become a full time songwriter. 

She has subsequently received countless accolades for her six studio albums. The New York Times music writer John Pareles picked 2001’s Filth and Fire as the #1 Indy release of the year, 2005’s Mercy Now earned her the Americana Music Association’s New/Emerging Artist of the Year title and 2011’s The Foundling was named as one of the Records of the Year by the LA Times.  

Mary’s songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Boy George, Tim McGraw, Candi Staton amongst others. 

Trouble and Love, her first studio CD since 2010, was co-produced by Mary with Patrick Granado (whose credits include Grammys for a Delbert McClinton record he produced and a tribute CD to Stephen Foster),  recorded in Ricky Skaggs studio outside Nashville and features the support of Darrell Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Ashley Cleveland.  

One track from Trouble and Love, “How You Learn To Live Alone”, co-written with Gretchen Peters, was chosen for Season II of the hit TV show Nashville. On the record, the legendary Duane Eddy plays guitar on this song.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR TRAILER FOR THE NEW ALBUM

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£20 / £15 (BK)

FOR TICKETS PLEASE PURCHASE HERE


"The four musicians interact constantly throughout the set and never play the predictable"
 - Scott Yanow Los Angeles Jazz Scene Journal

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SATURDAY 12 MAY

JULIAN COSTELLO QUARTET

The Julian Costello Quartet plays contemporary music that incorporates a range of different grooves, moods and colours. Some of the tunes are really structured and scored while others are more free flowing and left to chance. The band plays with energy, creativity and humour. All the tunes are original compositions. They recently released an album called Transitions on 33 Records which was recorded at the Artesuono Studios in Italy with Grammy award winning ECM engineer Stefano Amerio. 

Julian Costello -saxes
Maciek Pysz - guitar
Adam Texeira - drums
Milko Ambrogini - double bass 

www.juliancostello.co.uk

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 17 MAY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


"Imagine a late night tavern, exotically scented smoke in the air, Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey in the corner booth, with Absinthe and out of body experiences on the menu. Pearl Handled Revolver would be the house band."  - Rhythm Magazine

 

fRIDAY 18 MAY

PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER

What started as an experiment in playing ‘filthy Blues’ has, over the years, expanded to incorporate all manner of sonic whims and fever dreams. For a substantial portion of the time they’re under the distinct impression that they are, perhaps, chasing the dragon down whichever darkened alleyway it thinks it might find musical treasures to feed upon. 

Their desire to experiment mean the results are never predictable. Whether it be in concert or on album, an encounter with Pearl Handled Revolver will leave you dancing to a new set of tunes that you knew existed, but had never dared to seek out before.

To celebrate the launch of their new 'unplugged' album Pearl Handled Revolver will perform a very special showcase, making their first show at The Bear Club. 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

"People often deride the blues as static, but this psychedelic stew of rock and kaleidoscopic blues shows the medium can be progressive if bands sprinkle invention on it as well as this British outfit do."  – Powerplay Magazine


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SATURDAY 19 MAY

JAZZFACE

Bear favourites back with another dose of their high energy interpretations of latin, fusion and jazz standards - musical firewrorks aplenty and a great night guaranteed!

Craig Stallwood - piano
Steve Seal - drums
Pete Myatt - bass

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 24 MAY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 25 MAY

THR3E

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Powerhouse blues rock songs, written by the band and performed with energy, feeling and passion. That is Thr3e. With a style firmly rooted in 60s/70s British blues, but with influences ranging from old blues originals to more recent US and British rock 'n' blues, Thr3e do not try to fit into any 'genre'.  They just write great songs about what happens in their world and play them from the heart, with twin guitarists bouncing licks off each other and tight vocal harmonies to boot.

The band are going from strength to strength, performing at prestigious festivals and venues around the country and gaining support both from their ever expanding fan base and other established rock & blues luminaries. They're all local too! 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 26 mAY

FOCUS ON JAZZ PRESENTS...

Info and pics to follow...


sUNDAY 27 MAY

THE LOW LAMPS

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The Low Lamps hail from the Southdown area of Harpenden Hertforshire. This is local blues with a distinctly raucous juke-joint feel. Often featuring slide guitar and groove-based jams, the Lamps try hard to avoid the obvious pub-blues playbook, and as a result they get audiences on their feet.

This gig was planned in March, and then it snowed. A lot. So let's try again. 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.00PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 31 mAY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.