FRIDAY 05 JULY
The New Jersey boys return…
Mix the sophistication of jazz and the grooves of funk and soul, and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Bear regulars told me this was one of their favourite gigs of last year, so I had to ask them back.
SATURDAY 06 JULY
Wolf vs Bear
The Big Wolf Band have quickly established themselves as one of the must see band on the rock and blues circuit. 2017 saw the band release their ground breaking debut album “A Rebels Story”. The album quickly claimed number1 slot, as the best selling blues album in the Amazon charts, a place in the iTunes top 20 and number 5 in the IBBA Radio Chart. Paul Jones played track on his Radio 2 Blues Show. The band have recently been joined by the amazing Zoe Green, her powerhouse vocals give an extra dimension to their performance.
Their 2nd album “Be Free” will be released in June 2019
SUNDAY 07 jULY
The first Sunday of every month…
OPEN JAZZ SESSION
2PM - 5.30PM
£4 / £3 (BK)
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED
Come to watch, come to play, come to drink... The Jazz Jam is a session led by a great house band, where musicians and singers come to try out material, play old classics and sit in with other players. It is for everyone. Half of the crowd come to play, half come to just watch. It's the sort of gig where you don't know what's coming next.
Find the Jazz Jam organisers on Facebook HERE
** SPECIAL EVENT **
THURSDAY 11 JULY
Bluegrass from Philly…
Man About A Horse is an entertaining American quintet from Philadelphia, blending traditional bluegrass and contemporary Americana. With banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, double bass and sparkling harmony vocals, this award-winning band mixes dynamic performances with outstanding musicianship. Formed in 2014, the band has released two studio recordings to date, their 2015 EP and their self-titled debut album in 2017 which earned widespread praise. 2018 was a breakout year for Man About a Horse, including multiple tours across the USA and various awards coming their way. They won the Band contest at Freshgrass festival, were named 2018 Emerging Artist at the prestigious Grey Fox Bluegrass festival and in September, Man About A Horse was nominated for a Band Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association. This is a barnstorming live band that will get your feet tapping and leave you with a smile on your face!
FRIDAY 12 JULY
We welcome two fantastic solo blues acts…
Michael Woods is a solo acoustic Fingerpicking, Ragtime Bottleneck & Blues Guitarist based in the North East of England with four well received albums under his belt to date. His first album won him a place in the final of Guitarist’s Acoustic Guitarist of the Year Competition at Wembley. Acoustic Magazine said “His powerful picking really shines on a whole shackload of classic blues”. Fatea magazine described Michael as “one of today’s most inspirational performers ploughing this rootsy furrow”. www.michaelwoodsmusic.com
Ged Wilson is now well established on the British acoustic scene. He has toured the nation and had a sellout tour of France with three solo albums under his belt. Armed with his weapons of mass disruption Ged creates guitar vibes, harp wails and from the heart vocals, all spiced up with a dash of laconic humour to give a full on upbeat show. “Blessed with a warm, husky voice, Wilson is also a fine harp player and guitarist” – Blues Blast magazine USA. www.gedwilson.com
EMAIL TO RESERVE
SATURDAY 13 JULY
One of the top bluesmen in there country returns…
DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)
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“really excellent … he takes very real things, normal things that happen in life, and he writes about them in a way that makes you think afresh about them'“
Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK. His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and his band (consisting of some of the UK’s top roots musicians) to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes.
THURSDAY 18 jULY
We welcome Pedro Neves, who’ll be playing some jazz, bossa nova and world music from 7pm to close.
Bar open from 5.30pm.
Come for company. Come for solitude. It's your bear.
FRIDAY 19 JULY
Driving a guitar like no-one else…
The Lewis Hamilton Band performs mostly original Blues/Rock/Americana music, combining melodic and powerful vocals with a rock solid rhythm section and virtuoso heart-felt lead guitar. One of the UK’s hardest working bands, this family powered trio was formed in 2010 and have since been booked for over 700 shows from Shetland to Slovenia, and have appeared at most of the UK’s blues festivals, including Main Stage performances at Newark, Hebden Bridge and Maryport. Their reputation has quickly spread across Europe, with three successful tours of Poland and regular trips to Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium and Holland.
sATURDAY 20 JULY
Inspired by Wim Wenders…
This is a collective and forward-looking project founded in London in 2015, presenting material written by each member of the group. Their compositions have a unified written language stemming from the European jazz tradition.
Heinen’s roots in impressionistic classical music are complimented by Michele Tacchi’s lyrical fretless sound and the wide dynamic range of Riccardo Chiaberta’s sensitive approach to the drums. As a trio, they followed last year’s european tour with a session at the ECM studio in Udine, recording their debut album for the Babel Label, out in April ’19.
Bruno Heinen – piano
Michele Tacchi – bass
Riccardo Chiaberta – drums
EMAIL TO RESERVE
TUESDAY 23 JULY
Happy Shark Comedy presents…
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THURSDAY 25 JULY
Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear.
FRIDAY 26 JULY
“Rivetingly good...!” - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2…
The Paul Garner Band, from London UK, are a powerful and dynamic blues trio featuring Hammond organ, drums and some of the finest blues guitar playing you will hear anywhere.
With the innate musical telepathy that comes from over a decade of touring and recording together, The Paul Garner Band are an exciting, must-see live act. Critically acclaimed, with a creative and unique sound - steeped in blues tradition yet looking to the future.
"Reminiscent of Carole King & Joni Mitchell. Amazing voice"
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
SATURDAY 27 JULY
Hollie Rogers is a London based singer, songwriter and guitarist with an incredibly powerful voice. Her live performances consistently receive outstanding reviews, with regular reference to the level of honesty in her lyrics and songs. With the backing of BBC Introducing and two stunning studio albums under her belt, Hollie has supported acts like Suzanne Vega, Ralph McTell, Midge Ure, Paolo Nutini. Often playing with a full backing band or as a duo with double bass, and performing with notable candour, her live shows are not to be missed.
As of 2019, Hollie's music is playlisted in all Caffè Nero stores worldwide and she has performed a session for Whispering Bob Harris at his home studio. Her fan-base recently came together to crowdfund a new release through Kickstarter. ‘The Body To Ground EP', produced by 4-time Grammy-nominated James McMillan, features Thomas Holder on double bass, with Mark Edwards (Katie Melua) on piano, and is available to stream now on iTunes and Spotify.