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Leamington Unlocked 2021 - Leif and The Oak House

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What a weekend of live music put together by Peter Drew (with a little help from his friends) and all put on to to raise money for Guide Dogs For The Blind.
Taking place over a weekend with 9 bands performing at either Leif on the Friday or the Oak House on Saturday and closing with a jam session on Sunday afternoon again at the Oak House.
I made both the Friday and Saturday and such an array of fine musical talent it was, touching on many so genres and it was a cracking line-up, cheers Peter.
First up the sensational vocal harmonies of ‘Just Us' with a selection of covers by the likes of The Hollies, Beatles and Everly Brothers as well as wonderful original material.
Next turning up the volume with a set of rock covers and a new line-up it was Pete Drew himself on the sticks for ‘The Intruders' including a pounding AC/DC track.
Next with a set of the finest indie rock numbers with more fine harmonies it was ‘The Blurtones' followed by the rocking psychobilly of the three piece ‘Jack O' Bones' who had the place and dance floor rocking.
Well that was Friday, Saturday began in gentle fashion with the smooth jazz stylings of ‘Coffee House Brew' followed by the classic rock covers of the ‘Old Smokehouse Band' which included a rare cover of Humble Pie's ‘Natural Born Woman'.
Time for youth next with ‘Twisted Minds' and such a diverse set it was from Buddy Holly to Oasis, next the fabulously named ‘Four Snakes One Charm' powerful vocals by Sarah (who also performed on the nights opening set by Coffee House Brew which showed her more laid back side) with a rocking blues band behind her.
Last up one of my favourite local bands the ‘Jolly Rogers' who opened with Motley Crues ‘Kickstart My Heart' and the pace did not wane all set.
I heard over £500 was raised for the charity, well done Peter and thanks to all the great bands who gave their time and performed so well, the venues everybody who assisted over the weekend or donated to the collection buckets.

Andrew Lock

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Barnabus - The Nelson Club, Warwick

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What a night at The Nelson Club in Warwick for this the final ever gig by Leamington's very own rock legends Barnabus on the 50th Anniversary of their "Beginning to Unwind" album as will as its first official release.
Support was by the Jaykays 60's Band another 3 piece lead by John Storer (a busy night for him) with a set bursting with 60's classics and a wonderful Hendrix moment from the 1970's.
For the headline set Barnabus played the whole of the album, the heavier Sabbath like bombastic rock of 'Acopalypse' and ‘The War Drags On' proving what a powerhouse trio thay are mixing so well with the gentler folky numbers such ‘Gas Rise' and their cover of ‘Morning Dew', they closed the night and of course the Barnabus story (live anyway) with an explosive cover of ‘Crossroads'.
The audience was full of familiar, friendly faces including many local musicians and the poet Les Bates who provided many of the albums lyrics and this was a most memorable night for the local music scene.

Andrew Lockbar

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LEAMINGTON SPA ART IN THE PARK 2021 (SATURDAY)

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It's been a long two years but I finally got back to a little live music photography on the Saturday of Leamington's Art In The Park Festival, had a walk around the stalls and such impressive work on display all over.
For the first time the music was spread over two stages one in The Mill Gardens the other in Jephson Gardens and the expected bad weather held off a little with just a few showers during the day.
I did enjoy getting back to the music photography although my knees, neck etc did not appreciate it, maybe from 10 - 6 was pushing it on my return, had to give Sunday a miss.
Highlights galore and to name just a few a rocking blues/country rock set by Orange River Remedy, Beth Brooks both solo and later in the day with The Swaps, Titine Lavoix on sparkling form, a full of confidence set by Joe Dolman and the chilled sounds of Jazz Apples.
Fab to see live music once again.

Andrew Lock

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LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL YEARS 2008-10

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I really only started going along to the Peace Festival in 2008 after the purchase of my first DSLR camera, have always loved my music both live and recorded so with my camera there was only one thing to really specialise in **Live Music**
Music wise the festival was eclectic covering world, folk, choirs, country, reggae, punk and rock along side anything else you can think of all run by a team of wonderful volunteers.
Apart from the music an array of stalls filled the rest of the park with both local crafts, fair trade dealers and food from every part of the globe as well as dancers and magicians with plenty to keep the kids entertained and various Peace talks between the bands/artists.
With the Covid issue this year there is sadly no festival so I have picked out a few of my photos taken from the festivals of 2008, 2009, and 2010.
These include familiar local faces such as Coventry band ‘The Session', Kel Elliot and Shanade Morrow who make up ‘Bass, Birds & Beats' and ‘Matt Hernandez' along side bands from a little further away including ‘Freaky Karma' and ‘Paula Darwish and the Country and Eastern Band' as well as some of the volunteers in action.
Hopefully it will return next year.

Andrew Lock

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LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY MEMORIES - PART 2

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The lockdown has given me the opportunity to have a second look back over my favourite gigs/memories from the Assembly, along with a selection of my images from these shows (many unpublished).
Hope you enjoy going back in time with me to some of my best Assembly nights and some of my all time favourite artists.

MARILLION - 2014

One of the bands famous christmas shows this one had just about everything from the glorious, zippy opener ‘Gazpacho', a trip through the Fish years with ‘Clutching at Straws' ‘Warm Wet Circles' and ‘That Time of the Night' and right up to date with the uplifting ‘Power' from the bands (at the time) new album Sounds That Can't Be Made.
Other highlights (the first one possibly just for me) my Marillion "guilty pleasure" the beautiful and heartfelt ‘No One Can' just awash with emotion, and there was still room in the set for ‘Easter' always a show standout with it's a strong positive message, crowd participation and one of Mr Rothery's greatest guitar solos.
We had Christmas treats with a glorious ‘Seasons End', with lyrics including "sledging on a hill" and "it may never snow again in England" and Mr Hogarth adorned in a festive flashing waistcoat smiled his way through ‘The Christmas Song', and with snow falling over the stage and crowd the bands take on John Lennon's ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)'.
The night ended in party mode with ‘The Release' followed by one of their more unusual numbers the fantastically weird and spaced out ‘Cannibal Surf Babe' with its Beach Boys vibe.
What a show, what an audience, what a venue and as always what a band.

MOSTLY AUTUMN - 2010

This was a very special gig as it was the last performance with Mostly Autumn for lead vocalist Heather Findlay who was leaving to launch a solo career.
The band visited most of their albums in the show delivering 2 sets of musical excellence starting (with it's atmospheric intro) 'Fading Colours' and last to take the stage dressed in a stylish red dress and black hat with a short veil and to a huge reception, the lady of the moment Heather.
The first set also included rockers ‘Caught in a Fold',a foot tapping ‘Flowers for Guns' with quality harmony singing by Olivia Sparnenn and Anne-Marie Helder, and ‘Unoriginal Sin' with its slow burning heavy main riff and fretboard fireworks by Bryan Josh.
There was very welcome return for the (greatly missed) Liam Davison's stunning lead intro to ‘The Spirit of Autumn Past (part 2)', and a show stopping performance of Heather's showpiece "Shrinking Violet'.
The second set began with ‘Carpe Diem' the moving track written about the tragic Boxing Day tsunamis of 2004 - you could hear a pin drop during the quieter moments, in contrast powerful drumming from Gavin Griffiths on the stirring ‘Winter Mountain' followed by the one-two punch of ‘The Dark Before the Dawn' and ‘Answer the Question' the latter two even had me head banging in the photo pit.
Back to where it all started with ‘Nowhere to Hide (close my eyes)' from their debut album followed by the gentle ‘Half the Mountain' and to close the main set we had the classic ‘Heroes Never Die' dedicated to Robert Josh.
Encore time began with just Heather accompanied by keyboards for the delicate ‘Above the Blue', another showcase for her wonderful voice along with Iain and Anne-Marie's keyboard magic, I could not put it better than the single call at the end of the track from the crowd "that was beautiful" and finally the majestic ‘Evergreen' starting gently with exquisite vocals before the track turns into a Bryan Josh showpiece with incredible solo work and of course the centre stage set piece of bass player Andy Smith and Heather back to back and rocking the house.
Alongside the usual end of set bows we had an emotional speech by Heather and the band presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers followed by her saying goodbye to all the band members individually, plenty of tears but what great memories we have.
What a night - two stunning sets, all the classics, band all playing a storm (never seen Bryan's hands move so fast), a big enthusiastic crowd and a great venue and to finish, Heather of course came out along with Bryan to mingle with the fans.

DR FEELGOOD - 2011

There was definitely something in the air on this night as our very own local boy and lead guitarist extraordinaire Steve Walwyn performed at The Assembly for the first time with his band Dr Feelgood.
They hit the stage firing on all cylinders with 'She Does It Right', and the set list was top draw and full of the bands classic numbers along with well chosen blues/r&b standards.
Hit after hit 'Roxette', 'Baby Jane', 'Back in the Night', 'Down At the Doctors' and of course 'Milk And Alcohol'.
Quality covers 'I Can Tell', a show stopping 'Route 66' and Steve's guitar showpiece at this show was his take on Muddy Water's 'Rollin' and Tumblin'.
Tonight the band were on fire, one of the tightest rhythm sections in music Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, on vocals/harmonica Robert Kane giving his all, and Steve letting rip with solos and rocking rhythm guitar all set long.
Encore time 2 more covers to end the night both given that Dr Feelgood treatment Larry Williams classic 'Bony Maronie' and the party vibe of ‘Tequila'.
What a night.


VOODOO VEGAS - 2012

Voodoo Vegas, the rocking pride of Bournemouth played here supporting tribute band The Doors Alive.
Rock and Roll really works when you have someone with the stage craft and showmanship of vocalist Lawrence Case up front, the band's very own Mick Fleetwood (but without the drums!) towered over the front rows, geeing the audience up all set, vocally on top form and looking every inch the rock star.
The rest of the band at this time the twin lead guitar attack of Nick and Meryl, head banging bass player Ash and Matt on drums (Nick & Matt have since left the line-up)
The set opened with the catchy 'No More', followed by the monster riffs of ‘Out There' (which reminded me of vintage Areosmith), rockers 'King Without a Crown' and 'Cheeky Riff' with it's pounding bass work .
This show was before they released their debut album which would include most of the nights set including the final two numbers 'Mary Jane' a hard rocker that would not have been out of place on 'Appetite for Destruction' and another future live classic 'So Unkind' a number full of bite and passion.


HAYSEED DIXIE - 2017

You know what you are going to get with Hayseed Dixie, iconic rock numbers given that Hayseed bluegrass treatment, hilarious originals, plenty of stage antics and the wit and wisdom of Barley Scotch.
We had a triple bill of AC/DC classics ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', ‘Touch Too Much' and ‘Highway To Hell' covers of Motorhead anthem ‘Ace of Spades' ,Sabbath's ‘War Pigs' with the stage bathed in red light and the whole band on vocal duties for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody', all of course given that Dixie magic.
The best of the band originals was the hilarious (if messy) ‘I'm Keeping Your Poop' and there is much to see and enjoy on the visual side with mandolin player Hippy Joe Hymas in particular an absolute firebrand pulling faces and making gestures all set long and playing the main joker.
A Hayseed Dixie gig really is a show and a half, great music and side splitting moments as well as top draw musicians who seem to be having as much fun as the audience.


MAGNUM - 2018

Bob Catley, (songwriter/guitars) Tony Clarkin (vocals), Al Barrow (bass), Rick Benton (keyboards), Lee Morris (drums) the line-up of Magnum for this 2018 show in support of the bands ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity' album.
Delivering that trademark Magnum sound, majestic and rocking for the most part while at other times subtle and beautiful but always full of the most glorious melodies.
Golden oldie classics included ‘All England's Eyes', How Far Jerusalem' and ‘Vigilante', and from that recently released album (future classics!) ‘Peaches And Cream' a hook driven rocker of the finest quality and ‘Without Love' a catchy, polished rocker.
The final number of the main set evoked a spooky, atmospheric mood ‘Don't Wake The Lion (Too Old To Die Young)'. and the encores another evergreen classic ‘The Spirit' with its medieval intro and finally ‘When The World Comes Down' closing yet another class set by one of the countries most enduring rock bands.


THE IRON MAIDENS - 2017

This Californian based all female tribute to the mighty Iron Maiden really did justice to the mighty Maiden name.
As with the real thing they hit the stage to the intro tape of UFO classic Doctor Doctor and the show includes plenty of spectacle smoke, explosions and even their very own Eddie making numerous appearances in different guises.
The sound of the band has to be heard to be believed, of course thunderous at times (bass and drum work solid as a rock) but wonderfully melodic when required with the twin guitar work a delight.
Highlights included roaring opener ‘Aces High', my all time fav Maiden number ‘Wasted Years', and ‘The Trooper'.
The crowds reaction and interaction throughout singing along especially on an epic ‘Fear Of The Dark', and jumping up and down and head banging throughout the show turned the night into a real event.
The run in was a belter ‘The Number Of The Beast', ‘Running Free' and ‘Iron Maiden' the latter with Eddie in full flow.

CANNED HEAT - 2018

One of the shorter sets I have witnessed but fab to see this iconic American rock/blues band in action, they played at the original Woodstock Festival and the line-up still had two members from that prestigious event in drummer Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra and bassist Larry "The Mole" Taylor (sadly passed away in 2019).
The word classic is over used but this band sure had them so we had plenty of boogie in the shape of ‘On The Road Again Time', ‘Going Up The Country' and ‘Let's Work Together'.
There was an authentic train-a-rollin blues style ‘Rollin' And Tumblin' a blues tune dating back to the 1920's, and the encores included the instrumental ‘Boogie' which alongside a driving blues riff gave all members a chance to shine on their individual instruments.
This show was a piece of rock and roll history and I felt privileged to be there.


THIN LIZZY - 2012

The time had arrived for my first live Thin Lizzy experience since the Thunder and Lighting tour hit The Coventry Theatre many years ago, and as the lights dimmed you could sense the atmosphere change in the hall and the anticipation rise as the band walked on and straight into surely one of the best set openers ever (also asking a question I am sure they knew the answer to by the audience reception) 'Are You Ready'.
After the explosive opener we had the double header of all time classics 'Jailbreak' and 'Don't Believe a Word', already we have had three from the Live and Dangerous album (one of the greatest live albums ever) and plenty more where that came from including the funky 'Dancing in the Moonlight', ' Still In Love With You' and 'Cowboy Song'.
While everyone in the hall still of course missed the legendary Phil Lynott (myself included) Ricky Warwick's voice suited the band really well, powerful and with a good touch of Phil's singing style.
Scott Gorham surely one of the coolest guitar slingers in rock was on top form reeling off his trade mark solos (so cool to be in the photo pit with Mr Gorham in my sights) and I was also really impressed with the dynamic axe work of Damon Johnson on the 2nd lead guitar, the current line-up is completed by original powerhouse drummer Brian Downey who excelled all night particularly on the many Celtic tinged numbers, Darren Wharton on keyboards and on the bass Marco Mendoza.
Away from that famous live album we had Darren Wharton's show piece, the atmospheric and ominous 'Angel of Death', dark rocker 'Killer On the Loose'
‘Waiting For An Alibi' and a glorious ‘Whisky In the Jar'
Things really heated up for the encores with a monstrously heavy 'Emerald', followed by the Bob Seger number Lizzy have almost made their own 'Rosalie' and finally in keeping with the band's Irish roots a stunning 'Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend'.
It was for sure one of the great The Assembly performances.

IN CLOSING

There you have it another collection of my standout Leamington Assembly gigs with a few of my photos many unpublished, let us hope that the venue returns one day.


Andrew Lock

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Barnabus Album Launch Gig

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***RESCHEDULED TO FRI 16TH OCTOBER***

With Leamington rock band Barnabus, formed way back in 1970 having an Album Launch gig in Warwick next month it seemed a good time to look back to my only show by the band at St. Patrick's Irish Club, Leamington Spa back in 2009.This big gig takes place on the night of Friday 20th March at the Nelson Club in Warwick with support by the Jaykays, tickets available behind the bar of the Nelson Club (ask for Clint) with only 140 available.

Andrew Lock

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From the back catalogue

Leamington Assembly Memories

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With the return of the Leamington Assembly it seems a good time to take a look back over my years covering gigs at this excellent venue and look at ...
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LEAMINGTON BEER + MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

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A few of my images from the music stages at this years Leamington Beer + Music Festival, another success both in the music and a wonderful collection ...
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HOLLY & THE HOUNDS AND STRIPCLUB STREETFOOD

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This was a fine Bank Holiday Sunday evening in the canal side setting of the Tom O' The Wood in Rowington, glorious weather the chilled out ...
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CROPREDY 2019 GALLERY

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Loved my visit to Cropredy again this year, fab to see Wildwood Kin on the big stage going down a storm while other highlights on and my visit ...
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WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2019 - A GALLERY

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Here is a selection of my images from this years Warwick Folk Festival, many of them taken at fringe events around the town, this year as with last ...
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A LOOK AHEAD TO CROPREDY 2019, 8th -10th August

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Looking forward to my visit to that friendliest of festivals Cropredy again next month to take in the great atmosphere, overall vibe and of course a ...
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THE WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2019 25th -28th July - Preview

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The Warwick Folk Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a stella line-up of Folk talent, with an opening night concert on the ...
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DODGING THE SHOWERS AT THE NAPTON FESTIVAL 2019 - SATURDAY

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The showers meant plenty of time at the indoor Lounge Stage for me, no hardship as the line-up was quality from start to finish, opening with star in ...
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A LOOK AHEAD TO THE NAPTON FESTIVAL 2019 - 5th and 6th of July

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Only just over a week before Napton brings rock and roll (as well as just about every other musical genre!) to life in the grounds of the Napton ...
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TRINITY 4 - A PROG/CHARITY EXTRAVAGANSA

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A day of both wonderful music prog style and generosity raising money for Scope, Mind and Help Musicians UK.
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KRISTY GALLACHER AND ROB HALLIGAN AT TEMPERANCE

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What a wonderful night of live music this was, a fine set by Rob Halligan followed by a wonderful performance by one of my favourite ...
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TRINITY 4 - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY SATURDAY 11th May 2019

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The Prog world gets together again next month at The Leamington Assembly when on 11th May Trinity the prog rock music festival returns to its ...
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KRISTY GALLACHER - TEMPERANCE BAR, Friday 3rd May

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Kristy Gallacher will be performing at Temperance, in Leamington on May 3rd with Rob Halligan & Lisa Nowak.
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LIVE/WIRE & WHITESNAKE UK - A DOUBLE DOSE OF CLASSIC ROCK

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A quality classic rock double header this one with regular Assembly visitors and top AC/DC tribute Live/Wire joined by another fine rock tribute ...
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CLASSIC ROCK SOUNDS OF AC/DC AND WHITESNAKE SET TO SHAKE THE ASSEMBLY

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Yet another very welcome return to Leamington for tribute band extraordinaire Live/Wire and their explosive tribute to both the Bon Scott and Brian ...
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2018 - My Live Music Highlights

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What a fab year this has been for me on the live music front with amazingly 3 gigs making my all time top 10, namely The Rolling Stones rocking the ...
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HAZEL O' CONNOR LIVE AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY 2018 - MORE PICS

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Thanks very much to HML's very own Alan Moores for his wonderful review of Hazels recent very special Assembly Breaking Glass themed show which ...
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"ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE" RAISES £393.50 FOR "THE CINNAMON TRUST"

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Just had the receipt back from The Cinnamon Trust and the amount raised for them by my recent "ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE" live music photo ...
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"ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE" RAISES £415.85 FOR "ZOE'S PLACE" BAB

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Just had my first certificate from the one of the charities that benefited from my recent "Rock and Roll Dreams Come True" live music photo ...
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STEVE WALWYN - UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL AT THE CATALAN

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Wonderful stories from Mr Walwyn prompted by well set questions from our very own Holly Hewitt along with a few from the audience started this ...
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ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS CAME TRUE

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THANK YOU'SSpecial Thank You's ToThe Oak House and in particular Jeff & Sarah for the use of the function room and for looking after us on ...
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WILDWOOD KIN -SIMPLY STUNNING

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To steal a well known phrase (from a program I admit is a guilty pleasure!) FAB-U-LOUS, Wildwood Kin were simply stunning and after just a single ...
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DR. FEELGOOD - BACK IN TOWN AND DELIVERING IN STYLE

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Always a highlight of the Leamington live music scene when Steve Walwyn brings the boys to town for a hometown gig (well for Steve!), a night of the ...
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ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - THE FINAL UPDATE

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Less than 2 weeks to go now so here is my final update on my upcoming charity photo exhibition and sale.
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DR. FEELGOOD - STEVE WALWYN AND THE BOYS BACK IN TOWN

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An autumn treat is in store for the many local blues and rock fans as our very own Steve Walwyn brings the feel-good factor back to the Leamington ...
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FISH BACK IN TOWN - CLUTCHING AT STRAWS & A FEW NEWBIES

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Thanks to The Classic Rock Society this was the third show I have managed to catch while Fish is saying a live goodbye to his final (a masterpiece in ...
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LEAMINGTON BEER + MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 - THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON LIVE MUSIC

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Had not originally planned a visit this year as a little snowed under but to answer a request (was chuffed to be asked of course!) I made my way to ...
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HENLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 - MY BLINK AND YOU'LL MISS IT VISIT

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Afraid to say the weather for my proposed Sunday visit to this years event in the beautiful town of Henley-In-Arden put me off but I did get over to ...
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CROPREDY 2018 - MY TWO DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, COME RAIN AND SHINE

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After my first ever visit to Fairport's Cropredy Convention last year on the Saturday I was pleased to be invited back with my camera again this ...
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ART IN THE PARK 2018, 4TH/5TH AUGUST 2018 - THE MUSIC

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This summer the outdoor live music scene in Leamington and Warwick has been pretty much non-stop with it seems events most weekends and last weekend ...
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ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - PHOTO EXHIBITION/SALE UPDATE

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Hi all latest news on my charity photo/exhibition taking place in Leamington Spa this Autumn.
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WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2018 - 3 VISITS, PLENTY OF RAIN AND GREAT MUSIC

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This years festival was a little weather affected (after all these weeks of constant sunshine as well!) but the folkies are a hardy bunch and the ...
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CANNED HEAT - RAISING THE TEMPERATURE AT THE ASSEMBLY

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One of the shorter sets I have seen but what it lacked in length it more than made up for it in quality and of course it was a chance to see one of ...
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CROPREDY FESTIVAL 2018 - A BRIEF PREVIEW

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As I have mentioned before I had a wonderful experience at my first Cropredy Festival last year when I managed to get a pass for the Saturday (mainly ...
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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2018 - ROCKING IN THE SUN

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Hottest ever Napton Festival weather wise (in my years covering the festival anyway) and the music was just as hot this year with possibly the best ...
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THE BON JOVI EXPERIENCE BRING THE NEW JERSEY SOUND TO LEAMINGTON

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An extremely hot and packed Zephyr and a tribute band up there with the very best I have ever seen playing a blinder.
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A LOOK AHEAD TO THIS YEARS WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 26th - 29th July

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The beautiful town of Warwick always comes to life for its annual Folk Festival which as well as at the main Warwick School site spreads its wings ...
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MY BRIEF VISIT TO THE LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL 2018

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For this years festival it was the early shift for me from just after 11am (for the first band) until around 2.
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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2018 (6th & 7th July ) - A PREVIEW

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Getting close to that time of the year again when the beautiful village of Napton puts on its wonderful annual music festival in the grounds of the ...
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THE STONES ROCK THE RICOH WITH ‘SPECIAL' GUESTS

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A bucket list gig this one for me being a Stones fan of many years standing but having never seen them on stage.
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WARWICK FOOD FESTIVAL 2018, THE MUSIC, A FAREWELL & A DOWNPOUR

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As usual for this festival I made my way to Warwick Market place to see what was going on music wise and yet again Leamington's 14 Records did a ...
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LAURENCE JONES - TELLING THE TRUTH AT THE ZEPHYR

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No support just two hours of the finest modern blues around curtesy of our local boy Laurence and his red hot, explosive band and talking of his band ...
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ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - THE LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ANDREW LOCK 2008-2018

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I have the first details of my photo exhibition taking place in Leamington Spa this autumn and hope some of you will put it in your diary and there ...
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PLANET ROCK BRINGS LAURENCE JONES BACK TO THE ZEPHYR

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One of our very best local blues men Laurence Jones is back on home turf this May when he performs at The Zephyr Lounge on Friday 4th in conjunction ...
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MAGNUM / REBECCA DOWNES - TWO FAB SETS

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I was reviewing this show for The Classic Rock Society Magazine and wanted to share with you a few of my photos and say a few words about this fab ...
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BON JOVI EXPERIENCE - RESCEDULED ZEPHYR LOUNGE GIG

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Due to the bad weather tonights (2nd March) gig by the Bon Jovi Experience at The Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa has been cancelled but the good ...
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THE JOLLY ROGERS ROCK THE OAK HOUSE

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First live music of the year for me took place at The Oak House (formally The liberal Club for us oldies) and was a night of classic rock by a band ...
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My pick of the 2018 Leamington Assembly/Zephyr Lounge gigs announced so far.

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Happy New Year AllOf course very early days so plenty more to be added to the venues 2018 schedule but here are a few of the shows announced so far ...
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FISH - A stunning Assembly performance on a cold winters night

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Thrilled to have the opportunity to review this amazing show for The Classic Rock Society Magazine which for a while looked like a ‘will it go ...
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THE LIZARD KING HITS TOWN

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Despite a couple of line-up changes since The Doors Alive amazed me at The Leamington Assembly back in 2012 the magic was definitely still there for ...
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FISH CLUTCHING AT STRAWS (AND MORE) AT THE ASSEMBLY - SUN 10TH DEC

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A must see this one as Fish returns to town to celebrate both the 30th anniversary of his final (and absolute masterpiece) album with Marillion ...
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The Doors Alive bringing the Morrison spirit to The Zephyr Lounge (Fri 1st Dec)

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One of the finest tribute bands I have ever seen in action, this band amazed me upstairs at The Assembly back in 2012 by capturing both that ...
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The London African Gospel Choir bring joy (and Graceland) to The Assembly

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A change from my usual rock/blues gigs this one by the renowned gospel choir who had a full electric band as well as brass section to back them up at ...
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PAUL SIMON'S GRACELAND ALBUM CELEBRATED AT THE ASSEMBLY

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One of the most acclaimed albums in music history is celebrated this Sunday (12th November) at The Leamington Assembly with a full performance of the ...
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JOHN COGHLAN'S QUO - 12 BAR BOOGIE TIME AT THE ZEPHYR

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For me one of my most memorable nights at the venue for several reasons, it brought back memories of my regular visits to see Quo in action at the N.
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THE IRON MAIDENS - RUNNING FREE IN LEAMINGTON SPA

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Ever since spotting this show on the Assembly listings earlier this year I have been looking forward to this gig by the Californian all female ...
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LIVE/WIRE ROCK THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY AGAIN

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The mighty sounds of AC/DC once again rang out from the Assembly stage as Live/Wire one of the top rock tribute acts in the country returned to what ...
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HEADS DOWN & BOOGIE TIME - JOHN COGHLAN'S QUO, ZEPHYR LOUNGE FRI 3RD NOVEMBER

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Status Quo are high up on my most attended gig list with at least 6 shows over the years dating back to 1982 and all at the Birmingham NEC and that ...
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LAURENCE JONES BACK IN TOWN SUPPORTING KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY MONDAY 30TH OCT

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Another welcome return to town for one of our very own (Shipston-on-Stour, close enough!) and after his fabulous show at the smaller Zephyr Lounge ...
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THE IRON MAIDENS TROOP INTO LEAMINGTON FOR ASSEMBLY SHOW ON FRI 27TH OCT

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As a long time Iron Maiden fan (still remember the incredible show they put on back in the mid 80's at the Birmingham Odeon on the World Slavery ...
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BELINDA TRIUMPHANT AT THE ASSEMBLY

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A rare show at the venue for me without my camera (did feel a little naked!) but what a night it was with Belinda rolling back the years in ...
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LIVE/WIRE - TIME TO ROCK OUT ONCE AGAIN AC/DC STYLE AT THE ASSEMBLY (SAT 21ST OCT)

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Live/Wire are one of a number of top draw bands that return to the Leamington Assembly on an annual or at least every other year basis and I have ...
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MOSTLY AUTUMN - 2 WONDERFUL SETS AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

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Mostly Autumn live always give value for money but this show (along with two others on the tour) gave even more as they performed two full sets, the ...
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BELINDA CARLISLE - COMING TO TOWN AND SOLD OUT AT THE ASSEMBLY

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Really pleased that Belinda one of my favourite female singers has included Leamington as one of the dates on her tour celebrating the 30th ...
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MOSTLY AUTUMN KEEP UP THEIR REGULAR VISITS TO LEAMINGTON WITH A SHOW AT THE ASSEMBLY ON SAT 16TH SEP

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One of my favourite bands Mostly Autumn return to the Leamington Assembly on Saturday September 16th for what seems to be coming a regular venue for ...
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A SUNNY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT THE HENLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL & THE TOM O' THE WOOD

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Over the hottest August bank holiday for a long time I took in a couple of local (for me in the sticks!) music events, on the Saturday I went along ...
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MY FIRST VISIT TO THE FAMOUS FAIRPORT'S CROPREDY CONVENTION

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This was my first ever visit to this iconic festival (nice and close to us in this neck of the woods as well!) and I was blown away by the whole ...
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THE DIRT ROAD BLUES BAND - DEBUT GIG

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As soon as I heard about this new upcoming band from Steve Walwyn himself I was to say the least interested, for one it involved Steve one of my all ...
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MY VISIT TO THE WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2017

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I like to when possible get along to the main festival site to soak up the atmosphere, listen to some great music and take a few photos (and possibly ...
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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2017 - PART 2 (SATURDAY)

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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2017 - PART 2 (SATURDAY)For a sad reason this year my Saturday at Napton was cut short so I missed the headliners and the last 4 or 5 ...
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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2017 - PART 1 (FRIDAY)

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The Friday of this years festival started with one of my highlights of 2016 and another rock/blues set with plenty of Doors references by the ...
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HAYSEED DIXIE/ THIRTEEN STARS LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

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**FOR PERSONAL REASONS THIS MAY BE MY LAST PIECE FOR A WHILE, THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE GIVEN ME POSITIVE FEEDBACK AND HOPE TO BE BACK ...
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MUSIC FOR MYTON, LILLINGTON CLUB - SATURDAY REVIEW

I only made it to the Saturday of Peter Drews latest ‘Music For Myton' event which took place at The Lillington Club over the weekend of ...
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MUSIC FOR MYTON, LILLINGTON CLUB - PREVIEW

Peter Drew is back raising money for Myton Hospice with a two day music event at the Lillington Club taking place on Friday 30th June/Saturday 1st ...
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LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL 2017 - SUNDAY

More of a flying visit for me on the Sunday of this years festival but the music I caught was certainly top draw.
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LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL 2017 - SATURDAY

This year must have been the hottest weather I can remember at the festival in all of my years attending but as I had my first ever attempt at live ...
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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2017 PREVIEW

The Napton Festival always one of my highlights of the local live music calendar returns to its now long standing home on the grounds of the Village ...
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HAYSEED DIXIE - IN TOWN FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

American bluegrass rockers Hayseed Dixie will be celebrating their countries independence day this year by playing the Leamington Assembly on (of ...
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WARWICK FOOD FESTIVAL 2017 - A FEAST OF GREAT MUSIC

Last Sunday (28th May) the Warwick Food Festival returned to the towns Market Place and once again the musical part of the proceedings was supplied ...
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TRINITY 2 LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY - A WONDERFUL DAY

The prog rock community joined together once again at the Assembly for the return of the Trinity charity event, another great success which this time ...
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RIVERSIDE - PROG MAGIC AT THE ASSEMBLY

I had another trip to the Leamington Assembly on Sunday 21st of May to review and photograph an amazing show by Polish prog rockers Riverside for The ...
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KING KING & BAD TOUCH ROCKING THE BLUES AWAY AT THE ASSEMBLY

Last Thursday (18th May) I was really pleased to have been sent by The Classic Rock Society Magazine to review the show by the fabulous classic ...
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Getting closer to Trinity 2 at the Leamington Assembly on Saturday 27th May

Just another shout out for what should be an amazing day and night of live music and fund raising on Saturday May 27th at The Leamington Assembly ...
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THE OAK HOUSE DEMENTIA UK FUNDRAISER

There was a diverse selection of (for the most part original) live music on offer at this fundraising event for Dementia UK put together by local ...
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WALTER TROUT ROCKS THE ASSEMBLY AGAIN

Two of the best shows I have seen over my 8 years covering gigs at The Assembly have come curtesy of this great man and masterful purveyor of the ...
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TRINITY 2 - PROG ROCK CHARITY EVENT AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY ON SATURDAY 27TH MAY

Back in 2014 the inaugural Trinity event took place at The Leamington Assembly with the aim to both put on a day of top quality progressive rock ...
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WALTER TROUT ROARS BACK TO THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY ON WED 10TH MAY

Blues legend and ex Canned Heat/John Mayall's Bluesbreakers member Walter Trout returns to the Assembly on Wednesday 10th May.
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LAURENCE JONES - HOME TURF GIG, NEW BAND LINE UP, LIVE ALBUM RECORDING AND ROCKING UP A STORM

Yet another spectacular performance by this amazing blues artist and another on home turf (he regularly looks after what he calls his family of local ...
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LAURENCE JONES - LOCAL BLUESMAN IS BACK IN TOWN AT THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA ON WED 19TH APR

Be it jamming on stage with Steve Walwyn and Joanne Shaw Taylor, supporting King King, headlining his own shows at the Zephyr Lounge and Leamington ...
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MY EARLY LOCAL LIVE MUSIC MEMORIES

I was born in Leamington Spa at the (long closed now) Warneford Hospital in September 1963 and for a little music trivia The Beatles topped the UK ...
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LIMEHOUSE LIZZY TO ROCK THE ZEPHYR ON SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

Hot on the tails of one of the countries top classic rock tribute bands at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa (Whole Lotta Led) comes another as ...
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WHOLE LOTTA LED - ZEPHYR LOUNGE

Just over a year after the bands debut Zephyr Lounge show Whole Lotta Led bought their Zep magic back to the venue, unfortunately vocalist Lee was ...
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WHOLE LOTTA LED RETURN TO THE ZEPHYR LOUNGE ON SATURDAY 11th MARCH

Making a welcome return to the Zephyr Lounge here in Leamington Spa on Saturday 11th March are top Led Zeppelin tribute band Whole Lotta Led who last ...
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MY PERSONAL PICK OF THIS YEARS (so far) ASSEMBLY/ZEPHYR LOUNGE GIGS

Looking through the listings for the year so far at the Leamington Assembly and it's smaller sister venue the Zephyr Lounge there are plenty ...
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LIVE/WIRE & FEDERAL CHARM - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

Back once again at the Assembly, the Live/Wire boys and their AC/DC show looked to me an even bigger production than ever with larger speaker ...
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LIVE/WIRE TO ROCK LEAMINGTON

On Friday 11th November the sounds of the mighty AC/DC will thunder inside the Assembly as one of the finest tribute acts around make another welcome ...
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MOSTLY AUTUMN LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

An epic Assembly show by one of my two favourite bands (luckily for me the other Marillion playing the same venue 3 days later) and Mostly Autumn ...
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MARILLION ‘NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WARM UP SHOW' AT LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY (12th October 2016)

I am being spoiled next week at The Assembly with my two favourite bands both performing.
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UK GUNS N' ROSES - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

I last enjoyed a night of Guns N' Roses style magic performed by these guys back at the Assembly in 2010 and the lads sure still have it.
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MOSTLY AUTUMN - LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY 9TH OCTOBER PREVIEW AND LOOK BACK AT THIER LOCAL (LEAMINGTON SPA

Not many artists mean as much to me as York based rock band Mostly Autumn who make a very welcome return to Leamington for their biggest show of the ...
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PLOUGH BEER FESTIVAL 2016 MUSIC

Saturday at this years beer festival at the Plough and Harrow in Whitnash had on offer along with the usual well chosen selection of real ales and ...
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GRISTFEST 2 The Grist Mill, Leamington Spa (19th-21st August)

For the second time this year The Grist Mill in Leamington Spa played host to a weekend-long live music charity event and despite the weather meaning ...
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LAURENCE JONES, 4TH ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW -THE TOWNSEND HALL, SHIPSTON ON STOUR

Laurence was on fire for this homecoming show in his beloved Shipston On Stour which was also the official launch gig for his 4th album Take Me High, ...
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MY VISIT TO THE WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL 2016

The Warwick Folk Festival has come around again and I paid a couple of visits this year to take in some of the folk sounds.
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WARWICK BEER FESTIVAL 2016 MUSIC

Along with a few halfs of great cider and ale enjoyed some of the music on offer at this years festival which was once again organised by the ...
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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2016 - AN OVERVIEW

My favourite local festival came around again this year with as usual it's set of top draw performers both local and from further afield and ...
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Laurence Jones Album Launch Show

For the launch of his new album ‘Take Me High' local blues sensation Laurence is going back to his roots on Friday 5th August and playing ...
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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2016 PREVIEW

Not long to wait now for one of my favourite local musical events The Napton Festival, this year the two day festival takes place on Friday 8th and ...
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LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL 2016

As this event was the start of my attempt at live music photography back in 2008 I made my usual (if short) visit to the Pump Room Gardens in ...
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A CRACKING NIGHT AT STEVE WALWYN'S 60TH BIRTHDAY GIG

A fabulous night for our wonderful local musician and all round great guy Steve Walwyn with a packed room of friends, family and fellow ex and ...
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WARWICK FOOD FESTIVAL 2016

As I did last year made a visit to this years Warwick Food Festival for a look around and of course to check out some of the music on offer.
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WHITSTOCK 2016

Here are a selection of my images from some of the bands performing on the Saturday of the Whitstock event which took place at the Plough and Harrow ...
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GRISTFEST 2016

I made visits to this years Gristfest at The Grist Mill on Sydenham on all 3 days of this years event spread over the bank holiday weekend 30th April ...
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OPEN MIC - DRAPERS BAR AND GRILL - 24th APRIL 2016, HOSTED BY KRISTY GALLACHER

My first impressions on entering the venue ‘Drapers Bar and Grill' in Coventry city centre were promising, a very high ceiling, two floors for ...
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LAURENCE JONES, THE BLACK CIRCLES, LEVI WASHINGTON LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY

Another very welcome show on home ground by our very own blues sensation Laurence Jones an artist who still unbelievably seems get better and more ...
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LOCAL BLUES WONDER IN HOMECOMING GIG

Local blues maestro Laurence Jones (pictured above at the Napton Festival 2014) plays the Leamington Assembly on Friday 8th April with support by ...
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ROBINSON-STONE - REPORT ON THE LAUNCH GIG FOR THIER SECOND ALBUM, CATCH THEM AT THE NAPTON FESTIVAL

Possibly just outside of this web site gig review permit but as this band are previous inhabitants of Warwick and as they are set to perform for the ...
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WHOLE LOTTA LED, ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA

A few more of my images from this fantastic show by Whole Lotta Led.
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WHOLE LOTTA LED, ZEPHYR LOUNGE, LEAMINGTON SPA

A late in the day change from the spacious Assembly to it's smaller sister the Zephyr Lounge did nothing to hinder this full blooded tribute to ...
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