Gigs / Gigiau

What’s on in The Cellar?

March / Mawrth:

 

Thursday / nos Iau 21st: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 22nd: Unbroken Ponies: Rockin’ good fun with these veterans of great popular rock rhythms. Last time we had a ball, so I’m really looking forward to getting these lads back on my stage. Classic good fun and dance…. and I may even get up and join in on a few numbers…. now then. Entry / Mynediad: £8- (£6- conc) OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Saturday / nos Sadwrn 23rd: Ian Cal-Ford And The Brakemen: Ian Cal Ford and The Brakemen are back!!! After many years of all three of these unique characters doing their own thing. It came about purely by chance, after a top UK Promoter contacting Ian and suggesting that the boy’s team up for a very special gig. After a long discussion of why, it would be a good idea, Ian then contacted both Chris Cummings and Andy Sykes, basically laying it down and making suggestions. This was a great move, as both Chris and Andy were ready and up for yet another blazing project, that has raised a few eyebrows and created an excitement around the music scene.
Ian Cal Ford has been enveloped in both Country/Rockabilly and roots music all his life. His Father Cal Ford, was a huge influence on Ian as he grew up. With all the history of this story, at the moment, at a rest, its Ian, Chris and Andy that propelled the project to heights, none of the guys could have imagined. It all started back in 1998!! Such a long time back, when you look at whats gone on since. It was an obvious choice for Ian, to call Chris. As Ian had been a huge fan of Chris’s work since the early days of the fantastic Riverside Trio. So, the guitar player was sorted, then a good bassist was needed, who had the style and groove of Marshal Grants playing. Without hesitation!! It had to be Andy Sykes. A character with the sense of humour to boot. All three first got together for a basic run through at the 1998 Hemsby, not to play a show but to just have a chat on how they could get the sound that was so very important. All three were at the festival, with their then, respective bands. So that was the birth of Ian Cal Ford and The Brakemen, the bands name was in dedication to Ian’s Fathers band Cal Ford and The Brakemen.
Following on from that, along with many phone discussions and song decisions, the first recording session was undertaken in the summer of 1999, again, so many years ago. The sessions were all completed and the album was released “Strapped for Cash” came out in 2000, to a barrage of fantastic reviews from the UK Rockabilly scene, Country Scene and over in the USA. Because of Chris’s commitment to his legendary “Riverside studio” and Andy, who had a very busy time with his band, The Brakemen agreed to do selected gigs only. The sound they pursued was the early Sun Cash style, not a Cash tribute but more of a reflection on Luther Perkins and Marshal Grant. Stripped down and so sparse that at times it felt painful, however, that was and still is the secret of performing these songs. Together, Ian, Chris and Andy have re-created the finest Cash sounding trio ever, to come out of the UK. Many tribute bands started up after the film Walk the line but this was never a part of The Brakemen’s original concept. There are still a large amount of successful “Tributes” out there, none have recreated the real emphasis of Luther Perkins and Marshal Grant. As a result of playing some high-profile gigs, one of which was in front of a sell out crowd in the Lakeside Country Club, Frimely Green, the boys were seen by an agent, who offered them the job of backing Tommy Cash on his UK visit. This was welcomed by the boys and the gigs will always be a high point for them, for many reasons. But Tommy Cash’s entire approach to his own set, was completely altered, after watching the boys do their own set at a large holiday camp. The set list was changed after Cash’s second performance and it was his brother’s songs that drove the crowd to accept Tommy tremendously, even if he was singing Johnny’s songs. After many trips around the country and a second album follow up, Goin’ to Memphis was released to yet another hugely welcomed album, again both in the UK and the US. The impact of so many incoming gigs grew increasingly difficult, as Chris was busy recording other UK bands as well as gigging and Andy’s musical commitment to his band and Ian with his trio The Railmen, they all had to call it a day. All three remained in contact and stayed good friends through the years. Chris continued to record many bands and it was inevitable that he would close the door on his studio for the time being and concentrate a little more on playing again. This of course meant that we were all privileged to see The Riverside Trio again, along with these guys, Chris has been a large part of The Del Rio Ramblers, Hadycol Hotshots and of course the superb Glen Doran and The Prairie Echoes. Andy was also enveloped in many outfits, again, he played for Shaun Horton and will be hugely remembered for the Crawdads, who were just sublime and so advanced in their overall sound, which was also assisted on record by Chris of course, today, Andy is the bass player with The Tex Speed Combo. Adding to all this, Ian and The Railmen parted after over 25 years and Ian took up residence in the middle east for five years. During this time, he developed a new trio back in the UK, recording a new acoustic based album and causing a stir within the world of acoustic music. The Acoustic Preachers are also out there. So even though all three of the guys have their own projects on the go and its fifteen years since The Brakemen have hit the stage, they are all very much looking forward to the return in 2019. Ian believes that this time around, the pressure will be a little less intense, as now fifteen years older the boys can produce even better music. From an opportunistic phone call and gigs in the diary for many great UK and Irish festivals in 2019!!! Who knows, there maybe a new album to boot but in the meanwhile, lets all look forward in the return of the
“Cash sound done right” Raucous Records have “One more ride” out on sale right now, which is a compilation of both released albums and unreleased tracks. Entry / Mynediad: £10- OTD / Wrth y Drws

Thursday / nos Iau 28th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 29th: The Cellar Bards: Expect a warm welcome from a friendly group of poets and a guest speaker. Always a joy, with a touring poet and open mic slots available. There is sometimes a little live music too. Entry / Mynediad £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Nos Sadwrn 30ain: Ail Symudiad gyda chefnogaeth Côr Meibion Clwb Rygbi Aberteifi: Noson arbennig gyda llawer o hwyl. Cerddoriaeth gwych gan Ail Symudiad, a hwyl a chaneuon hardd gan Gôr Meibion Clwb Rygbi Aberteifi. Gadewch i ni fwynhau noson o ddiwylliant Cymraeg traddodiadol. Mynediad £6- Wrth y Drws.

April / Ebrill:

Thursday / nos Iau 4th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 5th: Unplugged Club: Our regular meeting of acoustic music fans. A very friendly and welcoming group that like to sit down and listen to each other as they perform their favourite tunes. All welcome. Entry / Mynediad: Subscription £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Saturday / nos Sadwrn 6th: My very best friend is having her 70th birthday in the cellar this night, but if you’re a friend of ours, you’re invited. Local dance band Backtrax are providing the entertainment, and Wifey will be holding court at the bar. Lots of fun with family and friends………..

Thursday / nos Iau 11th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 12th: The Bloody Frights & Monsterometer: Get ready to be entertained with this mix of rock / punk /ska and everything else they can squeeze into their sets. Two really good fun bands with heaps of original material and great entertainment value. Entry / Mynediad: £8- (£6- conc) OTD / Wrth y Drws. 

Saturday / nos Sadwrn 13th: Henry Marten’s Ghost: Who doesn’t love the passion and joy of upbeat Irish tunes. Authentic and full on mix of popular well known tunes and Padraig’s original songs. Great uplifting guitar, piano accordian, tin whistles, drums & fiddle. Entry / Mynediad: £8- (£6- conc) OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Sunday / nos Sul 14th: The Washboard Resonators: The Washboard Resonators hail from Leeds in England and can be described as sounding and looking like ‘a ragtime street band meets a Hollywood musical on a theatre stage somewhere in around 1932’.

Their favorite performers include the jazz, ragtime, hokum, blues, comedy and vaudeville sounds of Louis Armstrong, Blind Boy Fuller, Fred Astaire, The Washboard Rhythm Kings, Robert Johnson, Gene Krupa, Max Miller, Tampa Red and The Memphis Jug Band.

The spirit of these long gone artists and their music is summoned every time Martyn and Jack take the stage with their mixture of old traditional songs and new songs written by the band.

Formed in 2014 they started out busking while playing together in blues trio Leeds City Stompers. Word spread and quickly the duo was in demand, playing many times per week. This lead to many major festivals and shows such as The Great British R&B Festival and Upton Jazz Festival as well as completing tours of the whole of the UK every spring and winter.

In 2016 they released their first album ‘The Washboard Resonators’, a collection of old blues and jazz numbers recorded by the band in Jack’s shed. In February 2018 they recorded an originals album; ‘Scrub That Thing’ on all 1940s and 50s microphones and tape machines at ‘Sugar Rays Vintage Studio’ in Essex, UK. Entry / Mynediad £8- (£6- conc) OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Thursday / nos Iau 18th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 19th: Quay Street Band: This special gig is the last time we’ll see the band in this format: our luvly Bob is retiring, so this is our goodbye to Bob party. I’ve got used to saying “……These boys have over 200 years of experience between them…. and looking at them, who’s surprised….. anyway, should be a great gig…….” Entry / Mynediad £8- (£6- conc) Wrth y Drws / OTD

Saturday / nos Wener 20th: A birthday, because friends are important. Our dear Nick hits the big “Five O” today, so perfectly timed for a cellar partay. So, our very own VJ Lux Looper will be laying down Nick’s fave tunes for the night. The birthday boy says: “…..and if anyone wants to come in and enjoy some great music, they’re welcome” Hence, if you know Nick, pop in for drinkies and tunes…. it’s free.

Thursday / nos Iau 25th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 26th: The Cellar Bards: Expect a warm welcome from a friendly group of poets and a guest speaker. Always a joy, with a touring poet and open mic slots available. There is sometimes a little live music too. Entry / Mynediad £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Saturday / nos Sadwrn 27th: The Now Band: The Now are a newly formed four piece band from South Wales who, although only started playing together just a few months ago have already started making an impact on the local scene with their big, highly infectious, guitar heavy tracks.

The Now consists of: Shane Callaghan on Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals Callum Van Den Bogerd on Drums & Vocals Callum Bromage on Guitar & Vocals Jay Evans on Bass Guitar The average age of the band is 20 and their cutting edge look and feel falls in line with their sound, cool, current and highly charged!

The Now’s inspiration comes from an eclectic mix of music and musicians who include Chuck Berry and The Police right through to Kasabian and Catfish and the Bottlemen, however these are just inspirations and not to be confused with how the band sounds. Vocal influences include Kelly Jones and Ryan ‘’Van’’ McCann.

The band has been jamming together since 2016 after meeting at a local jam night. After taking time to find their right sound, decided to form ‘The Now’ in January 2018. Their stage presence is something special and full of energy and their self written songs deliver a huge punch to the head with superb lyrics that stay in your head for days; all poetically written by enigmatic frontman Shane.

The Now are determined to stand alone with a unique sound. They have music and lyrics that need to be heard and it’s the band’s mission to make sure they’re heard by as many people as possible. The band aim to gain ‘success through originality and as long as the people who listen to their music are happy, the band are happy. The band have recently signed a new management deal with Redstone Management.

The Now have already been working with legendary producer Richard Jackson who has produced the likes of The Automatic, Super Furry Animals and Duffy. Their latest release ‘’Live & Die’’ is scheduled for release early 2019. Entry / Mynediad £8- (£6- conc) OTD / Wrth y Drws.

May / Mai:

Thursday / nos Iau 2nd: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 3rd: Unplugged Club: Our regular meeting of acoustic music fans. A very friendly and welcoming group that like to sit down and listen to each other as they perform their favourite tunes. All welcome. Entry / Mynediad: Subscription £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Thursday / nos Iau 9th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 16th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 23rd: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 30th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

 

June / Mehefin:

Thursday / nos Iau 6th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 7th: Unplugged Club: Our regular meeting of acoustic music fans. A very friendly and welcoming group that like to sit down and listen to each other as they perform their favourite tunes. All welcome. Entry / Mynediad: Subscription £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Thursday / nos Iau 13th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 20th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 27th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

 

July / Gorfennaf:

Thursday / nos Iau 4th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 5th: Unplugged Club: Our regular meeting of acoustic music fans. A very friendly and welcoming group that like to sit down and listen to each other as they perform their favourite tunes. All welcome. Entry / Mynediad: Subscription £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Thursday / nos Iau 11th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 18th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 25th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

 

August / Awst:

Thursday / nos Iau 8th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 15th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 22nd: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 29th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

September / Medi:

Thursday / nos Iau 5th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 6th: Unplugged Club: Our regular meeting of acoustic music fans. A very friendly and welcoming group that like to sit down and listen to each other as they perform their favourite tunes. All welcome. Entry / Mynediad: Subscription £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Thursday / nos Iau 12th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 19th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 26th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

 

October / Hydref:

Thursday / nos Iau 3rd: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 4th: Unplugged Club: Our regular meeting of acoustic music fans. A very friendly and welcoming group that like to sit down and listen to each other as they perform their favourite tunes. All welcome. Entry / Mynediad: Subscription £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Thursday / nos Iau 10th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 17th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 24th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 31st: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

November / Tachwedd:

Friday / nos Wener 1st: Unplugged Club: Our regular meeting of acoustic music fans. A very friendly and welcoming group that like to sit down and listen to each other as they perform their favourite tunes. All welcome. Entry / Mynediad: Subscription £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Thursday / nos Iau 7th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 14th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 21st: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 28th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

 

December / Rhagfyr:

Thursday / nos Iau 5th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Friday / nos Wener 6th: Unplugged Club: Our regular meeting of acoustic music fans. A very friendly and welcoming group that like to sit down and listen to each other as they perform their favourite tunes. All welcome. Entry / Mynediad: Subscription £3- OTD / Wrth y Drws.

Thursday / nos Iau 12th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 19th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.

Thursday / nos Iau 26th: Open Mic: Lively and lovely. Everyone welcome to this warm and friendly weekly event. Free Entry / Mynediad am ddim.