Pony Up presents Bessie Turner + Our Quiet Friends + Maya Law @ NAC 23 March 2019

This Pony Up event at Norwich Arts Centre was opened with a strong set from Maya Law, fresh from playing St. Pancras Old Church in London the previous night.  I’ve seen Maya many times since she burst on the scene so impressively a few years back and she continues to grow and develop in fascinating ways. She seems confident onstage and well she might be with that amazing talent she has. She is charming between songs and has a commanding, powerful voice to convey the strong lyrics of her songs.  Yet another super set from one of our great artists, it was interesting to note the expressions of a few in the audience who had not seen her before … they were clearly blown away.

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Maya treated us to a couple of new songs, an old one, and her outstanding current single, Breeze.  She’s back at the NAC again next month supporting her brother DLore, and Galli.

In the few months since I first saw Our Quiet Friends they have quickly become another one of my favourites and they’re rapidly evolving and developing too.  They sounded magnificent on the Arts Centre stage, the songs blending into one another with drones and effects inbetween. It’s a loud, noisey psych-out somewhere in space midway between Barrett-era Floyd and Hawkwind. I love them and don’t want the songs to end … I await a ten minute epic from them.

 

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Bessie Turner from Suffolk has had a lot of national acclaim and recognition since I first saw her play one of Iain Lowery’s OST nights at Cinema City way back in 2014. I haven’t seen her for a while as she understandably had to pull out of a support slot with The Moulettes here a year or so ago after being invited to play a live session on BBC Radio 2 for Jo Wiley.  Tonight’s gig was actually originally due to have taken place last month but poor Bessie was taken very ill and in hospital for a while so I was delighted that she is recovered enough to reschedule this date. She certainly seemed in good form on stage and was charm itself with the audience. Engaging and witty she asked one of the younger members of the crowd what his favourite school subjects were and when he answered that he was enjoying learning the guitar she invited him up onstage and asked him to play her guitar for one song. A beautiful moment.

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The music itself was dreamy, ethereal pop and with a bass sound played with a bow that sometimes reminded me of The Sundays or Cocteau Twins.

 

Bessie is currently recording in London with Richard Woodcraft at Warner Music.

“Bessie Turner is a singer song writer based in East Anglia. Her style is an eclectic pastiche of her musical heroes; she is influenced as much by Lauryn Hill as she is Dionne Warwick. Yet it is her own uniqueness – in both her personality as well as her music – that sets her apart as an artist and performer. Her voice rings with a soulfulness that floats like a cloud; wistful, effortless and above all charming.

Bessie released her debut single Big Sleep on her own label in April 2017 to entirely unexpected acclaim; the song was viewed/streamed more than 10,000 times in the first 12 hours of her existence as a recording artist. With support from BBC Introducing and after performing a live session for BBC Introducing in Suffolk the single wound up with plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. Six weeks into her career Bessie Turner was asked by BBC Introducing to appear at Latitude festival.

Her second single ‘Words You Say’ was released In September 2017. It received its world premier from Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2. The song has gone on to be played extensively by Jo Wiley and Zoe Ball on BBC Radio-2, Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music and Huw Stepehens on BBC Radio 1. In December 2017 Bessie was invited to perform a filmed live session at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios for Jo Wiley and Radio-2. The following month she recorded a stripped back set for Steve Lamacq’s Radio 6 Music show.

Bessie Turner’s debut EP 22:22 was self released on Don’t Try in April 2018. The same month she headlined her own run of UK and EU shows well as supporting Baxter Dury on selected dates of his tour.

Bessie was invited to headline the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude 2018 where she also performed live on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show to millions of listeners worldwide. In August 2018 she headlined the BBC Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds Festival.

She is currently working with Grammy winning producer Richard Woodcraft on a follow up to 22:22.”

 

The wonderful and special NAC currently has a 40/40 fundraising campaign to raise £40,000 to unlock £499,000 from the Arts Council for its regeneration. You can help by donating an extra £1 when buying a ticket, or at the Arts Centre itself, or by clicking here.

 

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The Gighopper : 25-31 March 2019

#TheGighopper : 25-31 March 2019. Week 13
MONDAY 25
Lucky Peterson
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
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Open mic
Wildman 7pm
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Brickies open stage
Brickmakers 8pm
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James Morrison
UEA LCR
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Salsa
CopaCubana 7:15pm
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Norwich Jazz Jam feat. Lee Vasey
Fat Cat & Canary 8:30pm
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TUESDAY 26
Pony Up Presents Bodega
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
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Blue Lion Band Showcase
Brickmakers 8pm
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The Musicians Social
Reindeer 7-11pm
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The Lazy I. A.I.R Presents.
The Blueberry 7:30pm
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AJ Tracey
UEA LCR
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Cellar Darling
Waterfront Studio
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Salsa
Rev de Cuba 7pm
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Open mic
Pear Tree
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Swingamybobs
Swing Dance Classes, Yarmouth Road
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WEDNESDAY 27
Norfolk Blues Society
Walnut Tree Shades 8pm
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Rosie Carrick
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
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The Oli Brown Band
Maddermarket 7:30pm
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Music jam
Bedfords 7pm
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Willie & the Bandits
Waterfront Studio 7:30pm
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Midweek music and open mic
Wildman 7pm
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Back on the Killing Floor
Gringo’s 8:30pm
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Open piano night
Platform Twelve 7:30pm
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Geetar at Frank’s : Richard Sutton
Frank’s Bar 8:30pm
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Egyptian Dance
The Garage 12pm
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THURSDAY 28
Open mic with Peter T
Walnut Tree Shades 8pm
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Solana + Nebula Sun
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
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Fine City Blues
The Murderers 8:30pm
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Idles [SOLD OUT]
UEA LCR
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M2TM Heats
Brickmakers 7pm
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Lee Vasey & friends
Salhouse Lodge 8:30pm
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The Grand Little Electric Picture Palace
The Reindeer 7:30pm
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Wolf
Waterfront Studio
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Electronic music open mic
Gringos 7:30pm
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Swing Dance Classes
Norwich Lindy Hoppers 7:30pm
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March Mayhem
Revolution 10pm
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Tion Wayne
After Dark 10pm
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KasKade
Bermuda Bob’s 10pm
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Johnny Cash Roadshow
Maddermarket 7:30pm
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Rob Burton
Assembly House 1pm
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Salsa
Rev de Cuba 9pm
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The Art of the Big Band
Old Rectory Hotel, Crostwick 8pm
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FRIDAY 29
Black Dog Music Project
B2 Venue 7pm
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The Grand Little Electric Picture Palace
The Reindeer 7:30pm
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H2O2
Walnut Tree Shades 9pm
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Fools Moon
Reindeer 9pm
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Clare Free
Cellar House 7:30pm
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No Gimmicks
Last Pub Standing 9pm
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Danni Nicholls
Octagon Chapel 7:30pm
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The Glamtastics
Brickmakers 8pm
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Night Train
Maid’s Head 9pm
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The Guns & Roses Experience + W.A.S.P. tribute
Waterfront Studio 6:30pm
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Propaganda
Waterfront
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Last Night in Europe
Norwich Arts Centre
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Fever
Gonzo’s 7pm
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Tropico
Bermuda Bob’s 7pm
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JPC Vinyl Lounge
Artichoke 7:30pm
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Indie Night
Steam Packet 8pm
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UGRND
Bedfords Crypt 9:30pm
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Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
Anteros 7:30pm
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Drum & Bass
Mantra 10pm
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Britpop Weekender
Popworld 9pm
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Parkhouse Band
Rev de Cuba
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Low Frequency
Karma 11pm
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Nick Stephenson
Fiveways 8pm
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Access Creative
Louis Marchesi 7pm
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SATURDAY 30
Warwick St. Live
Warwick St Social 2-4pm
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Dream Space
Space Studios 5pm
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Pony Up Presents Yak
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
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Guns or Roses
Brickmakers 8pm
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Krysthla + Casket Feeder + Patient + Enenra + Disj
B2 Venue 7pm
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VikTori
Maid’s Head 9pm
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Bash Street Blues
Walnut Tree Shades 9pm
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Cuck Wills Widow
Reindeer 9pm
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Jake Morrell
Waterfront Studio 6:30pm
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Meltdown
Waterfront 10:30pm
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Raydio
Bermuda Bob’s 10pm
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Lovehouse & Friends
Karma
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Ransom for a Dead Man
Steam Packet 9pm
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The Omegamen (Police tribute)
Fat Cat & Canary 9pm
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Liberty X
Flaunt 9pm
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Uprising
Compleat Angler 9pm
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80s Night with Rob Chandler
The Talk 8pm
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Afronaut 001
Karma 10pm
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Lauren Pope
Mantra 10pm
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Non-Stop 80s Night
Blueberry 7pm
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Jack Daniel
The Gordon 8:30pm
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SAH
Chestnut Tree 9pm
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Tony’s Vinyl Soul Night
Platform Twelve 8pm
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Freddie Mercury Tribute
Holiday Inn 7pm
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“The French Classical School”
St Peter Mancroft 1pm
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Elvis Presley Tribute
Coach & Horses 8:30pm
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Style
Arkwright’s 8:45pm
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Jade Justine
The Castle 10pm
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SUNDAY 31
Das Fenster and the Alibis
Walnut Tree Shades 5pm
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Murphys Lore
Reindeer 4pm
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Sunday Social
Platform Twelve 7:30pm
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Lee Vasey Big Band
Brickmakers 12-3pm
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Abc Blues Brothers Tribute
Salhouse Lodge 3:30pm
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Live Dead ’69
Banham Barrel 7:30pm
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Belles & Gals : Sam Coe + Vic Allen + Emily Frith + Lucy Grubb
Shoe Factory Social Club 6-9pm £7 plus booking fee
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Uncalled Four
Ribs of Beef 5pm
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Fat & Furious
Bedfords 3pm
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Bill Downs
BOND
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Barny Holmes
Marlborough Arms 6pm
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Mouldy Figs
Fat Cat Brewery Tap 3pm
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Choir Concert
Eaton Christ Church 7pm
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Geetar at Frank’s: Taz Cobalt
Frank’s Bar 7:30pm
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Lioness: The Amy Winehouse Experience @ The Waterfront, plus Yve Mary B and the Gypsy Candlesticks @ The Reindeer 22 March 2019

Over many years of gig-going I have seen very few tribute acts but the three I had seen before this gig were all excellent, one being The Ramonas, an original band in their own right as well as doing their superb Ramones set.  Many years ago I saw a Bob Marley tribute at the LCR, Buffalo SoulJah who were pretty good too but Think Floyd‘s recent gig at Epic made me re-evaluate my opinion on tribute acts and having given last year’s Amy Winehouse tribute at the Waterfront a miss I decided I’d give “Lioness: The Amy Winehouse Experience, the Legacy Tour” a go, especially as I am a big fan of Amy’s and it falling so close to my birthday.

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I found myself getting quite excited ahead of the 8:15pm set start and although there was a healthy sized audience it didn’t feel as crowded as The Waterfront can sometimes feel so I was able to secure a good vantage point close to the front.  As the boys in the band introduced her to the stage to the strains of Amy Amy Amy, Emma Wright walked on as “Mrs. Amy Winehouse!” to large and welcoming cheers.

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For over an hour and a half she and the band did a great job of faithfully interpreting Amy’s personal songs in a live setting, the stage having the standard lamps as a nice detail too. Her band are very good and she has an excellent voice but what I was not expecting was the stage presence to go along with that vocal ability, plus the Amy mannerisms and in-character banter with the crowd.  The real Amy played this stage a few times and there were some moments where it was easy to think she was here tonight too. I must admit I welled-up a couple of times, particularly on Wake Up Alone and Back to Black.

It was quite an emotional experience but an uplifting one with plenty of the upbeat ska numbers in the set with the likes of Monkey Man and Hey Little Rich Girl alongside classics like Rehab, You Know I’m No Good, Cupid, Fuck Me Pumps and Stronger Than Me. This was a gig that I thought was going to be good but it exceeded all my expectations and was tremendous fun. It was a predominently female audience and there were some classic Amy beehives to be seen here and there but there were some males in attendance too. In the gents I overheard some chaps saying “The Mrs. dragged me along to this but I’ve got to say, this is bloody great!”  I was probably the opposite and invited my significant other but she absolutely loved it too.

I hope I have not previously been sniffy or dismissive about tribute acts but I certainly don’t intend to be so in the future. This was indeed “bloody great” and a real thrill to hear Amy’s songs performed live. I’d certainly do this again, in fact I really want to.

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The Waterfront Presents
THE AMY WINEHOUSE EXPERIENcE
AKA Lioness
Plus Support from Lauren Hope

The Waterfront, Norwich
Friday 22nd March 2019
Doors 6.30pm
Curfew 10.00pm
Tickets – £15.00 Advance STBF

In her short career, the talent of Amy Winehouse created a lasting impression on the music world of the 21st century. Recording three critically acclaimed albums from her debut ‘Frank’ in 2003, the Grammy Award winning ‘Back to Black’ in 2007 and the posthumous ‘Lioness’ in 2011 along with the covers of ‘Cupid’ and ‘Valerie’ with Producer Mark Ronson, no one can deny the talent and impact of this often-misunderstood star.

Lioness provide an authentic tribute to the precocious talent featuring TV’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ finalist and ‘X Factor’ bootcamp contestant Emma Wright as Amy Winehouse, plus a full backing band to recreate the authentic sound of this heady mix of jazz, soul and pop. With a full stage show showcasing the talent of this songstress will take you on a journey through the emotional roller coaster of her song writing, guaranteed to have you singing and dancing along throughout the performance.

The band are made up of hand-picked experienced musicians, carefully selected to maintain the accuracy to the original performances of the UK’s brightest star that so tragically burned out in 2011. The crafted show focuses on the vocal talent and soul of Amy, unhindered by the dark side to her addictions to alcohol and substances. Lioness provide, without doubt, the most authentic recreation of Amy Winehouse, designed to entertain and deliver the experience of Amy at her very best.

Having recently completed their third UK and Irish headline tour wowing audience covering in excess of 5,000 miles with 24 shows in 3 months closely followed by shows in both Spain and Gibraltar the band are red hot. The response from venues, promoters and audience alike has exceeded all expectations. The Amy Winehouse Experience AKA Lioness have delivered at every level.

Samples of live performances can be viewed online at:

• 2018 Spring Tour Trailer – https://youtu.be/2ZSHV7YwpJE

• 2018 Spring Tour Montage – https://youtu.be/KqCkrMOefwM

• 2017 Spring Tour – Behind the Scenes – https://youtu.be/WxPzX3pDCJQ

• Valerie – https://youtu.be/smg-hs3KkpI

• Back to Black – https://youtu.be/H1YMxQaCbaA

For further information visit www.amywinehousetribute.net

Audience Reaction

“When Amy died I was heartbroken one because a true musical artist had died to soon and two because I never got to see her sing live. I was so excited to hear of a tribute artist impersonating the iconic singing star but was sceptical and thought there couldn’t be another… So, so, so impressed thank-you ” – Nicky (Dublin)

“Wow! Emma Emma Emma…What an experience! You all brought your A-game, so cool and classy, great sound and vibe! I’ve no more words to express what you gave, I can only say I miss Amy a little bit less tonight…thank you Emma & guys! Xxx” – Lyndsey (Crewe)

“Amazing integration with the audience and it’s like Amy’s spirit jumps inside you when you’re on stage, you’re a very gifted artist. I was blown away and lost inside the rhythm the whole night. Thank you” – Michael (Blackpool)

“Great show tonight by @wearelioness at the @theeverymancork . Can’t get over how much her voice is like Amy Winehouse’s. If you like Amy’s music u need to go see these guys ” – Joyce (Cork)

“Amazing show at The Everyman last night! As a massive Amy fan, it was an absolute fantastic experience. LOVE the Lioness shirt I got too btw. Thanks again!” – Daniel (Cork)

“Exceeded expectations, brought Amy back to life. A must experience gig” – Charles (Manchester)

“You guys were fantastic!! What a great performance, Amy would be proud xx” – Dawn (Inverness)

“Such a great performance, amazing voices & coolest backing singers ever!” – Erin (Oxford)

“Last night was a truly majestic evening of beauty! Stood right at the railings at the front and felt like Amy was in your soul. Thank you for keeping the magic alive and will hope to see you back in Nottingham again soon” – Lee (Nottingham)

“I saw you tonight in Bristol. You’re the closest to Amy I’ve ever seen and I’d like to praise you all for putting the time and effort in to recreating the talent of one of the world’s best musicians. I really enjoyed the show. I’ll definitely see you again” – Connie (Bristol)

“Just wanted to say a massive thanku for the gig on sat at the O2 Glasgow, me and my friend had the best time. What a show, perfect voice. Hope you come back to Glasgow soon” – Alan (Glasgow)

“Introduced my 14 year old niece to Amy Winehouse last year and what an amazing way tonight for her to experience The Lioness… you capture the whole essence of her. Thank you!!” – Theresa (Birmingham)

“You must go and see them. They are brilliant. If you love Amy, you will love them” – Matthew (Brighton)

“Close as I’d ever get to my Amy. You’re amazing” – Inky Punky (Derby)

“What an awesome night! Your voice is truly beautiful” – Claire (Cheshire)

“She and the band are awesome! Saw them last month, go see!! ” Karen (Manchester)

“Amazing loved the show it was fantastic xx” – Margaret (Newcastle)

“Thanks for a fab show, great night out for me and my daughter. Thanks Lioness and your amazing band for being so great with Chloe, you all really made her night and mine of course xx” – Sarah (Gibraltar)

Venue & Promoter Responses “You were all so friendly and easy to work with, made my life very easy that night. The show was electric and had nothing but good feedback from customers. Hope to see you again soon.” – Alistair Horn (O2 Academy, Liverpool)

“You were all an absolute pleasure to work with that day. Even more so considering my day was incredibly hectic, I managed to catch the show and it was fantastic, everyone really enjoy themselves. I certainly heard a lot of customers complimenting the performance afterwards.” – Samantha Grace (O2 Academy, Islington)

“Thank you for a great weekend, the band and yourself were an absolute pleasure to deal with and the show is just incredible. I look forward to many more shows in the future.” – Phil Kealy (Tallaght Civic Theatre, Dublin)

“Lioness AKA The Amy Winehouse Experience isn’t just a regular tribute act. From the back to the front there is talented musician upon talented musician. On arrival the very petite (and very pretty) Emma does not look like Amy at all and may leave you wondering who you have booked but as soon as she belts out those first vocals during a sound check you know you’ll be fine! A short while later she reappears with Amy’s trademark swagger and snarl and you wouldn’t believe it’s the same person. The backing singers (and you can’t really call them this) are again vocally superb and the tracks they do during a costume change fit in perfectly with the crowd. Included in the set are all of the well known Amy tracks plus a few that maybe are not as well known – a great balance of ballads and get off the floor and dance it should keep everybody in the crowd happy.

The act are professional and easy to work with. They will provide social media activities to fit in with your event and provide any information / images required. We would definitely look to book again!” – Darren James (King George’s Hall, Blackburn)

With a 10pm Friday night curfew to make way for an Idles dj set there was still time for some more live music so I made my way to The Reindeer to catch an hour or so of Yve Mary B and the Gypsy Candlesticks.  This was the perfect way to end the night, Yve leading a band to excellent effect. We all know what a super voice she has but I love seeing her as the front person of a band and have missed that since the Morganway days.

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Yve was with a full band featuring drums, bass, guitars and pedal steel and played a mix of covers and originals, including one or two by her partner Tone Brook.  I loved the sound, a blend of folk, blues and classic era country, a real pleasure to experience this and I can’t wait for the next one.

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The previous evening I also managed to catch the last set by local favourites Dove and Boweevil, playing as the duo of Lauren and Bo at The Rose Tavern.  This was most enjoyable too though weirdly I had put the wrong SD card into the compact camera I carried with me, a card which had a recent close encounter with a vacuum cleaner!  As I sat at the table trying to rescue it I realised that just one file was salvaged and was astonished to see it was a photo of Mark and Lauren, playing at The Walnut Tree Shades in 2013!

Huge thanks to Lioness, Lee, Yve, Jo, Mark and Lauren for the “Happy birthday” as I walked in, and to Taryn who made a birthday song for me, that touched my heart.

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Shane’s Shenanigans: The Mahatmas + Our Quiet Friends + Soyuz Rats @ The Reindeer, March 2019

Feeling very in need of some noise and volume, Shane O’Linski‘s March edition of Shane’s Musical Shenanigans at The Reindeer looked to be just what the doctor ordered.  The billed Vicars of Stiffkey were unable to play this one but the excellent line-up still included Soyuz Rats, Our Quiet Friends, and The Mahatmas with visuals throughout the night from Richard Rix. It was a fun evening of psych, space rock, noise, sonic, trippy prog, cosmic bass and hypnotic rock. Shane’s nights here are superb.

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The trio that are Soyuz Rats kicked things off at about 8:30pm, gloriously loud though alas apparently a bit too loud for a pub venue and things had to be toned down a little bit but they adapted things and it still worked. By their standards this was almost acoustic and for one they said “This is a jazz version of something that should be loud enough to disembowel you!”

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Despite the name Our Quiet Friends have some volume themselves though it was at a quieter level than the Rats. This is another band I love and who are evolving rapidly and are becoming wonderfully space-y. They play again at the NAC supporting Bessie Turner on Saturday 23 March, with Maya Law also on the bill.

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With a recently released and launched new album, gigs by The Mahatmas are always something of an event and they played an immersive and psychedelic set here, especially so with Richard’s projected visuals at the back of the stage. Their album “Gratis” can be obtained from Bandcamp, and as the name suggests, can be downloaded for “Pay what you want”, with a few physical copies available at gigs for £5.  Big thanks to Cosmo for my CD copy.

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The Reindeer itself is really evolving as a live music venue too and is looking and sounding the part, with some great ales and food on offer. Big thanks to Lou, the Reindeer is a fantastic addition to the list of live venues in the city and has gone from strength to strength in the year since she took over it.

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Nubiyan Twist + Hannah Tobias @ NAC 16 March 2019

Nubiyan Twist are a band with Norwich connections and a strong following here. This being an incredible ninth appearance in our city it was yet another deserved sellout crowd to welcome them back to the NAC.  Support was from the excellent Hannah Tobias whose soulful songs quickly filled up the auditorium.

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Nubiyan Twist pretty much filled the stage too with the best part of a dozen of them featuring horn section, percussion, bass, drums, keys, guitar and some shared vocal duties though most of the singing came from the highly charismatic Nubiya Brandon, who will also be known to many Hempolics fans.

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They played an intoxicating blend of hip-hop, jazz, Afrobeat, reggae, dub, soul and world that had people dancing and lost in the music throughout.

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Following this I made my way to Jurnet’s to catch the final hour or so of this month’s Cave-In, which has been extremely well attended on my last few (occasional) visits and this was no exception. Great atmosphere, music and plentiful familiar, friendly faces as always at the Cave.

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“Nubiyan Twist don’t like to place boundaries on their music – so they don’t. The group draw from hip-hop, ska, soul, funk, and more, a heady brew that aims for the waist and smashes straight through the heart.” – CLASH MAGAZINE

“Alive with carnival and Afrobeat rhythms and tight brass riffs, this debut album from a UK-based big band covers the broad space between dub, soul and the jazzier end of hip-hop.” – Financial Times

Nubiyan Twist are a Leeds born, London based musical collective. Orchestrated by guitarist/producer Tom Excell, they create a unique, infectious sound in an eclectic mix of styles, drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music.

With a 10-piece live show featuring a 4 piece horn section, vocalists, electronics and an international (Brazil/UK) rhythm section, Nubiyan Twist create a powerful and unforgettable experience.

Their debut album received strong support across the Jazz, World music and Hip-hop press, with support from sources as diverse as Huey Morgan, David Rodigan, Craig Charles, The Independent, Songlines, Afropunk and SBTV. This was followed up with Siren Song in May 2016.

The band have performed on huge stages across the world, being chosen by David Byrne to perform at Queen Elizabeth Hall for the south bank’s Meltdown festival, selling out London’s iconic Jazz Cafe, and rocking festival stages from Fusion to Wilderness, Boomtown to Edinburgh Jazz Festival, with their powerful sound and unique blend of styles.

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Ida Mae + Ginny Dix @ NAC for PRB, 12 March 2019

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Ida Mae’s Chris and Stephanie are very well-known and loved in our city, familiar faces (and voices) through Kill It Kid, Blood Bird, Ida Mae, Jug Jaw’s Beat Club and even as fellow passionate music fans at countless gigs, so it was no surprise that the Arts Centre was packed with friends, musicians and music enthusiasts for this sold out PRB gig.

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To open the night though was another astonishing local talent, familiar to fans of Chalky Seas and also through her solo work, the hugely impressive Ginny Dix. Quite a crowd had already gathered in the half seating-half standing area auditorium, with all seats claimed by the time she came onstage at 8:30pm. She introduced herself quietly at her piano and let her stunning voice do the talking, at times gentle but also able to soar. The beautiful NAC sound made this a mesmerising experience as everyone watched and listened quite spellbound by Ginny’s magical and emotive set.

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ginny dix

 

On a blustery late winter evening with the remnants of storm Gareth blowing in from the east the place was feeling pretty full and I saw loads of friends at the venue which made for a lovely atmosphere.  Chris and Stephanie relocated to American Music City Nashville TN (via London) about a year ago but also made the hop back eastwards to return to their Norwich Music City, UK home with the addition for the live shows of Nick Pini on upright bass, which enhances the overall sound beautifully with a great warmth and depth to the soulful, bluesey and at times quite intense excellence of Ida Mae’s sound.

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Ida Mae’s album has been written for some time and has been a long time coming but will finally appear this summer and we were given a taster with the live set and a sampler EP for the tour.  They continue to evolve and show off their excellence to great effect, powerful voices, guitar, keys, tambourine and some heavy foot-stomping … at one point in the evening the spirit of the old Arts Centre church itself even seemed to join in with some synched tapping sounds coming from … goodness knows where.  Chris and Steph are such lovely people and the chemistry they have onstage is a joy itself to behold but as musicians and vocalists onstage they really shine too. Some of the most passionate music fans I have met, they know their stuff and the musical history which filters through to create this glorious Ida Mae sound which has a certain rawness and strong feeling that connects and resonates with the audience.  This was a triumphant return to their home city and there was a whole lot of love in the room with the crowd absolutely demanding a well-deserved encore from them. Tonight (Wednesday) they play the excellent OMEARA, London is in for a treat.

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At the end of this Norwich gig everyone made their way to the merch table in the foyer to get a CD, shirt or badge, and to say hello to Chris and Stephanie, we were all very pleased to see them again and delighted to welcome Ida Mae back to the city. Since launching officially at Red Rooster a few years ago we haven’t seen as much of them as we’d have liked but with an album in the can, this tour and some high profile support slots, things could be about to change for Ida Mae. Big time.

“It’s quite some transformation from their grunge blues band Kill It Kid, but former members, and now husband and wife, Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean are opening up a whole new musical world. The duo is now emerging from a period of self discovery and mutual creative power to create the rawboned and stripped back musical romance that is, Ida Mae.

Ida Mae’s magic lies in the sensuous dovetailing of two voices and the intimacy of their songs. Their chemistry on stage isn’t just a dramatic pose and is a truly captivating sight to behold. Chris’ vocals are reminiscent of a Face’s era Rod Stewart or Steve Marriott, while Stephanie combines the delicacy of Patty Griffin with the effortless rock chic of Alison Mosshart. Singing together, the couple have an unusual ‘which is which’ dynamic.
After finding critical acclaim with Kill It Kid, spending years touring various parts of the world, and working closely with legendary A&R man Seymour Stein, Chris and Stephanie felt drawn to a more honest sound, a simpler expression of song where all you need is a guitar and a voice to accompany it. They have recently finished recording their debut album with acclaimed producer and friend Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams / Ray Lamontagne / Kings Of Leon / Laura Marling) set to release in Spring of 2019.

Having recently moved from Holloway in London to Nashville, TN, recent highlights include touring with The Lone Bellow, Nick Mulvey, Nikki Lane and Will Varley. They have also been honoured to be selected to play Emmylou Harris’s Woofstock Festival & Kings Of Leon’s Harvest Night in Nashville.”

 

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Katie Spencer @ The Burston Crown 10 March 2019 & International Women’s Day @ Butcher Bhoy 8 March 2019

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Thanks to friends Carol and Graham kindly offering me a lift towards Diss I was delighted to be able to join them to see the exceptional Katie Spencer once again playing at the beautiful Burston Crown.  Carol it was who first introduced me to the music of Katie when she shared a bill with Hot Raisin at one of a special series of events held at the Mo in Sheringham.  I have seen Katie once or twice since then but was beaten by the weather around about this time last year, although this afternoon threw rain and hail and gales it was sunny by the time we arrived at Burston where Katie too had just arrived for the latest date on her tour promoting new album Weather Beaten.

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katie spencer

An open fire was burning at this wonderfully welcoming and friendly pub and it was good to catch up with Geoffrey again, who was soon at the sound desk getting ready for Katie’s set. Even during her soundcheck I found myself mesmerised.

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She played a couple of 45 minute sets to a rapt audience in this bar. Self-taught, she plays with apparent ease but is so accomplished, the guitar such an intrinsic part of her, a natural extension of her self expression and at times she looked as lost in the music and the moment as we all were too. Her playing and singing is so warm, natural and something of real beauty.  Most of the material being her originals but with a handful of covers sprinkled here and there. She has written all the songs on the album apart from Spencer the Rover, which she has given her own arrangement to, alongside such as Drinking the Same Water on the positive theme of connection.

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Katie is one of those artists who, if there is any justice, should surely reach a very wide audience but for now it is an absolute joy and privilege to experience her magical music in such intimate and beautiful settings as The Burston Crown. Her music is gorgeous and between songs she is charming, witty, warm and engaging. There are influences of Martyn, Jansch, Marling, Ryley Walker et al but she creates something that is uniquely Katie and very special indeed. It’s always a joyous thing to watch and listen to someone who is doing something they were so obviously born to do, flawlessly, this was another wonderful evening of the music of Katie Spencer and the set concluded in the same way as the album does, with The Hunter.

Big thanks to Katie, Geoffrey, Carol and Graham, and a pleasure to meet Jono.

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A couple of days earlier,after an uncommonly long gap of about three weeks between gigs, on Friday I paid my first visit to Butcher Bhoy for an International Women’s Day event put together by Elena Traina who was also one of the performers alongside Dandelion Florence and Hot Raisin, both of whom played at The Warwick St. Social at the last gig I attended!

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The venue was Bhutcher Ghirl for the first part of the evening with an almost entirely female line-up which did however include Hot Raisin’s Luke but Dandelion Florence was on first and played a really enjoyable solo set, complete with a storming White RabbitElena was next and took us on a musically linguistic tour of the world which included latin and Irish songs, followed by a typically joyous set from a three piece Hot Raisin, with the International Women’s Day section of the evening concluding with some exotic dancing before making way for the Rum Dogs‘ Irish flavoured energetic set.  Guinness was flowing freely and there was much dancing, also with one corner of the bar showing the Norwich vs Swansea game live, which Norwich won 1-0 to lift the mood even higher.

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Butcher Bhoy is a fascinating and unique space (if a little U2 obsessed with their songs playing between sets and their lyrics and photos on the walls everywhere), I like the way you enter through one of two discreet flights of stairs, one near Thorns and the other at the back of a butcher shop on Exhange Street. In this basement area there’s a fantastic little area that feels like an underground street straight out of Diagon Alley, or a London tube station.  Wonderfully surreal to feel at once you are outside and yet inside.

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