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Tensheds + Bex & Freda and Robin Dicker | Independent Venue Week

Tensheds in Stowmarket
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Date(s) - 31/01/2018
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

John Peel Centre


Tensheds, the recent recipient of the Discretional Rock Award presented to him by Rick Wakeman at The House Of Lords, brings his unique style of blues and balladry to the John Peel Centre during Independent Venue Week. His audacious showmanship and Rachmaninoff style piano skills deftly delivers a brand of gritty, heavy, edgy blues/punk, which incorporate elements of this classical background. Back touring his 3rd album ‘The Dandy Punk Prince’ – which won him yet more critical acclaim from the likes of Classic Rock “You’ll believe his hype”, Vive Le Rock “Genius” and live sessions on BBC Radio.

Honing his craft in the time-honoured tradition, hoboing the road, Tensheds has along the way supported artists such as John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Hazel O’Connor, Beans On Toast, Paul Young, Roger Chapman, Spear Of Destiny, Blockheads, Paul Kelly, and James Burton as well as recent tours as piano player with Beans On Toast and Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind. Is it an wonder Tensheds has been labelled “Jerry Lee Lewis and Tom Waits’ love child”.

MOJO – “He’s Exceptional” ▪ Classic Rock – “A refreshing whiff of anarchy” ▪ Get Ready To Rock – “Nick Cave meets Lady Gaga” ▪ Blues Matters – “Stunning” ▪ Vive Le Rock – “Genius”
RICK WAKEMAN – “A very rare talent”
UNCUT – “Great depth & wit” ▪ Maverick – “5/5 ▪ Rock ‘n’ Reel – “Most Unique” ▪ Penny Black Music – “Settle in and inhale his Genius” ▪ Liverpool Sound & Vision – “A new spectrum of music”

BLUES TRACK OF THE YEAR – Pure Rawk/Indie Awards

Support from local acts Bex & Freda and Robin Dicker

Bex writes quirky random songs about (among other things) life, love, cider and idiots, and plays them on some ukuleles (one named Freda) and sometimes a piano, accompanied by Jim on cajon and other percussion.

Bex and Freda is the result of a collaboration between a songwriter/pianist (Bex) and a Kauai concert ukulele (Freda). They started out together at the beginning of 2014 playing open mic nights and solo gigs around Essex and Suffolk. In 2015 they were joined by Jim on percussion. They have since played at many venues and festivals around the east of England, including UkeEast (Norwich Arts Centre), Ipswich Beer Festival, FolkEast, Ipswich Waterfront Celebration, Dubs At The Hall, Alive & V-Dubbin, The Apex bar, PettaFiesta, EddyFest and various pubs and other small venues across the region.
Freda has since semi retired and instead Georgie the Kala soprano and Berti the Kala baritone generally appear at gigs, and sometimes the piano (unnamed) and a dulcimer named Dolly come out to play too. The latest addition to the family is a stunning Kala resonator tenor named Dotty. Bex’s songs are mostly inspired by personal experience and cover all sorts of topics including love, life, hate, spiders, cider and idiots. Last year they released their debut EP, From Where I Stand, which has gained airplay on BBC Suffolk Introducing and other local stations.

Robin Dicker is an Ipswich-based comedy songwriter. This all started 8 years ago when the GCSE syllabus of 2009 demanded a song written by him. Serious lyrics were not an option in the mind of this lyrical warrior-wizard and so the cogs were in motion for a future filled with flippant and goofy music, alongside some darker comedic creations. Mothers, lock up your daughters, fathers lock up your sons. No matter who you are, this man will steal your ears if you let him.

Tickets £7 in advance from (booking fee applies) or the Box Office (01449 774 678, 10am-2pm weekdays). £7 on the door.

This gig is part of Independent Venue Week, 29th January to 4th February 2018.

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Tensheds + Bex & Freda and Robin Dicker | Independent Venue Week