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About The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A keen reader and lover of music plus of course my lifelong support of the mighty Potters, Stoke City! Enjoy running and fundraising.

New music – THE DIVINE COMEDY, SCOTT STAPP, GLORYHAMMER

Great to have new music from the Divine Comedy and ‘Queuejumper‘ is a catchy little ditty that bodes well for the upcoming double album ‘Office Politics’ due on June 7.

Creed vocalist Scott Stapp returns with a new song – an enjoyable piece of modern rock. Or as the PR blurb says…

“Purpose For Pain” is an auto-biographical rush of memories, from abuse, to escape, and going from bad to worse before finding the beauty in life’s hard-learned lessons. The single is the first from Stapp’s upcoming album “The Space Between The Shadows”, out in July 2019 on Napalm Records.

Also some bonkers space power metal from Gloryhammer, who have a new album, also released on Napalm Records, called ‘Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex’ which is out on May 31.

Music news – LULU Announces Extensive UK Tour For Autumn 2019

Legendary singer Lulu has announced an extensive UK tour for autumn 2019.

Celebrating 55 years since the release of the debut smash hit single ‘Shout’, Lulu’s ‘On Fire’ tour will see the Grammy-nominated singer play 35-dates across the UK, starting on September 19th and ending on 2nd November.

‘On Fire’ is a show packed full of hits, such as ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Relight My Fire’,  ‘To Sir With Love’ and, of course, ‘Shout’, amongst many others, as Lulu recounts her remarkable life now at 70 years old and a career that has outshone many of her contemporaries. 

The announcement comes just 48 hours after Lulu was revealed as Take That’s very special guest for their 37-date Greatest Hits Live Tour, where every night they will reunite to perform their #1 smash hit Relight My Fire together. 

Backed by her band, a huge LED screen (for the first time) showing carefully selected personal and career defining moments, Lulu will have audiences nationwide,  sitting, standing, dancing, singing, laughing and simply listening to an amazing story that started on 3rd November 1948.

Lulu said, “I’ve so enjoyed touring with my amazing band over the past few years that it didn’t take very long for me to get the urge to hit the road again. We’ll be playing here, there and everywhere, so I invite fans old and new to come along and share a great night covering my six decades in music. ”  

Singer, songwriter, actress, business woman and national treasure are all labels that have been attributed to Lulu, who has stayed the course, when many have faltered, simply because of her talent as an artist and her determination as a person. 

Her powerhouse performances have ensured a loyal following of fans who come out year after year to witness a legend at work.

Something to shout about? Lulu has plenty!

The dates for Lulu’s ‘On Fire’ tour are as follows: 

September

19        Basingstoke     Anvil Arts Theatre

20        Eastbourne       Congress Theatre 

22        Oxford                         New Theatre

23        New Brighton Floral Pavilion

24        Motherwell      Concert Hall

25        Aberdeen         Music Hall

26        Inverness         Eden Court

28        Lanark                         Lanark Memorial Hall

29        Whitley Bay     The Playhouse

October

1          Birmingham     Town Hall

2          Buxton                         Opera House

3          Billingham       Forum Theatre 

5          York                Barbican

6          Wolverhampton The Grand Theatre

8          Shrewsbury      Theatre Severn

9          High Wycombe    Wycombe Swan Theatre

10        Peterborough   New Theatre

11        Barrow-in-Furness  Forum Theatre

12        Rhyl                 Pavilion Theatre

13        Manchester      RNCM

15        Durham           Gala Theatre

16        Bridlington       Bridlington Spa

17        Guildford         G Live

18        Bradford          St George’s Hall

19        Scunthorpe      Baths Hall

20        Bury St Edmunds The Apex

22        Swindon          Wyvern Theatre

23        Northampton   Royal & Derngate Theatre

25        Aberystwyth    Arts Centre

26        Cardiff                         St David’s Hall

27        Yeovil              Octagon Theatre

29        Kings Lynn      Corn Exchange

30        Southend         Cliffs Pavilion

31        Hayes              Beck Theatre

November

2          Barnstaple        Queens Theatre

A ticket presale through the tour’s venues will take place from 10.00am on Wednesday, 17th April.

Tickets go on general sale at 10.00am on Thursday 18th April, available from www.luluofficial.com

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Incoming music…KIAN SPARKES

Kian Sparkes is a musician/audio engineer who has released a series of EPs and albums to date. The four songs on the free EP are well produced rock with a distinct country feel. Not surprising given his love of Lynyrd Skynyrd! ‘Has It Got What It Takes’ is a tasty classic rock fuelled tune, featuring plenty of loud guitar. The other stand out is the country rocker ‘Come Outside (And Hold My Hand)’, one perfect for daytime radio. Maybe not the strongest vocalist, however the songs have strong melodies and tales of the everday in the lyrics.

You can grab a free download here

Pete Lincoln’s statement…

Pete’s farewell to Sweet

Things change. Life goes on. After thirteen great years which have flown past in the blink of an eye, the Sweet’s ‘Still Got The Rock’ tour in May will be my last with this fantastic band.

It’s been a fascinating ride filled with music, laughter and great memories. I have met many wonderful friends and fans along the way, and will always value my time spent fronting The Sweet.

Of course I’m not retiring and will continue my involvement with FRONTM3N and solo projects. The time is simply right for us all to make this change.

I wish Andy, Bruce and Tony the very best for the future continuation of this most iconic of bands, and thank them for their friendship and cameraderie on the road. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish my mate Paul Manzi well in his new role – I know he’ll do a marvellous job.

We are, and will remain, firm friends and I’m sure I’ll be making a return appearance from time to time, so this is by no means a forever goodbye!

Pete

Music news – DAN WALSH NEWSLETTER

Greetings to you all from my new home in Shrewsbury! I’m currently having a great time touring with UFQ but the main purpose of this email is to tell you all about my NEW ALBUM! And also the accompanying tour and lots more besides. Read on to find out more 🙂
NEW TRIO ALBUM AND TOUR
DAN WALSH TRIO – TUESDAY NIGHT SESSION

I am ecstatic to announce that my new album ‘Trio’ will be released in May accompanied by a UK tour. Last year saw our first tour and it was a great success and I am so pleased and proud to be working with two of my favourite musicians and people – Ciaran Algar on fiddle and Nic Zuppardi on mandolin. We will be playing new material from the album, a few old favourites and a few brand new items as well. Come and see us – tickets and dates below:
  MAY
02 PENRITH Sunbeams Music Centre
01768 892909
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/467238
04 KIRKBY FLEETHAM Stapleton House
https://www.facebook.com/housegigs/
Mike Dillon – mdillon847@aol.com
05 NEWCASTLE Gosforth Civic Theatre
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dan-walsh-trio-tickets-56200…
09 NORWICH Anteros Arts
https://www.anterosfoundation.com/…/thursday-9th-may-dan-wa… 1
0 CAMBRIDGE Folk Club
https://cambridgefolkclub.co.uk/
11 WOLVERHAMPTON Newhampton Arts Centre
http://www.newhamptonarts.co.uk/dan-walsh/
17 ASHINGTON SUSSEX Music At The Buildings
https://musicatthebuildings.wordpress.com/
19 WOODBRIDGE SUFFOLK The Froize
https://folkatthefroize.uk/
22 STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre
https://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/…/the%20dan…/info
26 NORTH YORKSHIRE Swaledale Festival
https://www.swalefest.org/…/22…/e/dan-walsh-trio-26-may-2019
28 MALDON Blue Boar
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/463335
29 MILTON KEYNES The Stables
https://stables.org/event/dan-walsh-trio
30 LEICESTER The Musician
https://www.ticketweb.uk/…/dan-walsh-trio-the-musi…/8876105…
31 BRISTOL Folk House
https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/…
JUNE 27 SHREWSBURY Stop Cafe
Tickets available soon
BANJO TAB BOOK
I’m also delighted to say that for the first time, I will be releasing a banjo tablature book. I’ll be returning to the Midwest Banjo Camp in the US (see below) in June and last year so many people asked me about a book I thought it was about time I did one! It will be a collection of tabs from four of my albums – The Same But Different, Incidents and Accidents, Verging On The Perpendicular and the new album Trio. It is aimed at intermediate to advanced players primarily but hopefully there’s something for everyone! There’s plenty of instructions to accompany the tab. More information to follow on release dates, where to get it etc but I thought I’d give you the good news now 🙂
USA TOUR IN JUNE
Delighted to be heading back for my third tour of the USA. I’ll be returning to the Midwest Banjo Camp in Olivet, Michigan to play and teach alongside some of the world’s finest banjo players (no pressure…) and then heading to California for a little run of gigs. Dates as follows, would be lovely to see you:

JUNE

06-09 OLIVET, MI Midwest Banjo Camp
http://midwestbanjocamp.com/
California:
11 SISKIYOU COUNTY Skyelark Ranch
gilliesthepiper@gmail.com
12 SEBASTOPOL Jon Berger’s House Concerts
jberger@sbcglobal.net
13 SOQUEL The Ugly Mug
crbrundle@gmail.com
14 GILROY House Concert
Please contact me for this one!
15 MODESTO Great Valley Songwriter Series
cvanempel@gmail.com
16 BERKELEY Sally Greenberg’s House Concerts
reservations@sgreenberg.org
17 NEVADA CITY The Willo
kcarchidi@hotmail.com
UFQ X2
Finally, very excited to tell you that over the summer and in a few gigs in the autumn my band Urban Folk Quartet will be augmented! UFQ x2 will hit the festivals featuring an extra fiddle, bass and a horn section as part of our tenth anniversary celebrations. We’ve had the first couple of rehearsals and it sounds amazing! We can’t wait to unleash it on the world – head over to theufq.com and check the gigs out.
Thank you all so much for the continued support. It’s a crazy life I’ve chosen, and you all make it possible and I am forever grateful.

Best wishes,
Danjo

Music news – MAGNUM June tour dates including a return to Stoke :)

4th June            STOKE Kings Hall

5th June            ABERDARE Coliseum Theatre

7th June            SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL, Solvesborg

9th June            ROCK HARD FESTIVAL Gelsenkirchen, Germany

11th June          BURY ST. EDMUNDS Apex

12th June          HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome

13th June          WARRINGTON Parr Hall

15th June          ROCK THE COAST FESTIVAL Malaga, Spain.

Magnum’s latest album, ‘Live At The Symphony Hall’, was universally acclaimed on release in January 2019, Classic Rock’s Malcolm Dome raving in his 8/10 review that “The band are tight and passionate, while Bob Catley’s vocals cut through with febrile certainty. And it says a lot about how committed Magnum are to more recent material that tracks like ‘Crazy Old Mothers’ and ‘When We Were Younger’ sound as momentous as the timeless ‘How Far Jerusalem’ or ‘The Spirit’.”

‘Live At Symphony Hall’, which was recorded on 19th April 2018 at the exhilarating final concert of their 2 month long ‘Road To Eternity Tour’ in Birmingham, contains an impeccable mix of Magnum classics and cracking new songs from 2018’s studio album, ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, which was widely acclaimed as one of, if not the best album of the group’s entire career to date when released at the end of January this year.