mwHard rock ‘n rollers Massive Wagons are appearing at the Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle on Feb 9th and are kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day.



The Tannahill Weavers are currently on tour celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, so that ties in nicely with Fifty Gigs In A Day and I am delighted to have them involved. They play Huntingdon Hall in Worcester on February 8th.

01 Feb 2018 : SOUTHPORT UK : The Atkinson
02 Feb 2018 : COLCHESTER UK : Headgate Theatre
03 Feb 2018 : HALESWORTH UK : The Cut Theatre
04 Feb 2018 : EMSWORTH UK : Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall
06 Feb 2018 : HAMPSTEAD UK : Heath Street Baptist Church
07 Feb 2018 : CRANLEIGH UK : Cranleigh Arts Centre
08 Feb 2018 : WORCESTER UK : Huntingdon Hall
09 Feb 2018 : MOIRA UK : National Forest Folk Club
10 Feb 2018 : SOUTH PETHERTON UK : David Hall
11 Feb 2018 : GREAT TORRINGTON UK : The Plough Arts Centre
14 Feb 2018 : BIRMINGHAM UK : Red Lion Folk Club
15 Feb 2018 : BATH UK : Chapel Arts Centre
16 Feb 2018 : THAMES DITTON UK : The Ram Folk Club
17 Feb 2018 : UCKFIELD UK : Uckfield Civic Centre
18 Feb 2018 : DIDCOT UK : Cornerstone Arts

05 Apr 2018 : BIRNAM UK : Birnam Arts Centre
06 Apr 2018 : ULVERSTON UK : Ulverston Folk Club
07 Apr 2018 : BERWICK-UPON-TWEED UK : The Maltings
10 Apr 2018 : BARNARD CASTLE UK : Witham Arts Centre
11 Apr 2018 : DUNDEE UK : The Unicorn
12 Apr 2018 : GALASHIELS UK : Mac Arts Theatre
13 Apr 2018 : MILNGAVIE UK : Milngavie Folk Club
14 Apr 2018 : STIRLING UK : The Tolbooth
15 Apr 2018 : SETTLE UK : Victoria Hall
17 Apr 2018 : LEITH UK : Leith Folk Club
18 Apr 2018 : DUNFERMLINE UK : Dunfermline Folk Club
19 Apr 2018 : MUSSELBURGH UK : Brunton Theatre
20 Apr 2018 : LANARK UK : Memorial Hall
21 Apr 2018 : PAISLEY UK : Paisley Arts Centre

28 Apr 2018 : NESLE (SOMME) FR : Les Nuits Celtiques

05 May 2018 : GIRVAN UK : Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

18 May 2018 : INDIANAPOLIS IN USA : Sound & Spirit Concert Series
19 May 2018 : MARYVILLE TN USA : Smoky Mountain Highland Games
20 May 2018 : MARYVILLE TN USA : Smoky Mountain Highland Games
24 May 2018 : MINNEAPOLIS MN USA : Cedar Cultural Center
25 May 2018 : THREE LAKES WI USA : Three Lakes Performing Arts Center
26 May 2018 : WASHINGTON ISLAND WI USA : Trueblood Arts Center
27 May 2018 : HILLPOINT WI USA : Three Ply Gardens

01 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
02 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
03 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
06 Jun 2018 : RUMFORD ME USA : Mystic Theater
07 Jun 2018 : FARMINGTON ME USA : Old South Church Concerts
08 Jun 2018 : BOSTON MA USA : Boston Folk Song Society
09 Jun 2018 : BEACON NY USA : Towne Crier
10 Jun 2018 : STONY BROOK NY USA : Sunday Street Concert Series at Long Island Museum

02 Aug 2018 : STEUBENVILLE OH USA : Historic Fort Steuben Concert Series
03 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
04 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
05 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
08 Aug 2018 : GLEN ARBOR MI USA : Manitou Concert Series

07 Sep 2018 : FLAGSTAFF AZ USA : Coconino Arts
08 Sep 2018 : TUCSON AZ USA : Berger Performing Arts
14 Sep 2018 : OJAI CA USA : Ojai Concert Series at the Women’s Club
15 Sep 2018 : PASADENA CA USA : Pasadena Folk Music Society (CalTech)
16 Sep 2018 : BERKELEY CA USA : Freight & Salvage
21 Sep 2018 : COLORADO SPRINGS CO USA : Stargazer’s Theater
22 Sep 2018 : DENVER CO USA : Swallow Hill Music
28 Sep 2018 : HIGH POINT NC USA : High Point Theater
29 Sep 2018 : CHARLESTON WV : Footmad

10 Nov 2018 : ZEVENAAR NL : De Lantaern
11 Nov 2018 : AMEN NL : Cafe de Amer
25 Nov 2018 : APELDOORN NL : De Gigant

27 Nov 2018 : DARTFORD UK : Dartford Folk Club
29 Nov 2018 : PERSHORE UK : No. 8 Arts Centre

Here is the News…RUSH, CHICAGO, SLAYER

Alex Lifeson said in a recent interview that Rush are ‘basically done’, with no plans to tour or play live.

Slayer have announced via their Twitter page they will embark on one final world tour.

Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent recently broke his silence after twenty years with a new interview. There may be new material due with Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion if all goes well.


Escape Music re-issue Drive, She Said’s ‘Real Life’ album on March 23rd.

Chicago have had two long-term members leave, lead singer Jeff Coffey and drummer Tris Imboden.

Kelly Nordstrom and Simon Collins have left Sound Of Contact, who’s future now remains unclear.

Here Is The News…060118 Space Elevator, Arena, Narrow Plains

Space Elevator have announced UK tour dates for May…


Arena tour playing their ‘The Visitor’ album in full…


The Narrow Plains release a new single ‘I Should’ve Known’ through Spectra Music on February 2nd –




Here Is The News…030118

Danger Danger guitarist Rob Marcello has joined the Poodles, replacing Henrik Bergqvist. The band release a covers album later this month.

Deep Purple’s Don Airey has a new album due this spring via earMUSIC.

Credo are planning to complete their new studio album for release this year, along with live dates. Vocalist Mark Colton’s previous band Casual Affair are reforming for Danfest which takes place in the autumn.

John Otway tour dates – he is well worth seeing…

Jan 05 Norwich Arts Centre Norwich, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 21 The Greystones Sheffield, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Feb 03 CLUB 85 Hitchin, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Feb 16 Marr’s Bar Worcester, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Feb 22 Hare & Hounds Birmingham, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Feb 23 The Borderline London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 02 The Flowerpot Derby, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 04 The Moon Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 11 The Tea Tray Portsmouth, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 16 The Maze Nottingham, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 24 Gullivers Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Mar 29 Mirth, Marvel & Maud London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Apr 14 The Continental Preston, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jun 14 The Horn St. Albans, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Dec 06 Old Cinema Launderette Durham, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Dec 08 The Citadel St Helens, United Kingdom

Josh Taerk announces 2018 EP and UK Tour

Josh Taerk ‘Stages’ EP release: February 2nd 2018

Label: Misty Creek Records

Touring the UK Jan 2017


“Josh Taerk is the most exciting new talent I have come across in years. He blew me away with his presentation and song writing abilities. I’ve known, and played with, a few singer/songwriters in my time, and I can tell you-Josh Taerk has what it takes”

Max Weinberg (drummer with Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band)

Josh Taerk, a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been compared to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran and The Wallflowers, will be bringing his signature blend of rock’n’roll – Americana to UK shores in the new year, along with new tracks and stories from his upcoming EP ‘Stages’.

Since opening for Max Weinberg in New Jersey, performing with him at Summerfest to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band, and joining Max onstage as a special guest on his most recent tour, it’s been nothing but up for Josh – with tours across the UK, US and Canada, the release of two studio albums, and radio play across The US.

“A knack for writing moving songs to memorable melodies and infectious arrangements”

Maverick Magazine

On his new EP ‘Stages’, Josh wanted to “honor the artist I am now and show the progression, my experiences and growth from ‘Here’s To Change’,” his previous album. “That’s how I see all these songs, they’re snapshots of the person I was at the time I wrote them, and a snapshot of the moment that lead me to that song.”

Teaming up with producer Teddy Morgan (writer, producer and guitar player for Kevin Costner & Modern West), Josh co-wrote ‘Learning To Let Go’, the first single from ‘Stages’. A rocky-Springteenesque anthem that “makes anybody want to drive their car with their windows rolled down” (Paste Magazine), ‘Learning To Let Go’ is about “letting go of the need to control how things play out, and living in the possibilities of right now.” EP closer, ‘Neverland’ is a gentler ballad, drenched with electric guitar solos that wouldn’t be amiss from a Jon Mayer hit. “Baby you’re my Neverland” sings a love-struck Josh. “Love is passion, it’s surrender, ecstasy and bliss. It’s the greatest high you will ever hope to feel, and takes you places you’ve only dreamed of going,” comments Josh on his inspiration behind the song.


Josh’s songwriting is fixed on relatability and reality, and has been picked up by the likes of R2 Magazine, who commented that “Taerk writes hook-laden songs and pens literate words that focus on the stuff that makes us all tick,” in their four star review of Josh’s first and self titled album. He also garnered masses of support from UK press during his two UK headline tours, with the Sunday Mirror, Maverick, R2 and Get Ready To Rock labelling him as one to watch for the future in their reviews of 2015 record ‘Here’s To Change’.

It’s not only his studio records that have received praise. With the high energy of his live show, Josh was named one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015 by Get Ready To Rock. Josh is excited to return to the UK on his 2018 tour stating: “It’s like coming home. The UK was where I cut my teeth as an artist and performer. It’s where I developed my sound and learned what it meant to put on a show. My live show is what it is today in large part because of my experiences in The UK, and I can’t wait to be back.” His live shows are going to be “focusing on the songs off Stages for sure, but I’ll also be playing some select favorites from previous releases.”

“Josh’s lyrics are assured, his lyrics hit the spot every time, and his musical accompaniment is sublime throughout this album”

Classic Rock Society

Tour Dates

The Bedford, London – 11/01/2018

Smokin’ Aces Bar, Bournemouth, 12/01/2018

02 Academy 2 Islington, London – 13/01/2018

The Musician, Leicester – 18/01/2018

Stages Tracklisting
1.Learning To Let Go
2.Anywhere Love Took Us
3.After The Fall
4.Jekyll Or Hyde

Fifty Gigs In A Day: THE JIVE ACES

Delighted to have the Jive Aces involved. They have been runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent and tour relentlessly including having appeared at Glastonbury. They play Clacton on February 9.