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Peppers at a pinch

A DREAM of Californication returns to The Horn this Friday. The St Albans venue is hosting tribute act Red Hot Chilli Beans. The band have residencies at Chicago Rock and Jumpin Jacks and have proven to be a big hit at university gigs. A recent show at P...
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» When The Suburbs come into the city
» That familiar Fury feeling
» Doonican’s doin’ it again
» Cash fest
» A few times around the Blockheads

Cuban healers

SOUTH American fiestas come closer to home next week when St Albans Latin band the Swanvesta Social Club launches the city's own celebration. Next Friday, February 9, the band will be appearing at O'Neill's in Victoria Street as well as awarding prizes fo...
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» Band on the rise

Exit Avenue

Make for the Exit!

MAKING a sharp exit would be easy if, while playing a gig, all the lights, equipment and PA cut out. But Exit Avenue proved they have staying power by playing on stage until the end of the night. Tom Hargreaves, 20, one of the band s guitarists, recalls:...
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» Beats 'n' pieces
» Beats 'n' Pieces
» Time for a new sound

Lost Alone are on a UK tour

Outsiders call in

TONIGHT St Albans three piece The Sindys headline a special album launch show at the Hertford Marquee. Their record Jesus Christ Superstore was out at the end of last month. They have been developing their unique brand of paranoid-outsider rock n roll...
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» Heavenly sounds of rock and roll heroes
» One night only
» Band are the Bomb
» More tribute than Trash
» Diamond duo


Riding back on a horse with no name

SEVENTIES FM rock staples America are bringing their laid-back brand of music to Cambridge. The band, led by Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, and best known for their hit A Horse With No Name, play The Corn Exchange on March 15 at 7.30pm. They have plenty...
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» Get back to the 60s

Classical Music

Sarah-Jane Bradley and Jonathan Ayerst

Wedded bliss

HUSBAND-and-wife duo, pianist Jonathan Ayerst and viola player Sarah-Jane Bradley, will be giving the next recital for Radlett Music Club on Thursday, February 22. Their programme at the Radlett Centre will include music by Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar, Glinka...
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» Philharmonia first with Finn
» Lunch with Simon
» Deborah lined up for Chamber Choir
» Jeremy's recital

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Life and death in a tone poem

Robin Browning will conduct the University of Hertfordshire s resident orchestra as they open their Spring Season of concerts at the University of Hertfordshire this month Richard Strauss s tone poem Death and Transfiguration, composed in 1889, sets the s...
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» Life and death in a tone poem
» Chorus returns

Gig Guides & Charts

» What's on in-and-around Welwyn & Hatfield Feb 7 - 13
» What's on in-and-around Welwyn & Hatfield Jan 31 - Feb 6
» Comet country gig guide - Feb 8 - 17
» Comet country gig guide - Feb 1 - Feb 11


Jazz songstress

VERSATILE vocalist Trudy Kerr brings her quintet to The Fairway Tavern, WGC, this Sunday. Known for her powerful voice and impressive technique, the songstress performs everything from gentle bossanovas to Stevie Wonder. This gig will feature tracks by Ge...
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» A jazz expert

Young jazz talent in town

London combo The Dan Redding Quartet bring their contemporary jazz to Cheshunt on Sunday. The Quartet features some extraordinary young talent – although some of their musical influences go back a few generations. Leader Dan Redding is on guitar, with D...
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Other Music

Afternoon in the swing era

CELEBRATE the golden era of popular song with swing music show The Gershwin Years. Tony Jacobs takes to the stage with The Jim Barry Swingtet at the Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar, next Thursday, February 8. Other music featured from the swing era includes...
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» Gospel evening

Harping on about folk

A TRIO who have set out to add a new colour to English folk music are making their debut in St Albans on Sunday night. Laurel Swift, Nell McLeod and Steph West will be performing a unique combination in English traditional music with voices, fiddles, melo...
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» Organ star's theatre show
» Sign up for the sounds of summer

Swinging show

Shower yourself in warm nostalgic feelings as the UK s foremost big band music director, Ray McVay, leads the The Glenn Miller Orchestra on a trip down memory lane. The show arrives at the Playhouse in Harlow on Sunday February 18. It features The Moonlig...
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» Play it yourself at open mic night
» Ted Heath tribute

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