JULY

SAT 1st                WHOLE HOG

           GIG PIT review - The Comrades welcomed The Whole Hog back with their eclectic mix of rock that although you're familiar with, you don't often hear played by local bands. The fact there were members of at least 5 local bands in to see The Hog gives an idea of how highly the band are respected among the local musicians. Kicking off with Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well and running through classics by Family, Jethro Tull, Free, The Climax Blues Band as well as a couple of newer numbers by Joe Bonamassa & The Foo Fighters the bands gave a superb show that was well received by the punters. Rob on vocals & Sax is an excellent front man whose vocal talents and onstage athletics are a visual focus that other bands could learn from. Twin guitarists whose on stage empathy speaks of long experience of working together are underpinned by a solid rhythm section fronted by John on bass who bounces well off Rob on vocals in giving the appearance of a party on stage. Musicians having a good time whilst playing always carry the crowd with them - we look forward to seeing The Whole Hog later in the year.

SAT 8th                GRAHAM RUSSELL
            By the age of 15 he was playing electric guitar in local bands, very soon progressing to becoming a local rock guitar hero in his native north east of England. It was not long after that before Graham found himself working with top vocalist and frontman TERRY SLESSOR from BECKETT and PAUL KOSOFF'S BACK STREET CRAWLER, VIC MALCOLM from GEORDIE, and the SPIDERS FROM MARS and GOLDIE vocalist PETE McDONALD
Graham then went on to do recordings with JOHN MILES and TERRY SLESSOR. 
He then joined 'ERIC BELL'S THIN LIZZY' as lead guitarist comfortably performing all their hits throughout Europe
In 2002 Graham was inducted into the MONSTERS OF ROCK alongside STEVIE HUTCH on keyboards where he could really show his talents as a 'Rock God' performing the world's greatest rock songs to massive audiences throughout Europe
In 2009 Graham joined The UK LEGENDS performing his first gig with the band on stage in front of thousands of fans alongside ALAN SILSON Ex SMOKIE original guitarist.
Since then he has been amazing audiences throughout Europe with his excellent guitar playing and vocal talents

            
           


SAT 15th              F.M.

           Review - "Was this our best  pub gig ever ?? Probably !!!!What can you say about FM , this was rock and metal utopia, a classic journey through the rock and roll hall of fame. They did the lot, Kaiser Chiefs, Foo Fighters,Sabbath, AC/DC, Zep and no real cheese, Ok they did Whisky in the Jar, but hey!!  FM put a great amount of effort into this gig , sometimes mid week gigs just don,t seem to have the same WOW /OOMPH  The atmosphere was great as was the music, a superb night. What is particularly pleasing is that FM don,t always take the easy option, i.e instead of sticking to Sweet Child Of Mine ,they did Welcome to The Jungle,so its nice to hear a year and on this performance many a year to come different GnR cover and one that takes a little more effort vocally.
        How long have FM been around now ?? Many a year and on this performance many a year to come. Thanks lads you were awesome."

 


SAT 22nd                     OVERDRIVE
         
BIO "OVERDRIVE ARE A DYNAMIC ROCK COVERS BAND PLAYING A SELECTION OF CLASSIC ROCK SONGS, FROM THE 60'S TO NOW. TAKING YOU THROUGH THE GREAT AGES OF MUSIC FROM THE WHO TO KINGS OF LEON, MADNESS TO SEX PISTOLS, DEEP PURPLE TO FOO FIGHTERS. WITH AN ALL-ACTION FRONT-LINE, A BIG SOUND AND GREAT LIGHTS, THIS IS A BAND NOT TO BE MISSED"
Covering tracks by - STEREOPHONICS - BAD COMPANY - NICKLE BACK - THE FRATELLIS - BOWIE - GREEN DAY - T. REX & MORE.
            " singing & dancing guaranteed!! these guys know how to party"


             


SUN 23rd  (4pm)  BREAKFAST CLUB  (£3cc)

        STARTS 4pm........£3cc
An afternoon of classics performed by the North-East's top 80's tribute. Recently formed with very talented musicians that have 1000's of gigs under their belts, with top bands - Tyne Lizzy - The Kill - Bon Jovi Forever - Antmusic and more.
Covering tracks by - Duran Duran, Nik Kershaw, Billy Idol, Spandau Ballet, Gary Numan, A-ha, Aztec Camera, David Bowie, Inxs, Dead Or Alive, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, OMD, Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Tears For Fears +



SAT 29th              THE 2-80's

          The 280s are a very well established 4 piece band from Northeast of England. Providing the best totally live experience for Clubs, Pubs and Private Partys.                         Music from the likes of Stereophonics, Black Keys, Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Kings of Leon, Blackberry Smoke, Primal Scream, Billy Idol, ZZ Top  plus many more.
       Providing outstanding sound and light shows with vocal & guitar harmonies, you will never be disappointed with The 280s.
       "The 280's played at Cramlington Club & they rocked the joint, filled the dance floor and they were shouting for more at the end of the night, I was sick of people telling me how good they were; truly a great night."
       "Awesome night, a great set, loads of complimentary comments. Top job"

      


                                                    AUGUST

SAT 5th                 HOPE CITY ROCKERS 
         
Gigit review  -   "We headed to The Fox Cover in Ashington to see a new band for us, a band we have had in the listings for a while now and who's setlist was one that we quite fancied.
   Although we arrived shortly after they had gone of stage, we were very impressed form the start with some great songs that are not usually seen on a night out, including Aerosmith, Shinedown and Blackstone Cherry amongst others. The band were very tight and the vocals were top class and Adam has a superb range that enables him to cover a vast collection of songs with The Darkness being pitch perfect and a very impressive vocal performance in the two Guns n Roses songs.
   The second set reverted back to classic rock with songs from Steppenwolf, Motorhead, AC/DC, The Who, Led Zeppelin and more. The band perform each song extremely well, but are not afraid to have some banter with the crowd and quite often Lee wandered through the crowd with either guitar in hand or mic when he set off to find various patrons to join in with Green Day.
   All in all a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining night and certainly a band that we'll happily return to see and would recommend to everyone."
    

 



SAT 12th              UNCLE GILBERT
         
RIFFS ONLINE REVIEW - " An excellent night with some classic rock covers done by mainstay of our rock fraternity both Bill & Gary gave the thumbs up to the performance - as did all the other punters in the venue tonight. For a band to stay together for that long you just know they're doing something right - this band have just earned themselves a promotion into the premiere league"covering tracks by - BAD COMPANY - BILLY IDOL - BON JOVI - CULT - DEEP PURPLE - GARY MOORE - HENDRIX - SATRIANI - PINK FLOYD - RORY GALLAGHER - SANTANA - U.F.O. - ZZ TOP & much more
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SAT 19th              101
         
We are pleased to welcome back one of the tubs favourite bands, who play a great mix of modern & classic rock.Tracks covered by, - LED ZEPPELIN KILLERS - AC/DC - KINGS OF LEON - LYNYRD SKYNYRD - KIESER CHIEFS - NIRVANA - RAZORLIGHT - PINK FLOYD - GREEN DAY
davys rock page review - "All in all , a great night with a great atmosphere and a lot of people dancing, so if you want to hear newer covers with a good mix of older rock 101 deliver".



SAT 26th              STRAIGHTSHOT
     
Formed in 2009, the current line-up consists of Kev and Ged both on lead and rhythm guitar and background vocals, Mick  on bass guitar and finally Richie who is doing the extraordinary job of doubling up as the band's lead vocalist and drummer, - doing both jobs admirably! This has to be seen to be believed!
      All band members have at least 20 yrs experience of playing live in various local bands and clubs around the North East, some of which bands have included; Kneejerk Reaction, Alexander's Palace, Chase and Flashpoint.
       The band are a primarily a classic rock covers band, covering music ranging from  AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and Queen, through to newer artists such as Billy Idol, Stereophonics, but played with a much harder edge.




                       
SEPTEMBER

SAT 2nd         GRAHAM RUSSELL
         
By the age of 15 he was playing electric guitar in local bands, very soon progressing to becoming a local rock guitar hero in his native north east of England. It was not long after that before Graham found himself working with top vocalist and frontman TERRY SLESSOR from BECKETT and PAUL KOSOFF'S BACK STREET CRAWLER, VIC MALCOLM from GEORDIE, and the SPIDERS FROM MARS and GOLDIE vocalist PETE McDONALD
Graham then went on to do recordings with JOHN MILES and TERRY SLESSOR.
He then joined 'ERIC BELL'S THIN LIZZY' as lead guitarist comfortably performing all their hits throughout Europe
In 2002 Graham was inducted into the MONSTERS OF ROCK alongside STEVIE HUTCH on keyboards where he could really show his talents as a 'Rock God' performing the world's greatest rock songs to massive audiences throughout Europe
In 2009 Graham joined The UK LEGENDS performing his first gig with the band on stage in front of thousands of fans alongside ALAN SILSON Ex SMOKIE original guitarist.
Since then he has been amazing audiences throughout Europe with his excellent guitar playing and vocal talents

 

SAT 9th         STEVE BALLANTYNE BAND


            Steve Ballantyne, unsigned singer/songwriter and producer of Lifehouse Records is a professional musician of serious substance. His talent is recognised nationwide and in most areas across Europe, Festivals, Rallies, radio appearances and theatre performances encompass his glittering career as a performing artist, featuring in many Rock & Blues bands. Consequently his work has attracted the attention of the press who have documented his success along the way as an unsigned singer/songwriter.
         On stage his joy is boundless. That joy is contagious and his music is infused with it, composed and arranged with assembly line precision, elevated with performances that hurtle forward with unbridled enthusiasm.
       Covering tracks by Queen  -  Led Zep  -  Dire Straights  -  ZZ Top  -  Quo  -  AC/DC  -  Who  -  Rainbow  -  Stevie Ray Vaughan, and much more


SAT 16th              FOSSIL

           The band comprises some of the finest singers and musicians in the region, all experienced professionals with a long pedigree of performing, recording, teaching and composing. With an emphasis on powerful guitar-driven rock with massive vocal harmonies, FOSSIL have been taking the local gig scene by storm recently.
       Gig-pit review  -  "Cracking band , really good players and four singers all takin lead vocals ! Excellent harmonies , good sound ! Loved the set list , Asia , Kansas, Zeppelin, Gary moore, Yes !
        Great lead guitars from both Brian Emerson and Ritchie Reeve ! Ritchie also adept at simulating keyboard parts on the guitar and a very fine player aswell !   Drummer & bass player were tight as a Frogs bum! Drummer sang zeppelin stuff and was amazing !
   Definitely a band I would go to see again and again !  Highly Recommended !!


SAT 23rd              FU FIGHTERS

             Fu Fighters, four guys from all realms of the North East arrive at the Turbinia for the first time to give you a Powerful performance in tribute to one of the biggest bands on the planet for the past twenty years The Foo Fighters!    No gimmicks, no divas just four huge foo fans that like to rock out to Dave Grohl and co......
This band goes from strength to strength and has had some great gigs over the years including the O2 in Newcastle.
        Sit back enjoy (or get up and rock out) to the mighty tunes such as "All my life, Everlong, Best of you.....and every other hit the Foos have had plus extras and maybe.....if your lucky you may just get a couple off the new album"Sonic Highways".......pop along for a loud ear popping Rock n Roll roller coaster......The Fu Fighters hitting the Turbinia this May...It's something       "I'll stick around for"....


SAT 30th              AMERICAN GIRL

              American Girl is a four piece 100% live rock/pop band fronted by Lara who really is an `American Girl` all the way from sunny California!  We play music from a variety of artists and can tailor our setlist for the venue we play at.
          Review - "Fantastic performance once again by American Girl. excellent musicianship by the  guys and brilliant vocals and stage presence by Lara. Played back videos recorded at gig and Lynne my girlfriend said to me you are the full package. Lara you are lovely and you guys Rock. From Ballroom Blitz to Black Velvet to Rebel Yell etc; everything you played you left your mark once again".
         Covering tracks by - Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Anastacia, Cher, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Blondie, Bryan Adams, Tina Turner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thunder, Springsteen and much more.

               
                                     
 OCTOBER

SUN 1st   (4pm)   0ASISJAM              (£3cc)


       OASISJAM are a tribute to 2 of the greatest bands ever - OASIS and THE JAM. We are a 4 piece band and create the greatest hits of both bands such as Wonderwall, Going Underground, Town Called Malice, Don't Look Back In Anger - all killer and no filler !! OASISJAM are based in the North-East of England and play regularly in the area.                                                                         Band Members :  Tim Lowe - Vocals, Guitar.  /  Richard Coxon - Bass, Vocals. /  Alan Batchelor - Lead Guitar, Vocals.  /  Scott Fenner - Drums, Percussion.

SAT 7th                 UNCLE GILBERT

           RIFFS ONLINE REVIEW - " An excellent night with some classic rock covers done by mainstay of our rock fraternity both Bill & Gary gave the thumbs up to the performance - as did all the other punters in the venue tonight. For a band to stay together for that long you just know they're doing something right - this band have just earned themselves a promotion into the premiere league"covering tracks by - BAD COMPANY - BILLY IDOL - BON JOVI - CULT - DEEP PURPLE - GARY MOORE - HENDRIX - SATRIANI - PINK FLOYD - RORY GALLAGHER - SANTANA - U.F.O. - ZZ TOP & much more

SAT 14th               F.M.

         Review - "Was this our best  pub gig ever ?? Probably !!!!What can you say about FM , this was rock and metal utopia, a classic journey through the rock and roll hall of fame. They did the lot, Kaiser Chiefs, Foo Fighters,Sabbath, AC/DC, Zep and no real cheese, Ok they did Whisky in the Jar, but hey!! FM put a great amount of effort into this gig , sometimes mid week gigs just don,t seem to have the same WOW /OOMPH
The atmosphere was great as was the music, a superb night. What is particularly pleasing is that FM don,t always take the easy option, i.e instead of sticking to Sweet Child Of Mine ,they did Welcome to The Jungle,so its nice to hear a year and on this performance many a year to come different GnR cover and one that takes a little more effort vocally.
       How long have FM been around now ?? Many a year and on this performance many a year to come. Thanks lads you were awesome."

 

SAT 21st               GROOVETRAIN

SUN 22nd  (4pm) GATECRASHERS
       
A gig by the Gatecrashers on 12 March 2011 prompted this review in a local North East 'rag'.   "The Brandling Villa in Gosforth, Newcastle, buzzed with excitement. The place was packed to the rafters with fans as well as musicians from other local bands - all here to spend an evening with the fabulous Gatecrashers. It was the first time I'd seen them with their vibrant new lead vocalist. And I was impressed - so very impressed. Nick (Saints of Arcadia) Jennison has more than enough charisma to set a stage alight - and then some. And he can sing - oh, can he sing! Sharing lead guitar with Ant Wright (who provides great backing vocals) they had a ball while entertaining their discerning Geordie audience. And the crowd roared.
Add the brilliant bass guitarist, Dave Hildreth and talented drummer, Doug Hayes to the flavoursome mix - and the Gatecrashers were a big green GO!"


SAT 28th              DUST TOWN DOGS
         
Fantastic band with a great following, re-booked after an amazing debut gig last year.
                   Some reviews  -  Gig-Pit  "One of the most energetic and entertaining live acts I've seen for a long time. The Dust Town Dogs play an eclectic mix of classic punk,rock,ska,country and folk songs all done with acoustic instruments. Don't be fooled tho, they're bloody loud! The band are tight, the vocal harmonies excellent,the harmonica playing superb and to top it all off, it's all done "doggy" style!!! Maybe that's why the ladies seem to love them!!! Definitely worth a look,(and take ur wife, it'll make her horny)!"   -  -  "Surprise of the day for me was Dust town dogs. I'd heard about them but never really fancied the style of music they play. Well how wrong can one be!!  One word. (Tremendous!!) Go get there CD!! For those few who don't know, they play a kind of Cajun/Pougues mix. If you don't like them, you don't have a heart and your probably dead."    -  - "Was asked to go and film this band at Consett empire what a cracking night audience eating out of there hands from the off never seen so many people up on stage dancing and singing with the band, great entertainment."



SUN 29th   (4pm)   BREAKFAST CLUB   (3cc)

     STARTS 4pm........£3cc
An afternoon of classics performed by the North-East's top 80's tribute. Recently formed with very talented musicians that have 1000's of gigs under their belts, with top bands - Tyne Lizzy - The Kill - Bon Jovi Forever - Antmusic and more.
Covering tracks by - Duran Duran, Nik Kershaw, Billy Idol, Spandau Ballet, Gary Numan, A-ha, Aztec Camera, David Bowie, Inxs, Dead Or Alive, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, OMD, Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Tears For Fears +

                                                    
NOVEMBER

SAT 4th                MUGSHOT


     One of the Turbinia's  favourite  bands
              Bio: MUGSHOT - a four piece band from the South Shields area playing modern and classic rock covers by bands such as Bon Jovi, Chilli Peppers, Kings of Leon, Metallica, Muse, U2, Van Halen & Whitesnake, to name but a few.  
"We hadn't seen this band before so we didn't know what to expect and boy did they rock The Hearts !! ;D Something for everyone in the set that had the dancers on their feet, the one's I remember were, U2, Whitesnake, Killers, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, Nirvana, Guns n Roses, The Cult, Radiohead.....etc, all played and sung brilliantly !! ;) ;D 8-) If you haven't already seen this band, go and see them, you won't be disappointed !! ;) ;D



SAT 11th              RIFF RAFF
      
Band Quote  -  "We play AC/DC.....were not look alike.....we just love the music and want to pass that on to other folks who love it too! Come along and enjoy a night of classic rock mixed with a few beers....always a winning combo".
               A TOP, TOP, quality band whose future gigs include "ROCK LEGENDS" at the O2 ACADEMY


SAT 18th              101

SAT 25th              FIZZY FISH


                      BAND QUOTE  -  Fizzyfish are a band......... but what sort of band?                                                     We aren't rock...we aren't pop....were not indie or even punk........                                 We are the edges in between, we feed on the flux flowing through them all and fuse them all together. The subject matter of some of our songs can be a bit dark, but you wont care as you sing away oblivious to the hidden messages in these anthemic tunes, all plucked from our own Juke Box of Doom stretching from 1976 to nearly now and back and forth. We try and pick songs that you will know, but not ones that every other band plays. Were not really a club, wedding or Barmitzvah band, you may find some parts of our set a bit  anthemic a bit serious, you may find the humour a bit off the wall, the imagery a bit surreal, you may find you have a damn good night, a daaaaamn good night.  The first set is designed to listen too, while you get comfy in your surroundings, the subliminal messages gradually turning you to drink, loosening your resolve, you may want to get up and dance and that would be great, but stick around for the second set as we know you will definetly feel the need to dance as the energy ramps up.
     We will then send you out into the world having journeyed through time and space, faced some demons and come out the other side full of fabulousness a humming and a smiling. The list of acts we cover evolves through time, most stuff is post punk, we could do classic rock, but there are other bands that cover that area really well and we suspect that we are a bit different,


SUN 26th   (4pm)  t.b.a

                          
DECEMBER

SAT 2nd               ROMEO'S PISTOL


            Romeos Pistol - where the hell did they come from? This fresh faced dynamic three piece represent the next generation of live entertainment. At a glance they're three lads with a mighty sound who conquered 2016 in style. Underneath their leather jackets, tight shirts and skinny jeans there's a raw passion for guitar based music and a healthy interest in big sound.
       A set list boasting the likes of up-to-date indie rock without missing out the golden oldies, the band have engineered a unique sound beginning with neat arrangements of the likes of Arctic monkeys, Kings of Leon and Oasis, coupled with beefed up rock twists of 80s classics such as 'don't you want me baby', 'superstition' and many more.
       Tom Backhouse (24) fronts the band on the impressive lead guitar and is also principle chanter with his raunchy vocals. David Lloyd (25) provides the guts with thumping bass lines throughout and Daniel K (33) gives the drums a relentless battering which altogether constitutes an energetic performance full of twists and turns.The band will take you on a nightlong tour where you can , rock to 70s punk, dance to 80s rock before singing your heart out to all the modern classics. Just to give a flavour in no particular order, Romeo's Pistol delve into some of the most loved tunes from the Stereophonics, Black Keys, Beatles, Buzzcocks, The Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, U2, Oasis and many more. So, put your beer back in the fridge and get down to the local boozer for a night you may regret tomorrow but - 'at least not today'.   


SAT 9th                DAKOTA
     
Quote - "Dakota are a really tight act who look like they enjoy every second of their set. They like to keep their set list varied covering music from many different periods and genres.    All rockers at heart their set has a definite rock feel but there is something to keep everyone happy!"       -   Trimmers Arms, South Shields Mar '17
       Covering songs by, - Chilli Peppers  -  Oasis  -  Green day  -  Killers  -  Blink 182  -  Metallica  -  U2 & much more


SAT 16th              THIS MACHINE
    
Gig-pit Review - "Well, i dont even know what to say, apart from.......THIS MACHINE were absolutly amazing last night, one of the best......especially when the guitarists were on the tables and bar, haha. every song was awsome, perfect sound, and just all round exellence. And also it was the best atmosphere i've ever seen, everyone was havin fun." - GIG PIT REVIEWOne of the most entertaining bands on the circuit, music by MOTORHEAD - VAN HALEN - METALLICA - PEARL JAM - BON JOVI - GUNS N ROSES - DEEP PURPLE - AC/DC - BILLY IDOL - THIN LIZZY

SAT 23rd              7 SINS

             GIG PIT REVIEW - "First time for me to catch the 7 Sins @ Murton's Big Club i realy enjoyed the band a great selection of Rock covers from tom petty - free - kings of leon - Def Leppard - Bad Compony - kaizer chiefs - Simple minds. The standard of playing was excellent bill brown on Rythm and lead vocals has a great tone to his voice and is a great frontman who likes to get the audience involved with his jokes and banter.The other members play to a very high standard Lead guitar - Bass - and a cracking drummer that captures the feel and sound of the the drummers that had crafted the songs that they covered.All in all what a great night" - "Now if they are a new one for you too, make a point of getting to see them - you wont be disappointed.They didn't need gimmicks as the quality of playing was excellent as was the sound quality.So a fantastic night with Rainbow, Free, Doobie Brothers "Long Train Running", Martha & the Muffins "Echo Beach" to name just a few.The crowd really appreciated them and I think you would."

SAT 30th              NORGAARDS

                 The Norgaards are a 3 piece Indie Mod Punk Rock Blues band consisting of bass drums and guitar/vocals. Based in Darlington the band set out as a first wave cover band, due to popular demand for more Indie Rock Ska etc they decided to broaden their set to wider Genres while still keeping to the original energetic approach that the lads have developed a reputation for. The Norgaards have established themselves as a 'must see' live and very talented band that oozes energy.
          Covering tracks by - CLASH - THE CORAL – JAM – KILLERS – FEEDER – WHO – OASIS – THE VACCINES – FRATELLIS – GREEN DAY – BLUR – THE DAMMEDARCTIC MONKEYS & much, much more.


SUN 31st    (9pm)      101      (£3cc)






 

 
 








FIRE LADY LUCK

Lewis Naylor - Lead Vocals - Guitar / Alex Dixon - Guitar - Backing Vocals Anthony Fish - Bass - Backing Vocals / Alex Naylor - Drums

Quote - "Alternative-rock band Fire Lady Luck are, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most talented bands in the North East, and Nothing To Prove just establishes that fact even more. Ever since they appeared on our radar a couple of months back, this has been the album we*ve been itching to listen to" - Bottleneck Reviews
Previous gigs, include O2 Academy, Newcastle, - main stage at Willowman 2017, and one of the best acts at Ronnington festival
Covering tracks by - Clash - Foo Fighters - Kinks - Beatles - Who - Rolling Stones - Green Day - Eagles - Blink 182 - RHCP - Johnny Cash & many more.




SAT 25th      GRAHAM HENDERSON EXPERIENCE

           The Graham Henderson Experience was formed in 2014. The band features Ian Raine on bass (2 albums with prog rockers DeeExpus/worked with ‘infinity’ and ‘ultimate bowie’) and Graham’s brother, Dave on drums (drum teacher and seasoned musician).  Both Ian and Dave worked together previously in the pub rock scene
         Review/Comments
        THE GRAHAM HENDERSON EXPERIENCE - one of the best guitarists in co Durham’ (manager of tutsters bar from his fb page 2017)
       ‘Great Band, great night – booked back for the 16th December (jim- manager of the john Duck)
        Hi Graham, just wanted to say thanks for Saturday – all the staff said they had a great night (Helen, manageress of the angel, Durham).
     Never seen a band do a cover of Robin Trower – absolutely fantastic. I will definitely get my mates to come down here next time you are on (Barry – The  Moorhouse, Seaton Burn)
    Good stuff, traditional pub rock (Chris H), Canny that (Steve Strat) crackin bass player (Uncle Raymee) – comments by gigpit regulars on the band.



J.D. & THE WOODSMEN  £3cc

           Hailing from County Durham, JD & The Woodsmen were formed back in the summer 2012. With backgrounds ranging across Rock, Gospel, Blues, and Country, the band quickly found their calling in Funk, Soul & Rock n Roll - and the rest, as they say, is history... Starting in out in the local venues of South West Durham the gang gained a beloved and fiercely loyal following. Since then they have played hundreds of gigs ranging from pubs and clubs to private parties and weddings around the country. After successful appearances at Stone Valley Festival, Shildonbury, Crookfest, Richmond Live, and a headlining slot at their hometown festival Fuzz Fest, they have made lots of friends as well as gaining a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the North East. With artists ranging from James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles to Wilson Pickett, Al Wilson and Martha Reeves, evoking memories of The Blues Brothers and The Commitments - JD always aim to keep the dance floor moving...


REVENANT

         Sam Hauxwell Review  - "The blistering set takes in AC/DC, Saxon, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Scorpions, Metallica, Rainbow, Guns n Roses etc etc ......not always the usual choices but a mixed bag of METAL mayhem!!!
                   The Frigate is a fantastic bar to see any live act, but when Revenant come knocking at the door, it's a different experience altogether.
      What makes Revenant stand out from the rest is the years of experience and musicianship put into play during their live performances. Arguably one of the greatest local bands I've ever seen, they never disappoint their audience which is full of bikers and a loyal following.
       Revenant have a fantastic setlist, which is even enjoyed by those that wouldn't consider themselves metal fans, I personally wouldn't have ever thought of myself as a metal fan but coming from the Frigate on Saturday night, I found myself singing their setlist long after they'd finished their mind blowing performance. Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, and Metallica are just some of the bands they cover song from, chewing it up into their own sound and spitting it back into the audience's ears as a kick-in-the-balls stamp on their live covers.
    Wherever they go Revenant create an atmosphere like no other, and it's often hard to find a band with music skills as high as theirs, with the ability to get the audience pumped and feeling like they own the world.
      Revenant own the current local music scene, for no other band has yet managed to reach their live music experience, it's a phenomenon that is only understood by those who have seen them, my only advice is to watch out, for when Revenant change your world".
 

BORN VILLIANS

THEIR FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE TUB, WAS ONE OF THE BEST DEBUT GIGS EVER  Durham based Classic/Hard Rock/Alt Rock, 5-piece (3 guys + 2 girls) covers band. We are a professional covers band cranking out songs from all the biggest and best Rock bands from the last 40 something years. We have plenty years experience gigging in our own original bands and various other cover bands...
   This band are one of the most highly rated new bands in the region, they will be massive.
Covering tracks by - FOO FIGHTERS - STEREOPHONICS - WHITESNAKE - AC / DC - GUNS & ROSES - METALLICA - BLACK SABBATH - AEROSMITH - LED ZEP - ZZ TOP - PEARL JAM - BON JOVI - NIRVANA - ALICE COOPER & much more
NOT TO BE MISSED !!!!!


SKAPONES

                       (4pm Start  -  £3cc)
             The six piece ensemble got together to play a music that they all love, and the chaps intend to perform a selection of 2 Tone anthems and other foot stomping tunes, with the objective of making you dance and smile.
        They have supported acts like Bruce Foxton's From The Jam at venues like ARC Stockton On Tees where they had a successful performance.They have also played with members of The Specials, Bad Manners & The Selecter. They have played at festivals such as Stone Valley, YSA Invasion 12, the Great Northern Mod & Ska Festival, the Woodhorn Festival and the prestigious gig at the Feuerwerks Open Air Festival at The Reduit in Mainz, Germany amongst many ither successful gigs. They have recorded 2 tracks in the past for the Specialized Project that raises money for Teenage cancer Trust & Youth Music UK- " Police On My Back" for the Specialized project album " Combat cancer- A tribute to The Clash" and "Midnight Ravers" for the 2016 "One Heart - A tribute to Bob Marley" album..The band have also headlined events for March Of The Mods, Our House all dayers in York and Barnard Castle Big Day Out.


TIN PAN ALLEY


Members: Jack Watson - Keyboard Paul Dannat - Guitar & Vocals Alex Fawcett - Lead Guitar Hamish 'Moose' Laishley Gary Godridge - Drums
Genre: Rock & Blues
Covering tracks by -  UFO, Muddy Waters, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Forengier, Tom Petty, Montrose etc
Great band with a large local following, regulars at major festivals and top venues (Forum etc)


GROOVETRAIN

       Top North-East venue review -  This was a first for the tuns I think, James Brown,
 Marvin Gaye and a bunch of funk tunes I was kind of familiar with but it wouldn't have mattered because 'Groovetrain' are about the delivery not just the great choice of songs I love the fact that Micky Luv describes himself as lucky to play with such talented musicians. My mate Col told him on Saturday he's the 4 th best looking and the 4 th best singer and if that were true for me, he's still the reason Groovetrain are the must see band . I'm not sure who else could bring these great players together and have them looking like they are loving every second of it.   A packed Tuns absolutely lapped it up from the stunning playing of young Michael to the total class of the guy on sax. When he sang I literally couldn't believe how good he was and then he started to play !!!! There's nowt to say about the backline of Ian and John they must be the best on our local scene then it's back to Micky Luv who had the crowd eating out the palm of his hand then we had the surprise introduction of Tuns favourite Beth Macari on vocals late on and it was the icing on the cake, I wanted this show to go on all night, it was just a top show and everyone was loving it I never thought I'd put a show full of soul motown and funk as one of my gigs of the year, but this will be whatever follows Can't wait to have them back and other venues looking for a top night see if you can get Groovetrain you won't regret it.
 


SKINFLINT  

      Twice stars of the main stage at 'STORMIN'   

             Previous review from the Turbinia - "Skinflint's first blast in the Tub last night, and what a first blast!!;DI love Skinflint, cos they've got the only two guys I know who get their hair out more than me!!       Absolutely ace! Everyone has said how good the lads were, and with an alternative venue just over the road havin a band on again, some of the folk who came over from there said they were well pleased they had done so!!      The lads had the sound bang on for us, they sounded excellent! (I loved "the soundcheck song") Opening tune was Paranoid, swiftly followed by For Whom The Bell Tolls. Thin Lizzy's Cold Sweat was top notch as was Cat Scratch Fever, I heard that one at Crook and it's fast becoming one of my faves! Chris Isaac's Wicked Game and Ozzy's Bark At The Moon were followed by Rosalie, (which took away one of our lad's shout for his encore straight away!!) AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie removed Keith's second encore shout so he was stuck for what to shout for when the time came!! Bit of Foo Fighters and Sabbath, The Cult's L'il Devil had me and some of the lasses on the floor with the hair out, (nowt new there ) and Status Quo's Sweet Caroline rocked!! Whisky In The Jar totally ruined Keith's chances of shouting for anything at all for an encore,, Highway Star and Smoke On The Water, and the lads rounded off with my all time fave Rebel Yell, which guaranteed me whiplash this morning!!     Saw these guys at Stormin last year, was looking forward to them coming to the Tub and they did themselves proud. I hope they enjoyed the gig as much as the punters did, and look forward to them coming back for another round!!
 
 

SAT 13th            BALLS OF STEEL

              
Balls of Steel are at The Turbinia for a gig that will certainly be one to remember. Combining The Ballbreakers and Steeler to bring an amalgamated super group playing everything from AC/DC, Bad Company through to ZZ Top. Bound to be one hell of a night, so GO SEE.Review from Haughton Buffaloes, - "Balls in The Buffs, Twin lead guitar outfit Balls of Steel came out on a bitterly cold night to play for the Herd in Houghton Comrades on 12th December. Featuring ex-Venom guitar player Jim Clare plus son Sam the band played through a selection of classic rock favourites, kicking off with some Thin Lizzy and including tracks from Gary Moore, ZZ Top, Free, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Kinks & T Rex. The dancers were up from early on and stayed on the floor for much of the night, genuinely nice guys and a pleasure to work with."

 


SAT 20th            REVENANT

              
Sam Hauxwell Review  - "The blistering set takes in AC/DC, Saxon, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Scorpions, Metallica, Rainbow, Guns n Roses etc etc ......not always the usual choices but a mixed bag of METAL mayhem!!!
                   The Frigate is a fantastic bar to see any live act, but when Revenant come knocking at the door, it's a different experience altogether.
      What makes Revenant stand out from the rest is the years of experience and musicianship put into play during their live performances. Arguably one of the greatest local bands I've ever seen, they never disappoint their audience which is full of bikers and a loyal following.
       Revenant have a fantastic setlist, which is even enjoyed by those that wouldn't consider themselves metal fans, I personally wouldn't have ever thought of myself as a metal fan but coming from the Frigate on Saturday night, I found myself singing their setlist long after they'd finished their mind blowing performance. Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, and Metallica are just some of the bands they cover song from, chewing it up into their own sound and spitting it back into the audience's ears as a kick-in-the-balls stamp on their live covers.
    Wherever they go Revenant create an atmosphere like no other, and it's often hard to find a band with music skills as high as theirs, with the ability to get the audience pumped and feeling like they own the world.
      Revenant own the current local music scene, for no other band has yet managed to reach their live music experience, it's a phenomenon that is only understood by those who have seen them, my only advice is to watch out, for when Revenant change your world".
 
 


STRAIGHTSHOT

                
Formed in 2009, the current line-up consists of Kev and Ged both on lead and rhythm guitar and background vocals, Mick  on bass guitar and finally Richie who is doing the extraordinary job of doubling up as the band's lead vocalist and drummer, - doing both jobs admirably! This has to be seen to be believed!
      All band members have at least 20 yrs experience of playing live in various local bands and clubs around the North East, some of which bands have included; Kneejerk Reaction, Alexander's Palace, Chase and Flashpoint.
       The band are a primarily a classic rock covers band, covering music ranging from  AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and Queen, through to newer artists such as Billy Idol, Stereophonics, but played with a much harder edge.
 
 


COLDHEARTED

             
A 'supergroup' formed from some of the best bands in the north-east, 'Sticky Fingers', 'Cadilacs' and 'Storme' with Marky Evans  (one of the best frontmen out there) sharing vocal duties with the awesome voices of Alison Gray & Lorren Evans
        A 7 piece band with keyboards and Female backing vocals, covering tracks by 'TOTO'  'WHITESNAKE'  'JOURNEY'  'MICHEAL SCHENKER'  'ZZ TOP'  'VIXON'  'EUROPE'  'FLEETWOOD MAC'  'VAN HALEN'  'DURAN DURAN'
            These guys have 1000's of gigs under their belt with various bands, they ooze quality and confidence, sure to be a belter of a night, NOT TO BE MISSED !!!!!!

 


SAT 14th CAPTAIN ROCK

 
          THEY ARE BACK !!!! Without doubt, the band people have missed the most, are getting together for a few gigs, and wanted one to be here, where they had some awesome performances, this could be the last time so don't miss the one and only 'CAPTAIN ROCK'            
       GIG PIT REVIEW FROM THE TUB -"Decided to take it easy and drive to the Turbinia in Newton Aycliffe last night to watch Steve, Lewthy, Al and Marky aka Captain Rock.
Anyway, I missed most of the first half....what I did see I'll come back to. The second half was a typical CR performance. Steve's a good sound engineer and he had the mix pretty much spot on with it not being too loud and everything cutting through well. The pub was pretty full and the crowd up for some Christmas shennanigans... ...shennanigans are a Captain Rock thing as well.
Lots of wandering into the crowd, guest appearances galore, standing on chairs, playing the other guitarists guitar with your own baldy heed.
They even did a couple of Christmas songs at the end getting the crowd to participate.
 Back to the first set. Despite all the carry on and showmanship that gets the crowd going, Captain Rock are four very good musicians, playing some very good music.
Al and Mikey are solid as a rock at the back, Steve's got a great voice and Lewthy's playing is getting better all the time.  To prove the point, I'd have to describe 'astronomy' by Blue Oyser Cult which is always the last song of the first set. It has everything in it. It's a long song but it keeps your interest from start to finish with it's highs and lows. Brilliantly executed by the band and undoubtably the best song of the night"
 
 

QUEENS OF NOISE

             Review  -  They play a wide range of songs that spans Blondie, Pat Benatar, Lita Ford and Lady Gaga as well as the tribute stuff. And if you doubt their playing and singing, do not! These gals appear to have paid their dues and deliver an entertaining performance: great vocals, good stagecraft and excellent musicianship. They present themselves very well and looked comfortable and assured in everything they played. But what really knocked me out was their sound. This was provided using top class gear and with the help of their sound man, Matt, who worked as a hard as anyone to give the band's skills the best possible balance, crispness and clarity, throughout their performance. In short, Queens of Noise are a very professional, entertaining and great sounding band. Well worth booking!
     Another review - "By the time we got to the pub it was absolutely packed & within the first few tracks we saw, it was apparent as to why, because The Queens Of Noise are excellent. The all girl band, comprise a bunch of talented musicians who play with energy  & more importantly with a smile on their faces, which shows just how much they enjoy putting a show on, and it was a cracking show
 
     Asked to play the massive 'Christmas Rocks' gig at the Newcastle 02 ACADEMY 2013, they went down that well they have been asked back every year since
 
 

AMERICAN GIRL

      A
merican Girl is a four piece 100% live rock/pop band fronted by Lara who really is an `American Girl` all the way from sunny California!  We play music from a variety of artists and can tailor our setlist for the venue we play at.

 
          Review - "Fantastic performance once again by American Girl. excellent musicianship by the  guys and brilliant vocals and stage presence by Lara. Played back videos recorded at gig and Lynne my girlfriend said to me you are the full package. Lara you are lovely and you guys Rock. From Ballroom Blitz to Black Velvet to Rebel Yell etc; everything you played you left your mark once again".
         Covering tracks by - Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Anastacia, Cher, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Blondie, Bryan Adams, Tina Turner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thunder, Springsteen and much more.
 
 


BIG RED & THE GRINNERS

               
About Us
Big Red & the Grinners. Where do you start trying to describe this band? If you've seen them, you'll understand the problem. Maybe the best place to try to explain this phenomenon is from their beginning.
Big Red & the Grinners began as the brainchild of one of the band members, a seasoned player who had tired of a predictable and stale band scene in local bars and clubs. So, he set about finding some like-minded musicians who were willing to take a risk, be different and most of all- be unpredictable in the choice and style of songs. After putting together a band consisting of vocals, banjo, guitar, accordion, double bass and stand up snare & wah-wah washboard, a set was put together which featured influences ranging from Hayseed Dixie to serious American roots folk music.
         One of the unique features of this band, is how they appear to move seamlessly from the likes of an absurd version of Technotronic's  'Pump Up the Jam' to Tony Rice's bluegrass classic 'Freeborn Man', or from Jay Z's  '99 Problems' to Kelly Joe Phelps masterpiece of folk 'Window Grin'.
    They have this same incredible ability when it comes to gigs and venues. Within the space of a week they can play a bar in Newcastle, then 'Bulldog Bash' (the biggest Hell's Angel's organised festival in Europe) and finish off the week appearing on BBC TV's  'Don't tell the bride!', and amazingly not look out of their depth at any of them. In the last year they have played The Cluny twice, The Sage Gateshead three times and made their second appearance at the prestigious Americana Festival.
 
Here*s a taste of the reaction they get:
 
- 'Pure genius!' (Americana Festival, The Sage Gateshead. Jumpin' Hot Club)
-'100% Total entertainment' (Veece, Stormin' the Castle (biker's rally, Organiser)
' 'These guys stole the show, unforgettable' (Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Andy Buyers, South Tyneside Council)
 
We haven't even begun to scratch the surface of this band, talk about the way they dress (which is a contradiction to all that you hear them play), or Big Red himself who hails all the way from the deep South (Shields that is) Louisiana.
     So how do you describe these guys? Well ' there's no point trying, you best just go and see them and try and work it out for yourself! They're sure to leave you with a Grin on your face!!
 

SKINFLINT
            

Twice stars of the main stage at 'STORMIN'   

             Previous review from the Turbinia - "Skinflint's first blast in the Tub last night, and what a first blast!!;DI love Skinflint, cos they've got the only two guys I know who get their hair out more than me!!       Absolutely ace! Everyone has said how good the lads were, and with an alternative venue just over the road havin a band on again, some of the folk who came over from there said they were well pleased they had done so!!      The lads had the sound bang on for us, they sounded excellent! (I loved "the soundcheck song") Opening tune was Paranoid, swiftly followed by For Whom The Bell Tolls. Thin Lizzy's Cold Sweat was top notch as was Cat Scratch Fever, I heard that one at Crook and it's fast becoming one of my faves! Chris Isaac's Wicked Game and Ozzy's Bark At The Moon were followed by Rosalie, (which took away one of our lad's shout for his encore straight away!!) AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie removed Keith's second encore shout so he was stuck for what to shout for when the time came!! Bit of Foo Fighters and Sabbath, The Cult's L'il Devil had me and some of the lasses on the floor with the hair out, (nowt new there ) and Status Quo's Sweet Caroline rocked!! Whisky In The Jar totally ruined Keith's chances of shouting for anything at all for an encore,, Highway Star and Smoke On The Water, and the lads rounded off with my all time fave Rebel Yell, which guaranteed me whiplash this morning!!     Saw these guys at Stormin last year, was looking forward to them coming to the Tub and they did themselves proud. I hope they enjoyed the gig as much as the punters did, and look forward to them coming back for another round!!
 
 
 
SAT  5th          STEVE BALLANTYNE BAND

                 Steve Ballantyne, unsigned singer/songwriter and producer of Lifehouse Records is a professional musician of serious substance. His talent is recognised nationwide and in most areas across Europe, Festivals, Rallies, radio appearances and theatre performances encompass his glittering career as a performing artist, featuring in many Rock & Blues bands. Consequently his work has attracted the attention of the press who have documented his success along the way as an unsigned singer/songwriter.
         On stage his joy is boundless. That joy is contagious and his music is infused with it, composed and arranged with assembly line precision, elevated with performances that hurtle forward with unbridled enthusiasm.
       Covering tracks by Queen  -  Led Zep  -  Dire Straights  -  ZZ Top  -  Quo  -  AC/DC  -  Who  -  Rainbow  -  Stevie Ray Vaughan, and much more


SAT 28th          AVATAR

             Gig pit review - l just couldn't resist the lure of me old mates in Avatar, who were playing their comeback gig with their new line up after far too long an absence!
         The band have been in a bit of a limbo since the departure of ace axeman Paul Nesbitt and the mighty lungs of Graham Mannion and the search to find replacements willing to give the commitment required and focus on the direction that the band wanted to go was long and hard, but in my humble opinion they've got it nailed now! Old soldiers Titch on drums, Jeff on bass and Stan on rhythm have now been joined by Skinflint's Kev Burdon on lead and ex Kimra front man, Chris Kerswell on vocals.
       Avatar have always prided themselves on playing the tunes as near to the original as possible and Kev is well up to the task and oozes enthusiasm during his performance as Skiflint fans will know! Chris is a natural front man with a great voice well suited to the Avatar set and a great line of patter with the crowd, you just can't help but like the guy! l was told that he was a bag of nerves before he went on, but l saw no sign of that, just a bloke having a great time on stage and sweating like a pig!  :o
             If you like your music hot n heavy, Alice In Chains, Pantera, Megadeath, Ozzy, System Of A Down and that ilk, you'll not be disappointed, the crowd wasn't and yelled for more! Another great night at a great venue with a great set of lads!  ;)
 
 

SAT  5th            TIN PAN ALLEY

            Members: Jack Watson - Keyboard Paul Dannat - Guitar & Vocals Alex Fawcett - Lead Guitar Hamish 'Moose' Laishley Gary Godridge - Drums
Genre: Rock & Blues
Covering tracks by -  UFO, Muddy Waters, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Forengier, Tom Petty, Montrose etc
Great band with a large local following, regulars at major festivals and top venues (Forum etc)  
 
 

SAT 12th          SKINFLINT

                Twice stars of the main stage at 'STORMIN'       
  Previous review from the turbinia - "Skinflint's first blast in the Tub last night, and what a first blast!!;DI love Skinflint, cos they've got the only two guys I know who get their hair out more than me!!       Absolutely ace! Everyone has said how good the lads were, and with an alternative venue just over the road havin a band on again, some of the folk who came over from there said they were well pleased they had done so!!      The lads had the sound bang on for us, they sounded excellent! (I loved "the soundcheck song") Opening tune was Paranoid, swiftly followed by For Whom The Bell Tolls. Thin Lizzy's Cold Sweat was top notch as was Cat Scratch Fever, I heard that one at Crook and it's fast becoming one of my faves! Chris Isaac's Wicked Game and Ozzy's Bark At The Moon were followed by Rosalie, (which took away one of our lad's shout for his encore straight away!!) AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie removed Keith's second encore shout so he was stuck for what to shout for when the time came!! Bit of Foo Fighters and Sabbath, The Cult's L'il Devil had me and some of the lasses on the floor with the hair out, (nowt new there ) and Status Quo's Sweet Caroline rocked!! Whisky In The Jar totally ruined Keith's chances of shouting for anything at all for an encore,, Highway Star and Smoke On The Water, and the lads rounded off with my all time fave Rebel Yell, which guaranteed me whiplash this morning!!     Saw these guys at Stormin last year, was looking forward to them coming to the Tub and they did themselves proud. I hope they enjoyed the gig as much as the punters did, and look forward to them coming back for another round!!   


SAT 26th          DAMAGED INC.

       STARS OF THE MAIN STAGES AT 'STORMIN' & 'O2 ACADEMY'       
Gig-Pit Reviews -   "The four machines that are Damaged Inc. played once again at the Golden Fleece to a much appreciative crowd which obviously included myself, as they have to be my favourite tribute band.  From start to finish these lads put everything into their performance which is fast and furious as you would expect from a Metallica tribute. Their sound thanks to Gamb was perfect, and the musicianship is second to none! Drummers, sometimes obliterated by the front men, dont usually get the recognition they deserve, but this one (Kev) certainly does as he's tremendous. Vocals, brilliant and guitars quite exceptional, its no wonder this band are appearing at Stormin' it is well deserved. Looking forward to dragging my backside out again when you boys are playing as I never tire of seeing you."
           & -    "This Metallica tribute band genuinly blew me away, every note sung and every chord played was clear as a bell and dead on. The Band had an aura of cool and portrayed the real spirit of Metallica down to a tee, spectacular performers, amazing musicians, and one of the best bands we've seen at the Clayton so far on our saturday night rock night.Thanks Damaged Inc for an amazing night, hope to catch you again soon for some more Rocking times. Come back and play for us AGAIN!"                    
 

 

FEED THE BEAR


              GIG PIT REVIEW  -  from a previous gig at the TURBINIA  welllll!!    What can I say?!    Awesome!!         What a brill band this lot are!! Very friendly and full of banter to a rather small audience. Steve was, as Marky had predicted, all ower the shop, outside within 30 seconds of the first track kickin in!! On the tables, on the floor, snogging the dog, the works!! Mansell was extremely accommodating with Steve singing to him on the floor,  Animal on drums was great to watch, bare chested and hair all ower the shop!! The tattoo on his back is MEGGGGAAA!! Love it!!         Some fab renditions of some of my fave tracks, including Alice Cooper, Faces, Bowie, Nazareth and a couple of AC/DC tracks in the first set. Have to say I thought Highway to Hell and Whole Lotta Rosie was feckin' fabulous!! Proper loud and ear-splitting, just how we like it!! Second set gave us California Man (Mott the Hoople??), Bad Bad Boy, Sin City, Don't believe a word, and a track I've not heard in yonks - Black Knight! Feckin' ace that was!! A couple of Zep tracks and Cat Scratch Fever for an encore rounded of an absolutely brill gig at the Tub, I for one thoroughly enjoyed Feed The Bear, and look forward to their (guaranteed)  return here soon!!                  Nice one lads, some happy punters here!!


STRAIGHTSHOT

     Formed in 2009, the current line-up consists of Kev and Ged both on lead and rhythm guitar and background vocals, Mick  on bass guitar and finally Richie who is doing the extraordinary job of doubling up as the band's lead vocalist and drummer, - doing both jobs admirably! This has to be seen to be believed!
      All band members have at least 20 yrs experience of playing live in various local bands and clubs around the North East, some of which bands have included; Kneejerk Reaction, Alexander's Palace, Chase and Flashpoint.
       The band are a primarily a classic rock covers band, covering music ranging from  AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and Queen, through to newer artists such as Billy Idol, Stereophonics, but played with a much harder edge.


 


COLDHEARTED

            A 'supergroup' formed from some of the best bands in the north-east, 'Sticky Fingers', 'Cadilacs' and 'Storme' with Marky Evans on vocals (one of the best frontmen out there)
        A 7 piece band with keyboards and Female backing vocals, covering tracks by 'TOTO'  'WHITESNAKE'  'JOURNEY'  'MICHEAL SCHENKER'  'ZZ TOP'  'VIXON'  'EUROPE'  'FLEETWOOD MAC'  'VAN HALEN'  'DURAN DURAN'
            Only the 3rd outing for 'COLDHEARTED' but these guys have 1000's of gigs under their belt and ooze quality and confidence, sure to be a belter of a night, NOT TO BE MISSED !!!!!!
 
 


NO FUN

                Review No Fun Forum 27/09/13
    NO FUN are a five piece punk covers band based in and around Aycliffe / Darlington. With a line up comprising of former members of such prominent local acts as Freezone, Major Accident and Last Rough Cause, the band deliver a tight set of punk classics from the late 70s and early 80s.
    Their recent appearance at the forum saw the band take to a stage bedecked with a digital back-drop, opening the set with an authentic version of The Ruts classic Staring At The Rude Boys, sharply followed by the Sex Pistols No Feelings. After a couple of SLF tunes - the acidic Straw Dogs and tongue in cheek Barbed Wire Love the anthems kept flowing, After a frantic and powerful 50 minutes the pace slowed and the cheers lifted the roof as the intro to White Man in Hammersmith Palais rang out across a sweaty hall, and when the last chords rang out  the Bass Drum kicked straight back into life as The Pistol's Holidays In The Sun once again lifted the tempo, before a fitting finally of the Angelic Upstart's classic England brought
proceedings to an end.
     Any individual who believes punk rock is solely about spitting, swearing and shouting needs to get their arses to a No Fun gig to see exactly what they have been missing over the years!

 

 


THE ZINC BUCKETS

ROCKERMOUTH REVIEW "STORMIN 2011" - "Saw the Buckets show in the Iris tent and they RULED IT! 8-)
If ever a band were more suited to a venue, I could not think of another as much as the Buckets playing in the Iris tent at Stormin. Their 3rd time now, yet this time they are becoming legendary amongst the bikers, hence the reason why the tent was rammed full from the very first number. :o
A brilliant marathon performance from these guys (an hour and 3 quarters without a break), awesome reaction from the crowd, What a show! 8-)"
"the best gig i'v been to, nothin' comes close,mayhem of the highest order"

THE TOP BAND at 2 of the biggest bike rally's in the country - "FARMYARD PARTY" & "STORMIN"
THIS WILL BE THE PARTY OF THE YEAR " BUCKETMANIA"


SKA MANIA   

 

     Rockermouth review from "stormin the castle" - "I'd never seem Ska-Mania before. I'd briefly met the singer when he was at the Office one evening watching a band play, and I knew John the keyboardist as he is also the keys-player with the local Whitesnake tribute band, Slip of the Tongue. So it was first time for me seeing these lads in action, but I was very impressed with what I saw. They are a seven-piece outfit, comprising of bass, drums, guitar, keys, horn section of sax & trombone, plus a separate lead singer. They have a great full sound, lots of visuals to see on stage with the group having plenty of members, and you got all the superb bouncy ska classics that you*d expect to hear. I must have missed the first half of the gig, but I did get to hear songs like 'On My Radio' by Selector, plus a ton of Madness tunes including 'Embarrassment', 'Madness' & the awesome 'Nightboat to Cairo'. Most of the band were dressed up for the occasion (all suited & booted), and performed extremely well. For the stage/band area, nothing that much had changed from previous set-up's for Stormin'. It was still the same size marquee; same lay-out, same stage area, and the quality didn't dip one iota. Even the terrible weather couldn't dampen the spirits of the bikers out front dancing along to the music. Ska music has that infectious groove inherent within it, and like-wise there were plenty of folk out there loving it all and getting right in to it. Time was only real factor that the bands had to battle with for their performances, and unfortunately it took longer time than anticipated to get Ska-Mania off & running. So they had their set cut short by 10 minutes to try and catch back up on schedule with the rest of the acts, but for their brief appearance they did a highly impressive job, and certainly brought with them a bit of sunshine for the soul for all those watching. So good in fact that I'd like to see their full set someday, and hope that I can do it soon".

NE / DC

Gig Pit Review - Crook FC was absolutely jam-packed and it appeared apparent that they had made such a good impression on the punters the last time they played, that quite a lot had turned out for them again, despite the dodgy weather.

       Well, what can I say about the music? Well NEDC are (probably obviously) an ACDC tribute band who cover the Bon Scott era tracks, and are made of the remnants of Whey Aye CDC plus a couple of newbies to the fold.

       They played a straight set for nearly two hours and as usual Graeme got right into his 'Angus' role and just never seemed to let up, an absolutely blistering guitar performance with all the moves of Angus off to a tee. The crowd were really getting into it by the third track!

      Lead singer Patrick, vocally I dont think I have ever heard better. I usually refer to him as 'more Bon than Bon' but dont just take my word for it, go and see for yourself, I think you will be amazed. Despite not looking like Bon however, Patrick is a great frontman, gets the crowd going and keeps up with the Duracell bunny antics of Graeme superbly well.

      The drummer Neil knows ACDC upside down and could probably play any track by them while eating a sandwich and reading a newspaper, and he puts his own trademark of course on everything he does.

      This is the second time I have seen NEDC and I think they were excellent first time round at The Blyth and Tyne, but they really stepped it up a gear and took the roof off Crook FC on Saturday.

       One to watch these guys, they dont gig loads, but I personally would highly recommend them.

    another - "outstanding again. It was just like watching the AC/DC ''Rock goes to college 1977'' DVD....loved it."
 

  1 more - "Absolutely mint, close your eyes and Bon is back from the dead - spooky!"
 
 

 


SKA-TOONS



          The Ska-Toons have appeared on the same bill as Bad Manners, The Toasters, The Selector & Terry Hall From The Specials, plus many more.
    Quickly becoming one of North East's most sought after live bands. Having done over 100 shows in 2011 we are now taking bookings for 2012, with the diary filling up fast.
   The band has a big, ever-expanding following and reputation - selling out most shows. Doing covers from the likes of Bad Manners, Madness, The Maytals, UB40, Dave & Ansel Colins, The Specials, The Toasters, The Beat, The Piranhas & Many More with songs we have Ska'd up ourselves with a bit of a twist.
     All musicians in the band are highly professional, playing to the highest standards. Some of the best you'll hear on the ska scene. Members of the band come from diverse musical backgrounds, the pedigree of which meaning some have been involved with well known acts, such as Bad Manners , The Toasters , Penetration to mention but a few . While several of the band were long time and original members of the now  legendary Gangsters Of Ska.  
The band are proud of the high energy, in-your-face show they've put together - which is guaranteed to get the crowd jumping!
   Please don't settle for any CHEAP IMITATIONS as this band is the real deal! With an authentic 8-piece line-up, Live Ska gets no better than this!
 




WED 26th    THE ELVIS EXPERIENCE


                                 our "show of the month" nights
                           One of the countries top ELVIS tributes
    "MIKE MEMPHIS & THE MEMPHIS BELLES SHOWGIRLS"
            "2010 has been a fantastic year for "MIKE MEMPHIS & THE ELVIS EXPERIENCE". Regular bookings, referrals & re-bookings for 2011, along with a starring appearance at the journal tyne theatre in newcastle. The icing on the cake however, was that MIKE was asked to perform on the anniversary of ELVIS' birthday for the official elvis presley fan clubs "birthday bash" - the first time an Elvis Tribute Artist has ever been allowed to perform for this official fan club. Testament not only to his ability as a performer, but also to mike's own genuine admiration for the King of rock & roll. Mike has already been booked by the fan club for a vaiety of shows over the next 18 month.
This year has seen the rise & increase in popularity of his "road to vegas" cabaret show. This show features the gorgeous "MEMPHIS BELLES VEGAS SHOWGIRLS " who join Mike taking you through the ELVIS years, performing fantastic dance routines & treating the audiences to some stunning costume changes. A very "VEGAS" show
A review from top north east music venue - "It atmosphere is any judge of a performance, then MIKE MEMPHIS as ELVIS must rank aong the top acts ever to play at THE THREE TUNS, because there have been few nights i have enjoyed as much as this - MIKE MEMPHIS IS ELVIS - AND ELVIS HAS MOST DEFINITELY ROCKED THE BUILDING" www.ukelvis.co.uk

 

SKA-BOOM! uk

All star Ska band Ska-Boom! UK are the North East's newest and most exciting Ska music sensation. Formed in mid February 2008, a group of Teesside based musicians formed the band through a wanted advert in a local music magazine that had been placed by the drummer Matt. The band was put together through a genuine love of ska music and all things 2-Tone.
        As the band members were all familiar with the Ska music format through a mutual love of the whole Ska and 2-Tone scene, the actual replication of the songs came very easily. An amazing amount of interest and support has been shown by many local people, bars, pubs and clubs and the whole nostalgia factor of the music and authentic sound and appearance of the band has generated the re-ignition of a scene that has been out of people's minds for many years. We are a working class Ska band who are not out to make big money, but to go out, play our music and have fun. We have the authentic Ska sound of an infectious dance beat and rich brass section remenisent of the Ska scene of the early 80's.
        The privilege of replicating songs by our heroes such as The Specials, Bad Manners, Madness and other Ska legends is a true honour for us and the actual resemblance of our sound to the original music score is uncanny.

     Our aim is to put on a upbeat, entertaining show of party Ska music for people of all ages to enjoy, sing and dance to and to take people back to the original dance and party music phenomenon that is - SKA DANCE CRAZE!

 

POWERAGE
 

        ONE OF THE COUNTRIES BEST TRIBUTES TO ONE OF BIGGEST ROCK BANDS EVER
           This band don't normally play pubs, starred numerous occasion at o2 academy, headlined many major festivals & bike rally's
           New additions to the band mean this is the best line-up in their history
           Only play about 5 / 6 gigs a year, & will be your only chance to catch them in a small intimate pub gig

REVIEW - "The last time I saw Powerage was about 6 or so years ago when I did their PA at the Duke. They were ace then.  Last night I did their PA again and enjoyed every minute, from striking up to finishing. They were absolutely unbelievable. They blasted through about 100 minutes of pure energetic Bad Boys' Rock'n'Roll. I closed my eyes on several occasions and swore I could hear Bon from the other side. Even Zippoman said he was very impressed. Now that, coming from one of AC/DC's biggest fans must be taken as an accolade of the highest order.     They played songs only from the Bon era (my favourite by far) and they did them justice. All the standards came out with some lesser known album tracks. My fave of the night was "Down Payment Blues". It had the hairs standin up on me arms. Lush.

£5 cc  

 

SAT 27th        WITCHKRAFT

            REVIEW - "First appearance this year for old favourites Witchkraft saw them playing with last minute dep drummer Mick Kerrigan, - ex Force and currently bashing the skins for Blitzkreig. The band played a solid 2 hours, eventually coming off as the witching hour approached - sort of appropriate really. True to form, it was a different set from what we've had in the past but the good crowd still sang along and had a great evening. We hadn't met Ray, their new Darrass Hall bassist either but he fitted in a treat and knocked out a canny redition of 'Mr Big' which I've seen Free tribute bands make a balls of. Up front and central Mick belted out the vocals with humour and aplomb whilst Mal dazzled us with his dexterity on the fretboard. As always, an excellent show and we look forward to their return next year."
 

ROCK SOLID

             Gig pit review - "Bit of a late one but I just had to mention how absolutely outstanding Rock Solid were at Houghton Comrades on Friday night, the sound was spot on and the band were as tight as a folk singers fringe, CJ's voice was awesome and perfect for the Rush and Dio songs and as usual we were on cloud nine as the band blasted out ACDC, Saxon, UFO, Deep Purple.......etc, We know we are ALWAY'S in for a fantastic night when Rock Solid are playing and look forward to every gig, they alway's have the dancers up from the first note !! Great night of Rock played at it's best !! Thank you Rock Solid"
                             and another - "Just a quick thanks to the lads for a brilliant night at Bubbles! The place was heaving, the atmosphere was great and the boys were on fire! What more could you want? a crackin' night all round! Thanks again to one of the North East music scene's treasures!"
 
 
                                                       
 

BESSIE AND THE ZINC BUCKETS

          ROCKERMOUTH REVIEW "STORMIN 2011" - "Saw the Buckets show in the Iris tent and they RULED IT! 8-)
If ever a band were more suited to a venue, I could not think of another as much as the Buckets playing in the Iris tent at Stormin. Their 3rd time now, yet this time they are becoming legendary amongst the bikers, hence the reason why the tent was rammed full from the very first number. :o
A brilliant marathon performance from these guys (an hour and 3 quarters without a break), awesome reaction from the crowd, What a show! 8-)"
A big enthusiastic crowd lapped them up as Kev Bucket and the lads proved once again that they're one of the north east's top all time bands.
"the best gig i'v been to, nothin' comes close,mayhem of the highest order"
                Fresh from their sell out gig at Newcastle City Hall on sat 19 / 4 / 14
this could be be the biggest gig ever in aycliffe, you have got to be there, p.s. its the gaffa's burfday
 

HYBRIDS

              Recent Gigpit review - "The place is now chocca with a good mix of young and older types. The Tuns as most of you will know is a spit and sawdust sort of venue with tremendous form for irking out some of the best of acts from around the UK. Lights down, on come the Hybrids. They open with Riff Raff, and immediately I am taken by the sweet pa sound and the bands infectious energy. Into Basket case and a cracking version of Paul Weller's Changing Man, I can see why my mate loves this band and why there diary is full. An eclectic set with songs from the Police,Foo Fighters,Red Hot Chillies to the Cult,Dire Straights and even the mighty Quo. All delivered with precision and energy that makes you smile from ear to ear. The crowd are certainly loving it. Its hard to believe there a three piece as they have such a massive sound. I was impressed with the main vocals and the fact the the drummer and bass player also sang beautifully. Super venue, super night, tremendous band. If you see them advertised near you, go and check them out. They play something for everybody and they do it very well.
 
 BALLS OF STEEL

             Balls of Steel are at The Turbinia for a gig that will certainly be one to remember. Combining The Ballbreakers and Steeler to bring an amalgamated super group playing everything from AC/DC, Bad Company through to ZZ Top. Bound to be one hell of a night, so GO SEE.
  Review from Haughton Buffaloes,  -  "Balls in The Buffs, Twin lead guitar outfit Balls of Steel came out on a bitterly cold night to play for the Herd in Houghton Comrades on 12th December. Featuring ex-Venom guitar player Jim Clare plus son Sam the band played through a selection of classic rock favourites, kicking off with some Thin Lizzy and including tracks from Gary Moore, ZZ Top, Free, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Kinks & T Rex. The dancers were up from early on and stayed on the floor for much of the night, genuinely nice guys and a pleasure to work with."
 

 
 BALLBREAKERS


         
Gig-Pit review  -  "Popped down to see Jim Clare's Ballbreakers at the Tap and spile in Hexham yesterday. cracking afternoons entertainment, solid bass and drums, great humour and a mix of covers and originals. I haven't seen Jim play since around 1981 when we were at college together and whilst harder rock ain't generally my thing his guitar playing was master class in dive bombing, tapped harmonics and solos. Whole pub got into it, 4 encores yelled for, and even accompanied a number with a full bar room brawl during set 2 ( the Consett effect! Perhaps?). Anyway rather than me try to review any further if you want to see something a little different, like your rock hard and dirty then get down to see the Ballbreakers".
                 BAND QUOTE  -  "The Church of Gonadic Groove comes to The Turbinia, we hear there are people who are sick and need to be Baptised in Muddy Waters and hear the Gospel of Ted Nugent. If you are easily offended by the North East's Loudest,Rudest,Crudest Blues Rock Band, please come.....If you are Blind,you will Hear....If You are Deaf.......You will Hear....."Aycliffe, I Command Thee To Rock"


 
GATECRASHERS
              

A performance by the Gatecrashers on 12 March 2011 prompted this review in a local North East 'rag'.
   "The Brandling Villa in Gosforth, Newcastle, buzzed with excitement. The place was packed to the rafters with fans as well as musicians from other local bands - all here to spend an evening with the fabulous Gatecrashers. It was the first time I'd seen them with their vibrant new lead vocalist. And I was impressed - so very impressed. Nick (Saints of Arcadia) Jennison has more than enough charisma to set a stage alight - and then some. And he can sing - oh, can he sing! Sharing lead guitar with Ant Wright (who provides great backing vocals) they had a ball while entertaining their discerning Geordie audience. And the crowd roared.
Add the brilliant bass guitarist, Dave Hildreth and talented drummer, Doug Hayes to the flavoursome mix - and the Gatecrashers were a big green GO!"

 
 
SAT 20th           STICKY FINGERS


              1st set blasted off with- Judas Priest's 'Metal Gods'  - . UFO classic 'Lights Out' followed and by now the Stickies are going full steam, rocking out good and hard. There is only one word for Phil's guitar playing on this track - awesome! Drop in Van Halen's 'Lets Talk About Love' followed by a huge guitar solo spot that led into Satriani's 'Surfing With The Alien' and 'Breaking The Law' for a bit more Priest and you have the makings of a great first set.
     Second set opened with a Zeppelin medley of 'Communication Breakdown', 'Rock N Roll' and 'Whole Lotta Love' and it was here that the sheer volume and thump of Keith Moore's bass drum really made it's impact. I don't think I have ever heard as loud a kick anywhere. Blending nicely with Phil's Finley's bass, this is a good rhythm section for Phil Martin to build upon. Fronting a band like Sticky Fingers is no easy job, especially considering the length of time they have been around and the following they have built up but Mark Evans looks so relaxed on stage you feel he was born there Moving bassman Phil take center stage to sing 'Teenage Kicks' really worked and when Mark returned to close out the set with 'Enter Sandman' and a bouncy 'Anarchy In The UK' the audience took their voices through the roof and there now followed one of the loudest chants of "MORE! MORE!" I have ever heard and after jokingly starting 'Blaydon Races' the encore of 'Whole Lotta Rosie', 'Sweet Child O' Mine' and 'Paranoid' received a level of applause that sent any remaining roof tiles spinning off into space.
The summation of this thoroughly enjoyable night is simple : If you want your pub packed out with punters singing their heads off with a beer in their hand and a song in their heart, book Sticky Fingers.
 

 
SAT 18th           THE UNSOUND            
                      

 
                    The Unsound are a hard rock band from the North East of England, playing a collaboration of hard hitting rock covers ranging from Chuck Berry to Guns N Roses to The Foo Fighters with a few originals thrown in here and there. After a successful first year in the local scene playing various different pubs, clubs and festivals across the North East they are back with a vengeance.
 
 
TOMMY & THE ODDBALLS

             MASSIVE ON THE BIKE RALLY CIRCUIT,  
RECENT REVIEWS FROM TOON ROCK PAGES "AWESOME BAND, as ever they played absolutely brilliantly, Tommy as fantastic as ever (THE best frontman in the NorthEast, bar none, the man is an inspiration, a legend),
         "I can't believe how good they were. It was like walking into a pub, full of your best mates with the best goddam juke box you could hope for. Every member of the band is a really good and talented player. The timing was great, the entertainment value was great too. The audience (well packed) loved it from the off."
              "They are a superb band, prob THE BEST in the North East, period!"
Tracks Covered By THE WHO, BRYAN ADAMS, THIN LIZZY, FREE, HENDRIX, STONES, BAD COMPANY, KINGS OF LEON & Much, Much More
                              Should Be One Of THE GIGS Of The Year, DON'T MISS IT!!

 
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