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Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
7:15 PM
The Horse & Stables
124 Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
Bromide ( ) make their 10th appearance at TOTHAS!

They made a triumphant appearance as a band, the summer before last. when they cranked up the volume with a rocking set. "Let You Down " was my favourite moment. This time founding member Simon Berridge will play solo, just like he did at the very first TOTHAS night. He hit the rock'n'roll road in his Ford Capri three decades ago, forming a succession of boldly named outfits before settling on an anagram of his own name! Bromide's story started in 1996 with the acoustic/electric "Iscariot Heart" album (featuring the excellent "Halo"), self-released on Simon's own Scratchy Records. Bromide then became a band and produced the more indie-based "Fool In My Brain" 1997 single (b/w "Not Expecting You") followed by the "If All Your Dreams Come True Where Are You Going To Sleep" 1998 EP (feat. "Proof"). Simon then stripped the band back to a solo project and produced the "Stuck To The Sides" 1999 mini album (feat. the radio play-listed "Water Sprite"). The same year saw the release of the "Undercurrents" EP (feat. "Let You Down"). 2001 saw Bromide become an acoustic duo, first releasing "" as a low-key mini-album (feat. "ck") before a fuller album (feat. "Snowblind") release later in the year. As chief mogul in his record label empire, Simon took some time out to put out releases by other acts until returning to the fray with 2008's electric/acoustic "The Trouble With..." album (feat. "The Unbearable Lightness Of Being"), before 2012's "Some Electric Sometime" (feat. "Treasure Map") marked the return to a three-piece electric band. 2015's "I Remember" (feat. the epic title track) saw Bromide cement more as a indie-guitar rock band who have just finished recording their follow-up (due for a Scratchy release early next year). As well as he can rock, we will see Simon in acoustic wig-out mode at the x-mas TOTHAS. He will be singing and playing acoustic guitar. Expect to hear a mixture of stripped down acoustic versions from Bromide's back catalogue and the forthcoming release. Bromide have tended to do a mean cover on recent albums and I wonder if this will be on the next:-

I am very excited to announce that The Boycycles ( ) appear live for the first time in 17 years and make their TOTHAS debut, marking 20 years since first forming. The band came together during 1997 after I was coming down from the euphoria of completing my first CD but realising how much I'd like a band to play with I only had to look around me for the solution. I had managed Sheila "Sheila B" Butter to dust off her cello a few years earlier to good effect for some recordings and Mark "The Hedge" Spall revealed his percussive prowess a couple of years previously, so we started playing live trio gigs together that summer. Mark "Doc" Thorne , newly acquainted with South West London, made the mistake of letting slip about his keyboard skills, so he was drafted in as a guest on our debut "Meaningless" recording at the end of that year with me on vocals and acoustic guitar. The Boycycles were born and officially became a four-piece the following year. We visited the studio again to record "Still Wanna Know" and debuted live as a four-piece acoustic band. 1999 saw Sheila move on to great success with Fosca and Airport Girl. Eventually Susan Wright stepped in on violin. We started gigging more in earnest over the next couple of years to help fund more studio recording. Beset by studio computer malfunctions and the band came to an end in the summer of 2001 whilst I was half-way through trying to record our debut album myself. To be honest, I didn't really have the technical know-how or equipment at that time for the task I was taking on but managed to salvage some of the surviving studio cuts for the aptly names swansong album "Punctured But Not Deflated". I got back into playing occasionally with The Hedge a few years after the band's demise and also picked up with Doc at that time, later forming Boycey and the formidable "O'Bui & Thorne" partnership of early "TOTHAS" gigs. I also managed to catch up with Sheila B in recent years with her cello gracing some of my tracks again. I had revisited some of my old Boycycles recordings over the intervening years but secretly harboured the urge to try to finish them one day with the band. I had also got back in touch with Susan, who had moved back out of London in the intervening years. She kindly agreed for me to use her recorded violin parts. Fortunately, earlier this year, the other three ex-Boycycles agreed to help breathe new life into my old analogue recordings by re-recording their parts onto a digital format. We even managed to throw three new songs into the mix for our "Things Fall Into Place" CD which will be released in the new year. In the meantime the band will release the "Soiled By The Seventies EP" which will feature the title track plus three recordings that will not feature on the album (please let me know if you would like to order a copy).The original line-up appear together for the first time in 19 years at the x-mas TOTHAS. You can hear work in progress from the editing and mixing sessions for the album aswell as the EP here:-

Julie anne McCambridge ( ) returns for the first time in over 3 years to make her fourth appearance. During Julie anne's last appearance she kept "soundman" on his toes and the audience hanging on her every word and chord change. The uncanny voice of Julie anne McCambridge is a force of nature. She is a powerful and innovative singer-songwriter who can floor an audience with a whisper and a holler... Originally from Cumbernauld in Scotland, Julie anne sang for a living in the streets and cafes of Prague and Antwerp before settling in London and recording her first album, “Stars and Mud” in 2001. A residency in Covent Garden’s Cafe Baroque cemented her reputation as a rare performer of original material. A new album, “Nature Makes Amazing Shapes” (featuring the excellent "10 Laments"), was recorded at the Funkhaus studios in Berlin with producer Chris Lastelle and released in 2016. Breakout track “Scared” rapidly made its radio debut on Tom Robinson’s Introducing Mixtape. The album arrangements feature an exotic array of percussion, including radiators, step ladders, and Louis XIV dentures. Julie anne has been described as "P.J Harvey singing with Tom Waits’ backing band on a beach where the No Bathing sign is broken and everyone’s in the water. That kind of party. The kind you remember..." Here is a great film to demonstrate what Julie anne is like live and in person:-

Lewis McKale ( ) is a singer-songwriter originally from Brighton and now based in the capital makes his TOTHAS debut. Lewis has been writing and recording his own music for the past 6 years.His debut EP, "My Father's Son" was released in 2011, the follow up, "The Bigger Picture" EP was released in 2013. Lewis released a covers EP, "Something Borrowed", which received radio play on Juice FM Brighton on Chris T-T's Midnight Campfire and he was invited to open for him as part of his UK tour. Lewis went on to release a split EP entitled, "Reflections. This year Lewis plans to release his "Black and White" EP and another split EP. Lewis has gigged across the UK and Europe and. in addition to Chris T-T, has also shared the stage with artists such as John Power (The La's/Cast), Dave McPherson (InMe), Nell Bryden, Robb Johnson, Attilla The Stockbroker and many more. Lewis informs me that he has written some Christmas ditties of his own and may throw in a couple of covers but on this evidence, I (for one) would love to hear as many of Lewis's songs as possible...:-

Mathis & Dolphin ( ) are a South London duo who also make their TOTHAS debut. They perform in modern versatile Folk, Celtic and World music genres. All their songs are original. Both band members are singer/songwriters in their own right and only decided to team up ilast year. They have worked extensively in gigs and festivals around the South of England, since then, as well as hosting their own Folk/Acoustic nights in South-West London. Mathis sings backing vocals and plays acoustic guitar which builds behind the ethereal vocals of Dolphin. Last summer they played Cambridge Rock Festival with their occasional percussionist Mark Spall and more recently have enlisted the ivory tinkling services of Mark Thorne for their debut studio recording session. I have witnessed them live a few times and they don't fail to impress. Here is footage of them in three-piece mode at last summers Cambridge Rock Festival:-
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