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Jan 31st 2018 @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Stowmarket, United Kingdom
I Was There
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
7:30 PM
John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Tensheds, the recent recipient of the Discretional Rock Award presented to him by Rick Wakeman at The House Of Lords, brings his unique style of blues and balladry to the John Peel Centre during Independent Venue Week. His audacious showmanship and Rachmaninoff style piano skills deftly delivers a brand of gritty, heavy, edgy blues/punk, which incorporate elements of this classical background. Back touring his 3rd album 'The Dandy Punk Prince' which won him yet more critical acclaim from the likes of Classic Rock You'll believe his hype, Vive Le Rock Genius and live sessions on BBC Radio.

Honing his craft in the time-honoured tradition, hoboing the road, Tensheds has along the way supported artists such as John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Hazel O'Connor, Beans On Toast, Paul Young, Roger Chapman, Spear Of Destiny, Blockheads, Paul Kelly, and James Burton as well as recent tours as piano player with Beans On Toast and Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind. Is it an wonder Tensheds has been labelled Jerry Lee Lewis and Tom Waits' love child.

MOJO He's Exceptional ▪ Classic Rock A refreshing whiff of anarchy
Get Ready To Rock Nick Cave meets Lady Gaga ▪ Blues Matters Stunning
Vive Le Rock Genius
RICK WAKEMAN A very rare talent
UNCUT Great depth & wit ▪ Maverick 5/5 ▪ Rock 'n' Reel Most Unique
Penny Black Music Settle in and inhale his Genius ▪ Liverpool Sound & Vision A new spectrum of music

BLUES TRACK OF THE YEAR Pure Rawk/Indie Awards

Support from local acts Bex & Freda and Robin Dicker

Bex writes quirky random songs about (amongst other things) life, love, cider and idiots, and plays them on some ukuleles (one named Freda) and sometimes a piano, accompanied by Jim on cajon and other percussion.

Bex and Freda is the result of a collaboration between a songwriter/pianist (Bex) and a Kauai concert ukulele (Freda). They started out together at the beginning of 2014 playing open mic nights and solo gigs around Essex and Suffolk. In 2015 they were joined by Jim on percussion. They have since played at many venues and festivals around the east of England, including UkeEast (Norwich Arts Centre), Ipswich Beer Festival, FolkEast, Ipswich Waterfront Celebration, Dubs At The Hall, Alive & V-Dubbin, The Apex bar, PettaFiesta, EddyFest and various pubs and other small venues across the region.
Freda has since semi retired and instead Georgie the Kala soprano and Berti the Kala baritone generally appear at gigs, and sometimes the piano (unnamed) and a dulcimer named Dolly come out to play too. The latest addition to the family is a stunning Kala resonator tenor named Dotty. Bex's songs are mostly inspired by personal experience and cover all sorts of topics including love, life, hate, spiders, cider and idiots. Last year they released their debut EP, From Where I Stand, which has gained airplay on BBC Suffolk Introducing and other local stations.

Robin Dicker is an Ipswich-based comedy songwriter. This all started 8 years ago when the GCSE syllabus of 2009 demanded a song written by him. Serious lyrics were not an option in the mind of this lyrical warrior-wizard and so the cogs were in motion for a future filled with flippant and goofy music, alongside some darker comedic creations. Mothers, lock up your daughters, fathers lock up your sons. No matter who you are, this man will steal your ears if you let him.

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