The Men They Couldn’t Hang will bring their 30th anniversary tour to The Flowerpot in Derby on Friday, October 31.
It’s been three decades since Green Fields Of France, their epic debut recording, went to number 1 in the Independent Music Chart.
It’s also 30 years since the Miners’ Strike, encapsulated so poignantly in the band’s elegy Shirt of Blue, a song the band still play today, its meaning always subtly shifting with the times.
With the exception of a long list of drummers, the line-up has remained the same since 1986 – Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, Stefan Cush, Paul Simmonds and Ricky McGuire. With the addition of Tom Spencer on banjo/guitar and Nick Sputnik on drums and washboard, the current TMTCH is complete.
This year has seen the band celebrate their 30th anniversary by touring, as well busily writing new material.
Support on the night comes from Bluebird Parade.
Fans of The Boss are in for a treat on Saturday, November 1, when Glory Days bring their Bruce Springsteen tribute show to the King Street venue.
Glory Days have been playing for more than a decade and is made up of Springsteen fans who wanted to capture the live Springsteen experience - no lookalikes, just the music!
The full E-Street, eight-piece line-up will take you on a blast down Thunder Road playing all the classics on the way. They are more than likely to throw in a few choice album tracks too.
These boys and girls will rock for over three hours (when they’re allowed) and give you that Bruce experience you thought you just couldn’t get anymore. Their sets have included just about everything over the years and you will always be treated to a great mix of songs, from Jungleland and Thunder Road to The River and Promised Land, they pick from the best back catalogue around.
Finally, Peatbog Fairies are the guest performers on Thursday, November 6, one of the hottest properties on the live roots music scene.
Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries were nominated for Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and having already twice won Live Act of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Described as ‘the future of Celtic dance music’ the Peatbog Faeries are one of Scotland’s best known names in contemporary folk music.
They’ve taken their own individual brand of Scottish tunes to audiences around the world, from European Festivals, to Asia, Africa, America, Canada and Australia.
Doors open for all three gigs at 8pm. Admission is £15 for The Men They Couldn’t Hang, £15 for Peatbog Faeries and £10 for Glory Days.
Advance tickets are available from The Flowerpot and RAW Promotions. See www.rawpromo.co.uk for more.