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Song & Dance in and around Bedford

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Clanger review: Banton live at Bedford Esquires

[photo credit: Neil McCarty) Banton performed at Esquires on Saturday 2 November, launching is new EP, Ball and Chain. Alison Taylor reviewed the gig.. Having spent much of the year performing solo on a chair due to his broken leg, it’s great to see Banton literally back on his feet, performing with his brand new…

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Clanger interview: HMLTD at Esquires

This Friday 18 October, HMLTD bring their much-anticipated show to Esquires. The band’s creative output is unparalleled when it comes to new ‘guitar’ bands. With a wide range of influences ranging from glam punk to electro, with 80’s leanings, HMLTD are one of the most exciting and visceral live artists to have broken out of…

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Jacqui Dankworth to headline The Quarry Theatre

To celebrate the London launch of their first CD, Le Départ, the unique chamber jazz group ‘Butterfly’s Wing’ entices you into their stunning soundworld and thoughtful virtuosity. David Gordon and Jacqui Dankworth’s collaboration provides the thrust of the original material, interspersed with some new arrangements of classic songs, masterfully arranged by David for these four…

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Clanger interview: Feet

Feet (plus special guests The Courts) hit Bedford Esquires on Monday 21 October. Clanger correspondent, Lloyd Lugsden spoke to guitarist Harry Southerton for the lowdown on Reading Festival, dressing up and, first up, where their name came from… Bedford Clanger: Where did the name come from? Upon our first meeting, Joakim, who is now a pilot of…

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Clanger exclusive: Urban Folk Quartet interview

Ahead of the Urban Folk Quartet’s concert at The Place Theatre on Sunday 13th October, the Bedford Clanger’s John Garden caught up with founder member and renowned Cajonero, Tom Chapman. As well as his work with UFQ, Tom has played with Chris While of the Albion Band, Gilmore & Roberts, and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award…

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Clanger interview: Spear of Destiny’s Kirk Brandon

Kirk Brandon’s Spear of Destiny will be returning to Esquires this Saturday, performing the classic One Eyed Jacks album in full. The one and only Milky put some questions to the main man.. Milky: Where do you find the energy? I was gonna leave it at that, but… between dates with The Pack, Theatre of Hate (TOH) and…

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Music highlights this September

Mainline Big Band 40th anniversary concert The music of the Big Band era lives on through the Mainline Big Band which was formed in Bedford in 1979. To celebrate their fortieth year the band are playing an anniversary concert at Kempston Hammers Sports & Social Club on Sunday 29 September at 7.30 pm. Entry is…

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Music highlights in August

NOASIS + guests + club night until 2am Saturday 3 August, doors at 8pm Bedford Esquires Tickets £12 advance seetickets.com Noasis are back for their bi-annual Bedford fixture. Their January show sold out quickly, so get tickets now! With an obsessive attention to detail the band recreates the real Oasis experience with amazing energy playing all…

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