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Winterstorm brings rock to Troon
On Sunday 21 August, in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall previewed the Winterstorm event playing tracks by some of the artists appearing including Tygers of Pan Tang and FM. (20:09)
Troon’s only real rock claim is that Elvis Presley set foot in Britain once at the nearby Prestwick Airport. The Ayrshire town is perhaps best known as the home of this year’s Open Golf Championship rather than being a hotbed of rock.
However one man is trying to change all that. Ian McCaig has promoted a few summer shows in recent years in Troon but has now set his sights on an altogether more ambitious plan – Winterstorm – a two day indoor festival in the town with an impressive initial line up announced including FM, Ricky Warwick, Toseland and Last In Line, the “superband” featuring Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice.
The town centre location means there will be no camping, no bad thing in November in Scotland, but there are accommodation packages available in several local hotels.
Tickets went on sale on 1st of August starting at £49 for the weekend. As well as the main stage at Troon Concert Hall three pubs in Troon will be offering live music during the weekend, after show parties with guest rock DJs, and a host of other surprises.
Friday 25th November
FM/ Toseland / Praying Mantis/ Tygers of Pan Tang / The King Lot (Plus more to be announced)
Saturday 26th November
Ricky Warwick Fighting Hearts/ Last In Line/ Inglorious/ Amorettes/ Vega/ Mason Hill/ Bloodlines/ Hyena Kill
(Plus more to be announced)
More information (Official website)
Gig reviews (archive)
Photo: Mark Hughes/MHP Studios
Devon Allman tour starts 29 August
Blues rocker Devon Allman starts a week long UK tour on 29 August at the Colne R&B Festival. His new album ‘Ride Or Die’ is released on 16 September via Ruf Records.
29 August – COLNE, Lancs – Great R&B Festival
30 August – SWANSEA, The Scene
31 August – LONDON, the Borderline
1 September – BASINGSTOKE – The Stage
6 September – CHISLEHURST, The Beaverwood Club
7 September – WORTHING, Pier Southern Pavilion
John Verity tour dates and Radio Special
On Sunday 14 August, John Verity was special guest in The Pete Feenstra Feature on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.
John Verity began his music career in the early 1960′s, supported Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in the USA with his early band Tunnel, and secured a deal with ABC Dunhill/Probe Records. His album ‘John Verity Band’ was released in 1973.
Whilst on tour promoting the album, Verity was spotted by Rod Argent who was looking for a new lead vocalist for his band following the departure of Russ Ballard. He joined the band Argent in 1973 and stayed until 1976.
After this time, Verity formed Phoenix with Argent rhythm section Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford and made two albums before following a twin career of co-producer (Charlie, Saxon etc) and solo musician/sessionist working with artists such as Colin Blunstone, Brian Connolly (Sweet) and John Parr.
Verity’s latest solo album ‘My Religion’ features originals and favourite covers and has also been released on vinyl with a bonus track.
Get Ready to ROCK!’s Pete Feenstra chatted to John for his “Feature” show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in August 2016, discussing his career and the new album. This show was first broadcast on 14 August and is repeated on Thursday 18 August at 23:00 GMT.
UK Tour dates
Friday August 19th-Blakeney Harbour Rooms, Norfolk.
Saturday August 20th-The Meeting Room at Elland, West Yorks.
Friday September 16th Barrington Theatre, Ferndown, Dorset.
Sunday September 18th The Diamond at Sutton in Ashfield, Notts.
Saturday October 8th- Barleston Village Hall, Nr Stoke ST12 9AA
Thursday October 20th- Blues Bar at Tring
Saturday October 22nd – Weston Super Mare Pier (in support of Teenage Cancer Trust)
Friday November 11th – Bingley Arts Centre
Friday 18th November, Silverdale Hotel, nr Grange Over Sands
Saturday November 19th – True Blues Club, Newton-le-Willows WA12 9LW
Sunday November 20th – Clowne Rock & Blues, Nr Chesterfield S43 4PL. tickets on door. 9pm show.
Friday November 25th Newcastle Rock & Blues Club NE12 9AR
Sunday 27th November – Basement (City Screen) York
Friday December 9th JV’s early Xmas celebration! @ Cardington Village Hall
5 AUGUST – 4 OCTOBER 2016
CHANTEL McGREGOR (pictured), 5 August-30 September
GRYPHON, 12-17 August, 16 Sept. Gryphon Facebook
THE BREW, 12-21 August www.the-brew.net
CLEETHORPES ROCKS, 19 August (Wishbone Ash, Mostly Autumn)
DEVON ALLMAN, 29 August-7 September www.devonallmanband.com
THE GREAT BRITISH R&B FESTIVAL, Colne, Lancs, 26-29 August www.bluesfestival.co.uk
QUEENSRYCHE, 26-28 August www.queensrycheofficial.com
THE WHO, 29 August-7 September www.thewho.com
GRAHAM PARKER/Brinsley Schwarz, 7-30 September
SARI SCHORR, 9 September-6 October www.sarischorr.com
JUSTIN HAYWARD, 9-25 September www.justinhayward.com
JUDIE TZUKE, 17 September-18 November www.tzuke.com
BLUE OCTOBER, 19-22 September www.blueoctober.com
CATS IN SPACE/Space Elevator, 21 September – 2 October
GLITCH CODE Glimmer
SARI SCHORR Black Betty
Sari’s new album ‘A Force Of Nature’ is released by Manhaton Records on 2 September.
She plays Colne R&B Festival on 29 August and extensive dates in the UK in September.
RavenEye – featuring guitarist Oli Brown – release their debut album ‘Nova’ via Frontiers, 23 September
CHANTEL McGREGOR Home
Chantel is on tour in the UK, August-September 2016.
Here’s a quick round-up of some key 2016 festival events – for more information about tours/festivals see our upcoming section. These are mainly the events we’ve been notified of – if you’re running an event and are not listed please let us know via the contact section.
Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness 22-24 January
Giants Of Rock, Minehead 29-31 January
Hard Rock Hell AOR, Pwllheli, 10-13 March
Hammerfest, Pwllheli, 10-13 March
Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 17-20 March
Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire 26-29 May
Breaking Bands Festival, Stoke Prior Country Club, 27-29 May
Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse 3-5 June
THE BLOCKHEADS, KING KING, NELL BRYDEN, MIDGE URE, JUDIE TZUKE and more.
Download, Donington Park, 10-12 June
SOS Festival, Prestwich, Manchester 15-17 July
Moondance Jam, Walker Minnesota, 21-23 July
(Boston, Chicago, Sixx: AM, Queensryche…)
Cambridge Rock Festival, Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, Cambridgeshire, 4-7 August
DON AIREY, JIM CREGAN, CARL PALMER, FOCUS, CURVED AIR and more.
Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11-13 August
FAIRPORT CONVENTION, STEELEYE SPAN, RALPH McTELL, GRYPHON, HAYSEED DIXIE and more to be announced.
Watchet Live Festival, Somerset, 26-28 August
LEVELLERS, UB40, THE FEELING, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT and more
Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne, Lancs 26-29 August
WILKO JOHNSON, NINE BELOW ZERO, BERNIE MARSDEN and more.
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