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The Vic is one of the most popular venues in the area for all kinds of functions from christenings, anniversaries or birthday parties to live music gigs or performances of all kinds.

Our function rooms and bars can cater for all your needs be they
afternon tea for a small group or a 60's and 70's fancy dress disco.

From jazz to rock via folk music and even folk dancing the Vic is a regular venue for live events.

The traditional Boxing Night Bop at the Vic is a long standing event and is by now a much loved fixture in the calendar.

Details of some upcoming events in 2019 below:

MOLSKY'S MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS

Wednesday May 29th

MOLSKY'S MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS

Introducing Bruce Molsky’s brand new trio with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch – tradition steeped in possibility. Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Bruce’s previous collaborations, with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, 'Tracker' and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. You can also hear Bruce on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.

Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.

Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.

“Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who ‘gets it’: has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it” - Mark Knopfler

“Molsky is easily one of the nation’s most talented fiddlers…he transports you … geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally” - Mother Jones

“It is no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and transporting, and best experienced live” - WBUR (Boston NPR)

“An absolute master” - No Depression

“An incredible power of history and tradition in his vocal” - Linda Ronstadt

“One of the world’s premier Appalachian-style fiddlers” - Bloomberg News

“A mystical awareness of how to bring out the new in something that is old” - Mark O’Connor

www.mountaindrifters.com

Doors 8.00pm. Tickets £12 available from Palas Print Caernarfon (01286 674631) and Mudshark Records Bangor.


MAX DE BERNARDI and VERONICA SBERGIA

Tuesday June 25th

MAX DE BERNARDI and VERONICA SBERGIA

Italian duo Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music of the American Deep South from the 20’s and 30’s. They like to keep this precious musical heritage alive, faithfully reproducing its original sound whilst playing it with a modern twist.

Using strictly acoustic instruments such ukulele, washboard, kazoo, mandolin and resophonic guitars. their passion for this music is perfectly represented on their CD "Old Stories for Modern Times", that also sees contributions by other leading musicians and friends such as Sugar Blue (a legendary harmonica player who has played with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon and Frank Zappa) and the world master of resophonic guitar, Bob Brozman. The album is an overview of the American popular music from the early years of the last century reinterpreting great songs by artists like Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter, Delmore Brothers in their own unique style.

Max and Veronica won the European Blues Challenge 2013 and in 2015 they were selected for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They have toured Austria, Belgium, USA, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Norway, Spain, Germany, Wales, Scotland, England, Poland, Romania and Italy.

“Good time blues is alive and well and residing in... Milan, Italy. A band with a mission” - Folk & Roots Magazine

“I recently had the pleasure of working alongside Veronica Sbergia and Max de Bernardi at The Big Wheel Festival, Douglas, Isle of Man...what an absolute pleasure! When it comes to knowing about Americana these two are right up there...country blues, ragtime, vaudeville and even a little old time C&W...they have it covered. Max is a very accomplished guitarist and a strong vocalist, whilst Veronica plays a mean washboard (or rub board if you prefer), ukulele and possesses a strong vocal styling...she is certainly the 'driving' force here stamping both her feet to the rhythm to help propel her partner ever onward. Very uplifting music...so if you get the chance to see this duo in concert, take it! Both hip and cool and highly entertaining.” - Mike Vernon – Blue Horizon and blues music producer (John Mayall, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Ten Years After et al.)

www.maxandveronica.com

Doors 8pm. Tickets £10 available from Palas Print Caernarfon (01286 674631) and Mudshark Records Bangor.


HAT FITZ and CARA

Wednesday July 24th

HAT FITZ and CARA

“Beautiful, raw and exciting,” “this shabby, hill country blues oozes cool,” “a celebration of everything that is good about contemporary roots music,” “if they don’t move you, nothing will”…

These are standard assessments, and there are hundreds of them, accumulated over the years that Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson have been taking their gloriously rough ‘n’ tumble music out into the world.

The gutsy Australian guitarist and Irish-born Cara may be based Down Under but have built a faithful global following from touring relentlessly. When leading UK roots music website Spiral Earth said that they “pack more energy, emotion and sheer musical exuberance into one song than most manage in a whole career,” the truth came out. This barnstorming duo have circled the globe as they continue to branch out and hit new territories , blowing through and leaving entire communities awestruck, as if a tornado just turned their whole world upside down.

Hat Fitz is a “veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.

Cara draws on her soul background (she’s toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corinne Bailey-Rae), and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.

Together this pair will take you on a musical journey with ample, boisterous highs, and longing, bluesy lows. From the Australian outback to the Canadian shield, Hat Fitz & Cara put on a show that is guaranteed to energize and invigorate.

“Hat Fitz and Cara have the songs, the musical ability, the drive and the self belief to offer something refreshingly vibrant and new” - Get Ready To Rock – Pete Feenstra

www.hatfitzandcara.com

Doors 8.00pm. Tickets £12 available from Palas Print Caernarfon (01286 674631) and Mudshark Records Bangor.


AMYTHYST KIAH

Sunday August 11th

AMYTHYST KIAH

A professed Southern Gothic songster born in Chattanooga but based in Johnson City, Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Provocative and coolly fierce, her ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable. Amythyst Kiah is forging an important path from her musical ancestry to a multi-cultural generation with contemporary sensibilities and undeniable flair.

A graduate from East Tennessee State University's Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies, she was the only African American in the program during the time of her enrollment. Amythyst's eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the 1950s-1970s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).

In 2018 Amythyst was invited to tour with Grammy Award-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens and the Indigo Girls, playing a number of dates with both acts across the United States. Rhiannon then invited her to be part of a project she was working on for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The album Songs of Our Native Daughters, released February 2019, “shines new light on African-American women’s stories of struggle, resistance, and hope. Pulling from and inspired by 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century sources, including slave narratives and early minstrelsy, kindred banjo players Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell reinterpret and create new works from old ones.” All of the compositions on the album were written and performed by these four powerful women and Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Dirk Powell. The Guardian recently gave a rave review to the album "devastating beauty from banjo supergroup"

The full impact of Amythyst’s upward trajectory has yet to be seen, as she emerges as an artist to watch. She is currently working on her third album with Dirk Powell, who produced, to be released later this year.

“A very different spell was cast by Amythyst Kiah...who gave a standout performance in the evening’s only solo act. Her razor-sharp guitar picking alone guarantees her a place among blues masters, but it’s her deep-hued voice that can change on a dime from brushed steel to melted toffee that commands attention.” - New York Times

“In truth, she has rising talent written all over her. A 29-year-old with a striking shock of hair and a huskily expressive voice which modulates between strength and tenderness, Kiah strides comfortably across jazz, blues and even country styles.” - The Scotsman

“Amythyst Kiah is going to be famous...the best way to experience her music is in person. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that Amythyst Kiah will remind you what it is to love live music.” - No Depression

www.amythystkiah.com

Doors 8.00pm. Tickets £12 available from Palas Print Caernarfon (01286 674631) and Mudshark Records Bangor.



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