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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.

THE JUKES BOXING NIGHT BOP

Monday 26th December

THE JUKES BOXING NIGHT BOP

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

In a tradition which dates back to 1984, the annual Boxing Night Bop at the Victoria hotel in Menai Bridge with the Jukes and friends on Sunday December 26th should provide another unmissable evening of rockin’ rhythm and blues, stompin' soul and funky festive frolics to lift those Yuletide spirits and pack the dancefloor. Special guests this year will include afro-latin groovemasters Banda Bacana and a solo set from ex-Heights member Chris Carr.

Doors open 8pm and admission is £8 on the door - get here early!


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RAYNA GELLERT TRIO

Sunday 22nd January

RAYNA GELLERT TRIO

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Rayna Gellert grew up in a musical family in northern Indiana and has spent most of her life immersed in the sounds of rural stringband music, heartfelt gospel songs, and old ballads. After honing her fiddle skills playing at jam sessions and square dances, Rayna fell into a life of traveling and performing and she has recorded with a host of musicians in a variety of styles – including Robyn Hitchcock, Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright, Abigail Washburn and John Paul Jones.

A founding member of old-time supergroup, Uncle Earl (which re-formed for a successful US tour in 2016) Rayna Gellert is renowned for her rich depth of knowledge and masterclass performances of traditional fiddle music and with the release of her first vocal album Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds, she has also gained a reputation as a gifted composer highly regarded by her peers on both sides of the Atlantic. Joined here by friend and collaborator Kai Welch and percussionist Jamie Dick (from Rhiannon Giddens’ band), this is a rare visit to these shores by an artiste who is A Grade in every sense.

"I love Rayna's musical personality which is deep, funky and complex" - Béla Fleck

Doors 8pm. Tickets £12 available from Mudshark Records Bangor, Palas Print Caernarfon

www.raynagellert.com


COMPTON and NEWBERRY

Sunday 5th February

COMPTON and NEWBERRY

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Acclaimed masters of American roots music, Mike Compton and Joe Newberry dig deep into early country music and blues and their duet-singing, two-man string band ranges between traditional songs, instrumentals, ballads and original tunes. Celebrated mandolinist Mike Compton took up the instrument as a teenager and was heavily influenced by “father of bluegrass” Bill Monroe. Mike’s musical CV is long and impressive; he co-founded roots supergroup The Nashville Bluegrass Band and worked with the legendary John Hartford for many years. Mike has had a long association with producer T Bone Burnett and was one of the original Soggy Bottom Boys, performing on the Grammy-winning soundtrack to the smash hit film O Brother, Where Art Thou? He has recorded, toured and taught with numerous acclaimed instrumentalists, including guitarist David Grier, mandolinist David Grisman and fiddle master Bruce Molsky, and worked with stars from Elvis Costello to the late Ralph Stanley.

Talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joe Newberry is known internationally for his powerful clawhammer banjo work and he’s a prizewinning guitarist, fiddler and singer too. Joe’s IBMA award-winning songs have been recorded by artists including The Gibson Brothers and Ricky Skaggs. Born in Missouri, Joe moved to North Carolina as a young man and quickly became an anchor of the vibrant traditional music scene there. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, he was a guest star on the UK’s popular Transatlantic Sessions live tour in 2016, and is a hugely charismatic entertainer who charms audiences wherever he goes.

Doors 8pm. Tickets £10 available from Mudshark Records Bangor, Palas Print Caernarfon.


OYSTERS 3

Saturday March 11th

OYSTERS 3

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Oysters 3 are an offshoot of folk-rock outfit Oysterband, and consists of the three founding members, Ian Telfer, John Jones and Alan Prosser. Having started off as a Ceilidh band in the late 70s called Fiddler’s Dram, the group effected a name change and began experimenting with radical arrangements of traditional songs, determined that traditional music should not just be a branch of the heritage music industry. Since then they have recorded numerous albums, toured internationally, won 5 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and collaborated with the likes of June Tabor.

Doors 7.30 pm. Tickets £16 available from Mudshark Records Bangor, Palas Print Caernarfon.

www.oysterband.co.uk


STEVE KNIGHTLEY

May 4th

STEVE KNIGHTLEY

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name. In early 2014 Steve set out on his 160 date ‘Grow your own Gig’ tour of rural village halls. Once described by the Times as the “gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor” and possessing a vast repertoire of songs about those who live and work in the countryside, this journey finally came to an end in September 2015.

In 2016 he has decided to turn his attention to Maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales. The ‘All at Sea’ tour will find him playing in seaside halls, an Elizabethan Fort, on boats and in a rich variety of performing spaces all within sight of the waves and the tide. As Steve says “As a West country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I‘m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance – I can’t wait!”

"One of England’s greatest singer songwriters" - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

Doors 7.30 pm. Tickets £16 available from Mudshark Records Bangor, Palas Print Caernarfon.

www.steveknightley.co.uk


THE FOGHORN STRINGBAND

Wednesday May 24th

THE FOGHORN STRINGBAND

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With eight albums, thousands of shows and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

Today Foghorn Stringband features the intertwining harmonies of founding members, Stephen "Sammy" Lind, and Caleb Klauder along with powerhouse vocalists, Reeb Willms and Nadine Landry, all of whom bring a wealth of songs, instruments and traditions making them festival favourites from coast to coast and around the globe. On Stage they gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon.

"Foghorn Stringband proves once again that they are still the Chosen Ones when it comes to down-home, footstomping, ass-kickin' old time music" - FiddleFreak

"All they have to do is play, and the power surges straight through your own chest. They let their own musicality and the tunes speak for themselves" - Old Time Herald

Doors 8pm. Tickets £12 available from Mudshark Records Bangor, Palas Print Caernarfon.

www.foghornstringband.com



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