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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 2018 below:

Birds of Chicago

Sunday January 27th

BIRDS OF CHICAGO

Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the Americana world since their inception in late 2012. With their latest album, Love In Wartime, they have both confirmed that roots world buzz and broken on through to a wider audience across the world. Critics have scrambled to find the right terminology to describe the deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and fevered musicality…“Secular gospel” was one phrase that caught some traction.

Built around the chemistry and fire between husband and wife JT Nero and Allison Russell, who both played with different bands in the mid-noughties (Po’ Girl and JT and the Clouds), before finding their way to each other. Their brand of rock and roll poetry can be a little hard to categorise for people insisting on categorising, their voices are undoubtedly the centerpiece. Nero’s fractured country soul croon is wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones for a harmony blend like nothing else in music today. Fired by the band, it’s a full tilt revival – streamlined poems, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing straight from the gut. The Birds attract a mix of indie rockers, jam-kids and folkies to their gigs, which alternate between moments of hushed attention and wild, rock and soul abandon. Says JT Nero, chief songwriter for the band, “A good show can send you back out into the night feeling — for at least a little while – that everything isn’t broken.. Right now, we wanna dose out as much of that feeling as we can.”

“Birds of Chicago seduce us with their joyous, intimate, spare, rousing, soaring vocals and their hauntingly evocative lyrics.” - No Depression

Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £13 available from Palas Print Caernarfon (01286 674631) and Mudshark Records Bangor.


BROOKS WILLIAMS

Saturday February 23rd

BROOKS WILLIAMS

Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks' music is the love-child of country-blues and Americana. fRoots says, "Soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves. He really rocks!”

Williams got his start in the clubs and bars around Boston, the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither. There, playing 5-6 nights a week, he developed his signature sound: laid-back low-country vocals floating over Resonator riffs, Piedmont picking, and cigar box slide. No wonder friend and fellow guitar wizard Martin Simpson calls Brooks the “Real Thing!” His massive repertoire reads like a roots music Hall Of Fame. Classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith to Memphis Slim. Compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. “On top of all this,” writes American Roots UK, “is his songwriting which stands comparison with virtually any of his peers.” Rooted in tradition his songs are timeless. Utterly contemporary they are wryly observed and relevant.

With twenty-eight albums to his name, including his latest, "Lucky Star", plus a vigorous touring schedule, Williams is one of acoustic roots music’s guiding lights. From festival stages to listening rooms, from Newport to Philly, Boston to Glasgow, Cambridge to Belfast, London to Detroit, Brooks Williams is, says the San Antonio Light, “a fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!”

“At the top of his game, setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues” - Blues in Britain

www.brookswilliams.com

Doors 8.00pm. Tickets £10 available from Palas Print Caernarfon (01286 674631) and Mudshark Records Bangor.


LIL' JIMMY REED BAND

Monday April 1st

LIL' JIMMY REED BAND

he blues was born in the deep South, a wild outcry against segregation, poverty and hard, back-breaking work. The BluesSadly most of the great musicians who created this vibrant, influential music have passed on, leaving only their recordings to testify to their genius. However, one man, whose career stretches back to the time when rhythm ‘n’ blues was just bursting onto the popular music scene, is still with us and playing better than ever. At 80, Leon Atkins, better known as Lil’ Jimmy Reed, is the real deal, as will be attested to by anyone who has been privileged to hear his stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica. A tall charismatic figure, Lil’ Jimmy epitomises the classic Louisiana down-home blues tradition. Born in the late nineteen-thirties in a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, LA, a small cotton and sawmill town on the Mississippi River, Leon grew up near a club where every night he absorbed the wail of the blues from across the street. At six he had his own guitar, made from a cigar box, and by the time he was a teenager he was proficient on both guitar and harmonica, playing local clubs around Baton Rouge. Filling-in one night for blues star Jimmy Reed earned him the sobriquet Lil’ Jimmy Reed and started him on the long path to success.

He has shared the stage with B. B. King and Bobby “ Blue” Bland and head-lined festivals in the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. His many fans recognise that Lil’ Jimmy’s performances are almost the last chance to hear the raw, unadulterated sound of authentic Louisiana blues.

In the sixties, the blues came to Britain and inspired a generation of teenagers who in turn took the music to international success. Prominent amongst these young men was the critically-acclaimed pianist Bob Hall who played with Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker and a host of others and whose distinctive blues and boogie style on hundreds of recordings has influenced a multitude of piano players. Bob and his wife, the dynamic singer and rock-steady bassist Hilary Blythe, have joined forces with Lil’ Jimmy to form The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band who will be augmented for the evening by drummer Owen Hughes.

Lil Jimmy Reed continues to play all over the US and Europe and as he happily says “life just get better with time”

www.liljimmyreed.com

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



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