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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:

LINDSAY LOU

Wednesday February 14th

LINDSAY LOU

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou and her band have been on the road almost non-stop all over the USA – and much further afield - since issuing their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds. That album showcased their superb instrumental ingenuity, Lindsay Lou's stunning vocal range… and self-penned material that makes them extra special.

It was the following Here Between EP however that finally got them the level of attention they deserved in Europe with a huge amount of radio exposure and supportive words from reviewers.

There is something for everyone in the live performances - real passionate affairs that stir the blood and exhilarate - from bluesy works of wonder to blistering gems of beauty. The band is certainly renowned for a fresh approach to the American roots genres which are explored and confidently conquered.

While Lindsay Lou and life partner Joshua Rilko are a perfect meant-to-be pairing, bassman PJ George, the other core member, is their powerfully-impressive anchor. The band tours as a 4-piece with percussionist selected from a stellar set of musical sidekicks always keen to join them for the live adventures.

They previously took Shetland Folk Festival and HebCeltFest by storm on early visits to these shores. After flying in for their own (sold-out) headline show at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2017, they became the talk of the town. Writing at fRoots magazine, Tim Chipping said: “I’m convinced I have seen the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed by the new Punch Brothers.”

The band was featured in the BBC 2 TV Highlights show filmed at the city’s Royal Concert Hall on the opening night.

Doors 8.00pm. Tickets £12 available from Palas Print in Caernarfon and Mudshark Records in Bangor.

www.lindsayloumusic.com


MARTIN SIMPSON

Friday March 2nd

MARTIN SIMPSON - Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving and there is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and "One Day".

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, Dom Flemons and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician. In 2014 his album, 'Vagrant Stanzas' was nominated for Album Of The Year, but it was a member of The Full English that he collectively took home awards that year, for Best Group and Album Of The Year. Simpson's latest album "Trails and Tribulations" has been universally acclaimed as one of his best with The Guardian summing it up nicely "A master musician on top of his game"

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. This will be a unique chance to experience a true world class performer in an intimate setting. Booking will be essential

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

www.martinsimpson.com


JASON RINGENBERG

Thursday, 8th March

JASON RINGENBERG - Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Dubbed the Original Roots Punk Barnstormer, Jason Ringenberg was born and raised on an Illinois hog farm that bordered the Rock Island Line Railroad. He left for Nashville July 4 1981 to pursue his dream of “making a band that could kick American roots music into the modern age!” Little did he know just how far the kick would travel. He immediately formed Jason and the Scorchers and never looked back. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s they tore up venues across the planet and became known as one of the most exciting live bands in music. On classic LPs like Fervor and Lost and Found they “singlehandedly rewrote the history of rock ‘n’roll in the South” -Rolling Stone. Their instinctive ability to combine traditional country music with high energy punk rock has not been surpassed to this day. In 2008 they were awarded the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. There is an exhibit of them in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

But Ringenberg’s story does not stop there. In 1999 the “Godfather of Americana” (Mojo) decided to go solo. To date he has released five solo CDs where his songwriting has been lauded by everyone from the BBC to USA TODAY. Touring the world relentlessly, The Times called him “one of the most exciting performers of his generation”. So don’t go to his shows expecting to see a sensitive singer-songwriter sitting on a stool. With his acoustic guitar and fearless charisma Jason will rock the house.

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

www.farmerjason.com


GLENN TILBROOK

Tuesday, March 20th

GLENN TILBROOK - Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Glenn Tilbrook first came to fame as founding member and one-half of the songwriting team behind Squeeze who wrote some of the most-loved songs of the last thirty years. They notched up Top Ten hits around the world with classics such as “Cool For Cats,” “Up The Junction,” “Slap & Tickle,” “Pulling Mussels (From A Shell),” “Another Nail In My Heart,” “Tempted,” and “Labelled With Love”. Newer artists, such as The Feeling, Kasabian, The View, Razorlight, Mark Ronson and Lily Allen have all sited Squeeze as a major influence. Glenn is one of Britain’s most cherished singers, guitarists and songwriters and there is no denying he has been pretty busy over the last couple of years - such is the continuing work ethic of a fellow who’s never been far from the action since Squeeze made their recording bow with the Packet Of Three EP in 1977.

Following the release of his solo album ‘Happy Ending’ in 2014, Glenn embarked on the critically acclaimed ‘At Odds Couple’ UK and US acoustic tours with long-time collaborator Chris Difford. In 2015 Glenn and his Squeeze bandmates wrote, recorded and released their first album of new material in eighteen years - which was written for the BBC drama of the same name, inspired by the memoirs of friend Danny Baker. It was a glorious musical return, ‘Cradle To The Grave’ was met with rave reviews and entered the UK Official Album Chart at number 12. The band embarked on a sold–out tour across the UK, including a packed out date at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. As 2015 drew to a close Glenn and Chris headed to the US for an extensive acoustic tour. 2016 kicked off no differently – Squeeze were a viral sensation in January after a castigating performance on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr show.

Anyone who has witnessed Glenn Tilbrook on stage can attest to his talent. Armed with ready wit, raucous vibes and a shed load of grin-inducing great songs, there are few musicians able to connect with their audience on such an immediate and warm level.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £17.50 and on sale now from Palas Print in Caernarfon and Mudshark Records in Bangor.

www.glenntilbrook.com


JOE NEWBERRY AND APRIL VERCH

Tuesday, April 17th

JOE NEWBERRY AND APRIL VERCH - Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Joe Newberry grew up in a family full of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjo as a teenager and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. April Verch grew up listening to her Dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started step dancing at age three and fiddling at age six. Both Newberry & Verch became masters of their traditions and tour the world with their respective bands and projects. Yet they never forget the roots of their music, that connection to the people in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song.

For these veteran performers who come from distinct traditions and parts of the world, their collaboration is fueled by their kindred passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music. Blues and ballads stem into Canadian regional styles and originals. Their voices blend in harmony, their tasteful instrumentals prove that these masters have nothing left to prove, and then their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm…and together, they make you remember why this music existed in the first place.

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

www.joenewberry.me

www.aprilverch.com


HENRY PRIESTMAN

Friday, April 27th

HENRY PRIESTMAN - Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

After almost 40 years in the music business, most notably as songwriter and keyboard player for The Christians, in 2009 Henry Priestman (having not sung since 1981) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of Modern Life” to great critical acclaim. The Guardian called it “Grumpy Old Men set to music…fantastic” and Bob Harris said “It’s absolutely brilliant - he’s found his voice!” This was followed in 2014 by the more reflective but equally fine "The Last Mad Surge Of Youth".

Both his solo albums were the sound of a man who had seen the music world explode from punk (his band Yachts supported the Sex Pistols in ’77, and The Who on European Tour in ‘79) via pop (three million album sales with The Christians for whom he wrote much of the material ; a top five single for Mark Owen) through to the digital age (soundtracks forJames Bond/Xbox, BBC’sWildlife on One, Natural World), writing/production duties with the likes of singer/songwriters Amy Wadge Lotte Mullan and 10CC's Graham Gouldman and he still has something worth singing about. Having discovered a new found love of live work mixing ramshackle chaos and tear-jerking poignancy in equal measures Henry has just released a brand new album with his guitarist Les Glover, the pair who have worked together live for the past four years, have now taken the logical next step and recorded a joint album together entitled "Six Of One And Half A Dozen Of The Other". An eclectic mix, with six new songs from Les and four new songs from Henry plus a re-lyriced version of his 1987 hit for The Christians, “Forgotten Town” (commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017) now re-titled “A Place They Called ‘Forgotten Town’”, and a new take on “Love You Love You” by his late 70’s Liverpool band Yachts, featuring die-hard Yachts fan Mark Kermode (Observer Film critic/BBC5 Live radio presenter) on double bass. Henry and Les are very much looking forward to returning to the Vic following two previous brilliant and joyous evenings at the venue.

"Compares favourably with Ray Davies...heart-warming, self-assured songs from a man confidently declaring that he;s not done yet." - Uncut

"Clever crafted songwriting…full of proper tunes & grown-up words…a clever, wily, literate writer." - R2 magazine

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

www.henrypriestman.com



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