Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Check out the film ‘Countrier Than Thou'

Ok Folks,
well just to catch up on a hectic weekend...

… A fantastic night was had by all at 'Countrier Than Thou’ this past Thursday at The Lock Tavern, Camden…

… The second of our 5th birthday parties saw amazing live performances from Garry Smith, Society and The Ely Plains plus a truly Honky-Tonking guest dj spot from Spooky Lady’s Sideshow… Oh and here’s a little film of the night just to prove it… Many thanks to our very good friend Jennifer Daisy Hubert for her celluloid vignettes and filming skills…

Countrier Than Thou 5th Birthday Party @ The Lock Tavern

The second of our 5th birthday party celebrations...
Thursday 29th November 2012

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM celebrated 5 years of its popular, monthly, club night 'Countrier Than Thou’ @ The Lock Tavern, Camden in both October and November. Two months of celebrations including online cd giveaways, a special Bonanza & Son Country & Americana Mix CD giveaway on the night, exclusive competitions on our ResonanceFM radio show, blog and Facebook page and most importantly two sterling line-ups of live Country and Americana action, the like of which has ensured ‘Countrier Than Thou’ has had a continued appearance and been a driving force on the London, Americana stage for ten years.

'Countrier Than Thou'
5th Birthday Party
Thursday 29th November 2012

Live acts:

The Ely Plains:
Inspired by the music and imagery of the dustbowl and depression era North America the Ely Plains are a perfect back drop for these recession-ridden times.

This 6 piece, Americana band play alternative Country Rock and have a fine armoury of original material that displays a great knowledge and love of old-time, Americana roots music but with their own personal, English twist and shout on it!

The Ely Plains weave three part harmonies around emotive narratives whilst melding fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar and harmonica with Country inflected Telecaster runs and a solid rythmn section. A great live band whose songs are equally at home in a rowdy honky tonk as well as at blissed-out summer festivals.

Influences abound from the best of Neil Young, Creedence, Green On Red, The Band, Rolling Stones, Water Boys, Teenage Fanclub etc.

If you love the music and the imagery of The Coen Brothers ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou’ then you will love The Ely Plains

+ Society:
Society are a three-piece, Country-Rock band from Sussex who excel in sumptuous, three-part harmonies that set them apart from their peers in an already fertile crop of Americana & Country Rock ‘up and comers' in the UK.

The bands sound has echoes of C.S.N.Y, The Band, The Heartbreakers, The Jayhawks, Wilco ,The Rolling Stones and The Faces as well as an original, core sound which has secured them live slots at The Maverick Festival as well as rave responses and play-listing from BOB HARRIS on his BBC RADIO shows.

Society's assuredness has secured them support slots with established Americana acts including Eve Selis, Deadstring Brothers, Corb Lund, Luke Doucet and The Wailin’ Jennys as well as two tours of duty in Canada alonside a string of dates in the American Mid-West as well as a BBC Radio2 live session on The Bob Harris show no less.

Here at Bonanza & Son we suspect the Society lads have a bright future ahead of them on the 'not-too-distant’ horizon.

+ Garry Smith:
Born in the 'Brent Delta Swamp' NW London and discovering the Blues and Folk music in his early teens Garry Smith is now a consummate, multi-instrumentalist and roots music aficionado. He honed his talents and developed his ‘chops’ by spending a great deal of time playing on the English Folk Club scene. When he eventually got his hands on a 'Tricone Resonator’ the crossroads were swallowed up and the Earth shifted on its axis. Everything changed and Garry was totally back into acoustic playing and exploring the possibilities of the Resophonic in particular. He says he's 'on yet another musical journey, and VERY excited' but not as excited as we are!
Bring it on..

+ Guest DJ ‘Spooky Lady’s Sideshow’
Authentic and rowdy Honky-Tonk, Outlaw tunes.

+Bonanza & Son (ResonanceFM) DJ Set
Radio Presenters, DJs and Club night promoters playing the best as well as the most cutting edge examples of Americana and Country with a few oddities to twist your heads and special selections from our up-coming compilation mix ‘Gonzo-Country’!

Bonanza & Son will also be screening rare, cinematic, Americana curios for your visual stimulation and pleasure including a screening of ’Brother Can You Spare A Dime’ the 1975 documentary film by Philippe Mora consisting largely of newsreel footage and contemporary film clips to portray the era of the Great Depression of 1930’s America plus lots more visual Americana obscurities, ephemera & memorabilia.

Thursday 29th November 2012
@ The Lock Tavern,
35 Chalk Farm Road,
Free Entry


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