Monday, September 23, 2013

Bonanza & Son week ahead...

Howdy Folks,
We hope this update finds you very well on this the first day of Autumn.

We have another Bonanza & Son week ahead but first we’d quickly like to extend a massive 'THANK YOU' to everyone who made last Thursday night’s ‘Countrier Than Thou’ at The Lock Tavern such another honky-tonking success. Two amazing live acts in the shape of Harry Mundy and his band and also Dan Raza & The Shrouds who played well into the night. Big hugs also to guest DJ Spooky Lady’s Sideshow for her fine tunes and a 'big up’ to newcomer sound engineer Rob and especially you the audience… The photos say it all and you can see them by visiting our Bonanza & Son Facebook Page at

•Ok, well first up on Wednesday at 4:30pm Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM is very excited to have a live session from Mr Sean Taylor.
Sean is one of the hottest new names on the European Blues and Americana scene. His passionate performances combine with songwriting of the highest calibre and are testament to his frequent comparisons to John Martyn, Neil Young and Tom Waits.

Sean is a firm favourite on Bob Harris' BBC Radio show including live sessions and numerous plays of his recent singles ‘London’ and ‘Kilburn’. As you may have guessed Taylor stamps his own, personal spin on Americana having been born and bred in London and singing about the streets on which he grew up.

Plus we’ll be playing the best of all the upcoming Country and Americana releases including brand new tracks from Roy Harper, Jason Isbell, Jonathan Wilson, Austin Lucas, Ricky Skaggs, The Lucky Strikes, Rod Picott, Laura Veirs, The Tillers and many, many more….

Tune in on 104.4FM in London or
We also have a listen again facility with all our archived shows at

Bonanza & Son on ResonanceFM
Wednesday 4th September at 4:30pm (UK Time)
Repeated Sunday mornings 11am

•Then on Friday Bonanza & Son will be spinning the best of all our recent vinyl acquisitions plus some vintage classics and off the radar gems for your dancing and drinking pleasure at The Three Crowns in Stoke Newington from 9pm til 2am… 175 Stoke Newington High St, N16 0LH.

•On Sunday there is a repeat of our Radio show at 11am and finally on Monday it’s time once again to drink from The Country Well @ Nambucca where we have a truly amazing line-up including The Ely Plains and The Blind Hearts (full details below).

We hope to see you at one if not all of these events and be sure to tune in to our radio show either Wednesday, Sunday or anytime you like at

Have a great week folks; peace and love to all.
Bonanza & Son… X

The Country Well @ Nambucca
Monday 30th September 2013
The Ely Plains,
The Blind Hearts
+ Jo Kerr
+ Anthony Donovan
+ as always a Bonanza & Son DJ Set from start to finish.
+ films and projections including a screening of Sydney Pollack’s 'The Electric Horseman’ from 1979 starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda and Willie Nelson.

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

The Blind Hearts:
Another Country well debut for our favourite Hillbilly rabble and ‘Infamous 5’ that is The Blind Hearts. A scruffy, young band of guitar pickin, harmony-hollerin, Bourbon-swiggin', Folk-Blues-Country yokels from as far afield as Manchester, London and Japan. They describe their sound as 'Moving Manchester to the Mississippi’ but with an array of international band members they might be more correctly described as Worldcana rather than Americana… A true melting pot of musical influences in the best sense of borrowing from the best.

There are elements of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers in the mix as well as a hint of The Paisley Underground bands and a healthy slab of the pure Britishness of The Faces and The Stones with The Waterboys as support act perhaps.

They possess a sound that is both down-home and yet slick, highly sophisticated Country-Rock with a 60’s Pop sensibility in the very best sense of the word and dare we say it bringing something new to Country and Americana table.

The boys freely admit that 'everything in their cannon is stolen tunes, rearranged in completely the wrong order and played incorrectly!' The most honest band in London perhaps?

It sounds like it'd never work but these boys sing like angels in cowboy boots that have just been sent crashing through some rickety, Wild-West, saloon doors and out into the street kicking and a' gouging in the mud, the blood and the beer.

Success doesn’t eveade these cowboys either as they now have under their gun belts two live sessions on Simon Lederman's BBC London radio show, a single produced by The Charlatans' Mark Collins as well as numerous summer festival appearances and also a brand new Americana night of their own in Portobello called ‘No Direction Home’. Men after our own hearts!

Anthony Donovan:
A fine singer songwriter who is making his debut at the Well. We're looking forward to hearing him play songs from his 'Live in Waterloo' CD.

Jo Kerr:
Yet another debut at the Well although not a debut for Jo at Nambucca - he opened our last All Day event! A veteran of London's folk clubs with several albums under his belt Jo weaves percussive acoustic soulful melodies drawn from the same well as John Martyn and Elliott Smith.

Monday 30th September 2013
Nambucca London
596 Holloway Road,
London N7.
£3 entry... 7-11pm


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