Ok so, Christmas is now long gone and your New Year’s resolution is becoming harder to stick to. (That’s if you have not already broken it.) But, it is not all bad as there are some fantastic original music events coming up in Kent and live music fans have to get themselves to them.
Friday January 18th – The Penny Theatre
The Penny Theatre in Canterbury is a fantastic venue that hosts so many talented up and coming bands. On Friday 18th Jan, Bodhi, The Theme and The Grand Merci are set to take the stage by storm and create a truly electrifying atmosphere for fans. Oh and this one is free entry!
Bodhi - Bodhi music is a five piece band consisting of Nusty Rayles (Guitar) Ben Rutherford (Bass) Oskars Petersons (Drums) Daniel Williams (guitar and saxophone) and Bodhi (vocals, guitar.) Much of our music focuses on the escape from the perils of modern society such as technology, social media and self-validation and encourages a journey inward to escaping modern illusions.
The Theme - Hailing from South East London, The Theme formed in late 2011. For most of 2012 and 2013 the band gigged extensively all over London and beyond, including sell out gigs at the 100 Club and Clapham Grand, also supporting OCS and Weller guitarist Steve Craddock and with one gig in Canning town being described as 'the gig of the year'.
The band's first album, 'Time For Change' is available on iTunes and shows the band's diverse range of influences from mod, ska, punk, rock and blues.
The Grand Merci –Are a five piece indie band from Kent. They combine traditional indie structures to soulful, charismatic melodies, creating an unpredictable in-between. Their tracks such as Funny Kind of Life and Fuel to My Fire are guaranteed to get the place moving!
Saturday 19th January – St. Paul’s Church, Canterbury
Samuel Ashton’s EP launch is one of those events that come along every so often that you just get excited about. With a strong support line-up from Nancy Okai, The Grand Merci (Acoustic) and The Maywaves (Acoustic) we are guaranteed a memorable night of top class original music. The church will provide a perfect intimate setting for the emotional ride of the evening's musical journey.
Samuel Ashton - Samuel Ashton is a Canterbury based musician whose music draws influence from modern soul artists such as Michael Kiwanuka, Paolo Nutini, Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff.
Samuel's voice blends smooth blues, soul and country tones, which add weight to his songwriting. Stepping out for the first time with a fresh full sound accompanied by the band promises to be an occasion to remember.
Nancy Okai - Nancy Okai is a singer-songwriter based in Margate. Her music is influenced by a wide range of artists including: Lianne La Havas, Daughter, and Matt Corby to name a few. Her first EP ‘Daydreams' was released in 2012 and showcases her love of storytelling through song. Nancy’s most recent EP ‘VII’ released in 2017 chronicles feelings of discovery, change, love and loss. It presents an artist exploring her sound, taking musical inspiration from time spent alongside a variety of artists over the years. Nancy Okai’s sound can be described as a mix of alternative pop and soul with a hint of folk, but she ultimately leaves it to the listener to decide.
The Maywaves - are an alternative rock band that merges multiple styles of music to form an exciting new sound that many have never heard before.
Sunday 10th February – The Huntsman, Rochester
This is the very first original band showcase at this venue featuring Samuel Ashton, White Heat and The Grand Merci. It is a chance for live music fans to witness bands in a close up and intimate setting. These events will take place quarterly and feature different bands each time for audiences to experience. This event is FREE entry!
Thank you to all of those that perform within and support the live music scene!