Friday, September 30, 2005

Mags out now (in some areas) & Friday music

Well if you haven't yet seen a copy of either the Taunton & Bridgwater or the South Somerset & West Dorset editions of the soon will!

Events today in West Dorset & South Somerset
Aconite Thrill, Dopamine, The Cedar Falls & The Smash Up @ Flicks Bar, Yeovil
Rooting Around @ Mountfields School, Bridport
BJ McCabe @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Storm @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Unforgiven Kingdom @ Swan Hotel, Crewkerne
Dr Stomp & Professor Oz @ Tippling Philospher, Milborne Port
Us & Them @ Cheese & Grain, Frome

Pink Floyd tribute act, Us And Them play tonight at the Cheese & Grain in Frome

Abba Gems @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Real Deal @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Vinyl Monkeys @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne

Events today in the Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Who’s Next @ The Westgate, Taunton
Hard Tack @ The George, Uffculme
Hoppy Horton etc. @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Kiss This @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Open Mic Night @ The Bear, Wiveliscombe
Country Ken @ Beam Bridge Hotel
Sneaky Pete etc. @ The Malt Shovel
Jive Inn @ Bridgwater Sports Club
Jiving Lindy Hoppers @ Batcombe Jubilee Hall
Christine Collister @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Have a fun day

The Editor

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Thursday, Rheindeer, free speech & music!

Santa gets compensation after air force kills Rudolph
COPENHAGEN (AFP) - The Danish airforce has paid damages to one of the country's many professional Santa Clauses after a blast from a low-flying fighter jet left Rudolph the reindeer lifeless, reports said.

The Father Christmas, whose real name is Olovi Nikkanoff and who lives on the central Danish island of Fyn, told TV2 station that he was devastated last February when he discovered his reindeer's body.
The veterinarian who examined the dead beast concluded that Rudolph had died from the shock of the deafening noise made by the fighter plane.

Following an official complaint from Nikkanoff, the Danish airforce agreed to pay him 30,000 kroner (4,840 dollars, 4,022 euros) to buy a new reindeer.

Free Speech
In a fine example of freedom of speech in Britain an 82 year refugee was physically bundled out of the Labour Party conference yesterday. The man, Walter Wolfgang , a 50 year member of the Labour party had called Jack Straw a "liar".

Tony Blair later apologise to Mr Wolfgang...that was nice.

Those bloody octagenarians always creating trouble...

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Nine Below Zero @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Jam Night @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Crosswired @ Choughs Hotel, Chard
Laurence @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
The Crack @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Stress @ Porter Blacks, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Lazy River Jazz @ Cross Keys, N.Fitzwarren
Nine Below Zero @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill

Nine Below Zero looking mean and moody, they play tonight at the Square & Compass

Mutts/Termites + @ Palace, Bridgwater
Shrink’s @ Bridgwater Arts Centre
Jam Session @ The George, Uffculme
Jiving Lindy Hoppers @ Chilcompton V.Hall
Jive Inn @ Chestnut Tree Club
Ritz Acoustic Club @ Ritz, Burnham-on-Sea
Kathy Boocock Quartet @ Bar 27, Bridgwater

Have a fun day

The Editor

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Wednesday-Joke, Music & Cows

Start the day with a joke
An Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman are all to give speaches to the Deaf Society. All are keen to make an impression on their audience.

The Englishman goes first and to the surprise of his colleagues starts by rubbing first his chest and then his groin. When he finishes the Scotsman and Irishman ask him what he was doing.
Well" he explained" By rubbing my chest I indicated breasts and thus Ladies and by rubbing my groin I indicated balls and thus Gentlemen. So my speech started Ladies and Gentlemen".
On his way up to the podium the Scotsman thought to himself I'll go one better than that English bastard and started his speech by making an antler symbol with his fingers above his head before also rubbing his chest and his groin.

When he finished his colleagues asked what he was doing. "Well" he explained" By imitating antlers and then rubbing my chest and groin I was starting my speech by saying Dear Ladies and Gentlemen".

On his way up to the podium the Irishman thought to himself I'll go one further than those mainland bastards and started his speech by making an antler symbol above his head, rubbing his chest, and then his groin, and then masturbating furiously.

When he finished his colleagues asked him what he was doing. "Well" he explained," by imitating antlers, rubbing my chest and then my groin and then masturbating I was starting my speech by saying -Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure......."

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
US Halfpipes @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil
Live Music TBC @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Modern Jive @ Royal British Legion Club, Taunton


Now we finally know why the people of Liechtenstein are so relaxed. Their cows have been eating hemp for centuries. And it appears that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, made from the hemp plant cannabis sativa, makes its way into the milk. According to the Dutch science magazine Kijk (May 2005) the government has cracked down and farmers will have to look for a new type of cattle feed. And Liechtensteiners a new drug?

The Editor

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Texting, Police & music!

Two-thirds of Swedes secretly read partner's SMS messages:
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Two-thirds of Swedes secretly read their partner's mobile phone text messages, in particular when he or she nips off to the loo, according to a recent study.

Sixty-four percent of those questioned by mobile portal Halebop for Swedish operator TeliaSonera said they read their partners' SMS messages purely out of curiosity, but one-fourth admitted that they did it out of jealousy.

Most people, 47 percent, said they secretly peeked into their partner's phone when he or she was in the bathroom or shower, while others said they did it when their partner was sleeping or had forgotten to take their mobile.

Sixty-three percent said they were particularly interested in reading their partner's phones messages after he or she had been to a bar or restaurant, while only four percent said they looked after their partner returned from a work conference.

The study also showed that 86 percent of people had flirted with someone by SMS, and 40 percent had had SMS sex (how?!). Seven percent said they had had SMS sex with an unknown person (even more bizarre!) The study questioned 685 people in Sweden from August 25 through September

Off Topic But Interesting
A 43-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the leak of documents from the investigation into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

The woman was detained on Wednesday at one of a number of addresses searched in the capital and later released on police bail.

Leicestershire Police are currently investigating the leak after ITV News ran details of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry into the Brazilian's death at Stockwell Tube station in south London on July 22 when he was mistaken for a suspected suicide bomber.

So let's just see if we understand the situation; if the Met Police shoot somebody and lie about the circumstances of that shooting then it's OK. If somebody blows the whistle and tells the world the Police have been lying that get arrested for it.

If this was going on in another country we would saying "well that wouldn't happen at home." But it is happening right here!

What about the music?

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Acoustic Jam Night @ Green Dragon Combe St Nicholas

Live events in the Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Acoustic Jam Night @ Green Dragon Combe St Nicholas

That's all folks

The Editor

Monday, September 26, 2005

Back to work!

Here we go again for another week of joy and happiness!

What do you mean you hate Mondays?

If you are into Bob Dylan then get yourself in front of the telly tonight

Arena - No Direction Home
Drawing from hundreds of hours of unseen footage and rare recordings, in-depth interviews and revealing photographs, No Direction Home, directed by Martin Scorsese, strikes a remarkable balance - telling the story of one man's journey and at the same time placing that story within the greater canvas of human events.
Part one is on BBC2 tonight at 9pm, part two follows tomorrow.

The BBC have puts lots on their web site about Dylan, follow the link for more.

A British Sucess Story!
Scots win stone skimming tournament
Scots swept the board at this year's World Stone Skimming Championships, beating off tough competition from a field of international competitors.

They scooped first place in all six categories, despite facing challenges from competitors as far afield as Germany, Denmark, Australia and the USA.

The annual competition, on Easdale Island, Argyll, attracted a record number of entrants this year. Some 220 people took part in the all-day charity event, with organisers hoping to have raised between £2,000 and £3,000 for community funds.

Local Stuff
There are no live music events that we have information on happening today in the West Dorset and South Somerset areas.

If you are in the Taunton area the tonight you have the following
Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton
Die Fledermaus @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (-30th)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

What's on Saturday?

Well it's bad news if you are in Texas or Louisiana today as hurricane Rita hits the land. Good luck if you are sitting it out or trying to move away from it. More news here fronm the BBC

Locally we learn that Yeovil Town supremo Gary Johnson becomes the new manager at Bristol City. More news on this story by following this link

But what about the music you're asking!

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas today
Midlife Crisis @ Old Market, Bridgwater
Scrotes @ The Westgate, Taunton
Rabbi John @ Roadwater Village Hall
Alice Sharland @ The Vintage, Wellington
Me & Him @ Flying Horse, Taunton
Cover-up @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Little John @ Crown & Sceptre, Taunton
Reggae Night @ The Alma, Taunton
Orpheus Supertones @ Bridgwater A.Centre
Gas Street Band @ Wellington Football Club
Arthur Shaw @ Princess Royal, Taunton
Helen Riley @ Green Dragon, Wellington
Doomsday Rockers @ W-super-Mare FC

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Zoe Schwarz & Rob Koral (booking required) @ Gallery Restaurant, Chard
Animal Matter @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Nick Ryan @ Ship Inn, Chard
Steve Black @ Hardy's, Bridport
Beautiful Noise @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Crosswired @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Bell & Brumpton @ Lord Nelson, Norton-s-Hamdon
The Perfect Strangers @ Swan Inn, Sherborne
Vinyl Monkeys @ Tanners, Bridport
Bleedin Hartz @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Rooting Around @ Kings Arms, Stockland
X-Teller @ Royal Oak, Ilminster

X-Teller doing it live

Tom Toomey @ White Hart, Castle Cary
Dave Green @ Barrington Oak, Barrington
Storm @ Thomas Trip, Christchurch
Griff Daniels & Nikki Mascal @ The Plucknett, Yeovil
Last Night of the Proms with Belinda Evans & Yeovil Town Band @ Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Smith 'n' Moore @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Diamondogz @ Honiton Motel

Wow there ought to something there for just about everyone!

Have a great weekend!

The Editor

Friday, September 23, 2005

Friday happenings

'Rowdy' Conservative Pensioners
Members of a suburban Conservative club have vowed to curb their high spirits after an application to extend opening hours nearly fell foul of their rowdy behaviour.

The committee of Erdington Conservative Club in Birmingham thought that with an average age of 65 and some members well into their 80s, the local licensing committee would grant them an extension without much trouble.

But they reckoned without 21 objections from some locals in the residential area, who tut-tutted at the sound of late-night discos and karaokes plus gin-and-tonic-fuelled noise after last orders. Life in the old dogs yet eh?

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Karl Weber @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Backwater @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
The Krays @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Hogwash J. Function @ Green Dragon Combe St Nicholas
Unforgiven Kingdom @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Old Dogz New Trix @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Chill @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Blue Groove @ Hardy's, Bridport
Electric Eel Shock, Quit Your Day Job, Encylopedia & Animal Urges @ Flicks Bar, Yeovil
Sirius B @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil

Events in the Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Hard Tack @ Flying Horse, Taunton
Old Dogz New Trix @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Excellos @ The Malt Shovel, Taunton
Morph @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Baracoodas @ The Westgate, Taunton

Shaun Kelly of the Barracoodas, self confessed inventor of the the internal combustion engine, and has recently learned to walk on water. He is a handsome, intelligent, witty, fantastically gifted guitarist (at least according to his entry on the Barracoodas web site!) Picture courtesy of

T-Jay & The Bellevue etc. @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Jive/Rock’n’Roll @ Taunton R’n’R Club
Hogwash J. Function @ Green Dragon Combe St Nicholas

The Editor

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Thursday musical happenings

Plenty of great music out there today, take a look below.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Tony McPhee (ex Groundhogs) @ David Hall Arts Centre, S.Petherton
Delta Moon @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Blue Tomatoes @ Choughs Hotel, Chard
Cryin' Out Loud @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Little Dixie @ Harry's Bar
Jam Night @ Woods Wine Bar

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Eddie Martin @ Ritz Acoustic Club

Eddie Martin - only half here!

Jive Inn @ Chestnut Tree Club
Delta Moon @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Jazz Jam Session @ Bar 27, Bridgwater
Ritz Acoustic Club @ Ritz, Burnham-on-Sea

The Editor

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Bonkers things to do on a Wednesday

These guys are just nuts!

First get a bunch of big balloons; then fill them with helium; strap them to a harness and let go!

Drift up into the sky and wave goodbye to your buddies have to take a look at this web site! Click on the link in the headline above.

Here are some pictures to whet your appetite!

We have lift off!

Mixing it with the hot air balloons

The view from 5000 feet!

Who's gonna try it first?

The Editor

Diesel too expensive? Try toads or dead cats!

It's Not Halloween Yet Is It?
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters)
A German inventor said he has developed a method to produce crude oil products from waste that he believes can be an answer to the soaring costs of fuel, but denied a German newspaper story implying he also used dead cats.

Christian Koch, an inventor and patent holder of the "KDV 500" that he said produces high quality fuel, said he can transform waste products such as paper, rubbish and plastic materials into fuel.

But Koch, 55, said there was no truth to stories published in Bild newspaper on Tuesday and Wednesday that suggested he used dead cats as part of the mix for his organic diesel fuel.
"I use paper, plastics, textiles and rubbish," Koch told Reuters.

"It's an alternative fuel that is friendly for the environment. But it's complete nonsense to suggest dead cats. I've never used cats and would never think of that. At most the odd toad may have jumped in."

Live events today in West Dorset & South Somerset
Delta Moon @ Raleghs Cross Inn, Brendon Hill, Nr Watchet
Navi as Michael Jackson @ Chicago Rock Café
Open Mic / Jam Night @ Harry's Bar (please check this one as there have been some changes recently)
Nick Ryan @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Private Lives @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (-24th)
Delta Moon @ Raleghs Cross Inn, Brendon Hill, Nr Watchet
Modern Jive @ Royal British Legion Club, Taunton
Wyrd Sisters @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton (-24th)

If you are feeling down or a bit fed up with the world remember there is always someone who loves you. Follow the link to see what we mean!,1,Slide 1

Have a great day

The Editor

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Update on Lazy Lester

We had this information come in today from Dave Saunders of Mojo Promotions.

Although he now lives in Detroit, Lazy Lesters family are still living inand around New Orleans. With the displacement, disruption and terrible damage done to the city by Hurricane Katrina, Lester has been involved intrying to find and relocate his family members.

This task is still ongoing with the result of him having to postpone his UK tour until March 2006. Thedates at Moreton and Kingbury Epicopi will be filled by Harry Skinner + Dave Saunders of Producers fame who have stepped in at the last minute to play their own brand of acoustic blues.

Lazy Lester tickets already sold can be held until next March, used to see Harry and Dave with a £2.00 refund or refunded completely from the venue from whence they were sold.

Updated details below:
TUE 4th OCT - HARRY SKINNER + DAVE SAUNDERS,Wyndham Arms,Kingsbury Episcopi, Nr MARTOCK, Som. 01935 823239 tickets Adv £6.00 Door £7.00

The Editor

Treasure, Music & Praying Dogs

Do you enjoy treasure hunts?
On the 8th October there will be a Charity Treasure Hunt (for CLIC) organised by the Royal Marine in Yeovil. Entry fee is £5.00 per car. The first car to leave Royal Marine at 2pm.

The Royal Marine pub in Yeovil

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Ben Waters @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Comedy Club ~ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Ben Waters @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi

Think your dog is clever? Buddhist bow-wow
The newest acolyte at a temple on an outlying South Korea island is a dog who has learned to sit, stay and perform Buddhist prayer rituals alongside the monks.

Monks at Buljang Temple on Chindo island off the south-west coast said the stray, called Hama, now joined them at prayer.

Hama - Korean for hippopotamus - follows monks into the temple and bows in the same manner for prayer, a temple official said. Some local Buddhists, who believe in reincarnation, are wondering what Hama may have been in a past life.

Can he get his own Bonio from the box though? That's the mark of a truly smart dog!

The Editor

Monday, September 19, 2005

Lazy Lester gig postponed

Sadly we learnt today that the Lazy Lester gig planned for the 4th October at the Wyndham Arms in Kingsbury Episcopi has been postponed. As some of you will know Lazy Lester and his family come from the New Orleans area and in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina there are important family issues to resolve.

However all is not lost!

Lazy Lester plans on coming to the UK in March 2006 and the gig on the 6th will be covered by Harry Skinner and Dave Saunders of 'The Producers' fame.

The Editor

Monday 19th Deadline day!

Today is deadline day for the October edition of Suited and Booted.

Thank you if you have already sent your event information to us and if you have not then please do it today!

As is normal for a Monday the only event we have for you today is the Open Mic Night at The Westgate in Taunton.

However later this week at The Bridgwater Arts Ventre...
One of America’s premier Old Time bands, Orpheus Supertones play a mix of traditional American fiddle tunes, banjo tunes and ballads from Appalachia and beyond. They were recommended to the Arts Centre by The Gathering – and recommendations don’t come much higher!

Orpheus Supertones playing this Saturday at Bridgwater Arts Centre

This four piece band consists of Walt Koken, 5-string banjoist and former fiddler player with the legendary Highwood’s String Band, player and collector of traditional American fiddle tunes Clare Milliner, singer and guitarist Kellie Allen and guitarist Pete Peterson, a mainstay of the east coast old-time scene for over 40 years. Between them, Orpheus Supertones have an immense depth of knowledge of old-time and many, many years’ experience of playing. Their love and enjoyment of the music shines through to create an unmissable live show. Tickets available from Bridgwater Arts Centre, click the headline above to follow the link to their web site. £8; £7 conc; £6 members. Or follow this

The Editor

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sunday music & Beer festival!

A quick reminder to bands, event organisers and venues out there, that tomorrow (Monday 19th) is deadline day for the October edition of the Suited and Booted in the South Somerset & West Dorset area.


Don’t miss one of the great beer festival venues of the year. Step of the train straight into the festival. c90 beers and ciders from local and countrywide microbreweries will be available, including festival specials. Food available all sessions, entertainment Sun Lunch (TBA).

Open: 11am-11pm Saturday & 12-4pm Sunday. FREE admission, purchase of commemorative glass (£2:50) or hard plastic glass (50p) required. Travel by scenic West Somerset Railway (reduced fare for card-carrying CAMRA members) or by bus frm Taunton. Plenty of local B&B accom available (Details from Minehead Tourist Board).
For further info call Barrie Childs 01935 825566 or click the link in the headline above to visit their web site.

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Uncle Brian, For Those Lost, Forgotten Enemy, Cousin Luke & others @ Alpine Village Restaurant, Yeovil
Live at Lunch' with Finn & Friends (1.30pm) @ Bottle Inn, Marshwood
Paul Gough (Little Bit More) @ Labour Club, Yeovil

Live events in the Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Worried Men @ Old Market, Bridgwater
CAMRA Beer Festival @ Minehead Station

The Editor

Friday, September 16, 2005

Saturday fun

Updates to the web site have been a little spartan this week as I was away in Paris. I had the misfortune to travel via Charles de Gaule airport; it must be the dirtiest, smelliest, untidiest most poorly equipped airport in the western world (I was in terminal 2). Shocking...I have been to much nicer airports in the supposedly third world. France you should hang your head in shame!

On with the Saturday music.

Events on Saturday in South Somerset & West Dorset
Art Shaw @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Boxing Frogs @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Rooster @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
The 'A' Team @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Dave King @ Lord Nelson, Norton-s-Hamdon
Mojo @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon

A picture of Mojo in action courtesy of their web site

Crawfish @ Bottle Inn, Marshwood
Rhythm Junkies @ Swan Inn, Sherborne
Mid Life Crisis @ Bakers Arms, Martock

Live music in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Little Dixie @ The Westgate, Taunton
Arthur Shaw @ Crown & Sceptre, Taunton
Open Mic Night @ The Bear, Wiveliscombe
Cover-up @ The Malt Shovel, Taunton
That’ll Do @ The Vintage, Wellington
Ann Clancy @ Flying Horse, Taunton
Triple Rock @ White Hart, E.Reach, Taunton
Fat Bottomed Queens @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Live Music t.b.c. @ Pen & Quill
Barracuda @ Beam Bridge Hotel
Women’s Cabaret @ Bridgwater A.Centre
Merseybeats @ Royal British Legion Club

The Editor

Mercury contender at South Petherton

Seth Lakeman's album, Kitty Jay, was short-listed for the Nationwide Mercury Music Prize 2005 in London on September 10th and earned the enthusiastic comment: "What a fantastic talent!" from Jules Holland, who was one of the judges.  The 28-year-old folk singer from Dartmoor was also nominated for Best Original Song with Kitty Jay, and for Best Newcomer, in the 2005 BBC Folk Acoustic Awards. 

Now Seth is going to The David Hall in South Petherton, where lucky local fans can see this outstanding young musician playing with his Trio on Saturday 29th October.  It is sure to be a sell out gig so if you want to be there, call 01460 240 340 and book right away! 
The Editor

Thursday, September 15, 2005

X-Teller playing in Bath

Just a quick note to let you know that local band X-Teller will be playing at the Cellar Bar in Bath tonight (15th) at around 9pm.

The Editor

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New music venue in Yeovil

We have just been to see Chris the new Landlord at the Railway Inn (bottom of Hendford Hill) in Yeovil.

He is putting on live music starting on 22nd October with Mark S. and his guitar. The acts will be solo artists mostly geared for the over 25 year olds. The dates so far seem to indicate that music could be on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights (because of artist availability) so you'll need to keep an eye on the listings.

Good luck with the music!

The Editor

Guitarist Wanted!

Lead/2nd lead guitarist for gigging 60's/70's/80's covers pub rock band with full diary for the rest of year & gigs already in diary for next year.

This came in from Geoff, if you are interested then please call him directly, not Suited & Booted!

Band has been together for three years, has good local rep, quality PA system & wide range of material.

Must be prepared to gig up to 6/7 times per month, have own gear & transport & be committed to rehearsing new material on regular basis.

Vocals (lead or backing) an asset; committment is or more important than ability; sense of humour & ability to be able to take 'stick' as well as give it out an absolute pre-requisite.

Sound like you? Ring Geoff on 07812 766594 for more details & to sort out audition. (Speed freaks & metal heads need not apply - it's NOT what we do!!!!!!!!)

The Editor

Monday, September 12, 2005

Fund raisers at David Hall Arts Centre

As many of you will know the David Hall Arts Centre in South Petherton needs to raise around £250k to rebuild some elements of the building structure. As a consequence there are regular fundraising events being held to raise funds. Whatever the reason you can have some fun!

Here's what it looks like.

Saturday 8th October at 7.30pm
Fundraising Quiz in aid of the Save The David Hall Campaign
Open for all ages, with a variety of question topics and a cash first prize ££!.
Compile a team of (up to) four people then phone the box office - 01460 240 340 - to book your table. Cost per Team: £12.00 Warning: Things could get competitive!

Saturday 22nd October at 8pm
Ceilidh in aid of the Save The David Hall CampaignWith Caller, Dick Carlyon and local band, The Reel Thing.The band consists of Jeremy Cozens, mandolin; Jerry Norman, guitar; Richard Helson, fiddle and Rose Johnson, accordion. Plus, there will be some surprise guest performers.Tickets: £6 (no concessions)

The Editor

Massive update this week!

Travel plans this week will make regular updates to the web site rather difficult. So here is all the live music we know about happening between Tuesday and Friday this week!

Live events this week in South Somerset & West Dorset areas
Tuesday 13th SEPTEMBER
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne

Communicators @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil
Open Mic / Jam Night @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil

Vinyl Monkeys @ Nelsons Cheese & Ale House, Blandford
Crazy 88 @ Choughs Hotel, Chard
The David Miles Band @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Brendon @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
The Get Outs @ White Horse, Wincanton
Jam Night @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil

The Fight, Instill, 3DBS Down, The Whiskey River & My Vendetta @ Flicks Bar, Yeovil
Live music TBC @ Hardy's, Bridport
Loose Connections @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Crosswired @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
On The Nod @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Wob @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport
Flatland Boogie Band @ Ropemakers, Bridport

Those Flatland Boogie Boys, nice shirts chaps!

Live events this week for Taunton & Bridgwater areas
The Melstock Band @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Round The Garden @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (-17th)
Modern Jive @ Royal British Legion Club, Taunton
Acoustic Music Night @ West India House, Taunton

James Chadwick Quartet @ Bar 27, Bridgwater
Jam Session @ The George, Uffculme
Ritz Acoustic Club @ Ritz, Burnham-on-Sea
Jive Inn @ Chestnut Tree Club, Taunton
Imperial Vipers + support @ Palace, Bridgwater

Little Dixie @ The Westgate, Taunton
Arthur Shaw @ Crown & Sceptre, Taunton
Open Mic Night @ The Bear, Wiveliscombe
Cover-up @ The Malt Shovel, Taunton
That’ll Do @ The Vintage, Wellington
Ann Clancy @ Flying Horse
Triple Rock @ White Hart, E.Reach, Taunton
Fat Bottomed Queens @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Live Music t.b.c. @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Barracuda @ Beam Bridge Hotel
Women’s Cabaret @ Bridgwater Arts Centre
Merseybeats @ Royal British Legion Club, Taunton

Take Art Launch Their Autumn Programme

Take art live Autumn programme

Make sure you get hold of the new Take Art Live programme now. Some of the best live events happening in Somerset this autumn are in village halls, from Porlock to Easton-in-Gordano to Churchinford, and it’s easy to lose track without this guide!

Sarah Peterkin, director of Take Art Live is responsible for getting hold of acts from all over the country and further afield. She aims to bring us a varied and adventurous range of acts from music to theatre to shows for children. “I’m really excited about what we’re bringing here this season. It’s hard for me to choose, but my top picks are ‘Pacific Voices’, beautiful Samoan stories which will transport you to another world for the evening or the totally bonkers and musical Spike Theatre, one of the finest new theatre companies in Britain with a refreshing family show ‘Backwater’.”

Backwater from Spike Theatre

Where does Sarah get all the acts from? “We go to see as many of the shows as possible - the Edinburgh Festival is always a great source. If I can’t see shows myself I rely heavily on other members of the National Rural Touring Forum (which represents organisations like us across the country), for their top recommendations. We’ve built up a track record over the years to deliver high quality acts and our village hall promoters are willing to take a risk with the unknown.”

Other great theatre is Quondam ‘Black Diamonds’, a fantastic piece of brave writing from award-winning playwright, Julia Darling. It has a dark theme but the show is very uplifting and thought-provoking. Two other national companies, Third Space and Big State, will offer up their latest shows. And straddling dance and theatre, Pretty Good Girl Dance’s brand new work ‘Morning, Noon and Marilyn Monroe’ starts its national tour in Somerset this autumn, returning in the Spring. Children will love Puppetcraft’s brand new show, ‘Nobody Rides the Unicorn’ and Waggish Radish Puppet Theatre’s ‘King Ethelbert and the Happy Scamp’. Jo King, king of stand-up, is Frank Sinatra for a musical journey through the crooner’s life and sings some of the best loved songs of the era on his way.

Jazz, classical, folk and blues feature strongly with great gigs from Chris James, Cabbage Alley, Howden Jones and Three’s Company.

Just call Take Art on 01460 249450 or email and they’ll make sure you’re in the picture before the season kicks off.

Take Art - Arts development agency for SomersetThe Mill, Flaxdrayton farm, South Petherton, TA13 5LR

The Editor

Have you seen our updated band & venue link page?

We have been doing a lot of updating on the Suited and Booted main web site over the last few days. Including a completely revamped band and venue link page. If you have been wondering how to contact a local band this may well be the easiest way!

Take a look at now!

If you are in a band or are a venue that regularly hosts music then let us know and we will add you to the listings, NO CHARGE! Send an email to with your web site details.

Hope you like it.

The Editor

Get them Monday morning blues?

Blind speed record
A South African has become the world's fastest blind driver after driving across a remote airstrip at 168mph.

Blind since birth, 33-year-old Hein Wagner of Cape Town had a sighted navigator for his record attempt. After crossing the airfield, he told reporters he wanted to do it again, but was considering piloting an aircraft for his next record attempt.

"I'm very happy," said Wagner, whose drive in a borrowed Maserati V8 GranSport was monitored by motoring organisation Motorsport SA and filmed for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Actually we think we saw some of this guy's practice runs down the Queensway dual carriageway in Yeovil; well the way some people drive you'd think they were blind!

Back to the music
Monday again and there is today a sad lack of musical events for you to enjoy. Or perhaps you are still recovering from the weekend anyway?

Your opportunity to shine tonight is the open mic night at the Westgate in Taunton...that's it!

The Editor

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sunday music at lunch mostly...

Today is the 4th anniversary of the September 11th attacks that happened in 2001.

Gay cowboy film rides off with Venice Golden Lion
VENICE (Reuters) - Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain", a tale of homosexual love in the mountains of Wyoming, won Venice's Golden Lion on Saturday, beating film festival favourite George Clooney in the race to take the top prize.

The latest movie by the director of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Hulk" is adapted from a story by Annie Proulx and stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as love-struck cowboys whose forbidden affair begins in 1963 and ends 20 years later

Some lunchtime and afternoon music today not so much in the evening.

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset today
Live at Lunch' with Sean Geraghty (1.20pm) @ Bottle Inn, Marshwood
HarrySkinner & Dave Saunders (2.30-5pm) @ Hare & Hounds, Waytown, Nr Bridport

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas today
Original Rags @ Bar 27, Bridgwater (lunchtime)
Arthur Shaw @ Old Market, Bridgwater

Have a great day

The Editor

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Lots to see and do on Saturday

Well the biggie today is probably Super Furry Animals playing in Bridgwater tonight. If you don't already have a ticket then you are probably out of luck!

There is plenty of other great music out there tonight though!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Tom Toomey (4-5pm)@ Galhampton Beer Festival
Tony McPhee, Harry Skinner & Dave Saunders @ Bell Inn, Ash
Dodgy Jammers @ Ship Inn, Chard
Tom Toomey @ Lord Nelson, Norton-s-Hamdon
Rip It Up @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Dillon (Unforgiven Kingdom) @ Swan Hotel, Crewkerne
Lost Cause @ Swan Inn, Sherborne
Shin Dig @ Labour Club
Real World @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Mid Life Crisis @ Hardy's, Bridport
Storm @ South Petherton Carnival
Paddy Jo King @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Ben Waters Boogie Band @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Mr Boogie Woogie and his band at Lyme tonight!

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas today
Super Furry Animals @ Palace, Bridgwater
Sedgemoor Cont. Music Group @ Bridgwater A.C.
Mojo @ Old Market, Bridgwater
Stuff Stan Likes @ The Westgate, Taunton
Reggae Night @ The Alma, Taunton
Bleedin Hartz @ White Hart, E.Reach, Taunton
Real Deal @ The Vintage, Wellington
Roger Lendon @ Flying Horse, Taunton
Crawfish @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Christie James @ Princess Royal, Taunton
Ann Clancey @ Green Dragon, Wellington

Going on holiday to Germany? Watch out for the security bully boys
German airport security staff strip passenger in public
ORLEANS, France (AFP) - A senior member of a French association for accident victims said he would sue a German airport for stripping him in public when a security device reacted to a metal plate in his body.

"Wednesday I was going through the metal detector gate to take the plane and the alarm went off," said Rene Auguy, 59, from Saran in central France, recounting the incident at Cologne airport in western Germany.

"I was expecting it because I have a prosthesis, a metal plate as big as your hand at the top of my pelvis. I show a paper in French and English which explains the problem," he said.
"And then the security official pulls up my shirt and pulls my trousers down to the middle of my thighs. I find myself in my underpants in front of 300 people.

"The man runs his detector over me, and it gives the alarm. He takes me pretty violently to a booth about seven metres (22 feet) from the gate. I was going to take off my prosthesis when the man suddenly pulls down my underpants in front of everyone, the curtains were not closed," he said.

"I felt humiliated. And in the plane people were making fun of me. I had to tell them how to behave."

Auguy, a refrigeration engineer, said he would be filing a complaint Saturday as his personal dignity had been abused.

The airline German Wings and Cologne airport said they knew nothing about the matter and said they "were not responsible for security controls."

Stay in the UK and have a fantastic Saturday!

The Editor

Friday, September 09, 2005

Off Topic - The Id Card Swizz

There are those who think ID cards might be a good idea...we don't.

We see it as a gross intrusion of the state into a person's private affairs that will never stop the terrorists or indeed so called ID theft.

Which ever side of the fence you come down on you'll probably find this FLASH movie fun!

Click the link in the headline above or here

The Editor

Friday again

Oh boy are we late today, still hopefully we are still in time for you to check out the entertainment for tonight!

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset today
Sean & The Little People @ Hardy's, Bridport
Triple Rock @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Old Dogz New Trix @ Green Dragon Combe St Nicholas
Dr Stomp & Professor Oz @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport

Dr Stomp & Prof. Oz!

Vinyl Monkeys @ Red Lion, Beaminster
ITV (Black Sabbath trib) @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Tom Toomey @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Loose Connections @ Ropemakers, Bridport
The Hurt Process, Reflux, The Maple Room & Born To Break Even @ Flicks Bar, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Jury @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
The Wurzels @ Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Taunton
Mike Wroth @ The Malt Shovel, Taunton
Kez @ Crown & Sceptre, Taunton
Stingrays @ The Westgate, Taunton
Crosswired @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Blazing Stump Folk Club @ Royal Oak, Lux.
Old Dogz New Trix @ Green Dragon Combe St Nicholas
Jive/Rock’n’Roll @ Taunton R’n’R Club
Nightshift @ Wookey Hole Inn

The Editor

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Thursday already!

As you may your way home tonight you may want to keep in mind just what can happen if you get caught short in the on.

Inebriated Belgian woman dies in cemetery accident
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An inebriated Belgian woman died in a freak accident when she ended up beneath a heavy grave stone at a cemetery, local news agency Belga said on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old was on her way home from a bar in the Belgian town of Pulle in the early hours of Saturday when she took a short cut through the cemetery.

But she urgently needed to relieve herself and crouched down between two gravestones. As she lost her balance, she grabbed one of the stones which gave way and landed on top of her.
The public prosecutor's office said she died of suffocation as she was unable to lift the heavy stone.

You have been warned!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Relics @ Choughs Hotel, Chard
The Party Band @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Mr Perfect @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard (please note we are not even sure what type of act Mr Perfect is! Could be anything!)

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Jive Inn @ Chestnut Tree Club, Taunton
Ian Briggs Blues Band @ White Hart, E.Reach, Taunton

Ian Briggs & The Supervampers here playing at the Dorchester artas centre in 2003. This picture is from Ian's web site. Click the headline above to go there.

Ritz Acoustic Club @ Ritz, Burnham-on-Sea
Jazz Jam Session @ Bar 27, Bridgwater

Have fun and mind the tombstones!

The Editor

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Wednesday events and news

We are just a little bit late today but here is the event news for later!

Antony and Johnsons win Mercury
Antony and the Johnsons have won this year's Mercury Music Prize for the album I Am A Bird Now. Led by New York-based singer Antony Hegarty, they beat acts including Coldplay, favourites Kaiser Chiefs and hip-hop artist MIA.

The £20,000 award is for the best album of the year by a British or Irish act. "I think they must have made a mistake," Chichester-born Hegarty said. "I am completely overwhelmed. I think that's insane." The pianist and singer's winning album, features contributions from Boy George and Lou Reed.
You can hear the music by following this link:

Live events in South Somerset & West Dorset toady
The Yetties & Tim Van Eyken @ West End Hall, Sherborne
Little John @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Open Mic / Jam Night @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Robbing Williams @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil

Hazel O'Connor & The Subterraneans @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Guys & Dolls (musical) @ The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
The Long Mirror @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (until 10th)
Hazel O'Connor & The Subterraneans @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Modern Jive @ The Royal British Legion Club, Taunton

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Want to join an old style Ska band?

We had a call today from Jan Reay who is in the process of setting up a Ska band. Today the band is already a five piece but they feel that the sound would be complete if they had:

1) A trombone player
2) A keyboard player

Jan says their style is more Jamaican Ska than '80s style including plenty of instrumentals. Practice session will be held between Sherborne and Dorchester. So if the geography works for you and the thought of playing Ska live gets your blood moving then give Jan a call on 01300 345 173.

Jan's other musical incarnation is Foo Foo and if you enjoy musical creativity and something different from the usual tribute bands then give them a try. You can find out more from the Foo Foo web site

The Editor

Off topic Katrina & Looting

Not exactly music news but interesting anyway. Clicking the link on the headline above will take you to a video shown on US TV where even the Police are looting a local Wal-Mart store. The world has gone mad.

The Editor

Guys and Dolls opens tonight!

Tonight is the opening night for the Kassmatt production of Guys and Dolls at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. To book your tickets go to the Octagon web site

Mercury Music Awards
Rock band Kaiser Chiefs are hotly tipped to scoop the 2005 Mercury Prize beating the likes of Coldplay and The Magic Numbers to one of Britain's most prestigious music awards.

Bookmakers William Hill said the Leeds band were firm favourites to take the top prize with their debut album "Employment".

We guess you'll be able to see the awards on TV in the next week or so but we couldn't find the event in the listings.

So what else is happening today?

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Guys & Dolls @ Octagon Theatre, Yeovil (till 10th September)

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Musical Quiz @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Tiverton Folk Club @ Racehorse Inn, Tiverton

The Editor

Monday, September 05, 2005

Try this on Google

We had this shown to us and we thought we would share it with you.

Type Liar into the Google search engine set for the UK, here's what you get.

Are you going to argue with Google?

The Editor

Monday, it's quiet out there...

A correction from the print edition of Suited and Booted.
One of our new contributors wrote a review of Harry's Bar in Yeovil this month and indicated that the live music was available for "the price of a pint". One of our readers called to remind us that as is common with many veunes now, you may well be asked for a small entrance fee, particularly if you arrive later in the evening.

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Nothing, not a single event... unless you know different!

Events in the Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton

Bleedin Hartz
Our featured band on the front cover this month are The Bleedin Hartz, who are (they say) 'the perfect example of the classic 4 Piece 'Rock Band' whose emphasis is on playing music in the 'Classic Rock' Genre.

The 'BLEEDIN HARTZ' are made up of Gary Lately, Simon LePulse, Julio Newlio and Cole Bouchet. All the Band members live and work in Somerset. Their 'Set Lists' combine 'Classic Rock' tracks from the 70's, 80's and 90's, and they try to perform them all as close as possible to the way the original artists performed them, 'Loud, Live and Rocking'.

Their music pays tribute to bands such as Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy, through to Aerosmith, Guns N Roses and U2.

The Classic 'Rock Band' Set Up of 2 Guitarists, Bass and Drums and powerful main and support vocals allow The BLEEDIN HARTZ to emulate the feel and sounds of many classic rock tracks. All members of the band have played in various support acts for the likes of Jools Holland and The 'Wurzels'.

First formed in February 2004, the band have colaborated well and stayed totally commited to their mutual love of classic rock music. Their 'Gig' posters laughingly state they are on a permanent 'Tribute To Who?' tour, this magazine wrote them up as a 'Great Tribute Band', but a tribute to who? (well we do make mistakes especially near the print deadlines!)

Saturday 10th September. WHITE HART. Taunton
Saturday 17th September. Yeovilton Air Day. RNAS Yeovilton (TBC)
Saturday 24th September. HALF MOON. Stoke-Sub-Hamdon

(TBC = To be confirmed)

The band's web site has lots more information about them and some sound samples.

The Editor

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Guys and Dolls starts on Tuesday 6th

This week Kassmatt Productions bring you their version of the classic musical Guys and Dolls.

It runs at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 6th till 10th September nightly at 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets available from the Octagon Box office. Check their web site

The Editor

Sunday fun

You haven't have you?
This information came from the Yahoo web site
The Rolling Stones' new album has been illegally posted on the internet a week before its official release. A Bigger Bang, their first studio album in eight years, is available to download from several websites. The illegal downloads could cost the band millions in record sales.

The Rolling Stones join Oasis, U2 and Eminem on a list of artists who have fallen victim to internet piracy. A spokesperson for the Stones' record company EMI told The Times: "The first low-quality files of new Rolling Stones music were found illegally posted on Monday, the same day we began making the new album available for consumers to listen to via radio and streaming. "It is actually a major achievement to keep an album secure until this close to the commercial release date."

Piracy has been blamed for a fall in music sales. Recent research by the British Phonographic Institute revealed more than seven million Britons admitted to downloading music illegally.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Jamming with Mutter & Gareth (3.30pm) @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Julie Dunn Jazz Trio @ Alex Wine Bar, Yeovil
Live at Lunch' with Finn & Friends (1.30pm) @ Bottle Inn, Marshwood
Rhythm Junkies (4pm) @ Westminster, Yeovil
Charlie Morris Band @ Bell Inn, Ash

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Real Deal @ Old Market, Bridgwater

The Editor

Friday, September 02, 2005

Friday and the weekend starts here!

His very own booze cruise
A sailor has been rescued after drifting around the English Channel for two days in his half-built boat with only beer to drink.

The 52-year-old Dutch man, who lives in Southampton, took to sea after he had an argument with his wife, Portland Coastguard said.

He was spotted in Weymouth Bay, about four miles off Lulworth Cove, by another yacht and towed by lifeboat into Weymouth harbour.

Live Music today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Mid Life Crisis @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Speed Handbag @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
The Seventh Cross, Shaped By Fate, Johnny Mental, Shellshock & 50 Caliber @ Flicks Bar, Yeovil
Martha's Vineyard @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Blue Groove @ Hardy's, Bridport
Alias @ Harry's Bar
Unforgiven Kingdom @ Swan Inn, Sherborne

Make it loud! Unforgiven Kingdom in action

Bleedin Hartz @ Grey Lake, Greinton, Nr Moorlinch

Have a great day!
The Editor

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Stranglers play live in Yeovil

If your youth involved pogo-ing along to "Something Better Change" and other Stranglers songs then here is an opportunity to relive your youth.

On Saturday 22nd October The Stranglers will be playing at the Westland Leisure Complex in Yeovil with support from Chapter XIII.

The combination of musical talents and enthusiasm, infused with large doses of charisma and dark notoriety goes more than a little way to explaining why The Stranglers have survived the vagaries of the music business.

These days The Stranglers have at their core original members Jean-Jacques Burnel (bass), Dave Greenfield (keyboards) and Jet Black (drums). Consummate vocalist Paul Roberts has been fronting the band for 12 years and Baz Warne, another musician of considerable pedigree and talent has been the band's guitarist since 2000.

To book your tickets (which cost a hefty £19.50 each in advance or £24.00 on the door) call the hotline on 01935 703810 or go to the web site

The Editor

First day of September

Well I guess with September here Autumn has probably arrived or at least will be with us very soon.

If you have been watching the TV over the last two days the coverage has been universally bad news whether from hirrican Katrina in the USA or the stampede of people who were crushed in Iraq.

So if you would like to hear about some of the good news that is happening in the world click this link, (it's non-religious). It just might help brighten your day!

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset today
Chard Remains @ Choughs Hotel, Chard
Crazy 88 @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Freak Circus @ White Horse, Wincanton
Jam Night @ Woods Wine Bar

Unfortunately we can't tell you about the Taunton area yet...but we will soon!

Dumb things not to do:
Party bank raid joke backfires
Thursday September 1, 08:53 AM
Michael Lyons thought he'd come up with a great practical joke for his daughter's birthday party -- but he stopped laughing as soon as he was arrested.

As the man from Georgia, USA stopped by a bank with the party guests, he convinced one of his daughter's 13-year-old pals to hand a note to a cashier, stating, "Give me all of your money, this is a stick-up."

The cashier sounded the alarm and police stormed the building.

The Editor