Friday, December 29, 2006

What's on Friday 29th December?

What's happening today in West Dorset & South Somerset?
Crazy 88 @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
BJ McCabe @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Storm @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Best Kept Secret @ Ship Inn, Chard

What's happening today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas?
Jesse Love @ The Westgate, Taunton
The Worried Men @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Karaoke Krew @ The Flying Horse, Taunton

Want to see what happens inside 10 Downing Street?
ONDON (AFP) - Britain launched a virtual tour of Prime Minister Tony Blair's Downing Street office, giving web surfers a glimpse into the lives of the people who work behind the country's most famous front door.

The tour includes images of the Cabinet table, the Grand Staircase adorned with portraits of every prime minister, and the entrance hall, and can be accessed on the prime minister's website --

"This is an excellent way of showing the tremendous history of this building," Blair said in comments posted on the website.

"I feel very lucky to live and work here and if we can share just a fraction of the fascination of this extraordinary place, then the tour will enthral a great many people online."

Have great (if slightly damp) day.

The Editor

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

What's on 27th December?

James Brown dies at 73 years young
The Godfather of soul finally leaves this world to get on down in the next. Follow the link for the story on Yahoo.

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Waking Up The Neighbours (Bryan Adams trib.) @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil
Steve Black & Friends (3pm) @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Nil By Mouth (evening) @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis

Sorry but we don't have anything listed for the Taunton & Bridgwater areas for today.

Have a great day

The Editor

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve music

Well as you might expect, things are a bit quieter today with many of us catching up on last minute shopping and gift wrapping. But here's what's out there.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Dave Staddon (4pm) @ Pall Tavern, Yeovil
Cryin' Out Loud @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Little Dixie (4pm) @ Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock
Griff Daniels & Nikki Mascall @ Ship Inn, Chard
Design @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Tom Toomey @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Treefrogs @ The Westgate, Taunton
Penelope's Agents @ The Firestone, Taunton
Driaza @ Cross Rifles Bridgwater
Shaggy's Disco @ The Flying Horse, Taunton

Slapstick Funny Man Dies
Comedian Charlie Drake has died aged 81 following a long illness caused by two strokes. Announcing his death, Laurie Mansfield, Drake's manager for 37 years, said he was the "last of the great slapstick comedians". He starred in many television shows and films during the 1960s and 1970s and had a hit with the comic song My Boomerang Won't Come Back.
Drake died in his sleep at a home for entertainers in Twickenham, west London, where he had lived for about two years.

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and just in case you were wondering we have no live music listed for Christmas Day. Sing some carols instead!

The Editor

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas shopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How is the Christmas shopping going?
Judging by the hordes of shoppers in Yeovil on Friday, the shops are having a late surge of cash or credit cards through the tills. Today promises to be even busier so if you are planning on going shopping today...get there early.

After the stress of the shops, you'll want to relax with some music. There is plenty to choose from tonight; just take a look below.

Events on Saturday 23rd December in South Somerset & West Dorset
Advance Promotions 'Stars In Their Eyes 9' event @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Storm (tickets charity event) @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Live Music TBC @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Move Over @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Jinder @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport
Treefrogs @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Unforgiven Kingdom @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Mojo @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Bleedin' Hartz @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Griff Daniels & Nikki Mascall @ Ship Inn, Chard
Imaculate Deception (Madonna trib) @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Hand F8 @ Bakers Arms, Martock
John DeBarra @ Five Dials, Horton Nr Ilminster
Little Dixie @ Ropemakers, Bridport

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas on Saturday 23rd December
Reflex @ Flying Horse, Taunton
Memphis Rockers @ Bell Inn, Creech St Michael
Jason Toft @ Princesss Royal, Taunton
Barracoodas @ Green Dragon, Wellington
Bluescasters @ Old Market, Bridgwater
That'll Do @ Vintage, Wellington
The Re-Offenders @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Man From Funkle @ The Westgate, Taunton

On the telly
We happened to catch a large chunk of TV's Eastenders last night; what a bloody depressing program! Are the BBC trying to kill off the show? Who needs that kind of pain at Christmas?

Still trying to buy the ultimate gift?
Ice-cream fans can now get virtually their entire Christmas dinner made into the frozen dessert.
Harrods is launching three flavours: Brussels sprout, turkey and cranberry, and Christmas pudding.

They are available on request from an ice-cream parlour in its flagship Knightsbridge store

Have a fun day.

The Editor

Monday, December 18, 2006

Live music on Monday 18th December

Well as far as we can tell there isn't any!
At least, we have none listed on our system here but if you know different then send an email to suit_boot(at) and let us know.

Still thinking about what gift to buy? If you are a smoker or know a smoker who wants to stop then get them the Gift Of Life. This a 4 hour seminar that runs in Bridgwater on Friday January 5th that will help up to 20 people become non-smokers.

Take look at the web site or call the information line 0845 121 4737 to check it out or book a space. It's a gift that last a lot longer than a pair of socks!

The Editor

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sunday stuff (17th December)

The news seems almost universally bad today.
England anout to lose the Ashes, a nutter on the loose in Ipswich and T Blair attempting to paper over the cracks in Iraq.

At least you can listen to some great live music!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Three Tun's O'Grass, John Dalton & Barbara J.Hunt (7.30pm) @ Red Lion, Babcary
Jack Daniels & Benny Wayne (check time) @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Creechers (4pm) @ Pall Tavern, Yeovil
Mid Life Crisis @ Foresters Arms, East Coker

The Editor

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Lots of gigs on Saturday 16th December

There are more gigs happening tonight than you can shake a big stick at! It's the run up to Christmas when the pubs and clubs try and extract every last penny from you because they know that you'll be hibernating in January!

Yetties Christmas Concert with Tony Beard @ Digby Hall, Sherborne
Moneen, Cancer Bats, Flood Of Red & Lights Action @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Tim Basset as Elvis & The Sweet Perspirations @ Somerton Sports Club
Bag Of Rats @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Johnny Mars & The Stars @ Bottle Inn, Marshwood
Blues Express @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Rag Mama Rag @ Chalk & Cheese, Maiden Newton, nr Dorchester
Matthew Finish @ Rockpoint Inn, Lyme Regis
Design @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Loose Connections @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Bleedin' Hartz @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Roadhogs @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport
Vinyl Monkeys @ Tanners, Bridport
Let Me Out @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Off The Rails @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Radar @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Howling At The Moon @ Red Lion, Beaminster
Take Two @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Tom Toomey @ Bakers Arms, Martock

Have a fun day and watch you spend on the Christmas presents; the word is that the shops will be slashing their prices in the last few days before Christmas Day. It might pay you to wait!

The Editor

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Life the universe and everything...

..seem to have stopped my regular posting on this Blog. However here we are again to attempt to keep you realtively up to date with the live music scene in Somerset & West Dorset.

Live events for Thursday 14th December in South Somerset & West Dorset
GaGa (Queen trib.) @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Dave Hadfield & The Waydrove Wonders @ Unicorn, Somerton
Live Music TBC @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Morgan Rattler @ No.10, Bridport
Relocate @ Choughs Hotel, Chard

More news coming later today!

The Editor

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Guitarist looking for muscians or band

Experienced Guitarist/Vocalist looking to form/join Blues-Based Band. Yeovil/South Somerset. Will consider joining established band, but is ideally seeking Harpist, Bassist, and Drummer to start new band. Influences are, Dr Feelgood, Nine Below Zero, Hamsters, ZZ Top and anything Bluesy and loud. Tel. Dave on 01458-270032 / 07767-350111 or mail anytime.

David Woan

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Female Vocalist would like to join band!

Experienced, energetic female vocalist looking to join established band or dep work.
4 years vocal experience with professional 9piece covers band, mostly pop, rock and indie genres. 18months with 10piece ska band, also played keyboards.

Over 150 gigs worth of experience, ranging from large festivals, corporate events/parties, to weddings and music venues. Looking to pick up work for lead, shared, or backing vocal work. Own gear and transport.

Call Cherry on 07803 038 422/

Monday, November 13, 2006

Deadline is just 4 days away!

Each year Suited and Booted puts together a December/January bumper double seasonal issue.

The deadline for that issue is Friday 17th November.

Please send your adverts and event details into us a s soon as you can. Remember that you may well need extra advertising space to cover both months.

The next print edition after this one will be February 2007!

So send us your gig lists, live events and fun stuff by Friday 17th November to make sure you get in the next edition.

The Editor

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Black Voices

We had a fax in from Villages In Action who organise arts events in Devon.

On November 11th (Saturday) 'Black Voices' will be performing in Axmouth Church. Featuring harmoning singing, these performers who have been seen on the TV start their performance at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 (£6 for concessions) and are available from Stepps House, Axmouth or telephoning Pat on 01297 20679.

Ther Editor

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Female Singer Wanted

Dave White of Breeze is looking for a female vocalist.

Female singer wanted 30 + to front established male female duo singing a variety of rock/pop hits from blondie,shania twain, pink and anastacia with electric guitar and backing vocal support ....all equipment provided Chard/Yeovil/Taunton area Gigs @ 1 Per Week Min and Waiting

Please contact or call 0146067902

Thank you; Dave White (Breeze)

The Editor

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Unfaithful play debut gig in Yeovil

Baz Stevens has been in touch to let us, (and you), know that Rock/Punk Covers Band THE UNFAITHFUL (with members from THE KRAYS & WARTHOG) are playing a debut gig at The Westminster in Yeovil on Sat 11th November.

The Editor

Yet another event at the Cheese & Grain


The official tribute to Iron Maiden. This amazing band were formed in the mid 90’s and have celebrated their 10th anniversary releasing a live CD featuring such classics as "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter", "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "The Number of the Beast". They played the London Astoria when Iron Maiden asked them to perform at the annual convention and when touring in Portugal, they were joined on stage by non other than Steve Harris & Nicko McBrain - sending the crowd wild playing "Mr Wicker Man", "Hallowed be thy Name", "Wrath child" and "Two Minutes to Midnight".
TICKETS - £10 advance, £12 on the door.



The Editor

Budgies appearing in Frome!


A rare chance to catch the legendary Welsh Rockers "Budgie" on a national tour to promote their first studio album in 20 years! Featuring founder members Burke Shelley and Steve Williams, the band have been playing the European Festival circuit over the summer following a remastered CD Box Set and DVD release. Budgie were a stadium rock band in the 70s and 80’s.

TICKETS - £10 advance, £12 on the door.

The Editor

Sunday and your last minute opportunity to give us November event details!

Email your November events in today and amke sure your gigs get listed in Suited & Booted!

What's happening on Sunday 22nd October in West Dorset & South Somerset?
Mirrored Shower (4pm) @ Queens Head, Glastonbury
Franchesca @ Yeovil Ex-Services & Social Club
James Gibson (4pm) @ Pall Tavern, Yeovil

What's happening on Sunday 22nd October in Taunton & Bridgwater?
Walking By Myself @ Old Market, Bridgwater
Little Black Number @ Firestone, Taunton
Sunday Brew @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Have a fun Sunday

The Editor

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Still taking details for the November edition

Send us your gig news!
We can still take your gig event details for the November edition of Suited and Booted. Send them in by Sunday lunchtime and you'll make the November print edition. Send information to

Events on Saturday 21st October in West Dorset & South Somerset
Dave Clifford @ Yeovil Ex-Services & Social Club
Stompin' Dave @ Eyre Court Hotel, Seaton
Harry Skinner & Dave Saunders @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi
Stone Cold Sober @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Rob Koral (lunchtime) @ No.10, Bridport
Karl Weber @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport
Chris Stuckey & Band @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Martha's Vineyard @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Cascade @ Labour Club
Rhythm Junkies @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Vinyl Monkeys @ Railway Hotel, Blandford Forum
Bleedin' Hartz @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Us & Them (Pink Floyd trib.) @ Finn McCouls, Weymouth
Storm @ Swan Hotel, Crewkerne
Bag Of Rats @ King William, Glastonbury

Events on Saturday 21st in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Hans on Experience @ The Flying Horse, Taunton
Jason Toft @ Princess Royal, Taunton
The Graduates @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Trunk Monkey @ Vintage, Wellington
Somerset County Orchestra @ Queens College, Taunton
Lets Do It @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
Chiller @ Old Market, Bridgwater
Tim Bromfield @ Bell Inn, Creech St Michael
Brew Crew @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Have a great Saturday!

The Editor

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Deadline day and 14 messages on the answer phone!

We have been a bit tardy with the posts just recently, sorry about that!

November deadline
Tomorrow (19th October) is deadline day for the November edition of Suited & Booted. Lots of you have sent in your gig information so thank you for that. If you have not yet sent us an email then please do it now!

How would it be if we called an end to faxes? Often the information comes through garbled with bits missing and most people these days use email. Honestly we find it much easier to work with but we would appreciate your comments. Is it time to pull the plug on the fax machine?

What's on Thursday & Friday?
Events for Thursday 19th in West Dorset & South Somerset
Sarah Jones (folk night) @ Swan Theatre, Yeovil
Lane @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Jinder @ No.10, Bridport
Grey Dogs Jazz Band @ Unicorn, Somerton
Memo Gonzales & The Bluescasters @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Ex Presidents @ Choughs Hotel, Chard

Events for Friday 20th in West Dorset & South Somerset
Permanent Vacation @ Railway Hotel, Blandford Forum
Sarah Yeo @ Ship Inn, Chard
Joker @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Stereoironics @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Harry Skinner & Dave Saunders @ Chalk & Cheese, Maiden Newton, nr Dorchester
MP3 @ Royal Portland Arms, Portland
Tokyo Rose, Days In December & The Cedar Falls @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Vinyl Monkeys @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne

Events for Thursday 19th in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Virgins @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
Memo Gonzales & The Bluescasters @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Barron Knights @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Events for Friday 20th in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
CrossCurrent @ Milverton Music Club
Jive/Rock n Roll @ Tanton RnR Club
Elvis @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Culm @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Mandy J @ Flying Horse, Taunton
Riverbrew @ White Hart, East Reach, Taunton
Lime Street @ Maltshovel , Bridgwater
Acoustic Jam Night @ Courtyard, Wivey
No Going Back @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Have fun and get your stuff in before the deadline!

The Editor

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Monday & Tuesday 9 & 10th Oct

A quick guide to what's happening over the next couple of days.

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset on Monday 9th Oct.
Nothing as far as we can tell!

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset on Tuesday 10th Oct.
Fabulous Barker Boys with Dave Saunders @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi
Elyjah Wolf @ No.10, Bridport

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas on Monday 9th Oct
Open Mic Night @ The Flying Horse, Taunton
Brew Ha Ha @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas on Tuesday 10th Oct
A showcase of song @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
Celebrity Concert @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Have fun

The Editor

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Events on Saturday 7th Oct

Tony will save the day ;-)
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged to give British troops in Afghanistan whatever equipment they need in their "very, very tough" fight against the Taliban.

Britain has faced unexpectedly fierce resistance since sending the first large foreign force to the southern province of Helmand this year as part of a NATO peacekeeping mission.
The government has been accused of underestimating the Taliban and sending in a force lacking manpower and equipment.

Our guess is that what they would like are some days off, some decent equipment and some better air support. Remember folks that this was the Peace Keeping mission that John Reid suggested would not involve firing a single bullet. How bloody wrong can you be and still retain any credibility. Answers on a postcard please!

What's happening in South Somerset & West Dorset today?
Charity Jazz Evening (in aid of St Margarets Hospice) @ Airfield Tavern, Yeovil
Real Deal @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Live Music TBC @ Yeovil Ex-Services & Social Club
Rhythm Junkies @ Smugglers Bar, Seaton
Road Hogs @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport
Tom Toomey @ Uncle Tom's Cabin, Wincanton
Rob Koral (lunchtime) @ No.10, Bridport
Creechers @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Sean Scannell @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Loose Connections @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Mirrored Shower @ Coopers Mill, Yeovil
The Treefrogs @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Move Over @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Mojo @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne

Enjoy the music

The Editor

Monday, October 02, 2006

Monday, mags all out, what's on?

All the magazines are out so make sure you grab yours before they all go.

We are getting more and more locations asking for the magazine, they recognise its value. To make that extra distribution happen we also need more advertising!

To find out more about our very effective marketing send us a message or pick up the phone. 01935 477596.

Whats happening on Monday in South Somerset & West Dorset?
The Hot Mikado @ Octagon Theatre, Yeovil (runs until 7th October)
An updated classic performed by the Yeovil Amateur Dramatic Society

Whats happening on Tuesday in South Somerset & West Dorset?
Open Mic Night @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Russ @ No.10, Bridport

Cheese & Grain find a Trout!

A huge coup in booking, from the States, the Incredible Walter Trout Band. Years of touring with the likes of John Mayall, John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat have honed his unique style and dynamic stage performance. Guitar magazines consistently rank him in their top ten and the BBC included him in their top 5. The term "Guitar Hero" was coined to describe Walter Trout and the L.A. Times describes him as "A Torrential Gladiator who continues to set the Standards". California's BAM magazine describes him as a "Blues Master" - "The Blues Torch has officially been passed to Walter Trout ... Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor: Trout could hold his own with any of those 6-string icons!
TICKETS - £13.50 advance, £15.50 on the door.

Enjoy yourself!

The Editor

Friday, September 29, 2006

New October editions out now!

The new October editions of Suited and Booted are making their way out to you right now. If you don't yet have yours, then it should be with you in just a day or so.

For those in the South Somerset & West Dorset area who want to download a PDF version of the gig diary follow this link.

What's on in South Somerset & West Dorset tonight?
Bag Of Rats @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
The Treefrogs @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas
BJ McCabe @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Animal Urges @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Engerica + support @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
AC Beebies @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Symbolix @ Coopers Mill, Yeovil

Video traps kinky burglar
Police in Kentucky were able to track down a burglar after he left a video of himself committing the crime.

Rodney McMillen, 36, was disturbed by the householder when he committed the break-in, dressed only in a green thong. (why?)

In the rush to escape, he left behind the video, which also included footage of a family party.

Have fun

The Editor

Monday, September 25, 2006

Keyboard Player Wanted

The award-winning Wellington Pantomime Group requires a keyboard player for their production of “Cinderella” at the Wellesley Theatre from 23rd – 27th January 2007. Experience is essential. Rehearsals (to be finalised) to commence from November/December, and can suit. An exciting panto experience guaranteed!

For more information, please contact Producer Sue Kerry on (01823) 661048.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Want to learn about gear by being a roadie?

Learn lots by being a member of the road crew
Pink Floyd tribute act Us & Them are playing in October at Finn McCools in Weymouth on Saturday 21st. Any Floyd act worthy of the name has tons of specialist equipment and these guys are no exception.

So Us & Them are looking for some road crew. They are after one or two people to help them out at gigs - so it is a part time role in that respect. As they get bigger gigs, any pay can obviously increase.

Could be an opportunity for someone (or two) to learn a bit about the equipment, set up, etc. in a more professional environment, especially given the amount and type of gear they have.

Send your emails direct to Jason if you are interested. jason dot

Obviously fix that email address with a . before trying to use the it though!

The Editor

Sunday, September 17, 2006

God, Music & Games

Has the Pope behaved like an arse?
Pope quotes 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus saying that Mohammad brought evil stuff into the world and spread its faith by the sword; doh, and the Christians didn't?

What about the Spanish in South America forcing the Catholic church on the natives?

Still it is useful to know that both Christians and Muslims claim to be peace loving whilst burning each others churches and Mosques down. What the hell would happen if they were war like?

Does Jesus get a look in on this? As far as I recall he was the chap who said "let him who is without sin cast the first stone". Seems like some of our religous leaders could usefuly return to the texts.

We have absolutely nothing listed for Monday 17th...shame.

What's happening on Tuesday 18th is West Dorset & South Somerset?
Dr Stomp @ No.10, Bridport
Thomas Brothers @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi

Nintendo Wii game machine to hit European stores December 8
LONDON (AFP) - Nintendo says it will launch its next-generation Wii game machine in Europe on December 8, six days after its release in Japan where it will cost 100 dollars less.
The Wii will in Europe carry a recommended retail price of 249 euros (about £170), Nintendo announced at a press conference in London.

The Wii, which allows users to surf the Internet and has a wireless control, will be released in Japan on December 2 at a price of 25,000 yen (212 dollars), Nintendo said Thursday.
It will be launched in the United States on November 19.

Shaped like a television remote control and engineered with motion sensors and speakers, the Wii control enables users to guide game play by moving as if actually wielding swords, swinging golf clubs, or firing weapons.

Sony was meanwhile to release the more expensive next-generation PlayStation 3 on November 11. (Unless the DVD drives flunk out again!)

Enjoy the working week!

The Editor

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th September

Music For Africa Update
We had a quick chat with Tom Toomey who many of you will know as the head of Music For Africa as well as a local performer.

The recent MFA events raised around £10,000 to continue supporting the education work being done in South Africa. In an exciting development, new links are being established in both Gambia and Kenya to continue the good work.

In Gambia plans are under way to establish formal exam grades the african instrument, the Kora. It's early days in Kenya at present but a fact finding trip is planned.

Tom's new CD is now available featuring The Monfi Cats (no they're not really cats but the name of the band). Lots of festival outings are planned for the summer of 2007 and as yet we have not had time to properly listen to the CD! We will do it justice soon!

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset for Wednesday 12th September
A-Tom-ic Jones (tribute) @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset for Thursday 13th September
Vinyl Monkeys @ Nelsons Cheese & Ale House, Blandford Forum
Real World @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Relocate @ Choughs Hotel, Chard

Have fun out there!

The Editor

Friday, September 08, 2006

Weekend Happenings 8th & 9th September

Just 45 minutes until you can leave the office an enjoy the weekend. The good news is that weather will hold for Saturday & Sunday. Hooray!

Whats happening this weekend in West Dorset & South Somerset?
Friday 8th September

Barracoodas @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Rhythm Junkies @ Westminster, Yeovil
Roadhouse Revisited @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Marianas Trench @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
The Blues Band @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Paul Smith @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Off The Cuff @ Coopers Mill, Yeovil
Saturday 9th September
Rick Hennessey @ Teasels Rest. @ Crown Inn, Fivehead
Gym Class Heroes, support band, Not Your Heroe @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Bleedin' Hartz (outside event) @ Podimore Inn, Podimore
The Scrotes @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Back Street Blues @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Gilad Atzmon @ Jazz Club at Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Be Bop Daddies @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Bag Of Rats @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport
Open Jam with Gary French @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Tone Deaf @ Coopers Mill, Yeovil
Pocket Shotgun @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Crosswired @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Roadhouse Revisited @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon

Way Too Weird;We saw this on Yahoo
Auto-eroticism undoes driver
BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - A Slovak driver who crashed into a bus shocked rescuers who found him unconscious and half naked with a vacuum pump on his penis.

Police said the 42-year-old man, driving an old Citroen in the Slovak town of Levice, had ignored a "give way" sign.

"It's very likely he had auto-sex while driving, it is a matter of investigation. After the accident he was found lying in the seat, his pants were off and it (the pump) was placed on his penis," police officer Peter Polak told Reuters.

"I've never seen anything like this, nor have my colleagues," he added.
The man was taken to hospital with (dick) head injuries.

The Editor

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

True Tesco story-make you laugh!

This story came in from one of our readers who assures me that it is absolutely true.
A woman complained to an assistant that Tesco had stopped smoking in their coffee shop, saying you can’t stop smoking, you sell cigarettes! To which the assistant replied, we also sell condoms madam but we’ve stopped that in the coffee shop as well!

The Editor

Monday, September 04, 2006

Gigs for Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th + Musos needed!

By now most of you will have recieved or seen the September edition of Suited and Booted. (We have a couple locations to drop copies to; we'll get there soon!)

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset for Tuesday 5th September
Bobby Cochran Band @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Open Mic Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne

Events in South Somerset & West Dorset for Wednesday 6th September
A Touch Of Meatloaf (tribute) @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil

Muscian Wanted!
Bad Dog No Biscuit seek Bassist, Instrumentalist (Fiddle or Flute) and
some vocals, for gigging in local pubs. We aim gig every 2-3 weeks.
Music includes, Kinks, Van Morrison, David Gray, Show of Hands, Runrig,
Fairport Covention, Travis, Beatles, etc.
For more details, etc call Mike on 01460 73946 or 07739 755185.

The award-winning Wellington Pantomime Group requires a keyboard player for their production of “Cinderella” at the Wellesley Theatre from 23rd – 27th January 2007. Experience is essential. Rehearsals (to be finalised) to commence from November/December, and can suit. An exciting panto experience guaranteed!

For more information, please contact Producer Sue Kerry on (01823) 661048.

The Editor

Monday, August 28, 2006

Bank Holiday Monday

Yes it's the last Bank Holiday of the year and any one who is anyone is already at the beach/on hols/recovering from a hangover.

But if you are not...

What's happening today?

Events on Monday in South Somerset & West Dorset
Crazy 88 + BBQ (2pm) @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Open Mic Night @ Globetrotters (actually you may want to call Globetrotters on this one because we have a feeling they have cancelled all the live stuff for now)

Events on Monday in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton
Treefrogs/Man From Funkle @ The Westgate, Taunton (open Mic and live music? check it out)
Comedy Club @ The Brewhouse Theatre Taunton

What about Tuesday though?

Events on Tuesday in South Somerset & West Dorset
Wee @ No.10, Bridport
Acoustic Jam Night @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas
Open Mic Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne

Events on Tuesday in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Acoustic Jam Night @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas
Tunes Of Glory @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

New theatre company in Somerset
A new theatre company for Somerset is being launched called, Flax303. Flax303 will be based at Take Art in Somerset. Their mission is to present and tour new writing at small scale venues in the South-West and across the UK.

Their first production – The Rain Has Voices – is a newly commissioned play for Somerset, by Shiona Morton. A powerful, absorbing and uplifting drama about family, memory and new beginnings.

The cast of 5 will be touring with the ‘The Rain Has Voices’, which explores the themes of family, memory and new beginnings, on a stormy Midsummer night, as the waters rise around a remote levels village.

For more information on Flax 303 please contact Sarah Peterkin at Take Art on 01460 249450 or

Pout Tastic!
The size of your pout determines whether you will be lucky in love, according to new research.
Couples whose lips are of a similar size and shape are more likely to stay together. The study was carried out by the University of Leicester on behalf of Blistex. (No suprise then that Blistex make lip care products!)

Men are instantly attracted to women with luscious pouts but don't consider them marriage material - bad news for Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

Have a great day

The Editor

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Big FREE gig this Sunday

Well biggish...

The Stereoironics are playing this Sunday (27th) at the Quicksilver Mail in Yeovil. The fun starts at 7pm and entrance is free. (Unless you feel like donating money to Pete!)

The Editor

Monday, August 14, 2006

We seem to have fans all over the world

We checked our usage this morning and took a look at where our visitors came from.

Check out this world map

Those red and green dots are recent visitors...what gives?
Why is someone in Argentina checking us out?


The Editor

3 Days till September Deadline

Just three (3) days to go before the September deadline.

Now is the time to take a look at the marketing you have been doing and ask yourself
"What am I trying to achieve with this?"
"Is it working for me?"

If you would like to chat about advertising in Suited and Booted, just give us a call on 01935 477596, all it costs is the phone call.

(If you get the answer phone it just means that we are busy! Leave a message and we will call you back.)

Whats on today?

Events on Monday in South Somerset & West Dorset
Open Mic Night @ Globetrotters, Yeovil (please check that this is still happening as there have been some changes at the venue)
Events on Tuesday in South Somerset & West Dorset
Open Mic Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne

Events on Monday in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton
Comedy Club @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Events on Tuesday in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Sun Day Daze @ Harvest Moon, N. Newton

Other Stuff
Today's link for freethinkers and those willing to question the news. Click here.

What to have under your desk this summer
We saw this at The Register.

Beer machine: Most people keep old files, cycling helmets and discarded sandwich wrappers under their desks. They don't get fired. On the other hand, if you buy a personal mini-micro brewery and keep that under your desk, not only can you have 28 pints of home-brew to hand whenever you want (ie. 9.45am), but your desk will smell of "socks in cabbage water". A P45-earner if we ever saw one. £99.95 from BoysStuff.

Have Fun

The Editor

Friday, August 11, 2006

Julie Dunn in Crewkerne

Oscar’s Wine Bar, Market Square Crewkerne TA18 7LE – tel. 01460 77494
September 1st 8.30-10.30pm.

”Double Trouble” Jazz Duo with Keith Feinson D/Bass & Julie Dunn on Vocals/Keys. Part of Crewkerne’s Festival Weekend Celebrations…Upbeat jazzy, bluesy tunes with a hint of French and some beautiful ballads.

The Editor

Sherborne Jazz back on

The team at Sherborne Jazz have been in touch to let us know about the events for September & October.

SHERBORNE JAZZ CLUB @ The Plume of Feathers, SHERBORNE info 01935 410881
September 9th Gilad Atzmon
October 14th Deirdre Cartwright Band

The Editor

Bank Holiday Weekend Party in Wincanton

This message came through Paul Stiling.

The White Horse, Wincanton is holding a garden party on the 27th august.

It all starts at 2pm, the day will consist of DJ's throughout and at 6pm an Oasis tribute band called SOASIS from Bournemouth will take the stage to round off what will hopefully be an outstanding day!!

Families are welcome and there will also be a BBQ and outside bar, so if you've nothing planned for the bank holiday come and join us!!

The Editor

Experienced Rock/Funk drummer needed

Experienced Rock/Funk drummer needed for covers band,vocals a plus, must be good time keeper (not sure if this means the beat or clock time! Ed.) & enthusiastic, call steve on 07791391451 or simon 07887884207.

The Editor

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Fancy a day of music on the Bank Holiday weekend?

Dave Saunders of Mojo promotions sent through this information and we are happy to share it with here.
(12noon - Midnight)
Happy Daze Music Day, The Barn @ Square + Compass, Windmill Hill, Nr Ilminster, Somerset.

01823 480467 All day entry £12.00 From 6pm £10.00 Under 16s £5.00

1pm - 2pm - JINDER
Making his first Somerset appearance since opening for the amazing HazelO'Connor, Bournemouth based Jinder is really making waves in the currentmusic scene, his new solo album 'I'm Alive' was produced by Stephen Smith(Sandi Thom, Gordon Haskell, The Producers, The Pretenders etc) The singlefrom it, 'Hill Country' outsold Morrisseys 'You could have killed me' two toone on its online release and will be available in the shops shortly. Onepraiseworthy review states 'Imagine Ryan Adams soaked in Cider playingLightnin' Hopkins'. They must have known he'd be playing here in Cider country!Forget James Blunt: Jinder is the future of young singer/ songwriters - you saw it here first!

2 - 3pm - CRAZY 88
Another young band severely shakin' the Somerset scene (it needs it too) and building a large and faithful (female!!) following, Crazy 88 are not just another rock covers band, they are serious and inventive musicians, taking great care over their show and presentation. With a great frontman in Ben Smith, a powerful, gutsy, well thought out stage act and their ambition to be 'Somerset's answer to The Hamsters' how can they go wrong! I've seen and enjoyed 'em, now it's your turn.

3.15 - 4.15 - STOMPIN' DAVE ALLEN
Previously known to all as Dr Stomp, Dave has 'stomped' his way through many a festival with his stage show bordering on mania and his stamina bordering on impossible! A multi-instrumentalist but sticking mainly to fiddle, harp and guitar (plus of course the obligitory stompboard) the good Dr has played most of the major festivals in the South including Sidmouth, Larmer Tree the Martyrs Rally, virtually every venue there is and appearedon TV. Fun and frolics all round, bet you won't keep still!

4.30 - 5.30 - DERRIN NAUENDORF
We were very lucky to get Derrin to play here, he has another gig in the evening but agreed to play this slot first for the charity. There can't be many around the country that have not yet seen Derrin's expressive and inventive guitar playing or heard his fantastic voice singing those marvellous songs. From Melbourne, Australia, Derrin has become a regular on the UK touring scene, appearances at pretty near every major UK festival and opening for such luminaries as Van Morrison and Tony Joe White have put him in the fore front of the singer/songwriter genre. I get the feeling all the girls will be at the front for this show!

Frontmen and founders of The Producers Harry and Dave still attract alarge blues following particularly amongst the acoustic afficianados. Davehas just finished a tour with US bluesman Bill Sheffield and Harry has just returned from a festival in the the south of France. The first duo show in Somerset for quite a time will feature Harry's finger picking and Slideguitar with Dave on 2nd guitar and acoustic bass. Their CDs will be on sale as will The Producers back catalogue.


9.15-11.00 - CHRIS JAGGER BAND
OK we know he's got a famous brother right, and he happens to be in the country at the same time but Chris has always forged his own way through life having both a successful career as a journalist and a great love of exploration which has taken him to the far corners of the world. Beside being involved in several Stones albums Chris has released his own solo discs and is often seen onstage in the company of Ben Waters, Charlie Hartand many other musical talents. Playing guitar, washboard and playing arousing mix of Cajunesque rock 'n' roll and good time faves Chris and his band will have you on your feet for a fitting finale to the days music!

Fun music day with Acoustic marquee, Electric music in the Barn, BBQ, bars,food + drink, what more could you ask for? All profits to RNLI.

The Editor

Wednesday & Thursday

It's the silly season with our so called Government on holiday and the rest of us wishing that we were! If you are still around then perhaps some live music will help!

Events on Wednesday in South Somerset & West Dorset
Red Hot Chilli Beans @ Chicago Rock Café, Yeovil
Events on Thursday in South Somerset & West Dorset
Breeze @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Alias @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Sea Trees @ Choughs Hotel, Chard
Into the Bleach (Blondie Tribute) @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill

Events on Wednesday in Taunton & Bridgwater Areas
The Damned @ The Palce, Bridgwater
Events on Thursday in Taunton & Bridgwater Areas
Into the Bleach (Blondie Tribute) @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill

Wedding Trasher!
Police are trying to find a malicious caller who cancelled a wedding reception just hours before a couple were due to wed.

Emma Moschakis, 25, only found out the evening event had been cancelled by someone who claimed to be her when she went around to the Archers Road social club in Southampton, Hampshire, and was told by staff.

She had arrived on the eve of her wedding to Anthony Moschakis to decorate the room for the reception of 100 guests.

Have Fun

The Editor

Friday, July 28, 2006

Friday 28th Gigs & News

Keeping this blog up to date over the last few weeks has been a major challenge that I have not always been able to keep pace with. That's life!

The new August editions of Suited and Booted are out on the streets now (or are at least on their way!)

If you want to know what is happening in West Dorset & South Somerset in August then follow this link to download a PDF version of the page.

Fans of the Arts can go to this link to see what is happening.

What about tonight?

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Jinder @ Cricketers, Boscombe
John de Barra @ Ship Inn, Chard
Tom Toomey @ Uncle Tom's Cabin, Wincanton
Ben Waters 'Solo' @ Bell Inn, Ash
Julie Dunn Trio ' Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock
Dave Green @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
BJ McCabe @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Hand F8 & Memphis 56 @ Chilthorne Domer Club 25th Anniv. Event Chilthorne Domer Club
Lauren Rosenberg @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Freak Circus @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Martha's Vineyard @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
On The Nod @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Motel 6 @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
'The Outrageous' Glenn Rogers @ Lowland Games, Thorney nr Langport
V4 @ Westminster, Yeovil
36FF @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Vinyl Monkeys @ Railway Hotel, Blandford Forum
Fat Marrow Blues Band @ Woods Wine Bar
Whitewall @ Antelope, Crewkerne

More news later!

The Editor

Friday, July 14, 2006

Music For Africa Starts today!

Music For Africa begins today
The two day event happens in the grounds of Montacute House near Yeovil and raises money for education and music in South Africa. Yo can find lots of details about how the money is spent and what the cahrity has achieved by check their web site click here

This year you can even buy a DVD of the 2005 MFA concert for just £10. A bargain price for an hour and forty five minutes of music!

Remember to take your picnic!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Rhythm Junkies @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Dave Green @ Hardy's, Bridport
Music For Africa: Kings of Queen, Kayamba Roots, Sirius B, Flatland Boogie Band & U22U @ Montacute House
Winnebago Deal, Dequello, Weapons Of Mass Belief & The Scare @ Ski Lodge
Best Kept Secret @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Zoe Schwarz Jazz Quartet @ Lanes Hotel, West Coker
Dave Woan @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Dylan (acoustic) @ Westminster, Yeovil
Crazy 88 @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
The Treefrogs @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
The Demon Barbers & Fiona & Tiny Taylor @ Bridports Arts Centre
Thieff @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Rize @ The Green Dragon Combe St Nicholas
Vinyl Monkeys @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Turnette Doone @ The Westgate, Taunton
Snappa @ The Pen & Quill, Taunton
Rize @ The Green Dragon Combe St Nicholas
Reflex @ The Flying Horse, Taunton
Blazing Stump Folk Club @ Royal Oak, Lux.

The deadline for the August edition of Suited and Booted is Monday 17th July. So if you fancy spicing up your marketing or just want to tell us what you have going on the send an email to!

The Editor

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wednesday, Somerton festival news & events

Somerton Arts Festival
Somerton's annual arts fest is under way and we haven't given it the plug it deserves, sorry people.

It runs until 15th of this month with varied and various perfomances throughout Somerton.
Today the 'Alternatives' will be entertaining residents of Wessex House with a mixture of songs and music from the '20s along with ballads, screen numbers and much more. This happens at 2.30pm today

Tonight at 7.30pm the Somerton Festival Brass Band will be playing at St Michael's Church. Tickets are £4. A Poetry Slam is happening at 7.30pm in the skittle Alley of the Unicorn, tickets £3 and last but not least, the Pink Floyd tribute 'Us and Them' will be playing at 8.30pm in the Festival Marquee, Somerton Sports Club. If you haven't seen or heard these guys then do go along...they are good! Tickets £8

For more details about Somerton's Festival click here for their web site.

Other Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Julie Dunn Trio @ Beach & Barnicott, Bridport
Traditional Music @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Us & Them (Somerton Arts Fest) @ Sports Field Marquee, Somerton

Live events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Acoustic Night @ West India House, Bridgwater

Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd dies
Syd Barrett has died, it has been confirmed.

Barrett was a founding member of Pink Floyd and considered by many to be one of the most influential musicians in rock'n'roll history.He is understood to have died at his home in Cambridge at the age of 60 last Friday, July 7, after succumbing to complications related to diabetes.

His brother Alan confirmed Barrett's death today, telling The Guardian: "He died peacefully at home. There will be a private family funeral in the next few days."Barrett retreated from public life and music culture in the early 1970s, after leaving Pink Floyd as his mental health disintegrated in the apparent aftermath of heavy LSD use during the '60s.

His legacy can be heard on the seminal and acclaimed early recordings of Pink Floyd, such as "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", and his solo material such as "The Madcap Laughs".

Have a Pink Floyd day.

The Editor

Monday, July 10, 2006

Monday & Tuesday events

The penalties of having an inadequate disaster recovery plan are now quite apparent to me. It has taken AGES to get my PC properly back up and running; it is easy to forget just how many pieces of software you use in a day!

Events on Monday in West Dorset & South Somerset
Open Mic Night @ Globetrotters, Yeovil

Events on Tuesday in West Dorset & South Somerset
Open Mic Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Jinder @ No.10, Bridport
Stringybark McDowell @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi
Tom Toomey (Somerton Arts Fest) @ Globe, Somerton

Events on Monday in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Comedy Club @ The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton
Backstage Pass @ Brewhouse Theatre (until 15th)

Events on Tuesday in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Dark Of The Moon @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton.

It's good to be back on-line again!

ISPs urged to lock out file-sharers
LONDON (Reuters) - The British music industry stepped up its campaign against illegal file-sharing on Monday by demanding that two Internet service providers suspend 59 accounts it believes are being used to swap copyrighted songs.

The British Phonographic Industry trade group called on Cable & Wireless and Tiscali to join a crusade against consumer practices that have undermined music companies in recent years.

"We have said for months that it is unacceptable for ISPs to turn a blind eye to industrial-scale copyright infringement," BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson said in a statement.

"We are providing Tiscali and Cable & Wireless with unequivocal evidence of copyright infringement via their services," he added. "It is now up to them to put their house in order and pull the plug on these people." Click here for the full story.

Have fun!

The Editor

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Apologies for the lack of posts

An apology is due to regular Suited & Booted web site visitors. Posting have been very light over the last couple of weeks. The main reason being a rather large issue with a dead PC just after the print edition went to bed.

Well with new super techy PC stuff put together and a mamoth software installation task just about completed, you can expect more regular posts from your local music and arts magazine.

The Editor

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Football?, music & horses

Someone told me there is a football match on today at 8pm, England vs Sweden apparently. It's probably on the telly.

If you want some music however...

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Jinder @ No.10, Bridport
Storm (5-8pm) @ Coopers Mill, Yeovil
Derrin Nauendorf @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
K.Carpenter Show @ Brewhouse Theatre (until 21st)

Royal Ascot begins today
If the horse are your passion, then you will be pleased that the Queen will today open the redeveloped racecourse at Ascot, as the famous Royal event returns to its traditional home in Berkshire. The five-day sporting and social event was last year staged in York while the major revamp of the venue, costing more than £200Million, was completed. The project has created a state-of-the art grandstand and other new facilities including a parade ring, weighing room and equine areas.

Have a sporty Tuesday!

The Editor

Friday, June 16, 2006

Friday. Plenty of music for you!

Well we won the match but England did seem to make hard work of it!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Midasuno & support @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Sidekicks @ Branscombe Beer Festival, Fountain Head, Branscombe
ReOffenders @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
The Good Old Boys @ Greem Dragon Combe St Nicholas
Storm @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Lost Boys @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Tree Frogs @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Copping & Silver @ Milverton Music Club
Saggy Bottom Road Show @ British Legion, Taunton
The Seasons @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Hand F8 @ Ring Of Bells, Taunton
Acoustic Jam Night @ Courtyard, Wivey
Cold Shot @ Westgate Inn, Taunton
The Good Old Boys @ Greem Dragon Combe St Nicholas
T.Jaye Martin @ The Flying Horse, Taunton
That'll Do @ Vintage Inn, Wellington
Snappa @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Duke Ellington Night @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
The Whole Hog @ White Hart, East Reach, Taunton
Van Eyken @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Mad Swede makes his house a World Cup shrine

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish man gripped by World Cup fever painted his whole house in the blue and yellow colours of the national flag while his wife was at work.
"I knew she would say no, so there was no point in asking her about it," Janne Petterson said on Thursday.
"It was really fun to see her face when she got home."
He decided to paint the two-storey building, in a suburb of Stockholm, as a tribute to the Swedish team and win a newspaper competition for tickets to the World Cup final.

I'm not lovin' it: World Cup sponsorship blasted by British health journal
PARIS (AFP) - The prestigious British medical weekly The Lancet has blasted FIFA for letting the World Cup be sponsored by makers of booze, fast food and soda.

The international football federation was also scolded for backpeddaling from a ban on lighting up in stadiums, and for allowing branded tobacco paraphernalia as official merchandise.
The World Cup, Olympic Games and other big sporting events should not allow their image of health and wellbeing be hijacked by products that are linked to alcohol abuse, obesity and other diseases, The Lancet says.

Fifteen global brands have each paid an estimated 40 million dollars for the right to be an "official partner" in the 2006 World Cup.

Have a great day.

The Editor

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Is any body out there?

There is, as I write this, just 35 minutes until the next England match starts and no doubt many of you will be getting the beers in, ready for the match.

Just in case you are interested in what else may be happening this evening, here is what we have listed.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Russ @ No.10, Bridport
Real World @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard

Events today in the Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Henry Lowther @ The White Hart, East Reach, Taunton
Adequte 7 & Jelly Fish Incident @ Aura, Taunton
Moishes Bagel @ Bridhgwater Arts Centre
The Downer @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre

Enjoy the game and the music!

The Editor

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Wednesday. Footy, Arts, Music & MFA

Still watching the footy? Or perhaps you are completely fed up with it already?
Those already in Germany for the game with Trinidad & Tobabgo tomorrow have been warned to be on the look out for fake tickets which have changed hands for as much as £300 each!

Arts pages: yes or no?
This month in the print edition of the magazine we asked who (if anyone) was interested in the arts pages. We get close to zero feedback from them and if they are not read then we ought to change them for something else.

Well Art and culture lovers either get off your backsides and tell us what you think or risk losing these pages. So far we have had one reply from a Mr. Woodhead of Ilminster who very much enjoys the coverage. Thank you Sir.

Is there any one else or is that it?

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Traditional Music @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Jam Night @ Woods Wine Bar

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Murder Weekend @ Wellington Arts Centre (until 17th)
Acoustic Night @ West India House, Bridgwater

A message from Tom Toomey; organiser of the Music For Africa events.

Volunteering – Music for Africa Events 2006

It’s upon us again and I was wondering if you could offer your services please, over a period of 3 days, 14th 15th July (at Montacute) and 26th August at Compton Dundon.

If so, please could you attend a Volunteers Meeting on Sunday 18th June, 7pm, at the Mason’s Arms, Lower Odcombe.

If you would like to call me to discuss anything, please phone 079799 12975.

Thanks very much!

Please get in touch with Tom directly if you can help out.

Have great day!

The Editor

Friday, June 09, 2006

Friday & the footy begins!

If you hate football then you are probably in for a tough time over the next 6 weeks. The World
Cup finals begin today and England's first game is tomorrow!

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Karl Webber & Willie Nininger @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
The Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir with Organist Graham Scott (Hinton Festival) @
St George's Church, Hinton St George
Jonah Matranga, Ian Love, Luke Pickett & Jay Hewlett @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Rhythm Junkies @ The Crown, Marnhull
The Chill @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Stress @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
The Crack @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Radar @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Virtuoso Violin: Rebecca Pascoe & Alice Rickards @ Meeting House, Ilminster
Hells Bells (AC/DC trib.) @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Jongleurs @ Crown Inn, Fontmell Magna

Live events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
3 Daft Monkeys @ The Westgate Inn, Taunton
That'll Do @ Markethouse, Cullompton
Thick As Thieves @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Kate Richards @ Monkton Inn
Blazing Stump Folk Club @ Royal Oak, Lux.
Angelica @ The Flying Horse, Taunton
Autumn @ Beam Bridge Hotel
Who's Next @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Kennel @ Ring Of Bells, St James Str., Taunton
Adam Issac @ Vintage Inn, Wellington
Jive / Rock 'n' Roll @ Taunton R'n'R Club

JK Rowling voted Britain's greatest writer
According to a survey by book magazine Rowling has been voted as Britain's greatest writer!

Follow the link to this article which says:
It's usually her wizard hero Harry Potter casting the spells, but it looks like JK Rowling has conjured up some magic of her own after she was voted Britain's greatest living writer.

The online survey placed the popular children's novelist above such literary luminaries as Salman Rushdie and Harold Pinter. And she received three times as many votes as the second-placed author, fantasy writer Terry Pratchett. "Our survey provides a fascinating insight into what the British public thinks makes a 'great' writer" says Christine Kidney of The Book magazine.

Are they mad? Did only pre-teens respond to the survey? Even a dabbler in the reading stakes would surely rank a few writers above Ms Rowling. Yes her books are popular and cracking good romps for the kids but what about Shakespeare? Marlow, Orwell, Emily Bronte, Amis etc etc etc. Sometimes it appears that the surveys are only completed by the pre-teens...aaahh that would explain the results!

The Editor (in grumpy old bastard mode)

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Proms in the Park at Forde Abbey on Friday 7th July

Proms in the Park at Forde Abbey on Friday 7th July

Chard Rotary Club are organising the above event in aid of the Alzheimers Society. Tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the night. This includes FREE entry to the award winning gardens which will be open from 5.30 with the Proms starting at 7.00 pm.

Music is being provided by Kingsbury Episcopi Concert Band, Cerdics Band, Young Cerdics, Holyrood School Flute Choir and Chard Young Violins. “Bring your own picnic”. Tickets can be obtained from Forde Abbey, Barrons of Chard, Club Members or by phoning 01297 678288.

The Editor

Thursday stuff & toilets

Based as this magazine is in Yeovil we do sometimes throw our hands up in despair at the apparent idiocy of life here.

Recently the main public toilets in the town centre shopping area were closed. Why? Because they were being used as gay pick places and venues for drug taking. The result? If you are desperate for the loo in Yeovil you had better be prepared to dive into one of the up market department stores.

Guess what guys in the council and town centre partnership, drug takers will still take drugs and people looking for a quick sexual thrill are still out there, toilets open or closed.

The Yeovil vision group prides itself on having that most desirable blend of city qualities in a country area. Presumably those qualities include people urinating in the streets and having to walk up to half a mile from the town centre to change a baby's nappy.

What a joyful place to be. Come on guys others towns manage to provide toilet facilities in central locations, why can't Yeovil? Oh and before someone trots out the old "it's too expensive line", just how much will the clean up costs be, to wash down the streets each day, that are covered in piss? How long will it be before someone challenges the council using the Human Rights Act, on the basis that their human right to dignity has been breached?

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Show Of Hands (Hinton Festival) @ St George's Church, Hinton St George (probably sold out!)
Mind Bites @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Crazy 88 @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Bon Jovi Experience @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Jaleo @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (until 9th)
Totnes School Of Rock @ Rockers Live, Taunton
Bon Jovi Experience @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Hundred Reason @ Palace, Bridgwater
The Hiding Place @ Tacchi- Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Have a happening Thursday!

The Editor

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Wednesday events

Wednesday - It's midweek!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Young Muscians including The Young Cerdics (Hinton Festival) @ St George's Church, Hinton St George
Jam Night @ Woods Wine Bar

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Andy Eavis @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Claude Bourbon @ Raleighs Cross Inn
Screwtape Letters @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Keyboard legend Billy Preston dies
The music world is in mourning after the death of keyboard legend Billy Preston.
Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger described the 59-year-old, who died in Phoenix, Arizona, as a "fantastic and gifted musician".

Preston, who had been in a coma since November after battling with chronic kidney failure, worked with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as well as having his own series of hit singles.
A former teen prodigy on the piano and organ, Preston lent his gospel touch to classics such as the Beatles' "Get back" and the Stones' "Can't you hear me knocking?"

He had success as a solo artist in the 1970s, winning a Grammy in 1973 for "Outta space," and scoring other hits with "Will it go round in circles", "nothing from nothing" and "With you I'm born again".

He also penned Joe Cocker's "You are so beautiful," among other hits.

Mick Jagger said: "Billy was a fantastic and gifted musician.... a superb singer in both recording sessions and on-stage.

"He was great fun to be with on-stage when touring with us and I will miss him a lot."

Broken Bones
Today many football fans in England will be eagerly awaiting the outcome of the scan on Rooney's foot. The last time one tiny bone caused so much fuss and bother it was stuck in the back of the Queen Mother's throat!

Have a fun day

The Editor

Monday, June 05, 2006

Monday events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas

It looks as if we have a couple of things on in the Taunton & Bridgwater area tonight to tempt you out.

Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton
Comedy @ The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

The Editor

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Monday fun

Well since this is a Monday there little going on musically for you tonight. Why not relax after what was probably a tiring weekend!

Have you got enough England flags displayed?
England fans willing their heroes to lift the World Cup are being offered the chance to adorn their wheelie bins with the Cross of St George.

The patriotic stickers are the brainchild of Adam Bird, who has already produced 100,000 of the "bin bling" flags and taken 300,000 orders.

Mr Bird, from Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire, is proud that his product, which can also be displayed on cars and vans, is being printed in England, at nearby Hortonwood.

A bit of fun!

Draw a mouse on this web page then answer some questions about your drawing. Then they tell you your personality easy! Click here.

Have a fun Monday

The Editor

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Sunday...a day of rest...possibly

Wetherspoons & England Supporters
We heard a tale yesterday (Saturday) about the latest problems encountering anyone rash enough to be a supporter of England and be proud of it.

In the Yeovil Wetherspoons pub this week and man and his family were asked to leave the bar because the child, THE CHILD was wearing an England shirt!

Are the bar staff and Management stark staring mad or has some policy diktat been handed down from on high? The chain is crowing about its three new 'England World Cup Ales' on its web site, while at the same time apparently denying England supporters of the ability (age permitting) to drink those celebratory beers.

Top marks Wetherspoons for how to alienate your customers base, not since the Gerald Ratner clanger has someone done such a great job of pissing off their customers.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
David Clifford (4pm) @ Pall Tavern, Yeovil
Mutter Slater & Phil Rosenberg (3-5pm) @ The Woodman, Bridport
Open Mic Night @ Oscar's Wine Bar, Crewkerne
Afternoon Jam Session (3pm) @ Swan Hotel, Crewkerne
Dave 'The Guitar Player' @ Yeovil Ex-Services & Social Club
Rooting Around (4-6pm) @ Hardy's, Bridport
The Jon Walsh Blues Band @ Bell Inn, Ash

Have a fun day!

The Editor

Friday, June 02, 2006

Friday, Flags & Music

Flags, Horses & Anally Retentive Old Wankers
If you have listening to recent news and comment you will know that some organisations appear to have an issue with the England flag. Police in Hampshire have had reports of horses being startled by the flags, or perhaps it was just a car being driven past at 60MPH that startled the horse.

Of course there are some people out there who just can't stand the idea of others having fun and being patriotic, well sod 'em. If you don't like the idea of an England flag flying then move somewhere else. (Yes we know about the safety considerations but we are making a general point here.) If this were the USA every house would have flags draped on it or flying from it.

Oh and quick message to Scots football supporters: Never mind...there's always next time.

Folks, it's ok to cheer your team on!

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Snakes @ The Wesgate Innm Taunton
Electric Jam Session @ Bear Inn, Wivey
Who's Next @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas
Night Shift @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Milverton Music Club @ The Victoria Rooms
Burning Chrome @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Excomatic Jack @ Ring Of Bells, St. James Street, Taunton
Gold Blend @ Flying Horse, Taunton
JC King @ Royal British Legion, Taunton
Jungle Magic @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Mojo @ Tanners, Bridport
Who's Next @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas
Bleedin' Hartz @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Jesse James, Mouthwash, El Skanko & King Tuts Revenge @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
UK Guns 'N' Roses @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Storm @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Coldshot @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Laurence @ Ship Inn, Chard
The Greg Suggitt Laughter Show supported by Lou-D @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Cart-L @ White Hart, Crewkerne Please call to check this gig is going ahead a note on the band's web site suggests that all performances have been cancelled because of a split. :-(

Have a fun day

The Editor

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thursday-Mags out, time for a rest!

The last few days have been hellishly hectic for your Editor as the magazine was finished and then needed to be distributed.

Well there are now some 5000 copies out in the Taunton & Bridgwater area and 4300 or so in South Somerset & West Dorset. Guess what; venues are still asking for more! We have to tread a fine line between how many copies we print and how much advertising revenue we have taken. However put simply, more adverts equals more magazines. So let's have some adverts!

Bad news for Premiership Footballers
On the news programs today we heard that 'SHOCK' The total wage bill for the premiership has actually fallen by 3% in the last year. Thierry Henri must be feeling this pinch then as he draws his £100k per week wage cheque!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Earthwise Festival (until 4th) @ A hill near Dorchester!
Abba Dayz @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Breathless @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Mojo @ Nelson's Ale House, Blandford Forum

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Mozart's Birthday Party @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Horizon & Contact @ Aura, Taunton

Have great evening!

The Editor

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sunday music; lots to hear

A quick over view of the Sunday events on this Bank Holiday weekend.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
All day charity event with: Carl Rosa, Chaos Theory, Crawfish, Edward Thin, I''l Be Dammed, Lost Boys, Snakes, Stay Lucky & Treefrogs @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Tom Toomey (3pm-5pm) @ Castlebrooke Inn, Compton Dundon
Storm @ Forresters Arms, East Coker
Open Mic Night @ Oscar's Wine Bar, Crewkerne
Rock Doctors @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
James Gibson (4pm) @ Dolphin Inn, Ilchester
Garden Party Event with Cart-L, AutoPilate, The Kick Addiction & Nice Guys Finish Last (3.30pm) @ White Horse, Wincanton
Dave King (4pm) @ Pall Tavern, Yeovil
Loose Change @ Prince of Wales, Ham Hill

If you are around there's plenty to do!

The Editor

Friday, May 26, 2006

Sneak Pre-view time

With the next edition of Suited and Booted safely with the printers how about a sneak preview of the June gig diary for South Somerset & West Dorset?

Click here to download the file in PDF format. (Sorry I can't give you Taunton's at the moment.)

The Editor

Live events on Friday & Saturday for Taunton & Bridgwater

As promised here are the rest of those live events for those of you living in or around Taunton.

Live events for Taunton & Bridgwater for Friday & Saturday


Worried Men @ The Westgate, Taunton

Duende @ Ring Of Bells, St.James Street, Taunton

Blues Casters @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater

Karma Train @ Anchor Inn, Hillfarrance

Spur @ The Flying Horse, Taunton

Small Mercies @ The White Hart, E.Reach, Taunton

Folk Night @ Shepherds Rest, Taunton

Groove-a-licious @ Pen & Quill, Taunton

John & Shirley Trio @ Beam Bridge Hotel

Live Music @ Vintage, Wellington

Eye 2 Eye @ The Monkton Inn

Cato & McConville @ Bridgwater Arts Centre


Mayfest 2006 @ Knowie Hall, Bridgwater

Southern Style @ Bell Inn, Creech St Michael

Crying Out Loud @ The Westgate, Taunton

Dream Maker Unlimited @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater

Albert Lee & H. Heroes @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill

Snakes @ Old Market, Bridgwater

Stuff Stan Likes @ Pen & Quill, Taunton

Keith Alderton @ The White Hart, E.Reach, Taunton

Steve Summers @ Princess Royal, Taunton

Cross Wired @ Vintage, Wellington

Alison Jayne @ Green Dragon, Wellington

The Editor

Back Blogging!

You know when you have just spent an age entering a bunch of information onto your PC and somehow you press the wrong key combination and it all just disappears? I've just bloody done it! This is the second attempt at getting the blog out.

It's enough to make you spit!

Putting the june edition of Suited and Booted together has been a bit of trial this month because of my travels and so it is with some relief that I can report that the printers now have the job of putting it all together.

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
BJ McCabe @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
Alias @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Lazy Jumpers @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Lost Boys @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Backwater @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Steve Black @ Hardy's, Bridport
Cover'd @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Far Que @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport
Snappa @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas
Sneaky Pete Und Der Vipers @ Evershot Village Hall
Joe Santiago @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head

More updates in a mo with the events for Taunton & Bridgwater!

The Editor

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thursday things!

Well after a short trip to London your Editor is back with today's event news.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Beach Boys Inc @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Mojo @ Lulworth Cove Hotel
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
The Crack @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Live Music TBC @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Crazy 88 @ Choughs Hotel, Chard

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Beach Boys Inc @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Throat @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (until 20th)

Are you job hunting?
Scientists at one of Britain's top universities are advertising for a new member of staff to help them relax near the end of a long, hard day. Academics in the Department of Genetics at Cambridge University want "someone to make us a nice cup of tea each afternoon".

An advertisement for the "Afternoon Tea Maker" appears next to advertisement for a "Genetic Literature Curator" on the department's website - and in a local newspaper.

It offers a pro rata salary of more than £11,000 and says applicants wanting a "full job description" should apply in writing or by telephone.

"We are looking for someone to make us a nice cup of tea each afternoon," says the advertisement. "Depending on the hours worked (10-15 per week) there will also be the possibility of some light cleaning duties."

Sounds like a good old fashioned char lady (oops char person) job!

June edition update
There is still time to send us your event information and adverts for the June edition if you do it NOW!

Send your information and requirements to

The Editor

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

June deadline is just one day away!

Wednesday 17th is the deadline day for the June edition of Suited and Booted. Make June the month when you get all the fans to your gigs by telling us all about them.

For events in the West Dorset & South Somerset area email:
For events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas email:

Your editor is going to be travelling for the next two days so here are the event details for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Live events for Tuesday in South Somerset & West Dorset
Michael Chapman @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi
Live Music TBC @ No.10, Bridport

Live events for Wednesday in South Somerset & West Dorset
David Myles Jazz Band @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Traditional Music @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Angelina @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis

Live events for Tuesday in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Bink & Giant Whizpop @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
Throat @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (until 20th)

Live events for Wednesday in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Kent DuChaine @ Raleighs Cross, Exmoor
Youth Dance @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Music For Africa
We had a chat yesterday with Tom Toomey, local muscian and the organizer behind the Music For Africa events. Tom is presently working on his now album, an eclectic mix of style that Tom describes as world music. You can hear some of the tracks by Tom & The Monfi Cats by going to his MySpace area There are four great tracks to listen to including the rather mellow and beautiful Farfraes Dance.

On the Music For Africa front there will soon (in June hopefully) be a DVD available that has some of the highlights from last year's show. Check out the Music For Africa web site for more details but supplies of the DVD will be limited so get your order in early!.

This year's event happens on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th July at Montacute House, near Yeovil.

Have a great day!

The Editor

Friday, May 12, 2006

Friday things: Theatre, gigs & a baby

Some advance news from the Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster
June 7th--10th. Round and round the garden-by Alan Ayckbourn. An IES production directed by Celia Crookes. A comically traumatic family weekend takes place in a Victorian house. One of the NOrman Conquest trilogy this play is not about Normans or Victorians !! But it is very funny !!

Monday July 7th
Alexander Korbakov --the distinguished Russian classical accordionist from St. Petersburg makes a most welcome return with a new repertoire. Details from Ivor Hyde --01460-65159

There is a bit more choice in the live music today!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Crazy 88 @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Dave Woan @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
SBS Band @ Kings Arms, North Allington, Bridport
Vinyl Monkeys @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
U2UK (trib.) @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Fat Marrow Blues Band @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Jongleurs @ Portman Arms, East Chinnock
Breeze @ Ship Inn, Chard
Rusty Razor @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Cryin' Out Loud @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Crawfish @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Vermin @ Ring Of Bells, St. J. St
Real Deal @ The Westgate, Taunton
Voulez Vouz @ Brewhouse Theatre (until 13th)
High Impact @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater

The High Impact duo about to play you the music!

Nick Girone-Maddocks Band @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Blazing Stump Folk Club @ Royal Oak, Lux.
Elvis Tribute @ The Monkton Inn
Chris Rainbow @ Beam Bridge Hotel
Ann Clancey @ The Flying Horse. Taunton
Bridgwater Jazz Collective @ Bridgwater Arts Centre
Crawfish @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas

Britain's youngest mother
The Sun reports that Britains youngest mother to is really excited at the prospect of having a baby. She became pregnant at 11 years old and is now just 12. The previous record for the youngest mother was 12 years and 9 months. The girl who is said to spoke 20 cigarettes a day is "excited" and her 34 year old mother is "proud" of her daughter.

Is it just me? But on how many levels is this story wrong? The country has gone bloody mad!

The Editor

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Thursday happenings.

Good news if you are a Keith Richards and Rolling Stones fan as he appears to be on the mend after his fall from a tree in Fiji. The fall resulted in a blow to the head and complications followed leading to major surgery. Richards was discharged from hospital yesterday in New Zealand but will remain there to recuperate.

The band's European tour was due to start at the end of May but has been rescheduled into June.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Smith 'n' Moore @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Sarah Yeo @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Crosswired @ Choughs Hotel, Chard

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater
Chikinki & Luscious Rikys @ Aura, Taunton
Intoto Dance @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton


South Petherton's David Hall has received further good news!

The National Lottery's Awards for All programme is providing a grant of £5,000 for Petherton Arts Trust (PAT) to provide more comfortable seating in this popular performing arts venue.

Announcing this latest piece of good news, Andrea MacLauchlan, PAT Manager, said: "We are absolutely thrilled that our application has been successful. As Patrons know, the heating has been improved, and with new chairs - which we hope will be in place by the start of our autumn programme in September - the Hall will be more welcoming and accommodating for our Patrons."

Mrs MacLauchlan added: "We have already ordered samples of several different types of stackable chairs and will choose the most comfortable that our Awards for All grant of £5,000 will allow." The David Hall seats 130 people and it is hoped that this will eventually increase to 160.

Meanwhile, on Saturday (6th May), an Auction of Items & Promises raised a further £1,700 towards the Save The David Hall campaign.

PAT member Tony Charman, who was also auctioneer for the night, reports: "It was a terrific evening, with some superb and varied items for auction and an audience of supporters who did not hold back on their bids. We are delighted with the generosity of everyone involved both item donors, and those who came to bid. This was yet another sign of how much local people want the Hall to continue to provide its regular programme of music and drama, as well as offering a public space for a wide range of activities that benefit the community as a whole."

PAT needs to raise £250,000 in all to refurbish, redecorate and upgrade facilities in the building, which already accommodates numerous daytime groups and classes - including belly dancing, line dancinng, drama and yoga - as well as PAT's own programme of folk, roots and acoustic music and the fortnightly Petherton Picture Show.

The Editor