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

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wednesday music & PCs at work

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
The Mirrored Shower @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Acoustic night @ West India Hose, Bridgwater
Neil Maya Quartet @ Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
Baka Beyond @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
The Bills @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Is your old PC making you miserable at work?
Dealing with the frustrations of ageing and unreliable office computers contributes to workers' unhappiness and more sick-leave, a survey showed on Wednesday.

A poll conducted by of over 2,700 European office workers from the UK, France and Germany found that workplace dissatisfaction increased significantly with the age of computer equipment.

British and French respondents said working on outdated computers was the most irritating aspect of office life.

Editor's thought
Really?! We thought that lazy incompetent, socially maladjusted bosses were responsible for most of the work based grumbles. This sounds like another survey by people who would like you to buy a new PC in the vain hope that it will make the workers happy. What a load of old bollocks!

Have a fun day!

The Editor

Tuesday, May 09, 2006's a bit quiet!

It is safe to say that tonight things are fairly quiet on the musical front.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Jinder @ No.10, Bridport

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Holyrood School Drama @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
Kathryn Tickell @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Kiss Me Kate @ Wellesley, Wellington (until 13th)

Have you heard about the latest hit CD?
No it is not something by the Zutons but is in fact multiplication tables set to music!

Brothers, Peter and Christopher Webb, both teachers, came up with the idea of setting times tables to rock music and rap rhythms to make them easy and fun to learn. The CDs have become so popular that Peter and Christopher have now left teaching to focus on their new business.

Tables Disco is already used in over 10,000 UK schools and it has sold more than 100,000 copies. “People think that in this age of computers, kids don’t need to know their tables, but what a disadvantage you’d be at,” explained Peter. “You’d be cheated in the simplest of transactions if you didn’t know the price of 6 oranges at 7p each.”All the tables up to 12 are included and each table is set to a different music style, each one being fully tested before one can move onto the next.

If you want your copy the contact: or send £9.49 to: Sound Ideas, 117 Athelstan Road, Southampton, SO19 4DG. Tel: 02380 333405

The Editor

Monday, May 08, 2006

Sherborne Jazz- Last event of season on May 13th

We had the message come in from the Sherborne Jazz Club

Saturday 13th May 2006 @ The Plume of Feathers @ 8:00pm
07980 122880

This superb international band is the last gig of this season at Sherborne Jazz Club

Yaniv Nachum Quartet

The visit of the Yaniv Nachum Quartet from Amsterdam will turn out to be, for many, the highlight of the season at Sherborne Jazz Club. In conjunction with The BeBop Club in Bristol we are presenting this truly superb international band in the UK as part of their European tour.

In short: this is a gig not to be missed! Based in Amsterdam, the Yaniv Nachum Quartet showcases the multiple talents of Israeli saxophonist Yaniv Nachum, German pianist Franz von Chossy, bassist Sean Fasciani from the USA, and Finnish drummer Anssi Lehtivuori. Together they form a wonderfully cohesive group of virtuoso musicians who, when they visited Sherborne last year, performed some of the finest jazz ever heard at the Club.

The band play almost exclusively their own material, consisting of graceful, thought-provoking ballads, and soaring faster numbers – all performed with the innate musical communication and expressive democracy that comes from years of having played together.Yaniv’s experience as both student and teacher at the Manhattan School of Music is clearly evident from the skill and maturity of his saxophone playing, and his devotion to his craft has brought about a most wonderful tone and the ability to improvise beautifully and meticulously at speed, whilst sensitively and emotionally in the ballad.

Playing along side US heavyweights such as Chris Potter, Mike Manieri and Slide Hampton certainly cannot have failed to contribute to Yaniv’s musical ascension, and Yaniv is actively engaged in passing on some of this wisdom as a teacher of jazz improvisation at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and we understand that he may soon take up a post teaching the Master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music.

Check out

Entrance is £12 for non-members, £10 for members and £7 for students (with ID) and accompanied under 18’s. Please pay on the door.

For further information visit or call 07980 122880 (Please make a note of this new number).Doors open at 8.00pm with the music starting around 8.30pm -8:45pm.

The Editor

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sunday Night & Monday stuff

In contrast to last night, Sunday night is very, very quiet but there are a couple of things going on for you to check out.

Events tonight in South Somerset & West Dorset
String Whistle @ Hope & Anchor, Bridport

Events tonight in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
White Noise @ The Firestone, Taunton
Humphrey Liyttelton Band @ Wellspsings Leisure Centre
Whole Hog @ Old Market, Bridgwater

American President best bits

According to Reuters News Agency US President George W. Bush told a German newspaper his best moment in more than five years in office was catching a big perch in his own lake.

"You know, I've experienced many great moments and it's hard to name the best," Bush told weekly Bild am Sonntag when asked about his high point since becoming president in January 2001.

"I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound (3.402 kilos) perch in my lake," he told the newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

Bush said the worst moment was September 11 when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

"In such a situation it takes a while before one understands what is happening," Bush said. "I would say that this was the hardest moment, once I had the real picture before my eyes."
Because Bild could not immediately furnish English quotes, Bush's comments were translated from the German. The paper said the White House planned to release an authorised English version of the interview on Monday.

It's good to know that the leader of the 'free' world loves nothing more than a big fish!

Monday events
We have notheing listed for Monfday 8th in South Somerset & West Dorset but in the Taunton & Bridgwater area
Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton
Comedy Night @ The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

The Editor

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Saturday events & things

It is one hell of a busy night tonight with live music happening all over the place!

A rum do
A team of builders who found a barrel of rum in a house they were renovating got a nasty surprise when they drank the contents - there was a corpse in the barrel.

The workers in Szeged, Hungary, made the grim discovery as they tried to move the barrel after drinking the contents!

Police think the body of the man had been shipped back from Jamaica 20 years ago by his wife in the barrel of rum in order to avoid the cost and paperwork of an official return. The wife has since died and the man has now had a proper funeral.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Reflex with Paul Graham @ Kings Arms, North Allington, Bridport
Ian Briggs & The Super Vampers (TBC) @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil
Dave Vincent as Elvis @ Pen Mill Hotel, Yeovil
An Evening of song @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
The Scrotes @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Bedrock or Creechers @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon (we are not sure who is playing!)
Design @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Crazy 88 @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
T.B.A. @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Cart-L @ Red Lion, Wincanton
Tom Toomey @ The Volunteer, Honiton
Alan West @ Hardy's, Bridport
Snakes @ Ropemakers, Bridport
ITV2 @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Jeff Younger @ Crown Inn, Bridport
Crosswired @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Jay Tones @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Crazy 88 @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton

Events in Taunton & Bridgwater area
Four Men On The Job @ Old Market Bridgwater
Morph @ The Westgate, Taunton
Bleedin Hartz @ The White Hart, East Reach, Taunton
John Swain @ Sherherds Rest, Taunton
Live Music @ Vinatge, Wellington
That'll Do @ Ilmnister Stage, Culmstock
Home Brew @ Green Dragon, Wellington
Indian Summer Jazz band @ Bell Inn, Creech St Michael
Rooting Around @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Bone Idol + Support @ Ritz Club, Burnham On Sea
Sarah Nicholson @ The Monkton Inn
Mandi J The Flying Horse, Taunton
The Dam buskers @ Acorn Folk Club
Jason Toft @ Princess Royal, Taunton

Legends of the entire UK metal scene, Raging Speedhorn will play 3 dates in May showcasing all the old classics and their brand new material. The guys from Advance Promotions in Yeovil have managed to get a date.

Friday May 26th @ Ski Lodge - Yeovil, SomersetRAGING SPEEDHORN -
(Undergroove)THE TRECHERY PACT -
Tickets £6.50 On Sale Now or

Doors 7.00pm

The Editor

Thursday, May 04, 2006

New band & Thursday music

Out of the ashes....
While they were around, we were fans of X-Teller; they wrote their own music and performed it with some style. Sadly as happens with many bands they imploded and split into two. One of those halves has teemed up with a vocalist and guitar player to form Wavestate.

The vocalist is Mel, who some will remember from Orchis; another local band that we rated highly.

So what do they sound like? Very good! You can listen for yourself by going to their page on myspace.

They have their first gigs booked at the Bournemouth Live event happening on 25th June and you can find out more about that by visiting

Bournemouth live is a huge event and there lots of great acts playing, take a look at their web site.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Vinyl Monkeys @ Nelson's Ale House, Blandford Forum
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Storm @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Chard Remains @ Choughs Hotel, Chard

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Deadbeats, Flipron, Aura & Shrink'd @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
Renbourn & Williamson @ Ritz Acoustic Club
14BY3, Last of Etc. @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Leaking Chilli Peppers not happy
According to a report by Reuters; The Red Hot Chili Peppers have lashed out at a music pirate who leaked the funk-rock band's upcoming album onto the Internet, and urged fans not to download it illegally.

The band's spokeswoman said on Wednesday the offender was being tracked down. The group's highly anticipated first studio album in four years, "Stadium Arcadium," is still on track to go on sale on Tuesday via Warner Music Group Inc.s Warner Bros. Records, she said.

In a rambling open letter, the band's bass player, Michael "Flea" Balzary, said he and his colleagues would be heartbroken if fans downloaded the album beforehand. "For people to just steal a poor sound quality version of it for free because some a--hole stole it and put it on the internet is sad to me," he said.

Or just possibly the band are concerned that the downloads will hurt their sales. Ooh we are feeling cynical today!

The Editor

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Wednesday events 3rd May

Well it has a been a while since our last posting. A training course in London and getting the print edition of the magazine finished and delivered are to blame.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Traditional Music @ The Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Tom Toomey @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater
Wizzil @ Tacchi Morris Arts Centre
John Pilkington @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

More news later!

The Editor