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ALL NIGHTS ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

showof strength

Wednesday 01 October

Word of Mouth Presents

Storytelling in verse, prose and song!

''FLYING HIGH'' with SHOW OF STRENGTH

(Free Entry)

Word of Mouth is a free event held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Thunderbolt focusing on 'storytelling in verse, prose and song'. We aim to provide an informal atmosphere where poets, authors, artists and musicians can meet and exchange ideas. All welcome.

Flying High with Show of Strength. On 1 October 1969 (45 years ago to the day) Concorde first broke the sound barrier. As she was designed and built in Bristol, Show of Strength aim to do the same at The Thunderbolt. Plus Fresh Ink new writer’s slot.

Website:
www.tangentbooks.co.uk www.angiebelcher.wordpress.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
FREE ENTRY

noise annoys

Thursday 02 October

NOISE ANNOYS Presents:

ANNETTE BERLIN + Yes Please Yep + Grubs

ANNETTE BERLIN: Bristol's favourite grungy post-rock duo

YesPleaseYep: Instrumental noise rock

GRUBS: Garage noise-pop three-piece, featuring members of Trust Fund, Joanna Gruesome and King of Cats

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annette-Berlin/42788206965 https://www.facebook.com/YPYNOISE https://www.facebook.com/NoGrubs
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£4 on the Door

don

Friday 03 October

DJ DON LETTS (Musician/Filmmaker/BBC Radio 6) + CLUMSY

Filmmaker and DJ Don Letts after his previous sell-out shows at the Thunderbolt. He came to notoriety in the late 70's as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a DJ at the first punk club 'The Roxy' in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and begun to make his first film 'The Punk Rock Movie'. Shot on Super-8mm it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for a diverse range of artists.

Don currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music. As the “Dub Cartel Sound System” Don has done DJ sets for Stussy, The Rough Trade 25th Anniversary, Adidas, The Big Chill Jarvis Cocker’s Desperate Sound, System, Trojan, Ninja Tune Lee Perry’s and Massive Attack's Meltdown, Glastonbury, Lovebox Bestival to name a few. Don continues to D.J playing a strictly old and new school dub reggae. His set is in the spirit of his time as DJ at London’s legendary Roxy club back in ’77. So get there early!

cLuMsY: A unique blend of Reggae, Ska, Funk & Soul with driving rhythms, energetic guitar, melodious bass and toe-tapping horn section - provides a platform for their distinct vocal melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, and unforgettable songs...

Website:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0072pzt https://www.facebook.com/clumsybristol/info
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£8 on the door
Tickets:
Tickets £7 from Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

angry

Wednesday 08 October

THE ANGRY BADGERS + Wires + Jackson Hill + Secret Veils

THE ANGRY BADGERS: Musical influences include The Pineapple Thief, Lou Reed and Nine Inch Nails. These are drawn together with hard hitting lyrics, in a soundscape of guitar riffs, synths and rhythm. The Badger sound, that is best described as alternative psychedelic post-prog industrial rock.

Wires 8pm: Jackson Hill: 8.45pm:Secret Veils 9.30pm

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1467874850153434/
Doors Open:
7.30pm

popfiction

Thursday 09 October

Club Pop Fiction Presents:

THE FIZZIES + Ruzz Guitars Blues Revue + Stone Cold Fiction + DJ Lord Dubs (100% Vinyl 45`s)

Club Pop Fiction is a new monthly 60`s fuelled live music & DJ night!

THE FIZZIES: Brand new young all female power pop trio who belt out 60`s soul classics with their Ronette style vocals and raw guitar energy, paying homage to early Dr Feelgood and Ramones on the way. So get out of your seat and get ready to stomp your feet!

RUZZ GUITARS BLUES REVUE - A powerful, 60`s soul injected Blues/R'n'B band from Bristol that play a mixture of covers and originals in the style of Dr Feelgood, The Hoax and Nine Below Zero.

STONE COLD FICTION: These young upstarts aim for the psychedelic vintage late-1960s sound, clearly influences include the Cream and early Hendrix. They play a kind of indie psychedelic rock that has the power to disorient and to make your landscape wobble, so you`d better hang on for the ride!

DJ LORD DUBS: Spinning classic vinyl from the 1960`s and early 70`s.Strictly 100% Vinyl 45s!

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/thefizzies https://www.facebook.com/thebluesrevue http://www.facebook.com/stonefictionuk https://www.facebook.com/ Lord Dubs DJ
Doors Open:
7.45pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door
Tickets:
Tickets £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

the void

Friday 10 October

THE VOID

THE VOID: Exciting Bristol outfit formed in the dawn of 2013. Four musicians got together and decided they wanted to create something new, each had a different musical background and influence, these influences from genres like grunge, classic rock, progressive, funk, jazz, metal and punk were put together to create new music with raunchy riffs, driving and dynamic rhythms, and something, well, just plain different.. songs that might just be enough to fill the 'Void' in radio playlists.. and indeed; the world.

Website:
www.facebook.com/WeAreTheVoidUK www.facebook.com/WeAreTheVoidUK/WeAreTheVoidUK/info https://soundcloud.com/the-void-official
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door
Tickets:
£4Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

cmdr

Saturday 11 October

COMMANDER McNEIL & The FLUX CAPACITORS

+ Gerard Starkie + IDestroy + Jonathan Fuller

FREE ENTRY

COMMANDER McNEIL & The FLUX CAPACITORS: Natural born piss-taker bringing his full band for their first show ever!

GERALD STALKIE: Blue Aeroplane and former frontman of island signed wigan wonders ''Witness'', Installing and servicing melody since 1993

IDESTROY: Bec Jevons, Becky Baldwin, and Jen Haneef playing fierce rock music

THE STRIPPERS: Rock 'n Roll band with Rita Lynch behind the drums

JONATHAN FULLER:Strongman & accomplished Acrobat

Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
FREE SHOW

otbar

Thursday 16 October

JOHN OTWAY and WILD WILLY BARRETT

The pair first achieved notoriety with an eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single Really Free in 1977.

Otway's heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite his ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage. His autobiography Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit.

Wild Willy Barrett is one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists working today, playing acoustic classical guitar with an original style and virtuosity few could match. His musical style is witty and his humour onstage is dry.

Website:
www.johnotway.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£14 on the door
Tickets:
£12Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union St, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

heggley

Friday 17 October

JOHN HEGLEY + Diego Brown and the Good Fairy

Mr Hegley was born in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford University.

His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.

He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence.

He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women's prison in Columbia.

More Elvis Costello than Alan Bennett'... The Scotsman

'Awesomely mundane'... The Independent

'Scandalously talented'... Sunday Times

'Bleeding marvellous'... NME

DIEGO BROWN AND THE GOOD FAIRY:Part low-fat milk. Our musical education started at the age of about 7 at the knee of a second cousin who later changed the course of Anglo-Latin American relations. And we never looked back.

Some say we’re like the Carpenters on a lost weekend in Twin Peaks.Someone once said we’re the most surreal musical experience since the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

One writer said we were the talk of the chip van queue at Sidmouth international festival. If you want the facts, try these: guitar, banjo, ukelele, drum, accordion, fiddles, swannee, kazoos, cymbal, shakers, drawings, cake, prizes, fuzzboxes.

Website:
www.johnhegley.co.uk Anna Freeman www.myspace.com/annaspokenword Sara-Jane Arbury www.flashpoetry.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£10 on the Door
Tickets:
£9Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

jw

Thursday 23 October

JOHN WHEELER (Hayseed Dixie)

John Wheeler is best known as the creator and frontman of the internationally-known Rockgrass band 'Hayseed Dixie' whose recordings have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and have performed more than 1,000 live performances in 31 different countries. He has recently appeared as a special guest on BBC Radio 2 programs, including the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Simon Mayo Drivetime. He describes his current musical approach as, 'acoustic-electric jazz-punk riding on the back of some old-school folk-funk.'

Website:
www.johnwheelermusic.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£10 on the Door
Tickets:
£9Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

miloo

Friday 24 October

MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS

(The Wonder Stuff)

+ Dirty Ray (Immaculate Fools)

Over the past 20 years The Wonder Stuff have notched up 5 top 20 albums and played to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK. Best known for their number 1 single with Vic Reeves, Dizzy, the band have performed hundreds of TV shows with their 17 top 20 singles and made 2,000,000 sales worldwide. Having played 7 festivals and 2 UK tours in 2006 founder-member and lead vocalist, Miles Hunt, and fiddle player Erica Nockalls have recorded the incredible album `Not An Exit` which has been heralded as Milesfinest work.

Erica brings a new dimension to the set, playing fiddle on classic Wonder Stuff songs as well as on songs that have never featured fiddles before. The strings throughout the entire set show the more roots/folk side of The Wonder Stuffs songs.

By way of introducing each song in the set, Miles recounts stories of life on the road, tales from The Wonder Stuff and life in general. It's a double dose of Miles; the singer-songwriter and monologue-ist!

DIRTY RAY: Former Immaculate Fools Frontman Kevin Weatherill plays gritty blues. Influenced by John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Tom Waits, and Nick Cave, Weatherill released his debut album `Primitive` erlier this year.

Website:
www.myspace.com/theactualmileshunt www.myspace.com/ericanockalls

www.dirtyray.co.uk

Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£10 on the Door
Tickets:
£7 Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street Bristol 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

andyfl

Saturday 25 October

ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW and the Low Riders

ZONE-O-TONE UK TOUR 2014:Andy Fairweather Low’s pedigree is the stuff rock dreams are made of. He first came to prominence at the vanguard of the new youthful expression of music as the lead singer in Amen Corner. The 60s saw them clock up hit after pop hit. Songs such as 'Bend Me Shape Me', 'Hello Suzy', '( If Paradise is ) Half As Nice' are internationally remembered to this day. But if you were paying close attention you might have picked up a clue in the magnificent ‘Gin House’ to Andy’s future musical collaborations.

Since the early days Andy has gone on to work with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Elton John, Roger Waters, Richard and Linda Thompson, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Lane, Linda Ronstadt, Roddy Frame, Emmylou Harris, Joe Satriani, the Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, The Impressions, Lonnie Donegan, Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Benmont Tench, Warren Zevon, Charlie Watts, Mary J. Blige, Dave Edmunds, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, Chris Barber, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Pete Townshend... and hundreds more.

Now following a solo path, his first solo album in 24 years Sweet Soulful Music was released late in 2007 followed by The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low which was released in the UK in June 2008 and the Live DVD followed hot on it’s heels.

A world tour as musical director with Roger Waters band then a European tour with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings might be difficult to top for most people - but not for Andy Fairweather Low who just segued smoothly into a major solo tour last summer with some of the world’s finest musicians in his band. Following an acclaimed UK Tour in Autumn 2012 Andy completed a third tour with The Low Riders in Germany.

2013 saw Andy & The band opening the shows on Eric’s European tour headline The Americana Festival and complete their first tour in Japan with 8 shows in Tokyo. Their UK Autumn 2013 tour in support of the Zone O Tone was so well received that further early Spring dates in 2014 were added in the UK and Germany and 2014 started with the band on Bob Harris’ rock show playing in session and, when they came back from Germany before picking up their UK tour leg, they appeared for two nights as guests in an all star cast celebrating Albert Lee’s 70th birthday at The Cadogan Hall, London where they were also enlisted as the house band for a number of household names.

Andy and bassist Dave Bronze then picked up touring again as members of Eric Clapton’s band and for good measure Andy took part, playing guitar, in a special all star re-recording for Radio 2 of Rock Around The Clock for a series celebrating the Birth Of Rock & Roll which was broadcast in May this year.

Andy Fairweather Low – Guitar & Vocals, Dave Bronze – Bass & Vocals, Paul Beavis – Drums, Nick Pentelow – Sax & Clarinet.

Website:
http://www.andyfairweatherlow.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£20 on the Door
Tickets:
£18Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

godfather2

Thursday 30 October

THE GODFATHERS

+ The Lone Sharks + The Fizzies

Notoriously 'ard and never ones to suffer fools or mix their words, The Godfathers are back with a vengeance.The Godfathers were formed by Peter and Chris Coyne from the ashes of The Sid Presley Experience in 1985. After acclaimed independent single releases produced by Vic Maile and collected on their debut Link label album `Hit By Hit`they signed to Epic Records in 1987. Touring extensively the UK, Europe and the USA, The Godfathers earned a reputation for their no-holds barred live shows and electrifying brand of primal rock ‘n’ roll. Their guitar-driven alternative rock sound stood out in the electronica-driven music scene of the UK at the time, while laying the foundations for the Brit Pop rock resurgence of the nineties. Particularly Their biggest track “Birth, School, Work, Death” made the top 40 US Billboard charts in the late eighties after heavy US College Radio play but, they were only marginally recognised in the UK. .

The reality is The Godfathers have never played a bad gig. They are too passionate about their work and too loyal to their crowd to leave anything to chance. The Godfathers live performances are hour long thunderbolts of pure passionate rock 'n’ roll, with influences varying from Johnny Cash to Dr Feelgood to the Sex Pistols and all specially delivered with a 'Best of British’ stamp of approval.

THE LONE SHARKS: Fresh from recording new material for a release later this year, the Lone Sharks are back and ready for action. Now mixing their punk attitude, garage rock energy and pop melodies with diverse tinges of rockabilly, Northern Soul and and country-rock, the Lone Sharks are a wild ride through the history and future of rock and roll.

The melodies are exuberant and quickly memorable Failsafe Magazine

'real garage punk, but with a hint of some fine pop punk sensibilities thrown into the mix Uberrock Magazine

Plenty of boisterous Pop Punk Big Cheese Magazine

THE FIZZIES: Brand new young all female power pop trio whos lo fi sound mashes up 60`s Ronette style vocals with the raw guitar energy and beat of Dr Feelgood and the Ramones.

Website:
www.godfathers.uk.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£15 on the Door
Tickets:
£12Adv + b/f from Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

lurkers

Friday 31 October

THE LURKERS + Viva Le Punk

Inspired by American bands such as the Ramones and the New York Dolls, the British beat boom of the sixties and Glam Rock acts like Slade and Sweet, THE LURKERS formed in West London in mid 1976 and quickly forged their own identity with their own brand of punk tunes and lyrics encompassing subjects such as social unacceptability and personal politics.

The band built up a huge loyal following around the punk heyday of 1977 and signed to Beggar's Banquet where they scored five top forty hits between 1977 and 1979 . They also appeared on Top of the Pops and many other television shows and became regulars on the popular Radio One John Peel Show.

These memorable 70s punk rockers and first ever Beggars Banquet signings are remembered as 'The British Ramones' given their style reminiscent of American punk rock.

Website:
http://www.thelurkers.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£8 on the Door
Tickets:
£7Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

nickyll

Wednesday 05 November

Word of Mouth Presents

Storytelling in verse, prose and song (Free Entry)

NICK LAW

Word of Mouth is a free event held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Thunderbolt focusing on 'storytelling in verse, prose and song'. We aim to provide an informal atmosphere where poets, authors, artists and musicians can meet and exchange ideas. All welcome.

Wax Lyrical presents.....AWOPBOMALOOMOPALOMBAMBOOM!

Join Nick Law for a celebration of the many worlds of song lyrics – from Black Metal to Bubblegum Pop, deeply profound to risibly childish – we examine the poetic life of the lyricist. Plus Fresh Ink new writer’s slot.

Website:
www.tangentbooks.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
FREE ENTRY

noise annoys

Thursday 06 November

NOISE ANNOYS Presents:BIG JOAN + HYSTERICAL INJURY + Fires

A monthly cutting edge menu of alternative rock with a melting pot of ingredients mixing post-punk, alternative and noise!

BIG JOAN: Anglo-German psychotic noise-pop

HYSTERICAL INJURY: two siblings, a bass, some drums, some amps, and a lot of noise

FIRES: blues-tinged noise rock four piece from Bristol, see them before they become huge

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Joan/52465257199 https://www.facebook.com/thehystericalinjury www.facebook.com/Firesbanduk/info
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£4 on the Door

the jacques

Saturday 08 November

EP LAUNCH

THE JACQUES

THE JACQUES:Excellente` Bristol based, 3 piece power indie pop trio fronted by Bonnie O`Brien who supplies fierce, shredding riffs with gloriusly sublime vocals. Creating quite a stir at the moment, as they have just signed a London management deal, recently played DO TO DOT in Bristol, Manchester and Brighton and were on The Libertines bill at Hyde park on July 5th!

Things are developing well for The Jacques. They have recorded their debut EP at the legendary Rockfield Studios and have now been signed by the 25 Hour Convenience Store (Gary Powell, The Libertines) new label.

The Pretty DJ EP is released on 27 October. The video for Pretty DJ is being directed by Don Letts!

Website:
http://www.facebook.com/thejacquesband https://soundcloud.com/neil-obrien-ent/sets/the-jacques
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
FREE ENTRY

search

Wednesday 12 November

SEARCH PARTY + Tempus + Fight Club + Those Big Secrets

Search Party are a hardcore/metal band with an occasional melodic influence. Search Party's songs consist of hard and brutal riffs with aggressive unforgiving screamed and shouted vocals. They keep it interesting by using lighter riffs in other songs, cleaner more melodic vocals and parts where everything drops and builds back up into a brutal breakdown.

Tempus:Formed in Access To music in 2013, Tempus are a groove/hard rock band from Bristol.They aim to make music that is heavy but easy to get in to, lyrics that mean something and put on shows that people can mosh at.

Fight Club: Bristol bassed Pop Punk.

Those Big Secrets:Young band with a passion for the music that we play. We strive to be the best that we can be and play and entertain to the best of our ability.

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/SearchPartyUK https://tempusmusic.bandcamp.com/
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door

hussies

Friday 14 November

ZEN HUSSIES

+ + Mr. Tea and the Minions + Tom Holder & the Railway Sleepers

Bristol-based festival favourites The Zen Hussies blend a diverse range of genres – R&B, ska, swing, rockabilly, calypso – into their own punked-up swingska sound. This six-piece present a high octane music revue, guaranteed to set the even the most troubled feet dancing.

MR TEA AND THE MINIONS: New 5 piece Balkan Electro-Swing band with influences from many other genres such as ska, dub and gypsy jazz. They mix these world music genres with electronic dance music.

TOM HOLDER & the RAILWAY SLEEPERS:Ace Bristol Pickled-Punk Swing/Droopy Gypsy Extravaganza. This group of psychotic delinquents were drawn together for their love of Gypsy-Punk.

Website:
www.zenhussies.com www.facebook.com/zenhussies https://www.facebook.com/Tom.HolderMusic soundcloud.com/misterteamusic
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£6 on the Door
Tickets:
£5Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

kpppsa

Saturday 15 November

Totterdown Arts Trail 2014

KPASSA + Supports TBC

KPASSA: Simon Edwards (ex. Boothill Foottappers) legendary accordian-led folk rock band. Local recognition led to their appearance on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival and 5 great and highly acclaimed albums. Their blend of Folk, Cajun, and Rock wins a grassroots response to their fiery performances, and has garnered this UK-based folk/roots rock band a huge audience following across Europe and the UK.

Recently reformed and rejoined by Rob Allen top lead guitarist, Edward’s voice, songs and accordion playing are still the foundation for K-Passa’s position as a favourite live folk-based act in Bristol, England.

Website:
www.facebook.com/KPassaband/info www.facebook.com/flashharryband
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door
Tickets:
£4Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

drr

Thursday 20 November

DR FEELGOOD + Dave Arcari

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising sound and style of their music resulted in the album Stupidity which immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts. Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back In The Night, Milk And Alcohol, Down At The Doctors, She Does It Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator - which gave the group their first gold record. The band continue to tour extensively throughout the world visiting exciting new places and thrilling crowds with the vitality of their live show.

DAVE ARCARI:SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via eight internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.

As well as showcasing Arcari’s trademark National steel guitars, the new album 'Whisky in my Blood' features performances on banjo, regular guitar and and cigar box which help capture the full breadth of Arcari’s song-writing and performance.

Website:
www.drfeelgood.com www.davearcari.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£18 on the door
Tickets:
£15Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union St, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

privatevent

Tuesday 25 November

PRIVATE EVENT

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!


nile

Wednesday 26 November

CRH Music in Conjunction with The Thunderbolt Presents;

WILLIE NILE + Jefferson Grizzard

WILLIE NILE: Willie Nile embodies every sense of rock ’n’ roll urgency— from arms-outreached anthems to stiff upper-lipped riffs that scream, Nothing in the world matters more than this moment.He is a cheerfully non-iconic rocker, with old-school cool oozing from every pore.

Nile’s defining quality among his fans is his charismatic spirit. It’s a passion and enthusiasm that is infectious to his fans and has earned Nile the admiration of fans and peers alike, from Shea Stadium to the clubs and concert halls of Europe and his live performances are legendary to his fans.

Willie is an American singer-songwriter originally from Buffalo NY who began his career over thirty years ago and although his career has been interrupted several times by various problems, but he has always returned to recording and performing in the US and Europe, re-establishing himself as a singer-songwriter and one of rocks great live performers. In 1980 Nile released his self-titled debut album which according to one critic remains 'one of the most thrilling post-Byrds folk-rock albums of all time. During his career Nile has recorded and performed with several musicians, including Ringo Starr, Tori Amos, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Ian Hunter, and Barenaked Ladies.

Over three decades of musical exploits, Willie Nile has earned a global cult following, including marquee-name admirers like Bono, Lou Reed, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. 'I’m a longtime friend and fan of Willie,' says Springsteen sidekick Nils Lofgren. 'On the last couple of E Street Band tours, Bruce has brought him onstage with us and had him sing and play. … He’s great at it.'

June 2013 saw the release of his eighth full length studio album American Ride.'People who’ve heard this album say it’s as good a record as I’ve ever made, and I don’t disagree,' he states, adding, 'I definitely think it’s as good a collection of songs as I’ve put together. I’m still learning as I go, and it gets easier every time in. I still love what I do and I’m probably feeling more inspired now than I ever have. I really do feel like I’m just getting started'

Willie proves that his live performance hasn’t lost any of his original fire and energy that has put him up there with his peers as one rock’s greatest songwriters and most energetic live performers! A show that epitomises the true spirit of rock and definitely not to be missed

JEFFERSON GRIZZARD: Nashville, Tennessee based singer/songwriter. He released his first album 'A Crack in the Door' on Back Porch Syndicate Records in 2011. His new release 'Learning How To Lie' is available October 24th, also on Back Porch Syndicate Records. Recent performances have landed him in Hollywood, CA as well as New York City. Grizzard is a true wordsmith, eschewing the current state of popular songwriting. Bits of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits emerge at times as he weaves together his unique brand of storytelling with melodies and influences of days gone by. His music is hard to categorize. Grizzard floats seamlessly between tortured ballads and blues to apocalyptic hard rock. He is currently touring in support of his new release throughout United States and Europe.

Website:
www.willienile.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ88erofN2s
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£14 on the Door
Tickets:
£12Adv from The Thunderbolt and Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol www.bristolticketshop.co.uk www.wegottickets.com http://www.crhmusic.com

daft

Thursday 27 November

SNG Promotions Presents

3 DAFT MONKEYS

3 DAFT MONKEYS: Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible!

3 Daft Monkeys release their sixth studio album 'Of Stones and Bones' in 2013 - their most story-led and theatrical album to date; a compelling collection of songs that draws the listener into the bizarre and mysterious world of Cornish tales and superstitions, both ancient and modern.

Tim Ashton and Athene Roberts form the heart of the band, and during a break from gigging due to the birth of their son Arlo, Ashton turned his songwriting gaze on his adopted home county of Cornwall. The wild Celtic heritage and folklore of Kernow shines through in these songs, the roots of which delve deep, touching the stones and bones that are the fabric of this epic landscape and its wild and colourful inhabitants.

Characters are brought to life in a theatre of sound, from upbeat mischievous musings on the god of the sea, Bucca Dhu, to the tragic and heart-wrenching tale of Jenny Trayer and her unfortunate child, from tales of curses inspired by a hair-raising night in the Boscastle Witch Museum to the eccentric story of Reverend Hawker, all the colourful otherworldly life of the region is here.

In traditional 3 Daft Monkeys style, the songs hold up a looking glass to their subjects and invite us to step through, much like Alice into a Wonderland. Whilst exploring the old tales, Ashton manages to throw new light on them; in 'St Agnes the Giant Killer’ he poses the question of whether the sainted local heroine Agnes was just a cold hearted murderess? Likewise in the playful 'One and All' he considers what has happened to the elusive Cornish quest for independence.

Whilst containing the intoxicating blend of rhythms and styles that is instantly recognisable as 3 Daft Monkeys, there is also an added dimension of traditional Cornish tunes within the songs. Of Stones and Bones' is musically the most diverse album the band has produced, and the first that double bass player Lukas Drinkwater has performed on. He also lends his vocal skills making it possible for the first time to create spine-tingling three-part harmonies. To add a new dynamic impact, percussionist Rich Mulryne, has been invited to lend his varied drumming styles both to this album and the live shows.

3DM is the perfect band to engage with this mythic landscape, themselves icons of the underground counter culture of the last decade.

Website:
www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Tickets:
£12Adv + b/f from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

privatevent

Monday 01 December

PRIVATE EVENT

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!


xmasdin

Wednesday 03 December

Word of Mouth Presents:

A Evening of

Storytelling in verse, prose and song!

***Free Entry*** END OF YEAR/XMAS PARTY

Word of Mouth is a free event held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Thunderbolt focusing on 'storytelling in verse, prose and song'. We aim to provide an informal atmosphere where poets, authors, artists and musicians can meet and exchange ideas. All welcome.

Website:
www.tangentbooks.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
***FREE ENTRY***

noise annoys

Thursday 04 December

NOISE ANNOYS Presents:

NASTY LITTLE LONELY + Fauxchises + Wax Futures

A monthly cutting edge menu of alternative rock with a melting pot of ingredients mixing post-punk, alternative and noise!

Nasty Little Lonely: Bristol's industrial post-punk trio return after their triumphant headline slot in July

Fauxchisles: two-piece noise rock from Birmingham

Wax Futures: post hardcore trio from the Midlands

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/nastylittlelonely https://www.facebook.com/waxfutures https://www.facebook.com/fauxchisels
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£4 on the Door

chrischris

Wednesday 10 December

The ‘2 MANY CHRIS(s) XMAS POP QUIZ

... 8pm Start!...

Let’s get quizzical!

The Thunderbolt presents The ‘2 many Chris(s)’ Pop Quiz

Calling all you music know-alls! Chris and Chris invite you to a pop quiz like no other, pushing the boundaries of the format and redefining the genre (you can already hear Mike Read turning in his grave).

Live performance questions*, 2 many Chris(s) mini DJ sets, cash prizes, booby prizes and they even perform their own theme tune.

Come as a team or form one on the night.

£1.00 to enter – Plus you get a FREE Bic Biro just for entering.

*All questions 100% home grown and locally sourced.

Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£1 per person per team!

snatch

Friday 19 December

SNATCH 22-The Annual Xmas Bash

Xmas bash for South Bristol`s craziest comic indie/rockabilly popsters! Packed last year so get their early!

Website:
www.myspace.com/snatch22band
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door
Tickets:
£4Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

regz

Saturday 20 December

The REGZ.... Annual Festive Feast 2014

The REGZ present their Annual Festive Feast for the 10th year, returning to The Thunderbolt after last years `total sell out'

This ever popular event completes the REGZ 10th year and is held as a big thankyou to all of the wonderful people who continue to support the band!

The REGZ remain Bristol's premier show band, that is made up of nine members (including a full brass section) This will be a musical journey that will take you from the golden days of Motown to the Rude Boy day's of Ska, picking up the Otis, Aretha and James Brown along the way!!

This evening will kick off your Christmas celebrations with the ultimate party, so due to the popularity of this event, it is advisable to obtain your tickets early!

Website:
www.theregz.co.uk www.myspace.com/theregs7
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£6 on the Door
Tickets:
£5Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

radiocalshhy

Monday 22 December

Remembering and Celebrating Joe Strummer (1952-2002)

RADIO CLASH (Clash Tribute)

Radio Clash are a band that pays tribute to the music of The Clash in all its glorious, chaotic variety.

A gumbo of punk, reggae, ska, funk, soul, rockabilly, gospel and jazz magnificent!

An evening with Radio Clash is a treat for fans of The Clash, for fans of loud fast rock n roll, for fans of reggae in fact an evening with Radio Clash is just a treat. Full stop!

Website:
www.radio-clash.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£6 on the Door
Tickets:
£5adv from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

xmastree

Thursday 25 December

XMAS DAY Celebrations..All Welcome!

& DJ B 12-3pm ( TO BE CONFIRMED)

We are please to announce the following for Xmas Day. DJ B: Decking the halls and hauling the decks on xmas day. A crazy Christmas mix of vinyl and digital (CDs). No one, has a more eclectic collection of Christmas tracks!

We will also be providing Mulled Wine and mince pies

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Doors Open:
12am-3pm
Admission:
FREE ENTRY

petersmarching

Saturday 28 February

MIKE PETERS (THE ALARM)

Mike Peters, lead singer and songwriter of internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm will this year embark on a huge 30 date acoustic World Tour, celebrating 30 years of The Alarm's distinctive Red Poppy. The exploding Red Poppy made it's iconic debut on the band's 'Marching On' single (released via the IRS Record label back in 1982) and has featured in some shape or form on every Alarm release since.

The Red Poppy Tour begins with an Independence day 'Spirit Of '76' concert in New York on July 4th, followed by dates all across Europe (including concerts on the summits of both Snowdon and Ben Nevis - The Highest Gig in Britain on August 25th), and closing at The Alarm's legendary Gathering event in Peters' hometown of Prestatyn, North Wales on January 25th 2013. The Mike Peters 'Red Poppy' Tour will carry the life affirming spirit of The Alarm as epitomised in it's flaming blood red poppy logo (which in itself is a symbol of both renewal and life) to music fans everywhere.

Outside of Mike's duties as front man for The Alarm (and more recently as guest vocalist with Scottish celt-rockers Big Country), Mike has proved himself as an inspirational solo acoustic performer and (as a two times cancer survivor), founder of what is now regarded as the world's leading rock and roll cancer charity 'Love Hope Strength Foundation'.

Mike Peters is currently preparing for the release of a brand new Alarm record �Vinyl - The Official Soundtrack Album�, to be released in 2013 with a major UK Alarm tour to coincide with 'Vinyl' - the film's British cinematic debut and remains as passionate as ever about his music, Wales and his charity Love Hope Strength.

When Mike was first diagnosed with cancer in 1995, quitting music wasn't an option and now in 2012 and in his second remission from Leukaemia, Mike is still challenging himself and his audience through music and the outreach of his charitable actions. In Mike's own words and from the title of one of his own songs `Never give it up without a fight`

And it is to this man alone we turn tonight; every bit as powerful and commanding armed with acoustic guitar, harmonica and those songs of hope, spirituality, camaraderie and lifelong friendship amongst fans; fifteen hit singles including 68 Guns, Spirit of 76, Rain In The Summertime, Strength and The Stand; five million albums sold; pioneering musicality and stage-sharing duties with Dylan, U2 and Neil Young. It all adds up, don't it? No wonder Mike Peters is a legend.

Website:
www.thealarm.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£18 on the Door
Tickets:
£15adv + bf from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

LENE

Thursday 05 March

LENE LOVICH BAND

Detroit-born legendary post-punk pop singer Lene Lovich hit the top of the UK charts with her single 'Lucky Number' in 1979, and was crowned the 'Queen of Quirk', influencing a generation of pop and alternative acts, from Nina Hagen to Boy George, and from Madonna to Dresden Dolls. A normally reclusive figure, Lovich turned her back on the limelight after her third album No Man’s Land was released in 1982 amid disagreements with her record company about her unwillingness to compromise her groundbreaking visual style for the then newly emergent MTV.

Subsequently she has recorded only two albums in the last thirty years. Lovich’s unique vocal and visual style, along with her catchy but experimental songwriting, has exerted a huge influence over alternative pop culture and garnered her many plaudits and continued interest. She has been described as everything from 'Kate Bush on acid' to the New Wave Maria Callas'. Her hits 'Lucky Number', 'Say When', 'Bird Song' and 'New Toy' are still regular features in the clubs and radio of Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.

In May 2012, Lene joined forces with Subterraneans frontman Jude Rawlins for a celebration of the music of German composer Kurt Weill. During the tour they hatched an idea to form a new band to take Lene’s classic material back on the road. Jude immediately recruited bassist Lydia Fischer and drummer Morgan King in June, and keyboardist Kirsten Morrison joined in July. It was a baptism of fire for the new band, after just one low-key show at London’s much-loved 12 Bar Club, their next appearance was headlining the annual Drop Dead Festival in Berlin. Since then they have, in the words of one reviewer, been 'festooned with metaphorical bouquets'.across the UK and Europe. Their UK tour in 2013 culminated in a triumphant sell-out show at London's Cargo, a feat repeated in Berlin a few weeks later at the celebrated Wild At Heart in Kreuzberg.

With new bassist Valkyrie on board, the band are back on the road in 2014.

Website:
http://www.lenelovich.net/
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£14 on the Door
Tickets:
Tickets £12Adv + b/f from Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

privatevent

Saturday 30 May

PRIVATE EVENT 2015

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!


privatevent

Saturday 12 September

PRIVATE EVENT 2015

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!


PRIVATE EVENT

Monday 14 September

PRIVATE EVENT

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!