Ginger Wildheart – Songs & Words – Manchester 09/05/2015


Way back in 1939 Winston Churchill described the Russians as being “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” I can’t help thinking this is also an apt description of Ginger Wildheart’s Songs and Words show.

It’s not a gig, It’s not stand-up comedy. It’s not theatre. It’s not literature. It’s not any of thoseWay back in 1939 Winston Churchill described the Russians as being “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” I can’t help thinking this is also an apt description of Ginger Wildheart‘s Songs and Words show. Ginger Wildheart – Manchester 2015 It’s not a gig, It’s not stand-up comedy. It’s not theatre. It’s not literature. It’s not any of those things but somehow it manages to be all of them at the same time. Occasionally it could even be described as a talking therapy session for Mr. Wildheart with the audience as (avid) listeners. It’s basically a story, the story of Ginger’s life in music between the formation of the Wildhearts in late 1989 and the completion of his 555% pledge campaign in 2012. Over the years there have been so many rumours, stories and lies that Ginger decided the best way to put the record straight was to go out and tell it like it was himself. Set in a shabby-chic, quirky, historic all-seated venue the stage is almost bare. Two acoustic guitars and two microphone stands wait to be used. There is one table to stage left belonging to Jase Edwards containing beer and a laptop and […]

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Ginger Wildheart adds more tour dates


Ginger Wildheart has added three extra dates to his forthcoming ‘Songs & Words’ tour.

Following the theme of the rest of the tour, which will see Ginger sharing stories from more than 20 years in music, from the early days of The Wildhearts through to his hugely successful 555% PledgeMusic campaign, theGinger Wildheart has added three extra dates to his forthcoming ‘Songs & Words’ tour. Following the theme of the rest of the tour, which will see Ginger sharing stories from more than 20 years in music, from the early days of The Wildhearts through to his hugely successful 555% PledgeMusic campaign, the new shows in Norwich, Newcastle and Coalville take place in small and unique venues – most of them not known for hosting music gigs. The full run of dates now reads: Saturday April 11 – Birmingham, Old Rep Theatre Friday April 17 – Norwich, Puppet Theatre Saturday April 18 – Leeds, City Varieties Theatre Friday April 24 – Dublin, Sugar Club Sunday April 26 – London, Leicester Square Theatre Friday May 1 – Glasgow, Eastwood Park Theatre Saturday May 2 – Newcastle, The Mining Institute Friday May 8 – Coalville, Century Theatre Saturday May 9 – Manchester, Dancehouse Theatre Friday May 15 – Newquay, The Lane Theatre Saturday May 16 – Weston-Super-Mare, Blakehay Theatre Ginger also will be playing the Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday May 30. Photo by Paul Harries (courtesy of Ginger’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/officialginger). Last updated:Friday, February 27, 2015

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DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL: The app, more bands and the Doghouse!

AVENGED SEVENFOLD announced as first headliner for DOWNLOAD 2014
Six weeks until Download Festival. Yep, you read that right. Six. SIX. And with time until the gates open getting ever shorter, this year’s official DOWNLOAD 2014 APP has been released for iPhone and Android, featuring all the latest news, information and advice needed to make this year the best one yet (the online map isSix weeks until Download Festival. Yep, you read that right. Six. SIX. And with time until the gates open getting ever shorter, this year’s official DOWNLOAD 2014 APP has been released for iPhone and Android, featuring all the latest news, information and advice needed to make this year the best one yet (the online map is coming soon, hold fire for that one). And as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve gone and announced even MORE bands! Most of the new names are taking part on this year’s Jägermeister Acoustic Stage including such Donington heavyweights as Bowling For Soup, Anathema, The Answer and Ginger Wildheart. Joining them will be Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, acoustic multi-instrumental magician Jon Gomm, former Little Angels and Gun singer Toby Jepson, Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman, InMe’s folkster-by-night Dave McPherson, one-man math rock machine Theo and Swedish bombshell Mia Klose. Also featruing on the Acoustic Stage are; Brother&Bones, The Mercy House, Oxygen Thief, Stormbringer, Ducking Punches, Enemo-J, Fizzy Blood, Milk Teeth, New City Kings, Rival Sons, VerseChorusVerse and Richards/Crane As mentioned above, joining the line-up elsewhere will be California’s own Rival Sons, I Am Fire and self-described Sout hern gothic fuzz rockers Bloody Hammers. Away from the […]

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Ginger Wildheart – Albion

Ginger Wildheart, one of the UK’s cult heroes of rock and roll, has completed yet another album, his seventh in just two years. This platter is titled Albion, and is released through Round Records. The number of songs on the disc varies: if you contributed to his PledgeMusic campaign for this album, you’ll get 16Ginger Wildheart, one of the UK’s cult heroes of rock and roll, has completed yet another album, his seventh in just two years. This platter is titled Albion, and is released through Round Records. The number of songs on the disc varies: if you contributed to his PledgeMusic campaign for this album, you’ll get 16 songs, and if you purchase the album at “retail”, you’ll get the version reviewed here: ten songs. Both versions have their merits; the ten-song disc is discussed here. Albion was recorded in Wales during the summer of 2013, and was recorded as a “full six-piece band” effort. Someone said of Ginger… “he has so man y melodies that it’s unfair.” He’s found that winning formula in hook-laden, modern, power-pop rock. Slick, catchy songwriting has been his modus operandi for years. Is Albion radically different? Perhaps it isn’t, perhaps it is. One of Ginger’s hallmarks is the exceptional vocal harmonies matched to catchy, melodic verses and choruses. That’s apparent throughout the disc – not a single tune lacks in that department. Some effects on the vocals at times vary the straightforward solo lead vocal, either male or female, with crazy-good multi-part harmony delivery. That’s especially apparent during […]

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