On Wednesday 13th December at the infamous Hope and Anchor in Islington (207 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RL Tel: 020 7354 1312 www.hopeandanchor.info/ ) everyone’s favourite Southern rockers The Snakeoil Rattlers will join forces with their good friends The Micky Kemp Band and Dan Raza.
The Micky Kemp Band are a high energy blues and rock band who have been playing their own brand of heartland rock for over 20 years. They are known for their incredible live shows and their ability to get the crowd dancing. If Bruce Springsteen grew up in the UK he’d probably sound a lot like Micky.
Dan Raza is a talented singer-songwriter who plays a mix of folk, rock, and pop. His music is both catchy and thought-provoking.
Both The Snakeoil Rattlers and the Micky Kemp Band will be playing full headline sets, and Dan Raza will get the party started. There will also be some Snakeoil Rattlers t-shirts and CDs available if you want to show your love ones how much you love them this Christmas.
As always, Ken will greet you at the door. Come on down and get festive with us!
Tickets are on sale now for £10 advance, or on the door (cash and credit cards accepted). Get yours today at TicketSource ( https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/snake-rattle-roll/the-snakeoil-rattlers-micky-kemp-band-dan-raza/e-raergb ).
We can’t wait to see you there!
The Snake Rattle & Roll Team
Snake, Rattle & Roll Presents:
Bands: The Snakeoil Rattlers + Micky Kemp Band + Dan Raza
Where: Hope and Anchor (207 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RL Tel: 020 7354 1312 www.hopeandanchor.info/)
Admission: £10 (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/snake-rattle-roll/the-snakeoil-rattlers-micky-kemp-band-dan-raza/e-raergb)
The Snakeoil Rattlers
The Snakeoil Rattlers have continued to work tirelessly to cement their place in the UK Southern Rock and Americana scene both as a headline act and opening for US bands such as Skinny Molly and Hogjaw. The strong narrative of their songs often finds them compared to songwriting notaries including the Drive-by Truckers, Townes Van Zandt, and Steve Earle, but with a sound distinctly their own. The Outlaw Punk Country Radio Show described them as having “Smooth rural southern lyrics and native hymning” .
The five-piece line-up includes twin electric guitars and lap steel and has led them to being proclaimed by ARFM radio as “Quite possibly the greatest country, bluegrass and rock fusion the South never had”. And with the release of their debut album ‘Backwater’ the band shows no sign of slowing up.
Song writer Barry Warren says “The songs are written about a nation’s constantly changing landscape and I sincerely believe that literal realism is what we’re trying to achieve. It’s been remarked that some of the songs have death rates higher than a disaster movie or that they’re like mini soap operas, but I don’t think it’s just the lyrics but the music also. The Rattlers are lucky enough to be endowed with musicians that can both portray not only the dark urgency that some songs require but also delicate phrasing in the lighter moments. There’s some love stories in there too. They just don’t all have a happy endings.”
Their debut album ‘Backwater’ is instantly pertinent as a 21st century Americana/Southern Rock opera that reached #1 in the 365 Radio Country/Americana Album Chart featuring the #2 single ‘Devil’s in My Rearview’.
Barry Warren’s interview on the Spirit and Roots Radio reached #1 in the MIXCLOUD Southern Rock Chart.
Unlike the snake oil salesmen of the past The Snakeoil Rattlers will never sell the ladies and gentleman of the audience short, but still share the cure-all-ills remedy of raw entertainment.
Where the swamp meets the road you will find The Snakeoil Rattlers.
“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! I was blown away by it (‘Fire in the Hole’). Worthy of a John Peel moment. I’m playing it again. A grass roots band really going somewhere”
— Stephen Lowin, Storm FM
“Marvellous Stuff from the Marvellous album ‘Backwater'”
— Mark Worden, Wordy’s World, Hard Rock Hell Radio
“If you like Southern country rock, authentic sounding whiskey driven rock you want to get to know them, definitely.”
— Natasha Strange, Strange Country Show, Radio 365
“One of the best records of 2022”
— Dan Raza, Spirit and Roots
Micky Kemp Band
Introducing the Micky Kemp Band, a musical journey that seamlessly weaves together heartfelt stories and soul-stirring tunes. With a dynamic sound and lyrics that resonate with life’s ups and downs, the Micky Kemp Band is here to take you on an unforgettable sonic adventure.
Micky Kemp, the driving force behind the band, has spent years perfecting his craft, and the result is a sound that captures the essence of life’s joys and tribulations. His passion for music runs deep, and it’s evident in every note and every lyric.
The band’s music is a testament to Micky’s ability to blend personal experiences with universal themes. Through their songs, you’ll find yourself transported to different times and places, from the heart of our beautiful but troubled country to the Surrey delta during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, “Top of the Pops,” water fights, and more.
“Gloryland,” the band’s latest album, offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of life, exploring both the highs and lows of existence. Whether you’re navigating the tumultuous seas of a one-hit wonder’s story or feeling the weight of “These Old Hands,” the Micky Kemp Band’s music strikes a chord with every listener.
The band’s lineup is a powerhouse of talent, with Smiley on production, drums, keys, backing vocals, and tea-making duties, and Nige as the long-term right-hand man on bass. Guitar virtuoso James Stevenson and the multi-talented Matt Hay on violin add layers of depth to the sound. Special guest appearances from iconic musicians further enrich the band’s sonic palette.
The Micky Kemp Band is more than just a collection of musicians; it’s a musical family with a shared commitment to creating music that resonates with the soul. Their performances are a testament to their dedication and a powerful testament to the emotional power of music.
So, whether you’re in the mood for a rocking anthem or a soul-stirring ballad, the Micky Kemp Band has you covered. With a rich tapestry of songs that delve into life’s tapestry, they’re ready to take you on a musical journey you won’t soon forget. The Micky Kemp Band: Where Music and Stories Collide, leaving an indelible mark on hearts and minds.
“On February 9, 2004 a young Brit named Micky Kemp made his Borderline debut and gave a roomful of punters another story to tell in years to come. This blue-collar lad from Surrey, who grew up immersed in Johnny Cash and Elvis, tore through a ten-song opening set that had the audience on its feet and gasping for breath. From the opening power chords of Sweet Rock & Roll to the thunderous ovation that followed Last Goodbye, Kemp’s passion and energy carried the night.”
— Maverick, May 2004
Dan Raza is one of the mainstays on the London singer-songwriter and folk roots scene. He has been praised by artists such as Chris Farlowe, Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier and Jackie Oates and had a song included on Neil Young’s ‘Living With War’ website.
His distinctive approach has won him a following across the UK and abroad as he has taken his songs on the road performing solo and opening for Joan Armatrading, Badly Drawn Boy, Alejandro Escovedo, Cara Dillon and The Sadies, amongst others.
Of mixed Indian and British origin, Dan grew up in the Home Counties and moved to London in his late teens where he has since been based.
Dan’s eponymous debut album was produced by Charlie Hart (Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton, Mose Allison).
The self-produced follow up, ‘Two’, was released in 2017 and features his band, The Shrouds, as well as appearances from Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney), BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Martin Simpson), Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane), Frank Mead (Albert King, Eric Clapton) and Mosi Conde (Mory Kante, Salif Keita).
“The real deal”
– Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2 –
“Packed to the gills with truly great songs – a writer who has matured into one of this country’s finest”
– Country Music Magazine –
“One of the more interesting and entertaining songwriters we have on our shores these days”
– Maverick Magazine –