Posted in Folk rock, News, Folk, gigs with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Tonight’s performance is the best I’ve seen from the band in several years. Let’s hope the current line-up will be around for a whileThe Stinger – Darren Johnson

Steeleye Span are fast approaching their 50th anniversary 2019, with a work rate to put many younger artists to shame.  The bands’ eighth album in twelve years – 2016’s Dodgy Bastards – saw them return to the folk tales and characters that have always been at the heart of the Steeleye sound.  Dodgy Bastards saw the folk-rock pioneers continue drawing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirit.  They once more create an inspired and dark take on the music of the British Isles.


Steeleye Span are an English Folk Rock band formed in 1969. Still active today, along with Fairport Convention they are amongst the best known acts of the British Folk Revival and were among the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles Gaudette” and “All Around My Hat”. They had four Top 40 albums and achieved a certified gold record with sales of “All Around My Hat”.

The present Steeleye line-up is:  The Legendary Maddy Prior (vocals), with long term member Liam Genockey(drums), Julian Littman (guitar/keyboards and vocals)Andrew Sinclair (guitar), Jesse Mae Smart (violin and backing vocals), Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar and backing vocals), (whose father John Kirkpatrick played with the band in 1977-1978) and Roger Carey (bass)

Steeleye are working on their new studio album for their 2019, 50th Celebration,  some of the new tracks will feature in the set list for the up and coming UK tour.

“STEELEYE Span cross the folk rock divide like no other act in the UK”. Andrew Riley (Quay

Steeleye Span

Tour Dates 2018

Mon 1st October       Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

Tues 2nd October    The Subscription Rooms, Stroud

Wed 3rd October      The Stables, Milton Keynes

Thurs 4th October    Swan Theatre, Worcester

Sat 6th October        Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne

Sun 7th October       Chelmsford Theatre, Chelmsford

Mon 8th October      Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Tues 9th October     Opera House, Buxton

Wed 10th October    Palace Theatre, Mansfield

Fri 12th October       The Core at Corby Cube, Corby

Sat 13th October      Holy Trinity Church, Sudbury

Sun 14th October    Theatre Royal, Margate

Mon 15th October    Hexagon,  Reading

Wed 17th October    Royal Philharmonic,  Liverpool

Thurs 18th October The Courtyard,  Hereford

Peter Crouch launches a new Podcast

Posted in Championship, Football, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on September 19, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Peter Crouch, not content with a recently published memoir, ‘How To Be A Footballer’, now has a new Podcast ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ available via BBC 5 Live. The BBC has ten facts here that include a transfer that never was and his pet named after Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon.

Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr

Posted in Authors, Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , , , on September 18, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sadly Philip Kerr died earlier this year, so there is more than a tinge of sadness when reading the latest Bernie Gunther novel. The only silver lining is that Kerr wrote one more Bernie Gunther novel, ‘Metropolis’, before his death and this is due to be published next year.

In this novel we find Bernie Gunther under an assumed name and now working in insurance, which on the face of it seems relatively risk free until he is sent to Greece to investigate a shipwreck claim. It is once he is here that his past starts to catch up with him again, as he works with a local insurance claims investigator to unravel the events surrounding the shipwreck which include Nazi gold and a nemesis from his past.

The Bernie Gunther novels are enjoyable as Bernie has a bleak outlook on life and indeed the book is littered with one liners that see Bernie either be sarcastic about himself or others. Very much in the classic Raymond Chandler mode.

Highly recommended and the whole series is worth reading, although they are fine as stand alone reads. It is Kerr’s attention to detail and getting the historical facts and characters in the book, that make these such a rewarding read.


Hitchin Town v Didcot Town FA Cup Second Qualifying Round

Posted in Football, News, FA Cup, Didcot, Didcot Town FC with tags , , , , , on September 10, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Didcot Town beat Wingate & Finchley 2-1 on Saturday and now face Southern League Premier Division Central side Hitchin Town away in the FA Cup second qualifying round. The tie will be played on Saturday 22 September.




Choupo-Moting Leaves | Stoke City FC

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on August 31, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

We signed him on a free transfer last season and he leaves the same way a year later. He was not part of Gary Rowett’s plans and good luck at PSG.

Also on the move before today’s transfer deadline was Geoff Cameron who joined Championship rivals QPR on a season long loan. He did well for us and could have been cover this season, although we have replaced him with Martina and Clucas, two versatile players in terms of where they play on the pitch.

Quiz night to help fund local cancer scanners and life changing medical research

Posted in Fundraising, News, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre with tags , on August 31, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A quiz night in aid of a charity which supports local people affected by cancer and other serious conditions will take place at Rickmansworth Golf Club in November, it has been announced.

The quiz night, compered by quiz master Guy Allen will help fund new MRI, CT and PET-CT scanners at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre (Mount Vernon Hospital), as well as help fund life changing medical research which takes place at the centre.

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity which provides CT, MRI and PET scanning to mainly local people. Staff at the centre use the scanners to help diagnose and monitor cancer and other serious conditions, and undertake medical research to help improve treatment and care for future patients.
Claire Strickland, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “This should be a great night out, with great team and individual prizes, plus a raffle.
“High quality scanners and medical research save and improve the lives of people affected by cancer and other serious conditions. By joining us for the quiz night you’re supporting local people in the community who are facing one of the biggest challenges of their lives, so please come along and support them.”

Book your place today by visiting or calling 01923 844290 during office hours. The quiz night will take place at The Fairway Inn, Rickmansworth Golf Club, on Friday 30 November at 7.30pm. The entry fee is £15 per person (6 people per team) including supper. Cash bar, over 18s only.

Imbula off on loan again

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City with tags , , on August 30, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

GIANNELLI IMBULA has today joined Spanish side Rayo Vallecano on a season-long loan. He still has three years of his contract left at Stoke.

Imbula has made 28 appearances since joining in January 2015.

Along with Wimmer we spent over £40m for two players who have been flops and amongst our worst signings.