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Music news – Swedish maestro JJ Marsh announces UK tour dates

Posted in Classic rock, News, rock, tours with tags , , , , , on May 23, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

While Glenn Hughes recouperates his long term collaborator keeps the freak flag flying

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 — Glenn Hughes has announced that he has postponed his UK tour until November, but his fans will be heartened to know that his long term collaborator, Joakim ‘JJ’ Marsh is returning to the UK in September for a solo tour.

Eight dates dates have already been announced in London, Stoke, Birmingham, Blackpool, Chester, Bradford, Glasgow and Ipswich.

JJ is best known for his long term studio songwriting partnership from 1996 until 2008 with ex Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man, Glenn Hughes with whom he also toured extensively.

This is Marsh’s first major solo tour since reforming 80s Spellbound and he is looking forward to re-establishing friendships he made during the Hughes years.

“The UK is vitally important to me and I can’t wait to meet all my friends over there again. Those years helped me to establish a fanbase for my work in the UK and the response to the shows has been extremely welcoming on social media and associated websites including Glenn’s. Rock and roll on September and we send our best wishes to Glenn for a speedy recovery.”

The power trio in the tradition of Hendrix, Cream will consist of Joakim Marsh (guitar and vocals), Paul Bones (bass) and the touring drummer is to be announced shortly.

Most of the live material material will come from JJ’s first solo album Music from the Planet Marsh, Bridge to Mars, the Glenn Hughes collaborations and Deep Purple Mark 3 and 4.

Tour dates so far are:-

Birmingham Asylum 11th Sept

Bradford Nightrain 12th Sept

Chester Live Rooms 13th Sept

Stoke The Eleven Club

London Unicorn 16th Sept

Glasgow The Ferry 18th Sept

Blackpool Waterloo 19th September

Ipswich Music Rooms 20th Sept


Posted in Cbeebies, tours with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake


BEST EVER CHRISTMAS SHOW and the story of Jack Frost

Brand new live spectacular for pre-schoolers

UK arena tour starts 17th December

Get ready for a Christmas extravaganza like you’ve never seen before because the BEST EVER CHRISTMAS SHOW is on its way to an arena near you!

A big, brilliant, fun-filled festive extravaganza with songs, snow and of course Santa
Bringing this brand new spectacular to life are some of the best-loved names in pre-school television including CBeebies’ Andy Day, Katy Ashworth and Cat Sandion, along with Jen Pringle from Milkshake! as well as top children’s presenters Naomi Wilkinson and Dave Benson Phillips.

It’s Christmas Eve, the busiest day of the year in Christmastown and it’s time to join some familiar Christmas characters and make some new friends. Jack Frost, Princess Twinkle and the residents of Christmastown excitedly prepare for Santa’s arrival, however wicked Queen Glacia has a different idea, as she casts an icy curse on Jack!
This winter adventure journeys to the Crystal Cave, through the moonlit forest and into the lavish Royal Palace meeting good-natured goblins, troublesome trolls and magical puppets along the way. Will Jack and his friends save Christmas before Santa arrives?

Don’t miss the sing-along, dance-along, clap-along, snow-filled Best Ever Christmas Show coming to an arena near you.

Written by Will Brenton (CBeebies Live!, Justin & Friends, Tweenies) and brought to you by the Award winning producers of the UK’s leading pre-school Arena spectaculars Thomas & Friends, Noddy Live,and Tweenies Live! you can look forward to a top quality, unforgettable Christmas experience.

The Best Ever Christmas Show tour kicks off on 17th December and will be visiting Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, London, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham and Birmingham.

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Interview with Mister Maker

Posted in Cbeebies, News, theatre, tours, TV with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Mister Maker is currently touring the UK with the Shapes and you can get tickets here.

Mister Maker tour 2016

How is the mammoth tour you have just embarked on going?

Actually we had a two month stint last year, which actually launched in September and went through until November. Weekends, half-terms that sort of thing and that ran until the end of November, then I went into a pantomime the next day. Then straight of the pantomime into the Mister Maker tour. It has been pretty full and lots of fun.

We were in Lowestoft yesterday and got back just after midnight so just catching-up today on interviews and phone calls today.

What can people expect in the show? I know the Shapes will be joining you onstage.

I think expect the unexpected is the answer I have given on this before. What we’ve done with the theatre shows is take what the CBeebies audience expect, both the children and adults, the creativity and the heart of it, then transferred it quite literally onto a bigger stage. We have turned it into a live event, it is a but like a party, a bit like a pantomime and it is much bigger in its production value than the TV show can be because of course a lot of the TV show is filmed in close-up and carefully directed. We show in close-ups so the kids at home can watch and learn.

We make everything bigger, so we have a huge set and big wooden shapes that are pushed and spin around onstage. We have a massive screen at the back of the stage, which looks like a big picture frame. In the middle of that something is always happening, be it  shape puzzle or a live camera feed. We have a camera operator onstage who beams everything that is happening onstage onto the big screen.

It is hard to turn a TV show into a stage production as it is a totally different environment?

Definitely, you are absolutely right. I think that was the biggest challenge, a couple of years actually when I sat down and thought about putting this into a live show, how do you make it enjoyable and watchable for a small child who may be sitting in the very back row of the theatre. Normally they it at home watching on TV or a tablet.

We use the big screen and the camera, plus we make things bigger on the stage for the Big Makes. We want the kids to feel encouraged to be part of the show, no matter what seat they are in. We ask for volunteers to come up on stage, the kids and also the grown-ups which is fun as well. Every single person who comes and sees the show will make something on the stage I won’t give too much away about how we do this. It is quite a simple idea in essence but quite complicated sometimes when you have a 1,000 people in the audience. It is a tricky thing to carry off, but great fun.

You are playing fair sized venues like the Blackpool Grand and the Victoria Hall in my home town of Stoke-on-Trent.

We were in Blackpool last weekend and a real honour to be there. To walk out on that stage, a beautiful theatre. We are playing a lot of beautiful Frank Matcham theatres. Went to Belfast a few weeks ago and that was absolutely beautiful as well. Back in my home town, I am from Kent.  I don’t live there at the moment but I consider Canterbury as home town and I went to university there as well. I am playing the Marlow theatre there and have played pano there for the past few years. It is a fairly new 1,200 seater and we are doing five shows there which are nearly all sold out. Its amazing what we are doing and so proud what we are doing.

I was surprised at how popular you are in Australia. Obviously we import over some of their TV shows but you have played the Sydney Opera House?

To be perfectly honest nor did we until we went. It is sold to the ABC there and it on every day after school. When did the live shows last year we did two trips and I am fortunate to be going back this June and New Zealand for the first time. This time we are playing the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House. That is just beyond my wildest dreams. It is a real honour to travel to all of these places, like Australia and New Zealand, plus the UK. It is nice to visit the towns and cities where previously only been there for a football match, where all you do is go to the ground or the services on the way.

Blackpool was great the other weekend. As a cast we stayed up an extra night and had a great time at the theatre. The next day we walked up to the Pleasure Beach and the tower.

My son has a question for you – what has been the most enjoyable project you did or thing you made?

You might not like this answer being a dad! It is very difficult to choose as I have made over a 1,000 things now on Mister Maker. But the most enjoyable one was a splat picture where I dipped a tennis ball into a gloppy, paint mixture and then bouncing it a blank canvas. It was great fun and one of those days when I had to stop and think I am so lucky to be doing this as my job.

Who comes up with all these makes?

We have a fantastic production team on the TV show of Mister Maker. It is only  a small tea, there are four in the art team and I write the scripts for the show. There is the producer of the show as well. The art team come up with so many ideas and when I come on board I am really lucky as I get to pick from all these great ideas. It is about a couple months before we start filming and I work with the art team and we work out the best way to put these ideas onto the TV. I then work through the stages and write the scripts for them, then work out the best way to present them. A lot of stuff I have to make upside down or from the side, as I have to make it the best way the cameras can see it.

Even the Minute Make ones I have to practice not only to do in a minute, but also have to make them in a certain way, like gluing from the side and I can’t see what I am gluing! It is  to show it easily for the children at home.

For the live show it is just me and the show’s producer who come up with the makes which will work on the stage.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

Because I am so busy with Mister Maker I don’t have free time as such. Mister Maker has taken over my life and I am so happy about that, so proud. Last year we were filming the new series of ‘Mister Maker’s Arty Party’, as well as doing the tour, so I was literally working seven days a week for six months. Monday to Friday in the TV studio, then Friday evening through to Sunday evening doing live shows. My mum gets very worried about me not taking much time off.

I also remember as I started of twenty years ago in kids TV at the bottom of the ladder as a work experience boy. Then a runner’s job for a year doing everything from getting peoples’ lunch to making and painting props. It is one of those things where I gradually worked my way up the industry and now twenty years later to be fortunate enough to put on a live tour and do something I love doing.

The perfect thing for me is to make a nice cup of tea at home just the way you like it. I will put my feet up and watch an episode of ‘Friends’ or ‘Frasier’. They are the shows I chill out and catch up with my family. I love to see my mum and dad and catch up with them.

Message for your fans…

All the mini-Makers in the UK  I am very pleased you watch the shows on CBeebies. Come and see the live show, it is lots of fun. My main message is to make some noise. That is the theme of the show and the opening number in the show. Because we are all about arts, crafts and making things, but the live show is about making noise and have some fun. Not just the children but the grown-ups to and have some fun, plus dance with the Shapes of course.

A really nice person and a pleasure to interview. Do go & see one of the shows, be you young or old!

Slowly the giants of rock stop touring…

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, tours with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

First we had the sad passing of Lemmy which meant no more Motorhead, a band that lived to be on the road touring and playing to their fans.

Now we have the news that AC/DC have had to postpone their remaining US tour dates as vocalist Brian Johnson has been advised to stop performing live to save his hearing. The band have said they will be rescheduled later in the year with a guest vocalist. But it won’t be the same without Brian Johnson plus of course illness forced Malcolm Young to leave the band.

Age is catching up fast with the rock giants of the 1970’s sadly, even the mighty Status Quo have said no more electric gigs and their UK tour later this year will be their last.

The latest band to call time on touring has been Rush. Guitarist Alex Lifeson confirmed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine that the band won’t tour again due to the pain that drummer Neil Peart goes through.

When rock bands started way back in the 60’s and 70’s, they would not imagined the longevity many of them would have and now we are way into the twilight years for them sadly. But hey, they will still be drawn back to the stage I am sure for one-off shows and it is not all bad as Motley Crue have stopped as well 😉

Roy Harper’s song sums up the passing of this era, albeit about cricket it does work on many levels:


The Maiden United UK Tour 2016

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News, tours with tags , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake 

Maiden United may play songs from another “Mega Famous” band, but they have lovingly stripped down each song, and rebuilt them as their own, acoustically and the outcome is simply fantastic. The line-up includes Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and Damian Wilson (Threshold/Headspace).

Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden) will be joining the band for the London Gig.

“For an hour and 40 minutes we were treated to a magical journey of stripped back songs that we all know and love, played lovingly by fans of the band who happen to all be wonderful musicians”.

“These aren’t just acoustic versions of Maiden songs, performed as the originals, only substituting electric guitars for acoustic ones, it’s clear that a lot of thought and work has gone into the arrangements, in an effort to create something very different”.   Midlands Rocks.

Mar 16 Underworld London, United Kingdom info & tickets
Mar 17 The Diamond Sutton-in-Ashfield, United Kingdom info & tickets
Mar 18 The Ruby Lounge Manchester, United Kingdom info & tickets
Mar 19 Bannermans Edinburgh, United Kingdom info & tickets
Mar 20 The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, United Kingdom info & tickets