Date Band Genre Start Fee
May 2018
Sat 12 May 2018 Dawson Smith 7.30pm £8, members £6
Based in Leicester, UK for over twenty five years, Dawson Smith is originally from Abertillery, South Wales and has a well earned reputation for fronting great bands and rocking venues all over the UK and beyond.

Dawson first made his name as the frontman / songwriter of blues rockers The Healers (’90s). Following The Healers split, Dawson recorded two successful solo albums. Valley Boy (2002) and The River Road (2005). Loads of gigging followed, playing with a flexible band line up. In 2005 Dawson put together THE DISSENTERS with the intention of forming his dream ‘road band’ able to deliver the type of driving swamp blues and rootsy Americana bar room rock & roll that has always been the backdrop to Dawson’s distinctive songs.

Dawson's break through album was 'Took The Night' (2012) which featured a host of guest musicians on specific tracks including a duet with Sally Barker, Lee Spreadbury on Organ and Piano, Mick Ridgeway on Blues Harp and Caroline O'Donnell on Accordion.

On the song 'Mexicalli' Dawson put together an all star brass section with Gaz Birtles (Beautiful South) Drew Stansall (Specials) and John Harris (Welsh Champion).

Dawson Smith & The Dissenters have built an enviable reputation as a smokin’ live band and always a great night out, with a large mailing list and loyal following and an extensive gig circuit around the UK.

There is such depth to Dawson Smith & The Dissenters that it is not easy to describe how they sound. Comparisons with Los Lobos, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Blackberry Smoke (and more) are usual and welcomed.

Dawson Smith - Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitars

Martin Burch - Lead / Slide Guitars

Graham Summers - Drums / Vocals

Andrew Molloy - Bass Guitar
June 2018
Sat 02 Jun 2018 Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion 7.30pm £10, members £8
“Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude”
- Pete Feenstra - Get Ready To Rock, Feb 2017

“Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work"
– Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, Issue 22 June 2015

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them”
- Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC Radio 2

"Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist”
- Rhetta Akammatsu, Making A Scene USA, 2017
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