Gizmo
Kent prog rock band founder members Dave Radford and Steve Wyse told Pete Barnett more. Gizmo celebrate almost 40 years with their latest album Marlowe's Children and a planned triple album project.

Here is the title track;

 

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Strapped for Cash
Guitarist Rod Bransgrove returns to his former Thanet homeland for a one-off gig with his band Strapped For Cash.
Rod, who lived in Margate and starred in the town operatic society’s acclaimed version of the musical Camelot, was also a student at grammar school in Ramsgate.
These days he is a successful businessman and chairman of Hampshire Cricket, but music remains an abiding passion and with his fellow bandmates he plans to celebrate the music of the 1970s with a live concert at Margate’s Theatre Royal on Friday, July 24.
As well as covering great tracks from the 1970s which are complimented by a video show, Strapped for Cash write and record their own material including last year’s rocker Kick Me When I’m Down, and the soon-to-be single Over and Out.

Rod is joined by keyboard player Sean McMenemy (son of legendary football manager, Lawrie). Sean is an accomplished musician, having played with Nik Kershaw and The John Miles Group. Tim Payne on lead guitar has worked with Dr Feelgood, Jeff Healy & Robert Cray, whilst experienced drummer Chris Pope played with The Storm and Cagey Bee.

Lead singer Malc Eyers and bassist Solly Read have both been members of soul band Rufus Stone for over 25 years.

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Rosco Levee and The Southern Slide
This good time band from Broadstairs have main stage summer festival appearances that will take them all over the UK and Ireland but they have pledged to keep their shows as free entry when they manage to play back in Thanet.
Rosco said: “We’ve got so many festivals and big shows on this year that we wanted to make sure we could squeeze in a couple of local gigs over the next few months too.
“We want to keep our loyal fan base happy and we think that playing some of the venues that supported us when we first started and not ticketing them is a great way of kind of saying thanks for sticking with us. “
The band are having another successful year, recently releasing their third album, Live At The Billabong to great reviews and are busy writing new material for their next studio album to be recorded in the autumn/winter for a Spring 2016 release.
They have also just recorded a new single Oh My My My which will be released for radio play and as a download in the summer.
• Keep up to date with what the band are up to on www.roscolevee.com on Twitter and their facebook page.

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Ian Boulton
I have been playing guitar and singing since I was about 14, back in the early 60’s, and have played in bands and as a solo performer ever since, playing folk, blues, rock, country, jazz and even strict tempo dance music.

Living and working in Thanet since I left university in 1969 I have played in a succession of local semi-pro bands here, notably Sweeney Todd, The Rock Bottom Band, Sekond Kumming and Right Hand Drive.

On the break-up of Right hand Drive I decided to focus my attention on solo performing, and on writing more of my own songs. The discovery of the Songwriters Den at the Tartar Frigate in Broadstairs helped this process enormously, and I am finding lots of inspiration to create new material, as well as making friends with some amazingly talented people.

My songs are varied, about love, politics, football (especially my beloved Canaries), places, feelings, .some autobiographical, but certainly not all. I don’t have a particular style - I let the song dictate how it should be played, so have ended up with country, reggae, jazz, rock, bluesy and folky arrangements.

I have no time for musicians who take themselves too seriously, and I think that shows in both my songs and my performances.

 

SPYPLANE
Formed in 2008 as an acoustic duo and soon began to gain a reputation for well-crafted songs with deeply personal lyrics and intricate guitar work. With a dedicated local following, they brought in drums and bass, creating a richer sound.

Influences include bands such as Radiohead, The Decemberists, Massive Attack and Jon Scofield. Spyplane have matured into a distinct style and blend of genres. They are Joe Inkpen on guitar/vocals, Sherrie Tappenden vocals/percussion, Ash Smith drums and Alec Tappenden bass/vocals.

Forthcoming dates include: Platform 5, Ashford, May 16, gigging with Sequoia and Flame Pilots. Entry is free, the music starts at 8pm.Morgans, Margate High Street, May 30, Entry is free, the music starts at 8.30pm.

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Shrinking Violets
Shrinking Violets are a duo based in East Kent.

Brian Powling and Mandy Garner write, record and produce all their material.

Check them out on Facebook and local gig listings for East Kent.

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