TONY BOWERS

Tony Bowers
Very sad to hear of the passing of Tony Bowers, I believe his funeral is on Thursday. My best wishes to his family at this difficult time.
Tony played with many bands but is probably best known in Faversham as the harmonica and vocalist with Kingsize Jones and as one of the founders of the Blues Jam at the Market Inn.
Tony was in regular contact with PiF and his emails could be described as prolific! He had a great sense of humour and we shared many a joke! I still have all those emails and many posters of gigs some of which I made. The image below contains some of those photos and posters and I think he would be happy with me sharing them.

For me, Tony will always be playing in Faversham.

9!

PiF's 9th Birthday!

And so . . . PiF enters its 10th year of operation! 

Below is just a boring bit of twaddle about PiF and I suggest you don’t bother reading it. . . .

Playing in Faversham is an entirely free service. Free to readers, musicians etc. and venues.

PiF started as a website (actually an adapted Blogger platform) in January 2011 and within 2 weeks of starting also had a Facebook page. However, the website is still the main part of the set-up and lists events up to several months ahead whilst the Facebook page only lists events a couple of days ahead. Facebook has its limitations in this area.

PiF attempts to list all music events (and poetry, drama etc.) in and around Faversham. It does not rely on information being provided by venues etc. although that info from venues is very, very helpful.

Thanks to all the musicians, venues and people turning up at events for helping to make Faversham a great place to live and enjoy music!



To contact PiF email:
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Friday 31st January 2020 - DJ MOKITAL - at The Hot Tin

every friday night 6-10pm
Up to the minute releases from around the world and around the corner - from Afrobeat to Zouk from Ambient to Zamrock

FREE ENTRY
Fully licensed bar until 11pm
HAPPY HOUR COCKTAILS - - - - 6-8PM

Friday 31st January 2020 - OPEN MIC NIGHT - at The Chequers Inn, Doddington


Friday 31st January 2020 - TBC - at The Market Inn

Friday 31st January 2020 - DOWNTON ABBEY - at The Alexander Centre

MARKET DAY MATINEE
Downton Abbey
2.00pm     £4.50
A treat for fans of the TV series - Downton Abbey - the movie.

The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England soon unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue -- leaving the future of Downton hanging in the balance.
Tickets available in advance or on the door from The Alexander Centre - 01795 591691 / bookings@thealexandercentre.com

Friday 31st January 2020 - THOSE DISTANT VOICES - at The Sun Inn

8.45

Those Distant Voices are a 4 piece Indie/Rock cover band. Playing songs from 60's to current.

https://www.facebook.com/thosedistant.voices/

Saturday 1st February 2020 - SATURDAY MORNING CLASSICAL - at The Assembly Rooms

Every Saturday Morning
10:45 to 11:30am
Free Concert of Classical Music
The Assembly Rooms

Saturday 1st February 2020 - LIOTIA - at The Hot Tin

6.30pm
£7 in advance  ticketweb     £10 on the door
Liotia plus support from Ramrock Hi-Fi DJs feat. Ashley Beedle
The brilliant electroacoustic duo of singer/songwriter Abigail Hubbard and producer/engineer Matt Smyth, collectively known as Liotia (pronounced Ly – Oh – Sha). Between them, they create a truly enchanting ensemble of original sounds, samples, licks and melodies which fuse electronica, trip hop and jazz influences. Liotia combine Abigail’s haunting vocals and with Matt’s digital soundscapes and drum machine to deliver their original version on the stunning “Blackout” EP. There are also remixes from Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris - the “Africanz On Marz” Vocal Remix and Melodica Dub (melodica courtesy of Dr Rey). Darren was the studio keyboard player for Massive Attack and the elegance of production shines through.

Happy hour 6.30-7.30pm...
Cocktails 2 for £10
Beers 2 for £7 

Lots more info:

Saturday 1st February 2020 - DUNE ACOUSTIC DUO - at The Limes

8.30

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - JUNKYARD DAWGS - at The Anchor

6.30 to 9.00
“A seriously funky 5 piece featuring some of the best musicians around. The Junkyard Dawgs play a mix of southern soul and funk doing numbers by Prince, D’Angelo, Lewis Taylor and Dumpstaphunk and many more. With Pete Bennie on Bass, Graham Mann on Keyboard and Trombone, Joe Gibson on Guitar and vocals, Daniel Pearce on Drums and Vocal and David Migden on Vocals and Trumpet."

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - THE OILSKINZ - at The Market Inn

2.30 to 5.00

This band's line-up comprises of some of the greatest names from some of the most legendary bands in Kent:

Jarrod Coombes of Hullabaloo
Miles Cookman & Ian Harris of Kellys Heros
Kit Curtis from the B3's
Lee Wilson of Rubber Biscuit

"After a long wait, the band that no one knew they wanted but now won’t be able to live without has arrived. The Oilskinz are formed from the choice cuts of some of the most successful bands in the South East and have come together to make a Rock & Roll noise for your listening pleasure.
From Buddy to Bo, Cochran to the Comets, Jerry Lee to Richie V.
The complete 50s Rock and Roll jukebox with enough humour, bad fashion and musical hi jinx to satisfy the most discerning hip-shaker.
If you Dig it Baby. If you aint nothin’ but a Houndog. If you want to B. Goode. If you want to get a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On then this is the band for you.

See you on the dance floor."

“It aint nothin’ but Greasy kids Stuff”

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - OPEN ACOUSTIC MIC - at The Market Inn


8pm - acoustic - all musicians welcome

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - ENSEMBLE JEUX - at The Assembly Rooms

Faversham Music Club
Sunday Series
3pm
ENSEMBLE JEUX
OBOE, BASSOON & PIANO

Full Price Ticket: £8
Friend of Faversham Music Club: £5
Under 16s: FREE

Full details:

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - OUR BEAUTIFUL TOWN - MATINEE PERFORMANCE - at The Gospel Mission Hall

If you missed out on getting tickets for the sell out performances of "Our Beautiful Town" there is another chance to see the show at the Gospel Mission Hall for a matinee performance 2.30pm on Sunday 2nd Feb tickets cost £5 and are available from the Heritage Centre Preston Street.

Tuesday 4th February 2020 - THE FOLK SESSION - at The Market Inn

9pm


Every Tuesday

Tuesday 4th February 2020 - COMEDY LOCK-IN - at The Limes

7.30 to 10.30pm


Free, relaxed comedy night, everyone welcome. Bucket collection at end of night.

Wednesday 5th February 2020 - SINGERS NIGHT - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

Faversham Folk Club, The Limes
Singers Night


7.30                  Ticket Price £2

Bring your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing the choruses.

Wednesday 5th February 2020 - JAZZ NIGHT - at The Chequers Inn, Doddington

from 8pm

Jazz Night - The First Wednesday of Every Month

Thursday 6th February 2020 - MUSIC QUIZ - at The Anchor

8pm
The Anchor, Abbey Street, home of Faversham’s longest running music quiz night. You can leave your anorak at home as the emphasis is on fun. Yes, there are some tough questions but you’ll surprise yourself with what you know. All eras and styles of music are covered. From ABC to ZZ Top, from Harry Styles to The Style Council. Only £1 per person. Teams of any size welcome. Generous first prize and slightly less generous prizes for the runners up. Even the team that finishes last will be a winner. First Thursday of every month. Get there early.

Friday 7th February 2020 - DJ MOKITAL - at The Hot Tin

every friday night 6-10pm
Up to the minute releases from around the world and around the corner - from Afrobeat to Zouk from Ambient to Zamrock

FREE ENTRY
Fully licensed bar until 11pm
HAPPY HOUR COCKTAILS - - - - 6-8PM

Friday 7th February 2020 - THE SHARPEEZ - at The Market Inn

8.30

William Mead
: Vocals & guitar
Loz Netto: Guitar & vocals
Bob Langride - Drums
Billiboy Miskimmin: Harmonica
Derek White - Bass

"The Sharpeez are old enough to know better but still they’re misbehaving with their blend of classic rock, west coast jangle and rootsy blues influenced attitude.

They have been developing and maturing, and like a carefully aged single malt whisky they are finally ready to be appreciated. With the arrival of their new album ‘Wild One’( which is set to become a classic) the Sharpeez have evolved into a major force and they are second to none. The Sharpeez have been gaining recognition in the U.K and Europe, the new album will be taking them even further.

If you’ve got to the age where you want to put your feet up and relax to something soothing you’ve come to the wrong place because the Sharpeez aint taking no prisoners. They will drive 12 hours and play a gig that will peel paint off the walls and make you feel you’re missing out on something in life. Inspirational is the word.

Welcome to the world of the Sharpeez."

Friday 7th February 2020 - GLORIA BELL - at The Alexander Centre

MARKET DAY MATINEE
Gloria Bell
2.00pm       £4.50
Julianne Moore stars as Gloria, a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days in a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family. A feel-good tale of later love which shows love can strike at any time, relationships are never simple, and nothing can get you down as long as you keep dancing.

Tickets available in advance or on the door - 01795 591691 / bookings@thealexandercentre.com

Friday 7th February 2020 - OZZIE & THE UGLIES - at The Sun Inn

8.45

Funk, Pop, Country, Soul, RnB, Blues and Classic Rock

Friday 7th February 2020 - WE GHOSTS - at The Red Lion, Badlesmere

8.30
We Ghosts blend elements of pop, blues, jazz, soul, reggae and rock in refreshing and original way. Fronted by the song writing team of Swedish singer/guitarist J.J.Woodall and
English singer/multi-instrumentalist
John Christopher, they divide their time between Scandinavia, the U.K, France and Holland and have also played as far afield as the U.S.A. and Australia. Over the last decade We Ghosts have performed hundreds of gigs a year and make for a splendid live show worthy of any stage. Their atmospheric, eerie and inventive recordings have been used in soundtracks as well having received frequent international airplay and critical acclaim.




Friday 7th February 2020 - FAVERSHAM SOUL CLUB - at The Elephant


Saturday 8th February 2020 - SATURDAY MORNING CLASSICAL - at The Assembly Rooms

Every Saturday Morning
10:45 to 11:30am
Free Concert of Classical Music
The Assembly Rooms

Saturday 8th February 2020 - THE 8T's BAND - at The Market Inn

Eighties Music Night
and . . . . . 
Fancy Dress !!!!

Saturday 8th February 2020 - MARK LEES - at The Elephant

8.30
Renowned singer, song writer Mark Lees - 
acoustic covers with a few of his own self penned originals

Sunday 9th February 2020 - THE GRIMMS at The Anchor

6.30 to 9.00
The Grimms with Rufus Ruffell

Sunday 9th February 2020 - THE SKASTARDS - at The Market Inn

2:30 to 5:00
The Skastards make their long awaited return to The Market Inn.
Come on down and dance  to the best of Ska, Rock Steady and Two Tone .

Wednesday 12th February 2020 - THE BLUES JAM - at The Market Inn

The Market Inn Blues Jam started in 2014 and is now a well-established event on the Faversham music scene – courtesy of mine hosts, Sue and Dave. It’s held on the second Wednesday in each month, between 8.30 p.m. and 1100 p.m. A full backline is provided.

Wednesday 12th February 2020 - DICK MILES - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

FAVERSHAM FOLK CLUB
Dick Miles
7.30      Ticket Price £7 / £8


Friday 14th February 2020 - DJ MOKITAL - at The Hot Tin

every friday night 6-10pm
Up to the minute releases from around the world and around the corner - from Afrobeat to Zouk from Ambient to Zamrock

FREE ENTRY
Fully licensed bar until 11pm
HAPPY HOUR COCKTAILS - - - - 6-8PM

Friday 14th February 2020 - THE ERICS - at The Market Inn

8.30

The Erics crawled from the mud of the Thames estuary onto the southern shore and hammered a strat into the lush green fields of the Garden of England. Super nature played it's part crushing boyish dreams and tempering the flesh and bone into one well oiled machine. The result is slik, tight, exciting pure rock n roll.

(The above picture had been produced and added by PiF (bouyish dreams). Apologies to the Erics  for any offence)

Friday 14th February 2020 - DOM JOLY - at The Alexander Centre

Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps: Travel and Comedy In The Danger Zone
8.00pm      £18
As part of a full UK tour by Trigger Happy TV star Dom Joly in Spring 2020, Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps: Travel and Comedy In The Danger Zone will be coming to The Alexander Centre on 14th February. Travel and Comedy in The Danger Zone is a rip-roaring travelogue featuring stories from his childhood home in the Lebanon – where he went to school with Osama Bin Laden – to North Korea, Chernobyl and Cambodia.

This tour marks a period of intense activity for Joly, who will be the subject of a three-part prime time BBC TV show in Easter ’20, at the conclusion of the tour.

Dom has remained enormously popular since his pioneering Channel 4 show, Trigger Happy TV, which was sold to 70 countries, while his three travel books have brought him to a wider, literate audience.

Dom’s tour also coincides with the impending paperback publication of his new book,The Hezbollah Hiking Club, in which a boozy, cricket-filled afternoon at Lord’s led Joly and two pals to hike across the Lebanon, from the Israeli border to the Syrian border.

This show is a Dave Gorman-esque assemblage of clips, holiday snaps, funny stories and more – part comedy, part travelogue. There will be a meet'n'greet in addition to a sale of signed books.
Tickets available at the Alexander Centre - 01795 591691 / bookings@thealexandercentre.com or book online:- 

Friday 14th February 2020 - ROCKET SKATES - at The Sun Inn

8.45
Playing an eclectic mix of rock covers !
Expect : Pearl Jam, U2, Foo Fighters Muse, Radiohead, Nirvana, Royal Blood Weezer, The Cure, The Strokes, Ash Elbow, Blur, Living Colour, Supergrass Queens Of The Stone Age and more.

Stuart Mullins - Guitar / Vocals
James Mullins - Guitar / Vocals
Sy Morton - Bass / Vocals
Tony Chapman - Drums

https://www.facebook.com/rocketskatesband/

Saturday 15th February 2020 - SATURDAY MORNING CLASSICAL - at The Assembly Rooms

Every Saturday Morning
10:45 to 11:30am
Free Concert of Classical Music
The Assembly Rooms

Saturday 15th February 2020 - WASPJUICE album launch - at The Hot Tin

Featuring an exciting new line up, Waspjuice has hit the rehearsal studio with a vengeance to support the release of debut album Private View on 12" vinyl. Original members Chris Blunkell and Brian Barnett are joined by the drum and bass powerhouse of Chris Hunter and Mark O'Boyle, who bring a distinctive new slant to the group's country-inflected guitar pop.

Join us at the fabulous Hot Tin arts venue in Faversham for an evening of songs old and new, hosted by Whitstable's At Swim Music. Dress to impress (the event will be filmed), and treat yourself to an especially commissioned Waspjuice cocktail. Ticket numbers are limited, so book now at https://www.at-swim.com/events.


Saturday 15th February 2020 - THE DEVIL'S PREFECTS - at The White Lion, Selling

8.30
Johnny "Country" Crow - Vocals
Willie "The Fury" Ford - Guitar, Vocals & Texas Big Beat Boom Box Machine

Country music with its tongue firmly jammed in its cheek. Johnny "Country" Crow and Willie "The Fury" Ford are a country duo; two men and a guitar, bringing you songs about beer, automobiles, trailers, zombies, television and more beer.


Sunday 16th February 2020 - THE FABULOUS RED DIESEL - at The Anchor

6.30 to 9.00

Sunday 16th February 2020 - BLUE PLANET 3 - at The Alexander Centre

2.00pm

Adults £8.50 / Under16s £6.50 / Family (4) £25
Two idiots at the BBC are making another Blue Planet, but how do you know what a fish is if you’ve never left your office?
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Put on your polar ice caps and climb aboard an adventure to save the oceans! Featuring swashbuckling swordfish, hammerhead and spannerhead sharks, wailing whales and nasty things that lurk at the bottom of the sea, in this family comedy nature documentary by the “hugely talented” (Chortle) Luke Rollason and the “hilarious” (The List) Christian Brighty.

Like a Pixar movie, this show is great for the whole family!

Sunday 16th February 2020 - CORKY'S CATS - at The Market Inn

2.30 to 5.00

Al Cork, Ray Qureshi and a variety of superb additional musicians depending on the gig and who is free to play, including Matt Raymond and George Stevens. Watch out for more guest players soon!

Bluesy, Rootsy, Rocky versions of songs you know and some you don't. Played with heart and soul.

Wednesday 19th February 2020 - SINGERS NIGHT - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

Faversham Folk Club, The Limes
Singers Night


7.30                  Ticket Price £2

Bring your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing the choruses.

Wednesday 19th February - FAVERSHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL 2020


Tickets are now available and the full programme can be viewed and downloaded here.

Wednesday 19 February
7–9pm Ned Palmer, Old Brewery Store

Thursday 20th February 2020 - TIMOTHÉE BOTBOL & DINARA KLINTON - at The Assembly Rooms

Faversham Music Club
Thursday Series
3pm
TIMOTHÉE BOTBOL & DINARA KLINTON
CELLO & PIANO

Full Price Ticket: £16
Under 25s / Students: £8
Under 16s & Friends of
Faversham Music Club: FREE

Full details:

Thursday 20th February - FAVERSHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL 2020


Tickets are now available and the full programme can be viewed and downloaded here.

Thursday 20 February


5–6pm Jack Straw, Alexander Centre

7–8pm Will Self, Alexander Centre

Friday 21st February 2020 - DJ MOKITAL - at The Hot Tin

every friday night 6-10pm
Up to the minute releases from around the world and around the corner - from Afrobeat to Zouk from Ambient to Zamrock

FREE ENTRY
Fully licensed bar until 11pm
HAPPY HOUR COCKTAILS - - - - 6-8PM