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The Vic is one of the most popular venues in the area for all kinds of functions from christenings, anniversaries or birthday parties to live music gigs or performances of all kinds.

Our function rooms and bars can cater for all your needs be they
afternon tea for a small group or a 60's and 70's fancy dress disco.

From jazz to rock via folk music and even folk dancing the Vic is a regular venue for live events.

The traditional Boxing Night Bop at the Vic is a long standing event and is by now a much loved fixture in the calendar.

THE FOGHORN STRINGBAND

Wednesday May 24th

THE FOGHORN STRINGBAND

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With eight albums, thousands of shows and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

Today Foghorn Stringband features the intertwining harmonies of founding members, Stephen "Sammy" Lind, and Caleb Klauder along with powerhouse vocalists, Reeb Willms and Nadine Landry, all of whom bring a wealth of songs, instruments and traditions making them festival favourites from coast to coast and around the globe. On Stage they gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon.

"Foghorn Stringband proves once again that they are still the Chosen Ones when it comes to down-home, footstomping, ass-kickin' old time music" - FiddleFreak

"All they have to do is play, and the power surges straight through your own chest. They let their own musicality and the tunes speak for themselves" - Old Time Herald

Doors 8pm. Tickets £12 available from Mudshark Records Bangor, Palas Print Caernarfon.

www.foghornstringband.com


CHASTITY BROWN

Thursday June 8th

CHASTITY BROWN

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Chastity Brown is an American singer-songwriter and musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota but with roots in the Deep South who has the ability to distill Southern blues and plaintive North Country prairie influences into expansive, alluring folk songs with critics dubbing her "a banjo-playing soul-singer" and "a rocking, rolling encyclopedia of roots music". Her first visit to the Vic back in 2014 was a gig that many of you still consider to be one of the best ever at the venue and Chastity specifically chose the Vic to kick off her latest European tour.

Chastity, whose mother grew up in a large Irish family in Boston and whose father was an African-American jazz/blues musician, was born in the north-easterly state of New Hampshire, and moved down to Union City in Tennessee when she was seven years old. Growing up near Memphis, she became transfixed by roots music from an early age. When she first began writing music, she struggled with this influence as she was not exposed to many soul musicians writing “folk” music. Growing up in a Gospel church was where Chastity found her voice and passion, but after being kicked out of seminary college for having a same-sex relationship — she was studying to be a worship leader — she found her voice as a songwriter. That voice simultaneously warms, comforts and challenges you. She is the inheritor of Leadbelly, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Roberta Flack.

Throw all the genres you want to describe her together – gospel, roots & soul, jazz, blues & country – they are all right, and also not enough. Chastity Brown channels songs that are borne deep in the American psyche, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Chastity’s latest album “Silhouette of Sirens” is released on May 19th and is already receiving tremendous reviews in the press.

"I would have called Back Road Highways the finest debut album of recent times but it’s album number four! Her songs hang in your head long after they have finished. Chastity mixes Southern soul, Nashville roots and ‘crazy hair’ to exhilarating effect" - Sunday Times

"Raw gospel-bred folk blues from this excellent Minnesota songwriter" - Daily Mirror

"It’s no surprise that she’s gaining a passionate fan base, and the live experience is definitely where she’s at. Honest, raw and powerful – she’s a wonderful storyteller and beautiful human" - Thandie Newton

"I honestly think she is one of the best performers I have ever seen here at The Green Note (and within the top 5-10 of any performers I've seen anywhere!!!), and having music here pretty much 7 nights/week, I've seen a lot of performers... she was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!! Amazing songs, musicianship, charisma, stage presence... I could go on and on" - Risa – The Green Note, London

Doors 8pm. Tickets £12 available from Palas Print Caernarfon and Mudshark Records Bangor.

www.chastitybrownmusic.com


THE SAVOY FAMILY CAJUN BAND

Tuesday July 25th

THE SAVOY FAMILY CAJUN BAND

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

From Eunice, Louisiana, the Vic is very proud to welcome the first family of Cajun music, the Savoy Family Cajun Band featuring the full stellar line-up of Marc Savoy (accordion), wife Ann (guitar and vocals), and sons Joel (fiddle/guitar) and Wilson (piano/fiddle/vocals), each one of them a superstar of the Cajun genre. The band have played at Presidential inaugurations, the Newport Folk Festival, the JFK Centre, Womad, the QEH in London and at festivals all over North America and the world.

Despite their worldwide acclaim and often being referred to as ‘Cajun Royalty’, you can imagine 70 year-old Marc Savoy, the patriarch of the clan, being none too pleased about that. Fashionable attention or pretentious branding just aren’t his bowl of gumbo. In fact, just about anything grand and fancy gets his goat. His heaven is just getting together with a bunch of friends at one of the legendary Saturday morning jam sessions down at the Savoy Music Center, off highway 190, just outside Eunice, Louisiana. “You play a few tunes, you go socialize, you drink some coffee. It’s fun!” he says. “It’s the fellowship involved in it. He is however rightly regarded as one of the kings of Cajun accordion, a world reknowned accordion builder, a recipient of the highest honor in the country for traditional artists, the honorable National Heritage Fellowship Award and that 's him playing accordion in the climax of Walter Hill's film 'Southern Comfort' !

Ann Savoy has appeared alongside her sons in Hollywood blockbusters ‘The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood’ and ‘All The Kings Men’ and is also a member of the Grammy nominated Magnolia Sisters. She recorded the Grammy nominated album ‘Adieu False Heart’ with Linda Ronstadt and another called ‘Evangeline Made’, also a Grammy nominee, with Ronstadt, Nick Lowe, John Fogerty and a huge cast of local musicians. As well as making and appearing in documentaries and radio programmes about Cajun music, she’s also written the authoritative ‘Cajun Music, A Reflection of A People’. Grammy award winner Joel Savoy is considered to be the finest fiddler in the genre. The legendary T-Bone Burnett, producer of the soundtrack to Cohen Brothers film ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou’, once said “everything Joel Savoy touches turns to music.” Joel runs his own label, Valcour Records, as well helping his dad to build those legendary accordions. His brother Wilson (also a Grammy winner !) is a hugely accomplished pianist, fiddler and accordionist who also plays in the popular Pine Leaf Boys.

Put these four masters of their music and cultural ambassadors together onstage and you get performances which are expert, unpretentious, sensual, warm and inclusive, all at once. Perhaps that ‘fellowship’ which Marc talks about is what being Cajun is really all about. Laissez les bon temps rouler…let the good times roll!

"..Marc Savoy is..the finest Cajun accordion player of the era. He has impeccable taste, is creative without ever being affected, and plays as hot as anyone yet his playing always sounds very relaxed, as if he’s having the time of his life..." - Old Time Herald

"Ann Savoy is a keeper of the flame-the kind of girl Duke Ellington had in mind when he wrote “Sophisticated Lady”. She doesn’t imitate the past, she animates it-she makes dead men walk along a crooked line from the paddocks of Virginia to the swamps of Louisiana. She’s a blues singer. In French." - T Bone Burnett

"Joel Savoy is one of my favorite musicians on just about any instrument, but on guitar and Cajun Fiddle he is truly outstanding." - Old Time Herald

"Wilson Savoy is a powerhouse on the keyboard, whether it's piano or accordion." - T Bone Burnett

Doors 8pm. Tickets £14 available from Palas Print Caernarfon and Mudshark Records Bangor.

www.savoyfamilycajunband.com


SWEET WATER WARBLERS

Wednesday August 23rdw

SWEET WATER WARBLERS

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Michigan songbirds, Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou Rilko and May Erlewine simply take your breath away. Since coming together, the three singing sirens and multi-instrumentalists whose repertoire swings from gospel and bluegrass to soul and even joyful interpretations of pop, have become one of the hottest properties on the circuit. With three-part vocal harmonies that are sublime, they trade instruments including mountain fiddle and banjo, uke, guitar and double bass. When they released their latest recording in the UK, it attracted much praise, AmericanaUK awarding the disc a 9/10 rating.

"Outstanding! This is top drawer roots music" - Rick Bayles

Doors 8pm. Tickets £12 available from Palas Print Caernarfon and Mudshark Records Bangor.

www.sweetwaterwarblers.com



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