(Belated) Happy New Year to all of you!

The team at Taylor John’s Music & Arts Centre would all like to thank everyone who made the events at The Tin Angel, Taylor John’s House itself and St John the Baptist’s Church so memorable. We hope to see you again – and many others – coming through our doors this year. You can look back at all the documented shows on this site if you so wish, but we’d like to take a moment of your time to get you looking forward to 2011, and at our current programme of events. Godspeed you!


We start our year of musical discovery with a rather marvellous musical treat – take one of psychedlic folk’s founding fathers, team him up with the unofficial antifolk laureate, and you have the Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Folk Show coming to TJH on Tuesday 25th. (That’s next week folks – do not forget!) We’ve had the pleasure of putting Jeffrey’s shows on in the past and seeing him with one of the founding members of the Holy Modal Rounders and The Fugs should be something you’d treasure for the rest of your life. Friday 28th sees the seasonly suitable cold(wave) band Terror Bird bringing their dark synth pop to The Tin Angel, with support from local noiseniks Bad Horse and Resurrection Men.


On Saturday 5th, Taylor John’s House welcomes ex-Fairport Convention fiddler Dave Swarbrick, a man who has genuinely earnt the right to be used in the same breath as the word “legend”. For nearly 50 years, Swarbs (as he is affectionately known) has been taking British folk music forward in leaps and bounds, and is in the middle of a creative purple patch, which isn’t bad for a guy who was (erroneously) pronounced dead in 1997. Wednesday 16th see new Tin Angel Records signing Charlie Parr bring the blues to TJH – hopefully the hellhound on his trail is kept on a leash…of course, Charlie is an amazing live performer come hell or high water, so this show should be a no-brainer – grab those tickets! TJH reopens on Sunday 20th for a performance by Duke Garwood, a man described by Q Magazine as making “Will Oldham sound like Engelbert Humpledink”. (Yes, Q is not exactly something we should look at as a high mark of musical discourse, but you have to admit that that’s a hell of a quote.) Fuzzed-out blues aplenty there. Wednesday 23rd will see The Tin Angel host jazz improv quartet HAQ, who will add some good ol’ skronk to your midweek. Friday 25th sees the return of the much loved Friday Night Dole Club, and what a bill you Dole Clubbers have – DON’T MOVE! headline with white hot support from Charles Dexter Ward and the Imagineers, Shackletons and The Hot Knives. The weekend starts right there!


Just the one date signed in at the moment, but a good one nonetheless – the soprano of Joel Thibodeau, aka Death Vessel, has left its impression on many a listener, as have support tours with Iron & Wine, Jónsi and Low. Thibodeau’s UK tour reaches Taylor John’s House on Thursday 3rd.


Friday 8th sees Canadian indie rock up-and-comers In Flight Safety crash land into The Tin Angel for a FREE show, so if you’re remotely taken by Canadians and/or indie rock, get smart and get there as early as possible! Saturday 23rd sees TJH plays host to The Little Annie Band, fronted by Little Annie, aka Annie Anxiety. Annie performing with Baby Dee at the Tin Angel Records Christmas party was a massive hit – come to this show to see why. Support comes from another new Tin Angel Records signing in the shape of ( r ) (the alias of the much easier to Google Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo).


As with March, only one in the book so far, but again it’s a good one, and it’s more superlative Canadian indie! This time it’s Zeus, who headlined at The Tin Angel back in November to an incredibly receptive crowd. They return to Coventry at Taylor John’s with what promises to be another standout performance. Tickets on sale soon!

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