Indie Britannia Undergrowth

Performance

Saturday 16th September. New Cross Inn, London

Onomatopoeia Records 10th Birthday celebrations, an all day event with performances from Onomatopoeia bands past and present.

‘Mr William D Drake and his full band of so called friends’ headline the event.

New Cross Inn is a modest size venue, for such an event, therefore purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

The line-up: William D Drake : Barringtone : Stephen EvEns : A.J.Holmes : Magic Brother : cassettes : Sculpture (Dan Hayhurst solo) : DJ sets from The Gasman and Horton Jupiter

Saturday 16th September 2017 – doors open 3pm

Tickets £5  buy See Tickets here

New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road, London SE14 6AS

 

 

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‘Peoples Day’ festival reminder!

Less than 2 weeks until ‘Peoples Day’ FREE festival in Lewisham, South East London. Look how happy Mr Drake is to be one of the the headliners!


London – St Anne and St Agnes. 26th November

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*Re-scheduled show – Please note this is an afternoon event 14.30-18.00*

William D Drake will perform a selection of his tunes at the pianoforte in St Anne and St Agnes Church – a Sir Christopher Wren (1680) church in the City of London; he will be accompanied by Miss Baigent on clarinet and Mr James Larcombe with his hurdy-gurdy.  Mr Drake is supporting the estimable North Sea Radio Orchestra presenting music from their new album ‘Dronne’.

Gresham Centre – St Anne and St Agnes Church, Gresham Street. London Ec2V 7BX

Tickets £10 + £1 booking fee buy here We Got Tickets

Doors: 2.30pm-6pm

Sunday 26th November 2017

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People’s Day, Mountsfield Park, London. July 8th

Hurrah, the first full band William D Drake concert of this year! They are one of the headliners at ‘Peoples Day’ festival in Mountsfield Park, SE London, on Saturday 8th July. It’s an annual FREE festival attracting 25,000 people, with music on six stages, international food, refreshment tents, children’s activities, craft, sports, fun fair…

Mr Drake and his band are greatly looking forward to playing lots of very jolly songs on The Big Top stage, in the late afternoon ….. following a day of merry larks and a scrumptious picnic!

 

17.30 – 18.15 The Big Top Stage

Saturday 8th July 2017. 12.00-20.00

Admission – FREE

Mountsfield Park. Brownhill Road. London SE6 1AN

Nearest rail stations Catford Bridge, Catford, Hither Green and lots of bus routes. (Parking near the festival is very difficult on the day)

 

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Sacred Trinity Church, Salford, 15th July

A guest performance by William D Drake, supporting the glorious North Sea Radio Orchestra in the churchy acoustics of Sacred Trinity Church, Salford.

Mr Drake will be playing a selection of bewitching, curious and elegant melodies from his five albums and Sea Nymphs. He will be accompanied by Miss Baigent on clarinet and Mr James Larcombe with his hurdy-gurdy.

North Sea Orchestra  present music from their new album ‘Dronne’.

*Note this is an early evening concert*

Saturday 15th July 2017

Doors: 4.30pm

Music Finishes: 8pm

Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street Salford. M3 5DW

Tickets: £10 + £1 booking fee We Got Tickets

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ABC, Salisbury Arts Centre 26th August

Tickets £25 (£20 concessions) from Salisbury Arts Centre.co.uk

Telephone bookings 01722 321744.

£1 booking fee (per transaction)

Doors open 5.30pm, performance starts 6pm

“A musical extravaganza to celebrate the legendary cult musician, composer and producer Tim Smith. Formed in the late ’70s, his band Cardiacs were a thrilling combination of punk rock and psychedelic pop. The Alphabet Business Convention is a gathering of affectionate friends, fans and ex-members of Cardiacs performing music to bend and reshape your brain – in a good way!

By extra special request, the evening is headlined by extraordinarily diverse American musician Rob Crow. His band features members of Gong, Knifeworld, Scritti Politti and North Sea Radio Orchestra. This is a rare UK performance.

William D Drake (ex-Cardiacs) performs an eclectic set on his harmonium, drawing songs from Sea Nymphs as well as his own solo work.

Shrubbies , featuring Dominic Luckman (ex-Cardiacs) on drums, re-form especially for the event.

The evening is drawn to a close by legendary snooker player and DJ Steve Davis playing a set of interesting alternative music.

But it doesn’t end there! All proceeds go to Tim Smith who suffered a heart attack and two strokes in 2008.”

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CANCELLED! – St Anne and St Agnes London. 28th April

stagnesandstannes***DUE TO AN NSRO MEDICAL EMERGENCY THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

VISIT WE GOT TICKETS FOR TICKET REIMBURSEMENTS.

William D Drake will perform a selection of his tunes at the pianoforte in St Anne and St Agnes Church – a Sir Christopher Wren (1680) church in the City of London.  Mr Drake is supporting the estimable North Sea Radio Orchestra presenting music from their new album ‘Dronne’.

Gresham Centre – St Anne and St Agnes Church, Gresham Street. London Ec2V 7BX

Tickets £10 + £1 booking fee We Got Tickets

Doors: 7.30pm

Friday 28th April 2017

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Prince of Greenwich, London 17 March FREE…

This Friday 17th March, at The Prince of Greenwich in Greenwich, Mr William D Drake entertains with a rousing selection of tunes from the William D Drake/Sea Nymphs repertoire accompanied by Miss Nicola Baigent on clarinet and  Mr James Larcombe with his hurdy-gurdy – you are invited to gather around the piano for a jolly sing-a-long to a few of the old favourites….

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The Prince of Greenwich is a Victorian ‘museum pub’ crammed with curios and momentos of world travel and music, collected by the Italian owners –  Authentic rustic Italian food, including pizzas.

Admission: FREE

On stage: 8pm

The Prince of Greenwich, 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London. SE10 8RT

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Gig reminders…

A busy week for Mr William D Drake – tomorrow (9th March) he’s performing at the celebrations for the release of Mr Stephen EvEns first album ‘Bonjour Poulet’ at The Windmill, Brixton.  … Then jumping into the car for shows in Preston on Saturday 11th and Gateshead on Sunday 12th (also featuring Stephen EvEns).

These are intimate solo shows, Mr Drake will be singing a rousing selection of tunes from the William D Drake/Sea Nymphs repertoire – you are invited to gather around the piano for a jolly sing-a-long to a few of the old favourites.

Thursday 9th March – The Windmill, Brixton, London. Tickets £3 on the door only

Saturday 11th March – The Ferret, Preston.FREE

Sunday 12th March – The Prohibition Bar, Gateshead. Tickets £5 advance tickets available

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The Windmill Brixton London 9th March

Mr Drake will be performing a short solo set during the Onomatopoeia Records night at The Windmill Brixton, to celebrate the release of  ‘Bonjour Poulet’ the debut album from Stephen EvEns (aka Mr Stephen Gilchrist – William D Drake band drummer).

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Stephen EvEns (with a FULL band)
Barringtone
William D. Drake
Rofl & Sam – voice & piano.

Tickets: £3 on the door – FREE entry to those sporting a shirt and tie

Thursday 9th March 2017

The Windmill, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, London, SW2 5BZ


St Johns School Leatherhead 22 March

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Arch Garrison
Stephen EvEns

Mr William D Drake will be performing an array of marvellous melodies at this beautiful old chapel, accompanied by Miss Nicola Baigent on clarinet.

The Old Chapel, St. Johns School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8SP
Doors 7:30pm
Tickets £10 on the door

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Arch Garrison – Leader of the North Sea Radio Orchestra, Craig Fortnam writes songs about the Mighty Thames, Roman Roads, ditches & mounds, vapour trails & mental un-health with Arch Garrison. Fans of North Sea Radio Orchestra have come to expect beautiful melodies, quality arrangements & chord progressions that make your insides go funny. These elements are all in abundance in Arch Garrison but this is a much sparser sound, with Craig’s instantly recognisable classical guitar playing combined with his trusty Philicorda organ.

Stephen EvEns (aka Stephen Gilchrist) has toured the world as an auxiliary cog in the machinery of major “indie-stardom” with the likes of Graham Coxon, The Damned & Charlotte Hatherley. Armed with a battered guitar & a casiotone, he has decided to take a walk through his own songbook for a change. His debut album “Bonjour Poulet” has been coaxed out by the sympathetic ears of Onomatopoeia records. It is a 43 minute song book mixing the spirit of Yo La Tengo & Ivor Cutler with broken friendships & human error.

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Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th February 2017. Sutton House, London.

suttonharpsichord3webTwo truly special William D Drake events at Sutton House, this coming Saturday and Sunday. Performing new arrangements of music from his albums, including Sea Nymphs and tracks not performed live before, Mr Drake will be playing a beautiful 16th century style harpsichord, accompanied by Miss Nicola Baigent on clarinet and crumhorn, and Mr James Larcombe with his hurdy-gurdy. On both nights Mr Larcombe will open proceedings with a solo set on melodeon.

The concerts will take place in a wood panelled chamber in the Tudor part of the house; it is a very intimate space with only a small number of seats available for each night.

By way of a taster, see Mr Drake play ‘The Black Blooded Clam’ on the harpsichord at Sutton House (recorded last week) www.facebook.com/careinthecommunityrecordings

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Saturday 4th Sunday 5th February 2017

Tickets: £20 + £2 booking fee = £22 Saturday 4th February 7pm , Sunday 5th February 7pm

Doors 7pm – 11.00pm –  Bar available during the Interval.

Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High St, London E9 6JQ

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Sunday 12th March, Prohibition Cabaret Bar, Gateshead

Mr Drake is immensely pleased to be performing in Gateshead for the first time. An intimate solo show at the Prohibition Cabaret Bar, he’ll be singing a selection of tunes from the William D Drake/Sea Nymphs repertoire, you are invited to gather around the piano for a jolly sing-a-long to a few of the old favourites.

prohibitionbarwddwebEarlier in the evening Mr Gilchrist (William D Drake band drummer) aka Stephen EvEns will perform tunes from his new album Bonjour Poulet. www.facebook.com /stephenevensmusic

Sunday 12th March 2017 : 19.30-22.00

Tickets: £5 (over 18’s only) See Tickets

Prohibition Cabaret Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead, NE3 2 BA

 

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Preston, The Ferret – Saturday 11 March 2017

Mr Drake is exceedingly pleased to be returning to Preston, for a cosy solo show at The Ferret. Singing a rousing selection of tunes from the William D Drake/Sea Nymphs repertoire, you are invited to gather around the piano for a sing-a-long to a few of the old favourites.

ferretsignwddweb Earlier in the evening Mr Gilchrist (William D Drake band drummer) aka Stephen EvEns will perform music and songs from his new album Bonjour Poulet (release February 17th 2017).

Support: Stephen EvEvns www.facebook.com/stephenevensmusic ; Firstname Frank www.facebook.com/FirstnameFrank

Saturday 11th March 2017 ; Doors: 19.30 –  Midnight

Entrance FREE

The Ferret, 55 Fylde Road, Preston. PR1 2XQ

 

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The Forge – London 01/12/16

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A dazzlingly splendid evening’s entertainment with Mr William D Drake and his band, taking to the London stage for the first time in two and a half years, with a luxury assortment of exquisite musical treasures and silly songs old and new….

Be sure to pick up your FREE ‘GRAND CHRISTMAS PRIZE DRAW TICKETS’ when you arrive at the venue; prizes include – ‘Revere Reach’ artwork print canvas (30x30cm), mugs, totes…..plus intriguing and special items Mr Drake is gifting to you.

Supports: Stephen Evens + Oliver Dachinger

Thursday 1st December 2016

The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, London. NW1 7NL (website: www.forgevenue.org)

doors 7.30pm – 11pm

Tickets: £12 from The Forge & We Got Tickets  (Both have £1.20 booking fee) Tickets on the door £15

14+/under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult

 

 

 

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Preston. The Continental. 18/11/16

A night of revelry with William D Drake and his full band of so called friends – a feast of music and song to thrill and delight … including a Sea Nymphs tune or two!

Friday 18th November 2016

The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston. PR1 8JP. Tel: 01772 499 425. Website: www.newcontinental.net

Tickets: £12 advance and £14 on the door (over 16’s only). Buy advance tickets in person from The Continental or Action Records (46 Church Street, Preston. PR1 3DH) and a range of online ticket outlets including SEE tickets.

Doors: 8pm

Support: First Name Frank. 8.15-8.30pm. https://www.facebook.com/FirstnameFrank/

Support: All Hail Hyena. 8.40-9.10pm.  http://allhailhyena.net/

Support: Paul Morricone (of The Scaramanga Six) a solo set. 9.15-9.45pm www.thescaramangasix.co.uk

William D Drake … and his band of so called friends 9.55pm

 


Aldershot. West End Centre. 24/09/16

William D Drake and his band are delighted to be joining the bill, for a Prog All-Dayer, curated and headlined by old friends Knifeworld.

Line-up: Knifeworld, William D Drake, Prescott, Eschar, Barringtone……more to be confirmed

Saturday 24th September 2016

14.00-23.00 (Finishing in time for those wishing to take the last train back to London)

Tickets: £14/£12 purchase here

Aldershot West End Centre, Queen’s Road. Aldershot. Hampshire. GU11 3JG

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Eppyfest reminder…

William D Drake and his band are headlining Eppyfest – Stroud, Gloucestershire, in just two weeks… get hold of your tickets here.

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‘Transplant’ Music Night. Salisbury Arts Centre 26/06/2016

A SPECIAL NIGHT OF MUSIC SET IN AN INDOOR LANDSCAPE OF ART, TREES AND FLOWERS AT THE ‘TRANSPLANT’ EXHIBITION.
William D Drake will play his piano and sing a few pretty ditties among the flowers and trees.

Sunday 26th June 2016. Doors 7.15pm

Emily Jones 7.30 – 7.50pm
NSRO 8pm – 9pm
William D Drake 9.15 – 9.45pm
Redbus Noface 10.00 – 10.30pm

Tickets £18/£16. This is an intimate event with limited tickets. Please buy you ticket in advance and arrive early to enjoy this unique event.

Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT

 


Eppyfest – Stroud. Saturday 16th July 2016

Splendid news! William D Drake will be headlining the 5th Eppyfest in Stroud Gloucestershire.

Mr Drake and his full band will regale with music from his newest album Revere Reach and multifarious favourites.


Line-up/schedule:

William D Drake

Judy Dyble & her Band of Perfect Strangers  

Marvyn B. Naylor

(dinner break 7-8pm) ‘Dinner’ is available at the venue – pre-booking required see Eppyfest website.

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet

Darkroom

Tom Slatter

(doors open 4pm)


Tickets £22. Buy tickets here.

Saturday 16th July 2016. 4pm-11pm

‘Eppyfest’. Lansdown Hall, Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire. GL5 1BB

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William D Drake’s Italian tour starts this weekend…

With great excitement Mr Drake and his trusty musical companions Mr James Larcombe and Miss Nicola Baigent journey to Italy tomorrow, for a concert in Mantua on Friday, a delightful return to Venice on Saturday, and first ever show in Rome on Sunday!

19 February 2016- ARCI TOM Mantova (Mantua) arcitom.it Piazza Tom Benetollo 1, Mantova 46010.

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20 February – ARCI METRICUBI Venezia (Venice)

21 February – PLANET Roma (Rome) planetliveclub.com Doors 20.00 tickets €15 Planet Live Club. Via del Commercio, 36, 00154 Roma

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Mini-tour Italy

William D Drake, Italian mini tour :

19 February 2016- ARCI TOM Mantova (Mantua) arcitom.it Piazza Tom Benetollo 1, Mantova 46010.

20 February – ARCI METRICUBI Venezia (Venice)

21 February – PLANET Roma (Rome) planetliveclub.com Doors 20.00 tickets €15 Planet Live Club. Via del Commercio, 36, 00154 RomaPL36 – Roma
Tel. +39 06 57 47 826 +39 331 7605752


Daylight Music. London 17th October 2015

William D Drake is thrilled to be performing at the truly breathtaking Union Chapel in Islington, he will be accompanied by Miss Nicola Baigent on clarinet.

see it all from hereEnjoy a fabulous afternoon of music from a ‘triple bill of Bills’, William D Drake, Bill Pritchard, Bill Botting  whilst munching on lunch, afternoon tea and cake from the cafe*.

Saturday 17th October 2015

Daylight Music. Union Chapel. Compton Terrace, Islington, London. N1 2UN

Doors – 12 noon – 2pm

FREE ENTRY* (*£3.50 suggested donation)

An event for all ages – children under 16 must be accompanied by and adult.

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*The Margins Daylight Cafe provides a wonderful spread of teas, coffee, homemade cakes and light snacks. All profits go to the Margins Homelessness Project based at Union Chapel.

***Don’t forget, Radio 6 session tonight!!!***

Tune in to Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music 7-9pm tonight, to hear William D Drake and his marvelous band performing tracks from the new album, live on the programme.

This afternoon another song will be recorded at the BBC, which will be aired on Gideon Coe’s programme, which follows Mr Riley’s, between 9pm and midnight.

If you should happen to miss the programmes (or would like to listen to them again and again), it will be available on iplayer for a month.