Doctor Brown’s Pub in Middlesbrough bans female-fronted bands from playing, claiming their customers don’t believe women can sing rock songs
A pub in England has banned female-fronted bands from playing, claiming their customers don’t think women should sing rock songs.
The decision by live venue Doctor Brown’s in Middlesbrough has sparked anger, but manager Paula Rees has defended the choice, saying it’s a business matter – and that her regular customers won’t turn up if a woman is on stage.
She tells The Northern Echo:
“We had female singers on in the past and customers just didn’t like it. We’re a rock bar and they don’t think that women should sing male rock songs.
“It’s nothing to do with me – it’s the pub’s regulars who come in every week, they won’t come in if there’s a female singer.”
Rees reports that the rule will be relaxed for one female singer next year, and would consider artists if they could guarantee a large crowd – but insists that the general ban will stay in place.
She adds: “We’ve got to keep our regulars happy. I’m not a rock fan so can’t judge myself but I’ve been told that some women can sing and some can’t, but they can’t sing heavy rock.
“If we put a poster up and our regulars know there’s a woman in the band, they won’t give them a chance. They’re my bread and butter and we can’t risk nobody coming in.”
Vocalist Hannah Sowerby, who fronts Revenant and Syndicate 66, says her gigs were cancelled after the pub discovered she was a woman.
“I haven’t been allowed to play because I’m female, despite the fact my band can draw a crowd. “You wouldn’t get people saying they don’t like male bands, because not all male singers are the same – just like not all female singers are the same. “It is a sexist attitude from the regulars and there’s no excuse for it in 2017, you’d think we’d be past this by now.”
Karibow’s 20th-Anniversary album THE UNCHOSEN can now be purchased at special pre-order conditions. The CD Digipak features previously unreleased revised, remixed and re-recorded music from 2010 to 2017. Both special bundle offers as well as the regular pre-order version will be dispatched prior to the official release date in January. They can be ordered directly from the Official Karibow Webshop
Every pre-order placed until 25 December will include a free copy of our limited “20th Anniversary KARIBOOK” featuring lots of previously unreleased pictures from 1997 to 2017 as well as many cool live shots from both this year’s and last year’s live tours that made the band travel across Europe and the UK.
How to progress and yet keep the identity which took over 25 years to establish? How to create the ever-evolving – and at times rather complicated – musical compositions and wrap it up in an accessible format with that recognizable sound? Royal Hunt does it with ease and now – with their 14th studio album – proves once again that creativity and staying true to yourself can work hand-in-hand and produce some astonishing results: will you please welcome the ultimate proof of that – “Cast in Stone”… the album you’ll be listening to again, again and again. – Royal Team
Royal Hunt’s “Cast In Stone” Deluxe CD Book is a unique album experience: a hardcover book including the studio album on CD and a bonus CD (TBA) – all in a cardboard box. The package includes the online extension – Access to video/photo and textual updates, behind the scenes, secret listening parties and shopping for individual items.
“Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD & Vinyl Now Available!
Manticore Italy Records is proud to announce the release of “Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” Limited Box Set, CD & Vinyl! Recorded in sound-demonstration quality this is the documentary of Greg Lake’s last tour, recorded on November 28, 2012, in a sold-out Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. It was a very special, magical evening, as Greg remembered in his outstanding autobiography, Lucky Man. The audience was so warm and he gave such a passionate performance. The Mayor of Piacenza and all the municipality attended the concert and went on stage thanking Mr. Lake for opening the “Musiche Nuove in Piacenza” festival. The concert was a triumph and eventually on January 9, 2016, the trustees of Conservatorio Nicolini of Piacenza gave Greg Lake the first honorary degree ever given by a Conservatorio.
This is a wonderful record, bringing the “Songs Of A Lifetime” project to its highest point. Exclusively for this concert, Greg performed with 3 special guests: Le Orme’s leader Aldo Tagliapietra, ex PFM and Acqua Fragile’s great vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti and the young talented Annie Barbazza, making the Piacenza show even more special and rare. It was Greg’s wish that a precious, audiophile limited edition would re-launch his Manticore Label.
One outstanding memory I have of performing Songs Of A Lifetime show in Europe was on 28 November 2012 in the small city of Piacenza in Italy. The concert took place at a wonderful theatre there, the Teatro Municipale, which looks rather like La Scala in Milan with beautiful gold balconies and crystal chandeliers. I love Piacenza, and the Conservatorio di MusicaGiuseppe Nicolini there awarded me an honorary degree in 2016 for the way that King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer helped to bring classical music into young people’s lives – what an honor.
The show at Teatro Municipal was recorded and I decided to release a special collector’s edition of it on vinyl. Somehow the event, the feeling of the music and the atmosphere all seem to be suited to being reproduced in this analog way.
Max Marchini recorded and produced the concert in Piacenza and together with Max I decided to restore Manticore Records label for the production and distribution of high-quality vinyl recordings. – Greg Lake, from “Lucky Man – The Autobiography”
(photo by Franz Soprani)
“Greg Lake Live In Piacenza” is available as:
1) very limited double premium audiophile vinyl in 700 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering.
2) very limited CD in 1600 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering.
3) very limited Box Set in 500 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering containing: double vinyl in clear audiophile edition, CD in audiophile gold limited edition, 10 in-folio photographic prints, original concert poster and ticket, exclusive video DVD documentary of the concert, Greg Lake logo sticker.
Produced by Greg Lake and Max Marchini
Recorded by Alberto Callegari
Mixed and mastered at Elfo Recording Studios, Tavernago (PC)
Post Productions by Greg Lake and Annie Barbazza.
01. 21st Century Schizoid Man
02. Lend Your Love To Me Tonight
03. From The Beginning
04. Heartbreak Hotel
05. Epitaph/In The Court Of The Crimson King
06. I Talk To The Wind
07. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
08. Touch And Go
09. Trilogy/Still… You Turn Me On
10. I Believe In Father Christmas
11. Shakin’ All Over
12. C’est La Vie
13. People Get Ready
14. Lucky Man (featuring Annie Barbazza, Bernardo Lanzetti, and Aldo Tagliapietra)
15. Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, part II)
The Sea Within – a new art-rock group formed by Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, The Tangent), Tom Brislin Music (Renaissance, Spiraling, Yes Symphonic, Deborah Harry) & Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, UK, Joe Satriani) – have announced they will release their as-yet-untitled debut album in Spring 2018.
Roine Stolt comments on how the project came together:
“I think all it started as a suggestion from the record company – putting together a new band, starting fresh, seeing if collective writing could spawn a unique style. Call it a supergroup if you want – I think we can handle that.”
The members recently entered Livingston Studios in London to begin recording the basic tracks, and found an instant chemistry in the way they worked together. “Going into the studio in London was taking a great risk as we had not been in the same room together beforehand.” Roine continues: “We had just sent demos around and didn’t really know if we could make great music together, but we managed to track almost 2 hours of new music, a mix of collective ideas. We also had a lot of great ‘off-time’, sharing laughs and stories in local pubs – that part is important.”
Currently the members are putting the finishing touches on their debut album, and of the music’s direction Roine says: “There are elements of prog, pop, art-rock and many cinematic elements. I suppose the music comes from within our collective memories of all that we love as far as sounds, visions and poetry. We hope that discovering the music will be a journey for the open-minded fan – something as fresh and uncertain and unfolding as it is for us.”
The Sea Within has also announced their first confirmed live date, taking to the stage at Night of the Prog Festival 2018 at Loreley, Germany on the weekend of 13-15th July 2018 alongside Camel, Big Big Train, Riverside & more. Tickets are available now here:
Christmas music is usually the worst… But we’re trying to change that.
Last weekend we hosted the annual Joyful Noise holiday party at our headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, this year we did something a little different: we invited our artists to join the party, and record holiday songs on-site.
Artists such as Yoni Wolf, Richard Edwards, Oneida, Dumb Numbers, Jad Fair and others showed up to the party and recorded exclusive holiday songs that we are releasing on snowflake-shaped 7″ lathe-cut records (aka “Snowflathes”).
Each release is limited to just 100 copies and is hand-made by us here at JNR. Each purchase includes a digital download of ALL NINE tracks, and 100% of the net proceeds will go to benefit The Fund for Global Human Rights.
If you’d prefer a digital-only option, you can donate/download over at BANDCAMP.
Here’s the track-listing:
Dumb Numbers – “X-Mas Time in the Mountains” (Palace cover)
Oneida – “Christmas with the Freaks”
Sedcairn Archives – “Flake Drem”
Richard Edwards – “Jesus Christ” (Big Star cover)
Jad Fair – “The Snow Day”
Psychic Temple – “We Got to Have Peace” (Curtis Mayfield cover)
Yoni Wolf – “Rock of Ages” (Christian hymn)
Stranger Cat – “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Mariah Carey cover)
Bobby Burg – “Little Bobby Boy”
About The Fund for Global Human Rights:
Since 2003, the Fund for Global Human Rights has had one goal: to move human rights forward by providing resources and tools to the people and organizations on the ground who have real potential to generate transformational change, with a focus on the most vulnerable—women and children, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI people—because they bear the brunt of violence and discrimination and have the most to gain from transformational change.
The Fund for Global Human Rights amplifies the critical work of frontline human rights activists by providing funds, training and mentoring, and opportunities for collaboration to help these courageous individuals and organizations make real progress.
Have a good holiday y’all. We love you.