Dec 22nd: Laura Potts, Soup Review, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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Following November’s fantastic night with Henry Normal, IEG is back for December with another fantastic line-up.

Laura Potts is twenty-two years old and lives in West Yorkshire. Twice-recipient of the Foyle Young Poets Award, her work has been published by Acumen, Aesthetica and The Poetry Business. Having worked at The Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea, Laura was last year listed in The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also became one of the BBC’s New Voices for 2017. Laura’s first BBC radio drama aired at Christmas, and she received a commendation from The Poetry Society in 2018.

Soup Review write songs about disastrous parties and quiet nights in, flying ant day rituals and finding the right sandwich on your lunch break. They make DIY pop music that walks a tightrope between folk and anti-folk, silliness and sincerity, high-concept and novelty. They’re the Morriseys of Morrisons, they’re like Stars in their Eyes on SSRI’s, and they’re here to peddle their debut album, From the Bed to the Settee (And Back Again).

Chesterfield Labour Club’s resident genius Ichabod Wolf returns following the triumphant release of his debut album Carry On, Crow. More Elvis than Presley and Costello combined, he performs original songs about myth, mortality and unemployment in his distinctive baritone voice. His evocative lyricism draws influence from some of the most significant songwriters of the past sixty years; Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed and Tom Waits.

All this for a mere £5 entry, with a great atmosphere and bar with the best prices in town. See you there.

Nov 24th: Henry Normal – How Chesterfield Changed My Life

In the run up to November’s “IEG Presents at Chesterfield Labour Club” host for the evening, MATT McATEER got a wonderful email from the headline guest – HENRY NORMAL. Anyone with an affiliation to Chesterfield in any way should read it…

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HOW CHESTERFIELD CHANGED MY LIFE

“You might not consider Chesterfield a place of radical ideas and cultural awakening but for me it was.

I’d no idea where Chesterfield was before I moved there in the early eighties. I’d been told it had a crooked spire but hadn’t been told anything else. I knew no-one.

I started work at an insurance brokers in the centre of town just next to the shop that sold electric organs and I had a small bedsit in a block of newly built apartments.

My work colleagues were friendly, but we didn’t really socialise outside of work so occasionally I found myself sitting in the local pub on my own. I was determined not to just sit in my flat.

I took to reading as much as possible and was already writing comedy and poetry although mainly for my own amusement. I dressed very traditionally at the time. I wore a suit for work and had short hair. I’m told I had been mistaken for a policeman sitting on my own drinking. One day though I struck up a conversation with a couple a few years younger than me. Tracy and Dids two students from Chesterfield college on the Arts Foundation course. Within weeks we became friends and they introduced me to further friends Phil, Ivan, Judith and a distinctive couple called Rat and Pat.

I saw an address on a musical fanzine that was published in Chesterfield by a character called Faye Ray. Now Faye Ray is, of course, the heroine in the story King Kong. so I knew this was a pseudonym. I searched out the publisher and plucking up courage I knocked on the door. It turned out to be Steve Waterhouse, a beautifully kind and generous man who was a local activist and ran a community centre in a portacabin called ’48’.

It was Steve that inspired me to make that leap of faith and quit insurance to pursue my dream of becoming a writer. I owe him a great debt.

All the arts crowd I met in Chesterfield had such energy for life and optimism about the future. A very different attitude that I was used to coming from a council estate in Nottingham. In this seemingly sleepy backwater, lives filled with creativity were all around me. There was also a great sense of community. Something I’d not experienced before.

I handed in my notice and used both the money I’d saved up and my pension that I’d cashed in, to buy half shares in a new indie record shop just outside the centre of Chesterfield with Dids. The shop was Planet X records and after a couple of years we moved to just behind the spire.

These were the last days of vinyl as we knew it, before Cd’s really took over. It was much harder than I thought running a record shop and we made very little profit.

I started performing poetry both locally and around the region, especially in Sheffield and I adopted the name Henry Normal.

I helped at a dance night Dids used to organise with Rat and Pat called Gotham City. I usually did the door. I drove a few of the local bands to gigs including once a band called ‘Criminal Sex’. I supported many Chesterfield bands on stage like Body Factory, Substitute Flesh and most memorably The Bland.

Gotham City would occasionally put on bands and I got to meet Pulp and Dig Vis Drill both of which I went on to perform with around the country, including at the famous Marquee Cub in London.

Jarvis broke his legs around this time falling from a window. I would have to wheel him on stage in his wheelchair. Morrissey had been wearing fake glasses and a hearing aid on stage as an affectation, and I’m sure some people though it was Jarvis going one further. It did make me laugh when he danced his characteristic moves, but in his chair.

One of my favourite memories of Chesterfield is the informal football matches we used to play – Planet X versus 48. It usually turned into a sort of goths verses hippies affair. with a sprinkling of punks and soul music fans included.

I loved the sense of community of those days in Chesterfield and the great characters. I fell in love with a girl who moved to Manchester to go to University so I moved with her. There I met Steve Coogan and Caroline Aherne and got involved in television. I look back on Chesterfield with a great fondness. If I hadn’t have had my time there I would not have been ready for Manchester and a life of creativity.”

Henry Normal…

HENRY NORMAL headlines the Independent Electric Group presents, at Chesterfield Labour Club, Saturday 24th Nov, 8PM.

Nov 24th: Henry Mormal, Andrew Graves, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

 

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Independent Electric Group proudly presents Henry Normal

Born in St Annes, Nottingham in 1956. Now lives in Brighton with his wife, the screenwriter Angela Pell, and their son, Johnny. He is a writer, poet and TV and Film producer and founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival.

In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television. He co-wrote and script edited every episode of the multi-award winning Mrs Merton show and the spin off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family.

With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible and all three of Steve’s live tours and the film The Parole Officer.

Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1999 Henry Executive Produced all, and script edited many of the shows of its seventeen and a half year output during his tenure as MD.

Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include
Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle , Marion and Geof, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge,

Since retiring in April 2016 Henry has written and performed two BBC Radio 4 shows “a normal family’ and ‘a normal life’ combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. He is currently writing a book on Autism for Two Roads publishers ‘a normal family’ drawing on his family experience

Henry performs poetry at Literature Festival’s around the UK and has three recent poetry books out ‘Staring Directly at the Eclipse’, ’Travelling Second Class Through Hope’ and ‘Raining Upwards’.

Also appearing will be Chesterfield Labour Club favourite Andrew Graves. Andrew is a poet and writer who regularly performs his work throughout the UK. He has appeared on TV and radio on a number of occasions, being featured on programmes like 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews Show and the BBC 4 documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke. He has performed alongside Henry previously as well as the likes of John Hegley and Sleaford Mods. His work has been praised by comic book legend Alan Moore. Following on from his first Burning Eye Books collection, Light at the end of the Tenner, he is now touring with his latest book and show God Save the Teen. He is also a film fanatic and regularly runs film courses at The Broadway cinema in Nottingham. These have included The Killing Joke, a history of screen comedy and Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down, an appraisal of working class cinema.

Opening the night, Independent Electric Group’s resident geniius Ichabod will be reasserting his reputation as the best goddam songwriter in town.

Amazing line up with door entrance held at the usual bargain price of £5 – great bar, venue and crowd. See you there

Oct 27th: Frank Sinistra, Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Daron Carey, Matt McAteer

 

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October sees Independent Electric Group present the latest creation from the mercurial Pieter Egriega, Frank Sinistra.

Frank is an ex-News of the World journalist, who now sings songs in a bar, whilst conducting his PR consultancy business. Meanwhile, his wife on whom he has cheated does not return his calls. Inside stories and saloon music from modern media. Critically acclaimed during his stint at this year’s Buxton Fringe Festival, and following his success at winning the Fringe Small Group Award winner 2016, it’s a pleasure to see Pieter returning to Chesterfield Labour Club.

Joining him on the night will be two of our favourite poets, Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Daron Carey, along with Chesterfield Labour Club’s resident genius on the cusp of the release of his magnificent debut album, the mighty Ichabod

Sept 29th: Independent Electric Group meets We Shall Overcome Uptown

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This month sees Independent Electric Group meet We Shall Overcome Uptown with all proceeds going to Pathways of Chesterfield, a service for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right. In May 2015 Joe helped create WE SHALL OVERCOME, a campaign pushing for a positive response from the music community to the poverty and hardship inflicted on ordinary people by the government’s austerity program. Since October 2015 the movement has organised more than 850 gigs in 142 towns and cities across 9 countries on 3 continents raising an estimated £360,000 in cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit. WSO scooped the ‘People’s Choice’ gong at the annual Yorkshire Grassroots Music Awards on 16th October 2015, and on the back of his efforts The Morning Star named Solo ‘Human Being of the Year’.

Joining Joe on the night will be music from Del Scott Miller, Tim McDermott and Chesterfield Labour Club’s resident genius Ichabod, along with poetry from Kev Titterton and Jethro Platts

Donations including sleeping bags are welcomed.

£5 entry, cheap bar, great crowd and great cause. See you there

 

Nov 24th: Henry Mormal, Andrew Graves, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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Independent Electric Group proudly presents Henry Normal

Born in St Annes, Nottingham in 1956. Now lives in Brighton with his wife, the screenwriter Angela Pell, and their son, Johnny. He is a writer, poet and TV and Film producer and founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival.

In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television. He co-wrote and script edited every episode of the multi-award winning Mrs Merton show and the spin off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family.

With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible and all three of Steve’s live tours and the film The Parole Officer.

Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1999 Henry Executive Produced all, and script edited many of the shows of its seventeen and a half year output during his tenure as MD.

Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include
Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle , Marion and Geof, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge,

Since retiring in April 2016 Henry has written and performed two BBC Radio 4 shows “a normal family’ and ‘a normal life’ combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. He is currently writing a book on Autism for Two Roads publishers ‘a normal family’ drawing on his family experience

Henry performs poetry at Literature Festival’s around the UK and has three recent poetry books out ‘Staring Directly at the Eclipse’, ’Travelling Second Class Through Hope’ and ‘Raining Upwards’.

Also appearing will be Chesterfield Labour Club favourite Andrew Graves. Andrew is a poet and writer who regularly performs his work throughout the UK. He has appeared on TV and radio on a number of occasions, being featured on programmes like 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews Show and the BBC 4 documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke. He has performed alongside Henry previously as well as the likes of John Hegley and Sleaford Mods. His work has been praised by comic book legend Alan Moore. Following on from his first Burning Eye Books collection, Light at the end of the Tenner, he is now touring with his latest book and show God Save the Teen. He is also a film fanatic and regularly runs film courses at The Broadway cinema in Nottingham. These have included The Killing Joke, a history of screen comedy and Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down, an appraisal of working class cinema.

Opening the night, Independent Electric Group’s resident geniius Ichabod will be reasserting his reputation as the best goddam songwriter in town.

Amazing line up with door entrance held at the usual bargain price of £5 – great bar, venue and crowd. See you there

Aug 25th: Poet & The Loops, Jimmy Andrex, 4FoW, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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Following a fantastic night in July featuring great music from Lorraine Lucas, Poke o’Swedgers and Ichabod, along with a stunning poetry set courtesy of Amy Kinsman, Independent Electric Group returns in August with another tip-top line up.

This month we welcome the driving forces behind Northern Beat Poets Association and Electronic Music Open Mic, Poet and the Loops and Jimmy Andrex.

Poet and the Loops is the brainchild of Martin Christie, in which he combines live electronic music with sung/spoken word to convey worlds that include giant slugs, dangerous drinks and storms of the cosmos. A meeting point between Edgar Allan Poe and gloom synth, there is also humour and lightness of being in the Poet & the Loops approach. Martin is also responsible for the nationwide success of Electronic Music Open Mic nights

Jimmy Andrex returns to Chesterfield Labour Club for what is becoming an annual appearance and having recently been nominated for Best Spoken Word at Buxton Fringe Festival for Town, a sketch in words and music of the souls on our streets who have endless stories but refuse to be cute. Jimmy is the co-founder of Wakefield’s legendary Red Shed Readings and host of the equally brilliant Hot Banana nights in Holmfirth.

Regular contributors to the Electronic Open Mic Music nights and based in Alfreton, 4 Floors of Whores take inspiration from all things electronic as well as composers such as Ennio Morricone, Steve Reich and Max Richter, the band describe their style as ‘genre-fluid’, aiming as much for the head as for the feet.

Knitting all these elements together will be the resident genius of the IEG Presents nights Ichabod. With the debut album edging ever closer, Ichabod will again be summoning the spirits of Cash, Cave and Elvis and putting his unique stamp on those influences to create magic.