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.

Jul 28th: Lorraine Lucas, Amy Kinsman, Poke o’Swedgers, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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We had such a great time in June, we’re back for July with another cracking line up.

Lorraine Lucas is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and composer based in the South East of England who draws inspiration from her observations of the world and the human condition in all it’s magnificence and frailty.

Throughout her career, she has shared the stage with amongst others Paul Clifford ( Be Good Tanyas/Groanbox/Afro-Cubism) , Michael Ward-Bergeman ( Groanbox/ Jackson Street Allstars/St Louis Symphony Orchestra) Dean Owens, Michael Messer, Robbie McIntosh ( Sir Paul McCartney/The Pretenders) Bruce MacGregor ( Blazing Fiddles) Paul Fitzgerald ( The Coal Porters) and has performed at music festivals and concerts across Europe and will be touring extensively throughout Europe promoting her latest album Messenger.

Joining Lorraine will be ace poet Amy Kinsman. Amy (they/them) is a genderfluid poet and playwright from Manchester. As well as being founding editor of Riggwelter Press and associate editor of Three Drops From A Cauldron, they are also the host of Gorilla Poetry. Their debut pamphlet & was joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017.

Chesterfield Labour Club faves Poke o’Swedgers will be back too – they are Kev and Dave. Two voices. One Guitar. Fantastic harmonies.

Chesterfield Labour Club’s resident genius Ichabod will also be around, teasing everyone with hints of what might be on his forthcoming, majestic debut album.

£5 entry, great entertainment, cheap bar – what more do you need? See you there

Jul 26th: Independent Electric Group @ Speech Therapy

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For one month only, Independent Electric Group take over Nottingham’s premier spoken word night Speech Therapy, before the Speech Therapy crew return the favour at Chesterfield Labour Club early in the new year,

Music courtesy of the very ace Ichabod and May Days in Barcelona, poetry from Matt McAteer and the usual fantastic poetry open mic – see you there

Jul 28th: “YardsFest” ft Matt McAteer, Sophie Sparham, Ichabod, Daron Carey, Amy Kinsman & Lippy Kid

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Independent Electric Group will be supporting Independent Retailers in Chesterfield with a couple of events at this years ‘Yards Festival’ on Saturday 28th July.

IEG will hold a music & spoken word pop-up curated by Matt McAteer together with a Live Electronica set from Lippy Kid.

Matt McAteer’s music and poetry sets are expected to run between 2pm and 4pm featuring Sophie Sparham, Ichabod, Daron Carey and Amy Kinsman.

Lippy Kid’s electronica set will be due at 5pm where he’ll be performing more extracts from his recent album ‘Thought Forms’.

It should be a great day. Look forward to seeing you there x