Derby Demo returns for its fifth consecutive year, and its third consecutive year at The Hairy Dog PH in Derby, moving to new, larger space at the venue playing on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December 2014 with different bills on each night.
The bill is an impressive one, seasoned acts playing classics with a smattering of original material, three of whom recently rocked Legends of Rock in Great Yarmouth. There are some five acts on the bill split between Friday and Saturday night augmented by Garry DJ RokJok Lewis
Friday kicks off at 7pm with DJ Rokjok playing only the best of classic rock to set the mood, opening the live acts are:
Ali Clinton and his band 8pm until 9.15pm. Ali Clinton is a lead guitarist, singer and songwriter. Picking up the guitar at age 7, Ali quickly drew influence from his early heroes: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher. By the age of 12, Ali had played with the Irish legend Pat Mcmanus (of the Mamas Boys and Celtus), Bernie Marsden of Whitesnake and Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash.
At the age of 13, Ali made his first album appearance on Pat Mcmanus’ “2PM”, playing rhythm and lead guitar on a cover of Bob Dylans “Blowin’ in the wind”. At the age of 16, Ali auditioned for the role of rhythm/duel guitar for the legendary Uli Jon Roth. With only days to learn a full set, Ali got the gig, pulling off solos from early Scorpions classics such as “We’ll Burn The Sky”, “In Trance” and many other virtuoso pieces. Within months of touring with UJR in the UK, Ali got offered to tour with Uli across Northern America and Canada for 6 weeks for the recording of UJR’s 40th anniversary Scorpions live album, where he played with guests such as Michael Angelo-Batio, Wayne Findley, and Cofi Baker (son of Ginger Baker). Ali is currently recording and writing his debut solo album in Belfast under the veteran production skills of Mudd Wallace.
Alix Anthony and his band 9.30 until 10.45pm. Like a lot of great artists, Alix’s band is influenced by different genres and keep their music fresh and exciting by blending rock, soul and funk in a wide ranging repertoire. This includes James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Doors, Funkadelic, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Troggs, Lenny Kravitz, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Prince, Marvin Gay, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Doobie Brothers, Stereophonics, Sam and Dave and other major rock/soul artists.
Overseas tours have included clubs and stadiums in Canada, Hong Kong, Belgium, Holland, France and Dubai where his band Unkle Jam, played at major function venues including the Hard Rock Cafe. Alix has backed Dennis Edwards and The Temptations on the same billing as the James Brown Band and has played with George Clintons P Funk Allstars to name a few major bands. George liked to get funky with Alix in Toronto’s 606 club.
Metal Fatigue headline from 11pm until 12.45am. Formed in 2011 from the ashes of another band that folded they played their first gig at a private party in July of that year. Steve Fletcher (Vocals, tamborine and all sorts of props), Kevin Roberts (Rhythm Guitar & backing vocals), Rhys Hickman (Lead guitar) and Christian Doran (Drums) decided that Phil Shardlow (Bass & backing vocals) would be an excellent addition to the family and Metal Fatigue was born.In 2013 Rhys decided to leave the band and a replacement in the shape of Sid Thindall was added to the line up. An experienced guitar player and teacher Sid quickly took his place in the band and started to add his mark.
Rokjok will kick in between bands and play out until the lights go up.
Rokjok opens the evening at 7pm
Stargazer open the evening at 8.15 until 10pm Stargazer are a five piece featuring Rob Hulford on keyboards and Tamas on vocals playing classic Purple , Rainbow ,Dio, Whitesnake material. The band wowed Legends of Rock at Yarmouth and Rhodes Rock previously.
Stargazer are renowned for their stunning celebration of the very best of Rainbow and Deep Purple in particular. Widely considered London’s premier tribute to Rainbow and Deep Purple, the 5 piece band features the soaring vocals of Tamás Csemez, the sublime guitar playing of Mark Gus together with Rob Hulford’s keyboard wizardry. Mark Parkin and Pablo Videla on bass guitar and drums provide the powerhouse rhythm section, covering tracks such as Child in Time, Stargazer, Burn, Highway Star, Gates of Babylon, Stormbringer, Catch the Rainbow when a blind man cries. A seasoned touring band well known in the UK as well as across Europe.
Buster James tops the bill at 10.30pm and are the real deal, born to perform their own brand of Rock and Blues to any audience, their line-up contains players who have performed to audiences worldwide and recorded with artists as diverse as Steve Marriott, Dire Straits, Dave Stewart, Bill Wyman, Mungo Jerry, FM and Iron Maiden.The band has four albums currently available, containing mainly self-penned material and their unique versions of classics such as Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” and Neil Young’s “Rocking in the free world”.In Roger James, they have one of the finest crowd motivators in the country. His big voice is driven by the powerhouse rhythm section of Paul Hale (Percussion) and Chris Warnes (Bass). The blistering guitar work of Mark Holmes and Rob Seales, complete one of the most inventive and exciting rock line-ups in the business.
DJ Rokjok once again plays the best rock tracks to send everyone “Living After Midnight”
Last year’s Derby Demo 4 was a huge success, once again the flamboyant , irrepressible Georgy, AKA Goldie Rox promotes. Georgy combines a lifelong appreciation of live rock with unrivalled experience of the local rock scene, musicians, promoters, venues and fans.
Georgy commented: “For me this is a labour of love, I take pride in putting on shows that bands and fans can rely upon. Now in our fifth year, we have moved to new and upgraded space at the Hairy Dog which has a deserved reputation as the best live music pub venue in the County. Tickets sold out last year and are best secured in advance with details on the following facebook page.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1384978911757442/
For information on how to find the Hairy Dog:http://www.hairydogderby.co.uk/