John Ford of the Strawbs and Edward Rogers Invade The Cutting Room for a rousing British Rock concert!
"British Invade The Cutting Room! John Ford of the Strawbs & Edward Rogers with Special Guests: Alan Merrill & Ian Lloyd of Stories
Wednesday June 11, 2014 7:30pm Doors 6:30pm
The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd St.
Tickets: $15 Advance $20 Door
John Ford has packed his set witha Surf Rock segment inspired by The Shadows/ Ventures off his new “No Talkin’” all original, instrumental album, adding in John Ford classic hits off his various band projects: Strawbs, The Monks, Hudson Ford, John Ford Solo and his favourite band covers. Accompanied by his full band with John Cardone bass and vocals; John Ford Jr. on lead / rhythm guitar and Richie Alan on drums / percussion.
Edward Rogers plans to play new tunes off his recent album, "Porcelain" and preview June 2014 release, "Kaye," inspired by the work of Kevin Ayers, and throw in a Ronnie Lane cover with another Brit cover for good measure.. Playing with Ed will be James Mastro on guitar (Ian Hunter/Bongos) and Don Piper on guitar (a Don Piper situation/Syd Straw)
NEW SPECIAL GUESTS CONFIRMED!
Alan Merrill from the British/American band, The Arrows whose original Hit "I Love Rock N Roll" (covered by Joan Jett & Britney Spears), "You Touch Too Much," "My Last Night With You," "When The Night Comes," and more! Thanks to Ed Rogers for pulling Alan on board!
Ian Lloyd of Stories with #1 Hit "Brother Louie" whose distinctive vocals also heard on Foreigner, Billy Joel, YES, Peter Frampton and a John Ford collaborator!
Come early for a Drinks & Bite to Eat!
JOHN FORD OF THE STRAWBS BIO:
British multi-Platinum singer/songwriter, John Ford of the Strawbs, The Monks and Hudson Ford – is best known for having penned and sung award winning, chart toppers: Strawbs’ “Part of the Union” on Bursting At The Seams, and as founding member of The Monks’ for Bad Habits album with “Nice Legs Shame About The Face”– each earning Ford Gold and Double Platinum Record Awards from the UK and Canada. Ford’s rich musical history includes additional Gold and Platinum for The Monks’ Suspended Animation album, an Ivor Novello Award for “Part of the Union,” and as founding member with Hudson Ford band. John Ford, is also well known as a bass player – who’s influence with his unique percussive bass style gave the Strawbs (originally a Folk group), new definition into the electric Rock genre, along with addition of Keyboard Mellotron extraordinaire, Rick Wakeman -- who later joined YES, replaced by Blue Weaver, who later joined The Bee Gees. Ford’s “Heavy Disguise,” and music for “Tears and Pavan,” written by Strawbs founding member, Dave Cousins, brought the band even more success and worldwide recognition.
In 2009, Ford won Best Indie Rock Artist of the Year from the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame, and in 2010, was inducted with other Strawbs members into the PRHoF. One of his producers was Tony Visconti, who also produced Badfinger, T-Rex and David Bowie amonst others. September 2015, John Ford of the Strawbs is confirmed to be performing at the Festival of Hope, to be one of the largest LIVE music events ever with 10 worldwide locations!
John Ford has shared the bill at premiere venues and arenas on worldwide tours, with other legendary acts including Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, The Eagles, Jefferson Starship, Ritchie Blackmore, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, Ian Lloyd of Stories, Blue Oyster Cult, T. Rex, Steppenwolf -- to name just a few. Ford went on to form his Solo Project after relocating to the US in the Eighties, also working and recording with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night in Blackmore’s Night in 1998-99. Ford appeared in February 2014 for BEATLES FAB 50 NYC at Town Hall, NYC and at The Cutting Room earlier.
Ford’s 2014 album release, No Talkin’ all instrumental, Surf Rock style album inspired by The Shadows and The Ventures -- with Ford on lead guitar throughout is receiving critical acclaim. Preceded in 2012 by Resurrected, has been met with accolades. Ford received a Double Platinum Record Award from EMI for The Monks’ Bad Habits, as Ford -- founding member of UK band, The Monks, was in Toronto Canada last July 2012, for a special Monks BAD HABITS Tribute show at legendary Horseshoe Tavern. The Monks’ Tribute show featured a slew of top Canadian band members – including Sloan, The New Pornographers, C’mon, Cursed, and Small Sins – with Thomas D’Arcy at the helm. D’Arcy produced and recorded The Monks’ Bad Habits Tribute album, John Ford is featured on. There’s talk of The Monk’s Bad Habits going the route of Green Day’s American Idiot, as a punk rock opera – one act stage production!
John Ford is currently at work writing/recording new songs for FoRD / LLoYD, and Ford’s SPACE DRAMA projects , with Ian Lloyd of Stories, completed two new Halloween songs, “Halloween: I’m The Nightmare In Your Dreams” and “There’s A Party Going On. Lloyd is best known as lead singer for Stories’ #1 hit “Brother Louie,” used as theme song for Louie C.K.’s hit comedy on FX -- Louie.
EDWARD ROGERS BIO:
Kaye is the fifth solo album from UK-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter, Edward Rogers. Inspired and dedicated to the late English singer-songwriter and psychedelic legend Kevin Ayers (a founder member of Soft Machine), Kaye features 11 new Rogers originals and a version of Ayers’ "After The Show." The album was produced & engineered by Don Piper, recorded live in the studio in three days at Brooklyn Recording, tracked by Andy Taub; mixing was done at Broadway Recording and Saltlands Studio by Piper and Rogers. Kaye is released on Zip Records May 27.
Once again, Rogers has put together a stellar group of musicians to play on Kaye's twelve songs that were all penned by Rogers with the exception of "After The Show." Musicians James Mastro (Ian Hunter, Bongos), Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks, Cracker), Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs), Don Fleming, Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) and Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys, Nanci Griffith) come together on Kaye, which was produced by Don Piper (a don piper situation, Syd Straw), and also features backing vocals by Tish & Snooky (Manic Panic, Sic F*cks). Rogers describes Kaye as a mixture of madness and softness, and hopes Kevin Ayers, who was a major force in England’s psychedelic movement, would approve.
Born in Birmingham, England where he spent his first 12 years of his life, Rogers moved to New York City just as the British Invasion began in the States. He started his career behind the drum kit and played in several garage bands. When a subway accident in October 1985 left him without his right arm and right leg below the knee, he turned to songwriting and found he found singing and writing more rewarding than playing drums. Over the past decade, Rogers has been extremely prolific, releasing four solo albums (two of which were co-written with George Usher) as well as two with Bedsit Poets, which Rogers founded, a Folk/Brit-inspired trio whose name was given to them by The Zombies' Colin Blunstone. Rogers will be on tour with Colin Blunstone this May.
More details and surprises TBA!