St Annes’ exciting new live music venue – Toast Café Bar and Grill on Wood Street – has sprung into spring with a month of weekend musical treats.
“It’s a great space for all types of performers from solo acts to bands and provides our customers with even more added value,” says Toast proprietor Riccy Caunce. “People can eat first then relax to the sounds of some of the best and most innovative musicians on the coast – or they can just come along and enjoy the music in the comfort of the bar.
“You would have to travel a long way to find such a wide variety of modern music in such a good setting – and it’s all free admission.”
Kirkham three piece rock and indie band Shiver make their Toast debut on Friday (March 8).
Together since 2001 the band comprises Lee Cartmell (vocals and guitar), Tom Bickerdike (drums) and Rob Bamber (bass guitar).
Material ranges from The Stereophonics, Oasis and Kaiser Chiefs to AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Queen.
Shiver prides itself on having a big hitting sound and had huge success in 2005 with a million pound deal with Channel 4, recording a music video to promote the Channel 4 Slash music web site.
Now they tour the North West and have built a solid following in bars, pubs and clubs with their huge range of cover material.
On Saturday (March 9) the highly acclaimed Lancashire-based singer Emily Adams takes to the stage.
As well as a critically raved about solo career Emily also sings with the Ian Hooper Band and Flip – and is no stranger to the theatre world either, having played the lead role in Evita.
Fleetwood-based five piece Bob Marley tribute band Bob On provide the mid March madness on Friday March 15.
The band has been entertaining packed houses throughout the North West for several years with their acclaimed tribute to the king of reggae.
Saturday March 16 features 22-year old Matthew Wood and My Lyrical Mind – a solo acoustic project he launched last September.
He mixes the sounds of reverby acoustic guitar with unique dreamy like vocals, personal, poetic lyrics with mysterious meanings, and catchy choruses, to create something new powerful and different.
There’s a treat for jazz fans on Sunday March 17 from 3.30 to 6pm with a special appearance of Tom Vernon’s Sunday Jazz Trio This well balanced three piece is made up of Norman Helm (bass), Carl Hutchenson (drums) and Tom Vernon (guitar). Between them they bring together years of experience, from working with various musicians. They have been gigging around the North West for the last five years, appearing at many venues and enjoying residencies in Bosco and Ribby Hall. They play standards incorporating a modern sound and a range of styles. They are currently working on their first album featuring the talents of Mike Taylor on keyboards.
Local heroes The Coustics are the headliners on Friday March 22.
Liam McKenzie and Nick Corcoran are an electric/acoustic duo with influences ranging across a huge variety of the great singer songwriters and bands.
Their album Long Story Short reveals their ability to blend haunting melodies with close vocal harmonies and a cocktail of emotional, edgy and biographical lyrics. Having two lead vocalists and songwriters adds a diverse edge to their sound.
Blackpool folk/punk singer/songwriter Laura Catlow and friends headline on Saturday, March 23.
Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, Laura is currently gigging around the UK and has dates planned in the USA later this year.
The former Pink Hearse punk band member has been featured on a number of BBC radio shows and recently released a solo album.
At Toast she will be joined by two of her friends also with their own distinctive acoustic stylings.
The biggest band ever to visit Toast makes its debut at the Wood Street venue on Friday March 29 when Ska Face will be raising the roof.
The 10-piece Blackpool-based reggae and ska revival band was launched in April 2010 and have enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of pub and club land across the North of England.
Taking their musical cues from The Specials, Bad Manners, Selecter, Madness and other Two Tone legends, Ska Face also now features a cross section of original numbers.
On Saturday March 30 there is an appearance of Adam & Joe, a fun pop, rock and r&b guitar duo performing the big chart hits and the classics everyone knows and loves.
The month comes to a close with an afternoon of music from Sara and That Swing Thing Band from 3to 6pm on Sunday, March 31. That Swing Thing have many years of live and perform the hits of Sinatra and his Rat Pack, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Michael Buble, Bobby Darin and many more.
Tony Sullivan was an original member of the hit show The Kings of Swing and wowed audiences at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and all over the UK. Sara Cheston adds a different and exciting element to the show with her superb vocals and has recently performed in venues around Europe and the USA.