December 16, 2017
The Square Roots Xmas Show!
“Western Swing, Bluegrass and lovelorn waltzes all delivered with panache in classic style!” (Blabber & Smoke)
Saturday 16th December 2017
The Square Tower
Doors Open 7.15pm. Show Starts 7.45pm.
Tickets £12 each (£14 on the door if not sold out!).
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/399115
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address (which you’ll find on the side bar here). If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
“This 6 piece band well and truly nail that classic western swing sound! Here’s a band that play with a smile on their faces – audiences are in for a treat!” (Fatea Magazine)
Here at Square Roots towers, we receive more video links from bands that would like to play at the Tower than we can shake the proverbial stick at! And very occasionally there’s one that makes us sit up and take notice! And so was the case with these guys – the Steve & Ben Somers Country Band! We just took one look at the videos below and just knew that they’d go down an absolute storm in this beautiful venue! Please check out the videos below for yourself and see why we’re really excited that we have booked this amazing band to play for us all at our Square Roots Xmas show.
Steve Somers started as a young singer/songwriter in the London Folk Clubs of the 60’s. In 1975 he won a national TV talent show called ‘New Faces’, after which he joined British hit pop/folk group ‘The Settlers’ and appeared on National and international TV, radio and records. Steve played for Skiffle Legend Lonnie Donegan, Cockney chart topper Joe Brown, American Legend Johnny Tillotson, sung on TV behind British legend Lulu, Don Everly and toured with Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Billy Jo Spears whilst still performing and broadcasting with his own band playing western swing and country and bluegrass.
“Guitars fizz and burn, while the pedal steel is a delight throughout! A tight little band delivering cracking slices of good old fashioned delights!” (Blabber & Smoke)
Ben Somers was practically ‘born in the dressing room’ and grew up listening to his Dad Steve from the side of the stage, Ben made his own way in music and after completing a degree in Jazz on the saxophone, he was rapidly in demand as a composer, arranger and session player on various instruments, recordings and performing live around the world. He also happened upon a TV concert by Steve Earle & Del McCoury and soon acquired a double bass and jumped head first into the musical world of bluegrass, country and folk. In the last few years he’s worked with some of his musical heroes such as Dr John, Dirk Powell, Nashville Grammy winners The Time Jumpers as well as Taylor Swift and Seal amongst others.
Steve and Ben, after years of playing together have finally found a group of musicians that have inspired them to form this brilliant band! So as well as Steve (acoustic guitar and vocals), and Ben (double bass and vocals), you’ll find Rob Updegraff (guitar), Marcus Bonfanti (guitar and vocals), Matt Park (pedal steel) and Wes Gibbons (percussion) and all contributed to the brand sparkly new album “The Highway Is My Home” – a collection of Americana, Western Swing, and Country old and new, sung and yodelled in harmony!
“Western Swing, Americana, Country and harmony yodel band led by father & son, Steve & Ben Somers. Featuring some of London’s hottest pickers! This lot are some of the finest musicians you’re likely to find!” (What’s Cookin’)