The Small Faces Photo Exhibition

Amazing candid shots of THE SMALL FACES in their prime. To view. For Sale. 

MARK RAISON surveys the new photographic exhibition in the Snap Gallery


 

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Small Or Nothing is an exhibition curated by Snap Galleries of 100 Small Faces photographs launched to coincide with a new theatre production, All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical, based on the life and music of our miniature heroes.

The collection brings together well-known images and enough rare shots to keep both casual and obsessive fans happy. As the exhibition reemphasizes, The Small Faces were terrifically stylish and their sartorial elegance continues to inspire: madras jackets/tailored double-breasted coats; checked trousers/velvet flares; hush puppies/suede and leather chisel toes; polka-dotted button downs/penny collared silk shirts. There wasn’t a look these boys couldn’t pull off with aplomb.

They also, it appears, had an affinity with four-legged creatures as cats, dogs, horses, sheep and, of course, alligators on leads in rainy London streets crop up. The series of images on an overcast day stood in a field of sheep, inappropriately dressed and wearing what-are-we-doing-here expressions are wonderful but not typical. Sitting outside a shop with Steve Marriott making cheeky gestures at an old lady as she walks past more accurately captures their cor blimey charm.

Carol Harrison, who wrote All Or Nothing and attended the launch with members of the production along with Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie, explained part of the challenge in casting the band for the musical was not only finding four young boys who could play and act but were also the right height. The classic Small Faces line-up came together organically and shows how the best things happen quite naturally.

Small Or Nothing is at Snap Gallery, Piccadilly,W1, 11-24 March then showing at the All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical at the Vaults Theatre, Waterloo, SE1, 31 March-30 April. Prints cost £35. Theatre tickets from £20.

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The Stairs, 2016 Summer Tour

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The Stairs – led by bassist/vocalist Edgar ‘Summertyme’ Jones (The Joneses, Paul Weller, Johnny Marr) and accompanied by original band members Ged Lynn (guitar/vocals) and Paul Maguire (drums)  – are back from 20 years of hibernation, refreshed and armed with their exciting hybrid of cosmic psychedelia, raucous R&B and ’60s west coast garage sounds.

Following their live return last November, at The Butterflys Ball And The Grasshoppers Feast, the band will embark on a UK tour this summer courtesy of the ZIG ZAG CLUB.

Before playing the following dates they will also headline the Le Beat Bespoke weekend in London this Easter! Expect to hear favourites from their classic cult album Mexican R’n’B as well as new material and unexpected rarities.

Glasgow, O2 ABC2, Thursday 2nd June 2016.  TICKETS

Manchester, GORILLA, Friday 3rd June 2016.  TICKETS 

Brighton, CONCORDE 2, Saturday 4th June 2016. TICKETS 

Birmingham, HARE & HOUNDS, Sunday 5th June 2016. TICKETS 

Fellow psychedelic scousers The Wicked Whispers will be in support (and also performing with The Stairs at LBB). Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Maps Of The Mystic (“Psychedelic and interesting” – Huw Stephens, Radio 1) the band will release their brand new double A-Side 7” single ‘Zodiac Girl’/’If I Set You Free’ on Electone Records this June.

 

 

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Calibro 35’s Top 5 Cinematic Blasts

Prior to their UK show at The 100 Club the Italian sound shapers CALIBRO 35 offer Shindig a dose of aural medicine 


One of the best Italian composers ever. Impossible to find something less than “awesome”. This record mixes the funk groove jammy approach with his discovery of synths.

Morricone knows how to make funny stuff, we like the spaghetti western stuff but this is sick.

Ferrio’s brass arrangements are so tough. We really learnt a lot from him. This is from the OST of La Morte Risale A Ieri Sera, a classic blues form with smashing brass, wah guitars and tons of the “Italian touch”.

Germany got funk, Kudos to The Weissenfeldt Brothers. Less is more. So deep, so groovy.

Psychedelic space-spaghetti-western: maybe we call that “Spaceghetti”…

 

Calibre 35  will be playing The 100 Club on February 26th. Buy tickets here

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood live UK debut with Shindig! Deejays

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood visit England for the first time (although the band members have been here on many occasions, notably Chris with his old band The Black Crowes).

The CRB (as they are affectionately known by fans) made an immediate impact upon their boldly unconventional debut in early 2011 after Chris came together with guitarist Neal Casal, drummer George Sluppick, bassist Mark Dutton, and keyboard player Adam McDougall. The Brotherhood embarked on close to 50 shows over nine weeks in California before ever leaving the Golden State. In fact, they’d wait until 2012 to truly introduce themselves nationally with the release of two sprawling studio albums: Big Moon Ritual and The Magic Door, which showcase a freewheeling improvisational chemistry. Phosphorescent Harvest, their latest album, was released in April 2014.

Shindig! interviewed Chris for issue #49 and an instant friendship was struck.

On the back of this clash of fine tastes Chris has asked Shindig! to deejay in-between sets. Expect some pastoral, cosmic and wide-eyed sounds from the team.

Tickets can be bought here and both the band and magazine would love to see you all at the show.

 

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