Sun, December 10, 2017
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Get The Blessing at The Hen & Chicken
“…they may well be the most original and exciting band on the British scene at the moment.” Jazzwise Magazine
Bassist Jim Barr once remarked that Get The Blessing were “total outsiders” and “the punk entry” when they won the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album with ‘All Is Yes’. Almost six years later and four albums down the line, the same could still be said to hold true, albeit with a little more wisdom at their disposal.
“…Seriously creative…Wonderfully irreverent” Mojo Magazine
Formed in 2000 to share a fascination with the improvisation and monophonic nature of Ornette Coleman’s earlier works and throughout this time, the line-up has remained the same throughout with Portishead rhythm masters Jim Barr and Clive Deamer on bass and drums respectively, Pete Judge on trumpet and Jake McMurchie on saxophone; And all this despite other commitments for everyone, not least Deamer’s recruitment as Radiohead’s second live drummer in 2012. The band’s old friend and collaborator – and Portishead guitarist – Adrian Utley also makes the occasional guest appearance.
“The momentum of creativity is undipped” BBC Music Magazine
The Bristol-based four-piece can now boast a truly international fan base. Since the release of ‘All Is Yes’ in February 2008, they’ve taken their musical vision round the world with successful tours and festival appearances in the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Dubai, Turkey, Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Serbia.
“GTB harness rock and jazz with uncompromising power” Time Out
The Hen & Chicken, 210 North Street, Bedminster